DevCon is fastly approaching and with RIM's call for papers last week from developers the most recent news comes to us from the BlackBerry Partners fund where in which they have announced that registration for the BlackBerry Developer Challenge is now open for anyone wishing to participate.
16 finalists will be chosen from all the applicants. Finalists will each receive a prize package valued at more than $5,000 (USD) and be invited to compete for a grand prize package valued at over $100,000. Runners up don't walk away empty-handed either, with their prize worth more then $25,000. Over the 4 month challenge judges will be focused on the most compelling product or service, clearly defined value proposition and most importantly how it can be excecuted technically.
In the end, 4 finalists will be chosen at the end of each 'contest month' and the challenge is on to present in 5 mins their application and/or service to a panel of judges at the “BlackBerry Sweet 16" event, which takes place at the BlackBerry Developers Conference, November 9 - 11 in San Francisco. With the winners being announced as part of the keynote address on November 10th!