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2011 BlackBerry Developer Challenge Official Contest Rules

2011 BlackBerry® Developer Challenge - Competition for the Best Adobe Flash®/Adobe Mobile AIR App for BlackBerry® PlayBook (the "Competition")

Official Rules for the Competition (the "Agreement")

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.This Competition is subject to state/provincial, and local laws. This Competition is void where it is prohibited or restricted by law.Please read the terms and conditions of this Agreement carefully. By submitting and participating in the Competition, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Terms and Conditions


The Competition will take place from 12:01 AM IST on May 30, 2011 to 11:59 PM IST on July 15, 2011 (the "Submission Period").


The 2011 BlackBerry® Developer Challenge sponsor is Adobe Flash Platform Summit ("AFPS").


The Competition is open only to those who have registered and been accepted by Research In Motion Limited as a BlackBerry App World developer and are submitting a BlackBerry application for Adobe Flash or Adobe AIR for the BlackBerry PlayBook (each an "Application").

  • In order to be eligible, developers must be individuals resident, or entities located within India.
  • Each Application must be submitted to BlackBerry App World and will need to meet the BlackBerry App World Vendor Guidelines. See further details in Section 4.
  • Individual developers must be over the age of majority in the province, territory or state in which they reside in order to participate in the Competition.
  • Both newly developed and existing Applications are eligible to enter the Competition.
  • Employees, contractors, directors and officers of Research In Motion ("RIM") and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies and the immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse of each) of these individuals and those with whom any such persons reside are not eligible to participate in the Competition.
  • Judges of the Competition are not eligible to participate in the Competition.

4. HOW TO ENTER the Competition ("Registration")

  1. You must register and be accepted by Research In Motion Limited as a BlackBerry App World developer (registration is available at ("Vendor Portal") and is subject to the BlackBerry App World Vendor Agreement); and you must have agreed to the BlackBerry® SDK License Agreement, and if applicable, any other terms and conditions required for participation on BlackBerry App World. The Application must comply with the BlackBerry App World Vendor Guidelines ("Guidelines"), available at As you start the Application submission process, a BlackBerry App World ID is automatically created for you on your behalf in the BlackBerry App World Vendor Portal product wizard. This ID can also be found in the Vendor Portal under 'Manage Products' and then by selecting 'Edit' next to the Application name. This ID must be referenced in the Competition submission form when submitting your Application to the Competition.
  2. During the Submission Period go to to learn about the Competition and apply by completing the submission form on this page. You will require a BlackBerry App World Application ID# for each Application submitted to the Competition.

If your Application is not free to the user and requires a username and password to login, applicants should prepare and provide Adobe Flash Platform Summit ("AFPS") with a list of ten "pre-registered" username/password logins so that the Application can be easily tested by our judges.

There is no limit on the number of Applications an applicant may submit during the Submission Period. Applicants may also submit multiple versions of each Application, however, no Application will be accepted after the Submission Period and the last version of an Application submitted during the Submission Period will be the one judged.

Providing you meet the eligibility criteria above, and have been successfully registered online during the Submission Period, your Application becomes qualified (a "Submission").

AFPS does not accept any responsibility for late, lost, delayed, corrupted, illegible or incomplete Registrations or Applications, which shall be disqualified at the sole discretion of AFPS without any right of appeal.

Please note that applicants should NOT include any information which is proprietary or confidential as none of the information submitted to AFPS for the purposes and in relation to the Competition will be treated as confidential information. By submitting an Application the applicant confirms that he, she or it holds all rights in connection with the Application and the content submitted.


5.1 Selection Criterion

Submissions will be judged based on quality and use of development best practices, and level of visual appeal, user experience, creativity and innovation.

5.2 Submission Judging

All Submissions will be judged by 6:00 pm IST on July 22, 2011.

5.3 Competition Judging

Final judging will be by a panel of judges designated by RIM. Twenty (20) winners will be selected according to the Selection Criteria noted above.


There is NO CASH AWARD. Prizes consisting of physical goods will be couriered to the winners and the winners will be announced at Adobe Flash Platform Summit 2011 to be held in Bangalore 27 to 29 July 2011.

Competition Winner: there are a total of twenty (20) Competition Prizes consisting of 10 BlackBerry® PlayBook and 10 BlackBerry® Smartphone.


7.1 Verification of Entries. The validity of any Application is subject to verification by AFPS. Any illegible, incomplete or fraudulent Application will be rejected. Any applicant, who enters or attempts to enter the Competition in a manner which is contrary to these rules or by its nature is unjust to other applicants, will be rejected. All decisions of AFPS with respect to any aspect of the Competition, including the eligibility or disqualification of applicants, are final, without right of appeal.

7.2 Communication of Winners. The names of the Winners will be announced at Adobe Flash Platform Summit 2011 to be held in Bangalore 27 to 29 July 2011.

7.3 Acceptance of Prize. The Prizes must be accepted as awarded. Prizes have no cash surrender value and cannot be substituted for another item or exchanged, except at the sole discretion of AFPS.

7.4 Substitution of Prize. If for any reason, AFPS is unable to award a Prize, or a portion of a Prize, as described in this Agreement, AFPS reserves the right at its sole discretion to award a prize of equivalent value.

7.5 Exclusion of Liability - General. By participating in this Competition, the applicant agrees to release and hold AFPS, their advertising and promotions agencies, parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless from any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in or in connection with the Competition.

7.6 Exclusion of Liability - Competition Operation. By entering the Competition, the applicant agrees to release and discharge AFPS from any and all liability resulting from any malfunction of any computer component, software or communication line, any loss or absence of network communication, any faulty, incomplete or unintelligible transmissions or any transmissions that are erased by any computer or network which could limit the applicant's opportunity to enter the Competition, or prevents the applicant from doing so.

7.7 Construction: This Competition, these Official Rules, and all issues and questions concerning these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of any applicant shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Government of India, without giving effect to its conflict of law rules or provisions. All applicants expressly agree to submit to the laws of and the jurisdiction of the courts of Government of India, and hereby waive the jurisdiction of any other court that now or in the future could be considered competent for any reason. All actions, proceedings or litigation relating to this Competition shall take place in the Province of Ontario. Competition applicants further hereby waive any right to a trial by jury with respect to any lawsuit or judicial proceeding arising or relating to this Competition. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

7.8 Modification. Subject to applicable law, AFPS reserves the right to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Competition in whole or in part, at its sole discretion, in the event of a virus, a computer bug or unauthorized human intervention or any other cause that is beyond the control of AFPS that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality or normal course of the Competition.

7.9 Taxes. Each Winner is solely responsible for the payment of any taxes as may be required by the applicable taxing authority.

7.10 Registration Information. By completing and submitting the information requested in the course of the Competition to AFPS, the applicant confirms to AFPS that he or she is authorized to i) provide the requested information above to AFPS; ii) that the requested information provided is not considered confidential by the applicant or any third party for the purposes of AFPS internal use and to facilitate participation in the Competition.

7.11 Privacy. By completing and submitting personal information to AFPS in connection with the Competition, the applicant consents to the collection, use, and disclosure of such information by AFPS for the purpose of administering and facilitating applicant's participation in the Competition and to contact the applicant, if necessary, in relation to the Competition. AFPS will not disclose any personal information to third parties without the consent of the applicant.

7.12 Publicity. By entering the Competition, the applicant consents to the use of his or her name, image, likeness and photograph, without compensation, in any publicity carried out in any media by or on behalf of the AFPS.

7.13 Release. Each Winner will each be required to sign a standard declaration and release form confirming compliance with this Agreement, acceptance of the prize as awarded and releasing AFPS, from all liability. In the event a selected applicant does not sign or return the appropriate release within seven (7) days of notification or refuses the prize, the applicant will forfeit the right to receive any prize as well as the right to participate in the Competition any further and another selected applicant will be chosen from the Submissions.

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