Yesterday I had to opportunity to attend my second DemoCampGuelph, which was hosted at the eBar in Downtown Guelph. The premise of the gathering is to allow local startups and businesses to show off what they’re working on to the local tech community. Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge have a pretty vibrant entrepreneur and tech community, so having a big gathering to be able to engage and connect with is a pretty cool opportunity to network.
Last night’s special guest speaker was the Globe and Mail’s Mathew Ingram. He spoke about how an old school publication like the Globe and Mail has been working to become more web savvy and agile with their online presence. It was rather interesting to hear how slow moving monoliths like newspapers are working to adapt to a constantly changing playing field like the web.
As for the demos there was tribehr.com, a solution for managing company HR needs, RhymeBrain, for easily finding rhyming words, LaunchStart, a Blackberry app that allows for custom icon install onto BBs and a conversational programming language called Cucumber.
Overall it’s an awesome event and a great reason to get out of the house, and as an added bonus they have free beer and appetizers. I almost suspect at the rate the event has been growing that it’ll outgrow eBar soon enough as a viable place to host the event. Looking forward to the next event, which I’m guessing will probably be in December or January.