Come Meet Guelph Technology!?

Tonight is DemoCampGuelph! Please register and join us tonight at 6:30pm at The EBar in downtown Guelph. You do NOT have to demo to attend. You can show up, quietly have a pint and see some folks demo some interesting tech projects. Or if you’re feeling friendly, you can get all real world social and meet some other folks working in, and around tech here in Guelph.

What you can expect tonight starting at 6:30pm

  • We have a short talk from our invited speaker Brett Shellhammer. Brett’s going to finally explain to us(me) how to ask for money! Brett’s a founder in Hyperdrive alumni Organimi and his new project The Quiet Coach. He’s formerly held Entrepreneur In Residence roles at Communitech and U of W’s Velocity program.
  • Demo’s!! We’ll run through about six. This is open stage for technologists, a chance to share some cool tech or something you’re working on.
  • Award The Crowie for demo of the night.
  • Stick around for another pint and catch a new local band Atlas.

There will be snacks and drinks and it’s a very social event so please plan to stop by tonight.

DemoCampGuelph 23

Our 23rd instance of DemoCampGuelph is coming up on Feb 19th. The rumour is that folks who won demo of the night at our last event are now down south in YCombinator, however, The Crowie award was retrieved before they left town.

As always, we need your help to make this event awesome! Please spread the word anyway you can so attendees can get registered. As well, we need demo submissions!

What can you demo?

  • Ideally something technical, software, hardware etc.
  • Ideally something you’ve had a hand in creating, however, it may just be something awesome they crowd needs to know about.
  • It does NOT have to be a startup with a business model. It is DEMOcamp not startupCamp.
  • Most important, it’s something the crowd is dying to see demo’d!

PS..On April 10th, we’re chartering our own VIA trains and filling them with folks travelling to this year’s PyCon in Montreal. Early bird tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow but here’s a super secret link to make sure you get your tickets.

Live Music at DemoCampGuelph 22

I’m massively biased this Wednesday’s DemoCampGuelph is not to be missed so register to attend now! Not only will we get to catch awesome demo’s from local tech folks, have a few pints with the local tech scene and hear some startup stories from my boy Mike Kirkup……

After that’s all said and done…we get to catch some local live music from Guelph’s best kept secret Jessy Bell Smith. Yes it’s true, Guelph isn’t all tech and startups, we have some music here as well. Don’t believe me about best kept secret? Just watch Jessy knock The Skydiggers Ramblin’ On out in this CBC Music session.

DemoCampGuelph22 with Mike Kirkup

mikeI’m very excited to announce that our invited speaker for DemoCampGuelph22 on October 30th is Mike Kirkup. Mike has a previous life running efforts like developer relations at a small shop named BlackBerry. He’s now dove headfirst into the startup world with his current role as Director of VeloCity at University of Waterloo.

There’s a truckload of topics I’d like to hear Mike speak about. We’ll work on whittling that down to one. Once we narrow it down, I’ll announce the topic as well.

It’s getting down to the wire to submit for a demo spot with us. Please get your demo submission in asap! If you’re attending, please make sure to register for our event.

Don’t be shy about spreading the word about our event….

DemoCampGuelph 22

It’s been a while but our 22nd version of DemoCampGuelph will be on October 30th. Hopefully I won’t be pelted with rotten eggs! Please make sure to register if you can attend.

If you’d like a demo spot, please apply now. I do NOT decide who gets to demo so bribing me won’t help but you never know! Submit to demo here.

DemoBeerGuelph Event

DemoBeer_smFor those of you who enjoy beer, do we have a mashup for you. Take some DemoCampGuelph, toss in a little OX Guelph and sprinkle in a master brewer from Great Lakes Brewery and what are you left with?

DemoBeerGuelph, that’s what!

For those coming to DemoCampGuelph, we have room for forty of you to come down to OX a bit early and hang out with a master brewer. $10 to demo some beer, charcuterie, and pizza but most importantly a chance to hear some war stories from a master brewer. Space is limited for this so buy your ticket asap!

It’s a 5:30 start wrapping up at 6:30 to allow you to walk up the stairs for the start of the main event.

DemoCampGuelph21 Next Week

We’re closing in on our next DemoCampGuelph on April 10th in downtown Guelph at The EBar. You still have time to submit for a demo spot but that time is slipping away so email me your demo pitch asap! As always, it’s free to attend, you don’t have to be technical or demo something to attend. If you’re interested in meeting people in our community working in and around technology then please come out! Please make sure to register to attend so we have room for everyone.

Spread the word on twitter for us!

For those who haven’t heard, we have Zak Homuth as our invited speaker. After running his latest startup through YCombinator, Zak’s back home in Toronto reinventing how you create hardware.

You’re never going to believe who I found hiding on the outskirts of the royal city? I’m very excited to have Drew McIvor playing tunes for us after we award The Crowie.

Getting A Demo Spot

(Editor’s Note: Reposted from shiftMode 2010)

We turned a particular corner with DemoCampGuelph events last year that personally makes my life a whole lot simpler, that being that we now consistently have more people applying to demo than we have spots. The plus for me is that I don’t spend the week of the event begging every human I know who owns a computer to demo something. The down side is that we don’t get to see all the demos possible and we have to say no to some people. I thought I’d take a few minutes to write up a few tips on how to increase your odds of being selected to demo.

First a brief primer on the event itself, in case you haven’t seen enough from me yet. I’ll start by deferring to seyDoggy: “At DemoCampGuelph everyone is a pony and they eat rainbows and poop butterflies…I mean DemoCampGuelph is geeks, beer and startup. It’s all good!

Ok, I’m not sure what that means but it hits all the sweet spots, those being ponies, rainbows, butterflies, and beer. How about this? “DemoCampGuelph is for anyone in and around Guelph interested in software, the web and technology! Startup junkies, wage slaves, consultants, students, indie professionals, engineers, designers, money and marketing guys. If you want to see and talk about some interesting things, and get to know other people in the Guelph tech community, come on out! You don’t have to demo to attend.

As you were conditioned when completing your phd, please pay particular attention to the emphasis! Tell us why your demo matters to techies in and around Guelph. This is demoCampGuelph. There, I’m done with that point.

Beyond that, shorter is better for your pitch as my brain can no longer seem to read beyond the 140 character point. As expected, our audience is up on technology and they’re connected, both within our attendees and without. Where DemoCamp‘s differ from other events is that it isn’t about you as the demo’er, it’s about us, the audience.

Yes it’s a great opportunity for you to market an upcoming, or existing product. Yes, it’s a great chance to find a funder or a job but the only reason this event exists is because we all love attending. We will always favour people who recognize that and demo things we want to see. So, picture yourself giving up a few hours of your possibly precious time on a work night to drag your butt to a bar and listen to some random stranger talk to you about computers, what would you want them to talk about? Getting a demo spot is your opportunity to give something back to us lowly wage slaves who climb out of our closets every few months so treat it precious and use it well

Oh, and from experience, puppets can only help…

Demo Tips

(Editor’s note: This is being reposted here from shiftMode)

By the end of this week I’ll have organized and hosted 13 DemoCampGuelph events. Along the way I’ve seen some incredible demo’s. I’ve learned, I’ve been impressed but I’ve also been embarrassed and outright skeered. People often ask for tips and information related to demo’ing but to be honest I’m not the expert. While I have demo’d at other events such as DemoCampToronto, I’m only the mc. You wouldn’t ask Whoopi Goldberg how to win an Oscar would you? (Let’s pretend she only hosted the oscars and didn’t win two of them as well…)

So, now that I’ve told you not to listen to me, here’s a few quick tips if you’re thinking of demo’ing:

  • DemoCamp’s are not pitch events. Don’t pitch or market to the crowd, no one’s here to be sold to.
  • Don’t delude yourself. You’ve only got 5 minutes! You can’t demo the entire feature set of your CRM that’s going to save the world so don’t try. Pick an area within your product or a specific feature or workflow that will interest the crowd and demo that alone.
  • Focus your message. Just because this is a demo event doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus on a message we take away from your demo. What’s the sentence you’d like me as a listener to type into twitter when you’re done? Thinking this way helps focus your demo and hopefully have a consistent flow to it.
  • Be prepared for technology to fail and keep presenting. If you get 5 minutes to pitch to a key investor, they aren’t going to wait 15 while you work out wifi issues. Have something prepared if the network or projector or mic etc fails. Improvise and keep moving.
  • It’s cliche but take your time and have fun. This is a community event of peers who appreciate you putting the time in to show what your passionate about so chill and enjoy the experience. You can stress out on your wedding day.

Some great tips from DemoCampGuelph12’s Crowie award winner Tony Thompson:

  • “First off, some kind of a presentation outline is good. I just use point form notes. Make sure you have some detail you can cut out, or insert on the fly depending on your audience interest.”
  • “The eBar is a big room. The audience will not be able to see you as much as they can see your live demo — so your demo must work and look nice. When you want to make a point, you won’t be able to do it with your facial expression alone, you’ll have to do it verbally as well.”
  • “Keep any graphics simple and to the point. To anybody more than halfway down the bar, the projection screen will look like a file card, and they won’t be able to make out any fine detail.”

Tony left out his secret sauce, more robots = good.

Demo != DemoCampGuelph

A friend mentioned today that naming our upcoming DemoCampGuelph inspired event “DemoCampGuelph Old School” was confusing. Some people may think we’re stopping the existing DCG and replacing it with these events.

To clarify, DCG proper is not changing. All we’re doing here at ThreeFortyNine is hosting a smaller, more intimate event inspired by the early days of DemoCamps. We’ve renamed these new events to just “Demo”. We’re hosting the first one April 4th. We’ll have room for about a dozen people. Register to join us for it!