On Wednesday, January 19, I attended Edmonton’s 13th DemoCamp. Don’t know what a DemoCamp is? It is an opportunity for the local tech community to demonstrate the projects they are working on. There are usually five or six projects per DemoCamp, and the creators are given 10 minutes to show off what they are working on. It must be an actual demo; no powerpoint presentations allowed.
DemoCamp 13 had a great turnout, with about 100 people filling the Telus Centre auditorium on the University of Alberta campus. There were five demos:
1. My Edmonton: Scott Montgomerie showed an app he and his team originally developed at Edmonton’s Startup Weekend last summer. Initially it was a real estate app, but has now evolved into an app with general Edmonton information, such as garbage pickup schedules, city councillor information, nearest amenities, etc. It’s available on the web or as an iPhone app (no Android yet).
2. Deckle: Yegor Jbanov demonstrated his online print job automation tool. This was likely more for professional printers. Templates created using Adobe InDesign are then uploaded to Deckle. It looks great for anyone needing to do precision printing, for jobs that require strict layouts and positioning.
3. Promptu Manager: Mo Hamdan showed us Promptu, a tool for managing fixed assets. It has similar capabilities as other accounting software, such as QuickBooks, and is a Windows application.
4. Pluggin.it: Trevor MacDonald introduced us to his site, Pluggin.it, which essentially uses your social network to sell your things. When you list items on this site, you offer a “reward” for whoever helps you get rid of the item, which encourages your friends to advertise your item for you. It also allows you to import postings from other sites, such as Kijiji.ca. A local journalist interviewed the creators of this recently, and you can find the full interview on her blog.
5. The final demo was a game, called Pure Light, by Andrew Czarnietzki, who works for 3D Interactive, a local developer of interactive simulation software. Still early in development, it will be interesting to see how this one turns out.
As always, it was a pleasure to see the innovative projects coming out of the local tech industry. Which were your favourites from DemoCamp 13? Let us know by commenting below. I’m looking forward to the next DemoCamp. Will I see you there?