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The BlackBerry Developer Challenge Final 16


The BlackBerry Developer Challenge was narrowed down to the Final 16. The event takes 16 up and coming apps and helps them grow by giving the top apps investment.

The 16 finalists were:

1. Kik (awesome music app)
2. Sid Meier’s Civilizations (classic game)
3. Handmark’s AFP news app
4. David (a pragmatic app that tracks your wireless usage to help save you money)
5. Wicked Blogging App (WordPress for BlackBerry)
6. FileScout (advanced file manager for BlackBerry)
7. Expense Report Reader
8. Fierce Towers (tower defense)
9. Shozu (social networking platform for BlackBerry)
10. CBS News app (another news app by Handmark)
11. E-mobile software (an app similar to a theme)
12. Vision for YouTube
13. Astraware solitaire
14. Market Simplified (trading software)
15. 7Digitial Music Store 16. Unsynced Music Player (new music app api)
Click through for more pics and info from the Developer Challenge Final 16

Register for the BlackBerry Partners Fund Developers Challenge


blackberry partners fund

BlackBerry Partners Fund today announced the official call for entries for the second annual BlackBerry Developers Challenge. Any new BlackBerry application(s) submitted to BlackBerry App World between June 1, 2009 and September 25, 2009 may be eligible to compete in this year’s challenge. Complete rules and regulations are available online.

A total of 16 finalists will be selected from eligible applications submitted over the contest period. The finalists will each receive a prize package valued at more than US$5,000 and be invited to compete for a grand prize package valued at over US$100,000; and a runner up prize package worth more than US$25,000. Judges will be looking for the most compelling product or service, clearly defined value proposition, and technical execution.

Four finalists will be selected and announced at the end of each month during the four-month challenge. User reviews of applications and download activity will be taken into consideration when finalists are selected. All 16 finalists must present and demo their application to a panel of judges during the “BlackBerry Sweet 16″ event, which takes place at the BlackBerry Developers Conference, November 9 – 11 in San Francisco. Winners will be announced during the conference keynote presentation on November 10th.
Click through to read about the prizes available at the Developer Challenge

Complete audio of the BlackBerry Developer Conference now available (BlackBerry Bytes)


RIM CEO Mike LazaridisIf you weren’t one of the lucky people attending the BlackBerry Developers Conference, take heart, RIM is bringing part of the experience to you! No, it’s not a free BlackBerry, but possible something much more valuable: the entire 2008 BBDC keynote audio. Weighing in at over 3 hours (!), the keynote has something for everyone: Mike Lazaridis’ inspiring address to developers, Rick Segal of the BlackBerry Partners Fund debuting the Dev Challenge winners and mentioning the BlackBerry Cool 15 about 15 times, (enough for a fun drinking game!) or the highly technical stuff near the end about Eclipse or MS Visual studio support.

BlackBerry Developer Conference Keynote Audio


The BlackBerry Cool 15 was a huge success!


BlackBerry Cool 15

We ended up having 13 developers present last night at the first annual BlackBerry Cool 15, but it turned out to be the lucky number. The drinks were flowing, the room was full, the applications were great and everybody seemed to have a good time. Before I get to thanking everyone who made this possible, I’ve got some announcements to make.

During the BBDC Keynote Today, Rick Segal of the BlackBerry Partners Fund announced that they had added a third Category to the BlackBerry Developer Challenge: The People’s Choice Award. The BlackBerry Partners Fund chose the People’s Choice winner based upon the winner of the BlackBerry Cool 15, Nobex’s Radio Companion for BlackBerry. I’m thrilled that we played a (small) part in helping Nobex receive a $150,000 debenture. Congrats, Nobex, you earned it!

Rick Segal also made on-the-spot offers to two other BlackBerry Cool 15 developers, BeamBerry and SmrtGuard. Way to go!

If you didn’t present at the BlackBerry Cool 15 this year, make sure you sign up next year, or you’ll be missing out on some serious cash.

BlackBerry Cool 15 Thank yous

Come to The BlackBerry Cool 15 tonight!


the BlackBerry Cool 15

WHERE: Session rooms California 7-9 (across from the Mobility Pavilion)
WHEN: 8pm-9:30pm (after the Welcome Reception)

It’s almost time for the BlackBerry Cool 15! We have a have a full list of developers ready to present their innovation applications and ideas to a packed audience and distinguished panel. Here’s a list of the presenters:

Evgeny Lebanidze, BeamBerry
James Shannon, DevelopIQ
Fred Potter, BerryStore
Kyle Kemper, Vayyoo
Amit Kumar, Ubiquitous Systems (Social Scope)
Robert Kao, SmrtGuard (PeeKaWho)
Arun Nagarajan, Pyxis MObile (SmartFlicks)
David McCormack, ExSafe
Jason Mace, Energy Corporation Of America
Beth Marcus, Zeemote
Michael Russo, Polar Mobile
Ron Espinosa, Azure (Zala)
Jamie Julius, Nobex Technologies

(if I’m missing anyone please remind me!)

We also have Rick Segal and various members of the BlackBerry Partners Fund attending eager to hand out offer sheets to the right developer.

We’re also GIVING AWAY TWO BLACKBERRY STORMS! One to the winner of the BlackBerry Cool 15 and one to a lucky audience member. So make sure to attend! The BlackBerry Cool 15 starts promptly at 8pm, and there’s only enough room for 150 people!

BlackBerry Cool 15: Win a BlackBerry Storm (or two)!


BlackBerry Storms at the BlackBerry Cool 15

We’re now a weekend away from the BlackBerry Developer Conference, and I couldn’t be more excited. Mike Lazaridis keynote, hands on with the BlackBerry Storm, and the BlackBerry Cool 15. Oh wait, that reminds me, we’ve been talking about the BlackBerry Cool 15 all week, and we haven’t mentioned what the prizes are. Developers take note:

RICK SEGAL OF THE BLACKBERRY PARTNERS FUND will be participating as a judge and taking a keen interest in the applications presented. He will have offer sheets in hands and he is looking to spend, spend, spend.

WE’RE GIVING AWAY TWO BLACKBERRY STORMS! That’s right, not one, but two BlackBerry Storms will be given away at the BlackBerry Cool 15! While one will obviously be going to the developer with the best application, we haven’t decided what to do with the other one yet. Maybe give it to a lucky member of the audience? We’ll see…

You now have NO REASON to miss the BlackBerry Cool 15. Meet us at the Marriott Hotel in session rooms California 7-9 at 8pm on Monday, October 20th (right after the welcome reception). We’ll see you there!

Register for the BlackBerry Cool 15
More information about the BlackBerry Cool 15

A special thanks must go out to Rick Segal, Mike Kirkup and everyone at RIM/BlackBerry Partners Fund that has turned this wishful thinking into a reality.