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  • Monday
    Feb 8 2016
    Test Ruby PDX Monthly Meeting
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    Renew Financial

    Portland's testing user group for Ruby developers! Conversation and peer mentoring starting at 6, presentations at 7. For more information, follow @TestRubyPDX on Twitter or join the #testrubypdx Slack channel (under PDX.rb).

    This month, get your match on with a double feature on RSpec's custom matchers! Stephen Prater will show us how to get our custom matchers working and then Robb Shecter will take it to the cloud in a presentation on testing web app configurations.

    Stephen Prater - Custom Matchers for Fun, Profit, and World Domination

    If you're only using RSpec's built-in matchers, you're missing out on an opportunity to create more robust and expressive specs. Using custom matchers, you can take full advantage of the framework's capabilities.

    Robb Shecter - RSpec in the Cloud: Using custom RSpec matchers to manage web app configurations

    Custom matchers are one of the most powerful descriptive features of the RSpec API. In this talk, Robb Shecter will show how to use them in a novel context: Testing live web application configurations.

    Website
  • 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
  • FutureTalk with Mat Ellis

    New Relic

    A Cloudy Future

    › Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

    Just how much will the cloud impact us? Hear from an entrepreneur who staked his future on it being more than renting your servers, and why Portland is a part of it.

    Mat Ellis founded Cloudability in April 2011 and is its CEO. Prior to Cloudability, Mat held executive positions with four startups, and key technology roles at Frito-Lay, Pepsi Cola and Goldman Sachs. He currently sits on the boards of Help Autism Now Society, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and the Technology Association of Oregon. Originally from the UK and now residing in Portland, Mat is well known as a mentor and advisor to startups across the US.

    Details

    • 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.

    • NOTE: after the event, everyone is invited to continue networking at a special happy hour opportunity, one story up at the Portland City Grill.

    › Stay tuned for the latest developments and updates on this and upcoming events by joining our Meetup group, New Relic FutureTalks PDX (link above), and following us on Twitter @newrelic. Check out our blog for event recaps and videos.

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

    Website
  • Portland Macintosh Users Group General Meeting

    You’ve been told to backup, backup, backup. Apple promised that Time Machine would take care of all your worries back in Leopard, but is it really taking care of all your backup needs? PMUG members talk all the time about cloning a drive, but what does that mean? And how do you protect yourself if a wolf comes and huffs, puffs, and blows your house down?

    Find out about how to do a ‘belt & suspenders’ backup strategy that will protect you as best as possible. And you might even win a copy of a backup program at a raffle.

    Come join us at the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center (Ecotrust Center), 721 NW Ninth Avenue. Question and answer hour starts at 6:30pm, with the main discussion starting around 7:30 pm and ending at 9 pm. This meeting is open to the public.

    If you find that you want to divest yourself of your old Apple hardware to make way for something new and shiny then you can bring up to 5 items to swap at the meeting.

    Website

Tomorrow

  • Tuesday
    Feb 9 2016
    Certified Scrum Master 2-Day Course with Agile Coach Greg Smith
    through
    Ruck & Maul Training Center

    Register to reserve your seat and save $95! http://www.ruckandmaul.org/upcomingcsmclasses/pdx209csm

    By earning a Certified ScrumMaster® certification you:

    • Expand your career opportunities by staying relevant and marketable across all industry sectors adopting Agile practices.
    • Demonstrate to employers and peers your attainment of core Scrum knowledge.
    • Learn the foundation of Scrum and the scope of the Certified ScrumMaster’s role from the best minds in Scrum.
    • Engage with a community of recognized Scrum experts who are committed to continuous improvement.

    As a CSM, you will be able to fill the role of ScrumMaster or Scrum team member. Through the certification process, you will gain an understanding of the Scrum framework, including team roles, activities, meetings, and artifacts.

    Additionally, with your CSM certification, you will have access to local user groups, online social networks, and additional resources that are only available to Scrum Alliance members.

    In addition, CSMs receive a profile page on the SCRUM ALLIANCE® website and have access to a specially designed logo to highlight their credentials.

    Website

Next two weeks

  • Tuesday
    Feb 9 2016
    Certified Scrum Master 2-Day Course with Agile Coach Greg Smith
    through
    Ruck & Maul Training Center

    Register to reserve your seat and save $95! http://www.ruckandmaul.org/upcomingcsmclasses/pdx209csm

    By earning a Certified ScrumMaster® certification you:

    • Expand your career opportunities by staying relevant and marketable across all industry sectors adopting Agile practices.
    • Demonstrate to employers and peers your attainment of core Scrum knowledge.
    • Learn the foundation of Scrum and the scope of the Certified ScrumMaster’s role from the best minds in Scrum.
    • Engage with a community of recognized Scrum experts who are committed to continuous improvement.

    As a CSM, you will be able to fill the role of ScrumMaster or Scrum team member. Through the certification process, you will gain an understanding of the Scrum framework, including team roles, activities, meetings, and artifacts.

    Additionally, with your CSM certification, you will have access to local user groups, online social networks, and additional resources that are only available to Scrum Alliance members.

    In addition, CSMs receive a profile page on the SCRUM ALLIANCE® website and have access to a specially designed logo to highlight their credentials.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Feb 10 2016
    Portland 1 Million Cups - Come Hear Audibility

    DeskHub

    Excited to have Audibility speaking to us this week!

    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
  • February PMI Agile Round Table

    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.

    This month the group will select agile-related topics / issues and have time box discussions. All attendees are encouraged to bring their burning agile-related topics, issues and questions for discussion/debate/brainstorming.

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

    Thanks to Unitus Credit Union for their continued support.

    Website
  • Homebrew Website Club PDX

    Cup and Bar

    Co-working night! Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, or help work on a project!

    Website
  • I want to work for Moda Health w/Katie Schenk
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    New Relic

    At this February meetup, we will focus on an insightful interview with Katie Schenk, Business Systems Supervisor at Moda Health. She joined there just a few weeks ago and is excited to share the journey leading up to a pretty cool job there.

    The experience and value you will get from this meetup is going to be unlike any other you ever saw... You have my personal guarantee!

    Here's the agenda: 6:00 - 6:10 Networking 6:10 - 6:20 Audience Self-introductions 6:20 - 7:00 Guest speaker intro, interview plus Q&A 7:00 - 7:15 Company research strategies 7:15 - 7:45 More networking

    Oh, as always, this meetup is POWERED BY FREE PIZZA :)

    Website
  • Angular Portland Presentation Night

    James Churchill - Using Typescript with Angular 1 & 2


    Alvin Pinovar - Introducing apLamb (Little Angular Message Bus)

    Website
  • CHIFOO Event: Faulty by Design

    CHIFOO presents "Faulty by Design: A Psychological Examination of User Decision Making" with William Gribbons, PhD, Bentley University!

    Our ability to navigate within a product is impacted by the underlying psychology of decision making. Bill presents a variety of design practices that UX designers can use to address complex decisions, facilitating more effective outcomes.

    About the Speaker

    Bill Gribbons is Director of the graduate Human Factors program at Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

    Come join CHIFOO for our second speaker event for 2016's theme "Bounded Irrationality: Supporting Users and Building Communities".

    http://bit.ly/1QoihjY

  • Thursday
    Feb 11 2016
    Ruby Coworking

    Crema Bakery & Cafe

    An informal gathering of Ruby/Rails developers, working alongside each other. Join us!

  • CPSO 2-Day Training with Certified Scrum Product Owner and Agile Coach Greg Smith
    through
    Ruck & Maul Training Center

    By earning a Certified Scrum Product Owner® certification you:

    • Expand your career opportunities by staying relevant and marketable across all industry sectors adopting Agile practices.
    • Demonstrate to employers and peers your attainment of core Scrum knowledge.
    • Learn the origins of Scrum and the scope of the Certified Scrum Product Owner's role from the best minds in Scrum.
    • Engage with a community of recognized Scrum experts who are committed to continuous improvement.

    As a CSPO, you will be able to fill the role of Product Owner or Scrum team member. Through the certification process, you will gain an understanding of the Scrum framework, including team roles, activities, meetings, and artifacts.

    Additionally, with your CSPO certification, you will have access to local user groups, online social networks, and additional resources that are only available to Scrum Alliance members.

    In addition, CSPO's receive a profile page on the SCRUM ALLIANCE® website and have access to a specially designed logo to highlight their credentials.

    Website
  • Nike Tech Talks

    Nike Consumer Digital Tech is hosting tech talks for the PDX tech community on Feb. 11th. We're bringing two great speakers to the Nike campus and there will be time to network and enjoy snacks and drinks. Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate at Google, will be giving a talk on Kubernetes and Karl Matthias, Lead Systems Engineer at Nitro, will be giving a talk on Docker: Behind the API.

    Kubernetes: talk will take a detailed look at Kubernetes, the open source orchestration system for Docker containers, and explore the key terms, concepts, and vocabulary introduced by the project. The remainder of the talk will focus on the technical details of Kubernetes and bring the concepts to life through a collection of live demos that walk attendees through deploying a real world application using Kubernetes.

    Docker Behind the API: Containers and Docker have been making headlines for a couple of years. But beyond the command line tools and Docker Remote API, what is the Docker Engine doing? What exactly is a Docker container? In this talk, we'll take a pass through some of the Docker internals, look at how it interacts with the kernel and the network, and review some of the mechanisms that underpin the containerized future.

    Learn more and register: https://niketechtalks-feb2016.splashthat.com

    Website
  • OEN PubTalk: Intentions Are Worthless – An Honest Conversation About Inclusion in Oregon’s Startup Community

    Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

    Inclusion has become a popular buzzword these days. But what does it really mean, why is it important, and what can we actually do about it? Our February PubTalk will cut through the jargon and vague “good intentions,” bringing uncomfortable truths about our startup community’s implicit biases to light. Attendees will walk away with a list of concrete actions they can take today to help ensure that all Oregon entrepreneurs have access to the support and resources they need to thrive.

    Our all-star panel will feature Stephen Green of Elevate Capital (moderator), Paige Hendrix Buckner of ClientJoy, Tory Campbell of Felton & Mary’s Artisan Foods, Dwayne Johnson of ScaleUp Partners, and Grace Andrews of Puppet Labs and Lurabel.

    As always, the program will be preceded by time for networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

    Cost: $10 for OEN members; $20 for non-members. We do take walk-ins but prefer that you register online: http://bit.ly/feb-2016-pubtalk

    Website
  • Game On 2016

    Plaza del Toro

    We’ve put together a fantastic evening. You’ll enjoy fascinating presentations on surgical, educational and manufacturing applications for VR & AR, and learn how one Oregon studio creates the training simulations that help our Navy prepare for missile attacks. This mental feast will be followed by a gourmet dinner from renowned Chef John Gorham and exciting conversation games designed by Rose City Games. You should leave full of new information, good food, and hopefully brimming with exciting ideas for how virtual and mixed reality can apply to your life and work.

    We hope you’ll join Oregon’s video game developers, elected officials, journalists and leadership from the industries outlined above as we learn why Oregon is uniquely positioned to become one of the best gamification, VR and AR development markets in the world.

    Website
  • Quantified Self Show&Tell Presentations

    Mozilla

    It's a new year and a popular time for people to make changes in their lives. If you are doing something new, keep track of it, and tell us about it at the meeting.

    Here's our agenda:
    Informal Social and Gadget Time - Starting at 6pm
    Come early to socialize with other QSers and share what hardware, apps, and other technologies are helping you track your life. Bring your gadgets so that we can all see them, play with them, and hear your experiences with them!

    Intro and Announcements - 6:15 sharp!
    After a short intro on what Quantified Self is for people who are new, Steven Jonas will share stories and highlight some fantastic talks from the recent Quantified Self conference in San Francisco, where he worked as QS's speaker coordinator.

    Presentations - 6:30 to 7:30 Presentations come from our members and will be announced shortly before the meetup. If you have a self-tracking project that you are working on, please send me a message at skjonas@gmail.com. It could be about something you are tracking, a device you are making, or even a little productivity system that you set up that makes working easier.

    7:30 to 8 pm After some amazing presentations, it's always great to chat with those around you.

    Website
  • PDX Python Monthly Project + Study Night
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    Urban Airship Inc

    Let's get together to build cool stuff and study Python.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6:30-8:30pm on second Thursdays!

    Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    Please RSVP at our Meetup page if you're planning to come.

    Join us on our python.org mailing list and in #pdxpython on Freenode. All are welcome!

    Website
  • About Managing Professional Services Firms

    Online Webinar

    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN - The three types of Professional Services firm and the management at each - The emphasis that clients and employees put on values and culture - Using your influence, passion, and vision to lead the organization We will also have a live thirty-minute Q&A period after the presentation.

    This webinar series is a world-first: a dedicated professional services manager course with a dedicated focus on management—this exclusivity of focus is designed to strip away the redundant training that comes with other options, such as the MBA: - Eight 90 minute webinars covering the fundamentals of professional services management - Topics include areas such as estimates, engagement scheduling and KPIs - Available to watch online on all internet web browsers

    About Kayne McGladrey I have always had the good fortune of not being the smartest person in the room. Much of my understanding of professional services management has come from mentoring by the vice presidents and senior partners I had worked with over the years. I am fortunate to be currently working with one of the three most influential mentors in my career. However, many of the hundreds of consultants and former professional services managers I have spoken with have identified a lack of available training to manage a professional services organization. I believe that the only way to demonstrate mastery of a skill is to teach someone else. I regularly write about my experience managing a worldwide professional services organization.

    Website
  • CTRL-H Open House

    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7:00PM, but most of the time we are hours early. We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and Hack with friends.

    Website
  • Networking & Info Session

    Code Fellows PDX

    Join Code Fellows for an informal evening of ... everything you wanted to know about pursuing an immersive coding education and then some!

    We'll start the evening off with an overview of Code Fellows' program and share suggested resources for funding. ReBootNW's program manager will pay a visit to answer questions about training/education grants. And students, alumni, instructors, and tech community members will be on hand to answer questions about coding and careers as developers!

    Website
  • Kaggle Workshop!

    Epicodus

    Let's Kaggle!

    If you are interested in working on some real world data problems this event is for you! All experience levels welcome.

    Whether you are already part of a team , working on a competition on your own, or just looking to get started with Kaggle, please join us.

    Website
  • Kaggle Workshop!

    Epicodus

    Let's Kaggle!

    If you are interested in working on some real world data problems this event is for you! All experience levels welcome.

    Whether you are already part of a team , working on a competition on your own, or just looking to get started with Kaggle, please join us.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Feb 13 2016
    Align your Investments with your Values!

    Hatch

    Global finance is an opaque landscape for individual investors. All too often, our investments can end up tied to socially and environmentally harmful industries, without our knowledge. How can we empower ourselves to act in this sphere, and direct our money toward profitable, progressive businesses?

    If you long to operate with integrity in all parts of your life but feel underequipped or bewildered by the idea of aligning your investments with your values, this workshop is a chance to learn essential portfolio management skills and link your financial resources with local resilience.

    In this safe, supportive and constructive workshop you will:

    Learn the terminology you need to speak confidently with your financial advisors
    
    Learn basic portfolio management tools so you can analyze your own financial profile and needs
    
    Clarify your personal values and connect them with your investments
    
    Determine what portion of your portfolio is prudent to allocate to local or direct investing
    
    Explore a list of potential investments based in OR and practice what you learned by assessing their risk, return and alignment with your values
    
    Connect with like-minded individuals on a similar quest!
    
    Website
  • Monday
    Feb 15 2016
    NewTech PDX

    FlexSpace

    Join us for NewTech PDX on the 3rd Monday of every month. Portland has one of the most vibrant tech communities in the country, and the more we support our tech ecosystem, the more we'll all experience and create together!

    Join us to learn about the cool and amazing technologies being developed by Portland companies. Event volunteers are welcome! Let us know if you'd like to volunteer.

    Entry to the meetup is $10 online, or $20 at the door.

    Agenda
    5:00pm - Doors Open / Buffet / Drinks / Get to know your community
    6:30pm - Event Begins!

    • Community Announcements: Events, Jobs, etc. (20 seconds/ea)

    • Pres. #1: Kimmy Gustafson of Manage My Co-Op

    • Pres. #2: Heber Michaels of Eber Health
    • Pres. #3: Tov Arneson of Validated
    • Pres. #4: Alex Mason of CloseFox
    • Pres. #5: Jennifer Dawson of Super Specific Vinyl

    8:00pm - After-Party at the BridgePort Brew Pub (1313 NW Marshall Street)

    Website
  • CoreOS + Techno-Activism 3rd Monday

    Join us on Monday, February 15th for a joint CoreOS and Techno-Activism 3rd Monday meetup. We'll have two knowledgable CoreOS presenters, Alex Crawford and Matthew Garrett, as well as lots of tasty food! Come learn about security and CoreOS.

    6:00 pm

    Food, Drink, Networking

    6:30 pm

    New Ways to Deploy and Manage Applications at Scale

    Alex Crawford, software developer at CoreOS

    The last decade belonged to virtual machines and the next one belongs to containers. CoreOS is a new Linux distribution designed specifically for application containers and running them at scale. This talk will examine all the major components of CoreOS (etcd, fleet, docker, systemd) and how these components work together.

    7:15 pm

    Protecting Laptops Against High-Level Adversaries

    Matthew Garrett, principal security software engineer at CoreOS

    You’ve left your laptop in your hotel room. You come back, turn it on and type in your disk encryption passphrase. And, just like that, you've granted access to all your private data to the person who slipped in with a USB stick while you were out.

    This isn't a hypothetical case. We've seen companies selling tools that are intended to bypass disk encryption by simply modifying the boot process and waiting for the user to type in their decryption key. It's a worrying situation, but it's one that we can protect users against.

    This presentation will describe how some of the same techniques used to protect servers can be used to verify the state of laptops. It'll demonstrate the use of a novel but straightforward piece of software that allows users to use widely deployed hardware to let users check the security of their system at a glance. And it'll talk about why you still need to be afraid of a smaller set of really scary people.

    8:00

    Networking

    Interested in speaking at a CoreOS meetup or hosting a future event? Please reach out to marketing at coreos.com to discuss!

    Website
  • ArchaeologyFest Film Series: Best of 2015

    5th Avenue Cinema

    Program A: Friday, January 15 Maximon: Saint or Devil (Guatemala) 66 min. This film is a documentary about a controversial Maya deity who personifies good and evil simultaneously. Maximon, also known as a San Simon, or the drinking and smoking saint of Guatemala, is a mixture of ancient Maya beliefs and Christianity. The movie concentrates on the people who surround Maximon with their strong personalities, opinions and faith. Maximon is honored and loved because he performs miracles, but he is also feared and despised because he is used to cast curses that can result in death. Giving us a rare view into the rituals and fiestas honoring Maximon, the documentary leads us on a journey that is both joyous and terrifying. Ultimately Maximon transcends the duality of good and evil, reflecting the Maya cosmovision in which everything in the universe co-exists. (Honorable Mention in Audience Favorite competition)

    Talking Stone: Rock Art of the Cosos (USA) 54 min. Hidden away in the canyons of a top-secret military base on the edge of the Mojave Desert is the largest concentration of rock art in North America, perhaps in the world. Created thousands of years ago by a now-vanished culture, it represents the oldest art in California. Talking Stone explores these remote canyons and the mysteries surrounding these indelible images. Who created these rock art images? Why did they create these images? What does that say about their culture in the grand scheme of humanity? All of these questions are examined in further detail.

    Program B: Saturday, January 16 The Mahouts of Kerala (Germany) 50 min. In the midst of bustling traffic, wiry men can be seen leisurely weaving their elephants between cars and motorized rickshaws. Unperturbed by the noise and crowds around them, the mahouts ride atop their bulky creatures as they wander majestically through the city. For Hindus, elephants symbolize the highly revered god Ganesha, who is responsible for happiness and fortune. Over 5000 mahouts live in the state of Kerala in southwestern India. The men look after the elephants of temples and wealthy private citizens. The elephants are the highlight of every religious ceremony and festival in countless Hindu temples throughout the country. The Mahouts of Kerala is a window into the exotic world of the elephant-loving Princess Lakshmi and the mahout Kuttan, whose family has been caring for the Maharaja’s elephants for generations. (Honorable Mention in Audience Favorite competition )

    On the Trail of the Far Fur Country (Canada) 81 min. The Romance of the Far Fur Country was released in 1920, two years before the legendary film Nanook of the North. Upon rediscovering the documentary in a British archive, another film crew begins a journey to bring this lost film back to life, taking it to the northern communities where the film was originally shot. As people watch the footage from 1919, something special happens. Images come to life; people recognize their family members, their landscapes and their lost traditions. Contrasting then and now, On the Trail of the Far Fur Country is an intimate portrait of Canada and its Aboriginal people and a chronicle of how life in the North has changed in the last century. (Honorable Mention by Jury for Public Education Value; Honorable Mention by Jury for Inspiration; Honorable Mention by Jury in Best Film competition; Honorable Mention in Audience Favorite competition; Special Mention by Jury for best archival footage)

    Program C: Friday, January 22 Roman Engineering: Aqueducts (Spain) 58 min. This documentary relives the moment in history when the decision was taken to build the aqueduct of Nemausus (modern Nimes in France). An engineer is commissioned to decide where to build the town and to provide it with an aqueduct to guarantee a water supply. Isaac Moreno allows the viewer to see all this through the eyes of that engineer. By means of precise and elaborate computer simulations, combined with superb pictures taken from the air and land, he helps us understand the structures and engineering needed to turn the Nimes aqueduct into a reality. Armed with that knowledge, he then takes us on a dizzying journey across the whole Roman Empire, where other breathtaking structures were built and challenges met with amazing technical solutions. (Best Animation & Effects by Jury; Honorable Mention by Jury for Public Education Value; Honorable Mention by Jury for Script; Honorable Mention by Jury for Inspiration)

    Saving Mes Aynak (USA) 63 min. Follow Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Only 10 percent of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure. (Best Public Education Value by Jury; Honorable Mention by Jury for Inspiration; Best Film by Jury)

    Program D: Saturday, January 23 Abu Haraz (Poland) 73 min. Abu Haraz is a small village in the middle of the desert in North Sudan. The construction of a huge dam on the Nile has interfered with the age-old, natural rhythm of the lives of its residents. The film makers have spent several years with them, observing their vain attempts to turn back fate and stop the construction of the dam in order to continue their way of life. Struggle, loss, pain, sacrifice, perseverance, and dedication to their natural lifestyle are all evident in this film. (Honorable Mention by Jury for Cinematography; Special Mention by Jury for best documentation of cultural change)

    Agave Is Life (USA) 60 min. Texas-based archaeologists Meredith Dreiss and David Brown take the viewer on a 10,000 year visual exploration of the symbiotic relationship between agave and the humans who have depended upon it. Agave Is Life, narrated by Edward James Olmos, delves into the ceremonial and sacred importance of this multi-purpose plant, native to the Americas. From the ancient past to the present we learn how agave became embedded in myth, religion and cultural identity. The film ends with a look to the future as today’s scientists worry about the loss of species and related human folkways—emblematic of planet-wide concerns about sustainability and our environment. (Best Narration by Jury; Honorable Mention by Jury for Animation & Effects; Honorable Mention by Jury for Public Education Value; Best Script by Jury; Honorable Mention by Jury for Cinematography; Honorable Mention by Jury for Music; Honorable Mention by Jury in Best Film competition; Audience Favorite)

    TAC Festival 2016 to be screened in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute

    ALI announces the next edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, May 11-15, 2015, in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute, 868 High Street (for film screenings, May 12-15), and at the Hilton Eugene and Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue (for our Conference on Cultural Heritage Film, May 11-15), in downtown Eugene, Oregon. TAC Festival will bring to Oregon the world’s best films on archaeology, ancient cultures, and indigenous peoples as well as people from far and wide to discuss and network about cultural heritage media. Please join us in welcoming to Eugene the people of the world for this cinematic celebration of the human cultural heritage. Details at http://bit.ly/1hYf3Wv.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Feb 16 2016
    VanTechy

    Old Ivy Tap Room

    Vantechy is all about the tech. Its a great entry point for the community and people that make Vancouver tick. We welcome newbies and professionals alike. It's all about the community and none of the pretense.

    Come on out and have a beer with us and some of Old Ivy's great quesadillas! We meet every two weeks so make sure you register to stay updated on our schedule and venues.

    Website
  • Portland Geek Dinner

    Be There and Be Square!

    We've listened and acted... we're switching to Geek Dinner in a place with adult beverages!

    We'll be looking to the RSVPs to guide our reservation. Please let us know you are coming!

    Website
  • Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
    Beer c37730a61e5136f3294d36828ea8a295e624fc652c114cf191d008ee44f97f2a Linux cf9e23a64deae7221dc64843cc2342af726fe6a796b9ddce97284c4e94aee6fb

    Free Geek

    Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics

    Topic to be announced!

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Feb 17 2016
    A Skeptic's Guide to Branding

    Idealist

    17 February 2016 — 6 to 7pm

    Our Topic

    There are few things given more skepticism by the geeks of the world than marketing. Indeed, we like to see ourselves as above the buzzwords and cheesy stock photographs, safe in a world where the empirically best solution is the one that will win out.

    But there's a problem. Marketing, and especially branding, is critical to the geek's career. Indeed, geeks from John Gruber to Jeff Atwood have become big names in programming, and it's not by accident- they know how to make and expose a great, genuine professional identity. Projects turn from hobbyist hacks to enterprise concerns thanks to their clear, strong branding. For the successful geek, branding is essential, but we can be just too skeptical to take advantage.

    Well, no longer. I've trudged through the marketing landscape and found the bits that anyone can be okay with applying. I'll go through finding an authentic identity for yourself or your next project, so you can put together an appealing image without having to lie through your teeth. And I'll back it up not with lofty promises, but with a skeptic's favorite thing: science.

    Our speaker, Zoe Landon

    Zoe Landon has been messing with computers since childhood and making them work more or less correctly for the last 8 years. She has a Software Engineering degree mostly used for front-end web development, and a Creative Writing minor mostly used for confusing people. Zoe's many entrepreneurial efforts have resulted in an interview with Sir Christopher Lee, vulgarities from a British rock band, and other minor successes.

    She can often be found partaking in trivia and wearing a silly hat.

    Follow Zoe on Twitter.

    Website
  • Refresh Portland - A Skeptic’s Guide to Branding

    Idealist

    There are few things given more skepticism by the geeks of the world than marketing. Indeed, we like to see ourselves as above the buzzwords and cheesy stock photographs, safe in a world where the empirically best solution is the one that will win out.

    But there’s a problem. Marketing, and especially branding, is critical to the geek’s career. Indeed, geeks from John Gruber to Jeff Atwood have become big names in programming, and it’s not by accident- they know how to make and expose a great, genuine professional identity. Projects turn from hobbyist hacks to enterprise concerns thanks to their clear, strong branding. For the successful geek, branding is essential, but we can be just too skeptical to take advantage.

    Well, no longer. I’ve trudged through the marketing landscape and found the bits that anyone can be okay with applying. I’ll go through finding an authentic identity for yourself or your next project, so you can put together an appealing image without having to lie through your teeth. And I’ll back it up not with lofty promises, but with a skeptic’s favorite thing: science.

    Our speaker, Zoe Landon

    Zoe Landon has been messing with computers since childhood and making them work more or less correctly for the last 8 years. She has a Software Engineering degree mostly used for front-end web development, and a Creative Writing minor mostly used for confusing people. Zoe’s many entrepreneurial efforts have resulted in an interview with Sir Christopher Lee, vulgarities from a British rock band, and other minor successes.

    She can often be found partaking in trivia and wearing a silly hat.

    Website
  • OWASP: Inspiring People to Embrace Risk Management

    New Relic

    This month's OWASP chapter meeting features Andrew Plato, President and CEO of Anitian.

    Talk

    Security leaders are under supreme pressure to build security programs that protect the business without disabling the business. However, the greatest impediment to success is not the technologies or regulations, but rather the people who must implement a security program. As a security leader, how do you communicate important risk, security, and compliance concepts to your team in a manner that inspires them to action? The answer is security vision. We live in world where people do not want more rules, they want meaning. The problem with so much of what we do in security is that it often seems annoying and unnecessary to users and executives. When people understand the mission and vision of the organization, they are naturally inclined to follow good practices. In this presentation, veteran security leader, as well as a CEO, Andrew Plato will discuss how to create, foster, and promote security vision to improve engagement with your co-workers. We will discuss communication, leadership, and motivational strategies that clarify and simplify security concepts to drive maximum employee engagement.

    Speaker

    Andrew Plato, CISSP, CISM, QSA

    In 1995 while working at Microsoft, Andrew executed the first known instance of a SQL Injection attack against an early e-commerce site. When he demonstrated this attack to the developers, they dismissed the issue as irrelevant. This intrigued but also inspired Andrew to found Anitian with the goal of helping people understand the complexities of information security.
    Today, Anitian is one of the most trusted names in security intelligence with clients worldwide. Anitian has a mission to Build Great Security Leaders. For the past 20 years, Andrew and Anitian have consistently executed on this mission with innovative, pragmatic answers to the most vexing security, compliance, and risk challenges. Andrew’s career encompasses nearly every dimension of information security. He has participated in thousands of security projects, written hundreds of articles, and advised hundreds of C-level executives. Being a both a business owner and security practitioner allows Andrew to bring a unique perspective to any discussion regarding security, technology, and governance. Andrew is well-known for delivering entertaining presentations that challenge conventional thinking and deliver practical answers to complex IT security challenges.


    The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501c3 not-for-profit worldwide charitable organization focused on improving the security of application software. To sign up for future meeting notes and to discuss security topics with local gurus, sign up on the OWASP Portland mailing list: https://lists.owasp.org/mailman/listinfo/owasp-portland


    Meetings are free and open to the public.

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  • Portland Mobile .NET Developers Group - Hacking Social

    We moved our meeting to the third Wednesday to avoid conflict with PDX iOS!

    We're getting together to chat about mobile and get hands on. We'll have activities at all levels, from getting started for the first time, to bring-your-own-projects, to a group project we started in November or other projects of choice.

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  • AgilePDX: The Best Agile Engineering Techniques for Front-end Code

    Puppet Labs

    Test-driven development, refactoring, evolutionary design… these Agile engineering techniques have long been established for back-end code. But what about the front-end? For too many teams, it's dismissed with a "JavaScript sucks!" and unreliable, brittle code.

    In this session, we look at what it takes to bring the best of Agile development to front-end code. Test-drive your JavaScript and refactor your CSS.

    James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He is a recipient of the Agile Alliance's Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice, co-author of /The Art of Agile Development/, and host of "Let's Code: Test-Driven JavaScript." In 2012, InfoQ named him one of the "most influential people in Agile." You can find his screencasts at letscodejavascript.com and essays at jamesshore.com.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Feb 18 2016
    Information Quality Scoring (IQ Scoring) - DAMA Portland

    IQScoring is an assessment methodology CQN is using across the company to help communicate the IQ state of key enterprise datasets and applications. It produces a simple metric that is easy to communicate to business stakeholders and management in a consistent way, encouraging IQ conversations where frequently overlooked or excluded. This technique can be a valuable tool in the hands of Data Scientists, Analysts, and Business Decision-Makers.

    For more information and to register, visit damapdx.org

    About the Speaker

    Rodney Schackmann joined Intel in 1993, with time in IT and business groups, he joined CQN in 2010 where he is currently a Sr. Staff Information Architect.

    He is a frequent presenter at Information / Data Quality and Data Governance related conferences. His history includes software development, management, consulting, mentoring, and strategic technical leadership.

    His time at Intel has primarily been focused on Key Information efforts — driving cross-organizational teams to better solutions with higher Information Quality results. Rodney currently runs the enterprise-wide Information Quality program for CQN.

    Schedule

    • 8:30 - 9:00 am - Sign In
    • 9:00 - 10:15 am - Presentation
    • 10:15 - 10:30 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
    • 10:30 - 11:30 am - Presentation continued

    Our chapter meetings have a nominal cost to cover refreshments and speaker expenses.

    • Free for Members!
    • $15 for Non-Members
    • $5 for Students with valid student ID
    • View the list of corporate members at damapdx.org

    The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

    Our primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing data, information and knowledge resources as key enterprise assets.

    DAMA-Portland Metro members and attendees enjoy the opportunity to hear industry leading professionals present on relevant topics and the most current technologies and methodologies of the day.

    Prior presentations and speakers for this year (2016):

    • January: "Framing Business Problems as Data Mining Problems" with Asoka Diggs (Intel)

    Upcoming Presentation & Speakers for 2016:

    • February: "Information Quality (IQ Scoring)" with Rodney Schackmann (Intel) at The Standard
    • March: "Advanced Data Visualization" with Michael Scofield (Loma Linda University) at The Standard
    • April: "The Vital Role Data Managers in E –Discovery and Information Governance" with Mike Hamilton & Nancy Patton (Exterro) at Cambia/Regence
    • May: "Agile Development and Data Management" with Michele Goetz (Forrester Research) at The Standard
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  • Ruby Coworking

    Crema Bakery & Cafe

    An informal gathering of Ruby/Rails developers, working alongside each other. Join us!

  • Clover Developer Meetup
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    Perka

    Clover is the fastest-growing POS platform, and has the largest App Market for small and medium size businesses (SMBs).

    At this event, you'll have a chance to:

    Check out Clover hardware: Station, Mini, and Mobile

    Learn about the Clover platform

    Meet the Clover App Market team

    Participate in a Q&A panel with Clover Sales Reps

    Website
  • Networking Night @ Metal Toad

    Join us for a night of lightning talks and networking at Metal Toad! The theme for the event is Building the Future of Women in Tech


    There will be lightning talks on different topics, scattered throughout their office. More info TBA.

    Speakers

    TBA. Stay tuned!

    Program


    6:00-6:30 - Check-in
    6:30-6:40 - Women Who Code Intro
    6:40-7:40 - Lightning Talks 
    7:45-8:30 - Wrap-up

    Who Should Attend? 

    Anyone is welcome to attend, as long as you believe in our mission and follow our Code of Conduct.

    About Metal Toad 

    Metal Toad offers software consulting, implementation, and management built around client success. They pursue long-term partnerships, where they work together with their clients to transform their businesses .

    More info: www.metaltoad.com

    Website
  • Deploying Selenium with Docker and Kubernetes by Elson Rodriguez

    A peek at the future of software deployment, featuring Selenium 


    Brought to us from Elson Rodriguez a reluctant crafter of digital ducttape

    Come learn the latest in setting up Selenium Grids!  Hope to see you all there! 

    Website
  • PDXPUG: February meeting

    Iovation

    Portland Postgres Users Group See website for details.

    Website
  • Code Oregon Labs - Building Responsive Websites

    Code Fellows

    Code Fellows invites online learners of all stripes to Code Oregon Labs. We'll kick off this month's lab with a 30 minute demo on how to build a responsive website -- a site that adapts to user devices (mobile, tablet, desktop).

    Jana Uhrich, developer at WebMD Health Services will do a 30 minute demo, followed by the usual open lab with volunteer tutors on hand to help you with whatever you're working on.

    The 30 min. talk/demo will focus on HTML, CSS, & JavaScript. Tutors are knowledgeable on these and other stacks.

    Together with Code Oregon and volunteers from the community, Code Fellows provides tutors at a 6:1 ratio -- and pizza for the hungry!

    Website
  • OpenStack PDX February

    Puppet Labs

    For our February meetup, Lance Albertson (Director of OSU's Open Source Labs) will join us to talk about their adventures in deploying, maintaining and contributing to OpenStack.

    Lance Albertson became OSL director in early 2013. He has managed all of the hosting activities that the OSL provides for more than 160 high-profile open source projects since joining the lab as lead systems administrator and architect in 2007. Lance’s involvement in the open source community began in 2003, when he became a developer and package maintainer with Gentoo Linux.

    Website
  • Application of analytics for optimizing wireless plans for IoT devices

    Mozilla

    Satish Doguparthy will talk about the application of analytics using R for optimizing wireless plans for IoT devices.

    Doors open at 6:00 pm - talk starts 6:30 pm - We need to be out of the venue before 8 pm

    NOTE 1: We have a new venue. We now meet at Mozilla's offices at 1120 NW Couch St #320 - still downtown, not far from our previous location.

    We'll go to a local watering hole (to be decided) after the talk if there's enough interest.

    Hashtag for PDX R meetups: #pdxrlang & the Twitter account to follow/tweet at is @pdxrlang

    Website
  • Saturday
    Feb 20 2016
    EAST Knowledge - "Coffee Break" #6

    Cafe Delirium

    Come join us for coffee and "tech-talk" at Cafe Delirium! If you are not yet familiar with our group, the coffee break is a nice opportunity to drop by and introduce yourself. We have the room in the back reserved. We're going to hang out for a couple of hours, so feel free to come by, talk shop, show off what you're working on, ask questions and pick each other's brains. We look forward to seeing you there! All are welcome!

    • What: Coffee Break
    • Where: Cafe Delirium
    • When: 10:00am - Noon, Saturday, February 20th, 2016
    • Why: Sharing what we know over good coffee
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  • Sunday
    Feb 21 2016
    PLUG Linux Clinic

    Free Geek

    The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

    Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

    If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

    We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

    There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

    Website
  • Data Science Hack Day

    Programming in Python? R? What about D3? No matter which language you prefer, come join us for Data Science Hack Day! We will spend a chill afternoon working on our projects and learning from each other.

    Website

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