National Educational Competition “Exploring the World with GIS” Launched

Teachers, students and students from all over the country can enter and win many prizes

On September 18, the National Educational Competition “Learning the World with GIS” was launched, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Culture, in partnership with leading academic, branch and media organizations. It is part of the events on the occasion of the World Day of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in our country. The competition aims to encourage teachers, pupils and students to make wider use of the rich possibilities of web maps and GIS technologies and to show their skills, ideas and projects.

GIS Contest

Until October 13, all interested parties can declare their participation in the competition by registering in one of the following 4 categories:
• Teachers
• Students
• Team
• Students.

Using the easy-to-use web GIS platform ArcGIS Online, those who want to get involved can create a map, a digital story in the form of a storymap or another GIS project on a topic of interest to them – from education, history and culture, to nature conservation, to lesson resources and other topics of each participant’s choice.
Access to ArcGIS Online and its applications for web and mobile maps is available to all Bulgarian schools under the “GIS in School” program, as well as universities using the Esri academic program. All other contest entrants can create a free public ArcGIS Account.
The deadline for submitting the finished projects is October 27, 2023 to email:
Many prizes are provided for the winners: cash prize, free GIS training, specialized GIS atlases, books, diplomas, etc.
All created web maps and applications will be included in a virtual exhibition accompanying the conference on the occasion of World GIS Day on November 15, 2023. The largest event in this field in our country has been organized for more than 20 years by Esri Bulgaria in partnership with leading organizations from different fields. The winners of the educational competition will be awarded at an annual awards ceremony on the occasion of GIS Day.
Find out more and sign up today on the Learning the World with GIS page.

The competition is organized by Esri Bulgaria with the sponsorship of:
Sofia Voda AD, part of Veolia and Electrohold Bulgaria.

Partners are: Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Faculty of Geology and Geography at SU “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Economics at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at SU “St. Kliment Ohridski”, University of Architecture, Construction and Geodesy, University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski”, University of National and World Economy, National University Center “GIT”, Military Academy “Georgi Sava Rakovski”, Forestry University, Southwestern University “Neofit Rilski”, Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”, Higher School of Telecommunications and Posts , University “Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov” – Burgas, Educational Initiative Space School, University of Shumen “Bishop Konstantin Preslavski”, University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”, University of Veliko Tarnovo “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, UniBIT, EduTechFlag, Az-buki Publishing House,,, Atlantic Club in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Cartographic Association, Bulgarian Geographical Society,, National Geographic Bulgaria, , bTV Media Group, Digitalk, BNR, City Media Group.