As I type this post, it was literally one week ago to the hour that our Talk Mobile Launch Party in New York City was kicking into overdrive. When we first announced the event, the RSVPs were snatched up in literally minutes, and *everybody* turned out for the Thursday evening event.
The lineup began at 5:30pm and was lined up well down the block by the time the doors opened ninety minutes later. 600 fans of CrackBerry, Android Central, iMore and Windows Phone Central flooded into the venue as we cut proverbial ribbon and officially opened Talk Mobile 2013.
The event was a *massive* success. Seriously. I've probably been to 100+ tech/mobile launch parties in the past six years, and I have never seen one as EPIC as this. The place was packed instantly, and by the end of the night we had a full out dance party on our hands with The Dolls pumping out the beats. The next time we hold an event like this we're going to have to run it until the wee hours of the morning - we could have kept this party going all night long.
As the premiere sponsor of Talk Mobile 2013, BlackBerry had a solid presence at the event. The BlackBerry 10 van was out front, and we had a BlackBerry Experience room upstairs that was packed all night as guests could check out the Z10 and Q10. In honor of the first Talk Mobile subject being Mobile Gaming, we even had a Z10 gaming room going, and the BlackBerry / Talk Mobile step and repeat was put to use with tons of photos being taken in front of it. Be sure to check out our Talk Mobile Facebook page for more photos from the event (be sure to like the page while you're there!).
Huge props and thanks to everybody who attended. I LOVE events like this, as I get to meet sooo many of you (we really need to take these kind of events on the road around the globe!). One thing I realized at the party was just how BIG CrackBerry's reach is. BlackBerry has been in the mobile game longer than guys like Android and Apple, so while the room was a mix of users of all platforms, it pretty much felt like EVERYBODY in the room was a CrackBerry fan. And I was tickled pink when more than a few of you came up to me and said after playing with the BB10 phones at the event you were going to switch back to BlackBerry. Now that's music to my ears!
The night wound down with a draw for some kick ass prizes, and there were Talk Mobile goody bags on the way out the door. We went all out on this one. And it was worth it. Be sure to hit up the video above to take it all in. No jokes, it was a great event.
It was a proper offline welcome to our online Talk Mobile event, which is still ramping up. If you missed Mobile Gaming, be sure to hit up the recap and check out TalkMobile2013.com for the full list of topics to come.