Category Archives: DemoCampToronto24

5 Blocks Out & Datamartist

Geoffrey Wiseman adds to his documentation of DemoCamp Toronto # 24 with videos of James Standen, Datamartist and Oshoma Momoh, 5 Blocks Out.

James Standen – Datamartist

Datamartist is a piece of Windows software designed to enabled the extraction, transformation and and load (ETL) of data from SQL databases, Access databases, Excel files, and other sources. The goal is to help IT analysts and developers in small and medium sized businesses or departments in larger organizations to access and manipulate data needed to inform their organizations. It’s a great piece of desktop software that is for sale (imagine that!). The best part, James Standen informed me a few days before the demo he was concerned because he was still working on getting the code to work. I love demos of functioning code.

Oshoma Momoh – 5 Blocks Out

Osh and Katrin presented their local community built around enabling neighbourhoods, 5 Blocks Out. The tool is built around helping communities share, discover and engage with their community. It is about those things that make your city great. The schools, the daycares, the restaurants, the spots, the excursions, the places off the beaten path that make a city a great place to live. You should check out 5 Blocks Out.

Geoffrey thanks for capturing the video. Make sure you check out Geoffrey’s Toronto Tech Jobs blog where he examines and breaks down the technology job postings. Whether you agree with it or not, it’s a great way to start to critically think about employers (and their HR departments).

DataTO – Adam Thody

Geoffrey Wiseman has published Adam Thody’s presentation on at DemoCamp Toronto # 24.


It’s great to see Adam and Mark Kuznicki sharing the great work they have been doing for to reach out, engage, educate and inspire Toronto software developers about the opportunities that exist in remixing the city data sets in their applications. The enablement of local businesses like 5BlocksOut, HomeZilla and others will be great.

GridCentric at DCT24

Geoffrey Wiseman has posted his recordings of Tim Smith from GridCentric at the DemoCamp Toronto # 24. As Tim says “it’s fork() for the cloud”.

And the Q&A with the audience.

One thing I hope Geoffrey is doing, is clearing the publishing of the videos with each of the participants. I’m think it’s great to be able to extend the reach of the event for the participants, however, not every demo goes well. And many demoers are getting feedback and need to feel like they have the freedom to do this without a black mark on their permanent record. That said, I’m glad someone captured the presentations, and is starting to publish them.

Live Notes from DCT24

I’m cross posting Tom Purves live notes from StartupNorth. Make sure you check out StartupNorth or WirelessNorth.


DemoCamp24 in Toronto is sold out, for those following at home, some live notes:

First up: Gary Vaynerchuk:

Greatest takeaway: big game is patience, way too many ppl give up right before it’s about to happen. If you don’t have the passion, if you’re not bleeding out the eyeballs for it you won’t make it, if it’s about cash you won’t make it. Patience and passion the pp theory. If you talk to ppl in their 90s they never say I wish I made more cash. The people who wake up in the morning who are pissed are losing.

What you can do is put down the wii, maybe not watch a lost marathon every weekend, you can start a company. That wasn’t true years ago. The fact that the internet, the most underrated thing in our society.

Question: How do you find your passion? Really hard. People roll up to me and say Gary what’s my passion? What am I fucking Yoda? What I can say you can’t be afraid of having more than one passion. Don’t limit yourself just skiing or rockclimbing, by doing that you limit your audience. We are in the personal brand business now, there are no editors to control who you are.

I never want to hear from people a 5 year plan? 5 years? 5 years ago there was no twitter, 5 years ago you needed a .edu to get into facebook. I react to what’s out there, I worry about what I can control.

Stickiness is important. You could get a trillion hits and it wouldn’t matter two foundations: quality content and customer service. Zappos is massively underrated. Zappos was the only competitor Amazon really worried about. Because Zappos wasn’t competing on price with Amazon. People cared more about Zappos. How many of you out there personally email to thank anyone who posts a comment on your blog?

First pizza, now on to the Demos:

Jason Roks – founder of guigoog now called thanking the DemoCamp Community and announcing his Angel funding which he closed thanks to his demo at DemoCamp22. PROTIP: close Angel faster with convertible debentures and avoiding the challenge of valuing your company. – cluster computing demo. Virtual cluster. Normally when you scale out your cluster, you need to scale out the same machines, with virtual clusters you can add anything, you can even move the virtual machines while running from machine to machine. With GridCentric you can grow the scale the datacenter by instantly cloning running machines. Demo’s drawing a purple elephant on a paint app on one virtual machine, cloning that virtual machine and we see the same drawing app running on the new virtual machine. Idea: if you need a hundred machines you can scale them out to hundred virtual machines then throw them away when done. How does this compare to EC2? This is an EC2 on steroids for people who have their own clusters. Q: It is based on Zen hypervisor, modified with their control stack. Moneyquote: “I don’t want this to sound super nerdy.”

DataTO. Helps the city of Toronto prioritize and release data. Have a site like a dell ideastorm with digg-like interface for people to submit and vote on requests for the city to open data. Now that the city has opened data, they really need help because they don’t have resources to open everything at once. The whole site was built in a week (wow) with developer time (@thody’s) donated by his employer Architech Solutions. This is a great cause. Since the launch of this service many other cities Paris, London, Ottawa, Victoria have expressed interest. Intention is to open source the project, contact @remarkk if you want to contribute to the project.

5BlocksOut solves the “lost in a big city problem”. It’s an online community where you ask questions or create missions like “where do you like going out for a drink?”. So far, looks like a gigpark crossed with digg for super local places and events. It also has a rather cute little hedgehog in the graphics. Other missions: I’m a hairy beast can you suggest a good esthetician? Indoor winter fun for little kidlets? site also let’s you drill down on hundreds of very local neighbourhoods, follow them and follow other “locals” twitter style. Request an invite, and metion DemoCamp to get a beta invite.

Datamartist is (another) excel killer for desktop data analysis. Let’s you build db queries using a combination of visual drag and drop blocks and excel-like formula expressions. It’s a scratch pad for data, merge sets, cut paste columns from various source, with quick visualizations like distribution or ven diagrams of what data from one set that can join to another. Pretty neat, $750 a license, if you need this, we guess you probably know who you are. Moneyquote “we’re very oldschool (we’re a windows desktop app and,) it has business model: you buy it from us”. bonus points: for non-profits, it’s free.

Eqentia. is a news and, um, tag cloud aggregator of vertical news. Here’s an Eqentia portal for Canada Tech News.

Cadmus is a neat idea. It answers the question: “what has been talked about on twitter, on rss etc. since the last time I was online”. What it will do is aggregate, crunch down and thread conversations for you. Algorithm works by looking at how important is the source and how important is the content. Moneyquote: “yes you can filter out foursquare updates from twitter”

That’s all folks. Congrats and thanks to all the brave demoers. Time for beer.

Demoing on Dec 3, 2009

Wow there was 17 submissions for the 6 demo slots at DemoCamp Toronto #24 happening on December 3, 2009 which is now sold out. Thanks to everyone that applied. If you didn’t get accepted, you’ll have another chance, DemoCamp Toronto #25 and #26 are happening on January 26, 2010 and March 30, 2010.

  • GridCentric HCP Cloud platform
    Tim Smith, @timtoronto
    Short version: we have the equivalent of fork() for virtual machines. It’s cool.
  • DataTO
    Adam Thody, @thody, Architech
    DataTO is the community companion site to It is a space for community members to find, unlock, publish and use open data for civic, social and economic purposes.
  • 5 Blocks Out
    Oshoma Momoh, @5blocksout, Mukodu
    5 Blocks Out is an online community where people share local knowledge about neighbourhoods in their city. Think "Twitter meets Facebook, for neighbourhoods".
  • Datamartist
    James Standen, @jamesstanden, nModal
    Desktop data transformation tool- a visual, data scratchpad for use by analysts and IT departments.
  • Eqentia
    William Mougayar, @wmougayar
    Eqentia delivers smartly tailored Vertical News Environments™ that enable rapid business intelligence to its users. Eqentia focuses on special-purpose, professionally oriented subjects, and goes deeper and with more relevance than general-purpose news aggregators.
  • Cadmus
    Jay, @jayair, Anomaly Innovations
    Cadmus is a web service that filters out the noise from your stream (Twitter, FriendFeed and RSS) in real time by grouping similar posts together.

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Gary Vaynerchuk at DCT#24 on Dec 3, 2009

We’re really lucky to have Saul Colt working his ass off in Toronto. He’s done a great thing. He’s invited his friend Gary Vaynerchuk to come to Toronto and talk to startups about his book, Crush It, and his demand generation (read social media usage) for WineLibrary.

That’s right, Gary Vaynerchuk in Toronto on December 3, 2009 for the next DemoCamp Toronto (which will be number 24 for anyone keeping track).


Zoocasa, Saul Colt, Rogers Ventures, OCE and StartupNorth are working together on this one.



Demos are 5 minutes long. There is an opportunity for a question and answer period after the demo. The recommendation, it’s a very strong recommendation, is that you present functioning software, i.e., no slide ware. The goal is for entrepreneurs, startups, developers to get on stage and show what you’ve been working on. It’s okay to have a couple of slides to explain your market opportunity, the stage of corporate development, identify your competitors, but it’s really key that you show us working software, hardware, network services, etc.