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BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces 4th Annual Developer Challenge

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has launched its 4th annual Developer Challenge which includes a series of competitions to win USD $3 million in prizes. This year’s Developer Challenge features three categories:

1) Best Adobe Flash/AIR app
2) Most Innovative BlackBerry WebWorks app on the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 6
3) Most Addictive social app using the BBM Social Platform.

Winners of the Developer Challenge will be selected across North America, Latin America, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific. For those who don’t win, the Partners Fund will also be honoring applications in six categories to receive a Recognition Award.

More details in the press release after the break.
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BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Regional Selections in Super Apps Challenge

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced around 400 apps that have made the cut in the first round of judging in the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge. The Regional Selections are competing for a total prize package valued over US$1.5 million, and are spread out across four global regions including North America, Latin America, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific.
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DisasterAlert Warns of Pending Doom by Twitter, GPS and More

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I recently discovered a cool app called Disaster Alert that won the BlackBerry Developer Challenge 2009 in Hong Kong. The app connects you to the most recent information about earthquakes, floods, tropical storms, volcano eruptions and other disasters. The information is presented in a very visual manner and based on your GPS position can tell you how close or far a disaster may be.

Features of the app include:

  • Always up-to-date.
  • Lists disasters and catastrophes.
  • Earthquakes, floods, volcano eruptions, typhoons and cyclones.
  • Shows disasters on a map.

The app has a wide variety of ways to alert you of a pending disaster. You can be alerted by text, distance, Twitter, SMS, email, etc. I personally think this app could be free if they got some money from Government or NGOs, but until then it’s $2.99 per month.

2009 $100,000 BlackBerry Developer Challenge: Last of the finalists selected

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BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the last four finalists in the 2009 BlackBerry Developer Challenge. A total of sixteen finalists were selected over the past four months, each of which will vie for the US$100,000 grand prize package at the BlackBerry Developers Conference in November.

The final four of sixteen include:

  • 7digital Music Store (by DevelopIQ): 7digital Music Store lets users browse the latest music charts, preview the latest tracks and discover, purchase and download high quality, DRM-free MP3 music directly to a BlackBerry smartphone. The software also comes with an integrated advanced media player that imports your existing playlists and music files.
  • FileScout (by Privateer): FileScout is a file manager for your BlackBerry device. In addition to its core functionality, the software allows users to search for files, send any file by Bluetooth or as an email attachment, and open media files including pictures, movies and music files.
  • ProOnGo Expense with Receipt Reader (by ProOnGo LLC): ProOnGo Expense with Receipt Reader lets users track mileage and expenses right from their BlackBerry. ProOnGo allows users to take a snapshot of their bill with the device camera and export expenses to Excel or QuickBooks.
  • ShoZu (by ShoZu): ShoZu enables mobile users to upload photos and videos to over 50 different destinations, update statuses on Twitter and Facebook and view comments and posts on those images.

For more info on the challenge and the fund visit blackberrypartnersfund.com