MapQuest Developer Blog

Sponsoring HackCU III: The Largest Hackathon in the Rocky Mountain Region

MapQuest loves hackathons. Whether we're sponsoring, mentoring or helping students utilize our APIs and SDKs, we love to be involved. We particularly love getting involved at a local level, helping mentor the up-and-coming tech generation, who may be sitting at a desk next to us one day!

On April 22-23, 2017, we sponsored HackCU III, the largest hackathon in the Rocky Mountain region. More than 400 students, from all over the country, descended upon University of Colorado–Boulder to express their creativity, ingenuity and determination to create anything their hearts desired.

MapQuest opened up our APIs, SDKs, and our new spatial intelligence platform, MapQuest.io. We also handed out a ton of great swag and sponsored a grand prize for the top team who utilized our products in the most innovative way – Ultimate Ears bluetooth & waterproof speakers for all.

Out of six teams using MapQuest, we could only choose one winner. That team was ...

OBD Buddy

Expanding navigation application capabilities, OBD Buddy paired on board diagnostics data from a vehicle with MapQuest's Directions and Search APIs. The end result provided drivers and riders with contextual information and suggestions based on their location and car data.

For example, a user is on a road trip and realizes that they are running low on fuel. Because the application knows their destination, and how much fuel they have left, OBD Buddy quickly warns them and suggests the nearest gas stations. From there, the user has the opportunity to add the nearest station as a way point, and be redirected for a refuel.

Congratulations to all the teams who participated in HackCU III. Read more about OBD Buddy's project here and be sure to sign up for a free developer account to access our location-based APIs and SDKs.

New Video: Verizon Telematics Partners with MapQuest for Business

Do you ever wonder how MapQuest for Busine powers other companies and their cutting edge solutions? Verizon Telematics' busine units including OEM, Hum and fleet leverage several of our APIs and SDKs. Watch the video below to learn how we beat out other suppliers to become Verizon Telematics' pref...

Parking woes. What are we doing about them?

Remember that time when you... Mi ed the opening act at that concert because you couldn't find parking nearby in time? Couldn't enter the mall parking garage because you didn't know the entrance didn't have enough clearance for your roof mounted bike? Had to walk down 50 stairs with your baby in...

Big data is a lot like my junk drawer

This morning, I took a look through the junk drawer in my kitchen, and it wasn't pretty. I found quite a few useful things, including my car keys, a $5 bill and a Starbucks gift card. But I also found things that were of no use to me whatsoever: keys to a car I haven't owned in 5 years, 100 loose to...

Helping Creators Utilize Location Services at SXSW

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 mi ion, we had to join. On March 14-15, MapQuest for Busine as...

Verizon ThingSpace developers now have direct free access to MapQuest Developer APIs, SDKs on ThingSpace Develop

When MapQuest became part of Verizon's Product Innovation and New Busine organization in January 2017 we had two major goals: 1. Become the Location Center of Excellence for all new Verizon solutions 2. Expand the Verizon partner developer ecosystem to include MapQuest APIs, SDKs and location intel...

Track your transactions quickly and easily

We want to make sure you're always in the know and never caught off guard when it comes to your transaction usage. That's why we made it painle to pull a transaction report for your MapQuest account at any given time. View Your Transaction Usage Log into your MapQuest account and shimmy on over to...

Females Empowering Females at T9 Hacks

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,...

SocialRadar's LocationKit SDK to be retired April 30, 2017

For more than three years SocialRadar (now a part of MapQuest, see more below) has helped hundreds of developers with their location needs with our LocationKit SDK. However, since the introduction of our PlaceKit Maps, it has become clear that the PlaceKit data and maps are the largest innovation in...

Night mode now available with MapQuest's Mobile Map SDKs

Hot off the pre ! We have the latest and great version of our Mobile Map SDKs for both Android and iOS. Android Map SDK version 1.3.20 and iOS Map version 3.4.1-1.0 are now available for download on our Android documentation page and iOS documentation page. Both Android and iOS SDKs include a new ma...