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Oct 12th 2012

Jennifer Kinney Joins MapQuest As Senior Technology Director


The MapQuest family at AOL just got a little bit bigger. On Wednesday, it was announced that Jennifer Kinney has joined the company as senior technology director, leading all MapQuest browser-based solutions for desktop, tablet and mobile platforms.

Jennifer joins MQ, with a distinguished career in technology and product development. Previously she was senior solutions architect and team lead at international energy firm, Encana Corp, responsible for business solutions architecture and design, as well as technical strategy. Prior to Encana Corp., Kinney led strategy, product development, quality assurance and the deployment of a custom portal for the National Renewable Energy Lab commercialization.

She joins MapQuest at a very exciting time. The brand is in growth mode, currently sitting at the 16th most popular mobile brand*, as well as being a top 30 website**, and ushering in a new era of inspiring consumers.

To find out more about MapQuest and its products and services, visit its website here.

*comScore MobiLens, August 2012
**comScore Media Metrix, August 2012

Jul 13th 2012

MapQuest Shares Summer Travel Infographic



MapQuest just released its latest infographic to make it easier to visualize what people are searching for this summer. (Also see the data eye candy we shared in March.) Big data shows us our users love national parks, so we created parks.mapquest.com as a completely devoted resource for information on the 58 U.S. national parks. Many travelers visit these iconic destinations for overnight trips between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and even more stop at them along the way - called via points - the most popular being Yellowstone.

Even if consumers aren't planning a trip across country, MapQuest can help people plan a backyard escape that takes only an afternoon. Last summer, we helped more than 9 million people find a nearby place to get ice cream.

While we can't lower the high gas prices, we can tell people where the least expensive places to fuel up are. Gasprices.mapquest.com shares where to find the cheapest gas nearby, so, if travelers do go to the Grand Canyon, the trip there will be even easier by finding the least expensive gas stations and prices along the way.

Take a look at our Summer Travel infographic for more surprising stats and popular destinations because after all, life's about the journey, right?

Jul 12th 2012

MapQuest Selects TomTom Maps to Power Its Mobile Application


Trying to get somewhere this summer? Download the updated MapQuest smartphone apps, where our free iPhone and Android offerings are now powered with TomTom maps. As the world's leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services, TomTom provides coverage for more than 7.5 million miles of roads across North America. That's like going to the moon and back about 16 times. That's like traveling the length of the Great Wall of China over 1,300 times. That's like running well over a quarter of a million marathons. Basically, it's a lot of mapped miles any way you look at it.

With MapQuest and TomTom maps, you could drive virtually anywhere there's a road in the United States with our app as your travel companion. (No need to panic if you forget to print off directions before leaving your house.) Whether you're driving across the county or across the continent this summer, there's never been a better time to ask for directions...just ask us.
Where are you heading this summer? Tell us on Facebook.

(This post originally ran on the MapQuest Blog.)

Jun 22nd 2012

Hatch Day—An Intern's Perspective...

My first AOL Hatch Day was unlike anything I've ever experienced. The event ran for a full day, on June 6th, and was focused mainly on enhancing MapQuest's ability to help users plan summer getaways. Roughly 15 teams gathered from across the globe and AOL's talent was well represented in this mash-up of developers. After finding our way to the 5th floor, we took our spot and anxiously awaited the event to begin. At 10'oclock, the teleconference kicked off and the projected ideas started getting bounced around and discussed. The hatching had begun!

The real beauty of Hatch Day is the ability to draw creativity from everywhere. My teammate and I didn't have any solid ideas going into the event, however, the creative atmosphere helped us come up with our own plans while listening to other project ideas get thrown around. Once the necessary tools and development-kits were downloaded, we were able to dive straight into our coding.

When the time ran out, we weren't anywhere close to being finished. Our idea was well crafted and halfway implemented, but the day seemed to slip away too quickly! Shortly after 3:30pm, the judges began to evaluate the finished projects. The other groups presented their projects one-by-one. A couple that stood out to me included a full-scale trip planner that let you calculate every aspect down to the price of gas; a tool to gather your friends in one spot; and Facebook integration to seamlessly match your likes with other users' to determine a hangout location. The creativity and ability involved with these projects was mind-blowing!

Even though our ideas never came to fruition, we walked away from the event with more code and insight than we had when we entered. My first Hack-A-Thon, was overwhelming to say the least. Hatch Day exists as more than just a Hack-A-Thon. It serves as a creative hotbed for all of AOL; the products produced in just one day for one platform were outstanding! Given more Hatch Days, one can only imagine the amount of creative property that would be produced. I know I'm hooked on them already!

To learn more about interning at AOL, visit our Careers page.

Jun 20th 2012

The Weather Report is In: AOL and BermanBraun Launch Skye on AOL


To mark the first day of summer, AOL and BermanBraun today announced the launch of Skye on AOL, a visually appealing site that brings a new identity to weather on the Web. The site appeals to weather fanatics and temperature seekers alike and is seamlessly integrated with MapQuest to provide traffic and weather in tandem.

Skye on AOL marks the third site from AOL's collaboration with BermanBraun. Earlier this year we launched Mandatory, an online destination for men that marked AOL's entry into the male consumer lifestyle space, and Pawnation, a website that provides animal lovers with the latest pet lifestyle, nutrition, training, behavior and grooming news.

Learn more about the launch by reading the press release here and visiting Skye on AOL.

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