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DemoCamps in Hamilton, Guelph, Edmonton, Halifax

DemoCamp Hamilton 19

When: Monday December 3rd, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton – Joey and Toby Tanebaum Pavilion – 123 King Street West Hamilton, Ontario


Keynote Speaker


Jesse Rodgers


Creative Destruction Lab

University of Toronto

Jesse Rodgers is the Director of Creative Destruction Lab and has been in education and technology for the last 15 years. Prior to founding TribeHR (acquired by NetSuite in 2013), Jesse was Director and pioneer of the VeloCity program at the University of Waterloo. Jesse holds a M.Sc from the University of Liverpool and a B.A. from the University of Waterloo.


DemoCamp Guelph 19

When: Wednesday November 19th 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: The EBar @ 41 Quebec Street Guelph, Ontario


Invited Speaker

“I’m always excited about our speakers but trust me, you’re going to want to catch what Ben Yoskovitz has to say. Ben really has done it all. When it comes to startups, he’s founded, he’s invested, he’s been acquired, he’s incubated, and he’s even recently authored.

While Ben also brings a unique Canadian experience after having lived in Montreal, Halifax, and now Toronto, he’s able to call Guelph his hometown having grown up here.

Ben will be speaking about Death to the Wantrepreneur!”@Bydon


DemoCamp Edmonton 26

When: Tuesday November 18th 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: ETLC E1-013, University of Alberta


DemoCamp is an event that brings together developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and investors to share what they’ve been working on and to find others in the community interested in similar topics. For presenters, it’s a great way to get feedback on what you’re building from peers and the community, all in an informal setting. Started back in 2008, DemoCamp Edmonton has steadily grown into one of the largest in the country, with[masked] people attending each event.

The rules for DemoCamp are simple: 7 minutes to demo real, working products, followed by a few minutes for questions, and no slides allowed.


DemoCamp Halifax

When: Wednesday November 12th 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Where: Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Register and full details:

Welcome note by the Mayor Mike Savage and Keynote Presentation by J.P. Morgan. After serving as Acting CEO from 2007 to 2010, J. P. Morgan now serves as CTO, leading on product design and new product development.

Student demos, startup demos and lightening round talks.

Upcoming Hamilton and Edmonton DemoCamps


Adrian Duyzer

CTO of factor[e]

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




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

Where: TELUS Centre 150, University of Alberta



Hamilton, Edmonton, Guelph and Thunder Bay DemoCamps



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




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

Where: TELUS Centre 150, University of Alberta




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



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



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


DemoCamp Halifax 2013

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

Halifax DemoCamp 2013 will take place during HPX Digital.


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


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

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

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.

DemoCamp Edmonton

Looks like things are rocking and rolling in Edmonton.

DemoCamp 14 is ready to go! Come out and see some of Edmonton’s most exciting new companies and projects get shown off. Make sure to join us afterward for drinks and to meet up with other smart creative people here in the city.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 6:30pm (and drinks/networking afterward)
Location: Telus Centre 150, University of Alberta (map)
Cost: Free – sign up to attend!

The rules for DemoCamp are simple: ten minutes to demo real, working software, followed by a few minutes for questions. No slides allowed. You can Mack’s recap of our last DemoCamp here (the archive of recaps is here).

If you are interested in Demoing send us an email and we’ll add you to the list. Demos are on a first come first serve basis so the first 5 people that email us are in!

If you can’t make it on Wednesday, follow along online using the #democampyeg hashtag. Stay tuned to Startup Edmonton for more technology and startup events.

If you are a startup tech company in Edmonton looking to hire send us an email and we will announce your position and point you out for people to talk to.


Recap: DemoCamp Edmonton 13

Originally from StartupEdmonton and MasterMaq.

DemoCamp Edmonton 13

We had five demos:

  • Scott Montgomerie showed us My Edmonton, an app he originally developed with a few other people at Edmonton’s first Startup Weekend. It started life as a real estate app, but evolved to be more of a local utility, with information on events, news, property info, and nearby services. My Edmonton is available both on the web and as an iPhone app. You can learn more at the blog.
  • Our second demo was from Yegor Jbanov, who showed us Deckle, an online print job automation tool. Targeted at the professional printing industry, Deckle integrates with Adobe Creative Suite and supports precision printing, such as for cheques which have strict requirements on layout and positioning. Yegor said that if you can do it with InDesign, you can pretty much do with with Deckle.
  • Mo Hamdan was up next, to show us Promptu Manager, a tool for managing fixed assets. Promptu is a Windows application, with a user interface very reminiscent of accounting packages such as Simply Accounting or Quick Books. Unfortunately the demo didn’t go as smoothly as Mo had hoped. It’s difficult to make a series of data entry screens interesting, I guess.
  • Our fourth demo was from Trevor MacDonald, who showed us The idea is to leverage your social network to help you sell stuff. Let’s say you have a car that you want to get rid of. You can offer a reward and then get your friends to “plug” your listing, and if their assistance leads to an eventual sale, they can claim part of the reward. is in beta (they are having a launch party tonight) but looks pretty polished and definitely has some potential. You can learn more at Brittney’s blog.
  • Our final demo was from Andrew Czarnietzki, who works at 3DI (here’s a profile I did in 2009). He showed us a game he developed in his spare time that makes use of some of the interesting technology available to him at 3DI, such as pureLIGHT. It was really interesting in that it used “weird geography” and light as its unique features. When you fired your weapon, for instance, the light would bend around the geometrical shapes in the game. Looks like it would be a fun game to play on Xbox Live or something like that!

DemoCamp Edmonton 13As a fan of open data and local apps, I really enjoyed My Edmonton. If you haven’t seen it before, check it out. I think is a neat concept as well, and everyone really seemed to enjoy the demo. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of uptake it gets. My favorite demo was probably the game though – I love it when developers experiment with stuff just because they love it. Who knows, maybe one day Andrew’s game will be available on Xbox Live!

A few announcements:

Thanks to everyone who came out to lucky number 13. See you at DemoCamp Edmonton 14!

Edmonton – Nov 19, 2009


DemoCamp Edmonton 9 is happening on Thursday, November 19, 2009 starting at 6:30 pm MST at the University of Alberta, ETLC building, room E1-017. There’s a great list of demos including:

Event Details


DemoCamp Edmonton 9 iCal

DemoCamp Edmonton 9
Thursday, November 19, 2009 6:30 PM
University of Alberta
ETLC Building, Room E1-017
Edmonton, AB   Canada


What? DemoCampEdmonton2
When? May 20, 2008 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where? The Billiards Club – 10505 Whyte Ave, Edmonton, AB
Who? You! – All are welcome! & It is free to attend.
Why? The main goals of DemoCampEdmonton is to build connections in the Edmonton community.

Cam and the gang in Edmonton are hosting DemoCampEdmonton2. The first event was a huge success with 6 presentations and over 70 attendees. The Edmonton crew has done a great job embracing the core tenants of DemoCamp, “[o]ne of the main goals of DemoCamp is to build connections in the Edmonton community”. Events like DemoCamp and the upcoming BarCampEdmonton should help provide events and a call to action for people in the Edmonton area to come together, get excited and share what they’ve been working on.

BarCampEdmonton - DemoCampEdmonton2