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Posted by MP / February 28, 2007

DemoCampMontreal1Remember being shuffled off to computer camp? Remember having to watch other geeky campers demonstrate the results of their programming wizardry? While all the while you’re kicking back with your geeky friends in arguably the coolest art space in Montreal? That’s what I remember from last night when I shuffled myself off to DemoCampMontreal1 at the SAT (Society for Arts and Technology).

For those who don’t know, a DemoCamp is a demonstration oriented offshoot of the BarCamp phenomenon: a loosely organized “unconference” open to all and created by its participants. In true Montreal fashion this DemoCamp was a bilingual mishmash of organized chaos (though largely in English). There were 5 presenters and 4 of them focused on web based applications.

Having never attended a BarCamp before I wasn’t really sure what I’d find, and all in all I found it to be a mixed bag… But the beauty of the DemoCamp lies in the fact that the presentation spots are taken on a first come first serve basis, so every DemoCamp is different, and you never know what you're going to get. I love this concept and I'm curious to see what happens at DemoCampMontreal2.

Check it out for yourself: the BarCamp website advises all attendees to use the “DemoCampMontreal1” tag when uploading to Flickr, Slideshare, and YouTube.

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