This year, the BlackBerry Developer Conference is going global with events being held in San Francisco, Bangkok and Amsterdam. Bangkok is an interesting choice because we would have expected Indonesia, but it’s probably a better place to meet in terms of cost and airport travel. Amsterdam has become an alternative, indie developer scene in recent years with the launch of a conference called Appsterdam. RIM is looking to capitalize and this and attract more devs to the platform. Read on for more details about these events.
The Early Bird rate for DevCon Americas ends August 26th. If you register now, you can get in for $699 USD. DevCon is a longer than Google IO so it’s a better deal when you compare the costs per day, but the early bird for Google IO was only $450. This is still much better than the $1,600 it costs for WWDC. Still, we’d like to see RIM innovate and offer a deal that no developer could avoid: free. If RIM took the Ryan Air approach to a developer conference, they could offer low rates and still get all the devs together learning about the platform. For example, imagine how much money you would save if they simply didn’t offer open bars.
DevCon Asia has a date set and it will be at the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld in Bangkok. Registration for this event is opening soon so stay tuned.
Registration isn’t open yet for DevCon Amsterdam but considering what we said about the region being great for indie developers, it should be interesting to see how it compares to the other events. Each region will bring new perspectives and app companies and as the platform grows, we can’t wait to see what these global events produce.