Boxit wins Dubai Smart City App Hack

Physical storage start-up to represent Dubai at global finals

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Boxit wins Dubai Smart City App Hack The Smart City App Hack has encouraged the creation of truly innovative technology and apps, says Al Suwaidi.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 9, 2015

Physical storage company Boxit has won the Dubai Smart City App Hack competition.

The company won out over 50 other start-ups in the five month competition to create apps to promote the development of a Smart City. Boxit will now represent Dubai at the global finals of the Smart City App Hack, taking place in Barcelona next week.

Boxit's winning mobile and web app won in the Collaborative Community category. The app allows users to access Boxit's physical storage service, by arranging the delivery and pick up of plastic boxes. Users can then track their items online, and manage all activities using Boxit's app. The app was selected as an intelligent contribution to delivering effective storage, allowing city space to be used in a smarter and more sustainable way.

The finals will see 15 teams from Dubai, Barcelona, Helsinki, Phoenix, Lyon and New York compete for the chance to participate in the Grand Finale of the MasterCard Masters of Code in Silicon Valley and win cash prizes.

Premlal Pullisserry, co-founder and CEO of Boxit said: "The quality of the participating apps and start-ups was excellent, which made the competition even more challenging, and we are so excited to have won. We engaged closely and received a lot of feedback from the online community of mentors throughout the competition, and we have implemented most of their feedback. We are very excited to be part of the global finals and we are very proud to be representing Dubai, which we consider an achievement in itself."

Dubai Internet City, the official partner for the Dubai Smart City App Hack, announced the winning teams, with Boxit named in first place, and Carpool Arabia and D2D Auto Service in second and third. The competition is part of DIC's role as a strategic partner for Smart Dubai, with a focus on supporting the development of start-ups and app developers, and is also part of the business community's wider efforts to bring together the UAE's tech community and foster innovation and creativity.

Majed Al Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City, said: "The Smart City App Hack has encouraged the creation of truly innovative technology and apps, and genuine collaboration between the start-ups, mentors and judges. The competition is part of our wider focus on supporting the development of entrepreneurs, mobile and web developers, as a partner for Smart Dubai, and has successfully engaged Dubai's tech community."

"Boxit's concept is innovative and promotes efficiency and sustainability, and I am confident that they will successfully showcase Dubai's creativity and talent to a global audience in Barcelona; I wish them the best of luck," he added.

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