SNEAK PREVIEW: CBS Wallstrip’s Blackberry Championship


CBS’s digital video network Wallstrip held its second bi-monthly World Blackberry Championship today, with six digital luminaries competing for the crown. Results won’t be announced for a while yet, but the heartbroken losers have already resumed training.

LOCATION: Dorothy Strelsin Black Box theatre, New York, NY

HOST: Lindsay Campbell

CONTESTANTS: Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, A VC, Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, Your Editor, Silicon Alley Insider, Bijan Sabet, Spark Capital (Reigning Champion), Kristin Bentz, Talented Blond, Myrna Moss, Dealbreaker.

Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Brick, Palm Pilot, iPhone

This, it turned out, was much more than a speed-typing contest, with contestants asked to recall and email historical speeches, employ geo-located web searches, install ringtones, and, gasp, talk.  When interviewed in kiss-and-cry area, gracious champion merely pleaded with august current employer not to fire him/her.  More photos after jump.  (SPOILER ALERT: IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO DEDUCE FROM THE PHOTOS WHO WON.  IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO GET POSSIBLE HINTS DO NOT CLICK HERE)