The event, dubbed “Future Developers Day,” is a pilot program established by RIM, makers of the BlackBerry smartphone, to spark interest on the part of young people to become the next generation of mobile developers using HTML5 and WebWorks for the BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet.
On hand to help with the programming and provide support were RIM executives Adam Stanley, senior application development consultant, Patrick Mollins, BlackBerry developer evangelist, and Erik Oros, application development consultant as well as Professor Christelle Scharff who organized the event. Several faculty and recent alumni served as judges.
Jeremy Pease (BS/CS ’12) took top prize with his app Wobble and was invited to attend BlackBerry.DevCon in San Francisco in September, all expenses paid; Digdarshan Dhonju (MS/CS ’12) and Chris Daudier (MS/CS ’14) came in second with their app for VideoSync; and Keith McPherson (BS/CS ’14), Zahid Mahir (BS/CS ‘15) and Daniel Rings (BS/CS ‘14) placed third with FoodRecon.
All participants were surprised and delighted to receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook for their efforts. In addition, the winning developers were invited to attend BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando, Florida in May.