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  • Unlimited Free Maps with MapQuest API Community Edition

    Who doesn’t love free? Yes F-R-E-E. MapQuest is known for its accurate geocoding and flexible routing APIs but did you know that developers and businesses can get unlimited free MapQuest maps? With MapQuest Community Edition you can build both online and mobile apps and get access to highly accurate maps for free (there’s that F word again) with no usage limits for maps (check out our licensing chart for details). The combo of free maps built on commercial data and no usage limits for maps makes us different. Different in a good way, we think. Check out our Developer Network today to sign up for a Community Edition license, get access to technical information, blog posts, forums and more. We also offer our MapQuest Enterprise Edition for businesses that are looking for technical support, a service level agreement, geocoding only licenses and a whole bunch of other benefits. Call us (888-627-7837) or fill out our online form and one of our mapping gurus will reach out to discuss what might work best for you and your business. If you’re not sure whether Community or Enterprise is the best option for you, you can check out our Ts&Cs or just reach out to us and we can help you work thru that too. p.s. Seriously, if you don’t love free, tweet hashtag #MapQuestTech – we’ll send the first 50 of you a free t-shirt to convince you.
  • ButtonQuest: A Chance to Win an iPad!

    Earlier this week we announced a way for people attending SXSW to win an Apple® iPad™, it's called ButtonQuest. Wanna play? Here's how: The 15 Different Versions of the MapQuest ButtonQuest Buttons YOUR MISSION?: Find as many MapQuest Star buttons as you can. WHAT IS IT?: Play MapQuest ButtonQuest and earn entries to win one of three Apple iPads! HOW DO YOU ENTER?: MapQuest will be handing out 15 unique MapQuest star buttons over the three days of the SXSW Interactive Festival. Once you have five different buttons, go to our booth (Booth #401) and fill out an entry form. If you get 10 different buttons, we'll give you two entries. Find all 15 buttons and you'll get three entries! WHEN IS IT?: During the SXSW Interactive Conference from Saturday, March 13 - Monday, March 15. Drawing will be held for all three iPads at 3:00 pm on Monday, March 15. As a heads-up, you must be an attendee of the SXSW Interactive conference in order to play. WHERE ARE THE BUTTONS?: They're everywhere! Find the MapQuest team, dressed in red shirts and red hats, at various locations around Austin throughout the three days of the Interactive conference. To get you going, we'll have a different button offered each day in the MapQuest booth - so stop by! HOW DO I FIND THE MAPQUEST TEAM?: We'll be tweeting real time letting you know where we'll be next. To help you out we've created a schedule and map of our button handout locations but there will be SEVERAL other handouts you'll only find out about via Twitter. We also have secret button carriers - so make sure to keep tuned in by following us: @MapQuestTech and @MapQuest. We'll be using the hashtag #buttonquest to announce all the locations throughout the Interactive Festival.
  • ButtonQuest: Secret Button Carriers - Announced!

    Earlier we told you about the contest we're doing at SXSW – ButtonQuest – where you can enter to win one of three Apple® iPads™. While we've already announced several locations of where the MapQuest team will be at handing out buttons, we have also enlisted "Secret Button Carriers" who are attending SXSW and will be distributing buttons during the Interactive Festival as well as at evening events. We're going to blow their cover though – perhaps we should dub them "The Not so Secret Button Carriers". Regardless, we wanted to tell you who they are to help maximize your chances of winning. These guys will tweet out when and where they will be handing out different buttons for ButtonQuest so make sure to follow them on Twitter. Robert Scoble (@scobleizer) Erik Boles (@ErikBoles) David Stanley (@KiwiGate) This list may grow, so stayed tuned...
  • We're on a Panel at SXSW Interactive

    Location is going to be a very popular topic this year at SXSW Interactive. It's no surprise really. Geolocation features and applications are changing how we interact and consume information. These changes can be seen in the way news stories get reported, location data is visualized in near real-time (like how busy one coffee shop is over another), or something as simple as adjusting your evening plans by figuring out what restaurant your friends are at.

    The "Time + Social + Location. What's Next In Mobile Experiences?" panel will be talking about the above topics and more. The panel includes Greg Cypes from AIM, Naveen Selvadurai from foursquare, and I'll be representing MapQuest. We look forward to kicking-off the location-based conversation during the first day of panel discussions.

    If you're heading to Austin this week for SXSW, please add us to your schedule. The panel will be in Ballroom "B" on Friday, March 12th at 5pm.

    While you're in town, remember to join us for the MapQuest BBQ Quest at South by Southwest on Sunday to catch a ride out to The Salt Lick for some food and beer on us.

    You should also follow MapQuestTech on Twitter. It's our new account focused on development and technology news from MapQuest. It'll also be used to share information on MapQuest happenings and antics on the ground during SXSW Interactive. More on that next week, but trust me, it's worth the follow.

    See you in Austin!