The announcement has been made and I won the title of King of Bing Maps. The Taxi Fare Calculator took first with Ricky’s Data viewer taking third. I made the data viewer on behalf of Infusion Development as a way to push the geospatial toolkit I have been working on in my spare time for the past 8 months. The official announcement was made on Channel 9 here. I also had an interview with Joe Francica from directions Magazine. You can listen to the podcast here. I’d like to thank all the judges; Josh Lowensohn from CNET, Greg Sterling from Search Engine Land and Joe Francica from Directions Magazine, the Bing team and all those who made my taxi fare calculator popular by blogging and tweeting about it.
With all the success that the Taxi Fare Calculator has been getting I have created a company called InKnowledge, that will offer the functionality of the calculator via a REST web service. In addition there are plans to offer taxi companies the opportunity to advertise their services on the Bing Maps Taxi Fare Calculator it self. This will allow us to show local taxi companies with the results. There are also plans to add functionality for users to book taxis directly from the application. This will initially be available in London, UK but we are looking for additional partners to extend this functionality to other parts of the world. For anyone interested in advertising or partnering opportunities you can reach use at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some additional posts regarding the announcement: