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DemoCampHamilton16 on April 2nd

When: Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: TwelvEighty Pub @ McMaster University – 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, Ontario

What: DemoCamp is an event format that involves a keynote speaker, about 5 software demos which each consist of 5 minutes of actually demoing the software and 5 minutes of Q&A, followed by general socializing with the good company in attendance.

 

 

Keynote Speaker

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Karl Wiklund

 

R&D Manager at VitaSound

 

Karl Wiklund received his B.Eng.Scty, M.A.Sc, and Ph.D. degrees from McMaster University. His research work has focused on signal processing and machine learning, specifically with respect to the auditory system. Currently, he is R&D Manager for VitaSound Audio, a Hamilton-based hearing devices company. Prior to joining VitaSound, he worked as a research contractor for Defence Research and Development Canada in addition to other organizations. He has also worked with the Sonar Signal Processing group at Defence Research Establishment Atlantic in Dartmouth, NS.

Demos

Demo 1
Remote printer for e-commerce by Reed Zao. Reed’s previous project required a cheap & reliable printer to send order notification to restaurants. After exhausted all avenues, he couldn’t find a provider of such a printer. Therefore Reed decided to make his own hardware. Now a remote printer with developer-friendly API and simple usage is ready for anyone who has novel ideas.

Demo 2
With over 45,000 users and 740 sites, Global 1000 companies have adopted VIZIYA’s WorkAlign® products for their world-class maintenance organizations. VIZIYA’s newest product is a mobile application and, unlike most mobile solutions in this market which are custom development projects with high costs and long implementations, the VIZIYA WorkAlign® Mobile product is “out of the box and ready to go.”

Demo 3
Dan Zen will demonstrate his latest mobile mediated experience – a multiuser application called Droner! Droner lets you control your friends (or be controlled) and is available for free on the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores. The app makes use of in-app purchases and features the Robin Multiuser Server initially built by Zen and reprogrammed in NodeJS by Andrew Blackbourn. NodeJS is up and running on Amazon EC2. The interface is in Flash AIR – marketing site here: http://droner.mobi Grab the app before the demo and control Dan Zen on stage!

Demo 4
MacSMS provides instant access to information such as weather conditions and alerts, bus timings and more. It’s a free service that works without wifi or data.

Demo 5
“We’re up….we’re live…and yes, we’re looking for #HamOnt businesses who need some seed money. FundHamOnt is a crowdfunding platform or portal where people who want to raise money for their #HamOnt centred startup can create fundraising Campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. Got a new cupcake bakery opening up on James St North and need funds? Pick us! Got a software app for the iStore and need some capital to add an Android version too? Pick us! Need a new kiln for your pottery business or want to finance a trip to Montreal for an art conference? We can help…no matter what the need, if you’re a Hamilton based business or citizen looking for crowdfunding….we’d love to help!”

Demo 6
McMaster Game Development Association (MacGDA) will demo an early build of a video game the group has been creating together.

 

Upcoming Hamilton and Edmonton DemoCamps

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Adrian Duyzer

CTO of factor[e]

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Adrian is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at factor[e]. As the leader of a team of dedicated technical professionals, his roles range from hands-on development and engineering work to project management, strategy development and consulting.

Adrian graduated from the Computer Science – Software Engineering programme at Mohawk College in 2000. He has over fifteen years of professional development and project management experience, ranging from large and complex database-driven systems, to fun experiments and mobile applications. When it comes to software development, Adrian values the combination of an amazing user experience with technical robustness, reliability, and precision.

When: Tuesday February 4th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm 

Where: Mohawk College – The Arnie Pub

Register: democamphamilton15.eventbrite.com

 

DemoCampEdmonton24

When: Thursday January 30th, 2014 from 6:45pm to 9:00pm 

Where: TELUS Centre 150, University of Alberta

Register: http://www.meetup.com/startupedmonton/events/155424702//

 

Hamilton, Edmonton, Guelph and Thunder Bay DemoCamps

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April Dunford

Rocket Launch Marketing

 

April Dunford is the founder of Rocket Launch Marketing, providing advisory services to startups and growth-stage companies including help with marketing strategy, lead generation, messaging and positioning, inbound marketing, marketing and sales alignment and metrics. Previously April has been a marketing executive at 5 startups (Janna Systems, DataMirror, InfoBright, Sitraka, and Watcom) where she focused on sustainable growth through 4 acquisitions. She has also held executive marketing positions at IBM, Siebel Systems and Nortel. April also authors the popular startup marketing blog RocketWatcher.

When: Monday March 25th, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm 

Where: McMaster University – Twelve Eighty Student Pub

Register: democamphamilton14.eventbrite.com

 

DemoCampEdmonton23

When: Wednesday November 6, 2013 from 6:45pm to 9:00pm 

Where: TELUS Centre 150, University of Alberta

Register: http://www.meetup.com/startupedmonton/events/141114382/

 

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Mike Kirkup will be joining us. Mike has deep experience in the mobile space after a long run with BlackBerry. The past few years he’s been entrenched in early stage startups in his role as Director of VeloCity at University of Waterloo.

When: Wednesday October 30, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: The EBar

Register: http://guestlistapp.com/events/200289

 

Thunder Bay is also planning their 2nd DemoCamp for late November!

 

Upcoming DemoCamps across Canada

DemoCamp Hamilton 13

When: Tuesday September 24th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Mohawk College (The Arnie pub) @ 135 Fennell Avenue West
Register: democamphamilton13.eventbrite.com

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Colin Ferguson

 

Co-Founder of Snakehead Games

 

 

As Managing Director of Snakehead Games, Colin Ferguson handles many of the business side functions. Primarily this means leading the strategic process and ensuring SHG has the right staff and all resources for effective implementation. C

After an International award-winning online Marketing career promoting others’ offerings, Colin started his own firms. He first developed an online social media startup, then in another venture built over 1000 high traffic websites. In 2008 he cofounded Snakehead Games and has not looked back.

Expect to see the world debut of three new video games produced locally in the demo line-up, as well as a cool new SaaS business, amongst other great built-in-Hamilton apps!

 

DemoCamp Edmonton 22

When: Wednesday September 18th from 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Where: TELUS Centre 150, University of Alberta @ 111 Street & 87 Avenue
Register: meetup.com/startupedmonton/events/137164032/

 

DemoCamp Halifax 2013

When: Wednesday October 23rd from 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: TELUS Centre 150, University of Alberta @ 111 Street & 87 Avenue
Register: democamphalifax.com/

Halifax DemoCamp 2013 will take place during HPX Digital.

 

Also, look out for upcoming DemoCamps in Guelph and Niagara soon!

 

Hamilton and Thunder Bay DemoCamps in June

DemoCamp Hamilton 12

When: Wednesday June 19th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton @ 123 King St West
Register: democamphamilton12.eventbrite.com

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Dale Mugford

 

Co-Founder of BraveNewCode

 

Dale Mugford (@DaleMugford) is President of Design & Product Experience for BraveNewCode’s (@BraveNewCode) products and services. He also provides direction for company communications. For over 15 years, he previously designed websites independently, notably working on cutting-edge web experiences for Canadian recording artists, authors, and businesses before co-founding BraveNewCode with Duane. In his spare time Dale enjoys meeting up with other creatives, doing a little fishing, & spending time with his fiancée and her son.

BraveNewCode is a Hamilton-based startup that is demonstrating that you can make a global product right here. This month they released their WordPress plug-in WPTouch Pro 3 that powers the mobile version of over 25 million WordPress websites, or 39% of total WordPress websites worldwide. BraveNewCode is also leading the charge on organizing Hamilton’s first WordCamp event (@WordCampHamOnt) along with Orbital.

In addition to the keynote by Dale Mugford we’ll have a great line-up of demos from the Hamilton community including Factor[e] and FluidMedia!

 

DemoCamp Thunder Bay 1

When: Monday June 3rd @ 6pm
Where: Lakehead University, ATAC Building, Room 1010
Register: facebook.com/events/202305813250839

dctbayDemoCamp is a new type of event to Thunder Bay that will be of interest to technology and business innovators alike. This is a night of software demos, tech entrepreneur keynote speakers, followed by cocktails and apps at a local restaurant!

Keynote Speaker: Derek Szeto. Founder and President of Clear Sky Media (parent company of RedFlagDeals.com), CIBC Student Entrepreneur of the Year for Ontario in 2004, and Ontario Finalist for the 2007 Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Demos:

NLites: NLites, to be presented by Dr. Arnold Kim. NLites is a unique software platform that allows teams of healthcare providers to collaboratively maintain medical documents containing an up to date summary of the patient they are caring for, which is also machine readable. It is this machine readability that allows for endless possibilities of automation based on machine understanding of the impressions and intentions described within this long overdue overhaul of medical documentation.

Self-Balancing Robot: A collaborative demo of Sean Dunlop and Joshua Kim’s grade 8 science fair project which involved creating an NXT self balancing robot and rotating IR distance detector which are remotely controlled, along with remote data collection by an Android tablet using Bluetooth.

After demos, the group will re-convene at Naxos on Arthur St, for food and drink!

Sponsored by Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre and Lakehead University Faculty of Business Administration.

DemoCampHamilton11 with Fraser Kelton

Keynote Speaker

Fraser Kelton

COO @ GetGlue

Fraser Kelton (@fraser) is COO of GetGlue.com (@GetGlue), a New York based startup that won Mashable’s 2011 Breakout Startup of the Year award. GetGlue is a leading Social TV app, with 4 million users and 75 network partnerships. GetGlue’s vision is to create a deeply personalized, social and connected experience around television.

Prior to joining GetGlue, Fraser was a member of Trivaris, a seed stage investment firm. Fraser graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a degree in Applied Economics.

When: Monday March 25th, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm 

Where: McMaster University – Twelve Eighty Student Pub

Register: democamphamilton11.eventbrite.com

The software startup surge in Hamilton continues, expect to see demos from up-and-coming startups like Groupnotes at this DemoCamp!

DemoCamp reboot survey + mHealth, Edmonton, Hamilton

In case you haven’t seen it, David is seeking feedback about rebooting DemoCamp.

The first ever mHealthDemoCamp (@mHealthDemoCamp) took place December 13th at MarsDD, the event was hosted by Monolith Interactive and a summary of the event has been posted here.

There are also upcoming milestone-number DemoCamps in Edmonton and Hamilton next month:

DemoCamp Edmonton 20

When: Tuesday January 8th 2013 @ 6:45pm-9:00pm
Where: TELUS Centre 150, University of Alberta
Registration: meetup.com/startupedmonton/events/94507332

Drinks and networking to follow at Original Joe’s on campus!

DemoCamp Hamilton 10

When: Monday January 28th 2013 @ 6:30pm-9:00pm
Where: The Arnie pub @ Mohawk College
Registration: democamphamilton10.eventbrite.com

jannacameronThe keynote will be done by Janna Cameron, Usability / Accessibility Specialist @ Desire2Learn. A champion for accessible design in technology, Janna Cameron’s work has been focused on extending the reach of technology to a portion of the population that has been inadvertently sidelined. By working closely with developers, designers and engineers to develop a fuller understanding of how people with disabilities use the web, Janna has parlayed a passion for user research into a career that has helped remove barriers to education. She brings a sense of humor and optimism to her work, encouraging others to join her in making the web accessible to all.

Anybody in Ontario that’s interested is welcome to attend. There’s been a nice surge in student startups in Hamilton (e.g. TurnChannel, Groupnotes), expect to see others like OverAir demoed at this event.

November DemoCamps: Hamilton, Guelph and Niagara

DemoCamp Hamilton 9

When: Tuesday November 20th 2012 @ 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Twelve Eighty pub @ McMaster University
Registration: democamphamilton9.eventbrite.com

Keynote by Carol Leaman (@CarolLeaman) CEO of Axonify (@Axonify). Axonify combines principles of behavioral science with the best qualities of gamified and social software to result in a new approach to e-learning and employee awareness—one that empowers organizations to train faster, retain information effectively and perform better. Carol brings more than 20 years of leadership and technology executive experience to the company as she has a history of building start-ups into multi-million dollar successes.

DemoCamp Guelph 20

When: Tuesday November 27th 2012 @ 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: The EBar
Registration: guestlistapp.com/events/125868

DemoCamp Niagara 2

When: Wednesday November 28th 2012 @ 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Red Hot Chili Pepper
Registration: democampniagara2.eventbrite.com

Dr. Kevin Kee of Brock University’s Centre for Digital Humanities will present a keynote: The Future of the Past, or Why Historians Need to Work with Digital Media Developers.

Upcoming DemoCampHamilton events

DemoCampHamilton5

When: Thursday February 9th 2012 @ 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: The Arnie pub @ Mohawk College
Registration: democamphamilton5.eventbrite.com

Keynote: Ryan McGreal – Services-First: A Better Way to Build a Web Application

Ryan (@RyanMcgreal) will discuss design principles behind web service APIs and the possible value that can be unlocked when designing your web application in terms of web service APIs.

This will be followed by demos from FluidMedia, Nik Garkusha (@Nik_G), Mike Trpcic (@mtrpcic), Orbital (@GetOrbital), IdeaWorks, and Avaya web.alive (@joerigby1339).

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When: Tuesday March 20th 2012 @ 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Twelve Eighty pub @ McMaster University
Registration: democamphamilton6.eventbrite.com

Keynote: Joel Augé – Building a great gaming company

Joel (@joelauge) is the CEO and Co-Founder of HitGrab Inc, a leader in social gaming. In March of 2008, HitGrab created MouseHunt, which is now one of the most successful (in terms of user engagement) games on Facebook. HitGrab has also created LevynLight, a ‘light’ fantasy RPG that’s focused on simplicity, allowing you to jump in at anytime and have quick bursts of fun throughout the day!

The demo line-up has yet to be finalized, but expect to see at least one of the student startups that are starting to come out of McMaster (such as DormBooth). Normally DemoCampHamilton events are scheduled 2-4 months apart… but after seeing firsthand during instruction of a UI design course how skilled and passionate some McMaster students are about game development, and after Joel agreed to keynote the event, an exception had to be made!

The Hamilton tech scene is set to pick up some steam over the next few months. Michael Canton (@valleytownmedia) and Tim Miron (@TJMiron) are producing a web series (#TechTalk4HamOnt) to spotlight the community. Kik Messenger platform evangelist Yuriy Blokhin (@yblokhin) will keynote Leap into Startup Weekend on February 29th – the ticket sale launch party for next April’s Startup Weekend. The city’s Open Data movement is planning The Bay Hackathon for March 2nd to March 4th. The successful eHealth\mHealth focused AppsForHealth conference will repeat in May 2012. StartupDrinks is now occurring every month. At least a couple people at DemoCampHamilton5 are planning to step up to the mic between demos to try to get the ball rolling on Codeacademy meetups and other community activities.

Anyone in the Southern Ontario region interested in our DemoCamp or these other activities is always welcome to come to Hamilton!

DemoCamp 30: October 12th, 2011 with Elmer Sotto

#DCT30 Details

Date: October 12th, 2011

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM EST

Location: Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University: 55 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON

Live Stream: Will begin at 6:30 PM at http://startmeupryerson.com/video/democamp.

Register to Attend:


Keynote Speaker – Elmer Sotto

Elmer Sotto (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) is the Head of Growth for Facebook Canada, where he is responsible for setting strategy to further grow and engage the Canadian user base. He also helps key strategic partners understand and leverage the Facebook platform.

Prior to this, he was the Vice President of Product and Operations for JumpTV. Mr. Sotto also spent more than five years at eBay Canada as Director of Marketplace Development.

We are very excited to be hosting Elmer as the keynote speaker for DemoCamp 30 and looking forward to another exciting event! Please make sure to register before tickets are sold out.

We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs & demos

The goal at DemoCamp is to provide a platform for local companies to launch, get product or pitch feedback, establish a presence for recruiting as well as help with PR and social media awareness. We aim to gather highly connected and talented entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, investors and others to watch and critique entrepreneurs in a safe environment.

We are 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. You get market, technology and pitch/presentation advice. The condition here is to actually present and demo your product, not use powerpoint or slide decks!

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DemoCampHamilton2 Recap: So hot we set off the fire alarm!

DemoCampHamilton2 occurred Friday May 27th, 2011 at Mohawk College in conjunction with the AppsForHealth 2011 conference. The event was hosted by Software Hamilton and sponsored and supported by the great folks at Innovation Factory and Mohawk College. The combination of an excellent keynote, demos and audience turned out to be too hot for the fire alarms at Mohawk!

Mic Berman kicked off the event with an excellent keynote focused on sharing her startup expertise. The quality of the discussion the talk generated was one of the highlights of the evening, perhaps given the high level of interest in fostering a startup culture in the Hamilton software community. The talk was described perfectly in a #DCH tweet as “inspiring and grounding at the same time”.

Cristina Calder of FluidMedia started off the demos by showing us Rendering Exchange – a web-based, crowd-sourced platform that connects graphic designers with commercial interior manufacturers, architects and interior designers to provide high-quality, photo-realistic room scene images for use in sales and planning.

DemoCampHamilton audience favourite “mad inventor” Dan Zen took audience interactivity to new heights with his demo of Touchy – a smartphone game where two players, each with mobile devices, try to touch the other player’s screen while protecting their own. When two people play the game it creates a Twister-like physical spectacle that is as fun to watch as it is to play. Dan demoed Touchy by having the entire audience play “Touchy” at once by having us try to touch the business card of the DemoCamp-er sitting next to us while protecting our own!

Adam Caromicoli and Doris Bean of Indellient Inc. were up next to demo Inktronic – a Digital Pen based collaboration tool that simplifies workflow involving graphical content for the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

After a forced break for what was dubbed the “great fire alarm of DemoCampHamilton2″, Joey Coleman of Open Hamilton and Nik Garkusha of Open Halton talked about the Open Data movement occurring across Canada and demoed what software the Open Hamilton branch of the movement has developed thus far.

The final demo was done by two McMaster University computer science students, Gavin Schulz and Zaahir Moolla, who demoed their new service MealDeck which allows restaurants to easily create a cross-platform mobile website. Student entrepreneurism is something we want to see more of in Hamilton and the professionalism and courage these two showed by putting themselves and their service out there for criticism was widely praised – watch out for these guys!

The AppsForHealth 2011 conference itself was a huge success, you can check out the mobile apps that the students devised here. Expect the next DemoCampHamilton at McMaster in September, but in the meantime we will be having the first Software Hamilton Pub Night this June 28th.