The annual BlackBerry EMEA Alliance Summit, the event that BlackBerry holds for its Alliance Program members (developers and other partners that work with the BlackBerry platform) takes place on 30th Nov – 1st Dec. The winners of the BlackBerry EMEA Innovation Awards will be announced at the event, taking the opportunity to celebrate the work done by the partner community and highlight innovative ways BlackBerry customers use their solutions.

The EMEA Innovation Awards 2011 consist of seven categories across both Consumer and Enterprise Solutions for BlackBerry. New for this year is the People’s Choice Award, a special category where the winner is chosen by BlackBerry fans across EMEA.

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In support of recent launches, a shortlist of five apps has been chosen to highlight BBM Connected and BlackBerry OS 7 compatible features. In promoting these elements of the BlackBerry platform it hopes to encourage its partner and developer community to find innovative ways to incorporate them in future apps.

The five runner-ups include:

Voting starts now and is live on the BlackBerry UK Facebook page. It’s open to all followers, fans and users.