DCC20 Video & Summary

Calgary’s 20th DemoCamp took place at Spur Gastropub.

DemoCampCalgary in One Week!

Join us next Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Spur Gastropub351 4th Avenue S.W. for DemoCampCalgary. Attendance is free . . . bring a friend!

Presenting companies get 5 minutes to show off the highlights of their business, and you’ll get 5 minutes to ask questions after each presentation. We’ve got a great line up of companies, ranging from apps to hardware:

  • BabyUI – Gord McDowell
  • SideSeat – Tim Griffin
  • iConnectivity – Demitrio Navarro
  • Kent Imaging – Don Chapman
  • DeliverGood – Robb Price
  • Edistorm – Reg Cheramy
  • Minigroup – Ben Sargent & Yuval Kordov

Also, two other companies will be showing off their products in 1:1 demos:

  • Psyko Audio – James Hildebrandt
  • Fotoler – Yubing Sun

If you’d like to show your product at a 1:1 table next week, contact us: democamp (at) barcampcalgary.com.


DemoCamp Calgary 20: June 7, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

DemoCamp Calgary is back!!

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Spur Gastropub – 351 4th Avenue SW. Parking after 6:00 in the parkade is $4. Parking on the street is free after 6:00.

Who: Everyone is invited to attend – bring a friend! There is no fee to attend, but bring your wallet and buy a few rounds to thank Spur for their support of DemoCamp Calgary.

Format: Standard DemoCamp rules apply. Please email us if you’d to present. Please follow these guidelines if you’re presenting.

Presenting companies will have 5 minutes to show off their product, and another 5 minutes for questions. In-between presentations, we’ll have some time to announce tech and entrepreneur community events, and job openings (email us and tell us what you’d like to talk about). Bring business cards and make some friends!

As always, DemoCamp is about connecting the local tech and entrepreneur community, and a great chance for new companies to gather feedback and support. Get involved by beta-testing the products you see, offer your feedback, give introductions and do whatever else you can to support our entrepreneurs!



meshwest is coming to Calgary

We’re excited to hear that meshwest is coming to Calgary, and today we’ve got a guest post from Mark Evans – one of the organizers.

When we started mesh in 2006, we had pretty humble goals: we simply wanted to create an event in Canada where people could meet and talk all about the exciting happening things on the Web. There were conferences happening in the U.S. and Europe but, for whatever, reason there wasn’t anything going on in Canada.

Over the past five years, mesh has attracted terrific speakers and enthusiastic attendees. Along the way, we started to get requests to bring mesh to other cities across Canada but with full-time jobs, it wasn’t something that we talked about but never got around to making happen…until now.

We’re excited about the creation of meshwest, which will kick off on June 8 in Calgary. Like mesh, meshwest is focused on providing insight and stimulating conversations about four streams – media, society, marketing and business – with a focus on exploring what’s over the horizon.

Meshwest speakers include Shopify co-founder Tobias Lutke, ICUC Moderation CEO Keith Bilous, venture capitalists Mark MacLeod and Danny Robinson, marketing strategists Leigh Himel and Sarah Dickinson, social media consultant Doug Lacombe, as well as the mesh gang – Mark Evans, Mike MacDerment, Mathew Ingram, Rob Hyndman and Stuart MacDonald.

We’re looking forward to having some great conversations and meeting some new people in Calgary. You can learn more about meshwest at meshwest.ca.

*DemoCamp Calgary members can use the coupon code “democamp” to receive a $40 discount on their tickets.

DemoCamp Calgary 19 Wrap Up

Calgary’s tech community packed the lower level of Melrose Cafe and Bar on Wednesday night for a different kind of DemoCamp! We asked presenting companies to bring their computers, some business cards or brochures, and show off their wares – trade show style. Participants took the chance to catch up with friends and former co-workers, and had the freedom to delve into insanely geeky in-depth product development discussions. Here’s what the audience saw:

Open Data Calgary: Christopher Harper and his team were looking for volunteers to join their advocacy group. They want to convince the City of Calgary to open up it’s data archives and enable developers to create apps that would benefit all Calgarians. Ideas for apps include bus schedules and garbage pick-up reminders. They even brought Alderman Councillor Brian Pincott to help talk up the cause. For more information or to join the cause, contact: christopher.harper at ideaca.com.

Yellowjacket Sting: Kevin Colton demoed his windows-based simulation software, which allows users to model everything from hockey practices to c-train movements (as shown) to ocean liners on shipping routes. He’s looking for beta testers when he releases his next version – write: kjc at yellowjacket.ca if you’re interested.

4u2c.it: Mark Voorberg and Wiebo Troost showed off 4u2c.it, a site that they say “makes your URL shortening more fun and personal”. It allows you to place a short, personalized comment and picture on top of web pages that you share with your friends.

FormLis is a wiki and database that makes it easy for businesses to migrate their forms onto the web. You’ll find a sandbox demo on the FormLis site, or contact warrenwilkinson at formlis.com if you want a custom demo/install.

Tys von Gaza showed off ProjectTopo, which is a combo of two of his passions, tech and climbing. It’s essentially a wikipedia for climbing topos – users simply upload images and add their climbing paths. You can check out the project by logging onto the ProjectTopo site with the following credentials – user: urban / pw: uprising

Hervé St-Louis showed off his ComicBookBin mobile app, available for iPhone, Android, and Palm webOS. The site publishes articles, reviews, news and interviews about the comic book industry and action figures, as well as video games, movies, books and fan films. The mobile app allows you to add comic book conventions to your personal calendar, and helps you find the closest comic book stores in your area. Geek heaven!

Feedback on the event format was overwhelmingly positive, as it allowed attendees and presenters more time to discuss details and to establish some personal connections. More than one attendee expressed interest in presenting their companies in a similar style, as they felt it would be less intimidating than presenting to the usual (much larger) DemoCamp Calgary audience. We’ll try and find a way to incorporate more of these types of demos into future events.

We also heard from a few attendees who wanted to see the traditional DemoCamp presentations . . . which leads us to the next community assignment. DemoCamp Calgary is looking for a new venue, now that Seven Restolounge is no more. Here’s the wishlist: room for 150+ attendees; A/V capabilities: large screen, and loud PA system; Central location, with parking nearby; Refreshments – food and drinks on location, or nearby; Cost – free (we’re a volunteer organization, but we’ll bring 150 of our thirstiest best friends over to an establishment on a Tuesday or Wednesday night!). If you have any suggestions or connections, please contact us: democamp at barcampcalgary.com, or comment below. Thanks!