Boxit to represent Dubai at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona next month
Dubai, UAE: Following an intense five month competition, which involved over 50 start-ups presenting ideas around new apps to promote the development of a Smart City, Boxit have been crowned the winners of the Dubai Smart City App Hack and will represent the Emirate at the global finals in Barcelona next week. 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.
Dubai Internet City, the official partner for the Dubai Smart City App Hack, announced the winning teams at GITEX Technology Week, 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.
Boxit, who won from the Collaborative Community category, launched in April 2015, and is a MENA technology platform that ensures an efficient storage process, arranging the delivery and pick up of plastic boxes to customers. Customers can track their items online, and manage all activities using Boxit’s mobile or web app, ensuring a hassle-free, interactive experience for members of Dubai’s community. With around 80% of the GCC’s population living in urban areas and a limited availability of space in cities, Boxit promotes effective storage, allowing city space to be used in a smarter and more sustainable way.
Commenting, 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.”
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.”