Democamp at the Board of Trade


Board of Trade + DemoCamp = Awesomeness

I did a presentation at the board of trade as part of the Technology Innovators Breakfast and had a great time. This board of trade session was a democamp facilitated session: ie two technology democamp presentation were done during the board of trade monthy technology innovators breakfast. Anand from Bumptop and I were the two democamp presenters.

We managed to bridge the gap between suits + democampers; well perhaps may be not bridge the gap entirely but at least have everyone really excited about what’s happening in the Toronto technology scene. Michael Murphy, VP and General Manager at Symantec did the first presentation and Anand and I followed with our respective presentations. What did I learn at the Board of Trade:

  • there are still people in the technology space in Toronto who don’t know about democamp; how is that possible?
  • there are still folks who have never been involved with a community driven and community built group such as democamp; some of the questions I fielded had to do with "who runs DemoCamp" and "why should anyone get involved?";
  • we still need to get the word out about what DemoCamp is
  • the bridge between the business, finance and start up community is still very wide; we know of each others existence but we don’t interact much

It was great however to demo our new visual search labs and see the participants reactions first hand. I wish we had put the labs together a lot earlier than we did. The visual search and colour labs are a great way for anyone to explore visual and colour search since they can play and search a 3 million image collection on their own. The feedback we have received so far has been great and I am looking forward to the next features. I usually start by demo-ing our image recognition service and almost always forget our visual search technology. I get too involved in answering all the image recognition questions!

It will be interesting to see who comes to DemoCamp 16 next week at the board of trade and if some of the Technology Innovators Breakfast will join us.

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