Universitas Gadjah Mada student develops app that uses GIS technology to boost tourism economy

Universitas Gadjah Mada student develops app that uses GIS technology to boost tourism economy

Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) student Ms Brigitta Maria Ledha won an opportunity to attend
the Esri User Conference
in San Diego, California for her smart tourism application, called LUNGO! Jogja.
This will give her the chance to showcase her application to around 15,000
visitors from around 150 countries.

According to the announcement
made by UGM, LUNGO! Jogja is an online application that aims to give tourists
travel recommendations all over Yogyakarta.

Ms Brigitta wished to offer a different
tourism experience to visitors who are coming to Yogyakarta. They will be given
useful travel tips based on their preference and budget.

She explained that her application was inspired
by constant visits from her family. Every time her family pays here a visit,
they would insist that she should be their tour guide around the area. And
although she had recommended several places for them to see, their reactions
were different since they had different interests.

This was why she developed an application
which would help travellers plan their trip based on their preference.

The 2018 Esri Young Scholar Award
Competition challenged participants to create an application that would be able
to highlight geospatial studies, more specifically, the creative use of GIS
technology as a response to the daily challenges being faced by society.

Ms Brigitta shared that her application was
a response the need of travellers to get tourism recommendations that are
catered to their preferences.

Participants presented their designs to
juries during the event, to which Ms Brigitta won her chance to fly to the US
and present her LUNGO! Jogja app.

Esri Indonesia Chief Executive Officer Dr
A. Istamar said that the designs they had received proved that talent of the
younger generation in Indonesia, when it comes to mapping, was growing.

There is an increasing need for geospatial
sciences such as Big Data Analytics, Field Mobility, and 3D Analysis in universities.
Thus, the students should be driven to find more ways wherein spatial
technology can provide a solution to real issues faced by society.

He furthered that Ms Brigitta’s application
did just that. LUNGO! Jogja was able to demonstrate how GIS technology can
solve problems among people and the business sector.

One of the judges during the competition
was Nazib Faizal, ST, MSc, Head of Sub-Directorate of Data Analytics and System
Development in the Public Works and Housing Ministry. He affirmed that Ms
Brigitta’s application addressed and important issue in the ecotourism sector.

He concluded that this project had made them
realise how GIS technology can boost user experience. This will help in opening
more tourism opportunities as well as new investments.