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  • FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting

    Renewable Funding

    Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

    For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is: +1-510-350-3753, PIN 43905

    Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

  • 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.


    • Markus Roberts: "Thinking Outside the Framework"
    • Michael Kaiser-Nyman: "How to build an internship program"
    • Jason Clark: "Spelunking in Ruby"
    • Carter Rabasa: "Fun with WebRTC, Web Audio, Sinatra & Twilio"

    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!

  • NSBeer

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

    Have a beer and argue about Swift.

  • Write The Docs PDX: Keeping trust: Testing documentation as part of a continuous integration process

    Puppet Labs

    (Please arrive before 6:00 pm. The building managers lock the doors at that time. Anyone who has to open the door for late arrivals will likely miss part of the presentation.)

    Kristof Van Tomme will reprise his talk to the European Write The Docs '14 conference back in April. Kristof is the CEO of Pronovix and the project lead of WalkHub, both focused on Drupal-based systems. He'll be joining us remotely from Belgium, from a very early hour in his time zone. He agreed to do his talk on late notice after a change in plans. Thank you Kristof!

    Here is the description of his talk from WTD EU 2014 (Budapest)

    You could argue that outdated documentation is even worse than no documentation at all. It creates frustration and destroys the trust of your customers. But how do you maintain your documentation in a project with a fast release cycle?

    In this talk I will explore strategies for keeping different types of documentation up to date and discuss a few tools (including WalkHub, an open source project we are working on) that can be used to automatically test or even update documentation as part of your continuous integration process.

  • PDX-PHP - Database Design Basics & Composer: Dependency Management for PHP

    Another meetup with two great talks!

    David Stanley will be giving a talk on Database Design Basics.

    Following that, John Kelly will give a talk on Composer: Dependency Management for PHP. This talk is the same as the talk given last November (slightly updated), since we received many emails from people bummed they couldn't make it due to it being the day before thanksgiving. As always, pizza and drinks will be provided by our awesome sponsors. ADP and Cascade Energy.



  • Wednesday
    Sep 3 2014
    SEPoCoNi (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.

  • Talk about How to Create Great Video Content!

    For this first Meetup, we're looking forward to meeting you and hearing about the projects that you're working on! Also, there will be free beer. 

    After everyone gets a chance to introduce themselves, we're going to have a presentation about Video Content Creation which will hopefully get everyone in the right frame of mind to meet and talk to their other fellow Video Content Creators. 

    We're going to be listening very closely so that we can learn more about the kind of meetup group that you would like this to be.

    Making great video is hard! Lets learn from each other so that we can make great things!


Next two weeks

  • Thursday
    Sep 4 2014
    TiE Pearl Pitch Club; featuring Robin Wang: "10 Tips for Launching Sales"

    TiE Pearl Incubator
    It's the last TiE Pearl Pitch Club of the summer!

    For this event, we feature a presentation by Robin Wang: "10 Tips for Launching Sales".
    Robin Wang is a serial entrepreneur, startup veteran and business coach, who is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve "sales happiness".
    Whether you’re just starting to think about sales or have already closed some deals, many entrepreneurs approach sales with misconceptions, hesitation, and perhaps even uneasiness.
    As a result, you may have a hard time reaching your sales goals and risk jeopardizing your business.
    In this presentation, designed for those who perhaps feel that they're not "natural born" salespeople, you will learn 10 tips that you can use to help launch your sales.
    Topics covered include: demystifying sales, breaking sales into manageable steps, leveraging your emotions, doing sales if you are an introvert, and much more. Everyone is sure to get some useful take-aways!

    Then join us to practice your pitch in a supportive environment and get constructive feedback.
    Our unique event format allows you to practice your sales pitch, your VC pitch, your elevator pitch or your pitch to find a co-founder for your startup business or -idea.

    You can bring a laptop to plug into the A/V system or pitch without a presentation.

    Join others who have gotten a lot of useful tips and pointers on the structure of their story, slide deck, presentation style etc.

    Get actionable feedback and suggestions from peers and TiE mentors, and enjoy networking and refreshments.

    Please register through the website link above. Event cost:
    • TiE Members: FREE
    • Public: $25
  • UX Book Club PDX is talking about Erving Goffman's classic "Interaction Ritual - Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior"


    We're following on from July's excellent discussion on Sam Ladner's Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector with a classic from sociologist Erving Goffman.

    "Interaction Ritual - Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior" is one of several classic books by Goffman, and one that is studied by UX researchers. The book is a collection of six essays: "On Face-work", "Embarrassment and Social Organization", "The Nature of Deference and Demeanor", "Alienation from Interaction", "Mental Symptoms and Public Order", and "Where the Action Is". If you want to brush up on your understanding of people, this is one of the books for you.

    If you haven't finished the book, but still want to come along and talk, the please do—we'd love to see you.

  • Portland Linux/Unix Group: Private Encrypted Communications: The Blackphone

    Who: Louis Kowolowski
    What: Private Encrypted Communications: The Blackphone
    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
    When: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 7pm
    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    This talk is an overview of private encrypted communications, focusing on software from Silent Circle, LLC and hardware from SGP, the makers of Blackphone. If the network cooperates, there will be demos of both the voice and text services.

    Louis Kowolowski is a 16 year veteran in the fields of UNIX, networking, and security. He is the Technical Operations Manager of Silent Circle, a communications company headquartered Geneva, CH, providing simple yet secure encrypted voice, video, text and file transfer. He has a passion for automation and scalable internet architectures and when not working, enjoys amateur photography and traveling with his wife.

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.

  • PDX Big Data Discussion Group

    Jive Software

    "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 Dynamo: Amazon’s Highly Available Key-value Store by DeCandia 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.

  • Friday
    Sep 5 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.

  • The Role of the PO When Doing Agile "at Scale"

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

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

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

  • Commodore Computer Club

    Pied Piper Pizza

    The Commodore Computer Club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Commodore technology. Our attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all are welcome.

    Come to learn, come to share. It’s all for the love of anything Commodore.

  • Saturday
    Sep 6 2014
    PostgreSQL Day

    Saturday, September 6th, is PostgreSQL Day, co-hosted by the Portland Postgres Users Group (PDXPUG) and Portland State University. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required (link below)

    Place: Portland State University, Engineering Building, Room EB 102, 1930 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201.

    Registration: Space is limited, please RSVP!

    RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portland-postgresql-users-group-pdxpug-day-2014-tickets-11916561757

    Food: Light snacks & beverages provided. Breakfast and lunch is on your own; food carts are nearby.

    Presentations: Organizers are looking for presenters for PostgreSQL Day. Talks should be about 45 minutes in length, and about any of the following topics:

    PostgreSQL administration and performance Case studies of interesting uses of PostgreSQL and PostGIS Interesting applications built on PostGIS or PostgreSQL Database and/or geographic application development Database-related DevOps SQL and stored procedure programming New Postgres/PostGIS features and hacking Postgres/PostGIS

    Organizers will also be taking lightning talks of 5 minutes each, on similar topics. Email your talk proposal to Mark Wong at markwkm -at- postgresql.org.

  • PyLadies Code & Learn

    Come code with us! All experience levels welcome. It's an opportunity to start and work on group projects together, or share something you've been working on with others.  If you're looking for inspiration or an idea to get going, we're happy to chat you up. General socializing is also encouraged.

  • Monday
    Sep 8 2014
    FOSS4G (Workshops)

    Full descriptions are on the FOSS4G Workshops page. Check the Registration Page for availability.

    Morning Sessions:

    • An Introduction to OpenStreetMap
    • Better Planning In Case of Disaster: Introduction to Impact Modelling with InaSAFE
    • Building Standards Compliant Geospatial Web Application – The Quick and Easy MapMint Way
    • Create a mobile GIS app using FOSS tools
    • Creating Interactive Online Maps with CartoDB
    • Let’s talk about your geostack
    • OpenLayers 3 – First Contact
    • Python Flask, MongoDB, and Leaflet for quick and fun mapping applications
    • SpatioTemporal data handling with GeoServer: an introduction with examples for MetOc and Remote Sensing data for WMS and WCS
    • Web mapping with OGC services and GeoServer: an introduction

    Afternoon Sessions

    • Building Apps with OpenLayers
    • Deploying INSPIRE Geoportals with GET SDI Portal
    • Deploying Web Processing Services using ZOO-Project – Examples of Python based WPS using PgRouting
    • Developing Android Native Mobile Applications with mobile map tools
    • Enterprise class deplyoment for GeoServer and GeoWebcache:optimizing performances and robustness
    • Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis with PySAL
    • Introduction to high availability clusters with GeoServer and GeoWebCache
    • Introduction to InaSAFE development
    • Introduction to PostGIS

    All Day Sessions:

    • An introduction to QGIS
  • Portland Seed Fund- Pitch for a Beer!

    Working on a startup? Have an interesting business idea that's going to disrupt the market?

    Come enjoy pizza and beer on us and pitch that idea to Portland Seed Fund, a professionally managed early-venture fund with 46 seed and early stage investments.

    You'll have two minutes to pitch PSF alumni, fund managers and mentors, with one tough question served up by a panel of Portland Seed Fund portfolio founders. There will also be time for you to learn more about becoming a Portland Seed Fund company from the alumni who've been through it.

    Space is limited and exclusive to those pitching; pre-registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portland-seed-fund-pitch-for-a-beer-tickets-12401072943

    When: Monday September 8, 2014

    Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

    Where: McMenamins Ringlers Pub (NOT Annex)

    1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

    Questions? Please email us at: info@portlandseedfund.com

    Learn more about Portland Seed Fund: http://www.portlandseedfund.com

    This event is a lot of fun, don't miss it!

  • PDX Puppet User Group

    Puppet Labs

    The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month - except this month, since that's Labor Day! Instead, we're meeting Sept. 8th.

    Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

    Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

    Agenda for September 8th

    • 6:00 - 6:30: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
    • 6:30 - 7:00 "Continuously Testing Infrastructure" - Gareth Rushgrove, Puppet Labs
    • 7:00 - 7:15 "The Life and Times of Puppet at Portland State University" - Elliot Schlegelmilch, PSU
    • 7:15 - 7:30: Your talk? TBA!
    • 7:30 - 8:00: Plan next agenda & chat

    We're still looking for a short third talk, so get in touch with kara @ puppetlabs.com if you're interested in talking (even briefly!) about how you're using Puppet. Also, let us know if you'd like to be on the schedule next month! You don't need to be an expert to speak - we love to hear about what folks are doing with Puppet.

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

    Meat, veggie, gluten-free, and vegan pizza will be available. The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking inside the office, so bring your bikes in! Parking is available in the garage across the street.

  • 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.

  • Dorkbot

    Bunk Bar

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

  • Tuesday
    Sep 9 2014
    FOSS4G (Workshops)

    Full descriptions are on the FOSS4G Workshops page. Check the Registration Page for availability.

    Morning Sessions:

    • Becoming a QGIS Developer
    • Bringing together SQL, CartoCSS and Javascript to tell stories with data using CartoDB
    • FOSS4G routing with pgRouting, OpenStreetMap road data and OpenLayers
    • GeoTools DataStore Workshop
    • Introduction to GeoServer
    • Spatio-temporal data handling and visualization in GRASS GIS
    • The Accidental DBA
    • TileMill Fundamentals
    • Versioning Spatial Data with GeoGit

    Afternoon Sessions

    • A Standard GeoSpatial Stack in The Cloud – look ma, no installs
    • GeoNetwork for dummies, or how to setup and use an SDI in 3 hours
    • GeoNode: From novice to master
    • GeoServer Cartography and Styling
    • GeoWebCache in Production
    • Getting started with Oskari – Modular map application framework
    • HOT Activations: OpenStreetMap for Disaster Response
    • Leaflet and Mapbox JavaScript API Fundamentals
    • PostGIS 3D
    • QGIS for Analysts
    • QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 and PyQGIS
    • Replicating PostGIS

    All Day Sessions:

    • From data to maps and services with MapStore, GeoServer GeoNetwork and CKAN
    • OGC services with GeoServer: from journeyman to master
  • JS.geo

    A Geospatial Javascript Conference

  • Serving People, Planet & Profits with Green IT | Oregon Enterprise Architect Event


    As global risks from climate change mount, organizations seek to conserve resources and take better care of the environment. Sustainability strategies realize corporate values, strengthen brands, attract environmentally conscious customers and employees, reduce resource expenditures and supply risks, and take advantage of government incentives. Green IT practices support sustainability strategies by reducing the use of hazardous materials, maximizing energy and natural resource efficiency, and promoting the use of recyclable and biodegradable materials. They are also essential to making major IT infrastructure investments cost-competitive.

    Corban Lester, who develops Green IT projects for Ameresco, an international energy services firm, will introduce the business and technical aspects of IT sustainability, describe several successful initiatives, and take questions from the audience. IT planning, architecture and procurement professionals will learn the basics of envisioning, planning, justifying and evaluating sustainable IT practices.

    Corban Lester is a project developer for Ameresco, an international energy services company. Until recently, he was a program development manager for Lockheed Martin. Corban performs data center energy audits and modeling, has led research & development for sustainable IT and data center solutions, and has developed measurement & verification methods for sustainable IT. He is also a vice chairman at The Green Grid Association, an international organization dedicated to advancing resource efficiency in information technology. He has written technical white papers on IT and data center energy efficiency for utilities on behalf of The Green Grid and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and is a sought-after speaker on sustainable IT in the US.

    Schedule: Tuesday, September 9, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. 8:30-9:00: Buffet Breakfast and Networking 9:00-9:30: Welcome, Introductions, and Announcements 9:30-10:30 Presentation with Q&A 10:30-11:00 Additional Networking

    Location: NWEA, 121 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209 Fee: Free to attend but registration is required

    Sponsorships available, please contact Kari.Naone@techoregon.org

  • OROR Kickoff: Pitchfest

    Join us for a night of performances, presentations, and pitches from a kaleidoscopic cross-section of Portland's inventive, daring underbelly. Featuring some of the favorite projects from Research Club's 2014 year, delight all your senses with the creative output of projects founded and perfected here in Portland. And if you like what you see/taste/touch/hear, you'll have a chance to get involved. Pitchfest will be a series of lightning talks from local projects that are growing or hoping or just plain killin' it.

    See http://ororfest.com for more

    Featuring Performances from:

    Neka and Kahlo

    The alchemical marriage between singer/producer Neka Perini and lyricist/songwriter Mila “Kahlo” Kokich.

    New Path Commune

    As the founder of New Path Commune, Dr. Abraham fights the worldwide addiction to Substance D with the healing power of home-built analog modular synthesizers. He perform a melodic treatment series entitled "Duets with Police Scanner". Addicts and Normals are encouraged to listen.

    Black Opal

    The debut pop-up of a proposed model for a sustainable, feminist adult entertainment venue in Portland focused on performer autonomy and genre-pushing, contemporary performances.

    With Presentations from:

    Green Anchors

    An eco-industrial business park dedicated to the incubation and support of innovative enterprises which contribute to the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of the community

    Hack Oregon

    When it comes to public data, transparency doesn't always equal clarity. Hack Oregon is a community-powered nonprofit building civic data projects to promote engagement, awareness, and quality of life.

    Careen Stoll

    I'm a full-time studio potter making the BMW of fermenting crocks in durable gorgeous porcelain. Help me buy a kiln that works. Thanks!

    Delicious scents from

    Five Second Sanity

    Take a five-second olfactory vacation with portable aromatherapy to help you find peace in your modem life. Shake, open, breathe, relax, repeat.

    Free snacks from:

    Hot Winter Hot Sauce

    Shaun Winter bred a mutant pepper into the ultimate combination of sweetness and heat and now makes his own fermented hot sauce from local, heirloom ingredients.

    Portland Mushroom Company

    The Portland Mushroom Company is an urban farm that cultivates the highest-quality oyster mushrooms in Portland – in the city, for the city.

  • Wednesday
    Sep 10 2014
    FOSS4G (Conference)
    Oregon Convention Center
  • Transforming Marketing Operations from Support to Strategy | Marketing Leadership Exchange

    Learn how best-in-class organizations are leveraging the marketing operations function to guide strategic decisions and drive key business initiatives. Join us as Matt Papertsian of Sirius Decisions shares some ways you can turn your marketing operations role into a key source for strategic insights and your most valued strategic ally. Speaker:

    Matt Papertsian, Service Director, Emerging Growth Strategies

    Matthew is a dynamic marketing and sales professional with more than 21 years of experience. Matt has a broad spectrum of b-to-b expertise, managing teams to drive regional, national and global marketing for large software firms as well as early-stage companies. His experience includes developing, managing and executing multi-touch, multi-trigger, inbound and outbound campaigns for enterprise sales, OEM, channel, services and training teams to a broad range of audiences. He also has experience managing analyst and public relations, inbound marketing, search engine marketing and telemarketing teams, both internal and external..

    When: September 10, 2014 Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM 5:30 PM - Networking, snacks, beer and wine 6:00 PM – Roundtable Discussion Location: TBD, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

    This event is reserved for the highest level Marketing Professional from technology companies

    Join us for the entire 2014 series: October 8th, October 9th & October 30th. December 10 & December 11

  • Women Who Code - Hack Night and Regular Expressions Part 1

    Puppet Labs

    There will be a short talk about Regular Expressions, what they are and why they are useful to pretty much anyone who deals with code or text!

    Hack Nights are general project nights. Bring your own project or bring some knowledge and help out a fellow WWCer! If you would like help with a project or a problem, post in the comments below. If no one has a project we will continue work on our awesome website!

    Pizza and Salad with Gluten Free/Vegan options will be provided by our awesome hosts Puppet Labs.

  • SFWA Pacific Northwest Reader Series

    The greater Pacific Northwest is home to Ursula K. Le Guin, Kay Kenyon, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Brent Weeks, Ted Chiang and Ramona Quimby. Although Ramona isn't known for her Science Fiction and Fantasy escapades, the rest are, and will be celebrated as part of the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local authors.

    Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation. The next Portland event will be held on Wednesday, September 10 and will feature Eileen Gunn, Patrick Swenson, and Wendy Wagner. Set in the pub-like atmosphere of the McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, OR, events begin at 7:00 pm, and end by 8:30 pm.

  • CHIFOO Meeting: Lost But Not Forgotten: The Thanhouser Studio

    Lost But Not Forgetten: The Thanhouser Studio Ned Thanhouser, Thanhouser Films

    Film history has forgotten the pioneering productions created by the Thanhouser studio that operated in New Rochelle, New York during the birth of cinema in America. From 1910 to 1917 the Thanhouser studio produced and released more than 1,000 films, of which some 220 have survived. Reconstructing the history of his grandfather’s studio and the stories behind key executives, actors, technicians, directors, and the films they made has been Ned Thanhouser’s focus for more than 25 years. He will share these stories, as well as the challenges posed by decades of changing video technology and the surprising results of making the films available for free online.

    About the Speaker Ned Thanhouser (@nthanhou) is the grandson of silent film pioneers Gertrude and Edwin Thanhouser and is president of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Since 1986, he has been actively involved in the research, acquisition, preservation and publication of the history, surviving films, and related ephemera from the Thanhouser studio that operated in New Rochelle, NY from 1909 to 1918. He is a member of Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) and has presented and published research papers at the SCMS conferences (2005, 2013), the AMIA Journal The Moving Image (2011), the Women and the Silent Screen conference (2006), and the Domitor conference (2012). He is also co-founder and vice-president of the International Youth Silent Film Festival which organizes competitions for filmmakers age 20 and under to create modern versions of silent films.

  • Auto Layout with Ken Luke

    Auto Layout is poised to be a key technology in iOS 8. Come get an overview with our own Ken Luke and discuss your experience with fellow developers.

  • Thursday
    Sep 11 2014
    Startup Happy Hour @ Bailey's Tap Room


    Join us for a Startup Happy Hour at Bailey's Taproom — the best beer bar on earth.

    Drop by at 3 PM, an hour earlier than usual, to avoid the crowds.

    Who should attend? Startup Happy Hour welcomes everyone involved in startups: founders, developers, designers, investors, executives, community managers, marketers, creatives, social media, business development, and more.

    Why should I go? There are lots reasons to drop by Startup Happy Hour:
    • Interact with friendly, like-minded peers
    • Build your network with others in Portland's startup ecosystem
    • Share your ideas and projects with people who get what you're doing

    What should I expect? Startup Happy Hour is a purely social event, designed to build community and solidarity in the startup ecosystem.

    Don't expect nametags, pitches, or long presentations — instead, look forward to hanging out with awesome, like-minded people.


  • CEO Leadership Dinner: A Look Into Oregon Research Universities

    Nel Centro

    A Look Into Oregon Research Universities – what have they been up to and how can you help?

    In a survey of technology company CEOs that TAO and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) conducted this past fall, concerns about the strength of Oregon's research institutions rose to top of the list among survey respondents. Please join your peers for a networking dinner and panel discussion which will include VPs of Research from Oregon Research Universities who will give an overview of their research including total research funding, segmentation of funding, programs supporting commercialization, and top academic research programs that align with the technology industry. The goal of this event is to begin to close the knowledge gap about Oregon's university research and to move toward garnering more industry support for Oregon's research universities.

    Panelists Include:

    Ron Adams, Interim Vice President for Research at Oregon State University

    Patrick L. Jones, Associate Vice President for Research Finance and Business Administration at University of Oregon

    Daniel Dorsa, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research at Oregon Health & Science University

    Jonathan Fink, Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University

    Mateo Aboy, Associate Provost & VP for Research, Oregon Institute of Technology

    The evening will be moderated by Michael Burger, CEO of Cascade Microtech and Skip Newberry, President of TAO.

    Details: When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 Where: Nel Centro, 1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201 Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM Cost: $95 Members | $125 Nonmembers

  • Portland Commodore Users Group

    Our group specializes in Commodore 64, SX-64, Commodore Vic-20, Commodore 128 and other Commodore computers. We meet regularly to discuss ideas, code, brainstorm projects, participate in the scene, and play games.

  • Friday
    Sep 12 2014
    Coffee w/ Co-Founders V

    Coffee Division

    Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a casual meet-up meant to foster conversations about what it's like to be a Founder of a new business. Why complain to your spouse about the challenges around your business when other people out there can relate with what you're going through. Come back, drink some coffee or tea, and have a great conversation. Who knows where it will lead?

  • 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.

  • CAT BarCamp

    CAT BarCamp is:

    An Unconference

    An informal conference whose agenda is directed by its attendees

    Has Sessions

    The sessions at a Bar Camp are as unpredictable as the Oregon weather. They can be on various topics, from technology-oriented dev ops to non technology oriented ‘How to make the BEST grilled cheese EVER!’.

    Open to Everyone

    CAT BarCamp is not only for PSU students! Anyone who has an interest in being involved may attend.


    Bar camps are unscheduled which means that the topics for sessions are not pre-determined. The timeslots for the sessions however are. Everyone gets a chance to pick a timeslot in which to speak in throughout the unconference.

    Has no Charge to Attend

    In the spirit of the Open Source Community Bar Camps are free of charge. All we ask is that you register so that our planners have an idea of how many attendees to expect.

  • WhereCampPDX 7

    Portland's favorite annual geography unconference is back again!

    What's a WhereCamp?

    WhereCamps are unconferences that aim to connect geo-enthusiasts, developers, social place hackers, artists, activists, grad students, geographers, earth scientists and anybody else who wants to "know their place".

    Popular topics include social cartography, software and hardware, context awareness, mobile experimentation, humanitarian mapping efforts, food webs and local food transparency, transit, psychogeography, geo games, paper maps, and place hacking.

    WhereCampPDX + FOSS4G

    This year's WhereCampPDX is being held in conjunction with FOSS4G, the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software.

  • PyLadies Code & Learn

    Come code with us! All experience levels welcome. It's an opportunity to start and work on group projects together, or share something you've been working on with others.  If you're looking for inspiration or an idea to get going, we're happy to chat you up. General socializing is also encouraged.

  • Feminist and Queer Art Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

    Please join us for a Feminist and Queer Art Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, to be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from noon–4pm at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), located at 1001 SE Division (97202). Prior Wikipedia editing is not required; assistance will be available the day of the event. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend. Participants should bring their own laptops and power cords.

  • Feminist WIkipedia Edit-A-Thon

    Anyone can edit Wikipedia—but less than 10 percent of people who actually do edit the world's largest encyclopedia are women. At this event, people of all genders can learn how to edit Wikipedia for the very first time or put their existing open source skills to use in the company of nerdy friends. Also featured: delicious cookies!

    We'll be focusing on adding and improving the entries for queer and feminist artists and writers. Have someone in mind whose Wikipedia entry you'd like to work on!

    If you're coming, try to bring a laptop. There are also a couple computers at the IPRC we can use.

    Hosted by Sarah Mirk and Recess Gallery, with much-appreciated editing help from Jason Moore, as part of the OROR art and technology festival. Hopefully some of the fine people attending XOXO Festival will come, too!

  • Green Anchors and St. Johns Sculpture Park Open House

    Green Anchors

    Ever wonder what secrets lurk behind that arty fence down by the river? Green Anchors and St. Johns Sculpture Park are pleased to announce it's 1st annual open house event. The gates will open from noon to 6 p.m. You will be able to visit and explore our eco-industrial projects including solar power, mushroom and micro green farming, and landscape restoration. St. Johns Sculpture Park current residents will give artist talks; at 4pm from local artist Mike Suri and at 5pm from Karlis Rekevics of New York. There will be open studio and shops including:

    • Light Harvest Solar
    • Green Anchors Metal Works
    • Portland Mushroom Company
    • Nightlight Farms (open for tour at 3pm)
    • Vintage Boats
    • Tiny home builders
    • Hugel Kulture
    • Springbox Metal Works
    • Arterialist Design Studio

    We are looking forward to meeting our friends and neighbors!

  • Sunday
    Sep 14 2014
    Geoserver FOSS4G Extended Code Sprint


    To attend add your name to OSGeo wiki page and we will look forward to seeing you in Portland!

  • Portland Young Programmers (9-13 year olds)

    Join the listserv to learn about upcoming events. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Monday
    Sep 15 2014
  • PDX STEM Parents Take Your Kids to the Park

    Willamette Park

    Finding it hard to balance networking with other tech folks and raising a family? Then multi-task at our next PDX STEM Parents Take Your Kids to the Park event!

    Come meet and chat with other parents in the STEM fields at Willamette Park. We'll meet at the playground near the covered picnic tables and tennis courts.

    Monday Sept 15, 1:30-3:30pm.

    See our Facebook page to follow us: https://www.facebook.com/PDXSTEMparents

  • BarCamp 8 Planning Re-Start

    Vidyo (Remote)

    Remote participation link: https://v.mozilla.com/flex.html?roomdirect.html&key=Uc9zNxNaK26f

    (If this is your first time participating, or you haven't participated in a long while, you'll be prompted to download and install the Vidyo client software. It is cross-platform and should only take a few minutes.)

    Interested in helping make BarCamp 8 happen? Join us for an open planning meeting.

    What is BarCamp?

    BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. You never quite know what to expect at BarCamp. When you arrive on Friday, there will be an agenda framework (times / rooms), but the content for the sessions will be decided by the participants.

  • 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.

  • Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday: FOIA Party


    There is a Form for That: Learn what the Government Thinks it Knows About You

    Ever wonder what travel information the Department of Homeland Security maintains on you? There is a form for that. Want to know if you have an FBI file? There is a form for that. Want to know if law enforcement is setting up cell phone tracking towers in your area? There is a form for that.

    In this interactive session of TA3M we supply attendees with an easy way to send requests to state and federal agencies for personal and public information.

    For an example of the power of these requests, see these Ars Technica articles: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/ask-ars-can-i-see-what-the-feds-know-about-where-ive-traveled/

    Come fill forms and then speculate on what you will find out!

    We'll be bringing in a representative from MuckRock.com to help facilitate the public records requests and providing all the necessary pieces for requesting your own personal data.

    What is it?

    This is the Techno-Activism 3rd Monday event for Portland, Oregon! Read more about techno-activism 3rd mondays.

    Who should come?

    Anyone interested in techno-activism. We invite coders, geeks, artists, and anyone else. No technical experience required.

    Who's hosting?

    The Privly Foundation will organize this and future TA3M Portland events.


    If you're interested in this event, you might also be interested in the PDXTech4Good meetup.