Announcing the BBM Apps Hackathon Event!

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BBM Hackathon event

I’m excited to let you know about the BBM Apps Hackathon Contest (“Contest”) that will give developers the opportunity to participate in an exclusive two-day BBM Apps Hackathon Event (“Event”) in New York City where they will receive help to build an app using the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform.

The Event – taking place on August 11-12, 2011 – will give direct access to people from Research In Motion® (RIM®), including members of the BBM development and product teams who can help attendees understand how to integrate the BBM social platform into their application. Attendees will be able to learn different techniques to integrate viral/social aspects into their application and the experts will be on hand to answer their questions.

Enter the Contest for your chance to win* a trip to New York City, including flight, hotel accommodations, $500US and exclusive attendance at the Event. What could be better than that?

So how can you win entry to the Event? Answer: Use your imagination to think about how to use the BBM social platform to innovate your apps. A total of ten (10) winners will be notified to pack their bags for New York City! Visit www.bbmnyc.com for complete details – be sure to read the terms and conditions of contest entry.

If selected, you’ll need to bring your idea, a laptop with BlackBerry® development software, your coding skills and excitement with you to New York City! After the two-day Event is finished, our goal is for you to have a working prototype or full-fledged application which leverages the BBM social platform. Once completed, you can even enter your app into the 2011 BlackBerry Developers Challenge!

Finally, we have the following webcast series taking place to help you build an app using the BBM social platform:

Integrating with the BBM Social Platform, One Step at a Time.
Step 1: Viral Distribution and the BBM Contact List
Date:
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST
Register now!

Integrating with the BBM Social Platform, One Step at a Time.
Step 2: User Profile and Custom Profile Box
Date:
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST
Register now!

Integrating with the BBM Social Platform, One Step at a Time.
Step 3: BBM Chat and Embedding Chat within your App
Date:
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST
Register now!

Good luck!

*No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Contest open to residents of legal resident of the United States, the District of Columbia (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Florida) or Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in the province, territory or state in which they reside. Entries must be received by 11:59:59pm ET on July 22, 2011. Ten prizes avail. to be won worth approx. $2,300 USD. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries and how well the Entry conforms to the Judging Criteria. Entrants must be able to travel on the dates required or the prize will be forfeited. See Official Contest Rules for complete details.

About Mike Kirkup

Mike Kirkup is the Director for the Developer Relations program at Research In Motion (RIM), which is responsible for managing the technical relationships and programs for RIM’s developer community worldwide. Mike and his team work with RIM’s developer community to provide support and guidance as developers work to integrate their applications to the BlackBerry platform. Mike joined RIM in 2001 as a Security Software Developer in RIM’s Wireless Security Group. As part of the Wireless Securty group, Mike contributed to the development of the BlackBerry Cryptography API, S/MIME and PGP implementations. Mike holds a Masters of Management Science and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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