DemoCamp Edmonton 5

December 18th, 2008 by Cam

It’s getting to be around that time again, DemoCamp Edmonton 5 is going to be taking place on January 7th at 6:30 at the University of Alberta ETLC Room E1-003.  You can find a campus map for ETLC here.  After DemoCamp we are once again heading nearby to the Windsor Pub, join everyone there to socialize further.  It’s shaping up to be another great gathering of the tech community and will be a great way to kick off 2009.

As with the last DemoCamp we are asking everyone to help spread the word about the event and keep help keep the community growing.  Please pass on the information to anyone that might be interested and bring someone new with you (or two, or three…).  If you would like to sign up to attend, present, or would like more information about DemoCamp, check out:
BarCamp Edmonton blog,
BarCampEdmonton Group,
Facebook event page,
the event wiki.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at DemoCamp Edmonton 5.  If you have any questions feel free to fire me off an email.  Thanks to everyone who has come out and gotten involved this past year.  We’ve seen our first 4 DemoCamps, and our first BarCamp as well as the tech community in Edmonton as a whole continue to grow.  Let’s keep this community going and make 2009 even better than 2008.

Have a merry Christmas and a great New Years.  Get ready for an awesome 2009.


DemoCamp Edmonton 4

October 30th, 2008 by Cam

The 4th installment of DemoCamp Edmonton continued on last night at the U of A.  Thanks again to everyone who came out and made it a great night.  Extra thanks as well to Smibs for sponsoring the evening.  This was by far our biggest DemoCamp to date with ~ 150 coming out.  We had 6 great demos again: Odil, Edistorm, ElectionBuddy, TheHistoryBooks, PureInbox, and Grant Skinner.

As usual Mack has a great recap of the evening (cross posted on Techvibes) that you can check out.  If you made a blog post about DemoCamp please add your link to the comments below.

Enter your email on the right to be alerted as to when the next DemoCamp is going to be, or keep following here.  See you at DemoCampEdmonton5


BarCamp Edmonton 4 Tomorrow

October 28th, 2008 by Cam

Just a reminder that DemoCamp Edmonton 4 is going to be tomorrow (Wednesday, October 29th) evening, I hope that you will be able to make it out.  DemoCamp is going to take place at 6:30 at the University of Alberta ETLC room E 01 - 017.  You can find a campus map for ETLC here .  After DemoCamp we are once again heading nearby to the Windsor Pub, join everyone there to socialize further.


Also, prior to to DemoCamp, Digital Alberta is going to be holding a session in which Kelley Marples from Rogers is going to come down talk about the iPhone.  If you are interested in checking out that session before DemoCamp it is going to take place at 5:15 in the common’s area the computer science centre at the U of A.  You can find a map to the Computer Science Centre here.  You can find more information about the Digital Alberta event here (note that the event location listed for it it wrong).


I hope to see you all at DemoCamp.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Don’t forget to bring a friend :)

You can find more information at


DemoCamp Edmonton 4

October 9th, 2008 by Cam

Thanks to everyone who came out to the last DemoCamp Edmonton.  It was awesome to get the community together again and check out some of the awesome things that people are up to.  As an extra note it was great to see a number of U of A students out at the last event and we are hoping to see more students from both the U of A and some of the colleges in town (NAIT, MacEwan), out at the next one.

On that note…DemoCamp Edmonton 4 is scheduled to take place on October 29th at 6:30 at the U of A ETLC room E1-017.  It will be great to have the community together again and see some more great things that are going on.

As a part of the community building process, we’re looking for people to help spread the word. We’d like to challenge everyone to tell a few people about Democamp and physically bring at least one new person to the event.

Additionally we’re looking for volunteers to help us target different groups of people in a more organized fashion. If you want to help us spread the word to schools, media, demoers or service providers, let us know. We really want to grow a focused team of people to make democamp Edmonton the best it can be.

If you are interested in attending, demoing or helping,  you can find out more information and sign up on the wiki at

We’ll see you out on the 29th…


DemoCamp Edmonton 3

August 27th, 2008 by Cam

DemoCamp Edmonton 3 is ready to go.  After around 100 people came out exchanged ideas at our recent BarCamp we are looking forward to having the community together again at our third DemoCamp.

DemoCamp Edmonton 3 is slated to take place on September 17 at 6:30PM in the Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC), room E1 017, at the University of Alberta.  You can find a map of where the building is located on campus here.   Parking is located nearby in the Windsor Parking Lot on 116 St and 92 Ave.

The second DemoCamp featured demos from companies such as Zigtag, Aviary, Boreal, and others.  Come out and find out what other projects and companies people are working on, and meet some of the other people in the Edmonton tech community.  You can find more information at


BarCamp Edmonton 1 Recap

July 21st, 2008 by Cam

Thanks to everyone who came out and participate in the inaugural BarCamp Edmonton.   There were around 100 people who came out and it was great to see the interaction, discussions and connections that took place.  It was also awsome seeing both a mix of people from our first two DemoCamps there, as well as some new faces.  Overall we were really happy that the Edmonton tech community continues to grow.

If you want to check out more about the event Mack Male has a great recap posted on TechVibes (cross posted on his blog), as well as Eric Warnke posted a recap as well as video of some of the sessions.

Also a big thanks to our two sponsors, TEC Edmonton and Nexopia.  With their sponsorship we were able to keep the event free and provide lunch and drinks for those in attendance.

Watch for DemoCamp Edmonton 3 coming at the beginning of September…


BarCamp Schedule

July 19th, 2008 by mark
Time Room A Room B Room C
11:00 - 11:20 Financing an Idea Analytics: How to get started Python for Science
11:30 - 11:50 U of A, Aerial Robotics Club Quick & Dirty Benchmarking What Problem Does The Semantic Web Solve?
1:00 - 1:20 Angel Fund, U of A, Robert Why Are Fundamental Programming Skills Second to Framework Knowledge, Don. B RT: Best Damn Ticketing System
1:30 - 1:50 Evolution of Nexopia Non-office Based Demos Accessability / Usability
2:00 - 2:20 Is Edmonton A Good Environment for this Sector, Don Iversion Why Twitter Will Rule The World How ‘Be’ A Contractor or Consultant
2:30 - 2:50 What Is Machine Learning Emerging Mobile Platforms Charity work
3:00 - 3:20 Wi-fi Mesh Network Zero Budget Marketing E-Lancing
3:30 - 3:50 First Look At Sticky Flow GTD’s geek appeal Analytics: How It Can Help



#BarCampYEG tag and our IRC channel

July 17th, 2008 by mark

TagPart of running a successful BarCamp is helping people stay in touch during and after the event.  To help track down comments and content related to BarCamp we’re encouraging all attendees to add a #BarCampYEG tag to their Twitter posts, Flickr pictures, or blogs.  You can then follow these tags to see what people are saying.

We’ve also created an IRC channel for those of you who prefer your conversations in real-time.  You can use your web browser to join us online (thanks to Mibbit).  Or you can use your favorite Windows, Linux, or Mac IRC client. Join us in the #BarCampYEG channel on

Also don’t forget to add yourself to the list of campers on the wiki so other people can track you down after BarCamp is over.


BarCamp Edmonton 1

June 26th, 2008 by Cam

What is BarCamp?

Barcamp is an ad-hoc gathering of people in and interested in the Edmonton tech community. BarCamp is a series of loosely scheduled 20 minute presentations/discussions about whatever the community is interested in.

How it works?

Everyone shows up in the morning and people write their name on a block of time with a topic, idea, whatever, that want to present, discuss, learn, etc. Everyone should have a topic in mind they’d like to lead a discussion on. Each session is only 20 minutes so you don’t have to prepare a big speech or PPT. The sessions should be interactive allowing for the audience to be a part of the discussion.

Every 1/2 hr a new session starts and goes for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of hallway talk and deciding on your next session.

When is BarCamp?

Saturday July 19th, 2008 10:00am to 4:00pm with the possibility of an impromptu trip to a local pub should the community desire to continue the discussion.

Where is BarCamp?

The Edmonton World Trade Centre, Floor 6 (600-9990 Jasper Avenue NW). You can find a Google map here.

How much does BarCamp cost?

Nothing. Free. Nadda. BarCamp is a sponsored event. We have arranged a couple of generous sponsors to cover the room, lunch, beer, etc. A big thank you to our sponsors:

Who should come?

You! Everyone! No matter what you interest in technology we can almost guarantee there will be something that you will find interesting, or someone that you will find interesting to talk to.

What are people going to be talking about?

We are planning on having three different presentation rooms, as well as a couple of discussion rooms/areas, a “business” room, a “tech” room, and a “misc” room. Ultimately the topics will be whatever the community want them to be.

What should I bring?

Whatever you want. We are arranging wifi so that you will be able to bring your laptops if you like. Also bring whatever other gadgets you want to talk about, show off, etc. Have a new iPhone, Arduino, Lego Mindstorms, whatever: bring it, play with it, show it off. Or bring nothing at all. Whatever you like.

Where do I sign up?

Given the space limitations on the venue we have 125 spots open based on first come first serve. Please sign us ASAP to make sure that you have a spot, you can sign up here. Rest assured we won’t give your name or email out to anyone, or use it to contact you, without your permission. Please sign up here:

For more info, and to get involved, check out:


DemoCamp Edmonton2 Recap

June 7th, 2008 by Cam

Thanks to everyone who came out to DemoCamp Edmonton2.  We had over 80 people there and it was a great time.  For a recap of the event check out Mack’s recap on his blog.