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  • Solving problems, creating new tools and pushing the boundaries of existing technology is MapQuest's bread and butter. I mean, we are the grandfather of mapping after all. So, when we saw that SXSW was hosting a hackathon with this very mission, we had to join.

    On March 14-15, MapQuest for Business ascended upon Austin, TX, to sponsor the SXSW Hackathon and helped teams utilize location-based services within Music, Film and VR/AR, as well as eat our weight in tacos and BBQ ... literally.

    When thinking about how MapQuest's geospatial APIs and SDKs could play a part, we were on the edge of our seats. We were also thrilled to hand out t-shirts, stickers, water bottles, mentorship and STM Goods Laptop Backpacks for each team member of our winning team.

    Of 23 teams, four teams incorporated MapQuest APIs into their final projects. Two that stood out the most included:

    Tuneback-
    A music application that takes users on a curated multi-track journey to discover the lineage of a song. Tuneback incorporated our Static Map API to visually enhance a song's lineage with recording locations for each track in the playlist.

    CreditWriter, MapQuest Winner-
    Credit Writer provides artists an application to socially listen to their crowd, reverse geocode venues and submit setlists so artists can get paid. Using our Geocoding API (specifically reverse geocoding), CreditWriter produced street addresses of venues by looking at the geolocation of tweet on Twitter.

    SXSW Hackathon

    Congratulations to all the teams participating in the SXSW hackathon, answering questions, such as: "How can musicians, filmmakers, or VR/AR designers use tech to create, perform, and display in new ways?" You exceeded our expectations by far.

    Keep on hacking! And, if you haven't, sign up for a developer account for all your location needs.

  • Recently, we proudly sponsored T9 Hacks, a hackathon promoting females and marginalized students in STEM. The 24-hour hackathon, which took place at CU Boulder's Atlas Institute, garnered more than 125 hackers, 65 percent of them being women!

    Throughout the weekend, we opened up our APIs and SDKs, sent our top female developers to help with all things location and promoted MapQuest as a local company that supports females in tech.

    Most importantly, we were blown away by the creativity of projects using MapQuest APIs and SDKs. Out of 6 teams using MapQuest, all used our location services in unique and exciting ways to help empower females. One team received Urbanears Wireless Headphones for each team member for executing this challenge the best. Some MapQuest projects included:

    • RefugeeXchange:
      Using our Static Maps v5, RefugeeXchange helps volunteers find ways to donate their time, households, services and monetary donations to refugees in need within their nearby locations.
    • Tinder4Tech:
      Also using our Static Maps v5, Tinder4Tech pairs females with nearby female mentors that can help with career growth, projects and personal development.
    • Women's Access Health:
      Partnering with Amazon Alexa, Women's Access Health utilized our Directions API and Search Ahead API to provide girls a safe place to ask questions regarding female health. If needed, they would be provided directions to nearby locations, such as Planned Parenthood or women's shelters.
    • Challenge winner, SquaUp:
      The winner of MapQuest's challenge, SquaUp utilized our Geocoding API, specifically reverse geocoding, and hopes to utilize our Directions API in a future release. SquaUp, a mobile app, provides females a resource that pinpoints individual locations while at a predetermined "home base." When a user of the group breaches their preset parameter, the group will be notified via text and provided locations to receive their missing-in-action friend.

    Congratulations to all hackers that participated in T9 Hacks. We hope to see you at HackCU III, using our locations services, on April 22-23.

  • We wanted to give you a heads up that our Terms and Conditions have been updated to reflect growth and changes to our offerings, specifically regarding refunds.

    Below, find key changes in our Terms and Conditions, effective Wednesday, Feb. 15:

    • Support & SLA, Technical Support:
      For customers with more than 15,000 transactions per month, email technical support is now available, at no extra charge.
    • MapQuest Developer Network, Upgrades:
      MapQuest may discontinue access to a MapQuest Service via any legacy product at any time without notice, and no refunds will be issued.
    • Fees and Payment, Fees:
      If you cancel your plan with remaining days in a month, no refunds will be provided as plans are billed in monthly increments. If you are not sure of your projected usage, we recommend you sign up for overages, which allow you to consume additional transactions at 10% increments.
    • Fees and Payment, Payment:
      License fees are non-cancelable and nonrefundable. Fees are payable in full by credit card for the initial term and any subsequent renewal term.

    If you have any questions on the Terms and Conditions associated with your MapQuest Developer Services account, feel free to reach out via our forum or email support, dependent upon your monthly plan subscription.

  • As developers within the Colorado tech space, our moral code includes the mighty responsibility of inspiring and providing critical tools needed to prepare the up-and-coming technology leaders of tomorrow.

    So, when we were approached to help sponsor a female and marginalized student focused hackathon, also taking place in our home state, it was a no brainer!

    We are extremely proud to be a sponsor of T9 Hacks, a 24-hour women's hackathon at the University of Colorado Boulder's ATLAS Institute on February 25-26, 2017.

    During the hackathon, we will be on-site representing with a crew of our top female developers. We'll be opening up our location-based APIs and mobile-mapping SDKs, while answering questions and helping teams kick butt.

    We'll also be handing out free t-shirts and stickers + sponsoring a grand prize of Plattan Wireless Headphones by Urbanears for each team member that creates:

    • An application/concept that uses location services in unique and exciting way
    • A finished product that empowers women in today's ever-changing world

    If you are, or know of, a university student or recent college grad that would love to get involved with this hackathon, head over to our T9 Hacks page for more information. From there, you can study up on our APIs and SDKs, sign up for a free account to access your AppKey, and register for the event.

    All skill levels are welcome!

  • As part of an ongoing process to update our map stack, we are retiring a few of our older services. The depreciation of our Flash Map SDK & Leaflet v1.0-1.3 will occur on June 6, 2017.

    Not to worry! We aren't leaving you in the dark. Instead, take a look at our mobile map SDK and v2.2 of our Leaflet Plugins, with richer features and capabilities than ever before.

    Mobile Map SDKs

    We now offer modern, native mobile maps for iOS and Android devices. Our beautiful 64-bit maps help to enhance your overall engagement with your users. You can deliver a fully native mapping experience across all platforms, allowing customers to have a consistent and familiar experience with you and your brand.

    Our mobile iOS and Android SDKs can be downloaded directly from our site, with helpful documentation included.

    Leaflet v2.2

    The performance, consistency, and capabilities of our Leaflet Plugins are always progressing, making them an increasingly better alternative to our Flash Map SDK. The latest version, v2.2, includes:

    • Light and dark map styles
    • Updated satellite imagery, including a hybrid option with roady/city overlays
    • Improved drag routing for mobile devices
    • Default traffic route ribbon
    • Enhanced icons
    • Additional zoom levels: 19 and 20

    Those looking to migrate to our Leaflet Plugins, please reference this migration guide on our Developer Network and these helpful demos on our Leaflet Plugins to transition to our latest version, 2.2.

    Need additional support with the migration such as professional service support? Please feel free to contact us at support@mapquest.com.