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BlackBerry DevCon Asia: Day 2

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

More breakout sessions for detailed presentations and discussions between BlackBerry developers and experts from RIM and partners.

Breakout sessions during DevCon Asia fostered interaction and engagement amongst the BlackBerry developer community.

Breakout sessions during DevCon Asia fostered interaction and engagement amongst the BlackBerry developer community.

The breakout sessions were organized along several parallel tracks and covered a wide spectrum of topics, from technical issues to commercial and monetizing topics.

The sessions are listed below for both days:

“Ask the Experts” track

  • Ask the Experts: Developing Enterprise Applications
  • BlackBerry WebKit and BlackBerry WebWorks Platform Development
  • Go-to-Market Strategies
  • BlackBerry Platform Services
  • The BBM Social Platform
  • Java Development for BlackBerry 7
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS Development

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BlackBerry DevCon Asia: Day 1

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The conference kicked off with a general session to update developers on the latest developments around the BlackBerry platforms, followed by multi-tracked technical, practical and insight sessions that zero into the details.

BlackBerry DevCon Asia in Singapore Suntec from 7-8 December, 2011.

BlackBerry DevCon Asia in Singapore Suntec from 7-8 December, 2011.

The break-out sessions were helmed by specialists from Research In Motion (RIM) and its partners and delved into wide ranging topics from technical issues to commercial and monetizing approaches.

Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director, East Asia, RIM

Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director, East Asia, RIM

Delivering the keynote address was Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director, East Asia, RIM.

He revealed there were more than 1,000 registrants for the DevCon Asia event in Singapore.

Wade quoted a GfK report that for the first half of 2011, BlackBerry was the number one smartphone in multiple countries in Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

He said that more than 3 million BlackBerry fans were engaged on social media channels in Asia.

Alec Saunders then updated developers of BlackBerry Jam – RIM’s initiative to provide a one-stop-shop for all BlackBerry developers to assess a wide array of developer resources.

Alec Saunders, VP, Developer Relations & Ecosystems Development, RIM

Alec Saunders, VP, Developer Relations & Ecosystems Development, RIM

Saunders is the VP, Developer Relations & Ecosystems Development at RIM.

The initiative was announced at the BlackBerry DevCon Americas in October. Since then, a BlackBerry Jam communities have sprung up all over the world linking experts, partners and developers for all to be more successful on the BlackBerry platform.

George Staikos then delved into the new BlackBerry platform – previously named BBX but now renamed to BB10. Staikos is the VP, Web Technologies at RIM.

BlackBerry Jam Communities around the world

BlackBerry Jam Communities around the world

He also described the two choices of runtime environments available for developers. The Native runtime environment was for “spectacular” performance whereas HTML5 will enable the dream of “write once deploy everywhere”.

RIM will return DevCon Asia to Thailand in the future.

RIM will return DevCon Asia to Thailand in the future.

Whilst the native environment will serve as the bridge between POSIX based systems and BlackBerry 10 and allow rapid porting of native applications, HTML5 is the mass application platform for the future.

The cross-platform, cross-device HTML5 can serve as the bridge between BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 and is the obvious choice for modern application development.

BlackBerry is therefore fully committed to HTML5.

BBX is now BB10 – or BlackBerry 10

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

RIM has rebranded the  next generation platform for its smartphones and PlayBook tablet to BlackBerry 10.

RIM's new platform for BlackBerry smartphones, tablets and embedded systems.

RIM's new platform for BlackBerry smartphones, tablets and embedded systems.

Research In Motion (RIM) has been barred from using BBX as the name of its new mobile platform during DevCon Asia in Singapore from 7-8 December, 2011.

RIM has rebranded BBX as BB10

RIM has rebranded BBX as BB10

A US District Judge ruled in favour of software company Basis International Ltd who filed for a temporary restraining order. It holds the “BBx”  trademark for its own software.

District Judge William P. Johnson wrote in his ruling that consumers are “likely to be confused by RIM’s use of BBX in connection with RIM’s goods and services”. – Albuquerque, New Mexico.

George Staikos, VP, Web Technologies at RIM announced the rebranding during DevCon Asia.

George Staikos, VP, Web Technologies at RIM announced the rebranding during DevCon Asia.

Basis of Albuquerque had threatened legal action in October after RIM initially unveiled BBX as its new platform for smartphones, tablets and embedded systems.

According to itworldcanada.com, RIM had said at that time that it did not believe the marks are confusing since the two companies were in different lines of businesses.

Let’s just hope that CBS television network does not take issue with RIM over any confusion between the mobile platform and its own version of BB10 – the tenth season of the American reality television series Big Brother 10, which ran in the summer of 2008.

Second BlackBerry DevCon Asia moved to Singapore

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Originally to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, the second Asian conference for BlackBerry developers has been moved to Singapore instead.

BlackBerry fans will be congregated at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre over the original next two days from 7-8 December.

BlackBerry DevCon Asia in Singapore from 7-8 December 2011 at Suntec.

BlackBerry DevCon Asia in Singapore from 7-8 December 2011 at Suntec

Due to the flooding and rain in Bangkok, Research In Motion (RIM) has relocated the event to Singapore. The dates remain the same. RIM will be reimbursing fully those registrants who cannot attend the event in Singapore.

A packed and multi-tracked programme awaits BlackBerry developers at DevCon Asia.

A packed and multi-tracked programme awaits BlackBerry developers at DevCon Asia.

RIM says that plans to return the DevCon Asia conference to Bangkok in the future.

Participants will get apprised of the future of the BlackBerry platform, such as plans for the BBX unified operating system for both BlackBerry smartphones and tablets; and hands-on advice from experts on development issues – both technical and commercial.

I will be attending this event, which is much anticipated by BlackBerry developers, to tap the pulse of the BlackBerry community in Asia. Attendees will get a free 16GB PlayBook tablet, as well as a free copy of Adobe’s FlashBuilder 4.6 (while stocks last).

BlackBerry DevCon Asia registration open now

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Registration for BlackBerry DevCon Asia in Bangkok is now open. Taking place on 7-8 December 2011, BlackBerry DevCon Asia will be held at Centara Grand at CentralWorld in Bangkok, Thailand. Rates range from $150 to $250 USD.

Discounted rates are available for attendees who book early, as well as for those who qualify for the Academic Rate:

Early Bird Rate $200 USD Expires Friday, November 4, 2011 at 11:59pm ICT
Regular Rate $250 USD Expires Thursday, December 8, 2011
Academic Rate* $150 USD Expires Thursday, December 8, 2011

*Academic passes do not qualify for the Early Bird discount/offer or the Alumni discount. Students and Faculty members must apply to devconasia@blackberryconferences.net with proof of current enrollment or employment.

BlackBerry DevCon Asia in Bangkok, Thailand from 7 to 8 December 2011Those who had attended BlackBerry DevCon Asia in January 2011, BlackBerry DevCon 2010, or BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 qualify for the $50 USD Alumni discount.

The Alumni discount will automatically be deducted from the current registration price. To be recognized as Alumni, interested registrant must use the same email alias they used when registering for the aforementioned conferences.

Each package gives participants the following:

  • Access to the BlackBerry DevCon Asia General Session
  • Access to Breakout Sessions
  • Access to Expert areas during open hours
  • Admission to the Welcome Reception
  • Admission to the BlackBerry DevCon Party
  • Admission to the Mobility Pavilion during open hours
  • Lunch, and breaks during the conference dates
  • Complimentary access to Conference Wi-Fi® internet
  • Access to BlackBerry DevCon On-Demand, the online portal for conference content and sponsor information, until the start of the next BlackBerry DevCon Asia
  • Registration gift upon check-in onsite

During the conference, each breakout session will be presented by Research In Motion (RIM) experts and developer community members.

The various sessions will explore the BlackBerry development platform, BlackBerry Platform Services, and best practices, focusing specifically on the topics below:

  • Java Development for BlackBerry 7
  • WebKit and the BlackBerry WebWorks Platform Development
  • BlackBerryPlayBook Tablet OS Development, including Native SDK, Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash, and Android Player
  • BlackBerryPlatform Services and the BBM Social Platform
  • Tips and tools for debugging and optimizing your apps
  • User interface and user experience tools and best practices
  • Developingquality enterprise applications
  • Marketing and distributing your applications

BlackBerry DevCon Asia to be held in Bangkok

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Following the BlackBerry DevCon in Bali earlier this year, RIM has announced that the next DevCon Asia will be held on the 7-8 December 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the return of BlackBerry DevCon Asia that is scheduled to take place on 7 – 8 December 2011 at Centara Grand at CentralWorld in Bangkok, Thailand.

BlackBerry DevCon Asia in Bangkok from 7 to 8 September 2011

BlackBerry DevCon Asia in Bangkok from 7 to 8 September 2011

BlackBerry DevCon Asia will feature keynotes from leading experts, breakout meetings and hands-on sessions that preview and demonstrate tools that assist developers to create apps.

The agenda will not only focus on technical sessions for building BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook apps, but attendees will also be able to get advice and hear about how other developers have commercially launched and make money from developing on BlackBerry.

Attendees at BlackBerry DevCon Asia will be able to join sessions that cover:

  • BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Social Platform
  • Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR
  • BlackBerry Java SDK 6.0
  • BlackBerry Services (including Payment Service, Advertising Service, BlackBerry Push Service, and more)
  • Business Success and Case Studies (share your app development, B2C commercialization or internal deployment lessons learned)
  • Other Developer Tools and Platforms
  • BlackBerry Native C/C++
  • BlackBerry WebWorks™ application
  • BlackBerry Web Development
  • Multimedia

BlackBerry DevCon is an event that caters to both experienced BlackBerry developers as well as those who are new to the BlackBerry platform. Registration will open in the second week of September 2011.