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The BlackBerry Live moment that left me speechless and brought tears to my eyes!

The ultimate BlackBerry birthday cake!
By Kevin Michaluk on 15 May 2014 11:38 am EDT

It's Thursday. Which means it's Throw Back Thursday. And in this week's spirit of looking back at some of our favorite moments of BlackBerry Live events in years gone by, today I'm sharing with you a never before seen moment. For me personally, it's not only one of my favorite BlackBerry Live moments, but one of the absolute most memorable moments of my life.... my BlackBerry Surprise Birthday Party!!

My birthday is May 16th, which last year fell on a Thursday - the final day of BlackBerry Live. I had a meeting scheduled on my calendar for 2pm that day, to meet up with a colleague (and awesome friend!) from BlackBerry to discuss some future-looking CrackBerry ideas. It was a meeting that I requested, so no alarm bells went off in my head. We made our way back to the conference room that BlackBerry was using as their makeshift BlackBerry Live HQ for the week. And that's when it happened. I opened the door and walked into HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

I'm not sure on every detail of how it came together (though I do know some of the details and thanked those individuals involved big time!), but BlackBerry pulled together an amazing surprise birthday party for me, complete with a functioning BlackBerry birthday cake!! The room was decorated up and packed with people from BlackBerry, including BlackBerry's CEO at the time, Thorsten Heins. I was also shocked to see the CrackBerry team when I walked in - apparently when I left for my meeting and my back was turned for a second, they all RAN to the party room and beat me there. Everybody knew what was going on but me.

I'm not an easy person to slide something past. Nor am I a person who chokes up easily. And it's rare that I run out of words. On this occasion, I was shocked. Totally shocked. Literally speechless. And while I did my best to fight the tears back, they still dripped down. It was such a nice gesture and it meant and still means so much to me. Even writing this article now, I still choke up thinking about it.

Thank You BlackBerry, for creating one of the most memorable moments of my life with an amazing Surprise Birthday Party!

Walking into my surprise party. Completely shocked.

Still completely shocked. And speechless.

Such an awesome crew of friends and colleagues waiting for me.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, telling me to suck it up and not cry. :)

The ultimate BlackBerry birthday cake!

Time to cut that cake!

The cake was almost too nice to want to cut. But damn, it tasted great!

Party Time!

Great friends and hardworking BlackBerry people.

Say Cheese!

Thanks BlackBerry, for an incredible moment.

The party that happened later that night... I don't remember so well ;)

Following the surprise birthday party, the CrackBerry team made their way up to the infamous "lobby bar" for a round of drinks. That turned into an EPIC hotel room party, and me... well... waking up the next morning in a hotel room bed that wasn't my own and not remembering how I got there (I blame the bottle of Cafe Patron of which I consumed way too much). Thankfully, a party full of BlackBerry addicts means plenty of photos were taken, so while I don't remember much of the nighttime festivities I do remember it thanks to the Story Maker video above! :)

All in all, #BESTBIRTHDAYEVER! Thanks BlackBerry!



Epic if I do say so myself

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like how Rene Ritchie is the only other Mobile Nation person there besides the Crackberry team. I think he is a softy for BlackBerry and just doesn't want to admit it.


This is awesome!

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Great times were obviously held by all! =D BlackBerry Live was an awesome event and I had the pleasure of meeting several of your team and keep in touch with them via BBM. Viva #TeamBlackBerry!


Kevin, we share the same bday :)


Very cool, well done BlackBerry, good work Kevin and many happy returns tomorrow

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White power!

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I'm confused.

What just happened? lol


Sandra I've been stabbed and I don't even know what I did!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever


lol. Awesome story.
Happy birthday in advance Kevin


HB CK :) wish all the best

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That's just full of super duper awesomeness.

Q10SQN100-1/ CB10'n


haha.. looks like a blast!

Kevin's face from 1:45 tells it all lmao...


That's awesome, sounds like a great time.

Happy early birthday Kevin

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Love the new avatar Jubei, very professional indeed!!!

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He's had that since the dinosaurs.

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Nahh photoshop lol

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Ron In Motion

BlackBerry themselves throwing a party for Our Fearless Leader. How cool is that? Awesome!

Cave, cave, moderator videt

Iggy City

Next on your list:

Party with Chen?

Simon Sage

Good times! (Also, just barely taller than Thorsten.)

Jimmy Fong1

Wowser! Happy Birthday Kevin!! So nice of BlackBerry and to have "Thor" present ;)

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You just want us to send you gifts tomorrow and happy birthday's that's the purpose of this story isn't it! :p jk of course, that's pretty amazing that BlackBerry did that for you ! Awesome stuff


Great story. They hold you to high regard.

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Good stuff.

Mine is next Wednesday 21st, doubt I'll get a blackberry cake though. That was epic!

Zwiped from my Zed


Kevin this was the best post ever, and seeing Mr Thor there was a bonus.

Really got me emotional.


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Ya super awesome. Just the fact that Thorsten set some personal time aside to make an appearance shows what a stand up team BlackBerry had and still has!

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Halifax Guy

Happy Birthday tomorrow Kevin.

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So cool, let's hope there much more to celebrate with BlackBerry. Happy early bday Kev!


Pretty cool

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Hehe.. awesome :)

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DJ Reyes

Fun times! Also, that cake was sooo delicious.

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Nice subtle way if reminding the crackberry nation that tomorrow's your birthday #attentionseeker

LOL :)) just kidding Kevin. It sounds like you surrounded by a bunch of people that live and respect you.

A slow climb to the top is always more rewarding. Sent using my BlackBerry Z10.


Oh and Happy early birthday

A slow climb to the top is always more rewarding. Sent using my BlackBerry Z10.


That is completely awesome!! How did you not mention any of that last year??

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

James Richardson

That sure was an epic day. I dread to think how much beer we got through!

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I thought there was a "no photos" rule that night. HA!!


Amazing story.

From my  phone.


Oh that's dope! Next time fly me out and I will be your DJ and entertainer for the night!

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Oh yeah....happy early birthday! I'm serious about the DJ. I got a FB page, youtube, mixcrate, Mixcloud, soundcloud, just holler at your boy!

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ohhhhh. Listen up everybody he has a facebook page. Real deal right here. Soooo legit.


Haha! Hater! You would be surprised. Beats having a some aspects.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL!


I apologize. That was mean of me but I just couldn't help it.


It's all good! I didn't take it personal.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever


Epic! 

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happy B-Day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sam Sabri

Wow. That's a really cool story. Didn't know about this. Happy early bday Kev!


That's awesome, man! You are most loved by so many. A true gift.


Mmmmmm. That delicious looking cake. Happy Birthday tomorrow for you. I wonder what kind of cake you'll have tomorrow.

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my invite must have gotten lost in the mail


Awesome story!
Just stay like you are, Kevin!
Great to have you as the leader of the Crackberry nation!

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You're welcome

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That's an awesome cake!! Happy Birthday, Kevin.

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whoa thorsten is still alive?!!!?


That was last year

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Alicia Erlich

Thank you for reminding me how short I am next to the crew! I still feel guilty for leaving early as a I had a 6am flight back home! Happy Birthday Kevin!


It was great seeing you at BlackBerry Live (how come no party invite? Huh? Huh? jk :D ) You should have joined me on my 2-day bus ride! :p I saw parts of the US maybe I shouldn't have...


That's great! Didn't know you had pull like that.

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Lanre Folarin

Happy birthday in Advance Kevin

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Lmao!!! Looks like it was an awesomely epic day/night. Thanks for sharing. Happy early birthday Kevin.

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Amazing story! I'd be bawling my eyes out fo sho

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Happy BBday tomorrow Kevin and welcome in Paris next time you are around

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Cool celebration...

Where is Vivek nowadays?

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Gab Uche

Whoa! Really cool!

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Happy Birthday Kevin! May God bless you always. :)

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That birthday cake is really, really COOL!

Cheers. :)


Would take a lot to top that! Have a great Birthday!



Happy early B-day Kevin!!

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Himanshu Mehta

Happy Birthday Kevin :)

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Kevin Michaluk

Thanks for all the early bday wishes!

I feel truly #blessed!


Happy birthday, Kevin!


A fitting testament to what you do for #TeamBlackBerry and BlackBerry itself, as well as what a decent guy you are.

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Wow, unbelievable!

That black food coloring isn't very appetizing. Natural alternative: squid ink. :)

Drew Whiteside

Today I learned that the staff at BlackBerry drink terrible beer.

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Drew Whiteside

Er, Crackberry rather.

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I didn't see a decent beer in the video. :(


Wow! Blows me away!
You wouldn'ta got that from your other fruits, robots, or windows!
Happy Birthday, tomorrow, Kevin!


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Chen will never agree to a party. LOL What ever happened to Thorsten Heins and his $22 million severance payment.

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Wow. You know you're a big deal when you have that may n'y BlackBerry a-listers throwing a party for you and your friends. Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 


That's really awesome Kevin! It sounds like it was a blast from the past!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 


That's Epic, no other way to put it. Your very fortunate to have a moment like that in your life people drool about these things. Happy Birthday and thanks for making Crackberry a huge success.

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That's awesome lol

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Looks like an awesome time :) I remember those kinds of parties. Now they hurt too much - have learned to pace myself! Lol


One question - how was that amazing birthday cake functioning? :)

Kevin Michaluk

It rang when you called it. And was delicious. :)


Awesome pics lolz ;)
Happy Birthday KEVIN :)

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Wow. Thor is such a nice guy for attending the party \m/

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Drew Oswalt

Thanks for sharing Kevin. It just reinforces how much of a community BlackBerry is.

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Neat to see Thorsten there. What is his position at blackberry now? Beach chair warmer in Hawaii? He should be the COO, and they should have an actor as CEO. Blackberry needs excitement, and stronger marketing...atleast in America.

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Damn I wanted to be there last year too! I had a free pass but just could not get the time off from work. :(


Happy Early B-day Kev!!!!!

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That's fantastic hahaha way to go Kevin. That story maker video oh god aha


Dat Cake!!

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Happy to see you recognized Kevin.

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That would've been the best birthday ever. :D

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Wow.. it's a berry berry surprising birthday..
Happy birthday, Kevin.. Wish you all the best


That's SOOOO coool !


Happy Birthday Kevin, good surprise .. =)


Happy Birthday Big Fella!!!

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That's one epic cake and it's very cool that Thorsten attended! Shows he really had some time for the #1 fan of the company!

An early happy birthday to you CBK!

PS. Simon is taaall!

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I'm very curious as to how it could be a FUNCTIONING BlackBerry cake??


The cake was able to send BBM and text messages.


Very cool!

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All in all I'd say that it's probably feels good being Kevin. The Crack king!

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Korr Valmoria

Belated happy bday kevs!

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Simon Sage is a giant. That is all.

Also, this shows what CrackBerry Kevin means to everyone. Even the good folks at BlackBerry know what is up. You are da man! Monumental party.


I saw thorsten heins...
what a great man in blackberry history...

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We share the same birthday :)


WOW is the word! WOW! Glad to see you all guys in one video! :D :D


What a memorable occasion... Happy birthday Kevin!

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Happy birthday Kevin!

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Ha ha, I like the cake.I wonder what the black color topping will do to one's lips and tongue.
Thorsein there two?


Happy birthday Kevin :)

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HAPPY B'day Kevin!!!
I see you Had fun the year before this, well, no harm in repeating history right? :P

My b'day's on 21st may lol
Missed ya by 5 days there ... and a couple of years :P XD

Zeeeeeeeeeeeeee ^_^

Shannon Stauffer

Happy birthday Kevin!

 OS 100-4/Verizon Z10


Awesome ! What special attention for you Kevin ! It was a great moment !

Happy Birthday From France and Blackberry-FR Team !!!


A Very Happy Birthday from Down Under to you Kevin! :)


Simon is taller then TH what a bunch of freaks



What an incredible Birthday party! Btw my father celebrates his 80th birthday today. Happy Birthday today Kevin. . . And Dad!

STA-100-3 v


Happy Birthday Kevin!!!

By the way: where's your wasted pic of last year's party? I mean, it's not that fair to only shows Adam's pic... we want to see yours!!!

Ferrari ZetaTrenta - STA100-2


Apologies, I've seen the video right now... you look wasted enough for my standards on the last pic of the storymaker video =)

Ferrari ZetaTrenta - STA100-2


My Birthday is today as well, only I'm up in mountains fly fishing to celebrate mine. What a nice story Kevin, Happy Birthday!

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But why a Bold bbos7 cake and not a BB10 cake?

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Haha thanks for sharing

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)


Happy Birthday Kevin. It's my Birthday today too, the big 4-0 for me! Hopefully there will be many more great surprises for us both for years to come! Slàinte Mhath!

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Happy 40th to you!

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Shadberry Bold

Happy Birthday Kev!

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Happy birthday, Kevin! And wow, that was a really nice thing for your friends to do for you last year. It's so nice to know that your position in the BlackBerry universe, while unpaid by BlackBerry, is both respected and appreciated. You are important to BlackBerry users, fans, and BlackBerry itself. Thanks for being you.

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Happy Birthday Kevin

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Happy Birthday Kevin!

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Happy birthday Kev! Looks like so much fun!!

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That's truly awesome! Looks like such a great great time! I love that cake.


Adam looks toasted!

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Awww... Happy Birthday, Kevin. I hope you have many many more reasons to smile and rejoice in the year ahead xxxxxx

 'n Arsenal by choice! ;-)

David Murray1

Looks like a fun and special moment. Nice to see Thor there lol.

Wish I was popular and had friends.

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Your one lucky dude kevin

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And wish u a very happy happy bday.

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Happy birthday Kevin.

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Awesome cake. You almost feel guilty having to eat it.


Wow, you're the same birthday with me. :)



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Lee Clark

Great Story Kevin!!!

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