Earlier this week we trekked down to Washington, D.C. where BlackBerry was the technology partner at a Canadian Embassy inauguration event. Government leaders, military officers, and Capitol Hill personnel were in attendance and eager to get hands-on with BlackBerry PlayBook tablets and BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices.
Reactions to the QNX-based tablet and upcoming smartphone were solidly positive, and it was a real pleasure to see individuals discovering features, functionality, and gesture-based interaction that they hadn’t before experienced. The ability to peek into BlackBerry Hub, the overall flow of BlackBerry 10, and the separation between work and personal data with BlackBerry Balance were clear differentiators for the attendees. Check out the video below to see what a few of them had to say:
On this important day for United States President Barack Obama as he begins his second term, we stood among Canadian flags and enjoyed the hospitality of the Canadian Embassy. Ice sculptures, beaver tails, and bright red mittens were featured attractions, and it was a comfortable fit for BlackBerry technology to join the mix as an iconic Canadian company which has spread its wings worldwide. Hear from our Government and Policy groups on how the event helped to continue our work, partnerships, and friendships in Washington:
Many expressed anticipation of the January 30th BlackBerry 10 worldwide launch events and all of the details that will follow, including continued partnerships between BlackBerry and U.S. government agencies. Our thanks extend to the Canadian Embassy and the Canadian Ambassador to the United States for being such gracious hosts.
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