The Gaming Lab is a royal institution with the purpose of educating young Jordanian developers on programming and specifically games programming. Maysalward is a company specialized on mobile development. Both are located in the Jordon IT hub in Amman. They reached out to us on several occasions asking for a BlackBerry 10 event and so we agreed on this date few months ago. Originally the management of the Games Lab were so generous and offered us to host the event at their premises but due to the huge number of subscription (200), we shifted it to the Intercontinental hotel. A nice location. I believe some 120 devs showed up. I was surprised about the amount of women developers of the audience (probably 30%). Really great.
My colleague Mike from Dubai did an awesome talk about the BlackBerry 10 Experience with a lot of demos on his Z10. Then I did a presentation on the BlackBerry 10 Architecture. Then we wantd to tell the local devs why they should care about apps development for BlackBerry. And for that I didn’t find better stuff then the 5 min opening keynote video from my VP Alec Sounders in Orlando at jam Americas 2 weeks ago… After that my colleague @labukhait from Dubai and our friend Ziad Al Masri a marketing manager at Maysalward put more deviance on the opportunities BlackBerry offers for Apss devs. Ziad also volunteered to create and manage the first BlackBerry user group in Jordan. Awesome, Thank you and Welcome BlackBerry dev group Amman to the family of all developer groups at BlackBerry.
The afternoon started with a general session on developing for BlackBerry (Signing, Sandbox, UI guidelines, Monetization, and all of that) Then we video streamed my colleague @ BlackBerryLuca from the UK to do the HTML5 session and luckily all went very well. Although only few developers showed up their hands when Luca asked “Who is web developer?” almost none left the room during the session. We closed with the NDK session with a bit of cascades live coding as well as presenting the BlackBerry Android runtime.
It was a successful event and we will build on this for the future to stay connected to the nice devs there. It appears to me Jordan like Egypt and Tunisia is a good region to find talented developers in the Middle East.
Thank you Amman for a great jam day