BlackBerry Partners Fund

BlackBerry Partners Fund

June 01, 2009 08:00 ET

BlackBerry Partners Fund Issues Call for Entries for 2009 BlackBerry Developers Challenge

Total prize package valued at over US$250,000

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - BlackBerry Partners Fund today announced the official call for entries for the second annual BlackBerry Developers Challenge. Any new BlackBerry application(s) submitted to BlackBerry App World between June 1, 2009 and September 25, 2009 may be eligible to compete in this year's challenge. Complete rules and regulations are available online.

A total of 16 finalists will be selected from eligible applications submitted over the contest period. The finalists will each receive a prize package valued at more than US$5,000 and be invited to compete for a grand prize package valued at over US$100,000; and a runner up prize package worth more than US$25,000. Judges will be looking for the most compelling product or service, clearly defined value proposition, and technical execution.

"We are very excited to be able to leverage placement on the BlackBerry App World carousel for each of the 16 finalists," said Kevin Talbot, Co-managing Partner, BlackBerry Partners Fund. "This will give finalists a huge boost in the market and BlackBerry users will be able to participate in the judging process through their reviews and download activity."

Four finalists will be selected and announced at the end of each month during the four-month challenge. User reviews of applications and download activity will be taken into consideration when finalists are selected. All 16 finalists must present and demo their application to a panel of judges during the "BlackBerry Sweet 16" event, which takes place at the BlackBerry Developers Conference, November 9 - 11 in San Francisco. Winners will be announced during the conference keynote presentation on November 10th.

2009 BlackBerry Developer Challenge Prizes

Finalist Prize Package worth approx. US$5,000:

- Featured Placement on BlackBerry App World carousel for one week;

- One BlackBerry Developers Conference pass;

- One BlackBerry smartphone;

- Invitation to demo at "BlackBerry Sweet 16" event at the BlackBerry Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, where final judging will take place;

- Publicity via monthly press release announcing finalists.

Grand Prize Package worth approx. US$100,000:

- $75,000 Cash Prize;

- $25,000 Value Package.

- Value Package includes:

-- One Elite BlackBerry Alliance Membership for one year;

-- One Day Mentoring Session with RIM in Waterloo, Ontario, providing analysis, review and insights into how to best improve the application on BlackBerry;

-- Press Release and Featured Interviews with Media;

-- Two additional weeks of BlackBerry App World Featured Placement on the carousel;

-- Potential investment offer from BlackBerry Partners Fund.

Runner Up Prize Package worth approx. US$25,000:

- $10,000 Cash Prize;

- $15,000 Value Package.

- Value Package includes:

-- One Select BlackBerry Alliance Membership for one year;

-- One Day Mentoring Session with RIM in Waterloo, Ontario providing analysis, review and insights into how to best improve the application on BlackBerry;

-- Mention in Press Release;

-- One additional week of BlackBerry App World Featured Placement on the carousel.

Contest Rules and Regulations

Full contest rules and regulations are available online (www.blackberrypartnersfund.com/09contest), along with details on eligibility, judging, key dates and prize packages.

About BlackBerry Partners Fund

The BlackBerry Partners Fund(TM) is designed to deliver superior returns on the compelling investment opportunity in applications, services and supporting infrastructure for the BlackBerry(R) and other mobile platforms. The Fund's mandate is based on the premise that in the future smartphones will be powerful portable computers for use at home, work, and leisure. The Fund invests in companies developing applications that make smartphones a compelling platform for media, commerce, enterprise, entertainment, and lifestyle applications. The Fund is global in scope and will consider all stages of development. For further information visit: www.blackberrypartnersfund.com.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Echo Communications (for BlackBerry Partners Fund)
    Jodi Echakowitz
    (905) 709-9600 or Cell: (416) 271-7250
    jodi@echo-communications.com