The First National Educational Competition “Digital Stories from School and University” is Open

On the occasion of the World Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, Esri Bulgaria in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria, leading educational organizations and media, announced the first National Educational Competition for stories with digital maps entitled “Digital Stories from School and University”.

The contest is open for all teachers, high school, bachelor’s and masters’ students, and Ph.D candidates. They are invited to participate by presenting an inspiring story, lesson or interesting topic in a new, fascinating way with the universal language of interactive maps (StoryMaps).

The interactive maps combine one or more web maps with text, photos, and multimedia content that can make any story even more exciting. For those who have not used ArcGIS StoryMaps so far, the organizers have prepared a number of ready-to-use templates and video instructions.

Within the competition, each of the participants will have the opportunity to create an interactive map with which to apply in one of the following three categories:

  • Teachers
  • Bachelor’s and Masters’ students, and Ph.D. candidates
  • High school students

Take our challenge, present your digital story and win a cash prize, a subscription to leading publishers, and many more special prizes.


The presented maps will be evaluated by a jury, including proven specialists in the field of Geographic Information Systems, representatives of leading universities and business organizations in our country, laying the foundation for better communication between different communities in the field of GIS.

To join the competioition please register for participation by October 15, 2021 HERE. The deadline for submitting the stories maps is November 8, 2021.

Detailed conditions and educational materials can be found on the competition WEBSITE.


The winners of the “Digital Stories from School and University” will be announced on November 17, 2021, as part of World GIS Day, the largest GIS forum in the country, as well as on the competition website.

The official initiator and organizer of the World GIS Day is Esri – the world’s leading GIS company, which for more than 50 years has provided scientific advances, innovative technologies and powerful tools, making Geographic Information Systems an accessible and useful tool for more efficient deployment of ideas, plans and projects. GIS technologies are one of the three fastest-growing technologies in the world. They help to better understand the events and relationships between the objects in the world around us, thus facilitating the identification of existing problems, and provide the appropriate tools for making informed decisions.