What is the ECCE App Challenge?
The ECCE App Challenge is an app development competition held by Esri Canada to help promote innovation and creativity within the Esri Canada GIS Centres of Excellence. Each year, teams of students at ECCE schools across Canada are tasked to create new and unique apps powered by Esri technology and open data to help address a problem related to a specific theme.
The App Challenge for 2023 will take place between February 17th and April 7th. Teams at each school will be given one week to complete their apps, and to submit their source code accompanied by supporting documentation, team profiles, and a video sales pitch for their app. These will be assembled and hosted in a GitHub repository used by the ECCE to showcase the apps created by each team, alongside previous years’ entries that may be viewed from the ECCE GitHub account homepage. You can view the source code of each app submitted, and starting with the 2017 challenge, you can view profiles of teams, access their video presentations via YouTube, and interact with live demos of their apps.
- Maximum 3 students per team
- Your app must use open data
- Your app must be based around on a pre-defined theme (to be announced to your team when you start the competition)
- Your team can choose any platform for development (e.g., Web, iOS, Android)
- Your team must produce a sales pitch video explaining what your app does, and why it is valuable
- Any source code that you produce for your app must be shared under the GPL 3.0 open source license
- Your team must submit a completed app to the ECCE program at the end of the week
How to I register or join a team?
In order to participate in the ECCE App Challenge, you must be a student registered at an ECCE school. If want to join a team, or already have a group of students from your school organized to form your own team, contact one of the ECCE directors identified for your school. The schedule will be determined at each school to take place over a one-week period within the February-April timeframe identified above.
How do I submit my app?
When your team has completed a project for the App Challenge, all of the required deliverables, including your app’s source code (if applicable), documentation, and copy of your video presentation, will need to be shared with Esri Canada staff administering (e.g., using a secure filesharing service). Once all submissions have been received from teams at all schools, they will be published in the ECCE App Challenge GitHub repository, along with a team profile showcasing your team members and your project.
What are “open data”, and where can I get them?
Open data are freely available data sets that anybody can use without restrictions. There are many different sources where you can obtain open data from, for example:
- ArcGIS Hub – Open Data (search over 100k datasets from over 6k organizations worldwide)
- Canada’s Open Government Portal
- Namara – Open Data from All Levels of Government
- Esri Canada Open Data Hub
- Open Data from Provinces & Territories:
- Open Data Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia Government’s Open Data Portal
- Prince Edward Island Open Data Portal
- Service New Brunswick GeoNB Data Catalogue
- Données Ouvertes – Gouvernement du Québec
- Ontario Open Data
- Manitoba Land Inititive
- Saskatchewan Statistics and Government Data
- Alberta Open Data
- Yukon Open Data Portal
- GEO NWT
- Open Data from Municipalities:
- Halifax Open Data Portal
- Fredericton Open Data Portal
- Ville de Montréal Portails données ouvertes
- Ottawa Open Data
- Toronto Open Data
- Hamilton Open Data
- Waterloo Open Data
- London Open Data
- Calgary Open Data Catalogue
- Township of Langley Open Data Portal
- Vancouver Open Data Catalogue
- Victoria Open Data Catalogue
Where should I start..?
We’ve put together a series of videos to help you get started with the ECCE App Challenge.
Please take the time to watch the whole series before you get started building your apps so that you are familiar with the variety of options available for creating content and building apps with the ArcGIS platform, and to ensure that you are able to share your apps with us when you are finished:
App Challenge Introduction and Tips
App Challenge Resources
Getting Started with ArcGIS for Developers
Open spatial data sources
Designing Hosted Feature Services
Introduction to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS
Introduction to AppStudio for ArcGIS
Tips for Sharing Content in ArcGIS Online
Updates and New Applications for ArcGIS
2022 App Challenge Winners
Please subscribe to the Esri Canada Higher Education & Research YouTube Channel to keep up to date with the latest ECCE videos.
Once you and your team have come up with a general idea for your app, one of the best places to start would be the ECCE Resources page. You can find many useful developer-oriented materials to help you build your app by using the tags listed to filter resources. You can also check out some of the example projects from past App Challenges hosted on the ECCE Github page for inspiration.