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Pitney Bowes Announces Global Hackathon Winners

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Press release from the issuing company

Stamford, Conn. – Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, today announced the winners of the Pitney Bowes Global Hackathon. More than 2,000 developers from major technology firms submitted 65 new technology solutions during the Global Hackathon which took place September 29 through October 8, 2017. The company has selected four winners from the 65 submissions.

The winners of the Pitney Bowes Global Hackathon are:

  1. Ordoro for C-Series: Developed by Ordoro, this application enables small and medium businesses to sell to multiple ecommerce marketplaces by managing inventory and printing labels directly from the Pitney Bowes SendPro C-Series device.
  2. Track My Package: The second prize is awarded to Ian Noronha and Sharan Lobana from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. This solution enables real-time shipment tracking.
  3. Same-Day Delivery: In a tie for second prize is Santosh Bhutkar and Pratiksha Dikshit. They created a solution that enables same-day delivery using UberRUSH integration.
  4. ShipBot: The third prize is awarded to a smart customer support solution created by Margaryta Ostapchuk, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft Canada. This solution uses ChatBot and helps business owners to manage customer support and shipping needs from mobile devices.

The Hackathon invited developers and startups to build intelligent working applications for more than one million Pitney Bowes clients as they identify and locate customers, communicate with them, collect payments and ship merchandise. The applications were judged based on their business potential, user experience, and technical complexity.

Manish Choudhary, Senior Vice President, Global SMB Products and Strategy at Pitney Bowes said, “The Pitney Bowes Global Hackathon was a great example of open innovation. We look forward to working with global innovators as we accelerate the digital transformation of our portfolio.”

Algorithmia and Zoho, and many other organizations, created solutions in the areas of social Customer Relationship Management, Customer Support, Marketing, eCommerce and On-Demand Shipping.

“Small businesses are transforming and Artificial Intelligence provides them with an edge to make their business processes smarter. By offering our algorithms to the global developer community of Pitney Bowes, we saw high-value solutions come out of the Global Hackathon in just a week’s time,” said Diego Oppenheimer, CEO, Algorithmia.

"Hackathons are a great way to invent the future. To empower developers to shape the trajectory of technology is our core mission and we are happy to participate in this effort spearheaded by Pitney Bowes," said Hyther Nizam, Director of Technology, Zoho Corporation.

The Pitney Bowes Global Hackathon is the first of the many opportunities for developers to leverage its technology and gain access to a large customer base. The Pitney Bowes SMB Startup Portal helps startups and developers efficiently access tools and resources to build high-quality applications for Pitney Bowes customers.

To learn more about how Pitney Bowes supports the developer communities around the world, please visit https://www.pitneybowes.com/us/developer.html.


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