BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees to get BlackBerry 10 prototype device

Research In MotionAttendees of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 Jam conference will not only gain “insights on the BlackBerry 10 platform; its strengths, the vision, and how developers can make applications that stand out, as well as drive usability and loyalty” but they will also walk away with a limited edition developer prototype device.

Called the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, the device will run a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone. RIM points out, “Just to be 100% clear – it’s not the final hardware or OS for BlackBerry 10 – it’s a device to help developers get started with designing for what’s coming.”

RIM will also release the first beta of the BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools. It will include the Native SDK, WebWorks SDK, and SDKs for Adobe Air and for Android apps.

BlackBerry Jam will run concurrently with BlackBerry World from May 1st to 3rd in Orlando Florida. The full conference pass costs US$299.

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