Next week, Research In Motion (RIM) is holding its first developer-centric event in Santa Clara, Calif., the BlackBerry Developer Conference (BBDC), and I’m lucky enough to be attending. That’s not all: I’ve been asked to sit on the judging panel for a cool new related event, dubbed The BlackBerry Cool 15.
“The BlackBerry Cool 15 is an event we’re running to give exposure to BlackBerry developers with innovative and ‘cool’ software ideas while providing them with a relaxed forum to interact with other like-minded people. The BlackBerry Cool 15 is a celebration of the BlackBerry development community and a good excuse to have a great time! Here’s how it will happen:
We’re looking for 15 registered DevCon developers willing to display their innovative, pre-1.0 software release in front of an audience at the BlackBerry Developer Conference.
Each of the 15 selected developers will have 1-2 minutes to pitch their idea or application, followed by 2-3 minutes of questioning by a judges panel.
After all the developers have made their pitch, the audience members will vote on the best BlackBerry application. The winner will receive some great prizes which will be announced shortly.
The whole event will be filmed and eventually displayed on BlackBerry Cool for the entire BlackBerry Nation to see.”
The BlackBerry Cool 15 is being organized by BlackBerryCool.com’s Douglas Soltys and is sponsored by the BlackBerry Partners Fund.
Sounds great, huh? I can only speak for myself, but I can’t wait!
If you’re planning on attending the BlackBerry Developer Conference, The BlackBerry Cool 15 is a can’t-miss event. As mentioned above, I’ll be judging along with Mr. Soltys, Kevin Michaluk from CrackBerry.com, the BlackBerry Partners Fund’s Rick Segal and (possibly) Hayden James from Pinstack.com. To quote the BlackBerryCool.com post, the “judging panel is a ‘who’s who’ of the BlackBerry blogging world.” In other words, this is a great way to get exposure for your BlackBerry applications. You’ll be kicking yourself for a year if you miss this one, folks.
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.