Developer Challenge to Connect Box & Podio: And the Winner is….

VP Apps at Podio, driving the adoption of our platform for a new way to work. I've worked at cloud-startup Appirio, SAP, Intuit, an analytics startup, and McKinsey & Company. I studied economics at Williams College and have an MBA from Stanford.

A few weeks ago, we were thrilled to see Box offer $1000 to the developer who built the best integration between Box’s powerful file sharing service & Podio’s work platform. This is one of our most requested integrations, and we were excited to see what the CloudSpokes developer community could do!

Well, the results are in, and we’re impressed. The specific challenge was to develop a web service that integrates Box into Podio. It required of two parts: a public web site for users to setup their connection, and a backend service to check for new or changed files in Box and put them into a custom Podio App, where they can be associated with Projects, Customers, Events, or any other workflow.

This is a good example of how multiple cloud services with open APIs can be loosely coupled by a new ecosystem of cloud developers to do amazingly innovative things. Podio makes it easy for businesspeople to build their work apps, oftentimes centered around documents and files. Box has a fantastic file sharing service. With a $1000 prize and 3 weeks of time, the 30,000 developers on CloudSpokes brought Podio and Box together in a great proof of concept. Just think about think about what would have happened if you’d put out the same challenge to a Sharepoint developer community!

Congrats to our winner, Akkishore. You can watch a technical walkthrough of the integration that he built here, but here are some of the things we found most interesting reviewing his submission:

So congrats to Akkishore– your submission has inspired us. Stay tuned for more news on this topic!

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