Desafio BlackBerry Hackathon in Argentina

On April 14th 2012, I had the chance to represent Blackberry at the 1st Hackathon of the contest Desafio BlackBerry, targeting developers and designers in Argentina. The event took place at ITBA (Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires).

104 attendees spent their Saturday learning, interacting with each other and programming for hours. First they saw a keynote with Bryan Tafel (Hackathon organizer), me (Demian Borba, BlackBerry Developer Evangelist with Research in Motion) and Mariano Carrizo (Flex expert and writer). Right after the keynote, the audience participated in 2 workshops, one in WebWorks and the other in Flex, targeting the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet.

One lucky winner took home a brand new BlackBerry PlayBook.

Video highlighting the first Hackathon in Argentina.

Presentation by Bryan Tafel, one of the organizers of Desafio BlackBerry.

Audience concentrated seeing the data presented about the opportunities in developing for BlackBerry. (VIEW SLIDES)

My presentation on WebWorks, where attendees saw how to create an app from scratch and also how to publish it to App World.

Excitement in the room when I announced we would raffle a brand new PlayBook.

Hackathon attendees concentrated developing their first WebWorks app for the PlayBook.

Mariano Carrizo teaching how to use Flex to create PlayBook apps with Adobe AIR.

In the end we started throwing 4GB BlackBerry Flash Drives to the hungry audience.

The event also had Matias de la Cruz, Senior Alliances Manager at RIM and great support from the Desafio BlackBerry team.

I totally changed my mind about Argentina, my biggest takeaway was seeing so many developers committed to learning, asking very smart questions and producing quality apps. BlackBerry is the number one smartphone in the country, I was really impressed in seeing that pretty much everyone uses (and loves) a BlackBerry phone, everywhere. There is a huge opportunity for new businesses in Argentina, with carrier billing and huge internal demand for mobile apps, all possible through the different technologies for mobile development that RIM offers to developers (WebWorks with HTML5, C/C++, AIR, Flash/Flex and also porting Android apps to the PlayBook). For any technical questions and to learn more, please visit

Thanks to all developers who made the first Hackathon for Desafio BlackBerry a great success!

I can’t wait to go back to Buenos Aires.

5 Responses to “Desafio BlackBerry Hackathon in Argentina”

  1. Sergio Carranza April 18, 2012 at 3:42 am #

    Thanks for amazing experience and see very simple development app for Blackberry.

  2. @twipoc April 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Just like that I wrote on twitter excellent your workshop. Is there any possibility to download all the material showed, including the example developed. Thanks in advance

    • @itassets April 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      Tengo el código si lo queres enviame un tweet.

  3. Sunil Singh February 7, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    very nice article!!

  4. Hernan February 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Que concentracion en la sexta foto!!

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