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The 52°North Open Source Initiative hereby issues a call for entries for the 
52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics.

The aim of this innovation prize is to encourage students to make a 
contribution to the development and practical realization of innovative 
concepts in the field of geoinformatics.
The competition is directed primarily at students of geoinformatics, computer 
science, business informatics and media informatics. Applications are requested 
from small teams of students (2-4 members); applications will also be accepted 
from individuals (who will also be referred to as teams for the purposes of the 

The innovation prize is being awarded by 52°North GmbH, con terra GmbH, ESRI 
Geoinformatik GmbH, the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and 
Earth Observation (ITC in Enschede) and the Institute for Geoinformatics at the 
University of Münster. All of these institutions are working together under the 
banner of the 52°North Open Source Initiative, with the common aim of promoting 
research and education in the field of geoinformatics. A central foundation of 
52°North’s activities is the constant exchange of research matters and 
innovative developments between academic and business organizations. Located in 
Münster, the 52°North Initiative possesses a level of potential which is unique 
throughout Europe when it comes to the development of innovative solutions in 
the field of geoinformation as a whole as well as in its constituent 

The innovation prize will enable the winning team to stay with the 52°North 
Initiative in Münster for at least a month. During this time, the winners of 
the innovation prize will develop their prize-winning ideas together with 
students and academic personnel from the aforementioned institutions. Their 
work should culminate in the implementation of a fully functioning open source 
software programme as a proof-of-concept.

Depending on the size of the student team, prize money of between 1,500 and a 
maximum of 4,000 euros will be awarded. The money is intended to contribute 
towards financing the winning team's stay in Münster. Upon successful 
completion of their activities, the team will receive a bonus of between 500 
and 2,000 euros.

The application can be entered in either German or English, and must include 
the following documents:
•      For the team as a whole: an explanation of the motivation and practical 
relevance behind the idea, a functional and technical draft plan for its 
implementation, and a time schedule stating the desired dates for the stay in 
•      For each member of the team: a curriculum vitae in tabular form, 
including previous studies, and a personal declaration.

The closing date for applications is November 30, 2008. The idea which is 
selected as the winner of the innovation prize will be developed and 
implemented in Münster from mid-February 2009.

For further information regarding this competition, please see: www.52north.org.

Please send your application by November 30, 2008 to:
52°North Initiative
Ms. Ann Hitchcock
Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24
48155 Münster

Dipl.-Geogr. Ann Hitchcock
52°North GmbH
Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24
48155 Muenster, Germany

Geschäftsführer: Dr. Albert Remke, Dr. Andreas Wytzisk
Amtsgericht Münster HRB 10849

Tel.: +49 (0)251 74 74- 520
Fax: +49 (0)251 74 74- 530


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