#CompletetheMap Seattle


Hi all,

You may have seen this already, but we’re running a challenge in Jet City! Here are the instructions for the benefit of all.

A challenge to photo map Capitol Hill and collect useful map data for Seattle.

From now until the end of June, we’re bringing together the Mapillary community in Seattle and students from UW in a challenge to unlock the zones of Capitol Hill. Anyone living in Seattle or passing through during this time is welcome to join the #CompleteTheMap challenge.

While coverage in Seattle has come a long way, there are many gaps that remain. #CompletetheMap Berlin has demonstrated that bringing together the community to focus on a specific part of the city is a very effective way to improve coverage. These photos will enable a new round of map editing focused on street-level details like shop information, mobility access, and amenities. Follow the action here.

Complete the Map Seattle Leaderboard

The Challenge

Capitol Hill and surrounding areas has been divided into a 5x5 grid. To participate in the challenge, simply capture streets and paths in each zone. The contributor with the most images in each zone when it is marked as complete will win the zone. The contributor who wins the most zones wins #CompleteTheMap Seattle. Prizes will be awarded to winners of three different zones, but we won’t tell you which ones so capture as many zones as possible to increase your chances.
If you’d like to take part, subscribe to our email updates, head into Capitol Hill and start capturing images. Good luck!

The Rules

How do I enter the challenge

Anyone capturing within the grid will automatically participate in the challenge. You don’t need to sign up anywhere.

The Grid

We will be checking coverage every day and assigning a color to each zone that represents the coverage status for that area. Red will represent 50% or less of coverage, orange above 50% and green 100% (complete). Only images captured from day one of the competition (June 23rd) will be counted.

Rankings & Updates

We’ll be maintaining a live page with the results that you can visit any time here. In addition to this, we’ll be sending out email updates participants at the start and end of each week. You can opt in here. As usual, you’ll be able to get updates on Twitter and Facebook as well.

How to win

The winner of each zone will be the contributor with the most photos in that area when the zone is marked as complete (goes green). The overall winner will thus be the one to collect the most zones by improving coverage in that area. The competition will end when all the zones go green or on July 31st, whichever comes sooner.

To keep the challenge as fair as possible, we will make sure that photos taken in each zone are useful. When necessary, we’ll manually update the zone to make sure it accurately reflects the state of photo coverage in that area. You’re welcome to send in feedback to tell us which zones need to be adjusted.

Invite Friends

If you would like to invite your friends to take part in the challenge, all they have to do is capture within the grid area and they will automatically appear on the leaderboard. If they want to stay updated, make sure they subscribe to our email updates and follow the #CompletetheMap hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.

And we’re off!

Charge your phones, get your action cameras out, and get ready to photo map Seattle! Have fun exploring the city. Let’s #CompleteTheMap!

P.S. Nominate your city here if you’d like to see the challenge in your neighbourhood. If you can’t wait for that, we’ve also open sourced the code for the grid and leaderboard so you can set it up yourself.


Maybe a bit off topic…
Why is there a capital Hill in Seattle when Olympia is the state capital?


That is a good question @Mmapmakerz. I was scratching my head over that one myself. One suggestion was that real estate developers called it that back in the day to make it more attractive to prospective buyers. Another suggestion being that it is named after Capitol Hill, Colorado.

At least that is what Wikipedia says so it must be true. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Hill_(Seattle)