DemoCamp Vancouver 10: Geo Edition (March 4, 2010)

We’re going to duplicate the format from DemoCamp Vancouver 09 for the upcoming DemoCamp Vancouver 10 which will be on March 4th: longer Featured Presentations, Company / Code / Demo presentations at a crisp 6 minutes each, and lightning pitches in between to keep things moving.

This edition will also be using the theme of “geo”. From the growth of GPS in virtually every phone to location aware applications of all kinds, we’ll be focusing on showcasing demos that connect around space in some way.

There is no charge for the event, but please register to indicate attendance.


Featured Presentations

Matt Galligan (@mg), cofounder of Boulder, CO-based SimpleGeo, will be talking about the SimpleGeo platform. In the process of writing a location based app, Matt and his cofounder found that they were figuring out everything from scratch. It was hard and painful coming up with a storage engine for millions of geo points, and it was slow and difficult to run giant database queries against those points. And thus, SimpleGeo was born – infrastructure to power the geo layer of your app so you don’t have to build it all from scratch.

Parveen Kaler (@kaler), founder of Smartful Studios, will be speaking about the business of Geo Location and Location Based Services. Currently, the Geo technology stack is fractured into disparate slices of functionality. We will look at who owns the data and what functionality currently exists. We will look at where data and functionality gaps exist within the stack. This will motivate the types of applications and services that can be built today. It doesn’t make sense for a viable business to build a product without a revenue model. We will enumerate different methods to monetize Geo Location services and how to build a revenue strategy.

Company / Code / Demo Presentations

TBD – room for 5 – 6 short demos / presentations.

Please contact us if you’d like to present.


When: Thurday, March 4th, 2010
Where: Ceilli’s, corner of Smythe & Seymour, top floor

Here are some approximate times for the evening.

  • 6:30pm – 6:40pm Introductions
  • 6:40pm – 7:10pm Matt Galligan, the SimpleGeo Platform
  • 7:15pm – 7:45pm Parveen Kaler, the Business of Geo
  • 7:50pm – 8:30pm 5+ 6 minute pitches, lightning pitches in between
  • ~8:30pm Wrap up, stay at Ceilli’s for drinks & networking

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