Waze Mountain View, CA
By connecting drivers to one another, Waze help people create local driving communities that work together to improve the quality of everyone's daily driving. That might mean helping them avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic, cluing them in to a police trap or shaving five minutes off of their regular commute by showing them new routes they never even knew about. After typing in their destination address, users just drive with the app open on their phone to passively contribute traffic and other road data, but they can also take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any other hazards along the way, helping to give other users in the area a 'heads-up' about what's to come. In addition to the local communities of drivers using the app, Waze is also home to an active community of online map editors who ensure that the data in their areas is as up-to-date as possible.
Hotel Tonight San Francisco, CA
The ultimate way to book a last-minute hotel stay at the coolest hotels until 2am, HotelTonight is a free mobile app for Apple and Android devices which offers curated daily hotel deals in over 250 cities in 17 countries across North America, Europe, and South America. Due to the last minute nature of the bookings, the app can offer deep discounts off the listed hotel rate. For hotels, Hotel Tonight is a marketplace to fill last-minute rooms that would otherwise remain empty.
Mapkin Cambridge, MA
Mapkin helps you enjoy the journey by combining turn-by-turn GPS with a fun way to share directions and local knowledge with friends. Create and share rich, personalized experiences. Set the path, add details to a map, and personalize voice instructions. Make GPS fun. A Mapkin is a totally unique map, created on demand for your particular route. Simplify the map, use landmarks at tricky turns, and use personable voice guidance. It’s the best of maps and the best of turn-by-turn, bundled into a free mobile app. Mapkins can be created and shared with others. Planning a trip? Know an awesome cycling route you want to share with a friend? Or the world? Create a Mapkin. You can change the route, point out tricky intersections, add landmarks, and even change what it says along the way. Make their journey more meaningful when you can’t be there to experience it with them.