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Oh, and two tickets to an NBA or NHL game, too!

OK, folks. BlackBerry's looking to spread the word about BBM on Android and iOS — and they're willing put their money where their mouth is. Ol' BB's giving away a trip for two to Toronto and Waterloo — the former for either a Toronto Raptors NBA game or a Maple Leafs NHL game. Plus, you'll jaunt on over BlackBerry HQ in Waterloo to meet up with the BBM team, as well as get a guided tour of the city.

Sound good? Want to enter? Keep on keepin' on for the rules and entry requirements.

What You Need to Do

Create a video ad showing off cross-platform BBM. You're essentially creating a TV commercial so you need to get the message across and do it well. Show BBM chats, file sharing, groups, delivery and read notifications — whatever you want. The goal is to make people want to run to BBM.com and download BBM on their device.

You can show off the actual app, a video of your friends using BBM, a funny skit ... whatever you think will make your BBM ad reign supreme. 

Here's an example:

You can certainly do better than that, right?

The Details

Your video should be no longer than one minute and needs to show at least one of the following:

  • Creative way to tell your friends to get BBM
  • Show some of the key differentiators of BBM vs. WhatsApp or other IM clients as reasons why to download BBM
  • Show fun/creative ways to share your PIN with your friends

Other than that there are no constraints — though you will need a passport if you're not Canadian — so go nuts. We'll be looking at how well you get the message across, how good your video looks and how much awesome it's packing. 

At the end of the entry period we'll be picking the one video that we think is the best of them all.

Grand Prize

One grand prize winner will receive a BBM prize pack that includes:

  • Round trip for two (2) to Toronto to attend a Toronto Maple Leafs OR Toronto Raptors game
  • A visit to BlackBerry HQ at Waterloo to meet the BBM team
  • A guided tour of the city with BlackBerry's Alex Kinsella

How To Enter

Create your video and then send us a link to the file (Dropbox, Box, etc)  so we can download it. Submit your entries to bbmcontest@mobilenations.com before midnight PST on Nov. 30. One entry per person, please.

The competition will be tough as we're running this one on iMore and CrackBerry as well, so keep that in mind as we'll only be picking one grand-prize winner. 

 
There are 77 comments

shaytoon21 says:

win a trip to canada eh! and watch the execs @ BB run around looking for new jobs. sounds like fun

jonathan3579 says:

It really does!

XavierMatt says:

This.

Editor in chief of Futureproff.com

mech1164 says:

Great commercial..Wanna be our NEW NEW CEO?

XavierMatt says:

Lmao

Editor in chief of Futureproff.com

brendilon says:

Interesting that they aren't,t offering hardware as a prize.

If Samsung made penis implants, would they have TouchWiz? - dchawk81

Ohleo says:

.........

Haha haha

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CmbtSwmr7 says:

They figured that making their commercials for them was punishment enough. Could you imagine then having to go out and struggle to find someone to buy your "new" BB device. That's just going too far, even for BB.

Ohleo says:

You guys are cold lol

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brendilon says:

All I can think when I see that image is how ugly that interface is. And no d/r receipts in Group chat?

If Samsung made penis implants, would they have TouchWiz? - dchawk81

Mr Bigs says:

What's the point?

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brendilon says:

Of d/r receipts in group chat?

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

Vaas says:

Maybe cold but that was the first thing that popped into my head.

Why would I want to visit BB HQ? No hardware reward, just a trip to see a company failing. I do not like any company to fail, competition is great but they are sliding fast.

MERCDROID says:

I'm surprised, they're not offering, as a prize, one of those Z10s that are probably laying around unsold.

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heathroi says:

Z10s propping open doors, stopping desks with uneven legs wobbling etc. Is this competition because BB can't afford a an ad agency anymore.

dchawk81 says:

Prizes generally have value.

Doesn't explain the free trip to Lame, Inc though.

MERCDROID says:

Damn, lol.

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MERCDROID says:

Go ahead, Brendilon, enter the contest, lol. You know you want to.

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brendilon says:

What can you show though?
There's no multiple device support. No tablet rollout. No d/r in group chat. No Video or voice calling.

Oh, I know! it should be a commercial of a guy at a bar "Hey baby, wanna see my PIN? BBM me baby..."

MERCDROID says:

That would be hilarious, man. I'll be wearing some girl's drink, if I drop that line, lmao.

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pilotnh says:

Do we get to party with the mayor?

shaytoon21 says:

+1!!!

Mo ZedEl says:

So much win.

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TeknoBug says:

Don't forget about the crack smoking mayor Toronto has. :)

MERCDROID says:

Oh yeah, lol.

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sublimaze says:

How about a video of a cachectic person walking aimlessly in a desert, with tumbleweeds blowing by and vultures circling above? That pretty much sums up BlackBerry's entire world.

bkupris says:

Wow, what a bunch of tossers in here. Enjoy your sad lives.

MERCDROID says:

Don't be a hypocrite. You guys always talk trash about Google, Apple, and Microsoft, over at CrackBerry.

Oh, I get it: we're sad, because we don't prefer BB10 or BBM?

Your logic lacks polish, my friend.

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brendilon says:

Sad is carrying both a Z10 AND a playbook. That's a whole lot of fail to be toting around on a daily basis.

MERCDROID says:

Yeah, man. That's downright brutal, lol. Not the Z10, so much as the Playbook.

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brendilon says:

Y'know what makes it sadder? That he probably paid full price for devices that BB cant give away now.

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_X_ says:

LOL!! Kudos my friend I haven't laugh this hard in a long time.

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Mr Bigs says:

Ummm how many people downloaded BBM and are using it?

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F123D says:

attend a Toronto Maple Leafs OR Toronto Raptors game
visit to BlackBerry HQ at Waterloo to meet the BBM team
guided tour of the city with BlackBerry's Alex Kinsella

This sounds more like a punishment than a prize..

XavierMatt says:

Lmfaooo!!!!!

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littleemp says:

LOL.

decypher44 says:

THIS THIS THIS!

JonnyG1097 says:

I already live in Toronto though :(

TonyHoyle says:

So, we get to advertise blackberry and as payment they let us visit an office.

My time is worth a *bit* more than that.

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TonyHoyle says:

So, we get to advertise blackberry and as payment they let us visit an office.

My time is worth a *bit* more than that.

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blankit says:

Whoever wins this can you please convince blackberry CEO to consider converting to android.

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Sad contest is sad.

Video Idea:

EXT. BBM FUNERAL AT CEMETERY - DAY

Two large Android and Apple mascots dance on BBM's grave,
while a small Windows phone toady evilly cheers them on.
The two remaining stereotypical blackberry mourners are in tears.

A zombie blackberry mascot hand emerges from the grave holding a sign
that says "BUY ME; BBM ME!". Android and Apple mascots don't even notice the
last gasp and trample the zombie arm back into the earth.

This continues for 30 seconds.

The End.

You're welcome. (sorry rim fans :))

MrJazz says:

The part of the zombie blackberry mascot hand will be played by Mayor Ford.

sublimaze says:

Still holding a crack pipe.

I'd watch it lol.

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ajpri says:

Anyone else notice the "Holy Snickerdoodles"? I liked that, +1

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brendilon says:

It's kind of amusing how excited they are over at Crackberry.com about this.

Kind of amusing that you'd even check

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MERCDROID says:

It's kind of amusing that you'd come over to Android Central, just to see what we're saying about it, lol.

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brendilon says:

I follow the news on all the Mobile Nations sites. Sure Android is the best platform, but the others still do interesting and relevant things and are worth keeping up on.

MERCDROID says:

This. In this day and age, you can't/shouldn't be ignorant to any kind of news.

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xBURK says:

First time visiting from Crackberry. This is a nice site for sure. The comments are bit a disappointing. It's just a friendly contest for anyone interested? Anyway, have a few friends on Android and it's great to converse through BBM now. Again, nice site.

MERCDROID says:

I wouldn't mind some of the comments; it's nothing personal, just people trying to be funny is all.

Thanks, for being one of the few posters, from CrackBerry, that didn't leave a snarky comment or start combating people.

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xBURK says:

Thanks. I think people are coming over here because it's linked on the BBM contest page. Most likely interested if the contest has the same set up. I've always wanted to see this site anyways. As for people saying snarky comments, I imagine all four mobile nations sites have this going on. I've never seen the point in arguing over which platform is better? Indo think the Rob Ford comments are funny. I'm from Toronto and it's been a funny week for sure.

MERCDROID says:

Haha yeah, I can't believe he refuses to resign. That's crazy.

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Mr Bigs says:

This is a good thing trust me this site is really immature. BB10 OS is way more powerful than Android but just needs more support which I think it about to get.

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MERCDROID says:

So, let me guess: your definition of immature is anyone that doesn't use your platform of choice?

BB10's more powerful than Android? In what regard? That comment is too subjective. Even if it were more powerful, Android is more versatile. Maybe, I'd agree with you, if Android wasn't running on as many devices as it is.

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TheStoryUp says:

Rumor has it that a new version of the BlackBerry App Store will have Google Play integrated into it. The BB10 OS can already run Android apps, but not the Google Play Services, and you have to side load the Apps. Check this out.

http://market-ticker.org/post=225817

MERCDROID says:

@TheStoryUp

I visited your link. I must say, it would be cool if the actual Play Store was compatible with BB10. Only time will tell. Honestly, it would be a great move, for Google, BlackBerry, and developers, alike.

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brendilon says:

Play Store on BB woukd be interesting. I don't know that it would make much of a difference, but I dont think it would hurt.
Still think they should dump BB10 and skin Android. They've got a toe in the water, just dive in.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

Mr Bigs says:

BB10 can run Android because it is a full O.S. I actually have the Note 3 for now waiting for BB to get the proper support it needs.

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MERCDROID says:

Define a "full" OS. Do you mean, like a desktop OS?

They're all OS's, period.

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xBURK says:

Even though I wouldn't want any other op on BB10, it would be great to have Google Play Store integrated. I'm already playing Android Apps on my Z10. They run and look amazing. Can't see what would stop this from being a reality.

dannyd86 says:

Blackberry needs better hardware first. The low specs can run BB10 smoothly, but not the android emulator on top without lag. The emulator is android 4.2 Maybe when it goes to 4.4 Kit Kat it will be better. But in the mean time they should give leading edge specs a shot.

Once thats good to go then they could figure out options on how to get the full android library onto the devices, with either google play or their own apk library. I dont know enough about licencing and all that to comment though. Theres websites that do it, but they might be frowned upon.

aruntejay says:

The bugs are going to restrict me to do a successful commercial.And if I have to show some emoticons in the adv I have to keep it under a microscopic lens.

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dammy_obamo says:

What if I already live in Toronto? Can you switch my prize to Vegas? Or Sydney or Ibiza??

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dannyd86 says:

Picked up nexus 5 today and was pleased how seamlessly my BBM transfered from my Z10. This was a nightmare on old blackberries.

brendilon says:

See, and this is why it boggles my mind that they went cross platform. It's not going to bring folks back to BB hardware. It DOES give BB enthusiasts one more reason to consider an iPhone or Android. They're shooting themselves in the foot here.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

dannyd86 says:

They're not making any money selling phones, thats why. BBM wasnt a strong enough selling point for somebody to purchase a 700$ phone. I wasn't on blackberry because of BBM, and it was never a deciding factor. This is still only true for entry level markets like the middle east. But even there is following the west with better data plans etc.

If you think about it, Blackberry as a whole is valued at about 4 billion. Thats the entire company, patents, services, enterprise, hardware etc.

Twitter was just valued at 20 billion, lets assume it will adjust back down to 10 billion once the hype is gone. With those kind of numbers BBM has the potential to be worth twice as much as the entire blackberry company just in in itself.

MERCDROID says:

@dannyd86

Companies - such as Twitter and Facebook - are only "worth" that much, because of the amount of users they have. In actuality, they are worth far less.

BlackBerry is worth a lot more than 4 billion. The market is intentionally undervaluing the company, to facilitate a sale, so that shareholders can either recoup their losses or "cash out."

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dannyd86 says:

Granted were talking about a new type of company. The type of add revenues they can pull in is still not very clear, even for facebook and there billion users. And there isn't even a clear picture how a messenger app could ever push out ads. Other then blackberry advertising blackberry phones to IOS and android users. The trojan horse

BBM as it was though, stuck to a shrinking user base on blackberry was useless. Now it is atleast a tool to try and swing public opinion from. "I Hope blackberry dies, I hate them!" to something even marginally better lol

MERCDROID says:

Hey, only time will tell. I think, they'll find a way to effectively monetize BBM. Hell, they're approaching North of 20 million users: that should account for something.

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JtothaR says:

I've always dreamed of going to Canada to tour an office complex!

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Groudie says:

If I win, I'll get a trip to the BB HQ? Is that like winning a trip to Chernobyl?

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Joojoobomb says:

I delivered electronics components to "BB HQ" on a daily basis working for an outside distributor. Let's just say that you absolutely do not want to visit there as any sort of prize.

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holmquistc says:

And I should care about BBM why? Isn't that what your phone's native email app, Skype, facebook chat, google voice and others are for? What's the big damn hype? I think this is Blackberry's last desperate effort for revenue before they go completely under

BB's giving away a trip for two to Toronto and Waterloo — the former for either a Toronto Raptors NBA game or a Maple Leafs NHL game. Plus, you'll jaunt on over BlackBerry HQ in Waterloo to meet up with the BBM team, as well as get a guided tour of the city.
Since i am a Bruins & Celtics fan the first prize sucks. But do you think the BB Team would get upset if i took pictures of the Headquarters with my Android phone?