The BlackBerry® Developer Relations Asia Pacific team would like to say thank you once again to the developers in Colombo and Dialog Axoata for the amazing experience at BlackBerry 10 Jam Session Sri Lanka (hosted by Dialog Axiata).
The event was held Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo on August 3rd. Over 100 developers gathered at the venue even before registration for the Jam Session started!
To kick start the day, Navin Pieris (General Manager, Mobile Business and Broadband, Dialog) welcomed the developers and the RIM® team. Hitesh Shah (Director, Channel Accounts, RIM India) charmed the developer audience with the possibilities of BlackBerry® 10 as a platform and RIM’s commitment to it.
Next, BlackBerry Developer Evangelist Prakash Sainani took over the stage with a session on BlackBerry 10 architecture. He then introduced Chamikara Jayawardana (BlackBerry Product Manager, Dialog) who announced the launch of a BlackBerry Developer Group for Sri Lanka.
Chamikara shared his plans of making the newly-formed Sri Lanka BlackBerry Developer Group a success with regular meetups, activities around BlackBerry 10, and Dialog’s commitment towards BlackBerry. Hitesh took to stage again with BlackBerry App World™, telling developers about its reach and how developers generate revenue through BlackBerry App World as well as working with the carrier.
After lunch, Dilip Sridhar of Unvired delivered the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ and Native Development sessions. Kalana Meth, an 18-year-old developer, had an app up and running on a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing device he received in Orlando at BlackBerry 10 Jam. He demoed the app – which provided tips for treating common ailments and first aid – to the awed crowd.
Last but not least, the Lightning Pitches contest towards the end of the lunch saw over 20 participants present their ideas. The “food locator” idea was judged best by Prakash and Sashimaal Fernando (Manager, Mobile Business, Dialog).
At the end of the day, there were loads of giveaways for the attendees. It was indeed an amazing day and was well-received by the developer community. The first ever Sri Lanka BlackBerry Jam Session was a hit and we look forward to amazing apps from the Sri Lankan developers!
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