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BBM Hackathon NYC: Interview with Tyler Lessard About BBM, Developers and More

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We’re here at the BBM Hackathon in NYC and we sat down with RIM’s VP of Developer Relations and BlackBerry Alliances, Tyler Lessard. The problem with interviewing people at RIM is they’re obviously not going to tell you anything that hasn’t already been announced, and the best you can hope for is “yes, we’re working on it” or “it’s something we’re driving towards.” Even if you ask a random question like “what’s your favorite app?” you can be sure the answer at a BBM Hackathon will be “BBM”. We did get a few tidbits of information that we haven’t heard before so it’s worth clicking through for the interview.
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Our BBM Hackathon Grand Prize Winner is Smarter Apps

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We’re in New York City this week getting ready for the BBM Hackathon that will go from Thursday the 11th to Friday the 12th. A little while back we put up a post asking for developers to send us their app ideas that would leverage the BBM Social Platform. The winning app idea would won a decent prize pack including:

  • A flight to NYC and hotel for during the hackathon
  • $500 spending cash
  • A BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900

The winning developer is Paul Dumais of Smarter Apps and the app idea is really killer. We don’t want to reveal what the app does because we’ve been told that the app will be fully coded and made available to App World during the hackathon. Stay tuned because we’ll be revealing the app in a few days and it’s going to change the way you use BBM.

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.
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Do You Suffer from BlackBerry Neck? Get a BlackBerry Facial

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The latest ailment is called BlackBerry Neck and it comes from looking down at your BlackBerry a lot, causing unsightly wrinkles. The treatment for BlackBerry Neck comes from a Manhattan aesthetician who has concocted the BlackBerry Facial. The treatment involves exfoliation consisting of “a neck cleansing, a peel with sapphire stones, another peel, a hydrating serum, and then some lymphatic drainage.” After your facial, you get 20 minutes of a strange light followed by an oxygen mask. The whole process takes 45 minutes and should revert your neck to its former glory.

Overall, this seems like something we should just file under “only in New York.”