BlackBerry to award young app developers at Canada-Wide Science Fair

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By Joseph Keller on 17 Apr 2014 10:16 am EDT

BlackBerry will be giving away a Mobile App Development Award at this year's Canada-Wide Science Fair. The Award will be presented during the nation championship of the Fair, taking place in Windsor from May 10-17, and two BlackBerry employees will sit on the judges panel.

Finalists will come from three age groups, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. Multiple awards will be presented. To win, students must build an application using PhoneGap or Appcelerator, as well as meeting the BlackBerry 10 user interface guidelines. Winners will receive a mentorship with a BlackBerry mobile developer expert, along with a cash prize and a BlackBerry Z10.

The general competition for the Canada-Wide Science Fair is open until April 30, 2014.

Press release:

BlackBerry Launches Mobile App Development Award at Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014

Winners will receive mentorship, BlackBerry smartphones and cash prizes

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 17, 2014) - BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) announced the launch of the BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award for Canada-Wide Science Fairtion in participants and prepare them for the bright opportunities of a future career in science - especially in the rapidly growing field of mobile computing."

Darrell May is a testament to the role that Canada-Wide Science Fair plays as a platform in nurturing young and talented individuals for a successful future career in the STEM fields. Darrell, a Software Architect at BlackBerry, attended and won at Canada-Wide Science Fair more than 20 years ago. He currently holds 24 patents, with 23 patents pending, and plays an integral role in product development at BlackBerry.

"We are pleased to support Canada-Wide Science Fair, and to introduce the new BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award to broaden scientific learning in a fun and challenging way. CWSF is a great platform to encourage the next generation to continue pursuing their love for science and technology," said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances and Ecosystems at BlackBerry.

Submissions and Judging

Approximately 500 budding scientists who have competed and won at their regional science fairs will be descending on Canada-Wide Science Fair for the national championship in Windsor from May 10-17, 2014.

Finalists will demonstrate their scientific creations to a panel of distinguished judges, which includes two BlackBerry Employees. All submissions will be judged based on the key criteria of scientific thought, originality, creativity and communication.

Students can compete at one of 102 regional science fairs happening across Canada from now until April 30, 2014. For more information on how to participate or locate a regional science fair, please visit:

For more information about Canada-Wide Science Fair, please visit:

Reader comments

BlackBerry to award young app developers at Canada-Wide Science Fair


Think of their small I find the Z30 a little "slippery" compared to my old Z10. How distraught would they be if they dropped it...

The Z30 has a smooth backing, I've actually had it slide off my nightstand more than once whereas the Z10 has a rubberized grip type backing which I find makes it easier to hold.

As they should!
Empower the youth of today.
Good on you BlackBerry!
I'm proud to be associated.

Sent from the phone of the Gods....Z30

Excellent news now for the ' Built by BlackBerry ' © Smartphone competition.

Have your design selected to be built by BlackBerry / Foxconn in Indonesia for global release.

All expenses paid trip to Jakarta to the Foxconn factory and watch your design built from scratch, to your specifications.

There are enough concepts to know it's possible.

BlackBerry...Get it done!!!! ©

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BlackBerry = Science lately...first was the NantHealth and then this :)

Great job!

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BlackBerry does so much to support Canada, it sickens me to see how quickly we turned our back on them, especially people living in Ontario.

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