Cartifact Map Award and other GIS Competition News
Cartifact will sponsor a Map Innovation Award with a top prize of $10,000 to be given for the best map-focused innovation of 2012. The company made the kick-off announcement Tuesday at the O'Reilly Where Conference in San Francisco. Bruce Daniel, Director of Cartifact Labs and coordinator of the competition explained, "Maps are in a renaissance today, becoming a fundamental way of understanding data and location. We hope to foster a wide-open push to develop innovative maps and mapping tools, and in the process create an exciting opportunity within the community of mapmakers and developers."
It runs through 2012 with the winner announced at the Where Conference next year.
SkyScanner is giving away ten Crumpled City Maps (they cover 30 big cities) in a drawing which closes April 30. The maps are printed on fabric that's waterproof and rather indesrtuctible, so you don't fold them, just crumple them.
Code for America is recruiting civic startups for a four month Accelator program starting in August. The three to five companies selected get funding, mentoring, marketing support and more. Have any other geo companies been selected? Yes: SeeClickFix. Applications due by June 1.