NAVTEQ announced yesterday at the CTIA WIRELESS 2008 the Grand Prize Winner of this year's NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge, America: Ten 23
Ten 23's solution, SpotJots, is a location-based social blogging application that allows users to a upload their stories, reviews, pictures, video, audio and documents to their personal blog.
Three runners-up were also announced:
#1 Mediated Spaces's solution called The Wildlab enables citizen scientists such as birdwatchers to collect real-time information such as location, time and the species sighted on their mobile devices.
#2 HeyWhatsThat provides detailed information about the mountains and peaks around the user such as mountain names, elevations, contours and viewsheds -- all through the user's mobile device.
#3 America's Emergency Network's solution, AEN Mobile, alerts users about natural or manmade disasters within range of their devices by tapping into the AEN Central Database of emergency bulletins.
ps. The Global LBS Challenge is an important event in the location-based services industry because it challenges developers to build innovative location-enabled applications that work with mobile phones and/or wireless handheld devices using dynamic positioning technology. Participants compete for a global prize pool of cash, licenses and services from NAVTEQ and sponsors of the event, with this year's prize pool the largest to date, valued at over $4.5 million (US).