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BlackBerry Partners Fund Launches BlackBerry "Super Apps" Developer Challenge

bbappworld Today BlackBerry Partners Fund Launched the BlackBerry “Super Apps” Developer challenge to get developers to develop even better and more integrated apps.  The funds are  for the price are valued at US$1.5 Million so get to developing better apps and you may be a lucky winner entries can be submitted as early as today.  For more information read the press release below:

This morning sees the launch of the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge.  In addition to focusing on “Super Apps” that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the BlackBerry Application Platform, this year’s Challenge is a bit different from those held in the two years prior. Here’s how:

– Total prize package is valued at over US$1.5 Million;

– The Challenge is the first to recognize BlackBerry smartphone apps on a regional basis across four global regions;

– Both newly developed and existing applications can be entered into the Challenge;

– Applications will be judged in seven distinct categories, based on quality, user experiences and how effectively they incorporate “Super App” characteristics;

– Challenge will reward the BlackBerry developer community at many levels to benefit more developers than ever before;

– Finalists will receive unique prizes to support their development on the BlackBerry platform and to help them achieve commercial success;

– Up to 400 Regional Selections will receive a free BlackBerry smartphone;

– Up to 28 Regional Semi-Finalists will each receive prize packages worth over USD$16,000;

– Up to 12 Regional Finalists will each receive prize packages valued at almost USD$35,000;

– Up to four Regional Winners will each receive a prize pack valued at USD$85,000;

Entries can be submitted starting today and will be accepted until September 6, 2010. Full details of this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge are provided in the press release below.

BlackBerry Partners Fund Launches

BlackBerry “Super Apps” Developer Challenge

Total prize package valued at over US$1.5 Million

ORLANDO, FL – April 28, 2010 – WES 2010 BlackBerry Partners Fund today launched the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund™ Developer Challenge. This year, the Challenge will focus on “Super Apps” and asks developers to showcase applications that take advantage of the BlackBerry® Application Platform’s unique capabilities.

With the international growth of the BlackBerry developer community, this Challenge will be the first to recognize BlackBerry® smartphone applications on a regional basis across four global regions – North America, Latin America, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific. Applications can be submitted to the Challenge starting today and entries will be accepted until September 6, 2010. To apply, visit

http://bpf.wufoo.com/forms/2010-blackberry-super-apps-developer-challenge/ and complete the application form. Both newly developed and existing applications can be entered into this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge.

Judges will evaluate applications submitted in seven categories: Productivity, Fun & Games, Knowledge, Sharing, Navigate & Explore, Multi-media, and In the Know. Regional Selections will be notified the week of September 27, 2010.  Regional Semi-Finalists in each category will be named by November 1, 2010.  Regional Winners and Regional Finalists will be announced on November 18, 2010.

“The BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge has grown and evolved over the last three years and this year we will be rewarding the BlackBerry developer community at many levels to benefit more developers than ever before,” said Kevin Talbot, Co-managing Partner at BlackBerry Partners Fund. “BlackBerry Partners Fund is celebrating innovation that can only be achieved on the BlackBerry Application Platform, by creating apps that people cannot live without.”

Developers of applications selected at each finalist level will receive unique prizes to support their development on the BlackBerry Platform and to help them achieve commercial success. Up to four Regional Winners will each receive a prize pack valued at USD$85,000, including application promotion services, BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry App World™ marketing support, an Elite membership in the BlackBerry® Alliance Program and more.  The prizes are made possible with the help of members of the BlackBerry Developer Services community – including 151 Ventures, App-Promo, DeviceAnywhere, Medialocate, Mob4Hire, and Perfecto Mobile – who are providing numerous services to participants in this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge.

Up to 28 Regional Semi-Finalists will each receive prize packages worth over USD$16,000 and up to twelve Regional Finalists will each receive prize packages valued at almost USD$35,000. Up to 400 Regional Selections will receive a free BlackBerry smartphone for submitting their application into the Challenge.

Applications will be judged on quality, user experience and how effectively they have incorporated “Super App” characteristics. The BlackBerry Application Platform allows developers to quickly and easily build applications that seamlessly share information and interact with core BlackBerry applications or other third party applications. These applications are personalized and contextualized and can integrate with a BlackBerry smartphone’s inbox, calendar, address book and other native BlackBerry applications to deliver a highly engaging user experience.

Last year’s winners included 7Digital and FierceTowers.

Information Links

For more information on the BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge, please visit http://www.blackberrypartnersfund.com/2010challenge

To submit an application to the BlackBerry Partners Fun Developer Challenge, please visit

http://bpf.wufoo.com/forms/2010-blackberry-super-apps-developer-challenge/.

For more information on developing “Super Apps” on the BlackBerry Application Platform, please visit www.blackberry.com/developers/superapps.

For more information on the BlackBerry Developer Conference 2010, please visit www.blackberrydeveloperconference.com.

About BlackBerry Partners Fund

The BlackBerry Partners Fund™ is designed to deliver superior returns on the compelling investment opportunity in applications, services and supporting infrastructure for the BlackBerry® and other mobile platforms. The Fund’s mandate is based on the premise that in the future smartphones will be powerful portable computers for use at home, work, and leisure. The Fund invests in companies developing applications that make smartphones a compelling platform for media, commerce, enterprise, entertainment, and lifestyle applications. The Fund is global in scope and will consider all stages of development. For further information visit: www.blackberrypartnersfund.com.

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