Congratulations to Andreas (@Andi_Gabel) and Kai (http://kuchenbecker.me ) who really did an awesome and professional job preparing the first meet up of the BlackBerry Developer Group Ruhr in Bochum/Germany. They kicked off the event by welcoming the around 15 guys and introducing themselves to the crowd. Then gave me the stage to talk about BlackBerry 10. I gave an overview on our whole eco-system and did some demo to show the BlackBerry 10 user experience because surprisingly some of the attendees didn’t yet get a chance to play a round with one of our awesome BlackBerry 10 devices but very keen to learn how to build apps for our platform.
I really was impressed by some of the attendees like Jörg, Marcel and Michael who took a long journey of 60+ KM to attend our meet-up. Champion was Georg (@gpheheise) who came along the way down from Hamburg to attend. He is by the way the lead of the BlackBerry Developer Group in north Germany and didn’t want to miss that special event of launching a new developer group in Germany.
I really enjoyed the evening with those BlackBerry Fans and I am looking forward to be present at the upcoming meetings of the group, at least when I am around in my home city Bochum.
Thanks Andreas, Thanks Kai and good luck leading the group.
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On Sep 3rd & 4th my colleague @DDLUK and me as well as my awesome student @Andi_Gabel attended the Mobile Tech Conference in Berlin/Germany. We offered in total three sessions:
Our sessions were fairly visited by 20…30 developers. Also our stand had uninterruptedly developers traffic. A lot of developers in Germany still didn’t get a chance to try out BlackBerry 10 and feel the awesomeness of the devices and the power of the operating system. When we showed it to them they were amazed about the BlackBerry 10 experience as well as how mature and diverse the App Development Eco-System that we offer. Many also expressed uncertainty around BlackBerry because of the recent announcements of BlackBerry seeking for strategic alliances. I understand that of course and tried to make those devs aware of few facts that could convince them coming to our platform sooner than later:
- BlackBerry 10 follows open industry standards and an open source approach with its big variety of development technologies.
- The relatively small amount of 120000 apps in our store BlackBerry World compared to the other App stores is for developers a chance because of less competition and eager BlackBerry 10 users to download and buy applications.
- BlackBerry is a star in a lot of countries and BlackBerry World has almost no geographical limits for developers.
All in all it was a good conference for us and we really enjoyed to meet a lot of known and new developers. Looking forward to attend MTC2014 in Munich in coming spring.
Simon Zwick contacted me few weeks ago asking how to set-up a BlackBerry Developer Group and how to get BlackBerry 10 developer devices to start developing on our platform. We agreed it will be a good idea to build the first BlackBerry Developer Group in Berlin and get in the benefits of having devices, Swag, Networking with us and another BlackBerry developers worldwide… Simon did a great job preparing the first meet-up, he printed flyers, created a Facebook event, a twitter handle, etc… Luckily Till Adam one of our BlackBerry Elites and team lead at KDAB is also based in Berlin and gently offered us their office as the Meet-up location as well as sending some of the devs he knows to the event.
We started at 7pm. Round 15 guys showed up. After a short welcome note from Till, I did some demos showing the BlackBerry 10 experience, then talked about the native development kit and showed Momentics, the IDE with a little of coding. Then my colleague @WaterlooErik from Waterloo/Canada presented our awesome HTML5 platform via video conference. It went very well. Also @Kari_Gow our BlackBerry Developer Group Manager didn’t want to miss the meet-up and joined us from Waterloo/Canada via a video link. She talked about the benefits of being organized in a BlackBerry Developer Group and gave a motivating welcome by showing the growing number of the BlackBerry communities worldwide and especially in the EMEA region.
Then Simon discussed with the guys the next meet-ups: In which form, where, how often, etc… We agreed to meet on every 2nd Wednesday in a month and Simon will look for a nice location somewhere in Berlin. We discussed and talked about BlackBerry and the mobile development space in Germany those days
I closed up by showing a 5 min video of Alec Saunder’s keynote in Orland/Florida/USA last May, where he gave a motivating speech to the devs there to come and to stick to BlackBerry Development.
I am very glad that we now have a BlackBerry Developer group in Berlin, since Berlin is becoming more and more the center of mobile development in Germany. Thanks Simon, Thanks Till and KDAB and thanks to all the guys who joined us and stayed till 11:30 pm. See you soon again.