New Delhi: With the view to further improve Google Maps for India, Google has announced India's first ever mapping competition - Mapathon 2013 - which starts on February 12 and culminates on March 25, 2013.
It is an India-wide mapping contest, which is open to anybody who lives in India. "We're inviting Google Maps users from all over the country to help us create better maps for India by adding knowledge of their neighbourhoods through Google Map Maker. And there's something in it for everyone," said Google in a blog post.
The top 1000 mappers in India can get a chance to win Android tablets, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise.
The registrations for the competition have opened. Click here to participate.
How does it work?
Google Map Maker is a tool that allows users to add more detail to Google Maps through a few simple clicks. Using Google Map Maker, you can select a specific area on Google Maps and add new information based on your own local knowledge or by referencing the satellite imagery on Google Maps. With just another click, you can save and submit your input - and once the submitted edit has been verified, the new information will be added to Google Maps.
Google Map Maker was first conceptualised in India, and Map Maker is now used across the world.