As soon as this post is published, I'm shutting down the computers, packing my bags, and heading to the airport to jump on a plane for California. Tomorrow begins the first-ever BlackBerry Developer Conference and I am pumped! Monday and Tuesday will be busy as all heck for me, but there should hopefully be a few good on-location stories coming your way. A few of the things I'm looking forward to:
- Monday night is the BBCool 15 event we told you about earlier, where developers will be able to pitch their new app ideas to the judges. Rick Segal from the BlackBerry Partners Fund has now hopped onboard with prizes, and in addition to having term sheets ready to go for any knock-out ideas, he's bringing along two prizes in the form of BlackBerry Storms! CLICK HERE for full details.
- Tuesday morning rings in the General Session keynote, which will feature RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis among other awesome speakers. CLICK HERE for the full details. I don't expect to hear any BIG product announcements (this is a conference geared toward Developers) but will be in attendance to report back all the details (any bets on who won the Dev Challenge?!). If the conference hall's WiFi is good and I get a big sense of excitement, you may see a live blog up on the homepage (starts at 8:15am PST). Otherwise, I'll live twit the event at twitter.com/crackberry. Will let ya know on game day so be sure to check in!
- Tuesday afternoon I'm participating in a panel session entitled What Makes a Great Mobile Application? This should be a lot of fun and I'll bring you the highlights of that event later.
- Last but not least, the word is there will be BLACKBERRY STORMS ON HAND TO PLAY WITH!!! Back at WES 2008 RIM did have the BlackBerry Bold on display, but no photos or video were allowed. My fingers (and toes) are crossed that we'll be allowed to snap photos and record some video. We'll see what happens I guess... but I'll do my best to bring you back all that I can on the BlackBerry Storm.