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  • Started Wednesday
    Sep 11 2019
    Ruby Coworking: Hollywood Edition
    through
    Case Study Coffee

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

  • Sunday
    Sep 15 2019
    PLUG Linux Clinic

    Free Geek

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

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

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

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

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

    Website

Tomorrow

  • Started Wednesday
    Sep 11 2019
    Ruby Coworking: Hollywood Edition
    through
    Case Study Coffee

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

  • Monday
    Sep 16 2019
    PNW's Language of Racism: Disrupting Passive Aggressive Communication Norms

    The Riveter

    What does racism sound like here in Portland? Is it subtle? Is it overt? Have I said something wrong? Have I been misunderstood? Why is racism so tricky to talk about?

    This experiential engagement will explore the spoken and unspoken cultural norms of communication as key pieces to advancing racial equity in yourself and your workplace. Here in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), which includes Oregon, Washington and Idaho, we have a unique flavor of communication norms referred to as passive aggressive and conflict aversion. Based on WASP (white, anglo, saxon Protestant and middle class), the PNW regionally communicates indirect and 'watered down' sharing of information. This is significant because it is hard to manage for something if you cannot name it clearly for everyone to understand. Tone policing, vagueness, deflecting, blaming the messenger rather than engage in the content of the message, civility politics, conflict aversion etc are a few forms this takes.

    Presenters Fleur Larsen and Jodi-Ann Burey, originally from Seattle and New York City respectively, will draw from their own lived experiences and invite attendees to do the same. We will identify how these regional norms impede addressing racial equity when people and institutions are not able to squarely name dynamics. White dominant culture is held together with the glue of passive aggressive communication norms here in the PNW making it really sticky to pull apart and identify racism in situations or conflicts. Together, we will name the ingredients needed to live into a better conversation and take racism head on.

    Ticket pricing is on a sliding scale. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds for this event. Contact [email protected] for more information.

    About Fleur Larsen:

    Fleur Larsen grew up in Seattle and learned how to relate to others based on the dominant identities she holds: white, protestant, working class, and socialized female. The norms of this region have a particular flavor of conflict aversion, indirectness and passive aggressiveness that are deeply ingrained in me from an early age. Unlearning these has been a HUGE place of personal and professional growth as she’s aimed herself at racial equity work.

    Fleur started facilitating 18 years ago on challenge course programs with youth and adults. Currently, she works with several companies utilizing challenge and experiential facilitation with corporate and nonprofit groups. People often learn better by doing. Experiential facilitation engages and activates more parts of the brain. Her style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, fun, purpose and results. Her work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements to reach results.

    About Jodi-Ann Burey:

    Jodi-Ann Burey is the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at The Riveter, a membership workspace and community platform built by women, for everyone. She leads the development of a robust programming portfolio that powers The Riveter’s mission to redefine equity in the workplace. With a strong focus on intersectionality, Jodi-Ann works to ensure all women and their allies—inclusive of any gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, ability, and child status - can leverage The Riveter to develop as impactful leaders in their businesses, networks, and the world.

    Jodi-Ann is also one of the founding members and co-chairs of the Seattle DEI Community of Practice (DEI CoP), an expansive network of professionals across industry committed to improving DEI practices at work. Jodi-Ann earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan and her Bachelors in Communications from Boston College.

    Website
  • Privacy Happy Hour!

    Jack Knife

    Let's close out the summer with a privacy-related happy hour!

    Join us for some great conversations around privacy and other TA3M topics or whatever else you'd like to discuss. Come get to know our other members better and give us ideas about what you'd like to do and/or learn in our meetings in the coming year. There will be food and drink available for purchase, and we hope to see you there!

    By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct: https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/

    {short} Code of Conduct Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is dedicated to providing an informative and positive experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed.

    Our events are intended to educate and share information related to technology and activism, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

    Audio and/or video recording are not permitted at meetings without prior approval.

    Our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/) applies to all events run by Portland's TA3M. Please report any incidents to the event organizer.

    Website
  • Open Source Peer Mentoring (Monday Python, for Python JavaScript, Django, React and all open source)

    PDX Code Guild

    We normally have 12- 24 attendees - some people register on Meetup, others show up every week or see the event on Calagator. All are welcome. Pizza and beverages are served. Parking is free!

    Bring your laptop. Learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. This group focuses on Python, Django, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL, CSS and HTML. Other languages are welcome.

    This week we will do introductions at 6:20 then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

    Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

    This event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programming, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

    Free parking! Save this number in case you need help finding us: (541) 602-6215 We are at 2828 SW Corbett Ave #208, inside the Portland State Business Accelerator, and near the International School.

    Website
  • Dorkbot PDX

    Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity.

    Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time.

    Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance.

    p.s. This event is open to everyone, dork or robot. No ^H membership is required to attend. All are welcome. That means you!

    Website

Next two weeks

  • Started Wednesday
    Sep 11 2019
    Ruby Coworking: Hollywood Edition
    through
    Case Study Coffee

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

  • Tuesday
    Sep 17 2019
    Lunch & Learn -Finance Series - Get it! Understanding the Basics

    Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) and the Portland State Business Accelerator (PSBA) are partnering to bring you a Finance Series. The first of three programs will be on September 17th at the Portland State Business Accelerator with the NOW CFO Financial Consultant, Chris Hall. Come learn the basics of AP and AR.

    Chris will be staying after the program to meet individually with companies and answer specific questions - 3 slots available at 10 minutes each. If you are interested in signing up for a 10-minute one-on-one with Chris, please email Julia Baldwin at [email protected].

    Website
  • Graphic Design with GIMP

    Free Geek

    Join us for a graphic design workshop using an a free and open source software called GIMP. GIMP is a program similar to Photoshop. You can use this program to create posters and art, edit photos, and more.

    Bring your questions -- there will be plenty of time for answers!

    This class welcomes beginners and advanced users alike.

    Website
  • PDXWIT Presents: September Happy Hour Networking Event

    AltSource, Inc.

    Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-presents-september-happy-hour-networking-event-tickets-66593413693] is required to gain entry to this event

    Join us for happy hour at AltSource on September 17th.

    In the tech industry, companies often tout all the “fun” benefits they offer to employees, but do those perks really matter to everyone? Yes, ping pong can be entertaining for a few minutes, and kombucha is great for your gut, but are these the types of benefits that make workspaces desirable for everyone? Let’s talk about it! This month’s theme will be: “Functional workspaces: from behavior to the needs of parents,” and to help get the networking flowing we will be using the conversation prompt: What’s something you need to make your workspace functional?

    While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 5:30 p.m. to share important announcements and showcase three members of our community.

    A representative from our host company AltSource will share what they do and what job opportunities are available at the company

    Tina Semko and Kristy LaFollette, co-founders of Health Equity Partners, will give the following lightening talk: Beyond Beer and Corn Hole: Workplace Change for Families

    Torri Wright, Founder and CEO at Wright Behavior, will talk about Decoding The Language of Behavior

    During the event, we’ll have more to do than free-form networking:

    An Activity Table where people can get creative. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing. If you have trouble finding it, look for Meg Aul, our Event Activities Director.

    Table Topics to help break the ice.

    A section for job seekers and those hiring, to ensure people get connected.

    Agenda:

    4:30 pm - Doors open

    5:30 p.m. - Introductions, Announcements + Lightning Speakers

    6:30 pm - Event ends

    Event FAQ

    Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Is the space ADA accessible?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Will there be food and drink at this event?

    A: Yes, we will be providing food/drink and it will be clearly marked with the dietary restrictions.

    Q: What is the parking situation?

    A: We do have a few(10ish) free parking spaces onsite. There is street parking and neighborhood parking available (it’s easiest to find parking in the Ladd’s Addition neighborhood).

    Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance?

    A: Enter through the main entrance, which faces Hawthorne and is across the street from Burgerville.

    Q: Is there secured bike parking?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

    A: Either work, however there are multiple bus stops within a block of our building so public transportation is fairly easy.

    Q: Can I bring my dog?

    A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home.

    Purpose:

    PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

    Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

    Website
  • Digital Transformation and the Future of Business

    Announcing the new MIT Enterprise Forum, Portland, Oregon Chapter!

    Topic: Digital Transformation and the Future of Business

    Did you know that:

    97% of consumers search online to find a local business? 46% of Google searches are seeking local information? 88% of consumer local business searches on a mobile device result in a call or visit to the business within 24 hours?

    The digital age rewards change and punishes doing nothing. It is no longer, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” How are companies adapting to the changed (and changing) world, being the disrupters rather than the disrupted?

    Join us to hear four dynamo panelists how their companies drive digital transformations and how they successfully digitally transformed their businesses. From SEO/SEM to mobile native and electronic transactions we will discuss the trends and findings that shape the future of business.

    Schedule: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:30 PM Doors open / Enjoy a hosted bar with beer and wine (21+ must show ID) 6:30 PM Program begins 8:00 PM Program concludes

    Panelists include:

    John Jerome, Founder, and CEO, Jerome, Bruhn & Associates

    Mike Barrett, Co-founder, and CRO, Unosquare

    Jason Thane, Co-founder, GenUI

    Tracy Petrie, Researcher, OHSU

    Mark Neuhausen, Technologist, and Angel Investor (moderator)

    We look forward to seeing there!

    Cheers, MIT Enterprise Forum NW

    Website
  • Out in Tech PDX | Demos & Drinks

    Airbnb Portland

    Are you a developer, data scientist, engineer, or product leader? Do you want to meet fellow LGBTQ+ folks who have created an app or have very strong opinions on the best programming language? Are you working on collaborative, open-source, or community-based products or apps? Want to share your work with a supportive queer tech community?

    We got you.

    Join Out in Tech PDX for Demos and Drinks at Airbnb! RSVPs are required and free. Please RSVP through Eventbrite to attend.

    Schedule 5:30pm | doors

    6:30pm | demos

    8:00pm | social + networking

    9:00pm | closes

    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided. Must be 21+ to drink. Arrive early to guarantee entrance.

    A BIG thank you to our FABULOUS hosts Airbnb who made this event possible by graciously allowing us to use their space, and providing drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

    And a special thanks to Ovidio Francisco for volunteering their time and talent to build our beautiful graphics for this event. They maintain their little corner of the web over at http://ovidio.design

    Check out our Code of Conduct.

    Questions/Concerns? Please email [email protected]

    Note: We recommend arriving early. Unfortunately, RSVP does not guarantee entrance. If we reach capacity, we may be required to turn people away.

    Presenters Rebecca Alexander Founder, AllGo

    Michael Holland Mini Hotel Search App

    Trang Ho and Trang Sharbaugh Founders, MasaFresh

    Jeremy Abbot Proxy Croak Codes

    As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity, Out in Tech depends on the community it serves. We thank our generous members and sponsors for their financial and in-kind support.

    Website
  • 'Choose Your Party' Party: Networking for Excited Oregon Primary Voters!

    The Riveter

    Are you excited to support the nomination of your favorite political candidate? The Oregon primary election in May 2020 can't come soon enough!

    But, WAIT. Did you know that only registered party members can vote in that party's primary? If you're a non-affiliated or independent voter, you can choose a different party so you can vote in that party's primary, and then switch back (or not) for the general election. It's easy and takes seconds online, and we'll show you how. Plus, drinks! Snacks!

    And info about how you can get more involved in voter turnout events as we approach election season. Celebrate National Constitution & Citizenship Day at our ‘Choose Your Party’ Party! Everyone's welcome, regardless of party affiliation or voter status. Enjoy refreshments, meet friendly people, register to vote (or update your registration), and learn how YOU can spread the word about primary voting to your friends and neighbors.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 18 2019
    Programming with Python 1

    Free Geek

    Have you ever thought programming was interesting, but don't know where to start? Do you want to unlock the true potential of computers? This is the class for you!

    This class is an introduction to programming concepts with Python, an easy-to-learn programming language. Every class begins with the basics of what Python is and how to use it. After that we'll talk about computer science theory in an approachable way. Finally we'll have a lab where your questions can get answered and you can show off your projects.

    No prior programming experience required. If you can type, you can program!

    Recommended Follow-up: Programming with Python 2

    Website
  • SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Overview @ Portland SharePoint User Group

    Microsoft Pearl Office

    The SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is a powerful set of tools for building web parts and other custom code solutions. Microsoft has positioned SPFx as a replacement for the popular JavaScript injection approach as well as other previous development models. SPFx has matured dramatically since its introduction a few years ago and now not only supports developing for SharePoint online but also SharePoint on-premise and even Teams.

    To show you how quickly you can get started with the Framework, we’ll demo how you can create and deploy a Hello World app to an Office 365 tenant. And, then, to see some of the advantages to using SPFx compared to the old JavaScript injection approach we’ll demo a solution originally written using JavaScript injection alongside the refactored version written using SPFx.

    This presentation does discuss code briefly at points, but is not a code deep dive. It is intended for anyone who is simply interested in modern development approaches in SharePoint and Office 365 whether they code themselves or happen to work alongside developers or consultants.

    Erik Benke is a Senior SharePoint Developer and Architect at Mentor Graphics (a Siemens Business).

    Website
  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

    Website
  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

    Website
  • Jr Dev Meetup

    Join us at our monthly meetup for junior developers! We alternate monthly between Happy Hours (at White Owl Social) and Speakers (hosted at Vacasa). For more details about upcoming and past gatherings, check out http://www.meetup.com/Portland-JR-DEVELOPER-Meetup/.

    Website
  • Founders Live PDX

    GRAYBOX

    75 FREE TICKETS through Friday, August 23rd. After that, admission is $10 which includes food and drink.

    Founders Live is an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the globe where up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd will vote on a winner who will not only receive an award, but recognition from the crowd and also the opportunity to talk more about their product or service. So bring your friends and coworkers, grab some food and drink, get to know your local entrepreneurs and vote for what you think will be the next big thing... built in Portland.

    Here's how it all goes down: https://www.zenergyfilms.com/portfolio-founders-live-promotional-video/

    Website
  • Rust Hack Night

    Join your comrade Rustaceans at the Portland Rust Hack Night!

    An evening of Rust hacking and unstructured discussion at Mozilla's Portland office. All welcome, from beginners to experts.

    Among other things, we'll have a show of hands for people looking for help on Rust projects, and people interested in volunteering on a project, to see if we can't pair some folks up. If you've got a project, now's the time to get it into shape for collaboration!

    There will be food! Let us know beforehand if you have any dietary restrictions.

    Website
  • Write the Docs September 2019: Lean Coffee

    Jama Software

    Hello Portland (Oregon)-area documentarians! For September, we're going to have a Lean Coffee meetup (9/18 at Jama Software). Based on http://agilecoffee.com/leancoffee/, we'll leave the discussion up to you. As noted on the site, “Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.”

    New to Lean Coffee? It's a great way to have real, focused dialogue and we often discuss matters of docs, agile, lean, and such - but anything goes.

    Website
  • Sip and Slack

    Botanist

    Time for friends, food and drinks as we remain cautiously optimistic that we'll get an extended summer and the rain will hold off...

    Look for the tall brunette wearing glasses that blink. I might also be wearing my Minnie Mouse ears, depending on how I am feeling that day...

    Website
  • AgilePDX User Group - Portland Metro - An Agile Framework for Product Development Agencies: Agility Design for Hardware

    Puppet

    Join us as we explore a framework for iterative hardware-based product development. Kris Dobelstein will share insights into leveraging an Agile mindset, methodologies, and tools to envision product goals, clarify assumptions, uncover risk, align teams, and prioritize development resulting in timely, highly relevant products.

    Agile practices aren't new, they're just rarely used effectively outside of software development. We'll give historical and practical examples, mostly from aviation, to illustrate some time-worn strategies for implementing Agile practices in hardware development. Most notably, an Agile product development framework for hardware products needs to:

    1) Start slow to go fast 2) Delay key decisions as long as possible 3) Leverage 21st-century prototyping tools 4) Value high-bandwidth collaboration between teams, customers, and vendors over specifications, requirements, and contracts

    Kris will provide an overview of a typical development cycle, highlighting how to get started with vision boarding, the product narrative, and development pre-mortem.

    Then we will take a look at how to get the development ball rolling and maintain momentum in opportunity-rich environments using provisional architectures, various value lenses, customer feedback, and the all-important retrospective.

    Come learn how hardware development offers unique opportunities to practice agility!

    Take-aways - "Agile" product development isn't just 20 years old. In fact, highly collaborative, iterative development has been around for 80+ years. - Agile isn't about choosing a particular framework, it's about your mindset. - When you're making hardware, iterative approaches need to take the steps of designing and making tangibles into account. - Strategic communication tools help teams think about how to get started and align around a common vision so that they can learn to share iterations across disciplines. - Practical approaches for keeping hardware development modular and iterative.

    About the Presenter

    Kris Dobelstein has led hardware product development efforts using a variety of methodologies and techniques over the last decade. He has experimented with traditional and Agile project management methodologies and is constantly (and enthusiastically) looking for ways to evolve project management to optimize for creating products that customers love while keeping development efforts sustainable and enjoyable. He is a Pacific Northwest native and lives, works, and plays in Portland, Oregon with his family.

    Notice: This meeting may be recorded.

    Events are made possible by the AgilePDX community and our sponsors, including platinum sponsor ProFocus Technology (https://www.profocustechnology.com/). Learn more about our sponsors at https://agilepdx.org/sponsorship.

    Additional Information:

    Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes, Puppet is ADA accessible. Please knock to have the security guard help with doors.

    Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: We are still checking on this.

    Q: Will there be food and drinks at this event? A: Pizza is sponsored by PNSQC, and soda is courtesy of Puppet.

    Q: What is the easiest way to get to the venue? A: Street parking downtown is limited, but there are parking garages in walking distance. For public transportation options, please visit https://trimet.org/ to plan your trip to Puppet at 308 SW 2nd Avenue in Downtown Portland.

    Q: How do I enter the building? A: Enter the building on 2nd Avenue, and knock for security guard to open the doors. Take the elevator to the 5th floor to access Puppet's event space.

    Website
  • PDX Exploit Workshop

    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 or OPSEC? Do none of the above questions make any sense, but you're interested in computer security?

    PDX Exploit Workshop is the longest running security meetup in Portland (10 years!). It's an open, self driven event for people interested in computer security. Whether you're a novice or career professional, all are welcome. It's always a good time to learn about security!

    We spend this dedicated time each week researching and exploring topics of software and hardware security as well as working on personal and group projects. Occasionally we have presentations on our findings. Bring a willingness to learn, a curiosity about security, and/or a specific area of interest to share with others.

    This group meets in the PDX Hackerspace mainspace which has comfy seating, deluxe wifi (thanks Kyle!), Club Mate soda in the snack shack, and hackable LED displays to play around with.

    p.s. This event is open to everyone! No ^H membership is required to attend. All are welcome. That means you!

  • Thursday
    Sep 19 2019
    @DAMAPDX Sept. Chapter Meeting, Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing – (Some) Theory & Applications

    Presented by Joachim Rahmfeld, Ph.D Lecturer at UC Berkeley

    Today’s vast volumes of language-based, unstructured, electronic data found in various form factors such as blogs, email, social media, or web sites, promises competitive advantages for those who can extract business-relevant information most effectively and efficiently. Natural Language Processing (NLP) holds the key in leveraging this type of data in order to answer and respond to important questions such as, “What is the perception of my company in the Twittersphere?”, “Are these reviews largely positive or negative?”, “What is the translation of this in Spanish?”, “This document has the answer to my question somewhere… but where?”, “Are these products similar?”

    Particularly over the last five years, revolutionary advances in NLP-related Deep Learning algorithms combined with dramatically increased compute resources have created unprecedented opportunities to not only answer natural language questions with greater accuracy and speed, but often also while requiring significantly less training data.

    In this session, we will provide an overview of these advances and how you can make use of them. A particular focus will be transfer learning where large, pretrained models, such as Google’s BERT model, can be leveraged for a broad set of NLP use cases delivering excellent results, and enabling you to answer questions that were not possible to answer just a few years ago.

    So this is a great time to learn about recent NLP developments and go through explicit examples.

    About the Speaker

    Joachim started his career in theoretical physics before leaving academia and joining the IT industry. For over a decade, he held various leadership positions in professional services, business development and sales at Sun Microsystems, VMware, and Hitachi Data Systems. In 2015, Joachim returned to his quantitative roots and obtained a Master of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley. Most recently, Joachim managed a Data Science research team at Edison Software. He currently lectures at UC Berkeley on Natural Language Processing with Deep learning and is working on various NLP projects.

    When

    Sept 19th, 2019 (Chapter meetings held on third Thursday of the month)

    Schedule

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

    Standard Insurance Tower Atrium (900 SW 5th, please note Standard Ins. has multiple downtown locations)

    Cost

    Free for members (including ALL employees of corporate members) $15 for non-members $5 for students with valid student ID

    Standard Insurance Center, 900 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA

    Website
  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

    Website
  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

    Website
  • Open House for Potential Students Interested in Becoming a Software Developer

    Alchemy Code Lab

    Interested in becoming a software developer and learning to code?

    If so, we invite you to join us any Thursday at 12:30PM to learn more about our program, meet our staff and see our program in action. We offer the most in depth, professional software development program in town and graduates go on to secure roles at a median salary of $75k, and an average of $82k. Everything we teach is done in person by senior software engineers, and every student gets personalized career coaching. We strongly embrace diversity and inclusion, and we are the only Portland only school.

    ABOUT ALCHEMY CODE LAB: - Learn from industry professionals. Experience the real world practice of software development in an immersive, in-person, work environment. Your instructors are senior-level developers who share their knowledge and practices to enter the field at an advanced level. - Be supported as an individual by teaching assistants and career coaching. A low instructional staff to student ratio of 6 to 1 means you have access to the guidance and help you need to successfully complete our rigorous training. Get prepared and ready to network and connect with the companies that interest you and need your technical skills and experiences. - Get more out of your code school. Go beyond online and video-based programs to launch your career at an accelerated level. With an average starting salary of $75k, our graduates earn 25%-50% more than other schools. - Develop Apps in AppLab. Alchemy helps Portland entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life by developing Apps for them. Graduates get paid to create them and add real project experience to their resume.

    Call 503.445.4575 or email [email protected] with any questions!

    Visit our blog to learn more about our program and where our graduates go to work: https://www.alchemycodelab.com/blog Visit Course Report for reviews: https://www.coursereport.com/schools/alchemy-code-lab Visit SwitchUp for reviews: https://www.switchup.org/bootcamps/alchemy-code-lab

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  • September Camp Optimization Meet-up - What the Hell is a Design Sprint?

    Assembly Lounge Bar

    What the hell is a Design Sprint?

    We live in the age of frameworks and methodologies. Everyone tells you they know the best way to solve problems. They say you should be more Lean or Agile. They tell you all about how they used Design Thinking on Design Thinking. You read all the books, all the articles, but still receive no tactical methods to walk away with.

    Silas Sao, Design Director at moovel North America, would like to change that by spending the evening walking through the Design Sprint principles and process. He will demonstrate a tactical method you can use to solve problems or make decisions, and you'll walk away with a better understanding of the most up-to-date Design Sprint process. He will even set you up with a tool you can use right away on your next project or with your next client.

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  • PDXWIT Presents: Mentorship Training and Recruitment Event

    Smarsh

    Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-presents-mentorship-training-and-recruitment-event-tickets-65961597915] is required to gain entry to this event

    Interested in joining our mentorship program? Then join us at the PDXWIT Mentorship Program Orientation hosted by Smarsh!

    Hazel Valdez, Events and Mentorship Coordinator at PDXWIT, will provide an overview of the PDXWIT Mentorship Program and share the various ways folks can engage, from one-time mentor coaching encounters to long term mentor/mentee relationships. Tanya Webb, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Puppet will also introduce the “On the Spot” Mentorship Tool for when you need quick advice on your resume or to practice your interviewing skills. We will then have breakout sessions for mentors and mentees so participants can get the most out of the program once they are matched.

    Whether you're already part of the program, interested in becoming a mentor or need one, join us to learn more! This event is required in order for you to join the program.

    Agenda:

    5:30 pm - Doors open / networking

    5:45 pm - Introductions

    6:00 pm - Program Overview

    6:30 pm - Breakout training session for Mentors and Mentees

    7:15 pm - Networking

    7:30 pm - Event Ends

    Event FAQ

    Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Is the space ADA accessible?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Will there be food and drink at this event?

    A: Yes, and we will label vegan & gluten-free.

    Q: What is the parking situation?

    A: YES—however, it is not free. The on-site parking is in Pacific Center Garage, which is located in the basement floors of our building, The entrance ramp is on SW Taylor, right-hand side of the street, between SW 6th & Broadway.

    Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance?

    A: Before 6:00pm, both Pacific Center entrances are available (SW 6th Avenue or Broadway).

    After 6:00pm, for attendees who do not using the parking garage, Pacific Center access is through the main SW 6th Avenue building entrance. The building is locked to visitors after 6:00pm.

    For attendees who are using the Pacific Center parking garage (this applies to cyclists who will lock their bikes in the garage, too). The parking garage is located on B1 and B2. From B1/B2, you will be able to access only the 1st Floor (this is the street level / lobby floor of Pacific Center). Take the elevator to the 1st floor, and exit to the elevator lobby. From there, a PDXWIT volunteer and Smarsh employee will be stationed in the elevator lobby to provide elevator badge access to the to the 8th floor.

    For all attendees exiting the event, elevators will take attendees from the 8th floor to the 1st floor (street-level, lobby exit) or to B1/B2 (basement, parking garage exit) without requiring an access badge.

    Q: Is there secured bike parking?

    A: Yes, there is bike parking in Pacific Center Garage, at the base of the ramp. It is free and secured, but not within Smarsh premises.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

    A: Yes—Smarsh is located on SW 6th Avenue, which is a transit mall street, and most MAX lines have a stop within a 2 block walk.

    Q: Can I bring my dog?

    A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home.

    Purpose:

    PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

    Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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  • Manual Security is Dead: How to Build an Automated Security Fabric in the Cloud w/ North American DevOps Group

    Please RSVP on Eventbrite, this event has limited capacity.

    NADOG Presents - "DevOps & Hops"

    Guest Speaker - Craig Schippers, Trend Micro

    Talk: "Manual Security is Dead: How to Build an Automated Security Fabric in the Cloud" (abstract below)

    Agenda:

    6:00PM-6:30PM - Arrivals, networking, drinks & food

    6:30PM-7:00PM - Guest speaker

    7:00PM-7:30PM - Q&A/Group discussion

    7:30PM-8:00PM - Networking/socializing & more drinks and food

    ABSTRACT:

    Learn why manual security is dead and why the only effective security practice is an automated one.

    • Build a strong foundation for workload security in the Cloud

    • Create a real-time data flow for incident response and a parallel stream of evidence for follow-up analysis

    • Evaluate and leverage 3rd party controls to ensure optimal workload productivity”

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  • Latinx Business Founders to Watch Right Now | Panel

    The Riveter

    The Riveter presents a panel discussion with Latinx founders on how they built their businesses. Our goal is to provide a platform for local, diverse entrepreneurs to have real conversations about what it takes to grow a business, when to know you have an idea worth "betting everything on" and how to overcome the toughest challenges you’ll face. Join us to hear their stories, learn how they navigate challenges and bias, and celebrate their triumphs, large and small.

    [Moderator] - Janet Rodriguez

    [Panelists] Leo Ochoa, Founder and CEO of Dorsum Tech

    Sylvia Salazar is a Colombian immigrant who founded Tono Latino, a progressive platform to educate latinos in the US about important political information and encourage them to become more politically involved and vote!

    Nyah Zarate, Ph.D. Continuous Solutions LLC is a R&D technology company that focuses on energy efficiency and power systems. We focus our efforts at the intersection of government, industry and academia.

    About The Riveter The Riveter is a co-working space and community platform built by women for everyone. As we celebrate LatinX heritage month with a powerful programming series that amplifies LatinX voices with an intersectional lens, we center and recognize the rich history and legacy of the community. We commit to continuing to use our platform to advance equity alongside our LatinX communities. Our event is open to everyone whether you identify within the LatinX community or not. We encourage you to invite your friends, family, and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow their businesses.

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  • CTRL-H Open House

    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. Jon and Melinda are available during this time to give guided tours, answer questions and show you all that the hackerspace has to offer.

    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 laptop, projects, inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and hack with friends.

  • Friday
    Sep 20 2019
    Mapping Service Ecosystems

    Ecosystem Mapping is powerful tool for aligning on strategy and identifying actionable paths forward the business. About this Event Included in your ticket price:

    Morning snacks, coffee, tea Lunch Fees Workshop Abstract

    Want to take your stakeholder workshop facilitation skills to the next level? Learn the basics of service ecosystem mapping and how it applies to identifying and solving system-level problems.

    While the increased popularity of service blueprints and customer journey maps is an encouraging sign for the proliferation of service design into the mainstream experience design toolbox, the fact remains that by themselves, they aren’t always ideal methods when dealing with senior business stakeholders in the context of overall business discovery and strategy. The theory behind systems thinking and an approach to visualize the service ecosystem at a high level should be part of the toolkit of every design strategist.

    Learning the basics of facilitating ecosystem mapping exercises goes a long way towards being able to identify the role and influence a company has in its ecosystem, and pinpoint which key parts of that ecosystem should be given strategic priority (and consequently be journey mapped/blueprinted in detail if those journeys are deemed critical). Understanding an organization’s ecosystem is not (just) about visualizing and diagramming it. Being able to identify and apply the right lenses to craft a visual representation that tells a compelling story can become a key sense-making tool in your strategic arsenal.

    What topics will be covered?

    Core concepts of systems thinking and how it differs from our traditional ways of representing and understanding complexity. Framing, boundary setting, and its importance in identifying the scope of an ecosystem. The most common types of ecosystems and a methodology for ecosystems mapping. What exercises will be done?

    Throughout the workshop, a combination of presentation, discussion, and individual and group hands on work will be used to tackle an ecosystem of your choice. Participants will work in groups (4-6 per table) towards conceptualizing a service ecosystem map.

    Any requirements for attending?

    The material is best suited for intermediate to senior researchers & designers, product managers, and business leadership looking to add new techniques derived from systems thinking to their method toolbox. The workshop assumes some prior exposure to visual design thinking and a basic understanding of classic service design methods, though neither of those is a prerequisite.

    Workshop Outline (excluding individual and group exercises):

    Part I: Theory

    1. A cautionary tale

    2. Systems and systems thinking

    3. Systems thinking and design ethics

    4. What is an ecosystem?

    5. Reviewing four UX-related ecosystem types

    5.1 Platform ecosystems

    5.2 Device ecosystems

    5.3 Content ecosystems

    5.4 Service ecosystems

    Part II: Practice

    1. Mapping UX ecosystems

    6.1 Identifying primary and secondary ecosystem actors

    6.2 Drawing rich pictures of the ecosystem

    6.3 Grouping primary service clusters

    6.4 Expanding and diagraming the ecosystem

    6.5 Identifying and applying ecosystem lenses

    1. Further reading

    2. Conclusions / Questions / Discussion

    Instructor Bio

    Cornelius Rachieru is the Founder and Managing Partner of Canadian UX consultancy Ampli2de Inc., where he explores his fascination with the politics of design while leading enterprise-scale experience and service design projects. Over the past 15 years, he has managed a number of large UX teams as UX practice leader at Deloitte Canada and Shaw Communications, He has consulted in a wide range of industries, from technology to financial services, healthcare, enterprise risk management, autonomous transportation and law.

    Cornelius is also the Founder, Co-chair and Creative Director of the popular CanUX conference, Canada’s largest and longest running annual UX event. A self proclaimed night owl (he is originally from Transylvania), he loves red eye flights and is a nomad at heart.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/corneliux/

    twitter.com/corneliux

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  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

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  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

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  • Anatomy of a Computer -- Great for kids!

    Free Geek

    This workshop is an introduction to computer hardware. Students will identify basic components of a desktop and laptop computer, learn what role each part plays, and identify where those parts go inside the computer. Students learn what makes a computer “a computer” and a basic framework for computer safety and troubleshooting.

    No prior knowledge is necessary.

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  • Saturday
    Sep 21 2019
    Improve Your Storytelling with B-Roll on YouTube

    Do you want to improve your storytelling with engaging content?

    Prior to Youtube, smartphones, and video editing software, we've been limited to creating dull and boring slideshows. Now that everyone has access to these tools, we can create engaging storytelling content that inspires our audience to action.

    In this session, I'll share how to create amazing b-roll footage to add you our story. I'll share ideas on how to create openers, capture a journey, inspire action, and leave with a memorable outro.

    Here's an example B-Roll challenge from one of my favorite YouTubers Peter McKinnon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xra1qIQHscI

    Be inspired! Knowledge Mavens

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  • Digital Privacy Primer

    Free Geek

    Join us for an important online safety workshop. Learn how digital privacy works (or doesn't!) and learn how to get started with password managers, encrypted communication, email and mobile privacy tools, and more. We all need this information. Everyone is welcome. Come learn with Free Geek!

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  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

    Website
  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

    Website
  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

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  • Monday
    Sep 23 2019
    PDX Shopify Meetup - Develop a Brand Story to Maximize Conversions

    Ever wonder why companies such as TOMS, Everlane and Cliff Bar are so successful? These brands have created a core brand story that is consistently supported throughout all of their communications be it on their website, email, social media, and more. By developing a brand story you can build a community of customers who resonate strongly with your brand message in order to maximize conversions.

    Join us as Charlotte Chipperfield, Founder and Chief Storyteller of Chipperfield Media (https://chipperfieldmedia.com), walks us through how to develop our own brand story that resonates with our customers.

    Falling in love with stories from a young age, Charlotte Chipperfield gravitated towards a career in marketing where brand stories can come alive. Having worked for both start-ups and national brands, Charlotte gained an in-depth understanding of digital marketing and especially fell in love with social media, a tool that allows any brand to connect with customers at any given moment of the day. In 2014, Charlotte founded Chipperfield Media and is a regular contributor to online marketing publications, having built a reputation as an expert thought leader and speaker in the digital marketing space.

    Agenda 6:00pm - Arrival and networking 6:30pm - Presentation 7:15pm - Q&A 8:00pm - Event ends

    FAQ Q: What’s the parking situation? A: Street parking is available around the neighborhood. DO NOT park on Division between 4-6pm as this is a no parking zone and parking is enforced. There are also nearby paid parking lots nearby: one behind the building and another on 10th north of Division.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes! Ford Food & Drink is near many buses including 2 and 70, 9, 17, and 19 are also nearby as well as the Clinton/SE 12th Orange Line Max stop.

    Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: There will be some food and drink sponsored by CartHook (https://carthook.com). You will also be able to purchase food & drinks at the counter. Happy Hour at Ford Food & Drink is from 3-6pm. Feel free to come early to take advantage of their deals and enjoy their ambiance.

    Q: Is there a Code of Conduct? A: Yes! If you are attending, organizing or speaking at our event, you are required to agree with our Code of Conduct (https://www.ilanadavis.com/pdx-shopify-meetup-code-of-conduct)

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  • Portland UX Happy Hour - September

    Join us for another night of meeting new friends and chill design conversations over food and drinks. Your hosts are Rachel Glaves and Leo LaCroix, both local UX designers. Welcome! We hope you swing by and say hi.

    Venue note: for summer we're meeting at the food cart pod at 11th and SE Madison. We'll be in the west area of the pod with the covered picnic tables, behind most of the food trucks. The pod has a beer cart and many food options - come enjoy dinner with us!

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  • Open Source Peer Mentoring (Monday Python, for Python JavaScript, Django, React and all open source)

    PDX Code Guild

    We normally have 12- 24 attendees - some people register on Meetup, others show up every week or see the event on Calagator. All are welcome. Pizza and beverages are served. Parking is free!

    Bring your laptop. Learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. This group focuses on Python, Django, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL, CSS and HTML. Other languages are welcome.

    This week we will do introductions at 6:20 then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

    Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

    This event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programming, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

    Free parking! Save this number in case you need help finding us: (541) 602-6215 We are at 2828 SW Corbett Ave #208, inside the Portland State Business Accelerator, and near the International School.

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 24 2019
    Intro to Shell Scripting

    Free Geek

    Control your computer, make your own programs, and make timed actions for your programs by learning to shell script. Command line knowledge required.

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  • Women Who Code Portland - Design Study Night: Designing Augmented Reality Experiences with Torch

    🎨 Designing Augmented Reality Experiences with Torch

    The field of AR/VR/XR is growing rapidly, and Kami Karras will help you dip your toes in. Kami will share her spatial design process and examples of augmented reality (AR) projects built with the free Torch iOS app (https://www.torch.app/download). Be sure to bring an ARKit-available device (iPhone 6S and later, iPad 2017 and later) if you would like to follow along with Kami as she live-builds an AR experience.

    ⏰ Agenda

    5:30-5:45 - Check-in + Grab food 5:45-6:00 - Welcome from WWCode Portland + Moovel 6:00-7:00 - Designing in Augmented Reality with Torch 7:00-7:30 - Closing Remarks

    👩🏽 About our Speaker

    Trained as both designer and engineer, it's not very surprising Kami Karras landed in between those worlds and found herself working in AR. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Portland's Pacific Northwest College of Art, Kami pursued her love of code at Hackbright Academy, an engineering school for women in the Bay Area. She now works at Torch (https://www.torch.app/) building AR experiences and educating others on how to build these experiences. Kami strives to inspire the world with the potential of AR and encourages everyone to play with the emerging technology while it's still young.

    👩🏽‍💻 About Women Who Code

    We are a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Our events offer study groups, technical workshops, hackathons, networking events, panel discussions, lightning talks, and social events featuring influential tech industry experts, innovators, and investors. We help you build the skills you need to raise your professional profile and achieve greater career success. Current and aspiring coders are welcome. Join our Slack community here: https://bit.ly/wwcpdx-slack

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  • Donut.js September 2019

    Alchemy Code Lab

    Donut.js is a monthly meet-up in Portland, OR with a handful of wonderful talks on tech, creativity, community, and the places they come together.

    Schedule

    • 6:00 — Arrive, socialize, eat tasty donuts and snacks!
    • 6:30 — Opening Remarks
    • 6:45 — Alex Ramirez de Cruz — Dynamic Collaboration: Tips and Tools for Coding Collaboratively
    • 7:00 — 5-minute break
    • 7:05 — Michael Poley — Creating an SMS Text Adventure
    • 7:20 — 5-minute break
    • 7:25 — Daniel Sauble — Using OSS Safely and Securely
    • 7:40 — 5-minute break
    • 7:45 — Kara Sowles — Archaeology of a Burnout: Why I Spent My Summer in a Hole
    • 8:00 — Meet people and eat more donuts!

    Details

    • $10 or $0 in advance at https://donutjs.club/ or at the door. We take cards.
    • Nametags and pronoun stickers will be available at check-in.
    • Donut.js logo stickers and enamel pins also available at check-in.
    • All talks are live-captioned by Mirabai Knight of Steno Knight.
    • Two all-gender, stall-only restrooms are available.
    • Event is on the second floor. Elevator is available.
    • 3.5′-wide physical access lanes will be taped on the floor throughout the venue.
    • We'll have donuts! We have donuts for omnivores from Delicious Donuts and combination gluten-free-vegan donuts from Back to Eden Bakery.
    • A few other snacks (pretzels, vegan+gluten-free chips) will be available.
    • LaCroix soda and water will be available.
    • We have a Code of Conduct and require that all staff, speakers, attendees, and venue staff abide by it: https://donutjs.club/conduct/
    • A hard copy of our Code of Conduct will be posted at the check-in, by the refreshments, and in each of the bathrooms.

    Our Nonprofit Beneficiary

    Our proceeds each quarter go to a local non-profit. In August we are raising money for we are raising money for Proud Ground, whose mission is to create permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers.

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  • Wednesday
    Sep 25 2019
    Bridge City Entrepreneurs | The Purpose-Driven Business Movement

    Hatch Lab PDX,

    Join us for this month's networking event and panel discussion presentation on "The Purpose-Driven Portland Business Movement" with representatives from B-Local PDX, Benefit Corporations for Good, Conscious Capitalism, and Mighty Epiphyte We ask for $10 at the door or online (free for HatchLab members), all profits will be donated to SOLVE for this evening.

    At Bridge City Entrepreneurs, we explore topics and learn insights from each other to help our businesses thrive. We begin with a speed networking exercise allowing everyone to shake hands and get to know one another's businesses. Then attendees get the chance to hear from a presenting speaker who will share their business expertise. The group will be encouraged to ask questions, voice their challenges and participate in helpful discussions.

    This month's topic will be "The Purpose-Driven Portland Business Movement". We will spend a majority portion of the event with an engaging panel discussion between some local organizations that are making a big impact on the socially conscious business world through community outreach and certification programs, B Local PDX, Conscious Capitalism, Mighty Epiphyte, and Benefit Corporations for Good. This discussion will be led by Amy Powell with Business on Purpose and will cover a range of topics on strides being made to help our city and our world through ethical business practices.

    This meeting in intended for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to connect with other local businesses. We're confident that everyone will find value and enjoy building community. Learn more about Bridge City Entrepreneurs on our website or get involved in our Facebook Group today please note Portions of this event will be filmed. If you do not wish to appear on camera, please let us know.

    A note about arriving Please make sure that you're parked in an appropriate zone. We will ask that everyone will check in with us at the front.

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  • Journey to Project Management: How did I get there?

    Not only is Ric Ferrin a dynamic speaker and U.S. Navy Veteran | Chief Warrant Officer, Ric holds an MBA and is certified in PMP and ITIL v3. As the Vice President, Programs, Project Management Institute (PMI) Portland, Ric will share with us how he landed in Project Management and ITSM in the Aerospace industry.

    Seating is limited to please don't forget to RSVP.

    Bring your resume! NEXTAFF will be there to meet job seekers and share current job openings. NEXTAFF helps companies identify, evaluate & acquire quality talent using their X-FACTOR process.

    Whether you are looking to advance your career or are new to Project Management or IT, you will learn about opportunities within IT and Project Management that are essential in providing the skills and solutions that today’s employers desire.

    Small bites and beverages provided.

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  • PDX Exploit Workshop

    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 or OPSEC? Do none of the above questions make any sense, but you're interested in computer security?

    PDX Exploit Workshop is the longest running security meetup in Portland (10 years!). It's an open, self driven event for people interested in computer security. Whether you're a novice or career professional, all are welcome. It's always a good time to learn about security!

    We spend this dedicated time each week researching and exploring topics of software and hardware security as well as working on personal and group projects. Occasionally we have presentations on our findings. Bring a willingness to learn, a curiosity about security, and/or a specific area of interest to share with others.

    This group meets in the PDX Hackerspace mainspace which has comfy seating, deluxe wifi (thanks Kyle!), Club Mate soda in the snack shack, and hackable LED displays to play around with.

    p.s. This event is open to everyone! No ^H membership is required to attend. All are welcome. That means you!

  • Thursday
    Sep 26 2019
    Lunch & Learn - Setting Up Your Books & the Importance of Financial Statements

    How to set up your books, and the importance of quality financial statements.

    As a small business owner, the failure to properly set up your accounting records, and produce quality financial statements may affect your company's future. This Lunch & Learn will cover the basics of setting up quality financial records, and the importance of accurate financial statements.

    Small business owners are often unsure of what the future will hold for their business, and quality, accurate financial statements and records will help make sure your business is appropriately positioned when you need to present your company to banks and potential investors.

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  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

    Website
  • One-on-One Community Tech Appointment

    Free Geek

    Have a Computer Question? Book today for one-on-one tech help! Learn valuable computer skills, find answers to your questions, and get technical advice through an appointment with a Free Geek volunteer mentor. This is a free, volunteer-powered service. When registering, you must sign a release to participate.

    Details and What to Bring: Please bring your device (laptop and power cord, or desktop tower only) and request an Equipment Pass when you arrive. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

    What Can I Get Help With?

    Using your Linux computer Running updates Installing software LibreOffice help Accessing and using the internet Troubleshoot a computer problem Start using privacy and safety tools like a password manager or VPN And more!

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  • Open House for Potential Students Interested in Becoming a Software Developer

    Alchemy Code Lab

    Interested in becoming a software developer and learning to code?

    If so, we invite you to join us any Thursday at 12:30PM to learn more about our program, meet our staff and see our program in action. We offer the most in depth, professional software development program in town and graduates go on to secure roles at a median salary of $75k, and an average of $82k. Everything we teach is done in person by senior software engineers, and every student gets personalized career coaching. We strongly embrace diversity and inclusion, and we are the only Portland only school.

    ABOUT ALCHEMY CODE LAB: - Learn from industry professionals. Experience the real world practice of software development in an immersive, in-person, work environment. Your instructors are senior-level developers who share their knowledge and practices to enter the field at an advanced level. - Be supported as an individual by teaching assistants and career coaching. A low instructional staff to student ratio of 6 to 1 means you have access to the guidance and help you need to successfully complete our rigorous training. Get prepared and ready to network and connect with the companies that interest you and need your technical skills and experiences. - Get more out of your code school. Go beyond online and video-based programs to launch your career at an accelerated level. With an average starting salary of $75k, our graduates earn 25%-50% more than other schools. - Develop Apps in AppLab. Alchemy helps Portland entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life by developing Apps for them. Graduates get paid to create them and add real project experience to their resume.

    Call 503.445.4575 or email [email protected] with any questions!

    Visit our blog to learn more about our program and where our graduates go to work: https://www.alchemycodelab.com/blog Visit Course Report for reviews: https://www.coursereport.com/schools/alchemy-code-lab Visit SwitchUp for reviews: https://www.switchup.org/bootcamps/alchemy-code-lab

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  • Emerging Best Practices and Case Studies On Efficient Operations

    Energy 350

    The grand finale of 2019’s Efficient Yields session sponsored by Energy Trust will feature award winning cultivators as well as national experts who have contributed to RII’s peer-reviewed cultivation guides on efficient HVAC and lighting techniques. Get a sneak peak on Best Practices Guides before they’re released at MJBizCon this December in Las Vegas.

    Free: Food & beverage provided (21+). Please register for us to accommodate seating and food/beverage.

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  • XR Foundations for Business

    Presented by The Wild and Torch, in partnership with 52 Limited.

    Extended reality (XR), the spectrum of immersive content including AR, MR, and VR, is revolutionizing workflows and changing how business gets done. XR tools, experiences, and solutions are already transforming nearly every industry—from architecture to healthcare to entertainment. If you’re not using this technology, your competitor soon will, so it’s important to understand this new tech landscape and how it relates to your business and your bottom line.

    XR Foundations for Business is for professionals who want to learn more about XR, how it’s used in a professional context both internally and externally, and how to get started using these new technologies.

    Join leaders from Torch and The Wild for an interactive workshop that gives you a clear understanding of how XR may impact your work while gathering some tools to help you craft your own immersive XR strategy.

    Save $20 with early bird prices!

    Check out the event site for full details.

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  • #FullStackPDX : September : Critique

    AltSource HQ

    Tickets can be purchased at Meetup.com

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  • BSD Pizza Night

    Blackbird Pizza

    A meeting of folks interested in BSD operating systems and related technologies to get together, eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

  • CTRL-H Open House

    Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. Jon and Melinda are available during this time to give guided tours, answer questions and show you all that the hackerspace has to offer.

    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 laptop, projects, inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and hack with friends.

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  • Friday
    Sep 27 2019
    2019 Cre8con - Portland Creative Conference

    Cre8con, the Portland Creative Conference, is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across all creative industries. Our 2019 Speakers have won major industry awards including Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Clio, and Eisner. Bring your team or just bring yourself–either way you won’t leave the same as you arrived. You’ll be inspired and motivated in new ways, viewing your world with a fresh perspective. We feature presentations from leading creatives who take you inside their creative process and talk about their projects, problems, influences and inspirations.

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  • Anatomy of a Computer -- Great for kids!

    Free Geek

    This workshop is an introduction to computer hardware. Students will identify basic components of a desktop and laptop computer, learn what role each part plays, and identify where those parts go inside the computer. Students learn what makes a computer “a computer” and a basic framework for computer safety and troubleshooting.

    No prior knowledge is necessary.

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  • AgilePDX Westside: Staying Strong in an Agile World

    Staying Strong in an Agile world

    As Agile champions we sometimes wrestle with the unknowable and get up close and personal with organizational dysfunction. It's a perpetual challenge.

    So how do you stay strong, calm and effective when your world is just a tad crazy? Join us for a conversation about what helps rejuvenate you when your Agile journey gets bumpy.

    Events are made possible by the AgilePDX community and our sponsors, including platinum sponsor ProFocus Technology (https://www.profocustechnology.com/). Learn more about our sponsors at https://agilepdx.org/sponsorship.

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  • Saturday
    Sep 28 2019
    Making a Movie

    Free Geek

    Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Are you interested in free, open source filmmaking software?

    Take a journey through the process of making a movie from the first stages of planning all the way through editing and adding in sound effects! This class gives you an overview of the various programs that will help you make your own movie and offers some quick tips using them.

    This class will provide you with video and audio samples to get hands-on practice with programs like Audacity for audio editing, Kdenlive for film editing, Fountain for screenwriting, and Storyboarder for storyboarding!

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