DemoCamp: Ignite + a round of PowerPoint Karaoke

In the style of the DemoCamp quick Ignite presentations and in the spirit of the massive amount of Tweeting happening at MonDev, here’s a recap of tonight’s presentations in nearly 140 characters:

Vanilla, truly the “sweetest forum on the web” gives experts and less-than-experts the ability to create discussion forums that grow online communities

devLab Montreal gathers professional “geeks” to discuss and play with technology based on a predetermined theme. First session: Codefest @ MWNW!

Tiki has an incredible new project: BigBlueButton, a full, free web conferencing system including audio, video, chat, and screen sharing.

Yorkville Media Center offers a full 9 week curriculum on a ton of programming languages, marketing, and management and walks its students through the entire process of building for the web.

SafeKidZone is an app that acts as a virtual Neighbourhood Watch and protects kids from abduction and emergency by immediately alerting friends/family and even escalating to 911 in case of an emergency. is a conference that presents international experts in Java, .Net, PHP, Python and Ruby. And good news, it looks like there’s another Confoo in the works for 2011!

The Ignite presentations were followed up by a few rounds of PowerPoint Karaoke and a chance to speak further with the evening’s presenters. I learned a few more things about these projects that got me really excited. First, BigBlueButton is available right now! I can’t wait to use this for my next group project in school. Also, after seeing the Yorkville Media Center presentation, I am convinced I want to take one of these courses. Definitely take the time to check it out their website, especially if you’re from the Toronto area!

Oh, and what’s PowerPoint Karaoke?
Try pulling this out at your next party! 🙂

Snapshots from the presentations of Vanilla, SafeKidZone, and devLab respectively.