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  • Started Saturday
    Dec 2 2017
    12 Days Of FCC This: 12 Day Unconference and Hackathon
    through
    Your Local Mall

    What? A 12 day unconference and hackathon to make the Internet unstoppable When? 4pm, Saturday, December 2nd through Decmeber 14th, or until the internet is unstoppable. Where? The food court of your local mall Why? Because we’re really tired of asking the FCC to stop breaking the internet.

    Website
  • Monday
    Dec 11 2017
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Web Design with HTML & CSS - 12/11

    Have you ever wondered whether you'd enjoy computer programming? The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to web design with HTML & CSS. These languages are used to develop the structure and styling of every website.

    This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming who are considering a career in software development. This way, you can find out ahead of time whether you enjoy the actual work of programming computers. A computer programmer does a lot more than just write code, but coding is the most important part of the job. 

    Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code.

    Here is what some past participants had to say about the free one-day courses.

    I loved it. I love the explanations that the instructor gave. He was so patient and explained clearly. 

    It was great. The instructor gave us lots of information and helped us grow and foster new skills.

    I was impressed by the organization and structure. Instructor was knowledgeable and kept the pace moving while taking extra time when necessary.


    Details

    Dates: Monday, December 11 
    Times: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Classroom will open at 9:15 a.m.)
    RSVP: An RSVP is needed to guarantee a seat in the class, though we tend to have a few open seats for last minute attendees
    Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229
    (Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) Parking: There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building, just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

    TriMet:

    Our recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland: Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There, catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which can drop you off right in front of the school.

    Please Note:

    • We will take a 45 minute lunch at approximately 12 p.m. • There is no refrigerator at this location, but there is a microwave to heat up a lunch.

    • There are number of eating establishments within walking distance where you can grab a quick bite.

    • Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. • If something comes up after you sign up such that you are unable to attend, please change your status. This will allow others to sign up.

    For questions, please email [masked]

    Website
  • PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Quarterly Seasoned Women in Tech (Winter 2017)

    Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-quarterly-seasoned-women-in-tech-winter-2017-tickets-39261189274] is required to avoid having to manually check-in at the event

    PDXWIT supports women in all stages of their career, so we launched Seasoned Women in Tech to create space for women with 15+ years of experience in tech. The group meets quarterly, and this event is organized by Tracy Thomas and Claire Hernandez.

    What kind of "time- brain" do you have? To find out, join international speaker, trainer and author, Marydee Sklar for an interactive evening about your brain and its connection to how you relate to time. Come away with new insights into your own behavior as well as those around you. She'll share tips to support aging brains and young ones too!

    Entrance on MLK - mirrored door, with signage that reads "Gardener's and Ranchers Building" with hours. Please follow the PDXWIT signage.

    Agenda:

    5:30p.m. Gather, chat and nosh.

    6:00p.m. Introductions

    6:15 - 7:15: Interactive discussion

    7:15 - 7:30: Questions and wrap-up

    Event FAQ:

    Q: What is the parking situation?

    A: No onsite parking available.

    Q: Is there secured bike parking?

    A: No secure bike parking available.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

    A: Yes! There is a Streetcar stop in front of the building.

    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.

    Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

    Website
  • Girls Inc & New Relic Present a Fireside Chat with Young Women In Tech

    New Relic

    Join Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest and New Relic for a fireside chat with 3 young women from the greater Portland area who participate in the Girls Inc.'s Eureka! program. We will hear about their experiences in tech, what inspired them to explore STEM as a future career and how the Girls Inc. programming is helping them to be strong, smart and bold. Attendees will also learn about how you can dedicate time as a Girls Guide for groups in the Pacific Northwest!

    Eureka! is a 5-year program inspiring young women throughout the Pacific Northwest to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Click here for more information about the Eureka! program

    Event Overview:

    • 5:30pm: Doors open - networking happy hour

    • 6:00pm: Presentation begins - Introduction to Girls Inc. Programming

    • 6:15pm: Fireside chat with our 3 amazing Eureka! participants

    • 7:15pm: Q&A

    Doors open at 5:30pm for a 30 minute happy hour and networking event and program will start promptly at 6pm.

    Website
  • Epicodus Alumni Monthly MeetUp

    eBay

    A meet-up for alumni of the code school Epicodus.

    5:30-6:00: Meet, Greet, & Eat (food provided by our gracious sponsors at eBay!)

    6:00-6:30: Satchel Grant will walkthrough a couple algorithm challenges and talk through the problem solving process.

    6:30-8:00: Hack 'n' Stuff Satchel will stick around if you want to keep working algorithms. If you've got a project you're working on and would like some more help, give the quick details (what it is, what languages) and maybe you'll find some volunteers. Wanting to enter a contest or turn your brilliant idea into a start-up? It could start right here.

    Or you can work solo, but with plenty of company around in case you get stuck. Or hang out with your fellow alums, catching up, networking, et cetera.

    If you're not on our epicodusalumni slack, we'll get you invited to it on the spot.

    Website
  • Monday Python Flying Circus (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    We normally have 12- 24 attendees - some people register on Meetup, others show up every week or see the event on Calagator. All are welcome. Pizza and beverages are served. Parking is free!

    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 at 6:20 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.

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

    Free parking! Save this number in case you need help finding us: (541) 602-6215 We are at 2828 SW Corbett Ave #208, inside the Portland State Business Accelerator, and near the International School.

    Website
  • CTRL-H - PDX Hackerspace - Dorkbot Meetup

    Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. 

    Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. 

    Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. 

    We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

    p.s. This event is open to everyone, dork or robot. No ^H membership is required to attend.

    Website

Next two weeks

  • Started Saturday
    Dec 2 2017
    12 Days Of FCC This: 12 Day Unconference and Hackathon
    through
    Your Local Mall

    What? A 12 day unconference and hackathon to make the Internet unstoppable When? 4pm, Saturday, December 2nd through Decmeber 14th, or until the internet is unstoppable. Where? The food court of your local mall Why? Because we’re really tired of asking the FCC to stop breaking the internet.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Dec 12 2017
    Power BI Flight School @ O365 PDX

    Bring your laptop to this hands-on tutorial on Microsoft Power BI. At this meeting of Office 365 PDX we’ll be talking about how end-users can get to work with Power BI. We're thinking of this class as a "Power BI Flight School", where we are teaching the basics of how end-users will navigate and use Power BI, not how to build or maintain complex reports.

    We will dive into viewing dashboards, reports, understanding natural language query, Excel, and the other tools a user needs. No prior experience with Power BI is necessary, this session is not very technical, and we’ll be handing out log-in information to get you hands-on in a pre-built environment. Just bring a modern laptop with wifi and an up-to-date web browser.

    Please RSVP on the Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Office365PDX/events/244459197/

    Website
  • Agile Practitioners' Book Club: Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making

    It's been a fun year getting this little book club started!

    We'll wrap up the year with a holiday read: The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making and maybe a year-end retrospective with some participatory decision making about what to focus on in the new year?

    There are several editions of The Facilitator's Guide - they appear to get more expensive as they get more current. Me, I'm planning on reading the original, because it's a) cheaper! and b) has many, many great things said about it. Feel free to bring the copy you want - they all seem good!

    Hope to see you for one last read in 2017!

    Website
  • Podcast Editing in Audacity

    Darius Kazemi, host of JoJo's Bizarre Explainer, will walk you through a primer on editing and exporting podcast-quality audio using the free Audacity software.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Dec 13 2017
    Programming with Python 2

    Free Geek

    Level 2. Perfect if you know a few basics but want more in-depth study!

    Have you ever thought programming was interesting, but don't know where to start? Do you want to unlock the true potential of computers? Join us to learn Python at Free Geek!

    Every class begins with the basics of what Python is and how to use it. After that we'll talk about computer science theory in an approachable way. Finally we'll have a lab where your questions can get answered and you can show off your projects. No prior programming experience required.

    If you can type, you can program!

    Website
  • December PMI Agile Round Table

    The Standard

    The PMI Agile Roundtable provides a forum for exchanging ideas, techniques and real world experiences (good and bad) in managing agile projects. Although sponsored by PMI, all roles and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate / debate. We value the variety of perspectives and levels of experience with agile.

    This Month we'll continue on the topic of Servant Leadership: A Grounding Discussion with Jean Richardson (and possibly discuss other leadership models). Summary: For agilists, servant leadership has long been the go-to leadership model. Most agilists aren’t grounded in what servant leadership really is.

    As requested by the attendees, this discussion will continue last month's topic - introduce you to the founder, his initial conceptual overview of servant leadership, modern thought leaders, and common critiques of the model. You will leave with an easy way to determine whether you really are a successful servant leader.


    Jean Richardson led the webinar “Intro to Servant Leadership for the Flummoxed” last month. She will set the context for a discussion on this leadership model and encourage discussion among the attendees. Jean is the author of The Preservation of the Agile Heart, an advanced discussion of agile advocacy and where agile advocates need to go from here. Learn more at agileheartinfo.com.

    We will meet at:

    The Standard: 900 SW Fifth Ave, Portland, OR 97204

    Tree Room (located on the Concourse Level down the escalator) (NOTE THIS IS A DIFFERENT LOCATION THAN LAST MONTH)

    Thanks to The Standard for providing space for this event

    Note: PMI Certification holders can claim 1 PMI PDU for attending this event.

    Website
  • OEN Startup Resources Tradeshow 2017

    Vacasa

    Did you know that in the Portland metro area alone, there are over 50 organizations dedicated to helping entrepreneurs? But which ones can help YOU?

    Our Startup Resource Tradeshow 2017 is the perfect starting point for new entrepreneurs trying to navigate our startup ecosystem. It includes representatives from local organizations, accelerators, incubators, and government programs that provide support, mentorship, and potential funding for entrepreneurs.

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

    Website
  • PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Westside Happy Hour

    Intel

    Many of us live and/or work this side of the West Hills but may not have a professional community convenient to the area. Thanks to PDXWIT’s and Intel's support, let’s get together to talk tech.

    Event co-organizer Rose Flores Medlock will speak about the value she’s derived from attending recent conferences and offer suggestions for cultivating professional development.

    Anyone who works or is interested in tech is invited to join for casual conversation about the role professional development opportunities (conferences, workshops, webinars, classes, etc.) have played in your career. Think of topics you’ve learned about recently or find most interesting and contribute to the discussion!

    5:30 pm - Doors open 6:00 pm - Introductions + Welcome by Mandy Mock [https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandy-mock-8672a02/], Vice President, Information Technology General Manager, Product Engineering Solutions at Intel 6:15 pm - Lightning Talks 6:30 pm - Networking

    Mandy J. Mock is a vice president in the Information Technology group and serves as the general manager of product engineering solutions at Intel Corporation.

    Event FAQ:

    Q: What is the parking situation?

    A: Lots of free parking!

    Q: Is there secured bike parking?

    A: Bike racks only

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

    A: The closest MAX station is Orenco Station, which is a little over 1 mile away, so public transportation is possible, but may not be practical

    PDXWIT Purpose:
    PDXWIT Westside Happy Hour is a satellite event series launched in mid-2017 to serve the tech community in/near the West Hills, SW Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, and Tualatin. It will become quarterly beginning with the December 2017 gathering. 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.

    Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

    Website
  • PDX OSGeo Monthly meeting

    Monthly meeting of the Portland open source GIS group. Projects big and small are usually presented monthly along with rousing conversation and discussion. All are welcome, no need to RSVP - our group ranges from the geo-curious to the überhackers so bring your ideas and questions!

    This month's agenda: exciting happenings in geodata, upcoming geoevents. Special guests David Pollard and Ryan Hodges from Ecotrust will be showing off a couple of cool new tools:

    • Hoonah Stewards: https://www.hoonahstewards.net/ a land and resource management tool where tribes can record their activities and landowners can manage in ways that have lessened negative impact on tribal use.

    • Traditional Ethnographic Knowledge Database (TEKDB): http://tdntek.ecotrust.org/ a database exploring and revealing the connection between cultural and natural resources.

    In addition, bring your own geo-show and tell, and come ready to share info on any upcoming geo-happenings that are on the horizon!

    Our mailing list is here drop us a line with any questions: http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-osgeo

    Website
  • CTRL-H - PDX Hackerspace - PDX Exploit Workshop

    Hey everybody. Got a bug you just can't land? Is there a recent CVE you've been eyeballing seductively? Just want to brush up on your appsec?

    PDX Exploit Workshop

    Website
  • Thursday
    Dec 14 2017
    Nike Tech Talks

    Nike Decathlon Club Cafe

    Join Nike Digital for the Nike Tech Talks on Thursday, December 14th! Dani Traphagen, Solution Architect at Grid Grain, will be speaking at the event. More info about her talk and registration details will be available soon.

    Food and beverages will be served and there will be time to network before and after the talk.

  • Nike Tech Talks

    Nike Decathlon Club Cafe

    Join GridGain solution architect Dani Traphagen at the next Nike Tech Talks! Dani will introduce the many components of the open-source Apache Ignite and the ideal use cases.

    Food and beverages will be served at the event and there will be time to network before and after the talk.

    Website
  • PITCH CLUB PDX

    First Insight

    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.

    Website
  • Code Oregon - The Tech Academy presents Code Oregon Careers: Soft Skills Interviewing 12/14

    Code Oregon Careers is a collaboration between Code Oregon and The Tech Academy to help software developers prepare themselves for the job search in the software industry. This is a four part series focusing on Soft Skills Interviews, Technical Interviews, LinkedIn and GitHub. 

    Whether you are an experienced developer back on the job search or a brand new junior developer looking for your first opportunity, join us to learn some valuable skills to help you in your job search.  

    This installment on Thursday, December 14 at 6.p.m. will cover:

    Preparing for Soft Skill Interviews

    Food & Beverages:

    The Tech Academy will be providing free pizza and beverages. Please RSVP to help us ensure we have enough food for everyone. If later on you are unable to make the event, please change your RSVP status to help us avoid wasting food. 

    Schedule:
    • 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Meet and greet (Networking + pizza and beverages)

    • 6:30 p.m. Code Oregon Careers presentation

    • 7:30 p.m. Q & A and announcements

    • 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Practice Soft Skills interview inteviewing for anyone that what's to stay after the initial presentation to develop and practice soft skill interviewing

    Resources for Tech Job Seekers:

    David Duncan with Code Oregon (a partnership with WorkSource Oregon and WorkSystems) has developed PortlandTech.org to help job seekers in the tech industry. To schedule a resume review and/or join his list to receive customized job leads, send a resume to [masked] or [masked] to schedule an appointment.

    Website
  • OWASP: Cloud Security Zen: Principles to Meditate On

    New Relic

    Abstract: Your company has moved to the Cloud and must now determine the intersections of security, engineering and operations. This talk will share a set of approaches to challenges in the domains of segmentation, access control, auditing, and deployment tools. Each approach can be used independently, or contribute to a holistic cloud security strategy. As more companies move to the Cloud, new security team roles have been created that overlap with traditional roles in product security, operations, and engineering teams. I will highlight the shifts and solutions I have experienced working on corporate security teams and as a consultant."

    Speaker Bio: Samuel Reed has worked over ten years in computer security, having held positions at Vallation Security, Netflix, Zynga, iSec Partners, Adobe, and LynuxWorks. His experiences at these companies range from cloud security, to web applications and APIs, native applications, and kernel subsystem security.

    Website
  • Frontend Peer Mentoring

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of frontend programming! Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. 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 HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery 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 at 6:20 pm and invite attendees to ask and answer questions and help each other with programming issues.

    Website
  • 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.

    Website
  • Friday
    Dec 15 2017
    Liftoff:All-In Applications Due

    You’ve studied, worked hard, and racked up lots of long nights learning the latest tech skills. Now you just need that boost of fuel to get your new career off the ground!

    In addition to top tech skills, companies need to know that you can mesh well with their team, manage their development cycle, and work within their established processes.

    Liftoff: All-In is a targeted program for candidates in the Portland and Seattle areas from traditionally marginalized groups with existing tech skills. Students are selected through an application process and, once selected, can enroll in the program at no cost. Our experienced mentors and teaching fellows will teach you material focused on what local hiring managers are asking for, customized for your needs over three months of programming plus three months of ongoing support.

    Website
  • New Horizons Webinar - Effective Job Search Strategy

    Webinar

    Your goal is to land that job and you need an effective and assertive plan to do so! All hiring happens at the front of the line when you get to talk with the hiring manager, not at the end of the line when you apply for a job. This workshop teaches you how to get to the front of the line and helps you map out your action plan to be successful in your job search.

    You will:

    • Transform any job search frustration into action items • Discover what components make up a successful strategy • Understand the difference between a "Hidden Job" and an "Open Job" • Learn how to use LinkedIn to connect with the right people

    Past attendees report gaining insights allowing them to be more proactive and confident during the hiring and interview process. Take your activity to the next level, become a more effective and desired candidate by attending this workshop!

    Website
  • Agile PDX Westside: Encouraging Action from Retrospectives

    It's happened to the best of us. We hold or participate in a great retrospective with high energy and then…nothing. Retrospectives that identify key learnings but don't cause us to adapt and improve as a team can leave us feeling stalled. With no follow up, teams may no longer see the value of holding these key agile ceremonies and sometimes abandon them altogether.

    Why does this continue to be a challenge for Agile teams? What can we do to make retrospectives useful and a key enabler of continuous learning and improvement in our teams? How do we bring the high energy and insightful discussion to our retrospectives and keep that momentum for change going?

    We invite you to join us and share your experiences in leading great retrospectives or listen to other agile practitioners share theirs. We will explore what might cause lack of action and identify practical steps we can take to get the most out of our team retrospectives.

    Please note that this month we are meeting on the third Friday, Dec 15 to avoid the holiday rush.

    Website
  • Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Friday Tech Talk with Paul Menig on "Reality from Cognition to Recall"

    Featured Speakers: Paul Menig


    Paul Menig will be joining us at The Tech Academy on Friday, December 15 to share a talk on "Reality from Cognition to Recall". He is the Chief Executive Officer for Tech-I-M Business Accelerants.

    Come join us to at The Tech Academy to hear Paul share his experience in the field.

    12:30 p.m. Pizza and Refreshments
    1:00 p.m. Tech Talk starts

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

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
  • AIM Shutdown Party

    AIM

    If you were a 90’s kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger was a huge part of your life. You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists.

    After 20 years, AOL is finally shutting down AIM. Join us at Ground Kontrol to pour one out for the little yellow man as he goes into retirement.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Dec 16 2017
    Ideas in Technology

    Dear Innovators,

    Do you enjoy learning and sharing knowledge to help people solve problems? This week we're going to share on how to file patents part II.

    We'll have a thirty-minute talk and at the end of our session, we'll brainstorm and vote for a new interesting topic for ideas on upcoming presentations. The winning idea will get the innovator of the week.

    Join the fun!

    Website
  • Monday
    Dec 18 2017
    Monday Python Flying Circus (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    We normally have 12- 24 attendees - some people register on Meetup, others show up every week or see the event on Calagator. All are welcome. Pizza and beverages are served. Parking is free!

    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 at 6:20 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.

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

    Free parking! Save this number in case you need help finding us: (541) 602-6215 We are at 2828 SW Corbett Ave #208, inside the Portland State Business Accelerator, and near the International School.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Dec 19 2017
    PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Fourth Annual Women + Tech Holiday Party

    Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-third-annual-women-tech-holiday-party-tickets-39804880469#tickets] is required to avoid having to manually check-in at the event

    We are giving away the PDXWIT annual tote to the first 100 people who check-in.

    Join us at our Women + Tech Holiday Party, co-organized by PDXWIT and WWC Portland in partnership with Lesbians Who Tech, ChickTech, PyLadies, and Girls Inc. This event is hosted by OMSI and sponsored by Nike, Cambia, the University of Washington Foster School of Business Hybrid MBA, and ClientJoy.

    2017 has been a big year for our communities and we are thrilled to come together, for the fourth year, to celebrate the holidays and what we’ve accomplished. In honor of our celebratory theme, PDXWIT and WWC Portland will be recognizing individuals for their great work over the year.

    PDXWIT will be honoring two individuals, Best Contributor and Best Speaker. If you or someone you know has has been working hard to make PDXWIT a success or spoken at one of our events, please submit your nominations by November 19th. The Best Contributor award will be selected in advance by a panel and finalists for the Best Speaker Award will perform runoff Lightning Talks at the Holiday Party. The winner will be selected by text-to-vote.

    At Women Who Code, we regularly celebrate the achievements of our members through the #ApplaudHer hashtag. We use #ApplaudHer to highlight victories ranging from accepting a new position and receiving a promotion to speaking at a conference and meeting a personal goal. The concept is simple: we believe that recognition can create change and that rewriting public perceptions can transform tech. During the Women + Tech Holiday Party, we will announce our Tech Leadership and Rising Tech Star winners from the many submissions we have received throughout the year.

    While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a segment to hear from our sponsors and introduce and announce awards.

    During the event, we’ll have more to do than free-form networking:

    • an activity table where people can get creative. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing. If you have trouble finding it, look for Meg Aul, our Event Activities Director.

    • table topics to help break the ice.

    • a section for job seekers and those hiring to ensure people get connected.

    Music will be provided by DJ Mienne.

    5:30 pm - Doors open

    6:00 pm - Introductions + Welcome by Mandy Mock Vice President, Information Technology General Manager, Product Engineering Solutions at Intel

    6:15 pm - Lightning Talks by Rose Flores Medlock and Kristy Wolff

    6:30 pm - Networking

    Mandy J. Mock is a vice president in the Information Technology group and serves as the general manager of product engineering solutions at Intel Corporation.

    Event FAQ

    Q: Is the space ADA accessible?

    A: Yes

    Q: What is the parking situation?

    A: OMSI has free parking for this event.

    Q: Is there secured bike parking?

    A: There is variety of bike parking, and it is secure.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

    A: Public transport is always best, but OMSI has plenty of parking.

    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.

    Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

    Website
  • Publishing Your Podcast

    Once you've finished editing the first episode of your podcast, what's next? In this class, Aaron Parecki will teach you how to go from a finished audio file to a published podcast that people can find and subscribe to in their favorite podcast apps. You'll learn how to prepare the podcast feed for publishing, how to add episodes to the feed, how to create your podcast artwork, and what it takes to prepare the media files for publishing.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Dec 20 2017
    Mobbing Without the Pitchforks

    Puppet

    Mob programming can be used to help increase team cohesiveness, efficiently train new team members, reduce bugs, and save time in code review and testing. Expanding on the principles of pair programming, mob programming uses an entire team to create well designed and implemented code. Alexander will be going over both the good parts and bad parts of mob programming that he's come across in the last 3 years of implementation with his team. We'll discuss what everyone's role is in mob programming, when it's best to attempt it with your team, and when you might end up experiencing more headache than benefit.

    Bio: Alexander Clifford found his way into programming through a somewhat circuitous route. With a background in science and cooking he discovered his love of programming almost by accident while searching for his next learning project. Seven years later he now leads the UI Apps development team on Oracle's Infinity product line as a Principle Software Engineer. When he's not programming for work, he's programming for fun by attempting to create Skynet, running around in nature pretending to be a native Northwesterner, or moving about his kitchen in an attempt to not forget all of his prior chef skills. He can be reached at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderclifford/ or by using just the right sequence of smoke signals.

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  • Thursday
    Dec 21 2017
    Frontend Peer Mentoring

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of frontend programming! Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. 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 HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery 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 at 6:20 pm and invite attendees to ask and answer questions and help each other with programming issues.

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  • #FullstackPDX : December : Annual Charity Drive : Merry Christmas

    Who are we? We are entrepreneurs, full stack engineers, hackers, continuous learners, but above all, we are a group that loves to work hard and play harder. We organize a variety of content types, and the organizing team believes in delivering the best value for time invested in our events. Companies have launched, founders paired, code taken apart, lessons learned, and more. We are not the typical meetup where a teacher like presenter stands in front of the class and delivers their message. We are a full hands on interactive experience and meetings are successful from the cumulative knowledge and expertise of all members.

    Join us for something different.

    Join us to learn.

    Let’s have fun building our dreams.

    Register for our events and buy your ticket on meetup.com

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  • Friday
    Dec 22 2017
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk with Cole Dixon: "Two Years Out Of A Coding Bootcamp- Honest Feedback"

    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speakers: Cole Dixon, Software Developer at EVS, LLC in Boulder, CO


    Prior to development, Cole was a barista and bartender. Desiring a career change, Cole, like many others, attended a coding bootcamp. After two years of experience in the industry, Cole is coming to share what it was like attending the bootcamp, and how things have been in the two years since then.

    11:30 p.m. Pizza and Refreshments
    12:00 p.m. Tech Talk starts

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

    We look forward to seeing you!

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  • Saturday
    Dec 23 2017
    Ideas in Science & Tech

    Dear Innovators,

    Do you enjoy learning and sharing knowledge to help people solve problems? This week we're going to share Python Data Analysis.

    We'll have a thirty-minute talk and at the end of our session, we'll brainstorm and vote for a new interesting topic for ideas on upcoming presentations. The winning idea will get the innovator of the week.

    Join the fun!

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