Google India launches Mapathon 2013, aims to improve local Maps offering

By Kul Bhushan | Updated 7 Feb 2013
Google India launches Mapathon 2013, aims to improve local Maps offering
  • The top 1,000 makers stand a chance to win Android slates, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise.

Google India has announced a first-of-its-kind mapping competition – Mapathon 2013 – in a bid to improve its Google Maps service in the country. The competition starts on February 12, 2013 and culminates on March 25, 2013.

advertisements

Google invites users across the country to add information about their neighbourhoods in the Maps through Google Map maker. The top 1,000 mappers in India can win Android tablets, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise.

Google has already opened registrations for the competition, and you can get more information about Mapathon 2013 here.

advertisements

How does the Map Maker work? “Using Google Map Maker, you can select a specific area on Google Maps and add new information based on your own local knowledge or by referencing the satellite imagery on Google Maps. With just another click, you can save and submit your input — and once the submitted edit has been verified, the new information will be added to Google Maps,” explains Google in a blog post.

Google reveals the Map Maker was first conceptualized in India and now it is used across the world. “The core belief was that users know their neighbourhoods, villages, and back yards better than anyone else, and so we designed Map Maker as the tool people could use to update these details onto a digital map.”

advertisements

Google Maps is one of the popular online maps services. Google has been consistently updating its Maps service, adding improved features, panoramic images and new geographical locations across the world. Recently, Maps added panoramic high resolution images of the Grand Canyon, covering 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads of the Canyon.

Google Maps is also being used by the Election Commission of India to help North East electors locate their polling stations and access other electoral information.

advertisements

Mapathon 2013 is certainly a welcome initiative from the search engine giant, as it is likely to prompt other Maps service providers in the country to improve their services.

advertisements
Kul Bhushan
advertisements
ASK DIGIT

Recent Questions

iOS 7 Maps or Google Maps
Rohit Mandiwal
Aug 13, 2014
Responses 3
Vivek Bhatt
Aug 14, 2014
Jyoti Prakash
Aug 15, 2014
Digit User
Aug 15, 2014
Comments
Be the first one to post the comment
Post a New Comment
You must be signed in to post a comment
advertisements