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DemoCamp UofT 2014 @ Rotman

DemoCamp UofT is changing it’s name to DemoCampToronto going forward, as it will feature technology born at UofT and around Toronto.

After a panel discussion with Bionym, Lumotone, and OTI Lumionics there will be 15 short presentations on stage that include:

  • ChargeSpot enables hotels, cafes and airports to deploy and manage a network of wireless charging spots for their guests.
  • Voltera’s circuit board printer allows designers to go from concept to creation in a matter of minutes. Custom circuits, just press print
  • Deep Diagnostics uses state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to substantially increase diagnostic accuracy in medical images.

When: Tuesday May 6th from 2-5pm

Where: Desautels Hall @ Rotman (University of Toronto)

Details: us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=29527ce0f51f172ea87da61e8&id=a5a88b2e7f&e=[UNIQID]

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!

apply to demo

Sponsors

 

 

 

 

June 9, 2011 – Howard Lindzon

#DCT29 – The Dirty Details

Date:
June 9, 2011
Time:
5:00 – 9 PM EST
Location:
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
Register to attend:

Keynote Speaker – Howard Lindzon

Howard LindzonHoward Lindzon is co-founder and CEO of StockTwits® – a social network for traders and investors to share real-time ideas and information. StockTwits was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany and one of the “50 best websites” by Time magazine.

Mr. Lindzon has more than twenty years experience in the financial community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. With a unique vision for starting and successfully managing innovative companies, he is the Managing Partner of Social Leverage, a holding company that invests in early stage web businesses. Howard continues to manage a hedge fund he started in 1998.

He created Wallstrip, and more than 400 original web video shows, which was purchased by CBS Corp. in 2007. He is an active angel with many success angel investments including: Rent.com, (purchased by Ebay in 2005 for $415 million), Golfnow.com (purchased by Comcast in June 2008), and Lifelock (lead investors include Bessemer Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers). Mr. Lindzon’s new media and internet business investments also include: Limos.com, Blogtalkradio.com, Buddy Media, Ticketfly, Assistly, Bit.ly and Tweetdeck.

Mr. Lindzon received an MBA at Arizona State University and an MIM from The American Graduate School of International Management.

We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs & demos

The goal at DemoCamp has been to provide a platform for local companies to launch, get product or pitch feedback, to establish a presence for recruiting, to help with PR and social media awareness. 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. It’s something between a graduate seminar and a show. The goal is to demo your product and get feedback about your demo, your design, your market, etc. You decide. (It’s a work in progress, but it’s a social event).

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. You get market advice, technology advice, pitch/presentation advice.

Startups seeking advice should apply to demo.

apply to demo

Sponsors

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • National Angel Capital Organization
  • KPMG
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence
  • StartupNorth
  • StartMeUpRyerson

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Ping david at davidcrow dot ca for details.

Hamilton, Guelph and Toronto

May and June are busy months. There are a few friends and colleagues that continue to leverage the DemoCamp brand to help engage entrepreneurs, developers, code monkeys, hackers, marketers and others. We borrowed the 6 minute format from Demo. Rather than a chinwag about new technology or industry happenings, what better way than to spend 6 minutes and have someone show you want they’ve built. It forces way from the keyboards and out into the real world. It is a strange mix of presentations, improv and being social. It’s about being connected, being proud of what you’ve been working, and having the opportunity to meet others in the community with similar interests.

The focus in Toronto has been on startups. Because this is my interest. Others are free to shape event and the format to their locale. The question of “what is your business model?” is such a silly question. Because some of the coolest presentations – hacking digital cameras – are closer to hobbies or performance art. I love the mix of new businesses, emerging technology explorations, and something closer to Maker Faire demos.

My advice, is if you are interested in seeing the great startups, hackers and makers in your city are doing you should make sure you check out a DemoCamp. And encourage Brydon and Kevin to keep doing this for their own entertainment and connection. Maybe you might want to help out ;-)

Hamilton

DemoCampHamilton2 will feature a keynote presentation by Mic Berman, acting COO at FreshBooks and Founder at Embarkonit, as well as demos by FluidMediaDan ZenIndellientOpen Hamilton and MealDeck. It is happening in conjunction with Apps For Health 2011 conference at Mohawk College. You can show up around 5:00pm for a drink and some additional networking before heading over for DemoCamp at 7:00pm.


Guelph

The invited speaker is Mike McDerment, CEO and co-founder ofFreshbooks in Toronto. Mike’s a serial entrepreneur who spends a lot of time giving back to the wider community by speaking at various tech conferences as well as lecturing at Humber College. He is also a founder of Toronto based Mesh Conference. After the keynote there are 4-6 demos followed by a live band. This is a completely open event, however, there is a donation ticket to help out starving musicians and the cost of providing entertainment.


Toronto

The invited speaker is Howard Lindzon, CEO and cofounder of StockTwits in San Diego.  He was one of my favourite speakers at StartupEmpire back in 2008. Howard is sharing his love of startups and early stage entrepreneurs across Canada this summer. If you miss him at DemoCamp, make sure you catch him at StartupFestival in Montreal or Grow Conference in Vancouver. The demo lineup and tickets are being finalized this week.


DCT28 – February 22, 2011

The next DemoCamp Toronto is happening on Feb 22, 2011.

Mark Ruddock (@markruddockLinkedInblog) is going to kick off the night. 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.

#DCT28 – The Dirty Details

Date:
February 22, 2011
Time:
6:30 – 9 PM EST
Location:
Engineering Lecture Hall @ George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church Street
Register to attend:
Sold out!

We are looking for amazing entrepreneurs & demos

The goal at DemoCamp has been to provide a platform for local companies to launch, get product or pitch feedback, to establish a presence for recruiting, to help with PR and social media awareness. 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. It’s something between a graduate seminar and a show. The goal is to demo your product and get feedback about your demo, your design, your market, etc. You decide. (It’s a work in progress, but it’s a social event).

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. You get market advice, technology advice, pitch/presentation advice.

Startups seeking advice should apply to demo.

apply to demo

Sponsors

  • KPMG
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence
  • StartupNorth
  • StartMeUpRyerson

DemoCamp Toronto 27 – Oct 6, 2010

Again it’s been a long time since we’ve had a DemoCamp in Toronto. The event has grown from a small group of startups, entrepreneurs and developers meeting in a board room to an auditorium packing show. Keeping with the big names and bright lights show format, I’m happy to announce DemoCamp Toronto # 27.

Big thanks go to our friend William Mougayar at Eqentia for his support in recruiting our keynote speaker:

Fred Wilson, Union Square VenturesFred Wilson of Union Square Ventures

Details

  • Date: October 6, 2010 [Hold the Date - iCal]
  • Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
  • Location: To be determined

Tickets

The goal with ticket pricing has always been cost recovery. We’re having to pay for a venue this time around. The goal is to keep ticket prices at $25 or less. And to help manage demand during the workday, we will be live-streaming the keynote and demos. Sign up to be notified when tickets go live.

We need great demos

We’ve finalized the list of demoers for this DemoCamp.

This is a great set of early stage Toronto and region (Waterloo) based startups. Some of the folks are getting their second shot at a demo. It will be interesting to see how far they’ve come from their launch. I hope that everyone takes the time to understand the need for “wow” in the demo. And remember the goal is not to heckle but to give entrepreneurs a chance to show what they’ve been working on, how they’ve improved and to get feedback.

The core of these events are the demos. Why should you demo?

  • 6 minute on-stage presentation
  • 9 minutes of Q&A
  • Networking opportunities
    • Local media and investor awareness
    • Local talent and recruiting connections

We’re also looking for up to 5 local demos that match the investment thesis at Union Square Ventures. If you think your company has the right stuff then you should apply to demo.

Sponsors

We continue to run DemoCamp on a shoestring budget. Sure it sucks that it’s during the day. Sure it sucks that it costs $15. But we run these events at cost recovery. Sometimes we loose money (uhm, StartupEmpire anyone). Venue, food, Audio/Visual, and special things like a movie. They all cost money. BTW don’t forget the tax. The ticket price reflects the maximum we think people are willing to pay plus the maximum sponsorship amount we think we can cover. Did you know that for a theatre + A/V + special feature + lunch is about $30/person+tax, almost $34/person. So we reach out the community of companies and include the least amount of advertising and sponsorship. Make sure you check out:

  • Anand Agarawala and Bumptop! This is an EPIC sponsorship. You have to be at DemoCamp from 4pm-6pm to find out what it is.
  • Eqentia builds the a semantic publishing platform for knowledge tracking & competitive analysis
  • XtremeLabs is hiring agile engineers and ui designers for the hottest mobile development company on the planet.
  • Microsoft BizSpark jumpstart your startup and speed up your time to market.
  • FreshBooks is the fastest way to track time and invoice your clients.
  • Mercanix develops tools that enable organizations and their people to do good work.
  • Rob Hyndman is the bee’s knees & the cat’s pajama. Startups looking for a lawyer. Start here.
  • Rypple builds social software that makes workplace feedback easy and fun.
  • Dayforce is the an enterprise software company in Toronto. Hiring dev, qa, ui and sales ninjas.
  • Kontagent is a Facebook Fund funded startup that is hiring rockstar developers in Toronto.
  • OCE helping commercialize the next generation technologies like Bumptop & Sysomos.
  • KPMG Information, Communications & Entertainment (ICE) practice helps startups to succeed in turbulent markets.

These are organizations that are looking for funding, PR, and they are hiring. Are you a developer? designer? marketer? pr professional? Are you looking for a job? Make sure you check out each of these companies. They are part of our ecosystem. They support events like DemoCamp. And they make it possible for you to have a great experience.

Wrestlemania 26

CrowdReel.com DemoCamp

Wrestlemania 26 happened on Sunday, DemoCamp 26 was on Monday. Coincidence? Probably. We had some fun tussles with technology and time last night. Thank you everyone for coming out to DemoCamp Toronto # 26 last night. It was a great night. We’re always happy to get your feedback, suggestions and comments. The list of demos included:

There were a number of other links mentioned. You can find local tech calendar information at StartupNorth and YouSayYeah!.

If you are hiring or looking for a new gig, make sure you check out:

April added her presentation and commentary for startups. It’s really worth reading and walking through.

DemoCamp Toronto 26

It’s time for DemoCamp again. Our friends at Liberty Noodle are providing food. So there is not a made rush to the hot dog cart.

DemoCamp Toronto 26

Monday, March 29, 2010
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
Purchase tickets: http://guestlistapp.com/events/16851
$12 regular ticket | $10 student ticket | Flexible sponsorship

Why should I attend?

Its time to launch your product? Do you need to hire designers? engineers? marketers? biz dev? This is a great spot to meet and connect with the Toronto community.

For nearly 5 years we have built a track record of helping connect, promoting and making successful for some of the most engaging products to emerge in Canada. The goal is to connect the entrepreneurs, designers, marketers, developers, and others that are the fabric of emerging technology and media companies in Canada together to share, to educate, to connect with each other and other valuable members of the ecosystem.

How do I present?

Fill out the form

Help me help you. Explain the problem you solve, your market, your customer, how you are different, and why now. We’re looking for startups/companies/products that have third-party validation (external funding; real customers; etc.) and traction.

Why do we do this?

The strength of the network is based on both the number of nodes and the quality of the connections. DemoCamp is one of many local events to help local emerging technology entrepreneurs, startups, designers, marketers, connect with each other and a support ecosystem. Ranging from lawyers (CognitionLLP, Hyndman|Law, Laberge Weinstein, others), accountants (KPMG), recruiters, and others (OCE).

It’s a great way to see 5 minute pitches and demos. To see what else is going on in Toronto. To connect with interesting people. And to get noticed, find talent, locate funding, or just be social.

Looking for talent, a new job, check out:

University of Toronto

I missed tonight’s DemoCampUofT sponsored by the cool kids at Web Startup Society. They had a kickass keynote speaker, my friend and startup lawyer, Rob Hyndman.

  1. Sidra Mahmood, “Typography and Design” for WebDevelopers
  2. James Cash, Building a Social Writing Site in Rails
  3. Alexander Synaptic, Online Music Portal
  4. James An, Social Network for LGBT
  5. Rafal Dittwald, Skule online voting app
  6. Kirk Williams, Facebook App: Garrison
  7. Andrew Trusty, Language Learning in Browser – firefox extension
  8. Danial Jameel, Location Based Mobile Startup

Love this team for pulling together a great event.

Random rantings of a grouchy old man: I wish I could take all students out and tell them job titles in a student organization are pretty much irrelevant. Vice president, technical director, consultant. Yes they are industry titles, but they only demonstrate that you are worth of buzzword bingo. My recommendation, stop with the bullshit titles, start with 140 characters describing what you did.

Keep up the great work at UofT. Details about DemoCamp Toronto 26 in the next day or so.

The Schedule for DCT#25

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Donation Matching

We have raised $2930 ($2330 + $600), that Gurbaksh has generously agreed to match. There are 2 options for making a donation.

  1. Make a donation directly to MSF and publish your receipt tagging #democamphaiti (it’s also really helpful if you send me the link, but this is the easiest option)
  2. donation matching closed

Demos (in no particular order)

I also managed to offer Greg Balajewicz, Realm of Empires a spot, thinking that I had invited him after sending email to the also invited Greg Thomson of Tall Tree Games. Realm of Empires team has been fantastic in cutting me some slack on a mistake and will present at the next DemoCamp.

Donations for Haiti

To help support relief efforts in Haiti, 100% of the DemoCamp donations will be going to Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans FrontièresGurbaksh has elevated the challenge to DemoCamp attendees. He will personally match the donations from the DemoCamp crowd (at a minimum, we’ve been talking about him donating a multiple of the DemoCamp number).

Just to make sure there are the appropriate checks and balances, I will publish the donation receipt on Jan 27, 2010 on DemoCamp.com. This is not a cash grab, I am happy to make as much information available to make sure that everyone understands all moneys will be donated. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have concerns at david at davidcrow dot ca or using my contact page.