DemoCamp 12 — a packed house

by Mathew on February 6, 2007 · 5 comments

Came across a post from Alec Saunders about Monday night’s DemoCamp (number 12), and it reminded me that I meant to write about it too. It was at No Regrets in Liberty Village, just down the street from Tucows — where I went to DemoCamp #3 (I think it was) about a year ago on another frigid February night. The place was packed to the rafters, and despite a balky sound system and some cranky Wi-Fi it was a great show.

no regrets.jpgAlec calls it slam poetry for geeks, and he has a point. He juggled his five BlackBerrys or whatever it was to demo Iotum’s TalkNow, and did a fine job (as befits one of last year’s DEMO gods), and Albert Lai told everyone a bit about how Bubbleshare.com got to where it was and why it decided to be acquired by Toronto’s Kaboose network (and then dropped his laptop on the floor). Will Pate did a demo of Flock, and remained cool as a cucumber even when David Crow’s Mac froze and had to be rebooted, and even when someone asked why Flock didn’t just make Firefox extensions instead of creating a whole new browser.

Dave Humphrey talked about how his students have been helping develop the Mozilla open-source browser code, and we had some updates too — from Scott Brooks and his partner at Conceptshare.com, who risked their lives to drive down from Sudbury, and from my pal Mike McDerment’s Freshbooks.com (which is hiring), as well as from Brent Ashley, who said that he more or less gave up on his Ajax blog-chat app because he realized that “no one really gives a shit about being able to chat on a blog.”

Sacha wandered around taking pictures of everybody so that they could be collected for a DemoCamp index (and because Sacha is terrible with names and faces), Jay told everyone to introduce themselves to someone new, Joey made some bad jokes about David’s heart attack last year and handed out dried mango slices all the way from the Phillipines, and a great time was had by all.

  • http://www.freshbooks.com/blog/ Mike McDerment

    Mathew – kudos to you for being out there in the community…From the community’s perspective it is absolutely wonderful to see a representative from Canada’s largest national newspaper at these events. I’ve now been to a few events in California (mixers, socials, etc) and had the opportunity to meet Rafe and Dan Farber who attend these sorts of events in San Fran and Palo Alto…at first I was blown away by this, but like you they just love the technology and the people and their involvement in these “little” events helps fuel the machine which is the valley – something Toronto desperately needs as it continues to elevate its game in the technology world.

    Re your blog: I love the redesign…congrats!

  • Mathew

    Thanks, Mike. I have a great time at the DemoCamp events — and who knows where some of those “little” companies that present will wind up in the future :-)

  • http://www.hyperbio.net Leila Boujnane

    I missed all the fun being away (yet again). Argh! Just dropping by to say hello as I am catching up on my feeds – and yes, nice clean design for your blog – good work.

  • Mathew

    Thanks, Leila — and yes, you definitely missed all the fun :-)

  • http://www.conceptshare.com Scott Brooks

    Mathew,
    You are on the money! There is something happening in TO and it is really exciting to be apart of. The community has really started to take off and I know that there are alot of people keeping thier eyes on whats happening in the Toronto tech sector.

    We are very glad to have the opportunity to share our stories with the community. I enjoyed hearing about some of the cool things that are going on. Lots of smart people in that room and lots of cool ideas.

    Good to see you at the event!

    cheers

    Scott

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