Thursday, July 14th, 2011

New APIs and Box’s Mobile Developer Challenge

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At Box, our vision is that you should be able to store content once, and then extend it anywhere. A big piece of this is connecting Box to the other apps that help you get work done, ranging from major CRM platforms like Salesforce, to mobile productivity suites like QuickOffice. Because content is central to so many business activities, we’ve seen tremendous traction with our open platform: today, we’re working with approximately 3,500 app developers, feature more than 150 apps in the Box Apps Marketplace, and get 200 million API calls monthly.

And we’re just getting started. As more and more apps move to the cloud, we want to make it incredibly easy for developers to connect them to Box. To this end, we’re announcing some exciting updates to our mobile platform today, with the launch of two new API methods that support collaboration and content management for third party apps that leverage Box. We’re also upgrading our developer resources with an all-new Android library and an updated iOS library.

Why the focus on mobile? Enterprise adoption of mobile devices – and especially tablets – is skyrocketing, but legacy software vendors have not kept pace. Many of today’s entrenched software solutions don’t have mobile counterparts – let alone an open platform for third-party mobile developers to leverage. We’re investing aggressively in our platform because we know that the mobile workforce is finally a reality, and there’s a massive opportunity for innovative apps to support this new way of working.

Box Mobile Dev Challenge!
To jump start innovation in enterprise mobility, we’re kicking off the first-ever Box Mobile Dev Challenge! We’re excited to work with developers to bring about the next generation of mobile and tablet apps for businesses, and we’ve teamed up with sponsors to offer some pretty cool prizes. Winners will get mobile ad network credits with InMobi, meetings with Draper Fisher Jurvetson to pitch their big ideas, and TouchPads from HP. Not to mention $35K in cash and an opportunity to present their app onstage at Box’s customer conference, BoxWorks.

Developers have 60 days to build innovative apps leveraging the Box platform and new API methods. We hope that by tapping into Box’s storage, sharing and collaboration capabilities, they’ll create the next generation of enterprise mobile apps. The submission process is super simple – instructions can be found at www.box.net/devchallenge. Entries will be evaluated by a rockstar panel of judges, including representatives from Accenture, AT&T, DFJ, HP, InMobi, Verizon, ReadWriteWeb, MobileCrunch, VentureBeat and, of course, Box. Submissions will be judged based on level of innovation, usefulness to workers, and creative uses of the Box API.

Go forth and innovate!