iPad: Ready for business? We're giving free iPads to find out

When the iPad was announced, we were excited. There were more than a few of us at Box that were excited as gadget geeks - and after the iPad launch, there are now more than a few iPads floating around our office.

But more importantly, we saw enormous potential in what this new class of mobile devices could do to really shape how people share and interact with their business content. We launched the new Box App for iPad and had a tremendous response from press and users alike. But we want to do more. We want to do something really big.

We asked ourselves, "Is the iPad ready for business?" And we realized that we should take this question straight to the people. We want to take a business - either a current Box user or one totally new to Box - and put up to 20 iPads in their employees' hands (along with our iPad app and Box accounts if the company doesn't already have them). With help from our friends at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), we also want to profile how Box and iPads fit into a business' daily work life for a month.

What's the catch? We want to share this story, so we are looking for a business that's willing to let us observe and share their experiences along the way. We're not just looking for praise either. We're interested in getting the whole story - the good, the bad and everything in between.

Visit our submissions page if you'd like your business to be considered, where you can find additional details and FAQs about the program. Applying is easy - just upload a statement of 200 words or less on how your business could benefit from using Box with iPads and why your business is ideal for this experiment.

The deadline for submissions is April 29, 2010, so get to it!

And yes, you get to keep the iPads once the program is over. It'll be our thanks to you for all your help and sharing your story with the world.

Post by Sean Lindo, Marketing Communications Manager