BlackBerry Developer Conference Updates: Lazaridis keynote, 75 sessions, 5 tracks


We’re getting ever closer to the first ever BlackBerry Developer Conference, which will take place October 20th-22nd in Santa Clara, California. As the hype grows, more and more information has been pouring out of RIM, and today the boys and girls in Waterloo released a bundle of information about the BDC:

Keynote by RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis
One-on-One Meeting Program with RIM Experts
BlackBerry Developer Challenge
Five different session tracks: Managing Development and Deployment, The Ins and Outs of Java Development, Next Generation Mobile Web Applications, Mobile Applications for the Enterprise, Future Trends and Technologies for Mobile Developers

We’re really excited for the BlackBerry Developer Conference! Post a comment and let us know if you’re going, and what you hope to see. A bunch more BDC details are after the jump.

(via RIM)

The BlackBerry Developer Conference is a unique developer community event that will bring together developers, architects, industry technical experts, RIM staff, and key partners for in-depth knowledge sharing, skills development, discussions and networking about developing mobile applications for the BlackBerry® platform. The conference will feature keynote presentations by thought leaders and innovators, general sessions, hands-on workshops, roundtable discussions, Birds of a Feather sessions, opportunities for pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with RIM experts, networking opportunities with RIM developers and the extended developer community, and an exhibit hall showcasing solutions for developers.

“The BlackBerry Developer Conference is designed to support our wireless ecosystem and help foster innovation on the BlackBerry platform by strengthening the skills and in-depth knowledge of corporate and commercial developers alike,” said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO, Research In Motion. “With over 40 million BlackBerry smartphones sold today, the BlackBerry platform provides developers with a proven and growing opportunity to add value in the mobile marketplace through the creation of compelling, mobile-savvy applications for businesses and consumers.”

Keynote Address by Mike Lazaridis

Mike Lazaridis will kick off the BlackBerry Developer Conference with a keynote address, which will also be available via webcast at

Mike has been one of the key visionaries behind the BlackBerry platform since its debut almost 10 years ago and will discuss the promising opportunities for developers to grow their businesses through the creation of innovative applications for the BlackBerry platform.

Below is an overview of the five tracks. To view the complete session catalog, visit

* Managing Development and Deployment – Hear presentations by members of the developer community about creating customized build and testing environments, and taking applications to market.
* The Ins and Outs of Java Development – Find out what’s new in the latest installment of the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE). Speak to the experts, gain practical insights, and review sample code for mobile applications that include rich media content, location-based services, and tight integration with core applications on new BlackBerry smartphones, including the BlackBerry® Bold™ and BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220.
* Next Generation Mobile Web Applications – Discover ways to extend web-based applications and content services to BlackBerry smartphone users whether on the Internet or a corporate intranet using AJAX, JavaScript and custom Java code.
* Mobile Applications for the Enterprise – For developers creating applications for corporate use, this track covers the gamut – from the basics of integrating mobile applications with enterprise application servers to developing, deploying and managing wireless applications in conjunction with the BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution.
* New - Future Trends and Technologies for Mobile Developers – Interactive sessions led by the development team at Research In Motion (RIM) focus on the future of wireless application development for the BlackBerry platform. Live demonstrations of new and upcoming tools and APIs preview where the BlackBerry platform is going.

One-on-One Meeting Program with RIM Experts

Conference delegates will have the opportunity to schedule private, one-on-one meetings with RIM experts and set the agenda for in-depth discussions that focus on the development of mobile applications on the BlackBerry platform. A number of RIM experts will be available to discuss topics in the following categories:

* Developer ToolsJava APIs and JVM/OS
* BlackBerry® Browser
* Consumer Platform Services and APIs
* Enterprise Platform Services and APIs

Conference delegates can schedule a one-on-one meeting at

Extended Hours for Hands-on Labs

Hands-on labs have been extended to provide conference attendees with more time to explore the latest tools for creating mobile applications on the BlackBerry platform. Expert developers from RIM will also be on hand in the labs to answer questions. The labs will take place October 20-22. For up-to-date schedules, visit

Separate labs will be held for each major BlackBerry developer tool, including:

* BlackBerry JDE Plug-in for Eclipse – Learn from BlackBerry Experts about developing Java-based applications in the Eclipse™ Integrated Development Environment (IDE) using the BlackBerry® JDE Plug-in for Eclipse™. The plug-in offers a familiar way for Java developers to create and test mobile applications that are optimized for BlackBerry® smartphones.
* BlackBerry Plug-in for Visual Studio – Find out how to leverage Visual Studio and take advantage of the features of BlackBerry® MDS and Web technology to rapidly build applications to mobilize back-end enterprise systems. Topics range from how to write and debug a simple wireless application, to using existing on-device applications including location information.
* BlackBerry Mobile Data System (MDS) Studio – Get hands-on with the latest version of the BlackBerry® MDS Studio Rapid Application Development environment with assistance from RIM representatives. Learn how to leverage this Eclipse® plug-in and take advantage of the features of BlackBerry MDS technology to rapidly build applications to mobilize back-end enterprise systems. Topics range from how to write and debug a simple wireless application, to leveraging existing on-device applications including location information.
* Plazmic Content Developer Kit - Create rich interactive content and incorporate animation, customized home screens and themes using the latest version of the Plazmic Content Developer Kit.

BlackBerry Developer Challenge Winners to be Announced

Winners of the BlackBerry Partners Fund™ Developer Challenge for BlackBerry Developers will be announced at the general session on Tuesday, October 21. Categories include:

* Most Innovative Game
* Most Innovative Multimedia Application
* Most Innovative Personal Productivity and Lifestyle Application
* Most Innovative Enterprise Application
* Most Innovative Web Application

Three finalists will be chosen for each category for a total of 15 winners. Two grand prize winners will receive a US$150,000 investment (subject to terms and conditions) from the BlackBerry Partners Fund. Other prizes are also available. Submission deadline is September 30. For more information about the Challenge, visit

For the latest news and information about the BlackBerry Developer Conference, and to register, visit