History

Many journeys between point A and point B are anything but as linear as they appear to those viewing them after the fact. Open Box’s journey is no different. We have had many highs and at least a handful of lows – and we treasure each and every one. After all, these experiences and the people we shared them with have helped shape who we are today.


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2016

We started the year off with a bang by having one of the applications we delivered to JLL being awarded the JLL Platinum Da Vinci Award for innovation and cost savings.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    In 2016, we renew our commitment to transforming local sport by once again partnering with the Race Ahead Foundation. We also remain one of the key sponsors of Code4CT – a Cape Town based initiative aimed at introducing young girls from disadvantaged communities to the career prospects of the technology sector.

  • Trivia

    This year we introduced Kitten Therapy to relieve stress!

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 83
Total projects completed 970
Hours of Real Estate experience 291,463

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2015

We formalise our partnership with MRI Software, launch our 24/7 helpdesk and are selected as a Top 10 Finalist for the PWC Vision to Reality Awards.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    We hold our first charity auction, where proceeds are donated to Learn to Earn – a Cape-based organization focused on empowering previously disadvantaged individuals with scarce skills.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 76
Total projects completed 926
Hours of Real Estate experience 272,014

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2014

An Open Box team wins the Africa regional finals of the first ever International Software Testing World Cup, and Open Box is voted the Healthiest Company in South Africa (Discovery Healthy Index, Small Company Category).

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    We donate 60 boxes to the Santa Shoe Box project; collect 465 blankets for our annual Blanket Drive; and cycle 1,492 kilometres for Youth with Diabetes during the 2014 Tour de Office.

  • Trivia

    In addition to Healthiest Company, Open Box also wins Most Smoke-Free Company and is a runner-up in the Most Active Employees in South Africa category.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 123
Total projects completed 850
Hours of Real Estate experience 263,979

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2013

The first year we complete over 100 projects.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    ‘Tour de Office’ expands to include another Cape Town company, Quirk. Competitive juices flow to produce records in distance, as well as funds and awareness raised.

  • Trivia

    33 Open Boxers enter and complete the Totalsports Challenge – a multi-sport event comprising a 50km road cycle, 14km road run, 25km mountain bike and a 9km beach run.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 128
Total projects completed 727
Hours of Real Estate experience 255,334

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2012

Open Box celebrates 10 years in Cape Town.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    We launch ‘Tour de Office’ – a week-long challenge to keep a stationary bike moving during the last week of the Tour de France – in aid of Youth with Diabetes.

  • Trivia

    Our in-office gym opens, run by ‘Coach’ our Biokineticist.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 93
Total projects completed 599
Hours of Real Estate experience 232,040

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2011

We open our new kitchen and chill-out space, complete with its own golf driving range to complement the pool table and other toys.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    The Dance for Peace program’s tally is 305 trophies and 446 diplomas at provincial and national championships.

  • Trivia

    In this year, we deliver to our first Real Estate client on the African continent with a project for Old Mutual Property. We have now delivered projects to every continent… and we take dress up day very seriously.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 92
Total projects completed 506
Hours of Real Estate experience 201,993

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2010

Open Box is named fourth fastest growing company in South Africa, and our founder, Malcolm Hall, is a finalist for South African Entrepreneur of the Year. We deliver our 50th custom application – a mobile solution for Top of the Rock – to Tishman Speyer.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    In our 67 minutes of service on Mandela Day, Open Box builds, populates, deploys and trains users on a full CMS site for Valley Development Projects (a grass-roots education initiative, which we have supported for many years).

  • Trivia

    Spain wins the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup hosted in South Africa. South Africa introduces the world to the vuvuzela – a plastic stadium horn that becomes the signature sound of the event.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 86
Total projects completed 414
Hours of Real Estate experience 180,356

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2009

We launch the Financial Systems Support Helpdesk, starting with MRI support services. This has since expanded to become the Enterprise Solutions Division, which implements and supports a host of third party systems.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    In 2009, Open Hearts donates towards the Valley Development Projects, various homes and continues to support Women for Peace.

  • Trivia

    The financial crisis of 2008—2009 is a very busy time for us, as our blue-chip clients see it as an opportunity to invest for future growth.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 85
Total projects completed 328
Hours of Real Estate experience 151,735

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2008

As part of our on-going community outreach, we begin supporting Dance for Peace – a ballroom dancing program aimed at keeping children off the streets and out of gangs in Mfuleni, a local township in Cape Town.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    In 2008, Open Hearts funds several worthy causes including: Women for Peace, Masakhane Educare Centre and the Green Curtains Preschool.

  • Trivia

    In mid-2008, all talk in the Real Estate industry is around the implications of “$200 oil”. This seems foolish only months later, as the implications of the credit crunch and financial downturn begin to be felt.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 48
Total projects completed 243
Hours of Real Estate experience 141,795

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2007

We deliver our 25th custom application – Net Effective Rent for Boston Properties.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    In 2007, Open Box provides much needed medicines to The Shaster Foundation, as well as contributing educational resources to the Masakhane Educare Centre.

  • Trivia

    Team Open Box branded riders compete in The Cape Argus Cycle Tour, now an annual occurrence.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 81
Total projects completed 195
Hours of Real Estate experience 116,159

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2006

Open Box Software (South Africa) moves to its current location – 240 Main Road, Tokai, Cape Town. It is a year of tremendous growth.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    In 2006, Open Box contributes funds towards educational toys and bonuses to Masakhane Educare Centre.

  • Trivia

    Joe Rich, CIO of Tishman Speyer, visits the Cape Town office and the entire office is tricked into dressing up.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 39
Total projects completed 114
Hours of Real Estate experience 87,973

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2005

Our largest and most challenging project up to this point – Top of the Rock – launches in New York to great acclaim, using an innovative custom ticketing and attraction management system, conceived and built by us.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    In 2005, Open Hearts funds the installation of a PlayPump® water system at a school selected by the PlayPump® organization.

  • Trivia

    Our servers (and, for a time, all machines) were named after Star Wars characters. The inspiration for this came from the prime parking space in our first office being named OB1 by our landlord at the time.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 31
Total projects completed 75
Hours of Real Estate experience 51,527

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2004

Open Box’s three centres of delivery – Cape Town, London and New York – are busy delivering solutions across the globe.

  • CSR – Open Hearts Foundation

    We found Open Hearts, our Corporate Social Responsibility Foundation. We start supporting Tears, Nazareth House, Tree and Baphumelele (all grass-root community initiatives around Cape Town).

  • Trivia

    In 2004, employees could choose between dual CRT monitors and a single flat screen as a perk once they had been with the company for two years.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 17
Total projects completed 44
Hours of Real Estate experience 32,035

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2003

We establish our first permanent outsourced custom development team for a client based in the United States. Open Box Software (United Kingdom) is incorporated and we achieve the distinction of being awarded High Growth status by the British Chamber of Commerce.

  • Trivia

    Co-founders Malcolm Hall and Richard Hartley (pictured here) have gone on to start two further businesses together.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 22
Total projects completed 27
Hours of Real Estate experience 9,692

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2002

Open Box Software is incorporated in South Africa and Malcolm is joined by co-founders Richard Hartley and Andrew Preston. We open our office in Cape Town, South Africa and deliver our first custom software project to a client in Germany.

  • Trivia

    The name ‘Open Box Software’ was conceived by Malcolm and Amanda Hall. The idea behind the name was that as a company, we demystify (Open) the complexity of technology (Box).

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 4
Total projects completed 5
Hours of Real Estate experience 3,245

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2001

Open Box Software is founded by Malcolm Hall in the United Kingdom in September 2001 in, quite possibly, the worst economic climate for a technology start-up.

  • Trivia

    Our first client – Tishman Speyer – is still one of our clients.

The year in numbers

Projects completed during the year 1
Hours of Real Estate experience 1,452

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