Quickbase calls on community to help businesses adapt to the new realities of work, offers $250K prize for innovative applications

With 750+ applications built by over 300 customers to adapt to a post-COVID world, leading low-code provider expands on Back to the Future of Work initiative

Quickbase calls on community to help businesses adapt to the new realities of work, offers $250K prize for innovative applications

With 750+ applications built by over 300 customers to adapt to a post-COVID world, leading low-code provider expands on Back to the Future of Work initiative

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – June 4, 2020 - Quickbase, the leading low-code platform for operational agility, today announced an expansion of its “Back to the Future of Work” initiative to help companies rapidly adapt their operations through COVID-19 with $250,000 in prizes to those who develop the most innovative applications during a community app-a-thon later this year.

To date, over 300 customers in our community have already built more than 750 applications related to managing the impacts of COVID and getting back to work.

“Every business now faces the daunting task of adapting their operations to work in a new reality, and doing it all with smaller budgets, fewer people and heavy compliance burdens. And the tools that have been provided are woefully inadequate for handling what they’ll face in the coming months,” said Ed Jennings, CEO of Quickbase. “While getting safely back to work, managing a workplace with required social distancing, masks, temperature checks, etc., will be hard enough, it’s only the opening act for the months of constant change to come. We’re calling on our company and community to not only help businesses figure out how to get safely back to work now, but also to help them fast track their journey to the future of work.”

The announcement was made at Empower, Quickbase’s annual user conference—held virtually for the first time ever this year due to COVID-19—to over 2,300 attendees, more than double last year’s attendance.

Back to the future of work

The community app-a-thon, taking place later this summer, calls on the Quickbase community—which numbers some 20,000 builders and growing—and anyone else interested, to come together and develop applications that will help businesses get back to work quickly and safely. Teams of builders are eligible for up to $250,000 in prizes for the most innovative applications built on Quickbase. Anyone can participate, as Quickbase offers a free builder account and online training, as well as free certification now available through the end of the year. More details are coming soon–you can sign up to learn more here.

Additionally, Quickbase has put together a series of fast and flexible application accelerators—many based on applications built by members of our customer community—for managing through the crisis and beyond. Rather than pre-packaged applications, these accelerators are adaptable and can be built to work the way an individual company needs. Examples of how these applications are used include monitoring employee wellness, facilities management and personal protective equipment (PPE) inventory management.

A platform for empowering rapid transformations

“COVID-19 has fundamentally changed how businesses operate today and into the future,” said Jay Jamison, chief product and technology officer at Quickbase. “The pace and scale of transformation now is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. While long-term digital transformation is still critical, survival today will require every business to embrace rapid adaptability. Right now, speed matters, details matter and connections matter. Our ‘Back to the Future of Work’ initiative is all about helping businesses build speed and operational agility – while reducing IT complexity, risks and costs.”

In addition to the already easy-to-use platform for builders, additional investments have been made to bolster:

  1. Real-time operational insights: To deliver more real-time insights, Quickbase announced a new set of dashboards and reports that make it easier for users to uncover and share information, as well as a new offline mobile capability that allows data to be entered anytime, anywhere.
  2. Stronger governance and oversight: To enable governance across applications while still driving collaboration between IT and the business, a new centralized portal for insights is available to give admins more oversight and control over how the platform is being used.
  3. Connecting data across systems: To better connect data across technologies, simple, robust integrations are available regardless of technical expertise, from the drag-and-drop connectivity of Pipelines (with two new channels available soon–on-premise ODBC and GSuite) to a robust, modern API portal and new RESTful APIs.

Additionally, building on its years of experience working with customers, Quickbase continues to offer best-in-class services and support, including Quick Start services to help get applications up and running faster while establishing a foundation for future success, best practices and guidance for deploying low-code throughout an enterprise via centers of excellence, a network of solution providers to support customers and world-class care that is available 24/7.

To learn more about Quickbase’s initiative, the app-a-thon and more, visit our blog.


About Quickbase

Quickbase is the low-code platform for business agility. As the first cloud application development platform to support safe, secure and sustainable citizen development, Quickbase helps more than 6,000 customers, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 50, continuously perfect the processes that make their businesses unique. Quickbase is a leader in the Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Platform For Business Developers. Visit QuickBase.com to learn more.

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