So it’s been just a little over a month since we held the first DemoCampMississauga. I know I should have published this a long time ago but better late then never. Putting together an event like this was an amazing experience and I look forward to hosting another one in the near future. When you put an event like this together you expect a few things to go wrong especially if this is the first time organizing an event like this. We showed up to the bar early and tested out all of the hardware and everything was looking good until…..the owner of the pub says to me “we have another party booked but they’ll be finished by 6:00 at the latest”. I’ll admit I was a little freaked out but I trusted the owner and fully expected the party to be wrapped up by 6:00 when people started rolling in. I couldn’t have been more wrong! People started to show up for the DemoCamp on time but the party it would seem was just getting started inside. So there we were faced with our first “technical” issue and we had no idea what to do. Luckily people that come to Democamps are the coolest people ever and they endured the wait and eventually the drunken school teacher party faded around 6:45. Once we were setup everything pretty much fell into place. So to sum it up, Democamps are awesome and the people that attend are amazing. I feel privileged to have met the people that I did that night so thanks to everyone that showed up and participated. Here is a summary of the presentations:
WeGoWeGo.com - A faceted semantic search application for cultural events and entertainment in Toronto. Our mission is to help people find information fast and make good decisions about where to spend their fun time. We are currently supporting Toronto, but plan to expand nation-wide and beyond. As we demonstrated, WeGoWeGo is:
A search engine where you can Find the events and places that you like
A wish list where you can Save your favourites in “My WeGoWeGo”
A community where you can Share your city and your perspective
Radar - A powerful and cost effective way to contact your entire customer base, readership or group of devoted followers and fans!
Because it’s an opt-in system, your users only get the info they want, and you can make sure the content is perfect.
You also have the power to offer your message to be sent via Microsoft Live Messenger, SMS text message, Email and Twitter which means your announcement will get responses.
Social Media Marketing can be an invaluable addition to your communication strategy. The benefits and bottom line impacts on your marketing initiatives will be massive.
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–it’s an elegant solution that focuses on the majority of use cases, while ignoring advanced features whose complexity would burden the application for others.
Rachel Young - Co-founder of Camaraderie, presented on the general concept
Coworking is a social way of working for solitary freelancers, budding
entrepreneurs, and digital nomads.
Working independently can often carry some unnecessary burdens. Family
life or home life is hard to separate from work life; partners may assume
that since the freelancer is home then of course he/she can do the
laundry, start dinner, go grocery shopping, etc. Home-based distractions
also play a part in the struggle to work independently; the new game that
was purchased as a reward for hard work often calls to the freelancer, as
does that fun project left unfinished in the garage, or simply the idea of
going back to bed and not going outside for days on end.
Rachel and her business partner Wayne A Lee plan to open a coworking
facility in Toronto in the Fall of 2009. Camaraderie will be an open space
that welcomes a diversity of entrepreneurs and freelancers, as well as be
a hub for a variety of community events and a central location for
MTrack – We are working on a system (temporary called MTrack) which allows smartphone users to share their location information with their friends (which could be another smartphone user or a desktop user). By using this system, users can see where their friends are on the Google Map. Besides tracking location, the system also allow sending texts, pictures, and other communication data.
The system consists of 3 parts,
1. Smartphone client application
It sends out its GPS data to other people (through the server system). It also provides a map which can displays other people’s location.
2. Desktop client application
Desktop user access the system through Internet. He can see smartphone users’ location the map.
3. Server system
Basically it authorizes users’ access to the system and relays data from one client to another client.
The market of the system includes
Social networking tool
Vehicle monitoring tool (e.g. for fire-fighters, ambulance vehicles)
Traffic emergency monitoring
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