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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
“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!”
McMaster Game Development Association (MacGDA) will demo an early build of a video game the group has been creating together.
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
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
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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
The 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.
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.
Keynote: Joel Augé – Building a great gaming company
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!
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!