Archive - December, 2013

BlackBerry Launches Tech Center in Rio de Janeiro in Partnership with PUC-Rio

The BlackBerry Tech Centers in Brazil are designed to help students and developers take advantage of the growing global mobile ecosystem

BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) opened the doors of its fourth BlackBerry® Tech Center in Brazil. The center launched recently is a partnership with PUC-Rio. The program serves a dual purpose: to provide ongoing training and the space and resources necessary to help students and developers to create and test new mobile applications, and to nurture their entrepreneurship by helping to generate business opportunities for them.

The Honorable John Baird, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who participated in the Tech Center launch ceremony said, “PUC-Rio has a long history of collaboration with Canada, especially with the University of Waterloo. The partnership between BlackBerry and PUC-Rio with the opening of the Tech Center will foster innovation, create jobs, growth and prosperity in both of our countries and in international markets”.

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Creating Innovative Interfaces with Design Thinking

After speaking “code” all year long, for my last talk in 2013, I decided to talk about topic that I also love: Design Thinking. It has amazing tools and methods to create innovative products, interfaces and services.

Let’s focus on empathy, on defining the problem with point of views and personas, on ideation, prototyping and testing. Let’s INNOVATE!

Thanks for all the support in 2013, BIG thanks to all developers, designers and students who saw my talks, asked questions and made me a better evangelist.

Thank you BlackBerry and Developer Relations, go #TeamBlackBerry!