Ideas on Tap at The Commodore Ballroom

Ideas on Tap started off as a light business networking event to bring Vancouver’s tech community together. The past few events were held at the Yaletown Brewing Company. Since then, the gathering has gotten so big that it now requires the Commodore Ballroom to accommodate it.

“We listened to everybody’s feedback and we concluded that the previous venue was not big enough to host the 300 plus attendees. People want to be able to walk around and easily meet and chat with people. The Commodore Ballroom is 9000 square feet which should allow for 600-700 people to interact comfortably.” – Chris Breikss.

With nearly 800 tickets sold, Ideas on Tap has become the biggest social-media event in Vancouver. The place was alive with energy and the Commodore Ballroom prove to be a great venue to hold it in. Ideas on Tap was also the first major networking event for me to test out the low light performance and built in video light on my Canon Vixia HF S100 HD Camcorder. That sucker is bright! I had a great time blinding people with it.

The Events According To Twitter

@JohnChow (John Chow) says:
At Ideas on tap. Lot of people here. Someone buy me a drink please!

@buffalo_escort (Buffalo Escort) says:
@JohnChow ill be right over -!! Is that you at the end of bar with red shirt ?

@NachoMan (Michael Nachbaur) says:
@JohnChow I might, if I knew where you were 🙂

@JohnChow (John Chow) says:
At Ideas on Tap with Camcorder. Want to film 2 girls making out. Reply if you can help.

@Cybermeister (Paul G) says:
@JohnChow Can I watch? I’ll make the tea.

@tyamdm (Yam D) says:
Ok, Let’s make it happen! RT @JohnChow At Ideas on Tap with Camcorder. Want to film 2 girls making out. Reply if you can help. #ideasontap

@Ruth_Less1 (Cally Jones) says:
RT @JohnChow At Ideas on Tap with Camcorder. Want to film 2 girls making out. Reply if you can help. ( well..he’s got balls ..hahaha) : )

@bluefur (Gary Jones) says:
@JohnChow gone crazy! RT @johnchow At Ideas on Tap with Camcorder. Want to film 2 girls making out. Reply if you can help.

@AprilFilms (April Smith) says:
@johnchow i hope you find your girls gone wild at @ideasontap event at commodore in vancouver

@NachoMan (Michael Nachbaur) says:
#ideasontap talks are starting. Just met @JohnChow with his camcorder trying to get footage of 2 girls making out. Good luck with that 😉

@JohnChow (John Chow) says:
It’s hard enough trying to find 2 girls at Ideas on Tap, never mind 2 girls making out!

@Pure_Zen (Stacelynn Caughlan) says:
@JohnChow gasp! Such a shame.

@NachoMan (Michael Nachbaur) says:
@JohnChow yeah, this industry is sadly a sausage-fest. It was nice to meet you in person at least, even if there weren’t girls making out.

@atomicpoet (Christopher) says:
Talking to the legendary @johnchow. If you know who he is, you probably have an opinion on him.

@JohnChow (John Chow) says:
OMG! Two guys offered to make out for the camcorder at Ideas On Tap!

@Per_Iscritto (Connor Lee) says:
@JohnChow come on now some of us might have been curious. 😉

@AprilFilms (April Smith) says:
listening to @johnchow grouse about two men offering to make out on his camera for him to film at ideasontap event at commodore in vancouver

@buzzbishop (Buzz Bishop) says:
@JohnChow not that there’s anything wrong with that john. its 2009

@cuttingedgedjs (Craig Sumsky) says:
@JohnChow LOL, you know you liked it

@freeforged (Kristin Freeman) says:
@johnchow you could make some money with that…. ::nudge nudge wink wink:: :-p

@billyfung (billyfung) says:
@JohnChow haha no girls there still?

@LiamBowers (Liam Bowers) says:
@JohnChow not very progressive, are we?

@hummingbird604 (Raul Pacheco) says:
@johnchow is looking at my Twitter stream and videographing it!

@JohnChow (John Chow) says:
We’re going for Memphis Blue! who wants to come?

@melba72 (melba72) says:
@JohnChow Just saw you at Memphis. Was too shy to come by and say – I’m your biggest fan! =) Like vid w/your daughter at park.

In addition to the above Twittercast, you can read a live blog of Ideas on Tap over at Miss 604. I’m sure other Vancouver bloggers will be posting their thoughts in the next day or two. In the mean time, check out this HD video from the event. Sorry, no girls (or guys) making out.

23 thoughts on “Ideas on Tap at The Commodore Ballroom”

  1. Cam Birch says:

    Looks like a cool event. Wish I could have been there.

    Were you playing around with your wide angle lens as well?

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  2. EarningStep says:

    i wish Indonesia will have the similiar event like that

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  3. Ben Pei says:

    Oh no.. Why do I always miss yoor tweet john?

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    1. John Chow says:

      Because you’re too busy trying to find tow girls to make out with?

      1. bookmarked for future events…great little site! thanks for putting me in the right direction John!

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  4. That looks great fun.. should have been at the Hot d’Or for girls making out though John!

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  5. Thales says:

    Hahaha! Fun fun!!!

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  6. Well unfortunately Its is too far for met to join the even

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  7. looked like a cool event…wonder why Toronto or other larger cities don’t have these (unless I”m out of the local loop)

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    1. John Chow says:

      I think you’re out of the loop. Toronto has just as many, if not more, local tech events than Vancouver.

      1. hmm..never knew that…where do you find out about these events? are they only for the techie community??

        1. John Chow says:

 is a great place to start.

  8. game-girl says:

    Hope to see an interesting video about the event.

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    1. there is a video in the post…

  9. Melayu Boleh says:

    wow. nice video and i hope i also can do that in future.

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  10. fas says:

    This showed how important twitter is, great stuff. BTW the Camera quality is super 🙂

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  11. You’re always talking about events I’ve never heard about, but sound great. I guess it really does pay to live in Canada!

  12. Is it me or are your videos starting to lag a lot now since it’s in HD. I know I’m not the only one with an old and slow comp 🙂


    1. John Chow says:

      Well, HD Videos are almost 3X the size as normal video so ya, if you’re not on a high speed connection, it’ll be slower. There is a button to turn the HD off.

    2. I guess it’s time to upgrade your computer! Don’t tell me you’re using one from 2000?

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  13. nansie says:

    Yes it was bright, but now I see it’s essential. Great lighting and video quality John! Too bad I was too shy and blinded!

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  14. Dean Saliba says:

    Another reason I hate living in the UK. All the good events happen in the US!

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  15. I live in Vancouver and hadn’t heard of this. It was interesting to read about though! And I Love Miss 604’s blog.

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