Win a 3 Day trip to NYC, a BlackBerry Bold 9900 and $500 in spending cash!

BBM App Hackathon Event

OK BlackBerry Developers! If you've been reading the blogs, you're probably aware of the BBM Apps Hackathon event that RIM announced last week. If not, be sure to check out our original post, follow-up post (which lists webinar dates to get you prepped) and the official website at for full details. In summary, RIM is hosting a BBM Apps Hackathon Event August 11-12 in NYC, an exclusive event that gives developers the opportunity to participate in an apps-building marathon using the BBM Social Platform. RIM experts will guide participants through different development approaches and techniques that leverage the viral/social functionality of BBM Social Platform and best integrate with applications.

In addition to there being 10 spots up for grabs via the contest on the official website, RIM has partnered with CrackBerry to let us run our own contest and pick a worthy BlackBerry developer to attend the event on behalf of CrackBerry Nation. That's right BB devs... we're picking one of you to attend the event in NYC. And in addition to the airfare and hotel being covered, we're also going to give you a BlackBerry Bold 9900 and $500 in spending cash! The full details for eligibility and how to apply are below, but the long story short is that if you want to go, you're going to have to email me directly ASAP... we're picking the winner this Friday, July 22nd.  Keep reading for the full details!

CrackBerry's BBM Hackathon Contest Details


The eligibility criteria that developers need to meet to enter this contest include:

  • have an idea for a new BlackBerry application that incorporates BBM
  • have the capability to build a BlackBerry smartphone app with their idea
  • have a laptop with all the software, accessories and equipment needed to build their app, including a laptop loaded with BlackBerry Webworks or BlackBerry Java
  • be a resident of the United States, District of Columbia (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Florida) or Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • be able to travel to attend the BBM Apps Hackathon Event ("Event"), August 10-13, 2011, and be able to confirm such availability within 48 hours of potential winner notification from RIM
  • understand that the Event will be filmed and that by participating in the BBM Apps Hackathon Contest, consent to the filming of your developer story and the use of your image

The Prize

What you get if you're selected to go on behalf of CrackBerry:

  • airfare and hotel accomodations to NYC are taken care of
  • a BlackBerry Bold 9900!
  • $500 spending money!!
  • participation in the BBM App Hackathon event
  • CrackBerry Nation's love and support!

How to Apply

To apply, send an email directly to me at  Make the subject of the email BBM Hackathon Application. The odds are good that if you're an established BlackBerry developer I'm going to know who you are already, but regardless let me know your company name, the apps you have built previously, why you want to attend (give me a little brief of the app you want to make) and make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements above. Me, Adam and Bla1ze will be pow wowing Friday morning to decide the winner and who gets to go on behalf of CrackBerry (we may accept bribes... so if you want to try and bribe us make it good!). Good luck!!

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