On Thursday, October 18th user groups around Los Angeles are organizing an event for all to come and learn a little more about this thing we call mobile development – Mobile Camp LA. Regardless of what floats your boat (game development, UI frameworks, cross-platform strategies, etc.) there are sessions for everyone.
In addition to these sessions (including an in-depth look at the Ripple tool by our very own Gord Tanner), we’ll be having another kind of activity that runs throughout the day. Once again we’ll be out in the community providing developers who are serious about getting their apps on BlackBerry® 10, with the opportunity to take home a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing device.
How do I qualify?
I’m glad you asked. First, you’ll need to have an application that you’ve developed using PhoneGap and you’ve already taken to market outside of BlackBerry App World™.
Next, you need to bring your application source (or an already compiled BAR file) and we’ll get it up and running on a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing device. If all goes well, we’ll have a station on hand where you can submit the newly created application to BlackBerry App World, and you get to walk away with the device!
If there are obstacles, well that’s what we are there for and we will do all we can to assist you in overcoming them on site and getting your app submitted. If they cannot be addressed on site, we will take your contact information to provide continued support after the event.
Most importantly, you need to be one of the first ten developers to do so!
What can you do to speed up the process and get your hands on one of these devices and back to the conference and sessions as quickly as possible?
- Pre-register as a BlackBerry Developer in the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal. The entire process is free.
- Request your BlackBerry Code Signing Keys in advance.
- Have your laptop, application source, and development tools ready to go.
For those that haven’t heard, obtaining a Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha testing device will be one of the steps to a limited edition BlackBerry 10 smartphone after the launch in Q1 2013 – details to follow. Submissions received will also be eligible for the 10k Developer Commitment!
When the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing devices run out, we will be entering other developers who visit us at the booth in a raffle to win BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets. Remember, if you can get your app working on BlackBerry PlayBook, it can easily be ported to BlackBerry 10.
We’ll be there throughout the conference to assist PhoneGap developers with their porting, so be sure to plan out the sessions you want to see accordingly. To get a better idea of what’s being offered, be sure to visit the Mobile Camp LA event page.
See you on Thursday, fellow devs! Follow me on Twitter for updates at @WaterlooErik.