Toronto Democamp 13

Last night was Democamp night –the thirteenth in Toronto, to be exact, and a nice improvement over some of the previous iterations.

To start, Mike Beltzner (User experience lead from Mozilla) and Betsy Weber (from TechSmith) gave an invited 15-minute talk each. Mike Beltzner’s comments about managing a large open source project were insightful, and reminded me of Fogel’s book Producing Open Source Software. (Mike also has the best CV I have ever seen.)

We then had a bunch of short (5 minute!) demos. I lost count of how many (David Crow says 11, including Betsy’s), and though the quality was uneven, there were some pretty good ones: Walkah‘s OpenID presentation and myhood.ca were my favourites among several others worthy of attention. OpenID is picking up speed and we’ll be hearing much more of it soon; myhood.ca is a nice integration of Google Maps with rental information in the same tune as JobLoft, a previous Democamp presentation.

On the negative: No Regrets, the venue, was uncomfortably packed, and the number of presentations dragged for a bit too long. But overall I enjoyed the new format pretty much. David Crow’s post throws some cool ideas on how to keep improving the format –I’m looking forward to seeing them in action.

About Jorge Aranda

I'm currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the SEGAL and CHISEL labs in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Victoria.
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