Save the date for DemoCamp! October 12th

Hello DemoCamp friends,

Fall is upon us (insert bad weather, crummy summer joke here) and that means DemoCamp! We’re planning on holding it Tuesday October 12th, but we need demos. Send us your projects, demo it and feel the love. Calgary.

We’re curious to find out what everyone has been up to over the summer and as always, it’ll be a great chance to catch up. We’ll be updating soon with location, time and who’s going to demo.

The DemoCamp Crew

Summer Send Off – Digital Alberta’s All Assocation BBQ June 22nd

We’re not holding DemoCamp over the summer. To get your summer kicked off right (if summer ever arrives), come on down to Digital Alberta’s All Assocations BBQ next Tuesday. Details below.

This 2nd Annual All Associations Year-End Bar-B-Q is an opportunity to thank members for their support over the past year, provide an excellent networking opportunity with 25 different associations participating and have a beer

When: Tuesday, June 22nd – 5:00pm

Location: Alastair Ross Technology Centre – 3553 31 Street NW

Cost: $20/person includes: $5 donation to Crohn’s and Colitis foundation, burger/hotdog 2 beer/wine or pop/water, Caesar salad, Hawaiian beans, corn on the cob

Register online

Entertainment: What makes Calgary as cutting edge and sophisticated as Stanford and Princeton? We have our own Laptop Orchestra!!

Liberating computers from the tedium of emails, word and accounting, ALE (ACAD Laptop Ensemble) explores the boundaries of laptops as a collaborative music-making instrument. Part improvisational jazz, part ambient soundscape and part club-culture rave party, ALE generates an inspired journey through music and sound in each performance.


Jennie Vallis is a fourth-year Media Arts and Digital Technologies student at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Currently she has been working on building innovative new tools for both sound and dance performances. After three years of spinning records in the Calgary nightlife, she is now producing her own electronic music in addition to playing live solo performances under the name Jennie O(hama). Her interactive instruments/environments and live performances have been exhibited at a number of music festivals including Motion Notion Festival, One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, The Happening New Media Festival and Sled Island Music Festival. Jennie performs both solo live laptop and turntable performances in addition to being a member of the ACAD Laptop Ensemble (ALE).

Participating Associations
Calgary Arts Development
STC Alberta
AMPIA – Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association
Marketing Research and Intelligence Association
Book Publishers Association of Alberta
Alberta Magazine Publishers Association
Society of Graphic Designers of Canada
American Chamber of Commerce in Western Canada
AACTI – Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes
Banff New Media Institute
CIFF – Calgary International Film Festival
SLED Island Festival
Calgary Council for Advanced Technologies
Creative Calgary
Game Jam
Canadian Investor Relations Institute
Association for Corporate Growth – ACG
CUFF – Calgary Underground Film Festival
iPhone Dev Camp
Calgary Marketing Club
Digital Alberta

DCC17 Video and Summary

DemoCampCalgary17 (2010-04-27) has wrapped! And while Mr. Torvalds was unable to get his “cell processor universe simulator” to run due to his friend Ballmer accidentally updating the PS3 to firmware 3.21, we were still able to enjoy 5 exciting tech demos!

DemoCampCalgary17 in the back

And did we all huddle around a tiny little laptop monitor? Squinting? Jostling for the merest glimpse of fresh new software? No, we only had to gaze upwards, upon the fancy new video projection screen paid for by Microsoft (via John Bristowe, who was MIA and therefore unable to appreciate it’s beauty). Hey, say what you want about Microsoft, at least they don’t sell you a game console featuring Linux compatibility, then retroactively drop the feature a year later with a machine crippling firmware update. Can I sell stuff, then take it back too? No? …shoot.

David Gluzman was on-hand, snapping photos which he then tagged democampcalgary17 and uploaded to Flickr. See, there’s a right way to do something, and there’s a wrong way. Properly tagging photos and uploading at high resolution is the right way. Making a customer choose between online gamplay and running Ubuntu on their PS3 after bragging about the feature as a selling point over the X-Box 360 is the wrong way.

Looking back, DemoCampCalgary has come quite a ways… out first DemoCamp was held back in April of 2007 at University of Calgary. That was only 2 years after SONY shipped CDs infected with rootkits to their paying customers in 2005! Ah, the memories. I’d almost forgotten!

Here’s hoping we’ll see you at DCC18, in approximately 2 months time.

If anyone wants to use DemoCamp footage to promote their product, I’d suggest either grabbing the high quality render from Internet Archive, or checking out YouTube’s “start” parameter for embeds, or “t” parameter for hyperlinks.

There’s nothing sadder then a losing video quality for no good reason. Except maybe a puppy with 3 legs. Or a PS3 without Linux.

DemoCamp – One Week Out

Just a reminder that DemoCamp is one week away!

On April 27th, come on down to SeVen RestoLounge before 6:30pm to grab a beer before the demos start.

We’ve now got happy hour prices for drinks all evening courtesy of Pieter and Sebastian of Fenture Solutions. Give ‘em a high five when you see them.

DemoCamp 17 – April 27th – SeVen RestoLounge

Alas, we’re back at SeVen RestoLounge for another DemoCamp! They have a good setup for audio, etc.

We’re changing up the format a bit, and here’s what it looks like:

6:00pm – Drinking Beer

6:30pm – Demos

– BNID (iPhone Games)

– Tapforms

– zowee TV

– Reg Cheramy (iPhone app built on the drive down from Edmonton!)

7:30pm – Ignite Presentations

John Bristowe

7:35ish – 30 Second Pitches

If you would like to come out and tell us about your company in 30 seconds or less, please let us know. This is a great opportunity to get in front of everyone, without having to do a full demo!

As always, we’ll be doing announcements in between demos, so let us know if you’ve got an upcoming event, are looking for a job or looking for employees.

Looking forward to seeing everyone,

The DemoCamp Crew