DemoCamp19 – we’re shaking things up a bit!

Prepare to have your minds blown. Or…you know…just to learn the details of DemoCamp 19.

Where: Melrose Cafe and Bar – 7th St and 17th Ave SW

When: January 12, 6:30pm

What: We’re going casual this time. Come and meet your DemoCamp friends for beers and chats. We’ll do a couple announcements, then those interested in Demo’ing or presenting will be set up at tables around Melrose.

Why the change in format: It seems this month, we have a couple of groups that need help to make their dreams come true. This format seems more conducive to interacting and mingling. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone, drinking some beers and catching up!

What you need to do: If you’re interested in Demo’ing, bring your laptop, some info and of course, your business cards! Remember to tell people what you are trying to accomplish and what you need help with. Please avoid gross sales pitches (if you think we’re not above making you buy a round if we catch you doing this, you are wrong). If you’re interested in drinking, bring a friend and introduce them to some new people.

Can’t wait to see everyone,

The DemoCamp Crew

Upcoming Events: Startup Calgary and Christmas@Cannes

November 23rd: Startup Calgary’s Launch Party at Hotel Arts.

Who should attend? Anyone who cares about the tech startup community in Calgary! Entrepreneurs, investors, government, service providers – all are welcome!

If you’d just like to attend, meet like-minded people, and see what Calgary’s startup community is all about, you’re at the right place! Purchase a ticket with Eventbrite and secure your spot today.

  • Date:  Tuesday November 23rd, 2010
  • Time: 6:30PM start
  • Place: Hotel Arts
  • Cost: $12.00

November 30th: CMA Calgary has acquired the exclusive rights to screen the winning entries from the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival – the “Cannes Reel” – one night only on November 30 at Flames Central. This holiday event is a fundraiser for the National Advertising Benevolent Society of Canada (NABS).

The 2010 reel includes approximately two hours of the world’s best commercials. Combine top notch creative with Calgary’s best Christmas party at Flames Central and you have a premier event. Attire inspired by the Mad Men television series is encouraged.

Marketers, advertising professionals, communicators and media types will all benefit from this exclusive networking event.

  • Date:  Tuesday November 30th, 2010
  • Time: 5:00 PM Doors open, 7:00 PM Screening
  • Place: Flames Central 219 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta
  • Cost: Students: $29.00Members/Partners: $49.00Non-members: $149.00

To register, please go to the Canadian Marketing Association Calgary website.
NABS provides assistance to communications and related industry professionals, who may need help due to illness, injury, unemployment or financial difficulties. Learn more at http://www.nabs.org.

DemoCampCalgary 19 save the date, upcoming events

We’d like everyone to save the date for the next DemoCamp, January 12th!

In between now and then, we’re looking for demos and sponsors, so step right up if you’re interested in either.

Also, we’d like to catch you up on some news and events around town. Don’t forget to check out Digital Alberta‘s mixer on Tues, Nov 9th. Also that evening is Pixels and Pints, a casual get together for design enthusiasts at the Hop in Brew. The next day, Weds Nov 10th is Third Tuesday (seemingly a bit of a misnomer) with @RichardatDell. Finally, here are a few words about Startup Calgary:

Startup Calgary

Startup Calgary is looking for fresh, up-and-coming startups to be showcased at Startup Calgary’s Launch Party to be held on November 23, 2010 at the prestigious Hotel Arts.

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 5, 2010, register now!

Benefits for being one of our showcased Start-ups:
– Media coverage with our media sponsor TechVibes
– 30 minute advisory session with the showcase selection panel
– Strategic introductions to A100 members at the event
–  Exposure to the entire Calgary area startup community

To qualify your company must be:
– An Information, Communications, or Media technology startup based in Calgary (no bio tech or clean tech)
– Ready to, or have recently launched your company; and/or viable product/service
– Incorporated for no longer than two years

Tell us why you’re the hot new thing –  Apply at startupcalgary.ca

Please forward this email any potential Calgary Startups that would be interested in applying, we don’t want anyone to miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Just want to come to the party? Tickets are on sale now!

Startup Calgary is all about community building – our primary goal is to help pull the IT based, startup related communities in Calgary and surrounding area closer together.  We know that’s a pretty tall order – there’s a lot of get togethers, basement startups, and technologies being dreamed up here in our city that no one is aware of.  We want to make sure everyone has the support and exposure they need

Scenes from DemoCamp Calgary 18

Last night, DemoCamp Calgary 18 hosted over 100 people from in and around the Calgary area at SeVen RestoLounge for an evening of networking, beers and demos:

If you haven’t heard of DemoCamp before, it’s a pretty awesome event. The best way to describe it is a lightweight gathering of folks in the startup/tech community to network and see demos. Of course, it’s a little more than this. If there’s a DemoCamp in your community, I’d strongly recommend that you get involved!

Of course, we try our best to incorporate social media / networking wherever and whenever it’s appropriate:

At this point, you might be thinking: “Hey, John! I thought you said that absolutely NO PowerPoint was allowed!” Well, that’s true so David Gluzman (@d4v) made a compromise and used angle brackets instead (e.g. HTML).

For one of the first times at DemoCamp Calgary, we had so many folks doing demos that Patrick Lor needed to keep everything written down to remember them all!

The mega-talented and fearless community agent-of-change, Sarah Blue (@superblue) had a boat-load of announcements to share with attendees at DemoCamp Calgary 18:

First up was Suzanne Boss with a presentation on Calgary 2012:

From the site description for Calgary 2012:

Help gather ideas for a year long celebration of culture in Calgary. The year 2012 marks a big year for us and to do it in style, we’d like to acknowledge our cultural history, celebrate our current achievements and leave an impressive legacy. You can submit an idea for something you’ve really admired in another city or share one that you’ve imagined on your own.

Quickly after Suzanne, Michelle Sklar (@michelle_sklar) from Poynt delivered a quick demo of its mobile offering:

Up next were Leigh McDonald (@lemd), Bryan Maniotakis (@bryanmanio), and Sam Lu (@senmu) from Mediumrare with a presentation on Next Stop, an iPhone application described by its creators as “the quickest and easiest way to check your Calgary Transit bus and train times”:


Leigh McDonald (@lemd) from Mediumrare demo-ing Next Stop

Another interesting demo was by Tys von Gaza, a software developer from Clio:


Tys von Gaza (@tvongaza) from Clio

Clio provides a web-based practice management solution for sole practitioners and small firms.

After these presentations, we were treated to demos from the following folks:

Overall, we had a great time and it was a great start to the DemoCamp season!

We’d like to thank all you who attended and we’re looking forward to the next one! Speaking of which, we’re already discussing the date for our next “activity” so make sure to stay tuned to the DemoCamp Calgary site for any/all future announcements: www.democampcalgary.com.

DemoCamp Oct 12 – All the details here

Alright, it’s been confirmed. DemoCamp will be Oct 12 at 6:30pm. We’ll be heading over to SeVen RestoLounge once again.  The beer might cost a dollar more, but you can also see and hear the demos, so it all kind of works out in the end.

We’ve got some great demos lined up (including Poynt from Multiplied Media), but if you’ve got something you want to show off, as always, drop us an email right away! We’ve also got a couple of announcements about things going on about town. Hooray for the startup/tech/Internet community in Calgary!

Also, we can’t wait to catch up with everyone.

The details:

When – October 12, 6:30pm

Where – SeVen Restolounge – corner of 8th Ave and 5th St SW

What – Demos, beers, good times

If you’ve got some extra cash laying around and would like to connect with the DemoCamp community, get in touch. We love when beer becomes free beer!

See you in a week,

The DemoCamp Crew