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Esri Malaysia on the hunt for smart mapping talent

AvantiKumar | Feb. 5, 2015
The Esri Young Scholar university award is a nationwide search for geospatial talent, says Esri Malaysia CEO Lai Chee Siew.

Esri Malaysia CEO Lai Chee Siew  

Photo - Lai Chee Siew, CEO, Esri Malaysia.


Esri Malaysia has announced a nationwide competition called Esri Young Scholar Award to support local smart mapping talent, said the global geospatial specialist.

Lai Chee Siew, Esri Malaysia chief executive officer, said the university award is an opportunity to help kickstart a career in one of the fastest-growing sectors: Geographic Information System (GIS) technology or smart mapping technology, used to solve commercial and community issues.

According to leading market research firm Infiniti Research, Asia-Pacific's GIS market is to grow at a CAGR of almost 8 per cent over the period 2012-2016, Lai said.

"The technology now underpins many of the country's major commercial organisations and government departments," he said. "As such, the demand for geospatial disciplines within Malaysian universities is growing - and many students now regularly draw on spatial thinking and technologies to solve real-world issues.

As head of the panel of judges for the award, Lai added that students should push the boundaries of current geospatial thinking with their submissions. "Malaysia's youth is very creative and receptive when it comes to new technologies and we're excited to see what solutions they can come up to help contribute to the holistic growth of our communities."

The winning student will be announced on 30 April 2015 and will also receive a pass to the Esri User Conference, being held in San Diego in July, to meet with Esri founder and president Jack Dangermond, as well as other Young Scholars from around the globe, said Lai.

They will also have the opportunity to hear from many of the world's leading geo-enabled enterprises, and network with more than 16,000 geospatial professionals. Entries can cover any topic or field of study, however recommended areas include planning, development, environment, commercial/business, community, conservation, communications, sustainability, and health.

For further information on the Esri Young Scholar Award, which closes 10 April 2015, and to submit an application, visit


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