If you weren't in San Francisco with us at BoxWorks 2018, or following the event via the live-stream and Twitter, we want to make sure you're up to date on the highlights from keynotes. From Aaron's opening keynote to the Box Women's Network Summit fireside chats with Emily Chang, Patty McCord, and Kimberly Bryant, the day was full of memorable moments.
Here's a look at some of highlights at BoxWorks 2018:
"We'll see more change in the way we work in the next three years than we have in the last 30."
Box integrates with more than 1,400 applications today, giving people easy, secure access to files whenever and wherever they get work done. The new Activity Stream in Box will surface the latest activity and relevant context from the other apps right in the file preview on Box. In addition to the activity stream, the new file preview also presents a curated list of recommended applications that you might use in conjunction with that file so you can take action directly from Box.
Also, Box Feed is in public beta! Feed intelligently curates and surfaces the content and updates that matter most. It’s an all new way to view and interact with everything happening on Box. Feed will surface the latest comments and updates to the files and folders your currently working on, and provide recommendations on files you may care about most based on your network of people and teams.
"The digital workplace of the future will be defined by a fundamentally modern set of tools."
Two years ago, Box and Google Cloud partnered with a goal of transforming the way organizations collaborate and do work in the cloud. We're excited to announce that the next step in our partnership, the Box for G Suite integration, is available now in public beta. With Box for G Suite, users will be able to seamlessly create and edit Google Docs, Sheets and Slides from within Box, making secure collaboration easier than ever.
"The winners in the digital age will be the companies that can extract the most value from their data.
During the second half of the Day 1 keynote, we announced that the Box Skills Kit -- which enables enterprise customers, 3rd-party developers and systems integrators to build custom AI integrations to enhance their content in Box – will be generally available in December 2018.
We also announced support for custom-trained AI models in the Box Skills framework. Many enterprise use cases for AI require capabilities beyond what pre-trained AI services can provide, like recognizing specific brands or products or identifying specific phrases or terms in audio transcriptions. The support for custom-trained AI models with Box Skills (link to Skills post) makes it easy for enterprises to apply customized AI models, created using services like IBM Watson Studio, Google Cloud AutoML, Microsoft Azure Custom Vision and others to their content in Box via the Box Skills Kit.
"We need collaborative work automation for the digital age."
Box Chief Product Officer Jeetu Patel, announced updates to our core task and automation capabilities, enabling users to create lightweight, simple triggers for recurrent actions that augment the collaborative work they do every day. For example, trigger a monthly automation to copy the financial close checklist and send a task for individuals to complete. With Box Tasks and Automations, teams can collaborate more easily, be more agile, and keep tasks like simple content reviews and approvals on track. Box Tasks provides for one-step content reviews and approvals right from within the file preview experience on Box to easily move processes along. With the all new Automations, users can automate actions and tasks in Box. With a new redesigned no-code builder and an array of ‘ifs’ and ‘thens’ to choose from, Admins and power-users will be able to create their own conditional mashups to streamline work.
"You need to make sure the people you have at the table also have a voice and are heard."
That's Emily Chang, Bloomberg TV Anchor and author of Brotopia, speaking in a fireside chat at the 2nd annual Box Women's Network Summit. The conversation spanned over Emily's experiences that led to writing the book, the systemic diversity issues in Silicon Valley, and how we can change the narrative on diversity and inclusion. One of Emily's last points was that it's not just about getting more women to the table, but keeping them there, hearing their ideas, and nurturing their careers. Day 1's opening session contained this fireside as well as a candid conversation with Patty McCord, author and former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, and Day 2 featured Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls Code.
"Box.org is proud to announce the International Rescue Committee and Think of Us as the BoxWorks 2018 Social Impact Partners."
Box.org powers how the world does more good together. We offer 7,000 nonprofit organizations and our corporate peers the capacity-building resources they need to innovate and fulfill their social mission. Youth well-being, inclusion in tech and humanitarian aid are Box.org's impact focus areas. In addition to offering donated or discounted access to Box’s cloud content management software, Box.org builds nonprofit capacity through employee-led volunteering and giving programs, coalition building (www.impactcloud.org and www.pledge1percent.org) and good business practices. Two of those organizations, International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Think of Us, were announced as our 2018 Social Impact Partners during BoxWorks. Both organizations shared their missions, where they are making an impact helping refugees around the world and empowering foster youth, while also demonstrating how they are leveraging technology to achieve their goals.
If you couldn't join us at BoxWorks 2018, try to catch us on the road or virtually: