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CityGrid LA Hackathon

The future of the World Wide Web is local. As we spend more of our lives on our mobile phones, local data and apps become critical in helping us find the restaurant for a lunch meeting, the bar where our best friends are Friday night, the local retail store to make our next purchase, and to interact with our city government to make the cities we live in a better place.

You can help shape the future of local, with the CityGrid LA Hackathon, a creative, local innovation event bringing together developers, local marketers, local advertisers and even local merchants to help build applications, data visualizations and other creative technology that helps define the future of local.

  • Event Title - CityGrid LA Hackathon
  • Event Location - CoLoft – 920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Dates / Times -  4/27/2012 6:00 PM to 4/29/2012 6:00 PM
  • Event Focus - Build any local web or mobile application or data visualization

The CityGrid Hackathon is meant to bring together commercial and civic hackers to build the next generation of apps we’ll use in our everyday local lives.

Prizes for the Hackathon are:

  • 1st Prize - $5,000.00
  • 2nd Prize - $2,500.00
  • 3rd Prize - $1,000.00

Prizes are not linked to any particular API or tool, but are awarded to the most innovative approach to a mobile or web app, or visualization that is focused locally. Judging will be conducted via Twitter, so bring your Tweeps to the event and make sure they support you.

The event starts Friday night 4/27/2012 at 6PM to kick off the event and continue through Sunday 4/29/2012 with hacking completing at 3:00 PM and winners announced at 5:00 PM. Food and drink will be provided throughout the weekend, so come hack (even if you are not a developer), and help make our cities a better place to live!

The CityGrid LA hackathon is the first of 9 local hacakthons in different cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, NYC, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Austin. If you’d like to be a sponsors, attendee or would like to help organize a CityGrid hackathon in your city, contact us:

CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack: Verizon Mapkit API

I’m spending more time building, what I’ve dubbed the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack, a list of APIs, platforms and tools that you can use in your local-mobile applications.  With the latest move by Foursquare to join the OpenStreetMaps movement, I’m focused on finding the best mapping tools for the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack.

First on my list of alternative mapping solutions is Verizon Mapkit API, which provides location-based services that include maps, search, traffic and static directions.  The Verizon Mapkit API is centered on a map object that provides a tile-based solution supporting multiple layers such road map/satellite/hybrid, traffic, and routes–with built-in controls for standard map operations such as panning and zooming using the host device’s native gestures.

The MapKit also provides a full set of search APIs delivering geocoding, geolocation and access to local content:

  • Address Search (Geocoding)
  • Reverse Geocoding
  • Local Search
  • Fuel Price Search
  • Movie Theaters
  • Movie Show-Times
  • Events
  • Event Venues
  • Traffic Incidents
  • Static Directions

The Verizon Mapkit API does not have a web API currently, but does support native application development on Android, iOS, Blackberry and Brew MP platforms. At first glance you may think the mapping solution is just for Verizon devices, but it can be used across multiple platforms.

The Verizon Mapkit API is a perfect addition to the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack. They offer a robust mapping platform that native mobile apps can take advantage of. The Mapkit API is part of the Verizon NavBuilder Inside LBS SDK, which comes with other APIs and tools I will be adding to the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack in future blog posts.