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  • Friday
    Apr 25 2014
    MaptimePDX Friday Morning Meetup


    Come hangout, drink coffee, and chat with other geonerds. Just look for the mappy people. This week, we're at Coava is SE Portland again.

    MaptimePDX is the Portland, OR offshoot of MaptimeSF, a weekly meetup of mappers in San Francisco hacking on maps and doing mappy things. In the same tradition, we're aiming to provide meetups for hacking on map projects of all sorts. There's no board or leadership - just some people who are enthusiastic about maps and sharing knowledge. We'll post upcoming events here and summaries of things we learn along the way. Join us!

  • Galois tech talk: A Gentle Introduction to Hiding Usage Patterns

    Galois, Inc

    abstract: What if you want to store encrypted files on an untrusted Cloud Server in such a way that Server does not even know if you are editing the same file today as you were yesterday, or anything else about your usage patterns other than total amount of traffic to the Server? Clearly, no matter how strong of an encryption you use, access pattern is revealed: Cloud Server can simply track where on the hard drive you read/write from – clearly encryption does not hide that information. One naive solution to prevent revealing access pattern to the Server is to simply read all your data back from the Server and re-write your entire data back to Server in its entirety for each read/write. This works, but it is clearly impractical. Oblivious Random Access Memory (ORAM) is an algorithm that allows you to completely hide arbitrary access pattern in an efficient manner. In this talk, I will describe Oblivious RAM from the ground up, starting from my own Ph.D. thesis work on this topic (STOC 1990, MIT Ph.D. 1992) which showed the first efficient ORAM. The Journal Version of this work gained over 450 references according to Google Scholar [Ostrovsky-Goldreich JACM 1996] and ORAM became an important area of research in Cryptography in the last 5 years. I will describe surprising connections of ORAM to (1) tamper-proof embedded systems, (2) Software Protection (3) Secure Multi-Party and Secure Two Party Computation as well as (4) ways to securely compile programs with loops, “goto” statements, recursion, etc. into Garbled programs without “unrolling” the execution path, yet not revealing anything about the execution path. I will also compare and contrast ORAM to Single-Server Private Information Retrieval (Single-server PIR), which I co-invented with Kushilevitz in 1997, and explain important differences of these two models. The talk will be self-contained and accessible to the general audience.

    Speaker bio: Rafail Ostrovsky is a Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Mathematics at UCLA and co-founder of Stealth Software Technologies, Inc. He has over 200 papers published in refereed journals and conferences and has 11 U.S. Patents issued. In 2013, Dr. Ostrovsky was inducted as an IACR (International Association of Cryptologic Research) Fellow. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Mathematical Foundations of Computing and has served on 38 international conference Program Committees including serving as a PC chair of FOCS 2011. He is a member of the Editorial Board of JACM, the Editorial Board of Algorithmica; and the Editorial Board of Journal of Cryptology; he serves on the Editorial and Advisory Board of the International Journal of Information and Computer Security and is a member of the steering committee of the international symposium of Security in Communication Networks (SCN). He is a recipient of multiple academic awards and honors and has google h-index factor of 55. At UCLA, Prof. Ostrovsky heads security and cryptography multi-disciplinary Research Center (http://www.cs.ucla.edu/security/) at Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

  • Founders Seeking Co-founders

    Looking for cofounders - or maybe developers or ??? Give a 1 minute pitch about your business, and what kinds of people/skills you need.

    Looking for a startup to join? Or are you a developer looking for a project? Give a 1 minute pitch about how you can help a startup.

    Short pitches, networking, pizza and beverages. This event is always fun - and yes, people have found cofounders! Join us.

    Date/Time: Friday, April 24, 4pm-5:30pm Location: OTBC 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton, OR 97008



  • Saturday
    Apr 26 2014
    Portland 3D Printing Lab - FIELD TRIP!


    Come visit the offices of ProtoPlant and learn how 3D Printer filament (the plastic build material) is made. This is an Open House, so come anytime and spend some time with the team. Don't forget to RSVP so they can plan properly. If we get enough signups, I hear there's a small surprise in store for us. :) Post questions in the comments!

  • Soft Circuits at Lovecraft, An LED Crafty Workshop

    Lovecraft Bar

    Join us for another edition of introductory lessons into the world of soft circuits!

    Who: Anyone 21+ years old, who wants to learn how to add an LED and switch to an article of clothing, stuffed animal, or fabric based accessory.

    All skill levels of sewing and electronics are welcome!

    Cost: $5 covers basic materials + sliding scale workshop fee $5-15

    Things to bring with you: A stuffed animal, article of clothing, or fabric based accessory, or anything else you want to add some electronic bling to (non- stretchy materials work best)


    Needle nose pliers

    Head lamp (I have a few lamps. However, we are sewing in a bar with limited lighting and your eyes may appreciate additional light.)

    non-conductive cotton or polyester thread that coordinates with your fabric.


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  • Sunday
    Apr 27 2014
    Camlistore Hack Session

    The Waypost

    This will be an informal meetup for people interested in playing around with Camlistore! You probably want to bring a laptop to work on and have some kind of server to play with (IE a VPS, remotely accessible home server, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone etc).

    Topics of interest:

    • Getting started!
    • Installing/Using Camlistore
    • ... (Add whatever you are interested in)
  • Women Who Hack


    This will be a casual get together for women who want to hack on projects with or around other women. All types of projects (software and hardware), languages, platforms and experience levels are welcome. Remember, no experience is an experience level!

    Don't have anything to work on? Come, and we'll help you find a project!

    What you should bring:

    • Your laptop or other equipment
    • Yourself!

    We'll provide:

    • the space, including lots of seating and tables
    • internet
    • some snacks, including gluten-free and vegan options.

    Our goal is to support local women hackers (and aspiring hackers) by providing a safe, welcoming environment in which you can connect with and learn from each other.

    We're kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring your children with you.

    Women Who Hack is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons, as well as accompanied children of all genders.

    All participants of Women Who Hack agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.

    Questions? Get in touch: womenwhohack@stumptownsyndicate.org.

    Our Google Group is https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/women-who-hack.

  • Monday
    Apr 28 2014
    Rentrak Hackathon

    The Rentrak Hackathon is a gathering of laptops and laughter. Classically, we all sit in a square and type words onto a keyboard that then get turned into a "computerized program". It's a good chance to work on your personal projects, learn what your peers are up to (computer-wise), figure out what the best programming language is, and/or say the words "I don't have anything to work on" or "I forgot my laptop". This event is very informal, and there is no specific project we'll be focusing our efforts on.

    Food and refreshments are served. RSVPing to ssw@rentrakmail.com is appreciated, but not required.

    Come check out Rentrak's new downtown office. Everyone is welcome to join us!

  • Crafty Circuits


    Interested in wearable and physical computing, and crafts? Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? OSH Park, Cacophonous Creations, and Flux Lab team up to offer just the space!

    You bring your projects and supplies.

    We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We can answer some of your soft circuit questions, share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors!

    Things to note:

    *This is an alcohol free, all ages space.

    *Some components will be available for purchase. Please contact Cat (blinkycatbot@gmail.com) if there's something specific you want available for your project.

  • Mobile Portland — Choosing The Right Stack for Mobile

    The problem: You are an enterprise or startup with some desktop offerings, and the writing on the wall has turned into the tattoo on your forehead. The time has come to turn some or all of your money printing machine into something that can be easily accessed and used on smartphones and tablets.

    The solution: It depends.

    It is also the topic of Dee Madden’s presentation at Mobile Portland this month: “Choosing The Right Stack for Mobile: The Pros And Cons of Each”

    The topic of Native vs Hybrid vs Pure Web vs Shared Codebase vs Whatever is a well worn one, but dynamic and ever-changing, nonetheless. In this presentation, Dee will examine the current landscape, with a pragmatic approach that holds all solutions equal. He will cover the pluses and minuses of each, and how to leverage the more endearing traits of one over the other as the best solution for the problem at hand.

    Among the stacks covered are:

    • Native
    • Hybrid “Shrinkwrap” solutions – a focus on PhoneGap, with some discussion of the others, such as Appcelerator and Sencha
    • Roll-your-own Hybrid – hybrid built with a custom native container
    • Drive-Through Hybrid – Codiqa
    • Shared Codebase – Xamarin, with a dusting of the Ruby-based Rhodes framework

    Throughout, Dee will show some working examples of some of these, providing some concrete examples of the advantages of each, and some of the pitfalls that can come with them as applications evolve, with an anecdote or two for good measure.

    Come on out and kick the shindig in the shins! Dee will have his shinguards on!

    About Our Speaker

    Dee Madden Mobile Solutions Consultant, SoftSource Consulting

    Dee Madden is a Software Developer with over 16 years experience in building software, having done everything from Development, to Quality Assurance, Project Management, and Agile / SCRUM Coaching. For well over the last 3 of those years, He has been consumed with a passion for all things mobile and bleeding edge HTML/CSS/Javascript tech. He began life as a Punk Rock Musician and Multimedia Artist. Building from that, and a trip back to the house of higher learning, he found his way into designing and writing software.

    Currently, he works as an Mobile Solutions Consultant, Full Stack Developer, and Instructor for SoftSource Consulting.

  • North Portland Coders Night

    Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

    The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

    Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

    By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

  • Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)

    Join us for an evening of Python!

    Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

    This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

    Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

    Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

    Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share

  • Tuesday
    Apr 29 2014
    Portland Community College 17th Annual Job Fair at Cascade Campus

    Portland Community College 17th Annual Job Fair at Cascade Campus Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11 am – 3pm Cascade Campus Gymnasium 705 N Killingsworth St.

    Free and open to all job seekers Find out more: www.pcc.edu/cascadejobfair Come network with employers representing a variety of industries.

    Be one of the first 100 people to sign up on the day of the Job Fair and receive a free professional profile photo.

    Free day of fair seminars:

    • 11:30 Résumé Writing with Kristina Turney, Professional Recruiter

    • 12:30 Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies author Joshua Waldman

    • 1:30 Career Coach Barbara Barde

    • 2:00 Interview Tips with Toastmasters

    • 2:30 Networking Whisperer, Cleon Cox author of The 50 Most Asked Questions from the Newly Unemployed

    If you have additional questions, call 971.722.5600 or cconnect@pcc.edu

  • Portland 3D Printing Lab

    ISITE Design

    In March 64 Layer Geeks explored the many options for 3D scanning and got to see large format industrial prints. We kicked off with a high-level overview of what 3D printing is and how it's used. Next, people had a minute to shout out about their projects. Mortuary applications for 3D printing- unforgettable! Then, we took a look at updates in the industry and talked about how we, as a community, can work together. Next, Skylr of 3Digitize.us scanned a slice of pizza and showed us the many ways to do it. Next, Alex of ProtoPlant regaled us with stories of printing on industrial machines, showing us actual large-format prints as well as finely detailed chainmail.

    In April, we'll take a look at how 3D printing is literally changing lives by giving people back the use of their limbs.

    Agenda follows: 0600p : 3D printing for Beginners (optional for pros!)

    0630p : Networking over light food/beverages

    0730p : Intro

    0740p : Community Time - 2 minutes to ask a question or show off your project

    0750p : Ivan Owen - co-creator of the original 3D printed hand prosthetic and supporter of the e-NABLE project

    0830p : More Networking! Note 1: If you'd like to bring a printer, please contact the group organizer, so we can set aside table space.

    Note 2: If you have a project or business you'd like to talk about, please contact the group organizer by private message. We're looking for 15-20 minute presentations. Slides aren't necessary, but we have access to a projector and plenty of table space. Good examples would be demonstrations of a new technique/tool, an overview of a service you provide, a unique project you've modeled/printed, etc. If you know a great speaker, please refer them! Please share this with your network and bring your imagination and enthusiasm.

  • Hacks/Hackers PDX April Meetup


    • 6:30 - 7:00: Networking

    • 7:00 - 7:15: Ed Borasky will give a wrap-up of the most interesting projects shown at the NICAR 2014 conference in Baltimore.

    • 7:15 - 7:45: Catherine Nikolovski of Hack Oregon will talk about mining and visualizing the ORESTAR campaign finance database. She'll also talk about a new project called BallotPath, which will deliver a complete list of all elected officials, from school district up to Governor and Senator to a voter based on location.

    • 7:45 - ??: Hands-on tool gathering. Bring your laptop, and an 8 GB or bigger USB stick (or writable DVD if you must). Ed will have copies of OSGeo Live, Tails and of course CompJournoStick.

  • RainSec

    Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

    RainSec is an informal meetup of like-minded security professionals to discuss topics of interest in a non-work, non-vendor setting. Preferably while drinking just enough to forget our day jobs.

    While this is a public event open to any interested parties, our target audience are folks experienced with information security in a professional capacity.

    Follow @PDXRainSec for updates.

  • Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations at MaptimeStJohns

    LET'S GET TOGETHER AND MAP AT MAPTIMESTJOHNS! Tuesday, April 29th, Anna Bannana's StJohns (8716 N. Lombard, Portland, OR,back room) from 7:30pm to 9pm.

    This month at MaptimeStJohns, we will review some web spatio-temporal visualizations, using open layers, leaflet, weave and other open source software.

  • Wednesday
    Apr 30 2014
    April 2014 Open House & Potluck at Collective Agency 9am-5pm

    Collective Agency

    Wednesday, April 30th, 9am to 5pm, come and work at Collective Agency during our Open House, and join us for a potluck lunch!

    Community Mission Statement:

    "Collective Agency is a cozy place to work alongside people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to, where 80% of people say hi. Come and work here!"

    Schedule (come when you like): • 9am – open

    • 12pm - potluck lunch here on the sofas (Best to come before lunch --- It’s great if you do bring food, but it’s fine not to, also!)

    • 2-2:30pm - Lightning Talks (like TED Talks, members talk for 2-8 minutes about something they're passionate about and committed to, whether work or otherwise)

    • 5pm - end of open house

    The open house is for everybody who'd like to work here for the day, regardless of whether or not you're interested in membership; it's a good day to work with friends.

    Members have 24/7 access. We have almost 60 members, with room to grow to around 100 members. http://collectiveagency.co/membership/

    Community guidelines: http://collectiveagency.co/community-guidelines

    RSVP: www.facebook.com/events/632633636830053/

  • Beginner's coding night


    Every Wednesday, Epicodus opens its office to beginner coders who want guidance about how to start learning to code, help with particular coding problems, or just a place to work for a couple hours with other beginners.

  • Data Visualizations in R presented by Mary Anne Thygesen

    Little Bird

    Everyone and their dog are turning out graphs of social networks. My helpers are Bonnie and Vinson.

    With their help I will construct visualizations of interesting data using R and its libraries. R does a very nice job of pulling in the data then visualizing it. I will present a few libraries from R. gRim, gRain, gRbase, gRapHD, igraph, Rgraphviz.

    The talk will have more pretty pictures of data visualizations than code and theory. Enough Theory so that you will be able to tell if your results pass the smell test. Or in others words how confident you can be with your results. All the R code will be available. One of the books that I am basing this talk on is: Graphical models with R by Soren Hojsgaard, David Edwards and Steffen Lauritzen published by Springer

    An example dataset in the book is carcass. I will come up with data to replace this data set. Although Bonnie and Vinson approve of the data set.

  • Showcase Showoff: Portland Code School Graduate Debut!

    New Relic

    It's graduation time at Portland Code School!

    Come celebrate with us and find your next great team member!

    Enjoy an evening of capstones and cocktails. We'll introduce our program and curriculum, and our graduates will be available to show off their awesome capstone web apps.

    Here are some of their amazing projects:

    • Garden Exchange

    A mobile web site that connects people who love gardening and sharing food with others. The app allows gardeners to offer their excess bounty and to find others with food to share. The concept can be expanded to other sharing communities.

    • Littleboxes

    A marketplace for “docker" Linux containers, providing categorization, previews, ratings, and community. This is being developed in collaboration with a local business and contains proprietary technology.

    • Seattle Alerts

    A web site that makes civic data more accessible to citizens, making Seattle 911 calls available in a variety of formats including mapped by neighborhood and filtered for specific time periods.

    • Delucia

    A responsive web site for sports trainers to advertise services, schedule appointments, accept credit card payments, and track customer engagement. Developed for a specific real-world client, it can be extended to any number of personal service business types.

    • ClimbingBuddyPDX

    A web application to help climbers in the Portland area find people to climb with on short notice.

    • TinyTable

    A responsive, educational web app designed for chemistry students and teachers to test knowledge of the periodic table

    • Breeze

    An application for wind surfers and kite boarders to see current and forecasted wind conditions in several popular spots along the Columbia River Gorge.

    • FoodFight

    A game that displays in-arena food awards associated with all of the day's NBA games and allows a player to play along at home with one pick per day -- and WIN FOOD!!! (or pictures thereof.)

  • Science Fiction Reading - SFWA Pacific Northwest Reader Series

    The greater Pacific Northwest is home to Ursula K. Le Guin, Kay Kenyon, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Brent Weeks, Ted Chiang and Ramona Quimby. Although Ramona isn’t known for her Science Fiction and Fantasy escapades, the rest are, and will be celebrated as part of the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local authors.

    The next event will feature Mike Moscoe with Leah Cutter & Ray Vukcevich

  • PIE application deadline

    PIE, an early stage startup accelerator, is accepting applications for its fourth class. They are due by 11:59PM PT on April 30, 2014.

    PIE has been helping early stage startups in Portland for five years. Alums include Urban Airship, Simple, Athletepath, Cloudability, Little Bird, Lytics, Stand In, Switchboard, and Orchestrate, among many others. We tend to work best with platforms and enabling technologies, but we encourage all types of tech startups to apply.

    Applications may be submitted through the PIE site or via http://angel.co/piepdx/apply

    Questions? info@piepdx.com

  • Thursday
    May 1 2014
    TiE Pearl Pitch Club

    TiE Pearl Incubator
    Join us for TiE Pearl Pitch Club - a series of sessions where you can practice your pitching skills.
    TiE Pearl Pitch Club is designed as a supportive environment to try out your presentation - in front of a group of peers, including established entrepreneurs, and others just getting their start. TiE Mentors also regularly look in.
    Bring your pitches, with or without slides (bring your laptop to plug into the A/V system), and walk away with valuable feedback and coaching.
    We will offer refreshments at the TiE Pearl Incubator before and during our session, while we network, discuss feedback and mingle.
    Pitch Club is open to all TiE Members (free), as well as the public ($25). 
  • Portland Linux/Unix Group: Federated Wiki

    Who: Ward Cunningham

    What: Federated Wiki

    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

    When: Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 7pm

    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    UNIX introduced the notion of software tools, small programs assembled together as pipelines. Almost as innovative what its notion of a workbench, a place where work in progress could be shared by passing references, file paths, among collaborators.

    I draw huge inspiration from these contributions, both of which happened within my professional lifetime. In this talk I will describe analogous structures in Federated Wiki, a project that hopes to host the doing of things as well as the talk about doing things.

    Ward Cunningham has worked for and consulted to daring startups and huge corporations. He has served as CTO, Director, Fellow, Principle Engineer and Inventor. He is best known for creating wiki. He leads an open-source project rebuilding wiki to solve more complex sharing situations addressing some of societies toughest problems. Ward founded movements in object-oriented, agile software, extreme programming and pattern languages. Ward lives in Portland, Oregon and works for New Relic, Inc.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting.

  • Friday
    May 2 2014
    AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch: What Exactly IS an Agile Project Manager?

    The April attendees chose a topic that should generate a dynamic discussion May:

    What exactly is an ‘agile project manager’?

    What value do ‘project managers’ or ‘agile project managers’ add to an agile organization? They sit outside the team and coordinate between teams, right? Or something else?

    How should they interface with the team? Isn’t what we’re talking about actually program management or release management? If you have teams on different release cycles, someone needs to coordinate all that so they deliver together? What exactly is an ‘agile project manager’ and how can they add value? What if you’re being pushed to have a project manager? How do they fit in? Should agile organizations be leveraging the PMI-ACP?

    Come with your opinions, your experiences, and with your expertise.

    We start at 12p and end at 1p. Strive to be on time: we do. RSVP's appreciated but not required. You'll find us in the back room.

    See you there!

  • Commodore Computer Club

    Pied Piper Pizza

    The Commodore Computer Club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Commodore technology. Our attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all are welcome.

    Come to learn, come to share. It’s all for the love of anything Commodore.

  • Saturday
    May 3 2014
    Portland Windows Phone Day

    ISITE Design

    Get FREE training and expert help to build and publish your apps for Windows devices.

    Are you finally ready to start developing for mobile devices? Perhaps you're interested in learning what's new in Windows Phone 8.1 and how to build universal apps that can be published in both the Windows and Windows Phone Stores? The Portland Windows Phone Day will help you get your app closer to completion and get that much closer to putting the app in the store. In fact we expect many developers will have their application already uploaded to the store by the end of the day.

    While previous events have focused around "learning" to build for Windows and Windows Phone, the focus of this event is geared towards doing the work and helping you "publish" your apps. Whether you’re a first-time developer, or a seasoned pro who wants to take advantage of new features in Windows Phone 8.1, this event is for you.


    8:30 am: Registration/Check-in
    9:00 am: Welcome and overview of DVLUP. Info on prizes.
    9:30 am: App Studio walk through - create an app before lunch.
    10:00 am: Hack/Create apps
    12:30 pm: Lunch, sponsored by TEK Systems
    1:30 pm: Advance talk on Windows Phone development.
    2:00 pm: Hacking continues
    5:30 pm: Dinner, sponsored by DVLUP.
    8:00 pm: Giveaways, goodbyes and hacking continues at home.

    All day: Experts available on hand to help out with any Windows Phone related questions you may have.


    • Everyone who works on an app on the day of the event will receive $50 AdDuplex credit to help get their app in front of mass audiences.
    • Everyone who works on an app on the day of the event will be entered into a raffle to win a surprise!
    • Everyone who creates a new Windows Phone or Windows 8 app in a rolling 30 day period can enter to win up to $1,000 every month at http://j.mp/IAmAWinner
    • Everyone who updates an existing app or uploads a new app to the Windows Phone store within 3 weeks of the event (May-3 to May-24) and submits to a challenge in DVLUP by May-28 will be entered into a raffle to win one of the following:
      • Nokia Lumia Hero device of their choice.
      • AdDuplex credit worth $1,000

    Space is limited so be sure to REGISTER NOW!

  • Monday
    May 5 2014
    SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference
    Portland Marriott (Downtown)

    The SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference is the largest conference in North America dedicated to software architecture.

    In 2014, the SATURN Conference will celebrate its 10th year. Each year, SATURN attracts an international audience of practicing software architects, industry thought leaders, developers, technical managers, and researchers to share ideas, insights, and experience about effective architecture-centric practices for developing and maintaining software-intensive systems.

  • Write the Docs
    TBD - Portland
  • Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)

    Join us for an evening of Python!

    Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

    This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

    Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

    Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

    Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share

  • Tuesday
    May 6 2014
    Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting

    New Relic

    We'll have pizza starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.


    After presentations we'll have more socializing time with beer & snacks.

    Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month!

    ARRIVING BY BIKE? Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 28th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 28th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

    ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

  • Nerd Nite Portland #15 – I Will Revive: Using Naloxone to Reverse Overdoses

    Mission Theater

    Nerd Nite is a monthly event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet soundly academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Be there and be square.

    When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

    Cost: $8.00* suggested cover at the door

    This Nerd Nite will feature several speakers on one topic.

    Oregon has one of the highest rates in the country for illicit use of prescription opiates. Overdose deaths rose 400 percent from 2000 to 2011. But since last July, naloxone – a drug long used by emergency medical personnel to reverse an opiate overdose – has been made available to trained lay people and more than 600 people have been trained in how to use the drug. Meet the men and women from the Multnomah County Health Department and Outside In as they discuss what naloxone is, what it does, and how it has already saved more than 200 lives.

    Facebook Event Page

    Meetup Event Page

    *A note on the suggested cover: Nerd Nite is completely supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering education opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $8 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

  • Portland Bitcoin Group

    Portland Bitcoin Group will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

    These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

  • Wednesday
    May 7 2014
    Lean Coffee

    New Relic

    Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

    For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

    New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

  • WebVisions PDX
    Oregon Convention Center

    WebVisions explores the future of web and mobile design, UX, digital media and technology with a badass lineup of speakers: Maria Giudice (Facebook), Tomer Sharon (Google), Internet legend Tim Bray, Brian David Johnson (author and Intel futurist), John Carlin (Funny Garbage) and more!

    Early Bird rates end March 26!

    Register today!

  • Esri R&D Center Office Warming!

    The Esri R&D Center has moved to a new, bigger, better office! We would love it if you came to celebrate with us in the new space.

    In addition, we will be celebrating both Geoloqi's 4 year anniversary, and Amber Case's birthday! So many celebrations!

    There will be both food and beverage to help aid in the festivities.

  • Tech + Pong Spring Tournament SE PDX


    This is a pong tournament not to be missed!

    Two Tournament Brackets:

    1) The Best of the Best (for pongers who can smash, hit, and rock their way through a pong game).

    2) The Best of the Worst (for rookie pongers who just want to have fun and the thought of "spinning a slice shot" seems like something having to do with a pizza parlor).

    Attending Options:

    1) Interested in just drinking beer and watching? Cool! RSVP for this event so we get a headcount.

    2) Want to compete? If so, please email Kevin Long at klong@crowdcompass.com with the following info: A) Which of the two brackets you want to compete in, B) The name of the company you are representing and C) Your contact information for scheduling.

    All - Please RSVP so we can get a head count.

  • CHIFOO Meeting: Speaking the Language of Meta-Principles: Consistency, Hierarchy, and Personality

    Speaking the Language of Meta-Principles: Consistency, Hierarchy, and Personality with Deborah Levinson, Nimble Partners

    When designing or redesigning an application, Nimble Partners focuses on three core principles: consistency, hierarchy, and personality. We can think of these principles as if they’re part of a language. Consistency and hierarchy are the grammar people learn while using an application: the basic elements that define how a language is spoken. The “words” we speak—that is, the visual design characteristics we choose to convey a message—create an application’s personality. These principles are so fundamental to creating successful interfaces that we call them “meta-principles.” While technology that affects interfaces changes, the underlying meta-principles hold true.

    Nimble Partners arrived at these three meta-principles after years of heuristic reviews, usability studies, and informal observation of digital applications. In this talk, Deborah will introduce these principles and show how they apply in examples, including a case study redesign of a web and mobile application to help users track diet and exercise.

  • Thursday
    May 8 2014
    Sales - What Founders Need to Know
    Sales - What Founders Need to Know, May 8, 4pm
        As an entrepreneur, you may be new to sales.  But almost everything you do involves sales.  In this sales
        seminar for non-sales people, Jeff Scheider will arm you with information that will make you
        a more effective sales person.  

    Learn more.

  • Portland Commodore Users Group

    Our group specializes in Commodore 64, SX-64, Commodore Vic-20, Commodore 128 and other Commodore computers. We meet regularly to discuss ideas, code, brainstorm projects, participate in the scene, and play games.

  • Joomla! PDX

    Free Geek

    Joomla!PDX meets at Free Geek monthly to discuss different aspects of the the Joomla! CMS. We are always welcome to experienced programmers, novices, and beginners alike. Even if you're just curious about Joomla! come join us and see what managing web content is all about.

  • UX Happy Hour

    Bye and Bye

    For May, we'll be giving some UX love to Northeast for the first time! To help us figure out how much space we might need, you can optionally RSVP.

    UX Happy Hour is a monthly gathering of designers, researchers, developers, and anyone else interested in chatting about user experience.

    As the name indicates, it's just beer and hanging out!

  • Tech/Design Social Over a whisky tasting? Yes, indeed!

    In an attempt to bring the tech and design communities together, this is a fun idea to do a whisky tasting given that WhiskeyFestNW is coming up this same weekend. This event isn't affiliated with that, it's a standalone event, sponsored by Compass Box Whisky, who just won Innovator of the Year award from the World Whisky Awards 2014. And, it's FREE!

    In the spirit of innovation, tasting the perfect melding of technology and design, come on out and meet some new people and try a few whiskies.

    This is pure socializing, though there are experts on hand to answer all of your questions. This craft blending company was a startup, just like any startup and it's inspiring to see companies really succeed in getting their product to market. Heck, you might learn something or just get drunk. Either way, see you there. FREE!

  • PDX Big Data Discussion Group

    Engine Yard

    "No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

    This month's paper is Profiler: Integrated Statistical Analysis and Visualization for Data Quality Assessment by Kandel et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

    Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.