Marmalade on the BB10 Jam World Tour
Over the last few weeks I've been speaking at BlackBerry's BB10 Jam World Tour events across Europe, including London, Paris, Moscow and Berlin. These were 1 day events bringing the best content from the BlackBerry World show in Orlando directly to developers around the world, plus giving a deeper look into technical aspects and showing off new BB10 OS features, including some very cool new UI ideas.
BlackBerry very kindly brought a team of us from Marmalade along to show off the best-in-class games we have brought to PlayBook - and soon to BB10 - and also to give some deeper tech info on how to use our tools. My demo of Hot Gen's Tofu was a big crowd pleaser (cute tofu warrior searches for fortune cookies in medieval Japan!), and I used a Marmalade build that was originally created for Playbook but ran perfectly on the new DevAlpha devices with zero changes. To show off the tools and ease of porting with Marmalade, I also did a live demo of pulling a cocos2d game from the web, building and then deploying directly to a BB10 DevAlpha device live on stage.
The audience was a pretty diverse mix from city to city. In Paris we met a lot of BlackBerry developers keen to try out new tools. It was gratifying to see that in London and Moscow there are a lot of cross-platform developers already using Marmalade for games plus a lot of new interest from enterprise app developers. Thanks to all the guys who came to talk to us afterwards and to the various people who helped bridge the Russian-English language gap for me!
All in all a very interesting, not to mention fun, tour. A big thank you to the BlackBerry team for having us along - I felt like basically a groupie by the end - and for sponsoring a set of free Marmalade licenses for lucky attendees.