Bermuda Government and BlackBerry Hosting Young Developer App Competition


bermuda apptitude contest

The Ministry of Business Development in Bermuda along with RIM is hosting a competition called App-ti-tude where developers will make BlackBerry apps and compete for prizes including cash, smartphones and a PlayBook. The competition is aimed specifically at young developers and participants must be under the age of 25. RIM is flying out a specialist to help with technical questions and the event will be held at the end of April.

One of them most important elements of a good app development competition is that the Terms and Conditions give the developer every opportunity to start a new business and make money off their hard work. One of the worst examples of this is the Great Canadian Appathon for Windows Phone 7. The contest comes with a set of Terms and Conditions where participants will not own their code at the end. Instead, the code will be “co-owned” by XMG Studios out of Toronto who are also the judges.

After reading the App-ti-tude Terms and Conditions, we can see that the government is serious about letting the developers own their own intellectual property. The only strange part is where they make the developers sign a “non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, make derivative works or podcasts from, edit, alter, store, re-format, sell and sub-licence the Entry for such purposes.” At least the IP is explicitly protected.

Head over to for registration and more information.

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  • Ray

    One of the worst examples is the Great Canadian Appathon? Every developer has the right to refuse these terms and self publish. We sent XMG employees and Microsoft XNA experts all over the country. We provided tools, education, and experience for zip. We also gave away loads of prizes and promo material from sponsors. Your post and comment is ignorant.

  • Kyle McInnes

    It’s great that you guys are offering prizes and help, I’m saying the terms and conditions are lame. I understand you want something in return for your investment, but find another way other than essentially getting free work out of the contest’s participants.

    The best reward from sponsoring a hackathon is access to the pool of developers and using it as a recruitment tool. Not good enough for what you’re putting in? Then scale back. Taking half of someone’s hard work in exchange for prizes they may not get isn’t the way to do it.

  • Ray

    I think you do a great job of highlighting one of the fundamental probs with the blog culture. You never asked for details or explanation. You didn’t contact us. You didn’t ask any of the 300 students who participated. Instead you promote a BB-centric appathon and say ours is lame. What’s lame is your lack of professionalism. And btw if you think we have a bias against BB we don’t (or at least I don’t). My role as Chairman of Xtreme Labs (one of the World’s largest BB developers btw) is heavily centred in the BB ecosystem. And for the record NO STUDENT DEV is under any obligation whatsoever. XMG is one of the largest indy game devs in Canada and soon WW. We are not trying to grab anyones hard work as we do enough of it on our own. Your post is BB uncool.