Register for the BlackBerry Partners Fund Developers Challenge

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BlackBerry Partners Fund today announced the official call for entries for the second annual BlackBerry Developers Challenge. Any new BlackBerry application(s) submitted to BlackBerry App World between June 1, 2009 and September 25, 2009 may be eligible to compete in this year’s challenge. Complete rules and regulations are available online.

A total of 16 finalists will be selected from eligible applications submitted over the contest period. The finalists will each receive a prize package valued at more than US$5,000 and be invited to compete for a grand prize package valued at over US$100,000; and a runner up prize package worth more than US$25,000. Judges will be looking for the most compelling product or service, clearly defined value proposition, and technical execution.

Four finalists will be selected and announced at the end of each month during the four-month challenge. User reviews of applications and download activity will be taken into consideration when finalists are selected. All 16 finalists must present and demo their application to a panel of judges during the “BlackBerry Sweet 16″ event, which takes place at the BlackBerry Developers Conference, November 9 – 11 in San Francisco. Winners will be announced during the conference keynote presentation on November 10th.

2009 BlackBerry Developer Challenge Prizes

Finalist Prize Package worth approx. US$5,000:

  • Featured Placement on BlackBerry App World carousel for one week;
  • One BlackBerry Developers Conference pass;
  • One BlackBerry smartphone;
  • Invitation to demo at “BlackBerry Sweet 16″ event at the BlackBerry Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, where final judging will take place;
  • Publicity via monthly press release announcing finalists.
  • Grand Prize Package worth approx. US$100,000:

  • $75,000 Cash Prize;
  • $25,000 Value Package.
  • Value Package includes:

  • One Elite BlackBerry Alliance Membership for one year;
  • One Day Mentoring Session with RIM in Waterloo, Ontario, providing analysis, review and insights into how to best improve the application on BlackBerry;
  • Press Release and Featured Interviews with Media;
  • Two additional weeks of BlackBerry App World Featured Placement on the carousel;
  • Potential investment offer from BlackBerry Partners Fund.
  • Runner Up Prize Package worth approx. US$25,000:

  • $10,000 Cash Prize;
  • $15,000 Value Package.
  • Value Package includes:

  • One Select BlackBerry Alliance Membership for one year;
  • One Day Mentoring Session with RIM in Waterloo, Ontario, providing analysis, review and insights into how to best improve the application on BlackBerry;
  • Mention in Press Release;
  • One additional week of BlackBerry App World Featured Placement on the carousel.
  • For real time updates on the launch of the Challenge and breaking news during the Challenge follow Kevin Talbot on Twitter at @ktalbot.