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  • Started Sunday
    Jul 20 2014
    OSCON 2014
    Oregon Convention Center

    Once considered a radical upstart, open source has moved from disruption to default. Its methods and culture commoditized the technologies that drove the Internet revolution and transformed the practice of software development. Collaborative and transparent, open source has become modus operandi, powering the next wave of innovation in cloud, data, and mobile technologies.

    OSCON is where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors. In the early days, this trailblazing O'Reilly event was focused on changing mainstream business thinking and practices; today OSCON is about real-world practices and how to successfully implement open source in your workflow or projects. While the open source community has always been viewed as building the future—that future is here, and it's everywhere you look. Now in its 16th year, OSCON is the best place on the planet to experience the open source ecosystem. At OSCON, you'll find everything open source: languages, communities, best practices, products and services. Rather than focus on a single language or aspect, such as cloud computing, OSCON allows you to learn about and practice the entire range of open source technologies.

    In keeping with its O'Reilly heritage, OSCON is a unique gathering where participants find inspiration, confront new challenges, share their expertise, renew bonds to community, make significant connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. The event has also become one of the most important venues to announce groundbreaking open source projects and products.

  • Started Monday
    Jul 21 2014
    Mozilla Science Lab Global Code Sprint

    Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint July 22-23


    The goals of this global two-day sprint on July 22-23 are to write and build useful things, and to strengthen ties within the open science community by giving people a chance to work together. Work will begin on the morning of Tuesday, July 22 in New Zealand and Australia. As they are starting to wind up for the day, their colleagues in Europe will come online as Tuesday arrives there. They will hand off to people in North and South America a few hours later, and around we'll go again. Sites will keep normal hours -- no all-nighters, please -- and each site will keep wrap up at the end of regular business hours on Wednesday, July 23, local time.

    What We'll Be Doing

    Anything related to teaching and doing open science is welcome to join the sprint -- the only requirements are that there be something concrete to start with (because experience shows that starting with a blank screen is a good way to spend two days going in circles), and that someone volunteer to coordinate the work.

    If you'd like to propose a project, please add it to the list, and mail us (sciencelab@mozillafoundation.org) so that we can help advertise it. Also, be sure to create a project page for it (here's our template: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/sciencelab-2014summersprint-template) . If you have any problems, let us know.

    Stuck on an idea? Don't worry - we'll have folks at each site that can help you find your way.

  • Wednesday
    Jul 23 2014
    Workfrom Wednesday - Coworking

    Fehrenbacher Hof

    Workfrom Wednesday comes back to the West Side!!

    This week we'll be going to a Workfrom favorite Fehrenbacher Hof (The Hof) in Goose Hollow. They have full lunch options From Goose Hollow Inn, bagels, pastries and snappy WiFi. We try to support each location that supports us by buying something. So come hungry, in need of a coffee, and ready to get some work done with awesome people.

    You can find out more about the space and why it's awesome on their Workfrom page.

  • ForgeRock's 3rd annual social July 23rd at Kell's Irish Pub!

    ForgeRock welcomes you to our 3rd annual social at Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204. 

    Date: July 23, 2014 
 Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30PM
 Location: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR, 97204

    Free beverages to guests wearing a ForgeRock wristband! Be sure to look for a ForgeRock staff member passing out wristbands during OSCON to gain entry into this exclusive event!

    We look forward to an evening of discussion about: 

    • Identity Relationship Management

    • Data Stores
    • Authentication
    • Authorization 

    • User provisioning
    • Community
    • Contributions
    • Developments
    • Events
  • Impala: MPP SQL engine for Apache Hadoop & Kite SDK: It's for Developers

    Seabourne Consulting

    This event is sponsored by Cloudera Inc.one of the biggest Hadoop Distributions on the market that provides Apache Hadoop-based software, support and services, and training to business customers.

    Cloudera's open-source Apache Hadoop distribution, CDH (Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop), targets enterprise-class deployments of that technology. More than 50% of its engineering output is donated upstream to the various Apache-licensed open source projects (Apache Hive, Apache Avro, Apache HBase, and so on) that combine to form the Hadoop platform. Cloudera is also a sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation.


    Cloudera Impala provides fast, ad hoc SQL query capability for Apache Hadoop, complementing traditional MapReduce batch processing. 

    Learn the design choices and architecture behind Impala, and how to use near-ubiquitous SQL to explore your own data at scale.

    About the Host

    Seabourne Consulting is a growing software company based in Portland, OR and Washington, DC. 

    They are experts in information integration and big data applications, and leverage this expertise to build solutions for large government, corporate, and non-profit organizations (FCC.gov, NBC Sports, Commerce.gov, WRI.org, Cogstate.).

    Seabourne provides leading-edge technology with lower risk by using and continually augmenting tools that address a broad spectrum of data problems. 

    About the Presenter

    Alex Moundalexis is a Solutions Architect at Cloudera.

    Alex spends his time with Federal customers to get their Hadoop clusters up and running properly. Before entering the land of Big Data, 

    Alex spent the better part of ten years wrangling Linux server farms and writing Perl as a contractor to the Department of Defense and Department of Justice. 

    A Maryland native, he likes onion rings, shiny objects, and Oxford commas!


    5:30 – 6:00 Welcome & Networking

    6:00 – 7:30 Impala presentation by Alex Moundalexis

    7:30 – 8:30 Networking + drinks and our signature delicious thin crust pizzas!

  • Workout Wednesday - weekly workouts for pdx nerds

    Wallace Park

    Workout Wednesday is a weekly cardio/strength workout for anyone, especially people involved with the portland tech and startup scene.


    We'll meet at the soccer field behind the school. Should it rain we'll meet under the covered area by the tennis courts.

    Bring your friends!

  • CoreOS + Docker OSCON Meetup

    New Relic

    Join New Relic, Rackspace, CoreOS and Docker for a special OSCON meetup on Wednesday, July 23, 6-9:00 pm at the New Relic offices. You'll learn more about CoreOS and Docker, mingle with some of the top CoreOS and Docker contributors, get your questions answered, try out craft beers from around Portland and snack on some tasty food. Thanks to our gracious host, New Relic, and to Rackspace and New Relic for providing the drinks and bites.

    Space is limited. To confirm your spot, please RSVP on Meetup as well as on the Eventbrite page, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coreos-docker-oscon-meetup-brought-to-you-by-new-relic-rackspace-tickets-12202480949. See you at OSCON.

    6:00-6:30 pm: Drinks, bites, networking

    6:30-7:00 pm: A CoreOS Overview

    Find out everything you want to know about CoreOS. CoreOS is a new Linux distribution designed specifically for application containers and running them at scale. This talk will examine all the major components of CoreOS including etcd, fleet, docker, and systemd; and how these components work together to solve the problems of today and tomorrow. Presented by Kelsey Hightower

    7:00-7:30 pm: Docker 1.0 101: Intro to Docker, and what the stable release looks like

    If you're not familiar yet with Docker, here is your chance to catch up. Engineers from the Docker team will give a quick overview of the Open Source Docker Engine, and its associated services delivered through the Docker Hub. Then, they will discuss the new features of Docker 1.0, and give you a glimpse at what's next in the Docker world. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session! Presented by Jérôme Petazzoni

    7:30-8:00 pm: CoreOS and Docker on Rackspace OnMetal

    Last month Rackspace announced OnMetal; a product to provision physical servers using the OpenStack APIs. Paul and Ev will explain how OnMetal works behind the scenes and demo CoreOS and Docker in action on physical gear. Presented by Paul Querna and Ev Konstevoy of Rackspace

    8:00-8:30 pm: More drinks, bites, break out into groups for additional Q&A


  • PDX DITA User Group Meetup

    Jive Software

    We meet over beers and food to discuss problems, and solutions, we find using DITA. All are welcome.

    Please join the LinkedIn group and ask any questions you might have!

  • PDX Python Presentation Night

    Urban Airship Inc

    Come join us for Pythonic talks!

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

    This month:

    • Generating APIs with C++ and SWIG by Tom Marshall

    • God Mode for Python: Salt, Stack, and Fabric by Jason Champion

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

    RSVP at Meetup

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

  • OSCON Talk: Analyzing Data with Python with Sarah Guido

    Little Bird

    Python is quickly becoming the go-to language for data analysis. There are so many tools out there that it can be overwhelming for those that are new to analyzing data in Python. In this presentation, I’ll discuss several of the best tools for working with data, how to structure a data analysis workflow, and which tools are appropriate for handling different kinds of data. You’ll leave with a good understanding of different data analysis techniques in Python and some ideas to try on your own.

    I’ll show you examples of each of the following:

    • Data preprocessing
    • Using Scikit-learn for machine learning
    • Using the Natural Language Toolkit for natural language processing Running MapReduce jobs with MRjob Visualizing our results with matplotlib
  • PDX Cocoaheads

    Walmart Labs

    Ryan Arana will present about logging frameworks, Walmart Labs will provide the pizza, and those who wish to will go out for beer after the meeting.

  • [Cancelled] Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting

    TBD - Portland

    OSCon is next week, which will make things a bit crazy. So we are going to skip the JavaScript meeting this month.

    As an alternative, if you weren't already planning to attend OSCon, you might check out what is available with an expo hall pass, which is $25:


  • Erlang meetup / Birds of a Feather

    (NOTE: OSCON Birds of a Feather sessions are open to all in the community. You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend.)

    As part of OSCON Francesco Cesarini will be leading an Erlang Birds of a Feather gathering at the Oregon Convention Center.

    It's an opportunity to meet and greet other functional programming people and discuss how to get things done in the real world that demands highly available, fault tolerant, never-stop systems in heterogeneous environments.

    Come prepared to talk and learn!

    Also in attendance will be Erlang co-creator Robert Virding and other notable Erlang experts.




  • Thursday
    Jul 24 2014
    Linux Kernel Beering, OSCON edition

    Thirsty Lion

    Meet-up of people who hack on the Linux kernel, and other low-level stuff. OSCON attendees and everyone else welcome.

  • BrainSilo Open House


    BrainSilo is Portland's oldest hackerspace. We're a diverse group of people who love making things and sharing what we know. Stop by the open house and say hi, or hack on something.

    BrainSilo has a growing collection of awesome tools and equipment at our space, including 3D printers, oscilloscopes, woodworking tools and whiteboards. We're interested in everything from 3D printers to opsec and cryptocurrencies.


Next two weeks

  • Friday
    Jul 25 2014
    Coffee w/ Co-Founders III

    Breken Kitchen

    The third edition of a monthly event we’ve been calling “Coffee w/ Co-Founders” will be held Friday July 25th @ 9am at Breken Kitchen (http://www.brekenkitchen.com/) in NW Portland.

    Come by for this very informal meetup as we discuss our current projects and give each other advice about growing a business here in Portland. We have had a great turnout for each of these events, and with this space housing more space, we anticipate a large gathering of Entrepreneurs.

    Bring lots of business cards and be prepared to talk to like-minded individuals.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Ruby Co-Working

    Common Grounds

    Look for the fedora, and/or a tight knit group of macs. If you can not find us, ping @chrishough on twitter. The setup is informal, no presentations, and we are just trying to meet fellow ruby geeks in the community. Also, working remote or in an office space cube needs a change of scenery each week.

  • Saturday
    Jul 26 2014
    PDX Code Retreat - Summer 2014 (Cancelled)


    The Summer Code Retreat has been cancelled.

    Code Retreat is designed to hone software craftsmanship skills and software design through repeated attempts to build an implementation of a well-known software problem (Conway's Game of Life). Developers use pair programming and discussion to exchange knowledge, and additional constraints are given throughout the day to emphasize good design concepts and practices. More details about the Code Retreat format can be found at http://www.coderetreat.org.

  • ChickTech Mid-Summer Picnic

    Join ChickTech at our annual Mid-Summer Picnic!

    Meet and mingle with HS participants, ChickTech volunteers, and women and men passionate about getting more girls and women into tech. Families (including children) are welcome. Please make sure each person is counted in your registration so we have an accurate count.


    We'll have catered food from Smokehouse 21 and Homegrown Smokers Vegan BBQ to provide delicious omnivore and vegan/vegetarian-friendly BBQ options.

    Learn to solder

    We will have a few soldering stations set up where anyone can learn to solder (or teach others to solder!). Soldering is a fun and useful skill, and you will love it!

    Create an e-textile

    You will have the opportunity to create a simple e-textile project (using fabric or felt to create an item that uses a small battery, sensors, and lights/sounds to react to the sensors--here are some more complex examples: http://makezine.com/2010/04/06/geek-chic-massive-e-textiles-roundu/).

    Play with legos

    We'll also bring a bunch of legos for everyone to play with because, really, everyone loves legos.

    This is going to be a really fun event! We're excited, and we hope you'll join us to celebrate summer, tasty food, and of course women in tech. :)

    This is a free event, but please consider making a donation to help defray our costs if you are able! All donations are tax-deductible and help keep our K-12 activities free to participants.

    Food will be provided. Transportation will be provided as needed to HS participants, either through transit passes or pickup.

  • Calagator Code Sprint

    Come hack on Calagator, the open source calendar aggregator.

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

    Catch up on the current status with these notes from Open Source Bridge: http://opensourcebridge.org/wiki/2014/Calagator

    Calagator is a Ruby/Rails web app, distributed as a Rails engine.

  • Party in the Pinot

    Join your peers for TAO's signature summer event, Party in the Pinot on July 26th. This must-attend event brings together over 400 technology executives and premier service providers for superb networking, food, music, dancing, cocktails and fun!

    Purchase your table or tickets early because this event will sell-out!

    Event Details:

    When: Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Where: Oswego Hills Winery, 450 Rosemont Rd., West Linn, OR 97068

    Time: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Cost: Members $2500 Table of Ten | $250 Single Ticket

    Nonmembers $3000 Table of Ten | $300 Single Ticket

    Attire - Summer Casual: Khakis, cargo or Bermuda shorts for him | Sundress, skirt or khakis for her | Wedge or flats are recommended - this event takes place on a grass surface

  • Sunday
    Jul 27 2014
    Women Who Hack


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

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

    What you should bring:

    • Your laptop or other equipment
    • Yourself!

    We'll provide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Monday
    Jul 28 2014
    Siege Engine Workshop
    Periscope Books & Tutoring

    Your home may be your castle, but only if you can hold it against all comers. And since the best defense is a good offense, maybe the place to start is preemptively swiping theirs. If this sort of logic appeals to you (or if you just like the idea of turning sticks and ropes into machines that bash, toss and fling) you need to attend the Siege Engine Workshop. We'll construct working scale models of various ancient castle neutralization devices plus a pair of castle walls, learning some carpentry, history, ballistics, and physics along the way. Then it's war!

    • Cost: $250
    • Ages: 10-14 (or w/permission)
    • Instructor: Markus Roberts
    • To register, call Lorri Nandrea 503-746-5669 or email periscopetutoring@gmail.com
  • 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.

  • North Portland Coders Night

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

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

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

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

  • 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
    Jul 29 2014

    Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

    RainSec is an informal group of like-minded security professionals who meet to discuss topics of interest in a non-work, non-vendor setting. Preferably while drinking just enough to forget our day jobs.

    While this is a public event open to any interested parties, our target audience are folks experienced with information security in a professional capacity.

    Follow @PDXRainSec for updates & point your IRC client to #rainsec on freenode.

    This event is also on meetup.com, Facebook, & Google+. Invite your friends!

  • Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations

    Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations, MapTimeStJohns, Tue, July 29, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Anna Bannanas coffee shop, 8716 N Lombard St, Portland. Let's get together and map :) (We meet in the back room)

    In June, we worked on creating a basic static map of floods with custom icons showing the size of the floods (a proportional symbol flood map). We went through a demo for using a slider to add amimation to a map... using the flood data it would allow users to see where and when the floods appeared.

    In July, I'll bring a completed example of a proportional symbol animated slider flood map that we will review. In addition, we will add one or two other techniques for developing spatio-temporal web visualizations (in leaflet and open layers). Then we will begin using Postgresql/postgis to setup spatial databases, populate them and perform spatial analysis operations.One of our long term goals will be to eventually use data from a spatial database in dynamic spatio-temporal visualizations.

    In July, bring your computer. If you have time prior to the meeting, load postgresql/postgis version 9.1 or later onto your computer.

    Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations, MapTimeStJohns, Tue, July 29, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Anna Bannanas coffee shop, 8716 N Lombard St, Portland. 97203

  • Wednesday
    Jul 30 2014
    CascadiaJS Training by Formidable Labs

    TBD - Portland

    JavaScript is at the core of the modern web—on the server and in the browser. In this full-day tutorial, we will lead you through the tools, frameworks, and paradigms that you need to craft modern, client-rich applications. Our intensive workshop will take you from a basic skeleton application to a production-ready infrastructure, ready to stand up to real-world traffic.

    The team at Formidable Labs has written some of the worlds' largest JavaScript web applications and literally written the book on testing them. Our engineers and educators have led trainings for companies of all sizes, as well as the technology community. We are thrilled to bring our battle-tested experience and lessons from field to the fine folks at CascadiaJS.


    • JavaScript for Modern Applications with jQuery & Underscore.js - Learn core tenets of JavaScript application development with two of the web's most essential tools – jQuery and Underscore.js.
    • MVC Fundamentals with Backbone.js and Node.js - Explore the fundamentals of Model-View-Controller application design, using the popular Backbone.js framework as a guide to concepts and implementations. We will back our frontend application with a basic Node.js data server.
    • Building Production Applications with Grunt & Friends - Create a production-ready application and support full testing / development workflows using Grunt, Bower, AMD/RequireJS and other automation tools.
    • JavaScript Application Testing - Increase confidence in your applications and find bugs earlier with tools and techniques to make application testing flexible, fast, and easy to do. We will use Mocha, Chai, and Sinon.JS to test frontend and backend JavaScript applications.
  • Ruby Lunch

    TILT Pearl District

    Eat lunch and chat about all things Ruby-related.

  • JavaScript Beginners Workshop


    No coding experience is necessary! At minimum, you should be comfortable using computers. At most, you may have done some HTML and/or CSS, but aren't a professional developer.

    We'll cover the basics of how the web works, what part languages and frameworks and other buzzwords play, and then we'll dive into some programming fundamentals using JavaScript! By the end, you'll have a good sense of how to continue learning web programming.

    We'll use the Epicodus curriculum from www.learnhowtoprogram.com starting with the JavaScript lesson Arithmetic. Feel free to check it out in advance and also to jump into the curriculum wherever you're most comfortable. People at different skills levels are welcome to move through the curriculum at their own pace during the workshop.

    RSVP on Eventbrite:

    Questions? hi (at) epicodus (dot) com

  • PDX Hardware Startup Meetup

    The next PDX Hardware Startup Meetup will include a presentation by Josh Lifton of Crowd Supply on July 30th, at 6:00pm. According to Core77 "Crowd Supply is the Kickstarter for product designers."

    Crowd Supply Co-founder and CEO Josh Lifton will share tips and tricks from the trenches of preparing, launching, and successfully funding hardware products. It will draw on the lessons and behind-the-curtain details of some of the 60+ product campaigns launched since Crowd Supply opened its doors in the spring of 2013, such as the Novena Open Source Laptop, which recently raised over $700k. This workshop will give you an overview of how you can use Crowd Supply to launch a successful product campaign, from planning and production, to marketing and fulfillment.

    As always, there will be free Pizza and Beer provided for everyone and some time to share any projects you are working on.

    Parking: It's FREE. You can park anywhere behind the building for free. There should be plenty of parking so don't worry about having to pay for a spot.

    Please share this event with anyone you think may be interested, the more people we can get involved the more beneficial it will be to everyone.

  • Thursday
    Jul 31 2014
    Jupiter Hotel

    CascadiaJS is a two-day, community-driven conference on the cutting edge of JavaScript. Browser, server, OS – we cover it all.

    It's a PNW nomadic conference, and in its 3rd year is setting up its hut in Portland.

  • Edtech Women Portland


    Agenda Appetizers will be sponsored by Clarity Innovations! Bring your own outdoor chair. Bring a bottle of wine or other summer beverage to share.

    •Meet and greet •Explanation of video contribution •Keynote by James Keller - James is a designer who enjoys blurring lines between physical and digital experiences. After leading Wieden+Kennedy's digital strategy team, she left to cofound Small Society, a mobile agency that created the first wave of native mobile apps for Starbucks, Zipcar, and Amazon. In 2012, Small Society was acquired by WalMartLabs. Today, James continues to help define the next generation of mobile retail experiences. •Networking activities •What's next?

    This is the Portland chapter of Edtech Women. We are an inclusive, networked community of educators, technologists, and business experts focused on leadership development for women in education technology. By connecting, investing in, and showcasing the emerging cohort of women edtech leaders, our goal is to accelerate the impact of education technology for learners everywhere.

    We build connections and skills that lead to stronger businesses, better products, and different schools. We create a community, united on the local, national, international, and digital levels, committed to support and innovation, driven to make change. We are moving the needle in education forward.

  • BSD Pizza Night

    The Portland BSD Pizza group is a new group of BSD users who meet at a different pizza place on the last Thursday of each month.

  • Friday
    Aug 1 2014
    Ruby Co-Working

    Look for the fedora, and/or a tight knit group of macs. If you can not find us, ping @chrishough on twitter. The setup is informal, no presentations, and we are just trying to meet fellow ruby geeks in the community. Also, working remote or in an office space cube needs a change of scenery each week.

  • Commodore Computer Club

    Pied Piper Pizza

    The Commodore Computer Club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Commodore technology. Our attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all are welcome.

    Come to learn, come to share. It’s all for the love of anything Commodore.

  • Monday
    Aug 4 2014
    Maker Monday- A Free Monthly Meet Up


    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.

  • 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
    Aug 5 2014
    Using Social Media as a Client Service Strategy - Risk, Rewards and Best Practices to Adopt

    Please join us for a two-part panel on August 5th as we explore the growing trend of using social media in a service setting.

    Panel 1: Using Social Media as a Client Service Strategy: The Legal, Employee and Business Risks and Rewards

    Panel 2: Using Social Media as a Client Service Strategy: Best Practices - What to Adopt and What to Avoid when Implementing a Social Strategy

    Panel I: The Legal, Employee and Business Risks and Rewards

    There’s a lot of buzz around using social media to add a value to your service strategy, but it is not risk free. Do you know some companies consider "connecting" with a client on a social media site as a breach of confidence? When you work in a regulated industry bound by HIPAA etc but your customers want to share their private information, how do you balance their needs with the business need to adhere to regulation? How much risk are you willing to take as an organization? Are you even the right business to be adopting a social medial service strategy?

    Learn about some of these risks and rewards as you embark or enhance your service strategy as it relates to social media.


    Jean Ohman Back, Attorney, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt- As a member of Schwabe’s Litigation Section and the Labor and Employment practice group, Jean advises employers about state and federal employment laws.

    Jean will discuss the legal risks for employers based on employee use of social media and how to mitigate risks when employees are not trained to understand the guidelines of what's appropriate. She will also share examples of where employees have misfired and what employers have done to manage damage control and avoid future risks.

    Jeremy Solly, Social Media Manager, Cambia Health Solutions – As an experienced marketing strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for utilizing innovative technology, Jeremy has spent his 7 years in online content curation, web development, email marketing, SEO, key account sales, social media strategy, and marketing and public relations for both the B2C and B2B industries.

    Jeremy will discuss why it’s important to give your customers the choice to use social as a vehicle to engage with your service department, even in industries with tight regulations and controls on data, such as the health care industry.

    David Kastendick, Social Customer Delivery Manager with Adobe Systems - As a leader within Adobe's Customer Care group, David has focused on evangelizing the use of social media as a support engagement platform.

    David will discuss the factors that must be considered when an enterprise chooses to start supporting customers via social channels.

    Moderator: Claire Hernandez, Client Services Consultant

    Panel 2: Best Practices - What to Adopt and What to Avoid when Implementing a Social Strategy

    Now that you've decided to add social to your overall services strategy, how do you implement it effectively? Find out what measurements make sense to track and how to get your employees ready. Hear how to engage your customers and find out how to reduce call volume while increasing customer satisfaction. Learn from a panel of services department executives on what's worked, what hasn't, and the overall impact on their customers and their companies.


    Adam Mertz, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Jive Software - Adam has worked with hundreds of companies as they plan and implement social strategies. Adam leads Jive's go-to-market plans for the JiveX customer and partner community platform, and also works analysts focused on social for prospect, customer, partner and employee uses.

    Adam will discuss the enormous rewards that can come from changing the way companies engage customers. Adam will provide examples of companies effectively turning their customers into an extension of their support team, and in the process achieving double-digit percentage improvements in 3 key areas: 1) Lower support calls and cases 2) Higher customer satisfaction 3) Accelerated new and repeat sales.

    Michelle Mattson, Sr. Manager - Social Customer Support, T-Mobile - T-Mobile has been busy disrupting the marketplace by making Un-carrier moves that are forcing the other guys to try to compete with its strong data network, no contracts, and Un-carrier pricing. With each Un-carrier move, it is imperative that T-Mobile is ready to answer questions, resolve issues and engage with the excitement across its social media properties.

    Michelle will cover how T-Mobile’s social customer support (T-Force) team has evolved in the social media space over the past 2 years and how they’re more focused now than ever with companies bold Un-carrier movement.

    Moderator: Chris Adamek, Managing Director, ACME Business Consulting

    When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Time: 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM Where: The Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205 Cost: $35 Members, $55 Nonmembers

    Series Sponsor: HealthSparq

    Sponsorships available. Contact kari.naone@techoregon.org.

  • Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting

    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.


    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!

  • PADNUG August

    Scott Hanselman will show us what's new for Microsoft developers since last year and thoroughly entertain us in his great style! It will be a bonus that this comes on the heels of our Xamarin month!

    6:00 - Pizza and mingling
    6:30 - Presentation intro
    7:00 - Main Presentation
    8:30 - After words gathering (location TBD)

  • Write The Docs PDX: Network with the PDX Technical Writing Community

    Puppet Labs

    Our first two Meetups had so much content that we did not have much time to network. So I'd like to try an enhanced Networking Meetup, where we talk about our topics of concern.

    I want us to have time to talk to each other, to find out what we do, perhaps to ask how we might address common issues.

    So come to the Write The Docs Meetup on Tuesday August 5. Ask your fellow writer about any topic that you've heard during our Meetups, or more.

    Suggested topics:

    DITA Markdown User feedback on documents Style guides RESTful APIs Docs in a world of JIRAs Why we call ourselves “documentarians”

    and of course, “be-verbs”

    In addition, several of us work for companies who are hiring writers. If you want to hear about what companies look for in writers, come to the Meetup.

    As before, we will have snacks provided by ForgeRock, along with the drinks / meeting room provided by Puppet Labs.

  • Portland Bitcoin Group

    Portland Bitcoin Group will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

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