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  • Sunday
    Mar 1 2015
    PDXDrones: Sunday Flyday

    Meldrum Bar Park

    It's looking beautiful this Sunday. Let's take advantage of Sunny and 60 degrees in February and get some airtime in.

  • Women Who Hack - rescheduled from 2/22

    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!

    **Note: If you're interested in submitting a talk proposal to OSBridge or any other conference, bring your drafts to share and get feedback from others!

    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.

  • SE Civic Study Hall

    Work on a project in the company of others!

    This is an unstructured get-together to give people a chance to work on that thing they said they wanted to work on but never have time to work on. Laptops, paper, pens, or other working materials recommended.

    Basically I will be in a corner of a café working on something on my laptop and you can come too. Bare Bones Café has coffee, beer, food, music... atmosphere!

  • Monday
    Mar 2 2015
    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 Puppet User Group March 2nd Meeting

    We meet on the 1st Monday of every month. All are invited to join!

    Agenda for March 2nd:

    • 6 - 6:30pm: Eat pizza and chat with other Puppet users
    • 6:30 - 7:15: "How Fuel Uses Puppet to Deploy OpenStack" - Christopher Aedo, Mirantis
    • 7:15 - 8:00 "Advanced Metrics in PE Puppet Server" - Chris Price, Puppet Labs
    • 8:00 - 8:15 Plan next meeting and mingle

    "How Fuel Uses Puppet to Deploy OpenStack" - Christopher Aedo

    Master or masterless, sequencing solutions, giant catalogs, getting in sync with upstream community manifests, and more - Christopher Aedo (from Mirantis) will talk about the lessons learned while building Fuel, the open source OpenStack deployment and management tool.

    "Advanced Metrics in PE Puppet Server" - Chris Price

    In this talk we take a look at some of the advanced metrics that are tracked inside of Puppet Server in Puppet Enterprise. We'll look at some settings, tools, and scripts that you can use to get detailed information about how your server is performing, what operations are taking the most CPU time, etc. We'll also get a sneak peak at some of the improvements that will be coming in a new PE release in the very near future.

    Get in touch with meg@ 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 on the street and just inside the parking garage at the corner of Stark and SW 1st Ave. Parking is available on the street or at one of the many pay to park lots near the office.

  • PDX iOS: What's in a mobile database - Samuel Giddins w/ Realm

    Plus QA

    NOTE: I wanted to make sure everyone saw the location difference! We'll be meeting at Plus QA again this month!

    ALSO NOTE: We're meeting a week early this month due to some travel conflicts for the organizers ;)

    It seems like every year, we see a new database launch. But most of them are designed to work in server environments, not solve the problems that mobile developers face. A database that's truly designed to work on phones, tablets, and watches is going to look different from SQLite -- it will be built on a universal, cross-platform, memory-mapped, thread-safe data representation of data, via a simple and object-oriented API. The focus will be to let developers write apps faster, focus on crafting better experiences, and handle more data locally.

  • PDX Data Engineering: Apache Spark

    Walmart Labs

    For our fist meeting lets get together and talk about using Spark in production. I can give a quick overview if necessary and then we'll open it up for discussions.

    We can also talk about plans for the group and what kinds of topics and discussion you'd like to see in the future.

  • Tuesday
    Mar 3 2015
    Drop in hour for prospective students
    Ruby Php Javascript


    Epicodus is a 20 week, full time, in-person class on programming. You'll learn everything you need to know to get a job as a web developer or build your startup's app.

    At Epicodus, you'll learn how to build web applications from top to bottom with modern technologies and practices. More importantly than any particular skill, though, you'll learn how to think like a programmer, write good code, and pick up new languages and technologies in this fast-changing industry.

    We currently offer two courses: one covering PHP, JavaScript, and Drupal, and one covering Ruby, JavaScript, and Rails.

    Stop in to meet our staff, see the classroom and ask lots of questions. And if you're working on the pre-class homework from learnhowtoprogram.com we can help with that!

    Check out our FAQ: http://www.epicodus.com/faq.html



    Digital marketing changes every day. eROI invites you to join us for an interactive panel discussion to explore how digital marketing will evolve in 2015.

    We'll bring together brilliant local minds in digital advertising— across design, strategy, development, and analytics to discuss trends, predictions, field audience questions, and dream together the future for our industry.

    Some topics covered may include: Visual Communication: More than ever, advertisers are fighting for attention, trying to communicate more content in less time. Smart, strategic design is more important than ever.

    Personalization: There is a wealth of specific, relevant information online about individual consumers, yet we've barely scratched the surface on how to effectively streamline and use personalization in marketing.

    Social Media + Marketing: With organic reach on Facebook all but entirely gone for advertisers, how will we put the "marketing" back in social media? What networks are poised for growth in 2015 and how can we as marketers take advantage?

    eROI creates compelling, digital experiences for web, email, and social with partners like Conde Nast, the Baltimore Sun, Fred Meyer Jewelers, and Aramark to drive revenue and exceed goals.

    Please direct questions to events@eROI.com and visit www.eROI.com/events to register for this 3/3/15 event starting February 3, 2015.

  • Tech Community Open House: PDC's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

    Uncorked Studios

    The Portland Development Commission (PDC) is in the process of updating its Strategic Plan to set the agency’s course of action over the next five years and we’d like your input. Come learn about how this plan addresses Portland's economic future as it relates to the tech, design, and startup community.

    Join us for an open house to discuss the 50% Draft PDC Strategic Plan with PDC staff and the tech, design, & startup community.

  • UX Book Club PDX is talking about A Web For Everyone by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery


    Come along and join us to talk about A Web For Everyone by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery, which is a very useful book on accessibility and universal design. Additionally, we're going to be joined by Whitney on Skype to discuss creating digital content for everyone, including people with disabilities. Accessibility is a huge subject, and one that is frequently overlooked by designers and developers, even though there are laws covering the rights of people (for example, employees and members of the public) to be able to access information.

    Come along with any of your team to discuss the important topic of accessibility and how it's not something you tack on at the end of a project, but something that can improve the usability of a product for everyone.

    If you haven't finished reading the book, please still come along and join in the conversation.

  • Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting
    Ruby Rails

    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.


    Samuel Giddins: Using Ruby in a Non-Ruby World

    Ruby is an incredible language that we all love to code in. But it's also a language that lends itself to being used in other ecosystems, in other 'worlds'. Ruby is an incredibly useful tool for building DSLs that look more like data than code. It's also a very portable language with a strong, standardized toolchain that makes it a go-to choice for client-side tooling. I'm going to walk through the ways in which we, as rubyists, can build systems that cooperate with a non-Ruby environment.

    Ruby Jobs Storytime

    5 min talks about people's experiences looking for and finding jobs (and conversely from the hiring side, experiences looking for and hiring engineers for their teams). These talks would probably not need slides, just a person willing to provide their experience. The types of things people could talk about include:

    • A new developer’s experience trying to get their first programming job
    • A seasoned developer’s tips and tricks for finding and getting a great job
    • A story about how someone got their job in a non-traditional way
    • Information from a hiring manager or engineer involved in hiring about what they look for
    • Any other type of story in the same vein

    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!

  • Monthly Maker Meetup


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

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

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

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

  • Glenn Block: Getting Scripty With It... scriptcs!

    The "it" in this case is C# and yes you CAN get scripty with it when you use scriptcs! And, we're going further in 2015! We're coming up with new ways to take your scripting experience to the next level. In this talk Glenn will start with some quick basics and show some of the cool new things that have been added and some "hot off the repo" exciting things that are coming. We'll truly be traveling at geek speed.

    Don't miss out!

  • Hack + Help (plus a data science talk!)
    Javascript Ruby

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

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

  • Portland Bitcoin Group


    This group is for people who are interested in Bitcoin, the open source, peer-to-peer payment network and currency.

    Come along to: * Learn why Bitcoin is different from other currencies and precious metals * Learn how to use Bitcoin to increase your online privacy and security * Discuss politics and economics as they relate to Bitcoin and the $. Barter, trade, and network for a more resilient local economy. * Buy and sell products and services for Bitcoin. If you have a business, how you can be one of the first to start transacting with Bitcoin.

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

  • Science on Tap - Vaccination

    DATE: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    TIME: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.

    LOCATION: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore.

    COST: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door

    FOOD & DRINK: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available. You’re welcome to bring food into the theater with you.


    Vaccines are one of the greatest achievements of public health in the last century, and more is yet to be done. This success has saved countless lives -- and created a backlash of vaccine hesitancy and denial that we are still seeking to understand. At this Science on Tap, hear from a panel of experts from the Multnomah County Health department, including epidemiologists, doctors, and other scientists, about how vaccines work, how they protect our communities, what the risks really are, and how you can make a difference.

    Event Website

    Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

    *A note on the suggested cover at the door: Science on Tap is mostly supported by money collected at the door. It is committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

  • Wednesday
    Mar 4 2015
    Code Oregon Meetup

    The Gameroom

    Gameroom PDX is hosting a meet-up every other Wednesday

    Learn to make websites and apps on Treehouse for free by signing up with Code Oregon!

    For more information and to register to attend, visit: http://www.gameroompdx.com/code-oregon.html

    If you are not yet a Code Oregon participant, visit http://www.codeoregon.org/ to sign up for free and it takes about 30 seconds.

  • Javascript Study Group and Hack Night (now with more than intro fun!)

    We will be meeting up for a JavaScript Study Group.

    An intro to JavaScript class will be taught for anyone who is looking to get into programming.

    There will also be an intermediate group project to work on to hone your skills together. The intermediate group will work on Conway's Game of Life and or Fiz Buzz to tackle some classic coding problems together.
    Game of Life: http://www.devblogrbmz.com/writing-conways-game-of-life-in-javascript-using-tdd-pt-1/
    FizzBuzz: http://www.codecademy.com/courses/fizzbuzz/2/1

    Finger food will be provided. Please bring your own laptop or tablet if you would like to come to the JavaScript class. Come for some good company and bring a project to work on. We'll be here to bounce ideas off each other and continue to work out what we would like to run as a community.

    For those of your interested in getting started in programming, feel free to check out the resources below. Bring your questions and confusion and we'll help you clear things up! JavaScript Getting Started Resources:



    Advanced Beginners can start in on some Coder Projects:




  • PDX Big Data Discussion Group

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

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

    This month's paper is Resilient Distributed Datasets: A Fault-Tolerant Abstraction for In-Memory Cluster Computing by Zaharia etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

    Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

    There will be pizza.

  • Thursday
    Mar 5 2015
    ng-conf Extended PDX
    CSG Pro

    CSG Pro will be live streaming the ng-conf from our office in NW Portland March 5th and 6th.

    Seating is limited so get your ticket early. Ticket prices are $20 and include both days, early am coffee, lunches and a t-shirt.

  • ng-conf Extended PDX
    CSG Pro

    The biggest Angular conference in the world, ng-conf is taking place in two weeks in Salt Lake City. This year, they're allowing remote locations to live stream and we're opening our office in the Pearl for the full two day event. If you have members of your group that would be interested in attending, tickets are $20 and include full day access both Thursday and Friday, coffee in the am, lunches and a custom conference t-shirt.

    Here is the link to our event sign up page: http://bit.ly/1DEPUsr


    Alexis Milbourn / Marketing Coordinator

    CSG Pro } Serving our clients since 1993 734 NW 14th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 / {503} 445-6306 / www.csgpro.com

  • PDXNode Presentation Night

    Food Sponsored by Stormpath.

    Lightning Talks (slots are still available)

    Presentations start at 6:30pm. We welcome open dialogue during the presentations. We're all here to learn!

    Come a little early to say hi. We'll also be hanging out at 6:15pm to help any newcomers needing help to getting started by installing node and npm.

    It will be a nice variety of topics and level of talks. If anyone is interested, we could also take discussions to post-talk drinks nearby. Maybe even hack a little.

    New coders and new friends welcome! Say hi, make noise, and ask questions.

    Location note:

    Look for the friends standing by the door to let you in! If you arrive past 6:35pm, be patient! Or tweet @pdxnode. We'll come get you shortly.

  • Graph analysis in Clojure

    Puppet Labs

    We will be discussing some different graph and network algorithms and exploring how best to implement them in Clojure. Focus will be on functionality, efficiency and generalizability. And joy.

    Bio: Ryan Spangler is currently Lead Developer at Little Bird, a social network analysis software startup in Portland OR. He has been contributing to open source Clojure for going on 4 years now, and he has been a lisp enthusiast in some form or another since he saw his first parenthesis.

  • MaptimePDX
    Javascript Html

    Welcome to MaptimePDX, a monthly hack and learn meetup for map nerds, geo-geeks, and the spatially inclined. Beginners are very welcome!

    Our goal is to be inclusive no matter your tech level, so bring your questions, geoprojects, and mapping curiosities. We also highly encourage bringing a laptop so you can get hands-on!


    • Using Github pages

    Let us know if you have something you'd like to teach, ask, show, or hack:

  • Tech Talks and Networking Night

    Join us for a night of tech talks and Networking as we kick off this monthly Meetup. 

    Jaguar Land Rover will be our first host as we being this series to tour around town seeing some amazing companies and hearing some great talks about their technology and other awesome tech. 

    6:00-6:30 - Check-In + Networking
    6:30-7:30 - Lightning Talks + Q&A
    7:30-8:00 - Networking


    Art McGee:
    Art will do a brief talk/demo about Tizen Web Apps, the build & structure of the AGL App Suite, building an image, and generally using the Tizen API.

    William Hoang:
    What happens when your Android/iOS mobile device does not have a network connection? That device will have no content, no experience and the amazing application that you spent so much effort to build just simply will not work. This talk would be around the implementation story of creating offline and online applications on Android Mobile. The journey begins with NoSQL database modeling and what we can do with a NoSQL technology for mobile. The session will go through how to create data object model relations, design for performance in difficult areas with no signal, and how to develop a local Android/iOS NoSQL datebase that syncs to the cloud. 

  • Portland Linux/Unix Group: The Future of Copyleft
    Beer Linux

    Who: Bradley M. Kuhn
    What: Considering the Future of Copyleft: How Will The Next Generation Perceive GPL?
    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
    When: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 7pm
    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    Copyleft licenses, particularly the GPL and LGPL, are widely used throughout the Free Software community. However, recent for-profit corporate interest in Free Software development has led to a renewed preference toward non-copyleft licensing by for-profit entities. Meanwhile, many for-profit entities that do use copyleft for their own software now do so in a manner that most copyleft aficionados find, at best, distasteful and at worst, abusive.

    A long-standing truce exists in our community between fans of non-copyleft licensing and copyleft. No one in the copyleft communities disputes that non-copylefted Free Software is an important part of our community. However, copyleft faces new challenges that make past debates about the appropriateness of copyleft seem quite minor by comparison.

    This talk will discuss all aspects of the complicated situation facing copyleft, including younger developers apparent preference for non-copyleft licensing (as expressed, in part, in the "post-open source" debates), the widespread and common failures for companies to comply with GPL's relatively easy requirements, and how licensing choices are today, unlike in the past, rarely in the hands of individual developers, but instead their corporate employers.

    Bradley M. Kuhn is the President and Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy (sfconservancy.org) and on the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of the GNU/Linux operating system, and began contributing to various FLOSS projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kuhn's non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF's Executive Director from 2001–2005, Kuhn led FSF's GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. From 2005-2010, Kuhn worked as the Policy Analyst and Technology Director of the Software Freedom Law Center. Kuhn was the primary volunteer for Conservancy from 2006–2010, and has been a full-time staffer since early 2011. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Kuhn's Master's thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of FLOSS programming languages. Kuhn received the O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2012, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on copyleft licensing.

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

    Rideshares Available

    PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.

  • Saturday
    Mar 7 2015
    ProductCamp Portland 2015

    ProductCamp is a user-driven “unconference” that brings together passionate product managers, product marketers and others who are interested in collaborating to share insights, learning best practices, and networking with other top professionals in the Portland product community.

    Join us for our fourth camp!

  • PDX Spring Coderetreat -2015

    It might technically be Winter, but Portland's weather doesn't seem to think so. Which is fine, we're holding the 2015 Spring Coderetreat a little earlier this year.

    Come join your fellow Portland programmers to practice the art of software development together. Write code, learn from others, teach someone else, and expand your network of friends who are passionate about their craft. Show up with your laptop and favorite development tools to participate, everything else is provided.

  • Hackster Hardware Weekend
    Portland State Business Accelerator Mt. Hood room

    Ready to hack the future of hardware?

    The Hackster Hardware Weekend is a celebration of makers, open source hardware and the Hackster community across America. From Seattle to NYC and everything in between, we are hitting the road driving an original DeLorean DMC 12 to run the coolest Hackathon & Meetup series of the year, with loads of free hardware kits, amazing speakers, software freebies and great people.

    Best yet, you also get to hack our Time Machine. Update our DeLorean with the latest sensors, electronics, radios and data service. Make Doc Emmet Brown proud and #HackToTheFuture!

    What will you build with the DeLorean? Share your ideas on the DeLorean hacks page.

  • Hackster Hardware Weeken
    Portland Art Museum

    The Hackster Hardware Weekend is a celebration of makers, open source hardware and the Hackster community across America. From Seattle to NYC and everything in between, we are hitting the road driving an original DeLorean DMC 12 to run the coolest Hackathon & Meetup series of the year, with loads of free hardware kits, amazing speakers, software freebies and great people.

    Best yet, you also get to hack our Time Machine. Update our DeLorean with the latest sensors, electronics, radios and data service. Make Doc Emmet Brown proud and #HackToTheFuture!

  • Art and Science of Volunteer Management workshop

    Art and Science of Volunteer Management workshop

    This three-hour, participatory workshop equips volunteer coordinators, community organizers, neighborhood leaders, event organizers, and activist leaders in the art and science of volunteer engagement and volunteer management, born of 15 years of extensive experiences as a volunteer and organizational leader in very diverse settings.

    Registration is required (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1346943) and each session is limited to 12 attendees.

  • Hackster Hardware Weekend

    The Hackster Hardware Weekend is a celebration of makers, open source hardware and the Hackster community across America. From Seattle to NYC and everything in between, we are hitting the road driving an original DeLorean DMC 12 to run the coolest Hackathon & Meetup series of the year, with loads of free hardware kits, amazing speakers, software freebies and great people.

    Best yet, you also get to hack our Time Machine. Update our DeLorean with the latest sensors, electronics, radios and data service. Make Doc Emmet Brown proud and #HackToTheFuture!

  • Monday
    Mar 9 2015
    Three Digital Marketing Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Retail Sales

    Whether you want more people to find your brick and mortar or want to drive more traffic to your e-commerce store, there are three critical steps you need to know for improving your online presence. Come learn digital marketing essentials and identify strategies to help keep your register ringing. Join us for this free symposium on Monday, March 9 from 4-5:30 pm and leave with a mini-digital marketing plan. We'll go over how to: 1. Identify the right keywords for which your ideal customers are searching 2. Write content the search engines and customers will find 3. Measure your results to track success

    About the presenter: Colleen Wright has two Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration in Marketing and in Advertising Management. She has worked in the marketing field since 1989. Her experience includes working for large corporations such as NIKE and UPS, medium size companies such as Benj. Franklin Savings and Loan, and small businesses. (See attached resume for further detail.) As an educator with Search Engine Academy, she gained deep knowledge of digital marketing strategies and stays current with trends in the field. Her experience and knowledge has helped numerous businesses increase sales and leads through her work at her own digital marketing agency, Response Interactive, and as a business advisor at PCC SBDC.

    Parking: This site is an official PCC campus and there is a parking fee. There are parking permit boxes in the parking lot area. ADA: If you need accomodations to participate in this event, contact Disability Services at 971-722-4341 or 503-246-4072 (TTY).

  • 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.

  • PDX Women Founders Forum

    Hi All -

    Our own Liz Bacon - co-founder of the Women Founders Forum - will talk about the story of her startup, from beginning to a very successful end.

    This event is kindly sponsored by Tonkon Torp and TIE Oregon - thank you!

    Topic is: "The Story Arc: Fireside chat with Liz Bacon", with the awesome Liz Bacon.

    FindWellness founder Liz Bacon will talk candidly about her journey from inception to product launch, all the way up to her company's recent acquisition. Can't wait to see you all!

  • 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
    Mar 10 2015
    Introduction To Object-Oriented Programming With PHP - Part 2

    If you we not able to attend Part 1, never fear, you can read about it and get slides, code and more here.

    In Part 2 we will cover

    1. Brief review of the terminology already covered: class, property, method, object, instance, abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance

    2. New vocabulary: Polymorphism, Interface, Namespace

    3. Use cases to work with the objects and give you the opportunity to see how these concepts actually work.

    Setup for using PHP

    Any environment that can render php will work for this class. If you don't have anything set up to run php yet, the easiest way to get up an running fast is to use Cloud 9

    1. Sign up at Cloud 9: https://c9.io/
    2. Create a new workspace

    • Name your workspace

    • Choose PHP

    • Press “CREATE”

    • Wait a few minutes for the workspace to be setup

    3. Click on the workspace on the left.

    • Choose “START EDITING”, green button on the right

  • Portland ReactJS Presentation night

    Greetings to all!

    We're excited to announce our second meeting and presentation night! We already have some great talks lined up from Dave McCabe and Asa Miller. We're hoping to set aside some time for lightning talks as well. Please join the mailing list and let us know if you are interested in presenting or participating in lightning talks.

    Jama Software will be hosting us at their new office in downtown Portland. Catering will also be provided, more details on that soon.

    == Proposed Schedule ==

    Using React with Real-time data from Firebase. (Asa Miller)

    Asa will discuss setting up real-time communication between desktop and mobile and how to to configure it for communication between components instead of passing props.

    Notes on the Design of Components. (Dave McCabe)

    A discussion on what we've learned about designing React components: Techniques for promoting simplicity, reuse, statelessness, and separation of concerns, and for dealing with asynchrony.

  • Wednesday
    Mar 11 2015
    OEN PubTalk: Is Brick and Mortar Retail Dying or Evolving?

    It’s projected that within the next 15-20 years, half of America’s malls will shut down. JCPenney, Macy’s, and Sears are among the many retail giants that have recently announced fresh rounds of closures and layoffs.

    So is brick-and-mortar retail dying? Though e-commerce platforms are increasingly vital in today’s retail marketplace, not everyone is quick to discount good ol’ fashioned brick-and-mortar stores. Join us at our March PubTalk to learn how startup companies are leveraging online and offline retail experiences to create more demand.

  • Cohesive Prototyping Workshop


    MIPO is a non-profit 501(c)3 serving the inventor and product developer community. We are offering a workshop on Cohesive Prototyping. Ensure your prototype and product are a success. Check out the website for more info.


  • Javascript Study Night

    Rotating bi-weekly with our Intro to Javascript and Intermediate project night, Javascript Study Night is a night to get together and help each other with projects or just sit and code with like minded folks.

    Come make Wednesday your Javascript night!

  • CHIFOO Meeting: Creating Enjoyable Frustration

    "Creating Enjoyable Frustration" with Mike Selinker, Lone Shark Games Inc.

    Few people have so closely observed and helped shape the evolution of tabletop and alternate reality game design as Mike Selinker. Join us as he shares his observations on how to create engagement through frustration, success through incremental victories, and the theory of encouraging permission to fail. Trust us, it'll all make sense.

  • Science on Tap - Cannabis

    Kiggins Theatre

    Full Event Title: This Is Your Brain on (Legal) Drugs: The Neuroscience and Art of Cannabis and Alcohol

    Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Time: Doors at 6 p.m. event at 7 p.m.

    Location: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.

    Cost: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door. This is an all-ages event.

    Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn and snacks available.

    Event Description:

    Humans have used intoxicants like alcohol and marijuana for thousands of years, and we modern humans are no different. The Northwest is home to thriving beer, wine, and spirits industries, and now that both Washington and Oregon permit the recreational sale and use of marijuana, there are more legal opportunities to get high.

    At this Science on Tap, have a beer and stimulate both sides of your brain as neuroscientist Bill Griesar, PhD, and artist Jeff Leake from NW Noggin discuss both the science and art of alcohol and marijuana. Find out how these drugs affect the chemistry our brains and how they change our behavior. Also find out how some well-known artists have approached (and sometimes used) these drugs in the creation of works of art.

    Event Website

    Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

    Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver.

    *A note on the suggested cover at the door: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

  • Thursday
    Mar 12 2015
    Swift Study Night and Stanford Course


    Join us to at our bi-weekly meetup to work through the Stanford iTunes U free course on developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift.

    Epicodus is kindly allowing us to use their iMacs to work through the course, but feel free to bring your own laptop if you are already setup.

    Also feel free to bring a project and seek inspiration, help or just a friendly environment to work in.

    Download the course and take a look before coming for maximum enjoyment.


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