The second Ideas on Tap last week was another smashing success. For the second time in a row, it was standing room only at the Yaletown Brew Pub as over 300 Vancouver Technology and Social Media people gathered to listen to demo’s whilst enjoying a drink with friends.
This Ideas on Tap was live blogged by Rebecca Bollwitt (aka Miss604) - thanks to M2O for sponsoring the live blog - make sure you venture over to Rebecca’s site and read her excellent play by play recap of the evening. The second Ideas on Tap was made possible thanks to our sponsors: 6S Marketing, Sitemasher, Elastic Path Software, Domain7, Veratta, United Front Games, Techvibes, and Massive.
As with the first Ideas on Tap, we had a great line up of speakers to pitch their product to the crowd. If you missed the event and would like to see the videos of the pitches, make sure you check out the video’s of the presentations. First up was Jim Udall of QuickMobile.
Jim was followed by Mary MacPherson (filling in for Ron Moravek) of SiteMasher.
Next up was with Brent Cummings from Make Good.
The evening was capped off with David Tedman from BrightKit. David won the crowd with his pitch for BrightKit - although it was a close call between David and Mary as both companies brought along enthusiastic entourages - and was chosen as the winner for the evening.
The third installment of Ideas on Tap will be held in sometime in April - we will let you know as soon as an exact date has been selected, this time in a larger venue so that we can better accommodate the over 300 people who registered and attended the last event. Make sure you check out all of the great photos from the event on Flickr and Facebook. You can also follow @IdeasonTap on twitter and become a fan of Ideas on Tap on Facebook to make sure you get the latest info on the next event.
Since I have joined the 6S Marketing team, I have been appointed to the event planning committee for Ideas on Tap. We have lots of plans in the works to make Ideas on Tap a great recurring event in Vancouver, but we’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see from the event and what you would like to see it grow to in the future.
The January 2009 Ideas on Tap photos have been added to Flickr. You can tell how packed the Yaletown Brewing Company was! We are talking about changing the venue for the next event which will happen in the spring. Thoughts?
Ron Moravek is sick. I don’t mean sick like when you are snowboarding and your buddy says “Dude, that was a sick jump!” He has a cold and will not be able to participate in the elevator pitch. However, Mary MacPherson from Sitemasher will be stepping in to take his place.
Jim Udall from QuickMobile
Ideas on Tap welcomes Jim Udall to tomorrow night’s event!
Jim is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of QuickMobile, a Vancouver based start-up. He is a veteran of both the personal computer revolution as well as the Internet revolution, with a colourful career spanning over 30 years in high technology R&D. During this time, he has participated in five startups, of which two he personally co-founded.
Jim’s last startup venture was Vienna Systems, a pioneer in VoIP that was successfully acquired by Nokia in 1998. As part of this, Jim accepted the position of Chief Architect at the Nokia Mobile Phones Product Creation Centre in Vancouver with responsibility for leading the growth of the nascent site from 35 to over 400 people in less than four years. In this role, Jim led the drive to higher functionality mobile phones focusing on the delivery of media rich services in the mobile environment.
Jim serves as the Technology Director for the Vancouver-based Mobile MUSE Research Project, where he guides new media projects exploring the application of context, mobility, and rich media in enhancing social experiences. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, and has a broad range of technical expertise including operating system design, telecommunications (fixed and wireless), and data communications.
David Tedman from Brightkit
David Tedman is a partner and the operations manager at Invoke, an interactive agency in Vancouver. Starting out as a design and Web development shop, Invoke began creating tools for agencies to incorporate the power of social media in 2006.
In late 2008, Invoke launched its latest product, BrightKit. BrightKit, as quoted by Mashable; “is the ultimate Twitter toolkit.”
BrightKit was originally designed for agencies who manage multiple twitter accounts for their clients. It quickly became popular with agencies, but also news organizations, music labels, retail companies, and any business managing multiple twitter channels. Marketing BrightKit almost exclusively on twitter, it currently has almost 5000 users.
David has over 8 years experience managing various interactive and media projects, and has been a partner with Invoke since 2006. David received an Interactive Media degree from Vancouver Film School in 2002, after which he founded Novare Res, a multi-disciplinary design company, which eventually merged with Invoke in 2006. He speaks one language (well), picked the school of rock instead, didn’t write two New York Times bestsellers, and spends the rest of his time working with the most talented people two blocks east of Gastown.