“It is inspiring to see the inventive concepts submitted by fresh thinkers from both start-ups and well-established companies who are leveraging location to create a new level of relevancy for end users,” said Darren Koenig, director of wireless, Internet and telecom markets, Tele Atlas. “This year, we are thrilled to welcome our industry partners Autodesk and SiRF as sponsors of the Series, and we look forward to their collaborations with us to further support innovation in the LBS arena.”
The Maps in Apps contest was created to help spur the growth of consumer and business applications that utilize mapping or location to enhance functionality. Past finalists in Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series programs have leveraged their success to launch commercial location-based solutions. This year, the Maps In Apps contest was judged by experts from industry-leading companies, including Autodesk, deCarta, Human Factors International, Motorola, Networks In Motion (NIM), Research In Motion and SiRF. To download podcasts of some of the judges discussing impressions of the applications and commentary on the LBS industry, please visit: http://staging.porternovelli.com/teleatlas/digitallibrary/single.cfm.
The 2008 Maps in Apps finalists are:
CTIA IT & Entertainment attendees are invited to view demonstrations in the Tele Atlas booth, #717, from September 10-12 and then to vote via SMS or paper ballot for their favorite application. SMS codes for voting will be provided in the booth. The winner will be selected in a live voting event at the conference. One grand prize winner will be awarded $25,000 in cash and $50,000 in Tele Atlas map data; two runners up each will receive $10,000 in cash and $20,000 in Tele Atlas map data. Additionally, Tele Atlas named Dial Directions as runner-up and 3-GIS as the best enterprise application; Dial Directions will also exhibit in the Tele Atlas booth at the event.
The annual Maps In Apps competition is part of the ongoing Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series, which serves in conjunction with Tele Atlas DeveloperLinkSM to help foster innovation and enable application developers to increase their visibility, credibility and success with key participants in the industry including investors, carriers and technology providers.
About Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series
The Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series features the Maps In Apps contest, LBS-Out the Box contest in EMEA, the Attendee Choice Awards at CES and the Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series held at the Wireless Innovations Conference and VentureWire Mobile Technology Summit produced by Dow Jones. More information on the programs, including details for submitting applications, is available at: http://www.lbsseries.com.
About Tele Atlas DeveloperLink
Designed to provide Internet, mobile and other next-generation
application developers access to technology, business tools and services
that can help reduce their time to market and increase their potential
for success, Tele Atlas DeveloperLink features an expanding library of
sample map data and applications, technical tools and business
information. Launched in the spring of 2006, the Tele Atlas
DeveloperLink community has grown rapidly and now includes thousands of
active participants, making it one of the world’s
largest communities of geographic application developers. Learn more at