Google Map Maker Latin America Competition

Hundreds of mappers entered this competition to create and improve the maps of places they know and love. When the competition closed on December 15, 2009, we were impressed with the results. For example, mapping activity increased more than 1000% in some areas of Latin America.

Criteria

Competition entrants mapped tens of thousands of geographical features such as roads, parks, schools, businesses and more.

  • Mapping teams included up to 10 members.
  • Geographical features were added to the map using Google Map Maker.
  • Mappers joined our Map Your World group to discuss ideas and issues with other mappers, and find team members.
  • The competition ran from 12:01 AM CST on November 14, 2009 through 11:59 PM CST on December 15, 2009.

Judging

Entries were judged on the basis of the following general criteria:

  • Mapping quality: Mapping additions and edits must be accurate and detailed.
  • Mapping quantity: The more mapping additions and edits published, the better!
  • Moderation quality: Moderations of mapping changes must be polite, helpful, and correct.
  • Moderation quantity: The more moderations completed, the better!

Prizes

City Prize

Google donates 100 laptops to a university or school in the Latin American city with the highest volume and quality of mapping and moderation during the competition period.

Winner: Lima, Peru

Recipient university: La Universidad Mayor de San Marcos

Team Prize

Teams of at least 5 members were eligible to win the team prize. The team with the highest volume and quality of mapping and moderation receives:

  • A Netbook computer for each team member with more than 100 edits and moderations.
  • An all-expenses paid trip for team members with more than 1000 edits and moderations to attend the 2010 Google Super Mappers conference.
  • A video profile of the winning team and their town, to be featured on YouTube.
  • International publicity in the form of blog posts, tweets, and other recognition.

Winner: The "Ukrainian Team" consisting of 8 mappers in Austria, France, Peru and the Ukraine who used GMail, Google Wave and Google Docs to coordinate their mapping efforts.

Individual Prize

The individual mapper with the overall highest volume and quality of mapping and moderation receives:

  • A widescreen laptop computer
  • An all-expenses paid trip to attend the Google Super Mappers 2010 conference
  • A Top Contributor certificate from the Google Map Maker team
  • International publicity in the form of blog posts, tweets, and other recognition.

Winner: Daniel Mugaburu

"I've mapped several cities in Peru (my country of origin) because I know it very well, and a lot of areas need urgent updates. I've been mapping for almost one year already and I plan to keep on doing it. My motivation has always been helping others to find streets, hospitals, etc... in order to increase their life quality."

Born and raised in Peru, Daniel currently lives in Connecticut, USA.


Timelapse of Rosario, Argentina where most roads were mapped in one day for the Latin America mapping competition.