Category Archives: DemoCamp

Download Beam app to use tonight at DemoCamp

Editor’s Note: Beam will demo tonight at DemoCamp, and they would like attendees to download the app before the event so they can use it at DemoCamp!

 

Beam is new way to meet and engage with people at events.

How Beam works?

Simply download the app, make a profile, and you can start finding people around you. What’s unique is that we give people the ability to tell their story by beaming it to others within 50m. Think of it like a local bulletin board where people share their interests, their profiles, and discussions.

It’s very easy to Beam your story, but even easier to exchange contact info. You’ll never need to search, type phone numbers, or write anything again, just Beam it.

So what are you waiting for, let’s get Beaming. Get the app now at webeam.co/beta for iOS and Android. Please install before democamp for best results.

 

DemoCamp20 full demo line-up announced

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

 

 

Demos


 

Demo 1
Beam – A colorful meeting people app that does the hard work for you.

 

Demo 2
We are a startup named RentHost and our goal is to help enhance the rental housing search experience for Canadian students and assist property owners better list and manage their properties. RentHost’s modern, map-based search interface and advanced filters makes it easier for students to search off-campus housing. We let them shortlist listings, get alerts based on their search, and allow them to communicate and schedule showings with property owners through our platform. For property owners and managers, we help them save time and effort by letting them list on multiple websites with one click and give them metrics on their listings’ performance. Using our platform, they are able to better manage their leads from a central inbox. Adopting a lean approach, we launched a minimum viable product last year, allowing us to test and incorporate new features to our online service. This year, we have launched our service in Hamilton for both McMaster University and Mohawk College, the major post-secondary institutions in the city. We are currently investing in our marketing efforts, in order to maximize our reach to students in Hamilton, helping them save time and make off-campus housing search easier.

 

Demo 3
Inventor Dan Zen – creator of many games, gadgets, communities and apps will demo ZIM js – a free JavaScript library of Interactive Media modules – much like jQuery of the HTML canvas. http://zimjs.com

 

Demo 4
Hifyre will demo tenfour, a news aggregator that encourages better online conversation.

 

Demo 5
xocial is the “thank you platform” with a mission to inspire and motivate the good in everyone. Our mobile app lets people easily connect with their social networks and other xocial users to recognize positive deeds and actions.

 

Demo 6
FriendlyRentr is a peer-to-peer rental community where you can rent anything you own or need with people you can trust.

 

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.

 

Sponsors


 

 

          

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton        

 

E-mail democamphamilton@gmail.com if you are interested in sponsoring.

 

Apply to demo at DemoCampHamilton20

Art Gallery of Hamilton

 

DemoCampHamilton20 will be taking place on Wednesday April 8th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at The Art Gallery of Hamilton. You can register to attend the event here: eventbrite.ca/e/democamphamilton20-tickets-15731334846

At DemoCamps we have 5-6 local startups, makers and/or students give 5 minute live demos of something they’ve built, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the community in attendance. Typically demos are a new startup product, but sometimes particularly interesting side projects or non-profit community projects (e.g. open data).

Going forward I’m going to post an ‘application to demo form’, and demo submissions will be reviewed by a few people in the local industry (experienced founders, technical leads, etc.). Asking people to just e-mail me worked well in the past, but I’ve noticed that forms seem to encourage more submissions, and as the amount of demo slots exceeds demand for demo slots, I’d rather have some kind of a ‘peer review’ determine who gets a spot.

 

 

Next DemoCamp with Mark Pavlidis on April 8th

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

 

 

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.

 

Sponsors


 

 

          

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton        

 

E-mail democamphamilton@gmail.com if you are interested in sponsoring.

 

Demos


TBA.

 

Submission of Demos


 

Demos for DemoCampHamilton can be submitted to: democamphamilton@gmail.com. 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.

 

DemoCampHamilton19 full demo line-up announced

When: Wednesday 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

 

Demos


 

Demo 1
TRIAT (Tiny Researcher In A Tube) is an open source, research grade GPS data logging device that is based on an Arduino platform. The core design principles include very low energy use, full data logging customization, low cost, and easy manufacturing in quantity. Current research includes exploring how spatial use in a city relates to social connectedness.

 

Demo 2
Street Smarts app is an app designed to teach children with special needs what they can do if they are lost/separated from a caregiver in a store. The instructional design is informed by the most cutting edge research from the science of Behavior Analysis.

 

Demo 3
WeMesh is an iOS app that combines your two favorite mobile activities – watching YouTube and chatting – into one new exciting app. It allows you to experience your favorite videos in perfect synchrony with all your friends while messaging. WeMesh turns your group’s iPhones into a speaker system, courtesy of our unrivaled playback sync engine.

 

Demo 4
Maestro allows you to use your arm’s movements to control a variety of instruments in a grand orchestral piece. Depending on the direction of your arm’s movements, a different note is played. All of this information is gathered using Thalmic Lab’s Myo armband. As you compose, you are able to switch instruments between a strings section, horns section, and the vocal section of the orchestra.

 

Demo 5
Beam is a new way to discove contacts and keep in touch. For more information, please visit WeBeamapp.com.

 

Demo 6
Seasoned Tactics is a cross-platform multi-player tactics arena where you take control of the arena by covering it with your season. Players compete in turns using strategy to out maneuver the computer or other players.

Keynote Speaker


 

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Jesse Rodgers

 

Director

Creative Destruction Lab

University of Toronto

 

Jesse Rodgers is the Director of Creative Destruction Lab and has been in education and technology for 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 University of Liverpool and a B.A. from the University of Waterloo.

 

Sponsors


 

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton
 

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DemoCamp line-up sneak peeks

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Check out the sneak peak below of two of the demos you can see at DemoCamp Hamilton 19!

When: Wednesday December 3rd 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton – 123 King Street West
Register: eventbrite.ca/e/democamphamilton19-tickets-14175044941

 

Sneak Peek #1: Special Appucations – Street Smarts

Street Smarts app is an app designed to teach children with special needs what they can do if they are lost/separated from a caregiver in a store. The instructional design is informed by the most cutting edge research from the science of Behavior Analysis.

 

 

Sneak Peek #2: Milton Friesen – TRIAT

TRIAT (Tiny Researcher In A Tube) is an open source, research grade GPS data logging device that is based on an Arduino platform. The core design principles include very low energy use, full data logging customization, low cost, and easy manufacturing in quantity. Current research includes exploring how spatial use in a city relates to social connectedness.

 

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DemoCampHamilton19 on December 3rd at The AGH

When: Wednesday 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


 

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Jesse Rodgers

 

Director

Creative Destruction Lab

University of Toronto

 

Jesse Rodgers is the Director of Creative Destruction Lab and has been in education and technology for 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 University of Liverpool and a B.A. from the University of Waterloo.

 

Sponsors


 

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton
 

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Demos


 

TBA

 

Submission of Demos


 

Demos for DemoCampHamilton can be submitted to: kevin@kevinbrowne.ca. 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.

DemoCamp Hamilton 18 full demo line-up announced

When: Monday September 29th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Where: Twelve Eighty 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.

 

 

Demos


 

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.

 

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.

 

Sponsors


 

 

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DemoCampHamilton18 with Malgosia Green of Top Hat on September 29th

 

When: Monday September 29th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Where: Twelve Eighty 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


 

 

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.

 

Sponsors


 

 

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Demos


 

TBD

 

Submission of Demos


 

Demos for DemoCampHamilton can be submitted to: democamp@softwarehamilton.com. 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.

 

Boring tech pays and other lessons from John Vujicic

Last week at DemoCampHamilton17 we had VIZIYA CEO John Vujicic give a keynote about the firm’s growth and lessons learned along the way. It was an engaging and refreshingly blunt talk.

VIZIYA is Hamilton’s most successful tech company by two of the most important measures – revenue growth and employee count. And yet you don’t hear about them much. Part of that’s because they do “boring stuff” – enterprise-level asset management software. I was half-expecting John to either gloss over that or play it up somehow, but he made it clear earlier in his talk they’re well aware that’s the case. I actually really enjoyed that he just completely owned that head on like that, like it was nothing to be ashamed about.

 

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Here was my quick notes on lessons learned from John that night:

 

1) Boring tech pays the bills

Many of the startup apps developed locally have targeted “sexy tech” – social media, crowdfunding, gaming, etc. The stuff that you see in the mainstream tech media a lot, the stuff Silicon Valley does well, the stuff that can go viral. And though we have examples of people succeeding in these areas locally, especially in niche areas, there’s a lot of “boring tech” that seems to do pretty well at making money and creating jobs. Maybe we need to start owning and encouraging that more?

 

2) Give (a lot) before you get

VIZIYA has been able to work with major companies around the world. These types of clients have the revenues to make them really worthwhile, but how do you get companies this large as clients at all? One aspect is sales of course (see below), but how do you even get the ball rolling?

John talked about how VIZIYA had to work extremely hard for a single major partner first before they were able to work with other major firms – doing essentially whatever they had to do to keep this partner happy.

 

3) Sales matter

John really pushed the concept of sales, which wasn’t especially new. But he was particularly earnest about the need to hire sales people in the different regions that you are selling. He also emphasized that your competitors can crush you with superior sales if you neglect it yourself.

 

4) Residual revenues

John said something along the lines of “if you don’t think this matters, you’re in the wrong business”. He emphasized that residual revenues are required to keep you afloat over longer periods of time. By ensuring that at least your costs are covered by residual revenues, anything you make on top of this can be profit.

 

5) Create multiple products (battleship strategy)

Lots of people advise that startups should focus on an MVP, so it was interesting to hear a counter-argument that startups should throw multiple products at the wall and see what sticks. John gave an example of a massive German battleship that was sunk by a fleet of destroyers – sure a few destroyers were lost, but the battleship was sunk.

One weakness with the single MVP strategy is that, sure, you can try to iterate and build-repeat-learn until you find something that connects, but what if you’re searching in the wrong space altogether? By trying out and iterating different products you may increase your chances of a hit.

Easier said than done, but that’s the theory, and I suspect it applies in some cases.

 

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