Google has given a clarion call – Come chaps, Map your country. Google has announced Google’s first ever mapping competition in India – Mapathon 2013. It starts on February 12 and culminates on March 25. The country-wide mapping contest is open to just about anybody who lives in India.

The top 1000 mappers stand a chance to win Android tablets, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise. The registrations for the competition have just opened. It invited everyone to join and get mapping at:

Mapping of local hospitals, schools, rivers, temples, and even petrol pumps can make a difference in people's lives.

So how does it all work? Google Map Maker is an easy-to-use tool. Using Google map maker one can select a specific area on Google Maps and add new information based on his or her own local knowledge or by referencing Google Maps satellite imagery. One has to save and submit the new input – and once the submitted edit has been verified, the additional information would be added to Google Maps.

“What started off as an initiative by a few Google engineers is now used across the world and today, citizens across India can participate in this great project through Mapathon 2013,” Jayanth Mysore, Product Manager, Google India said in a note.

(This article was published on February 7, 2013)
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