The BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Regional Finalists

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the 12 Regional Finalists in this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge, where participants have been competing for a total prize package valued at over US$1.5 million. Here is how the finalists broke down in terms of region.

North American Finalists:

    Dictionary and Thesaurus – Dictionary.com
    Poynt
    Vayyoo

Latin America Finalists:

    Navita Sports
    Vlingo Plus – Voice App
    Waze (LATAM)

Europe / Middle East / Africa Finalists

    CamCard(Business Card Reader)
    n-tv mobil
    UbiNav EU

Asia Pacific Finalists:

    Forum for BlackBerry
    Love Indonesia
    Ramadhan Pocket Guide

Click after the jump for the full press release.

TORONTO - November 17, 2010 - BlackBerry Partners Fund™ today announced 12 BlackBerry® smartphone applications that were selected as Regional Finalists in the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund “Super Apps” Developer Challenge. They each receive a finalist prize package valued at almost $35,000 and will be competing for an additional $85,000 in prizing in the fourth and final round of judging, which takes place today.

North American Finalists:

  • Dictionary and Thesaurus – Dictionary.com: The only free dictionary app for BlackBerry smartphones is from Dictionary.com. Their well-known reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com includes more than 500,000 words, definitions, and synonyms. The app also features phonetic and audio pronunciations, spelling suggestions and Dictionary.com’s popular Word of the Day that is enjoyed by millions of people.
  • Poynt: Poynt enables users to find businesses, retailers, restaurants, movies, gas prices (US only) and weather information. It uses GPS or cell-site location to quickly deliver the information users need, whenever and wherever they need it, right on their BlackBerry smartphone.
  • Vayyoo: With Vayyoo® it has never been easier to capture and share life’s moments in one BlackBerry application. Whether users are out with friends, having fun on vacation, or witnessing breaking news, Vayyoo makes capturing and sharing moments simple by integrating the camera, location, email and many other BlackBerry smartphone features.

Latin America Finalists:

  • Navita Sports: Navita Sports provides up-to-the-minute sport scores and coverage including Soccer, Tennis and Formula 1, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Rugby. Games times are based on a user’s Time Zone; in some sports users can choose which categories they like to watch, and more.
  • Vlingo Plus – Voice App: Vlingo is the intelligent voice app that turns a user’s words into action. With Vlingo users can simply speak to their BlackBerry smartphone to send a text or email message to any contact; search the web using Google or Yahoo!; call a friend; update their Facebook or Twitter status; use instant messaging apps; and, speak to virtually any application. It also reads incoming text and email messages while users are on the go.
  • Waze (LATAM): Waze’s social navigation app brings users to the intersection of where geogaming meets crowdsourced traffic info and real-time live maps. In addition to providing free turn-by-turn navigation on BlackBerry smartphones, Waze also gives drivers the ability to actively update one other on traffic, construction, and more, reflecting a live description of the road at any given moment.

Europe / Middle East / Africa Finalists

  • CamCard(Business Card Reader): CamCard is a professional business card reader based on IntSig’s market leading OCR technologies. It helps users turn piles of business cards into BlackBerry Contacts with just a few clicks. Users need only provide clear card photos either by built-in camera or album. Snap and click, and all info on the business card will be automatically recognized and categorized.
  • n-tv mobil: This application enables users to get the latest news and videos anytime and anywhere on their BlackBerry smartphones. Users can open news articles at the push of a button; open and configure Favorites; find information on scheduled German soccer league matches, and more.
  • UbiNav EU: UbiNav turns a BlackBerry smartphone into a reliable GPS mapping solution with real-time turn by turn navigation on screen. Users can listen to the turn-by-turn vocal instructions and find whatever they need wherever they are. They can find, map, navigate to, or simply call over 10 million businesses listed within the database.

Asia Pacific Finalists

  • Forum for BlackBerry: REMKO’s Forum is an application for mobile devices where users can discuss the latest News and Events, Politics, Gossip, Music, Sports, Religion, Fashion, Love and Relationships, etc. with other BlackBerry smartphone owners worldwide. Users can also exchange images, ringtones and files with others while on the go.
  • Love Indonesia: This application is an all-in-one guide for Indonesia on BlackBerry smartphones. It is a free location-based lifestyle portal that guides users in finding anything they need with its different search features. It provides regular reviews and discount promotions of merchants for each city in Indonesia, along with information on restaurants, hotels, shopping, movies, news, traffic, events and more.
  • Ramadhan Pocket Guide: Ramadhan Pocket Guide for BlackBerry smartphones provides up to date information about Islamic Prayer Schedules, Imsak Schedules and Adzan reminders. Users can choose schedules and reminders based on location, enhanced with notification alerts using vibration and actual Adzan sounds.

“Congratulations to the developers that created the apps we selected as finalists in their respective regions and category,” said Kevin Talbot, Co-Managing Partner, BlackBerry Partners Fund. “Over the course of this year’s Developer Challenge, we’ve reviewed and tested some of the most compelling apps available. Those that made it this far certainly rank among the top apps we’ve seen to date.”

The Regional Finalists were selected from across seven categories: Productivity, Fun & Games, Knowledge, Sharing, Navigate & Explore, Multi-media, and In the Know. The applications were judged on quality, user experience and how effectively they incorporated “Super App” characteristics, which take advantage of the BlackBerry® Application Platform’s unique capabilities. Participants in this year’s Developer Challenge are competing for a total prize package valued at over US$1.5 million. Full contest details, including links to Regional Selections, Regional Semi-Finalists and Regional Finalists is available at http://www.blackberrypartnersfund.com/2010challenge.

Prizes are made possible with the help of members of the BlackBerry Developer Services community – including 151 Ventures, App-Promo, DeviceAnywhere, Medialocate, Mob4Hire, and Perfecto Mobile – who are providing numerous services to participants in this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge.

About BlackBerry Partners Fund

BlackBerry Partners Fund is the leading independent venture capital firm focused exclusively on mobile computing. In collaboration with Research In Motion, along with Thomson Reuters and RBC, the global fund brings capital, resources and unparalleled domain expertise to the partnerships it forms with exceptional entrepreneurs around the world who are shaping the future of the mobile eco-system. The Fund has an investment footprint throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Israel. For more information visit: www.blackberrypartnersfund.com.