Overview

Hackathon Registration opens on Sep 12, 2017, 12:00 AM EST

Calling all Developers to participate in the Pitney Bowes SMB Challenge

Calling all developers and hackathon enthusiasts to participate in Pitney Bowes SMB Challenge to create apps and solutions for the Google Android-enabled next generation SendPro C-Series device platform that integrates both Pitney Bowes and third party applications.SendPro C-Series offers a complete office sending solution that handles all sending needs of a small medium business.

The applications for the Pitney Bowes Global SMB Hackathon opens today, Tuesday, September 12. The signups will close on September 27th and the Hackathon will start online from September 29th and continue till October 1st. Developers can visit Pitney Bowes Developer Portal to learn more about Pitney Bowes APIs.

It’s a great opportunity for developers to collaborate on solutions on top of the SendPro C-Series device for the more than one million Pitney Bowes small and mid-sized clients as they identify and locate customers, communicate with them, collect payments and ship merchandise to them.

“This is the first opportunity for developers to come together and develop on Pitney Bowes technology,” said Mark Shearer, President of Global SMB Solutions at Pitney Bowes Inc. “Collaborating on open platforms helps us create solutions that progress the digital transformation of our small and mid-sized business clients.”

Shipping and mailing related applications are available on the newly released SendPro C-Series office sending solution via the Google Android Operating System. For developers, the hackathon provides a great opportunity to leverage Pitney Bowes technology and build solutions across these broad business themes: Shipping and Mailing, Ecommerce, Address Management, Location Intelligence, Know your Customer, Marketing services, Payments, Hyperlocal, Productivity tools, Document Security and Social.

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About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) is a global technology company powering billions of transactions – physical and digital – in the connected and borderless world of commerce. Clients around the world, including 90 percent of the Fortune 500, rely on products, solutions, services and data from Pitney Bowes in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping, mailing, and global ecommerce. And with the innovative Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, clients can access the broad range of Pitney Bowes solutions, analytics, and APIs to drive commerce. For additional information visit Pitney Bowes, the Craftsmen of Commerce, at www.pitneybowes.com.

Themes

Shipping & Mailing
  • Optimized shipping rates across the carriers
  • Postal Apps of USPS, UPS with features like Informed Delivery, Pick & Drop etc.
Ecommerce
  • Directly print shipping labels from Ecommerce portals/carts like Magento, Shopify
  • Identify insurance rates corresponding to product type, location etc.
  • Multisite Inventory Management
  • Returns Management/Reverse Logistics
Duties & Taxes
  • Ship internationally with known Duties & taxes
  • Integrate local tax rates into your billing
Productivity Tools
  • Directly ship from customer address data stored in Online spreadsheets
  • Build Cloud based SMB Customer Support using PB Partner APIs
Address Management
  • Cleanse and verify addresses
  • Add address autocomplete feature in your apps and websites
Know Your Customer
  • Provide single view of your customer
  • Assess potential risk that your customer have on your business
Grow Your Customer
  • Find target customer audiences using location based insights leveraging Pitney Bowes Locate APIs
  • Optimize and scale local marketing through Yext, Acquisio etc.
Document Security
  • Document Management: contracts and signed docs; electronic signature and digital transaction management
Location Intelligence
  • Find target customer audiences using location based insights
  • Track delivery through a live map; manage pickup & drop.
Hyperlocal
  • Manage pick up & delivery from a local courier network like Uber Rush, Lyft etc
Ink & Supplies
  • Automated postage rate updates, low postage alerts, AutoInk technology, usage tracking and analytics
Social
  • Social CRM solution for SMBs

Prizes

Further to the Main Prize, developers of innovative solutions get an opportunity to be a part of Pitney Bowes team and an opportunity to showcase their solution to Pitney Bowes leadership team along with our Strategic partners!

Main Prizes
$5000 Cash Prize for the Winning Team
USD 5000

The jury will pick the overall winner which will receive a $5000 cash prize. All participants will get an opportunity to present their ideas to industry players with the hope of launching real world pilots.

$2000 Cash Prize for the First Runner Up
USD 2000
$1000 Cash Prize for the Second Runner Up
USD 1000
opens at:
Sep 11, 2017, 11:00 PM CDT
closes on:
Oct 01, 2017, 04:00 PM CDT
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