Thorsten Heins introduced the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, a device Research In Motion has created for developers to use for testing their newly created BlackBerry 10 apps. He also let everyone know that developers that are currently attending the BlackBerry 10 Jam sessions right now will be taking one of these Alphas home with them.

Reminder: The Dev Alpha is not a BlackBerry 10 Phone. RIM has made this message loud and clear, but we'll repeat it once again for good measure.

The purpose of this seeding is to give BlackBerry 10 Jam developer attendees a testing device to create excitement as they start to develop BlackBerry 10 applications alongside us.

To be clear, this is not a BlackBerry 10 device. It's the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. It includes a modified version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS which shows the path to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which has been customized to a phone. This device will allow developers to test the applications they are building with our BlackBerry 10 toolsets.

It was later revealed that not only would developers get to take home one of these BlackBerry 10 Dev Alphas, they will be able to trade it in later this year for an actual BlackBerry 10 smartphone! Awesome!