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  • Saturday
    Oct 25 2014
    WordPress 101 - Intro to WordPress

    WordPress 101 - Intro to WordPress Development - Day 2 of 2 Day series.

    With 20% of the web running on WordPress, it's no surprise when a prospective client contacts you for Wordpress site development. As of Feb, 2014 WordPress version 3.8 downloads passed the 20 million mark.

    Join Girl Develop It and Jenn Stoffel for an introductory look into all things WordPress. We will show you the basics of how to create a WordPress website by customizing it to fit your needs. We'll learn about Themes, Plugins and Widgets and how to spot a good or bad one. We will publish posts and learn about the types of content we can publish. Most importantly, our instructor and TA's will be here to answer any questions you may have along the way. You'll leave with an understanding of the basics and an ability to publish your own WordPress site.

    This class is a 2-day series running on Saturdays, October 18th and October 25th, 9am - 1pm each day. The cost of the class covers both days. Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-Portland/events/209732652/

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  • Product Hunt Portland Meetup + Hackathon
    through
    Ford Food and Drink (SE 11th and Division)

    RSVP + join fellow Portlanders (whether you live here or are passing through) for a brief weekend of making something awesome.

    We'll be kicking off at Ford Food and Drink, though don't expect to find us holed up there all day and night as we'll be breaking into teams before the hackathon proper kicks off at 1pm. [Check the event site for full schedule.] Come by at 10:30 for social hour to meet your fellow dreamers, developers and designers followed by pitches - after which we'll break out into teams and get to making.

    The top 3 winners world-wide get interviews with 500 Startups, Techstars, and office hours with YC partner and founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian! On top of that, the grand prize winner will win a chance to get in front of Andreessen Horowitz to discuss your startup or product!

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  • ^H Weekend Work Party

    Let's get together for cleaning, weeding, digging, painting, patching and hacking 7600 N Interstate back into shape!

    Those of you who have already been to the space and don't need guidance are welcome to show up as early as 7AM (but send us a message so that we know you're coming if you don't already have access).

    Website
  • DIY Light Up Monster Workshop at Lovecraft!

    Lovecraft Bar

    Learn to sew your own plush monster that lights up!

    Who: Anyone 21+ years old, who is interested in learning how to combine sewing and electronics. All experience levels welcome!

    Cost: $10 covers all materials

    Suggested Things To Bring: Scissors

    Needle nose pliers

    Ideas for what your monster will look like

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

Tomorrow

  • Saturday
    Oct 25 2014
    Product Hunt Portland Meetup + Hackathon
    through
    Ford Food and Drink (SE 11th and Division)

    RSVP + join fellow Portlanders (whether you live here or are passing through) for a brief weekend of making something awesome.

    We'll be kicking off at Ford Food and Drink, though don't expect to find us holed up there all day and night as we'll be breaking into teams before the hackathon proper kicks off at 1pm. [Check the event site for full schedule.] Come by at 10:30 for social hour to meet your fellow dreamers, developers and designers followed by pitches - after which we'll break out into teams and get to making.

    The top 3 winners world-wide get interviews with 500 Startups, Techstars, and office hours with YC partner and founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian! On top of that, the grand prize winner will win a chance to get in front of Andreessen Horowitz to discuss your startup or product!

    Website
  • Sunday
    Oct 26 2014
    Women Who Hack

    Mozilla

    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.

    Website

Next two weeks

  • Tuesday
    Oct 28 2014
    Portland Code School - Happy Hour!

    Join us to learn about the different programs that PCS has to offer – from the JavaScript immersion class to Data Visualization and Front End Development, to an iOS Primer coming this fall.

    The Lucky Lab on Quimby has a HUGE space, free WiFi and great beer.

    Your first drink is on us (alcohol or not)!

    (I'll have a small PCS sign and most likely some kind of board game.)

    Website
  • Grants for Startups

    There are grants available for startups - including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the federal government. At this West Side PubTalkTM, you'll learn from entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of various grant programs. In particular, you'll hear from eWind Solutions, which just recently submitted an SBIR grant application to the US Department of Agriculture, and Sonivate which has obtained several millions of dollars in grant funding from the Department of Defense.

    During networking time before and after the panel, you'll be able to talk with representatives from the Small Business Administration, Business Oregon , and Oregon BEST about programs they have to help entrepreneurs get grants.

    Come learn what you need to know to take advantage of grant opportunities.

    This West Side PubTalk is brought to you by the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, and the Oregon Technology Business Center

    When: Oct. 28, 5pm to 8pm Where: Golden Valley Brewery (map) Cost: $15 (includes food and drink ticket!)

    Website
  • PDX Hardware Startup Meetup

    Summer is officially come to an end, so it's time to start back up the PDX Hardware Startup Meetups. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their summer and is ready for the rain.

    The next PDX Hardware Startup Meetup is going to be October 28th, at 5:30-8:00 PM.

    R&D Plastics is a local Plastic Injection Molder and is going to come talk about plastic injection molding. Here is an abstract of their presentation:

    "As a new or infrequent designer/developer of injection molded products it can be very difficult to understand the impact of design features, material selection, and tool construction on the cost and lead-time of your products. The decisions you make have a great impact on part cost and tool build lead-times.

    In this session, we will discuss what to expect when designing and developing a plastic injection molded part. We will provide examples that show the impact of good design decisions and how they greatly improve the product development cycle. Your understanding of the injection molding workflow and what you should expect from your injection molding partner will guide you through good decision making for a successful product release."

    Charlie O’Bosky & Kyle Tarr will be joining us and giving the presentation.

    As always, there will be free Pizza and Beer provided for everyone and some time to share any projects you are working on.

    Location: PSU Business Accelerator. 2828 SW Corbett. The building can be tricky to find, and the best way to get directions is to use the intersection of "SW Corbett & SW Meade", that way Google Maps won't take you on a wild goose chase.

    Parking: It's FREE. You can park anywhere behind the building for free. There should be plenty of parking so don't worry about having to pay for a spot.

    Please share this event with anyone you think may be interested, the more people we can get involved the more beneficial it will be to everyone.

    Website
  • Coursetto's PDX EdTech with Ryan Carson CEO of Treehouse

    Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse http://teamtreehouse.com will be talking about the EdTech company birthing process. Treehouse has raised over $13,000,000 and is soon if not already hitting profitability (a rarity in startup land). Treehouse empowers anyone to learn how to build websites & apps, write code or start a business.

    Also, Jesse Olsen, CEO of https://www.jumpro.pe is flying out from NYC to talk with us about what it takes to create a growing and profitable EdTech company without funding. JumpRope helps teachers, schools, and districts move beyond traditional grades towards standards-based feedback on mastery.

    Thanks to Coursetto https://coursetto.com for organizing.

    Website
  • Social Security Strategies

    Social Security benefit strategies are like finger prints. Everyone s strategy is different. The Social Security personnel will not provide guidance for your benefit issues. Rick will explain some of the things you should understand and consider when applying for your Social Security benefits.

    What is:

    Early Retirement Age
    Full Retirement age
    Deferred retirement age (credits)
    Spousal Benefits
    

    What other factors should be considered when choosing to accept Social Security benefits.

    How does continuing to work affect your benefits?
    What about other income sources?
    Life expectancy versus total benefits received.
    The effects of inflation
    

    Questions and answers

    Meeting notes are downloadable at: http://occa.org/files/SSNotes.pdf

    Agenda:

    6:00--6:20 Networking
    6:20--7:00 No-host dinner
    7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements
    7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):
    
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  • Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting

    Mozilla

    Topic: TBD Speaker: Christie Koehler

    **Note: Code-n-Splode (CnS) is a women-focused group. All self-identified women and genderqueer persons are invited to attend and participate, and men are welcome as the guest of a female participant.

    For more information, visit our website, or send an email to our list.

    Website
  • Hack + Help

    Hack + Help is for anyone that is learning to code.

    Whether you are new to coding or experienced in coding and want to help others learn, please join us! Bring your laptop and desire to learn (and/or teach!).

    Website
  • Portland Startup Weekend Pre-Party

    Are you battle ready?

    Portland Startup Weekend is coming in November during Global Startup Battle, let's get our game on early at the pre-party.

    RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1tpBw4B

    This is a great chance to get together to have some beer, share ideas of how to get the most out of Portland Startup weekend, informally practice your pitch, gather interest in your idea and make connections for the big day.

    We’ll provide snacks and share some startup weekend-style fun. Get ahead of the game by beginning your networking early, getting feedback on your pitch idea, and hearing tips on how to get the most out of your Portland Startup weekend experience.

    • Learn more about PDXSW

    • Get the inside scoop on how to get the most out of your PDXSW experience

    • Get ahead of the curve by making connections early

    For more information about Portland Startup Weekend, visit portland.startupweekend.org

    We serve snacks, bar is no-host. all ages.

    Please RSVP on Eventbrite http://pdxswpreparty.eventbrite.com/#

    Website
  • Programming Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations

    Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations: This month at MaptimeStJohns, we will be to continue programming web spatio-temporal visualizations, bring a computer if you have one. If you have not come before, that is alright because we will step through each visualization. I'll bring the js library files for leaflet and the various plugins we will be using. We will also practice creating a postgresql/postgis spatial database. If you don't have postgresql installed that's ok... I'll bring movies and then you can try it at home. Let's create some cool web map visualizations!

    Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations Tues, Oct. 28th. 7:30pm, Anna Bananas, St Johns, 8716 N. Lombard, Portland, OR (back room)

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Oct 29 2014
    Fast Tracking Data Mastery with Power BI

    Data is changing everything, including what it takes to win in business. Are you ready? Are you savvy about your data? If not, you're not alone. The roadblocks are formidable: too much data from too many sources; not enough data understanding on the business side; low quality data or incomprehensible data; limited analysis tool sets.

    What does it take to master your data? What does that look like and how do you get there as painlessly as possible? Why is Power BI such a smart way to go?

    Join CSG Pro to look at a new paradigm for building your organizational data expertise. We'll talk technology and tools, but we'll be focused on strategy.

    • Learn what skill base you need

    • Learn what management commitment looks like

    • Learn why (and how) Power BI is a fast track way to get there

    • Understand how to start small for a big payout

    This seminar is geared toward director, VP and C level executives who think strategically about their businesses data.

    If you're a data steward or analyst, this would be a great event to bring your boss to. We show the value of these new powerful business analytics tools.

    Please register via the website link. (FREE, and Breakfast is included)

    About the presenter, CSG Pro:

    CSG Pro specializes in building custom business software and interactive tools that allow you to collaborate and connect with colleagues, customers and vendors. Based in Portland, Oregon and maintaining a presence in Boise, Idaho, CSG Pro has served leading companies and public agencies since 1993.

    Website
  • Bringing a Secure Cloud to Your Enterprise

    Online Webinar

    The Cloud’s business model allows your organization to leverage existing infrastructure and platform investments for greater convenience, but developing a secure Cloud strategy involves numerous considerations and planning. Join us for this free webinar on October 29th, 2014 at 11am PT where we we will explore Microsoft Azure and Cloud Security.

    Website
  • Ruby Lunch

    TILT Pearl District

    Beginners to advanced welcome, talk about Ruby and programming in general.

  • CHIFOO Workshop: Fieldwork 4 Human Computer Interaction (3 of 4)

    Fieldwork for Human Computer Interaction: A 4-Part Workshop on Ethnographically-Informed Fieldwork

    Sara Bly and Françoise Brun-Cottan

    A growing number of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researchers and practitioners use the results of fieldwork to guide the design and evaluate the user experience of interactive systems and technologies. Why? Because data about real people in real situations spurs creativity and innovation around practical challenges, resulting in more useful and usable artifacts.

    Fieldwork for HCI typically consists of firsthand observations made in the naturally occurring environment of use (as opposed to studies performed in a controlled environment). Many techniques are adapted from anthropology – particularly ethnography.

    As the mobile app and manufacturing industries grow in Oregon, UX designers are increasingly recruited from out-of-state. The Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon - CHIFOO - recognizes a local need for more basic training in this area.

    Workshop Format This practicum is a new offering by CHIFOO, separate from the popular monthly guest lecture series. Developed with industry experts Sara Bly and Françoise Brun-Cottan, this unique pilot program serves as a first test model for future educational programs by CHIFOO.

    To conduct fieldwork well, the researcher needs the knowledge, ability and access to observe the activities and complexities of people within the context of their day-to-day pursuits. This makes it difficult to practice in a classroom-only or online environment. The methodology is best learned by apprenticeship and experience.

    Each session builds on the prior one. Participants are expected to attend three private classroom sessions, to complete group assignments in between, and to ‘report out’ on the experience in teams at the last session, an open CHIFOO event. Sessions will be held:

    Sunday, October 5, 12-4 pm Wednesday, October 15 6-9 pm Wednesday, October 29, 6-9 pm Wednesday, November 12, 6-9 pm

    Who Should Participate? The practicum is tailored especially towards locals who seek a better command and understanding of the skills utilized by User Experience Analysts, Design Engineers, and Interaction Designers.

    To make the learning experience as rich, collaborative and personalized as possible, the # of participants is capped at 16. Group exercises are designed to be completed in teams of 2-4.

    About the Instructors

    Dr. Sara Bly – Head Instructor – Sara Bly has been an active researcher and practitioner in qualitative user studies for more than 25 years. Ethnographically-informed fieldwork is a major component of her user experience studies, which focus on understanding the context of an activity as well as the specific user task. During Sara’s tenure at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, she served on multi-disciplinary teams with anthropologists, designers, and computer scientists. Sara has worked in a variety of companies and development teams, and has experience teaching user study techniques for both industry and academia. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Davis. Currently Sara Bly lives in Oregon and consults nationally.

    Francoise Brun-Cottan, Phd – Instructor - Anthropologist Francoise Brun-Cottan spent over a decade as a Work Place Ethnographer and Interaction Analyst with Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). Specialties include:

    Integration of ethnographic insights with engineering research, product/services development and design to inform innovation. Ethnography - Observation and interviewing, analysis and representations of work practices and user experience. Video ethnography Conversation and Interaction Analysis Work Practice and Participatory Design Studies. Currently Francoise Brun-Cottan consults for libraries, government agencies, large corporations and research agencies.

    Clodine Mallinckrodt – Facilitator – From Wall Street to MarCom Way, Clodine Mallinckrodt’s varied background spans the early days of interactive multimedia and distance learning to data security and strategy consulting. Currently, Clodine is Manager of Ambulatory Reporting & Analytics for Providence Health & Services, where she enjoys enabling analyst teams to deliver data visualization and exploration tools to healthcare executives throughout the west. She helped develop new Providence Consumer Segments, is a GE-certified Change Facilitator, and trained in Lean. Based in Portland, OR, Clodine Mallinckrodt is Program Co-Chair for CHIFOO.

    Register Online Be an Early Bird! Get the best price by registering before August 20.

    Website
  • SWePoCoNi (The West Side Strikes Back)

    Commodore Lounge

    Southeast Portland Coder's Night was a glorious gathering of folks. Many nachos were had while discussing various projects. This died out as Side Door stopped being open after 7pm.

    A few of us have tried various venues but haven't been happy with many of them. One venue a few of us would hang out at after user groups is the Commodore Lounge on SW 17th and Burnside. It has wifi, delicious food, and a wide range of drinks. The power situation could be better but we are sure we can improve this with time.

    So, come along, have a drink and some food with us as we embark on the next stage of Portland Coder Nights. The time is a guideline, show up when it makes sense to you and leave when you want or need to. These are just the hours we've seen work for a majority of folks in the past.

  • Thursday
    Oct 30 2014
    The Customer Experience Imperative | Marketing Leadership Exchange

    The Customer Experience Imperative | Marketing Leadership Exchange Digital transformation for organizations is now a top board level priority at most organizations. What trend is driving this key sense of urgency? The age of the consumer has forced companies to shift their cultures to being much more customer-centric. Consistent customer experience is not a differentiator anymore, but a basic core requirement.

    Learn from a panel of senior industry leaders who will discuss:

    The requirement of a seamless digital and offline experiences for all consumers across industries. The unification and seamless experiences across devices and within social media *The skills, process, culture and people needed to deliver high-caliber customer experiences.

    Panelist: Please check back

    Moderator:

    Anoop Sahgal, Partner Marketing, Adobe

    Event Details:

    When: Thursday, October 30th

    Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM

    Where: TBD, Portland, OR

    Members: $25

    Nonmembers: $45

    Website
  • Friday
    Oct 31 2014
    Ruby Co-Working

    Breken Kitchen

    Look for the fedora, and/or a tight knit group of macs. If you can not find us, ping @chrishough on twitter. The setup is informal, no presentations, and we are just trying to meet fellow ruby geeks in the community. Also, working remote or in an office space cube needs a change of scenery each week. (Please note: It is totally cool to work on non ruby languages with us too)

    Website
  • FounderDating Application Deadline

    N/A

    Been working on a side project? Ready to start your next company? Need awesome advisors? Connect with the right people to find advisors, cofounders and the best entrepreneurial resources around on FounderDating. It's curated and 50% engineers. Apply to join the network and be included in the next member kickoff event>> http://bit.ly/ZTyEQI

    Website
  • Saturday
    Nov 1 2014
    From Tech Savvy to Social Justice Innovator: How creative problem solvers can apply their skills to progressive change work

    Collective Agency

    Portland has long been known as a bastion for creative people and innovative projects. But how might that creative energy be channeled toward social change work and nurturing justice? SJF leaders will jump-start this conversation and you take it from there!

    RSVP at http://www.socialjusticefund.org/tech-savvy-social-justice-innovator

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Nov 4 2014
    Swift Programing Study Night

    Epicodus

    Meetup with us to work through Apples book "The Swift Programing Language" together.
    We'll be starting a group to work through the free Swift Programing Language book published by Apple. If all goes well we'll move on to work on projects and other study subjects around iOS together.
    Come learn how to get started with Swift and iOS app developers.

    Epicodus is amazing and will be providing their iMacs to use for the course, so even if you do not own a mac you will be able to come and participate.

    Notes: We are looking for co-hosts for this meetup. If you are interested in mentoring in the iOS/Moblie space or in co-hosting, please reach out!

    Website
  • Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting

    New Relic

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

    PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

    After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

    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 29th 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 29th 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!

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  • Write The Docs PDX: RESTful API Documentation

    If you work with the World Wide Web, you’ve encountered a RESTful API. If you’ve retweeted a message, you’ve used a RESTful API. If you’ve searched for data on ESPN, you’ve made a RESTful API call.

    But what of developers who need to automate this process, to make calls to potentially thousands of RESTful API endpoints?

    They need documentation. Sure, they can read the code of the people who developed the RESTful APIs, but what they really need are examples. As one of the speakers at the Write The Docs ’14 conference noted, “Developers are people too.”

    Jody Bleyle and Jennifer Rondeau will give us some insight into RESTful APIs, what they are, how you can interact with them, and what they have done to document their RESTful APIs.

    They will also show us some options for automating RESTful API documentation.

    Jennifer and Jody will give us some clues. :)

    Website
  • Monthly Maker Meetup

    CymaSpace

    Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? OSH Park and CymaSpace 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!

    Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

    Please note that while this is a free event, CymaSpace is a non-profit that relies on donations to cover their expenses.

  • Wednesday
    Nov 5 2014
    Website Law Part 3 - Buying or Selling a Website

    This session will focus on representations and warranties, assignments of domain names, potential exposure related to open source code in website software, and the IP/website due diligence process.

    Website
  • CHIFOO Meeting: Big Story, Little Story

    Big Story, Little Story with Jason Sack, Wieden+Kennedy

    Working the last couple years in a building full of storytellers, Jason Sack has learned how powerful narrative can be in creating great products and experiences. Selling an idea, creating a sense of drama, and maintaining engagement in an experience all stand to benefit from a better understanding of storytelling. Because UX people are uniquely positioned to work across disciplines, we can act as stewards of our stories as well as those of our users. Using examples and anecdotes, Jason will walk through a variety of ways we can bring the larger story to life while reinforcing it down to the smallest interactions.

    About the Speaker Jason Sack (@jasonsack) is currently Lead User Experience Designer at the global agency Wieden + Kennedy. He moved to Portland two years ago from the Bay area, where he led design teams at notable Silicon Valley companies such as Adobe and Apple. He has worked with Nike, American Express, 3M, Imation, General Mills, and many more.

    Sack began his design career in Minneapolis, where he built the User Experience practice at digital agency space150. He studied at the University of Minnesota and California State University, and has taught interactive design at the Art Institutes International.

    Jason is a passionate advocate of human-centered design, and has spoken throughout the country about emotional design, user experience, and innovation. When he’s not working Jason composes music, hacks wireless children’s toys, and writes an occasional post in his blog at jasonsack.com.

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  • Portland RailsBridge Co-organizers and Volunteers Meet and Greet

    This is the very first meeting of the PDX (RailsBridge Group)[http://www.railsbridge.org/]. I'm looking for volunteers and co-organizers. If you have questions please email me: [amypivo] [gmail]

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  • PDX Big Data Discussion Group

    "No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

    We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

    This month's paper is Beyond Clicks: Dwell Time for Personalization by Yi etal. 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.

    There will be pizza.

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  • Lightning Video Production Show + Tell

    We're playing with the format – this time, 8 Video Content Creators have been invited to showcase their projects, share what they've learned, and get feedback on how to make their next projects better! Whether you're new to video or a seasoned pro just back from LA – this will be a great opportunity for you to learn new video skills and to help teach others. :)

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  • Thursday
    Nov 6 2014
    MaptimePDX

    Welcome to MaptimePDX, a monthly hack and learn meetup for map nerds, geo-geeks, and the spatially inclined. Beginners are very welcome!

    Our goal is to be inclusive no matter your tech level, so bring your questions, geoprojects, and mapping curiosities. We also highly encourage bringing a laptop so you can get hands-on!

    Agenda

    • MaptimeHQ has been migrated to a new website!
    • Community Cycling Center transportation advocacy app

    Let us know if you have something you'd like to teach, ask, show, or hack:

    Website
  • pdxUX - Principles for the Working Product Designer

    Jama South

    We're very pleased to have Chris Rivard, product designer and design manager specializing in data product design and visualization, presenting. Working at the intersection of business and design, Chris has spent 15 years bringing fresh insight, visual communication and design thinking to both large enterprises and growing startups.

    A product designer's goal is to get products into the hands of users - to ship it, and get feedback. But as the steps to achieve that goal grow more complex, we're often faced with situations far outside the purview of what we consider “design”. In this talk, Chris will cover what it takes to bring a product from sketch to market while navigating the complexities inherent in software product design. He'll leave attendees with practical tips for dealing with those "non-design" situations. Hint: It's all design.

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  • Portland Linux/Unix Group

    PLUG: Portland's monthly, three-track open source conference!

    Celebrating 20 years of hosting Portland's best open source and technology freedom speakers.

    This month's topic To Be Announced

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

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  • Friday
    Nov 7 2014
    Ruby Co-Working

    Breken Kitchen

    Look for the fedora, and/or a tight knit group of macs. If you can not find us, ping @chrishough on twitter. The setup is informal, no presentations, and we are just trying to meet fellow ruby geeks in the community. Also, working remote or in an office space cube needs a change of scenery each week. (Please note: It is totally cool to work on non ruby languages with us too)

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  • Agile PDX Downtown Pub Lunch: Grappling with the Business's Need for Predictability

    We frequently encounter Agile teams struggling within larger organizations that are not Agile. The resistance to Agile frequently centers around predictability. Executives feel pressure to report to the Board of Directors what software will be delivered in the coming year. Product Owners are asked to work out long-term strategies and priorities. Sales is working with customers who want to know what features are coming and when. And Marketing departments are pulling together advertising campaigns for the coming year.

    In each of these cases, there would be real and undeniable benefit in knowing what the future holds...but we don't. Agile is very clear on this point--software development is not predictable. And development teams are often hesitant to offer any form of prediction out of fear that the prediction will be taken as a "promise".

    This AgilePDX Pub discussion is an attempt to imagine what an Agile team would offer in the way of predictions if we did not have that fear, if we were to give the best information we can devise about the future of our projects (in an Agile fashion). As a starting place, it pulls together a lightweight process for estimating size from the book "How to Measure Anything" by Douglas W. Hubbard, along with, recent research into common human biases that impact our assessment of risks.

    Michael Kelly has been thinking about this a lot (see the thread he launched on the AgilePDX Yahoo Group in October), and he'll set context and get the discussion going for you.

    Michael is a veteran of numerous software development campaigns. He has built software for power companies and banks, for the trucking industry and education, for internet start-ups and established companies, for his own companies and for others. Throughout, he has worked hard to master the craft of writing software and delve to the mysteries of Agile. Currently, he is working with the excellent folks at DAT Solutions, leading a team developing the next generation of software for the trucking industry.

    As usual, look for us in the back of the pub. RSVP to jean@azuregate.net if you can. We nearly swamped the wait staff in October, and we'd like to provide a little warning if that may happen again. However, don't let lack of ability to RSVP keep you from showing up.

    Bring your questions, your objections, your burning issues around agility and predictability. Bring your Product Owners and executive staff and THEIR burning issues.

    Usual pub grub. The beer never stops flowing. See you there!

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  • 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.

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  • Richard Stallman - Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks
    Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed
    to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing
    press.  But the copyright system does not fit well with computer
    networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it.
    
    The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying
    for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers,
    while suppressing public access to technology.  But if we
    seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of
    copyright--to promote progress, for the benefit of the
    public--then we must make changes in the other direction.
    

    Presented by Portland State University Chapter of Association of Computing Machinery

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