MinneDemo 2 Recap

On Monday night, nearly 200 geeks, coders, and entrepreneurs descended on the Acadia Cafe for MinneDemo 2.

Eric Grumdahl

"Whew!" is all I can say.

It went off great! Dan and I learned from the first event and found a venue that could accommodate networking and demos. I was worried that no one would want to watch the demos, but that was completely unfounded! The demo room was packed, and so was the bar.

Crowd shot

We have to give a big thanks to our sponsors, the presenters, and Ted at the Acadia Cafe for making this event possible.

We had a really diverse crowd of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Justin Kruger and Bob Waldron -- who are hard-core into BarCamp -- even drove up from Milwaukee (and crashed at my place), and a couple of guys from Souix Falls's Electric Pulp who were in town showed up.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see all the demos, but what I did see was promising (though next time, we're going to have to enforce the no PowerPoint rule with a cricket bat). The Doomtree Reactive Video utility was pretty much the awesomest thing I've seen in a long time.

The coolest thing about MinneDemo and MinneBar is the community that they foster. After three events, faces and names are starting to be familiar. People I met at MinneBar are friends, and people who came to the first MinneDemo are part of the tech scene. I think it will just grow from there. I'll be disappointed if we don't get some startups happening out of this...


Photos on Flickr.

MinneDemo thoughts thread on Google Groups.

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