On November 24th, 2012, BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam took place in Maribor, Slovenia. There were over 200 developers in attendance, all hungry to learn and develop apps for the BlackBerry platform. The event was organised by Branko Nikolić, of Hedone Hawker Design and of the BlackBerry Balkan Developer Group Manager, is the first of its kind. Though Branko has promised there will be more to come. He plans to take the Mini Jam to Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.
A couple of BlackBerry Developer Evangelists and a couple of seasoned developers were at the event - Aaron, Ardiri, Luca Filigheddu, Dennis Reumer and Lukasz Dzierzak. The gave presentations and were on hand to help developers' burning questions. Going through the anatomy of a BlackBerry 10 application, app standards and guidelines, as well as a thorough presentation on the different developer tools available for developing on the for BlackBerry 10. (Cascades/C++, WebWorks, Adobe AIR ActionScript and Java Android Runtime).
The event was a huge success, with prices and goodies given away to developers to help them along the way. After a hard day's work, everyone was then invited to a BlackBerry VIP Party where they partied all night. It also wouldn't be a BlackBerry party if the DJ didn't use his PlayBook + Pacemaker app to play music for the crowd.
It certainly sounds like an event I would have attended and hope that events like this can take place in the U.K. I would sign up immediately. Keep your eyes peeled here on CrackBerry to find out about further events taking place in the Balkans. Continue reading to check out pictures from BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam Maribor.
Left to right: Luca, Branko and Aaron