Since launching the the Google Places API Developer Challenge in August, developers around the world have been busy collaborating with major municipalities to create applications that address the most pressing needs in our communities. Based on feedback from developers, who want more time to create really impactful apps, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for the challenge through the end of November 2012.

The challenge invites developers to create apps that improve their communities or governments by using the Google Places API and its database of places and tools to create innovative applications.

With a global database of more than 95 million places powering Google Maps, the Google Places API enables you to search for information about a broad range of places around the world.  We also provide links to more than 30,000 interesting data sets on the Google Places API Challenge site at

Check out this video to learn more about the objectives of the challenge. 
Submissions are pouring in and we look forward to seeing all of the great applications that are submitted by November 30, 2012.  Public voting, as well as official judging by our panel of experts in civic innovation and application development, will begin in December 2012.  Awards for both People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice will be announced in January 2013.  Developers of the winning applications will enjoy an immersive VIP experience at Google I/O 2013, along with other prizes. We look forward to seeing what happens when the Google Places API meets inspired developers!
Posted by Rob Gray, Global Marketing Manager, Google Maps and Earth (Enterprise)
Rob Gray leads the marketing team for Google Maps and Earth Enterprise, which includes products such as the Google Maps API, Google Maps Engine, Google Maps Coordinate and Google Earth Pro. Rob has been working in the technology industry for over 15 years in a variety of roles across marketing sales and product management.