There will be no BlackBerry Live Conference in 2014

By Adam Zeis on 20 Dec 2013 09:58 am
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We had hoped that it wouldn't happen, but BlackBerry has indeed announced that there will be no BlackBerry Live Conference in 2014. There is definitely a shift within BlackBerry, so even though we're super upset that there will be no BB Live this year, we totally get it. BlackBerry will instead continue to run smaller, localized events around the world.

From BlackBerry:

Instead, we’re planning to continue with an engaging lineup of smaller, targeted events taking place all around the world over the next 12 months. These events are designed with a greater focus on the specific business, developer, and partner audiences, and will allow you to get the most out of your attendance.

It's definitely a drag as BlackBerry Live was our big event for the year, but we have high hopes that it will be back (in some form) in the future so we'll just have to wait and see what pans out.

64 comments

Flip4Bytes

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so looking forward to it this year.. Dammit! :'(

Understandable and kinda had a gut feeling this would happen. Just hoping they bring it back in the years to come.

Maal628

Understandable to say at least

#PoweredByBlackBerry

adonesc

Well like the rest of us BlackBerry users you are now officially shit out of luck!

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

Thesmartmale

This is so sad!

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hsandhu24

Your so sad.

Thanks,
John Chen

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Nharzhool

"Your so sad" what, exactly?

jojo beaconsfield

If they come around my place I'm going,even a few hundred Km's away and I,'m in.

drmike

Crackberry can have a HUGE meet & greet event somewhere as a replacement for BlackBerry Live.

Crackberry Conference 2014. Book it. :)

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axllebeer

+9900. :)

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Nharzhool

What?! 9000?! That can't be right...

TranceRomance

Say hello to my Lil friend!!

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IAmMrFrazier

Where do I sign to book? Haha

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Killjoyhere

That can't be right, what does the scouter say?

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walt63

I get it. This may work out for the better. Keep people engaged and excited throughout the year instead of just waiting for that one event. This method could also help create some sort of momentum by having more frequent show & tells - engaging people in what's coming down the pipe and getting people to buy-in to the new vision of BBRY.

We'll see.

crazycanuck329

I totally afree!

...we are all connected...

crazycanuck329

Agree even lol

...we are all connected...

Gord Cluthe

This makes sense!

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Drmoe

Saw that coming...

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Peter Lee4

Slightly disappointing in a way, but I was thinking during the last conference "how the hell can they afford this when they are in such a dire situation". These conferences are luxuries for companies that have truckloads of money and no idea what to do with it (ie Apple). So I think this is a good call - Chen is proving he knows what he is doing.

Flip4Bytes

Very true. Sad nonetheless being a developer that really enjoyed and got a lot out of going to that conference. :(

jay64

I thought BB had truckloads of money and not much to do with it ? Some cost cuts make sense, others just make a company look second rate that already has image problems. Unless the goal is to cut costs to the point where it is easy pickings at a low pps to be bought whole or more likely parted out. Chen is smart there is no harm in lowering the bottom line on costs but this is not a good way to do it. Just my opinion.

axllebeer

It's a shame, but like Adam said, if they can get through this year and restructure the company then 2015 could have a strong start.

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Kevin Michaluk

That's it. This is crazy. There HAS to be a big show. 

If people are up for Winnipeg, we'll host a BlackBerry Live / CrackBerry Live here. Can be at my house. We'll drink. We'll play with our phones. We'll do yoga. Will be awesome.

STV0726

I concur. We can even play the Kevin Kevin Kevin-Kevin Michaluk Song while you come down the stairs - the big reveal! And here he is...Keviiiiiinnnnn Muchaluuuuuk!

-STV on Z10STL100-3/10.2.0.1803 TMO US

usman_hidayat19

ticket on you kevin :)

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drmike

Maybe you can do some more workout videos in preparation of Crackberry Live 2014 in Winnipeg

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axllebeer

I'm there. Long trip but I'm still there!

(note to self, update passport...)

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Drenis

At least I wouldn't have to travel being local! Would definitely attend. Would love to meet Umi and Bla1ze as well as you Kevin.

billsterjito

I can be there in 15 min. Let's do it!

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Notcho

I wish.

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jiminica

Kevin,

You have Cherry Wishkey and ice wine on hand, I'll be there.

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bbry4life

Drinking and playing with phone thing sounds cool. But unless there are sexy girls in yoga pants, once the downward dogs start, I'm leaving.

Peter Lee4

@Flip4Bytes - I am a developer too and have developed a couple of apps for Blackberry 10 (I am going to pull them though as I just don't have the time and money to maintain them as they require a server, and may get back into it in the future). I absolutely love the C++ Eclipse implementation that Blackberry uses... it makes Android's environment look pretty weak (even though Android is a little cleaner and complete).

Wow, you went to a conference ? Good for you. Yes, I would have loved that as well.

Flip4Bytes

Yeah, I absolutely hear ya. It's going to take some time for developers to get back the kind of motivation that they did last year, but I have faith that it'll eventually come. It's tough because I haven't updated my Apps as much as I used to and I'm sure my users aren't so happy, but they too have to understand. It's currently the chicken and the egg. There's not big money in App Dev for BB at the moment. We just need to give it some time!

And yeah, I'm so glad I was able to go to one before they ended it, though it HAS to come back. It was an absolute blast!

RedRangerReid

Damn I like live for blackberry live! What a bummer!

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ddddafadf

You guys are good at making this sound not so horrible. I was so stoked for this. Why does BlackBerry have to cut the good things out?

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PhilipDZ

May not be any blackberry after 2014 either

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quizm

Why is this understandable? Big mistake.

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birdman_38

Yet another strike against native BlackBerry 10 development.

lynxs_claw

Spend the money and time on advertising

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heymaggie

Instead, everyone will be participating via BBM

Joel Christopher

I'd rather they stay afloat for longer to ensure turnaround!

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BerryRipe

That's the best new today! That BlackBerry Live thing was a waste of money & man-power.

Army replaced with a Seal Team!
Efficient and Informed!
New BlackBerry Ninja/Knight!
Feel free to use those names as the next phones!

Keep The Faith

pittster

I'm definitely with the meet up. Maybe even have 2 international/states. The States really needs a boost. And Peter Lee4 just maybe CB can create a kickstarter section so you can get some donations to help. I'm willing to help so long as it's not some generic app with bad graphics.

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iseeblackberry

Sad.. but understandable

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BlackberryCanada

Trimming the much unneeded fat.

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christoph77

C0038297E Quote of the Day! Follow please :)!

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Duffman19

Good, waste of money

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joeldf

I'm kind glad to hear this. As a customer and not a developer, these events were more about announcements to me. But that last few were so disappointing. Everything brought up were things we all have known for months before, and the surprises we'd hope for never happened. The collective response afterward was always: "that's it?". If there where new devices announced, they'd be months if not almost a year or more out.

The developer aspect should be continued, no doubt. But maybe the smaller regional conferences would be a better use of resources.

At least until BlackBerry gets a better handle on what they are doing and want to be.

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louis_car

I really hope blackberry doesn't die

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scrapmetal58

I think this is a mistake. Look at the BlackBerry Z30 launch, it was a tiny event about which most of the planet didn't even know. Apple, for example, has a large and professional event(more so than BlackBerry - I found BlackBerry's events to be too casual and clunky). Apple's events put the spotlight on them and everyone gets all the news at once, not broken up and fragmented like BlackBerry will now do.

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BlackberryFan777

Chen will shrink the company's presence until it fits the comfort level of a former Sybase chief. He won't compete with the major platforms, but instead will try to fit within an "enterprise" market definition that is increasingly irrelevant. If he succeeds, it'll be in the short run. He'll have preserved value for Silver Lake, which will make an offer to the board at the optimum time for Silver Lake.

I miss Thor.

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Jimberry Storm

What if....you throw another cb party where BlackBerry live would have been, only sell tickets to pay for it and invite BlackBerry executives to join in. just spit balling

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milo53

I'm kinda new to CB, what was the Conference? A yearly employee meeting? Sales and Developers?

imcurved

Good Mr Chen. Keep it low profile.

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zensen

Oh well, no big loss for now. Best to get the house in order first

kennyiceberry

Good. It would be odd to throw a $1 million (or however much it cost) party after posting a multi billion dollar loss. Save the cash, deploy the human resource time more sensibly. Cut your coat to fit your cloth.

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canuckbear

This would have been my first. Oh well. Hope it comes back.

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NemOry

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rickster2611

It is right move for the moment.

BlackBerry has yet to deliver a range of devices to obliterate the competition at every price range.

There is an urgent need to get more BBOS7 users to BB10. Until there is a significant increase in the BB10 uptake.

Then BlackBerry can finally close down BBOS7.

You just can't be running two different operating systems at the time. It's a dangerous waste of resources.

Which BlackBerry doesn't have an abundance of.

Until these issues are addressed there can't be any more BlackBerry Live at least for now.

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