Last Saturday, Chad Curry from NAR Government Affairs and his wife, Julia, organized and hosted an art exhibit to raise funds and awareness for the conflict in the Sudan. They enlisted local Chicago neighborhood businesses to help sponsor and support their event. To highlight the participating establishments, Chad stumbled upon a new(ish) feature of Google Maps, My Maps.
Once he plotted all the points of interest, he showed it to the local Chamber of Commerce. Their reaction was one of awe as to how easy and useful something like this could be. I think the real kicker came when he told them that it was free!
So what exactly is My Maps? Well, the embedded map shows a bare bones overview of what Chad made.
Basically, My Maps lets you plot, point and annotate whatever you like on a map and then share it with the world. The annotated, and much prettier map can be viewed Here.
Some initial thoughts for this could be neighborhood boundaries, a map of listings of interest, Sunday tour map. It really brings digital mapping to the masses without needing to know any tech jargon like geocodes, polygons, or API’s.
Anyway….The event went off like blockbusters, they had over double the anticipated attendance, and raised over $4000 dollars to benefit the cause. To learn more about the event, please see showcase website which Chad put together or the Photo Gallery of the night festivities.
Way to go Chad!