RIM begs app devs to fish it out of BlackBerry jam
Coders set 'unconference' agenda in May
RIM's app-makers will be treated to an "unconference" at their yearly "BlackBerry Jam" held in Orlando, Florida, between 1 and 3 May.
The third day of the 10th developer bash will ditch normal conventions and put the agenda to a vote in a "participant-driven" attempt to generate great new ideas - or so the announcement on the BlackBerry Developer Blog goes.
But it might take more than an unmeeting to undo RIM's recent unsuccesses.
Faced with falling profits, ferocious competition from Android and iPhone, and a minor public relations crisis sparked by a stabbing at a Jessie J concert celebrating BBM yesterday, BlackBerry need some big ideas.
Perhaps a little stumped themselves, the RIM dev relations team has turned to its coding community for help.
"Now I’m excited to get to share our latest news," a RIM officer gushes, adding:
We are asking for your ideas for session topics and to vote on the topics that most interest you. We’ve talked a lot about wanting to engage with the developer community and to show that we are listening, and this is another great way to build on that commitment.
And as El Reg's Andrew Orlowski points out, although Blackberry's OS 10 is out now, there won't be any shiny new kit running it until November. If RIM wants new ideas, it should read our man on getting its CEO to talk like a human here. ®
"the 10th developer bash..."
Blackberry has ten developers now?
Here is an idea
have a online form that is simple were people who can't code but have great idea's can submit an idea to you. If you like it then You do the application in-house, you then offer the application on a 50/50 split deal, or offer it were you take 70% and user gets 30%, until the cost to write the app is recovered and then it goes 70% to the user and 30 to RIM. Bottom line this negates trying to chase dev houses to code for a platform that has no epic applications. you gain the option to get that next big idea to market as the next big idea comes from some old granny who has no idea how to code, only has great idea's. Bottom line, what can you lose and yes even factoring in have a small farm of application dev's coding for a platform you have totaly control and understanding of. Well they would still work out cheaper than any of the hairbrain marketing schemes out there and would also garner you some free positive PR that has the ability to repeat once yoru first application from granny smith hits the market.
You want to have business apllicaitons, business people know what they want but have no idea or the time to write the application. Meet them in the middle and stop wasting time on silly PR events that backfire every time.
Also looking at your job listing I'd say it smells like you had some security breach and are trying to raise the level of carpets. Be careful going down that route as there are laws about making these things know and the like. Was the outage involving so called routers failing including failover the whole story from last year? As if it's not then nobody recuits that many new feild staff for security in area's were you should of already had staff and at a time when your reducing head count. Why the change of pace in that area now and with some many positions I have to wonder. Especialy as that outage last year realy did not smell right for being a router fail-over, just took way tooo long to sort. I know how quickly CISCO can fly in kit if none in the country, which would be supprising in itself. So I'm not convinced more bad news is not on the horizons. But at least if your OS is so easy to code for, do it yourself and invite idea's from your customers, be nice to ask them woudn't it. Be even better if you got them to tell you. Run some competitions, just avoid anything that involves drinks. Be it exec's on a plan or hoof in a nightclub. It don't work out.
Quick help them out or they will fail.
Actually it a bit late for that I think.