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  • Monday
    Apr 21 2014
    See us next month! Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday

    Next month

    We will probably not have an April TA3M, but come see us in May! If you have suggestions about a speaker for our May event please email us at community@privly.org.

  • FutureTalk with Gene Kim

    New Relic

    DevOps Patterns Distilled:

    Implementing The Needed Practices In Four Practical Steps

    Organizations employing DevOps practices such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy and Twitter are routinely deploying code into production hundreds, or even thousands, of times per day, while providing world-class availability, reliability and security. In contrast, most organizations struggle to do releases more than every nine months.

    The authors of the upcoming “DevOps Cookbook” have been studying high performing organizations since 1999, and we capture and codify how these high-performing organizations achieve this fast flow of work through Product Management and Development, through QA and Infosec, and into IT Operations. By doing so, other organizations can now replicate the extraordinary culture and outcomes enabling their organization to scale and win in the marketplace.

    The goal of the DevOps Cookbook is to help accelerate DevOps adoption, increase the success of DevOps initiatives, and lower the activation energy required for DevOps transformations to start and finish.

    This is the 6th event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Networking begins at 5:30, with free food and drinks. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

    Please join and RSVP via our new Meetup group HERE

    Gene is a multiple award winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written three books, including “The Visible Ops Handbook” and “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win." Gene is a huge fan of IT operations, and how it can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production,” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and increasing the rigor around IT operational processes. In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People Under The Age Of 40” list, and was given the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.

    › FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

  • Monday Python Flying Circus (Programer Peer Mentoring Night)

    Join us for an evening of Peer Mentoring hosted by PDX Code Guild.

    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 and 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.

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

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

  • pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting

    Jama South

    Please join us on April 14th at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

    • ZenOSS with Michael Whities

    This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!

    ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops



  • Tuesday
    Apr 22 2014
    Administrative Professional Celebration

    Celebrate Administrative Professionals Week® with the Oregon Trail Chapter! Please join us for an evening of delicious food, drinks, celebrations, fabulous prizes, new friends and connections! Theory Eatery @ OMSI 1945 SE Water Ave- Portland Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • 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: +1 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

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

  • SketchUp Meetup

    Join us for a recap of the SketchUp Basecamp conference, and trade tips about SketchUp in general. There will be three short presentations (details below), Q&A, and plenty of time for refreshments and networking. 

    Thanks to Trimble, we have one free SketchUp Pro 2014 license to give away as a door prize. You must RSVP and attend to put your name in the hat, so join MeetUp today (free) and put our kickoff event on your calendar!

    Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and networking, and will close when presentations begin at 6:30pm. We've booked three talented professionals to share some inspiring work:

    • Dustin Furseth of Skylab will talk about architectural workflow.

    • Yelena Prusakova of Fat Pencil Studio will talk about product modeling and animation.

    • Willie Dean of Glumac will talk about technical illustration.

    In addition, we'd like to display your work!  One week before the event, we'll send an invitation to all registered guests to provide 1-3 work samples. These will be displayed via digital projector before and after the presentations.

    One final note... You don't need to be a professional, or even especially good at using SketchUp to join this Meetup group. If you are on the fence after reading this far, consider this: We are expecting to attract a wide range of skill levels and industry expertise. That diversity is what will make this group strong! 

    The Meetup platform provides options for group members to organize a variety of smaller events. Want to spend an evening discussing the finer points of window components? You can propose it, and host a small meeting... if we can get a critical mass of folks to join the Meetup group. Sure, it takes an extra step to register as a member. But it will be worth it, trust me. Looking forward to meeting you on April 22nd!

  • Code for Portland Hack Night

    Code for Portland Hack Night

    It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here: the first Code for Portland hack night! This is an organic and unprogrammed night to come learn about or hack on new civic tools.

    Please RSVP!

    Please RSVP so that we know how much pizza we'll need!

    Join our meetup group and RSVP for the event here: http://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Portland/events/177731782/

    Civic Heroes of all types welcome!

    This event is for coders and non-coders alike -- as long as you're interested in making government more open and building interesting things for our city, you're more than welcome!

    Bring a Laptop!

    If you intend on getting any hacking done, it would be wise to bring the tools of the trade.

    There Will Be Pizza!

    Pizza!!! We'll be getting some 'za from Sizzle Pie, so there will be vegan and vegetarian options.

    If you have something you'd like to work on or are excited about for the social and civic good, let us know via the meetup or at the hack night itself. We are growing our initiative and the energy comes from the community.

  • Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting

    Topic: TBD

    **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.

  • PDX Mobile Workgroup

    Join beginning and experienced mobile developers to work on projects together. Come ask questions, give help and get help. All levels of experience are welcome.

    This week will will also take a look at the next online class offered by Coursera:


    Class starts May 12th, but you can get previews of the lectures early. The class is free and so is getting help with homework though our workgroup.

    The group is very informal and so feel free to show up early or late and leave early or late, as suits your schedule.

    We will meet near the power outlets by the clear glass windows. Look for the orange backpack to find us.


Next two weeks

  • Wednesday
    Apr 23 2014
    Lean Coffee

    New Relic

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

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

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

  • Portland Code School Happy Hour

    Paymaster Lounge

    Interested in being a web developer? Come and learn more about how Portland Code School can give you the skills you want with the support you need. Discover what our accelerated learning programs can do for you!

    At this event, you can talk with the staff, meet current and past students, and introduce yourself to other prospective students. Ask a server where we’re sitting, or look for our “Portland Code School” sign. We’ll socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry!

    If you sign up for the Web Development Primer class at this event, you'll receive a $100 discount!

  • Show Me the Money! A Seminar for Start-up Companies and Business Owners

    Meet the Funders. This seminar will feature a panel discussion with representatives from the "funding" sector.

    • Scott Sandler, Fund Manager at Oregon Angel Fund

    • Angela Jackson or Jim Huston, Co-Managing Directors from Portland Seed Fund

    • Nitin Rai, President of TiE Oregon and angel investor

    • Irving Levin, serial entrepreneur and active angel investor

    4:00 - 4:15 PM Arrival and networking

    4:15 - 5:15 PM Panel Presentation

    5:15 - 6:00 PM Wine, Beer & Appetizer Reception

    This is a free event, but you do have to register by emailing: jeremy.tiedeman@tonkon.com.

  • PDX Python Presentation Night

    Urban Airship Inc

    Come join us for Pythonic talks!

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

    This month:

    • Small Languages by Andrew Lorente Writing parsers for languages is easier than you might think. When you want to structure some data in a text format, it's entirely feasible to define a language for expressing that data.

    • From the trenches: Optimizing using concurrency in Python 2 by Brett Carter

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

    RSVP at Meetup

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

  • Homebrew Website Club PDX

    Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

    This will be held concurrently with the Homebrew Website Club meeting in San Francisco with a remote video link between the two sites!

  • PDX Cocoaheads

    Walmart Labs

    Ken Luke will present about Auto Layout, Walmart Labs will provide the pizza, and those who wish to will go out for beer after the meeting.

  • Portland JavaScript Admirers' Lightning Talks

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

    This is the meeting where we will have LIGHTNING TALKS!

    I encourage everyone to give a talk—especially anyone who has not given a talk at a user group meeting before. This is a great opportunity to practice speaking with a bite-size time slot. I (Jesse) have found that giving presentations is a good way to get name/face recognition, which has opened a lot of doors for me. And this will be a context where there will be other people speaking who have also not given a talk before.

    Talks will be 5 minute presentations, with or without slides or other visual aids of your choosing. Choose any topic that interests you—so long as it is safe-for-work.

    If you would like to give a talk, send an email to Jesse Hallett (jesse@sitr.us) to be added to the list. If you are going to use slides please send a copy to the same address so that we can have everybody's presentations ready to go on one computer. Sign up first and send the slides later if you need time to make the slides. Slots will be first-come, first-served. We have time for 12–14 presentations.

    I wanted to include some tips for anyone who has not given a lightning talk before:

    • Practice! Do your talk out loud a few times in front a friend, mirror, an empty room, or whatever. Time yourself while practicing. You will feel silly doing this. But it is the only way to make sure that you are prepared to get the most use out of your five minutes. That is a very short time slot. Practicing will help you to focus on important points, and will help you to avoid points that you might otherwise stumble over.

    • Speak slowly, and take pauses while you are speaking. When I am in front of a room full of people, I have a tendency to worry that I am wasting a lot of people's time, which makes me want to rush and to talk too fast. I think that this is a common reaction. You can give a better talk by resisting the temptation to hurry. Pausing between points, or when you need a moment to collect your thoughts, will give your audience opportunity to digest your points. Remember that a pause that feels long and awkward to you probably does not feel that way to your audience.

    • If you use slides, my suggestion is to use at most 10 slides. That is one slide for every 30 seconds of speaking time. Your slide count is one way to estimate whether you are trying to fit in too much material for the given time.

    • It is preferable to cover one point well than to go over five points hastily. Think about what the core point of your talk is, and how much you can take out while still conveying that point.

    • Have some water handy—public speaking tends to lead to cottonmouth.

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

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

  • Thursday
    Apr 24 2014
  • PDXNode presents Nodeschool.io

    Details and registration: https://ti.to/pdxnode/nodeschool

    This time through, we'll be offering:

    • Learn You Node • Stream Adventure • Level Me Up Scotty!

  • CodePDX: Languages from 30,000 feet.

    New Relic

    Join us for the 2nd CodePDX meeting!

    Ever wondered what makes one programming language better than another? Why some languages have died in popularity over the years?

    Adron Hall will be giving us an over view of various different languages of the past and present.

    Whether you've never written a line of code, or simply want to get a more wholesome idea of the language landscape, you should come.

    Please RSVP so that we can get a rough headcount for pizza.

    Thanks to our wonderful sponsors New Relic and Twilio for the venue and pizza.

    Questions? Contact Colby @ colby@aley.me

  • AEPDX Presents The Burst


    The Burst is a rather unique spin the bottle between Portland’s top Illustrators and Motion Designers. We’re giving teams an entire week to collaborate and show Portland what they are made of.

    Each randomly paired up team (1 Illustrator and 1 Motion Designer) has exactly 1 week to put their heads together to design and animate a 15-30 second masterpiece. We reveal the theme and then cut everyone loose. After a week we get together and throw a big party in their honor. Join us for that party and see what happens when you pair up random creatives.

    Seating is limited so RSVP today

  • April PAGDIG/IGDA Meeting

    Stop by this month's PDX game developer get-together and check out what the community is thinking about and what they are working on. Eat pizza and enjoy beverages while doing so.

    Stuck on anything? Need advice or a sounding board or a playtest? We shall provide these things to the best of our ability while stuffing our faces.

  • GNOME Happy Hour

    Ecliptic Brewing

    GNOME recently released 3.12, help us celebrate the release! If you don't know what GNOME is or what Free Software is, come over and find out about one of the most interesting and sometimes controversial free and open source projects out there. The hosts are Sriram Ramkrishna - Director of the GNOME Foundation and Ikey Doherty - who wrote his own desktop based on GNOME technologies.

    GNOME is the coordinator for the popular OPW program (Outreach Program for Women)


    http://www.gnome.org/ https://gnome.org/opw/

    Hope to see you all there. Look for the GNOME trademark :)

  • Friday
    Apr 25 2014
    Galois tech talk: A Gentle Introduction to Hiding Usage Patterns

    Galois, Inc

    abstract: What if you want to store encrypted files on an untrusted Cloud Server in such a way that Server does not even know if you are editing the same file today as you were yesterday, or anything else about your usage patterns other than total amount of traffic to the Server? Clearly, no matter how strong of an encryption you use, access pattern is revealed: Cloud Server can simply track where on the hard drive you read/write from – clearly encryption does not hide that information. One naive solution to prevent revealing access pattern to the Server is to simply read all your data back from the Server and re-write your entire data back to Server in its entirety for each read/write. This works, but it is clearly impractical. Oblivious Random Access Memory (ORAM) is an algorithm that allows you to completely hide arbitrary access pattern in an efficient manner. In this talk, I will describe Oblivious RAM from the ground up, starting from my own Ph.D. thesis work on this topic (STOC 1990, MIT Ph.D. 1992) which showed the first efficient ORAM. The Journal Version of this work gained over 450 references according to Google Scholar [Ostrovsky-Goldreich JACM 1996] and ORAM became an important area of research in Cryptography in the last 5 years. I will describe surprising connections of ORAM to (1) tamper-proof embedded systems, (2) Software Protection (3) Secure Multi-Party and Secure Two Party Computation as well as (4) ways to securely compile programs with loops, “goto” statements, recursion, etc. into Garbled programs without “unrolling” the execution path, yet not revealing anything about the execution path. I will also compare and contrast ORAM to Single-Server Private Information Retrieval (Single-server PIR), which I co-invented with Kushilevitz in 1997, and explain important differences of these two models. The talk will be self-contained and accessible to the general audience.

    Speaker bio: Rafail Ostrovsky is a Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Mathematics at UCLA and co-founder of Stealth Software Technologies, Inc. He has over 200 papers published in refereed journals and conferences and has 11 U.S. Patents issued. In 2013, Dr. Ostrovsky was inducted as an IACR (International Association of Cryptologic Research) Fellow. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Mathematical Foundations of Computing and has served on 38 international conference Program Committees including serving as a PC chair of FOCS 2011. He is a member of the Editorial Board of JACM, the Editorial Board of Algorithmica; and the Editorial Board of Journal of Cryptology; he serves on the Editorial and Advisory Board of the International Journal of Information and Computer Security and is a member of the steering committee of the international symposium of Security in Communication Networks (SCN). He is a recipient of multiple academic awards and honors and has google h-index factor of 55. At UCLA, Prof. Ostrovsky heads security and cryptography multi-disciplinary Research Center (http://www.cs.ucla.edu/security/) at Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

  • Founders Seeking Co-founders

    Looking for cofounders - or maybe developers or ??? Give a 1 minute pitch about your business, and what kinds of people/skills you need.

    Looking for a startup to join? Or are you a developer looking for a project? Give a 1 minute pitch about how you can help a startup.

    Short pitches, networking, pizza and beverages. This event is always fun - and yes, people have found cofounders! Join us.

    Date/Time: Friday, April 24, 4pm-5:30pm Location: OTBC 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton, OR 97008

  • Saturday
    Apr 26 2014
    Portland 3D Printing Lab - FIELD TRIP!


    Come visit the offices of ProtoPlant and learn how 3D Printer filament (the plastic build material) is made. This is an Open House, so come anytime and spend some time with the team. Don't forget to RSVP so they can plan properly. If we get enough signups, I hear there's a small surprise in store for us. :) Post questions in the comments!

  • Sunday
    Apr 27 2014
    Women Who Hack


    This will be a casual get together for women who want to hack on projects with or around other women. All types of projects (software and hardware), languages, platforms and experience levels are welcome. Remember, no experience is an experience level!

    Don't have anything to work on? Come, and we'll help you find a project!

    What you should bring:

    • Your laptop or other equipment
    • Yourself!

    We'll provide:

    • the space, including lots of seating and tables
    • internet
    • some snacks, including gluten-free and vegan options.

    Our goal is to support local women hackers (and aspiring hackers) by providing a safe, welcoming environment in which you can connect with and learn from each other.

    We're kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring your children with you.

    Women Who Hack is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons, as well as accompanied children of all genders.

    All participants of Women Who Hack agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.

    Questions? Get in touch: womenwhohack@stumptownsyndicate.org.

    Our Google Group is https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/women-who-hack.

  • Monday
    Apr 28 2014
    Rentrak Hackathon

    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!

  • Crafty Circuits


    Interested in wearable and physical computing, and crafts? Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? OSH Park, Cacophonous Creations, and Flux Lab team up to offer just the space!

    You bring your projects and supplies.

    We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We can answer some of your soft circuit questions, share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors!

    Things to note:

    *This is an alcohol free, all ages space.

    *Some components will be available for purchase. Please contact Cat (blinkycatbot@gmail.com) if there's something specific you want available for your project.

  • Mobile Portland — Choosing The Right Stack for Mobile

    The problem: You are an enterprise or startup with some desktop offerings, and the writing on the wall has turned into the tattoo on your forehead. The time has come to turn some or all of your money printing machine into something that can be easily accessed and used on smartphones and tablets.

    The solution: It depends.

    It is also the topic of Dee Madden’s presentation at Mobile Portland this month: “Choosing The Right Stack for Mobile: The Pros And Cons of Each”

    The topic of Native vs Hybrid vs Pure Web vs Shared Codebase vs Whatever is a well worn one, but dynamic and ever-changing, nonetheless. In this presentation, Dee will examine the current landscape, with a pragmatic approach that holds all solutions equal. He will cover the pluses and minuses of each, and how to leverage the more endearing traits of one over the other as the best solution for the problem at hand.

    Among the stacks covered are:

    • Native
    • Hybrid “Shrinkwrap” solutions – a focus on PhoneGap, with some discussion of the others, such as Appcelerator and Sencha
    • Roll-your-own Hybrid – hybrid built with a custom native container
    • Drive-Through Hybrid – Codiqa
    • Shared Codebase – Xamarin, with a dusting of the Ruby-based Rhodes framework

    Throughout, Dee will show some working examples of some of these, providing some concrete examples of the advantages of each, and some of the pitfalls that can come with them as applications evolve, with an anecdote or two for good measure.

    Come on out and kick the shindig in the shins! Dee will have his shinguards on!

    About Our Speaker

    Dee Madden Mobile Solutions Consultant, SoftSource Consulting

    Dee Madden is a Software Developer with over 16 years experience in building software, having done everything from Development, to Quality Assurance, Project Management, and Agile / SCRUM Coaching. For well over the last 3 of those years, He has been consumed with a passion for all things mobile and bleeding edge HTML/CSS/Javascript tech. He began life as a Punk Rock Musician and Multimedia Artist. Building from that, and a trip back to the house of higher learning, he found his way into designing and writing software.

    Currently, he works as an Mobile Solutions Consultant, Full Stack Developer, and Instructor for SoftSource Consulting.

  • North Portland Coders Night

    Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

    The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

    Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

    By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

  • Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)

    Join us for an evening of Python!

    Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

    This week we will do introductions and 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.

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

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

  • Tuesday
    Apr 29 2014
    Portland Community College 17th Annual Job Fair at Cascade Campus

    Portland Community College 17th Annual Job Fair at Cascade Campus Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11 am – 3pm Cascade Campus Gymnasium 705 N Killingsworth St.

    Free and open to all job seekers Find out more: www.pcc.edu/cascadejobfair Come network with employers representing a variety of industries.

    Be one of the first 100 people to sign up on the day of the Job Fair and receive a free professional profile photo.

    Free day of fair seminars:

    • 11:30 Résumé Writing with Kristina Turney, Professional Recruiter

    • 12:30 Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies author Joshua Waldman

    • 1:30 Career Coach Barbara Barde

    • 2:00 Interview Tips with Toastmasters

    • 2:30 Networking Whisperer, Cleon Cox author of The 50 Most Asked Questions from the Newly Unemployed

    If you have additional questions, call 971.722.5600 or cconnect@pcc.edu

  • Portland 3D Printing Lab

    ISITE Design

    In March 64 Layer Geeks explored the many options for 3D scanning and got to see large format industrial prints. We kicked off with a high-level overview of what 3D printing is and how it's used. Next, people had a minute to shout out about their projects. Mortuary applications for 3D printing- unforgettable! Then, we took a look at updates in the industry and talked about how we, as a community, can work together. Next, Skylr of 3Digitize.us scanned a slice of pizza and showed us the many ways to do it. Next, Alex of ProtoPlant regaled us with stories of printing on industrial machines, showing us actual large-format prints as well as finely detailed chainmail.

    In April, we'll take a look at how 3D printing is literally changing lives by giving people back the use of their limbs.

    Agenda follows: 0600p : 3D printing for Beginners (optional for pros!)

    0630p : Networking over light food/beverages

    0730p : Intro

    0740p : Community Time - 2 minutes to ask a question or show off your project

    0750p : Ivan Owen - co-creator of the original 3D printed hand prosthetic and supporter of the e-NABLE project

    0830p : More Networking! Note 1: If you'd like to bring a printer, please contact the group organizer, so we can set aside table space.

    Note 2: If you have a project or business you'd like to talk about, please contact the group organizer by private message. We're looking for 15-20 minute presentations. Slides aren't necessary, but we have access to a projector and plenty of table space. Good examples would be demonstrations of a new technique/tool, an overview of a service you provide, a unique project you've modeled/printed, etc. If you know a great speaker, please refer them! Please share this with your network and bring your imagination and enthusiasm.

  • Hacks/Hackers PDX April Meetup


    • 6:30 - 7:00: Networking

    • 7:00 - 7:15: Ed Borasky will give a wrap-up of the most interesting projects shown at the NICAR 2014 conference in Baltimore.

    • 7:15 - 7:45: Catherine Nikolovski of Hack Oregon will talk about mining and visualizing the ORESTAR campaign finance database. She'll also talk about a new project called BallotPath, which will deliver a complete list of all elected officials, from school district up to Governor and Senator to a voter based on location.

    • 7:45 - ??: Hands-on tool gathering. Bring your laptop, and an 8 GB or bigger USB stick (or writable DVD if you must). Ed will have copies of OSGeo Live, Tails and of course CompJournoStick.

  • Wednesday
    Apr 30 2014
    April 2014 Open House & Potluck at Collective Agency 9am-5pm

    Collective Agency

    Wednesday, April 30th, 9am to 5pm, come and work at Collective Agency during our Open House, and join us for a potluck lunch!

    Community Mission Statement:

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

    Schedule (come when you like): • 9am – open

    • 12pm - potluck lunch here on the sofas (Best to come before lunch --- It’s great if you do bring food, but it’s fine not to, also!)

    • 2-2:30pm - Lightning Talks (like TED Talks, members talk for 2-8 minutes about something they're passionate about and committed to, whether work or otherwise)

    • 5pm - end of open house

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

    Members have 24/7 access. We have almost 60 members, with room to grow to around 100 members. http://collectiveagency.co/membership/

    Community guidelines: http://collectiveagency.co/community-guidelines

    RSVP: www.facebook.com/events/632633636830053/

  • Data Visualizations in R presented by Mary Anne Thygesen

    Little Bird

    Everyone and their dog are turning out graphs of social networks. My helpers are Bonnie and Vinson.

    With their help I will construct visualizations of interesting data using R and its libraries. R does a very nice job of pulling in the data then visualizing it. I will present a few libraries from R. gRim, gRain, gRbase, gRapHD, igraph, Rgraphviz.

    The talk will have more pretty pictures of data visualizations than code and theory. Enough Theory so that you will be able to tell if your results pass the smell test. Or in others words how confident you can be with your results. All the R code will be available. One of the books that I am basing this talk on is: Graphical models with R by Soren Hojsgaard, David Edwards and Steffen Lauritzen published by Springer

    An example dataset in the book is carcass. I will come up with data to replace this data set. Although Bonnie and Vinson approve of the data set.

  • Science Fiction Reading - 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.

    The next event will feature Mike Moscoe with Leah Cutter & Ray Vukcevich

  • PIE application deadline

    PIE, an early stage startup accelerator, is accepting applications for its fourth class. They are due by 11:59PM PT on April 30, 2014.

    PIE has been helping early stage startups in Portland for five years. Alums include Urban Airship, Simple, Athletepath, Cloudability, Little Bird, Lytics, Stand In, Switchboard, and Orchestrate, among many others. We tend to work best with platforms and enabling technologies, but we encourage all types of tech startups to apply.

    Applications may be submitted through the PIE site or via http://angel.co/piepdx/apply

    Questions? info@piepdx.com

  • Thursday
    May 1 2014
    Portland Linux/Unix Group

    PLUG: Portland's monthly, three-track tech conference!

    This month's topic TBA

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

    Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting.

  • Friday
    May 2 2014
    AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch: What Exactly IS an Agile Project Manager?

    The April attendees chose a topic that should generate a dynamic discussion May:

    What exactly is an ‘agile project manager’?

    What value do ‘project managers’ or ‘agile project managers’ add to an agile organization? They sit outside the team and coordinate between teams, right? Or something else?

    How should they interface with the team? Isn’t what we’re talking about actually program management or release management? If you have teams on different release cycles, someone needs to coordinate all that so they deliver together? What exactly is an ‘agile project manager’ and how can they add value? What if you’re being pushed to have a project manager? How do they fit in? Should agile organizations be leveraging the PMI-ACP?

    Come with your opinions, your experiences, and with your expertise.

    We start at 12p and end at 1p. Strive to be on time: we do. RSVP's appreciated but not required. You'll find us in the back room.

    See you there!

  • 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
    May 3 2014
    Sense 5K "The Blue Dawn Tour"

    Sense 5K is an inspiring event celebrating the 5 human senses. Ascend into the Sense world and journey beyond imagination. The Sense 5K "Blue Dawn Tour" is rising over Portland on May 3rd. Join us as we feel, hear, smell, see, and taste in a celebration of the five human senses.

  • Portland Windows Phone Day

    ISITE Design

    Get FREE training and expert help to build and publish your apps for Windows devices.

    Are you finally ready to start developing for mobile devices? Perhaps you're interested in learning what's new in Windows Phone 8.1 and how to build universal apps that can be published in both the Windows and Windows Phone Stores? The Portland Windows Phone Day will help you get your app closer to completion and get that much closer to putting the app in the store. In fact we expect many developers will have their application already uploaded to the store by the end of the day.

    While previous events have focused around "learning" to build for Windows and Windows Phone, the focus of this event is geared towards doing the work and helping you "publish" your apps. Whether you’re a first-time developer, or a seasoned pro who wants to take advantage of new features in Windows Phone 8.1, this event is for you.


    8:30 am: Registration/Check-in
    9:00 am: Welcome and overview of DVLUP. Info on prizes.
    9:30 am: App Studio walk through - create an app before lunch.
    10:00 am: Hack/Create apps
    12:30 pm: Lunch, sponsored by TEK Systems
    1:30 pm: Advance talk on Windows Phone development.
    2:00 pm: Hacking continues
    5:30 pm: Dinner, sponsored by DVLUP.
    8:00 pm: Giveaways, goodbyes and hacking continues at home.

    All day: Experts available on hand to help out with any Windows Phone related questions you may have.


    • Everyone who works on an app on the day of the event will receive $50 AdDuplex credit to help get their app in front of mass audiences.
    • Everyone who works on an app on the day of the event will be entered into a raffle to win a surprise!
    • Everyone who creates a new Windows Phone or Windows 8 app in a rolling 30 day period can enter to win up to $1,000 every month at http://j.mp/IAmAWinner
    • Everyone who updates an existing app or uploads a new app to the Windows Phone store within 3 weeks of the event (May-3 to May-24) and submits to a challenge in DVLUP by May-28 will be entered into a raffle to win one of the following:
      • Nokia Lumia Hero device of their choice.
      • AdDuplex credit worth $1,000

    Space is limited so be sure to REGISTER NOW!