OGC Student APP Challenge


The OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) challenges students who have software development skills to create new applications that use OGC standards in innovative, interesting and fun ways. Students who participate in this challenge will use or develop software that implements OGC standards (http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/is).

For example, the software application can do some or all of the following:

  • Mash up data from a variety of existing geospatial Web services that provide location data
  • Provide access to new sources of location data (including, for example, sensors, computer models, webcams, 3D urban models, mobile devices, or spatial databases) to support innovative applications.
  • Provide access to original new Web services that provide processing capabilities for innovative applications that use new or existing location data.

Our objective is to promote the awareness and utility of OGC standards, demonstrate the value of geospatial interoperability, and promote innovative uses of the OGC standards and services. You can use existing Web services and clients or build your own. Be creative! Ideas for application themes include:

Open Category; Use Your Imagination! Ideas could include, but are not limited to:
  • Transportation, Public Safety, Urban Planning and Modeling
  • Social, Personal Productivity, Games, Fun
  • Non-profit: Education / Water / Food and Hunger / Health / Climate / Environment
  • Sensing, Smart Cities
  • Crowd Sourcing, Citizen Science

We encourage that the software draw on data and resources from any publicly available online web service that implements OGC standards such as the OGC Web Map Service Interface Standard, the OGC Web Feature Service Interface Standard, or the OGC Sensor Observation Service Interface Standard. We’re looking for creativity, and for applications that maximize the use of OGC standards, drawing from multiple OGC data sources and combining and fusing information in an interesting, useful way. Apps running on desktop, tablets, smart-mobiles and even a Facebook APP are included in the challenge.