Update – Selected for the BBM NYC Hackathon! :D Here’s my 1000 character pitch.

RIM is holding an BBM hackathon where they’d ship ten developer’s to a hotel in NYC to hack for three days! I’ve been a California girl pretty much all my life – I’ve been to Vegas and Cambridge, but I’ve never been to NYC. While I probably won’t get to have Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the chance to show off my scenic design skills on a Broadway set, I’m still going to try out so that I might finally get to visit NYC – with RIM connections! Here goes the “Create and post your Pitch” part:

Social and mobile go hand in hand – everyone is their own island, but mobile devices help connect everyone, to create a more realtime and ubiquitous social network. Social makes sense of information in a new way — chatting with friends or fellow players in a game helps connect people, and creates an immersion potential that extends multifolds beyond the game itself. It can be as simple as networked leaderboards, such as the most common usage of Apple’s Game Center or OpenFeint, or it can be more realtime-network dependent, such as collaborative multiplayer gaming. Social, in my opinion, brings the mobile app to life.

BBM is an excellent messaging tool, and it’s exciting that RIM is re-strategizing via this open invitation to let third-party developers creatively work with BBM as a social platform. It’s something that I’d like to look into during a hackathon. One idea I have — I believe that it’s an excellent platform on which to develop “ScavenChat” — a MUD-like social networking “scavenger hunt” game, where you interact with “NPC’s” that are other player’s who hold the clues to gaining the items in the hunt. Hunt items and clues are input in special field’s, so that once a user has passed a certain level of chat messaging interaction, with another user, some rewards are gained for sure. The system also features an ebay-like merit-based rating system to keep things sane. This app would capture the wonder of chat roulette system’s like omegle, while adding game structure and long-term storyline, as the player level-up’s and gets closer to winning the scavenger hunt through chat.

I’ve collaborated across the spectrum as developer, designer, and artist on a number of your usual ADHD-ish game app’s. What I’ve learned is that, it’s tons easier to release an app with a team (even if an informal team), than by yourself — there’s that quintessential adrenaline via nagging from teammates on keeping the scrum velocity going. I’m still working on releasing an app 100% created by me – one of them includes an intuitive 3d sculpting app that also uses AR and the accelerometer for manipulating the 3d mesh. I have a background in theoretical physics (lots of math), so beyond just low-level programming, I can also do crazy things like… write my own physics engine!

Unlike many mobile developers, I’m not tied to a particular platform. Beyond just iOS and Android, I’ve built a number of AIR app’s for the Playbook, each of which got the dev companies that hired me a free Playbook. I’ve also had some experience porting websites with Webworks and “for fun”, I went through the embedded tutorials on native Blackberry app development at a Sprint conference.

Blackberry shirt While I don’t use a Blackberry as my main phone (I did, for a while!), I seem to have Blackberry on my mind, subconsciously, at least. Although there were no prizes for Blackberry app’s at the event, I wore a RIM/Blackberry shirt to the #MutherMobile hackathon, organized by CTIA and WIP. (Photo ℅ WIP)

one WIP muthermobile picture that clearly showed my blackberry shirt I usually win prizes, cash, or something (if only runner’s up, sometime) at hackathon’s I attend. I always try to work on an innovative app — and, show some code-fu on the spot by developing from scratch!

In response to:

Tell us why you should get this opportunity!
We want to know:
How do you feel social adds value to mobile apps?
Why do you love BBM?
Do you have any other apps you have already built? If so,what are they?Tell us what you have learned in the past about launching new apps.
What’s so great about you? Why should you be chosen to attend? (Being the life of the party doesn’t fully qualify you to attend.)

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