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  • Tuesday
    May 5 2015
    Beer and Blog Redux!

    Come hang out with old and new friends alike at a reprise of the event that brought so many of us together! Come to a special Beer and Blog back at the place where it all began: Green Dragon! We'll be out back in the patio area.

    Haven't been to a Beer and Blog before? It's easy - if you're part of the Portland tech community (or new the Portland) and would like to meet some new people, come on over! Especially if you like beers and blogs!

  • 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.


    Paul Jungwirth: SQL in Rails

    Tips and tricks from basic to advanced for non-trivial SQL queries in a Rails environment.

    Justin Burris: Living and programming in Singapore

    Ever thought about working abroad? Located in south east Asia, Singapore provides an excellent place to call home and explore a new part of the planet. This talk aims to give you a starting point for learning about the excellent ruby/development community in the area and will provide you with what you need to know before emigrating.

    Lightning Talks

    Jonan will host a lightning talk session. There will be a whiteboard to sign up on arrival (first come first serve). The unofficial theme is classic video games.

    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!

  • Hack + Help

    Ever feel like you're constantly doing the same steps, opening the same programs, or visiting the same sites over and over again for work or personal use? What if you could streamline all your common actions with just a couple keystrokes? Come hear from Stacy Fabian, Configuration Developer at WebMD Health Services, talk about a free open source tool that can do just that for you. Even the newest of computer users can learn to use this tool.

    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!).

    ***Please note our new Hack + Help time, 6-8:30pm.

  • Server Sky - Energy in Space, Information on Earth

    Chips and computation in space, ultralight high-performance satellites using bleeding edge solid state technology, delivering computation and communication to the developing world.

    Speculative technology, first experiments soon, production with Oregon software, solar, and integrated circuit technologies!

  • Calm Technology at Hand Eye Supply's Curiosity Club

    Hand Eye Supply


    This upcoming talk will feature Amber Case presenting on Calm Technology.

    Description: We cannot interact with our everyday life in the same way we interact with a desktop computer. Technology shouldn’t require all of our attention, just some of it, and only when necessary. How can our devices take advantage of location, proximity and haptics to help improve our lives instead of get in the way? This presentation covers the history of calm technology, wearable computing, and how designers can make apps “ambient” while respecting privacy and security. We’ll look at ambient notifications, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead.

    Hand-Eye Supply is a work-focused supply store for creative minds located in Portland, OR. We engage with our community through our Curiosity Club speaker series and other various projects.

    Amber Case is an entrepreneur and researcher helping Fortune 500 companies design, build, and think through their roadmap for connected devices. She is the former co-founder and CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. She spoke about the future of the interface for SXSW 2012’s keynote address, and her TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now”, has been viewed over a million times. Named one of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers, she’s been listed among Inc Magazine's 30 under 30 and featured among Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology.

    Case is the author of An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology and Designing Calm Technology from O’Reilly Books (Fall 2015). She is a passionate advocate of privacy and the future of data ownership, and is interested in furthering the ideas of Calm Technology, wearable computing, and the future of the interface. Her current work as Managing Director of Existence at Healthways involves predictive analysis and wellness. Amber lives and works in Portland, Oregon; you can follow her on Twitter @caseorganic and learn more at caseorganic.com.

  • Science on Tap - Energy from PDX Compost

    DATE: Tuesday, May 5, 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.


    Food scraps comprise almost one-fifth of the amount of material our region sends to landfills every year – enough to fill 5000 long-haul trucks. These food scraps can provide compost, energy and other benefits to communities, but what are the most desirable environmental and economic approaches to dealing with this resource? What impact do food scraps have on the climate, water supplies, energy, and food security?

    David Allaway, senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, will share insights for different ways of dealing with food scraps while reducing what we throw away.

    This event is part of Metro’s Let’s Talk Trash series designed to engage you in discussions that help shape how our region manages its waste in the future.

    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.

  • NW Animation Fest

    The annual SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is one of the world's most important showcases for innovative and visually stunning digital animation. Films that win honors here are qualified to compete for an Academy Award, and several in recent memory have been nominated for or received an Oscar for "Best Animated Short." Films chosen for this special "best of" show include narrative shorts, time-based art, visual effects, scientific visualization, and real-time graphics.



  • Wednesday
    May 6 2015
    1 Million Cups - Portland

    Forge Portland

    The 1 Million cups weekly meetings are a great opportunity for people and founders to connect.

    Each week we invite a founder of a local startup or unique local business to give a short presentation. Then we follow up with a productive guided Q & A from the audience.

    Founders learn great insights about the businesses and the audience learns from people making great ideas happen in our exciting Portland startup scene.

    No registration needed, no pretense allowed, just great coffee, conversation and connections every week. Come on by.

  • PDXWIT Fireside Chat with Catherine Williams, Chief Data Scientist with AppNexus

    The Cleaners

    Come join us at The Cleaners for a fireside chat with Catherine Williams, Chief Data Scientist at AppNexus. Catherine is leading a team of 20 data scientists and analysts and will be providing an overview of some challenges her team is facing. Additionally, Catherine will provide background on her career path and path to success. She has a BA in Mathematics from Grinnell College, a PhD in Mathematics from University of Washington in Seattle, and has held post-doctoral positions ad Stanford and Columbia University. You won't want to miss this!

    PDX Women in Tech exists to celebrate professional women in the Portland-metro area who work with, manage, lead or have an interest in technology. Whether you are developing event-driven, non-blocking applications in node.js or setting technology strategy for a Fortune 500 company - or anything in between - come join us!

  • Smart Glasses Aren't Dead

    Urban Airship

    The untimely rollback of Google Glass has given some folks the impression that Smart Glasses have failed. In fact, research into them is hotter than ever before. As electronics shrink and use less power, batteries improve, and developers are learning how to code for these devices, the dominos are all set for a second smart glasses revolution.

    Healthcare is hot on these devices for proctoring, hands free EHRs, and trauma situations. Educators are using smart glasses to remotely teach, and allow students to visit virtually different times and places. Space planners are leveraging both SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) and VR to design virtual spaces.

    I'll have some slides to go over the current state of the art, where we're going, and do some demos of the Meta 1 Space Glasses, Google Glass, Project Tango, and potentially others.

  • Ruby Book Club

    Reading through technical books in a group is a great way to learn. You can stay motivated by reading together; better apply what you are reading by actively communicating it, as well as hearing others perspectives that will help you better understand the book. Even if you're a more experienced developer it's a great way to keep your skill sharp and share your wisdom and experience. If none of that is convincing just come and have fun with fellow ruby developers!

    We are starting a new book Confident Ruby by Avdi Grimm. This week we will discuss chapters 1. Please come having read the chapters and ready to discuss it.

    Make sure to grab food before.

  • Diversity, technology, nonprofits and more (PDXTech4Good)


    We'll be talking about issues of diversity, accountability and representation in nonprofit technology and technology in general. Presenters will cover topics like:

    • Building diversity in tech teams, and why diversity is critical to success whether you're for-profit or nonprofit.

    • Local and national projects by nonprofits to broaden the types of people who get involved in technology and programming as young people.

    • Local and national efforts by nonprofits to address sexism and racism that often plays out within "tech culture."

    • The state of the Portland tech community when it comes to inclusion and accountability, especially as it relates to sexism and racism.


    Melissa Chavez is a digital and physical space UX designer who organizes events for tech and nonprofit communities. Open Source Bridge, the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, PyDX, and Portland VegFest are some of the events she helps run. Reading YA novels helps keep her sane. Twitter: @capnleela

    Jennifer Davidson works at Intel as a User Experience Researcher and Software Interaction Designer. She recently completed her PhD in Computer Science at Oregon State University, where she researched human-computer interaction, specifically involving older adults in the design and development of open source software. She is Interim Board President of ChickTeck. She strongly believes that everyone should have a say in our technology revolution. Twitter: @jewifer

    Robert Raleigh is helping underserved youth build successful careers as technology professionals in the software/IT industries. Robert is a front-end web developer, and the executive director of Log Camp, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) providing technology-focused career-and-technical education for low-income youth, and youth from communities of color. Log Camp's Tech Works Youth Developer Academy and after-school enrichment programming have created a diverse youth talent pipeline. Log Camp works with corporate, nonprofit, government, and educational partners to increase diversity and equitable access to technology, coding, and computer science education for youth in the Portland metro region. Robert is an Alaskan Native (Tlingit), a first-generation college graduate, and a former foster-child. In the past, Robert has worked for the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, Technology Association of Oregon, and Oregon Health Sciences University. Robert is an active member of the NAYA Family Center Community Leaders Council, and the Portland City Club. Twitter: @RobertGRaleigh

    Jennifer Cazares, better known as "Yenni," identifies as a vessel for social change. As a non-binary Queer Latin@, Yenni began the journey in activism at the ripe age of 15 when after taking over the high school Key Club was able to enlist over 70 active volunteers in community events. Despite leaving high school on the suspicion of a queer identity and experiencing fear of coming out due to a Latin@ upbringing, Yenni made it to engineering school in Oregon where due to the lack of support for diversity Yenni was pushed out. Having dedicated the last decade to positive youth development in various arenas of the youth empowerment movement with organizations such as Altamed, Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, ChickTech, Northwest Youth Corps, and currently with LULAC Vancouver. Yenni looks forward to creating change through the power of education and technology. Lover of the outdoors and all things living. "Dropping knowledge and love everywhere I go." (Pronouns: Yenni)


    Event: Use the #pdxt4g hashtag, and/or mention @PDXTech4Good
    Presenters: @capnleela @jewifer @RobertGRaleigh
    Venue host: @idealist
    Sponsors: @NTENorg and @NetSquared


    Networking and refreshments: 6pm-6:30pm
    Presentation: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Q&A: 7:30pm-8pm


    Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those not experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.

    Techies will find opportunities to hear the real-world stories of nonprofit clients, and put their own expertise to social good — as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in our community.

    Activists and community organizers will see and be given the chance to present on successful uses of technology for social change. We'll explore how technology can help support activism and where activism can push it forward.

  • Elixir Games PDX - "JVMergy independence is a matter of national security"

    Puppet Labs

    Can you build a data processing pipeline that might one day help save humanity? For this next meetup we'll be looking at one of Elixir's features that sets it distinctly apart from its older Erlang sibling.... the Pipeline Operator.

    In the previous two Elixir Games PDX meetups we've looked at how to solve some simple problems in a functional programming style, and we've also taken a look at Elixir's concurrency and parallelism paradigm. We'll be partially combining some of those principles and practices to mine some critical data.

    For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

    Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

    If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

    Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.

    Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.


    If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

    Special thanks to my friends Russell Mull, Jeff Weiss and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

  • CodePen Meetup PDX

    Uncorked Studios

    Come join us at the Uncorked Studios office and hang out with other front-end and design folks for the first Portland CodePen Meetup. We'll start things up with a meet and greet and will be doing a show and tell afterwards.

  • CHIFOO Meeting: Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Don’t- Combining Humans and Computers to Solve Scientific Problems

    “Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Don’t- Combining Humans and Computers to Solve Scientific Problems” with Seth Cooper, Center for Game Science, Northeastern University

    Rather than solving problems with a purely computational approach, combining humans and computers can provide a means for solving problems neither could solve alone. Seth will describe the challenges of mapping real-world problems onto games and ways to address these challenges. Further, Seth will discuss other current problem solving game projects and future possibilities.


Next two weeks

  • Thursday
    May 7 2015
    ClojureWest recap and discussions

    Puppet Labs

    Let's discuss the latest in Clojure and what we've learned and experienced at ClojureWest.

    We'll have a series of short presentations from members so be sure to think about what you'd like to share and let me know.


  • UX Happy Hour (with help from Vitamin T)
    Beer Free

    We'll be heading to Green Dragon for our May round of food, drinks, and food. This month, Vitamin T has kindly stepped in to foot our beverage bill.

    Attendance might be limited, so just RSVP if you'd like to come!

    UX Happy Hour is a monthly event for anyone interested in user experience design. There's no agenda or talks, just a casual gathering of designers, researchers, developers, and more!

  • Towerfall Tournament PDX

    Esri R&D

    Clear your calendar! Towerfall Tournament kicks off on May 7th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. Esri PDX (309 SW 6th Ave) is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement.

    Beginners are welcome!

    Please RSVP

    TowerFall is an archery combat platformer for up to 4 players. It's a local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but combat is fast and fierce.

  • Portland Linux/Unix Group
    Beer Linux

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

    Celebrating 20 years of hosting Portland's best open source and technology freedom speakers.

    This month's topic To Be Announced

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

  • SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series -- Portland

    Mississippi Pizza

    The Pacific Northwest is home to a Tardis-Full of Science Fiction and Fantasy writers, a fact celebrated every quarter with the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle.

    Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation. The next Portland event will be held on Thursday, May 7th and will feature Cat Rambo, Janine Southard and Fonda Lee.

  • Friday
    May 8 2015
    FortiExpress - Rolling Demo Center!

    Demo Center on Wheels! If you work with data security - this is the event for you! Space is Limited so Please Register!

  • Saturday
    May 9 2015
    AngelHack Austin 2015

    “Thoughts Become Things”

    Ever tried coding for 24 hours while experiencing RedBull pumping through your veins? Or maybe all you need is your innate PASSION to see an idea come to life! We are continuing our eighth Global Series hackathon in Austin on May 9th and 10th!

    Join us to compete for $100,000 worth of sponsor prizes and the opportunity to be part of our HACKcelerator program and pitch in our annual Global Demo Day! We hope to see you there! Make sure to use this code, “hackED”, to get FREE tickets!

    Sign Up Here! http://bit.ly/austinAH15

  • Monday
    May 11 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.

  • Tuesday
    May 12 2015
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?

    Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?

    Join us for a format introduced last month at the Intel Agile & Lean Conference: Lean Coffee++

    Participants will actively brainstorm and prioritize the agenda and become part of the conversation. Up-votes will continue the discussion, while down-votes mean move on to the next sub-topic.

    To guide the conversation we'll seed the topic, and also seed the audience with expert contributors. This is the ++ portion of our take on the LeanCoffee(tm) format.

    Seed Topic: Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?

    Seed questions: Why do large organizations embrace SAFe? Is it possible to 'get off' the release train? How to scale the human factor.

  • Doing Business with China: What I Learned from a Decade in the Middle Kingdom - Paul Saydak

    As Oregon’s largest foreign trading partner, China is critical to our state’s economy. Whether importing, exporting, investing in or courting investment from China, the business practices and cultural gaps can be impediments to those unprepared to work with the Chinese.

    Information is power, and what you don’t know can cost you time and money in any cross-border deal with a Chinese partner. Learn effective strategies to counter the common mistakes that American companies make when negotiating with the Chinese.. Question/answer period will follow the presentation along with a brief discussion of PDC’s China strategy.

    Featured speaker: Paul Saydak, Blue Sky Pan-Pacific, Portland, Oregon

    Coffee and refreshments served

    About our speaker:

    Paul Saydak is Managing Partner at Blue Sky Pan-Pacific in Portland. During a decade in China, he managed numerous cross-border transactions, including a Middle Eastern investment bank's pre-IPO acquisition nominated by China Law & Practice as “2009 Private Equity Deal of the Year.”

    Paul’s experience in China includes serving as Partner & General Counsel at a U.K. private equity firm based in Shanghai and as Senior Attorney at the Beijing office of a global law firm. Paul is a graduate of Rice, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and speaks Mandarin Chinese, Polish and Russian.

  • Portland ReactJS Presentation Night

    Hello all!

    We had an awesome meetup last week at Jama with some great talks. Thanks to everyone that took time from their schedule to come out.

    In May, we're very excited to announce that Areeb Malik from Facebook's Ads Team will be presenting his talk, "Going Big with React", which will focus on the strengths of a unidirectional data flow architecture in apps with several engineers and megabytes of client-side code. Here is a link to this talk from last year. Areeb will be catering this talk to our React users community here, so please come prepared to ask questions and expect an interesting conversation after his talk.

    Jama Software has graciously offered their event space again for this meeting. Food will also be provided by Idealist.org, please come at 6pm to enjoy some dinner and socializing.

    The presentation will start promptly at 6:30.

    Looking forward to a great meetup! Please RSVP at meetup.com so we know how many people are coming. Thank you!

  • PDXedTech Meetup: Student Security and Privacy by Bill Fitzgerald

    Whether you're a teacher, software developer, or sales soldier ignorance about privacy and security just won't fly anymore. Trusting software engineers to know everything about security can put your students and business at risk. With the NSA leaks inundating the media, everyone is asking: How safe is my data?

    Join us at eBay's Community Lounge for an informed discussion on privacy and security with speaker Bill Fitzgerald who focuses on educational technology security. You can follow him on Twitter.

    Space is still open for quick pitches for this event. Also looking ahead, we need a main speaker for June. Spread the word.


    The Math Learning Center

    Northwest Education Cluster



  • Wednesday
    May 13 2015
    1 Million Cups - Portland

    Forge Portland

    The 1 Million cups weekly meetings are a great opportunity for people and founders to connect.

    Each week we invite a founder of a local startup or unique local business to give a short presentation. Then we follow up with a productive guided Q & A from the audience.

    Founders learn great insights about the businesses and the audience learns from people making great ideas happen in our exciting Portland startup scene.

    No registration needed, no pretense allowed, just great coffee, conversation and connections every week. Come on by.

  • TiE Oregon Lunch with David S. Rose

    CENTRL Office

    TiE Oregon is truly delighted to host serial entrepreneur, angel investor and author David S. Rose for a special luncheon, Meet & Greet event. Join us for catered lunch and a presentation by David S. Rose, and get the opportunity to meet him in person, and network with angel investors.

    David is the founder of Gust, the platform for startup entrepreneurs to connect with accredited angel and startup investors, and the New York Times best-selling author of "Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups"

    Get your ticket now - TiE Members $20 / public $25

  • OEN PubTalk: Get in the Game – The Future of the Oregon Gaming Industry

    Whether or not you’re into gaming, you can’t deny the industry’s economic impact here in Oregon. Between 2009 and 2012, it contributed over $111 million to the state’s economy.

    So, where is this growing industry headed? Join us at our May PubTalk to get your game on and learn about the future of gaming here in Oregon.

    Learn more and register: http://www.oen.org/blog/may-2015-pubtalk/

  • Are you Driving or Following your Brand? | Marketing Networking Event

    Is your creative vision driving your brand? Or are you leveraging external data to steer it?

    With the surplus of marketing metrics available, this is a decision most marketers face every day. We invite you to join the discussion as four brand leaders discuss their chosen approach.

    Don’t miss TAO’s next Marketing Community Event on Thursday, May 13th! We’ve brought together panel of marketing mavens representing the agency world and in-house marketing teams who will share their brand advice and debate creating and driving your brand vs. steering it by the data.

    Our panelists will address burning questions such as:

    *What should you do when your brand is being challenged for the sake of customer reach?

    *How much of your brand (and its initial vision) are you willing to compromise?

    *When does data make your brand myopic?


    -Julie Zisman, Head of Marketing at Little Bird

    -Kent Lewis, Founder & President of Anvil Media

    -Matthew Baranauskas, Creative Director of Ziba Design

    -Burt Rosen, Chief Marketing Officer of Healthsparq

    This event is for all Marketing professionals interested in learning new techniques and methodologies of brand and product development.

    Event Details:

    Where: The Cleaners @ The Ace Hotel

    Date: Wednesday, May 13 2015

    Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

    Cost: Members $25, Non-Members $45

    Register Today

  • Science on Tap - Parasites

    Kiggins Theatre

    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!

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

    Event Description:

    Parasites constitute a global health problem of unimaginable magnitude. Two out of three people worldwide are afflicted with a parasitic disease, and most people who harbor parasites actually are afflicted with a multiplicity of diseases. The organisms that are considered traditional parasites are either protozoa, worms, or insects, although viruses, bacteria, and fungi also meet the classic definition of a parasite.

    At this Science on Tap, Dr. Buddy Ullman, parasitologist at OHSU, will take a somewhat irreverent tour of the major time-honored parasites and describe where they live, how they reproduce, and what effect they have on humans. Warning: this talk will be both gross and fascinating!

    (Note: This is a repeat of the talk held in Portland on January 6, 2015.)

    Event Website

    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
    May 14 2015
    What's New in Healthcare Software Development | Dev & Digital Health Event

    What's New in Healthcare Software Development | Developers and Digital Health Community Event

    Join us after work for stimulating panel discussion about new tools, techniques and technologies for developing Healthcare software. Come learn how to build software faster, improve reliability, address escalating security requirements while supporting HIPAA, HL7 and other emerging health data standards. Meet a panel of experienced leaders in software development while you connect with your peers in healthcare high tech. This event is suitable both for developers working with healthcare technology and people new or interested in creating healthcare software.


    *Doug Clauder, Senior Application Engineer at OHSU

    There are several options for integrating real time data with Epic, each with strengths and weaknesses. In some cases the implementation is trivial, in other cases impossible. We’ll try to identify approaches that give your project has the highest chance of success. We’ll also discuss a simple front end integration option, and look at where real time integration is headed.

    *John Gasper, Director of Big Data Solutions at Cambia Health Solutions

    John will discuss the importance of big data and how it is impacting the healthcare industry. He will address constraints developers face in the healthcare field and the importance of security. He will address API strategies including using tools like Apigee. He will also address technologies such as Strata, R, and Hadoop.

    *Yarisa Jaroch Gonzalez, Director Software Development and Verification at Biotronik

    Yarisa Jaroch has been developing Biotronik medical products for 15 years. As Micro Systems Engineering, Director of Software Development and Verification, she leads the development and verification of software used in implanted medical device systems. Her focus is on software for specialized medical equipment used by physicians and other health professionals to communicate with, program and run diagnostics of implantable devices. Prior to that, she worked in safety critical software for other industries.

    *Diego Huerta, BI Practice Manager at unosquare


    *Mark Wyman, VP of Technology at Cambia Health Solutions


    When: Thursday, May 14th

    Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

    Where: Kells Irish Restaurant, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR

    Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers

  • MaptimePDX
    Javascript Html Free

    This month's topic is Cartographic Design Principles.

    Learn more & register here!

    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!

  • PDX-MUG - Effective Architecture/Design­/Development with MySQL

    New Relic

    please register through meetup.com so I can get a good headcount for pizza and beverages

    Topic: Effective Architecture/Design­/Development with MySQL - Ronald Bradford

    Effective MySQL Architecture and Design Practices

    Correctly designing a MySQL architecture has a huge impact on the growth of your system for future needs.

    In this presentation we will cover.

    • The strengths and weaknesses of MySQL
    • What MySQL scale-out architecture means
    • High Availability considerations
    • The importance of changing key system default configurations
    • How to integrate MySQL with existing and and new data sources.

    From this presentation we will create a checklist of what key business and technology decisions should be asked and discussed before building a MySQL based system.

    Effective Software Development with MySQL

    While the MySQL RDBMS is essential for storing your information, how your application interacts and with applicable business logic is what makes each company in unique.

    Some key points in this presentation include.

    • Integrating MySQL with common programming languages
    • The various developer tools that work well with MySQL
    • The importance on developing standards and good SQL practices
    • Common mistakes developers and frameworks make, and how to avoid them.
    • What causes the most time for development and support time.
    • How to invest time in quality and performance during development

    We will review some of the important changes between versions including new features and compatibility differences. A great example is the impact of the new sql_mode default in Version 5.6.

    From this presentation we will create a checklist of what developers need to know and do for creating great software that lasts.

    About the speaker:

    Ronald has over 25 years of professional RDBMS experience in MySQL, Oracle, and Ingres. His expertise covers MySQL, LAMP and cloud-based consulting in architecture, performance, scalability and business continuity. Ronald is a former employee of the MySQL Inc consulting team (06-08) and Oracle Corporation (96-99). He has currently published 4 books on MySQL, his most recent titles available from Oracle Press include Effective MySQL: Optimizing SQL Statements, Effective MySQL: Backup & Recovery and Effective MySQL: Replication Techniques in Depth.

  • Networking Night @ CrowdCompass

    Join us for our third Networking Night, this time at CrowdCompass by Cvent. This month, we will have four Lightning Talks about building products.


    • Brian Felder, VP Products - "From Zero to Acquisition: One Founder’s Ramblings about the Early Days of CrowdCompass" 

    • Shiloh Frauen, Systems Analyst - "Shifting Perspectives: Moving from Client Services to Technology"

    • Cami Dodson, User Experience Team Lead - "The Journey to Find CrowdCompass and their Expansive Product and Workplace"

    • Andy Rosic, Senior Product Manager - "The Accidental Product Manager”


    6:00-6:30 - Check-In and Networking 

    6:30-7:45 - Lightning Talks: Building Products

    7:30-8:00 - Wrap Up and Networking

    Drinks will be provided, but no food. Please arrive via the SW 2nd Ave entrance.

    CrowdCompass is the leading mobile app provider for conferences and meetings.

    For more info: http://www.crowdcompass.com/

  • 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 Feature Selection For High-Dimensional Clustering by Wasserman, Azizyan, and Singh. 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 food.

  • PDX Python Monthly Project + Study Night

    Urban Airship Inc

    Let's get together to build cool stuff and study Python.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6:30-8:30pm on second Thursdays!

    Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    Please RSVP at our Meetup page if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs.

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

  • Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations

    Anna Bananas

    Programming OS Web Spatio-temporal Mapping Visiualizations: Tues, March 31, 7:00pm, Anna Bananas St Johns, 8716 N. Lombard, Portland, Oregon (back room). This month we will continue to work with OpenStreetMap data, editing in JOSM and downloading data to qgis and making a desktop map. We will then begin the process adding the data to a web visualization.

  • Code Fellows Information Session

    Code Fellows

    Code Fellows hosts an information session for all those interested in learning to code and/or curious about Portland's newest code school.

    We are also building out our team of instructors and seeking volunteers interested in mentoring, guest speaking, workshop-leading!

    Join us on Thursday, May 14 for a beer (or ginger ale!), see the campus, meet the instructors, chat with alumni and ask any questions you may have.

    RSVP here: http://www.codefellows.org/events#pdx-may-info-session

  • Friday
    May 15 2015
    Rust 1.0 Launch!

    Come celebrate the launch of Rust 1.0!

    Whether you are a new Rustacean, or have been around long enough to fondly remember the ~ signifier, come on out and celebrate!

    We will have several quick talks (TBA) that explain the power of Rust as well as going over how to work in a rustic style. If you have a talk that you'd like to give, post about it on the meetup page.

  • Celebrate with ChickTech: Year-End Event


    It's an evening at OMSI with LEGOs, soft circuits, dinner, dance lessons, raffles, and more!

    The Portland Chapter ChickTech High School Program is having its last event of the 2014-2015 year! Over the year, our high school girls have been offered over 12 free tech workshops, 1:1 mentoring, and internships. Join us to celebrate their accomplishments, and honor all of our partners, sponsors, and volunteers who helped make it happen -- and help us get a great start to the 2015-2016 year.

    Register today so you don't miss out!

    $15 per ticket help cover the costs of the event. Any proceeds go to support ChickTech's 2015-2016 year.

  • Saturday
    May 16 2015
    EAST Knowledge - "Coffee Break" #3

    Cafe Delirium

    We invite you to join us for coffee at Cafe Delirium. If you haven't made it to one of our talks, the coffee breaks provide a nice opportunity to drop by and introduce yourself. We have the room in the back reserved. We're going to hang out for a couple of hours, so feel free to come by, talk shop, show off what you're working on, ask questions and pick each other's brains. We look forward to seeing you there! All are welcome!

    • What: Coffee Break
    • Where: Cafe Delirium
    • When: 10:00am - Noon, Saturday, May 16th, 2015
    • Why: Coffee and sharing what we know
  • Calagator & Open Source Bridge Code Sprint
    Ruby Rails

    TBD - Portland

    Come hack on Calagator, the open source calendar aggregator, and Open Source Bridge, Stumptown Syndicate's open source conference.

    We'll be digging in to open issues, working on some refactoring tasks, and getting new folks acquainted with the code bases.

    Catch up on the current status by checking out our open issues (https://github.com/calagator/calagator/issues) to find something you'd like to work on!

    Calagator is a Ruby/Rails web app.

  • ThingWeek Portland

    A week of events connecting ideas, objects, and people to shape the future of the internet of things.

  • Sunday
    May 17 2015
    PLUG Linux Clinic

    Free Geek

    The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

    Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

    If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

    We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

    There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

  • Monday
    May 18 2015
    Ruby brightnight


    Break into small teams! Build something awesome! Share the results!

    At brightnight, we will start with a challenge, break into small groups, then create and code our ideas into existence! We will take the last 30 or so minutes of the night to show and tell. All skill levels are welcome. We'll code in Ruby but those who know other languages are welcome as well.

    Come join us to enjoy some creative coding time where we all can learn from each other, try out wacky ideas and cultivate our skills in a fun, low-pressure environment.

    Bring Computers to work on

  • Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

    Save this phone number in case you need directions. (541) 602-6215

    Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. We cover Python, Django, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML and More. Our event is for all levels from beginner to advanced. Come to learn and/or to mentor.

    This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

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

  • Dorkbot

    Bunk Bar


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


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