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.