BlackBerry Jams are live events for application developers to get direct support from BlackBerry employees. BlackBerry Jam sessions happen all over the world, and often take place alongside larger conferences. BlackBerry Jam Americas, BlackBerry Jam Europe, and BlackBerry Jam Asia are the established regional events so far. Previously, BlackBerry had held DevCon events geared towards programmers, but they have since been rebranded. The next BlackBerry Jam session will take place alongside BlackBerry Live in Orlando Florida between May 14 and May 16.
If you're looking to learn more about building cross-platform Enterprise apps, a new BlackBerry Jam Direct virtual conference is set to take place on February 26th. This virtual conference is designed to help you understand how easy it is to develop cross-platform apps for enterprise with BlackBerry. A special live video broadcast format will let you learn, explore and interact as if you were at an in-person conference.Continue Reading →
An incoming update to MMMOOO's Translator app will include quick reference to geolocated Wikipedia articles thanks to some fresh BlackBerry Maps integration. The idea here is that folks using a translator are already traveling somewhere foreign, so more information about nearby spots is clearly useful.Continue Reading →
One interesting app I found at BlackBerry Jam Asia was FlockMe. These guys are trying to make something of a social event matchmaking service on BlackBerry 10. Users connect their Facebook account, and based on their interests, are presented with events happening around them so they can meet like-minded people.Continue Reading →
The guys from ARKick were at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 showing off a distinctly different kind of app than their augmented reality browser. Pastry Push is a deceptively simple puzzle game where players have to slide a cupcake into a monster's mouth through a series of teacup. Players are scored out of three stars based on how many swipes they make, and are challenged to pick up bonus objectives along the way.Continue Reading →
This is by far the coolest thing that I saw at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013. Our good friend Gary Klassen, inventor of BBM, had a session on Tilt UI, a part of Cascades that's available now and allows developers to use device orientation to show useful information. This hearkens back to something the old TAT crew made years ago called Horizon.Continue Reading →
We caught up with Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations, at BlackBerry Jam Asia to gauge the sentiment of local developers and figure out how BlackBerry's developer strategy is evolving.
If you watched the keynote, you'll certainly notice that the overall angle was new. OS 10.2 has been in the hands of developers for awhile, so Jam Asia wasn't so much about launching new tools, but rather demonstrating what was often called a "mobile computing vision." This was done by showing what devs could do right now in a number of ways - using Bluetooth Smart to monitor heart rate devices, or USB host to make an absolutely insane rocking chair/pong game, or secure data transfer to put BBM on a Windows screen. Here's what Saunders had to say about the slight change in direction.Continue Reading →
The most persistent question I've been getting about BlackBerry Jam Asia has been "How's the mood?" There's certainly a cloud of non-developer news looming over this developer conference, but surprisingly few people are getting wet from the rain, though they certainly aren't oblivious to the weather.
Marty Mallick heads up alliances with major developers to get them on BlackBerry 10, which at first blush seems like it might be a tough job when many developers have no idea if the platform is still going to be around after the next two or three years (nevermind months).Continue Reading →
Sina Weibo was announced at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013, and we got to talk with one of the developers to see what's up. For those unfamiliar, Weibo is China's biggest social network. Its closest analogue would be Twitter, but you've also got a Facebook-style "Like" mechanism in place.Continue Reading →
After about 16 hours of flying and 4 hours of mediocre sleep, I'm in Hong Kong for BlackBerry Jam Asia. I've already bumped into VP of developer relations Alec Saunders, inventor of BBM Gary Klassen, and VP of Batmobiles Tim Neil, who nearly didn't make it after Typhoon Usagi canceled his flight out of Vancouver. Like last year, I expect to get a look at a ton of new BlackBerry 10 apps, but obviously there's a lot of non-developer news circulating that might make this show particularly interesting - namely, BlackBerry going private via Fairfax, the announcement of the Z30, and delays to cross-platform BBM.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Jam Asia is happening on Sept. 26th-27th at the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong and your time for online registration is running out if you've been on the fence about attending. If you're a BlackBerry developer or looking to get in on BlackBerry development it's an event you'll want to check out as it's packed with hands-on sessions, training and more:Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 kicks off next week, and I’ll be heading down for the second year in a row. This go-around we’re in Hong Kong rather than Bangkok, and there are a lot of potential announcements to be made. However, before that happens, there’s this mysterious event on the 18th. in Malaysia - what might they announce there, but not at BlackBerry Jam Asia?
Before we start guessing about timing, let’s take a look at the stuff we’re expecting. First, there’s OS 10.2. We have a list of features over here, but some of the big ones include an updated Android runtime, actionable toast notifications that pop up at the top of the screen, a new priority section in the Hub, Miracast Wi-Fi media streaming, headless (i.e. background) apps, and more. 10.2 been in the works for awhile now, and developers have been testing for it since BlackBerry Live. BlackBerry Jam Asia would be a great time to launch the OS and get end-users excited about all these new features.Continue Reading →
This year, BlackBerry Jam Asia is being held in Hong Kong. The conference for BlackBerry developers will occur in September 2013 and registration for the event is now open. If you're looking to go, register now to make use of early bird prices.
Full Conference pass is $149.99 but by booking before August 30, 2013 you can avail of the early bird discount of $99. There is also an Alumni discount available for those who have attending previous BlackBerry conferences.Continue Reading →
Are you a student interested in developing apps for the BlackBerry platform? Well, BlackBerry is running a few BlackBerry Jam Camps this summer just for you. It will give you the skills to develop and create Built for BlackBerry apps as well as give you a chance to bag yourself a shiny new BlackBerry 10 smartphone.Continue Reading →
Got a sense of humor? You might enjoy this new video from BlackBerry Jam 2013Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Live is in full swing in Orlando, but looking to the future BlackBerry has announced the next two stops on the BlackBerry Jam calendar for BlackBerry Jam Asia and BlackBerry Jam Europe. For those of you who are regulars to either conference, the venues have been changed up for the next conferences.Continue Reading →
Alongside the consumer focused BlackBerry Live Conference is the BlackBerry Jam Americas developer conference. We all expect most of the exciting announcements to happen during the “Live“ side of the conference but there are some sessions that could lead to some interesting insight of the future of BlackBerry 10. So in this “Conference Special Edition” of the Weekend Coder series, I thought I’d highlight a few topics from a developer’s point of view. As well as give some conference pointers and tips for any fellow developers attending.
First it should be noted that there is a good spread of introductory level sessions in whatever platform you choose to develop (Air, Android, HTML/WebWorks, and Native) and you should definitely attend if you are new to that platform to get a good overview. I don’t expect you’d hear anything earth shattering in those sessions. Going a bit deeper, you’ll see there a wide variety of topics and a complete list of sessions can be found here. There you can see the more newsworthy goodies are in more advanced sections. Here’s my breakdown of the ones I think have a good chance of interesting news:Continue Reading →
If you can attend BlackBerry Live this year, definitely attend BlackBerry Live. If you can't make it, you'll want to do the next best thing and tune into the CrackBerry Live Show!Continue Reading →