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  • Tuesday
    May 30 2017
    Ruby Coworking: Sellwood Edition

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

  • Introduction to Balanced Solutions Mini-Workshop

    Level up your skills, network with peers, and learn to deliver better products, services, and solutions with this unique workshop from nuCognitive.

    Developing solutions to customer problems is complex balancing act. Some products fail due to a flawed business model while others are neither desirable nor useful. This workshop invites teams to shift their thinking from developing a product or service to delivering a holistic solution that balances business, usage, and technology.

    The Three-Circle Model is both a descriptive and a prescriptive approach to develop holistic solutions. It is based on the three fundamental perspectives needed for a balanced and compelling solution; Business, Usage, and Technology. -The Business circle represents the economic viewpoint. A solution must be marketable, profitable, and affordable. -The Usage circle represents the conceptual viewpoint. A solution must be desirable, usable, and useful. -The Technology circle represents the implementation viewpoint. A solution must be manufacturable, functional, and consumable (by the industry and associated ecosystems).

    These three circles can be arranged in a Venn diagram with overlaps for Value, Capability, and Ingredients.

    The Three-Circle Model forms a cohesive and consistent taxonomy that can be used by organizations as the basis of a shared vocabulary, thereby reducing misinterpretations and wasteful communication churn. The model is also the underlying architecture for a solution life cycle. Unlike other life cycles with phases that are based on activities (e.g. exploration, planning, development), the solution life cycle’s phases are based on the state of the solution itself. This makes the life cycle activity and method agnostic, so it works with Agile, Lean, traditional, and hybrid approaches.

    Learning Outcomes: -Describe the three fundamental perspectives of a solutions: Business, Usage, and Technology -Describe the three two-circle overlaps in the model: Value, Capability, and Ingredient -Understand what a balanced solution means -Evaluate a product, service, or solution using the model to locate weaknesses and knowledge gaps -Apply the Three-Circle Model to a solution life cycle -Improve communication among teams using a common vocabulary and taxonomy for solution development -Use the model to diagnose and improve issues in solution development

    Who should attend: Product management, product owners, product developers, service designers, architects, product managers, engineers, business development, business strategy, marketing, planners, project managers, software developers

  • PDXWIT #Action History of Activism Workshop


    Please RSVP on Eventbrite

    We started PDXWIT #Action in January to help our community get involved in the issues we care about. In May, we are holding a workshop with organizer Natalie Sundeleaf Sept to help give us historical context for our work moving forward.

    This workshop provides a framework for how to organize and create momentum for social justice in their community. It’s for anyone, from the curious beginner to the established organizer. The content is an overview of activism and organizing in America, including what worked or didn’t work, where we are now and what we see both locally and nationally. The workshop includes an interactive lecture and also discussion.


    5:30 - 6:00 Networking 6:00 - 7:30 Workshop

    Natalie Sundeleaf Sept is a sixth generation Oregonian with broad ties to the political and art communities of Portland. Her work includes time with Congresswoman Bonamici and Commissioner Fish, as well as President Obama’s 2008 campaign. She was most recently an advance staffer for Hillary Clinton. She is a trained painter and splits her time at community events and in the studio. Her art maintains a civic lens and received local fame for the Dishwasher Project in 2013. When she's not painting or organizing, she's running, hiking or watching basketball.

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

    Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

  • Value-driven Delivery Mini-Workshop

    Level up your skills, network with peers, and learn to accelerate stakeholder value delivery with this unique workshop from nuCognitive.

    The first Agile principle is "Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software." However, in practice this does not seem to be true nearly as often as it should be. Teams often fail to provide early, frequent delivery of stakeholder value. Instead, they focused on spikes, class libraries, infrastructure, and other inward-focused work, without an understanding of their stakeholders and what they value. As a result, many teams start with what is most familiar, easiest, or most convenient for them rather than what stakeholders value most.

    Why do teams often become focused on (or even obsessed with) feature development and maximizing development velocity? Without explicit focus on value, the association between velocity, feature development, and value-delivery is weak - perhaps even non-existent. At best, these projects are conducted sub-optimally. Frequently, they fail when stakeholders remove funding because they perceive a lack of value add.

    Value-driven delivery is achieved using the answers to three simple, but not at all easy, questions: 1. Who are your stakeholders? 2. What do they value? 3. What are you doing in the next two weeks or less to provide value to them?

    Teams often have many more stakeholders than they first realize. Value-driven Delivery ensures those stakeholders are made explicit, and that the list of stakeholders is kept current throughout the project.

    Value-driven delivery captures and maintains stakeholder values in a quantified, verifiable way. This ensures that teams can know the real effects of each stakeholder value delivery, and prevents work based on an outdated understanding of value.

    Value-driven Delivery also challenges teams to sequence deliveries so that they deliver the most valuable things first. This can have tremendous benefits, generating early business results and reducing the time required for the team to get into a positive Return on Investment for the project.

    Value-driven delivery makes a natural overlay for Scrum, but does not require Scrum's use to be effective. Value-driven delivery does not ignore features and velocity, but it explicitly places value delivery above those things as the top priority.

    Two other advantages to Value-driven Delivery worth mentioning: First, it is not limited to software, but applies to all aspects of an organization, including the executive suite, human resources, finance, IT, and product teams. Second, it is not focused on or limited to any particular scale. In fact, it is scale-free, working on small teams and teams of more than 500 engineers in a 100K-person company.

    Learning Outcomes: -The definition and nature of value -The principles and practices of Value-driven Delivery -How to use Evolutionary Delivery to manage value-driven work, alone or in concert with Scrum -Fundamentals of several disciplines and models that aid value-driven work, including the Kano Model, elements from Diffusion of Innovations, UX Proof Points, and the HEART Framework -Attendees will gain enough understanding to begin using Value-driven Delivery in their own work if they desire. -Additional sources of information will be provided for continued learning.

    Who should attend: Product management, product owners, product developers, service designers, architects, product managers, engineers, business development, business strategy, marketing, planners, project managers, software developers

  • pdxrlang meetup: Chester Ismay: Creating the fivethirtyeight R data package

    Speaker: Chester Ismay (https://github.com/ismayc) - Instructional Technologist and Consultant for Data Science, Statistics, and R at Reed College

    Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss the motivation behind creating a data package using the data from the stories produced by FiveThirtyEight. I’ll also walk through the process of creating a data package in R and some of the vignettes for the package that have been created by my students and others from throughout the world. Lastly, I’ll discuss some ideas (that I’d love to work with others on) for other data packages in R that can better serve the R community by helping novice and intermediate R users work with and tidy “messy” data.

  • Open Source Bridge Volunteer Meetup

    Open Source Bridge is in just a few weeks — June 20-23. Come find out about volunteering positions, including Session Monitor, Hacker Lounge volunteer, Logistics assistant, Party volunteer, and more! Working just 8 hours (spread over 4 days of conference and load-in day) gets you a free ticket.

    Open source Bridge is the best regional open source tech conference around! A language-agnostic conference created by developers, designers, hardware hackers, and community leaders for the greater tech industry, OSBridge focuses on the intersection of activism, tech, and culture. Students and those looking for internships and work are always welcome — we have a job board on-site to connect you with companies looking to fill positions.



  • Wednesday
    May 31 2017
    Vancouver Coworking

    Ventures At Work

    Get a Hot Desk Day Pass for half price − just $12.50. From 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, you'll have access to our high-speed internet, hot desks, comfy seats, kitchen, bistro tables, coffee and tea, fun diversions for work breaks, and free parking. You're also welcome to take a peek in our MakerSpace and grab one of the meeting rooms if it's not reserved.

    Use discount code CALAGATOR.

  • Medellin in Portland Happy Hour

    Come hear how Medellin, named one of the most innovative cities, has become the tech hub of Latin America…

    Business for a Better Portland and NedSpace are hosting Alejandro Franco, the Executive Director of Ruta N, Medellin’s tech incubator and innovation district, for an informal mixer on Wednesday, May 31st at 5 pm at NedSpace. In the heart of Medellin, Ruta N’s “Landing Pad” program provides space and services to foreign companies looking to expand into Latin America and now hosts 150 multinational companies from 23 different countries. Have a drink and learn about Latin America’s newest tech hub…

    Who would be interested: · Anyone interested in learning about Medellin · Startups considering expansion into Latin America

    What: Medellin in Portland Happy Hour Date: Wednesday, May 31 at Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm Address: NedSpace at 707 SW Washington 11th floor in the Union Bank Tower RSVP: Now, don't miss out

    Sponsored by Business for a Better Portland, NedSpace & Bigfoot Podcast Network

    RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Your-Startup/events/240212295/

  • Papers We Love @ PDX - Gorilla: A Fast, Scalable, In-Memory Time Series Database

    This paper will be presented by Johannes Hoff.

    This paper describes how Facebook stores 700 million data points (timestamp and value) per minute and keeps 26 hours of it available in memory for fast access. We will mainly look at the compression algorithms making this possible.

    Here is the abstract:


    Large-scale internet services aim to remain highly available and responsive in the presence of unexpected failures. Pro-viding this service often requires monitoring and analyzing tens of millions of measurements per second across a large number of systems, and one particularly effective solution is to store and query such measurements in a time series database (TSDB).

    A key challenge in the design of TSDBs is how to strike the right balance between efficiency, scalability, and relia-bility. In this paper we introduce Gorilla, Facebook’s in-memory TSDB. Our insight is that users of monitoring sys-tems do not place much emphasis on individual data points but rather on aggregate analysis, and recent data points are of much higher value than older points to quickly detect and diagnose the root cause of an ongoing problem. Gorilla op-timizes for remaining highly available for writes and reads, even in the face of failures, at the expense of possibly drop-ping small amounts of data on the write path. To improve query efficiency, we aggressively leverage compression tech-niques such as delta-of-delta timestamps and XOR’d floating point values to reduce Gorilla’s storage footprint by 10x. This allows us to store Gorilla’s data in memory, reduc-ing query latency by 73x and improving query throughput by 14x when compared to a traditional database (HBase)-backed time series data. This performance improvement has unlocked new monitoring and debugging tools, such as time series correlation search and more dense visualization tools. Gorilla also gracefully handles failures from a single-node to entire regions with little to no operational overhead.


    PDF: http://www.vldb.org/pvldb/vol8/p1816-teller.pdf

    Reminder: Papers We Love PDX has a code of conduct.


Next two weeks

  • Thursday
    Jun 1 2017
    Tech Talent Strategy Plan - Launch Party


    Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), in coordination with the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) has convened industry experts from across our region over the course of seven months to develop a Talent Strategy Plan. This plan is intended to galvanize collective action to address opportunities and gaps within the Tech talent pipeline. As an employer within this industry, you are invited to participate and celebrate this effort with our Tech Talent Strategy Plan Launch Party!

    Why you should attend:

    -Gather with like-minded peers to discover the priorities of solutions to regional talent issues.

    -Learn about resources and investments from the public workforce system.

    -Not to mention the event will include drinks, food and great conversation.

    This effort is not only a regional effort among our local workforce boards, it has drawn the support of our industry association, and economic development entities. The Tech Talent Strategy Plan is action-oriented, outcomes-focused, and is developed by you and your industry peers.

    The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) is a partnership between the Clackamas Workforce Partnership, Workforce Southwest Washington and Worksystems: the three Workforce Development Boards covering the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area. The Collaborative delivers a unified approach to serving industry, supporting economic development, and guiding public workforce training investments to better address the needs of our combined labor shed.

    Program Sponsors

    Clackamas Workforce Partnership Work Systems Workforce Southwest Washington

    Event Sponsor


  • PDX Women In Tech(PDXWIT) West Side Happy Hour - Let’s talk User Experience


    Please RSVP on Eventbrite

    Many of us live and/or work this side of the West Hills, but may not have a professional community convenient to this side of the metro area. Thanks to PDXWIT’s support, our plight for a post-workday meeting has been addressed. Let’s get together to talk about our projects, training efforts, research, and anything else the group is interested in discussing.

    Join us for User Experience themed happy hour with fellow women in tech. There will be light food + drinks and networking! Everyone is welcome, including folks like educators, instructors, librarians, and anyone else in the technology space.

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

    Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

  • Agile Practitioners Book Club: Reading Joy, Inc.

    This month, the Agile Practitioners Book Club meets to discuss Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love:- by Richard Sheridan

    The book looks at the workplace and how designing spaces with joy in mind influences the organization. May of you have probably had experiences (hits and misses?) with designing with the team health and happiness in mind. Come share your ideas on the book and the topic in general - over a beer with your Agile peers.

    We'll be meeting at Lucky Lab on Hawthorne and hope to see you there!

  • Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health PDX Happy Hour

    Please join us for our June Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health PDX Happy Hour!

    This month will have two short presentations, followed by an open mic component for new guests. We invite you to introduce yourself to the group and tell us about how you are involved the local biotech/digital health ecosystem.

    Our monthly happy hour brings together creative and driven professionals who are passionate about promoting the growth of Portland's Biotech and Digital Health sectors. This is a great opportunity to network and build relationships with individuals working across these sectors in both academia and industry. Enjoy a drink, build community, and contribute your ideas and efforts towards accelerating Biotech and Digital Health in PDX.

    We will several open mic opportunities at the event this month. If you would like to speak about your startup or introduce yourself to the group then please reach out to [email protected] for more information.

  • Optimal Workshop Roadshow: Portland

    The Good Mod

    The Optimal Workshop Roadshow is coming to Portland! We’re bringing New Zealand hospitality to town with an evening of informative talks by user researchers, for user researchers (and anyone interested in UX). This is your ticket to 3 hours packed with fresh UX tips, sweet software offers, fun games and prizes, plus tasty food and drinks. All in the company of like-minded locals!

    Want to find out what your users are really thinking? Laure Parsons uncovers how behavioural economics, psychology and cognitive bias studies can help you understand what users really want.

    Want a deeper understanding of UX through a unique case study? Our very own Kat Hardisty shares her insights from designing user experience for a physical space.

    Check out the Eventbrite page for full talk details and schedule.

    Spots are limited so get your ticket now. Got a friend to bring or a colleague to convince? Take advantage of our group discount for 3 or more tickets!

  • CTRL-H - PDX Hackerspace - CTRL-H Open House

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

    We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your laptop, projects, inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and hack with friends.

  • Friday
    Jun 2 2017
    AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Is the Team Responsible for Delivery or Delivering Value

    What do we really expect from an agile team? Are they expected to just deliver what they're told? Participate in deciding what to deliver? Or, are they really supposed to be focused on delivering value? Does any of this have to do with their maturity and the extend to which they are caught in a web of constraints and impediments?

    We have opinions. How about you?

    Come down to Ringler's and join in the fun. There's food, there's beer--and you and us!

  • Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk with Marri Gamard, Front-End Developer for Metal Toad

    Featured speaker: Marri Gamard

    Marri is an experienced front-end developer, currently working for one of Portland's most prominent website and app development firms: Metal Toad Media. We're excited to have Marri at The Tech Academy to share her experieence as a front-end developer and her passion for clean code and great design.

    We will provide fresh coffee, pizza, and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and network in the software industry.

    Everyone is welcome!

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Startup Weekend Vancouver
    Colab Coworking

    Learn, Network, Startup In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

  • Saturday
    Jun 3 2017

    Cascadia R Conference is an R conference serving the Cascadia-ish region (Oregon/Washington/BC).

    Check out https://cascadiarconf.com for details - that should be coming out soon.

  • CascadiaRConf

    Cascadia R Conference is an R conference serving the Cascadia-ish region (Oregon/Washington/BC).

    This is the first time this event has happened!

    Talk submissions are now closed but tickets are on sale: https://cascadiarconf.com/tickets/

    See the website for more information.

  • Intro to Programming with JavaScript

    Free Geek

    This free class is an introduction to the core concepts of programming using the JavaScript programming language. While we use JavaScript, the ideas learned in the class are transferrable to all programming languages.

    By the end of this class, you will:

    • Understand key concepts in programming
    • Understand what JavaScript is and how it is used
    • Know where to go to learn more about JavaScript
  • Introduction to HTML & CSS

    Free Geek

    Free class: Interested in creating a website, but don't know where to start? Join us at Free Geek for an introduction to the building blocks of the web: HTML and CSS.

  • Monday
    Jun 5 2017
    Data Discussions


    Discussion Topic: How to Start a Data Project

  • Portland Puppet User Group

    Puppet HQ

    Hi everyone,

    At the next Portland PUG meeting we'll be taking a look at some of the new features in Puppet Enterprise 2017.2. Sean Techavatnavisal will be showing us the new Package Inspector, and the new feature that lets you run the Puppet agent on nodes from the UI. Sean is a Technical Solutions Engineer at Puppet.

    We hope to see you there :)


    6:00-6:30 Pizza & salad, including vegan & gluten free options

    6:30-7:00 Package Inspector and Puppet Jobs, Sean Techavatnavisal

    7:00-7:45 Mingling

    7:45-8 End Meeting

  • Tuesday
    Jun 6 2017
    Vancouver Coworking

    Ventures At Work

    Get a Hot Desk Day Pass for half price − just $12.50. From 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, you'll have access to our high-speed internet, hot desks, comfy seats, kitchen, bistro tables, coffee and tea, fun diversions for work breaks, and free parking. You're also welcome to take a peek in our MakerSpace and grab one of the meeting rooms if it's not reserved.

    Use discount code CALAGATOR.

  • Who Gives A Brand? Lunch & Learn


    Come check out this free talk designed to introduce you to branding and give you some tools you can put to use immediately! Complimentary pizza and beverages provided too!

    Are you interested in increasing the ROI of your marketing efforts? Understanding your brand and communicating it effectively is a key contributor in growing sales! Join Senior Marketing Strategist, Alicia Nagel, in this talk to discover how becoming more aware of your company’s brand can help you build strong relationships with customers. Attendees will leave with tactics to gain a better understanding of their users, brand personality, brand “touchpoints”, and how using brand strategy can increase the effectiveness of marketing efforts. Presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A.

    Event on GRAYBOX Website: http://www.grayboxpdx.com/events/all/who-gives-a-brand

    RSVP Link on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/who-gives-a-brand-lunch-learn-tickets-34577866329

    ABOUT GRAYBOX GRAYBOX is a digital consulting firm that helps you solve technical challenges, reach your audience and optimize your operations with elegance, utility and expertise. We're your partners to success in a digital-first world — we help you captivate your customers online with measurable results.

    ABOUT ALICIA NAGEL Alicia has almost 10 years experience in creative leadership and brand strategy, with a background in design and advertising. Prior to working at GRAYBOX, she ran a branding and design consultancy where she worked with executive-level staff in marketing and web development agencies and directly with clients to produce brand strategy, lead creative teams, and produce cross-channel marketing campaigns.

    Alicia has extensive experience using research to inspire and guide content and design across multidisciplinary creative teams. She is experienced at conducting and applying a variety of primary and secondary research methods to inform integrated creative campaigns including focus groups, field observation, brainstorming sessions, market research, and online activity observation. These insights then get developed into personas for target audience segments to help teams and clients envision who they’re speaking to.

    Alicia enjoys giving back to the community by taking on pro bono work for nonprofits and leading branding workshops to help the entrepreneurial community. She has been asked to speak by organizations such as USC, Etsy, Anvil Media, and PSU. Nonprofit work has included content writing for AIGA, as well as brand strategy and design for several nonprofits such as Portland City Club, Fashion Collective Portland, and June Key Delta Community Center in North Portland.

  • Wednesday
    Jun 7 2017
    OEN Office Hours at WeWork

    WeWork Custom House

    Are you an Oregon entrepreneur trying to start or scale a business? Come chat with staff from OEN about how to leverage our network and resources.

    Make an appointment during our May 17 office hours so you can introduce yourself and chat with us. When you arrive, check in at the front desk and the receptionist will tell you where to go.

    Hope to see you there! If you can’t make it this time around or if all time slots are full, we hold office hours at WeWork on the first Wednesday of every month and at CENTRL East on the third Wednesday of every month.

    Reserve your slot here: https://calendly.com/oenorg/15min

  • Homebrew Website Club PDX


    It's more important than ever to have your own place to publish on the web. Have a blog? Want a blog? Are you building your own personal bot? Come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, or help work on a project!

  • Usability & the User Experience

    CENTRL Office

    Interested in learning skills and tactics for understanding and designing User Experiences? Join LaunchCode and UX Night School's Principal Instigator, Amelia Abreu for an evening of learning all about these crucial details that can make or break your work.

    We'll have snacks, beverages, and a hands-on usability audit exercise to work through together. Bring your UX questions and quandaries, and we'll sketch, socialize, and catch up.

    While you're here, learn more about UX Night School's course offerings and how to hire apprentices with LaunchCode.

  • CHIFOO Event: How To Get Buy In And Be On The Same Page

    New Relic

    CHIFOO presents "How To Get Buy In And Be On The Same Page" with Mary Shaw, UX Consultant!

    Getting buy-in from project stakeholders is often the most critical piece of the design puzzle. Learn how to successfully collaborate with your stakeholders so everyone is on the same page from the start.

    About the Speaker

    Mary Shaw (@maryshaw) is a seasoned UX consultant with 20 years of client-facing experience working with Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized businesses and startups. Mary helps clients get more customers and qualified leads by designing digital products that intentionally communicate who the product is for, what they get, and what's next. Mary has worked on a variety of UX design projects for clients including Coca-Cola, Weight Watchers, Unilever, Starbucks, and Conair Corporation.

    Come join CHIFOO for our sixth speaker event for 2017's theme "Thriving in Chaos: Strategies for Good Design".


  • Thursday
    Jun 8 2017
    "Automating HR Processes" @ Portland Nintex User Group

    The Portland Nintex User Group meets quarterly to talk about the Nintex product. Nintex is a 3rd party tool for Microsoft SharePoint & Office 365 that allows for complex business process automation.

    Schnitzer Steel Industries has adopted Nintex to enhance primarily HR processes such as employee onboarding, offboarding, performance, discipline, wellness, and surveys as well as other processes throughout the company, including compliance, auto and metal recycling, and point of sale-generated alert management. David Dean, SharePoint/Office 365 Architect, will be discussing our benefits utilizing Nintex for HR processes and demo previews of HR processes and highlight some tips and tricks that Nintex provides to make it a flexible tool for HR business requirements as well as get a glimpse of Nintex Hawkeye data. This presentation is designed for a mixed audience of IT and HR professionals who may be interested in these type of processes and capabilities utilizing Nintex.

    This event is targeted to IT professionals and HR Managers who are seeking to reduce HR costs or increase HR compliance through automation.

    Please register here: https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Nintex-User-Group/events/239908279/

  • OEN & OTBC Workshop: Startup 411 – How to Start Your Startup

    Got an idea for a startup, but don’t know where to start? This workshop will provide an overview of local resources, along with a checklist of steps to take as you build out your plan.

    This workshop, held jointly by OEN and OTBC, will provide you with:

    • A checklist of where to get started
    • A review of common mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them
    • An overview of startup funding options (and realities)
    • An overview of resources available to entrepreneurs
    • Answers to some of the basic questions that always come up about protecting your idea, co-founders, etc.

    Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/startup411-oen

  • Pitch Club PDX

    CENTRL Office

    Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series where entrepreneurs can practice their pitch and business plan. Tom Kingsley creates a dynamic and realistic environment. Participants are given the opportunity to role-play being an investor to other entrepreneurs giving them a better understanding of what the investors are looking for.

  • PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) CryptoParty

    Please RSVP on Eventbrite

    With increased regulations for ISPs to track consumer data and the ever-present possibility for fraud, keeping our internet activity private is more important than ever. CryptoParty is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. Join Bhavna Soman of Intel and Justin Mitzimberg of Cylance as they cover secure browsing, password security and management, two-factor authentication, and setting up VPNs to protect your privacy. They will also be available to discuss any advanced questions or specific issues.

    CryptoParties are free and open for everyone, but are especially valuable to ​those without prior knowledge and haven't yet attended one.

    To try the tools and apps directly at the CryptoParty, bring your laptop or smartphone.

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

    Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

  • #FullStackPDX : Code Critique

    Sign up for meetup required.

  • Friday
    Jun 9 2017
    Design Museum Mornings: Invoking Change Through Modular Design

    Hand-Eye Supply

    This June, Portland State University’s own Todd Ferry will share how creating socially-conscious mobile spaces can address community concerns, from education to homes, to opera-on-wheels. Todd Ferry is a Research Associate and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design within PSU’s School of Architecture. Todd has been active in progressive design-build projects in Portland’s neighborhoods and around the world. Todd’s current focus in on developing new models of engagement for fully including all members of a community in the design process.

    Taking place at Hand-Eye Supply the morning of June 9th, this Design Museum Mornings will address what modular design can do to sustainably benefit the community. Complete with breakfast and coffee, this second monthly installation is not to be missed!

  • Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk - Jonathon Hensley: What do I look for in a software developer?

    Jonathon Hensley is CEO of Emerge Interactive, a digital innovation company, where he works with clients to transform business strategies, user needs and new technologies into valuable products and experiences.

    An accomplished writer and speaker, Jonathon has lectured on topics such as the connected consumer’s impact on business, creating value through data-driven experiences, and user-centric approaches to innovation. In 2012 he was recognized in the Portland Business Journal’s “40 under 40” as one of Portland’s emerging professional and community leaders.

    Jonathon will be joining us at The Tech Academy to share what it is he looks for in a software developer.

    Everyone is welcome!

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Saturday
    Jun 10 2017
    Code 101 Immersive Workshop: Intro to Web Development

    Code Fellows PDX

    This one-day immersive workshop is the perfect place to figure out if coding is for you. Learn how websites are built and code one yourself working in a team environment using industry-standard tools and practices.

    Get a feel for what a career in coding is like, plus a taste of the Code Fellows PDX learning experience. Meet Alumni for Q & A after the workshop.

  • Xamarin Dev Day

    Get a free hands-on learning experience with your local developer community to explore mobile development through sessions on Xamarin, Xamarin.Forms, and Azure Services. Put new knowledge into practice by building a Xamarin.Forms application in the afternoon in a hands-on lab!

    Join your local Xamarin community at the Portland Mobile .NET Developers developer group that meets regularly covering Xamarin, Azure, and other mobile topics. Be sure to check out the Xamarin Dev Days website to see all the upcoming events around the world.

    Free tickets here


    Time Topic

    9:00am Registration & Breakfast Served

    9:30am - 10:10am Intro to Xamarin (Ivan Bondy)

    10:20am - 11:00am Xamarin Forms (Heath Hodgert)

    11:10am - 11:50am Xamarin + Azure (Ryan Niebur)

    12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

    1:00pm - 3:30pm Xamarin Hands on Lab

    1:00pm - 2:00pm Breakout: The Business Case for Xamarin (Curtis Shipley)

    2:00pm - 3:00pm Breakout: Session TBD

    3:30pm Wrap up, Raffle Items

    4:00pm Drinks/Reception

    Organizers & Xamarin Experts

    Ivan Bondy - Solution Architect & Microsoft Certified Solution Master at Microsoft @ivanbondy

    Heath Hodgert – Mobile Architect at Viewpoint Construction Software @wheathh

    Ryan Niebur - Software Development Engineer at Viewpoint Construction Software [email protected]

    Curtis Shipley - Founder of Salty Dog Technology [email protected]

    Joe Dunn – Community Engagement at Marquam @joe_xbox

    Local User Group:

    Portland Azure User Group - PAzUG

    Portland Mobile .NET Developers Group

    Portland Dot NET User Group – PADNUG

    Event Sponsors:

    Viewpoint Construction Software

    Salty Dog Technologies



    For more information, please follow the Portland Mobile .NET Developers Group. https://www.meetup.com/PortlandMobileDevelopers/events/239850620/

  • Monday
    Jun 12 2017
    GeoDev HackerLab

    Esri PDX R&D Center

    Once again, we are hosting a HackerLab event in Portland, OR! This will be a four-hour, hands-on, strategically guided lab aimed at people new to JavaScript to introduce Esri Leaflet, which makes it a pleasure to drop ArcGIS services into most everyone’s favorite Open Source web mapping library.

    The tutorials will be led by John Gravois, who loves making maps for the web. He will give you time to play in between the tutorials. Snacks will be there for you to munch on.

    This is a BYOM, BYOI, BYOA, and BYOD event: bring your own machine (seriously, we don't have any extras), ideas, apps and data. Yeah.

    Oh and here is a list of the required materials:

    1. Computer

    2. Smart text editor (think Notepad++, Sublime) installed

    3. Local web server running (check out this guide if you need help setting it up)

    4. ArcGIS for Developers or ArcGIS Organizational account

    HackerLab Agenda:

    12:30PM - 4:30PM - HackerLab (We get started promptly at 12:30!)

    WE REPEAT: Bring your own machine! We will not have any extras for use.

    NOTE: There is also a GeoDev Meetup happening in the evening at the R&D Office as well, and everyone is welcome to attend. RSVP to the meetup here:


  • PDXWIT #Action Women’s Strength Self-Defense Class

    Jama Software

    Please RSVP on Eventbrite

    Suggested donation in support of the Women’s Strength program: $5-$10

    PDXWIT #Action is proud to offer a Women’s Strength self-defense class on June 12th at 5:30. The introductory class is presented by WomenStrength, who introduce all those who identify as women to strategies — including survival-level fighting skills — to defend against sexual assault. This workshop is in support of PDXWIT #Action’s top local issue of supporting public safety. Class activities and discussions are designed to help participants identify their risks, evaluate their strengths and explore their options for dealing with the threat of sexual violence. Class activities focus on practicing verbal and physical strategies and discussion topics focus on sexual and domestic violence. Although the WomenStrength program is operated out of the Portland Police Bureau, the instructors are not police officers. They are highly skilled civilians who teach safety and de-escalation to the community at large.

    Note: This training is neither based on nor in support of Portland Police Bureau’s tactics that have been criticized as an excessive use of force.

    This event is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for any accommodation requests or questions. Beverages will be provided.

    The agenda for the evening is as follows:

    5:30pm: Arrive and get settled

    5:45pm: Workshop begins

    7:00pm: Workshop ends

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

    Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

  • GeoDev Meetup

    Esri PDX R&D Center

    Once again, we're hosting an Esri GeoDev Meetup on Monday, June 12th. Food and beverages will be provided at the meet up.

    This event is a social gathering for developers to discuss the latest in mapping, geo technology, geo services, web and mobile mapping apps, app design, cloud solutions, map data or anything else related to solving real-world "geo" problems.

    Developers of all levels of expertise are welcome, from seasoned GIS professionals to those new to geospatial development.

    At these meet ups, you can:

    • Meet cool people. Duh, we're there.

    • Show us what you got by demo'ing your application or framework.

    • Make a name for yourself in presenting an cool new/interesting concept or idea.

    Impress someone by sharing your experiences.

    • If you're sharp with your GIS and developer trivia, you can win some cool Esri swag

    • Make BFFs for life - connect with other developers!

    Here's what's on the agenda:

    5:30 - 6:30 PM Registration and Social (Appetizers and Beverages served)

    6:30 - 7:00 PM Intro

    7:00 - 8:00 PM Lightning talks

    8:00 - 8:30 PM Giveaway, Networking and Social. Two great prizes:

    • A voucher for 1000 Service Credits for your ArcGIS Online Developer Subscription

    • Giveaway of a DevSummit Registration

    Follow us on Twitter: @geogangster and @AmyNiessen

    P.S. We're hosting a GeoDev HackerLab event earlier in the day. The seating is limited, but if you're interested, please RSVP here:


  • Women Who Code Portland - 3rd Anniversary Celebration @ New Relic

    Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-who-code-portland-3rd-anniversary-celebration-tickets-34896464264

    We are so thrilled to announce that on Monday, June 12th, we will be celebrating our 3rd Anniversary at New Relic! This is going to be a great event, as we are celebrating 3 years in Portland, 2000+ members, 200+ events, 10+ leaders, and so many wonderful memories! Thank you to New Relic, InVision, Nike, and Hackbright Academy for sponsoring.

    The theme for the night is Rising Up in Engineering Leadership and we have three distinguished panelists speaking about their careers and how to succeed and thrive in the tech industry as a woman.

    Our Panelists:

    Dana Lawson - VP, Engineering, Platform at InVisionApp Inc
    April Leonard- Engineering Manager, New Relic
    - Sue Hayes- Sr. Director, Commerce Core Platform Engineering at Nike

    Giveaways + Food

    As a thank you to our wonderful members, we will have awesome giveaways for the first 100 people, so be sure to arrive on time! InVision and Nike have sponsored Women Who Code Portland coffee mugs and t-shirts and we will be serving food, drinks, and cupcakes, courtesy of New Relic and Hackbright Academy.


    5:30-6:00 - Doors open & Networking
    6:00-6:30 - Introduction from Women Who Code Portland + Sponsor Intros
    6:30-7:30 - Panel: “Rising Up in Engineering Leadership”
    7:30-8:30 - Networking

    Speaker Bios:

    Dana Lawson is the Vice President of Engineering at InVision, where she is responsible for leading the platform engineering group, covering DevOps, site reliability, and data services. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a systems engineer and has technical skills spanning multiple disciplines. Throughout her career, Dana has led many different teams and worn many hats, from an individual contributor creating mobile applications to leading multiple teams that managed large scale backend big data and infrastructure. With a background in fine arts, she brings her creative vision to the engineering team at InVision, where technology meets design.

    April Leonard is a Portland native and longtime Java engineer, who recently dabbled in Ruby, JavaScript, and Kotlin. She has experience building many enterprise applications including an adaptive test engine and a custom shopping cart servicing millions of customers. She delights in solving problems, finding efficiencies, and learning new things and is enjoying her new role as a Software Engineering Manager. Her favorites things are laughing, outdoor activities, gardening, and spending time with her family.

    Sue Hayes is currently a Senior Director in the Nike Digital Engineering organization, responsible for the development of the Commerce Core capabilities that power Nike’s eCommerce stack and the brick-and-mortar stores. She has been with Nike for 20 years and she has managed software development teams across Nike’s enterprise. Sue graduated from Carroll University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Psychology and she earned an MBA from the University of Colorado. As a person with a lifelong passion for running, the offer to become a technology leader at Nike was a perfect fit!

    Sponsors + Sponsor Tables

    New Relic - New Relic's digital intelligence platform lets developers, ops, and tech teams measure and monitor the performance of their applications and infrastructure.
    InVision - The world's best companies use InVision to design the products you love.
    Nike - Experience sports, training, shopping and everything else that's new at Nike from any country in the world.
    Hackbright Academy - Hackbright Academy is the leading software engineering school for women founded in San Francisco in 2012.

    Our sponsors will have a booth during the events, where you can speak to representatives from those companies.

    {short} Code of Conduct

    Women Who Code (WWCode) is dedicated to providing an empowering experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed. Our events are intended to inspire women to excel in technology careers, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form. Our Code of Conduct applies to all events run by Women Who Code, Inc. If you would like to report an incident or contact our leadership team, please submit an incident report form.

    About Women Who Code Portland

    Women Who Code is a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We connect amazing women with other like-minded individuals around the globe who unite under one simple notion--the world of technology is better with women in it. In Portland, we organize monthly study nights, workshops, and networking nights, as well as hackathons and social events.

  • Portland HoloLens Meetup

    A Portland-based gathering of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality.


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