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Oct 20
SPLASH 2014
through Portland Marriott (Downtown)

SPLASH is the umbrella conference about all things related to programming and the creation of software. It incorporates OOPSLA, Onward!, Essays, Panels, tutorials, and three exciting keynote talks (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings), as well as 14 workshops on Monday and Tuesday.

The full program is here: http://2014.splashcon.org/program/program-splash2014

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Thursday
Oct 23
Portland DAMA Day
Tiger Woods Center, Nike campus, Beaverton, OR

Portland DAMA Day will take place on October 23rd and two data modeling experts will present, John Giles (all the way from Australia!) and Karen Lopez.

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Business Wire Portland Media Roundtable and Luncheon
BridgePort Brew Pub

On Thursday, October 23, join Business Wire at the Bridgeport Brew Pub for lunch and a media roundtable. Participate in small group discussions with editors and reporters from distinguished news outlets like Digital Trends (Nick Mokey, Managing Editor), the Portland Business Journal (Erik Siemers, Managing Editor), OPB (Sarah Rothenfluch, Executive Editor), The Oregonian (Kristi Turnquist, TV Critic, Pop Culture & Features Reporter), and more.

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Portland App Strategy Workshop: Optimization
eBay Community Lounge

Building a great app is difficult, but turning it into a profitable business can be even more of a challenge. Join the Application Developers Alliance and industry experts to explore strategies to turn your app into a profitable business. Attend a workshop and learn how to:

Get your app discovered, climb rankings, and gain users

Choose monetization partners, drive revenue, retain and engage users

Optimize performance, fix bugs, and test cross-platform

FREE with code: Calagator

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YESpdx Oct | Feat. M&M Co-Founders, Nutcase Helmets
Digital Trends

Calling all creatives, designers and product people!!--For our October event, Digital Trends (@DigitalTrends) hosts YESpdx with a talk from Michael & Miriam the Co-founders of Nutcase Helmets (@nutcasehelmets).

We’ve all seen them. Buzzing around town—watermelons, 8-balls, polka dots & union jacks…I’m talking about Nutcase helmets! You didn’t know? They’re local! .. Oh you did know? Well, their business is international…and in the Nutcase universe, it’s all about design!!

Starting in their garage and growing since 2005, the Nutcase team knows a thing or two about pivots, supply chain, trade shows and everything in-between. Bring your friends, have a laugh and meet fellow entrepreneurs, creatives and investors. Space is limited, RSVP now!

This event is co-sponsored by Digital Trends, OEN & Volt Technical Resources

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PDX MUG: MySQL triggers
Elemental Technologies

Paul Irvine will be presenting:

Topic: using MySQL triggers to simplify application front ends, reporting queries, performance, batch processing, by denormalizing a data model in the triggers.

It sounds like something you might not want to do, most folks are taught normalization, never denormalization, but I’ve been doing this since the early 90’s on SQLServer, then on Oracle in the mid-90’s, and a few others, and of course MySQL since they introduced triggers. In truth, I learned about these techniques in the mid-80’s in some none-SQL proprietary relational products that had the features ‘built-in’.

A lot of people already use triggers for basic validation, and some people use them for more complex validation. A few even use them for some computed column value setting. That’s cool. The sorts of things I do are to replicate, propagate and maintain redundant copies of data, or to aggregate data. This usually makes user presentation many factors simpler for many application types, especially reporting, as it simplifies queries. And the cost to implement is marginal to none.

I’m a fan of using auto-increment keys in MySQL, because so many development frameworks like Rails, PHPRunner, Cake and others find it easy to use and address records in grids, and forms.

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In this denormalization, the child triggers retrieve a copy of the parent row’s relevant ‘natural’ key information.

Example : order detail rows retrieve the parent ‘order number’, the natural human order number, not the primary key auto increment. And that order number gets copied to a real column in the Order Line Item row. This means that reports, and user queries can very easily retrieve line items for orders using (human) order number now. And do real sorts. And the application code has zero work to do to gain this benefit. Three lines of trigger code do it all. And its guaranteed. SUMS

Very often, a parent row needs rapid access to the SUM of a column from its child rows. The simple way in a trigger would be to select(count()) on the child recs, and put the count in the parent row, but this has potential impact on the parent update. The cost of a query select against the child table. The way I do it is to put the code in the child triggers, to do an incremental update against the parent row. So as the child row is added, the new child value is added to the parent SUM column and updated. This gets more complicated on updates on the child, involving some difference computation and some stored procs to optimize the code, but the code is simple and templatized. And guarantees no select count() performance degradation, but gets the benefit of the running totals on the parent record for no more than one additional update.

And yes, I’ll be happy to share the template code for insert/update/delete trigger difference computation.

A similar process can be used to keep the count of child records in a parent table.

And of course these can cascade up and down more than one level.

Imagine a timesheet week or day entry that sums the values to the timesheet, that sums the values to the week aggregate record, or a group/project/division record of some sort for job costing… easy and trivial to do, but if that had to be done in application code, whether a middle tier or front end, it would get costly, and not guaranteed to be consistent depending on who updates what rows using what code.

The trigger guarantees robust integrity, minimal performance impact and maximum app benefit no matter whether its an app server updating, a front end updating, a mobile interface or an API.

Denormalizing is not only an efficient thing to do, it can save the front end developer some significant effort in data manipulation to assemble, select, filter and display aggregate, parent or child based information.

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Using In-Memory, Data-Parallel Computing for Operational Intelligence
Seabourne Consulting

Sponsors


Scaleout Software is presenting the event and paying for drinks and your favorite flat-crust pizzas.


ScaleOut Software is a leader in in-memory computing software for applications with extreme low-latency, scalability and high availability requirements.


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


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


Pulehu Pizza are our expert pizza makers!

Talend is organizing the event.

Description


Operational systems manage our finances, shopping, devices and much more. Adding real-time analytics to these systems enables them to instantly respond to changing conditions and provide immediate, targeted feedback. This use of analytics is called “operational intelligence,” and the need for it is widespread.

This talk will describe the use of in-memory, data-parallel computing to obtain operational intelligence in several scenarios, including financial services, ecommerce, and cable-based media. It will show both how an in-memory model is constructed and how data-parallel analysis can be implemented to provide immediate feedback. Performance results from a simulation of 10M live cable-TV set-top boxes will illustrate how this technique was used to correlate and enrich 25K events per second and complete a parallel analysis every 10 seconds on a cluster of commodity servers.

The talk also will compare the use of in-memory computing to the more traditional “big data” model popularized by Hadoop MapReduce. It also will examine simplifications offered by this approach over directly analyzing incoming event streams from an operational system using complex event processing or Storm. Lastly, it will explain key requirements of the in-memory computing platform, in particular real-time updating of individual objects and high availability, and compare these requirements to the design goals for stream processing in Spark.

About the Presenter

Dr. William L. Bain is Founder and CEO of ScaleOut Software, Inc. Bill has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University, and he has worked in the field of parallel computing at Bell Labs research, Intel, and Microsoft. Bill founded and ran three start-up companies prior to joining Microsoft. In the most recent company (Valence Research), he developed a distributed Web load-balancing software solution that was acquired by Microsoft and is now called Network Load Balancing within the Windows Server operating system. Dr. Bain holds several patents in computer architecture and distributed computing. As a member of the Seattle-based Alliance of Angels, Dr. Bain is actively involved in entrepreneurship and the angel community.

Agenda

6:00 – 6:30 Welcome & Networking

6:30 – 7:30 Presentation by Dr. William L. Bain

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

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PDX Legal Hackers Meetup
Forge Portland

Hey PDX Legal Hackers, we're (finally!) kicking off this meetup group with our first official meetup. If you can attend and are interested in giving a short (6-minute max) presentation on a legal hack you've developed or are interested in developing let me know and I'll put you on the agenda. Otherwise we'll be heavy on the networking for this first event and we will work together to set a theme and agenda for future meetups. Hope you can make it!

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2014 Computer Animation Festival
PCC’s Cascade, Moriarty Arts Building Auditorium

A leading annual festival for the most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators is being shown in Portland. Juried selections include outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts. This year, SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 41st year in the world exploration of computer-generated animation. The featured selects from the international event showcase everything from student films to games and blockbuster visual effects.

http://youtu.be/Hmmlsx7rZHU http://cascadesiggraphoct2014.eventbrite.com

Members — FREE (always) General Admission — $8.00 at the door (cash or check) Students or Affiliates — $3.00 at the door (cash or check), with student ID or code.

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Agile Meetup - Combining Agile With Lean Startup Practices
ISITE Design

Speaker Bio:

Michael Kelley Harris is an active developer, Scrum/Agile coach & trainer. He has 20+ years of software development experience in roles including software engineer, architect, manager, director, consultant, trainer, and coach. 12+ years of direct experience with Scrum values, principles, and practices, including the full suite of Agile engineering practices from Extreme Programming. He also uses the Lean Startup perspective to help innovators, investors, and development teams validate products & features. Kelley is a CST, CSP, CSPO, CSM, CSD with the Scrum Alliance and has Three patents. He has trained and coached hundreds of people in Scrum & Agile principles & practices, in the US, Canada, Europe, and India. You can view Kelley's CSM training schedule: http://www.sourcecell.com/calendar.html

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2014 Computer Animation Festival

A leading annual festival for the most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators is being shown in Portland. Juried selections include outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts. This year, SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 41st year in the world exploration of computer-generated animation. The featured selects from the international event showcase everything from student films to games and blockbuster visual effects.

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Members — FREE (always) General Admission — $8.00 at the door (cash or check) Students or Affiliates — $3.00 at the door (cash or check), with student ID or code.

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Friday
Oct 24
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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Galois tech talk by Philip Wadler
Galois, Inc

abstract: We present four calculi for gradual typing: $\lambda\B$, based on the blame calculus of Wadler and Findler~(2009); $\lambda\C$, based on the coercion calculus of Henglein~(1994); and $\lambda\T$ and $\lambda\W$, based on the threesome calculi with and without blame of Siek and Wadler~(2010). We define translations from $\lambda\B$ to $\lambda\C$, from $\lambda\C$ to $\lambda\T$, and from $\lambda\T$ to $\lambda\W$. We show each of the translations is fully abstract —far stronger correctness results than have previously appeared.

bio: Philip Wadler is Professor of Theoretical Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is an ACM Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, past chair of ACM SIGPLAN, past holder of a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Fellowship, and a winner of the POPL Most Influential Paper Award. Previously, he worked or studied at Stanford, Xerox Parc, CMU, Oxford, Chalmers, Glasgow, Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs, and visited as a guest professor in Copenhagen, Sydney, and Paris. He has an h-index of 60, with more than 18,000 citations to his work according to Google Scholar. He contributed to the designs of Haskell, Java, and XQuery, and is a co-author of Introduction to Functional Programming (Prentice Hall, 1988), XQuery from the Experts (Addison Wesley, 2004) and Generics and Collections in Java (O’Reilly, 2006). He has delivered invited talks in locations ranging from Aizu to Zurich.

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PIE Demo Day 2014 - Simulcast
eBay Community Lounge

Here at PIE, we like to think of our Demo Day as a community event. So we're always looking for ways to ensure we can get our awesome startup community together in person to take part in it. Although we've run out of room at our main location, we're pleased to announce that our friends at eBay have been kind enough to host a PIE Demo Day simulcast. And they have room for 100 folks to join them.

We invite you to join our hosts for PIE Demo Day, October 24, 2014, at the brand new eBay Community Lounge. Doors open at 1:30pm, presentations will begin at 2:00pm.

This year will feature presentations from our funded companies and highlights from our latest experiments. We'll also take a look back at five years of PIE and the amazing startups with whom we have had the pleasure to work.

Please RSVP

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PIE Demo Day 2014
Gerding Theater at the Armory

We invite you to join us for PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) Demo Day, October 24, 2014, at the Gerding Theatre. Doors open at 1:30pm, presentations will begin at 2:00pm.

This year will feature presentations from our funded companies and highlights from our latest experiments. We'll also take a look back at five years of PIE and the amazing startups with whom we have had the pleasure to work.

Demo presentations will be followed by a reception with the startups and members of the tech, brand, startup and investor communities.

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PIE Demo Day 2014 - Livestream
Online

It's become a tradition. Watch PIE Demo Day 2014 from the comfort of your own laptop or mobile device.

PIE Demo Day is sold out. As is the simulcast at the eBay Community Lounge. But you can still get your fill of startup goodness by tuning into the PIE Demo Day livestream.

All of the content. None of the hassle.

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/10263183/events/3497048/

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OpenStack-dev happy hour
Pints Brewing

Hello fellow OpenStack developers. We seem to be growing in size so lets have some drinks and say hello!

Dont fear, chatting about OpenStack in particular will not be required (or even encouraged). This is mostly a social thing to get to know other locals who are hacking on the same project.

Things to discuss: Favorite hacking locations. What to do during a 13hr trip to Paris. When do we get Google fiber?

Things to NOT discuss: Can I get a review/feature in OpenStack.

Hope to see you there! -greghaynes

P.S. Im hoping to make this a somewhat regular thing, although im not sure of the frequency... maybe monthly?

Saturday
Oct 25
WordPress 101 - Intro to WordPress
CrowdCompass office in the Ford Building

WordPress 101 - Intro to WordPress Development - Day 2 of 2 Day series.

With 20% of the web running on WordPress, it's no surprise when a prospective client contacts you for Wordpress site development. As of Feb, 2014 WordPress version 3.8 downloads passed the 20 million mark.

Join Girl Develop It and Jenn Stoffel for an introductory look into all things WordPress. We will show you the basics of how to create a WordPress website by customizing it to fit your needs. We'll learn about Themes, Plugins and Widgets and how to spot a good or bad one. We will publish posts and learn about the types of content we can publish. Most importantly, our instructor and TA's will be here to answer any questions you may have along the way. You'll leave with an understanding of the basics and an ability to publish your own WordPress site.

This class is a 2-day series running on Saturdays, October 18th and October 25th, 9am - 1pm each day. The cost of the class covers both days. Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-Portland/events/209732652/

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^H Weekend Work Party
^H - PDX Hackerspace

Let's get together for cleaning, weeding, digging, painting, patching and hacking 7600 N Interstate back into shape!

Those of you who have already been to the space and don't need guidance are welcome to show up as early as 7AM (but send us a message so that we know you're coming if you don't already have access).

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DIY Light Up Monster Workshop at Lovecraft!
Lovecraft Bar

Learn to sew your own plush monster that lights up!

Who: Anyone 21+ years old, who is interested in learning how to combine sewing and electronics. All experience levels welcome!

Cost: $10 covers all materials

Suggested Things To Bring: Scissors

Needle nose pliers

Ideas for what your monster will look like

Head lamp (I have a few lamps. However, we are sewing in a bar with limited lighting and your eyes may appreciate additional light.)

Sunday
Oct 26
Women Who Hack
Mozilla

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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Tuesday
Oct 28
Portland Code School - Happy Hour!
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

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

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

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

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

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Grants for Startups
Golden Valley Brewing

There are grants available for startups - including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the federal government. At this West Side PubTalkTM, you'll learn from entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of various grant programs. In particular, you'll hear from eWind Solutions, which just recently submitted an SBIR grant application to the US Department of Agriculture, and Sonivate which has obtained several millions of dollars in grant funding from the Department of Defense.

During networking time before and after the panel, you'll be able to talk with representatives from the Small Business Administration, Business Oregon , and Oregon BEST about programs they have to help entrepreneurs get grants.

Come learn what you need to know to take advantage of grant opportunities.

This West Side PubTalk is brought to you by the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, and the Oregon Technology Business Center

When: Oct. 28, 5pm to 8pm Where: Golden Valley Brewery (map) Cost: $15 (includes food and drink ticket!)

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PDX Hardware Startup Meetup
PSU Business Accelerator

Summer is officially come to an end, so it's time to start back up the PDX Hardware Startup Meetups. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their summer and is ready for the rain.

The next PDX Hardware Startup Meetup is going to be October 28th, at 5:30-8:00 PM.

R&D Plastics is a local Plastic Injection Molder and is going to come talk about plastic injection molding. Here is an abstract of their presentation:

"As a new or infrequent designer/developer of injection molded products it can be very difficult to understand the impact of design features, material selection, and tool construction on the cost and lead-time of your products. The decisions you make have a great impact on part cost and tool build lead-times.

In this session, we will discuss what to expect when designing and developing a plastic injection molded part. We will provide examples that show the impact of good design decisions and how they greatly improve the product development cycle. Your understanding of the injection molding workflow and what you should expect from your injection molding partner will guide you through good decision making for a successful product release."

Charlie O’Bosky & Kyle Tarr will be joining us and giving the presentation.

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

Location: PSU Business Accelerator. 2828 SW Corbett. The building can be tricky to find, and the best way to get directions is to use the intersection of "SW Corbett & SW Meade", that way Google Maps won't take you on a wild goose chase.

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

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

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Coursetto's PDX EdTech with Ryan Carson CEO of Treehouse
NW Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse http://teamtreehouse.com will be talking about the EdTech company birthing process. Treehouse has raised over $13,000,000 and is soon if not already hitting profitability (a rarity in startup land). Treehouse empowers anyone to learn how to build websites & apps, write code or start a business.

Also, Jesse Olsen, CEO of https://www.jumpro.pe is flying out from NYC to talk with us about what it takes to create a growing and profitable EdTech company without funding. JumpRope helps teachers, schools, and districts move beyond traditional grades towards standards-based feedback on mastery.

Thanks to Coursetto https://coursetto.com for organizing.

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Social Security Strategies
Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub

Social Security benefit strategies are like finger prints. Everyone s strategy is different. The Social Security personnel will not provide guidance for your benefit issues. Rick will explain some of the things you should understand and consider when applying for your Social Security benefits.

What is:

Early Retirement Age
Full Retirement age
Deferred retirement age (credits)
Spousal Benefits

What other factors should be considered when choosing to accept Social Security benefits.

How does continuing to work affect your benefits?
What about other income sources?
Life expectancy versus total benefits received.
The effects of inflation

Questions and answers

Meeting notes are downloadable at: http://occa.org/files/SSNotes.pdf

Agenda:

6:00--6:20 Networking
6:20--7:00 No-host dinner
7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements
7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):
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Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting
Mozilla

Topic: TBD Speaker: Christie Koehler

**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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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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Portland Startup Weekend Pre-Party
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

Are you battle ready?

Portland Startup Weekend is coming in November during Global Startup Battle, let's get our game on early at the pre-party.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1tpBw4B

This is a great chance to get together to have some beer, share ideas of how to get the most out of Portland Startup weekend, informally practice your pitch, gather interest in your idea and make connections for the big day.

We’ll provide snacks and share some startup weekend-style fun. Get ahead of the game by beginning your networking early, getting feedback on your pitch idea, and hearing tips on how to get the most out of your Portland Startup weekend experience.

  • Learn more about PDXSW

  • Get the inside scoop on how to get the most out of your PDXSW experience

  • Get ahead of the curve by making connections early

For more information about Portland Startup Weekend, visit portland.startupweekend.org

We serve snacks, bar is no-host. all ages.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite http://pdxswpreparty.eventbrite.com/#

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Wednesday
Oct 29
Fast Tracking Data Mastery with Power BI
Microsoft Portland Office (Pearl District)

Data is changing everything, including what it takes to win in business. Are you ready? Are you savvy about your data? If not, you're not alone. The roadblocks are formidable: too much data from too many sources; not enough data understanding on the business side; low quality data or incomprehensible data; limited analysis tool sets.

What does it take to master your data? What does that look like and how do you get there as painlessly as possible? Why is Power BI such a smart way to go?

Join CSG Pro to look at a new paradigm for building your organizational data expertise. We'll talk technology and tools, but we'll be focused on strategy.

• Learn what skill base you need

• Learn what management commitment looks like

• Learn why (and how) Power BI is a fast track way to get there

• Understand how to start small for a big payout

This seminar is geared toward director, VP and C level executives who think strategically about their businesses data.

If you're a data steward or analyst, this would be a great event to bring your boss to. We show the value of these new powerful business analytics tools.

Please register via the website link. (FREE, and Breakfast is included)

About the presenter, CSG Pro:

CSG Pro specializes in building custom business software and interactive tools that allow you to collaborate and connect with colleagues, customers and vendors. Based in Portland, Oregon and maintaining a presence in Boise, Idaho, CSG Pro has served leading companies and public agencies since 1993.

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Bringing a Secure Cloud to Your Enterprise
Online Webinar

The Cloud’s business model allows your organization to leverage existing infrastructure and platform investments for greater convenience, but developing a secure Cloud strategy involves numerous considerations and planning. Join us for this free webinar on October 29th, 2014 at 11am PT where we we will explore Microsoft Azure and Cloud Security.

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Ruby Lunch
TILT Pearl District

Beginners to advanced welcome, talk about Ruby and programming in general.

CHIFOO Workshop: Fieldwork 4 Human Computer Interaction (3 of 4)
ISITE Design Community Room

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

Sara Bly and Françoise Brun-Cottan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Instructors

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

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

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

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

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

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SWePoCoNi (The West Side Strikes Back)
Commodore Lounge

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

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

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

Portland 3D Printing Lab - October
ISITE Design Community Room

October Meetup - details coming!

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Thursday
Oct 30
The Customer Experience Imperative | Marketing Leadership Exchange

The Customer Experience Imperative | Marketing Leadership Exchange Digital transformation for organizations is now a top board level priority at most organizations. What trend is driving this key sense of urgency? The age of the consumer has forced companies to shift their cultures to being much more customer-centric. Consistent customer experience is not a differentiator anymore, but a basic core requirement.

Learn from a panel of senior industry leaders who will discuss:

The requirement of a seamless digital and offline experiences for all consumers across industries. The unification and seamless experiences across devices and within social media *The skills, process, culture and people needed to deliver high-caliber customer experiences.

Panelist: Please check back

Moderator:

Anoop Sahgal, Partner Marketing, Adobe

Event Details:

When: Thursday, October 30th

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Where: TBD, Portland, OR

Members: $25

Nonmembers: $45

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Friday
Oct 31
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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FounderDating Application Deadline
N/A

Been working on a side project? Ready to start your next company? Need awesome advisors? Connect with the right people to find advisors, cofounders and the best entrepreneurial resources around on FounderDating. It's curated and 50% engineers. Apply to join the network and be included in the next member kickoff event>> http://bit.ly/ZTyEQI

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Saturday
Nov 1
From Tech Savvy to Social Justice Innovator: How creative problem solvers can apply their skills to progressive change work
Collective Agency

Portland has long been known as a bastion for creative people and innovative projects. But how might that creative energy be channeled toward social change work and nurturing justice? SJF leaders will jump-start this conversation and you take it from there!

RSVP at http://www.socialjusticefund.org/tech-savvy-social-justice-innovator

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Tuesday
Nov 4
Swift Programing Study Night
Epicodus

Meetup with us to work through Apples book "The Swift Programing Language" together.
We'll be starting a group to work through the free Swift Programing Language book published by Apple. If all goes well we'll move on to work on projects and other study subjects around iOS together.
Come learn how to get started with Swift and iOS app developers.

Epicodus is amazing and will be providing their iMacs to use for the course, so even if you do not own a mac you will be able to come and participate.

Notes: We are looking for co-hosts for this meetup. If you are interested in mentoring in the iOS/Moblie space or in co-hosting, please reach out!

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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

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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Write The Docs PDX: RESTful API Documentation
eBay Community Lounge

If you work with the World Wide Web, you’ve encountered a RESTful API. If you’ve retweeted a message, you’ve used a RESTful API. If you’ve searched for data on ESPN, you’ve made a RESTful API call.

But what of developers who need to automate this process, to make calls to potentially thousands of RESTful API endpoints?

They need documentation. Sure, they can read the code of the people who developed the RESTful APIs, but what they really need are examples. As one of the speakers at the Write The Docs ’14 conference noted, “Developers are people too.”

Jody Bleyle and Jennifer Rondeau will give us some insight into RESTful APIs, what they are, how you can interact with them, and what they have done to document their RESTful APIs.

They will also show us some options for automating RESTful API documentation.

Jennifer and Jody will give us some clues. :)

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Monthly Maker Meetup
CymaSpace

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.

Wednesday
Nov 5
Website Law Part 3 - Buying or Selling a Website
Tonkon Torp LLP

This session will focus on representations and warranties, assignments of domain names, potential exposure related to open source code in website software, and the IP/website due diligence process.

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CHIFOO Meeting: Big Story, Little Story
ISITE Design Community Room

Big Story, Little Story with Jason Sack, Wieden+Kennedy

Working the last couple years in a building full of storytellers, Jason Sack has learned how powerful narrative can be in creating great products and experiences. Selling an idea, creating a sense of drama, and maintaining engagement in an experience all stand to benefit from a better understanding of storytelling. Because UX people are uniquely positioned to work across disciplines, we can act as stewards of our stories as well as those of our users. Using examples and anecdotes, Jason will walk through a variety of ways we can bring the larger story to life while reinforcing it down to the smallest interactions.

About the Speaker Jason Sack (@jasonsack) is currently Lead User Experience Designer at the global agency Wieden + Kennedy. He moved to Portland two years ago from the Bay area, where he led design teams at notable Silicon Valley companies such as Adobe and Apple. He has worked with Nike, American Express, 3M, Imation, General Mills, and many more.

Sack began his design career in Minneapolis, where he built the User Experience practice at digital agency space150. He studied at the University of Minnesota and California State University, and has taught interactive design at the Art Institutes International.

Jason is a passionate advocate of human-centered design, and has spoken throughout the country about emotional design, user experience, and innovation. When he’s not working Jason composes music, hacks wireless children’s toys, and writes an occasional post in his blog at jasonsack.com.

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Portland RailsBridge Co-organizers and Volunteers Meet and Greet
Alameda Brewing Co

This is the very first meeting of the PDX (RailsBridge Group)[http://www.railsbridge.org/]. I'm looking for volunteers and co-organizers. If you have questions please email me: [amypivo] [gmail]

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PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Urban Airship Inc

"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 Beyond Clicks: Dwell Time for Personalization by Yi 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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Lightning Video Production Show + Tell

We're playing with the format – this time, 8 Video Content Creators have been invited to showcase their projects, share what they've learned, and get feedback on how to make their next projects better! Whether you're new to video or a seasoned pro just back from LA – this will be a great opportunity for you to learn new video skills and to help teach others. :)

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Thursday
Nov 6
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

  • MaptimeHQ has been migrated to a new website!
  • Community Cycling Center transportation advocacy app

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

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pdxUX - Principles for the Working Product Designer
Jama South

We're very pleased to have Chris Rivard, product designer and design manager specializing in data product design and visualization, presenting. Working at the intersection of business and design, Chris has spent 15 years bringing fresh insight, visual communication and design thinking to both large enterprises and growing startups.

A product designer's goal is to get products into the hands of users - to ship it, and get feedback. But as the steps to achieve that goal grow more complex, we're often faced with situations far outside the purview of what we consider “design”. In this talk, Chris will cover what it takes to bring a product from sketch to market while navigating the complexities inherent in software product design. He'll leave attendees with practical tips for dealing with those "non-design" situations. Hint: It's all design.

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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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Friday
Nov 7
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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Agile PDX Downtown Pub Lunch: Grappling with the Business's Need for Predictability
McMennamins Ringler's

We frequently encounter Agile teams struggling within larger organizations that are not Agile. The resistance to Agile frequently centers around predictability. Executives feel pressure to report to the Board of Directors what software will be delivered in the coming year. Product Owners are asked to work out long-term strategies and priorities. Sales is working with customers who want to know what features are coming and when. And Marketing departments are pulling together advertising campaigns for the coming year.

In each of these cases, there would be real and undeniable benefit in knowing what the future holds...but we don't. Agile is very clear on this point--software development is not predictable. And development teams are often hesitant to offer any form of prediction out of fear that the prediction will be taken as a "promise".

This AgilePDX Pub discussion is an attempt to imagine what an Agile team would offer in the way of predictions if we did not have that fear, if we were to give the best information we can devise about the future of our projects (in an Agile fashion). As a starting place, it pulls together a lightweight process for estimating size from the book "How to Measure Anything" by Douglas W. Hubbard, along with, recent research into common human biases that impact our assessment of risks.

Michael Kelly has been thinking about this a lot (see the thread he launched on the AgilePDX Yahoo Group in October), and he'll set context and get the discussion going for you.

Michael is a veteran of numerous software development campaigns. He has built software for power companies and banks, for the trucking industry and education, for internet start-ups and established companies, for his own companies and for others. Throughout, he has worked hard to master the craft of writing software and delve to the mysteries of Agile. Currently, he is working with the excellent folks at DAT Solutions, leading a team developing the next generation of software for the trucking industry.

As usual, look for us in the back of the pub. RSVP to jean@azuregate.net if you can. We nearly swamped the wait staff in October, and we'd like to provide a little warning if that may happen again. However, don't let lack of ability to RSVP keep you from showing up.

Bring your questions, your objections, your burning issues around agility and predictability. Bring your Product Owners and executive staff and THEIR burning issues.

Usual pub grub. The beer never stops flowing. See you there!

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Commodore Computer Club
Pied Piper Pizza

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

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

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Richard Stallman - Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks
Portland State University Hoffmann Hall
Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed
to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing
press.  But the copyright system does not fit well with computer
networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it.

The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying
for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers,
while suppressing public access to technology.  But if we
seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of
copyright--to promote progress, for the benefit of the
public--then we must make changes in the other direction.

Presented by Portland State University Chapter of Association of Computing Machinery

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Saturday
Nov 8
EAST Knowledge - "Coffee Break"
Banaka & Browns Artisan Bakery and Coffee House

EAST Knowledge would like to do something a little more relaxed for our next meeting. We invite you to join us for coffee and pastries. We're going to hang out for a couple of hours, so feel free to come by, talk shop, show off what you're working on, ask questions and pick each other's brains. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • What: Coffee Break
  • Where: Banaka & Browns Artisan Bakery and Coffee House
  • When: 10:00am-Noon, Saturday, November 8th, 2014
  • Why: Sharing what we know and what we're up to
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Monday
Nov 10
pdxfunc: Portland Functional Programming Study Group
Portland, exact location to be determine

See the mailing list for details on this month's agenda: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxfunc

ABOUT THE GROUP: Join programmers, researchers and enthusiasts to discuss functional programming. pdxfunc is a study/user group exploring the world of functional programming based in Portland, Oregon. The group welcomes programmers interested in all functional languages, including Haskell, OCaml, Erlang, Scala and others, as well as using functional techniques in non-functional languages. The group meets regularly and provides presentations, demos and discussions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. The meetings are usually on the second Monday of the month.

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Wednesday
Nov 12
Science Fiction Reader Series
McMenamins Kennedy School

The next Portland event will be held on Wednesday, November 12 and will feature Django Wexler, Daniel H. Wilson and Curtis Chen.

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

Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation. Booksellers will be on hand with fresh copies of the authors’ books for you to buy and get autographed.

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CHIFOO Workshop: Fieldwork 4 Human Computer Interaction (4 of 4)
ISITE Design Community Room

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

Sara Bly and Françoise Brun-Cottan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Instructors

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

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

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

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

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

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A practical overview of iOS MapKit w/ Scott D. Smith
Esri Portland R&D Center

iOS MapKit is a powerful and flexible framework for displaying map and related information in your App. During this talk, you will be provided an overview of MapKit and be introduced to key functionality through presentation of an app built from the ground up.

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Lesbians Who Tech // PDX happy hour

Lesbians Who Tech is global community of over 5,000 queer women in and around tech. Whether you work at a tech company, have a technical job or just love technology. Yes, even if you’re just obsessed with every new app that comes out. We want you to join Lesbians Who Tech and: Get geeky with techy folks just like you Enjoy tasty adult beverages Land gigs, make new friends & connections

Why Lesbians Who Tech? To Be More Visible To Each Other We all know that familiar feeling of meeting someone in a work setting, knowing she’s a lesbian, and trying to work it into a conversation and make that connection. We’re about making that happen: connecting lesbians and building a network of colleagues, associates and friends in the industry. To Be More Visible To Others Outside of Ellen, Rosie, Melissa, and now Tammy, what other mainstream lesbian role models can most people name? We need more examples of lesbian leaders and that means we need to come out as the amazing, successful people we are. To Get More Women and Lesbians in Technology Lesbians are women first, and right now women are some of the most gifted folks in technology, yet there are far fewer of us than there should be (women account for 1 in 15 people in STEM fields). Because there aren’t enough women, women are rarely quoted as experts by the mainstream media and blogs, on panels, etc. And add the element of being lesbian, it’s equally important for us to represent women, and out women, for our communities. Have questions about Lesbians Who Tech (and friends) Portland // November Happy Hour? Contact Lesbians Who Tech

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PDX Tech + Pong
AltSource

How it works:

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

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

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

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Music to Your Ears? Brains, Sound, and How to Save Your Hearing
Kiggins Theatre

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

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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

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

Event Description

Hearing is one of our basic senses – it helps us communicate and to perceive the world around us — but we shouldn’t take it for granted. Approximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 (about 26 million Americans) have some kind of noise-induced hearing loss, and much of that loss could have been prevented with a few simple precautions. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Allison Coffin, assistant professor in the neuroscience department at Washington State University Vancouver, will be joined on stage with live musicians and will talk about the mechanical and neurological process of how we hear and how we can protect our ears. Come ready to listen and learn…and maybe dance!

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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
Nov 13
Cloudy with a chance of Azure
Multnomah Athletic Club

We will be discussing O365 and Microsoft Azure applications

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TAO Agile Smack-Down Event
Urban Airship Inc

Join us for, the TAO Agile Smack-Down, a thought-provoking discussion and debate of the good, bad, and ugly ways to implement Agile methodologies. Adam Light will moderate a rousing dialog between Frank D'Andrea, VP Software Development at Tater Tot Designs, and James Shore, author of The Art of Agile Development. Our panel will discuss real-world lessons from applying and misapplying Agile to application development, with time set aside for Q&A from the audience.

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Portland Commodore Users Group
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Station 61)

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

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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.

For information on where to buy the book, and a limited-time 30% discount code, see the post in our Google Group.

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

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Joomla! PDX
Free Geek

Joomla!PDX meets at Free Geek monthly to discuss different aspects of the the Joomla! CMS. We are always welcome to experienced programmers, novices, and beginners alike. Even if you're just curious about Joomla! come join us and see what managing web content is all about.

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Friday
Nov 14
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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Portland Startup Weekend
through Website
Saturday
Nov 15
PDX Global Day of Code Retreat 2014
ACME Business Consulting LLC Website
Sunday
Nov 16
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
Nov 18
Portland Nerd Dinner
Washington Square Mall food court

It's Nerd Dinner time again! We'll gather at Washington Square Mall in the food court. Be There and Be Square!

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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Wednesday
Nov 19
AngularJS Portland
Urban Airship Inc Website
RefreshPDX - Adaptive Input
TBD - Portland

The doors open to the event at 6:00pm and we will start the talk at 6:30pm sharp!

Our Topic Windows 8. Chromebook Pixel. Ubuntu Phone. These devices shatter another consensual hallucination that we web developers have bought into: mobile = touch and desktop = keyboard and mouse.

We have tablets with keyboards; laptops that become tablets; laptops with touch screens; phones with physical keyboards; and even phones that become desktop computers. Not to mention new forms of input like cameras, voice control and sensors.

One of the core things that responsive design has taught us is that we have to be comfortable with the ambiguity of not knowing what the size of our canvas is going to be. Input has that same ambiguity. It is transient. It is unknowable.

Reconciling that understanding from a design and implementation perspective is going to be as big a challenge if not bigger than the one we faced coming to grips with responsive design.

We've learned how to respond to screen size. Our next challenge is learning how to adapt to different forms of input.

Our Presenter, Jason Grigsby In 2000, Jason got his first mobile phone. He became obsessed with how the world could be a better place if everyone had access to the world's information in their pockets. But WAP was crap so he headed back to the desktop web for several years. Now Jason spends far too much time thinking about mobile. Jason is a mobile strategist, co-founder of Cloudfour and frequently speaks about mobile technology and strategy.

Join us after the workshop for a short walk to a local establishment for libation, sponsored by nGen Works!

Our Venue, currently TBD We're checking out some new digs and will update everyone when we make a decision.   

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Agile and Beyond Budgeting
Puppet Labs

As organizations expand agility into the enterprise it quickly becomes clear that traditional approaches such as Scrum of Scrums and Release Trains are not sufficient. How do you move away from a fixed financial budget to create a lean and Agile product portfolio? Can you empower self-organizing teams when individually-focused Management By Objectives (MBOs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) rule the way the organizations measure progress?

Beyond Budgeting is a way of thinking that aligns with Agile and provides enterprises with the language, subject matter context and concrete detail necessary to address these dilemmas and complement the Agile mindset found in software and product development.

Created as part of Agile Alliance's "Supporting Agile Adoption" workshop, this talk will define Beyond Budgeting, highlight how it aligns with Agile as well as describe where it differs and propose an approach to taking advantage of both lines of thinking to create a holistic approach to enterprise agility.

Bio: Jorgen Hesselberg is the Director of Agile Enterprise Transformation at Intel Security. He has more than fifteen years of experience in creating organizational environments that generate end-to-end business value and is passionate about making the world a better place to work through agile, Lean and complex systems thinking. Prior to Intel Security, Jorgen was heading the enterprise transformation efforts at NAVTEQ, Nokia and Nokia Xpress. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, author of several white papers and the Director of Agile Alliance’s Supporting Agile Adoption program.

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PDX Design Research Group Meeting
Mozilla

The PDX Design Research Group is a multidisciplinary networking group focused on the role of research in the design of products, services and systems in business, government and non-profits. We welcome perspectives from all disciplines, including human-computer interaction, design, market research, and the social sciences, and others. Meetings will be held every other month in downtown Portland, and will include speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and other events, with opportunities to network and discuss relevant topics with fellow research professionals.

Help us kick off the new PDX Design Research Group with our first event on November 19th, featuring a presentation and discussion by Janna Kimel, Customer Experience Manager at Regence BlueCross BlueShield. If you have the challenge of integrating design research into the business, or if you consult with companies learning to integrate the voice of the customer, this talk will be especially relevant. Over the past 18 months, Janna has built up her role from doing web-based user research to partnering across business silos in order to support customer-centered projects and products. Come hear how Janna and her team helped move the organization from thinking “inside out” to thinking “outside in.”

Informal networking will be from 6:30 – 7:00, with Janna’s talk to begin promptly at 7:00. Please note: If you arrive after 7:00 pm, you won’t be able to get into the building, so please plan to arrive at least a few minutes before then.

PDX Cocoaheads
Walmart Labs

Note - this meeting is a week early due to Thanksgiving.

Scott Neal will present about AF Networking, Walmart Labs will provide the pizza, and those who wish to will go out for beer after the meeting.

Apache's Spark: Setup, Overview, and Comparison
New Relic

This workshop will be taught by SnapFlow's Chief Architect Nathan Aschbacher. He will cover the setup and overview of Spark as well as discuss where it sits in the solution space and how it differs from other tools that are out there.

Bring your laptop.

Doors open at 6:50p. We officially start at 7. Workshop starts at 7:15. We'll linger, socialize, network, and otherwise keep beeing geeks until around 9:30.

Please RSVP here.

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Thursday
Nov 20
Real Estate for Startups 101
PSU Business Accelerator

When most people imagine a tech startup’s office they probably conjure up glossy stereotypes: an open workspace, maybe in a converted warehouse, with modern design and amenities from beer on tap to a ping pong table.

In reality, we know you’re running lean and working out of your garage or perhaps even a local tech incubator. But how do you make the giant leap into leasing your own new space?

Local real estate experts Ajay Malhotra of CBRE, Kristin Hammond of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Peter Andrews of Melvin Mark have joined forces to help you navigate the murky waters of commercial real estate! Join us for Real Estate for Startups 101 on Thursday, November 20 from 4--6pm.

You will:

Learn about the current market, building types and locations

Set realistic timelines for finding a new space

Understand the true cost of a lease

And more!

We’ll allow plenty of time for discussion with the experts so you can find answers to all your questions about commercial real estate.

The event is free and refreshments are provided, but please RSVP.

PDMA Learning and Networking Event: THE FUZZY FRONT END OF PRODUCT INNOVATION
Lucky Labrador Public House Multnomah Village

THE FUZZY FRONT END OF PRODUCT INNOVATION

PDMA Learning and Networking Event

Thursday, November 20, 2014

6:00 - 8:00pm

Jon Marshall, President & Chief Innovateur, Innovation Frameworks

The Fuzzy Front End (FFE) is the messy "getting started" period of new product development processes. It includes opportunity analysis, concept generation, and pre-technical evaluation. As important as they are, these activities are often chaotic, unpredictable, and unstructured. Jon will provide an overview of this challenging period and then describe 2-3 tools or techniques that you can apply to start to bring clarity and order to this critical but least understood phase of the product life cycle. We will provide time for Q&A and an interactive discussion with the audience.

Jon is one of the area’s leading authorities on the FFE and innovation processes. For over 10 years Jon has been a fervent student and practitioner of many aspects of innovation, such as frameworks and models, creative and critical thinking, and metrics. His background in engineering and project management helps Jon merge innovation principles with the practical realities of developing products.

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. The Oregon chapter's mission is to help local professionals and organizations to identify, develop, and launch more innovative and profitable products and services through cross-industry collaboration, thought leadership, and the sharing of best practices and practical knowledge. For more information about the Oregon Chapter of the PDMA, please contact: David Nash, Chapter President, at president-oregon@pdma.org.

We encourage everyone in Oregon who is interested in the Product Development and Management Association to become a member of the National PDMA. For a great explanation on the benefits of membership in the PDMA, click here

Schedule:

6:00 – 6:30pm: Gathering / Networking / Refreshments**

6:30 – 6:45pm: Announcements (upcoming events, who’s hiring, etc.)

6:45 – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion

7:30 – 7:45pm: Q&A / Open discussion

7:45 – 8:00pm: Networking

Cost:

$10 on-line registration prior to the event **

$15 at the door

A discount is available for PDMA members

To register online, click the website above

** Note: This is a no-host event. The complete Lucky Lab food and drink menu is available. Grab a cold ale & bite to eat - and bring a friend or colleague to add to the discussion!

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Friday
Nov 21
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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Sunday
Nov 23
Women Who Hack
Mozilla

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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Tuesday
Nov 25
Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting
Mozilla

Topic: TBD Speaker: Christie Koehler

**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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Tuesday
Dec 2
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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Monthly Maker Meetup
CymaSpace

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.

Thursday
Dec 4
#puppethack – An Online Puppet Labs Community Hack Day

Join us for #puppethack – an online, Puppet community hack day, on Thurs., Dec. 4rd 2014! #puppethack is a collaborative, relaxed online Puppet community hack day.

It's an opportunity for Puppet community members and Puppet Labs employees to tackle interesting or fun puppet projects that they haven't had the time for. Everyone will gather online, get to know each other, and collaborate on pull requests for modules and other code.

Who: #puppethack is an event for intermediate and advanced Puppet users, contributors, developers, module authors, docs writers, and anyone else contributing to the Puppet community.

Join us online in the #puppethack IRC channel on Freenode! You're welcome to drop in at any point during the day - the event has extended hours to reflect the many timezones that Puppet contributors call home. We look forward to chatting with you on December 4th!

Register on Eventbrite

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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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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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Friday
Dec 5
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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Commodore Computer Club
Pied Piper Pizza

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

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

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Wednesday
Dec 10
Tech + Pong Winter Tournament SE PDX
AltSource

Tech folks getting together to pong it up.

Year-end tournament not to be missed!

Two Tournament Brackets:

1) The Best of the Best (for pongers who can smash, hit, and rock their way through a pong game).

2) The Best of the Worst (for rookie pongers who just want to have fun and the thought of "spinning a slice shot" seems like something having to do with a pizza parlor).

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Thursday
Dec 11
Portland Commodore Users Group
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Station 61)

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

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Friday
Dec 12
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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Tuesday
Dec 16
Portland Nerd Dinner
Washington Square Mall food court

It's Nerd Dinner time again! We'll gather at Washington Square Mall in the food court. Be There and Be Square!

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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Friday
Dec 19
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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Sunday
Dec 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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Wednesday
Jan 28, 2015
PDX Cocoaheads
Walmart Labs

Scott Neal will do his traditional January Core Data presentation. Topic TBD. Walmart Labs will provide the pizza, and those who wish to will go out for beer after the meeting.

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

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

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

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