Are you a BlackBerry developer? Do you want to attend a BBM Hackathon event near you? We have your ticket!

Following up on their successful BBM Hackathon in NYC, RIM has announced more hackathon events across the globe. If you're a developer and want to enter for a chance to attend one of the events near you, we have your ticket. RIM has partnered with CrackBerry to let us run our own contest and pick two worthy BlackBerry developers to attend each BBM Hackathon event on behalf of CrackBerry Nation. The winners will receive an invite to the event, one night's accommodation and a BlackBerry Prize pack that includes a BlackBerry 7 device. If you're a winner in Toronto, Chicago or San Francisco, you'll also win a pass to attend DevCon Americas and accommodations for the duration of the conference. What more could you ask for?! Keep reading for details on the events and how to enter.

CrackBerry's BBM Hackathon Contest Details


The eligibility criteria that developers need to meet to enter this contest include:

  • have an idea for a new BlackBerry application that incorporates BBM
  • have the capability to build a BlackBerry smartphone app with their idea
  • have a laptop with all the software, accessories and equipment needed to build their app, including a laptop loaded with BlackBerry Webworks or BlackBerry Java
  • be able to travel to attend the BBM Apps Hackathon Event ("Event") nearest you (see event list below) and be able to confirm such availability within 48 hours of potential winner notification from RIM
  • understand that the Event will be filmed and that by participating in the BBM Apps Hackathon Contest, consent to the filming of your developer story and the use of your image

The Prize

What you get if you're selected to go on behalf of CrackBerry:

  • one night hotel accomodation
  • a BlackBerry 7 smartphone
  • participation in the BBM App Hackathon event
  • CrackBerry Nation's love and support!

Event Locations

When: Oct. 6th and 7th
Where: Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville

When: Oct. 10th and 11th
Where: Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, 165 East Ontario Street

San Francisco
When: Oct. 16th and 17th
Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 55 Fourth Street

When: November 3rd and 4th
Where: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street

Mexico City
When: Nov. 9 and 10
Where: TBD

When: November 14th and 15th
Where: Marriott

When: Nov. 17th and 18th
Where: Marriott TBC

London UK
When: Nov. 19d and 20h
Where: Marriott TBC

When: Nov. 23rd and 24th
Where: Marriott TBC

How to Apply

To apply, send an email directly to me at Make the subject of the email BBM Hackathon Application. The odds are good that if you're an established BlackBerry developer I'm going to know who you are already, but regardless let me know your company name, the apps you have built previously, why you want to attend (give me a little brief of the app you want to make), which event you will attend (remember we have two passes for each event) and make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements above. Me, Adam and Bla1ze will be pow wowing to decide the winner and who gets to go on behalf of CrackBerry (we may accept bribes... so if you want to try and bribe us make it good!). Good luck!!