Google announces map contest for $50K

Google has announced their first Map Maker Global Competition, which asks users to add high quality data on universities, schools, hospitals and medical clinics using Google Map Maker. Running until January 31st, 2010, the winner will receive a $50,000 UNICEF donation to a country of their choice.

The winner, whom may be an individual or part of a team, will also receive a VIP tour of local projects that will benefit from the donation and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Google Super Mappers 2010 conference. And of course, the winners contributions will appear on Google Maps.

Although Google is looking for the person who submits the most entries, all entries are subject to moderation by other participants to ensure submissions are of an acceptable quality. In turn, you will also moderate others' submissions, making it helpful to work with a partner or team. The quantity and quality of moderation performed will also be taken into consideration by the judges.

Leader of UNICEF's innovation drive focusing on youth, Gerrit Beger said, "We are delighted that Google is supporting UNICEF's efforts to help build a world fit for children. We know that mapping is a proven method to enhance community development. Google Map Maker is a powerful tool to create better situational awareness for both young people and communities at large. It will enable organizations like ours to better deliver services, respond to crises and adapt to change."

Google's Latin America mapping competition, which ended on Tuesday, saw over 50 teams from around the world participate, leading to a 500% increase in mapping activity. The winners from that competition will be announced on January 8, 2010.

Those interested in taking part can register here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/mapmake...obal/index.html

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Google getting the masses to update their data for them for a measly $50K. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

Leave it to them to undercut outsourcing to India, and appear charitable at the same time. Pure genius.

Soldiers33, you do realise you've just announced to Neowin 3 times that charity's are a waste of time? Let's say we're all glad you're not going to be put in charge anywhere any time soon.

xfodder said,
lol @ all the greedy fekers who came here expecting to win prize money.

My thoughts exactly. And good for Google for doing this.
Better the money went to Charity than some of the greedy on this thread who perhaps don't understand the needs of others less fortunate.

Then don't do it. This is a voluntary thing for people who enjoy this and want to donate their winnings to charity. It's not like someone is making you do this.
On a side note you must be extremely cold-hearted to call a donation to a charity useless.

bluewind. said,
The inhumanity of some people really sickens me. What's in it for me? Give me a freaking break.

Seriously. Though TBH the amount of the donation is really low. Also the winner gets to go to a mappers convention or something.

bluewind. said,
The inhumanity of some people really sickens me. What's in it for me? Give me a freaking break.

Google could always give a $50,000 donation to charity without any stupid contest.

I hate these types of promotions, Starbucks does the same thing, they say they'll donate a percentage of their profit on some certain day to charity. Its just a gimmick to lure in customers. They have enough profit though to donate to charity without some marketing promotion, and it helps their image as a company either way.

You're all looking at this the wrong way.
Can you imagine how many girls you'd get if you told them you donated 50 grand to help sick kids?

DaveAlmighty said,
You're all looking at this the wrong way.
Can you imagine how many girls you'd get if you told them you donated 50 grand to help sick kids?


Most girls I know would of said "that's a waste, you should of saved it..."

well thats stupid. like im gonna waste my time taking pictures too have the money sent somewhere else? What good will giving the money to charity do to me?

You really have a good grasp of what "charity" means then ;)
I mean, what's the point in all those idiots that run a marathon for charity, what a waste of their time too eh?

interesting way to populate that maps, get tons of people to update them, and only pay out the "top" persons location of choice

yup... Not alot of people are gonna want to get into this unless there is something in for them! But then again you get the one or two hipsters out there who wouldnt mind doing this. (now not that it is a bad thing), but yet, it takes alot of time and effort to do this!