Mobile GPS App Maps Stars and Wins Money

Kevin Farnham, June 24th, 2008

The winners of the Spring 2008 WHERE Developer Contest have been announced. Contestants built some very innovative applications on the WHERE API, a platform from uLocate that lets developers create GPS aware applications for mobile phones.

The grand prize winner was Skymap, an application that uses GPS information to create a map of the sky including planets and constellations at your location (1 of 6 “astronomy mashups” on PW). The grand prize winner received US $5,000, a GPS handset, an application review from the AT&T location product team, and inclusion in the WHERE catalog.

The runners up were Mapicurious, which lets you share information about points of interest with others; DigOrDis, which lets consumers rate and search for nearby restaurants and other businesses; and VoiceMap.mobi, which lets you leave voicemail messages tied to a particular location. The runners up received US $1,000 in cash, a GPS handset, and inclusion in the WHERE catalog.

The WHERE API tutorial is a good place to start if you’re interested in developing a WHERE app. The tutorial lets you click on a flowchart of an example where API application, highlights the source code that accomplishes that task, and provides a view of what the code displays on a mobile handset.

The WHERE Developer Program overview has more information on using their platform as the foundation for your GPS location-centric application development.

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