Students from B.C. grab top honors for BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award at Canada-Wide Science Fair

By Adam Zeis on 23 May 2014 11:48 am EDT

Last month, BlackBerry announced their Mobile App Development Award for this year's Canada-Wide Science Fair. Winners were chosen across the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior categories, all of which were rewarded with cash prizes, BlackBerry smartphones and mentorship with a BlackBerry mobile application developer expert. The apps had to be built using PhoneGap or Appcelerator, as well as meeting the BlackBerry 10 user interface guidelines.

The winners made a variety of apps for the BlackBerry platform, all with specific goals in mind. The winning apps include:

Deciphering Recycling

People who use plastics do not all recycle it, meaning it can end up in a landfill or cause environmental harm. The goal of the app is to help solve this problem through education. Kieren designed and created an app that provides useful facts and basics on recycling, such as, what is resin code on plastic items and whether it can be recycled and what types of items can be recycled. Kieren hopes to save the


With the intention of keeping drivers safe on the road, Whitney created an app called Tasker that locks down dangerous and distracting interactions on a cell phone, while still providing necessary communications when a vehicle is in motion. When tested, the app was successful in locking down the screen, minimizing distracting interactions that can be dangerous while driving.

The Musician's Toolbox

The Musician's Toolbox is a useful tool for musicians of any skill level. Included in the app is the modex, a tool for making bridges between songs, a transposer, for changing chords from one key to another, and a tuner that can be used with any instrument.

Congrats to all the winners! Great to see such passion for the BlackBerry platform, and hopefully we'll see even apps like these in the future. Enjoy your new devices :)



Congratulations to these young entrepreneurs!

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Kevin Michaluk

So awesome!!!

Back in Grade 5 / Grade 6 I was seriously into my Science Fairs. Honestly, great events for kids to go all out in. I had awesome success with it - helped me develop a LOT (in the business, kick ass sort of way).

Halifax Guy

It's first, right after the East coast (where the sun comes up).

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Pft! The Sun spends more time over Calgary than any other city in this great Dominion which means Sol must like us best!

To the winners, Well done! Ya'll must be from Burnaby South. GO REBELS

Halifax Guy

You can have the sunshine, we happen to like our fog and rain. LOL!

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Woop woop, go FOG!

Ahem, Saint Johner here........

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Adam... you kind of rushed this article:

"Kieren hopes to save the..."

Also are all of them from BC?

RP Singh


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Why not roll this out worldwide.

The future is BlackBerry....

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This ^^^. I think there are young people out there with some terrific ideas and creativity that could bring some excellent apps to BBRY.


Congratulations students

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Great kids.

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Kick ass

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Excellent, Congratulations to these fine young people!


That S.A.F.E. one sounds cool. But congratulations to all the winners! Takes a lot of work and commitment to create an app.

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The S.A.F.E sounds like a good app idea.. congratulations to all of them..

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Awesome school project. Always enjoyed science fair as a kid. No smartphones back then to bad. Way to go young people apps sound cool

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Are these apps available to us on BlackBerry World?



Great job, congratulations.

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Congratulations on a job well done.

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Ate these apps available to download? The music app sounds cool.

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RP Singh

Don't eat apps.

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He already did!

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Kids are the future.

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These all seem like decent apps. The SAFE should be default on all smartphones.

BB Proud


Will the links to these apps be posted when they are available in BlackBerry World?

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Great. Congratulations.

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Awesome! Good work guys! Thanks for supporting the best OS on the market! :)

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Congratulations, kids!
You, and BlackBerry, are the future!


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Great job! Kudos to all three winners.

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Great ?

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Good stuff, gets them off the PlayStation. :-)
Well done, young fellas.

Seriously, that wasn't available when I was that age. Computers were a command line back then.

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Congrats guys n gals...well done!

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Congratulations. Nice job.
Are these apps available for users now?

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Bacon Munchers

Good job guys and gals.

See? Us folks in BC can also think, aside from growing good pot.


Congratulations! Go BlackBerry! Go BC! Go Canada!

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Javier Briones

Can you put the download links for every app, in the article.

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If they are in B.C. why does it say Windsor, Ontario on the slide in the picture?


I guess just the 3 kids were from B.C.?