Story Map Challenge and Call for Posters

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is proud to announce two exciting opportunities for college and university students to display their research at the annual Regional Conference & General Assembly on May 4 and 5 at the JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. This will be an opportunity for students to share their work with more than 1,000 elected officials, planning practitioners and various public, private and non-profit stakeholders.


SCAG is proud to invite student participants to conceptualize, create and submit story maps using the Esri ArcGIS Online platform and the SCAG GIS Open Data Portal. Esri Story Maps are web applications that let authors combine maps with narrative text, images and multimedia, including video. This is a meaningful way tell a story about work that is important to the region, to showcase plans and projects, to engage supporters and stakeholders, to illustrate the possibilities of big data and to highlight the usefulness of open data at the regional level.

SCAG is opening up a considerable portion of its data for students to create story using Esri Story Map platform. There will be a free training workshop at SCAG’s offices in downtown Los Angeles on April 7, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm.

A selection of the strongest story maps will be displayed and featured at the 2017 SCAG General Assembly in Palm Desert, California on May 4-5. Two submissions will also be designated as the “best in show” by a panel of judges; the creator(s) will be awarded scholarships. Winning submissions will also be featured on SCAG’s website.

To submit an abstract or ask any questions, email Mike Jones at

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SCAG is requesting abstracts for student-led projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to sustainability-related planning issues on a local or regional scale. Eligible submissions include any applied projects or research papers and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Sustainability: Promotes principles relevant to one or more of SCAG’s Sustainability Principles (Integrated Planning, Green Region Initiative and Active Transportation)
Innovation: Introduces a new concept or challenges or improves upon current planning processes
Transferability: Strategies/concepts that can be applied to different locations or programs
Feasibility: Project has potential to be realistically implemented
Presentation: Excellence in writing, visual content and overall organization
Submissions will be accepted from students currently enrolled at any accredited university or college within the SCAG region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino,and Ventura counties). All work must be completed by students, not faculty or university staff. Eligible projects must have been completed after January 1, 2014.

To submit an abstract or ask any questions, email India Brookover at


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