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Blackberry Jam Starter: Learn HTML5 & Cascades + $5k app contest

Calling all developers and designers! BlackBerry® is here with hands-on BlackBerry Jam Starter Sessions (each, a “Session”) and a Rewards Program to teach you about coding, support your app building and get you prepared to submit to BlackBerry® World™.

The momentum for the BlackBerry® 10 platform is strong – in just over 6 months BlackBerry World has grown to well over 120,000 BlackBerry 10 apps and games. Now is the time build new quality apps for this rapidly growing Built for BlackBerry platform.

These Sessions will take you through the basic principles of building a BlackBerry 10 app with Cascades and HTML5. A series of mini-lessons will be conducted throughout the day to introduce you to some of the deeper concepts of BlackBerry development.

Then you will have the opportunity to start building your own BlackBerry 10 apps and BlackBerry experts/evangelists will make themselves available to answer your questions. The choice is yours – you can join the lessons or focus on building your app.

Each participant who attends a Session, successfully creates an app that receives BlackBerry World and Built for BlackBerry approval and then posts the app available for sale or download on BlackBerry World within the timelines required will be eligible for Rewards.

You'll also be eligible to enter the Built for BlackBerry $5k app contest.

See the Official Program Terms and Conditions for complete details.

Please note: you will need your own PC running either Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista or a Mac to participate in a Session.

Please download the free current versions of WebWorks and Cascades developer tools ahead of time by going to

Who should attend?

• Developers with an HTML5, Cascades, Air, or Android app ready to port to BlackBerry 10

• Experienced developers wanting to learn more about the BlackBerry opportunity

• Past attendees who will benefit from new content as well as a deeper dive into past topics

Why develop apps for BlackBerry?

• Increase your reach to a new audience of early adopters looking for great quality appsS

• howcase your apps that may be buried or lost in other saturated stores

• BlackBerry developers are well supported and rewarded - check out


George Washington University
Phillips Hall 640
[masked]nd St NW


8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:30 am Presentation Overview

9:30 am - 10:30 am Intro to HTML5

10:30 am - 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 am - 12:30 pm Hands on Lab – Getting Started with WebWorks

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Intro to Cascades

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Coffee Break

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm Hands on Lab – Getting Stared with Cascades

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Wrap up and prize draws

Register now to learn how you can develop cutting edge BlackBerry apps that will increase your reach and grow your revenue.

Check out all three BlackBerry Jam Starter events. RSVP here and / or via the respective links below:

September 10, 2013 - Washington DC |  Register to attend

September 12, 2013 - Austin, TX  |  Register to attend

September 17, 2013 - Atlanta, GA  |  Register to attend

Before attending the event, please download the following materials:

WebWorks SDK and Ripple Emulator

Cascades SDK and BlackBerry 10 Simulator (Make sure to download both)

VMWare to run BlackBerry 10 Simulator PC | Mac

(This is a trial version for 30 days if you wish to use for free during the event)

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  • Jose Luis M.

    where do we get the Cascades SDK? the link provided points to the QNX Momentics IDE and a Cascades plug-in for Photoshop. No Cascades SDK is found on that page. unless QNX already installs the SDK by default ?

    September 9, 2013

    • MoDevHQ

      Hey Jose - yes, QNX Momentics IDE is Cascades. Let us know if that clears things up for you.

      September 9, 2013

    • Jose Luis M.

      yes, it does. thanks Pete.

      September 10, 2013

  • Kartik M.

    Misread AM as PM.

    August 21, 2013

    • Pete E.

      There are a few parking garages around GWU. Your best option is to use a garage and hopefully get an early bird rate.

      September 9, 2013

    • MoDevHQ

      This is from the GWU site re: parking: Visitors and guests of the Foggy Bottom Campus will be accommodated at the Academic Center Garage (located on I 'Eye' Street between 21st and 22nd Streets), Marvin Center (located on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets), and G Street Garage (entrances located on 20th and 21st Streets in the alley way between F and G Streets). The G Street Garage is the university's first self-service visitors garage. It only accepts MasterCard and Visa for payment.

      September 10, 2013

  • Todd G.

    Can you suggest which VMWare suite we should install from the link provided?

    September 9, 2013

  • Arul J.

    I won't be attending this, but I work right next door.

    September 9, 2013

  • MoDevHQ

    Be sure to download the required materials listed above in the event description before you get to GWU. It'll help us more quickly jump in and get started in the morning.

    September 7, 2013

  • MoDevHQ

    Can't wait to see everyone joining us at GWU this coming week. The location of the training is:

    George Washington University
    Phillips Hall[masked]nd St NW
    Washington, DC

    A logistics email will be sent to all who have RSVP'd for this week's Jam Starter session. See you soon!

    September 7, 2013

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