No, I am not making this up: the National GeoTech Center and San Diego State University are sponsoring a map design competition aimed at promoting spatial thinking and geospatial technology awareness in high schools, community colleges, and universities in the United States. That part doesn’t sound so out of the ordinary, but what is definitely NOT ordinary is the subject matter, bizarre maps. And I quote: “[bizarre] refers to maps that are strikingly out of the ordinary. Though all maps must use real-world data, successful entries might employ unusual techniques, illustrate bizarre topics, or exhibit striking patterns.”
Interested? Read on: the award for the 1st prize will be $5000 cash, 2nd prize: $1000 cash, 3rd prize: $600 cash, 4th – 10th prizes: $200 cash for each.
Contestants must be full-time students in high school, community college, or a university (undergraduate students only) in the United States. Entries are due March 22, 2010.
For more information and contest rules, check out the contest flyer.