BlackBerry announced the launch of the BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award for Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014, the largest and most established science-based competition for students in the country. BlackBerry’s new award will provide students with the opportunity of showing their skill by building the best mobile application.

Winner will receive one-on-one mentorship with a BlackBerry mobile application developer expert, a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, and cash prizes. The award consists of three categories: Junior (grades 7 and 8 or Secondary I and II in Quebec), Intermediate (grades 9 and 10 or Secondary III and IV in Quebec) and Senior (grades 11 and 12 or Secondary V, Cegep I and II in Quebec).

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The finalists will have to show their creations to a panel of judges, which includes two BlackBerry employees. All submissions will be judged based on the key criteria of scientific thought, originality, creativity and communication.

 

To be eligible, students are required to build a mobile application using PhoneGap or Appcelerator that meets the BlackBerry 10 UI guidelines. This means the application will be eligible for the Built for BlackBerry certification and can be easily deployed to other mobile platforms.

For more information about Canada-Wide Science Fair, the official website at cwsf.youthscience.ca.