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DemoCampHamilton16 demo line-up revealed


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.





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.


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.


DemoCampHamilton16 with Karl Wiklund

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 is a problem-solver with a passion for high technology as well as the engineering applications of cutting-edge science. In his role at VitaSound Audio he worked as lead engineer as part of an international development team to create the Personal Audio Enhancer (PEA) wearable hearing enhancement device featuring user programmability and customizability. Karl continues to design and implement improvements to the PEA, as well as conduct research projects with academic and industrial partners. Karl completed his PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at McMaster University.





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The full demo line-up will be announced soon!

E-mail if you are interested in a demo spot.


Interview with Adrian Duyzer of factor[e]

Check out the following interview with Adrian Duyzer (@adriandz) CTO of factor[e] (@factor_e) and keynote speaker at DemoCampHamilton15 this coming Tuesday February 4th at Mohawk College!


AdrianDuyzersWhat got you interested in software development?

We got our first computer, an IBM-clone PC XT, when I was 10 or 11 years old. It was amazing. Like any kid I was particularly interested in games, especially King’s Quest and the other Sierra titles. So it was super exciting when I came across a book at the library that promised to let you program your own game in BASIC. I still remember the cover, which showed a full-colour illustration of a rocket ship blasting off from the moon.

I took out the book and painstakingly copied dozens, perhaps hundreds of lines of BASIC code out of the book and into an editor. When I was finally done and ran the program I fully expected a colourful, graphical extravaganza, just like the illustration on the cover. I was dismayed to get a text prompt instead: “Enter the angle at which to fire the rocket: “, “Enter the velocity: “, etc.

In spite of this disappointment the magic stuck with me and I still find the open-ended, creative nature of software development fascinating.


Given your own experiences, is there any advice you would give to students and those starting off in the field today?

When I speak to people who are starting out in the industry I tend to find they often share two problems. First, they aren’t sure what area to focus on. Second, they don’t know which tools and languages are actually being used by experienced practitioners in the field.

To solve the first problem, pick something you find personally interesting that also has good growth potential. A somewhat narrow choice is better than a really general one, in my opinion. Deciding to focus on Android development using Java, or front-end web development using Javascript/HTML/CSS, is better than just deciding to be a “computer programmer”. Just make sure that you’re passionate about it (or think you could become that way), and that you’ve got a good chance of actually finding work doing it.

To solve the second problem, talk to some people with experience who you can verify are keeping up in their fields. There are a lot of developers (and development shops) that stagnate and are still using, for example, ASP. You need to find people who’ve kept up and are producing great work and then really grill them on what they’re doing so you can find out what’s worth learning.




How did you get started at factor[e]?

I moved in next door to the person who was the sole owner of the company at that time, Tyler Cowie. That was about 7 or 8 years ago. I was a freelance developer back then, after the failure of another company I’d started a few years earlier. We quickly became friends and I started doing contract work for factor[e], which had just one full-time programmer (Sean Roberts, who is now Senior Software Architect at the firm).

We had a lot of beer-fuelled strategy conversations, conducted over the fence between our backyards, and worked out a plan to have me join the company. I did, and a couple of years later became partner.


What makes factor[e] different than other studios?

My partner Tyler’s background is the arts. He is an accomplished sculptor and painter and taught art before he started the company. My background has always been technology. Together, we ground the company in two disciplines: design and technology. Our unique strength is in marrying these two disciplines and ensuring we have leading-edge expertise in both.


What’s the most important part of creating an amazing user experience?

A lot’s been written about this so rather than describing what I think is the “most important” part, I’ll relate what I think is an important part that is often not done well, which is the text that appears in interfaces.

Writing good software involves two types of writing. Obviously there’s the code. The other part is all of the text that the user reads, such as instructions. I often come across convoluted instructions in web applications that confuse and overly complicate the experience.

I try to avoid that by writing clear and simple text in an active voice and I frequently revise the wording. You can be a great programmer but a poor writer of the English language; in which case, don’t neglect having someone proofread the text that appears in your software.




There’s dozens of young web design and development companies in Hamilton, many of which are just a few years old. What advice would you give to up and coming firms looking to expand and take on bigger clients and projects?

I have two pieces of advice. The first comes from Dale Mugford’s amazing keynote speech at a DemoCamp last year. He related the saying, “Smooth seas never made a skillful sailor”. I refer back to that line often. It reassures me that it is normal for things to be difficult and that even when they are truly, horribly difficult, I’m learning something from the experience. So my first piece of advice is to take this line to heart, because growing a business is not easy.

Secondly, people growing a business should not feel as though they need to go it alone. Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Get an advisor, talk to your peers, call the Innovation Factory and set up a meeting. As entrepreneurs it is easy to start thinking you’ve got all the answers and that you’re going to be the next Steve Jobs. Maybe you are, but most of us never will be, so talk to the people who can guide you, challenge your assumptions, and set you on the right path.


What will you be talking about at DemoCamp this Tuesday night?

Our dream of making Hamilton a successful technology city cannot succeed without active and informed political leadership. As technologists, designers, entrepreneurs and so on we’ve worked hard to create a vibrant technology sector in Hamilton and this hard work has led to many achievements. But there is also an important role for our city’s political leaders. I plan to discuss that role – and how well I think they’re filling it! – on Tuesday.


Come see Adrian’s talk and a line-up of great demos at DemoCampHamilton15 this Tuesday February 4th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm in The Arnie pub at Mohawk College!


DemoCampHamilton15 line-up announced



When: Tuesday February 4th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Arnie pub @ Mohawk College (135 Fennel Ave West)



In addition to the keynote by Adrian Duyzer (@adriandz) CTO of factor[e], we’ll have the following demo line-up out at DemoCamp:



Demo 1
Apptui – adaptive remotes that instantly control the apps and websites you love.

Demo 2
Mohawk students Nino Dragic and Julian Villella are building a social mobile application that lets people take on challenges which they can then share with the world. Users will be able to pick challenges they like, then record themselves performing it. They will also be able to challenge others and explore newly created videos.

Demo 3
Tivitas Interactive, an Ontario-based designer and manufacturer of precision gaming accessories, will show off their premiere haptic gaming device, Sinister. Using ViviTouch’s revolutionary haptic feedback technology, Sinister offers gamers a truly sensational gaming experience unlike anything they have ever felt before.

Demo 4
We do hours of Analysis in Seconds. WealthManager compiles massive amounts of financial, historical and real-time data into its analysis, giving you instant insight into the quality of a stock – without having to do all the work yourself.

Demo 5
Mohawk College AI Club is a social group for programming enthusiasts using AI Challenges to promote Software Development. The AI Club has created a battleship competition which allows students to compete against each other in a friendly environment.

Demo 6 is web app for students to crowdfund their own scholarship. It has a school database, currently software development bootcamps, with interactive sortable maps and statistics to help students find their ideal school and funders support the students of their choice.


DemoCampHamilton15 with Adrian Duyzer on February 4th

When: Tuesday February 4th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: Mohawk College – The Arnie Student Pub (135 Fennel Avenue West)

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



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.

Adrian is also the Associate Editor of Raise The Hammer.





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Submission of Demos


Demos for DemoCampHamilton can be submitted to: You will have an internet connection, a power outlet and a VGA input to a projector. You will have 5 minutes to demo your software, and 5 minutes for Q&A.

Bring your old cell phone to DemoCamp tonight for recycling



When: Monday November 25th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: TwelvEighty pub at McMaster University



Also, Stephanie McLarty CEO of Hamilton-based REfficient will be in attendance tonight, and if you would like to participate in their Phone4Trees program you will be able to give her your old phone at the event. Check out the details of the program below:

recycle_phoneHave old cell phones or tablets to recycle?

Want to do something good for the environment?

Want to show your company is environmentally responsible —
and have the data to back it up?

Give a phone, plant a tree

Hand in your company’s and employees’ old cell phones, smartphones and tablets to REfficient for recycling and repurposing.

REfficient coordinates trees to be planted for phones and tablets handed in. We work in partnership with Trees Ontario and other tree planting organizations across Canada.

And not just that — you can plant your own tree! Bring your employees, their families and other stakeholders to the Community Tree Planting Day in May 2014. Stay tuned for details.

There is absolutely no cost to participate in the program.

How The Phones4Trees Program Works

Delete the data on the phones. Guides on how to do this are found online here. Please note REfficient is not responsible for any data left on phones.

Collect your phones, cables, power supplies, etc all together.

Contact us at or 905-544-5000 x5001 and we’ll arrange for pick up of the phones. There is free shipping for 5 or more phones collected. Alternatively, drop off your phone at or send it to 605 James Street North, 2nd floor, Hamilton ON L8L 1J9.

Receive a complimentary Go Green report — a report that gives you sustainability data from the recycling program that you can then use for website purposes, social media, CSR reporting, etc.

Stay tuned for more information on the Community Tree Planting Day in May 2014, so that you and your employees can have a fun-filled day planting trees.

DemoCampHamilton14 demo line-up announced


When: Monday November 25th, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: McMaster University – Twelve Eighty Student Pub

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



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.




Demo 1
Woof is bringing dog lovers closer to their dogs and local dog communities.

Demo 2
Make sure you find your stocking next year! Mabel’s Labels has an application and labels to help you find items in your storage bins, search for them, and organize yourself.

Demo 3
Walkbug allows users to create and share tours of their local area. Every neighbourhood is unique, and the people who live there can use Walkbug to share the hot spots and ‘hidden gems’ that are special to them. Walkbug also gives travelers a chance to experience any city as the locals do, and gives you the ability to experience areas from the locals’ perspective when on vacation in another part of the world. Right now Walkbug is being beta tested in Hamilton, but will be expanded internationally soon.

Demo 4
Eventlyze helps market to existing customers outside the inbox by using their emails to search the web for their social profiles and providing in depth details about each customer. Find the influencers, segment them by groups, find their conversation and start interacting right into Eventlyze.

Demo 5
Who Want to Be A Nurse? – A Mobile Solution for Calculating Correct Medication Dosages. Created to help BScN nursing students develop the skills and confidence required to safely calculate the correct dosages of medications and to administer them. A mobile education platform with applications in other fields.

Demo 6
Brian Hogg will be presenting Book a Meeting, a tool to help set up your meetings with less time and frustration, using just your e-mail inbox.




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