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  • Saturday
    Sep 5 2015
    Cycling '74's Max Connect

    Control Voltage

    Max Connect is a tour of awesome presentations and performances presented by Cycling '74 and featuring Max 7, a limitless and super powerful visual programming language supporting a wide variety of hardware for media artists. The event is free and open to the public, plus free Hopworks beer and snacks!

    Presenters:
    Tom Hall - Max 7 & modulars
    Sue-C - creating live handmade video
    Shawn Trail - electrified acoustic marimba w/ custom gesture sensors

    Visit the Facebook event page.

    Website

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  • Monday
    Sep 7 2015
    Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

    Save this phone number in case you need directions. (541) 602-6215

    Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. We cover Python, Django, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML and More. Our event is for all levels from beginner to advanced. Come to learn and/or to mentor.

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

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

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Sep 8 2015
    Consider "The Open Source Writing Stack"

    New Relic

    Open source makes writing and publishing much easier both online and in print — provided you know what tools to use. This talk covers those tools (from LaTeX to WordPress) and how to choose between them.

    Open source tools for writing and publishing (both online and in print) continue to improve. This talk will blast through options for writing, publishing, and getting feedback — and discuss what you should care about when you’re writing. Does the GPL license on WordPress matter? What about a tool’s ability to handle Markdown? Perhaps most importantly, this talk will also cover when tools and stack questions can get in the way of actually writing.


    Our speaker for this meetup is Thursday Bram, who writes about technical topics of all sorts. She’s the co-founder of Urgency Inc, a technical marketing agency.

    Thursday gave this talk during the Open Source Bridge conference back in June.

    Website
  • MaptimePDX - Community Q&A

    This September, we're opening up the meetup to a Q&A format. Bring your questions and bring your knowledge. This is an ask-anything format so be ready to learn all the things. Beginner mappers welcome!

    As usual, doors open at 6p and we get started at 6:30p.

    Website
  • Networking Night @ Urban Airship

    In September, we'll be meeting at Urban Airship for a panel with several of their talented women. The theme will be "Never Stop Learning."

    Panelists:

    Lisa Orr, Data Scientist
    Helen Crowell, Mobile Engineer
    Mele Sax-Barnett, Ops/Dev Productivity Manager
    Jhenna Voorhis, Associate Customer Engineer
    Amanda Houle, Associate Customer Engineer
    Andrea Burton, Senior Product Designer
    Lisa Hewus-Fresh, Professional Services Engineer

    Program:

    6:00-6:30 - Check-in + Networking
    6:30-8:00 - Women Who Code Intro + Urban Airship Demo + Panel: "Never Stop Learning"  
    8:00-8:30 - Networking + Wrap-up

    Who Should Attend?

    Anyone is welcome to attend. 

    About Urban Airship: 

    Urban Airship helps leading brands engage their mobile users and build high-value relationships from the moment customers download an app. 

    Thousands of companies and some of the most demanding brands in retail, media & entertainment, sports and travel & hospitality, trust Urban Airship to deliver the mobile moments that matter to their customers and to their business.

    Company website: http://urbanairship.com/

    Careers Page: http://urbanairship.com/careers

    Website
  • PDXGo Talk Night

    Lytics

    UPDATE: Due to location conflicts we're going to host the event at Lytics instead of Esri for this month.

    Gather with fellow Gophers for an evening of Talks and discussion around Golang! All experience levels welcome!

    Schedule:

    Hang out and chat with other Gophers until about 6:30

    Bring your questions and ask the whole group in an open discussion format!

    Talk: Go Vendoring Tools and Updates by Daniel Theophanes

    Handling Go dependencies with vendoring has been a topic of this group's discussion multiple times, and with the proposed 1.5 /vendor directory the community is finally converging on a single standard. Daniel will be covering Go vendoring in general, the vendor-spec, and his own tool govendor!

    Reverse Q&A: Propose questions to the group in a friendly discussion format. Beginner questions welcome and encouraged!

    Continue discussion; maybe over beers at Baileys!

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 9 2015
    Oregon Bioscience Annual Conference

    Featuring six high profile keynotes and multiple track sessions, the Oregon Bio 2015: Expanding the Ecosystem event will offer a comprehensive experience featuring professional development, networking, career growth opportunities, the annual Pitchfest, and exposure to emerging commercialization companies at the Research Pavilion.

    Keynote speakers include: Gary Gilliland, Ph.D. and M.D., president of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Wolf Richter, co-founder,president, Epic Semiconductors Judy Kjelstrom Ph.D., director, Biotech Program at U.C. Davis Dan Ledger, principal, Endeavor Partners, Digital Health/Mobile Platforms Carbot Brown, CEO and founder, Carabiner LLC Fred Vogelstein, author and contributing editor, WIRED magazine

    Website
  • Portland 1 Million Cups

    Centrl Office

    Every week we have a new local entrepreneur building an amazing company here in Portland. They give a short presentation followed up with a great Q&A session where you get to ask questions and ask about the real challenges and triumphs behind the business.

    As always we welcome everyone interested in startups and founders building great companies here in Portland.

    Come and check it out and bring a friend.

    Website
  • Wine on the Willamette Oregon Bio Annual Conference Reception

    Wine on the WIllamette, the Oregon Bio 2015 Annual Conference Wine Tasting event, brings together bioscience industry leaders and guests on the patio of the Collaborative Life Science Building on Wednesday, September 9th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.

    Website
  • September PMI Agile Roundtable

    The PMI Agile Roundtable provides a forum for exchanging ideas, techniques and real world experiences (good and bad) in managing agile projects. Although sponsored by PMI, all roles and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate / debate. We value the variety of perspectives and levels of experience with agile.

    For September we'll select topics from our backlog (or ones added by attendees) as a group and time box the discussions.

    Note: 1 PMI PDU can be claimed for attending this event.

    Thanks to Unitus for their continued support

    Website
  • Maker Meetup

    Watershed PDX

    Make it here! Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? Cat and Watershed PDX team up to offer just the space!

    We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We'll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

    From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

    All attendees will need to sign-in with Cat before entering the meetup space. All information will be kept confidential.

    By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project, and that you will follow the Code of Conduct.

    Website
  • Configuration and Initialization (First Meeting!) - Portland .NET Mobile Developers Group

    It's our first group meeting! We will spend some time getting to know each other, getting a feel for the group's experience, and forging ideas for what to discuss over the next few Meetups. Come prepared with your ideas and questions!

    Website
  • Science on Tap - Oysters, Invaders, Sex, and CO2

    Kiggins Theatre

    Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

    Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door. This is an all-ages event.

    Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn and snacks available.

    Event Description:

    In addition to being tasty, oysters are a critical member of the ecosystem and the economic reality of the Pacific Northwest. And they’re in trouble. Invasive species and changing ocean conditions have killed thousands of oysters and cost the industry millions of dollars a year, but the recent publication of the Pacific Oyster genome has led to new ideas to try to overcome these losses. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Steve Sylvester, a molecular biologist at WSU Vancouver, will give a brief history of oystering in the Northwest and tell us his ongoing research aimed at helping the oyster industry to overcome biological and chemical problems that limit production.


    Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.


    *A note on the suggested cover at the door: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Sep 10 2015
    Oregon Bioscience Annual Conference

    Featuring six high profile keynotes and multiple track sessions, the Oregon Bio 2015: Expanding the Ecosystem event will offer a comprehensive experience featuring professional development, networking, career growth opportunities, the annual Pitchfest, and exposure to emerging commercialization companies at the Research Pavilion.

    Keynote speakers include: Gary Gilliland, Ph.D. and M.D., president of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Wolf Richter, co-founder,president, Epic Semiconductors Judy Kjelstrom Ph.D., director, Biotech Program at U.C. Davis Dan Ledger, principal, Endeavor Partners, Digital Health/Mobile Platforms Carbot Brown, CEO and founder, Carabiner LLC Fred Vogelstein, author and contributing editor, WIRED magazine

    Website
  • Pitch Perfect Hillsboro

    The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is launching Pitch Perfect Hillsboro on Thursday, September 10th. Startups are free to reserve HCC classroom space free of charge on the second Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30pm to focus on projects, practice pitches, or network. No membership requirement, no fee, food & beverages allowed. The classroom is equipped with a white board and projector and provides innovators and startups with private meeting space. HCC will promote interested startups to the business community for a pitch audience. Note: One week reservations are required to staff the office after hours. Interested groups can contact Aimee Sukol, Director of Economic Development at AimeeS@hillchamber.org or call my line at (503) 726-2151.

    Website
  • Release Party for Oregon's Entrepreneur Rockstars!

    Hatch

    The history making continues: celebrate Oregonians investing in Oregon business! Invest in Oregon!

    Our own Hatch Lab hosts the official tour kick-off for the 2015 Hatch Oregon Rockstar Entrepreneur Tour, which continues across Oregon!. Meet the first & the very latest Hatch Oregon CPO (community public offering) businesses and see what they have in store for the future.

    Enjoy music, special guest speakers, and a taste of Oregon’s finest with local food and drink refreshments. Most importantly, meet the CPO companies you can be among the first to invest in directly!

    Website
  • How to start up your Startup

    Feral Public House

    Everyone has ideas that they believe will make great businesses. Not everybody understands what that journey is like and what are the next steps they need to take to make that business happen.

    We are here to help. This event is for anyone who has an idea they want to turn into a business.

    We will host a panel discussion to talk about funding your business, legal representation, Taxes, programming, and how as local entrepreneurs you can meet great people right here in town to help you.

    Panelists: Stephen Green, John Laine - Angel Investor and Entrepreneur

    Stephen Green is part entrepreneur, economist & numbers guy with a penchant for always seeing the glass half full and is a firm believer that done beats perfect. With 20 years in entrepreneurship (starting his first business while in college) and an established career in finance and lending, he hopes to continue to support entrepreneurs. By day as Vice-President & Market Manager at Albina Community Bank, Stephen helps business and property owners find access to the capital they need to get their projects off the ground. Stephen’s current entrepreneurial roles include a contractor for Nike, providing strategy assistance to small business owners & co-founder of the nation’s first nonprofit brewpub & brewery (Oregon Public House) which in its third year in operation is poised to break the $1M revenue mark and will be opening its second location in 2017. He currently sits on the board of directors for six area nonprofits that are all based in N/NE Portland that support economic development, community development & education. He is the past board-chair for the Black United Fund of Oregon is the current Treasurer at the Oregon Public House. He is a Portland area native and graduated with a BS degree in economics from Western Oregon University.

    Website
  • Techies on Bikes - Eat, Drink, Bike!

    Velo Cult Bike Shop

    ~$ sudo come -meet -new -friends while [ imbibe craft -beer && eat; $BIKE -with -them ]

    Schedule:

    6:30-8:00PM: BYTE good food and choose from an ARRAY of drinks;

    8:00-8:10PM: Offer ideas to places you'd like to bike to and form ride groups;

    8:10-8:40PM: Bike and gain READ & WRITE PERMISSIONS to cycling laughter!

    Website
  • Information Session for Prospective Students, Instructors, Mentors!

    Come by for a beer (or soda or tea!) and find out what Code Fellows is all about!

    Instructors, Alumni, & Staff will give a quick talk on who Code Fellows is and what we do, then open it up to questions and more informal mingling and chatting.

    Jot down your questions, grab a friend, and come on by. Be sure to ask us about our job offer guarantee! 

    Website
  • Friday
    Sep 11 2015
    Startup Happy Hour!

    Startup Happy Hour! is a friendly, informal gathering of like-minded people from the Portland Startup Scene.

    There are no pitches, no nametags, and no agenda – just hanging out, making new connections, and enjoying each other's company.

    We're meeting this Friday at 4:30 PM at the Green Dragon.

    When you arrive, please gather in the area by the back bar. We request that guests mingle around freely rather than clustering around a single table - this makes it easier for everyone to meet each other and network effectively.

    You are welcome to arrive and leave at leisure -- the start and end times function within a fluid continuum. That said, we find that the event works best when most people arrive within the first 15 minutes or so.

    Hope to see you there!

    Please RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/StartupHappyHour/events/224626832/

    Thank you.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Sep 12 2015
    Hackathon for Bike Fun Calendar

    Esri PDX R&D Center

    Shakespeare said, to == be || to != be; but that is not the question we will address. Whether ’tis nobler for us to implement an outrageously cool feature or take arms against a sea of bugs, the question we will address is, “What happens when a whole bunch of techies go WILD on source code that helps people to have fun and bike?”

    Of course, we are talking about the Shift Calendar. For those of you that don’t know, Portland is a leader among North American cities in that it has this website that crowdsources bike social rides and allows anybody to find them. The Shift Calendar is used to organize Pedalpalooza and many other fun bike events throughout the year, and other cities are using its source code to make their own! However, the source code for the Shift Calendar is somewhat stuck in 2008. The developer who created and has been maintaining it hasn’t had time to make significant improvements. Today, the site gets between 7,000 to 30,000 unique visitors per month. It plays an important role for the bike community, but has lost visitors over the years.

    At this event, Techies on Bikes will come to the rescue and help bring the Shift Calendar into 2015!

    Possibilities

    '> hackathon(you, CSS skills);

    .eyesore-from-looking-at-ShiftCal { amount: none; }

    '> hackathon(you, HTML5);

    people can now find fun rides using phone while at breweries, grandma’s house, community gardens growing organic cabbage, and other places with cell reception

    '> hackathon(you, copywriting skills);

    your clever words engage, inspire, and enlighten

    '> hackathon(you, php, javascript);

    notifications of new rides and activities

    '> hackathon(you, Facebook API);

    can invite friends to rides and spy on them

    Although we are still working out the details, we will have a bike ride, food, and opportunities to socialize. Stay tuned for more information!

    We abide by a Code of Conduct

    FAQ

    Where can I see the Shift Calendar? http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/

    Where is the source code for Shift Calendar? https://github.com/ShiftGithub/shiftcal/

    Why doesn’t Shift Calendar just use Calagator? Calagator is written in Ruby. Shift relies on volunteer webmasters that do not know Ruby and won’t be able to maintain the site if it’s changed over to Ruby. Moreover, when deciding to attend social bike rides, people consider length of route, friends also attending, and other factors that may not be relevant to tech events.

    Who is going to review pull requests on the source code? Shift’s webmasters

    I want to volunteer for this event. How do I get involved? Please send a message to One Hwang : http://www.meetup.com/Techies-On-Bikes/members/184089389/

    Website
  • Monday
    Sep 14 2015
    Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

    Save this phone number in case you need directions. (541) 602-6215

    Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. We cover Python, Django, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML and More. Our event is for all levels from beginner to advanced. Come to learn and/or to mentor.

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

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

    Website
  • Portland Puppet User Group

    Puppet Labs

    Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Note: we'll meet one week later than normal due to Labor Day. Enjoy your long weekend!

    • 6:00-6:30 pm Pizza and salad (vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options)
    • 6:30 - 7:15 pm Are you on Windows? Want to develop for Puppet Modules? This talk will cover how to get up and running with developing Puppet on Windows, include IDE and Ruby setup - Travis Fields, Puppet Labs Engineer
    • 7:15-7:45 pm Puppet Community CI service. This is a service, outside of Travis, that runs testing for all Puppet modules in the puppet-community organization. You can see it live at http://ci.puppet.community and it's source code is on GitHub if you would like to contribute - Spencer Krum, Automation Engineer
    • 7:45-8:15 pm Plan next meeting and mingle

    Extra Details: The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking on the street and just inside the parking garage at the corner of SW Stark and SW 1st Ave. Parking is available on the street or at one of the many pay to park lots near the office

    Website
  • FutureTalk with Stephanie Foster + Happy Half-Hour

    New Relic

    How To Be Part Of The IoT Revolution

    › Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

    IoT is the fourth Industrial Revolution, the question for companies of all sizes is not if, but how do I incorporate this into my products and services? In the last three months alone, 50+ of the Fortune 1,000 have announced IoT Initiatives.

    How do we strategically align government, startups and established companies to build upon this new connected world? Furthermore, how do we create competitive business differentiators? How do we best innovate on a dime, like a startup, and have the right resources and funding, like an established company?

    Stephanie’s career began in the marketing world, tackling brand strategy, customer experience and traditional advertising for notable clients like Audi of America, VMware, French’s Food and 1% for the Planet. Her true passion stemmed from her ability to pick up on behavioral change and consumer insights that were positioned as brand differentiators and in turn, game changers for companies. Currently she is the VP of Brand & Marketing for Wearable World in addition to leading the IoT for Cities Initiative with the City of San Francisco.

    › Doors will open at 5:30 for a 30-minute networking happy half-hour! The food, beer and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

    › Stay tuned for the latest developments and updates on this and upcoming events by joining our Meetup group, New Relic FutureTalks PDX, and following us on Twitter @newrelic.

    › FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Sep 15 2015
    VBC Community Happy Hour

    Venture Business Centers

    Our goal is simple! We want to create a time to get together once a month and hang out. The objective is to build a stronger community of people that can get to know each other better and drink free beer! It's going to be the third Tuesday of every month so add it to your calendars.

    Please like and share this event as we want this to be a casual time to hang out and the more people the better!

    Website
  • PDX Machine Learning

    TBD

    This first meeting will be primarily to "test the waters" for a monthly Machine Learning meeting in Portland.

    The idea for this monthly meeting is to be a language agnostic forum for discussing topics in Machine Learning such as (but not limited to):

    • Neural Networks & Deep learning
    • Neuro Evolutional methods like NEAT
    • Reinforcement learning
    • Decision Tree learning
    • Bayesian Learning
    • Genetic Algorithms & Genetic Programming

    Applications of machine learning would also make good topics.

    Is there much machine learning going on in Portland? Let's find out.

    (I realize there is already a Portland Data Science meetup, but I tend to think of Machine Learning as being distinct from data science at this point.)

  • Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics

    Free Geek

    PLUG Advanced Topics

    Topic To Be Announced

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 16 2015
    Portland 1 Million Cups

    Centrl Office

    Every week we have a new local entrepreneur building an amazing company here in Portland. They give a short presentation followed up with a great Q&A session where you get to ask questions and ask about the real challenges and triumphs behind the business.

    As always we welcome everyone interested in startups and founders building great companies here in Portland.

    Come and check it out and bring a friend.

    Website
  • "SharePint" happy hour with the Portland SharePoint User Group

    On Deck Sports Bar

    Join us for happy-hour networking and SharePoint discussions.

    This is a great opportunity to bring your SharePoint questions and talk to other users on a 1-on-1 level. People of all experience levels are welcome.

    Appetizers, refreshments, swag, and great raffle items will be provided by our sponsors!

    Website
  • Unicorns Are Made, Not Born: The Truths of Designer/Developers — RefreshPDX

    Idealist

    Doors at 6pm, Talk at 6:30pm

    Please visit the site to RSVP.

    Our Topic

    Over the years, the internet has had many a debate over unicorns, aka designers that code. In what capacity do they exist? Should more people try to become unicorns? What does it take to be a designer/developer?

    Despite what the descriptor might imply, being a unicorn isn’t magic – it’s work. Whether you’re starting a career in design, already designing and coding all the time, or hiring, you’ll have to make decisions about what to prioritize. So rather than perpetuating unicorn myths, let’s talk about what it’s like to jump between two disciplines and what makes one designer better than another.

    Our speaker, Elea Chang

    Elea Chang is a Bay-Area-native-turned-Portlander who designs for the web and thinks about usability. Previously, she worked for Upworthy, Idealist, and OkCupid Labs. Recently, Elea has written pieces for Model View Culture and The Pastry Box, and is putting together Affect, a conference on the intersection of design and social good.

    Website
  • R meetup: Lightning Talks

    Simple

    Topic: Series of short lightning talks. Each one will be 5-10 minutes (including questions).

    Speakers: None yet. Get in touch in the comments for this meetup, contact me via email (myrmecocystus@gmail.com), use the group mailing list, or contact me via Twitter @pdxrlang I'll fill in names and titles as we get them.

    We will have pizza and beers. Doors open at 6:00 pm - talk starts 6:30 pm

    Hashtag for R meetups: #pdxrlang

    Website
  • Maker Meetup

    Watershed PDX

    Make it here! Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? Cat and Watershed PDX team up to offer just the space!

    We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We'll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

    From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

    All attendees will need to sign-in with Cat before entering the meetup space. All information will be kept confidential.

    By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project, and that you will follow the Code of Conduct.

    Website
  • Agile: "Beyond the Frameworks" Lean Coffee

    Join us for a Lean Coffee discussion about Agile beyond the frameworks. We'll start with some definition of topic boundaries then jump right into Lean Coffee discussion.

    Following up on the topics that emerged among attendees at the “State of Agile” discussion at Puppet Labs gathering on 6/17, we’ll dig into what we think it means to be Agile disregarding the constraints and supports of the three most common frameworks currently in use. In some quarters, the term “agile” is being deprecated in favor of “nimble;” in others, the term “business agility” is increasingly favored. The case was made on 6/17 that Agile as we know it doesn’t speak to the needs of the enterprise outside of IT or engineering, and, especially, senior business leaders do not show up as what we often think of as agilists.

    So, what’s under Scrum, XP, and Kanban? What about the manifesto and principles can we grasp as tools to operationalize agility wherever we are—without spouting Scrumese or Agile cuteness. How do we both grow ourselves as agilists and as a community and support our colleagues toward a more mature grasp of Agile and Lean. Or, is Agile passe and do only the consultants and behemoth enterprises not know that, yet?

    Pizza and pop provided by PNSQC and beer provided by Puppet Labs, as usual.

    Website
  • PDX Design Research Group

    Join us at the next PDX Design Research Group meeting on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015!

    Teach a Grandmother, Change the World (R&D for Illiterate Populations), presented by Elena Moon and Jos Vaught, Osage Orange

    How do you design a tablet app for poor, rural users who have never handled a digital device? What do you do when they speak no common language, and lack the ability to read in their own?

    Last year Elena Moon (founder and User Experience Director of Osage Orange) and Jos Vaught (Lead User Experience Designer) traveled to Rajasthan, in India, to learn from an international group of grandmothers who were learning to become solar engineers, despite a lack of literacy. Each had traveled from a different part of the world to participate in the 6-month Solar Grandmother program, hosted by India’s Barefoot College, a 40-year-old grassroots institution dedicated to helping marginalized people (living on less that $1 a day) build skills that bring solutions.

    After graduation, these women will bring light back to their villages -- light that means night classes for children, reduced danger from assault and rape, and less need for kerosene lanterns, improving the local air quality. These Solar Grandmothers also become respected leaders in many cases, presenting a model for women’s empowerment to the rest of their community.

    This project focused on the challenges graduates faced upon returning to their villages. Since the needed solar equipment can take months to arrive, graduates can struggle to maintain the skills they learned on campus. While highly supported during their time at Barefoot College, these women receive little initial support from the community once back home. Osage Orange wanted to learn whether a digital tablet could help ease the transition, by extending and maintaining the skills learned during training.

    Over the course of three weeks, Osage Orange led a team of designers in interviewing and observing 60 Solar Grandmothers and their Barefoot teachers, both in class and back in their villages. In this talk, Elena and Jos will walk us through that process, and share what they found.

    Osage Orange, a human-centered design boutique based in Portland, Oregon, works with a variety of clients, from fortune 50s to startups, helping businesses research, conceptualize, and design elegant, compelling products. They work on complex problems across many industries, whether it’s an education platform for illiterate, rural poor communities, or a spaceship interface for NASA astronauts. Increasingly, their work focuses on projects which promote positive social and environmental outcomes.,

    Elena Moon is a User Experience Consultant and the founder of Osage Orange. She has been doing a mix of research and design for the last 15 years and particularly enjoys socially and environmentally conscious projects. Her work has supported community agriculture, open source education, home energy conservation, and the deaf-blind community. She was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship to conduct anthropology work with indigenous peoples in Australia and Papua New Guinea and has been involved with Portland's Interaction Design Association for many years, leading it from 2012-2014.

    Jos Vaught is the lead User Experience Designer of Osage Orange. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Applied Linguistics. From 2012-2014 he served as a co-organizer for Portland’s Interactive Design Association.

    Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 Time: Networking 6:30 – 7:00 pm, presentation 7:00 – 8:00 pm Location: Connective DX

  • Thursday
    Sep 17 2015
    OpenStack PDX September - Open SDN Panel

    Puppet Labs

    This September we will host speakers from three leading open source SDN solutions that work beautifully with OpenStack - Midonet, Akanda and OpenDaylight

    Each speaker will get a little time to cover their platform architecture, followed by a moderated panel discussion including questions from attendees.

    Website
  • Want More Women in Tech? Understand the Dynamics!

    Smarsh

    RSVP at the link above

    The tech industry is clamoring for more women. Despite many efforts, the numbers haven’t changed much. Why?

    All too often, diversity initiatives are designed without understanding the underlying dynamics.

    At Navigate IT’s 1st allies event (men, this is your chance to join us), you will have the opportunity to be involved in a groundbreaking conversation on gender dynamics in tech. Be ready to share your perspective!

    To prepare:

    • Think about what is great about being a man or a woman in tech.

    • Articulate some of the challenges you face related to your gender.

    • Notice the gender dynamics in your workplace.

    We will use a polarity map from the Integral framework to bring some of these dynamics to light. We will discover that ordinary aspects of our work lives, things we take for granted or don’t think about, can be obstacles - even with our best intentions.

    Expect a rich and engaging conversation in a safe space.

    You will:

    • Have the opportunity to share your perspective and hear others’ perspectives.

    • Gain a greater understanding of how gender dynamics influence your teams.

    • Leave with new insight to help you navigate diversity. 

    This is a rare opportunity to have a positive, honest dialog about important issues in the tech industry. It will be led by Terra Soma, co-founder of Navigate IT and Certified Integral Facilitator®. Her roles in tech have ranged from ecommerce analyst to software project manager. She now facilitates collaboration for tech teams.

    Terra will be joined by Zachary Feder, a former associate with LionHeart Consulting. He is well trained in group dynamics and conflict resolution and is a longtime student of Integral Theory.


    What your peers are saying about Terra and Zachary:

    "I have rarely been in a public environment where I felt both supported and challenged. Most of these engagements end up either being too wishy-washy, or too confrontational. Terra and Zachary are a perfect yin-yang, neither of whom comes across as a cliche based on their gender, what we might think of as traditional feminine or masculine qualities. They both modeled all of them. Having that as their Way of Being made it all the easier for me to allow my own range of emotions to play out in the session. Comfortable, worthwhile, evolving. People say events "changed their life," and it can seem overstated, but I found out things about myself I was never able to put into words before, and yes, that changed my life."
    - Joe B., Technical Trainer

    What your peers are saying about Navigate IT

    “Best 2 hours I have spent all week.” – Strength’s Lab participant

    Event Schedule

    6:00-6:30 food and networking

    6:30-8:00 discussion


    If you want to sign up for the event without joining the Meetup Group, you can register at Soma Collaborations.

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