July 14, 2011 09:00 ET

Box Pushes Mobile Innovation With New APIs and Global Developer Challenge

Former Yahoo! Developer Network Lead Joins Box to Drive Platform Growth

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - Box today announced new platform updates with API libraries for iOS and Android, as well as two new sets of API methods focused on collaboration and social capabilities. The company also teamed up with sponsors AT&T, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Hewlett-Packard, InMobi and Verizon to kick off the Box Mobile Dev Challenge, encouraging developers to build powerful enterprise applications leveraging the Box APIs.

To support strategic platform expansion and developer relations, Box is bringing on Chris Yeh, former Head of the Yahoo! Developer Network, to serve as VP of Platform. With the company's ecosystem of integrated third-party applications already more than doubling each year, and generating over 200M API calls a month, the Box platform is well positioned to catalyze further innovation in enterprise mobility.

"Explosive mobile adoption in the enterprise is creating new demand for mobile applications focused on solving business problems," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. "This innovation is not going to come from legacy software vendors, which have been slow to embrace mobility and even slower to embrace true openness. At Box, we're investing aggressively in building a powerful open platform that developers can easily tap into to create killer apps for today's mobile workforce."

Today, Box helps more than six million individuals and 60,000 businesses share and manage all their content in the cloud and from mobile devices, including Android, iOS and webOS. With today's developer challenge and platform updates, Box is accelerating open platform innovation by providing the tools for developers to create apps that hook into Box's cloud storage, sharing and collaboration.

New Box Functionality for Android and iOS
Box is releasing a Java code library for Android and updating its Objective-C library for iOS development allowing developers to:

  • Add Box functionality to their Android and iPhone applications more easily
  • Include the collaboration benefits of Box with features such as uploading, downloading, sharing, commenting, tagging, search and version history

New Collaboration API Methods
With the new collaboration and contact API methods, users are given the ability to share and edit content with multiple people directly from their mobile device. With these new methods, developers can enable users to:

  • Invite Collaborators: Add collaborators to a file or folder and also view which contacts have access to this content
  • Manage Collaborators: Select a contact and see what files and folders they have in common with you and other users
  • View Connections: Access a list of all the users with whom a given user is collaborating and view their profile for shared folders and recent updates

About the Box Mobile Dev Challenge
The Box Mobile Developer Challenge begins today and concludes on September 9, 2011. Developers around the world will compete for a wide variety of prizes, including: over $50K in cash and prizes, including $25,000 for the top application, $5,000 of InMobi mobile ad network credits, HP TouchPads, and a chance to a pitch meeting with Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Box Mobile Dev Challenge Judges and Sponsors Include:
Lars Kamp, head of corporate development for Accenture Mobility, Accenture
Igor Glubochansky, executive director, advanced mobility solutions, AT&T
Josh Stein, managing director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Richard Kerris, vice president of HP worldwide developer relations, HP
Gregory Kennedy, director of global marketing, InMobi
Humphrey Chen, executive director, new product technologies, Verizon
Klint Finley, writer, ReadWriteWeb
Greg Kumparak, editor, MobileCrunch
Matthaus Kryzkowski, founder, XyoLogic reporter, VentureBeat

Developers can join the challenge by visiting the Box Mobile Dev Challenge website at

To learn more about Box, please visit

About Box
Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure, scalable content sharing platform that both users and IT love and adopt. Today, nearly 6 million individuals and 60,000 companies use Box to easily manage information and collaboration in the cloud, with enterprise-grade security and oversight. Content on Box can be shared internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone and Android applications, and extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Box is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners.