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Google Mapathon

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Google Mapathon is an annual mapathon event organized by Google that invites the public to make improvements to Google Maps, through the Google Map Maker. The event was held for the first time in 2013 in India, and subsequently in 2014 in Australia. The program ran onto troubled waters in India as it was accused of not sparing even the critical military-sensitive areas.[1]



The mapathon took place from 12 February to 25 March.[2] Aimed at increasing the amount of local information, prizes, in the form of 10 Samsung Galaxy Note 800's, 40 Samsung Galaxy S II GT I9100's, 50 Flipkart gift coupons worth Rs. 5000 each and 1000 Google Mapathon 2013 T-shirts & Certificates were promised to the top mappers.[3]

Over 26,000 participants who made 2 million contributions to Google Maps, a total of 800,000 POIs (point of interests) were added which include 22,000 health/emergency POIs, 30,000 stores and 52,000 restaurants/eateries.[4]

Google named Vishal Saini as the winner of the tournament with 32077 points.[4] Saini had mapped the city of Pathankot, which is quite close to military installations. The Survey of India informed the company of its violations of the laws and filed a complaint. Google, however, responded by saying that the company was ready to discuss any concerns.[5] On March 21, the Surveyor-General asked Google to stop the event, stating that it did not take any permission from agency before launching the mapathon.[6]

The only rules of the Mapathon were that you had to be a resident of India and only edits made in India will count.



The 2014 edition of the contest was held in Australia from March 24 to April 20. The top 315 mappers were given prizes.[7]


  1. ^ "Why is Google's Mapathon in hot waters in India? All you need to know". Tech2News. 12 August 2014. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  2. ^ Mapathon 2013
  3. ^ "Mapathon 2013 - Help Google to make Maps better and win prizes - India Only".
  4. ^ a b "Finally! Google India announces Mapathon 2013 Winners | DataReign". 9 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Google says its Mapathon contest is in line with Indian laws". 8 April 2013. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  6. ^ Sandeep Joshi (April 24, 2013). "'Google didn't take permission for Mapathon'". The Hindu.
  7. ^ Mapathon 2014