Coming for Echelon this coming Monday and Tuesday? We hope you are! Because other that the three main components of Echelon (awesome keynotes, startup pitches and startup marketplace), we are also preparing some other fun things that you can expect in Echelon.

BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet and RIM Swags

At Echelon, our premier sponsor, RIM will be giving away a total of 30 BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets for startups who participate at the BlackBerry App Express program.

To qualify for this, you will need to bring the following to the BlackBerry App Express Booth:

1.     Company or App icon:

  • Size: 86 x 86 pixels. If the icon is smaller than 86 x 86 pixels, it could appear out of place next to other icons. Any icon larger than 90 x 90 pixels will not be displayed on the screen.
  • Resolution: 72 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Mode: RGB color
  • Type: PNG

2.     Source for Solution/Application: Web Source Code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) or Web Solution URL or  Android .APK

RIM will have tech experts who will be able to help you port your solution on BlackBerry within minutes, including signing up as a vendor on BlackBerry AppWorld.

Fun fact: There are 6 million App World downloads per day.

Experience Windows 8 with Microsoft

From Microsoft’s end, there will be a team stationed at the booth to help attendees and interested parties to experience Windows 8. Microsoft will be showcasing several apps on different devices as well as the various opportunities in developing for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure. On top of that, Microsoft will be raffling out shirts, gift vouchers and Starbucks cards at their booth too.

Fun fact: Coffee and Caffeine helps prevent Alzheimer.

Amazon Web Service credits to be won

Amazon Web Service (AWS) is also kind enough to give $50 worth of AWS credits to all attendees. On top of that, there will also be two $100 amazon vouchers to be won through lucky draw at the AWS booth. Your AWS credits may be used for the various services designated by AWS, ranging from storage, content delivery or even database.

Fun Fact: AWS recently launched the Lean Cloud Program for startups in Asia Pacific.

Beanbags chill out corner

Like last year, Doob Beanbags will also be providing us with really fun beanbags where you can hang out and catch up with your friends during Echelon. Beanbags used at the event will be going @ 50% off at the end of Day 2 (cash payment only).

Fun fact: Studies claim that they promote relaxation and they are able to really decrease depression as well as emotional tension.

Meet and connect with like-minded professionals

This year, Echelon will also be on Beepmo, where you can download and use Beepmo to network by location when at the event. With Beepmo, you can discover and connect on average with 20 new people each, people you otherwise would not have met or known of without Beepmo.

Fun Fact: Beepmo aims to help professionals expand their network and discover business opportunities around them.

Panda Invasion

Other than that, we also heard from one of our exhibiting startup, EvenPanda that they are preparing something really fun and cool for Echelon. We are not sure what they have up their sleeves, but what we can be certain about, is that they will be panda invasion at Echelon this year from the EvenPanda team.

Fun Fact: We have two Pandas at the Singapore Zoo named Kai Kai and Jia Jia.