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Friday
Jan 30
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. (Please note: It is totally cool to work on non ruby languages with us too)

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Saturday
Jan 31
Unix & Git for Everyone Workshop
Portland, Oregon

Git is everywhere. Creative or engineering, you have directly encountered or will encounter Git in the workplace. Regardless of work style or team size, it is the tool that everyone should be using.

Unix is the basis for everything from personal computers and cellphones to super computers and web servers. Understanding the principles of how Unix works is essential to being an effective developer.

In this one-day workshop, you will be introduced to Git and Unix and get up to speed on concepts and workflows in no time. You will discover how working in the command line isn't all that scary, understand how to move between projects with just a few key strokes, and gain confidence with the steps involved for a common Git branching strategy. In addition, you will learn the brief history of Unix and some of the underlying philosophy of the Unix and Unix-like operating systems.

Cloning isn't just for sheep and galactic empires. Together we will all create and share GitHub repositories using the Unix command line.

Space is limited. Sign up now to reserve your seat.

General Public: $250 Incoming Foundations II, Bootcamp, and Development Accelerator Students: $50

Questions? Contact us at hello@codefellows.com

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Sports Hack Day
through DevelopmentNow -

How would you like to spend Superbowl weekend building applications that change the way people follow sports and interact with their favorite teams and fellow fans?

We're gathering developers, data crunchers and sports fans from across the Pacific northwest to converge on Portland to hack on sports themed projects. We will wrap things up early on Sunday and then set-up for an (optional) group viewing of the Superbowl!

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Portland Startup Week
through Various

Startup Week is a five day celebration of your community. Join your community in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community's unique entrepreneurial identity.

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WIN with ChickTech: Girl Rising STEM Event
Intel Hawthorn Farms 3 (HF3) Campus

Did you ever think you could change the world by pursuing your dreams? But how do you get there and reach your full potential? What does education has to do with all of this? Women can transform their lives by jumping in and getting involved in their dreams. At this event, you’ll see an inspiring movie called Girl Rising.

Want to understand the basics behind all the cool gadgets we use every day? It all starts with circuits! And we’ll have a fun activity for beginners.

What is this event? It’s a combination movie showing and hands-on activity. It’s a chance for high school girls to meet women in technology and a chance for women in technology to be inspired by high school girls!

Who's invited? We’re excited to have an Intel WIN and ChickTech event! If you identify with any of the following, we’d love to have you:

Current and past ChickTech: High School participants Current and past ChickTech volunteers ChickTech supporters Intel WIN members Future ChickTech volunteers and supporters

Why should you come? It’s free! There will be snacks.

But seriously, this is an event to watch and reflect on women’s empowerment in tech by watching Girl Rising. We’ll also have an educational (and fun, we promise!) hands-on activity and create your very own circuit.

If you’re a ChickTech: High School participant, we’ll do our best to provide transportation to the event, free of charge.

Who’s hosting? Intel WIN (Women in Intel Network) Oregon will be co-hosting this event with ChickTech. Intel is graciously hosting the event, and ChickTech is working hard to plan and run the event.

Public Transportation HF3 is a 7 minute walk from the Hawthorn Farm MAX Station on the blue line and 4 minutes from the nearest bus stops on Cornell Rd on route 48.

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"Girl Rising" at Intel
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

Did you ever think you could change the world by pursuing your dreams? But how do you get there and reach your full potential? What does education have to do with all of this? Women can transform their lives by jumping in and getting involved in their dreams. At this event, you’ll see an inspiring movie called Girl Rising.

Want to understand the basics behind all the cool gadgets we use every day? It all starts with circuits! And we’ll have a fun activity for beginners.

What is this event? It’s a combination movie showing and hands-on activity. It’s a chance for high school girls to meet women in technology and a chance for women in technology to be inspired by high school girls!

Who's invited? We’re excited to have an Intel WIN and ChickTech event! If you identify with any of the following, we’d love to have you:

Current and past ChickTech: High School participants Current and past ChickTech volunteers ChickTech supporters Intel WIN members Women in tech and ChickTech supporters

Why should you come? It’s free! There will be snacks.

But seriously, this is an event to watch and reflect on women’s empowerment in tech by watching Girl Rising. We’ll also have an educational (and fun, we promise!) hands-on activity and create your very own circuit.

If you’re a ChickTech: High School participant, we’ll do our best to provide transportation to the event, free of charge.

Who’s hosting?

Intel WIN (Women in Intel Network) Oregon will be co-hosting this event with ChickTech.

Public Transportation HF3 is a 7 minute walk from the Hawthorn Farm MAX Station on the blue line and 4 minutes from the nearest bus stops on Cornell Rd on route 48.

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Monday
Feb 2
PDX Startup Week: Uncorked Studios Open House
Uncorked Studios

We are a product design agency born at P.I.E here in PDX. Many of our clients are startups, as are people we enjoy sharing office space with - Contagious, Ushahidi and more to come. Stop by for snacks from Olympic Provisions, adult beverages and to swap stories about all things startup.

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Portland Puppet User Group February 2nd Meeting
Puppet Labs Office in Block 300 Building: 308 SW 2nd Ave, Floor 5

We meet on the 1st Monday of every month. Join us on February 2nd! Remember we meet at the new Puppet office in downtown Portland.

This month at the Portland Puppet User Group, Kylo Ginsberg, software engineer at Puppet Labs, will be talking about where our client side technology is going titled "Puppet Client: Puppet 4 and Beyond". Daryll DeCoster, front end engineer at Puppet Labs, will talk about prototyping at Puppet and Hailee Kenney, software engineer at Puppet Labs, will be demoing Puppet Strings, our new doc tool. Should be an excellent meeting!

Agenda for February 2nd:

  • 6:00 - 6:30: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
  • 6:30 - 7:15: Puppet Client: Puppet 4 and Beyond - Kylo Ginsberg
  • 7:15 - 7:45: Prototyping at Puppet - Daryll DeCoster
  • 7:45 - 8:00 Puppet Strings demo (the new doc tool) - Hailee Kenney
  • 8:00 - 8:15: Plan next agenda

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

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

Meat, veggie, gluten-free, and vegan pizza will be available. The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking on the street and just inside the parking garage at the corner of Stark and SW 1st Ave. Parking is available on the street or at one of the many pay to park lots near the office.

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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.

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Tuesday
Feb 3
Code Fellows Portland Open House Warming
Code Fellows

We're thrilled to be part of Portland Startup Week! You're invited to a coffee session and open house at our new Portland campus. Come see our new space, learn more about upcoming classes, and participate in Portland Startup Week.

RSVP today!

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Sailing away from Dependency Hell with Docker: Engineering Lunch-n-Learn w/Quick Left
Quick Left Portland

Have you ever been excited to tinker with a software project, only to have trip Dependency Hell ruin all of the fun? Technologies like Docker aim to take the pain out of spinning up support services and installing runtimes. Join in as we scoff at the demo gods and create a complete Rails stack—web server to database—from scratch, without installing any software.

Swing by Quick Left for some foodz on us and your open ears to listen to one of our expert consultants in this Engineering Lunch tutorial.

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Deconstructing Women in Technology: What is the data really telling us?
Quick Left

Stop by Quick Left to see CEO of Consulting Ingrid Alongi give her wildly popular, data-driven talk - Deconstructing Women in Technology: What is the Data Really Telling Us? Ingrid's is passionate about creating an environment for our developers that harbors creativity and collaboration, and believe incorporating women on the team is a key element to what makes our company work so seamlessly.

In her opinion, there are 7 ways to promote a better performing team:

Make a commitment Host team building events during business hours Provide ample outlets for feedback to leadership team  Examine your hiring practices: from job posts to interviewing style  Examine your bonus and raise criteria - not everyone is good at asking  Having more women in leadership encourages more women in general 

Your job is a place of business where adults work, but it can still be fun! If you would like to see the stats on women in technology, and reasons why females aren't coming up the pipeline, check out the slideshare from Ingrid's keynote at GlueCon. This is one of the talks that you can't miss during Portland Startup Week! Plus we'll have Q afterwords and happy hour on Quick Left!

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Drop in hour for prospective Epicodus students and startup entrepreneurs
Epicodus

Epicodus is pleased to be a part of Portland Startup Week! Join us in celebrating Portland's startup community and entrepreneurial spirit. Drop in to meet our staff, see the classroom and ask lots of questions.

A bit about us:

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

We currently offer two courses: one covering PHP, JavaScript, and Drupal, and one covering Ruby, JavaScript, and Rails. Take a look at our curriculum at www.learnhowtoprogram.com.

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

Hope to see you there!

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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.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

David Celis & Ben Weintraub:

def_delegator :@wiggle, :enterprise_ready? As the Wiggles application moves to be enterprise ready, performance becomes a big concern.

Jamon Holmgren: RubyMotion and ProMotion

I'm the owner of ClearSight, a Rails + RubyMotion (iOS & Android) design/development shop in Vancouver, WA. We do a lot of RubyMotion here at ClearSight and created one of the most popular RubyMotion gems, ProMotion, as well as MotionKit and several other iOS-specific open source gems. The talk goes into RubyMotion basics (briefly) and then our current iOS gem stack. The demo is building a small app with ProMotion and shows how easy it is to get started with RubyMotion-iOS.

Chris Dillon: Dream - music video in Ruby

A show-and-tell animation followed by a dive into the Gamebox gem, pixel art, music production (light on this). How to create parallax scenes and other visualization things.

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!

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Monthly Maker Meetup
CymaSpace

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

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

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

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

Write The Docs PDX: Enabling Walkup Contributions to Your Project Documentation
eBay Community Lounge

Everett Toews, Developer Advocate at Rackspace Hosting, will share his experience using Git and Markdown to make it easier for the community to propose changes to their documentation. Please arrive by 6pm. I want to start sort of promptly, by 6:05. (I'll be there by 5:30.) The building entry doors will be locked at 7pm. I'll appreciate help cleaning up, so we can depart by 8:30.


A common complaint against many open source projects is documentation. Insufficient, incorrect, non-existent, hard to find, and difficult to update are things we typically all hear. There are a lot of different ways to tackle these problems. There's no silver bullet but one of my favorite tactics is lowering the barriers for absolutely anyone to contribute documentation.

Ideally, lowering the barriers means:

  • using a common and well understood documentation markup language

  • using documentation editors that are commonly available

  • not requiring your contributors to install and configure tools

  • providing a preview of the updates to make reviews reviews easier

Learn how Apache jclouds has enabled walkup contributions to our project documentation. We've benefited from better documentation, shorter review times, and building community through contribution.

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Ninja Sales Techniques
Portland Community College, CLIMB Center

Do you need to be more effective at doing sales?

Whether your revenue is shy of goals or doing sales creates unease for you, for many entrepreneurs, "sales" is a 4 letter word.

In my upcoming class, "Ninja Sales Techniques", I help entrepreneurs become more effective at doing sales by demystifying it, breaking it down into manageable steps, and offering techniques and tips on how non-salespeople can be successful at doing sales. At the end of the course, you'll leave with a much better understanding of sales, be able to create an effective sales plan, and increase your confidence in doing sales.

This 4-week class begins on 2/3, meets at the PCC Climb Center (by OMSI) for 2 hours each week and is part of the SBDC's Entrepreneur's Skill Series. For more information and to register please visit:

If you have little or no experience in doing sales but are responsible for bringing in the revenue, then this class is for you!

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Demolicious Portland
Empirical Theater at OMSI

Demolicious returns for 2015 on February 3. Doors open 6:00, Demos start 7:00. Stick around afterwards for dinner, drinks and discussion.

Portlanders in web and mobile tech are creating cool new apps, services and companies. But we aren't sharing them nearly enough. Demolicious shines a well-deserved spotlight on some of the best work. Previous presenters have gone on to raise money from PIE, the Portland Seed Fund and other investors.

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Cats and Dogs Living Together - Real World DevOps
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 1 (HF1), Auditorium

Presenter: Dave Harrison

If you’re like me, maybe the word “DevOps” invokes an immediate eye-roll as a marketing buzzword. Many developers are fond of quoting Dilbert cartoons of obstructive Ops staff and horror stories of applications being hung up forever in a limbo of paperwork and failed deployments. But if our mission is to deliver value to the business, doesn’t it make more sense to use the tools we have to fold in IT Operations staff as partners early on in the process? This will be a very interactive panel featuring some experts on the Operations and DevOps side of things, so bring your questions!

• How “hucking it over the fence” no longer works for us in an Agile world

• The advantages of automated deployment tools (Chef, Puppet Labs, and Azure RM) – and some demos

• Practical ways to overcome cultural challenges to DevOps in your company

• Zero to DevOps in 180 days

  • WHERE:
    Intel Hawthorne Farms 3 (HF3)
    5200 NE Elam Young Pkwy
    Hillsboro, OR 97124
    Map: http://binged.it/1s9UR5T

  • WHEN:
    Tuesday 02/03/2015
    6:00 p.m. Pizza and Networking
    6:30 p.m. Business and Intro Presentation
    7:00 p.m. Main Presentation
    ~8:30 p.m. After Words Thirsty Lion

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Hack + Help
Portland Code School

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!).

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Science on Tap - Cascadia Earthquake
Clinton Street Theater

Shaken, Not Stirred: The Coming Great Cascadia Earthquake

DATE: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

DESCRIPTION: While we can’t predict exactly when the next Great Cascadia Earthquake will happen, we CAN forecast the probabilities from a long history of past earthquakes. The study of the geological history of the last 10,000 years of the Cascadia Subduction Zone has shown that there have been 43 great earthquakes (magnitude 8.0 or higher) along the coast of Oregon, Washington, California, and British Columbia. Some of these earthquakes were probably magnitude 9.0 or higher, and like the 2011 Japanese and 2004 Sumatran earthquakes, they probably also caused large tsunami waves that were devastating all over the Pacific. At this Science on Tap, Chris Goldfinger, PhD, professor of geology and geophysics at Oregon State University, will talk about the geology of Cascadia and his research on the recurrence interval of major earthquakes. While this research may not allow us to pinpoint a date for the next great quake, a better understanding of the geological forces at work can help us prepare.

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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.

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Portland Bitcoin Group
CTRL-H

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

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

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

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Wednesday
Feb 4
1 Million Cups - Portland Food Founders
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.

During the month of January we are focussing on Female Founders. In February we bring in Foodie Founders. Stay tuned for March's theme!

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

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CrowdCompass by Cvent hosts Portland Lunch 2.0
CrowdCompass by Cvent

For Portland Startup Week (http://portland.startupweek.co/), our hosts will be CrowdCompass by Cvent. Join us in their new digs at Block 300 for lunch. This crew has hosted before, so it should be an awesome gathering.

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Startup Week Is Every Week, And Not Just In Portland
Ecotrust Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center

NOTE: Admission is FREE for Built Oregon Members.  To qualify (and get your discount code to plug in here), go to our SUPPORT US page and click the "Purchase Membership" button.   This $24 membership brings you many other benefits too, so join us! Event Description How does the gaming and tech scene in Eugene effect what happens in Portland? How can Portland companies tap into the momentum in Bend? Is Roseburg the next entrepreneurial hub in the state? How can PDX startups connect more to the Gorge? Oregon is a big state -- this we know. But what sometimes gets lost is how connected we all are.  Join Built Oregon as we host a panel discussion on  the state of entrepreneurship around Oregon during Startup Week PDX.  We will look to discuss how collaboration and awareness of what is happening in other regions can effect what happens in Portland, and vice versa.  Hot Lips Pizza will be served, and there will be a cash bar for beer, wine and soda Event Schedule: 4:00PM - 4:30PM  Reception Networking 4:30PM - 5:30PM  Panel Discussion and Audience Questions 5:30PM - 6:00PM  More Networking The Panel Moderator

Joe Maruschak - RAIN Eugene Director Julie Harrelson- CEO, Harrelson Group, Fund Manager Cascade Angels Paul Utz - Streamside Enterprises, Roseburg Angel Investor Brian Henessy - Founder Thread, Cofounder Talkoot

  Moderator - Vince Porter -- Policy Advisor on Jobs and the Economy for Governor John Kitzhaber Event MC - Scott Schroeder, President, RelianceCM Thanks to our Sponsors  RelianceCM is a contract manufacturing business located in Corvallis, Oregon. Led by President (and event MC) Scott Schroeder, the company has developed a high caliber, highly successful program that helps hardware startups navigate through the Valley of Death and into production.

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Code Oregon Meetup
The Gameroom

Gameroom PDX is hosting a meet-up every other Wednesday

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

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

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

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PDX Startup Week: Where Are Your Wearables Hackfest
Quick Left

Get amped - Name.com does more than hosting. We're hosting our first Quick Left hackfest in Portland with them! And what better week than Portland Startup Week to do so! 

Aided by the increased processing speed of chips, capacity of batteries and precision of sensor technologies, devices are becoming smaller, faster and more feature heavy than ever before. Where is the power of wearables going? We're bringing it in hackfest form to Portland, OR! Register now for our hackfest Feb 4th and find out (or make it happen).

With the Quick Left wearable hackfest, we want take wearable data beyond the miles you pedal or calories burned. We want wearables to be useful in your daily life. According to technology research and advisory company Gartner, by 2020, developed world life expectancy will increase by 0.5 years due to widespread adoption of wireless health monitoring technology. Business leaders must examine the impact of increased wellness on insurance and employee costs as a competitive factor. Inspire innovation to affect this trend at our hackfest. If you've got ideas on what to do with health and exercise data (for humans, your pets or....), you'll want to get your hack on at Quick Left!

Wednesday, February 4th, doors open at 6pm, hacking begins at 6:30 Free beer and food provided by our awesome sponsors Teams formed night of Hack for 3 hrs (no previous feature design or code written, please) Winners will be chosen by our sponsors (hint, hint)

Thanks to our sponsor, Sparkfun, for supplying Lily Pad Design Kits. And Fitbit is giving away a Fitbit Flex wristband to the winning team and more sponsors to be announced shortly! Still need more convincing to join our hackfests? See three year's worth of Quick Left hackfests we've hosted here!

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Javascript Study Group and Hack Night (now with more than intro fun!)
PDX Code Guild

We will be meeting up for a JavaScript Study Group.

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

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

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

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

https://www.codeschool.com/courses/javascript-road-trip-part-1

http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/javascript

Advanced Beginners can start in on some Coder Projects:

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/night_and_day/


and

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/music_boxes/

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Where Are Your Wearables Quick Left Hackfest
Quick Left

Get amped - Name.com does more than hosting. We're hosting our first Quick Left hackfest in Portland with them! And what better week than Portland Startup Week to do so!

Aided by the increased processing speed of chips, capacity of batteries and precision of sensor technologies, devices are becoming smaller, faster and more feature heavy than ever before. Where is the power of wearables going? We're bringing it in hackfest form to Portland, OR! Register now for our hackfest Feb 4th and find out (or make it happen).

With the Quick Left wearable hackfest, we want take wearable data beyond the miles you pedal or calories burned. We want wearables to be useful in your daily life. According to technology research and advisory company Gartner, by 2020, developed world life expectancy will increase by 0.5 years due to widespread adoption of wireless health monitoring technology. Business leaders must examine the impact of increased wellness on insurance and employee costs as a competitive factor. Inspire innovation to affect this trend at our hackfest. If you've got ideas on what to do with health and exercise data (for humans, your pets or....), you'll want to get your hack on at Quick Left!

Wednesday, February 4th, doors open at 6pm, hacking begins at 6:30 Free beer and food provided by our awesome sponsors Teams formed night of Hack for 3 hrs (no previous feature design or code written, please) Winners will be chosen by our sponsors (hint, hint) Thanks to our sponsor, Sparkfun, for supplying Lily Pad Design Kits. And Fitbit is giving away a Fitbit Flex wristband to the winning team and more sponsors to be announced shortly!

Still need more convincing to join our hackfests? See three year's worth of Quick Left hackfests we've hosted here!

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CHIFOO Meeting: Playing Is The Thing: Interactive Fiction, Gaming, and Improvisation
Urban Airship Headquarters

"Playing Is The Thing: Interactive Fiction, Gaming, and Improvisation" with Kent Nichols, Beatbox Giant LLC

Kent has seen firsthand and experimented with new approaches to the design of computer-human interaction for engaging viewers and users of intellectual properties. Kent will share his observations and impressions of the subtle influx of game-inspired influences on HCI for engaging audiences for a variety of online video experiences.

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Thursday
Feb 5
WIT: Opportunity Knocks! How to Get into Tech Without an Engineering Degree
eBay Community Lounge

“How do we get more women in tech?”

The tech industry provides stability and great opportunities for career advancement, so it’s an important question - and one being asked around the world. Companies like Intel and eBay are answering by launching initiatives to increase the number of female engineers in their workforces. Non-profits are responding by establishing programs that teach girls to code so they can grow up to be developers. Universities are contributing to the conversation by offering scholarships to young adult females who choose to pursue degrees in Computer Science.

While there’s no argument that all these solutions are valuable and will help further the cause, what about women who want to work in tech, but aren’t interested in coding? What options do they have? In an effort to provide answers to these questions, eBay Portland will be hosting a special WIT Startup Week event focused on looking beyond engineering roles for women in tech.

Five women from the local tech community will be talking about their individual jobs and sharing their experiences as non-technical women working in an industry that is predominantly focused on technical roles. Kirsten Golden, Program Manager at PIE, will be emceeing the event.

Presenters include:

Gina Hudson, Office Manager/Operations, eBay Portland Heidi Tretheway, Director of Marketing Communications, Urban Airship Susan Wheeler, Director of e-Discovery Services, Streamline Imaging Grace Andrews, Co-Founder Business Development, GraphAlchemist

The WIT talk will conclude with a short Q, after which attendees are invited to stay for an hour of networking and have their resume critiqued by recruiters and HR representatives from eBay, Jama Software, Simple, Puppet Labs, Treehouse, and Tech Talent Link.

Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2015 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Doors open at 4pm Location: eBay Community Lounge, 1400 SW 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland

This event is free and open to the tech community as well as the general public. If you’re working in tech, interested in working tech, or simply exploring career options, please RSVP now to join us!

**Please note that in order to ensure that this event is a safe place for attendees, guests will be required to sign in and present picture ID upon arrival. Anyone refusing to do both will be asked to leave.

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MaptimePDX
Esri Portland R&D Center

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!

Agenda

  • TBD

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

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Clojure Office Hours
Puppet Labs

Come talk and ask/answer questions about Clojure ClojureScript and related topics.

Successful strategies for the self-organizing Clojure meetup:

http://blog.factual.com/clojure-office-hours

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

https://docs.puppetlabs.com/community/community_guidelines.html#event-code-of-conduct

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Portland Linux/Unix Group
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

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

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PDX Big Data Discussion Group
New Relic

"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 Visual Analysis of Large Heterogeneous Social Networks by Semantic and Structural Abstraction by Shen etal. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

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

There will be pizza.

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Ignite Bridgetown - part of Portland Startup Week
The Empirical Theater at OMSI

Ignite Bridgetown, part of the inaugural Portland Startup Week, will force invite some of Portland’s most interesting people to offer their takes on topics about which they’re passionate --- all in a format that is anything but ordinary.

Welcome to Ignite. Where each speaker gets a chance to present for five minutes. The catch? They only get 20 slides, no more, no less. And the presentation auto-advances every 15 seconds. Whether the speaker is ready or not. Once the presentation begins, it doesn’t stop until the last speaker drops the mic. For the speaker, it’s challenging. For the audience, it’s entertaining. But no matter what happens, it’s an unforgettable experience for everyone in the theater.

Join us as our curated speakers from Portland's thriving startup community share their passion, experience, and personality. Attend Ignite Bridgetown on Thursday, February 5th at The Empirical Theater at OMSI. The program will begin at 7:00pm.

Seating is limited, please RSVP.

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Friday
Feb 6
Coffee w/ Co-Founders X (Portland Startup Week Edition)
Punch Bowl Social

Portland Startup Week is happening from Feb. 2-6th. It's a week full of amazing panels, talks, and events. Coffee w/ Co-Founders X (can't believe this is the 10th one!) will bookend the week with a great informal morning get together of the area's most incredible Entrepreneurs.

Come by, have some coffee, bring lots of business cards, and be ready to meet Portland's next big idea!

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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. (Please note: It is totally cool to work on non ruby languages with us too)

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AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Estimation of Business Value
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Last month the Pub Lunchers overwhelmingly voted to talk about estimation of business value, so here we go!

Does your product management team talk about business value in terms that confound you? When you ask which story is more valuable to deliver now are you told “it’s all high priority”? Do you wonder whether it’s possible to estimate business value? Does your PO have this down pat and never blinks an eye when rapidly and masterfully prioritizing the backlog in flawless priority order?

Well, then, come on down to Ringlers on Burnside for lunch on February 6th for we will be there to edify, exhort, and console you over pub grub and your favorite Friday afternoon libation. Bring your questions, stories, and hard won lessons to this roundtable where you will find your Agile comrades in arms, co-conspirators, and sages for a day.

We start at 12p and end at 1p. You’ll find us in the back. RSVP’s to jean@azuregate.net are appreciated, but not required. We were 27 last month, and such numbers mean alerting the wait staff and moving the furniture are in order on the day.

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Little Oregon Laboratory Hackathon
through CrowdCompass by Cvent

Sponsored and hosted by CrowdCompass by Cvent, you’ll have 48 uninterrupted hours to build the coolest, most effective tool you can dream up. The only rule? Keep it mobile.

Join CrowdCompass for our annual hackathon in our brand new office! We’re pumped to be gathering Portland’s top talent together for a weekend of innovation and camaraderie. We’ll keep you satisfied with local food, coffee and beverages so you can focus on the task at hand. Cost to participate is $50.

Space is limited; please follow the link and register in advance so we know how many pancakes to flip.

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WIllamette Startup Weekend
through Kearny Hall, OSU Campus, Corvallis OR

Corvallis, Benton County, and the surrounding Mid-Willamette Valley is prime startup country This region is where startups thrive! From creative enterprises, to software startups, to technology spin-offs from OSU, Hewlett-Packard, and other research centers, the Mid-Willamette Valley has a strong entrepreneurial community. Resources abound for helping Corvallis startups grow and thrive.

Build your team Develop your product/service Find funding for operations Build your marketing and sales Choose a business location Get advice and mentoring

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Saturday
Feb 7
Unity 5 Roadshow
Portland Marriott (Downtown)

Want the scoop on what's new in Unity 5? Want to learn how to make a game using Unity 5? Or do you already have a game made with Unity and want to expand your reach by porting it to Windows & Windows Phone? Join Unity and Microsoft experts at the Unity 5 Roadshow to receive FREE hands-on help at the full day track that fits your needs. Lunch, coffee, and tea will be provided by Microsoft to keep you fueled.

Make sure you RSVP here: https://unity5roadshowpdx0215.eventbrite.com/

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Calagator & Open Source Bridge Code Sprint
Epicodus

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 the Calagator project wiki (https://github.com/calagator/calagator/wiki/Code-Sprint-Notes-and-Status-Reports), or check 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.

Sunday
Feb 8
Little Oregon Laboratory Demo Day
Block 300

Come and see the results of a 48 hour hackathon focused on the intersection of design and development.

1:30 - 2:00

Meet and greet. Come have a drink and say hello to the developers and designers who spent the weekend bringing their mobile innovations to life!

2:00 - 3:30

Demo time! See for yourself what gets created when mobile development and mobile design come together.

3:30 - 4:30

Awards! Prizes! Stuff that participants win! Meet the winners in real time!

"Hey wait a second... I want to participate in the entire hackathon weekend!"

"No problem - sign up for the entire hackathon at littleoregonlaboratory.com"

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Monday
Feb 9
Code4Lib 2015 Preconference
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

Code4Lib 2015 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

Preconferences are 1-day or a 1/2-day events and workshops that will occur on Monday, February 9, 2015.

Preconference details can be found at: http://wiki.code4lib.org/2015_Preconference_Proposals

Register for full day or half day preconference through http://c4l2015.eventbrite.com. Registration for preconferences uses the same form as conference registration, but you DO NOT need to register for the main conference to attend a preconference.

Please show your interest in particular preconferences by adding your name to the list on the wiki page linked above.

For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit http://code4lib.org/about/.

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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.

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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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Tuesday
Feb 10
Code4Lib 2015
through Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

Code4Lib 2015 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

See the conference information and schedule at:http://code4lib.org/conference/2015

Registration is open at: http://c4l2015.eventbrite.com

For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit http://code4lib.org/about/.

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PDXbyte users group (C/C++/Assembly)
New Relic

Title: Bluetooth Devices – Development, Audio Quality, and Testing

Speaker: Ken Ostrin

Ken Ostrin has 20 years of experience delivering professional software products to the market. He has worked at Audio Precision for the past 11 years building world class audio testing gear. Ken earned his degree in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Cruz.

Talk begins at 7, get there early for socializing, pizza and refreshments!

Join our mailing list! https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxbyte

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Portland ReactJS meetup
Idealist.org

Greetings fellow Reagents!

We are looking forward to our first official ReactJS user group. Dave and Eric from Idealist.org will be sharing some interesting stuff (details below) with us, and we're hoping to have one additional talk. Please let us know if you're interested in speaking/presenting. We'd like to have at least a few lightning talks as well. I have a feeling this will fill up fast, so please RSVP if you would like to attend this event.

If you are new to our group, Welcome! If you would like to get more involved or hear what we're talking about, we'd like to invite you to join our google group to join the conversations or start a new one. Also, please take a look at our code of conduct which let's you know what we think "being excellent to each other" should look and feel like.

Talks:

Notes on the Design of Components (Dave McCabe)

Dave will discuss what idealist.org has learned about designing React components, specifically techniques for promoting simplicity, reuse, statelessness, and separation of concerns, and for dealing with asynchrony.

Isomorphic Webpack Hot Module Replacement Boilerplate (Eric O'Connell)

  • Do you want to serve fully-rendered HTML from your React application?
  • Do you want near-instant feedback in your browser as soon as you edit your React components?
  • How about CSS?

This talk will give the starting point for a very nice dev environment using the webpack Hot Module Replacement feature. It will include a (trivial) Express app that renders the entire React component hierarchy which will then be hydrated on the client. Variations shown will include serving API requests out of the same app, and shared client/server routing.

TBD / Lightning talks

Get in touch with us if you'd like to share your experiences!

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Introduction To Object-Oriented Programming With PHP
Portland Code School

For many programmers, object-oriented programming is a frightening concept, full of complicated syntax and other roadblocks. We'll be learning the concepts behind object-oriented programming (OOP), a style of coding in which related actions are grouped into classes to aid in creating more-compact, effective code.

Understanding Object-Oriented Programming

Object-oriented programming is a style of coding that allows developers to group similar tasks into classes. This helps keep code following the tenet "don't repeat yourself" (DRY)and easy-to-maintain.

"Object-oriented programming is a style of coding that allows developers to group similar tasks into classes."

One of the major benefits of DRY programming is that, if a piece of information changes in your program, usually only one change is required to update the code. One of the biggest nightmares for developers is maintaining code where data is declared over and over again, meaning any changes to the program become an infinitely more frustrating game of Where's Waldo? as they hunt for duplicated data and functionality.

OOP is intimidating to a lot of developers because it introduces new syntax and, at a glance, appears to be far more complex than simple procedural, or inline, code. However, upon closer inspection, OOP is actually a very straightforward and ultimately simpler approach to programming


Why PHP?

Besides the fact that it is my programming language of choice, there are two reasons to start with PHP.

PHP is widely used

PHP is likely the most widely used server-side programming language (see this article, for example). It’s used on millions of servers world wide.

PHP is very popular in the open source world, where applications like WordPress and Drupal live. One reason is that PHP is itself open source.

This means that your PHP skills will have value to many different people (including you!).

PHP is (relatively) easy to learn

Make no mistake: programming is hard. For most people, anyway.

What people have trouble with is not the programming languages, but the way of thinking about program design. This only comes with practice, practice, and more practice.

But still, some languages are easier to learn than others. Java is one of the more difficult. It’s a good language, but it’s very structured, and hard for beginners to get started with.

Two of the easiest languages to learn are JavaScript and PHP. Even a few lines of JavaScript and PHP can do useful things. You can start writing programs quickly, without having to learn of lot of stuff first.

What you will need:

1. A computer
2. A development environment for PHP.


If you don't have a anything yet, never fear.

Download the latest version of VirtualBox from here https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Download the latest version of Vagrant from here. http://www.vagrantup.com/downloads.html

I will be posting a setup file shortly so with simple instructions to get you development environment up and running. If you want to play around with it yourself, check out https://puphpet.com

Finally

I'm excited to work with you all and building our skills together. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know :-)

Alena

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Moneyballing: How To Use Data to Win At Fantasy Football - Presented by Cloudera
WebTrends

Description 


Participants in fantasy football leagues manage teams by acquiring and trading players. Using predictive models based on historical data improves team selection and performance. 

In this talk we will use managing a fantasy football team as an example of how to integrate disparate data sources and make predictions based on complex event histories. 

We'll cover:


● Modeling data for building predictive models about individuals.

● Integrating disparate data sources.

● Applying portfolio optimization theory to player selection.

● Translating subjective knowledge of domain into a rigorous improvement of a predictive model.

A raffle drawing will be organized, courtesy of O'Reilly's Strata + Hadoop World Conference, for a chance to win O'Reilly's Books!

Meetup members also receive a 20% discount to Strata + Hadoop World 2015 by using this link http://oreil.ly/UGSJ15 and your unique code PBDG20.

Agenda

6:00 – 6:30 welcome and networking

6:30 – 7:15 Presentation by Juliet Hougland

7:15 – 7:30 Raffle Drawing sponsored by O'Reilly

7:30 – 8:15 Pizza, Drinks & Discussion

Presenter

Juliet Hougland recently joined Cloudera’s data science team. Juliet spent the last 3 years working on a variety of Big Data applications from e-commerce recommendations to predictive analytics for oil and gas pipelines. She holds an MS in Applied Mathematics from University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a BA in Math-Physics.

Sponsors

Cloudera is the presenter of the event and the sponsor for food and drinks!

Webtrends is the official host of the event.

The Strata + Hadoop World conference is providing the discount code & the O'Reilly book raffle.

Talend is the event organizer.


Pulehu Pizza is providing their delicious thin crust pizza!

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Wednesday
Feb 11
Agile Open Northwest 2015
through The Left Bank Annex, Portland Oregon

Agile Open Northwest, a non-profit alliance of agile practitioners in the US Pacific Northwest region, presents our ninth annual Open Space conference exploring agile practices, techniques, realities, and visions!

Our new theme for the Open Space this year is “Agile Vision”:

What does Agile let us see with fresh eyes? Where do you see Agile taking your shop? What do we see as the future of Agile? What role do you see for “QA” and estimates and projects? Do you see Agile scaling beyond company boundaries to the entire value chain? Do you see Agile scaling beyond the software industry?

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1 Million Cups - Portland Food Founders
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.

During the month of January we are focussing on Female Founders. In February we bring in Foodie Founders. Stay tuned for March's theme!

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

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OEN PubTalk: How to Grow Your Startup by 16,000 Percent in Three Years
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Ever wonder what it takes to make Inc. 5000‘s list of the 10 fastest-growing private companies in America? Cliff Johnson, COO and co-founder of Vacasa, is here to tell you. Of course, there’s no “secret sauce,” but Cliff will share the challenges, successes, and lessons learned in the six years since co-founding this wildly popular vacation rental startup.

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Science on Tap - Animal Dating Guide
Kiggins Theatre

An Animal's Guide to Dating Success

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

Event Description:

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Have you ever wondered how animals find and impress that special someone? From crazy dances to unanticipated sex changes, animals have some unusual strategies for attracting and keeping their mates. Join Dr. Allison Coffin, Assistant Professor of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, for this fun romp through the dating lives of birds, fish, and other animals. No date required!

Event Website


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


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


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

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Thursday
Feb 12
PDX Rust
New Relic

PDX Rust is a local user group for Rust developers as well as those curious about it. We are welcome to all skill levels, whether you've hacked on core or you haven't even installed rustc yet, come along, learn and share knowledge!

We will hopefully have a beginner level talk, but currently don't have a confirmed speaker. Will update when I do.

February Mastermind
Ford Food and Drink at the Ford Building

Interested in meeting with people who want to cooperate, discuss, share perspectives and support each other while they work on building a SaaS business?

If so, please join us for a drink and discussion and let us know:

What are you working on?
What have you learned?
What do you need help with?

Thanks.

Ps. They serve food, coffee, tea, beer, drinks, etc. So no outside food please.

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Friday
Feb 13
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. (Please note: It is totally cool to work on non ruby languages with us too)

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Saturday
Feb 14
EAST Knowledge - The Evolution of Hardware Design in the Home Lab
Gresham Library Computer Lab

EAST Knowledge is pleased to announce it's fourth meeting. Pat Nystrom will be giving demonstrations on his efforts to make it easier to prototype electronics at home. All are welcome!

  • What: The Evolution of Hardware Design in the Home Lab
  • Who: Pat Nystrom
  • Where: The Computer Lab at the Gresham Library
  • When: 10:30am - Noon, Saturday, February 14, 2015
  • Why: Sharing what we know

Pat Nystrom led off our EAST Knowledge series a little over a year ago, and we wanted to bring him back to see what he's been working on. He will be talking about and demonstrating two topics:

  • A dry-film soldermask process which makes home-made circuit boards much friendlier to use
  • An update on the development of his manual pick-place machine

Come and learn something new!

Solder masks are used in electronics manufacturing both to protect copper traces and to keep solder from going where it shouldn't.

Pick and place machines are devices used in electronics manufacturing. They come in various sizes, but they are commonly expensive. Pat is working on something that would be suitable and affordable for enthusiasts or prototype manufacturing.

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Sunday
Feb 15
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.

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Monday
Feb 16
Ruby brightnight
New Relic

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.

New Relic is generously hosting this new event and providing food and refreshments.

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.

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PDX-WordPress Users: Most Common Mistakes of Website Owners (and how to avoid them)
US Bank Tower - Ground Floor Conference Room

In the last seven years creating websites I've seen many of the same mistakes over and over again. I'm going to share what they are and how to avoid or fix them.

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Tuesday
Feb 17
ISSA Portland February 2015 Symposium - BYOD
TBD - Beaverton

Two presentations on BYOD strategy, followed by a panel discussion.

Speaker 1 "BYOD Policy, Trust Continuum, and Enforcement Technologies"

In 2015, nearly every organization has had to take a position on where they stand with BYOD. Some IT leaders fully embrace it, others are still pretending it does not exist. While others have defined a "Trust Continuum" granting access in trade for control. Such a innovative approach is impossible without accompanying "Trust Continuum" technical controls to enforce the administrative policy. This presentation will cover from policy to technical enforcement of trust.

Collin Miller “Secure Mobility: IT Strategy for the Mobile Enterprise,” delivers a clear assessment of the state of mobile security today paired with an insightful look into what the future holds. He shares vetted strategies for implementing BYOD and packs his talk with practical information about available tools for mobile device and application management.

Collin Miller has spent more than a decade thinking about, designing and implementing secure IT infrastructures, especially those incorporating BYOD and mobile device management policies. He is a strategic planner, highly skilled and certified in technologies that touch nearly every part of the enterprise. Currently, Collin focuses his attention and energy on mobile device security and management, DLP, remote access and authentication, next-gen firewalls and SIEM.

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Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
Free Geek

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

First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

PLUG will celebrate 20 years of delivering conference-quality Linux, Unix and technology speakers this year! Most speakers are announced about two weeks in advance but some are last minute. Watch Calagator and the PLUG mailing lists for the latest news.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the Third Tuesday meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

See you there!

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Portland Bitcoin Group
The Gameroom

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

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

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Wednesday
Feb 18
1 Million Cups - Portland Food Founders
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.

During the month of February we bring in Foodie Founders. Stay tuned for March's theme!

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

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Code Oregon Meetup
The Gameroom

Gameroom PDX is hosting a meet-up every other Wednesday

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

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

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

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Refresh Portland - Working On The Cutting Edge for Fun and Profit
FINE

Join us, 19 February, 2015 at 6:30pm!

Our Topic "I have no idea what I'm doing."

When a new technology arrives there is a period of time in which there are no experts. The technology is so fresh and new even enthusiasts don’t know what to do with it (remember when the iPad came out?) This creates a unique opportunity for people of all skill levels to to create new things with the technology and get exposure for their work.

Being an early creator on a new platform can be an exciting experience that offers the potential for substantial rewards. From software platforms like iOS and Android to content platforms like YouTube and Vimeo and even creative markets like Etsy and Shapeways. Creators in early markets have advantages that can help propel their success.

However taking on early markets comes with substantial risks and countless challenges that can test even the most seasoned veterans. How do you answer questions that Google doesn’t know the answer to? How do you design for a piece of hardware you don’t actually have? How do you make decisions when you have no idea what you’re doing and there is no one to follow?

In this talk I will explore the challenges of working on emerging technologies and platforms through a retelling my experiences working on early iPhone and iPad apps.

Through these stories I will share key lessons I learned as well as specific tactics that can be applied to work of all forms.

Our Presenter, Josh Michaels Josh Michaels is an independent app developer and software artist based in Portland, Oregon. Josh spends most of his time working on his app series “Magic Window” which brings beautiful views from around the world to the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

For more information on Josh including previous talks see joshjet.com. For more information on his work see jetsoncreative.com.

Our Venue, FINE Thanks to FINE for hosting us this month! They are located at 1140 SW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97205, Suite 200.

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Javascript Study Group and Hack Night (now with more than intro fun!)
PDX Code Guild

We will be meeting up for a JavaScript Study Group.

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

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

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

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

https://www.codeschool.com/courses/javascript-road-trip-part-1

http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/javascript

Advanced Beginners can start in on some Coder Projects:

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/night_and_day/


and

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/music_boxes/

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Tech+Pong in SW Portland
CrowdCompass in Block 300 Building: 308 SW 2nd Ave, Suite #200

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

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AgilePDX: Teamwork for the Agile Team
Puppet Labs

The smallest unit of work in an Agile organization is produced by the team. Creating an environment of communication and collaboration in which highly productive teams emerge is not trivial, however. This talk takes a closer look at what it means to be on an Agile team. It outlines concrete behaviors, techniques and practices to help groups deal with transitioning from siloed, functional teams and organizations to becoming cross-functional, high performing teams.

Collin Fagan is a Technical Coach with the Agile Transformation Team at Intel Security . Prior to joining Intel, Collin was a Lead Engineer at Nokia in the Here maps division. Collin holds a BS in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is an avid collector of fine guitars.

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Friday
Feb 20
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. (Please note: It is totally cool to work on non ruby languages with us too)

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Saturday
Feb 21
World Information Architecture Day 2015
The Left Bank Annex, Portland Oregon

WORLD IA DAY - ARCHITECTING HAPPINESS THROUGH DESIGN THINKING - FREE!

Our world is increasingly made of information, yet so much of that information is not as clear or accessible as it could be to those it is intended for. Every organization out there seems to say that they want to make their users happy, but who is really delivering on those promises? Who is really architecting for happiness?

On February 21, 2015 we want to ask the world to help us uncover answers to questions we believe to be critical to the future of what Information Architecture is and how we practice it:

Can information affect happiness? How can we best architect structures for information that promote happiness? What work are organizations doing to bridge the gaps we face as we transition from a primarily analog to a primarily digital way of life? What does Information Architecture actually mean?

Agenda:

9:00 - 10:00 Spencer Williams, Architect and City Planner, Futurewise

Social Architecture and City System Design: Integrated, Iterative And Intuitive Placemaking

In this talk, we'll examine why current city systems have the designs they do and what kind of information is required to plan for people. Information Architecture and Architecture itself are synonymous. What makes being in a building, a city, a community, or a body so rewarding is how that information is communicated and the response gleaned from those experiencing it. This talk covers information-as-architecture, cities that are more than a collection of just these objects (sidewalks, intersections, etc) and what we can learn about this planning process that can be applied to nearly any industry.


10:00 - 11:00 Thubten Comerford, Co-Founder of Pitchlandia, Founder & CEO of WePost Media

Optimal Sequencing - Human Interaction Design

Designing success in life and business through the strategic sequencing of interpersonal communication.


11:00 - 12:00 Jose Caballer Chief Education Officer, The Skool + Director of Digital Strategy, Blind and Chris Do Co-Founder, The Skool + CEO and Creative Director, Blind

Designing Powerful Facilitated Work Sessions

Brainstorming doesn't work. This talk is focused on how to design powerful, effective work sessions, which result in high-fidelity team interaction and create happiness for all involved. The most important takeaway will be how the design of the agenda extends beyond the work session, which will reveal techniques you can use right away. For example; shifting from follow-up design tasks to design experiments can be seen as a happier way of producing more innovative solutions. We will explain the best ways to document and track your ideas to help them become reality by engendering ownership from each team member and instill confidence across all stakeholders.


1:00-2:00 Shannon Anderson, Recruiting Director, ISITE Design

Happiness Design for Job Seekers, Employers and Clients

For the job seeker, orchestrating a job search can be just as challenging as a company's internal process design required to source and retain talent. I will be delving into both sides of the equation to uncover tools to help find the 'right fit' through the following steps: interview process design, cultural alignment, values assessment, workplace atmosphere design and motivating benefit packages. Learn about how all these processes and practices can positively shape the future vision of the company and all those employed within.


2:00-3:00 Rain Dove, Androgynous Supermodel and Public Figure, Major Model

Identity Design: Breaking The Binary Gender Code

Genderqueer Supermodel Rain Dove will help audiences become more aware of identity design through a look at binary gender identity ('he' and 'she'), its origins and why this form of social design is no longer relevant. This person will discuss implementation of a new system of gender identity, which exposes the advantages of designing one's own identity and thus engagement with the world around them


3:00-4:00 Ken Rubin,VP Culinary Training, Rouxbe Online Cooking School

Not Enough Cooks In The Kitchen: Curating Food Culture with Technology & Design

How does technology and information design around food impact how we cook and eat? In a world marked by an increasing sense of culinary culture amnesia, cooking is a lost art and many have a fragmented and distant relationship to food. So, the world needs more cooks - people who craft their world through a lens of food, cooking and eating. Cooking is not only a potent symbol of empowerment, it is among the most human of all acts that stands at the center of an opportunity for widespread social impact. An increase in cooking has innumerable positive outcomes for individuals, communities and our planet. As an example, cooking literacy is at the core of how we will solve our public health and chronic illness crisis. In designing learning technologies and educational experiences to build confidence in the kitchen, I am on a mission to (re)produce food culture through active participation and engagement with others.


4:00-5:00 Joshua Burkhow, Global Ops. Performance Management & Analytics, Nike

We Need All The Help We Can Get: Analytics For Happy People

One form of happiness is having the confidence to make fact-based decisions, but when there's so much data thrown at us, how can we make sense of it, regardless of our professional industries? Believe it or not, there is a shortage of Information Professionals and so we'll share what kind of valuable work these people do, how you can employ the best practices, even if you're a solopreneur and how best to organize data research. We'll leave you with key techniques that can be enacted before leaving this conference.


5:00-6:00 Cynthia Owens, Senior Consultant, XPlane

What the F*CK is IA?: Learn About IA Through Visual Thinking

After a day of sessions, we will discuss some key visual thinking concepts and develop a PDX-specific answer to that compelling question. Learn how visual thinking will help make the practice of developing IA delightful.


6:00-7:00 Charles Adler-KEYNOTE Designer, Co-Founder, Kickstarter

Designing for the Unknown

The design of any system is an experiment. The design thinking and execution behind Kickstarter was no different. Yet everything has been done before, so how do we cross the chasm of these two extremes? Using Kickstarter as an example, we'll look into experimentation across multiple facets of the platform, applied models from blogging, web video and audio while also pressing the envelope with regard to collective fundraising, community, and transparency. Charles will share stories from the company's genesis, design decisions met along the way, shaping Kickstarter into what it is today - the largest funding platform for creative projects.


ABOUT WORLD IA DAY

World Information Architecture Day is a free one-day conference hosted annually by the Information Architecture Institute and held simultaneously in selected cities all over the world. Each year, a new theme is selected, new cities are added, and our community continues to grow as more people from all across the world join this truly global celebration of Information Architecture.

http://www.2015.worldiaday.org/

ABOUT IAI

The Information Architecture Institute is a non-profit organization empowering local communities to shape the global practice of information architecture by providing places to share and opportunities to learn.

http://iainstitute.org/

FAQs

You can reach the organizers at global@worldiaday.org or portland@worldiaday.org The conference, food and drink are all free and open to the public, but you must register! The afterparty is from 7-9 at our sponsor, FINE's HQ (wearefine.com), located at 1140 SW 11th, suite 200, Portland, OR 97205. This is a fair distance from the venue, and we will have transportations options available The raffle will take place at the afterparty, it's also a free event Yes, I need vounteers. Please email if you'd like to get involved! portland@worldiaday.org All of the information shared at WIAD will be streamed live, uploaded to youtube, flickr and slideshare and available for free afterwards. *Doors at 8:30

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One-Day Python Analytics Boot Camp
Forge Portland

Data Science skills are in high demand in today's job market. With over 100,000 job postings and starting salaries near 6-figures, now is the time to get into this exciting industry. Learn skills needed to help you land one of these positions with our Data Science in Python class. Taught by data science practitioners, this class is geared towards people with familiarity with Python who are looking to quickly get started processing, analyzing, and visualizing data . The course will be taught from IPython notebooks with hands on projects covering the following:

  • Data science workflows using Pandas and NLTK.
  • Cleaning, preprocessing, normalizing and visualizing datasets
  • Leveraging statistical principles to make decisions about data
  • Twitter data mining including visualization and sentiment analysis
  • Communicating analysis and results to stakeholders

To learn more about this course and other data science classes head over to the PLB Analytics website! http://www.plbanalytics.com/training/

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Nike Women's Hackathon: Hack Like a Girl
Nike Deschutes Building

Hack Like a Girl! Web designers and developers of all levels are invited to attend the first Nike Women's Hackathon. Work on a fun project in small teams for a day with other women in tech. T-shirts, prizes and food will be provided. Feb 21st 10-3pm. RSVP today at http://nikehackathon.splashthat.com

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Introduction to Programming Study Session
Epicodus

Are you learning to code? Do you find it hard to do on your own? If so, please join us for Intro to Programming study hours at Epicodus. No coding experience is necessary! At minimum, you should be comfortable using computers. We'll use the Epicodus curriculum from www.learnhowtoprogram.com as a foundation for our learning. Feel free to check it out in advance and also dive into the curriculum wherever you're most comfortable. Additionally, if you've been learning from resources like Treehouse, Codecademy, RailsBridge, or any other beginner user groups, you can continue to work through those tutorials as well. We have development ready computers for use, but you are welcome to bring your own. There will also be volunteers available to help answer questions and debug your work. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sunday
Feb 22
Women Who Hack
Mozilla Portland Office

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.

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Monday
Feb 23
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.

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PdxDevOps
New Relic

Clark Boylan from the OpenStack Foundation will talk about a jenkins automation tool written in python called jenkins-job-builder or jjb. http://ci.openstack.org/jenkins-job-builder/

We are looking for another speaker or presenter. If you have an engaging topic you'd like to lead a round-table discussion about, please let us know. Our mailing list is linked to from our website

pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. The group welcomes participants interested in any related products, technologies and methodologies. The group has been meeting regularly since August 2010 for presentations, demos and discussions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. Every month 15-35 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for devops – join us!

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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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Tuesday
Feb 24
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Happy Hour Networking Event
Upsight

Join us for happy hour at Upsight! No specific agenda, just network and have fun! Make sure you say hi to Lyndsey French, Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor at Upsight. Read our February newsletter to learn more about Lyndsey!

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!

Event Location Instructions:

Upsight offices are located on Morrison Street across from Pioneer Square. Enter the American Bank Building, take the elevators to the 4th floor, and exit to the left.

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RainSec
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 is experienced information security professionals.

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

This event is also on meetup.com. Invite your friends!

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Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting
Mozilla

Topic: TBD Speaker: All?

**Note: Code-n-Splode (CnS) is a women-focused group. All self-identified women and genderqueer persons are invited to attend and participate, and men are welcome as the guest of a female participant.

For more information, visit our website, or send an email to our list.

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Public Lecture at Reed: "Emergence of Ordered Patterns in Physical, Chemical, and Biological Systems"
Reed College (Vollum Lecture Hall)

The Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Reed College invites you to a public lecture by Prof. Harry L. Swinney, Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Chair of Physics and Director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Swinney is one of the pioneering figures in the study of chaos theory and his lab has played a leading role in the study of nonlinear dynamics over the past 40 years. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and his work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Moser Prize, the Richardson Medal, and the Boltzmann Medal.

From spatial patterns like the stripes on a zebra to temporal patterns like the rhythmic beating of the heart, patterns are ubiquitous in nature. Understanding how these patterns emerge is one of science’s most enduring mysteries. In this lecture, aimed at a general audience, Prof. Swinney will discuss how ordered patterns emerge as systems are driven away from thermodynamic equilibrium. While no general theory of pattern formation currently exists, new analysis techniques, experiments, and computational methods can provide general insights into pattern formation in a diversity of physical, chemical, and biological systems.

Spontaneous Pattern Formation in Bacterial Colonies























Spontaneous pattern formation in bacterial colonies


Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty at Reed College.

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Wednesday
Feb 25
1 Million Cups - Portland Food Founders
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.

During the month of February we bring in Foodie Founders. Stay tuned for March's theme!

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday
Feb 27
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. (Please note: It is totally cool to work on non ruby languages with us too)

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Monday
Mar 2
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.

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Tuesday
Mar 3
Drop in hour for prospective students
Epicodus

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

Samuel Giddins: Using Ruby in a Non-Ruby World

Ruby Jobs Storytime

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

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

After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month!

ARRIVING BY BIKE? Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 29th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 29th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

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Portland Bitcoin Group
CTRL-H

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

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

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

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Wednesday
Mar 4
Code Oregon Meetup
The Gameroom

Gameroom PDX is hosting a meet-up every other Wednesday

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

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

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

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Javascript Study Group and Hack Night (now with more than intro fun!)
PDX Code Guild

We will be meeting up for a JavaScript Study Group.

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

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

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

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

https://www.codeschool.com/courses/javascript-road-trip-part-1

http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/javascript

Advanced Beginners can start in on some Coder Projects:

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/night_and_day/


and

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/music_boxes/

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Saturday
Mar 7
ProductCamp Portland 2015
Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

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

Join us for our fourth camp!

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Monday
Mar 9
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.

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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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Wednesday
Mar 11
CHIFOO Meeting: Creating Enjoyable Frustration
Urban Airship Headquarters

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

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

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Sunday
Mar 15
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.

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Monday
Mar 16
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.

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Tuesday
Mar 17
Portland Bitcoin Group
The Gameroom

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

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

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Wednesday
Mar 18
Code Oregon Meetup
The Gameroom

Gameroom PDX is hosting a meet-up every other Wednesday

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

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

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

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Javascript Study Group and Hack Night (now with more than intro fun!)
PDX Code Guild

We will be meeting up for a JavaScript Study Group.

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

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

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

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

https://www.codeschool.com/courses/javascript-road-trip-part-1

http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/javascript

Advanced Beginners can start in on some Coder Projects:

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/night_and_day/


and

http://googlecreativelab.github.io/coder-projects/projects/music_boxes/

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Tech+Pong in SW Portland
CrowdCompass in Block 300 Building: 308 SW 2nd Ave, Suite #200

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

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Saturday
Mar 21
Introduction to Programming Study Session
Epicodus

Are you learning to code? Do you find it hard to do on your own? If so, please join us for Intro to Programming study hours at Epicodus. No coding experience is necessary! At minimum, you should be comfortable using computers. We'll use the Epicodus curriculum from www.learnhowtoprogram.com as a foundation for our learning. Feel free to check it out in advance and also dive into the curriculum wherever you're most comfortable. Additionally, if you've been learning from resources like Treehouse, Codecademy, RailsBridge, or any other beginner user groups, you can continue to work through those tutorials as well. We have development ready computers for use, but you are welcome to bring your own. There will also be volunteers available to help answer questions and debug your work. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sunday
Mar 22
Women Who Hack
Mozilla Portland Office

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.

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Monday
Mar 23
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.

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Tuesday
Mar 24
Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting
Mozilla

Topic: TBD Speaker: All?

**Note: Code-n-Splode (CnS) is a women-focused group. All self-identified women and genderqueer persons are invited to attend and participate, and men are welcome as the guest of a female participant.

For more information, visit our website, or send an email to our list.

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Wednesday
Mar 25
AngularJS Portland Meetup
New Relic

Topics TBD

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Thursday
Mar 26
PDX OpenStack Hackathon
Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01

PDX OpenStack Hackathon

Bring ideas for items you want to hack on and each morning we will break out into groups to hack on them.

This is a two day unconference like sprint for openstack developers. We will focus on upstream development. At the beginning of each day we will propose topics in an unconference style and will pick things to hack on for the rest of the day.

When: March 26th and 27th, 9am - 5pm

Location: Portland; 1900 SW 4th Ave Room 8601. This is on the Portland State University campus. Lunch/food: There are a number of food carts across from the building that have delicious lunch in all dietary formats. Social events: We have not planned anything formal, but count on having a drinkup at a bar on wednesday and friday nights.

Contact nibz@spencerkrum.com for details. Code of Conduct: http://www.openstack.org/legal/community-code-of-conduct/

Friday
Mar 27
PDX OpenStack Hackathon
Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01

PDX OpenStack Hackathon

Bring ideas for items you want to hack on and each morning we will break out into groups to hack on them.

This is a two day unconference like sprint for openstack developers. We will focus on upstream development. At the beginning of each day we will propose topics in an unconference style and will pick things to hack on for the rest of the day.

When: March 26th and 27th, 9am - 5pm

Location: Portland; 1900 SW 4th Ave Room 8601. This is on the Portland State University campus. Lunch/food: There are a number of food carts across from the building that have delicious lunch in all dietary formats. Social events: We have not planned anything formal, but count on having a drinkup at a bar on wednesday and friday nights.

Contact nibz@spencerkrum.com for details. Code of Conduct: http://www.openstack.org/legal/community-code-of-conduct/

Monday
Mar 30
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.

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Wednesday
Apr 1
Code Oregon Meetup
The Gameroom

Gameroom PDX is hosting a meet-up every other Wednesday

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

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

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

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CHIFOO Meeting: If It Isn’t Fun, No One Will Care
ISITE Design New Meeting Room!

"If It Isn’t Fun, No One Will Care" with Grant Roberts, E-Line Media

Grant will share a variety of game and human-computer interaction design insights from his long career in the video game industry — which has featured Marvel Comics games for kids, free-to-play games for phones, big-budget sequels for the hardcore, and casino games for the bargain bin.

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Tuesday
Apr 7
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.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

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!

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Portland Bitcoin Group
CTRL-H

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

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

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

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Wednesday
Apr 8
Ignite Portland 13
Hollywood Theater (Portland)

5 minute lightening talks on a diverse range of topics (Maps! Tea! Jenga! Curling! Linguistics!)

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Thursday
Apr 9
Esri GeoDev Meetup & HackerLab
Portland City Grill

Come join us for an Esri GeoDev Meetup at Portland City Grill. In addition to our regularly scheduled technosocial for geospatial developers, we have also included HackerLab, a four-hour, hand-on guided tutorial for developers using ArcGIS Online and building Web apps.

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Monday
Apr 13
Intel Agile and Lean Development Conference 2015
through Intel - Jones Farm building 3 (JF3)

Intel Corporation’s preeminent development conference is back for its 7th year. This year’s conference focuses on building Culture, Community, and Craft to enable you and your teams to deliver faster with higher quality and customer value.

Discover the latest in Agile methods, Lean practices, requirements engineering, complex adaptive systems and more. Each week offers opportunities in which you can participate, including:

Keynotes with leaders and innovators from industry Tutorials and workshops, from basic through advanced Experience reports from leading development teams across Intel Networking events

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Saturday
Apr 18
Beaver BarCamp 15
Oregon State University- Kelley Engineering Center: 1148 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97331

Beaver BarCamp is an informal conference where everyone is encouraged to participate and the sessions are not predetermined. It provides a collaborative environment that promotes the sharing of ideas and projects and is a fun, free, casual event filled with discussions, demos and interaction with attendees. One of the best aspects of BarCamp is that attendees both provide the sessions and choose the schedule, allowing for greater flexibility and freedom. While many are tech oriented, we encourage any DIY, educational or interactive sessions. We invite everyone and anyone in the community and at OSU to enjoy Beaver Barcamp. Registration is appreciated.

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Introduction to Programming Study Session
Epicodus

Are you learning to code? Do you find it hard to do on your own? If so, please join us for Intro to Programming study hours at Epicodus. No coding experience is necessary! At minimum, you should be comfortable using computers. We'll use the Epicodus curriculum from www.learnhowtoprogram.com as a foundation for our learning. Feel free to check it out in advance and also dive into the curriculum wherever you're most comfortable. Additionally, if you've been learning from resources like Treehouse, Codecademy, RailsBridge, or any other beginner user groups, you can continue to work through those tutorials as well. We have development ready computers for use, but you are welcome to bring your own. There will also be volunteers available to help answer questions and debug your work. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sunday
Apr 19
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.

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Tuesday
Apr 21
Portland Bitcoin Group
The Gameroom

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

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

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Tuesday
Apr 28
Portland Community College Job Fair at Cascade Campus
Job Fair

Portland Community College Cascade Campus Job Fair is an outstanding opportunity for employers, students and community members to connect. The Cascade Job Fair draws a very diverse pool of applicants and a broad range of employers representing many different industries.

Find more details and a list of participating employers at http://www.pcc.edu/cascadejobfair.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking will be free during the event.

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Wednesday
May 6
CHIFOO Meeting: Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Don’t- Combining Humans and Computers to Solve Scientific Problems
ISITE Design New Meeting Room!

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

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.

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Sunday
May 17
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.

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Wednesday
Jun 3
CHIFOO Meeting: Mental Health & Social Impact Are No Game - Or Are They? (A Two Speaker Event!)
ISITE Design New Meeting Room!

"Mental Health & Social Impact Are No Game - Or Are They?" with Skyler Corbett, University of Portland Online Learning Development and Will Lewis, Pixel Arts & PIG Squad

CHIFOO 2-for-1! Skyler will cover educational developments in the indie gaming, “You Have Gained A Level - Adding Empathy and Understanding to Online Education”. Will has leveraged game theory and design not only in game development, but in his approach to developing communities. He’ll share the pros and cons of applying gameful design to HCI in “Games for Social Good”.

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Sunday
Jun 21
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.

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Tuesday
Jun 23
Open Source Bridge 2015
through Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

Open Source Bridge is an open source developers' and makers' conference, focused on bringing people from a range of technology backgrounds together to share our knowledge and explore what it means to be an open source citizen.

Find out more at http://opensourcebridge.org/

The call for talks will open in January 2015 and we welcome talks from first-time and experienced speakers!

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Friday
Jun 26
Startup Wekeend Latino
through TBD - Portland

The Portland Startup Weekend Latino brings together people with different skill sets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Why should you attend?

Build your network Co-founder dating Learn a new skill Get face time with thought leaders Join a global community Actually launch a business!

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Wednesday
Jul 8
CHIFOO Meeting:’Outside-In’ Engagement: Identity, Transformation, and Agency in Digital Story Based Games
ISITE Design New Meeting Room!

"’Outside-In’ Engagement: Identity, Transformation, and Agency in Digital Story Based Games” with Josh Tanenbaum, Transformative Play Lab, University of California

Joshua will help us draw on theories of method acting training to investigate how to support the experience of transforming into a character in a digital narrative. Then we'll discuss the relationships between embodied game interfaces, tangible storytelling, game-based-learning, virtual worlds, and nonverbal communication.

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Thursday
Aug 6
CHIFOO Game Night!
Guardian Games

"CHIFOO Game Night" with You, The Dynamic Ladies and Gentlemen of CHIFOO

Come join us for our first ever CHIFOO Game Night! Come try out a few games, or just hang out and socialize with your friends and colleagues. Families are very welcome, too! And very special prizes will be awarded.

Guardian Games thank you!

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Wednesday
Sep 2
CHIFOO Meeting: Online Story-Driven Games
ISITE Design New Meeting Room!

“Online Story-Driven Games” with Rym DeCoster, FIX Flyer, Geek Nights, & Datenighto

Through his geek-focused radio talk show, events and lecturing, Rym has had exposure to and a direct hand in a variety of projects that leverage game-inspired techniques in a computer interface, and will delight us with his stories about how he's observed the unique interaction of gaming and how HCI is maturing.

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Wednesday
Oct 7
CHIFOO Meeting: Games that Change Us (For the Better!)
ISITE Design New Meeting Room!

“Games that Change Us (For the Better!)” with Emily Treat, Games for Change

Emily regularly facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts. Come listen in as she shares her experience and views as an expert game design instructor, game development advisor and game interaction designer, about behind-the-scenes techniques for creating games that really make a difference in the world.

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Wednesday
Nov 11
CHIFOO Meeting: Immersive Design (A Two Speaker CHIFOO Grand Finale!)
ISITE Design New Meeting Room!

“Immersive Design” with Paul Culp, Super Genius Studio and with Rob LaCosse, Intel & Independent Game Designer

CHIFOO presents two series speakers in our final “Gamefully Employed” speaker series meeting! Paul will explore if it is possible to mirror the quality, productivity and happiness of our digital life in our real lives in “Gaming Gratification's Effect On Life's Everyday Actions”. Last of the year, but certainly not least, Rob presents “Room to Grow: UX, Antifragility, and Live Action Games”. He will discuss creating the architect of a number of game systems and share his insights and experiences and the value of applying them to design and HCI.

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