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!