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  • Tuesday
    Sep 23 2014
    Galois tech talk: Automatic Device Driver Synthesis

    Galois, Inc

    abstract: Automatic device driver synthesis is a radical approach to creating drivers faster and with fewer defects by generating them automatically based on hardware device specifications. I will present the design and implementation of a new driver synthesis toolkit, called Termite-2. Termite-2 is the first tool to combine the power of automation with the flexibility of conventional development. It is also the first practical synthesis tool based on abstraction refinement. Finally, it is the first synthesis tool to support automated debugging of input specifications. I will explain the main principles behind the tool and give a brief demo of its capabilities.

    bio: Leonid Ryzhyk is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and a researcher at NICTA. He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2010.

    Website
  • PDX Women in Tech Happy Hour Networking Event

    Iovation

    Come join an amazing group for happy hour at iovation! Be sure to find Amber Pham, Manager of Information Security at iovation. Read our newsletter for more fun facts about her; it's a great conversation starter!

    PDX Women in Tech exists to celebrate professional women in the Portland-metro area who work with, manage, lead or have an interest in technology. Whether you are developing event-driven, non-blocking applications in node.js or setting technology strategy for a Fortune 500 company–or anything in between–come join us!

    Website
  • 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
  • City of Portland Comprehensive Plan: Open Data

    "Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

    Public testimony is welcome at this meeting about the draft Comprehensive Plan."

    Website
  • NW Education Cluster & PDX EdTech Meetup

    Join us for the first meeting of the school year as the Northwest Education Cluster meets for a networking event held in conjunction with the Portland EdTech Meetup group for informal discussions on topics of common interests in education. Featured this month are presentations from Switchboard and Cel.ly, recent ventures that got their start here in Portland.

    Clarity Innovations is sponsoring this event because we believe in fostering relationships and synergies within the education and training industries to make it a driving force of the Northwest economy. Enjoy free pizza and beer as you network and mingle with peers to celebrate the Back-to-School season!

    Website
  • PDXCPP September Meeting

    Cedexis

    Join us for some socializing and discussion of C++. Learn from presentations by local experts and have fun times with other code creators in a comfortable environment.


    Cedexis will generously be providing the venue, food, and refreshments. They'll also be presenting at this month's PDX Tech Meetup if you want to learn more about them.

    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
  • 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

Tomorrow

  • Wednesday
    Sep 24 2014
    Lean Coffee

    New Relic

    We're bringing Lean Coffee back from summer vacation!

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

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

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

    Website
  • September Open House at Collective Agency

    Collective Agency

    Wednesday September 24th, 9am to 5pm, come and work at Collective Agency during our Open House! http://collectiveagency.co/

    RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/705211839547045/

    Community Mission Statement:

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

    Schedule (come when you like):

    • 9am - Open • 12pm - Some of us will get lunch from the local food carts. • 12:30pm Most of us will eat on the sofas in the big loft room. • 2-2:30pm - Optional Member Meeting - for members to organize upcoming events for the community, suggest new ideas and continue to guide our collective agency. Visitors can sit in. • 5pm - End of Open House

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

    Members have 24/7 access.

    Often people try us out and become members before the end of the day, then get to stay after 5pm for 24/7 access with a key fob, alarm code and tour, locker storage, etc. http://collectiveagency.co/membership/

    Website
  • Ruby Lunch

    TILT Pearl District

    Talk Ruby and grab some lunch, all skill levels welcome!

  • Workfrom Wednesday

    Coffee Time

    Workfrom Wednesday comes back to the West side!!

    This week we'll be going to a Workfrom first and portlad favorite Coffee Time on  NW 21st. They have salads, sandwiches, pastries, small snacks for food, and there is plenty of other options right by. We try to support each location that supports us by buying something. So come hungry, in need of a coffee, and ready to get some work done with awesome people. 


    Again this week we will be going to a bar after Workfrom Wednesday. If anyone has any suggestions please post them since we are currently undecided on where to go.


    You can find out more about Coffee Time and why it's awesome on their Workfrom page.

    Website
  • PDX Python Presentation Night

    Urban Airship Inc

    Come join us for Pythonic talks!

    All levels are welcome! Talk levels vary from beginner to advanced.

    This month:

    • Omnibus Database Machine: How to NoSQL in Postgres with Django by Aleck Landgraf and Gavin McQuillan

    And pizza from Building Energy!

    Join us afterward at Rogue on NW 14th & Flanders to continue the discussion over a beverage.

    RSVP at Meetup

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

    Website
  • Homebrew Website Club PDX

    Mozilla

    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, help work on a project, whatever!

    Website
  • PDX Cocoaheads

    Walmart Labs

    Janine Ohmer (the Fearless Leader of CocoaHeads PDX) will present about App Extensions in iOS 8.

    Walmart Labs will provide the pizza, and those who wish to will go out for beer after the meeting.

  • Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting

    The monthly meeting of Portland's first JavaScript and ECMAscript users' group. We host presentations and discussions on everything JavaScript-related - including JavaScript frameworks, node.js, CoffeeScript, and whatever else comes up.

    We have two talks on the schedule this month:

    • Sean Adkinson will show us webpack, a module bundler. webpack takes modular code, css, and so forth and produces bundled static assets.
    • Jim Kogler will follow up on his previous talk on Grunt - this month he will talk about plugins for Gulp, and perhaps also for Broccoli. It will be a confluence of the web's greatest build tools!

    I did not arrange for a food sponsor for this meeting. An alternate source of nutrition is advisable.

    Feel free to join our mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/pdxjs if you too are a JavaScript admirer. Or visit our web site for more information at http://pdxjs.com/.

    If you're interested in making a presentation at this or at a future meet-up, please e-mail Jesse Hallett (jesse@sitr.us).

    Website
  • Church of Robotron

    The Church of Robotron

    2014 Testing and Training Facility

    With only 70 years remaining until the robot uprising crisis of 2084, The Church of Robotron desperately announces that it will be conducting testing and training operations at the Diode Gallery, 514 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209. Window altar services will be available starting September 14th, 2104. Mutant liturgy will be held on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 and (First) Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, both at 7pm. Other times by appointment.

    The installation centers around three (3) altars that will test and train the public by subjecting them to a multitude of environmental discomforts while playing augmented versions of the 1982 8­-bit twitch arcade game Roboton 2084. Participants will take up the two (2) eight­-way joysticks to battle both on­-screen Robotrons and real­-world stimuli manifested from in­-game events. These futile efforts will be celebrated and archived on a videographed leaderboard.

    Church organizers will be conducting research and performing additional tests to determine if the mutant savior walks among us today. Devotees and skeptics alike are invited to take in a recorded (or live!) sermon from a church prophet and to learn more about Robotron prophecy and culture in the reading room.

    The last human family must survive, and it is through experiential Error, deep understanding of Futility, and the Mutant Savior’s anti-­robot chest­-mounted turreted lasers that our human culture can continue to thrive.

    About The Church of Robotron

    The Church of Robotron is an avant-­fanatical post­-apocalyptic videogame cyber­-religion based in the 1980s but born in the 2000s in Portland, OR. The CoR has installed/performed at ToorCamp in Neah Bay, held public devivals in Portland, and celebrated with private screenings and public swearing over low scores.

    About Diode

    Diode is Portland’s flagship art gallery dedicated to electronic and and electro­-interactive works.

    For More Information

    Contact:
    Brian Richardson (skinny@knowhere.net) (503)­929­-3785
    Diode Gallery (contact@jetsoncreative.com)

    Website
  • PDX Exploit Workshop

    BrainSilo

    Hey everybody. Got a bug you just can't land? Is there a recent CVE you've been eyeballing seductively? Just want to brush up on your appsec?

    PDX Exploit Workshop

    Website

Next two weeks

  • Thursday
    Sep 25 2014
    TiE Panel event: The Future Takes Flight - Drones

    TiE Pearl Incubator

    Join us for a fun and educational event on the theme of Aerial Robotics, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), otherwise know as drones.

    Drones came into the public eye in recent years through the news about their military uses, but they are gaining some serious momentum in civil applications as well. Some regard this as a sweeping technical revolution, with far-reaching consequences and possibilities. Come find out what Oregon companies are doing in this new and exciting industry vertical!

    Weather permitting, we're planning for a demonstration session of some drones outside the venue.

    After the demo, we will have a panel discussion about the state of the industry, and where our panelists see things going. There will be plenty of opportunity for networking and Q&A!

    Panelists include:

    • Ryan Jenson - CEO/Founder of HoneyCombM
    • Jonathan Evans - CEO/Co-founder of SkyWard
    • Scott Edwards - founder of the @PDXDrones group and cofounder of Silicon Sky Meetup (and Director of Marketing and Customer Acquisition at Simple Finance by day)
    • Wendie Kellington - Attorney specializing in regulated industries, such as unmanned flight and use of public airspace

    The discussion will be moderated by Shashi Jain.

    TiE Members: $10 (pre-registration, door $15) Non-members: $20 (pre-registration, door $25)

    Website
  • How do I even Swift?

    Jama South

    Join us for the inaugural meetup of the Mobile Development PDX Meetup Organized by RipFog, featuring JP Simard from Realm, makers of a new open source mobile database built to replace Core Data & SQLite.

    Presentation Topic: How do I even Swift?

    Swift, Apple’s fresh new programming language, requires new ways of thinking. We'll look at how to approach the app building process to embrace Swift from different angles ranging from TDD, functional programming, documentation to dependency management.

    RSVP via Meetup so we get enough beer!

    Website
  • Quantified Self Show&Tell

    Mozilla

    Tracking your mood with your smartphone? Recording your workouts, diet and/or weight? Using a Fitbit, Withings scale, or heart-rate monitor?

    Quantified Self is "self-knowledge through numbers" and we want to hear your self-tracking stories! Sign up to give a talk. Our content comes from our community. Show us your graphs, spreadsheets, biometric devices, practical solutions and crazy notions. They are all welcome. We focus on real self-tracking projects involving your personal data.

    Or just bring your enthusiasm and come to marvel and learn with us. Sharing is not required if you're just curious to see what this is about! Agenda:

    • 6 to 6:30 pm: Doors open. Social time. This is an opportunity to meet other self-trackers and catch up with friends.

    • 6:30 pm: Intro to QS plus news. We'll provide a brief intro about QS, as well as, what's been happening in the past months in the news on how people are finding meaning from their personal data.

    • 6:45 to 7:15 pm: Scheduled Show&Tell talks. These are 7 minute talks with 5 minutes for questions. This is the meat & potatoes of QS meetups. This is an opportunity to share your story with your peers. Please contact us in advance if you want to give one. We'll send out a list of speakers in advance of the meet up.

    • 7:15 to 7:45 pm: Walk-on Show&Tell talks. These are 5 minutes with time for a couple questions. They are signed up for on the day of the event, using a sheet at the welcome table. We’ll go through as many as we can, time permitting.

    • 7:45 to 8:30 pm: We'll open things up for general discussion if there's anything that someone wants to bring up to the group. Then we'll break and hang out for awhile. This is a good opportunity to talk with presenters If you're interested in doing a Show&Tell, please mention it in your RSVP or email the organizers in advance. You can also sign up on the day of the event as a walk-on.

    We can't wait to see you there!

    -Steven, Rob, Mark, Ioan

    Website
  • Momentum: What to do in between the big events?

    This month's topic is "Momentum: What to do in between the big events," a question that has come up many times at our meetings recently!

    This is a meetup for community managers and leaders who are interested in discussion about all topics related to nurturing and running online communities. We will be meeting on the fourth Thursday of most months at Puppet Labs.

    Agenda:

    • 6:00 - 6:30 -- Welcome and introductions 

    • 6:30 - 7:00 -- John Smith will be covering a series of cases on what to do in between big events to keep communities active.

    • 7:00 - 7:30 -- Discussion; brainstorm future agenda topics.

    We understand that not everyone can make it from work to a meetup by 6pm, so please keep in mind that presentations don't start until 6:30, and you're welcome to drop by at any point during the meeting. We're a small, informal group!

    Interested in giving a short talk or presentation on a topic related to community management? Email [masked]. 

    Website
  • PDX-MUG (MySQL)

    Agenda / Speaker is open.

    please register through meetup.com so I can get a good headcount for pizza and beverages

    Website
  • Friday
    Sep 26 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.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Sep 27 2014
    Illuminated Hexaflexagons at Lovecraft Bar

    Lovecraft Bar

    Join me this Saturday when we'll combine the art of folding hexaflexagons with electronics!

    No prior electronics or paper crafting experience required.

    While all materials will be provided, please feel free to bring:

    Origami paper

    Copper tape

    Scissors

    Colored pencils, markers, crayons

    Construction paper

  • Sunday
    Sep 28 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
  • Monday
    Sep 29 2014
    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
  • Francesco Cesarani - Thinking in a Highly Concurrent, Mostly-functional Language

    ADP Dealer Services

    Note: we moved the meeting to September 29th.

    We are fortunate this month to have noted tech luminary, Erlang Solutions founder and O'Reilly author Francesco Cesarini join us.  http://www.oreilly.com/pub/au/3373

    Yale Professor Alan Perlis once wrote, “A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing.”

    To really appreciate the power of the actor model, no matter if you are using Go, Rust, AKKA or Erlang, you need to learn to think concurrently. Erlang has for decades been leading the way in concurrent thinking and developers from different communities abd backgrounds have a lot to learn from its approach.

    This talk illustrates by example how embracing the Erlang way of thinking about problems leads to scalable and fault-tolerant designs. It will describe three ways of clustering Erlang nodes within the server side domain, describing how these systems have evolved as the concurrency model and the underlying hardware got more powerful.

    Through these case studies, we will describe how Erlang, and more specifically, concurrency was done in 1995 when the limit of processes was 30,000, with an evolution as to how concurrency is used and applied today, when the limit of simultaneous processes in in the magnitude of millions per virtual machine.

    ...stay tuned for clarification on the date and location.

    - Steve

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Sep 30 2014
    I Have an Idea! Now What?

    Join us for a panel discussion with experienced entrepreneurs who have successfully made the transition from great idea to actual company.

    Courtney Couch - Co-founder and CEO of Muut, Inc., a discussion platform. Has been building companies and teams from conception to exit for 15 years.

    Summer Kramer - Founder and President of SummerSkin, a startup company that sells sun protective clothing. Inspired by her personal experience and pharmaceutical background to develop a fashionable, luxury fabric clothing line that protects skin from UV rays.

    Allen Alley - Co-Founder, former CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Pixelworks, a fabless semiconductor company that went public in 2000. Allen has over 30 years of experience with private and public companies, and has worked as both an investor and entrepreneur. Serves on the board of the Technology Association of Oregon.

    Tom Kingsley - Co-founder and CEO of CrowdCompass, which makes smartphone apps for conferences. In 2012, the company was purchased by Cvent. Currently advises several startup entities and entrepreneurs regarding development of their business.

    AGENDA: 4:00 PM - Registration & Snacks; 4:15 PM - Program; 5:15 PM - Reception; 6:00 PM - Close

    Website
  • 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
  • Monthly Happy Hour

    Rontoms

    If you're like me, you spend WAYYYY too much time in front of a computer. I think it would be great to have a monthly get together at a bar or pub to just get to know each other, have a brew, and yes, talk about the business. Real human interaction, in other words. Repeats the last Tuesday of every month.

    Starting September 24th we will be changing venues to Romtoms, on the east side of the bridge at Burnside and 6th St. We hope there will be more room and it will be easier to find the rest of us. We look forward to seeing everyone.

    If you can't find us inside look for us out in the back we may be enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful open patio.

    Website
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences IT Tavern Talks: What’s So Special About Medical Software?

    What’s So Special About Medical Software?

    Join us after work for a lively, open panel discussion about the special requirements, methods and challenges in creating and delivering software for use in healthcare. Whether it’s patient information systems, advanced clinical tools, device intelligence or cloud based web applications software is becoming essential to patient care and medical effectiveness. Meet a panel of experienced leaders in medical software, learn about best practices and connect with your peers in healthcare high tech. This event is suitable both for people working with healthcare technology and people new or interested in healthcare software.

    Speaker Panel

    Gregory Jackson, Director of Technology Operations at WebMD Health Services

    Brian Martin, MD Director Medical Informatics at GE Healthcare

    Dawn Flakne, Director, Implant Software Engineering and Architecture at MSEI/BioTronik

    Format

    This event is designed to promote lively discussion and networking. The first hour is a panel discussion led by a moderator and the second hour is social/networking. Moderator uses prepared questions to start the discussion and then encourages audience interaction. Networking session also includes a ‘business card bar’ to encourage professional connections. This event typically draws 40 to 50 people with capacity for up to 80 people.

    Event Details: When: September 30th, 2014 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where: Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 NW 31st, Portland OR Price: $25 TAO and Oregon Bioscience Members | $45 Nonmembers

    Website
  • NSBeer

    Meet with iOS developers, Mac developers, UX designers, QA testers, and whoever else wants to come.

    Have a beer and argue about Swift.

    Website
  • AppNexus Tech Event

    AppNexus

    AppNexus is hosting a Tech Event to talk about JavaScript! Come see how we use this language for automation, command-line tools, and more!

    Please learn more and RSVP at the link below.

    http://appnexustechtalk.splashthat.com

    Website
  • Squarespace is hosting a Meet & Greet in Portland!

    Doug Fir Lounge

    Attention Portland: Squarespace is looking for great talent to join our Customer Care team, and we've organized a Meet & Greet so you can get a feel for our culture and ask any questions in person. Whether you're interested in becoming a part of our award-winning Customer Care team at Squarespace, or just curious to learn more about who we are and what we do, we'd love to meet you! Drinks and refreshments will be served.

    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
  • Thursday
    Oct 2 2014
    HIMSS OREGON, ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE

    This full day conference offers insights and strategies for Healthcare Systems, Payers, Government Health and Students to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of Healthcare Information Technology.   

    From distinguished keynote presentations from key industry leaders, to breakout sessions covering a range of topics ranging from Best Practices, Standards, Industry Trends and Solutions, and Networking Opportunities, this will be an educational conference like no other!    Please join us and reserve your seat to be a part of this event today!  

    REGISTRATION FEES: HIMSS Members: 75.00 HIMSS Student Member: 25.00 Non-Member: 100.00

    Website
  • TiE Pearl Pitch Club; featuring workshop with Ravi Sinha: "One And Three Minute Pitches"

    TiE Pearl Incubator
    It's time to get the structure of your pitch right!

    How can you best put together your story for a one-minute pitch, and how would it be different from say, a three minute pitch?

    Ravi Sinha, entrepreneur and business coach, will facilitate a workshop where we practice one- and three minute pitches.
    Come ready to deliver your pitch, with slides if you want, or with no A/V materials, and we will work on the structure and the best way to tell your story.

    This session can be taken as part of a preparatory series for our annual pitch competition, TiE PitchFest, coming in December 2014 (watch this space)!

    Please register through the website link above. Event cost:
    • TiE Members: FREE
    • Public: $25
    Website
  • 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

    Website
  • Church of Robotron

    The Church of Robotron

    2014 Testing and Training Facility

    With only 70 years remaining until the robot uprising crisis of 2084, The Church of Robotron desperately announces that it will be conducting testing and training operations at the Diode Gallery, 514 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209. Window altar services will be available starting September 14th, 2104. Mutant liturgy will be held on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 and (First) Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, both at 7pm. Other times by appointment.

    The installation centers around three (3) altars that will test and train the public by subjecting them to a multitude of environmental discomforts while playing augmented versions of the 1982 8­-bit twitch arcade game Roboton 2084. Participants will take up the two (2) eight­-way joysticks to battle both on­-screen Robotrons and real­-world stimuli manifested from in­-game events. These futile efforts will be celebrated and archived on a videographed leaderboard.

    Church organizers will be conducting research and performing additional tests to determine if the mutant savior walks among us today. Devotees and skeptics alike are invited to take in a recorded (or live!) sermon from a church prophet and to learn more about Robotron prophecy and culture in the reading room.

    The last human family must survive, and it is through experiential Error, deep understanding of Futility, and the Mutant Savior’s anti-­robot chest­-mounted turreted lasers that our human culture can continue to thrive.

    About The Church of Robotron

    The Church of Robotron is an avant-­fanatical post­-apocalyptic videogame cyber­-religion based in the 1980s but born in the 2000s in Portland, OR. The CoR has installed/performed at ToorCamp in Neah Bay, held public devivals in Portland, and celebrated with private screenings and public swearing over low scores.

    About Diode

    Diode is Portland’s flagship art gallery dedicated to electronic and and electro­-interactive works.

    For More Information

    Contact:
    Brian Richardson (skinny@knowhere.net) (503)­929­-3785
    Diode Gallery (contact@jetsoncreative.com)

    Website
  • Friday
    Oct 3 2014
    BSidesPDX

    Refuge PDX

    BSides PDX is a gathering of the most interesting infosec minds in Portland and the Pacific Northwest! Our passion about all things security has driven attendance from other parts of the country. Our goal is to provide an open environment for the infosec community to engage in conversations, learn from each other and promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. The Portland and greater Northwest information security community spans a broad spectrum of participation from CISOs, Fortune 100 company security experts, small business system admins, to independent security researchers.

    Website
  • 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.

    Website
  • Rescheduled: Agile PDX Dntn Pub Lunch: The Role of the PO When Doing Agile "at Scale"

    As if transitioning to Agile is not challenging enough in any company, what does Agile look like ‘at scale’? For the North American market, ADP Dealer Services develops software & services across 100 sprint teams, 4 major product groups, and half a dozen sites across the US & India. We are now 2 years into our Agile transition. We’ll take a look at some of the practices & tools we utilize each day, and some of the lessons we’ve learned along our journey.

    David Nash is Vice President of Product Management at ADP Dealer Services, the leading provider to Automotive Retailers and OEMs, globally. Prior to ADP, David spent 17 years at Intel in various Product Management, Product Marketing, Advanced Research, and Venture Investing assignments. He is the President of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) Oregon Chapter, and is the co-founder of ProductCamp Portland.

    RSVP's appreciated but not required. For more info, contact jean@azuregate.net or post your query to the AgilePDX mailing list.

    Website
  • 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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  • Sunday
    Oct 5 2014
    PDX STEM Parents Take Your Kids to the Park

    Arbor Lodge Park

    Network with tech folks while our kids play on the playground!

    In October, PDX STEM Parents Take Your Kids to the Park has two meetups planned so far: Sunday, October 5, 11am-1pm, at Harper's Playground in Arbor Lodge Park Monday, October 20, 1:30-3:30pm, park to be determined -- we are open to suggestions -- come like our Facebook page to suggest a park!

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  • CHIFOO Workshop: Fieldwork 4 Human Computer Interaction (1 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.

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  • Monday
    Oct 6 2014
    Delight Conference 2014
    through
    Portland Art Museum

    Delight is a two-day conference in Portland, Oregon for brands and professionals who care about making experiences people love. The event gathers leaders working at the intersection of business, design and technology in an intimate forum that encourages big ideas, interactive discussions and lasting connections. The 2014 schedule features a single, shared experience main event on day one followed by a second day of deep-dive discussions, peer-led sessions, and breakout workshops. As part of Design Week Portland, Delight attendees can take advantage of dozens of additional talks, events, and after hours gatherings.

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  • Maker Monday- A Free Monthly Meet Up

    CymaSpace

    Have some projects you'd like to create? Looking to collaborate with someone on something awesome? Could you 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.

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