Google recently announced its first ever mapping competition in India called Mapathon 2013 from Feburary 12 to March 25, to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps of India.
The India-wide mapping contest is open to anybody who lives in India. Amateur mappers and mapping enthusiasts from all over the country are invited to help in create better maps for India by adding their knowledge of local places through Google Map Maker.
Google Map Maker is an easy-to-use tool that allows users to add more detail to Google Maps through a few simple clicks. 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 Google Maps satellite imagery. 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.
The top 1000 mappers participating in Mapathon stand a chance to win Android tablets, Smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise. The registrations for the competition have just opened, for everyone to join at: http://g.co/mapindia2013
Highlighting the USP of Google Map Maker, Jayanth Mysore, Product Manager, Google India says, “It has always been our endeavour at Google to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. One way we hope to achieve this is by mapping the world and what better way to do this than by asking users to map their neighborhood. Google aims to provide better maps for India by building better maps for the users, by the users. What started off as an initiative by a few Google engineers is now used across the world and today, citizens across India can participate in this great project through Mapathon 2013.”
Earlier World Bank and Google came together for “Mapathon” to support development in South Sudan in 2011.
Source: Google India Blog