Developers: Enter Your App Idea to Win a Trip to NYC Hackathon, $500 and a BlackBerry Bold 9900

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UPDATE: Please email tips@blackberrycool.com if you are going to enter. We need to know to help give out the prizes.

RIM is hosting a BBM Apps Hackathon Event August 11-12 in NYC. It’s an exclusive event that gives developers the opportunity to participate in an apps-building marathon using the highly popular BBM Social Platform. RIM experts will guide participants through different development approaches and techniques that leverage the viral/social functionality of BBM Social Platform and best integrate with applications.

BlackBerryCool will be identifying the best developers for the Hackathon Event and giving away one trip to the event, $500 spending money, and a BlackBerry Bold 9900.

To be eligible for the Hackathon, the developer must:

  • have an idea for a new BlackBerry® application that incorporates BBM
  • have the capability to build a BlackBerry smartphone app with their idea
  • have a laptop with all the software, accessories and equipment needed to build their app, including a laptop loaded with BlackBerry® WebWorks™ or BlackBerry® Java®
    be a resident of the United States, District of Columbia (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, New York and Florida) or Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • be able to travel to attend the BBM Apps Hackathon Event (“Event”), August 10-13, 2011, and be able to confirm such availability within 48 hours of potential winner notification from RIM
  • understand that the Event will be filmed and that by participating in the BBM Apps Hackathon Contest, consent to the filming of their developer story and the use of their image

Ideally, the winner will have a BlackBerry app that they want to integrate with BBM.

Click through for the rules of the contest and more details or head over to bbmnyc.com to get started.

A quick recap:

  • The contest will run until July 22, which will be the last day to submit an entry to the Hackathon
  • The winners who will participate at the Hackathon in NYC will be announced on July 27
  • The eligibility criteria that developers need to meet to enter this contest include:

    • have an idea for a new BlackBerry® application that incorporates BBM
    • have the capability to build a BlackBerry smartphone app with their idea
    • have a laptop with all the software, accessories and equipment needed to build their app, including a laptop loaded with BlackBerry WebworksT or BlackBerry Java
      be a resident of the United States, District of Columbia (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Florida) or Canada (excluding Quebec)
    • be able to travel to attend the BBM Apps Hackathon Event (“Event”), August 10-13, 2011, and be able to confirm such availability within 48 hours of potential winner notification from RIM
    • understand that the Event will be filmed and that by participating in the BBM Apps Hackathon Contest, consent to the filming of your developer story and the use of your image

    NOTE: New York residents are eligible.

    More information about the event is at bbmnyc.com and details regarding Contest Rules at bbmnyc.com/contestrules.

    To help developers build apps using the BBM Social Platform, RIM is also offering the following series of webinars:

    Integrating with the BBM Social Platform, One Step at a Time.
    Step 1: Viral Distribution and the BBM Contact List
    Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

    Integrating with the BBM Social Platform, One Step at a Time.
    Step 2: User Profile and Custom Profile Box
    Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

    Integrating with the BBM Social Platform, One Step at a Time.
    Step 3: BBM Chat and Embedding Chat within your App
    Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST