We have a winner!

Tygron Student Contest 2019

Ladies & Gentlemen… We have a winner!

Ellie Williams

Ellie Williams is this year’s winner of the Tygron Student Contest 2019. Originally from New Zealand Williams now studies in the Netherlands. She impressed the jury with a project on sustainable water management in the city of Leiden that she researched for her Master Thesis in cooperation with Rijnland District Water Control Board. She walks away with 1500 Euros and bragging rights for a full year.

Second and third place went to students from Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Lubbert van Urk took second place with a project that dealt with sustainable industries. And Jelmer Nas took third place with a project that aimed to make the city of Basel climate proof. All winners will officially receive their prizes during the Tygron Water Symposium on 27 June.

We would like to thank all participants for applying and participating. Over 210 students from 48 countries took the time and effort to join the Tygron Student Contest 2019. We hope you will try again next year.

Kind regards,

Tygron team

Student Contest Winners!

Enter the Tygron Student Contest 2019 and show us how you would tackle the biggest problems facing our world today with your vision of a bright and sustainable tomorrow.

Tygron believes in transparency, democracy and sustainability in urban planning. We created the Tygron Platform with those ideas firmly integrated in the core. We provide the ideal tool to assess the present day situation, plan for the future and work together with all stakeholders to achieve a bright tomorrow for everyone.

The Sustainable Development Goals serve as a call to action to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that building a bright future for everyone requires strategies that balance economic growth with a range of social needs while dealing with environmental protection. Check the UN website for more info on the SDG.

We full-heartedly support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 goals address global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Tygron aims to be part of the solution.

And that’s where you come in.

Create a project that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals. You are free to choose what kind of project you would like to do. As long as you use the Tygron Geodesign Platform to its full capacity. That means exploring all its options and working with the extensive data sets and indicators included in the software. We do however strongly urge you to collect and use your own data and indicators as well. It will definitely impress our judges.


Apply now by filling out the contact form wich can be found by clicking on the sign up button at the top of this page. Be quick because we only accept 500 entries. After signing up you’ll receive further information about the contest and the Tygron Platform by mail. The contest starts on March 1st and the deadline is May 31st 2019. A jury of experts in the field will decide on the winners. First prize wins €1500, second place €500 and third place €250.


Whether we like it or not, cities are the future. Today, more than half of the world’s population live in urban areas and that number is rising rapidly. Every week 1.5 million people are added to the urban population. It is expected that in 10 years around 60% of the global population live in urban areas.

That puts enormous strains on the environment, because while cities are the center of the economy (generating over 85% of the global GDP), cities also consume 75% of the natural resources and account for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. With the rapid expansion of urban areas in the future, the need for sustainable cities is more urgent than ever.

source: pwc

Tygron Community


Create a project that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals. You are free to choose the topic of your project.
Multi-stakeholder session? Fine! Planning an affordable housing project? Equally fine! Calculating new developments? You got it!

As long as you use the Tygron Geodesign Platform to its full capacity.
That means exploring all its options and working with the extensive data sets and indicators included in the software. We do however strongly urge you to collect and use your own data and indicators as well. It will definitely impress our judges.

Finalize application

Use this assessment form as a guideline for your project. It also gives you insight in the criteria the judges use to give a score.

NOTE: Only when a completed assessment form is sent to in combination with a created project on the Tygron Platform are assessed and have a chance to win one of the prizes.

Rules and Conditions of the Student Contest 2019.

Rules and Conditions of the Student Contest 2019.

These Rules and Conditions apply to the TYGRON Student Contest 2019, organized by Tygron B.V. (“Tygron”). These Rules and Conditions are in addition to the general license conditions of the End User License Agreement (“EULA”),

Participation to this contest is subject to the following conditions:

  •  You are a student affiliated with an educational organization
  •  The minimum age is 16 years
  •  Only a completed assesment form in combination with a project on the Tygron Platform sent to is considered as official participation
  •  Only completed applications submitted up to and including 31st of May 2019 will be assessed by the jury
  •  You may only participate to the contest once under a valid name and email address.
  •  There is an maximum of 500 contestants. When we reach 500 applications the application form will be closed.
  •  Tygron withholds the right to reject participants in the event of suspected fraud or malpractice. Tygron furthermore withholds the right to unilaterally terminate your participation to this contest if you act in breach of these Rules and Conditions and/or the EULA without incurring any liability in respect thereof.

Price and award ceremony

  •  The contest has 3 prizes. First prize is €1500, second prize is €500 and third prize is €250.
  •  The jury of experts determines who the winners are for the 3 prizes on June 14th, based on their created projects. No correspondence can be made about the progress and the winner outcomes.
  •  You acknowledge and agree that Tygron may copy, (re-)use and/or publish the pictures and template content of your project for the purpose of winner selection and award publication.
  •  The winners are personally approached and may also be named in the newsletter at the end of the contest.

Your rights on the Platform

The contest and these Rules and Conditions hereunder are exclusively governed by and subject to the laws of the Netherlands.

Meet our jury

Erwin van der Krabben

Erwin van der Krabben

prof. dr. Radboud Universiteit

Prof. Erwin van der Krabben; Chairman; Professor of Planning and Property Development in the Department of Planning (Radboud University) and Professor of Real Estate in the School of the Built Environment (University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland).

Wessel Tiessens

Wessel Tiessens

Partner Urban Sync

Urban Sync is consultant for urban development. Wessel is an Urban Planner and a creative developer with years of experience in spatial projects.

Florian Witsenburg

Florian Witsenburg

CEO Tygron

Guest lecturer in Software Use for Community Engagement at the Peking University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Oxford University and UNESCO-IHE

Getting started

Below the steps to get you started:

1. Define your project

Choose out one or more of seventeen predefined UN’s Sustainable Development goals:

  • No poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Production and Consumption
  • Climate Action
  • Life Below Water
  • Life on Land
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Find more information about the SDG’s on UN’s website:

Choosing your project area:

Choosing in which area you want your project should be considered thoroughly. Take into account that the publicly available data can differ between countries. In the Netherlands we have access to a lot of open data on roads, buildings, ownership, spatial plans, water, social, etcetera. This data will be imported automatically into your project. If you load an area where the amount of available open data is limited, it is recommended to import your own data. More information about that can be found on our wiki:


If you have trouble defining your project, choosing a project area, or anything else about the Student Contest or the Tygron Platform, don’t hesitate to post a question on our forum! We have a made a category just for the student contest so you can start a conversation with us and the rest of the participants.

We try to put information on every subject of our software on the wiki or any other part of our ‘community’. You can access this community on our website or directly from the Tygron Platform by pressing the Community tab. Additionally, some panels have a question mark next to them which directs you to a corresponding wiki page. If you can’t find an answer on the community, post on our forum!

2. Download and install Tygron Platform:

1. Visit

2. Click on the download link and ‘Accept’ when prompted

3. Run the installer program

4. Open Tygron LTS

5. Log in with your student license e-mail and password

6. Go to Options  my Account to change your password

3. Create a new project:

1. In the main menu select New Project

2. Name your project

3. Set the language, currency and unit system

4. Select Empty Project

5. Move the square to your project location

6. Make sure the ‘Selection’ box is checked

7. Select Generate Map

8. Allow several minutes of rendering time

9. Save the project upon approval!

4. Start editing:

1. Go to STAKEHOLDERS  Stakeholders

Here you can add and remove stakeholders based on their relevance to your project goals. Selecting them allows you to view and adjust their details.

2. Go to STAKEHOLDERS  Actions

Here you can add the various actions each stakeholder can take. Actions allow new structures to be built in the project area on a location and range of your choosing. Measures can restrict actions to a specific location and range. Upgrades allow existing structures to be changed to a different structure.

3. Go to INDICATORS Indicators

Here you can assign indicators (or goals) to each stakeholder, corresponding to your project goals. The indicators can differ per stakeholder. For one stakeholder an indicator can weight for 60% of the end goal, for another only 20% and for another the indicator could be not relevant at all.

4. Go to GEO-DATA Overlays

Here you can add relevant overlays to your project. Overlays give information which you can use to decide where to make changes in the area to contribute to the indicators.

5. Finishing your project

Check if you meet all the project criteria before deciding to hand in your project form. Now you have basic project. You can continue this project by creating your own indicators, use indicators from the Index or share you own indicators. The Index can be found in the Community Hub on the Tygron Platform or on website

Look at the below-listed documentation and video tutorials to learn how to!

For support and more in-depth information, visit:

Tygron Geodesign Platform

The Tygron Geodesign Platform is multifunctional software, designed to provide insight into a range of geographical issues and their correlation with other topics (energy, water, traffic, air quality, etc.) in a fast and accurate manner.

The Tygron Platform has an integrated set-up as it works with all existing software packages in this field and performs as a central hub where data is collected and processed.

The Tygron Platform is project-based. The projects support interventions and processes in current and future affairs by providing a clear view of data and computing models. Data can be loaded and the Tygron Platform’s computing power can be used for your project.