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  • Tuesday
    Sep 30 2014
    I Have an Idea! Now What?

    Join us for a panel discussion with experienced entrepreneurs who have successfully made the transition from great idea to actual company.

    Courtney Couch - Co-founder and CEO of Muut, Inc., a discussion platform. Has been building companies and teams from conception to exit for 15 years.

    Summer Kramer - Founder and President of SummerSkin, a startup company that sells sun protective clothing. Inspired by her personal experience and pharmaceutical background to develop a fashionable, luxury fabric clothing line that protects skin from UV rays.

    Allen Alley - Co-Founder, former CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Pixelworks, a fabless semiconductor company that went public in 2000. Allen has over 30 years of experience with private and public companies, and has worked as both an investor and entrepreneur. Serves on the board of the Technology Association of Oregon.

    Tom Kingsley - Co-founder and CEO of CrowdCompass, which makes smartphone apps for conferences. In 2012, the company was purchased by Cvent. Currently advises several startup entities and entrepreneurs regarding development of their business.

    AGENDA: 4:00 PM - Registration & Snacks; 4:15 PM - Program; 5:15 PM - Reception; 6:00 PM - Close

  • Portland Code School - Happy Hour!

    Join us to learn about the different programs that PCS has to offer – from the JavaScript immersion class to Data Visualization and Front End Development, to an iOS Primer coming this fall.

    The Lucky Lab on Quimby has a HUGE space, free WiFi and great beer.

    Your first drink is on us (alcohol or not)!

    (I'll have a small PCS sign and most likely some kind of board game.)

  • Monthly Happy Hour


    If you're like me, you spend WAYYYY too much time in front of a computer. I think it would be great to have a monthly get together at a bar or pub to just get to know each other, have a brew, and yes, talk about the business. Real human interaction, in other words. Repeats the last Tuesday of every month.

    Starting September 24th we will be changing venues to Romtoms, on the east side of the bridge at Burnside and 6th St. We hope there will be more room and it will be easier to find the rest of us. We look forward to seeing everyone.

    If you can't find us inside look for us out in the back we may be enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful open patio.

  • Healthcare & Life Sciences IT Tavern Talks: What’s So Special About Medical Software?

    What’s So Special About Medical Software?

    Join us after work for a lively, open panel discussion about the special requirements, methods and challenges in creating and delivering software for use in healthcare. Whether it’s patient information systems, advanced clinical tools, device intelligence or cloud based web applications software is becoming essential to patient care and medical effectiveness. Meet a panel of experienced leaders in medical software, learn about best practices and connect with your peers in healthcare high tech. This event is suitable both for people working with healthcare technology and people new or interested in healthcare software.

    Speaker Panel

    Gregory Jackson, Director of Technology Operations at WebMD Health Services

    Brian Martin, MD Director Medical Informatics at GE Healthcare

    Dawn Flakne, Director, Implant Software Engineering and Architecture at MSEI/BioTronik


    This event is designed to promote lively discussion and networking. The first hour is a panel discussion led by a moderator and the second hour is social/networking. Moderator uses prepared questions to start the discussion and then encourages audience interaction. Networking session also includes a ‘business card bar’ to encourage professional connections. This event typically draws 40 to 50 people with capacity for up to 80 people.

    Event Details: When: September 30th, 2014 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where: Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 NW 31st, Portland OR Price: $25 TAO and Oregon Bioscience Members | $45 Nonmembers

  • NSBeer

    Meet with iOS developers, Mac developers, UX designers, QA testers, and whoever else wants to come.

    Have a beer and argue about Swift.

  • AppNexus Tech Event


    AppNexus is hosting a Tech Event to talk about JavaScript! Come see how we use this language for automation, command-line tools, and more!

    Please learn more and RSVP at the link below.


  • Squarespace is hosting a Meet & Greet in Portland!

    Doug Fir Lounge

    Attention Portland: Squarespace is looking for great talent to join our Customer Care team, and we've organized a Meet & Greet so you can get a feel for our culture and ask any questions in person. Whether you're interested in becoming a part of our award-winning Customer Care team at Squarespace, or just curious to learn more about who we are and what we do, we'd love to meet you! Drinks and refreshments will be served.

  • Hack + Help

    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!).

  • Talk type and fonts

    C Bar

    Let's hang out, have a drink, a bite, and chat about fonts and typography and whatever else comes up.

    Everyone is welcome to bring things for show-and-tell or feedback, but it is definitely not required!

    Sorry for the hiatus on the meetups—I was away for the summer, plus TypeCon (DC) and ATypI (Barcelona).

  • OSGeo Spatio-Temporal Web Visualizations, MapTimeStJohns

    OSGeo Spatio-Temporal Web Visualizations, Tuesday, September 30, 7:30pm to 9, Anna Bananas, 8716 N. Lombard, Portland

    This month at MaptimeStJohns, we will be to continue programming web spatio-temporal visualizations, bring a computer if you have one. If you have not come before, that is alright because we will step through each visualization. I'll bring the js library files for leaflet and the various plugins we will be using. Let's create some cool web map visualizations! please RSVP


  • Wednesday
    Oct 1 2014
    Inside the Developer's Studio, with Jonan Scheffler of New Relic

    "Inside the Developer's Studio" is a series where Cris Kelly, Director of Portland Code School, interviews a dev, or someone in the tech scene, to get to know the guest both personally and professionally. Through the interview, we hear their stories and experiences; we learn from their mistakes and successes; and we learn more about ourselves and our community, as we discover how they arrived in Portland's rousing tech arena, and how they're contributing to it.

    Invite your friends and colleagues! Bring your questions and your lunch into our spacious classroom over Wednesday's lunch hour, Noon to 1pm. Q&A opportunities at the end of the interview.

  • Workfrom Wednesday

    Workfrom Wednesday comes back to the West side!!

    This week we'll be going to a Workfrom first and portland favorite Tilt in the Pearl. They have amazing burgers, salads, sandwiches, pie, and there is plenty of other options right by. 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. 

    Again this week we will be going to a bar after Workfrom Wednesday. Tilt has happy hour from 3:00-6:00 but if anyone has any suggestions please post them since we are currently undecided on where to go. 

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

  • Today’s Office Environment – Company tours and networking reception | Executive Mix and Mingle Event

    Recently, technology companies have shifted from decades of traditional office environments (cubicles and private office space) to collaborative open spaces with a unique balance between work and play. This new way of thinking has set new standards for the way we work. Is this environmental shift working? Is it increasing the amount of innovation and productivity? What has the impact been on recruitment and retention? And why have so many companies adopted this shift?

    Join us on October 1st as we take a peek inside 5 local technology companies (located in the US Bankcorp Tower) and hear how the shift has effective their companies and their employees. The evening will conclude with a networking reception hosted by Unico Properties.

    Company Tours Include: Survey Monkey, New Relic, Webtrends, Incomm & Insight Global Inc.

    Event Details: When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Time: 4:00 – 7:30 PM || 4:00 PM Registration and Networking Reception | 4:30 PM company tours | 6:40 Networking Reception (20 minute tours/5 companies - 5 minute transition) Where: U.S. Bancorp Tower (Big Pink), 111 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204 Cost: $20 Members | $45 Nonmembers

  • Robot Startup Founders - Take Me to Your Leader

    Vivek Mano - wiglbot.com - Wigl is an educational interactive toy robot with a musical ear. Children are rewarded for combining right brain creativity with left brain logic, and makes practicing their musical instrument fun!

    Tara & Jason O’Mara - In the quest to improve the lives of pets everywhere, Tara & Jason are creating the next generation of pet entertainment. Their first product, SHRU – the intelligent cat companion, mimics and responds like a living animal, keeping kitties active and engaged while you’re out. Learn more at getshru.com.

    Emcee Christian Perry is Founder of Beta Productions, a startup that produces events for other startups. He lives in Portland with lots of roommates and a kitten named Gabby who is currently vying for early access to a SHRU.

  • SWePoCoNi (The West Side Strikes Back)

    Commodore Lounge

    Southeast Portland Coder's Night was a glorious gathering of folks. Many nachos were had while discussing various projects. This died out as Side Door stopped being open after 7pm.

    A few of us have tried various venues but haven't been happy with many of them. One venue a few of us would hang out at after user groups is the Commodore Lounge on SW 17th and Burnside. It has wifi, delicious food, and a wide range of drinks. The power situation could be better but we are sure we can improve this with time.

    So, come along, have a drink and some food with us as we embark on the next stage of Portland Coder Nights. The time is a guideline, show up when it makes sense to you and leave when you want or need to. These are just the hours we've seen work for a majority of folks in the past.

  • PDXTech4Good October Meetup


    Discover a whole ecosystem of open source software for accomplishing just about any task on your computer for free! Attending this workshop could save your nonprofit agency thousands of dollars.

    Noah Kleiman of Secret Knowledge will take you on a whirlwind software safari focusing on applications useful to nonprofit staff. Including, but not limited to: Photo Editors (think "free Photoshop"), Desktop Publishing (think "free Indesign"), Vector Graphics (think "free Illustrator"), Word processing, and spreadsheet applications (free "Office"). Noah will invite attendee requests, perform impromptu demonstrations, and offer relentlessly practical advice.

  • Making "Smart Information" Real with Mike Pell

    We can no longer afford to produce dead pixels. People’s expectations are already set – every piece of data, every visualization, every we put on any display needs to be alive, deeply connected, and able to surface its true value on demand. Fundamental change is needed, and it all starts with you. Join Mike to see the vision, discuss the realities, and jumpstart the 'Smart Information' revolution together.

    Mike Pell is a bold, insightful, and uncompromising Senior Designer at Microsoft, focused on next gen information exploration and interaction. Having designed for the Cloud, Search, Modern Datacenter, Office, Windows and Mobile over the years has given him a unique perspective on how to communicate clearly through dynamic visualization. Read more at www.futuristic.com


Next two weeks

  • Thursday
    Oct 2 2014

    This full day conference offers insights and strategies for Healthcare Systems, Payers, Government Health and Students to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of Healthcare Information Technology.   

    From distinguished keynote presentations from key industry leaders, to breakout sessions covering a range of topics ranging from Best Practices, Standards, Industry Trends and Solutions, and Networking Opportunities, this will be an educational conference like no other!    Please join us and reserve your seat to be a part of this event today!  

    REGISTRATION FEES: HIMSS Members: 75.00 HIMSS Student Member: 25.00 Non-Member: 100.00

  • TiE Pearl Pitch Club; featuring workshop with Ravi Sinha: "One And Three Minute Pitches"

    TiE Pearl Incubator
    It's time to get the structure of your pitch right!

    How can you best put together your story for a one-minute pitch, and how would it be different from say, a three minute pitch?

    Ravi Sinha, entrepreneur and business coach, will facilitate a workshop where we practice one- and three minute pitches.
    Come ready to deliver your pitch, with slides if you want, or with no A/V materials, and we will work on the structure and the best way to tell your story.

    This session can be taken as part of a preparatory series for our annual pitch competition, TiE PitchFest, coming in December 2014 (watch this space)!

    Please register through the website link above. Event cost:
    • TiE Members: FREE
    • Public: $25
  • Meet & Geek (After-hours tour of Free Geek)

    Free Geek

    What? Free snacks, beer/wine, tours, and conversation. Connect with staff, volunteers and other community members to get a special after-hours behind the scenes look at Free Geek.

    When? Thursday, October 2nd 5:30-7:30pm. We're offering casual tours at 6 and 6:30.

    Why? Why not! We're want to show off what we've been up to lately (did you know we're going for Responsible Recycler certification?) and hear your ideas about what we can do to better serve you and our community.

  • MaptimePDX

    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!


    • Post-FOSS4G BoF discussion
    • Mapbox Studio
    • Impostor Syndrome

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

  • PDXNode Talk Night

    Urban Airship Inc

    Food Sponsored by Stormpath.

    Lightning Talks (slots are still available)

    • Randall Degges

    • 'When Not to Node,' Zoe Landon

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

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

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

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

    Location note:

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

  • Clojure Office Hours

    Successful strategies for the self-organizing Clojure meetup:


    Please also review the Puppet Code of Conduct. As we reside in their space, we abide by their rules.


  • Portland Linux/Unix Group: Diversity in Open Source: What We Can Do

    Who: Jennifer Davidson
    What: Diversity in Open Source: What We Can Do
    Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
    When: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7pm
    Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
    Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

    If you're involved in tech and/or open source, you know the community suffers from a lack of diversity. The big question is: Why? Even more powerful is: What can each of us do to build a community that is welcoming of contributors from all backgrounds? Jennifer Davidson will shed light on these issues and discuss what ChickTech is doing locally in Portland. Expect actionable steps we can take as a community to increase diversity in tech.

    Jennifer Davidson is a User Experience Researcher and Designer at Intel. She received a PhD in Computer Science with an emphasis in Human-Computer Interaction from Oregon State University in June 2014. She is the Interim Board President for ChickTech (http://chicktech.org). Her passions include studying open source communities, designing software that works for humans, and doing outreach to build women in tech communities. Jennifer has given talks at OSCON, Open Source Bridge, Open Source Systems, Code n' Splode, and many academic conferences.

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

    Rideshares Available

    See you there!

    Michael Dexter
    PLUG Volunteer

  • Church of Robotron

    The Church of Robotron

    2014 Testing and Training Facility

    With only 70 years remaining until the robot uprising crisis of 2084, The Church of Robotron desperately announces that it will be conducting testing and training operations at the Diode Gallery, 514 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209. Window altar services will be available starting September 14th, 2104. Mutant liturgy will be held on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 and (First) Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, both at 7pm. Other times by appointment.

    The installation centers around three (3) altars that will test and train the public by subjecting them to a multitude of environmental discomforts while playing augmented versions of the 1982 8­-bit twitch arcade game Roboton 2084. Participants will take up the two (2) eight­-way joysticks to battle both on­-screen Robotrons and real­-world stimuli manifested from in­-game events. These futile efforts will be celebrated and archived on a videographed leaderboard.

    Church organizers will be conducting research and performing additional tests to determine if the mutant savior walks among us today. Devotees and skeptics alike are invited to take in a recorded (or live!) sermon from a church prophet and to learn more about Robotron prophecy and culture in the reading room.

    The last human family must survive, and it is through experiential Error, deep understanding of Futility, and the Mutant Savior’s anti-­robot chest­-mounted turreted lasers that our human culture can continue to thrive.

    About The Church of Robotron

    The Church of Robotron is an avant-­fanatical post­-apocalyptic videogame cyber­-religion based in the 1980s but born in the 2000s in Portland, OR. The CoR has installed/performed at ToorCamp in Neah Bay, held public devivals in Portland, and celebrated with private screenings and public swearing over low scores.

    About Diode

    Diode is Portland’s flagship art gallery dedicated to electronic and and electro­-interactive works.

    For More Information

    Brian Richardson (skinny@knowhere.net) (503)­929­-3785
    Diode Gallery (contact@jetsoncreative.com)

  • Friday
    Oct 3 2014

    Refuge PDX

    BSides PDX is a gathering of the most interesting infosec minds in Portland and the Pacific Northwest! Our passion about all things security has driven attendance from other parts of the country. Our goal is to provide an open environment for the infosec community to engage in conversations, learn from each other and promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. The Portland and greater Northwest information security community spans a broad spectrum of participation from CISOs, Fortune 100 company security experts, small business system admins, to independent security researchers.

  • Ruby Co-Working

    Breken Kitchen

    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.

  • Rescheduled: Agile PDX Dntn Pub Lunch: The Role of the PO When Doing Agile "at Scale"

    As if transitioning to Agile is not challenging enough in any company, what does Agile look like ‘at scale’? For the North American market, ADP Dealer Services develops software & services across 100 sprint teams, 4 major product groups, and half a dozen sites across the US & India. We are now 2 years into our Agile transition. We’ll take a look at some of the practices & tools we utilize each day, and some of the lessons we’ve learned along our journey.

    David Nash is Vice President of Product Management at ADP Dealer Services, the leading provider to Automotive Retailers and OEMs, globally. Prior to ADP, David spent 17 years at Intel in various Product Management, Product Marketing, Advanced Research, and Venture Investing assignments. He is the President of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) Oregon Chapter, and is the co-founder of ProductCamp Portland.

    RSVP's appreciated but not required. For more info, contact jean@azuregate.net or post your query to the AgilePDX mailing list.

  • Startup Coffee Hour! The Pop-Up Startup Accelerator

    Rocking Frog


    Startup Coffee Hour! reinvents the Startup Accelerator as a two-hour flash mob at a coffee shop. Join us at Rocking Frog Cafe, the Victorian coffee shop on Portland's eastside.

    What's going to be happening? Dropping by, hanging out, demoing your app, discussing the latest tech news, pitching your concept, meeting new people, offering feedback to your peers, and drinking lots of coffee.

    How does it work? Our startup accelerator is free and open to anyone who wants to come. We don't take any equity; we don't charge any fees. There's no structure or agenda, and the entire program lasts two hours.

    No structure? So where do I begin? If you're unsure what to do when you arrive, start by asking people two simple questions: "What are you working on?" and "How can I help?

    Sign up for Startup Coffee Hour!

  • 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.

  • Sunday
    Oct 5 2014
    PDX STEM Parents Take Your Kids to the Park

    Arbor Lodge Park

    Network with tech folks while our kids play on the playground!

    In October, PDX STEM Parents Take Your Kids to the Park has two meetups planned so far: Sunday, October 5, 11am-1pm, at Harper's Playground in Arbor Lodge Park Monday, October 20, 1:30-3:30pm, park to be determined -- we are open to suggestions -- come like our Facebook page to suggest a park!

  • CHIFOO Workshop: Fieldwork 4 Human Computer Interaction (1 of 4)

    Fieldwork for Human Computer Interaction: A 4-Part Workshop on Ethnographically-Informed Fieldwork

    Sara Bly and Françoise Brun-Cottan

    A growing number of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researchers and practitioners use the results of fieldwork to guide the design and evaluate the user experience of interactive systems and technologies. Why? Because data about real people in real situations spurs creativity and innovation around practical challenges, resulting in more useful and usable artifacts.

    Fieldwork for HCI typically consists of firsthand observations made in the naturally occurring environment of use (as opposed to studies performed in a controlled environment). Many techniques are adapted from anthropology – particularly ethnography.

    As the mobile app and manufacturing industries grow in Oregon, UX designers are increasingly recruited from out-of-state. The Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon - CHIFOO - recognizes a local need for more basic training in this area.

    Workshop Format This practicum is a new offering by CHIFOO, separate from the popular monthly guest lecture series. Developed with industry experts Sara Bly and Françoise Brun-Cottan, this unique pilot program serves as a first test model for future educational programs by CHIFOO.

    To conduct fieldwork well, the researcher needs the knowledge, ability and access to observe the activities and complexities of people within the context of their day-to-day pursuits. This makes it difficult to practice in a classroom-only or online environment. The methodology is best learned by apprenticeship and experience.

    Each session builds on the prior one. Participants are expected to attend three private classroom sessions, to complete group assignments in between, and to ‘report out’ on the experience in teams at the last session, an open CHIFOO event. Sessions will be held:

    Sunday, October 5, 12-4 pm Wednesday, October 15 6-9 pm Wednesday, October 29, 6-9 pm Wednesday, November 12, 6-9 pm

    Who Should Participate? The practicum is tailored especially towards locals who seek a better command and understanding of the skills utilized by User Experience Analysts, Design Engineers, and Interaction Designers.

    To make the learning experience as rich, collaborative and personalized as possible, the # of participants is capped at 16. Group exercises are designed to be completed in teams of 2-4.

    About the Instructors

    Dr. Sara Bly – Head Instructor – Sara Bly has been an active researcher and practitioner in qualitative user studies for more than 25 years. Ethnographically-informed fieldwork is a major component of her user experience studies, which focus on understanding the context of an activity as well as the specific user task. During Sara’s tenure at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, she served on multi-disciplinary teams with anthropologists, designers, and computer scientists. Sara has worked in a variety of companies and development teams, and has experience teaching user study techniques for both industry and academia. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Davis. Currently Sara Bly lives in Oregon and consults nationally.

    Francoise Brun-Cottan, Phd – Instructor - Anthropologist Francoise Brun-Cottan spent over a decade as a Work Place Ethnographer and Interaction Analyst with Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). Specialties include:

    Integration of ethnographic insights with engineering research, product/services development and design to inform innovation. Ethnography - Observation and interviewing, analysis and representations of work practices and user experience. Video ethnography Conversation and Interaction Analysis Work Practice and Participatory Design Studies. Currently Francoise Brun-Cottan consults for libraries, government agencies, large corporations and research agencies.

    Clodine Mallinckrodt – Facilitator – From Wall Street to MarCom Way, Clodine Mallinckrodt’s varied background spans the early days of interactive multimedia and distance learning to data security and strategy consulting. Currently, Clodine is Manager of Ambulatory Reporting & Analytics for Providence Health & Services, where she enjoys enabling analyst teams to deliver data visualization and exploration tools to healthcare executives throughout the west. She helped develop new Providence Consumer Segments, is a GE-certified Change Facilitator, and trained in Lean. Based in Portland, OR, Clodine Mallinckrodt is Program Co-Chair for CHIFOO.

    Register Online Be an Early Bird! Get the best price by registering before August 20.

  • Monday
    Oct 6 2014
    Delight Conference 2014
    Portland Art Museum

    Delight is a two-day conference in Portland, Oregon for brands and professionals who care about making experiences people love. The event gathers leaders working at the intersection of business, design and technology in an intimate forum that encourages big ideas, interactive discussions and lasting connections. The 2014 schedule features a single, shared experience main event on day one followed by a second day of deep-dive discussions, peer-led sessions, and breakout workshops. As part of Design Week Portland, Delight attendees can take advantage of dozens of additional talks, events, and after hours gatherings.

  • Maker Monday- A Free Monthly Meet Up


    Have some projects you'd like to create? Looking to collaborate with someone on something awesome? Could you 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.

  • PDX Puppet User Group

    Puppet Labs

    The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month .

    Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

    Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

    This month at the Portland Puppet User Group, Spencer Krum, Cloud Engineer at HP, will be premiering a new talk on different kinds of modules for different uses, titled "The Module Spectrum". Eric Zounes, a technical operations engineer at Puppet Labs, will talk about "Deploying and Managing Elasticsearch with Puppet." Should be an excellent meeting!

    Agenda for October 6th:

    • 6:00 - 6:30: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users

    • 6:30 - 7:10: "Deploying and Managing Elasticsearch with Puppet" - Eric Zounes

    • 7:10 - 7:55: "The Module Spectrum" - Spencer Krum

    • 7:55 - 8:15: Chat and Plan next agenda

    Get in touch with kara @ puppetlabs.com if you're interested in talking (even briefly!) about how you're using Puppet. Also, let us know if you'd like to be on the schedule next month! You don't need to be an expert to speak - we love to hear about what folks are doing with Puppet.

    If you have an idea for what you would like to see presented, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group

    Meat, veggie, gluten-free, and vegan pizza will be available. The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking inside the office, so bring your bikes in! Parking is available in the garage across the street.

  • Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

    Tonight we have a guest speaker:

    Grant Holly presents

    Classy Programming in Python and Javacsipt A cross sectional look at classes and inheritance in Python and Javascript.

    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
    Oct 7 2014
    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!

  • Hack + Help

    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!).

  • Wednesday
    Oct 8 2014
    SWePoCoNi (The West Side Strikes Back)

    Commodore Lounge

    Southeast Portland Coder's Night was a glorious gathering of folks. Many nachos were had while discussing various projects. This died out as Side Door stopped being open after 7pm.

    A few of us have tried various venues but haven't been happy with many of them. One venue a few of us would hang out at after user groups is the Commodore Lounge on SW 17th and Burnside. It has wifi, delicious food, and a wide range of drinks. The power situation could be better but we are sure we can improve this with time.

    So, come along, have a drink and some food with us as we embark on the next stage of Portland Coder Nights. The time is a guideline, show up when it makes sense to you and leave when you want or need to. These are just the hours we've seen work for a majority of folks in the past.

  • How to Drive Growth and Support Aggressive Revenue Targets | Marketing Leadership Exchange

    Response Capture

    One key competitive advantage of small fast-growing companies is there agility which gives them the ability to learn fast and adjust their efforts quickly. Yet as a consequence, some leaders of fast growing companies tend to focus on execution with limited strategy, only to discover that outcomes do not match expectations. To drive sustainable and predictable growth, emerging companies must embrace strategies that leverage their agility and allocate their resources in a way that amplifies their efforts. Join a gathering of your peers at the Response Capture for an interactive discussion featuring SiriusDecisions that will explore the foundational components required to develop an always on marketing machine, including:

    *Core marketing functions and structural elements necessary to drive growth

    • The key requirements for successful SaaS based offerings Essential planning elements to support prioritization, resource balancing and ensure focus

    *Vital marketing processes to leverage to deliver repeatability and enable scalability

    Guest Speaker: Matt Papertsian
    Service Director,SiriusDecisions Emerging Growth Strategies Service

    Matt will facilitate a discussion that will feature a review of research findings and best practices gathered during client interactions and peer discussion.

    Event Details: When: October 8, 2014 Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 6:00 PM - Networking, snacks, beer and wine 6:30 PM – Roundtable Discussion Location: Response Capture, Portland, OR 97035

  • PDX Tech + Pong


    How it works:

    Come have a beer and (if you want to) play some pong:

    Do you work for a tech company in any way, shape, or form (start-up, developer, marketing, design, admin, tech student, etc.)? Do you want to be more involved in the Portland tech community? Come by and play some Ping-Pong! Or, just come by for some good conversation and a beer. Headbands, wristbands, and other such attire are encouraged.

    This event is free but please RSVP so we can get a head count for food and drinks.

  • 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 Wednesdays!


    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!


    **Note: Please RSVP if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs. :)

  • Thinking Swiftly: New patterns in Swift and interactive playgrounds

    Plus QA

    The topic this month is the Swift programming language which has recently gone 1.0 and is quickly becoming a critical skill for iOS development.

    We're trying something new for this meeting. Step Christopher will video conference in and give the main talk on Swift and playgrounds.

    Afterwards we'll have some time for discussion and a hands on exploration of playgrounds let by one of our own members.

  • CHIFOO Meeting: Art of Articulation

    Puppet Labs

    Art of Articulation with Lee Fain, Electrolux

    Products, services and technology have a political gauntlet to conquer before they make their first appearance in the marketplace. Often the first line of defense in a corporate environment is the internal audience and invested key stakeholders.

    Developing the solution is not enough. How you communicate the idea is just as important as the solution itself. Communicating your approach at the right time with the right mediums, and using the right level of fidelity to motivate the audience into action is an art. One needs to be an effective persuader. One needs to be a provocateur.

    About the Speaker Lee Fain (@houseoffain) leverages the process of design provocation to develop compelling stories of technology while building deeper relationships within 3M’s culture of innovation. He currently leads design-centric initiatives for 3M’s Electronics & Energy Business Group based in Saint Paul, MN. His expertise is in contextualizing material science solutions through the tools of design and articulating big stories of innovation with high fidelity video productions.

    Before this role, Lee was a strategic designer within 3M’s Consumer Business Group where he developed product design strategies for brands including Post-it and Scotch. His experience over the past 10 years ranged from website development for the US Air Force in Aviano, Italy to appliance design for General Electric to expanding intellectual property claims on emerging technologies. Most recently his design thinking was highlighted in a book titled: Solving Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works (Columbia University Press).

    Lee Fain received a Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Campbell University in North Carolina. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota enjoying its tropical climate with his wife and two children.

  • Foley Tricks, an Audio Equipment Demo and Audio Production War Stories

    This meetup will feature a cool Foley demo, a hands-on demonstration of how a variety of different microphones work (as supplied by Treehouse + Pro Photo!), as well as a panel discussion of Audio War (Horror?!) Stories. + Free Beer!

    In the meantime, feel free to share your videos in the Forum Page to get negative feedback from your fellow Video Content Creators! 

  • Thursday
    Oct 9 2014
    Nintex User Group

    Join us at Microsoft's Portland office to help jump start a newly formed Nintex User Group. This group will facilitate a collaborative environment for Nintex users, developers, and business process automation professionals. This is a great opportunity to network and advance your technical skills.

    Kicking off this meeting, Steve Dark from Marquam Group will dive into the technical elements of Nintex workflow, Nintex Forms, and the general SharePoint workflow platform. Steve will demo a complex HR solution designed to handle employee onboarding and offboarding at an organization with over 1,000 employees. Steve is a business automation expert and customs solutions developer at Marquam Group. He has been working with business technology solutions for over a decade and has engaged clients in several automation implementations.

    In addition to meeting other Nintex Users in our area, we are looking for presenters, board members, and folks from the greater SharePoint community. Bring your questions related to your Nintex Workflow and Forms implementations and uses.

    This group is completely free, please register so we know how much food to order. Lunch and refreshments will be provided by Marquam Group.

  • Stories of a CFO with Mike Yonker | CFO Leadership Exchange

    Please join your peers for the second of three candid discussions with area Finance Professionals. This series of events will cover multiple topics some of which will include, what it’s truly like being a CFO, how one becomes a CFO, how to make the transition to CEO (if desired) and lessons learned along the way.

    Mike Yonker, Director of Finance, Strategic Planning & Costing for Global Footwear at Nike Mike will share stories of his unique career including his early years at InFocus to his days at Weiden+Kennedy and Pixelworks and how is long term desire to work at Nike came true.

    Event Details: When: Thursday, October 9th Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM | 5:30 Networking Reception | 6:15 Presentation and Q&A Where: Urban Airship, 1417 NW Everett St. #300, Portland, OR 97209 Cost per event: $45 Members | $65 Nonmember (includes appetizers and drinks)

  • Stories of a CFO with Mike Yonker | CFO Leadership Exchange

    Sincerely Truman

    Please join your peers for a three-part series of candid discussions with area CFOs. This series of events will cover multiple topics some of which will include, what it’s truly like being a CFO, how one becomes a CFO, how to make the transition to CEO (if desired) and lessons learned along the way. This series is intended not only for those that aspire to become a CFO but also for current CFOs wanting to connect with their peers.

    Event Details:

    When: Thursday, October 9th Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM | 5:30 Networking Reception | 6:15 Presentation and Q&A Where: Sincerely Truman, 123 NE 3rd Ave, Ste 209, Portland, Or 97209 Cost per event: $45 Members | $65 Nonmember (includes heavy appetizers and drinks)

    Who Can Attend?

    Current CFOs wanting to connect with their peers Those that aspire to become a CFO or high-level finance professional Service Providers are not eligible to attend

    2014 Line-up Includes:

    May 15th – Kelly Lang, CFO, Tripwire October –Mike Yonker, Finance, Nike November/December - Ben Ertischek, CFO, Viewpoint Construction Software

  • Portland Commodore Users Group

    Our group specializes in Commodore 64, SX-64, Commodore Vic-20, Commodore 128 and other Commodore computers. We meet regularly to discuss ideas, code, brainstorm projects, participate in the scene, and play games.

  • AppNexus Tech Event


    Powering 300+ Web Services on LAMP and Beyond

    In less than seven years, AppNexus has grown from a big idea into the largest independent AdTech company in the world. Join us on October 9th as Principal Engineer, Larry Finn, discusses the architectural and engineering challenges of achieving this scale.

    Doors open at 6:00pm – enjoy some food and beer with us before the program begins at 6:30pm.

    Space is limited so please RSVP at the link below to reserve your space


  • AEmoji

    AEmoji is a month long challenge for local talent to create a short, original, animated or live action piece inspired by randomly chosen emoji characters. The culmination of this challenge is a one time huge screening/party celebrating that work Thursday night during Design Week Portland. Come vote for your favorites to win prizes. Must be 21 and over to attend.

  • Party with PDX Code Guild

    PDX Code Guild

    The best kind of party happens when you, members of the Portland tech community, advisors, staff, graduates, students, a delta blues musician, a photo booth, food and drinks are all together at PDX Code Guild.

    RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/party-with-the-pdx-code-guild-tickets-13272312845

    Let's make it happen. Join us!

    After a long year of hard work and help from the Portland Tech Community, we have completed our beta testing of our bootcamp and have obtained a career school license!

    Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, delta blues & slide guitar from Adam Scramstad, student project demos, and a photo booth.

    If you've been curious about our bootcamp, this will be a fun way to fine out more. PDX Code Guild staff, instructors, students, advisors and graduates will be here to share beverages and answer any questions.

  • 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 A Crowd of Your Own: Crowdsourcing for On-Demand Personalization by Organisciak etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

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

  • Code Fellows Portland Expansion Info Session

    Come meet staff, ask questions, and find out more about our classes, curriculum, and dreams for Code Fellows Portland.

    RSVP today and join us on October 9th.

  • Friday
    Oct 10 2014
    Ruby Co-Working

    Breken Kitchen

    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
    Oct 11 2014
    DevOps Bootcamp

    DevOps DayCamp is a dual-track day with one track to help inexperienced attendees get started with DevOps, as well as a second track comprised of a hands-on hackathon with educational sessions throughout the day for the more advanced DevOps crowd. Advanced sessions will be given by industry professionals and will include Ansible, Travis CI and Docker. DevOps Daycamp is open to students at Oregon State University and the community. Registration is strongly encouraged, but the event is free.

  • Graphic Portland Festival

    Old Church

    A community driven competition that challenges participants through the use of Video, Lighting, and Interactive Media to stimulate the creation of spectacular illumination installations.

  • Monday
    Oct 13 2014
    Quit Your Job and Start A Business


    Make the transition and take the leap to starting your own business!

    You have an idea, a dream, a vision that you want to pursue. Your heart is ready to take that leap of faith and start that business, but your brain weighs the risks to your career and livelihood and tells you to stay put in your job.

    It’s an agonizing place to be.

    In this workshop, given by Robin Wang, a seasoned start-up veteran and small business owner, we will help you plan and prepare for that leap by demystifying the entrepreneurial journey, offering tactics to reduce the risks, and showing you the resources that can make the leap more palatable for your brain to follow your heart and pursue your dreams.

    Workshop Take-Aways
    1. What To Expect: The Life of an Entrepreneur
    2. Get a Handle on Personal & Business Finances
    3. Discover Business Funding Options
    4. How to Manage Your Employer
    5. Start a 10 Step Transition Action Plan
    plus much more...

    Webinar option also available!

    For more information and to register visit www.QuitJobStartBiz.com. Email info@quitjobstartbiz.com to request discount promo-code.