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  • Thursday
    Nov 20 2014
    Employment Packages – Creative Ways to Capture your Candidate | HR & Finance Event

    Over the past year, we’ve seen several local technology companies hire executives from major digital centers such as San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Seattle. Companies’ ability to woo out-of-state candidates reflects a flourishing tech market in Oregon where career opportunities are abundant.

    Typically, there are four elements at our disposal when trying to recruit a candidate: pay, perquisites, benefits, and culture. What are Oregon companies doing differently to attract candidates from all over the nation?

    On November 20, learn from a panel of heads of HR, CFOs, recruiters, and compensation and benefits experts on creative ways to capture your candidate.

    Panelists:

    David Knopping , Partner on Compensation Consulting, Radford

    Laura Stepp , Vice President of People and Culture, Puppet Labs

    Mike Temple , Chief Financial Officer, Urban Airship

    Moderator:

    Suzanne Hanifin, Principal, Acumen Executive Search

    Event Details:

    When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 Time: 7:30 – 9:00 AM | 7:30 AM networking and breakfast | 8:00 panel discussion Where: Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland, OR Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers

    Website
  • SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence and Reporting Training
    through
    SharePoint Innovations Headquarters

    This SharePoint 2013 training class provides individuals with practical information, exercises and labs that enable them to build reports, dashboards, KPIs, scorecards, charts, power view and power pivot on the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 platform using Dashboard Designer 2013, Excel 2013, Report Builder 3.0 and Visual Studio 2012.

    Website
  • ISSA Portland Chapter November 2014 Symposium - Advanced Malware

    Presentations: Beating Cybercriminals: Preventing Compromise in the Face of Advanced Attacks

    Cybercriminals combine social engineering techniques with ongoing application vulnerabilities to install advanced malware on both customer devices to compromise financial accounts and employee devices to compromise corporate networks. Advanced malware effectively bypasses authentication technologies and readily evades anti-virus applications. New endpoint solutions have emerged that have some merit, typically with a narrow focus on a single threat vector, but none have proven effective at stopping dynamic threats, and most of these approaches come with a very high operational cost. A new approach to cybercrime protection and preventing compromise is desperately needed.

    This presentation will provide an overview of: · The methods cybercriminals use to successfully install advanced malware on endpoint devices · The most recent fraud cybercrime developments and compromise techniques uncovered by Trusteer research · New approaches available to mitigate the increase risk from endpoint devices · Case studies of actual cybercrime prevention results · Demonstration of preventing different advanced attack scenarios

    Presented by Christopher Beier - Sr. Product Marketing Manager for IBM/Trusteer. Christopher brings impressive security DNA through his almost 20 years’ experience working for both Symantec, and McAfee. Christopher has deep knowledge and experience in the financial services and online banking security with 5 years as a technical product manager at Fiserv. He is also a 12 year US Navy veteran where he applied IT administration skills to the US submarine corp. Christopher presented on advanced malware issues at Black Hat USA 2014.

    Staying Ahead of the Malware Curve Over the last five years the threat curve for dealing with advanced attackers and malware has changed significantly. Keeping ahead of signature updates used to be the battleground, but the escalating arms race has moved on to staying ahead of whitelisting, reputational, and dynamic analysis capabilities—and the people we truly care about keeping out of networks are gaining traction once again. Worse still, these capabilities are moving down the threat curve at an accelerating pace, meaning anyone has the potential to acquire these capabilities. Many in our ranks have given up on keeping our adversaries out of our ranks and instead focused on rapid detection. Though no silver bullet exists in our toolbox, there are new solutions that flip the economics to our favor.

    This presentation will provide an overview of: · The methods cybercriminals use to successfully install advanced malware on endpoint devices · Insight into the evolution of malware attacks, focusing on the new techniques in use today · Discussion of cutting edge malware delivery platforms · Demonstration of commodity exploit kits (Blackhole) · Discussion around endpoint application isolation techniques · Demonstration of commodity exploit prevention leveraging non-persistent desktop browsing

    Presented by Darrin Mourer - Sr. Solution Architect with Invincea specializing in advanced threat prevention, detection, and forensics. He has been involved in the information security space for over 15 years in both information security officer and vendor roles. He has held various certifications including CISSP, CISA, SANS, and ITIL. Previous to Invincea, Darrin spent over 10 years in various sr. level security roles at Symantec.

    Panel Discussion – Key Advanced Malware Countermeasures

    Following the two presentations, ISSA Portland will provide lunch followed by a moderated panel discussion on key advanced malware countermeasures and practical implementation concepts. The panel will consist of:

    Christopher Beier - IBM Darrin Mourer – Invincea *Additional local Security Expert Panelists being confirmed

    Price:
    The chapter meeting is subsidized by chapter memberships and sponsors. There is a nominal fee of $10 (member) or $25 (non-member) for preregistered attendees. Walk in attendee’s are welcome but will be charged $30 cash at the door.

    If you wish to become a member, please visit http://portland.issa.org/join-issa-portland/

    CPEs: The chapter maintains proof of attendance for members but it is the member’s responsibility to ensure that these CPE's are credited to their respective accounts. This luncheon will offer 1 CPE per hour of attendance.

    Chapter Sponsors ISSA Portland would like to thank our program sponsors, who help make high quality programs like this possible.

    Gold Sponsor: IBM Silver Sponsor: Zscaler

    Website
  • Real Estate for Startups 101

    When most people imagine a tech startup’s office they probably conjure up glossy stereotypes: an open workspace, maybe in a converted warehouse, with modern design and amenities from beer on tap to a ping pong table.

    In reality, we know you’re running lean and working out of your garage or perhaps even a local tech incubator. But how do you make the giant leap into leasing your own new space?

    Local real estate experts Ajay Malhotra of CBRE, Kristin Hammond of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Peter Andrews of Melvin Mark have joined forces to help you navigate the murky waters of commercial real estate! Join us for Real Estate for Startups 101 on Thursday, November 20 from 4--6pm.

    You will:

    Learn about the current market, building types and locations

    Set realistic timelines for finding a new space

    Understand the true cost of a lease

    And more!

    We’ll allow plenty of time for discussion with the experts so you can find answers to all your questions about commercial real estate.

    The event is free and refreshments are provided, but please RSVP.

    Website
  • PDMA Learning and Networking Event: THE FUZZY FRONT END OF PRODUCT INNOVATION

    THE FUZZY FRONT END OF PRODUCT INNOVATION

    PDMA Learning and Networking Event

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    6:00 - 8:00pm

    Jon Marshall, President & Chief Innovateur, Innovation Frameworks

    The Fuzzy Front End (FFE) is the messy "getting started" period of new product development processes. It includes opportunity analysis, concept generation, and pre-technical evaluation. As important as they are, these activities are often chaotic, unpredictable, and unstructured. Jon will provide an overview of this challenging period and then describe 2-3 tools or techniques that you can apply to start to bring clarity and order to this critical but least understood phase of the product life cycle. We will provide time for Q&A and an interactive discussion with the audience.

    Jon is one of the area’s leading authorities on the FFE and innovation processes. For over 10 years Jon has been a fervent student and practitioner of many aspects of innovation, such as frameworks and models, creative and critical thinking, and metrics. His background in engineering and project management helps Jon merge innovation principles with the practical realities of developing products.

    The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. The Oregon chapter's mission is to help local professionals and organizations to identify, develop, and launch more innovative and profitable products and services through cross-industry collaboration, thought leadership, and the sharing of best practices and practical knowledge. For more information about the Oregon Chapter of the PDMA, please contact: David Nash, Chapter President, at president-oregon@pdma.org.

    We encourage everyone in Oregon who is interested in the Product Development and Management Association to become a member of the National PDMA. For a great explanation on the benefits of membership in the PDMA, click here

    Schedule:

    6:00 – 6:30pm: Gathering / Networking / Refreshments**

    6:30 – 6:45pm: Announcements (upcoming events, who’s hiring, etc.)

    6:45 – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion

    7:30 – 7:45pm: Q&A / Open discussion

    7:45 – 8:00pm: Networking

    Cost:

    $10 on-line registration prior to the event **

    $15 at the door

    A discount is available for PDMA members

    To register online, click the website above

    ** Note: This is a no-host event. The complete Lucky Lab food and drink menu is available. Grab a cold ale & bite to eat - and bring a friend or colleague to add to the discussion!

    Website
  • PDXPUG: October meeting

    Iovation

    See website for details.

    Website
  • UX Happy Hour

    Swift Lounge

    November means rotating over to the Northeast neighborhood and trying out Swift Lounge!

    To help figure out how much space we might need, you can optionally RSVP.


    UX Happy Hour is a monthly event open to anyone interested in talking about user experience design. There are no talks or presentations; it’s just a casual gathering of designers, researchers, developers, and more!

    Website
  • CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland

    Starve Ups Garage

    CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers & interns and to build strong, core founding teams.

    Get started networking now with a potential core team member by creating a free profile on CoFoundersLab.com.

    Agenda 6:00: Entrepreneur Check-In 6:15 - 6:30: Brief Intro from CoFoundersLab 6:30 - 7:15: Round Table Intros 7:15 – 8:30: General Networking 8:30: End of Matchup

    Food & Drink Provided $10 CoFoundersLab Pro Members - Attend this event for FREE!

    ***Before attending, please be sure to:

    • Create a free profile on CoFoundersLab.com https://www.cofounderslab.com/

    • Browse CoFoundersLab.com for other entrepreneurs by filtering in the Advanced Search under Community Affiliation > Events > CoFoundersLab Matchup - Portland

    • Download the free CoFoundersLab mobile app in the iTunes app store.

    • Share this event on your social channels to help get the word out. Your next core team member may be in your networks!

    Suggested tweet:

    I'm building my founding #startup team @CoFoundersLab Matchup #Portland Thurs 11/20 6:00PM @StarveUps Join me: http://ow.ly/E7umo

    This matchup is an official event of Global Entrepreneurship Week!

    Website
  • Ramen Thursday

    Shigezo

    Inspired by the legendary Ramen Tuesday dinner series in Silicon Valley, we're hosting a ramen-filled group dinner of our own, with a later-in-the-week Portland twist.

    Join us at Shigezo on Thursday, November 20 to share a delicious ramen dinner with 24 of your closest friends from the Portland startup scene.

    We've booked their tatami room and have an exclusive reservation from 6 to 8 PM.

    Everyone is welcome, and after we finish dinner, we'll head across the street to Startup Happy Hour @ Barlow.

    RSVP: http://meetu.ps/2DkZkv

    Website
  • Community Metrics and Measurement

    Puppet Labs

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


    Agenda for November:

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

    • 6:30 - 7:30 -- Discussion on metrics and measuring community growth and success (or failure). If you feel comfortable presenting to the group your experiences with this, we'd love to hear from you!

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

    Interested in giving a short talk or presentation on a topic related to community management? Email kara@puppetlabs.com. We meet most months and are always looking for speakers.

    We'll have non-alcoholic beverages and a few light snacks available.

    Website
  • PDX Weekly Hackathon

    Come do strange things with computers amongst others whilst drinking fine Portland beer. Look for the row of geeks with computers in the back of the main room.

    All programming languages welcome. Come work on your own projects, work on others participants' projects, get advice, have fun, etc.

    You're encouraged to bring a computer, but can team up with others that brought one too.

    Also, many people meet up at the pub during the same time as the hackathon to play boardgames they bring which you're welcomed to play.

    Website
  • Lock Picking Workshops

    Free Geek

    The local chapter of Toool hosts monthly workshops for lock picking on third-Thursdays, 7-9p at Free Geek.

    We supply beginners lessons, advice, picks, locks and calming words to the totally new. We also have challenge locks for the more experienced.

    This Google calendar lists all of our local events: http://goo.gl/En8Qq

    And we post reminders to this Google Group: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/toool-pdx

    Website
  • Secret Knowledge of Clear & Clever Marketing

    Taborspace

    Secret Knowledge of Clear & Clever Marketing

    Find those magic words, in a world where there are no magic words.

    Find words your customers understand.

    It seems simple enough; find the words your customers understand and they’ll buy what you’re selling. This workshop covers the process of identifying who your customers are, determining what they need to hear in order to take a particular action, and what your resulting message should be.

    In keeping with the spirit of other Secret Knowledge workshops, attendees are encouraged to bring their real-life marketing challenges to this workshop. We’ll use the principles covered to come up with simple, but effective, ways to work through your marketing challenges.

    Free / Suggested donation $5 - $15

    Let us know you're coming. Registration is free (and optional).

    Secret Knowledge - Teaching Artists

    Secret Knowledge helps independent artists develop the skills they need to grow their businesses and works to foster arts-engagement among local audiences.

    Website
  • Startup Happy Hour @ Barlow (Classy Cocktail Edition)

    Barlow

    Is Silicon Forest the new Madison Avenue? Find out at Startup Happy Hour, featuring a new twist — or if you prefer, an olive.

    You're invited to our Classy Cocktail Edition, taking place at Barlow, Portland's signature cocktail lounge.

    From 8 to 10 PM, enjoy an artisinal libation or two, shared in the exquisite company of the Portland Startup Scene.

    Dress to impress.

    Website

Tomorrow

  • Thursday
    Nov 20 2014
    SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence and Reporting Training
    through
    SharePoint Innovations Headquarters

    This SharePoint 2013 training class provides individuals with practical information, exercises and labs that enable them to build reports, dashboards, KPIs, scorecards, charts, power view and power pivot on the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 platform using Dashboard Designer 2013, Excel 2013, Report Builder 3.0 and Visual Studio 2012.

    Website
  • Friday
    Nov 21 2014
    Ruby Co-Working

    Breken Kitchen

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

    Website

Next two weeks

  • Monday
    Nov 24 2014
    Rentrak Hackathon

    Rentrak - Downtown

    The Rentrak Hackathon is a gathering of laptops and laughter. Classically, we all sit in a square and type words onto a keyboard that then get turned into a "computerized program". It's a good chance to work on your personal projects, learn what your peers are up to (computer-wise), figure out what the best programming language is, and/or say the words "I don't have anything to work on" or "I forgot my laptop". This event is very informal, and there is no specific project we'll be focusing our efforts on.

    Food and refreshments are served. RSVPing to ssw@rentrakmail.com is appreciated, but not required.

    Come check out Rentrak's new downtown office. Everyone is welcome to join us!

    Website
  • Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

    Website
  • Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

    Website
  • Secret Knowledge Exchange

    Taborspace

    This is Secret Knowledge's Un-Workshop. There's no topic, just a mission.

    It's about getting you the resources, skills, tips, creative advice, tech help, or buoying encouragement you need right now. Come, and get it.

    Getting the most out of Secret Knowledge Exchange

    It's an un-workshop. That means it doesn't have a topic. Participate by bringing requests or a topic suggestion for the group. Engage and help each other. If you have the answers someone needs, share.

    We guarantee to make it worth your time, each and every time.

    Some ideas

    We hope this example list will help you as you consider what requests to bring to the workshop. We're including it to inspire you, not limit your options.

    • Bring that pesky technical device, computer program, or other doodad that you're having trouble figuring out. Ask for help. (bring the manual if you have it)

    • Talk about the state of your career, what your goals are, and ask for advice on how to break out of a rut.

    • Bring something you're working on, ask for some feedback.

    Free / Suggested donation ($5 - $15)

    Let us know you're planning to attend. Registration is free (and optional).

    About Secret Knowledge

    Secret Knowledge helps independent artists develop the skills they need to grow their businesses and works to foster arts-engagement among local audiences.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Nov 25 2014
    GraphAcademy: Neo4j Fundamentals

    This course helps build a good knowledge of graph databases. It also teaches the core functionality of the Neo4j graph database. With a mixture of theory and hands-on practice sessions, you will quickly learn how easy it is to work with a powerful graph database using Cypher as the query language

    Website
  • 3D Printing Holiday Social

    ADX Portland

    Winter has arrived in Portland, and now is the time to stay in and keep warm next to your 3D printer's cozy heated bed.

    Come celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with fellow 3DP enthusiasts at a happy hour social sponsored by local 3D printing innovators ProtoPlant in conjunction with the Portland 3D Printing Meetup Group, Autodesk and MAKE magazine.

    Mix, mingle, and watch 3D printers in action. Food and beer provided. Win door prizes from MAKE, Matter Compilers, and ProtoPlant!

    YOU MUST RSVP for this free event, as we are limited in space to 150 people.

    RSVP here on our Meetup page.

    Website
  • Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting

    Mozilla

    Topic: TBD Speaker: Christie Koehler

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

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

    Website
  • Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations

    Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations Tues, Nov. 25th. 7:30pm, Anna Bananas, St Johns, 8716 N. Lombard, Portland, OR (back room): This month at MaptimeStJohns, we will be to continue programming web spatio-temporal visualizations, bring a computer if you have one. If you have not come before, that is alright because we will step through each visualization. I'll bring the js library files for leaflet and the various plugins we will be using. We will also practice creating a postgresql/postgis spatial database. If you don't have postgresql installed that's ok... I'll bring movies and then you can try it at home. Let's create some cool web map visualizations!

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Nov 26 2014
    SWePoCoNi (The West Side Strikes Back)

    Commodore Lounge

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

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

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

  • Monday
    Dec 1 2014
    Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Dec 2 2014
    Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting

    New Relic

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

    PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

    After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

    Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month!

    ARRIVING BY BIKE? Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 29th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 29th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

    ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

    Website
  • Monthly Maker Meetup

    CymaSpace

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

    We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We'll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors!

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

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

  • PADNUG - HELL FREEZES OVER .NET IS OPEN SOURCE AND RUNS EVERYWHERE ZOMG!

    Come out to our December Super Awesome Holiday Blowout Extravaganza! In case you have been hiding away from all sources of information, .NET is going open source! Much of the framework is going on GitHub and Microsoft is creating CLR for Mac and Linux.

    And, Visual Studio Community - functionally equivalent to Pro - is available for free to open source devs and students!!

    ...and what do you know? Scott Hanselman is ENTHUSED!

    Scott will share more about the direction that Microsoft is taking!
    >> http://hanselman.com/

    As a bonus, we'll have Rex St. John the IoT evangelist from Intel Mashery showing off (and giving away!) some of the Intel's Edison "computer on a SD Card" dev platform.
    >> http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/do-it-yourself/edison.html

    We will also be giving away *TWO* of the brand new Microsoft Bands! These are the hottest fitness devices *and* they connect to iPhone, Android, and WinPhone!
    >> http://microsoft.com/microsoft-band/

    You know we'll have Qdoba for food... and AfterWords will be sponsored!

    This may be our best gathering yet!

    6:00 p.m. Qdoba and Networking
    6:30 p.m. Business and Intro Presentation
    7:00 p.m. Scott Hanselman!
    ~8:30 p.m. AfterWords at Thirsty Lion SPONSORED!

    Website
  • Hack + Help

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

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

    Website
  • Science on Tap - Lasers and Landslides

    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!

    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:

    From flying machines to computers to lasers to lidar, technology has revolutionized the study of earth science. That’s good news for Oregon, where scientists at the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries are using lidar to learn more than ever before about the widespread geologic hazard of landslides.

    Engineering Geologist Bill Burns will talk about the destructive power of landslides, risks for Oregon’s people, places, property – even our beer – and how lidar is making a difference.


    *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

    Portland Bitcoin Group will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

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

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Dec 3 2014
    1 Million Cups - Portland

    Forge Portland

    1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs right here in Portland. Each week, the 1MC program offers local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.

    The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am at 5257 NW Mlk Blvd. Suite 201

    1 Million Cups is a program run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

    For additional updates, please follow us on Twitter @1MillionCupsPDX and connect with us on Facebook.

    Website
  • Decision Architecture: Building Robust Business and Technology Decisions -- Oregon Enterprise Architects

    Decision Architecture tackles the tough problem of aligning the best decision-making techniques to the problem at hand and the resources available. It helps structure information to build, vet and reuse critical decisions. It incorporates risk, uncertainty, and stakeholder concerns into business, application and technical decisions.

    Decision Architecture matches tried and true decision-support methods to each decision requirement. It extends these methods as needed with state-of-the-art analytical methods and makes the best use of modern team building best practices to enfranchise all stakeholders. It helps organizations build decision repositories so that decisions can be reused.

    If you answer yes to any one of the following questions, then this event is for you!

    Does your organization:

    • Revisit decisions that were declared final? • Make team decisions by edict or by the loudest voice? • Have little confidence in decisions based on uncertain information? • Not justify, record, or reuse decisions? • Have projects that are over budget and time with reduced performance?

    Guest Speaker:

    David Ullman , Decision Architect, EA Principals

    Event Details:

    When: Wednesday, December 3rd Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM Location: TBD Free to attend but registration is required

    Website
  • SWePoCoNi (The West Side Strikes Back)

    Commodore Lounge

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

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

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

  • Write The Docs PDX: An Introduction to DITA

    During our November Meetup on RESTful API documentation, we heard about one system where automated documentation is processed through DITA, the Darwin Information Type Architecture.

    For December, we will have a joint meetup with PDX DITA, our local DITA users group.

    For food, we'll try something different this time, a potluck. Jive Software will provide beverages. Bring what you think is appropriate for the season. You don't have to cook; I might bring something from Safeway.


    DITA is an XML-based model for single-source documentation.

    Imagine writing your documentation with XML tags such as the tags that surround this paragraph.

    Imagine a world where you don't have to fight with word processing software to get the output you want!

    For anyone who is used to WYSIWYG tools such as Microsoft Word, DITA is different. With DITA, you write content once and use it in multiple publications, without having to worry about formatting. You can output the same content to a variety of outputs, such as HTML, PDF, ePub, and many others. We’ll discuss these and the many other benefits of using DITA, as well as how to get started.

    If you want to read up before the meeting, here’s a good overview of DITA: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/524/what-is-dita-and-why-should-you-care

    Leona Campbell and Melanie Jennings of Jive Software will be our presenters. They’ll be sure to leave plenty of time for Q&A.

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  • Learning Erlang made me a better engineer and architect

    SnapFlow

    Nathan Aschbacher throws down on his favorite Erlang topic:

    Learning Erlang made me a better engineer and architect.

    Even if you don't think you have a use-case for Erlang, don't have an interest in functional programming, and find reading Prolog inspired syntax directly proportional to your increased consumption of Excedrin... according to Nathan Aschbacher (currently Chief Architect at Snapflow and previously Principal Consulting Architect at Basho) you should learn Erlang anyway.

    Nathan will be presenting on his path to Erlang and functional programming, his initial disdain, his later begrudging respect, and finally his eventual love and nostalgia for all things Erlang-y.

    Join us and share in the conversation.

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  • PDX Big Data Discussion Group

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

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

    This month's paper is Materialization Strategies in a Column-Oriented DBMS by Abadi 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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