I had lunch with Jay and Mark yesterday, and they reminded me that November 26th will be 2 year anniversary of the first TorCamp event. We’re hosting our 16th DemoCamp and we’ve seen others happen in Calgary, Guelph, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Austin, Minneapolis, Miami, Portland (though it’s since been merged with Brady’s awesome Ignites). The Eclipse Foundation is hosting a series of Eclipse DemoCamps including one here in Toronto. We’ve been engaging and evolving the DemoCamp idea. But the core reason I keep participating is pretty simple:
“we don't offer crapâ€”except good company (in the form of demos from passionate developers and entrepreneurs)” – Community is the framework
I hope that I meet one new interesting person at every DemoCampToronto. I’ve met a ton of interesting people including: Leila, Jay, Joey, Greg, Jevon, Ryan, Mark, Albert, Eli, Kate, Mike Shaver, Mike Beltzner, Walkah, Randy, Pete, John & Gosia, Ryan, Roland, Boris, Stuart, Rob, Will, Amber, Mark, Ryan, Jeremy, Tom, Michele, Jesse, Kris, Robin, Michael, Mike, Matthew, Mike, Martin, Craig, Peter and everyone else (the list is huge). If you’re planning on coming to DemoCampToronto16 you’re goal should be to meet as many interesting people as possible. These events are all about the people. They are about finding and building a connection to a community. The community is the framework and our goal isn’t to put on the great show possible, it’s to provide an opportunity for Toronto’s entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to come together and find each other.
This all leads up to the next DemoCampToronto happening December 3, 2007.
The rules are pretty simple. Demos are 5 minutes. There is generally no Powerpoint for Demos, if there is to be Powerpoint it must be approved by the stewards. Ignite presentations are 5 minutes. They are 20 slides x 15 seconds/slide and the presenter does not have control over the slide advancement. All Ignite decks must be submitted to the stewards before the event.
If you had five minutes to talk to Toronto what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Launch a web site? Teach a hack? Talk about recent learnings, sucesses, failures? Fill out the form below to submit your talk. We are looking for talks that will inspire and teach not recruiting or product pitches.
These events are community driven, you know you want to participate.
The event space is being sponsored by the Toronto Board of Trade. The space costs are regularly $2,200/event, however, we’ve arranged a discount. Like all TorCamp events, we will need community sponsorship. We’ve arranged $10 donation tickets, along with sponsorship tickets (which is a donation) on EventBrite.
Sponsors for DemoCampToronto16 include:
- Toronto Board of Trade
- Microsoft Canada
- Interested in becoming a sponsors, contact the instigator
photo by Rob Hyndman
photo by Matthew Burpee