Most of our community is aware that BlackBerry is aligning its developer program with our corporate strategy by placing more emphasis on the development of enterprise and productivity applications. One of the changes we are making to move in this direction is by ending the BlackBerry Jam Zone Rewards Program.
First, we want you to know that we will give everyone one final order per person. And, we’ll add a BlackBerry Z30 and BlackBerry PlayBook to the list of items you can select. This will allow those of you that have accumulated a large number of points to purchase BlackBerry devices. Another option for your outstanding points is to donate them. We know that you value community and sharing knowledge, so we have made arrangements to contribute $1 for every 25 points to local charities that promote programming education. A list of these country charities is below, and for those countries where we have not been able to identify a charity, we will donate the funds to Code Club World and Code.org.
Many of you will be asking if we will replace the program. We don’t have firm plans at this point, but we’ll be looking at new programs that allow us to ship virtual goods or rewards and other ways to support those of you who will be transitioning with us to our focus on enterprise. We value your feedback, and welcome your comments here and @BlackBerryDev as well as participation through the developer forums.
- July 24, 2014
- All developers with Jam Zone points notified by email that the program is closing.
- Each person with points can make one final order and will have until Aug 15, 2014 to make the order.
- No additional points awarded.
- Aug 15, 2014
- All outstanding points converted to charitable donations.
- Wrap up blog post identifying charities and donations made.
Here’s the list of countries and the charities we’ve selected: