Local app contends for Google prize

A Kimberley software developer is in the running for huge international recognition for a new app called Uber Weather.

  • Dec. 17, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Carolyn Grant

A Kimberley software developer is in the running for huge international recognition for a new app called Uber Weather.

Uber Weather, developed by James Swansburg, was accepted as a contestant in the Google Places API Developer Challenge late last week.

The winner of the contest will have an opportunity to demonstrate the application at the Google I/O conference in San Fransisco in 2013, potentially reaching millions of people, Swansburg says.

There is a peoples choice award and he encourages everyone to vote: https://developers.google.com/places/challenge/gallery

So what is Uber Weather? It’s a weather site with a whole lot of extras.

“Weather is the number one Google search,” Swansburg said. “But every site is almost all spam (ads). Uber Weather is 100 per cent content.”

It’s all possible because of GIS — Geographic Information Systems, which integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

“Uber Weather uses all kinds of GIS. Every ski lift on the planet is there, every Starbucks. It has a ridiculous amount of data. We hooked into Google Places so almost every business on the planet is already there.”

Because Swansburg is a skier, the Uber Weather maps will always indicate ski lifts in red. Every ski lift in the world can be found easily, simply look at that region and the ski lifts will show up. Uber Weather also offers a hook in to Google Earth, just right click.

But you can find anything with it —plan trips, find out where every Tim Hortons on your route is. The possibilities are endless, Swansburg says.

Swansburg featured Kimberley and Fernie in his video submission for Google and says the exposure would be terrific for both communities if Uber Weather were to win.

“It would be great for a Canadian to win,” he said.

For more information on Uber Weather go to landmax.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/gis-goes-mainstream/

Just Posted

Some light at the end of the tunnel for driver examiner shortage

As Sparwood student readies petition, ICBC has two new testers training

Moving towards a spectacular Sam Steele Days

Sam Steele Society has made some adjustments to enhance the festival including a parade route change

MP puts out call for senior grant funding opportunities

Kootenay-Columbia Member of Parliament Wayne Stetski is alerting eligible organizations that the… Continue reading

Kootenay Christian Academy honours its teachers

Students at Kootenay Christian Academy decided to take Tuesday, May 22, and… Continue reading

Stetski calls for gender equality award nominations

Kootenay–Columbia MP Wayne Stetski is calling for nominations for the 2018 Governor… Continue reading

Kootenay Christian Academy honours its teachers

Students at Kootenay Christian Academy decided to take Tuesday, May 22, and… Continue reading

Canucks sign top prospect Elias Pettersson to entry-level deal

Slick centre drafted No. 5 overall in 2017 NHL draft

Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps to 1,600 hectares overnight

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 1,600 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Former B.C. police chief dies in ATV accident

Ex-Nelson top cop began his career in Vancouver

Referendum in Ireland would repeal strict ban on abortion

Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country’s strict ban on most abortions.

Lava from Hawaii volcano enters ocean from 3 flows

The Kilauea volcano has been gushing lava on the big island of Hawaii for the past three weeks.

Summit talk turns warmer; Trump says ‘talking to them now’

North Korea issued a statement saying it was still “willing to give the U.S. time and opportunities” to reconsider talks

Harvey Weinstein turns himself in, arraigned on rape, criminal charges

Harvey Weinstein arraigned on rape, criminal sex act charges following allegations of sexual misconduct

Explosion at Mississauga restaurant sends 15 to hospital

Hunt underway for two suspects connected to Mississauga, Ont., blast

Most Read