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BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Winners of Best Flash/AIR Apps for PlayBook


The BlackBerry Partners Fund has been running competitions for the best apps and games that use WebWorks as well as Adobe Flash/AIR. We’ve recently reported on the winners of the WebWorks competition and today the Partners Fund has announced the winners of the best Adobe Flash/AIR apps for the PlayBook. Check out the winners after the jump.
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RIM to Host Interactive Video Session for Developers May 25th


RIM is hosting an interactive video session where developers will get the chance to talk in depth about Super Apps, the Partners Fund Challenge, and announcements made at WES. This is a good opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have about developing for the platform, and RIM executives will be there throughout the hour-long session.

Join Mike Kirkup, Director of Developer Relations, and Tyler Lessard, VP Global Alliances & Developer Relations, on May 25th, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT.

More information and registration available on the BlackBerry Developer’s blog.

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Perfecto Mobile Offers Free Mobile Testing Package for Developer Challenge


Perfecto Mobile will be offering free remote testing hours and special discounted prices to developers participating in the BlackBerry Partners Fund Super Apps Developer Challenge. Perfecto Mobile offer remote access and automated testing solutions with their Perfecto Mobile Handset Cloud service.

Developers who submit their mobile applications to the Super Apps Developer Challenge will receive five free hours to use the Perfecto Mobile Handset Cloud service. Additional testing hours for BlackBerry are offered for special discounted prices. In addition, winners of the Super Apps Developer Challenge will receive up to 100 free hours as prizes from Perfecto Mobile.

More information about the BlackBerry Partners Fund Super App Challenge available here.
To sign-up and receive the special Super Apps Developer Challenge Offer and for further information visit Perfecto Mobile’s site.

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BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Developer Challenge 2010


Today, the BlackBerry Partners Fund announced the 2010 Developer Challenge. In addition to focusing on “Super Apps” that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the BlackBerry platform, this year’s challenge is a bit different from those held in the two years prior.

Here is a quick breakdown of this year’s Developer Challenge:

  • Total prize package is valued at over US$1.5 Million;
  • The Challenge is the first to recognize BlackBerry smartphone apps on a regional basis across four global regions;
  • Both newly developed and existing applications can be entered into the Challenge;
  • Applications will be judged in seven distinct categories, based on quality, user experiences and how effectively they incorporate “Super App” characteristics;
  • Challenge will reward the BlackBerry developer community at many levels to benefit more developers than ever before;
  • Finalists will receive unique prizes to support their development on the BlackBerry platform and to help them achieve commercial success;
  • Up to 400 Regional Selections will receive a free BlackBerry smartphone;
  • Up to 28 Regional Semi-Finalists will each receive prize packages worth over USD$16,000;
  • Up to 12 Regional Finalists will each receive prize packages valued at almost USD$35,000;
  • Up to four Regional Winners will each receive a prize pack valued at USD$85,000;

Entries can be submitted starting today and will be accepted until September 6, 2010.

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Four more BlackBerry Developer Challenge finalists announced


The BlackBerry Partners Fund has revealed the next four finalists in the 2009 BlackBerry Developer Challenge. The finalists include:

So far, a total of 12 of 16 finalists have been chosen based on the following criteria: compelling product or service; clearly defined value proposition and technical execution. Four additional finalists will be selected and announced at the end of September.

Each Finalist receives a prize package that is valued at more than US$5,000, and includes one week on the BlackBerry App World Featured Application Carousel; one BlackBerry Developers Conference pass; one BlackBerry smartphone; and, guaranteed participation in the BlackBerry Sweet 16 Demo Event at the 2009 BlackBerry Developers Conference. Finalists will compete for a grand prize package valued at over US$100,000; and a runner up prize package worth more than US$25,000.

Who would you nominate given the above criteria?


BlackBerry Partners Fund announce more finalists in Developer Challenge


The BlackBerry Partners Fund have announced the next four finalists in the 2009 BlackBerry Developer Challenge.

The next four finalists are:

  • David by Turner Technologies
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates by Concrete Software Inc
  • CBS News by Handmark
  • Market Simplified by Market Simplified Inc.

This brings the total finalists to 8. The previous four finalists were:

  • Fierce Towers by Nickel Buddy
  • Astraware Solitare by Handmark
  • Expense Manager by Total Wireless Solutions
  • Vision for YouTube by Metova

So far, of the 8 finalists, 3 are games. This is interesting considering games make up a small percentage of total BlackBerry content sales. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: compelling product or service; clearly defined value proposition, and; technical execution. Personally, I would like to see more utilities in the finalists. These apps are constantly improving the functionality of the device and need more recognition.

My next four choices are:

  • gwabbit
  • vPost (their latest version includes screenshot functionality and a scribble feature)
  • LaterDude Pro
  • Poynt (with their new features, are they eligible to reapply?)

Who would you nominate for the Developer Challenge?