RIM opens tech centre for BlackBerry 10 app developers


Workspace opened at manufacturer’s UK headquarters in Slough for developers looking to create applications for the BlackBerry 10 operating system

Research In Motion (RIM) has opened the first of its global ‘BlackBerry Tech Centres’ at its EMEA headquarters in Slough.

The centre will be open weekdays from 9am – 5pm and offer a dedicated workspace for developers looking to create applications for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system. A BlackBerry team will be present to provide advice to developers.

Each day will have a specific focus so that developers can choose to attend in accordance to what is most relevant to them. For example, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays will be centred around helping Android, iOS and Windows developers bring their apps t0 BB10, using a range of porting strategies.

RIM said the tech centres will also provide a space for a wider range of development engagement activities, while serving as a forum for developers to share experiences with, and learnings from, developing BB10.

Since May, over 5,000 BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha test units have been sent to developers, enabling them to build and test applications for BB10.

RIM VP of developer relations Alec Saunders said: “The opening of this first BlackBerry Tech Centre underscores our ongoing commitment to actively engage with and support the efforts of our developer community. This new centre in our EMEA headquarters designates space where developers can draw on the resources and skill set of our experienced developer evangelist team to help them create compelling apps for the new BlackBerry 10 platform.

“As of October 10, developers can now submit their BlackBerry 10 apps to the BlackBerry App World™ storefront and I’m looking forward to seeing the apps that will come from the UK developer community over the weeks and months ahead.”