Have you ever had an idea for an app and wondered what it would take to make that dream come true? Before you ask your friends and family to invest in
Have you ever had an idea for an app and wondered what it would take to make that dream come true?
Before you ask your friends and family to invest in your idea invest in yourself and learn what it takes from four experts in the industry. Join us for two days of inspiring and empowering talks that outline what it takes to get one brilliant app idea designed, built and sold.
At That Big Software Startup Thing you will learn how to document your idea, structure your company, define your user experience, estimate the cost, raise the funds and market your app. You will also learn how to limit risk, race to validation and build delightful user experiences.
We know that software startups can be difficult, but with a little help from your friends Mike, Ryan, Eric and Michael we know you can get there.
Saturday Morning 8:30 – Keynote
We’re keeping our keynote a secret, but if you really want to know who she is Mike accepts bribes.
Saturday Morning 9:00 – Ryan Hnetka
As the founder and CEO of App Guys Inc, Ryan has over a decade of experience walking founders through the process of creating not just apps, but app businesses. Ryan is also the founder of a number of software startups as well. Bonus: if we sell 100% of the tickets he’ll wear a clown wig for his fireside chat. Maybe. He doesn’t actually know about that part yet. Nobody tell him.
Saturday Lunch 12:00 – 1:30
With Inglewood only a few block away and the Farmers Market right next door you’ll have plenty of options for great food. I’ll be happy to recommend a place if you’re not sure.
Saturday Afternoon 1:30 – Eric Orman
Eric is the co-founder of Cervem Consulting and seasoned User Experience Architect. With a CV including many blue chip and international clients that we can’t name drop because (insert legal small print here). Eric will show you how to build delightful and engaging products that capture and retain users all while he juggles chainsaws that are on fire. Who is writing these bios? That last part can’t even be true.
Saturday Afternoon 4:30 – Announcements
That’s it for day 1. Anyone want to go for a pint?
Saturday Night 7:00pm – Networking Event
This is a free, totally optional, add-on for everyone who would like to do a little networking. All of your friends presenting will be there. You must RSVP separately in order to get the location, secret knock and password so Vinnie will let you in.
Sunday Morning 8:30 – Jenn Delconte
Jenn Delconte is the Community Manager for Startup Calgary. Jenn is a marketing strategist who is passionate about enabling people to connect. In her current role, Jenn collaborates with members of the Calgary Innovation Coalition to build programming and provide support for early-stage tech entrepreneurs. She’ll be providing a run down of all the resources available to budding entrepreneurs so you won’t feel like you have to do it alone. Plus, if you give her a big enough round of applause when she arrives, she might hand out some free stuff and things! Who doesn’t like that, right?
Sunday Morning 9:00 – Mike Borthwick
Mike is the greatest presenter ever (and the guy writing these bio’s so you know that’s 100% legit). Mike is the founder of New Dot Spot, co-founder of Cervem Consulting and a recovering coder. Over the past 12 years he’s worked on the front lines of some of the most inspiring, interesting and innovative software startups that you’ve never heard of. Mike is going to help you answer the big question, “How much is this going to cost?” and he’s going to do it in such a way that you won’t even need to know how to code to do it. How awesome is that?
Sunday Lunch 12:00 – 1:30
If you enjoyed your lunch yesterday do it again today! If you didn’t enjoy your lunch yesterday that’s not on me – unless you asked me for advice yesterday in which case I say thanks for the intel… I wasn’t sure if that place was any good or not. Cheers!
Sunday Afternoon 1:30 – Michael Dean Dargie
Yes, we’re giving you two Michaels for the price of one! How cool is that? This Michael, weighing in at over 2 pounds, is your reigning champion of marketing and brand strategy and is here to help you with the stuff you’re going to need to know in order to sell your app idea to consumers or businesses or someone who isn’t either but may be both. He’s also an improv comedy champion (we use that term loosely) performing on his home turf. You should ask him if his foot is feeling better. That won’t get annoying. Totally do it, just don’t tell him I put you up to it.
Sunday Night 4:30 – That’s (almost) A Wrap
Thanks for joining us and we hope you learned a lot, but we have to be out of here in the next 15 minutes because there’s another thing booked right after us.
Sunday Night 6:00 – 9:00 Fireside Chat with Host
I hope you enjoyed the candour and humour above, but let’s get a little more serious for a moment. We know there are some of you who would appreciate an opportunity to ask more detailed questions. Questions that are specific to you and your venture. You’ll want to get more elaborate answers in return and the 10 minute Q/A session at the end of a session really doesn’t work for that. We like the fireside chat format for this. Our fireside chat will include a nice meal and a drink. We also have a special guest lined up to gather your questions and moderate the chat. This is a very unique opportunity that you won’t want to miss. All of your presenters are available to consult, but that can run up into the hundreds of dollars an hour range. In this fireside chat you’ll get 3 hours with all 4 of them and that really is 100% legit, no joke. We’ll be sure to let you know the location privately. Vinnie will know to let you in. No secret knock required. Almost made it without a joke there. I just couldn’t resist.
2 (Saturday) 8:30 am - 3 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
Loose Moose Theatre Company
1235 26 Avenue SE
You have a talent, a passion or a dream and you would like that to become your bread and butter. You feel good about being an entrepreneur, however, at times
You have a talent, a passion or a dream and you would like that to become your bread and butter. You feel good about being an entrepreneur, however, at times it can happen that you:
- do not understand why you can’t attract clients in your backyard,
- realize that being an entrepreneur is a challenge that sometimes becomes too much to handle,
- feel that your motivation towards driving your business or your dream to the next level has decreased considerably or is now totally gone.
So what are the options available to you? Stop doing what you believe in or build the strengths you need to keep moving forward.
This 60-minute interactive lunch and learn session will bring awareness on the importance of developing the key strengths required for you to join the fulfilled entrepreneurs tribe. We will also share some tools and tips that you can take home to start the transformation right away.
The Speaker: Eric Dulong
Eric Dulong is a bilingual (French and English) executive and leadership coach certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and he is also a leadership workshop facilitator, speaker and entrepreneur. Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, supporting other entrepreneurs and leaders, Eric worked for more than 20 years in various sectors of the corporate world.
It’s hard as an entrepreneur to step away from your business when you’re feeling overwhelmed or dealing with a personal situation. You might feel guilty or that you’re letting others
It’s hard as an entrepreneur to step away from your business when you’re feeling overwhelmed or dealing with a personal situation. You might feel guilty or that you’re letting others down because, after all, you’re in charge and being your own boss and all that. But the truth is that if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t fully show up for your customers and team members.
Sometimes you have to just hit pause. You’ll hear different perspectives from three founders on how they’ve taken a break in their business and are better off for it: from a mental health leave to a business re-launch to using self-care to take micro pauses. There’s no right or wrong way – but it’s time to talk about it.
What is #TheStruggleYYC all about?
They say that being an entrepreneur is a roller coaster ride, but you probably hear more about the highs than the lows. The struggle is indeed very real. We’re creating a safe space to share the real and raw stories of starting and running a business. The good, the bad, the ugly. And those little moments that keep you going against the odds. Because you don’t have to go it alone.
Join us for local beers, refreshments and war stories at Work Nicer coworking space. Come with an open mind; leave with a more resilient mindset of what it means to be an entrepreneur today.
5:00 PM: Doors Open & Registration
5:00PM – 5:30PM: Networking & Snacks/Refreshments
5:30PM – 6:30PM: Panel
6:30PM – 7:00 PM: Networking
7:00 PM: Event Concludes
(Tuesday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Work Nicer Roxbury
1006 11 Ave SW #200
W H A T DemoCamp is a collaborative event that brings together developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and investors to
W H A T
DemoCamp is a collaborative event that brings together developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and investors to showcase the best up-and-coming tech products in our province.
A joint initiative between Startup Edmonton, Startup Calgary, Calgary Technologies Inc and TEC Edmonton, DemoCamp Alberta will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta alongside the Inventure$ Conference.
WHEN & WHERE
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Glenbow Museum Theatre
130 9 Ave SE
The rules for DemoCamp are simple: 7 minutes to demo real, working products, followed by 5 minutes for questions. No slides are allowed.
Applications are now closed. Organizers will be in touch with selected participants shortly.
DemoCamp brings together developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and investors to share what they’ve been working on and to find others in the community interested in similar topics. For presenters, it’s a great way to get feedback on what you’re building from peers and the community, all in an informal setting.
(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
130 9 Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB T2G 0P3 Canada
If you are an entrepreneur, business leader and change-maker looking to align purpose, passion and profits, this session will offer you insight into how to courageously do business with heart
If you are an entrepreneur, business leader and change-maker looking to align purpose, passion and profits, this session will offer you insight into how to courageously do business with heart and soul for increased earnings.
You will pick up a creative process to help you vision and bring to life, both small and large projects, while gaining more confidence, clarity and credibility in doing so.
This session is suitable for all stages of Entrepreneurship.
The Speaker: Malcolm Saunders
Malcolm Saunders, is the Owner & Creative Visionary of the Light Cellar, a successful, purpose-driven and community-centered superfood shop, elixir bar and teaching kitchen that is a destination location for Calgarians. Malcolm now shares his success principles of Peace, Love and the Bottom Line to inspire and empower other entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers like to help make the world a better place.
Join us at the 2018 Transform Conference for an intimate series of talks, and use cases you will hear stories, ask questions, and learn first-hand how transformational strategies were instrumental
Join us at the 2018 Transform Conference for an intimate series of talks, and use cases you will hear stories, ask questions, and learn first-hand how transformational strategies were instrumental in an organizations success.
What you will learn
- Create communications strategies based on your organization’s unique story.
- Support your organization through new and/or challenging situations.
- Build your brand in a digital world.
- Engage in topics and discussions about the state of communications.
- Make business contacts and network with your peers.
Who should attend
- Employee communications
- Employee engagement
- Change management
- Public affairs
- Digital communications
- Public relations
- Content marketing
- Social media
- Digital communications
- Media relations
Reasons you should attend
- Hear from leading experts on how to create strategies to transform your work and your organization
- Learn insights, ideas and tactics you can apply tomorrow
- Meet with other communicators and forge relationships
- Take advantage of the lowest cost conference in Western Canada for communicators.
Opening Presentation: The digital effect: the more communications changes, the more it stays the same
Presidents are tweeting, Facebook is leaking, and mainstream media is melting down. These are just some of the disruptive effects of digital on communications. They sure didn’t teach us about this nonsense in school! Thankfully we can all go back to the basics – mapping out strategy, targeting audiences, engaging stakeholders, crafting messages (and now responses), producing compelling content, and focusing on outcomes not outputs. Now with the added misery delight of Google Analytics!
“Plus ça change” say the French. They are right, the essence of communications remains the same. They also drink a lot of wine, which may explain the zen.
Kick off your day of “Transform-ation” with this lively review of what’s new and what’s not in communications, and what to do about it.
Key Note: Everything is changing and so should you: How to crush it (or be crushed) in the super-economy of tomorrow
Presenter: Alex Kenjeev, president of O’Leary Ventures and investor on CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Investor”
The robots are coming for us, one industry at a time. The way we produce and consume will change more in the next 10 years than in the last thousand. There will be winners and there will be many, many losers. Are you ready? In this no-nonsense, informative and ultimately uplifting speech, Alex Kenjeev unpacks five unstoppable mega-trends – and inspires your audience to see big opportunities on the horizon.
Alex Kenjeev is Kevin O’Leary’s right-hand man.
As president of O’Leary Ventures, he negotiates with, oversees and mentors a portfolio of rapidly growing businesses across many industries including beverages, hospitality, technology and many other sectors. Some of the more well known businesses Alex has overseen include Zipz, Honeyfund and Ruckpack. Recently, Shark Tank surpassed $100,000,000 in investments and Alex has been a big part of that.
In addition, he co-founded a software company that was acquired three years later for more than $100 million. Alex is an investor CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor”, a frequent contributor on CTV, and some say, a bit of a weird dude.
Key Note Speaker Presentation
Presenter: Amol Gill, director of sales at ThoughtFarmer
Most organizations lose both communications and knowledge to email. Ironically, that type of communication is better suited to an intranet and that type knowledge is better consumed when hosted on an intranet. In this session, Amol explains why an intranet can be a silver-bullet to those communication woes, and how it should be setup so that employees to share the knowledge they have and find the knowledge they don’t.
Amol Gill is the director of sales at ThoughtFarmer. With over 13 years of experience in the tech space, Amol has a deep understanding of the complex communication, collaboration and cultural challenges that organizations face. Amol’s experience has allowed ThoughtFarmer to deliver hundreds of successful intranet projects, and his expertise helped shape a seamless customer experience.
Speaker Presentation: A clear-thinking model for when we need to think clearly
Presenter: Robin Parsons, principle of Parsons Consulting
The human brain is quite possibly the most complex object on earth. With 100 billion nerves that communicate in trillions of connections, your audience is absorbing, processing and understanding your messages before you blink.
How well do you understand them? Their needs? Their interests? How they react to your message? Neuroscience provides the why we need to communicate and facilitation provides us with an easy model to mirror the human thought process.
Robin will teach you how to enhance your communication strategies by using the clear-thinking framework including how emotional reflection is an essential stage of thinking which is typically ignored in our modern workplaces.
Robin Parsons is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and Certified (ToPTM) Facilitator (CTF) who genuinely believes that the world is a better place when participative dialogue has happened.
She has made it her mission to leave to helping groups to think clearly so that they can make the decisions they need to make through the design and facilitation of great dialogue. Robin is a strategic thinker and an experienced leader with 25 years under her belt. She has lead strategic planning and business intelligence teams at Devon Energy and Bell Canada and taught marketing and business policy at Red Deer College.
Speaker presentation: Transformation in Media. . . Are you listening?
Presenter: Dan Gold, Director of Digital Strategy at Martin Charlton Communications
Over the last two decades, the world of news media has changed at an accelerated pace. Being seen as the voice of authority within your sector not only increases your influence, but produces revenue and fosters your audience’s trust. When it comes to storytelling, traditional skills matter, but the tools have changed.
We’re going to look at the key stages of content creation and how audio could be one of the channels you’re missing out on.
Dan Gold hails from the south of England where he started out in the IT industry, although media was his first love.
In the ‘90s, he made the leap into broadcasting, working for Europe’s largest radio network. In 2007, Dan was enticed to London to work for a firm which would become a part of The Economist Group, producing strategic content for global brands in fashion and luxury, automotive, sports, finance, aviation, tech, health and education.
While in London, Dan worked on campaigns that engaged millions of people worldwide on TV, radio and online. After more than 4,440 productions and content on every major news and entertainment network, Dan made the move to North America to continue his storytelling journey with Martin Charlton Communications.
(Saturday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
1721 29 Avenue Southwest Calgary , Alberta T2T 1M7