Pinoy developers display wares at BlackBerry apps hackathon

About 100 local developers from around the country gathered recently at the PinoyBBDev Hackathon 2012, a 35-hour event hosted by the Philippine BlackBerry developer group.

The Pinoy developers developed BlackBerry apps using familiar technologies such as Adobe AIR, Android, Native SDK using C/C++/OpenGL, or Cascades (C++/Qt), and WebWorks using HTML5, CSS & Javascript.

Five apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook and the next generation BlackBerry 10 smartphones were recognized and awarded.

Voted as the best BlackBerry 10 app, Whack-A-Bunny is a game that challenges users to earn as many points by tapping as many bunnies as they can. Whether through the Unli-Whacking or Time-Based Whacking mode, the game was designed to be fun and addictive.

Developer Noel Anonas and graphics designer JM Sabriaga converted the Android app Whack-A-Bunny to run on the BlackBerry platform seamlessly.

Too afraid to try eating balut? Conquer your fear of the fertilized duck embryo – even if on the virtual realm only — with the Balut app for BlackBerry. You are tasked to earn points by eating as many baluts as you can within a designated time.

The game was born out of its developers’ desire to create a distinctly Filipino app. What can be more Filipino than the balut? “[We] decided to create the most local idea that [one] could come up with,” shared Michael Donavan Go, a member of the developer group Asian Friends! Go!, a team of De La Salle University and De La Salle–College of St. Benlide students.

A group of Computer Studies instructors from the Gordon College of Pampanga created the OneMB app for BlackBerry. “[It] pushes HTML5 to its limits, combining eye candy animation and multiple sounds,” said Marc Reyman, one of the developers of the app.

One Man Band is for the rockstar at heart, without having to actually learn how to play the drums or guitar. Play your favorite songs your own way. Fulfil your dream of being a band, with you as the star.

The instructors are such passionate believers of the BlackBerry platform that, aside from trying their hand at app development, they plan to roll out a subject on BlackBerry platform in their school.

Created by developer Ralph Regalado, with help from his classmate, Maru Antay, for the designs, the professor from De La Salle University found creating apps easy with the BlackBerry WebWorks using HTML5, not needing to learn a new programming language.

Salinlahi, an idea from his thesis, is an app that teaches users the Filipino language. “It’s [meant] to reach out to… Filipino citizens abroad and to let everyone know our language and culture,” shared Regalado.

Because of increasing interest in the BlackBerry platform among their peers, Jopes Gallardo and Joseph Ross Lee teamed up to work on the Slide Synced app.

Perfect for the busy student and the multi-tasking professional alike, Slide Synced permits users to perform real time synching, sharing and collaborating on thoughts and ideas. Being able to view and chat with other users, this app is for both web and BlackBerry smartphone use.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) and PinoyBBDev are currently working with the developers to make the apps available in BlackBerry App World.