Mumbai: BlackBerry Partners Fund and Research In Motion (RIM) on Wednesday announced the winners of the Asia Pacific regional BBM connected app competition in the fourth annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge. Apps were evaluated and judged on the level of integration with the BBM social platform, quality and use of development best practices, level of visual appeal, user experience, and creativity and innovation.
Grand Prize Winner: Cricket with Friends (Vendor: Synqua Games)
First Runners-up: Menoo (Vendor: PT Elasitas Multi Kreasi)
Second Runners-up: GiftnTake - Personalized Gifts for your Social Friends (Vendor: Risto Mobile Solutions Pte Ltd.)
Annie Mathew, Head of Alliances and Developer Relations in India for Research In Motion said,''Our endeavor towards creating an enthusiastic, creative and loyal developer base has taken a new leap with the BlackBerry Partners Fund. The response for this developer challenge was outstanding and we saw some very innovative apps being created in a variety of categories. While there can be only three winners, it was encouraging to witness the excitement within the developer community toward being a part of this challenge.''
Commenting on this recognition, Abhijit Jayapal, Founder, CEO, Synqua Games, said,''The latest version of BlackBerry Messenger, BBM 6, makes networking even more exciting and the challenge gave us an opportunity to create something really interesting for BBM users. Cricket, being the most popular sport in India, creates an immediate connection with consumers and Cricket with Friends is an app to help BlackBerry smartphone users enjoy the sport with their friends. We are thrilled to be the winners of this contest and continue to create more exciting apps on the BlackBerry platform for users.''
The winners of the Recognition Awards for Asia Pacific as well as Europe, Middle East and Africa regions will be felicitated at BlackBerry DevCon Asia, December 7 - 8, 2011 and BlackBerry DevCon Europe, February 7 - 8, 2012 respectively.
Prizes for the 2011 BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge are valued at $3 million, almost double the value of prizes awarded last year. Prizes and awards include placement on the featured carousel on BlackBerry App World, membership in the BlackBerry Alliance Program, gift certificates for BlackBerry accessories and more.
More information on the BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge - including complete rules, guidelines, competitions, awards and prize packages - is available at www.blackberrypartnersfund.com/challenge.
Winners from other regional markets included:
Grand Prize Winner: SeaBattleSE (Vendor: Toysoft Development Inc)
First Runners-up: AP Mobile World Edition (Vendor: The Associated Press)
Second Runners-up: Jingu (Vendor: Jingu Apps Inc.)
Grand Prize Winner:MTV Nightfinder (Vendor: Consultora Eudaimonia SRL)
First Runners-up: Social Game Center (Vendor: Walkover)
Second Runners-up: Navita Translator (Vendor: Navita Tecnologia)
Europe, Middle East and Africa:
Grand Prize Winner: Wikitude (Vendor: Wikitude GmbH)
First Runners-up: FancyTran (Vendor: FancyApps Limited)
Second Runners-up: GPSLogger II - The free AIO GPS Solution (Vendor: Matthias Marquardt)
BBM is one of the largest mobile social networks in the world and users can now experience "BBM connected" apps powered by the recently launched BBM 6. BBM connected apps integrate functionality of the popular BBM service and offer users the ability to interact with their friends from within the connected app itself.