Category: democamp

DemoCamp Toronto 20

May is DemoCamp month in Toronto. This will be our 20th edition. This is truly exciting. I still remember the first DemoCamp! Our little community is growing and getting stronger.

DemoCamp is a show and tell for Toronto’s entrepreneurs so mark your calendar and participate!

Important Details


There will be 3 types of presentations.

  1. Demos – limited to 5 minutes and limited to 2 slides
  2. Pitches – 15-20 slides limited to 5 minutes must cover 15 slides in Pitch Coach
  3. Ignite – structured slide format, 20 slides by 15 seconds/slide = 5 minutes

Pitches is a new addition to DemoCamp. Pitches allow local startups to get feedback about their idea and company. Pitches follow a structured format: 5 minutes and 15 slides. Feedback will be provided by a set of Toronto luminaries, followed by questions from the audience.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. And as always: DemoCamp is made possible by the awesome sponsors who have continusouly supported our efforts. Become a sponsor and support DemoCamp Toronto Edition 20. This is an anniversary!

DemoCamp Toronto: DC19 March 3, 2009 – Sold out!

I know I missed DemoCamp and I am sure you have too since we get constant inquiries about the next DemoCamp. We are back in the planning bandwagon and will be able to set up a whole series of DemoCamps in Toronto in the coming months. So stay tuned for details.

The next DemoCamp TO is happening March 3, 2009.

There are two sets of tickets, the demo tickets and the networking only tickets. Everyone attending will need a ticket (your registration receipt from Eventbrite is your ticket). The demo tickets allow the ticket holders to view the demos on the second floor of the pub; the networking tickets are limited to the ground floor and will allow ticket holders to networking with attendees.

Since this event is sold out I am not going to bore you with the details of how to register! I am sorry that we are limited by the venue size as it would be awesome to see many of you – we don’t have enough face time in our industry! If you are aware of a large free space downtown that we could use for the next democamp, please get in touch. I can be reached at lboujnane (@) We are always looking for free space and this is a limitation in organizing DemoCamps.

We are of course looking for awesome presentations – as always. This is an opportunity for you to show your peers what you have been working on, get some feedback and impress!

How to present?

All presentations are 5 minutes. There are 2 types of presentations:

  • Demos – 2 slides, if necessary to describe the problem or market, then functioning software that can be demo-ed
  • Ignites – 20 slides x 15 seconds/slide, slides advance automatically every 15 seconds

As a presenter, you get 5 minutes to tell us your story and demo your application. To submit your presentation please drop David Crow and email at david (@)  or simply use the forms at Strutta. If you have any questions, please drop me a line lboujnane (@)

David has all the DemoCamp details including prizes!

We have a wonderful group of sponsors who stepped up to support DemoCamp Toronto: Hyndman Law, RedFlagDeals, Sun Start Up Essentials, MeshU, AshleyIT Services and Microsoft BizPark.


That’s the Toronto Technology Party we are planning! In Toronto, on Tuesday Monday December 16 15. Of course this is a last minute thing, but we are used to it; we bring you DemoCamp, Mesh and all sorts of Toronto geek gatherings so we are used to putting our heads together and getting things done.

We need you to get the word out to everyone in the software/technology space in Toronto as we would love to see everyone before the year end. The number of tickets for the party is limited so getting your ticket is a must – ’cause begging ain’t gonna to get you in the door.

When: Tuesday Monday December 16 15, 2008 starting at 19:00

Where: The ModClub

Who: Geeks! and everyone else.

You are all welcome to join us. All proceeds from the party will go to supporting the Toronto Daily Food Bank. More details to come your way in the very near future but don’t let that stop you from getting your ticket(s) now.

DemoCamp 18 in Toronto


Photo by Jennifer

It is time for another DemoCamp.
DemoCamp 18 will be held in July. We have all been extremely busy and
it has been a few months since our last DemoCamp (held in February!).
So put on your blue suede shoes and join us. Details below.

For those of you who are new to DemoCamp: DemoCamp is one of the must attend events (well besides Founders and Funders)
of the Toronto tech and startup community. Don’t be shy. If you need
introductions or need to figure out who does what, show up early and
introduce yourself to the DemoCamp stewards. We will be happy to
connect you with others with similar interests (we are all geeks! some
of us are even super geeks…).

DemoCamp is brought to you by (in alphabetical order by last name!): David Crow, Jay Goldman, Joey DeVilla, Jay Goldman, Greg Wilson and yours truly.

DemoCamp Details:

  • When: Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 from 17:30 to 21:00
  • Where: Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
  • Registration can be done here

When you register to attend DemoCamp, you will notice that there are 3 type of registration fees:
– A general ticker: these tickets are free. You will need to register as soon as possible as these sell out very very quickly
– Community supporter tickets: these tickets cost $5 and this fee goes
toward supporting DemoCamp and helps defray any costs associated with
holding DemoCamp
– Community all-star ticket: These tickets cost $10 and again help us
defray costs associated with holding DemoCamp. If you are an awesome
supporter you would buy one of these tickets!
– Sponsor tickets: These are limited to 5 sponsor and cost $200

For DemoCamp 18, we are looking for the best demos and ignite presentations ever…Apply to demo here.

The no Powerpoint (or Keynote) rules apply to DemoCamp, so bring
your application and leave the slides home. See you around folks.



The DemoCamp schedule is finally and has been announced. Of course as always I am the last one to post about it but hey if DemoCamp17 is news to you than there is little chance that you will be able to attend: it is sold out. This is your reminder to get your tickets early for DemoCamp18! For those of you attending this evening Joey has the full details.

See you this evening.

DemoCamp Toronto: Number 17


Folks: it is on, DemoCamp 17 is happening in Toronto. We are looking for fantastic demonstrations to excite us! So if you are working on anything you think would be an awesome presentation at DemoCamp: we want to hear from you. Now. So please submit your presentation proposal and register to attend.

Join us at DemoCamp 17:

Date: Monday Feb 25, 2008
Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Toronto Board of Trade, 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON

Now listen folks, DemoCamp is a participant-driven event. It can only get better with your participation, it can only become smashing with your interest and participation. If you are out there, working in technology and interested in helping further build this little community of ours, then come on out. There are no excuses for not participating. If you are a first time attendee: please ping me. I will introduce you. I will take you around and I will make you wonder why you have not attend all the previous DemoCamp. You can ping me at lboujnane {@} – Looking forward to welcoming you! We are a very welcoming bunch. Really!


5:00 – Doors open
6:00-7:00pm – Demos
7:30-8:00pm – Ignite Presentations
9:00 – We move to the pub to continue our conversations and share a few pints.

We are looking for demos and Ignite presentations.

DemoCamp rules:

  • All demos are 5 minutes demo presentations
  • No powerpoint for the demonstrations; we have made a couple of exceptions in the past but really we want to see your working stuff and not a powerpoint. Plus powerpoint is evil – we all know that – and we are good. So no powerpoint!
  • Ignite presentations take the same amount of time: 5 minutes. They should be entertaining and fun. You get 20 slides x 15 seconds per slide. All Ignite presentations need to be submitted in advance so either you are ready to rock the house or not!

So, what are you waiting for: submit your demo or Ignite talk now. I will publish a little guide to doing demos at DemoCamp but for now I will leave you with this little write up from Dave Winer and just remember:

If you have five minutes to tell your story, make sure that by the time minute #1 is over, the prospect has seen enough to be totally blown away.

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.