The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced around 400 apps that have made the cut in the first round of judging in the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge. The Regional Selections are competing for a total prize package valued over US$1.5 million, and are spread out across four global regions including North America, Latin America, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific.
Up to 28 Regional Semi-Finalists (up to seven from each region in any category) will be chosen by November 1, 2010. Each semi-finalist will receive a prize package worth over US$16,000. Regional Finalists will then be announced on November 18, 2010. Up to twelve Regional Finalists will receive prize packages valued at almost US$35,000. Up to four Regional Winners will be announced on November 30, 2010 and receive prize packs valued at US$85,000, including application promotion services, BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry App World marketing support, an Elite membership in the BlackBerry Alliance Program and more. All applications are judged on quality, user experience and how effectively they have incorporated “Super App” characteristics, which take advantage of the BlackBerry Application Platform’s unique capabilities.