Developers: Get in on the Super Hackathon at BlackBerry Jam this Monday

By Adam Zeis on 22 Sep 2012 08:54 am EDT

If you're a developer and planning to attend BlackBerry Jam this week then you may be interested in checking out the Super Hackathon going on all day Monday. This isn't your ordinary hackathon -- there will be plenty of other developers, RIM folks and Red Bull around and you'll have 10 hours to code your app from start to finish. At the end of the event, apps are judged across categories such as best app, best user interface and best game. Prizes will be handed out that include trophies, partner kits, BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and more. If that isn't enough, Kevin will even be juding the finals Monday night!

If you're in the area and haven't yet registered, you can do so from this link using the promo code CBJA92. Hopefully a lot of you will turn up and crank out some awesome apps. Watch the video above for some highlights of the Brazil hackathon, then check out the link below for more information.

More information on the Super Hackathon 

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Developers: Get in on the Super Hackathon at BlackBerry Jam this Monday


I'm not a developer myself but I know exactly how they feel after a marathon. I used to organize 3-4 day LAN Parties of 200 people, after it all ends the satisfaction is out of this world

I didn't find out about this until after I had already booked my flight and won't be arriving until that afternoon. Otherwise, I would be all over this. Hopefully I will at least be able to see the results and the award winning apps.

They got hot chicks for that event!

Oh they have to keep up the BlackBerry hype and I think the new marketing team and Alec Saunders know how to!


I was there! Actually, you can see me at the video a couple times! The hackathon was amazing! Great support from RIM. I cannot wait to go to the one in São Paulo (27/October/2012).

Hey, we're doing good keeping the BB blogs going despite the lack of information and new products :) Well, we do have some recent leaks of the L-series device, which is nice to see; however, we should be starting to compare what we know with what is out there today -- my attempt to see what the landscape will be like for BB10 in January.

For example, I see the L device kicking the iPhone 5's butt in many areas. Let's quickly explore some of those here:

- Screen dimensions (4.2-inch vs 4-inch on the iPhone)
- Screen resolution (356 ppi vs 326 ppi on the iPhone)
- RIM's predictive text entry using SwiftKey technology
- NFC missing on the iPhone
- Secure phone/tablet communication -- BB Bridge
- Full BES security management
- More powerful & flexible multitasking OS platform

Still, the smartphone is only one part of RIM's mobile computing strategy. RIM now has the PlayBook tablet and in-car infotainment devices. I hear lots about it, but I have seen very little more than demos.

I recently saw Google pushing a new mobile technology -- pushing nav data from an Android device to a vehicle's nav device (a BMW). I also see Google pushing NFC and even demonstrating payment of coffee using your Android smartphone. I'd much rather using that kind of technology on a secure platform (i.e., BlackBerry) rather than Android.

Indeed, RIM is similarly positioned to do the very same things in January. These are areas where Apple has gaps which RIM can exploit! For RIM to succeed, they cannot play too nice anymore. Apple, Google, and Microsoft are using cut-throat techniques to win in this highly competitive space. I don't want RIM to be cut-throat, but to be bold and focused.

I think we all know that RIM is pushing a new mobile computing strategy, but they've got to get over this smartphone hurdle. That new strategy will allow folks to link or bridge all their devices together; however, there is still a need for a cloud-friendly solution.

RIM appears to be pushing off the cloud-computing component, but I really do not think they can afford to do that. Folks will always need to do stuff on a PC, where they don't have any solution today -- folks won't always be plugging in their BlackBerrys to the PCs. I rarely do that and only to do a backup & sync with Outlook.

We all acknowledge that cloud computing isn't as secure as RIM's secure Bridge, but it is an option folks like myself need -- I wanna know how RIM is prepared to address the whole multi-calendar sync issue with Google or Microsoft or whoever. I need ONE calendar I can share across all my devices. Some folks may want to do the same with their contact & task lists.

The cloud does bring the PC into the equation. I can push some files to Dropbox or or Google Drive or SkyDrive and it's immediately available on my PC, PlayBook, or BB10 device.

The demise of the PC has been exaggerated in the media recently. Folks still need sophisticated apps they can use to create stuff, not just for playing Angry Birds. I've noticed that Microsoft is targeting those app developers for its Win 8 Surface tablets. I can't envision using the iPad to do any serious autocad or software development work anytime soon; however, the Surface devices will have that potential. Is RIM going to jump into that ball game too? Serious apps for serious business folks?

Yes, I like the concept of the PlayBook, but the PlayBook is a great device in desperate need for some killer apps. My kids can enjoy Plants vs Zombies, but this isn't why I got a PlayBook for them to use. I'm hoping to have some serious connected apps -- Facebook on the PlayBook is lame compared to BB7, and unfortunately, build in cloud connected software is seriously missing on the PlayBook!

Microsoft is wise to avoid competing on the same playing field as Apple and Android. With more sophisticated apps, they will maintain their leadership on the desktop while still providing users with a mobile platform. Microsoft is okay to launch Surface with only about 500 apps, but these are quality apps, not just silly games like hangman but they will eventually come.

So, essentially, Microsoft, like RIM, is starting over. I just hope RIM's mobile computing strategy is not too narrow yet not too wide. Whatever they do, they need to do it very, very well.