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  • July 9, 2024

How Retailers can Maximize Holiday Sales with Location Intelligence

The holiday season is a magical time for consumers and retailers alike. The joy of gift-giving, the festive atmosphere, and the rush of holiday shopping create a unique opportunity for retailers to connect with their audiences. However, retailers who don’t leverage the power of location intelligence risk missing out on significant opportunities and leaving money […]

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The Extreme Weather of 2023, Visualized

November 9, 2023

By March, Los Angeles recorded more than double Seattle’s rainfall.  In June, air quality was historically bad due to Canadian…

Pioneering Efficiency: A Leader’s Guide to Data Science Efficiency

October 3, 2023

Like many other sectors, the tech industry has been heavily affected by the current state of the economy. Major tech…

FSQ Measures Incremental Visits Among New Customers For Papa Murphy’s

September 8, 2023

Papa Murphy’s, a quick serve restaurant (QSR), wanted to drive incremental visits and reach new customers through media campaigns. Their…

FSQ Places Engine: combining advanced AI technology with human verification for high quality POI data

August 8, 2023

The comprehensive, industry-leading approach to building accurate and reliable Places data For years, Foursquare has been at the forefront of…

From Sky to Street: Harnessing Fleet Visualization for Aviation and Rideshare

July 25, 2023

Whether on land or in the air, fleet visualization is the practice of studying and replaying the movement patterns of…

WMS support expands Foursquare’s open geospatial footprint

June 15, 2023

Foursquare recently joined the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to support the definition and implementation of new open file formats for…

Uncovering the Value of Raster Data Applications for Environmental Industries

June 8, 2023

When you’re involved in agriculture, environmental studies, or land-use industries, the ability to access and analyze multiple layers of surface…

Revolutionizing Geocodes: Foursquare’s Geosummarizer Model Takes POI Accuracy to New Heights

June 6, 2023

Good news for customers! Foursquare has applied our Geosummarizer model to our US POI.  Back in January 2023, Foursquare released…

Engineering levels and progression

May 4, 2023

Purpose of this document: This is a framework to think about engineer leveling and progression. It’s useful for employees to…

Solving Location-Based Problems with Suitability Analysis

April 27, 2023

Suitability Analysis – the process of evaluating the suitability of an area for a particular use or purpose – is…

How Foursquare and AWS are modernizing geospatial analysis and visualization

April 4, 2023

For the past few years, Foursquare and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have been helping businesses usher in a new era…

Delivering Data at the Speed of Business

March 23, 2023

At Foursquare, we are committed to delivering geospatial data to our customers via their preferred methods, formats, and environments, all…

Maximize Your POI Data Insights with Foursquare Places Bulk Harmonization

March 16, 2023

Harmonization Have you ever sat through the painstaking process of trying to join two geospatial data sets? Perhaps you ran…

From Fuzzy Joins to Hexagonal Clarity: Happy Anniversary Hex Tiles

March 9, 2023

To celebrate one year since the launch of Hex Tiles, Foursquare takes a look at how the innovative technology solves…

Building a POI Search Using Mapbox and Foursquare Places Search on iOS

March 7, 2023

As anyone who engages in geospatial analysis knows, studying a single location on a map can quickly turn into exploring…

Introducing Store ID: Connecting POI data to the real world

March 3, 2023

Foursquare is proud to announce the launch of Store ID, the newest attribute to our places dataset. The collection and…

Create Audience Segments Using K-Means Clustering in Python

March 1, 2023

Segmentation is a crucial aspect of modern marketing, allowing companies to divide their audience into meaningful groups based on common…

Maximizing Data Accuracy with Foursquare Geosummarizer

January 26, 2023

It’s no secret that getting data right is a constant battle that needs to be consistently refined, reworked, and analyzed.…

Programmatically Harmonize Your Data via the Places API

January 17, 2023

Making decisions based on incomplete or outdated POI data can be costly; especially in today’s competitive digital environment, where contextualized…

Digitizing real world POIs with Foursquare Places

January 5, 2023

Discovering real world places and keeping their information up-to-date is a challenging problem, due to their ever changing nature. In…

Foursquare joins Open Geospatial Consortium

December 21, 2022

As a Technical Member, Foursquare will help advance the development of best practices in data quality, data privacy, and data…

Unlocking the Power of Places with Foursquare’s Geo-Contextual Experience Hackathon

December 14, 2022

Better points-of-interest (POI) data means better apps and user experiences. Foursquare’s Places API offers flexible access to the largest user-generated…

All things EV, from site selection to mapping, apps, and more

November 30, 2022

With the US EV market expected to grow to nearly 137B by 2028, up from 28B in 2021, more companies…

The Engineer’s Dilemma: Building Teams That Build for Customers

October 6, 2022

The pressure on engineering executives can feel astronomical. On the one hand, the continued profitability of companies large and small…

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Behind the Scenes of our Data Science Hackathon

September 30, 2022

This summer, Foursquare hosted its first-ever data science hackathon on Kaggle. Participants were challenged to predict which POI updates represented the…

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Finding The Right (POI) Match

September 27, 2022

Getting point of interest (POI) data right is hard. In order to maintain the utmost accuracy in our Places dataset, we tackle…

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A Closer Look at Hex Tiles: How it’s Changing Geospatial Analysis

September 26, 2022

Foursquare’s Senior Director of Engineering Shan He was recently featured on the Mapscaping Podcast to discuss all things Hex Tiles.…

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How to Build a Local Search Map Using Foursquare Places API

September 22, 2022

Building a local search map can be easier than you think. We’ll be walking through how to do so by…

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Foursquare Places API Adds Telephone Search Capability

September 15, 2022

Foursquare’s Places API has been enhanced to detect phone number queries and return points of interest (POIs) associated with that number. Better…

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Top Tips for Data Integration

September 7, 2022

As any data scientist will tell you, the combination of increasingly large data sets and the varied data types have…

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Using OpenStreetMap in Hex Tiles

August 30, 2022

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is an open, community-maintained base map of the world. It includes the outlines of countries, locations of cities, important…

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Introducing H3 Version 4.0.0

August 23, 2022

Global population mapped at H3 resolution 8 by Kontur Today marks the release of version 4.0.0 of the H3 hexagonal grid system. With this…

Hex Tiles: Building a new data tiling system with H3

May 23, 2022

Author: Isaac Brodsky At Foursquare, our goal is to make industrial-grade geospatial data and analysis accessible to a broad audience. This…

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Highlights From Our Latest Hackathon

March 28, 2022

Here at Foursquare, we regularly host hackathons amongst our product and engineering teams to foster innovation, provide a change of…

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ANDROID 12: How developers can adjust to new features and support data privacy

November 2, 2021

Respect for consumer data privacy is a core principle at Foursquare – thus, all of our products are designed and…


iOS 14: Foursquare mobile engineering – take 1

September 9, 2020

As an engineer working on the Pilgrim SDK, I help our partners enable unique location use cases, while maintaining the…


New privacy controls, permissions, and debug logging in Pilgrim SDK

July 28, 2020

We’ve introduced a few new features for both iOS and Android to support privacy and make it easier to troubleshoot.…


How Foursquare data science balances practicality and rigor

February 5, 2020

When building quantitative systems that drive commercial value, pragmatism and innovation are not in conflict with one another. Foursquare is…

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Why you need a phone’s eye view of the world | developer week keynote

July 28, 2019

On June 20, 2019, Foursquare previewed the access to Pilgrim SDK Free Tier in a keynote presentation at DeveloperWeek in…

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Foursquare’s new approach to hiring top talent

July 18, 2019

The Tech Talent Pipeline (TTP) sat down with several members of our team, including Ben Ludman, Engineering Director, Clifton Jadoo,…


How our intern led Pants’ migration to Python 3

April 18, 2019

While the build tool Pants has supported building and testing Python 3 code for a long time, until today, Pants…

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Good engineers can become good leaders

February 12, 2019

When an engineer in the tech industry experiences career success and demonstrates significant value, a common question one asks themself…