From the Editor's Desk - Ain't no party like a CrackBerry party!

By Kevin Michaluk on 7 Apr 2013 12:51 pm EDT
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Seriously. We are going to have to figure out a way to take these CrackBerry Meetups to more cities around the world. Talk about a great time and great success! CrackBerry and BlackBerry fans simply are THE BEST!

When we announced we were holding our NYC CrackBerry Meetup, we figured it would take at least a few days for us to max out our RSVPs. Instead, it took a few hours. Event planners told us to bank on about 60% of RSVPs showing up. CrackBerry people? They all show - and then some. By the time the lineup made its way in through the doors, we were over our planned limit by 60 guests. And talk about a lineup!

The event started at 7pm, but eager guests were already waiting in line before 6pm. By the time I pulled up to the venue at 6:30pm, the queue to get in was already long. And by the time the doors opened just after 7pm, the lineup was massive - stretching down the block. It was an awesome scene to take in. BlackBerry's Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben was in NYC and dropped by just as were getting set to open the doors, so he got to witness the passion of CrackBerry Nation first hand.

Frank Boulben, Chief Marketing Officer of BlackBerry dropped by

Inside the doors, we had Bla1ze and Amanda greeting guests and handing out name tags and CrackBerry stickers (leading up to the event I concluded the difference between a "meetup" and "party" is name tags). Guests were also greeted by our sign outlining the Ten Rules of a CrackBerry Meetup.

"It was such a fantastic night! The venue was beautiful, the staff was excellent the CrackBerry team were fantastic hosts."CB Member MsBrittz1016

We had an open bar, but the official drinks of the night were the CrackBerry Fizz and CrackBerry Spritz. Adam and I cooked up these concoctions and had a bet coming into the night who's drink would be more popular. The CrackBerry Fizz was Orange Vodka, OJ and Sprite. My CrackBerry Spritz was a little more sophisticated, combining Processo, Aperol, Soda and Orange Garnish (Aperol is owned by Campari!). I think in the end I won the bet, but Adam is still trying to argue otherwise. We eventually ran out of Processo and Aperol for the Spritz - so it was definitely a winner with the crowd. Apps and desserts for the night were provided by our friends John and Victoria and many kept to the BlackBerry theme. Super tasty!

We had a kick ass BlackBerry 10 + CB logo "step and repeat" (the backdrop thing) setup for snapping photos and as the night went on it got a ton of use. My face was sore the next day from smiling so much! It's such a honor and privilege for me to get to meet so many CrackBerry fans face to face. You guys and gals all rock.

"It was an awesome night! Got to play with the Q10, it's a really hot phone. CB team are all cool guys, and CrackBerry Kevin was super patient as he stood there and took a picture with every single CB member there."CB Member FMB8900

The real star of the night was the BlackBerry Q10 in the room. You'd think it would be the BlackBerry Z10, but with this being a CrackBerry party most of the attendees were already rocking Z10s and wanted to get their hands on a Q10 to try. Henrique from #TEAMBLACKBERRY was giving demos on the Q10 all night and a couple more Z10s were on demo too for people to try who didn't yet own one. Heck, there were even a bunch of BlackBerry Z10 Oreos in the room! 

"Definitely a blast! If the meetup was a sign of things to come, BlackBerry will be fine here in the U.S."Developer Jerome Carty

At the back corner of 1 Oak, we had a pile of CrackBerry swag for people to pick up, including t-shirts, stickers and pens. We also had a video station setup where guests could say hit to the CrackBerry camera. We figured with so many Z10 owners in the room, we could get some pretty good footage together. We'll have that video up on the site soon.

In true CrackBerry fashion, most of the music for the night was pumped in streaming via Songza running on a Z10. Adam (that jerk!) paused the party and commandeered the tweet wall monitor to play my horrible I'm Sexy and I Know It workout video for the crowd. I swear that video is going to haunt me for the rest of my life. 

"My takeaway from sharing time and space with these guys last night for a few hours is that the CrackBerry people we've come to know from the articles and the podcasts and the commentaries are exactly the GENUINELY nice, unpretentious, relaxed, good sense of humored people that we've come to like and respect here on CrackBerry." CB Member lwaysluking

Of course, a CrackBerry party wouldn't be complete without some prizes, and we gave away some awesome ones. By the end of the night we gave out 7 phones. 6 IOUs for BlackBerry Q10s and 1 Z10. 

Everything else aside, a CrackBerry Meetup is really about one thing - getting BlackBerry fans together. Sometimes you can go to these kinds of events and they feel forced. But not a CrackBerry Meetup. Everybody there wanted to be there and stayed right until the end. Nobody was shy, which only makes sense - it really felt like family coming together. And talk about passion for BlackBerry. Heck, two guests even flew in from San Francisco just to hit up the event! #HARDCORE

Be sure to hit up the photo gallery above to check out some photos from the gallery, and be sure to hit up this forum thread for more. If you were at the party and have more photos / videos, be sure to email us a dropbox link to editorial@crackberry.com so we can have a copy. 

Thanks again to everybody who came out to the meetup and made it such a good time, and big props to everybody who was involved in making it happen - from BlackBerry, to our event planners, caters, and more. You all know who you are. THANK YOU. Let's do it again!! I LOVE NEW YORK!

More Photos and #CBNYC Talk in the Forums

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From the Editor's Desk - Ain't no party like a CrackBerry party!

130 Comments

I am 3 hours from Chicago but there is no way they will have a party in Fort Wayne, IN. I would be there for sure if they came to Chicago!!

Heck yeah! Chicago please! The Keep Moving Tour Bus just wasn't that exciting. Barely and phones to play with, the back of the bus was empty, and they couldn't get the NFC tag game working. Maybe it's because I was the first there, but I'd rather party with Crackberry folks..... Bring it to Chicago Kevin!!

Needs to be a CrackBerry party on the West Coast of BC, Vancouver is a good place to visit.

Yeah, you move over to NYC and NOW you throw parties :)

Hope you do one in Toronto sometime soon :)

Have one in Montreal at the St-James Hotel ir the Wallpaper Hotel in Old Montreal

Great Stuff CB Team!!

Cheers!!

Posted via CB10

please please!! a Montreal one please!! a

+1000 for the location :D
i love the old Montreal, the only reason why i leave the west-island is to go there

I wish I could have gone. If it was on a weekend, I definitely would have taken the trip up to nyc

Posted via CB10

"Reposted as I was not able to edit my first post from within CB10 App"

Have one in Montreal at the St-James Hotel or the W Hotel in Old Montreal

Great Stuff CB Team!!

Cheers!!

My brother attend the NYC meet up and said he had a great time. I sure wish the you guys can come to ATL.

Posted via CB10

When are going going for host one in Washington, DC? With all of the folks in government jobs that use BlackBerry phones, I don't think that you'd want to IGNORE us!

Posted via CB10

Come down to South Africa, BlackBerry rules here but we getting an onslaught of Droids as BIS has been capped at meagre figures by the networks.

Time to bring the heavy guns down to the south.

Posted via CB10

The event turned out great Kev. The turn out was amazing and you guys definitely know how to spread the love around! Were the sizes of the CB NY T-shirts okay?

great to see the diversity of characters and color of our great crackberry nation.. truly representative of their worldwide following...

and i must say, we have some pretty good looking crackberry ladies...

My first post ever on crackberry.com , just had to on this one.. come to Vancouver BC!!!!!!!!

Posted via CB10

I don't know how I missed the workout vid! Too funny Kevin, too funny!!! Glad you guys had a great time at the meetup. I'm starting to believe NY is the center of the BBM universe. Gee whiz!!!

Posted via CB10

LoL, No more iMore for you buddy. Come to the CB team. You and I spoke for a bit during the event, I wont try to make you remember who I was lol. You're a cool dude though, it was a good meetup.

That was an awesome night - thanks again to Kevin, Adam, Bla1ze, Amanda and the crew for hosting such a great event. That's me in image number 57, enacting the photo bomb to answer the one Adam pulled on Kevin and I at the Fan event! I met lots of great people and fellow CrackBerry family members, all there for the love of CrackBerry.com and our BlackBerry 10 devices (and all those that came before them). Hope to see you again soon!

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I wish I could have been there. I did send Kevin a BBM last week during the z10 stress test telling him that Crackberry needs to buy a RV to have a mobile CBHQ, so they can tour North America having meet ups everywhere. Lets keep the pressure on until they do it. I'll even pay for the first tank of gas.

Sure looks like it was a hot time!
Suggested locale : Red Deer, AB.- Halfway between Calgary and Edmonton. We could get everybody in the province + some from Saskatchewan and B.C..
Or better yet - bring it out to my little ranch. Ain't gonna wake the neighbours out here!!
Congrats to all who made the NYC event!

#BB10Believe

Please get one of these meet ups for us Canadian CrackBerry fans. I'm sure you could get some special guests to make an appearance and have a time. It doesn't matter where in Canada, I will fly across the country if need be. This HAS to happen.

Why did I never actually hear about a meetup for when CrackBerry was in Toronto for the original launch of the Z10? I wanna go to one of these.

Any chance of one in Vancouver ever, we seem to get left out a lot of time on these things....

On the other hand we have a RIM dev office here now so we are not completely hopeless.

Looks like fun was had by all ! ...Kevin How about you take this on the Road when F1 Comes to North America and Hold Parties with Blackberry in Austin & Montreal !!!

This was an excellent party. I had a blast meeting new friends and taking a picture with Kevin from Crackberry. The drinks and the food was fantastic. The vibe was vibrant and positive. I hope Crackberry have another party soon in NYC!!!!!! I will be there again with my Z10 in hand!!!!!!! Good job Crackberry!!!!!!!

Nice, but had I stopped by (only 90 miles south, in the 4th largest US commercial market) I would have collared BB CMO for a few choice words. Still nice "event"

Looks like a blast. The coolest part for me would be a room full of folks enjoying and supporting BB. I feel like the lone ranger sometimes; however since I got my Z10 I have turned some heads. :) Keep the Party Going. I would even pay an admission to help with costs. ;)

@Kevin, do you need a photographer for your events in Ny?? Im available...that picture is to pale. lol Im really available ;)...let me know!

Hi,
I was at the party! I loved it! Loved meeting kevin and everyone in person. Crackberry had gotten me to buy my blackberry 9810 which was my bb introduction. Got to play with the q10 and now know I'm waiting for it. But I'm dissapointed that i missed out on the swag. I never saw it with the crowd.

The crowd was wonderful with everyone talking about blackberry. Finally played with a q10 and saw a playbook. Just wished I got some mementos. Loved the chocolate blackberries we ate!

It really was a beautiful venue and a awesome time. Kevin and the team thank you! Diane and I had a great time.

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I'd say come to Melbourne, Australia but I think you'd only get about 10 people show up since most people are Apple or Android lovers down here :( I'm trying to convert anyone who'll listen though... Maybe if you come in a year? :p

+1, hope they have another one before they leave NYC. Even if they charge $5/$10 per ticket to help offset some of the costs. I'll be good with it.

Which is why Kevin and Co. need to come to Austin. Make no mistake Austin, TX is a business first kind of town that likes to get down. But with a full on CrackBerry press we can make those "Sell like Hell" conversion numbers go up even faster.

It really was sooooo much fun. Blackberry fans truly are the best fans in out there. The CrackBerry crew had face time with everyone. You guys, Kevin, Blaze, Amanda, Adam and even Renee lol, you guys are the drive behind this growing group of fan. Thank you for a memorable night

Anytime Crackberry decides to come to Malaysia, I will be your host. Hell, I'll even plan the meetup for you guys. Hit me up if you plan on coming.

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It's great to see more malaysia blackberry supporter. Btw I'm using z10 stl100-3. Any idea when the next Os upgrade will be?

They were giving Z10's.... How'd YOU get a Q10?... :/... I was there AAAAALL night and i never heard any announcements of a Q10 giveaway

Kevin... You really wanna rock a CB meet up??? Try a CB Meet up Pub crawl on George Street, St. John's NFLD... Most bars along one street in North America! Plus us Newfs know how to party!

Hey that was a fun event. Try to host the next one in Southern California. Hollywood will be a good place for such event. I missed a great night, may be when you make it here I will try not to miss it. Up CrackBerry!!!. Say it loud BlackBerry Z10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Its a gr8 year for blackberry n more to come! Hey kevin I kno I wasn't @ this party but how can I get my hands on those crackberry accessories (hint ) pen + stickers!!! ?

Man this was fantastic, love you CB! Thanks so much for doing this guys, I had a blast. Looking forward to more of these Berry good meetups! Also feels great to be a winner of a #Q10! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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@Kevin, CrackBerry, and BlackBerry, thanks for putting on a terrific party! It was great to meet everyone and I'm fortunate to have flown in for it from SF. #HARDCORE You should definitely organize a party in SF to rally the fans here too. Perhaps we should have one for the Q10 launch? Cheers! #SELLLIKEHELL

Y'all should do a party here in the Barbados....tropical weather, tropical women and duty free shopping..I need not say more. Glad to see y'all had fun!!!

Kevin - you need to do the next one in Dallas! Did you know it's the U.S HQ for BlackBerry (well Irving, Texas is, but it's still in the Dallas area :) Yeah, I know you knew that. Dallas should be next!

Don't worry Thorsten's next conquest is US citizenship. Then he'll move all BlackBerry operations to Texas and play fast and loose with labor laws. Afterwards Thorsten will severe any ties to Canada. CrackBerry Kevin will be hired as his lap dog.

Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10

Kevin admits the CrackBerry roadshow is an excuse to drink and play celebrity with his own entourage and groupies. What does Ms. CrackBerry think about these events? Why is Ms. CrackBerry conspicuously absent? Time for a homegrown rumour? LOL

Posted via CB10 from the BlackBerry Z10

What bad timing! It looks like all the women were at home chatting on those "party line" phone services while all the guys were out at this party! As I write this, there's an ad on this page for "DateFaithful.com"... not sure who the audience for that site is, but I'm equally unsure why any site with the word "faithful" in its name would create an ad using photos of women with enormous breast implants, and no men. I think the ad servers are becoming sentient.

Kevin, when am I going to get the Z10 that I won in the CrackBerry Birthday Contest? It was released almost 2 weeks ago on T-Mobile yet I still don't have it in my hands.

Sorry I missed out on the crack party lol but u can count me in the next one in nyc.. mo3

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Oh s*#!....my pic made it in the editorial :). As always I'm double fisting w/ two drinks lol. Don't judge me. It was a great event and I had a blast. I'm happy it wasn't a well drink only open bar. They broke out the good stuff lol. Glad to meet Kevin, Adam and his boo lol (I'm coming over for dinner. The mrs said it was ok) and other amazing folks there.
Can't wait to see the videos. Wonder how I looked on camera. Anyway, hope there's another here soon.

+1 to the double fisting!! I agree with the open bar. I had to change my order up once I found out that they had the good stuff. Lol.

I need go to the toronto one. I really really need to. I don't care if I have anxiety, I'll do it anyways. It makes me shy, but I don't care. :)