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Nominations are now open for the Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups 2020 list

It’s no secret that at Geoawesomeness, we love talking to companies and startups working with location data. Over the years, we have had the privilege to interact with and blog about several geospatial startups that have gone on to change the status quo and created a unique space for themselves in the location tech ecosystem.

The first time we asked ourselves, ‘which are the top 100 geospatial companies and startups in the world,’ was back in 2016 – when this list series was born. Its time to kick start the nomination process for 2020!

Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups List for 2020

What is the criteria for a company to be featured on the list?

Our process is to assemble a panel of industry experts to carefully review each nominee and decide if they deserve a place on the list. We are happy to hear your questions and suggestions.
If you wish to be more directly involved in shaping the list, you can always reach us at info@geoawesomeness.com

Why create such a list?

The primary objective of the list is to create awareness; to serve as a database for people looking to keep updated about the industry. In addition, it also celebrate the amazing work being by different companies in transforming the world for the better through geospatial technology.

It is our vision to create a comprehensive map of the geospatial industry. More on that in another blog post.

Nominate your company

Want to nominate your company to the list?

We hope you don’t mind spending a few minutes to answer the questions in this questionnaire (expected to take around 15-20 minutes), which has been created to make things a little easier for our expert panel and help them come to an objective decision.

As a reminder, it is our hope this list will serve as an authoritative source on the geospatial ecosystem for many, as it has in the past. And, of course, it is your chance to get your story in front of more than 1 million annual readers and 75K social media followers of Geoawesomeness.

Keep the awesomeness going!

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Star Wars fans, have you jumped into hyperspace on Google Maps yet?

With the last film in the Skywalker saga ending decades of storytelling, Google Maps has decided to do something special for Star Wars fans. Recognizing how traveling through the hyperspace is one of Star Wars’ most memorable visual effects, Google Maps quietly added the warp speed zooming motion to its planetary exploration feature sometime last week.

The animation shows up when you switch from Earth to other planetary bodies on Google Maps, as an eagle-eyed Redditor discovered. In case you have forgotten about the neat little space exploration feature of Google Maps, it was first introduced in 2017.

The first step to activate the feature is to switch to ‘satellite view’ on Google Maps by clicking the button at the lower-left corner of the screen. After that, you hop onto the right side to click the tiny ‘enable globe view’ button and zoom out until you reach the planetary view of Earth in space. At maximum zoom, a list of celestial bodies will pop up on the left. Click on any of the planets or moons and a Star Wars-like hyperspace animation will appear to take you to your destination at lightspeed!

This is what it looks like in action:

Even if you are not a science fiction fan, the space exploration feature in Google Maps deserves your time and attention. It gives you the ability to wade through the icy plains of Enceladus, where water was found beneath the moon’s crust, or see how the methane lakes of Titan look like. Google also recommends exploring the massive crater of Mimas, adding “while it might seem like a sci-fi look-a-like, it is a moon, not a space station.”

Also see: The best collection of Star Wars maps ever!

Not just that, Google has dutifully labeled all craters, mountains, and plains – doling out information nuggets, such as how these places got their names when you click on different regions. Also, all the images are in 3D to allow you to decipher where the sun hits the surface of a planet or a moon.

So, what are you waiting for? Activate hyperspace drive now!

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