Ideas on Tap at the Commodore June 2009

Thursday, June 11th, 2009 — 1:00pm PDT
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Ideas on Tap is happening tonight at the Commodore Ballroom from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

Commodore Ballroom

Correct me if I’m wrong but with 800 tickets scooped up already this may very-well be the largest social media-type gathering this town has seen (I’m thinking Northern Voice say numbers up to 400 so this could be the case).

Regardless, it should be a great event with the following companies lined up to give 60 second elevator pitches:

Adam Bognar

Patrick Payne

Igor Faletski

Conquer Mobile
Angela Robert

Virtual LockBox
Presenter: Sanjay Maharaj

Ideas on Tap

Commodore Ballroom - Ideas on Tap

6s Marketing resurrected the Ideas on Tap event model after it lay dormant for years. With the rise of the tech sphere once again happening in Vancouver, they have picked a prime time to bring it back.

I’ve been commissioned to liveblog this evening so I’ll be setting up around 5:00pm. If you’re not one of the 800 people at the event you can tune in here for my live coverage, photos, and updates as things unfold. The official Twitter is @IdeasonTap and my updates will be on this post and @Miss604.

Update: Arriving at Ideas on Tap tonight I came across the Elastic Path ‘martini luge’ – which is essentially an ice sculpture through which drinks are poured. They’re offering up special blue martinis for purchase this evening along with a few contest prizes that have clues you’ll first need to de-code.

Title sponsor, elasticpath

Title sponsor, elasticpath

Update: I’ve been chatting with some of the presenters already and it seems like a great lineup. A few 6S Marketing folks are dressed up as DK (yes, man in gorilla suit) and Princess Peach. I’m not sure of the significance just yet but this should be an interesting evening. Hat tips to Amuse Consulting for helping with the event planning tonight as well.

Ideas on Tap filling up the Commodore

Update: It’s great to see some of the faces from last night’s yacht cruise once again, such as Kate and Grace from Invoke, and the Biehlers. The room is filling up and everyone is crowding the bars (and the martini luge). There’s also a pretty extensive food menu so there’s no need to leave hungry.

Where's Mario?

John Chow at Ideas on Tap

Update: Our friendly neighbourhood dotcom and blogging mogul, John Chow, just stopped by and shot a quick video of me. I’m certain he’ll have a montage up after the event so I’ll provide a link to that when he’s posted it.

I chatted briefly with Jason from PDFTron, who is attending his first Ideas on Tap, and met up with the lovely ladies from Jive Communications. The speakers should be taking the stage in about 10 minutes, following an intro from Chris Breikss of 6S Marketing.

Ideas on Tap

Update: There’s a 50/50 draw going around with proceeds benefiting the Canary Derby. Taking place June 27th it’s a soapbox derby that will see 100% of its funds going towards the Canary Foundation and the BC Cancer Society.

Raul and me

John Chow and me

Gary from @BlueFur and Raul

Update: Adam Bognar from Rilli is the first speaker with 60 seconds. He says he’s concerned about everyone’s social life because we’re all too busy on Facebook and Twitter. He says Rilli is “all about the things you do in real life… … it’s about seeing more of your city and more of your friends and sharing those experiences.”

Update: Sanjay Maharaj says that he has a system to store videos, images, and personal digital effects with Virtual LockBox from ShareMyLife.

Update: “We’re the best damn mobile marketing company in BC if not Canada,” says Patrick Payne from QuickMobile. They do text campaigns, iPhone and smartphone applications and other mobile marketing tools. They are also hiring PHP and Linux programmers, designers, and more.

As a side note, Elastic Path is also hiring and if you’re in attendance tonight you’ll get a “cheque” that is good for a referral. If you refer someone they end up hiring you can cash that cheque for $1,000 with Elastic Path.

Update: Igor is up next to talk about that is a free “SEO-friendly, Twitter compatible, and easy to monetize” tool for your website.

Update: Angela Robert from ConQuer Mobile which “uses iPhone application technology to push unique and exclusive content,” in order to customize the way people with your website, destination, or event.

Update: Now that the speakers are done, it’s time for the crowd to vote for their favourite presenter and company of the evening. It’s between Igor and Sanjay so there’s a tie-breaker… the winner receives $500 cash TONIGHT.

Presenters at Ideas on Tap

Update: And the winner is… Sanjay from ShareMyLife! The formal portion of this evening is over and now it’s time for super uber networking. The “after party” will take place at Doolins, just down Granville Street.

50/50 Draw with 6S Marketing

The C-Dot Networks Crew

Update: I ended the evening by hanging out with the good folks from Bluefur and Think Referrals as well as Kimm (who is @PaddlingGeek on Twitter). The event was a success and it was really encouraging to see so many new faces out at an industry event. Entire companies were coming up and introducing themselves to me (shout out to C-Dot Networks and lokl) so it was great to see them out in the “real life” space after knowing them only from the online sphere. I hope everyone was able to network and make some connections this evening and I’m looking forward to the next Ideas on Tap coming up in September. If there’s anything you’d like to see then, or if you have any feedback, just let me know and I’ll pass it along to the good folks at 6S.

Ideas on Tap from John Chow on Vimeo.

Update: John Chow’s video is now available (above).

Current contests on


  1. Tyler says:

    The Commodore is big enough for 800 people? It’s going to be quite packed in there if it is big enough ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the Commodore for concerts though. Have fun!

  2. AC Money says:

    I’ll be there!

  3. Miss604 says:

    @Tyler – I think the capacity is about 1,000-1,100 but it should be darn full!

  4. Raul says:

    Can’t wait to see you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. If you haven’t had too much to drink yet, I’ll send something your way. Any requests?

  6. Lesley says:

    It was great to see you again!!

  7. OLMMark says:

    Rebecca, you did a fantastic job with the live blog … and it was great to finally meet you & see you in liveblogging action!

    Thanks for the CDot shout out!

  8. It was great meeting you Rebecca! Great job with the live blog, and we appreciate the shout out!

  9. Kevin says:

    Great video thanks for the mention.

  10. Peter vT says:

    Great Blog & Pics! + John Chow’s Video is a fantastic view on the eve. Thanks a bunch, hope to make it another time.


  11. AC Money says:

    Suggestion for next time: it needs to be longer! (maybe on a weekend?) The venue is great, but since we’re not watching a show, a bit more lighting would be nice. Also, some tables/booths or a designated area set up by specific people/companies as a starting point for meetings would’ve been fantastic and more conducive to introductions.

    But we had a great time nonetheless!

    Oh — and SWAG! Peeples luv swag!

  12. AC Money says:

    And if they were REALLY clever, they could’ve set up one of the big screens to project the @ideasontap twitter account page and people can view themselves live tweeting all night long!

    ok, maybe just for me. I’m not on a blackberry or iphone so my sms tweets only go one way and I couldn’t see what was happening through the night. So sad that I can’t just enjoy what’s going on in reality… I have to know who’s tweeting about it. I need help. ๐Ÿ˜›

  13. Excellent job on live blogging at last nights event, keep up the good work

  14. […] Live blogging was supplied by Miss604, a.k.a Rebecca Bollwitt, check out her Ideas on Tap live blog post here. […]

  15. Cool, I hadn’t heard about this until I read about it here and on Gotta say I love this blog, really keeps me updated on what’s going on in Vancity.

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