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Google Map Maker University Mapping Contest for the US and Canada


The period for accepting entries has now officially closed.

From February 13, 2012 to March 9, 2012, students from the US and Canada attending university improved the maps of their campuses as they competed in the Google Map Maker Map your University competition.  Highest scoring entries will be receiving prizes like Samsung Galaxy tablets, Samsung Android phones, Google Map Maker messenger bags, and more!  See the results below!


Congratulations to the winning teams of the Google Map Maker Map your University competition!

First Place Winners:  University of Waterloo


    



Second Place Winner:  Marist College 



Teams from around the US and Canada participated in the mapping competition.  Thank you to everyone who entered!





Submit your entry for a chance to win and help your university at the same time! Join together with up to three other student mappers to add high quality edits like university buildings, walking paths, public spaces, or restaurant hangouts near your campus using Google Map Maker, and your efforts could win a grand prize package worth more than $5,000 USD for your team.  

Map universities, campus organizations, local businesses, university buildings and so much more! Adding these features to the map will help students and visitors alike when they visit your campus. Having a complete, accurate and rich map on Google helps people in your campus community, businesses, tourism boards, civil services and even emergency rescue workers. 

Be recognized and rewarded for your mapping contributions. The contest winning mapping team will be a local campus hero.  Top mapping contributors appear on Google Map Maker and ultimately on Google Maps.

Judging:
Each bid will be evaluated by judges and will receive a score based on the following criteria.
  • Mapping quality: Mapping additions and edits must be accurate and detailed.
  • Mapping quantity: The more mapping additions and edits published, the better!
  • Review quality: Reviews of mapping changes must be polite, helpful, and correct.
  • Review quantity: The more reviews completed, the better!
  • Explanation and thoroughness of your mapping contributions: Share with us in a written or video piece why you have mapped your campus the way you have. Tell us what is important, and how that is reflected in your contributions to the map!
  • Have a mapping question?  Join our Map Your World North American forum group to discuss ideas and issues with other mappers.

Entry criteria:
Important Information you will need to know for the contest!
  • The competition will run from 12:01 AM PST on February 13, 2012 through 11:59 PM PST on March 9, 2012 and only edits submitted during this time will count towards your score.
  • Entrants must be current students at universities in the US and Canada.
  • Entrants must be residents who are citizens of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia or Canada, with the exclusion of residents of the province of Quebec.
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  • Map features must be added to the map using Google Map Maker.

Getting started is easy. Register for the competition today, using the links below, and start mapping in Google Map Maker on February 13!

  1. Sign in to Google Map Maker at http://mapmaker.google.com/
  2. While signed in, create a Google Profile. Map Maker will display your profile name in the Edit History of all your mapping contributions.
  3. Review the Getting Started help article and the competition rules below.
  4. Once you are ready to go, register for the competition using this form, submit and start mapping!
  5. Submit the explanation of your mapping contributions here before the contest closing 11:59 PM PST March 9, 2012.




Official Competition Rules for University Mapping Contest (US and Canada)

1. Description: The competition Google Map Maker University Mapping Contest for the US and Canada (the "Contest") is a contest asking University students (as individuals or in teams of up to four) from the U.S. and Canada to add new information about an existing map as well as also modify or evaluate existing information on a map of your University campus or the surrounding areas. A prize will be awarded to participants who submitted the largest number of contributions of high quality, as determined by the judges in accordance with this Regulation.  Additionally, a qualitative piece must be submitted along with entrant profiles on Map Maker, describing why they have mapped their campus and highlight important edits and attributes.

2. Sponsor: The sponsor of this Contest is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).

3. Binding agreement: To enter the Contest, you must have read and accepted these Rules. Therefore, you must read these regulations and ensure that you have understood and that you consent, before entering the Contest. You also agree that all submissions of information in the Contest implies acceptance of these Regulations. Otherwise, no tender will be considered for this contest and you will not be eligible for any prize. This regulation constitutes a contract which is binding between you and Google in connection with this Contest.

4. Eligibility: The Contest is open to any user who 1) is at least 18 years or older; 2) is a resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia or Canada, with the exclusion of residents of the province of Quebec; 3) is an enrolled, higher education student in either an undergraduate or postgraduate program; 4) has access to the internet during the contest period; and 5) has an active Google Account (the "Entrant" or " you "). Google Accounts are free to create; visit https://accounts.google.com/NewAccount to set up an account. Employees and contractors of Google and its subsidiaries and any entity involved in the development, design, organization and implementation of this Contest, and members of their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouses) and persons from their homes are not eligible for this Contest.

5. How to Enter: The Contest begins at 12:01 AM PST February 13, 2012 and end at 11:59 PM PST March 9, 2012 (the "Contest Period"). To register, you must follow the procedure for online registration, follow the instructions to create or edit maps of your university campus or the surrounding areas using Map Maker.  Google will only review submissions made in Map Maker before the end of the Contest Period. If your submission is illegible, incomplete or does not meet these terms, it will be disqualified. All edits and moderation must conform to the Google Map Maker terms of service.

6. Conduct: By entering this Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Rules. Any non-compliance may result in disqualification from the Contest. In addition, you agree to abide by the decisions of the Contest judges which are final and not subject to appeal. Google reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant that: (1) diverts or attempts to hijack the entry process or the operation of the Contest, (2) violates the Rules, (3) violates Terms of Use or any other regulation applicable to the use of any Google service, or (4) behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner or acts in a way which is detrimental to the smooth running of the contest, for example by exhibiting abusive, threatening or aggressive towards of any person. Any misrepresentation in the Contest regarding your identity, mailing address, eligibility to participate in the Contest may result in your immediate elimination of the competition. Google reserves the right to disqualify any submission in the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that it violates the rights of third parties or is against the rules. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE A SITE OR AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY ALSO BE A VIOLATION OF THE LAW AND GOOGLE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THAT PERSON.

7. Winner Selection: Each bid will be evaluated by judges and will receive a score based on the following criteria:
  • Mapping quality: Your mapping additions and edits must be accurate and detailed.
  • Mapping quantity: The more mapping additions and edits published, the better!
  • Moderation quality: Your moderations of other users' mapping additions and edits must be polite, helpful and correct.
  • Moderation quantity: The more moderations completed of others' mapping edits, the better!
  • Explanation of your mapping contributions:  Share with us in a written or video piece why you have mapped your campus the way you have.  Tell us what is important, and how that is reflected in your contributions to the map!

Contributions can be considered as bad as if they contain any of these items:
  • Poor delineation of geometric features on the map (eg lines not centered, curved roads inaccurate, ill-defined polygons)
  • Incorrect or misspelled names of the elements of the map
  • Creating new items on the map visible on the satellite image, without reasonable explanation for their inclusion
  • Roads incomplete
  • Wrong classification of map items
  • Misregistration of polygons
  • Bad syntax in the title and description (use of excessive or unnecessary use of numbers, letters or symbols)
  • Adding irrelevant information (eg my house, the school of John, etc.).

The Entrant who accumulates the highest score will be determined the winner. In the event of a tie, the entry which scored highest in quality and completeness will be determined the winner. In the event that the winner is disqualified for reasons outlined in these Official Rules, the next highest scoring Entrant will be deemed the winner.

In the event that no entries are received or if the quality of entries does not meet the criteria outlined above, no prize will be awarded. Decisions of judges are final and binding. The winner will be announced on or about April 1, 2012 and will be notified via e-mail.

8. Prizes: The winning teams or entrants of the contest will receive the following prize packages:

1 First Prize winning team or individual - one package per team member or entrant (up to four for teams of four) - will receive:
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.0 16GB (retail value $499.99 USD) Winners will be responsible for any service charges associated with using the tablet.
  • Android Galaxy Nexus phone (retail value $799.99 USD) Winners will be responsible for any service charges associated with using the phone.
  • Google Map Maker T-shirt (retail value $10 USD)
  • Google Map Maker decals (retail value $2.50 USD)
  • Paper spiral Google Map Maker notebook (retail value $5 USD)
  • Pair of Google Map Maker sunglasses (retail value $12 USD)
1 Second Prize winning team or individual - one package per team member or entrant (up to four for teams of four) - will receive:
  • Google Messenger bag (retail value $50 USD)
  • GPS data logger device ($119.61 USD) Winners will be responsible for any service charges associated with using the data loggers.
  • Google Map Maker T-shirt (retail value $10 USD)
  • Google Map Maker decals (retail value $2.50 USD)
  • Google Map Maker paper spiral notebook (retail value $5 USD)
  • Google Map Maker sunglasses (retail value $12 USD)
3 Third Prize winning teams or individuals - one package per team member or entrant (up to four for teams of four) - will receive:
  • Google Map Maker T-shirt (retail value $10 USD)
  • Google Map Maker decals (retail value $2.50 USD)
  • Paper spiral Google Map Maker notebook (retail value $5 USD)
  • Pair of Google Map Maker sunglasses (retail value $12 USD)
All registered entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

9. Conditions:  This Contest is governed by the laws of the State of California, United States.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. By submitting an entry into this Contest, You agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. Failure to respond to any prize notification or to return any required documentation may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. We will contact the Winner by email on or about April 1, 2012. Any potential winner who cannot be contacted within fifteen (15) days of attempted first notification will forfeit his or her prize. The potential prize winners may be required to sign, notarize and return an Affidavit or Declaration of Eligibility, a Liability/Publicity Release, and provide any additional information that may be required by the Sponsor within thirty (30) days following the date of first attempted notification. Failure to comply within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. The intellectual and industrial property rights to the Contest submission, if any, will remain with the Entrants, except that these terms do not supersede any other assignment or grant of rights according to any other separate agreements between Entrants and other parties. As a condition of entry, Entrants agree that Sponsor shall have the right to use, copy, modify and make available the submission to the public via Sponsor's websites for any purpose, including but not limited to advertising and promotion of the Contest using screenshots, animations and video clips. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for, and winners consent to, Sponsor and its agencies use of winner's name and/or likeness and entry for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. Entrants certify that their entry is original and that they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted entry and that they have the right to submit the entry in the Contest. Each Entrant agrees not to submit any entry that: (1) infringes any third-party proprietary, intellectual property, industrial property, personal rights or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; (2) contains lewd, obscene, or pornographic content; or (3) otherwise violates applicable law.


10. No Recourse to Judicial or Other Procedures: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Entrants agree that these Official Rules are governed by the laws of the State of California, United States.

11. Privacy: By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to Sponsor's use of personal information as described in Google's Privacy Policy. Entrants further agree that personal data, including name and address, may be processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the Contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by the Sponsor in order to check Entrants' identities, postal addresses, and telephone numbers, or to otherwise verify eligibility to participate in the Contest. Entrants have a right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data submitted to and held by the Sponsor in connection with this Contest by writing to Sponsor at the address listed below (Attention: Privacy Matters). If the required data is not provided, Entrant will be ineligible to participate in the Contest. The data will be transferred into the United States, and, by entering, Entrants agree to the transmission, processing, and storage of this personal data in the United States.

12. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, EACH ENTRANT INDEMNIFIES AND AGREES TO KEEP INDEMNIFIED THE SPONSOR AT ALL TIMES FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITY, ACTIONS, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES, DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES RESULTING FROM ANY ACT, DEFAULT OR OMISSION OF THE ENTRANT AND/OR A BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY SET FORTH HEREIN. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, EACH ENTRANT INDEMNIFIES AND AGREES TO KEEP INDEMNIFIED THE SPONSOR AT ALL TIMES FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITY, ACTIONS, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES, DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES FOR OR IN RESPECT OF WHICH THE SPONSOR WILL OR MAY BECOME LIABLE BY REASON OF OR RELATED OR INCIDENTAL TO ANY ACT, DEFAULT OR OMISSION BY AN ENTRANT UNDER THESE OFFICIAL RULES INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION RESULTING FROM OR IN RELATION TO ANY BREACH, NON-OBSERVANCE, ACT OR OMISSION WHETHER NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE, PURSUANT TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY AN ENTRANT. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ENTRANTS AGREE TO HOLD SPONSOR, ITS RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES AND ASSIGNS HARMLESS FOR ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE CAUSED OR CLAIMED TO BE CAUSED BY PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST AND/OR USE OR ACCEPTANCE OF ANY PRIZE WON.

13. Internet: Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission. Sponsor is not responsible for theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind. Sponsor is not responsible for inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

14. Not An Offer Or Contract of Employment: Under no circumstances shall the submission of an Entry into the Contest, the awarding of a prize, or anything in these Official Rules be construed as an offer or contract of employment with Sponsor. You acknowledge that you have submitted your Entry voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust. You acknowledge that no confidential, fiduciary, agency or other relationship or implied-in-fact contract now exists between you and Sponsor, and that no such relationship is established by your submission of an Entry under these Rules.

15. Severability: If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

16. Winners List: The names of the prize winners will be available at the University Mapping Contest page on the Map Your World Community site: https://sites.google.com/site/mapyourworldcommunity/competition/university-mapping-competition-for-the-us-and-canada
on or about April 1, 2012 for a period up to 30 days.