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  • Wednesday
    Jan 28 2015
    Scaling for Growth – Planning, Challenges and Resources | Technology Service Event

    Multnomah Athletic Club

    Are you ready for growth? Is your business ready for growth? How will you scale to meet or exceed your customer needs?

    Hear how other companies have planned (or not) for growth, what challenges they’ve faced, and what tools and resources they’ve used to facilitate the ups and downs of their business.

    What Will You Learn?

    • How their company planned to facilitate growth, what was successful, and what wasn’t
    • The challenges (planned/unplanned) they have faced in growing their business
    • Key learnings and outcomes while scaling their growth

    Panel: Kent Lewis, Founder of Anvil Media Kent will share how Anvil Media has experienced steady growth since 2000 – what it takes, tools they used and challenges that they’ve faced

    Chris Mike, VP Account Management at Chirpify Chris will share best practices in scaling a start-up including how venture capital firms are expecting their money to be spent and lessons learned along the way

    Tim Tragesser, President at Polar Systems, Inc. Tim will discuss how since 1981, Polar Systems has been able to evolve through changing times and stay relevant for their customers

    Michael Callier, Legal Process Strategist, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Michael Collier specializes in organizational efficiency and will discuss items such as developing your team while balancing your immediate needs

    Moderator: Nate Ankenbrandt, Sr. Analyst at Salesforce.com Nate has a broad background in service operations support team growth and development. Connecting customers dots with people and technology.

    Who Should Attend? Any person who is looking to grow or is planning for growth of their business, and is looking for solutions on how to scale, leverage resources, and hear about how others have done it.

    Series Sponsors: Planar & Metal Toad

    Website
  • 1 Million Cups - Portland Female Founders

    Forge Portland

    The 1 Million cups weekly meetings are a great opportunity for people and founders to connect.

    Each week we invite a founder of a local startup or unique local business to give a short presentation. Then we follow up with a productive guided Q & A from the audience. Founders learn great insights about the businesses and the audience learns from people making great ideas happen in our exciting Portland startup scene.

    During the month of January we are focussing on Female Founders. In February we bring in Foodie Founders. Stay tuned for March's theme!

    No registration needed, no pretense allowed, just great coffee, conversation and connections every week. Come on by.

    Website
  • Ruby Lunch

    Fat Head's Brewery

    Eat, drink and talk Ruby! Beginners to experts welcome.

  • Tech on Tap

    CorSource

    Developers love beer in this town. CorSource is hosting the first Tech on Tap event, which aims to bring developers and beer together! Come and taste beers from Deschute's Brewery, and meet other developers in town.

  • Lesbians Who Tech - OMSI After Dark: Sugar Sweet Science

    Join us on January 28th for an evening of erudite entertainment at OMSI After Dark: Sugar Sweet Science. After Dark features live demos, exhibitions, snacks, beer, wine, sweets, and other foods. OMSI recommends purchasing a ticket ($13 for non-members) in advance online.

    Meet up at 5:30 at nearby Bunk Bar or catch us at the event after 6.

    Also check out our Meetup group and Facebook group.

    Website
  • Portland 3D Printing Lab January Meetup

    New Relic

    Our monthly Meetup returns in 2015 on the last Wednesday of each month! The format for this meeting is Networking and Speakers, with a healthy dose of food. We've also got a new the beautiful HQ of New Relic, downtown PDX. Here's how it'll go down:

    0600p - Intro to 3D printing

    0630p - Networking + Pizza

    0730 - Presentations

    • We'll kick things off with a very visual 3D Printing Roundup at CES 2015 from Shashi, founder of MatterCompilers. We'll review the best products and services, the trends, and what it means for the industry in 2015.

    • Brian Esquivel from ArtForce Studios will talk about 3D Printing Games. Have you ever wanted to print a character or starship from your favorite video game? Find out how in this tutorial.

    • Janina Malone will give us an overview of Open Source and Creative Commons Licenses and how this relates to our work with 3D printing and related products and services.

    8:45 - More networking!

    Website
  • PDX Cocoaheads

    Walmart Labs

    Note the time change!!! Meetings are now at 6:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm.

    Core Data has been around a long time now, much beloved and much maligned. What’s new for iOS8 and Mac OS X Mavericks/Yosemite? What are some alternative technologies that are worth looking into (pros and cons)? We’ll take a look and see where Core Data fits (or doesn’t) in modern iOS app development.

    Note: If you have things you’d like to see included in the presentation, please stop by NSCoder Tuesday night and bend my (Scott Neal) ear…

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

  • PDX Python Presentation Night
    Python

    Urban Airship Inc

    Come join us for Pythonic talks!

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

    This month:

    • pdb pdx - debugging made easy by Aleck Landgraf

    • Python 2.7 and Python 3: A Sacred Love Story by Kenneth Reitz

    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
  • PDX Design Research Group

    Mozilla

    Join us at the next PDX Design Research Group meeting on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015!

    Rachel Shadoan, CEO and research scientist at Akashic Labs will give a talk entitled “Edge Case: Adventures in Hybrid User Research.” Big Data is certainly having a moment. Proponents promise that data will serve up answers to all of our most pressing questions. But what happens when all that data leads to a dead end? Rachel will tell the story of the data dead end that put her on the path from data science to ethnography--and where that path has led since. Through a variety of case studies featuring the blending of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, Rachel will show where data shines, where qualitative research techniques are necessary, and how visualization can bridge the gap between the two.

    Informal networking will be from 6:30 – 7:00, with Rachel’s talk to begin promptly at 7:00.

    Please note: If you arrive after 7:00 pm, you will not be able to get into the building, so please plan to arrive at least a few minutes before then.

  • Homebrew Website Club PDX

    Esri Portland R&D Center

    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
  • 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.

    On the agenda this month:

    • Jim Kogler will introduce some 'new wave' SPA frameworks, including Ampersand, Mithril, and Vue.


    • Jesse Hallett will talk about type-checking JavaScript with Flow.


    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 <[masked]>.

    Website

Tomorrow

  • Thursday
    Jan 29 2015
    TiE Oregon Pitch Club featuring Nitin Rai on Startup Cash Flow

    TiE Pearl Incubator

    TiE Pitch Club is back for 2015!

    Join us for a talk by Nitin Rai about Cash Flow for your startup. How can you ensure that your available capital lasts you while building up your business and your revenues, and maybe in anticipation of outside funding; and what to do once you land that outside investment?

    Nitin Rai, president of TiE Oregon is a successful entrepreneur and active angel investor.

    After the talk from our speaker, we will continue with pitches by you! Any entrepreneur is invited to get up and present their pitch to the assembled group. This can be any type of pitch: an elevator pitch, a business concept pitch, a co-founder pitch, a sales pitch or an investor pitch. We will help you with timing you, being your chosen audience, and giving you feedback and input on your pitch, business and ideas. Just like many before you, you will come away with a lot of valuable and actionable feedback! People who do not want to pitch but are interested in finding out what Pitch Club is about, hearing new startup ideas, networking, and/or helping others are of course welcome!

    TiE Members: FREE (members can also pre-register a non-member guest for $10) Public: $25

    Website
  • PDX Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup

    We are working on getting a speaker lined up, but in the mean time I wanted to at least get a placeholder on everyone's calendar. Hope to see you there!

    Website
  • Circle Up Networking: Ask less, Give more

    TED talk + effective networking! Join speaker Yasmin Nguyen as he gives a TED-style talk designed to help you learn how to attract more business, inspire donors, and build avid brand champions who will share your stories over and over by “asking less and giving more.”

    Following the talk, attendees will participate in circle up's effective master mind circles which are designed to create authentic business connections. Plus- paleo catering!

    Grab your ticket today at: Picatic.com/Jan29

    Yasmin Nguyen is a Portland-based philanthropist, social innovator, and strategic storytelling expert who helps business and nonprofits emotionally connect with their audiences through stories, technology, and partnerships to generates sales, relationships and support. He is the founder of Vibrance Global, Supper for Stars, and Philanthropy Talk, which brings together business, community and nonprofit leaders together to share ideas, insights, and feedback to better serve our community. Bringing together over 18 years in entrepreneurship, communications strategy, online marketing and design, video production, investing, relationship building, and coaching, Yasmin shares a unique perspective that connects the dots between relevant ideas for audiences. His mission is to facilitate more giving in our lives, community and world.

    Website
  • CTRL-H Open House

    CTRL-H

    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

Next two weeks

  • Friday
    Jan 30 2015
    Ruby Co-Working
    Ruby

    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
  • Saturday
    Jan 31 2015
    Unix & Git for Everyone Workshop

    Portland, Oregon

    Git is everywhere. Creative or engineering, you have directly encountered or will encounter Git in the workplace. Regardless of work style or team size, it is the tool that everyone should be using.

    Unix is the basis for everything from personal computers and cellphones to super computers and web servers. Understanding the principles of how Unix works is essential to being an effective developer.

    In this one-day workshop, you will be introduced to Git and Unix and get up to speed on concepts and workflows in no time. You will discover how working in the command line isn't all that scary, understand how to move between projects with just a few key strokes, and gain confidence with the steps involved for a common Git branching strategy. In addition, you will learn the brief history of Unix and some of the underlying philosophy of the Unix and Unix-like operating systems.

    Cloning isn't just for sheep and galactic empires. Together we will all create and share GitHub repositories using the Unix command line.

    Space is limited. Sign up now to reserve your seat.

    General Public: $250 Incoming Foundations II, Bootcamp, and Development Accelerator Students: $50

    Questions? Contact us at hello@codefellows.com

    Website
  • Sports Hack Day
    through
    DevelopmentNow -

    How would you like to spend Superbowl weekend building applications that change the way people follow sports and interact with their favorite teams and fellow fans?

    We're gathering developers, data crunchers and sports fans from across the Pacific northwest to converge on Portland to hack on sports themed projects. We will wrap things up early on Sunday and then set-up for an (optional) group viewing of the Superbowl!

    Website
  • Portland Startup Week
    through
    Various

    Startup Week is a five day celebration of your community. Join your community in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community's unique entrepreneurial identity.

    Website
  • WIN with ChickTech: Girl Rising STEM Event

    Did you ever think you could change the world by pursuing your dreams? But how do you get there and reach your full potential? What does education has to do with all of this? Women can transform their lives by jumping in and getting involved in their dreams. At this event, you’ll see an inspiring movie called Girl Rising.

    Want to understand the basics behind all the cool gadgets we use every day? It all starts with circuits! And we’ll have a fun activity for beginners.

    What is this event? It’s a combination movie showing and hands-on activity. It’s a chance for high school girls to meet women in technology and a chance for women in technology to be inspired by high school girls!

    Who's invited? We’re excited to have an Intel WIN and ChickTech event! If you identify with any of the following, we’d love to have you:

    Current and past ChickTech: High School participants Current and past ChickTech volunteers ChickTech supporters Intel WIN members Future ChickTech volunteers and supporters

    Why should you come? It’s free! There will be snacks.

    But seriously, this is an event to watch and reflect on women’s empowerment in tech by watching Girl Rising. We’ll also have an educational (and fun, we promise!) hands-on activity and create your very own circuit.

    If you’re a ChickTech: High School participant, we’ll do our best to provide transportation to the event, free of charge.

    Who’s hosting? Intel WIN (Women in Intel Network) Oregon will be co-hosting this event with ChickTech. Intel is graciously hosting the event, and ChickTech is working hard to plan and run the event.

    Public Transportation HF3 is a 7 minute walk from the Hawthorn Farm MAX Station on the blue line and 4 minutes from the nearest bus stops on Cornell Rd on route 48.

    Website
  • "Girl Rising" at Intel

    Did you ever think you could change the world by pursuing your dreams? But how do you get there and reach your full potential? What does education have to do with all of this? Women can transform their lives by jumping in and getting involved in their dreams. At this event, you’ll see an inspiring movie called Girl Rising.

    Want to understand the basics behind all the cool gadgets we use every day? It all starts with circuits! And we’ll have a fun activity for beginners.

    What is this event? It’s a combination movie showing and hands-on activity. It’s a chance for high school girls to meet women in technology and a chance for women in technology to be inspired by high school girls!

    Who's invited? We’re excited to have an Intel WIN and ChickTech event! If you identify with any of the following, we’d love to have you:

    Current and past ChickTech: High School participants Current and past ChickTech volunteers ChickTech supporters Intel WIN members Women in tech and ChickTech supporters

    Why should you come? It’s free! There will be snacks.

    But seriously, this is an event to watch and reflect on women’s empowerment in tech by watching Girl Rising. We’ll also have an educational (and fun, we promise!) hands-on activity and create your very own circuit.

    If you’re a ChickTech: High School participant, we’ll do our best to provide transportation to the event, free of charge.

    Who’s hosting?

    Intel WIN (Women in Intel Network) Oregon will be co-hosting this event with ChickTech.

    Public Transportation HF3 is a 7 minute walk from the Hawthorn Farm MAX Station on the blue line and 4 minutes from the nearest bus stops on Cornell Rd on route 48.

    Website
  • Monday
    Feb 2 2015
    Portland Puppet User Group February 2nd Meeting

    We meet on the 1st Monday of every month. Join us on February 2nd! Remember we meet at the new Puppet office in downtown Portland.

    This month at the Portland Puppet User Group, Kylo Ginsberg, software engineer at Puppet Labs, will be talking about where our client side technology is going titled "Puppet Client: Puppet 4 and Beyond". Daryll DeCoster, front end engineer at Puppet Labs, will talk about prototyping at Puppet and Hailee Kenney, software engineer at Puppet Labs, will be demoing Puppet Strings, our new doc tool. Should be an excellent meeting!

    Agenda for February 2nd:

    • 6:00 - 6:30: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
    • 6:30 - 7:15: Puppet Client: Puppet 4 and Beyond - Kylo Ginsberg
    • 7:15 - 7:45: Prototyping at Puppet - Daryll DeCoster
    • 7:45 - 8:00 Puppet Strings demo (the new doc tool) - Hailee Kenney
    • 8:00 - 8:15: Plan next agenda

    Get in touch with meg@ puppetlabs.com if you're interested in talking (even briefly!) about how you're using Puppet. Also, let us know if you'd like to be on the schedule next month! You don't need to be an expert to speak - we love to hear about what folks are doing with Puppet.

    If you have an idea for what you would like to see presented, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group.

    Meat, veggie, gluten-free, and vegan pizza will be available. The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking on the street and just inside the parking garage at the corner of Stark and SW 1st Ave. Parking is available on the street or at one of the many pay to park lots near the office.

    Website
  • Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
    Python

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Feb 3 2015
    Code Fellows Portland Open House Warming

    Code Fellows

    We're thrilled to be part of Portland Startup Week! You're invited to a coffee session and open house at our new Portland campus. Come see our new space, learn more about upcoming classes, and participate in Portland Startup Week.

    RSVP today!

    Website
  • Sailing away from Dependency Hell with Docker: Engineering Lunch-n-Learn w/Quick Left

    Quick Left Portland

    Have you ever been excited to tinker with a software project, only to have trip Dependency Hell ruin all of the fun? Technologies like Docker aim to take the pain out of spinning up support services and installing runtimes. Join in as we scoff at the demo gods and create a complete Rails stack—web server to database—from scratch, without installing any software.

    Swing by Quick Left for some foodz on us and your open ears to listen to one of our expert consultants in this Engineering Lunch tutorial.

    Website
  • Deconstructing Women in Technology: What is the data really telling us?

    Quick Left

    Stop by Quick Left to see CEO of Consulting Ingrid Alongi give her wildly popular, data-driven talk - Deconstructing Women in Technology: What is the Data Really Telling Us? Ingrid's is passionate about creating an environment for our developers that harbors creativity and collaboration, and believe incorporating women on the team is a key element to what makes our company work so seamlessly.

    In her opinion, there are 7 ways to promote a better performing team:

    Make a commitment Host team building events during business hours Provide ample outlets for feedback to leadership team  Examine your hiring practices: from job posts to interviewing style  Examine your bonus and raise criteria - not everyone is good at asking  Having more women in leadership encourages more women in general 

    Your job is a place of business where adults work, but it can still be fun! If you would like to see the stats on women in technology, and reasons why females aren't coming up the pipeline, check out the slideshare from Ingrid's keynote at GlueCon. This is one of the talks that you can't miss during Portland Startup Week! Plus we'll have Q afterwords and happy hour on Quick Left!

    Website
  • Drop in hour for prospective students
    Ruby Php Javascript

    Epicodus

    Epicodus is a 20 week, full time, in-person class on programming. You'll learn everything you need to know to get a job as a web developer or build your startup's app.

    At Epicodus, you'll learn how to build web applications from top to bottom with modern technologies and practices. More importantly than any particular skill, though, you'll learn how to think like a programmer, write good code, and pick up new languages and technologies in this fast-changing industry.

    We currently offer two courses: one covering PHP, JavaScript, and Drupal, and one covering Ruby, JavaScript, and Rails.

    Stop in to meet our staff, see the classroom and ask lots of questions. And if you're working on the pre-class homework from learnhowtoprogram.com we can help with that!

    Check out our FAQ: http://www.epicodus.com/faq.html

    Website
  • Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting
    Ruby Rails

    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

    Markus Roberts

    David Celis & Ben Weintraub

    Jamon Holmgren: RubyMotion and ProMotion

    I'm the owner of ClearSight, a Rails + RubyMotion (iOS & Android) design/development shop in Vancouver, WA. We do a lot of RubyMotion here at ClearSight and created one of the most popular RubyMotion gems, ProMotion, as well as MotionKit and several other iOS-specific open source gems. The talk goes into RubyMotion basics (briefly) and then our current iOS gem stack. The demo is building a small app with ProMotion and shows how easy it is to get started with RubyMotion-iOS.

    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!

    Website
  • Monthly Maker Meetup

    CymaSpace

    Make it here! 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.

  • Write The Docs PDX: Enabling Walkup Contributions to Your Project Documentation

    Everett Toews, Developer Advocate at Rackspace Hosting, will share his experience using Git and Markdown to make it easier for the community to propose changes to their documentation. Please arrive by 6pm. I want to start sort of promptly, by 6:05. (I'll be there by 5:30.) The building entry doors will be locked at 7pm. I'll appreciate help cleaning up, so we can depart by 8:30.


    A common complaint against many open source projects is documentation. Insufficient, incorrect, non-existent, hard to find, and difficult to update are things we typically all hear. There are a lot of different ways to tackle these problems. There's no silver bullet but one of my favorite tactics is lowering the barriers for absolutely anyone to contribute documentation.

    Ideally, lowering the barriers means:

    • using a common and well understood documentation markup language

    • using documentation editors that are commonly available

    • not requiring your contributors to install and configure tools

    • providing a preview of the updates to make reviews reviews easier

    Learn how Apache jclouds has enabled walkup contributions to our project documentation. We've benefited from better documentation, shorter review times, and building community through contribution.

    Website
  • Ninja Sales Techniques

    Do you need to be more effective at doing sales?

    Whether your revenue is shy of goals or doing sales creates unease for you, for many entrepreneurs, "sales" is a 4 letter word.

    In my upcoming class, "Ninja Sales Techniques", I help entrepreneurs become more effective at doing sales by demystifying it, breaking it down into manageable steps, and offering techniques and tips on how non-salespeople can be successful at doing sales. At the end of the course, you'll leave with a much better understanding of sales, be able to create an effective sales plan, and increase your confidence in doing sales.

    This 4-week class begins on 2/3, meets at the PCC Climb Center (by OMSI) for 2 hours each week and is part of the SBDC's Entrepreneur's Skill Series. For more information and to register please visit:

    If you have little or no experience in doing sales but are responsible for bringing in the revenue, then this class is for you!

    Website
  • Demolicious Portland

    Demolicious returns for 2015 on February 3. Doors open 6:00, Demos start 7:00. Stick around afterwards for dinner, drinks and discussion.

    Portlanders in web and mobile tech are creating cool new apps, services and companies. But we aren't sharing them nearly enough. Demolicious shines a well-deserved spotlight on some of the best work. Previous presenters have gone on to raise money from PIE, the Portland Seed Fund and other investors.

    Website
  • Science on Tap - Cascadia Earthquake
    Beer

    Shaken, Not Stirred: The Coming Great Cascadia Earthquake

    DATE: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    TIME: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.

    LOCATION: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore.

    COST: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door

    FOOD & DRINK: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available. You’re welcome to bring food into the theater with you.

    DESCRIPTION: While we can’t predict exactly when the next Great Cascadia Earthquake will happen, we CAN forecast the probabilities from a long history of past earthquakes. The study of the geological history of the last 10,000 years of the Cascadia Subduction Zone has shown that there have been 43 great earthquakes (magnitude 8.0 or higher) along the coast of Oregon, Washington, California, and British Columbia. Some of these earthquakes were probably magnitude 9.0 or higher, and like the 2011 Japanese and 2004 Sumatran earthquakes, they probably also caused large tsunami waves that were devastating all over the Pacific. At this Science on Tap, Chris Goldfinger, PhD, professor of geology and geophysics at Oregon State University, will talk about the geology of Cascadia and his research on the recurrence interval of major earthquakes. While this research may not allow us to pinpoint a date for the next great quake, a better understanding of the geological forces at work can help us prepare.

    Event Website


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

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

    Website
  • Portland Bitcoin Group
    Bitcoin

    CTRL-H

    This group is for people who are interested in Bitcoin, the open source, peer-to-peer payment network and currency.

    Come along to: * Learn why Bitcoin is different from other currencies and precious metals * Learn how to use Bitcoin to increase your online privacy and security * Discuss politics and economics as they relate to Bitcoin and the $. Barter, trade, and network for a more resilient local economy. * Buy and sell products and services for Bitcoin. If you have a business, how you can be one of the first to start transacting with Bitcoin.

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

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Feb 4 2015
    1 Million Cups - Portland Food Founders

    Forge Portland

    The 1 Million cups weekly meetings are a great opportunity for people and founders to connect.

    Each week we invite a founder of a local startup or unique local business to give a short presentation. Then we follow up with a productive guided Q & A from the audience. Founders learn great insights about the businesses and the audience learns from people making great ideas happen in our exciting Portland startup scene.

    During the month of January we are focussing on Female Founders. In February we bring in Foodie Founders. Stay tuned for March's theme!

    No registration needed, no pretense allowed, just great coffee, conversation and connections every week. Come on by.

    Website
  • CrowdCompass by Cvent hosts Portland Lunch 2.0

    CrowdCompass by Cvent

    For Portland Startup Week (http://portland.startupweek.co/), our hosts will be CrowdCompass by Cvent. Join us in their new digs at Block 300 for lunch. This crew has hosted before, so it should be an awesome gathering.

    Website
  • Startup Week Is Every Week, And Not Just In Portland

    NOTE: Admission is FREE for Built Oregon Members.  To qualify (and get your discount code to plug in here), go to our SUPPORT US page and click the "Purchase Membership" button.   This $24 membership brings you many other benefits too, so join us! Event Description How does the gaming and tech scene in Eugene effect what happens in Portland? How can Portland companies tap into the momentum in Bend? Is Roseburg the next entrepreneurial hub in the state? How can PDX startups connect more to the Gorge? Oregon is a big state -- this we know. But what sometimes gets lost is how connected we all are.  Join Built Oregon as we host a panel discussion on  the state of entrepreneurship around Oregon during Startup Week PDX.  We will look to discuss how collaboration and awareness of what is happening in other regions can effect what happens in Portland, and vice versa.  Hot Lips Pizza will be served, and there will be a cash bar for beer, wine and soda Event Schedule: 4:00PM - 4:30PM  Reception Networking 4:30PM - 5:30PM  Panel Discussion and Audience Questions 5:30PM - 6:00PM  More Networking The Panel Moderator

    Joe Maruschak - RAIN Eugene Director Julie Harrelson- CEO, Harrelson Group, Fund Manager Cascade Angels Paul Utz - Streamside Enterprises, Roseburg Angel Investor Brian Henessy - Founder Thread, Cofounder Talkoot

      Moderator - Vince Porter -- Policy Advisor on Jobs and the Economy for Governor John Kitzhaber Event MC - Scott Schroeder, President, RelianceCM Thanks to our Sponsors  RelianceCM is a contract manufacturing business located in Corvallis, Oregon. Led by President (and event MC) Scott Schroeder, the company has developed a high caliber, highly successful program that helps hardware startups navigate through the Valley of Death and into production.

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  • Code Oregon Meetup

    The Gameroom

    Gameroom PDX is hosting a meet-up every other Wednesday

    Learn to make websites and apps on Treehouse for free by signing up with Code Oregon!

    For more information and to register to attend, visit: http://www.gameroompdx.com/code-oregon.html

    If you are not yet a Code Oregon participant, visit http://www.codeoregon.org/ to sign up for free and it takes about 30 seconds.

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  • PDX Startup Week: Where Are Your Wearables Hackfest

    Quick Left

    Get amped - Name.com does more than hosting. We're hosting our first Quick Left hackfest in Portland with them! And what better week than Portland Startup Week to do so! 

    Aided by the increased processing speed of chips, capacity of batteries and precision of sensor technologies, devices are becoming smaller, faster and more feature heavy than ever before. Where is the power of wearables going? We're bringing it in hackfest form to Portland, OR! Register now for our hackfest Feb 4th and find out (or make it happen).

    With the Quick Left wearable hackfest, we want take wearable data beyond the miles you pedal or calories burned. We want wearables to be useful in your daily life. According to technology research and advisory company Gartner, by 2020, developed world life expectancy will increase by 0.5 years due to widespread adoption of wireless health monitoring technology. Business leaders must examine the impact of increased wellness on insurance and employee costs as a competitive factor. Inspire innovation to affect this trend at our hackfest. If you've got ideas on what to do with health and exercise data (for humans, your pets or....), you'll want to get your hack on at Quick Left!

    Wednesday, February 4th, doors open at 6pm, hacking begins at 6:30 Free beer and food provided by our awesome sponsors Teams formed night of Hack for 3 hrs (no previous feature design or code written, please) Winners will be chosen by our sponsors (hint, hint)

    Thanks to our sponsor, Sparkfun, for supplying Lily Pad Design Kits. And Fitbit is giving away a Fitbit Flex wristband to the winning team and more sponsors to be announced shortly! Still need more convincing to join our hackfests? See three year's worth of Quick Left hackfests we've hosted here!

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  • Javascript Study Group and Hack Night (now with more than intro fun!)

    We will be meeting up for a JavaScript Study Group.

    An intro to JavaScript class will be taught for anyone who is looking to get into programming.

    There will also be an intermediate group project to work on to hone your skills together. The intermediate group will work on Conway's Game of Life and or Fiz Buzz to tackle some classic coding problems together.
    Game of Life: http://www.devblogrbmz.com/writing-conways-game-of-life-in-javascript-using-tdd-pt-1/
    FizzBuzz: http://www.codecademy.com/courses/fizzbuzz/2/1

    Finger food will be provided. Please bring your own laptop or tablet if you would like to come to the JavaScript class. Come for some good company and bring a project to work on. We'll be here to bounce ideas off each other and continue to work out what we would like to run as a community.

    For those of your interested in getting started in programming, feel free to check out the resources below. Bring your questions and confusion and we'll help you clear things up! JavaScript Getting Started Resources:

    https://www.codeschool.com/courses/javascript-road-trip-part-1

    http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/javascript

    Advanced Beginners can start in on some Coder Projects:

    http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/night_and_day/


    and

    http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/music_boxes/

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  • Where Are Your Wearables Quick Left Hackfest

    Quick Left

    Get amped - Name.com does more than hosting. We're hosting our first Quick Left hackfest in Portland with them! And what better week than Portland Startup Week to do so!

    Aided by the increased processing speed of chips, capacity of batteries and precision of sensor technologies, devices are becoming smaller, faster and more feature heavy than ever before. Where is the power of wearables going? We're bringing it in hackfest form to Portland, OR! Register now for our hackfest Feb 4th and find out (or make it happen).

    With the Quick Left wearable hackfest, we want take wearable data beyond the miles you pedal or calories burned. We want wearables to be useful in your daily life. According to technology research and advisory company Gartner, by 2020, developed world life expectancy will increase by 0.5 years due to widespread adoption of wireless health monitoring technology. Business leaders must examine the impact of increased wellness on insurance and employee costs as a competitive factor. Inspire innovation to affect this trend at our hackfest. If you've got ideas on what to do with health and exercise data (for humans, your pets or....), you'll want to get your hack on at Quick Left!

    Wednesday, February 4th, doors open at 6pm, hacking begins at 6:30 Free beer and food provided by our awesome sponsors Teams formed night of Hack for 3 hrs (no previous feature design or code written, please) Winners will be chosen by our sponsors (hint, hint) Thanks to our sponsor, Sparkfun, for supplying Lily Pad Design Kits. And Fitbit is giving away a Fitbit Flex wristband to the winning team and more sponsors to be announced shortly!

    Still need more convincing to join our hackfests? See three year's worth of Quick Left hackfests we've hosted here!

    Website
  • CHIFOO Meeting: Playing Is The Thing: Interactive Fiction, Gaming, and Improvisation

    "Playing Is The Thing: Interactive Fiction, Gaming, and Improvisation" with Kent Nichols, Beatbox Giant LLC

    Kent has seen firsthand and experimented with new approaches to the design of computer-human interaction for engaging viewers and users of intellectual properties. Kent will share his observations and impressions of the subtle influx of game-inspired influences on HCI for engaging audiences for a variety of online video experiences.

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  • Thursday
    Feb 5 2015
    WIT: Opportunity Knocks! How to Get into Tech Without an Engineering Degree

    “How do we get more women in tech?”

    The tech industry provides stability and great opportunities for career advancement, so it’s an important question - and one being asked around the world. Companies like Intel and eBay are answering by launching initiatives to increase the number of female engineers in their workforces. Non-profits are responding by establishing programs that teach girls to code so they can grow up to be developers. Universities are contributing to the conversation by offering scholarships to young adult females who choose to pursue degrees in Computer Science.

    While there’s no argument that all these solutions are valuable and will help further the cause, what about women who want to work in tech, but aren’t interested in coding? What options do they have? In an effort to provide answers to these questions, eBay Portland will be hosting a special WIT Startup Week event focused on looking beyond engineering roles for women in tech.

    Five women from the local tech community will be talking about their individual jobs and sharing their experiences as non-technical women working in an industry that is predominantly focused on technical roles. Kirsten Golden, Program Manager at PIE, will be emceeing the event.

    Presenters include:

    Gina Hudson, Office Manager/Operations, eBay Portland Heidi Tretheway, Director of Marketing Communications, Urban Airship Susan Wheeler, Director of e-Discovery Services, Streamline Imaging Grace Andrews, Co-Founder Business Development, GraphAlchemist

    The WIT talk will conclude with a short Q, after which attendees are invited to stay for an hour of networking and have their resume critiqued by recruiters and HR representatives from eBay, Jama Software, Simple, Puppet Labs, Treehouse, and Tech Talent Link.

    Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2015 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Doors open at 4pm Location: eBay Community Lounge, 1400 SW 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland

    This event is free and open to the tech community as well as the general public. If you’re working in tech, interested in working tech, or simply exploring career options, please RSVP now to join us!

    **Please note that in order to ensure that this event is a safe place for attendees, guests will be required to sign in and present picture ID upon arrival. Anyone refusing to do both will be asked to leave.

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  • MaptimePDX
    Javascript Html

    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

    • TBD

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

    Website
  • Clojure Office Hours

    Puppet Labs

    Come talk and ask/answer questions about Clojure ClojureScript and related topics.

    Successful strategies for the self-organizing Clojure meetup:

    http://blog.factual.com/clojure-office-hours

    Please also review the Puppet Code of Conduct. As we reside in their space, we abide by their rules.

    https://docs.puppetlabs.com/community/community_guidelines.html#event-code-of-conduct

    Website
  • Portland Linux/Unix Group
    Beer Linux

    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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  • PDX Big Data Discussion Group

    New Relic

    "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 Visual Analysis of Large Heterogeneous Social Networks by Semantic and Structural Abstraction by Shen 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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  • Ignite Bridgetown - part of Portland Startup Week

    Ignite Bridgetown, part of the inaugural Portland Startup Week, will force invite some of Portland’s most interesting people to offer their takes on topics about which they’re passionate --- all in a format that is anything but ordinary.

    Welcome to Ignite. Where each speaker gets a chance to present for five minutes. The catch? They only get 20 slides, no more, no less. And the presentation auto-advances every 15 seconds. Whether the speaker is ready or not. Once the presentation begins, it doesn’t stop until the last speaker drops the mic. For the speaker, it’s challenging. For the audience, it’s entertaining. But no matter what happens, it’s an unforgettable experience for everyone in the theater.

    Join us as our curated speakers from Portland's thriving startup community share their passion, experience, and personality. Attend Ignite Bridgetown on Thursday, February 5th at The Empirical Theater at OMSI. The program will begin at 7:00pm.

    Seating is limited, please RSVP.

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  • Friday
    Feb 6 2015
    Coffee w/ Co-Founders X (Portland Startup Week Edition)

    Punch Bowl Social

    Portland Startup Week is happening from Feb. 2-6th. It's a week full of amazing panels, talks, and events. Coffee w/ Co-Founders X (can't believe this is the 10th one!) will bookend the week with a great informal morning get together of the area's most incredible Entrepreneurs.

    Come by, have some coffee, bring lots of business cards, and be ready to meet Portland's next big idea!

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  • Ruby Co-Working
    Ruby

    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
  • Little Oregon Laboratory Hackathon
    through
    CrowdCompass by Cvent

    Sponsored and hosted by CrowdCompass by Cvent, you’ll have 48 uninterrupted hours to build the coolest, most effective tool you can dream up. The only rule? Keep it mobile.

    Join CrowdCompass for our annual hackathon in our brand new office! We’re pumped to be gathering Portland’s top talent together for a weekend of innovation and camaraderie. We’ll keep you satisfied with local food, coffee and beverages so you can focus on the task at hand. Cost to participate is $50.

    Space is limited; please follow the link and register in advance so we know how many pancakes to flip.

    Website
  • WIllamette Startup Weekend
    through
    Kearny Hall, OSU Campus, Corvallis OR

    Corvallis, Benton County, and the surrounding Mid-Willamette Valley is prime startup country This region is where startups thrive! From creative enterprises, to software startups, to technology spin-offs from OSU, Hewlett-Packard, and other research centers, the Mid-Willamette Valley has a strong entrepreneurial community. Resources abound for helping Corvallis startups grow and thrive.

    Build your team Develop your product/service Find funding for operations Build your marketing and sales Choose a business location Get advice and mentoring

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  • Saturday
    Feb 7 2015
    Unity 5 Roadshow

    Want the scoop on what's new in Unity 5? Want to learn how to make a game using Unity 5? Or do you already have a game made with Unity and want to expand your reach by porting it to Windows & Windows Phone? Join Unity and Microsoft experts at the Unity 5 Roadshow to receive FREE hands-on help at the full day track that fits your needs. Lunch, coffee, and tea will be provided by Microsoft to keep you fueled.

    Make sure you RSVP here: https://unity5roadshowpdx0215.eventbrite.com/

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  • Calagator & Open Source Bridge Code Sprint
    Ruby Rails

    Epicodus

    Come hack on Calagator, the open source calendar aggregator.

    We'll be digging in to open issues, working on some refactoring tasks, and getting new folks acquainted with the code base.

    Catch up on the current status with these notes from the Calagator project wiki (https://github.com/calagator/calagator/wiki/Code-Sprint-Notes-and-Status-Reports), or check out our open issues (https://github.com/calagator/calagator/issues) to find something you'd like to work on!

    Calagator is a Ruby/Rails web app.

  • Sunday
    Feb 8 2015
    Little Oregon Laboratory Demo Day

    Block 300

    Come and see the results of a 48 hour hackathon focused on the intersection of design and development.

    1:30 - 2:00

    Meet and greet. Come have a drink and say hello to the developers and designers who spent the weekend bringing their mobile innovations to life!

    2:00 - 3:30

    Demo time! See for yourself what gets created when mobile development and mobile design come together.

    3:30 - 4:30

    Awards! Prizes! Stuff that participants win! Meet the winners in real time!

    "Hey wait a second... I want to participate in the entire hackathon weekend!"

    "No problem - sign up for the entire hackathon at littleoregonlaboratory.com"

    Website
  • Monday
    Feb 9 2015
    Code4Lib 2015 Preconference
    Ruby Rails

    Code4Lib 2015 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

    Preconferences are 1-day or a 1/2-day events and workshops that will occur on Monday, February 9, 2015.

    Preconference details can be found at: http://wiki.code4lib.org/2015_Preconference_Proposals

    Register for full day or half day preconference through http://c4l2015.eventbrite.com. Registration for preconferences uses the same form as conference registration, but you DO NOT need to register for the main conference to attend a preconference.

    Please show your interest in particular preconferences by adding your name to the list on the wiki page linked above.

    For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit http://code4lib.org/about/.

    Website
  • Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
    Python

    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.

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  • Dorkbot

    Bunk Bar

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 10 2015
    Code4Lib 2015
    through
    Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

    Code4Lib 2015 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

    See the conference information and schedule at:http://code4lib.org/conference/2015

    Registration is open at: http://c4l2015.eventbrite.com

    For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit http://code4lib.org/about/.

    Website
  • PDXbyte users group (C/C++/Assembly)
    Pizza Beer

    New Relic

    Title: Bluetooth Devices – Development, Audio Quality, and Testing

    Speaker: Ken Ostrin

    Ken Ostrin has 20 years of experience delivering professional software products to the market. He has worked at Audio Precision for the past 11 years building world class audio testing gear. Ken earned his degree in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Cruz.

    Talk begins at 7, get there early for socializing, pizza and refreshments!

    Join our mailing list! https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxbyte

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  • Portland ReactJS meetup
    Javascript Beer Pizza

    Idealist.org

    Greetings fellow Reagents!

    We are looking forward to our first official ReactJS user group. Dave and Eric from Idealist.org will be sharing some interesting stuff (details below) with us, and we're hoping to have one additional talk. Please let us know if you're interested in speaking/presenting. We'd like to have at least a few lightning talks as well. I have a feeling this will fill up fast, so please RSVP if you would like to attend this event.

    If you are new to our group, Welcome! If you would like to get more involved or hear what we're talking about, we'd like to invite you to join our google group to join the conversations or start a new one. Also, please take a look at our code of conduct which let's you know what we think "being excellent to each other" should look and feel like.

    Talks:

    Notes on the Design of Components (Dave McCabe)

    Dave will discuss what idealist.org has learned about designing React components, specifically techniques for promoting simplicity, reuse, statelessness, and separation of concerns, and for dealing with asynchrony.

    Isomorphic Webpack Hot Module Replacement Boilerplate (Eric O'Connell)

    • Do you want to serve fully-rendered HTML from your React application?
    • Do you want near-instant feedback in your browser as soon as you edit your React components?
    • How about CSS?

    This talk will give the starting point for a very nice dev environment using the webpack Hot Module Replacement feature. It will include a (trivial) Express app that renders the entire React component hierarchy which will then be hydrated on the client. Variations shown will include serving API requests out of the same app, and shared client/server routing.

    TBD / Lightning talks

    Get in touch with us if you'd like to share your experiences!

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  • Introduction To Object-Oriented Programming With PHP

    For many programmers, object-oriented programming is a frightening concept, full of complicated syntax and other roadblocks. We'll be learning the concepts behind object-oriented programming (OOP), a style of coding in which related actions are grouped into classes to aid in creating more-compact, effective code.

    Understanding Object-Oriented Programming

    Object-oriented programming is a style of coding that allows developers to group similar tasks into classes. This helps keep code following the tenet "don't repeat yourself" (DRY)and easy-to-maintain.

    "Object-oriented programming is a style of coding that allows developers to group similar tasks into classes."

    One of the major benefits of DRY programming is that, if a piece of information changes in your program, usually only one change is required to update the code. One of the biggest nightmares for developers is maintaining code where data is declared over and over again, meaning any changes to the program become an infinitely more frustrating game of Where's Waldo? as they hunt for duplicated data and functionality.

    OOP is intimidating to a lot of developers because it introduces new syntax and, at a glance, appears to be far more complex than simple procedural, or inline, code. However, upon closer inspection, OOP is actually a very straightforward and ultimately simpler approach to programming


    Why PHP?

    Besides the fact that it is my programming language of choice, there are two reasons to start with PHP.

    PHP is widely used

    PHP is likely the most widely used server-side programming language (see this article, for example). It’s used on millions of servers world wide.

    PHP is very popular in the open source world, where applications like WordPress and Drupal live. One reason is that PHP is itself open source.

    This means that your PHP skills will have value to many different people (including you!).

    PHP is (relatively) easy to learn

    Make no mistake: programming is hard. For most people, anyway.

    What people have trouble with is not the programming languages, but the way of thinking about program design. This only comes with practice, practice, and more practice.

    But still, some languages are easier to learn than others. Java is one of the more difficult. It’s a good language, but it’s very structured, and hard for beginners to get started with.

    Two of the easiest languages to learn are JavaScript and PHP. Even a few lines of JavaScript and PHP can do useful things. You can start writing programs quickly, without having to learn of lot of stuff first.

    What you will need:

    1. A computer
    2. A development environment for PHP.


    If you don't have a anything yet, never fear.

    Download the latest version of VirtualBox from here https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
    Download the latest version of Vagrant from here. http://www.vagrantup.com/downloads.html

    I will be posting a setup file shortly so with simple instructions to get you development environment up and running. If you want to play around with it yourself, check out https://puphpet.com

    Finally

    I'm excited to work with you all and building our skills together. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know :-)

    Alena

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  • Moneyballing: How To Use Data to Win At Fantasy Football - Presented by Cloudera

    WebTrends

    Description 


    Participants in fantasy football leagues manage teams by acquiring and trading players. Using predictive models based on historical data improves team selection and performance. 

    In this talk we will use managing a fantasy football team as an example of how to integrate disparate data sources and make predictions based on complex event histories. 

    We'll cover:


    ● Modeling data for building predictive models about individuals.

    ● Integrating disparate data sources.

    ● Applying portfolio optimization theory to player selection.

    ● Translating subjective knowledge of domain into a rigorous improvement of a predictive model.

    A raffle drawing will be organized, courtesy of O'Reilly's Strata + Hadoop World Conference, for a chance to win O'Reilly's Books!

    Meetup members also receive a 20% discount to Strata + Hadoop World 2015 by using this link http://oreil.ly/UGSJ15 and your unique code PBDG20.

    Agenda

    6:00 – 6:30 welcome and networking

    6:30 – 7:15 Presentation by Juliet Hougland

    7:15 – 7:30 Raffle Drawing sponsored by O'Reilly

    7:30 – 8:15 Pizza, Drinks & Discussion

    Presenter

    Juliet Hougland recently joined Cloudera’s data science team. Juliet spent the last 3 years working on a variety of Big Data applications from e-commerce recommendations to predictive analytics for oil and gas pipelines. She holds an MS in Applied Mathematics from University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a BA in Math-Physics.

    Sponsors

    Cloudera is the presenter of the event and the sponsor for food and drinks!

    Webtrends is the official host of the event.

    The Strata + Hadoop World conference is providing the discount code & the O'Reilly book raffle.

    Talend is the event organizer.


    Pulehu Pizza is providing their delicious thin crust pizza!

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