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Archives for Bri Gust

Marketing Manager, B2B

"B2B Marketing Manager, focusing on upper-funnel marketing campaigns. Lover of maps, outdoor adventures & my two incredibly spoiled dogs. "
  • Retirement Announcement: JavaScript Maps API, June 5, 2018

    MapQuest will be retiring our JavaScript Maps API (Licensed & Open) on June 5, 2018, a little less than one year away.

    Don't worry, we aren't leaving you in the dark. We're thrilled to suggest a migration plan to our newly released JavaScript SDK library, MapQuest.js.

    What is MapQuest.js?

    MapQuest.js, the successor to our Leaflet Plugins, provides all of the power of the MapQuest geospatial platform combined with the elegance of the open-source Leaflet mapping library. Seamless integration with MapQuest's APIs allows easy interaction with the geocoding, directions, traffic, and search-ahead services, both with and without a map.

    Professional Services Migration Packages

    We understand that migrating could be challenging and takes ample time. Because of this, we're pleased to offer a variety of professional services migration packages at a discounted rate of $150 per hour to help ease your transition.

    Ready to get started? Package features dependent upon your level of need (click to expand):

    Don't wait until the last minute. Review our migration guide or contact us at support@mapquest.com, and we're happy to get you set up with a member from our professional services team to start the migration to MapQuest.js.

  • MapQuest.js Directions Now in Beta

    We're at it again! We've added to our new JavaScript library and you can now interface with our Directions API using MapQuest.js. Our team has worked hard to simplify the API to help minimize the number of routing functions and help you get ramped up faster than before.

    • Interface with our Directions API through MapQuest.js and create a route from point A to point B.
    • Add traffic along the route quickly and easily.

    • Include waypoints to a route and create multi-point routes.
    • Optimize up to 23 waypoints by time and mileage.

    • Include our new pop-ups with the mileage and time estimates for alternative routes.

    Javascript Library, Directions API

    • Add your own flair and customize the icons for the start and finish along with the route ribbon.

    Javascript Library, Directions API

    Now route yourself over our documentation page and start testing out our most recent beta release to our new JavaScript library — MapQuest.js. Keep us in the loop and let us know what you think about it!

  • Street Fight Summit: Debunking Location Inaccuracies ​​​​​​​

    Recently, we had the opportunity to attend Street Fight's annual Street Fight Summit in New York City as gold sponsors. The conference, which occurred from June 12-14, focuses on all things hyper local marketing.

    MapQuest was on hand to promote our newly acquired SocialRadar point of interest (POI) dataset, as well as hand out awesome swag: t-shirts, water bottles, stickers and more. Word on the street is that we have some pretty killer swag.

    Our Director of Business Development & Product - SocialRadar, Philippe Chetrit, also presented on the current pitfalls facing the location industry.

    If you're interested in learning about why low-fidelity points of interest data won't cut it anymore, how SocialRadar debunks common location industry myths and why it matters for marketing professionals, check out his presentation here.

    If you're interested in learning more about our robust and highly accurate SocialRadar POIs, reach out to us at sales@mapquest.com.

  • Building innovative products in 24-hours at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon NYC

    Recently, Verizon Companies MapQuest, Sensity and it's ThingSpace team joined together to co-sponsor TechCrunch Disrupt's Hackathon in New York City on May 13-14, 2017.

    Nearly 700 hackers descended upon Pier 36 to create new products utilizing sponsor APIs and SDKs for the chance to win big. Teams were also given the opportunity to present to a panel of expert judges and sponsors on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage.

    While in the Big Apple, we opened up our APIs and SDKs for developers to create an advanced, finished product that successfully implemented multiple APIs. Those that rose to the challenge competed to win:

    • First Place: $3,000
    • Second Place: $1500
    • Third Place: $500

    In the end, we had 12 teams utilizing MapQuest and Sensity Smart Cities APIs. Read on to learn about the top 3 teams:

    First Place: Val.ai

    Val.ai is an application that allows users to bid on local parking spaces that are occupied by autonomous vehicles. The highest bidder is alerted of their winning spot, notified using ThingSpace APIs and sent directions using the MapQuest Directions API and our Leaflet Maps Plugin, and the autonomous vehicles then drives away to find another spot to park in.

    Second Place: IntelliDrive

    IntelliDrive is an application that offers time-based, contextual intelligence to users on road trips. The app offers suggestions, such as nearest restaurants along your route and sends alerts and suggestions related to low fuel and gas stations nearby. IntelliDrive utilized ThingSpace APIs for notification and MapQuest's Search, Icon Service, Directions and Traffic APIs, as well as our ios SDK.

    Third Place: Swerve

    Swerve is a car collision mapping and visualization tool that helps insurance agents easily view and interpret collisions. Utilizing Verizon's Sensity Smart Cities APIs along with Device Messaging APIs, Swerve visually displays where a collision occurred and icons to show which vehicle was where at the time of the incident. Serve also used MapQuest APIs for determining the location of the accident.

    Congratulations to all of the teams who participated in TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. Now, go get some sleep and then keep on coding!

  • 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.