- Democamping at the Board of Trade
Board of Trade + DemoCamp = Awesomeness
I did a presentation at the board of trade as part of the Technology Innovators Breakfast and had a great time. This board of trade session was a democamp facilitated session: ie two technology democamp presentation were done during the board of trade monthly technology innovators breakfast. Anand from Bumtop and I were the two democamp presenters.
We managed to bridge the gap between suits + democampers. Michael Murphy, VP and General Manager at Symantec did the first presentation and Anand and I followed with our respective presentations. What did I learn at the Board of Trade? Well quite a few things:
- there are still people in the technology space in Toronto who don’t know about democamp; how is that possible?
- there are still folks who have never been involved with a community driven and community built group such as democamp; some of the questions I fielded had to do with “who runs DemoCamp” and “why should anyone get involved?”;
- we still need to get the word out about what DemoCamp to folks all over Toronto (and the world)
- the bridge between the business, finance and start up community is still very wide; we know of each others existence but we don’t interact much. I wonder every day how we can improve these interactions.
I think that a few more democamps at the board of trade would help create better relationships between the business community and technology in Toronto and could foster some great pollination. I am looking forward to it.
It was very interesting to demo our new visual search labs and see these participants reactions first hand. I wish we had put the labs together a lot earlier than we did. The visual search and multi-colour labs are a great way for anyone to explore visual and colour search since they can play and search a 3 million image collection on their own. There is nothing better than being able to play with something new on your own. The feedback we have received so far has been great and I am looking forward to the next features. I usually start by demo-ing our image recognition service and almost always forget our visual search technology. I get too involved in answering all the image recognition questions!
It will be interesting to see who comes to DemoCamp 16 next week at the board of trade and if some of the Technology Innovators Breakfast will join us.
- BYO Image Search Lab
Which images in Alamy’s massive stock photo collection resemble the Google logo?
Or the American flag?
How about the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?
Or a No Smoking Sign?
Thanks to our new BYO Image Search Lab, you can Bring Your Own image via upload or URL and find out for yourself.
Our top-secret super cutting-edge algorithms will analyze your image and carefully determine its dominant properties. Once it learns about its shapes, colours, and textures, it will instantly summon all the pictures that your image resembles.
Sure, Visual Search was great for browsing, but this is even more crazy-fun!
Try it out and let us know what you think (and what kind of wacky things you managed to find) in a comment below. Have lots of fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Visual Search?
A. Visual search is a way to search through a collection of images by visual attributes like shape, colour, texture, etc.. Visual search does not rely on the use of keywords, watermarking or any other metadata–it relies strictly on the appearance of the image. Read the rest…