Although RIM will face an uphill battle when it eventually launches the BlackBerry 10. RIM is making sure it’ll have a healthy selection of apps from the get-go. RIM recently hosted two Port-a-Thon events to encourage developers to submit their games and general apps for BlackBerry 10, offering $100 for any app approved to the store. Naturally, the promise of cash seems to have worked out for them, 15,000 apps were submitted over the course of 36 hours.
According to RIM money wasn’t the only incentive, as BlackBerry hardware was also on offer. The first developers submitting between two and five approved apps were promised a free PlayBook, while those writing more than five approved apps were entered into a random draw to receive a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. It’s doubtful that every app will be approved for the store, but RIM needs as many submissions as possible if the company hopes for a successful launch of the BlackBerry 10, hopefully later this month.
BlackBerry 10 Community Port-A-Thon
Start:11 January 2013 12:00:00 EST
12 January 2013 23:59:00 EST
The BlackBerry 10 Community Port-A-Thon will start on January 11, 2013 and run for 36 hours. This is a virtual event so you can log in from the comfort of your home, from your desk at work or even get friends together and have a porting party. Wherever you happen to be join us; our experts will be there for the entire 36 hours to help you port or build your applications for BlackBerry 10.
Great rewards are up for grabs
The more you port and build the greater your rewards*:
- Get one or more apps approved – $100 per eligible app – a maximum of 20 paid applications
- Get between five (5) and ten (10) apps approved – the first two hundred (200) qualified participants only receive one (1) BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device in addition to other rewards
- Get more than 10 BlackBerry apps approved – $100 per eligible app + one (1) Dev Alpha + for the first ten (10) qualified participants only one (1) paid trip to BlackBerry Jam Europe to celebrate the launch of BlackBerry 10 with us!
- Additionally; submit five (5) or more apps and be entered into a random draw for one (1) of one hundred (100) BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Device. Receive one (1) additional entry for every eligible app that you submit over 5.
- Finally, submit ten (10) or more apps and be entered into a random draw for one (1) of ten (10) additional trips to BlackBerry Jam Europe. Receive one (1) additional entry for every eligible app that you submit over 10.
Get your apps into the BlackBerry World storefront before BlackBerry 10 launches. Register for the Community Port-A-Thon.