Blackberry Navigation Competition Coming to Minneapolis

This looks interesting.

Blackberry is hosting a navigation race in Minneapolis on the 31st called the BlackBerry Curve Challenge. Up to 150 2-person teams can compete and the winning team wins a trip to San Francisco to compete in the finals where each winning team mate receives a, “magnificent ONE-week, all-expense-paid vacation to one of these world-famous destinations: Rome, Paris, Maui or the Mayan Riviera!”

Here are the deets:

WHO: Minneapolis urban thrivers who possess the brawn and brain to outrace their peers in a physical and mental contest to navigate Minneapolis are encouraged to enter the upcoming BlackBerry Curve Challenge. The Challenge is limited to 150, two-person teams. Participation is free and open to adults aged 18 and older.

WHAT: Challengers will compete in this qualifying leg of the BlackBerry Curve Challenge: DESTINATION ALCATRAZ, vying to finish first and thereby qualify to compete in the final challenge in San Francisco. Challengers will compete in a timed multi-mile, multi-disciplinary race that will incorporate Minneapolis’s layout and landmarks in a competition that tests a two-person teams’ urban orienting skills, physical ability and mental prowess.

Additionally, each team will be provided a critical, multi-functional tool: The new BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone from Verizon Wireless. Savvy teams will maximize the advanced functions of the BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone to optimize their race performance. This advanced smartphone will provide participants a variety of race-day solutions including turn-by-turn navigation to and from each checkpoint using its built in GPS with VZ Navigator, researching clues via the Internet, fulfilling requirements to take photos of finds, and obtaining input from friends and family via mobile phone and text messages.

WHERE: Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd St.
– Serves as the Start & Finish line
– Will also host the BlackBerry Curve Challenge Village for spectators, featuring entertainment, prize-awarding contests and BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone demonstrations

– 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Team Orientation
– 10 a.m. Start
– Average time required to competitively complete the race: 3 – 4 hours

HOW: Advanced registration suggested
Register online at
– Day-of registrations accepted on-site if race slots are still available

PRIZES: The top 30 teams will receive one BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330 smartphone for each participant. The winning Minneapolis Challenge team will compete in the Ultimate Challenge in San Francisco on June 14th . Both members of the team will receive an all expense paid, three-night stay in San Francisco for themselves and one guest. Members of the winning team of Destination Alcatraz, the final challenge in San Francisco, win an all expense paid trip for two to their choice destination of Maui, Paris, Rome or the Mayan Riviera.

According to the site, the qualifying rounds are in Minneapolis, Boston, and Portland, so not many cities. I imagine someone reading this would have a good shot in this competition. Let us know if you decide to sign up (unless your strategy is based on NOT letting us know).

5 thoughts on “Blackberry Navigation Competition Coming to Minneapolis”

  1. whoa sounds interesting, since I’m so into blackberry these days (just got a new one from my husband) will look more into this – thinking of doin’ it too. thanx for the post

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