Elevate everything you build 

Google Maps Platform allows developers to create unique location-based experiences using our APIs & SDKs. Now is your chance to build or expand an existing app to incorporate rich location experiences using the latest APIs and push the boundaries of what is possible with our platform.

In this hackathon we invite you to use Google Maps Platform APIs and SDKs. Build a unique app in one of the following categories.

Map Customization

Use Cloud-based map styling to create custom map styles for real-time updates across all devices and platforms. The new Cloud-based map styling makes it easy to tailor experiences for specific industries or customer needs with hundreds of customization types.

See examples and more details about how to customize your map.

Data Visualization

Let data tell a unique story. Help make decisions and improve overall operational efficiencies by displaying data on your map. 

See examples and learn more about how to visualize data on a map.

Mobile App

Use Google Maps Platform mobile SDKs to connect your mobile app and the real world. Leverage mobile SDKs to build dynamic, interactive, geospatial experiences for your mobile app.

See the available SDKs.

User Experience

Provide a unique experience for your app users with Google Maps Platform APIs and tools. Whether it’s unique transit information, a delivery game, or beyond, discover the breadth of capabilities Google Maps Platform has to offer.

Join the Discord community, explore the resources, and start building. With your Google Cloud account, you get $200 of Google Maps Platform credit at no charge every month.

We look forward to seeing what you build with our platform.

Requirements

What to Build

Build an application that uses at least two Google Maps Platform APIs within at least one of the following categories:

Categories
  • Map Customization - Customize your maps using cloud styling
  • Data Visualization - Visualize data on a map to tell a meaningful story
  • Mobile App - Mobile app that is built using any one of our mobile SDKs
  • User Experience - Most unique idea and map experience

 

What to Submit

  • Demo video. Show the judges your project in a recorded demo. Your video should be less than 3 minutes and show the project functioning as described.
  • Open Source Code. Your GitHub project code repository must include an open source license. Provide a link to your open source repository in your submission.
  • Write up. Be sure to include a description of your project. Explain why you built your project and how you used Google Maps Platform.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$24,000 in prizes

Best Map Customization

• $5,000 in USD
• Virtual coffee with Google Maps Platform team member
• Promotion of your hackathon project subject to Google’s discretion

Most Creative User Experience

• $5,000 in USD
• Virtual coffee with Google Maps Platform team member
• Promotion of your hackathon project subject to Google’s discretion

Best Data Visualization

• $5,000 in USD
• Virtual coffee with Google Maps Platform team member
• Promotion of your hackathon project subject to Google’s discretion

Most Mobile Friendly

• $5,000 in USD
• Virtual coffee with Google Maps Platform team member
• Promotion of your hackathon project subject to Google’s discretion

Honorable Mention (4)

• $1,000 in USD
• Virtual coffee with Google Maps Platform team member
• Promotion of your hackathon project subject to Google’s discretion

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Travis McPhail

Travis McPhail
Engineering Lead, Google Maps Platform

Matt Brightman

Matt Brightman
Product Manager, Google Maps Platform

Madiha Chan

Madiha Chan
Engineering Lead, Google Maps Platform

Malvi Hemani

Malvi Hemani
Product Manager, Google Maps Platform

Alex Muramoto

Alex Muramoto
Developer Relations Engineer, Google Maps Platform

Mike Pegg

Mike Pegg
Head of Developer Relations, Google Maps Platform

Ahsan Ashraf

Ahsan Ashraf
Product Marketing Manager, Google Maps Platform

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer
Product Marketing Manager, Google Maps Platform

Ilya Bezdelev

Ilya Bezdelev
Product Manager, Google Maps Platform

Judging Criteria

  • Implementation
    Does the project demonstrate unique uses of Google Maps Platform? How were the APIs used in the project?
  • Design
    Is the user experience and design of the project well thought out?
  • Quality of the Idea
    How creative and unique is the project?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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