Category Archives: DemoCamp

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

DemoCampHamilton19

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


 

jesserodgers

 

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


 

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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.

 

Full DemoCampHamilton17 demo line-up revealed

 

When: Tuesday June 17th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton – Joey and Toby Tanebaum Pavilion – 123 King 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


 

 

Paul Lupinacci

 

 

 

Vice President of Development and Operations at VIZIYA

 

 

 

Paul is responsible for VIZIYA‘s product development, service and support teams. Paul’s engineering and enterprise software experience guides the delivery team and makes sure our products exceed expectations.

Prior to joining VIZIYA, Paul started his career in manufacturing engineering and industrial automation. In 1992 Paul helped start Changepoint Corporation and was part of the management team that grew Changepoint into an enterprise software company with staff of 185 and annual revenues of over $30 million. Changepoint was acquired by Compuware Corporation in 2004.

In 2006 Paul became COO of MedShare transforming the company from a services firm to a software product company in the home health care market. Most recently Paul was a partner at investment firm Hewick Research Inc., where he advised companies in a wide range of markets including human capital management, identity management, and clean-tech. Paul is a professional engineer, has an MBA and is on the board of the Golden Horseshoe Venture Forum.

 

Demos


 

Demo 1
Promenade is an iPad app designed for family members and caregivers to use when visiting loved ones living with dementia or related illnesses.Created by experts in the field of Gerontology and Therapeutic Recreation, Promenade is a tool that can help stimulate conversation, encourage reminiscence, and make personal visits more rewarding and engaging.

 

Demo 2
Teachably is a cloud based all-in-one management suite for teachers that allow them to manage everything from their students, class timetables, and create lesson plans. It’s main goal is to provide simplicity and organization into teachers’ lives.

 

Demo 3
Developed in-house by factor[e], Tenon is both a content management system (CMS) and a rapid application development (RAD) framework. Tenon is free, open-source software whose source code is freely available online. It provides leading edge, responsive, content management capabilities combined with the ability for rapid development of new design and functionality.

 

Demo 4
Capredoni-Empower tablet computers and educational software by Chris Capredoni will demo a Math for Kids Android App.

 

Demo 5
Have you ever needed to work on two documents simultaneously? Have you ever taken the time to set things up just the way you wanted, only to have to do it all again the next time you returned to that task? Have you ever found that it was such a pain to position both documents on screen the way you wanted them, that you just couldn’t be bothered? Next time, don’t switch between full-screen documents when you don’t want to. After a simple drag and drop setup, those two documents will ALWAYS open right where you want them.

 

Sponsors


 

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton
 

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DemoCampHamilton17 on June 17 inside The AGH

 

When: Tuesday June 17th, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: The Art Gallery of Hamilton – Joey and Toby Tanebaum Pavilion – 123 King 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


 

 

Paul Lupinacci

 

 

 

Vice President of Development and Operations at VIZIYA

 

 

 

Paul is responsible for VIZIYA‘s product development, service and support teams. Paul’s engineering and enterprise software experience guides the delivery team and makes sure our products exceed expectations.

Prior to joining VIZIYA, Paul started his career in manufacturing engineering and industrial automation. In 1992 Paul helped start Changepoint Corporation and was part of the management team that grew Changepoint into an enterprise software company with staff of 185 and annual revenues of over $30 million. Changepoint was acquired by Compuware Corporation in 2004.

In 2006 Paul became COO of MedShare transforming the company from a services firm to a software product company in the home health care market. Most recently Paul was a partner at investment firm Hewick Research Inc., where he advised companies in a wide range of markets including human capital management, identity management, and clean-tech. Paul is a professional engineer, has an MBA and is on the board of the Golden Horseshoe Venture Forum.

 

Sponsors


 

 

Art Gallery of Hamilton
 

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Demos


 

To be announced.

 

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.

 

 

Demos


 

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: http://droner.mobi 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


 

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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.

 

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