Category Archives: Hamilton

DemoCampHamilton20 with Flixel co-founder Mark Pavlidis

Keynote Speaker

Mark Pavlidis – Co-founder @ Flixel



Mark Pavlidis (@mhp) is co-founder and VP of technology at Flixel, where he leads the development of the tools and platform to create living photos. Flixel has received $3 million in funding for their platform that allows users to create cinemagraphs, a still photo with a portion of seamless and infinitely looping motion. Flixel received a prestigious Apple Design Award in 2014. Prior to his role at Flixel, Mark was director of development at EndLoop Mobile, a maker at Grok Software and Task Ave, as well as mobile lead at Guardly. Mark received his B.Eng and M.A.Sc. in Software Engineering from McMaster University.

Mark’s keynote will be followed by a great line-up of regionally-built tech, including some cool hardware startups out of McMaster University!


When: Wednesday April 8th 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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



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, Halifax DemoCamps

DemoCamp Hamilton 18

Keynote Speaker

Malgosia Green


Chief Product Officer at Top Hat


Malgosia Green (@HeyGosia) is the Chief Product Officer at Top Hat (@TopHat). Malgosia has over 10 years experience working in the consumer internet and education industries. Her most recent positions held include CEO of Savvica Inc. and Director of Product at Affinity Labs (acq. by Monster Worldwide). Malgosia has been featured in Canadian Business Magazine’s “20 Young Women in Power”, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and Toronto Life. Malgosia holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in System Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

When: Monday September 29th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

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


Demo 1
Getting your McMaster meal plan balance, adding more money, and looking up recent transactions can be difficult to do and time consuming. The experience is not a fun one. Mu Wallet gets all this done in one simple app. Mu Wallet is a simple way for McMaster University students to track their meal plan balance, recent transactions, and analytics of their day to day usage.

Demo 2
QReserve is a research equipment and services database that connects research institutions and commercial R&D service companies. We help researchers and students find and access the tools they need within their own campus or across the globe.

Demo 3
Wulves is a browser-based pet game that allows players to design and breed their own pack of fantasy wulves. Julia will be demoing our dynamically generated pet images and the genetic breeding system.

Demo 4
Ranggo is a social marketing platform for restaurants based on real-time menu item rating by their customers. Customers are rewarded with instant coupons for providing their feedback. Ranggo users can use it to find the best food in their local area.

Demo 5
We believe taking multiple perspectives is the ultimate human resource. Stepping out of your own perspective to take on another is a very powerful skill we naturally use to solve problems and make confident decisions. VistaShift is an easy 3 step repeatable process / software app that enhances our natural perspective taking ability by engaging individuals and organizational teams in a series of simple questions requiring answers from multiple points of view. Comparing answers for contrast, themes and new patterns identifies blind spots, uncovers hidden knowledge and ultimately helps to solve any challenge, quickly and confidently. This demo will be performed with the assistance of Orbital, VistaShift’s app development partner.

Demo 6
A simple but powerful WordPress plugin to take your events calendar feed and turn it into a newsletter-friendly format, so you can copy into your MailChimp, Constant Contact or other newsletter sending service.


DemoCamp Halifax 2014

DemoCampHFXDemoCamp is designed to inspire entrepreneurs.

Learn what it takes to build and run and successful startup. Watch a series of demonstrations (demos) presented by active Halifax-based startups. Learn from experienced entrepreneurs. Meet and ask questions.

DemoCamp creates connections between the world of emerging technology and you. Come be part of an energized community of entrepreneurs, investors, developers, students and creatives.

When: Wednesday September 24th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

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


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


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.


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: 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


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!


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



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

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, 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.

DemoCampHamilton11 with Fraser Kelton

Keynote Speaker

Fraser Kelton

COO @ GetGlue

Fraser Kelton (@fraser) is COO of (@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 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

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.

November DemoCamps: Hamilton, Guelph and Niagara

DemoCamp Hamilton 9

When: Tuesday November 20th 2012 @ 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Twelve Eighty pub @ McMaster University

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

DemoCamp Niagara 2

When: Wednesday November 28th 2012 @ 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Red Hot Chili Pepper

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.