Google Announces ‘Mapathon 2013’Courtesy/Google

Google Inc on Thursday said that its mapping competition, 'Mapathon 2013', will commence in India on Feb 12.

The 'Mapathon 2013' is India's first mapping competition and is open to people across the country. The first 1000 winners of the competition will have a chance to win Android tablets, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise.

"We're inviting Google Maps users from all over the country to help us create better maps for India by adding knowledge of their neighbourhoods through Google Map Maker. And there's something in it for everyone," said Google in a blog post.

The enrolments for the competition which will culminate on March 25 have already begun. The competition is aimed at improving the Google's India map and to provide more local details to users in the country. Contestants will add new details to the Google map by using a tool called Google Map Maker. The tool will enable the contestant to select a particular area of the map and add additional information to it. Once the data is added, the map will save and verify it. The verified information will be shown in the map later.

"Using Google Map Maker, you can select a specific area on Google Maps and add new information based on your own local knowledge or by referencing the satellite imagery on Google Maps. With just another click, you can save and submit your input - and once the submitted edit has been verified, the new information will be added to Google Maps," explained Google.