DemoCamp Toronto # 28 is happening February 22, 2011 at Ryerson University.
Keynote Speaker: Mark Ruddock (@MarkRuddock)
Mark Ruddock is a a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits and over 10 years of experience at the helm of VC backed technology startups. Most recently, he was the CEO of the Viigo, which was acquired in March 2010 by Research in Motion (makers of the BlackBerry). Prior to Viigo, Mark was an EiR at Ventures West.
Mark is going to talk about “Important Lessons learned after 10 Years of being at the helm of VC backed Startups”. Every entrepreneur can learn from Mark’s experience pitching to VCs, maximizing the value of a company at sale, and just building, growing and running a successful startup in Toronto.
We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs, startups and demos. DemoCamp is an awesome platform for reaching the local audience.
We’re also looking for up to 5 startups or entrepreneurs to demo a new technology. Selected presenters get 5 minutes to show us the best of their application and then ask the audience for feedback, coaching, and insight from a highly connected cynical crowd. We try to get a group of highly connected and apparently highly cynical entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, investors and others in a room to watch entrepreneurs in a safe environment.
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DemoCamp Toronto #26 was last night; I was going to blog my impressions, but Ian Chan’s post is better than what I would write, so, um, please go read it instead.
Via Reginald Tan and others, news of a student-oriented DemoCamp event at the University of Toronto. Hope to see lots of students demoing; hope to see lots of people from industry there asking questions and passing out business cards
David Crow has posted the announcement — register early!
David Crow’s announcement has the details. It is becoming more focused on social media than hard-core geekery, but it should still be fun.
Toronto’s 21st DemoCamp was held last night in the Rogers Theatre. I enjoyed it: it was good to see friends, and great to see what’s going on in Toronto’s tech community. Here’s my rundown:
- Venue: better than the pub we were in the last couple of times, but banked seating (and no beer) just doesn’t feel right either.
- Jon Udell: I think his ideas about syndicating calendar information are a big deal; I was surprised there were so few questions (maybe because he was first up?).
- Saul Colt/Zoocasa: I was expecting a demo; we got slideware.
- Christine Renaud/ArtAnywhere: very polished Ignite presentation on a new web-based art rental business.
- Brian Sharwood/HomeStars: another Ignite about bringing social media to contractors. Enjoyed it—he clearly likes what he’s doing.
- Alan Lysne/Cascadia: live coding to show off a cross-platform app library for mobile devices. Very cool.
- Shaun MacDonald/MashupArts: in-the-web editor for birthday cards, greeting cards, etc.
- Dan Wood/WeGoWeGo: another “what’s on where” search engine; good demo.
- Ben Vinegar/Guestlist: best demo of the night—guest lists have been done before, but Ben (a former project student) has done a really nice re-think with some cool GUI features.
- Jason Roks/GuiGoog: the other best demo of the night—Jason coped with technical problems (including having to run on IE6) with good, if acerbic, humor.
Overall impressions: several A-grade presentations and good conversations. Our undergrads are doing their demos this morning (Wednesday, July 29) from 10-12 am in Room 1200 of the Bahen Centre at 40 St. George Street; everyone’s welcome to come and see them try to repeat last night’s success.
DemoCamp Toronto 21 is being held on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM in the Velma Roger Theatre at 333 Bloor St E. (Thanks to Mike Lee, Bonnie Schnurr, and everyone else at Rogers for the space.)
Jon Udell will be speaking about open government, calendar data, and other current interests, and we have a great lineup of other speakers as well:
- You can’t pick your neighbours, but you can pick your neighbourhood!. Saul Colt, Zoocasa. Zoocasa is a new way to search for homes in Canada. For the first time a site allows people to get search results based on what actually goes into their decision process when home shopping. Things like neighbourhoods, schools, shops and services.
- ArtAnywhere: Where Lost artwork meets Empty walls. Christine Renaud, ArtAnywhere. ArtAnywhere allows artists to showcase their artwork online and to rent or sell it to businesses and individuals. We are launching the application in Montreal on September 26, in Toronto and New York in October 2009.
- Bringing Social Media to Contractors. Brian Sharwood, HomeStars. HomeStars is a social media website for contractors. It’s how they communicate with their clients, generate reviews, generate leads, and create ‘whuffie’. Home improvement guys (and gals) are not particularly tech savvy. We provide a platform for them to communicate with their clients, who provide them feedback and reviews.
- Stories Told Together – Introducing Social Cards. Shaun MacDonald, MashupArts. For sophisticated social networkers, Mashup Arts is the social card company that delivers the most personalized, collaborative and media-rich card creation platform. We have raised $ 1.6 million in angel funding, and are ready to launch our product.
- WeGoWeGo.com: semantic search for city events. Dan Wood, WeGoWeGo.com. WeGoWeGo.com is a new city search and social network site focusing on nightlife, events and tourism in Toronto. With 20 million visitors each year spending $4.5 billion dollars, Toronto’s international cuisine, cultural events and thriving nightlife just keep getting better.
- Guestlist – online event management. Ben Vinegar, Guestlist. Guestlist is an online event management application, with a focus on user experience, design, and simplicity. It lets event organizers sell tickets online via gorgeous looking event pages, which are built using an intuitive WYSIWYG editor. Guestlist is “getting real” applied to event management—we’ve built a simple solution by providing what 80% of event organizers need, and forgetting the rest. (Note: Ben is a former UT undergrad.)
- guiGoog: Advanced Visual Power Search. Jason Roks, GuiGoog. The iconic search tool. Results matter.
On Wednesday, July 29, from 10-12 am, our summer students will be doing presentations and demos of their projects in Room 1200 of the Bahen Centre at 40 St. George Street. It’s the day after DemoCamp, which most of the students are attending, so they should be well and truly revved to show off their own stuff. Everyone is invited—hope to see you there.
DemoCamp 21 has been announced: July 28, 6-9 pm in the Rogers Communications’ theatre at One Mount Pleasant. Tickets will be released a few days before the event, but as David Crow says, the best way to get a spot is to apply to present. Look forward to seeing you there!