I just arrived in beautiful Silicon Valley, Calif., and the excitement is palpable at the Santa Clara Marriott, the site of Research In Motion’s (RIM) inaugural BlackBerry Developer Conference, which will be held this Monday through Wednesday.
In fact, the very first thing I saw after wheeling my luggage through the lobby door was a gigantic, red BlackBerry logo thrown across the hotel’s thick shag carpet. That and a few large “building” blocks situated directly in front of the entryway and covered in bits and pieces of BlackBerry-related code. Oh yeah, and lots of folks click-clacking away on their Berrys.
Anyway, if you can’t make it to Santa Clara, that doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun. I’ll be covering the event right here, on the Mobile WorkHorse blog, as well as through my Twitter feed. (FYI: My updates are protected, so you’ll need to request to follow me.)
There will no doubt be plenty of noteworthy happenings, but what I’m really looking forward to is some hands-on time with the touch screen BlackBerry Storm 9530 from Verizon Wireless. I mentioned last week that the Storm will be making an appearance in Santa Clara, and I’m anxious to share some first impressions. I’ve already been warned informed by RIM that there’s a strict no camera/video policy within the conference walls, but I’m not too worried. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.