BlackBerry at Qt Developer Days – Santa Clara #QtDD12



Qt is an important part of our BlackBerry 10 Cascades framework. We were proud to be part of Qt Developer Days in Santa Clara, where we had our own booth set up to showcase the BlackBerry 10 OS and to speak to developers about the excitement surrounding the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30th (not long to go now!). Some developers did not really know what BlackBerry 10 was but after seeing the platform for themselves, they shared our excitement. This was a user interface that they had not seen before, and something a lot of the MeeGo community liked with its simple but powerful gestures.


Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations at RIM, had a keynote speech where he presented our BlackBerry 10 ecosystem story. He also spoke to RIM’s involvement with Qt and how developers can be rewarded for porting their Qt applications to BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry World is a going to be a level playing ground for your applications to actually have a chance of being discovered and not lost in the crowd like on other platforms.

We seeded eager developers with BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing devices for them to port over their existing MeeGo / Symbian Qt applications, and also provided technical support. For Qt Mobile Application Developers, BlackBerry 10 offers the ability to get a return on your existing development investments. Depending on the complexity of your application, the port over to BlackBerry 10 can really be a painless experience.

We do realize that not everyone can get to these events, and so we have the BlackBerry Qt Porting Program, an online offer so that eligible developers can get their hands on BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing devices. For complete details, see the Official Program Terms and Conditions.

What you need to do is:

We also have an offer of a one-time donation of $10,000 USD to the Qt Project Hosting Foundation if 50 eligible Qt apps are ported to BlackBerry 10 by the Qt Community and then posted and available for sale in BlackBerry World by January 30, 2013 (1)


  • Be a BlackBerry World Vendor.
  • Apps must be submitted to BlackBerry World by January 20, 2013 and be approved.
  • 50 Qt apps must be up for sale in BlackBerry World by January 30, 2013.

It was fantastic being part of Qt Developer Days in Santa Clara, but this is really just the start for us and by no means the end. We are actively working with Digia and the Qt foundation to further strengthen Qt and our relationship with it and also with you.

Below are some links of how we can help you develop for us:

Qt Project Wiki:

Qt Project Group:

Open Jam Sessions for Qt developers to talk to RIM internal Qt experts about technical problems:

Porting Qt to BlackBerry 10:

Built for BlackBerry and the 10k Developer Commitment:

1) To be eligible, fifty (50) Qt Apps (“Apps”) must be submitted to BBAW by the Qt Community by 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) on January 20, 2013. Apps will be accepted beginning at 8:00 AM ET on December 8, 2012. Allow a minimum of ten (10) days for BBAW approval. Approved apps must be posted on BBAW for sale on or before January 30, 2013. Apps are not eligible if they simply contain a web launcher or shortcut or a web browser (“Excluded App”). RIM will confirm if Qt Community is eligible for $10,000 USD donation to the Qt Project Hosting Foundation (“Donation”) by February 28, 2013. Allow 8-12 weeks for delivery of Donation. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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