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DemoCamp CUSEC 1

  • 18th Jan, 2007 at 6:03 AM

Sun Day Brunch
Originally uploaded by darkmatter.

What's interesting about Montréal, as a hub city, is that it doesn't have a lot of geeks in it. Yes, we do have people working in tech, and yes there are people with geeky interests. But compared to other large cities that are full of universities, there really aren't that many. And worse, there aren't many jobs for these people, so geeks aren't even encouraged to stay.

Since I'm not one to complain about things, I'd like to point out that interesting things are afoot.

This evening, the Canadian Undergraduate Software Engineering Conference will be hosting DemoCamp CUSEC 1. A bunch of techie friends of mine will attend and I hope you do too.

What's a DemoCamp? It's an evening of presentations where you're encouraged to show projects that you're working on and discuss the things you're shown. Everybody has a great time since it's all about participating in a community of peers who are active.

To sweeten the deal, I'll even be presenting a talk. It's entitled:

The stupidity of crowds
— or —
You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette

Don't worry if you don't know anything about software engineering. After all, I'm not even an undergraduate so why should I follow convention? Rest assured, though, I'm going to be pretty geeky.

The relevant details

Date: Thursday, 18 January 2007
Time: 18:30pm to 20:30pm (Upcoming.org)
Location: Third floor of Centre Mont-Royal, 2200, rue Mansfield.
Expected Attendance:  All are welcome!


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19th Jan, 2007 21:06 (UTC)
I've typed up my notes and sent them off now. If you don't have them, let me know and I'll resend.
18th Jan, 2007 23:55 (UTC)
Dammit... You were supposed to tell me when this was!!! I'm 30 mins late now ack.. don't think i'm going to make it....
19th Jan, 2007 21:08 (UTC)
Sorry about that. We didn't have a lot of lead notice for this one as it wasn't one that we were organizing. It just happened!

The next one is in February. See the BarCamp Montreal site for upcoming ones.
19th Jan, 2007 00:39 (UTC)
What I want to know is: why do they persist in calling these things camps when nobody camps? I'm bringing my tent to the next one. I can demo how to pitch a tent in the dark / blindfolded (the trick is to practice about 100 times.)
19th Jan, 2007 02:39 (UTC)
The original BarCamp had people camping out at the venue.
19th Jan, 2007 15:06 (UTC)
Good for them. That still doesn't answer my question: why do they persist...
19th Jan, 2007 21:10 (UTC)
It's become a brand.

I don't know how well a camping event would do for us, since Montreal is so cold. Perhaps something in the summer? Or if we held it in an building that didn't prohibit sleeping overnight?
19th Jan, 2007 21:17 (UTC)
hmm, at least your explanation makes sense (though I don't especially like it.)

I'm not saying it should be a camp, but it should match its name. Sigh.
20th Jan, 2007 14:20 (UTC)
Off topic
Hi - I saw you'd commented on sich67's LJ. I just got a comment from them as well, to a comment I made a long time ago to a friend. I have a feeling it's a spam account rather than a real person. All their links go to the same website, and their "entries" seem to be sippets of promotional puff.

At least they don't seem to be acting as a serial friender yet.
20th Jan, 2007 15:27 (UTC)
Re: Off topic
That was my eventual conclusion. I have since banned that account.
20th Jan, 2007 14:42 (UTC)
sweetheart....i think we're all just geeky enough that we don't notice them anymore O_o

21st Jan, 2007 14:41 (UTC)
I've started noticing geeks ever since I started becoming more and more non-geeky. There is a dearth of them compared to some other places I've lived. :)
22nd Jan, 2007 07:15 (UTC)
I wish I could have come, but my glasses frames failed [read: spontaneous self-disassembly] Thursday morning. No way I was going to show up wearing a backup pair of glasses.

I hope you had a good time.
22nd Jan, 2007 07:17 (UTC)
We had a marvellous time. You should show up to the one in February.
24th Jan, 2007 20:34 (UTC)
A short illustrated report on DemoCampCUSEC and Simon's Omelette Engineering skills
Hi Simon,

Hope you are having a great time in Norway.

Glad to have seen you at DemoCampCUSEC. Thanks for the pointers to Wikinomics and The Wealth of Nations. Networking is _it_.

Back there in Norway, if you want to show them what mischief you've been up to in Montreal, it's here: http://www.yashlabs.com/wp


25th Jan, 2007 00:28 (UTC)
Re: A short illustrated report on DemoCampCUSEC and Simon's Omelette Engineering skills
Thanks for the summary! I hope to see you at DemoCampMontreal1.
28th Jan, 2007 20:19 (UTC)
Re: A short illustrated report on DemoCampCUSEC and Simon's Omelette Engineering skills
You're welcome. I'll most probably be there @ DemoCampMontreal1. Let me know if you need a hand for the organization too.


20th Feb, 2007 06:37 (UTC)
It looks as if I will be able to make it to Montreal's second DemoCamp, on 29 March. [It's the next one that falls on a Thursday; I work Tuesday + Wednesday evenings.]

Will be in touch closer to the time ...
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