BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Developer Challenge Grand Prize Winners

    Poynt, Strands Social Player and Nobex Radio Companion recognized as top
    applications for BlackBerry smartphones and will receive a $150,000
    investment from the BlackBerry Partners Fund

    BlackBerry Developer Conference - Santa Clara, CA, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - The
BlackBerry Partners Fund LP, a $150 million venture capital fund formed to
focus on applications and services for the BlackBerry(R) and other mobile
platforms, announced today that Poynt, Strands Social Player and Nobex Radio
Companion are the Best in Show Grand Prize Winners of the BlackBerry Partners
Fund(TM) Developer Challenge.
    Poynt is a free local search tool that connects users to businesses,
movie theatres, and retailers, whenever and wherever users need them. Poynt
includes such features as target site browsing, interactive maps, driving
directions, GPS compatibility, show times, movie trailers, and ticket
purchase. With Poynt's intuitive interface, users can find what they are
looking for quickly and easily.
    Strands Social Player, developed by Strands Inc., is a music player that
lets you discover new music, connect with people, and share your tastes with
friends. It automatically shows cover art, provides artist and song
recommendations from over 6 million songs featuring free previews, and fully
integrates with a social network of music enthusiasts.
    Nobex Radio Companion, developed by Nobex Technologies, shows you what
song is playing on any of 2700 radio stations and when you hear a song you
like click "Get It!" and it will send you an email with a link to buy the
song, so you can keep your music collection fresh. Over a hundred stations are
now playable on your BlackBerry Smartphone.
    As winners, the three companies will receive a $150,000 investment from
the BlackBerry Partners Fund and are entered into the BlackBerry Partners Fund
"Jump Start" program. Detailed information on the Jump Start program can be
found at:
    "The BlackBerry Partners Fund is dedicated to identifying and supporting
organizations that are bringing innovative applications to the BlackBerry and
other mobile platforms, and the creation of the Developer Challenge is
evidence of this commitment," said Kevin Talbot, Co-Managing Partner of the
BlackBerry Partners Fund. "We would like to congratulate Strands Inc.,
Multiplied Media and Nobex Technologies for demonstrating the outstanding
technological vision and superior operational execution worthy of earning the
top prize in the Developer Challenge."
    The BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge invited developers to
create BlackBerry applications in five categories: Gaming, Multimedia,
Personal Productivity and Lifestyle, Enterprise and Web. The grand prize
winners were selected from 15 finalists. More information on the challenge and
the finalists can be found at:

    About BlackBerry Partners Fund

    The BlackBerry Partners Fund is a $150 million venture capital fund
formed to focus on applications and services for the BlackBerry platform and
other mobile platforms including mobile commerce (payments, advertising,
retailing and banking), vertical and horizontal enterprise applications,
communications, social networking, location-based applications and services
(navigation and mapping), media and entertainment, and lifestyle and personal
productivity applications. The Fund considers all stages of development and is
to be co-managed by JLA Ventures and RBC Venture Partners. For further
information visit:
    The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

For further information:

For further information: Matthew Bogart, BlackBerry Partners Fund, (416)

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