Esri Development Center (EDC)
The Esri Development Center (EDC) program provides recognition and special status to university departments and centers that have exemplary programs focused on educating students to design and develop GIS applications using Esri's ArcGIS for Desktop, Server, and Mobile technologies. Students in the EDC program are allowed special access to Esri software for their projects.
Our EDC was started in 2009 and is housed in the University of Minnesota Cartography Lab. It is affiliated with the MGIS program, although students in other degree programs can be fully involved with our EDC. The primary requirement is that you are a student, at any level, who is doing GIS development work, broadly defined, using Esri technologies. To join our EDC group, or for more information about our EDC program, contact Mark Lindberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outstanding Student Competition
Each year one student is selected, by committee, as the outstanding student of the year for our EDC and is awarded a cash prize ($500) from Esri. Students wishing to enter the competition must already be affiliated with our EDC and must submit a short (1-2 page) description of their project focusing on the utility and originality of their work. This must be submitted to Mark Lindberg at email@example.com by February 15 for work completed, as a student, in the prior year. (Students who graduate at the end of spring or fall semester of the prior year are eligible to apply.) Applicants should be prepared to provide working copies of their projects to the evaluation committee upon request.
The winner is automatically entered in the International EDC Student of the Year competition selected by Esri from all the EDCs worldwide. That winner receives a cash prize, registration, hotel, and travel funds to the Esri International User Conference. Below is a list of the Outstanding Student Competition winners:
Nicole Helgeson (2018)
Peter Wiringa (2017)
Tobias Fimpel (2016)
Andy Walz (2015)
Yiqun (Ian) Xie (2014)
Cole Kelleher (2013)
Mike Lau (2012)
Tony Monsour (2011)
Jeremy Moore (2010) Winner of the International EDC Student of the Year competition in 2010.