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.
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®.
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