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The final information email that was sent this morning, reproduced in its entirety:

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[English Below]

Information de dernière minute pour le BarCampMontréal du samedi 21 octobre

1. Addresse et stationnement
2. Cédule
3. Inscription et mise en place
4. T-Shirts
5. Bouffe, boissons et quoi apporter
6. Présentations
7. Après la conférence
8. Commanditaires

1. Addresse et stationnement
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L’adresse est le 486 St-Catherine Ouest, #303. ***C’est au troisième
étage***. La rue transversale est Aylmer.

Il y a du stationnement disponible autour, gratuit dans les rues
avoisinantes et quelques stationnements payants. Nous vous
recommandons de venir en métro, la station McGill est à 3 minutes de
marche. Ne stationnez pas à l’arrière du building, c’est réservé aux
locataires et vous allez vous faire remorquer!

2. Cédule
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* 8:30 Rencontre des organisateurs et des bénévoles (vous êtes bienvenus!)
* 9:00 Inscription des participants
* 9:30 Début des présentations
* 12:00 Dîner
* 13:00 Fin du dîner, début des présentations de l’après-midi
* 18:00 Fin des présentations
* 18:30 On va prendre un verre et jouer au pool au Istori juste à côté.

3. Inscription et mise en place
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L’inscription est à 9h00 précise. Arrivez à l’heure pour vous inscrire
et recevoir votre “nametag”, vous faire assigner une case horaire pour
votre présentation et commander un t-shirt. Si vous êtes en retard
(après 9h30), nous ne pouvons vous garantir ni votre t-shirt ni votre
présentation! On a d’autre chose à faire que de rester assis à la
table de l’entrée toute la journée!

De plus, si vous pouvez arriver plus tôt (je sais, c’est cruel!) nous
apprécions toute aide, que ce soit vos bras, vos dix doigts ou vos
idées… c’est à 8h30.

4. T-Shirts
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Le design des t-shirt sera disponible sur place à l’inscription. Vous
pourrez spécifier la taille qui vous convient pour que nous puissions
les commander. Les t-shirts sont gratuits aux 60 premiers inscrits.

5. Bouffe, boissons et quoi apporter
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Grâce à nos commanditaires un dîner sous forme de buffet sera servi
(avec une sélection pour les participants végétariens parmin nous).
Afin de réduire les déchets, nous vous demandons d’amener vos
ustensiles et assiettes. Des bouteilles d’eau seront disponibles sur
place.

Nous ne servirons pas de jus/café/thé/etc sur place. Si vous désirez
consommer ce type de boissons il n’en tiens qu’à vous d’apporter vos
consommations (pas d’alcool sur place svp).

Si vous apportez votre ordinateur portable svp aussi prévoir un cable
d’extension ou un “power strip”, le nombre de prises électriques est
limité.

6. Présentations
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Les présentations commencent à 9h30. Les présentations seront limités
à 15 minutes afin de permettre au plus de participants possibles de
présenter. C’est plus dynamique comme ça aussi! De plus, ça permet
d’avoir une variété de points de vue et de sujets.

Nous avons un projecteur disponible sur place (1024×768) n’oubliez pas
vos adpateurs VGA si vous avez un cable autre. Nous sommes encore à la
recherche d’un écran pour les projections. Au pire on mettra un drap
ou directement sur le mur!

Un tableau sur pattes et des affiches auto-collantes seront aussi
disponibles sur place, amenez vos marqueurs par contre. Une télévision
avec un lecteur DVD est aussi disponible.

7. Après la conférence
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Après la conférence, nous irons prendre un verre (ou deux!) au pub
Istori qui est situé dans le même édifice (http://www.istori-bar.com).
Tous sont les bienvenus à cet endroit et le nombre de place n’y est
pas limité (c’est pas mal grand).

8. Commanditaires
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BarCamp Montréal a été rendu possible grâce au généreuses
contributions des commanditaires suivants :

1. Radialpoint (www.radialpoint.com)
2. Openface Internet (www.openface.ca)
3. Garage Technology Ventures (www.garagecanada.com)
4. Airborne Entertainment (www.airborne-e.com)
5. Ecole de Danse Swing Cat’s Corner (www.catscorner.ca)

Nous vous attendons samedi pour cet évènement que nous espérons
dynamique, intéressant et amusant!

Les organisateurs de BarCamp Montréal.

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Final Information for BarCampMontreal, Saturday October 21st

1. Address and Parking
2. Schedule
3. Registration and Setup
4. T-Shirts
5. Food and Drink, What to Bring
6. Presentations
7. After-Conference
8. Sponsors

1. Address and Parking
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The address is 486 St. Catherine Street West, Suite 303. ***This is on
the 3rd floor***. The nearest intersection is Aylmer.

There is street parking available and at least paid two parking lots
nearby, but you will have to come very, very early to find free street
parking. We recommend the Metro; the location is a 3 minute walk from
the McGill station.

Please do not park in the small private parking lot behind the
building, you will be towed. (I know, I was towed before… ;-) )

2. Schedule
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* 8:30am Setup crew meets
* 9:00am Registration opens
* 9:30am Presentations begin
* 12:00pm Lunch begins
* 1:00pm Lunch ends
* 6:00pm Presentations end, everybody helps cleanup
* 6:30pm Everybody goes for beers at istori

3. Registration and Setup
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Registration is at 9:00am SHARP. Please arrive on-time, so you can
register and get your name tag, sign up for a presentation slot, and
get sized for your t-shirt order. If you do not arrive in time for
registration, I cannot guarantee you a t-shirt! We are not going to
keep the registration counter open the whole day, you know. ;-)

In addition, we encourage you to come even earlier to help with setup!
If you’d like to flex your muscles a little bit, setup time is at
8:30am.

4. T-Shirts
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The design of the t-shirt will be available for viewing at the
registration counter. You will specify your size on your registration
form, and the t-shirts will be ordered after the event. T-shirts are
FREE to the first 60 registrants.

5. Food and Drink, What to Bring
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Thanks to our sponsors, a simple lunch buffet is being provided for
both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. In the spirit of reducing waste,
we ask that you bring along a mug, tupperware, and eating utensils…
all the better to bring leftovers home if there is any!

There will be plenty of free bottled water available.

Unfortunately there will be no coffee/tea/juice/etc so if you
absolutely need coffee please bring your own supply.

If you are going to use your laptop, please bring an extension cord
and/or a power-strip.

6. Presentations
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Presentations will start at 9:30am. There has been a flood of
presentation ideas, so we are asking that presentations be kept to 15
minutes each. We want to give everybody a chance and promote a more
dynamic and varied experience.

We have a projector available (1024×768), but are still looking for a
projection screen. If you have one that you can loan for the day,
please let me know right away by return email! Otherwise we will be
stuck projecting onto the wall.

We also have a tripod with pads of paper that can be used as well.
Please bring a black marker if you want to use the tripod with paper.

A TV with a DVD player is also available.

7. After-Conference
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After the conference is over, many people will head downstairs to the
conveniently located Istori Bar (http://www.istori-bar.com) for beers.
If this interests you, please reserve the time for it!

8. Sponsors
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BarCampMontreal would not have been possible without the generous
support of the following sponsors:

1. Radialpoint (www.radialpoint.com)
2. Openface Internet (www.openface.ca)
3. Garage Technology Ventures (www.garagecanada.com)
4. Airborne Entertainment (www.airborne-e.com)
5. Ecole de Danse Swing Cat’s Corner (www.catscorner.ca)

This is going to be a great event. See you on Saturday!

The BarCampMontreal Organizers

There is one last issue to solve before BarCampMontreal. We need a projection screen!

If anyone has a projection screen they can loan for BarCamp, please let me know.

Steve’s Music wants to charge $200 to rent us one for the weekend. Ouch! Unfortunately that will blow the budget.

If worse comes to worse, we’re stuck with projecting onto the wall, which is a light beige colour so it shouldn’t be too bad. ;-)

Just getting home from work, I find the latest episode of Dragon’s Den playing on the TV. It was already half over but I figured I earned some relaxation after a long workday, so I plunked down in front of the couch with my dinner. It was actually quite interesting, the four founders from jobloft.com was asking for an investment of $200,000 for 20% of the company. The Dragons offered $200,000 for 50%, and after some agonizing the founders took the deal.

What is up with that?!? They must be flat broke to take such an awful deal. That means the company is worth only $400,000; and that is wrong on so many levels.

The founders divulged that each customer pays $599/month in fees. On their website they list 35 customers. A quick calculation shows a yearly gross income of $251,580. I don’t know how much profit they make on this gross income, but I think the company is worth at least $1M with that kind of gross income and much more potential. The dragons were right that they are charging too little money for their service, however.

This was essentially an angel deal, but they’ve already given away 50% of their company. They’ll be diluted down to nothing if they ever have to go for a Series A or B.

Maybe I don’t know anything, but I’d never go for that. Crazy! The founders totally got the short end of the stick on this one.

Barcamp is in 4 days!

Garage Technology Ventures is our latest sponsor. Garage was founded by Guy Kawasaki, whose blog I read regularly. They opened a Montreal office in the Spring of this year. It’s great to have them on board, and to have them around in general. I personally feel that Montreal needs more investors who actually understand the software/high-tech field!

Regarding attendance, I am going to cap it off at 60 people. As of this writing there are 52 people registered, so it should be okay to close things off there. The simple reason is that we are providing food and t-shirts, so there cannot be an unlimited number of people coming!

An email with the final information will be going out later this week, probably Thursday.

5 days to go until BarCampMontreal!

A few quick announcements:

1) Simon Law will be the official photographer for BarCampMontreal. (Of course everybody is welcome to take their own pictures; but having an official photographer makes sure that we come out of the event with a good quantity of high-quality photographs.)

2) Openface Internet is our latest official sponsor. We are still looking for 2 more official sponsors. Right now, we have enough resources to provide a simple lunch to the attendees, but if more sponsors do not materialize then people will have to pay for t-shirts. T-shirts will be ordered on the day of the event to make sure you have the right fit.

3) If you have any questions about the event, be sure to check out the FAQ section on the BarCampMontreal page!

4) I am still looking for a few more volunteers who are willing to help with setup and teardown. Please email me at barcampmontreal@gmail.com if you want to help.

Other than that, we’re basically good to go!