Google Street View Trekker: Apply now for travel + tech bliss!

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Google's Lat Long blog had a travel + tech announcement last week that is sure to excite tech nomads everywhere:

We're working to build the very best map of the world, and we'd love your help to do it. Today, we're kicking off a pilot program that enables third party organizations to borrow the Street View Trekker and contribute imagery to Google Maps. For the first time ever, this program will enable organizations to use our camera equipment to collect 360-degree photos of the places they know best -- helping us make Google Maps more comprehensive and useful for all. This program is part of our ongoing effort to make it possible for anyone to contribute to Google Maps.

(Source: Google Lat Long: Apply now to be the next Google Maps Trekker)

Can you imagine getting one of these? It's all the excuse in the world you'd need to get far flung and weird for a year! If you want one of these as bad as I do, The folks at Google say they want you to apply:

Now it's your turn! If you're a tourism board, non-profit, government agency, university, research organization or other entity interested in borrowing a Street View Trekker to capture and share imagery from a place you know and care about, please apply today. In the coming months, we'll open up this pilot program to a limited number of other organizations around the world.

Or, if you don't care about any of this and just came for the cloudporn, here's a shot I took in Rocky Mountain National Park at sunset three weeks ago:



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