Google India has announced a rather interesting kind of competition which is open to all Google Maps users in India. This is being called Mapathon 2013 and is Google’s way of crowd-sourcing accurate data about locations in the country.
The Mapathon will run from 12th February to 25th March. The requirements for this Mapathon are rather simple and straightforward. If you happen to know a location/business/venue etc. which is not marked on Google Maps, you can go ahead and add this data using Google’s Map Maker tool. Google has announced that the top 1000 mappers will get a chance to win Android Tablets, smartphones (Nexus 4? ), gift vouchers and other goodies. Those who are interested have to register for this competition.
I think this strategy by Google is a complete winner. Google’s mapping data is not always accurate and I have come across many discrepancies while using it myself. However, it is a really handy tool when it comes to most situations. Google has always been refining the data by using human intelligence instead of relying completely on its algorithms. In a fascinating article by The Atlantic’s Alex Madrigal, you will get to know how Google goes about its mapping operations. In fact that article also says that a large part of the mapping verification is carried out in the company’s Bangalore headquarters. Google’s Map Maker project was also first conceptualized in India.
If you want to register for this mapathon, you can go to the link below and start mapping all the place you know and frequent.
Registration Link | Mapathon 2013