Introducing the new Enterprise Developer Groups

ANNOUNCEMENTS / 10.31.14 / lfiligheddu

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We are happy to introduce the Enterprise Developer Groups Program which builds on the solid foundation of our previous Developer Groups Program.

BlackBerry has always supported our developer community and created the Developer Groups Program in 2010 to encourage local developer groups to share ideas, experiences and help new developers to start building astonishing apps.

Here is our definition of “Developer Group”:

Developer Groups are local, community-led, and provide developers with shared learning interests with the opportunity to network and get support. These groups receive regular platform and program updates from BlackBerry, and have access to exclusive discounts, developer events, and conferences.

Enterprise Developer Groups will work similarly to regular Developer Groups but focus largely on mobile app development for businesses and enterprises. These groups will be run by a developer group manager who is in charge of recruiting new members, organizing regular meetups and supporting BlackBerry.  We encourage the manager to engage developer group members in various initiatives, including keeping the group up-to-date on new development tools as well as new products and solutions launched by BlackBerry.

Currently, there are 57 Enterprise Developer Groups around the globe. Most new groups have been converted from regular Developer Groups which have members with a strong interest in the enterprise segment or have been working in that space for the past few years. New Enterprise Developer Groups are very welcome and we encourage enterprise focused developers to lead local groups.

We’re helping our existing  consumer focused Developer Groups transition to the developer programs run by Amazon.  With the Amazon Appstore pre-loaded on BlackBerry OS 10.3, starting with the BlackBerry Passport, these groups have access to BlackBerry customers and more.  The Amazon Appstore is available in 238 countries and preloaded on Fire tablets, phones and TV. The Appstore is also integrated into the overall Amazon shopping app experience enjoyed by millions of Android customers.

The dedication of our developer group managers and members helped make our previous BlackBerry Developer Group program an amazing success.  We look forward to building on that strong partnership with the launch of our Enterprise Developer Group Program.  If you’re mobile developer working in the enterprise space and are willing to start a developer group please apply to start a new group in your area.

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