We ended up having 13 developers present last night at the first annual BlackBerry Cool 15, but it turned out to be the lucky number. The drinks were flowing, the room was full, the applications were great and everybody seemed to have a good time. Before I get to thanking everyone who made this possible, I’ve got some announcements to make.
During the BBDC Keynote Today, Rick Segal of the BlackBerry Partners Fund announced that they had added a third Category to the BlackBerry Developer Challenge: The People’s Choice Award. The BlackBerry Partners Fund chose the People’s Choice winner based upon the winner of the BlackBerry Cool 15, Nobex’s Radio Companion for BlackBerry. I’m thrilled that we played a (small) part in helping Nobex receive a $150,000 debenture. Congrats, Nobex, you earned it!
Rick Segal also made on-the-spot offers to two other BlackBerry Cool 15 developers, BeamBerry and SmrtGuard. Way to go!
If you didn’t present at the BlackBerry Cool 15 this year, make sure you sign up next year, or you’ll be missing out on some serious cash.
There was one thing I forgot to do last night, and it’s been really bugging me. I didn’t thank our distinguished judging panel. It was their insight and measured questions that really helped the audience find out which application deserved to be crowned the best. So a big BlackBerry Cool thanks goes out to Al Sacco of CIO.com, Troy Brown of BlackBerry News, Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry and Rick Segal.
Obviously, I have to extend some serious gratitude for the BlackBerry Partners fund for making this happen, but also Mike Kirkup and his team at RIM. Without them, the BlackBerry Cool 15 would have turned into a disorganized mess of an event and I am eternally grateful. Also a HUGE thanks to bitHeads for sponsoring our BlackBerry Developer Conference coverage this week. Without Scott Simpson and the boys from Ottawa footing the bill, I would have been sleeping on the street and blogging from BBCool HQ.
A special thanks goes out to Anthony and his technical crew for making sure each developer had what they needed for their presentation. It was as smooth as you promised.
Finally, I have to thank all the developers that had the guts to present unfinished or just-released applications to a sophisticated audience. I hope to see you all back next year! Here they are one more time:
Evgeny Lebanidze, BeamBerry
James Shannon, DevelopIQ
Fred Potter, BerryStore
Kyle Kemper, Vayyoo
Amit Kumar, Ubiquitous Systems (Social Scope)
Robert Kao, SmrtGuard (PeeKaWho)
Arun Nagarajan, Pyxis MObile (SmartFlicks)
David McCormack, ExSafe
Jason Mace, Energy Corporation Of America
Beth Marcus, Zeemote
Michael Russo, Polar Mobile
Ron Espinosa, Azure (Zala)
Jamie Julius, Nobex Technologies