July 4th AppCircus London @ Google: Meet the London Jury!

The upcoming AppCircus @ Google Campus event is set to be of another great reference for the London-based app developers to showcase their talent and for the local app ecosystem players to learn about new the business opportunities in this exciting and fast-moving space.

Here below is the jury to select the apps and who will be judging the apps on stage at Google Campus on July 4th. AppCircus London winners of previous editons include SwiftKey, Masabi and Echo Echo. Check this The Next Web review on the latest AppCircus in London we organised in November 2011.

Developers can register their app here to enter the AppCircus @ Google Campus London contest. Registration deadline is June 19th. The winning app will be nominated for the next edition of the Mobile Premier Awards in Barcelona.

The event is free, you only need to register here to attend.

Google Campus London

The jury members include: Continue reading “July 4th AppCircus London @ Google: Meet the London Jury!”

AppCircus busca apps innovadoras en México DF

AppCircus, la competición itinerante de apps más grande del mundo, se celebrará el próximo 13 de junio en el Anexo de Ingeniería de la Ciudad Universitaria de la UNAM. AppCircus en México DF será una gran ocasión para incentivar el talento que concentra la comunidad universitaria en el desarrollo de apps.
Tras el éxito de AppCircus Villahermosa el pasado mes de abril, AppCircus en México DF será la segunda cita de AppCircus con México en 2012. AppCircus 2012 apuesta de forma muy clara por Latinoamérica. Según Francis Casado, Business Developer Manager de AppCircus, “Latinoamérica es una potencia emergente en cuanto al crecimiento, tanto en el desarrollo como en el consumo de aplicaciones para Smartphones. En muchos de países latinoamericanos, la ausencia o la precariedad de las infraestructuras físicas hace que el parque móvil ofrezca un sinfín de posibilidades que de otro modo no existirían.”
Con motivo de la celebración de AppCircus, a partir de las 10am tendrá lugar el seminario “Introducción al desarrollo para BlackBerry Playbook en Adobe AIR“, cuya inscripción será gratuita, con la única limitación del aforo máximo de la sala. Se trata de un taller enfocado a aprender los fundamentos de la tecnología Flex para desarrollar aplicaciones nativas para BlackBerry Tablet OS mediante Adobe AIR. Con esta tecnología se aprovecha el poder de la Plataforma Flash para construir aplicaciones que se comuniquen con diferentes características de PlayBook como la cámara, la geolocalización y el almacenamiento local, entre otros. Este taller dará paso a la competición AppCircus, que dará comienzo a las 11.45 h.
Para participar en AppCircus sólo hay que registrar online la app en la web hasta el día 30 de mayo (registro aquí). De entre todas las apps registradas, se elegirán las 10 mejores aplicaciones, que van a tener 3 minutos para darse a conocer desde el escenario, ante un jurado experto y el público.
La app ganadora de este Top 10 podrá ser nominada para participar en los Mobile Premier Awards que se celebrarán en febrero de 2013 en Barcelona, paralelamente al Mobile World Congress.

Dónde y cuándo se celebra AppCircus México, DF se celebrará el miércoles 13 de junio, de las 10am a la 1.45 pm en el Auditorio Sotero Prieto del Anexo de Ingeniería de la Ciudad Universitaria de la UNAM (Av. Ural, 04510)

BlackBerry Developer SPOTLIGHT – Łukasz Dzierżak

Edited by Shaheera Asante

Name: Łukasz Dzierżak

App: Package Tracking

Age: 24

Lives in: Gliwice, Poland

Passions: Mobile apps development, good books, movies and winter sports

Couldn’t get through the day without: My girlfriend & searching for inspiration for new games and apps

From building interesting shapes with Lego and video tape as a young boy, in Pyskowice, Poland – to building cool apps on the BlackBerry platform; developer Łukasz Dzierżak tells us how his early childhood passion for shapes, has all grown up.

What was your first childhood experience with computers?

I got my first computer, an Amiga 500  when I was 12 years old; I wrote my first applications in basic language. I remember there were no possibilities to save my code (I didn’t have a hard drive), so everytime I’d write something, I needed to re-write all the code on paper. Probably, this first experience with coding, showed me what I’d like to do in the future.

Do you have a qualification in Computer Science and Technology or are you a self-taught coder?

I’m a bit of both. My first lines of code I created when I was a young boy, so in that way I’m self-taught, however, institutions gave me the answers to some of code nature questions, I always had. Now I have a Bachelor of Science degree, in Biomedical Engineering from University of Silesia and currently, I’m studying M.Sc. studies in Informatics there also.

Why do you like creating apps for the BlackBerry platform? What is the most exciting aspect for you?

In my experience, the best part of coding for the BlackBerry platform is the versatility of tools and languages with which I can create apps for that platform – Java, Webworks, HTML5 standard, and on playbook there is also the c/c++, adobe air, or android java technologies to choose from.

For me, the coolest and most exiting thing in creating apps for the BlackBerry platform is the developer community and support, and the large base of different type of customers around the world. Firstly, when I have a problem, I know where to find help;  and I know that I will find many developers that will try to help me without any hesitation; that’s not the same with other platforms. Secondly, the knowledge I acquire to create an application that will suit so many different types of people in the world, is a great challenge; and as coders we need great challenges in our lives to evolve.

BlackBerry has been getting a lot of negative press these days, as a BlackBerry developer what would you say to critics of its platform?

I think that this question can’t be fully answered, in my opinion only as an BB developer. It should be answered as both a BB developer and a consumer that uses smartphones. Yes, RIM and the BlackBerry brand has got a lot of negative press these days.

In my view, RIM has made some decisions that should have been made differently, of course the BlackBerry platform could be slightly different than it is now. However, does it mean that the actual state of RIM and BlackBerry is fatal? No, of course not. We’ve got the best support for their line of devices – you don’t forget about them just a few months after their launch.

They (BlackBerrry), are commiting big effords to support their developers, not only in good times, but also when they have troubles. And most importantly, they (BlackBerry) always show developers the way they are evolving the BlackBerry platform ahead of the game, so we as developers, can prepare ourself and our ideas for the right time.

Are you planning to code on the new BlackBerry 10 Platform? What projects are you working on now?

Probably all current BlackBerry developers are planning to code something new and astonishing on the coming BlackBerry 10 platform.  What developers  need to remember is to adapt our current applications to this new environment. Our customers who use applications will want to use the same applications which they were using on the OS5/6/7 platforms. Beside that main fact, I’m currenty working on some new applications which will be ready for the big BlackBlackberry 10 platform release.  So stay in touch 🙂

Łukasz will participate to the AppCircus at BlackBerry 10 Jam, an app competition powered by AppCircus that will take place during the BlackBerry 10 Jam conference on May 1 – 3rd, in Orlando, Florida USA. There’s still three days left to register your app to this competition and get a the chance to win one of three $25,000 prize packages. Do it here!

Join AppCircus @ BlackBerry 10 Jam and win $25,000 to see your favorite bands in concert!

If you’ve developed – or are currently developing – a BlackBerry® WebWorks™, Adobe® AIR®, or Native Gaming app for the BlackBerry® platform, bring your app to AppCircus at BlackBerry® 10 Jam and work with RIM experts on-site to port it to the BlackBerry 10 platform. You could win $25,000 to see your favorite bands! (Winners will have up to a year to use the prize.) In order to participate in the contest, ensure you register your application with AppCircus by April 29th and attend BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando! If you enter now, you can get some tips for building and pitching to help you prepare for the event at BlackBerry 10 Jam.

After you’ve had a chance to tweak your apps for BlackBerry 10, you’ll pitch your app to a panel of RIM and AppCircus judges where the top three applications from each category – BlackBerry WebWorks, Adobe AIR and Native Gaming – will move on to the finals. AppCircus and RIM experts will be on hand to help these finalists perfect their presentation and apps in preparation for the finals. Finalists have a three-minute pitch and two-minute question and answer on stage, and winners are chosen by a jury. One winner in each of the three categories will receive the grand prize. Each grand prize is worth up to $25,000 USD for you and your friends to see your favorite bands throughout the year!

The prize package includes:

  • $10,000 USD cash award to purchase concert tickets and to be used as spending money for you and your friends
  • $15,000 USD Travel Voucher (booked through RIM’s agent) to purchase airline tickets, hotel reservations and ground transportation for you and your friends to attend the concerts in cities where you’ve purchased concert tickets

To find out more details on the AppCircus at BlackBerry 10 Jam contest and to view full terms and conditions please visit http://blackberry10jam.appcircus.com.

We’re looking forward to seeing you and your apps at BlackBerry 10 Jam – good luck!

Follow @appcircus and @blackberrydev or hashtags #appcircus and #bb10jam on Twitter for latest updates and information.

Harold and the Purple Crayon AppCircus Winner BlackBerry DevCon

Congratulations to the winner of the AppCircus Spotlight at  BlackBerry DevCon® that took place yesterday in Amsterdam. There was a great selection of apps presenting, so the decision for the jury was though.

The winner is:

Harold and the Purple Crayon: From acclaimed author Crockett Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon is the first and most popular book in the series. For more than five decades this book has been a beloved mainstay in parents libraries.
The winner receives an application marketing package from RIM -Research In Motion®-, which includes:

·         Two weeks of promotion within BlackBerry App World™
·         Consultation with a leading application marketing company on ways to market your app using social, email and other marketing tactics

The winner also receives a nomination for the Mobile Premier Awards 2013.

AppCircus Spotlight on BlackBerry @ DevCon Jury

Here’s the jury to judge the apps to pitch at the AppCircus Spotlight on BlackBerry apps during the BlackBerry DevCon® conference in Amsterdam on on February 7, 2012:

Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development, QNX Software Systems Limited.

As vice president of developer relations at QNX, Alec is responsible for winning the hearts and minds of mobile developers, and for building an ecosystem of software applications for BlackBerry OS handhelds, the BlackBerry Playbook tablet, and future RIM products built upon the QNX operating system. Prior to joining QNX, Alec co-founded Iotum, an award-winning communications startup; served as vice president of marketing at Versatel Networks; and headed up the marketing efforts for several key initiatives at Microsoft, including the launch of Internet Explorer in 1995.

Alec was an early adopter of social media as a branding, awareness, and SEO strategy. His award-winning blog (2002-present) is recognized on most of the Top 10/Top 100 lists for telecommunications and VoIP blogs.

Nils Rouwendal, Manager Consumer Internet Services, Vodafone.

Nils Rouwendal works at Vodafone since ’99. In various roles he’s been at the center of Vodafone’s innovation having introduced mobile advertising and Vodafone value added internet services and apps. In his current role as Manager Consumer Internet Services he’s close to the market and organizes Vodafone Mobile Clicks. He has seen and helped grow many new Mobile start-up services.

Klaas Speller, COO of Appsterdam.

Building the best place in the world to be and become an App Maker.

Kevin Michaluk is the Founder of CrackBerry.com

Kevin Michaluk is the Founder of CrackBerry.com and Fearless Leader of Mobile Nations, which operates other leading mobile platform dedicated sites including Android Central (Andriod), TiPb (iOS), PreCentral (webOS) and WPCentral (Windows Phone).

Since launching CrackBerry.com in 2007, it has grown to become the largest independent BlackBerry-dedicated website. In addition to passionate editorial content, CrackBerry is known for its huge community of  members, its popular CrackBerry App and Accessory stores and passionate podcast. It’s all lead by CrackBerry Kevin, who is without a doubt BlackBerry Fanboy #1.

Andy Bovingdon, VP Product Marketing at Bango

Andy leads the Bango product proposition and strategy. He is the interface between Bango products and markets – from requirements and roadmaps to position and promotion.

Bango is a leading supplier of mobile billing and analytics to leading app stores, developers and brands. The Bango payment platform enables operator billing within BlackBerry App World and in-app purchases.

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The event format will be the same as any AppCircus, with the spotlight of the stage setup for BlackBerry apps only. The winner at the event will be chosen by the jury, following a 3 minute ‘pitch’ and 2 minute Question and Answer session on stage at BlackBerry DevCon Europe®.

Prizes:

The finalists all get a free BlackBerry smartphone and a complimentary pass to BlackBerry DevCon Europe; the winner receives an application marketing package from RIM -Research In Motion®-, which includes:

·         Two weeks of promotion within BlackBerry App World™
·         Consultation with a leading application marketing company on ways to market your app using social, email and other marketing tactics

Register at http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/europe

Selected Apps to pitch at BlackBerry DevCon

Meet the selected apps that will have the chance to pitch at the AppCircus Spotlight on  BlackBerry DevCon® in Amsterdam taking place on February 7th.

Wondering if you can attend the show? Of course! Register at http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/europe!

Barcode: BBM-Connected BlackBerry app! QR-Code Reader and Generator. System wide integration through menu! This is a QR Code Reader and Generator. It’s built for sharing data with other smartphone users or on web.

Poynt: Poynt is a convenient and timesaving GPS-enabled app that gives users the power of multiple applications in one intuitive package. Poynt is an app that connects consumers to local businesses, restaurants, movie theaters, events, gas prices and weather information at the moment they are looking to buy or acquire products/services.

GRave Defense HD: GRave Defense HD is the next step in the evolution of tower defense games for the mobile platform! It takes the best qualities from other tower defense games and adds many new features as well! It is an old-school hardcore game!
Harold and the Purple Crayon: From acclaimed author Crockett Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon is the first and most popular book in the series. For more than five decades this book has been a beloved mainstay in parents libraries.
Mindmaps: Mindmaps is a mind mapping tool and a brainstorming application. It allows you to order your thoughts, store ideas and bring structure into complex concepts which makes it your ideal companion during meetings, lectures…
Twinoo: Logic and art come together in this simple and brilliant game. Get ready to teach your brain some new stuff! May the best brain hemisphere win!
Ruler: Ever had the problem that you wanted to measure the dimensions of an object but had no ruler within reach? With this handy app for The BlackBerry® PlayBook™ you can measure small objects in one go by touching the screen and using the build in crosslines with attached distance measurement.

Holes: Holes let you explore the world of a small ball … Try to bring the marble (ball) to the final hole, without falling in the small holes. By changing the angle of your device, you can control the marble and reach new highscores.

mobizy: Work from anywhere. Be productive on the go. Use your mobile phone or tablet. MOBIZY powers today’s mobile enterprises with solutions for all kinds of businesses.Sell more. Deliver earlier. Keep tabs on your important customers. Manage field teams. Spread knowledge throughout your organization. Do more.
Package Tracking:Package Tracking is an application that can track packages shipped through different 44 carriers.
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AppCircus @ Circus Mashimus at SXSW 2012

Through a partnership with Mashery we will be present again this year at the Circus Mashimus in SXSW Interactive 2012. We are ready to be part of one of the premier conferences for technology and innovation in the world. South by South West is clearly a must attend event in your agenda!

Register your app here if you’d like to pitch at this unique opportunity and connect to the SXSW Interactive audience. We will gather some bright heads in mobile to be part  of the jury to evaluate the apps, check our jury from last year.

We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will get to see apps that have presented at the Mobile Premier awards and AppCircus winners from 2011 as well as the latest apps applying to pitch for this event.

[email protected] Mashimus – SXSW Agenda:

We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will get to see apps that have presented at the Mobile Premier awards and AppCircus winners from 2011 as well as the latest apps applying to pitch for this event. AppCircus finalists will be showcased for an hour on Saturday and Sunday, March 10th-11th, with a final showcase on Monday, March 12th from 2-4 pm.

March 10th and 11th: You will get to see each day a couple of the 2011 Mobile Premier Award winners, we will give each mobile application 3 minutes to pitch. So you wont get bored hearing a long speech, Mashery will be providing some beverages and popcorn to enjoy the show. We might have a few surprises for all the attendees.

We will be showcasing apps from 14:00 to 15:00. So make sure to be ready to see the mobile showcase we are preparing with past AppCircus winners from around the globe.

March 12th: The big show, we will open up the “call for apps” until the 21st of February. So make sure to sign up at AppCircus, upload the information for the application you want to pitch and then apply for [email protected] Mashimus, Austin event.

  • Welcome and introduction to AppCircus.
  • Supporters presentations.
  • 10 App presentations and Jury feedback.
  • Audience voting and Networking.
  • Winner announcement.

We will start at 14:00 and end at 16:00.

The venue is The Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX, Room #3, on the first level near the popular Screenburn Arcade, the keynote room, and largest panel rooms.

Through a partnership with Mashery we will be present again this year at the Circus Mashimus in SXSW Interactive 2012. We are ready to be part of one of the premier conferences for technology and innovation in the world. South by South West is clearly a must attend event in your agenda!

Register your app here if you’d like to pitch at this unique opportunity and connect to the SXSW Interactive audience. We will gather some bright heads in mobile to be part  of the jury to evaluate the apps, check our jury from last year.

We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will get to see apps that have presented at the Mobile Premier awards and AppCircus winners from 2011 as well as the latest apps applying to pitch for this event.

[email protected] Mashimus – SXSW Agenda:

We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will get to see apps that have presented at the Mobile Premier awards and AppCircus winners from 2011 as well as the latest apps applying to pitch for this event. AppCircus finalists will be showcased for an hour on Saturday and Sunday, March 10th-11th, with a final showcase on Monday, March 12th from 2-4 pm.

March 10th and 11th: You will get to see each day a couple of the 2011 Mobile Premier Award winners, we will give each mobile application 3 minutes to pitch. So you wont get bored hearing a long speech, Mashery will be providing some beverages and popcorn to enjoy the show. We might have a few surprises for all the attendees.

We will be showcasing apps from 14:00 to 15:00. So make sure to be ready to see the mobile showcase we are preparing with past AppCircus winners from around the globe.

March 12th: The big show, we will open up the “call for apps” until the 21st of February. So make sure to sign up at AppCircus, upload the information for the application you want to pitch and then apply for [email protected] Mashimus, Austin event.

  • Welcome and introduction to AppCircus.
  • Supporters presentations.
  • 10 App presentations and Jury feedback.
  • Audience voting and Networking.
  • Winner announcement.

We will start at 14:00 and end at 16:00.

The venue is The Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX, Room #3, on the first level near the popular Screenburn Arcade, the keynote room, and largest panel rooms.

Attend AppCircus at BlackBerry DevCon Europe and receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook

On February 7-8, 2012, the BlackBerry DevCon® in Amsterdam will be hosting an AppCircus Spotlight on BlackBerry apps.

The event format will be the same as any AppCircus, with the spotlight of the stage setup for BlackBerry apps only. The winner at the event will be chosen by a jury comprising of RIM -Research In Motion®- specialists and Industry experts, following a 3 minute ‘pitch’ and 2 minute Question and Answer session on stage at BlackBerry DevCon Europe®.

The challenge is open to all developers. The contestants should profile their BlackBerry application on appcircus.com and include a link to download. The application must be on BlackBerry App World™.

Prizes:

The finalists (to be announced at the end of January) will get a free BlackBerry smartphone and a complimentary pass to BlackBerry DevCon Europe; the winner will be chosen by our jury of industry specialists and BlackBerry experts on the night of the 7th February and receive an application marketing package from RIM -Research In Motion®-, which includes:

·         Two weeks of promotion within BlackBerry App World™
·         Consultation with a leading application marketing company on ways to market your app using social, email and other marketing tactics

All delegates (regardless of whether they enter AppCircus or not) will receive a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet!

The BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam will be the place for the BlackBerry developer community in Europe to come together to understand how to work with the latest innovations and breakthroughs for the BlackBerry® platform such as BlackBerry® 7, the new BBM™ Social Platform, BlackBerry® Tablet OS, Adobe® AIR®, Adobe® Flash®, BlackBerry® WebWorks™, and more.

Speakers include Emeric Florence, Joe Lambert, Laurent Hasson, Marius Gundersen, Bruce Lawson from Opera, Chris Heilmann from Mozilla, Andrew Betts from Assanka and the web legend, Grant Skinner.

Register at http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/europe using this code: DSTEN9 before the 18th Jan to get half price off the early bird rate (making your delegate pass 125€)