There are a number of events that I hold in both high regard and high in nostalgia. One of them is Demolicious, a Portland technology event originally conceived and managed by Adam DuVander. The focus? Get people to demo a product or application that they were building — no matter how rough and unpolished it happened to be.Read More
If you’ve been around Portland for a while, you might recall Demolicious, a quarterly series of events hosted by Portland Web Innovators that allowed Portland startups and developers to demo interesting projects on which they had been working. It was a great way to see all the random stuff happening in town.
Well, as these sorts of things often do, Demolicious went on a bit of hiatus. But now? It’s back. A little bigger and a little better. Well, a little better, that is, if you apply to show Portland what you’ve been working on. Read More
Today is one of my favorite holidays. Not that it really gets that much attention. Not that I actually ever celebrated it. But, I mean, c’mon. Who can’t like something called “Epiphany“?
And what better day to celebrate bright entrepreneurial ideas and new technology concepts with Portland Web Innovators? That’s right, my friend. No better day.
Interested in the freshest new products from the Portland technology types? Who isn’t? We all love the cutting-edge tech stuff around these parts.
Well, you’re in luck. Because there’s no better place to catch a glimpse of these new products in the wild than Portland Web Innovators’ quarterly Demolicious—an evening of folks demoing products you’ve probably never seen.
Even better news? It’s this week. That’s right! This Wednesday. I know. I can’t wait either. Read More
Interested in seeing some of the newest projects in the Portland Web scene? Then don’t miss Portland Web Innovators Demolicious. It’s a night of demos of some cutting edge projects from our peers here in the Silicon Forest.
The event will be held at Jive Software, starting at 7 PM. For more information (including how to get in the locked door), visit Demolicious on Upcoming.
Last night, Portland Web Innovators kicked off its 2009 gatherings with Demolicious, the quarterly showcase of cool new products.
Of the five demos, two were products we’ve seen before—but they’ve been retooled for the new year.
If you’re into electronica, you’re going to want to check it out. What’s it do? Basically, it parses DJ set podcasts—usually one long multi-hour track with no song info—into separate song tracks, allowing user to play the songs they want to play and actually know which tunes they’re playing.
Taking a different cut on a previous iteration, Kevin Chen demoed a new version of Metroseeq, a mapping application that gives you the options to search for resources around a town, in-between two locations, or by marking your own route and allowing the service to plot resources along that route.
The new version of Metroseeq relies on the Google API and returns to the four closest resource for any search.
Michael Kelly showed us Foodisms, an early version of a restaurant and food searching site with a twist: rather than searching by cuisine, you search by ingredient. Foodisms then looks for that ingredient and suggests a variety of dishes at any number of restaurants.
The current dataset is currently limited to 100 Portland restaurants (which, for Portland, is a narrow subset) but the foundational structure for the product has been established. If they can scale the data entry—dish by dish, ingredient by ingredient—this is going to be very cool indeed.
Scott Andreas shared Sunago, community management software for nonprofits—especially advocacy groups. Its mission is simple:
“We’re tired of companies charging exorbitant amounts of money for apps that, well, suck. We’d rather you to spend your money on your vision, not software. That’s why Sunago is free for small organizations, and affordable for larger ones.”
Finally, Dave Miller demonstrated OpenLaszlo, an ECMAScript tool for building “rich internet applications” that will let the developer script structured content that can be compiled and deployed as either HTML or Flash—from the same code. Dave showed off some of the capabilities and demoed an app he had built.
Based on the beginning of his demo, I’d also offer that Dave is available to perform as a mime for your kids’ birthday parties or your next corporate function. Or not.
Demolicious was streamed live via UStream, but I’m not seeing an archived copy available yet. [Update] In the meantime, here’s some additional analysis and insight from David Abramowski.
If you missed the event, the next Demolicious will be April 1. What a fortuitous date for demoing.
Flirting with its third year, Portland Web Innovators is one of the old guard when it comes to the new Web tech scene in Portland. For many developers, it’s the best place to get together on a regular basis to share ideas.
As such, there’s no better way to get an early glimpse of the next big thing here in the Silicon Forest than with Demolicious, PDXwi’s quarterly demo round-up of new products.
And you’re in luck. It’s tonight.
Currently scheduled to appear:
- Dave Miller, An Open Laszlo Project
- Michael Kelly, Foodisms
- Akshay Dodeja, Mugasha
- Scott Andreas, Sunago
So where better to launch the latest version of the leading OpenID plugin for WordPress—wp-openid—than Portland?
Will Norris, the lead developer of the wp-openid plugin, happens to be in town this week. And, as such, he has just announced that he will be launching wp-openid 3.0 this Wednesday at Portland Web Innovators “Demolicious!“, the new hip spot to unveil cool new tools here in town.
What does wp-openid do?
This plugin allows verified OpenIDs to be linked to existing user accounts for use as an alternative means of authentication. Additionally, commenters may use their OpenID to assure their identity as the author of the comment and provide a framework for future OpenID-based services (reputation and trust, for example).
So, if you’re a WordPress type who’s been using OpenID or who is interested in deploying OpenID on your blog, make sure to attend Demolicious! on Wednesday night at NEMO Design. Even if you’re just OpenID curious, I’d highly encourage you to attend.
Plus, as always, there will be some other cool stuff being demoed there, as well.
For more information on the event or to RSVP, visit Portland Web Innovators Demolicious! on Upcoming. For more information on the current version of the plugin, see wp-openid in the WordPress plugins directory.
Last week marked the debut of Portland Web Innovators “Demolicious,” an opportunity for folks to provide a quick demo of some of the new apps and side projects on which they’ve been working.
So I’m going to do what I do best and
steal round-up their content:
Matt King demoed the Interface Content Management Framework (Pre-release)
- Matt King: “It’s a content management system for content management systems.”
- Amber Case: “Watching King make a website is like watching a chef make something, put it in the oven, pause the camera, and take it out again, completely finished. Except there’s no baking time.”
- Doug Coleman: “For someone like myself that is interested in building content managed sites, this is cool. It should make my life easier. I will look for it when it is released.”
- Dawn Foster: “It’s a pretty slick DIY, highly customizable CMS.”
Don Park demoed Do-it-yourself Friendfeed: An XFN spider. (Early release)
- Amber Case: “He’s working on solving the problem that everyone faces when they join social networks and have to re-enter all of their social connections.”
- Adam DuVander: “Try your Twitter page and see where it takes you.”
- Dawn Foster: “The spider is pretty cool, and I’m going to have to take a closer look at this. It also reminded me to finish adding my rel=”me” tags; I added a couple a while ago, but was distracted by something shiny and never finished adding them.”
Lev Tsypin demoed Green Renter (Available)
I’ve had the opportunity to cover Green Renter before. It’s a service that helps people find green housing options in the Portland area.
- Amber Case: “The founders also own greenowner.com and are looking into develop that, but feel it is more important to really nail down a niche before going on to develop other things.”
- Doug Coleman: “Once again, Portlanders are leading the way in the whole ‘green’ movement.”
- Dawn Foster: “The goal is to be the resource for sustainable buildings starting in Portland, but expanding out to other areas.”
Metroseeq automatically find deals and coupons from local restaurants. The Wheel of Meals alone makes it worth a visit. And the recalibrating search algorithm makes is pretty cool, too.
- Amber Case: “The ability for users to be able to find information from both offline and online sources effectively is the difference between Citysearch and Yelp.”
- Doug Coleman: “Any product that grew from a college student’s free food association is alright in my book.”
Mounir Shita demoed GoLife Mobile (Available)
GoLife Mobile allows developers to build apps for use on any Java-enabled mobile handset using GoLife’s framework.
- Amber Case: “It’s as semantic as a roving a meeting maker that negotiates meetups across dynamic time and space, as if the entire geography were a mobile, roaming office.”
- Doug Coleman: “Their built-in advertising generator automatically generates revenue for your applications and objects and shares it with you.”
- Dawn Foster: “It’s an object-oriented development framework with a revenue share built in to give developers a way to monetize their applications.”
And the most important part?
“As always, I am blown away by the things that are happening in the Portland Web Community,” wrote Amber Case. “Something amazing is happening in Portland. I’ve never seen anything like it. Everyone I meet is always working on something so interesting, and has an positive and innovative mindset on their shoulders. I’m eager to see what’s next.”
Doug Coleman echoes her response. “There are so many exciting things happening in Portland,” he writes. “I am happy to be part of such a thriving, creative and nurturing scene. I am looking forward to the next event put on by PDX Web Innovators.”
It’s like I always say. Everyone here has at least one side project; a side project that—anywhere else—would be a fully funded full-time job.
Cool stuff happening, to be sure. And that’s why I eagerly await the next Demolicious.