Overview

Pitney Bowes’ Small and Medium Business Challenge is a product and application development hackathon for small and medium business (SMBs) focused applications and solutions.

The submissions that are innovative, technologically impressive, and most importantly submissions that help SMBs solve their problems will be shortlisted for the hackathon, where you will bring your idea to a working app prototype using our Pitney Bowes APIs and other partner technologies.

Pitney Bowes APIs and other partner technologies

Pitney Bowes provides enterprise-class commerce technology to fuel your applications. We are also partnering with Freshworks, a company that creates business software, to provide apps for eCommerce Enablement in the Customer Support vertical. For more details visit resources page.

Schedule

The challenge is in two phases:

  1. Idea Phase Candidates are expected to choose a problem an SMB faces and provide a solution. Please include contextual information of the problem and corresponding solution and do mention the technology stack and APIs you are planning to use.

  2. Submission Phase Top scorers from Phase 1 will be invited to the bigger stage for the Offline Hackathon. This event will be held on 23-24 June. This event is aimed at bringing some of the brightest minds together for a 24-48 hour build session.

Who should register?

Professional developers, Start-ups, App and Solution developers, System Integrators, Shipping, Delivery, Supply chain/Logistics players who are desirous to build solutions for the SMBs

What’s in it for you?

The hackathon offers an opportunity for developers like you to leverage Pitney Bowes expertise and the Freshworks Platform and create apps and solutions for over 750,000 clients.

Top applications also get an opportunity to join Pitney Bowes Start - Accelerator for SMB focused applications. To know more on PB Start - please write to us at developer@pb.com

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Join our Slack Channel to connect with fellow developers and mentors

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Themes

E-commerce Enablement

It is really difficult for a small online retailer to manage and streamline his E- commerce store operations. How can disruptive technology like AI, ML and distributed computing can help these online retailers to streamline operations.

Some key Areas Include :

Customer Support (Using Freshworks APIs and SDK)

Returns management

Order Management

Marketing

Hyperlocal Delivery Management

SMB Productivity

SMBs(Small Medium Businesses) often have little to no room for error, and productivity depends on hyper-smart time management and budget-friendly choices. Can your application help SMBs boost their Performance and Productivity?

Some key areas include :

Employee Management

Customer Loyalty Program Management

Customer Engagement

Appointments Management

Document Management

Expense Management

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Streamline Shipping Operations

Enable SMBs to perform cost effective and efficient shipping operations.

Key Areas Include :

Intelligent Parcel Packing

Customer Address Management

Parcel Insurance

Reporting and Shipping Analytics

Parcel Receiving Management

Intelligent Shipping Planner

Increase International Presence

Help SMBs go global and expand their businesses across borders. Create technology for small businesse to enter new markets and fuel business growth.

Cross Border Product Regulations

Duties and Taxes

Global Payments

International Shipping

Customs clearance

Open Innovation

Any Innovative solution which can help small businesses work faster, easier and better.

Note: You can ideate and create a prototype on anything which helps SMBs scale and is not mentioned in the above themes.

Prizes USD 11000 in prizes

Chance to Monetize your App with Pitney Bowes App Store.

Top applications will get an opportunity to join PB Start Accelerator for SMB focused applications where teams will be provided with Mentor ship and Technical Support to launch and monetize their app on Pitney Bowes App Store.

Main Prizes
First Prize
USD 5000
  • USD 5000
  • Opportunity to monetize your app on Pitney Bowes App Store.
$2000 Cash Prize for the First Runner Up
USD 2000
  • USD 2000
  • Opportunity to monetize your app on Pitney Bowes App Store.
$1000 Cash Prize for the Second Runner Up
USD 1000
  • USD 1000
  • Opportunity to monetize your app on Pitney Bowes App Store.
Special Prizes
$3000 Cash Prize for Top Applications in Ecommerce Enablement Theme
USD 3000

Our Partner Freshworks will give $3000 Cash Prize for the best use of Freshwork's APIs in the E-commerce Enablement theme.

opens at:
Apr 08, 2018, 01:30 PM CDT
closes on:
Jun 10, 2018, 01:29 PM CDT
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