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    We MapQuest employees love our jobs, but some days, like today, we love our jobs just a little more.

    Today, we are helping lay the foundation for next-gen builders of culture and code.  In the end, some 600 Denver Public School students will fill MapQuest’s halls during a weeklong program dedicated to providing them with an “Hour of Code.”  Over the course of Computer Science Week (Dec. 8-14), each MapQuest employee in our headquarter office will lead an “Hour of Code” session providing code curriculum, instruction, an introduction to real careers that STEM education can lead to, mentoring, a completion certificate and homework to continue the learning.  The experience is meant to provide actual tactical knowledge, as well as reduce the barriers to STEM higher education and careers for students everywhere of every age.

    Our participation in the nationwide “Hour of Code” initiative underscores our belief in investing in STEM education for all and creating more opportunities for girls to choose STEM fields.  Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies are essential to daily operations at MapQuest affecting every department, every project, and every product and service we offer to consumers.

    “Hour of Code” is an initiative by CSEdWeek and code.org to introduce computer programming to 10 million students and encourage them to learn programming.  Curriculum and instruction tips were provided by code.org and several other accredited organizations, and technologists across the country were encouraged to offer time, instruction and mentoring to students of all ages.

    MapQuest and AOL volunteers in Denver, Dulles, San Francisco and New York will be instructing one-hour classes around code with curriculum that is pre-accredited, engaging and a baseline for future development.

    Dulles AOL / Case Center
    Tuesday, Dec. 9; Stone Bridge High School

    AOL San Francisco 

    Tuesday, Dec. 9; Francisco Middle School 

    AOL NYC / 770 Broadway
    Wednesday, Dec. 10; PS 282

    As our general manager, Brian McMahon, said, “While I’m happy these students will walk away with a general understanding of how code works, I’m happier the kids have a mentor and a friend to help them understand how and why code is cool. Obstacles and intimidation prevent so many from learning the basics of code, and this immersion will help lay the foundation that computer science is fun, interesting and the future of nearly every industry.”

    Representatives from the Department of Children’s Affairs, City of Denver; Colorado Technology Association; Denver Public Schools, and University Preparatory charter school students will host a pep rally before kicking off the inaugural hour of code in Denver this morning.

    Sessions will continue throughout the week with on- and offline lessons taught by the MapQuest Professor teams.  Host to numerous student groups throughout the year, MapQuest hopes to create an easy architecture and network of Colorado technology businesses that can support STEM activities within the community going forward.

  2. MQ_Urgently_BLogMillions of people think a roadside assistance membership is a necessary annual expense. But what happens to your hard-earned money if you don’t need a tow?  With its national integration of Urgent.ly‘s on-demand roadside assistance, MapQuest becomes the first navigation app to provide free access to these help services so you only pay as you need it. 

    MapQuest users across the U.S. can now seamlessly connect with emergency roadside help through our free mobile apps.  It’s the first time people in need of tow, tire change, fuel delivery, jump start or lock out services can contact nearby and available roadside help through Urgent.ly’s on-demand platform and extensive, nationwide roadside assistance network without the inconveniences and inefficiencies of traditional memberships or clubs.

    The nationwide, exclusive Urgent.ly integration also gives drivers the ability to locate, track and communicate with nearby roadside assistance vehicles, as well as pay for services needed – all without leaving the MapQuest app.

    How It Works

    Urgent.ly offers flat-rate pricing and only charges drivers for services they actually use.  Drivers who find themselves in need of roadside help need only:

    • Open MapQuest’s free navigation app (available in iTunes,PLAY or the Amazon App Store)
    • Tap the “Roadside Assistance” item in the MapQuest menu bar
    • Seamlessly connect to Urgent.ly through a unique HTML5 experience that does not require a separate app download

    After receiving vehicle information and a description of the problem, Urgent.ly locks in on your location and connects you to a nearby service provider – all within the MapQuest integration.  You can track the service provider’s progress on a map, along with its estimated time of arrival, and you are charged via credit card only after the service is completed to your satisfaction.

    If you haven’t heard of it, Urgent.ly is the new, trusted source for roadside assistance. A unique part of the growing on-demand mobile economy, Urgent.ly provides a timely, safe and cost-effective roadside assistance experience without a subscription or membership. It offers two-tap, transparent service; clear, flat-rate pricing; and cashless, reliable help for motorists in need of a tow, tire change, fuel delivery, jump start or lock-out service.

    As you gear up for holiday travel and the winter season, I hope you consider using the MapQuest app for all your navigating needs.  And though the best scenario is that you arrive at your destination without any troubles, we know the Urgent.ly features will serve you well if the need arises.

    Download the MapQuest app or update to the latest version today!

  3. MapQuest and MLB.com’s original online video series, “Key to the City,” hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedian Matt Fisher, proudly unveiled it’s “New York Yankees” video today. From Little Italy to 30 Rock, the “Key to the City” series highlights the heart of New York with a Yankees gameday itinerary best experienced with the industry first, seamless MapQuest integration.

    The new “Key to the City” online video series complements MapQuest’s original Gameday Guides, featuring articles created by MapQuest’s editorial team with area travel experts who know MLB ballparks and cities inside-and-out.  Check out http://gameday.mapquest.com/ for more info.

  4. MapQuest Awards 199 Amazon Coins for In-app Purchases 

    DENVER (June 16, 2014) – MapQuest, Inc., today launched a weeklong promotion offering 199 free Amazon Coins, Amazon’s virtual currency used to purchase apps, games and in-app items, to users who download the free MapQuest navigation app within the Amazon Appstore from a Kindle Fire or other Android  device, along with the purchase of an an MLB team kit.

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  5. MapQuest and MLB.com have launched an original online video series, “Key to the City,” hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedian, Matt Fisher, that accompanies MapQuest’s completely customized ballpark content featuring “Gameday Guides” for all 30 MLB teams.

     

    MLB.com “Key to the City” Online Video Series

    The original video series, “Key to the City,” located at gameday.mapquest.com, features new custom content for MapQuest’s community of travelers and baseball fans.  Upright Citizens Brigade comedian and MLB fan, Matt Fisher, hosts the new video series offering a unique, 5-minute episode on what to do on game days in select baseball towns.  From iconic tourism attractions to local hangouts to hidden gems, the “Key to the City” series highlights the heart of each town with an itinerary best experienced with the industry-first, seamless MapQuest integration.

    Feature cities include:

    ·      Denver: Today, Colorado Rockies

    ·      New York City: New York Yankees

    ·      Los Angeles: Los Angeles Dodgers

    ·      Chicago:  Chicago Cubs

    ·      Washington, DC: Washington Nationals

    ·      Boston: Boston Red Sox

     

    MLB Gameday Guides

    The new “Key to the City” online video series complements MapQuest’s original Gameday Guides, featuring articles created by MapQuest’s editorial team with area travel experts who know MLB ballparks and cities inside-and-out.  Each of the Gameday Guides features six chapters:

    ·      Welcome to the Stadium: History and key information

    ·      Before the Game: Get to know the best offerings near the stadiums

    ·      Inside the Stadium:  From gluten-free fare to exclusive micro-brews

    ·      Game on a Budget: When to buy, where to sit and the deals inside

    ·      Best Bets for Families: Make a child’s first visit memorable or get tips on the best experiences for families

    ·      After the Game:  From celebrating wins to drowning gameday sorrows, these places are worth the stop

    This original content series is part of the MLB.com and MapQuest partnership to deliver MapQuest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” smartphone app.

  6. Travel is more fun today, isn’t it?  Travel is easier, more intuitive, more fulfilling and just plain better.  If you had asked the good people who founded MapQuest in 1996, I think they would have shared that their hope for this — the pioneer provider of online maps and directions — would be to do just that: Make travel better.

    Nearly two decades later, that’s why we MapQuest folk get out of bed every day.  Our teams around the country and partners across the globe spend literally every second on the job working, yes, to improve travel, but also to expand your idea of how we can help make your DAY better.

    As consumers, we look for help making 254,800 decisions each year.  It’s exhausting!  Just trying to decide what’s for dinner or where to take fido for a groom can spin the day in a sour direction.

    But what if that didn’t have to happen?  What if MapQuest were there to help with the most remedial decisions required every day?

    Friends, that day is here.  If you haven’t checked out the new MapQuest Local experience launched just last month, that’s a good place to start.

    • Taking Timmy to a soccer game and need to have dinner waiting when you get home?  Review menus and order online from hundreds of thousands of restaurants nationwide.
    • Did your favorite professional hockey team surprise everyone and make it to the second round?  Let us help you try and find last-minute tickets.

    And don’t miss the myriad of other functionalities from booking an appointment and checking your flight status to finding a hotel or making a dinner reservation. It’s the beginnings of what we believe will be the best single source of local discovery and experience on the planet.

    Though we find people appreciate printed directions and riding shotgun with them, millions have taken a liking to our free, re-imagined navigation apps launched late in 2013.  Our heralded iOS and Android apps focus on the three most important areas for our consumers:

    • Safety: Our upside-down mode means you don’t have to monkey with your phone to navigate the road.  Keep your hands on the 10-and-2, and we’ll flip things around for you.
    • Accuracy: Nobody in this business offers the plethora of algorithms we do to get you there, even if road conditions change and an alternate route is required.
    • Relevancy: Driving more than a few hours on your trip?  Drag and drop the map icon to find hotel options along your route.

    There’s a lot to see and do with the new MapQuest these days, and while we hope you take a peek at these meaningful offerings, we’re not even close to being done with them.  Keep an eye on us these next few months as we continue to roll out features to make the every day better.  Because it’s what happens AFTER you get there that matters, isn’t it?

    We’d love to hear from you!  Tell us what you think and what you want: @MapQuest or feedback@mapquest.com.

    About the Author

    brianmcmahon
    General Manager, MapQuest
  7. JFK Airport details on the new MapQuest Local

    Want to know if your flight is delayed?  Need to find a quick grooming appointment for the family dog? Late night at an offsite and need to order-in dinner from someplace close? On the eve of its 18th anniversary, MapQuest today launched the initial phase of its desktop property reinvention — a completely reimagined experience for local discovery and a nod to nearly two decades of enhancing local experiences for millions of travelers. The new MapQuest Local is available on desktop and tablet website, delivering relevant details, handy functionality and valuable reviews from several trusted partners to create a single source for in-depth, local information.

    Do More: What The Newly Improved MapQuest Offers Users

    • Order online or book a restaurant reservation
    • Book a wide-range of service appointments … even for a pet
    • Search and secure an event ticket
    • Book travel via MapQuest’s booking widget
    • Find airport delay information, concourse maps, and terminal information
    • Take advantage of great local deals
    • Find user reviews, ratings and tips

    MapQuest partnered with top data providers and included publicly available government data sources to create the most relevant information set, including:

    • Foursquare: Providing venue tips*
    • GrubHub: Access to online and mobile ordering from more than 28,000 takeout restaurants
    • SinglePlatform: Menu information for nearly 500,000 businesses
    • Booker: Scheduling functionality for more than 40 business types including spas and salons
    • SeatGeek: Ticketing for more than 180,000 events at 50,000 venues
    • FAA (Federal Aviation Administration): Airport status information such as ground stops and average airport delays made publicly available by the FAA (Airports are the No. 1 queried search on MapQuest.com)

    MapQuest leads the industry with patented algorithms that determine what information is pertinent and how it is served. These information sources complement MapQuest’s existing partners, including Priceline Partner Network and OpenTable.  

    We believe we’ve created a truly intuitive one-stop shop for all relevant information a consumer may need – the right information, at the right time, in the right place.   This is a game-changer for current and new MapQuest users who are looking for that one resource to save them time and better empower their decisions.

    *Foursquare tips to be integrated in mid-2014.

    **MLB.com integration currently available; expanded content scheduled to debut in mid-2014.

  8. Just in time for Opening Day, MapQuest and MLB.com announced an official partnership delivering MapQuest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” smartphone app, as well as integrated into MLB.com and all 30 MLB team websites.

    The MapQuest integration into the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” app and responsive, mobile-optimized sites now make it easier for fans to find their way to games throughout the 2014 season.  As part of the official partnership, MapQuest created custom-branded MLB team experiences, available within its iOS and Android apps and developed original MLB content to enhance local experiences. MapQuest and MLB.com are also co-creating an original video series for MLB fans and MapQuest users alike, expected to debut in May 2014.

     

    MLB.com + MapQuest Integrations

    MapQuest traffic-influenced rerouting accommodates for game-day traffic to get game-goers there for the first pitch.  Available today, MLB.com and MapQuest’s integrations include:

    MapQuest for iOS and Android Apps:  Super fans can customize their free MapQuest apps by upgrading to a premium team experience for $1.99:

    *   Team Colors and Map Icons: Customized with team’s colors and four logo options

    *   Baseball-themed Progress Bar: Customized industry-first ETAstatus bar with a baseball icon

    *   Field Wallpaper: Background menu image

    *   Team Start Screen: Team loading screen (Android Only)

     

     MLB.com: Optimized experience for mobile with MapQuest-powered mapping and desktop-to-mobile directions from the MLB.com “At the Ballpark iOS and Android apps.

     

    Put some mustard on that app and download your favorite team’s experience.  And if you can’t decide where your loyalty stands, we’ve got 29 more team options to choose from.  Though we’re not taking sides, we do hope our Blake Street Neighbors make a run for Rocktober.

    Click here if your mascot is of the domestic type.