INCA Story Map Challenge

In association with Esri India

What are Story Maps?+

Story Maps are a simple, yet powerful medium to inform, engage, and inspire people with any story you want to communicate that involves maps, geography, or location.

Story maps use geography as a means of organizing and presenting information. They convey the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic context. They also combine interactive maps with other rich content—text, photos, video, and audio—within user experiences that are basic and intuitive.

Tips & tricks!+

Even if you have never developed a story map before, we have the right tools and resources for you to learn. Take advantage of blog posts and tutorials to help you get started and explore story map galleries for inspiration. Check out our Story Maps apps page, choose the Story Maps app you would like to use, and simply follow the step-by-step instructions.


If you want to dive deeper, we have assembled a variety of helpful tutorials, videos, articles, and more, so you can take your mapmaking skills to the next level. See more

Themes and Templates+

The story map can be around the conference theme “New Age Cartography in Web services and applications”.

Sub Themes:

  • Mapping with UAVs or Drones
  • Urban mapping and Smart Cities
  • Advances in Geospatial data generation Technologies
  • Geospatial Intelligence and Defence mapping
  • Land, Water & Forest Resource mapping
  • Mapping for Location Based Services

Contestants will get bonus points for making story maps around above sub themes. However, contestants can also make story maps beyond these.


Story maps will be judged on the below parameters:

  • Template used
  • Visual impact
  • Use of multimedia
  • Supporting information
  • Maps/Icons/Pop ups

INCA will recognize the top two-story maps at the 39th INCA International Congress, Dehradun

Also, the two winners will receive ArcGIS personal use license from Esri India.

View the full contest rules here [PDF].

If your map could tell a story, what would it say?

Enter this contest designed exclusively for Indian university students and stand a chance to win attractive prizes and attain recognition for your story mapping skills.

Enter the challenge

Every day, we know you are creating insightful and cool story maps. Now is the time to participate in INCA Story Map Challenge, organized for Indian University students and share your creation to win exclusive prizes. Entries will be judged on how effectively participants make the subject matter interesting, understandable, and engaging.


Step 1 Login to Esri developer site and register an account to get free credits.
Step 2 Use Esri Account to create a Story Map on Esri Story Map platform.
Step 3 Check out our Story Maps apps page, choose the Story Maps app you would like to use, and simply follow the step-by-step instructions.
Step 4 Submit your entry here latest by November 30, 2019. Story maps modified after the last submission day will be disqualified.

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Discover more and view the Esri Story Maps gallery