With all the craziness surrounding the BlackBerry 7 device launches and the reviews for today we missed posting a wrap up for the BBM Hackathon last week. Day one was awesome and day two followed through with many of the devs showing off their work as a sort of skeleton app. What I was more or less seeing was the type of app a developer could expect to create over a weekend with the basic functionality for a app concept.
To give you an idea of some of the app ideas here are some of the ones that were presented:
- A GPS Skiing app that lets you share your location with a friend over BBM
- Sharing tasks and status over BBM
- Find friends based on tags or your location
- Share picture puzzles for others to solve
- Time tracking app that shares information over BBM (really the only enterprise concept we saw)
- Sharing Checkin’s (think Foursquare) over BBM
All in all I am pretty excited to see what devs do with these apps in the next few weeks. Practically all of them were committed to bringing their app to market and RIM plans on helping the devs get their apps into the 2011 BlackBerry Developer Challenge. They also heard developers loud and clear that RIM needs to help improve communications between developers so they can help each other out. The level of collaboration we saw at the Hackathon was amazing and I think RIM needs to do whatever they can to help foster that. It was great to see the RIM employees communicating directly with BlackBerry developers to foster the development of better BlackBerry apps and showing RIM how they can improve the development process.
I was also glad to see how well all of the BlackBerry developers got along. I know many of the devs made great contacts while at the event that will help them succeed as BlackBerry developers. Now we just need that collaboration to work on a larger scale.
So who plans on competing in the next BlackBerry Hackathon?