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Use Duke ‘Box,’ Get a Chance at Winning an Amazon Echo

Go on a treasure hunt with the Box cloud storage and collaboration service, which got an upgrade

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is hosting a contest beginning Feb. 1 to promote an upgrade to Duke’s Box cloud storage and collaboration tool.

As part of “Duke Box Awareness Month,” the contest takes Box users on a short “quest” within the platform to show off features such as file storage, sharing, and editing.

Everyone at Duke has a free Box account that they can access and use with their Duke NetID and password. With Box, users can access, store and share content securely with Duke and non-Duke users — anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Here’s how the contest works:

When Box users click the contest link, they are asked to log into Box with their Duke NetID and password. Once logged in, “Duke Box Buddy” leads users through a few slides instructing them to complete three simple tasks within Box. The actions taken during the quest automatically enter participants into the drawing.

Three prizes will be awarded in random drawings during February: an Amazon Echo, the room-sized Echo Dot or a View-Master Virtual Reality viewer. To enter the contest, visit Duke Box Quest.

The Box upgrade adds an improved desktop experience and these new features:

Improved file viewer

The improved content viewer allows you to customize your file view grid. It also enables large quick views of many media types including medical images, 3D images, high definition streaming video files, 360-degree images, and Microsoft Excel previewer.

Set homepage

Set favorites as your homepage to have instant access to your most important content.

Box mobile apps

Box mobile has new and improved apps for Android and iPhone. The Box app lets you quickly access favorites and use Box Notes.

Expanded search

New search features allow filtering of results, saved searches and more powerful advanced search.

Faculty, staff, and students can see how the Duke Box upgrade works during a free LearnIT@Lunch, “Duke Box: New User Experience,” from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in The Edge Workshop Room in Bostock Library. No registration is required. Participants may bring lunch.

Duke community members can find Box user tips and events throughout February by visiting Box. They may also request a demonstration by sending email to