A $50,000 Contest For Blackberry Engineers


To give an incentive to Telegram fans among Blackberry engineers, Telegram is announcing a month-long coding contest starting today. The task is to port Telegram for BB 10 using the open source Java code of the Android app. A prize fund of $50,000 will be distributed among the winners.

A lot of Telegram users asked us to support Blackberry 10 devices. As a small team, we have to choose areas to focus on. But since Telegram API is 100% open and free, any independent developer can port Telegram for Blackberry 10 if they study our protocol and the Java code used in our Android app.


Of course, you could just compile our Android code for use on the BB platform, but there are three more things to think about:

Native BB design. Telegram designed for BB 10 and provide you with screenshots and graphics, but you need to implement it.

Native BB notifications. They have set up an API for that, they are obviously absent in our Android-version.

Speed and stability. The Android code is not optimized to run on BB 10 and there’d definitely be overhead if you don’t refactor it.

Send your BB apps to code@telegram.org by the 13th of December. Telegram will announce the winners here on our Blog on the 25th of December.

Read more about the contest here.

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