Annual Google Maps Business View Awards of 2014
On Friday the 23rd of January 2015 Google held their Annual Google Maps Business View Awards of 2014 to congratulate the Google Approved Photographers and companies that work with them as partners. Chameleon were lucky enough to win the award for the “Most Creative Use of Maps API”, which in our view is a fantastic achievement.
This award was for the amazing work that we carried out for the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, we created a visually stunning website with a full stadium tour. This work raised Google Maps to new limits and impressed the search engine giant with its size (over 700 individual panoramic views) and complexity. Chameleons new innovation for integrating multiple tours within one interface allowed the ability to flow between specific locations quickly making the user experience much better than Google had envisaged.
We travelled to Googles European Engineering Centre in Zurich, Switzerland compliments of Google to collect the award and had the pleasure of meeting Google staff members and other Google partners that had also won awards in various other categories.
The ceremony was hosted by Google staff from all over the globe who linked celebration’s for specific achievements by companies working with Google Business View.
Our award was for the Most Creative use of Maps API
Google Description: Most Creative use of maps API on top of the Business view Virtual tour – TOUR
WINNER: Adam Langeveld, UK
This award is a new category for 2014, open to both Google Trusted Photographers (TIPS) and agencies.
What was Google Zurich Like?
Whilst at Google we had the pleasure of taking a good look around the headquarters which was simply amazing. We really admired the ethos that they follow regarding work life balance. The office environment was fun, relaxing and professional. This is something that all technical companies with professional coding guru’s need to follow.
It is clear that the people working for Google are extremely motivated and full of energy which allows them to create fantastic ideas. Google even have a 20% development room where you can take yourself away from work to develop new ideas during the day.
My favourite room had to be the aquarium where you could switch off and take a power nap with the tranquil sounds of nature. All around you was beautiful tropical and Malawi fish tanks integrated into the walls.
Playing Pool at Google Reception.
The Google Meeting Rooms looked funky and fun!
Google branding on the most adorable muffins.