Montreal’s PasswordBox Wins Big at CES 2014 Mobile App Showdown

With a couple thousand audience members watching their pitch, Montreal startup PasswordBox evidently didn’t flinch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas yesterday. The startup took top honours at the Mobile App Showdown, beating out a group of 10 semi-finalists.

PasswordBox calls itself the only password manager with a social twist, providing a web and mobile platform that securely stores passwords to nearly every website a user need to sign into.

At the Mobile App Showdown, the team demonstrated best practices for the protection of users’ digital life and the management of their online accounts, as well as secure password sharing, digital death management (Legacy Locker) and instant login features. Obviously it all went over quite well with the judging panel.


“PasswordBox is honored to be recognized as an innovator and technology leader in the app space,” said COO Magaly Charbonneau. “This is an exciting achievement for us as we enter 2014, and we will have more mobile innovation to share in the weeks to come.”

Director of product marketing & communication Maeghan Smulders said the judging criteria was based on what the best app judges felt would stick around, make a big difference and change the way people use their phone and interact in life. “I think Password box really hits a lot of those clear objectives with online identity and password management because a lot of those things are major priorities, especially in 2014. We gave a very clear selling proposition and they got it.”

On the team’s pitch, Smulders said it was a classic case of everything going wrong leading up to the presentation, but once they went on stage it went perfect.

Competing against the Canadian startup were some fairly large companies, like Lowes and, and even some smaller startups with just a prototype. “To be able to be a part of that elite group and two, to win the competition, it’s a massive achievement for the team,” said Smulders.

The company said it will be making another announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain involving new patent-pending technology. Regarding this, Smulders said the technology will “blow people away.”

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk previously has written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader Post, Techvibes and BC Business Online. Joseph often goes crazy on twitter during NHL and NFL games.

  • Christopher

    Might have been nice to mention the pricing. Free version stores 25 passwords; pro version is $1.99/month or $11.99/year and both options autorenew. The only way to cancel the subscription before it autorenews either month to month or year to year is in the last 24-hours before that subscription period expires. It explicitly states that there is no other way to cancel the subscription service. Not for me.

    • Emma Valentiner

      Hi Christopher! Emma from PasswordBox here 🙂 Thank you for your comment. Can you let me know where you found this text, so I can be sure that it is changed to reflect our actual policy? (I can be reached at ) Subscriptions can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the auto-renewal, and we will always provide a refund if a customer requests one. If there is anything else I can do to help, please let me know.