BlackBerry Launches Smartphone App Development Award for Canada-Wide Science Fair

BlackBerry today announced the launch of the BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award for Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014, the largest science-based competition for students in the country.

BlackBerry’s new award will provide students with the opportunity of showcasing their scientific and technical chops in a competition to build the best mobile app.

Top winners of the Smartphone App Development Award will each 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, Intermediate, and Senior. To be eligible, students are required to build a mobile application using PhoneGap or Appcelerator that meets the BlackBerry 10 UI guidelines.

“Over the years, Canada-Wide Science Fair has captured the imaginations of countless students who continue to push the boundaries of science with their truly astounding creations,” said Brad McCabe from Youth Science Canada. “The introduction of the BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award will continue the CWSF tradition of instilling the spirit of innovation in participants and prepare them for the bright opportunities of a future career in science—especially in the rapidly growing field of mobile computing.”

Approximately 500 budding scientists who have competed and won at their regional science fairs will be descending on Canada-Wide Science Fair for the national championship in Windsor from May 10 to 17.

Finalists will demonstrate their scientific 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.

Students can compete at one of 102 regional science fairs happening across Canada from now until April 30. For more information on how to participate or locate a regional science fair, please visit.