In favor of spatial computing contests and prizes
Spatial computing, e.g., as embodied in ACM SIGSPATIAL, would benefit from more programming and data analysis contests, aka competitions, aka prize challenges. We should expand the ACM SIGSPATIAL (GIS) Cup. This would increase interest and attract attention to the field.
Historically, contests have often generated publicity and stimulated advances. In 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown won a Daily Mail prize for the first transatlantic flight. In 1927, Charles Lindberg won the Orteig Prize for the first New York-Paris flight.
Kaggle provides a framework for running data science competitions, of which it has hundreds, including test datasets. Many are designed by for-profit companies, and have real prizes, up to $100,000.
Might we in the SIGSPATIAL community do likewise?