I like wikipedia’s definition of a barcamp:

BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.

The definition focuses on openess and participation, and shows how a BarCamp is different from DemoCamps, StartupCamps or any other technology events.

I was coordinating the registration, welcoming attendees at the door by providing name tags, T-Shirts for those who registered on the wiki, and show them around the SAT. Compared to BarCampMontreal2, participants from Ottawa, Trois-Rivières, Toronto were expected, so we had to make sure everything went smooth.
barcamp registration Callum telling stories to Yan LevasseurCallum telling stories to Yan Levasseur
barcamp registration Arash Tchoupani, Denis Canuel, and Christopher Murtagh on the registration booth
Arash Tchoupani, Denis Canuel, and Christopher Murtagh on the registration booth
barcamp registration Matt Forsythe and David LemieuxMatt Forsythe and Erik Wright

Presentations were planned to start at only 10.00 am; so barcampers used to opportunity to network, blog or just take a coffee and a bagel.
barcamp breakfast Ian Rae, Jean Fahmy, and Daniel DrouetIan Rae, Jean Fahmy, and Daniel Drouet
barcamp networking Scott Annan blogging for Startup OttawaScott Annan blogging for Startup Ottawa
barcampEvan ProdromouEvan Prodromou

Around 10 am, everyone gathered at the presentations area, where chairs were placed following a “U pattern”. Aleece Germano was our mc for the day, although Simon Law also had his fair share of the mic. Like RococoCamp, the program was shown on an Open Grid format, which means you could just announce at the last minute a Birds of a Feather session.
barcamp presentations
barcamp presentations Hugh McGuire, Aleece Germano and Simon LawHugh McGuire, Aleece Germano and Simon Law
barcamp presentations Aleece Germano, Simon Law, and CallumAleece Germano, Simon Law, and Callum

The first presentation was Hugh McGuire’s How Data can save the world. We had afterwards Avery Pennarun, who now hacks software for banks. It’s noteworthy that it was the only desktop software showcased at BarCamp, while everyone else had “web applications” on their lips. Next were the jetfire guys, who made a demo of their new scripting language. However, I didn’t get what was the true strength of their technology.
barcamp presentationsLaurent Maisonnave from ca.intruders.tv
barcamp presentationsMarc-Andre Cournoyer

Marc-André Cournoyer did a lightning talk about refactormycode, although like many other presenters, he had problems getting video out of his laptop.

We had then Dan Simard and Francois Lamontagne who presented TimmyOnTime, a project management tool. Instead of interacting via a web interface, users can just use their IM client. However, they had technical *cough* problems *cough* for their demo. It was unfortunate, since I know what they are doing with Ruby and javascript.
barcamp presentationsDan Simard and Francois Lamontagne
barcamp presentationsbarcamp presentationsFrancois Lane

CakeMail was also officially launched at BarCamp. They had cakes for the audience, they also had Michelle Sullivan who was their PR manager, and came in with the whole team.

CakeMail sends, manages and studies email campaigns. Francois Lane presented CakeMail’s API and layered system, and did an interactive demo at the end, asking people who had laptops to participate. I also saw they perfected the used interface; which I’ll probably cover in a separate post.

Evan Prodromou presented next Kei.ki, a website with free books about parenting and children. Seems to me that Evan Prodromou wants to wikify the world and the information contained within it.

We had next lunch. I did a BOF for Blitzweekend, although it was in the middle of the SAT, which wasn’t very smart because of the noise.
barcamp torontoBarcampers from Ottawa and Toronto
barcamp duncan moore veronique boisjolyDuncan Moore and Veronique Boisjoly

Just after the lunch, we had Francois Pinard and then Louis-Philippe Huberdeau who did each lightning talks about LAMP and wiki translation.

We had next Sylvain Carle‘s presentation about startupping in Montreal, raising funds, and why Montreal is a great place to launch a startup. Attendees cheered up when hearing about his conclusion.

Marc Laporte was next, he is in the main core of developers for TikiWiki, a powerful wiki and CMS solution. He insisted that TikiWiki had many features and can be used for pretty much anything you want.

Afterwards, Denis Canuel presented YulNews, a social news project where everyone can report news and become an editor. Ultra-focused topics can be created in YulNews: you can for instance create a channel news about your street; or news that really matter to you.

Denis Canuel is currently looking for beta-testers and more people for his project.
barcamp presentationsMarc Laporte, and Sylvain Carle about ninjas
barcamp presentationsMarc Laporte
barcamp presentationsDenis Canuel

Erik Wright and David Lemieux made a lightning talk about StickyCal, which can be used by bands to publish their calendards for fans. They don’t want to be a portal though, bands will insert a stickycal javascript line into their website and fans can rsvp quickly, with just their email.

Pierre Phaneuf was next, and talked about HTTP issues. http is often overlooked by web developers, and he presented how it can be used for caching and optimizing content delivery, by tweaking headers.
barcamp presentationsDenis Canuel and Aleece Germano
barcamp presentationsErick Wright and David Lemieux from StickyCal
barcamp presentationsPierre Phaneuf

Scott Annan, which I knew from his posts at StartupOttawa, presented next MercuryGrove, a solution for virtual teams.

We then had a lightning talk about coradiant, a web analytics software, which can produce very detailed reports about your website’s visitors and their behaviours. coradiant can also analyze files delivery and loading times.

Austin Hill made afterwards a session about angel investors in Canada, and especially on how to get funded.
barcamp presentationsScott Annan with a blank screen
barcamp presentationscoradiant
barcamp presentationsAustin Hill from Akoha; he is also an angel investor.

Austin Hill has been on both sides of technology funding; he gave detailed, precise, and relevant advice, backed by years of experience. This was one of the rare moments where the room was silent and I could see that everyone was listening to his talk.

Robin Millette presented his map of territories in Québec who have access to high-speed internet. He used 411 to get a database of 30.000 businesses and pinged them to see if DSL service was possible. The project was started because he moved from Montréal to the countryside. A bright idea, I especially liked the graphics and how it’s possible to zoom in. Robin is looking now for a place to host his database.

The guys from BOK were there too. BOK is a voip startup for people who want to do overseas or interurban phone calls. They presented the service as an easy way to phone for free; although I think it’s still somehow clumsy to use their service.
barcamp presentationsAustin Hill
barcamp presentationsRobin Millette
barcamp presentationsAydin Mirzaee
You can see pictures from the live Karaoke. Julie Lavoie seemed to have something against money, while Laurent Duperval had a lot of mojo. This was fun!

barcamp presentationsSimon Law, Hamish MacPherson, Julie Lavoie, Aleece Germano
barcamp presentationsStephane Daury
barcamp presentationsLaurent Duperval

Félix Trépanier presented his notes from the Business of Software conference. I wished he also presented his own opinions about each speaker.

Bernd Haug presented next the Dirvish filesystem, which can be used to backup your filesystems on the network, which is very similar in principle to Leopard’s new feature, Time Machine.

We had next George Favvas, founder of smarthippo.com He said that while web2.0 is well known for the changes in media, music, travel etc, it hasn’t yet reached finance. SmartHippo allows its users to get the true information about mortgage companies, as the rates are posted by the community, going beyond teaser rates and marketing talk.

He had a fun video about how these companies withhold information and have different offers and products according to each customer.
barcamp presentationsFelix Trepanier
barcamp presentationsBernd Haug who has steampunk art as a background picture
barcamp presentationsMorgan Tocker, Geroges Favvas

High resolution pictures are at flickr.com

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