6:45 PM CST – Made it to the Acadia Cafe, picked up a Rouge Stout and made a b-line for the presentation area where about 40 seats are for the almost 200 attendees… The seats near the power outlets are reserved for the speakers so I’m on batteries for the next 3 hours (or as long as my MacBook will run). Uploaded a couple shots to my Flickr pool. Ready for the first demo in about 10 minutes.
7:02 PM – Lots of people here jammed on the floor in front of me with as many outside… there’s a seat next to me, if anyone wants in… the demos should begin shortly.
7:04 PM – Showtime, well almost… we are supposed to go into the other room for some announcements and the beginning of the event. Most of us are hanging back in the demo room, however.
7:20 PM – Jeff Beddow from DataPix is talking about an application to represent/manipulate data in a visual way (I guess the app is called DataPix). Looks to be a useful way to analyze large data sets… I’m glad I don’t have to do this and am happy there are people out there that do. Apparently, this app is intended for people like me who don’t understand complex query languages. Interesting stuff…
7:42 PM – Eric Caron from Fetchster is up now; this is one of the demos I came to see… according to Eric many of the jobs on the big boards like Monster are “junk jobs” to harvest resumes. Fetchster scrapes company websites and makes sure there are no duplicate jobs listed. The site has tags, RSS feeds, and an Amazon-like recommendation engine. His demo didn’t go very well, but the site is a solid job search tool but seems IT focused right now. Nice notepad built-in for user reminders.
8:01 PM – imp is being demoed by Dan Carroll… it’s an “intelligent media platform” using social networking to discover music, movies and other media. Partnered with Azureus and SNOCAP. Their business model is a branded player, advertising and content sales (mostly music right now). Looks like a lite version of iTunes mashed up with bittorrent that seems tailor made for special interest podcasts monetized with advertising and/or affiliate links. I’m definitely going to talk with this guy later on… cool idea.
8:20 PM – Paul Wenzel & Justin Heideman have taken the stage to show some visuals from concerts they have done. Basically, they have come up with a technique to sync visuals with music. It’s based on Quartz Composer for MacOS X. Lots of cool animations and explosions.
8:33 PM – Mike O’Connor is on-stage talking about his 3 and 4 letter domains like bar.com and corp.com. He’s trying to figure out what to do to make money with them. Looks like he wants to do a Google maps mashup with tags and Digg-like voting mechanism.
8:51 PM – Eric Grumdahl is now talking about applying technology to reduce homelessness. The largest group of homeless in Minnesota are under 21. They are coordinating various organizations, simplifying red tape so the systems are more efficient. A noble effort and good application of technology to a social problem.
9:09 – MinneDemo 2 is now concluded; let the networking begin!
I’ll post some more pictures to Flickr and a summary of the event in the morning.