Vancouver Applications Feature Bing Maps

All eyes will be watching Vancouver in the next couple weeks since the 2010 Winter Olympics roll into town. For those of you who won’t just be watching, but instead living the Olympics the Microsoft Canada Development Centre published a contest challenging developers to create interesting applications featuring the Bing Maps Platform and below are the resulting, quite helpful visitor applications.

The Apps were developed by Developers at the Microsoft Canada Development Centre (MCDC) in Richmond, Vancouver.  They are developing these apps in their ‘spare time’ as an initiative to get them more engaged with the local developer community.  These apps will be ‘launched’ in early Feb and targeted at citizens and visitors during the Olympics. The apps utilize open data from the City of Vancouver ( and platformed using the MS Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) and Windows Azure – making them true cloud computing apps.  All source code will be placed in Codeplex for shared use after the contest has finished.

MapWay (Xinyang Qiu)- a way to find City of Vancouver facilities and Olympic events.


Free Finders (Avi Brenner) – helps you to find free events and services in Vancouver with Facebook connection.


MoBuddy (Thomas Wei) – enables you to hookup with friends and visitors during Olympics to plan and share experiences through mobile social networking including Facebook


eVanTivitY (Johannes Stockmann) – enables you to find City and social events and add-in user-defined data-feeds


Vancouver Parking (Igor Babichev) – helps plan and find the best parking spot for visiting Vancouver


Of note, we did recently update the aerial photography of Vancouver (amazing) and added Streetside photography for Vancouver up through Whistler (really amazing). For those of you going, I hope you enjoy your time up the Sea to Sky highway. Also, congratulations to Thomas Wei for taking home the gold in the competition.

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  1. Chris Pendleton

    @jeffrey_quadra – you can measure on Bing Maps. Using the AJAX site ( just load "My Places" and you'll see the measuring tool at the bottom of the My Places panel. Measuring is currently not available on the Silverlight site, but we'll get to feature parity soon. As for the routing feature, you can actually grab any point on the route and move it to change the route…not sure why you'd want to take a longer route, though. :)


  2. jeffrey_quadra

    I wish Bing would update there roads/maps for the area, there are roads and an entire new Bridge, The Golden Ears Bridge from Surrey/Langley to Maple Ridge. As well as under passes and new road patterns. Also why can't Bing have a messuring tool like Google Earth, so I can messure how long a jog around the area was and be able to drag the line round to different pattern so its just like the walk I took, not just an auto driving distance tool that dosn't alow you to changing it to go down a different longer route road. I'm waiting for a reasion to uninstall google earth guys, so far bing ain't doing it… :/

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