Checked out DemoCampBoston last night. Overall, the venue was great, but the event was a strange mix of interesting stuff with some stale and some downright lame presentations.
- ResearchGate.com – interesting. If they are able to get so much traffic, does this mean we are somehow missing an opportunity?
- TextFlows.com – Uuuh… lame.
- Some absolutely ridiculous presentation that should not have been there. A bad ad for a consulting shop. If they really wanted to present, they should have shown some interesting/innovative case from their portfolio at least.
- classleaf.com – simple straightforward class management (at least judging by the presentation). I like.
Break – lalalala
- GenoTrope.com – job board for startups – poorly designed (recommendation: talk to HellDesign), but may be pretty interesting: a nice graph-based display of relationship between companies. For now it’s just in Boston.
- Whoa! Mentioned using MTurk to generate content.
- HapticPixel.com – the guys who built the castle defense. Oh… I think think I confused him with Stickwars. Awkward… Good stuff though.
- iCommerce (dot huh?) – I don’t get it. Was he selling a new type of water? Or is this a platform? It was hilarious though – gets three people on the stage, gets them to stretch out, then gives them a sip of water, gets them to stretch again saying "See! The oxygen in this smart-water makes them more pliable!" Then a doctor from the crowd chimes in (the guy from ResearchGate) with "Uhh… isn’t oxygen delivered through hemoglobin and I may be wrong, but I don’t think there is a way to effectively get oxygen into blood by way of stomach, let alone this quickly." Awkward moment. Presenter "Uh… well, there was a lot of research…"
- Wenwer.com – basically a play similar to eventbite.com. Given that they may be a straightforward tool, with some good marketing they may be able to take some market share. Not terribly interesting, but good to see how companies will compete in this space.