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Silver Anniversary – DCT25

Gurbasksh 'G' ChahalIt’s the 25th DemoCamp special edition in Toronto. We’ve been very lucky to have Yossi Vardi, Gary Vaynerchuk and now Gurbaksh Chahal join us for DemoCamp. Don’t know who “G” is?  Check out the Request for Help for details.

For the Chahal family, as for many immigrants, education was paramount, but G left high school at sixteen to form Click Agents, an Internet advertising company, which he sold two years later for $40 million. In January 2004, he launched a second company, BlueLithium – the next generation in Internet advertising. The company was focused on data, optimization, and analytics and became a pioneer of behavioral targeting. BlueLithium was named one of the top 100 private companies in America three years in a row by AlwaysOn, and in 2006, it received highest honor as Top Innovator of the Year. (Previous winners included Google, Skype, and Salesforce.com.) On September 4th, 2007, Yahoo! announced that it was acquiring BlueLithium for $300 million in cash.

How do I present?

Preference given to social gaming and virtual world companies (think Facebook, Myspace, Zynga, Playfish, etc.). We will not be excluding other companies, but G will be apart of the selection process and he has indicated this is his personal area of interest for both gWallet and angel investing.

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.

DemoCamp Toronto 25 Details


DemoCamp Toronto 25 iCal

DemoCamp Toronto 25
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 6:00 PM
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
55 Dundas St West, Room 1067
Toronto, ON Canada


  • SIFE Ryerson
  • Ontario Centre of Excellence
  • StartupNorth

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 zero.in 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.

GridCentric.ca – 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.

Montreal – Dec 2, 2009

career democamp montreal

PHP Quebec & ConFoo are hosting a Career DemoCamp on Wednesday, December 2,2009 in Montreal. It’s a very interesting concept, the goal is to introduce local developers to startups and other web projects for the purpose of employment. Apparently, Microsoft is paying for the space as part of TechDays Montreal and Joey, bless his heart, is giving back to the community.

The evening starts with a career workshop with sessions by:

DemoCamp has always been a great way for local companies to raise their profile in the development community. The goal to share what you’ve been working on with a larger group of individuals to get feedback, to raise awareness, to raise funding, to hire new employees, to get new people building on your API, etc. It’s great to see Joey and Jean-Luc Sans Cartier doing something different to engage the community in Montreal.

iCal File

Career DemoCamp Montreal iCal File

Date : Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 6:30pm (20091202T18:30-05:00)
Centre Mont-Royal
2200, rue Mansfield Montréal, QC, H3A 3R8 [map]
International Room One
Tickets: http://careerdemocamp.eventbrite.com/

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.

DemoCamp Ottawa # 12

democampottawaLooks like the gang in Ottawa is at it again. The goal has always to have a strong network of locally driven events and entrepreneurs. I’ve been in Ottawa a fair bit in the past couple of months (Social Media Breakfast, StartupDrinks, and I’m hoping to get back for DemoCamp).

DemoCamp events are great events to get feedback from a friendly community. You can use the event to build local profile to help find funding, to help with recruiting, to help practice your demo, and make sure that you expect feedback from the participants. It is a great way to start to get outside feedback on a company, an idea, a product, your pitch, etc. Use it appropriately.


Go west to Guelph on Sept 30, 2009



The Waterloo region gang is hard at work. First on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 there is StartupDrinks Waterloo. And the following night, September 30, there is StartupDrinks happening in Toronto, Montreal and  Ottawa. But if you live in Waterloo Region do not fret. You don’t have to make the precarious drive to downtown Toronto. You can go to Guelph, for DemoCamp.

Anyone in and around Guelph interested in software, the web and technology! Startup junkies, wage slaves, consultants, students, indie professionals, engineers, designers, money and marketing guys. If you want to see and talk about some interesting things, and get to know other people in the Guelph tech community, come on out! You don’t have to demo to attend.

Make sure you register to help the organizers know how much free beer to buy!

Invited Speaker

Mathew Ingram will be talking with us about how the Globe is trying to think more like a startup. Mathew is the Communities Editor of the Globe and Mail, a technology blogger and co-founder of the annual mesh conference in Toronto


An Evening with Yossi Vardi

Geo Perdis was a busy guy last night, he was at both DemoCamp and the Future of Media events. The venerable Tom Purves was kind enough to live blog the Yossi Vardi chat at DemoCamp Toronto 22.

Yossi Vardi quoting Paul Getty, an oil man: there are three rules for success
1. rise early,
2. work hard,
3. strike oil.

I had a great time at DemoCamp last night. The event ran a little long (6:30pm start; 9:26pm finish), but I really wanted to give the audience an opportunity to arrive and I did not want to cut short Yossi. It was 37 minutes to answer the first question I asked.

  • I really liked having a "guest of honour”, it’s particularly great when the guest is as engaging as Yossi.
  • Mark Evans suggested that a new goal, every entrepreneur should leave the stage better from the experience and feedback
  • Providing feedback and commentary is critical. I’d like to experiment have 1-3 local experts that provide feedback. I’m thinking marketing/pr; tech; finance. Or something.
  • We need to have more fun. Be less serious about the feedback. Yossi reminded me how much play there can be in engaging with startups and entrepreneurs. I used to call this the “heckle”. We need to bring this element back to the events.
  • The crowd and question and answer is still my favourite. Regardless of the experimenting with “experts”, there needs to always be time for open Q&A.

Do you have an opinion on the format? the venue? How can we make the experience and the event better? You feedback is always appreciated. 

Demo Ignite Camp: Vancouver, September 14th

Demo Ignite Camp - Monday, September 14 - 7:00 p.m. - Vancouver Convention Centre

What Is Demo Ignite Camp?

Think of Demo Ignite Camp as an evening of “show and tell” where the bright lights of Vancouver’s high-tech and startup scene get together to present their projects and ideas. It’ll feature two kinds of presentations:

Demo icon (a toy robot) Demos: By “demo”, we mean a demonstration of your software, web application or project in action. It’s the only thing you’re allowed to show on the big screen — no slides allowed! The idea is for you to show off your technology in action and inspire us, not give us yet another marketing spiel.



Ignites: An Ignite presentation on a tech-related topic with some constraints to make it interesting: you’re allowed only 20 slides, and they’re set to automatically advance every 15 seconds. It requires you to keep the text on your slides to a minimum and your presentation to be focused. It’s a true test of your presentation-fu.

Demo Ignite Camp will take place at Vancouver Convention Centre on Monday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m., a little bit after the first day of Microsoft’s TechDays Vancouver conference wraps up.

Demo Ignite Camp @ Vancouver Convention Centre

“Very Nice. How Much?”

Admission is free! As in beer, which we’ll be going out for after Demo Ignite Camp.

Want to Present at Demo Ignite Camp?

Have you got a project you’d like to show as a demo or an idea that you’d like to present as an Ignite? Drop me a line or leave a comment on Demo Ignite Camp’s event page!

Who’s Involved?


So far, we’ve got Avi Bryant booked for one of Demo Ignite Camp’s 8 presentation slots. He’ll be doing a demo and we’re incredibly pleased – he works on some really cool projects, and we of the Toronto DemoCamp crew still consider his demo of DabbleDB to be one of the best demos in our 21-event history. We’re looking forward to seeing his presentation, which I suspect will be on Clamato, which is equal parts Smalltalk, JavaScript and the future.

Demo Ignite Camp wouldn’t even exist without the efforts of the Bee Man:

"Bumblebee Man" from "The Simpsons"

Actually, that’s @bmann, as in Boris Mann, blogger, technologist, entrepreneur and go-to guy for Vancouver’s tech scene:


He’s helping pull this event together in record time and playing the part of co-host, in spite of his very packed schedule.


Microsoft played a part in making Demo Ignite Camp happen: they provided the venue and the AV system free of charge. The Vancouver leg of their conference, TechDays Canada 2009, takes place on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th, which means that they had the facility on Monday night, during which nothing was scheduled. The TechDays organizers decided that they’d make the room available for some kind of community event.

I’ll be helping out as well. I’ll be co-hosting, and I was the guy who emailed Boris and said “Hey, dude, if you’ve got the camp, I’ve got the venue.”

Want to Know More?

There are more details on Demo Ignite Camp’s event page.

DCT#21 – The Schedule

First a huge thank you to Mike Lee  & Bonnie Schnurr and the team at Rogers Communications, Inc. DemoCamp Toronto # 21 is taking place at the Velma Rogers Theatre at 333 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, and this venue would not have  without their sponsorship and support.

DemoCamp Toronto # 21 is completely sold out. If you have a ticket and are not able to attend, please send me an email and I will free up the tickets and refund your money.

Jon Udell is joining us for DemoCamp. For those of you that don’t know Jon, he’s a big part of the reason I decided to join Microsoft. Jon wrote about his decision back in 2006 and going to work for Jeff Sandquist (co-incidently Jeff is a Canadian, we’re taking over the world). Big thanks to Greg Wilson for inviting Jon to participate in his Science 2.0 event, we’re really lucky to have Jon join us and present at DemoCamp.   Jon will be opening the night, and sharing stuff that interests him and will change the world.

The Schedule

  • You can’t pick your neighbours, but you can pick your neighbourhood!
    Saul Colt, Zoocasa
    Zoocasa is a new way to search for homes in Canada. For the first time a site allows people to get search results based on what actually goes into their decision process when home shopping. Things like neighbourhoods, schools, shops and services.
  • ArtAnywhere : Where Lost artwork meets Empty walls
    Christine Renaud, ArtAnywhere
    ArtAnywhere allows artists to showcase their artwork online and to rent or sell it to businesses and individuals. We are launching the application in Montreal on September 26, in Toronto and New York in October 2009.
  • Bringing Social Media to Contractors
    Brian Sharwood, HomeStars

    HomeStars is a social media website for contractors. It’s how they communicate with their clients, generate reviews, generate leads, and create ‘whuffie’.  Home improvement guys (and gals) are not particularly tech savvy. We provide a platform for them to communicate with their clients, who provide them feedback and reviews.
  • Create a BlackBerry/iPhone Mobile App in 5 Minutes
    Alan Lysne,
    Cascada Mobile
    Cascada Mobile Breeze enables anyone with Web 2.0 skills to create and distribute mobile apps for over 300 different phones including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.  Write with HTML/JavaScript/CSS, get apps that can be sold in the app stores.
  • Stories Told Together – Introducing Social Cards
    Shaun, MacDonald,
    For sophisticated social networkers, Mashup Arts is the social card company that delivers the most personalized, collaborative and media-rich card creation platform. We have raised $ 1.6 million in angel funding, and are ready to launch our product.
  • WeGoWeGo.com: semantic search for city events
    Dan Wood,
    WeGoWeGo.com is a new city search and social network site focusing on nightlife, events and tourism in Toronto. With 20 million visitors each year spending $4.5 billion dollars, Toronto’s international cuisine, cultural events and thriving nightlife just keep getting better.
  • Guestlist – online event management
    Ben Vinegar,
    Guestlist is an online event management application, with a focus on user experience, design, and simplicity. It lets event organizers sell tickets online via gorgeous looking event pages, which are built using an intuitive WYSIWYG editor. Guestlist is “getting real” applied to event management — we’ve built a simple solution by providing what 80% of event organizers need, and forgetting the rest.
  • guiGoog: Advanced Visual Power Search
    Jason Roks,
    The iconic search tool. Results matter.

Announcements, Job Postings, etc.

We’re going to try to gather this before the event. Just fill out the form with your announcement details. Remember keep it short, think <140 characters.