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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. "
  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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, 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.