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Thursday
Oct 2
HIMSS OREGON, ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE
Hilton Vancouver Washington

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

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

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

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TiE Pearl Pitch Club; featuring workshop with Ravi Sinha: "One And Three Minute Pitches"
TiE Pearl Incubator
It's time to get the structure of your pitch right!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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PDXNode Talk Night
Urban Airship Inc

Food Sponsored by Stormpath.

Lightning Talks (slots are still available)

  • Randall Degges

  • 'When Not to Node,' Zoe Landon

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

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

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

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

Location note:

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

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Clojure Office Hours
Puppet Labs

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: Diversity in Open Source: What We Can Do
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

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

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

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

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

Rideshares Available

See you there!

Michael Dexter
PLUG Volunteer

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Church of Robotron
Diode Gallery for Electronic Art

The Church of Robotron

2014 Testing and Training Facility

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

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

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

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

About The Church of Robotron

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

About Diode

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

For More Information

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

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Friday
Oct 3
BSidesPDX
Refuge PDX

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

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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.

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Rescheduled: Agile PDX Dntn Pub Lunch: The Role of the PO When Doing Agile "at Scale"
McMennamins Ringler's

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

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

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

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Startup Coffee Hour! The Pop-Up Startup Accelerator
Rocking Frog

PLEASE RSVP HERE

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

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

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

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

Sign up for Startup Coffee Hour!

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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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Sunday
Oct 5
PDX STEM Parents Take Your Kids to the Park
Arbor Lodge Park

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

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

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CHIFOO Workshop: Fieldwork 4 Human Computer Interaction (1 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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Monday
Oct 6
Delight Conference 2014
through Portland Art Museum

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

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Maker Monday- A Free Monthly Meet Up
CymaSpace

Have some projects you'd like to create? Looking to collaborate with someone on something awesome? Could you benefit from a creative atmosphere? OSH Park and CymaSpace team up to offer just the space!

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

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

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

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PDX Puppet User Group
Puppet Labs

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

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

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

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

Agenda for October 6th:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild

Join us for an evening of programming!

Tonight we have a guest speaker:

Grant Holly presents

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday
Oct 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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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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Wednesday
Oct 8
PDX PMI Agile Roundtable: Divining the Agile PM Role
Unitus Community Credit Union

The PMI ACP tests a knowledge of a set of agile principles, practices, and frameworks, but it does not indicate how the role should be structured. Because there is so much variation in Agile adoptions, and therefore, “how” to be an Agile PM, much is left to individual practitioners and the organizations they practice in. So, what are some options for PM’s who want to support agility through their PM practice?

On October 8, Jean Richardson will set context for and facilitate a discussion on Agile PM role design options based on her experience and an Agile Coach and an Agile PM. Fresh from an engagement where she worked this issue regularly, Jean brings years of coaching experience, award winning project management experience, and fresh experience to bear on the problem before so many PM’s today.

Note our new downtown location: Unitus Community Credit Union Unitus Plaza 1300 SW Sixth Ave – 4th Floor Community Room

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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.

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

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

*Core marketing functions and structural elements necessary to drive growth

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Python Monthly Project + Study Night
Urban Airship Inc

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Thinking Swiftly: New patterns in Swift and interactive playgrounds
Plus QA

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

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

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

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CHIFOO Meeting: Art of Articulation
Puppet Labs

Art of Articulation with Lee Fain, Electrolux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday
Oct 9
Nintex User Group
Microsoft Portland Office (Pearl District)

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

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

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

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

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Stories of a CFO with Mike Yonker | CFO Leadership Exchange
Urban Airship Inc

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

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

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

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Stories of a CFO with Mike Yonker | CFO Leadership Exchange
Sincerely Truman

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

Event Details:

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

Who Can Attend?

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

2014 Line-up Includes:

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

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Lesbians Who Tech // Workshop: A strengths-based approach to leading from within
Esri Portland R&D Center

Join LWT PDX for: A Strengths-Based Approach To Leading From Within A Workshop with Dani Rukin, CPCC, PCC Thursday, October 9 5:30-7:45 PM Esri Portland R&D Center 309 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR

Don't miss our October LWT PDX special event, "A Strengths-Based Approach To Leading From Within"! Mark your calendars for an exciting evening of professional development with seasoned Career and Leadership Development Coach, Dani Rukin, leading us through what promises to be an inspiring evening of the latest and most effective methods for developing your leadership skills.

This event is being held at Esri PDX, a cool software company in downtown Portland. Please RSVP so we can accommodate everyone! Suggested contribution is $10.00. Light snacks will be provided.

Schedule: 5:30 - 6: Networking 6 - 7:45: Workshop starts promptly at 6 pm. 7:45 - ? After the workshop, whoever wants to can migrate over to The Original (just across the street) to grab food and drink and network further.

We hope you can join us!

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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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AppNexus Tech Event
AppNexus

Powering 300+ Web Services on LAMP and Beyond

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

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

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

http://appnexustechtalk2.splashthat.com/

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AEmoji
The Bossanova Ballroom

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

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Party with PDX Code Guild
PDX Code Guild

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

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

Let's make it happen. Join us!

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

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

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

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PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Upsight

"No talks. You may opt to take up to 60 seconds to complain about Big Data. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

We'll start by letting anyone who wants to take up to a minute to tell us what they've been doing with data lately.

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

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

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Code Fellows Portland Expansion Info Session
The Addo Building

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

RSVP today and join us on October 9th.

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Friday
Oct 10
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.

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Saturday
Oct 11
DevOps Bootcamp
Oregon State University- Kelley Engineering Center: 1148 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97331

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

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Graphic Portland Festival
Old Church

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

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Monday
Oct 13
Quit Your Job and Start A Business
Taborspace

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

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

It’s an agonizing place to be.

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

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

Webinar option also available!

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

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Tuesday
Oct 14
Website Law - Operating Your Website
Tonkon Torp LLP

This session will focus on the legal issues impacting the day-to-day operation of a business website, including what you need to know about selling goods, payment and processes, collecting information, SEO strategies and pitfalls, and data breach issues.

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

Beth Flanagan “Hacking Smart Grid”

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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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Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything
Alberta Rose Theatre

Special Science on Tap at the Alberta Rose Theatre!

Featuring author and mad chemist, Theodore Gray

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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

Location: Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Ore.

Cost: $12 advance tickets - OR - $40 for one ticket and a signed copy of the book Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything

· $15 tickets on the day of the event

· Books will also be available for purchase at the event for $30

Food & Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, Pacific Pie Company’s hand pies, and an assortment of snacks available.

Everything physical is made up of the elements and the infinite variety of molecules they form when they combine with each other. The new book Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything explores hundreds of the most interesting, unusual, and surprising chemical bonds, from rocks to ropes, and painkillers to pigments. At this special Science on Tap, Theodore Gray, author, and co-founder of Wolfram Research, Inc.., will tell fascinating stories, show stunning photography, and have live on-stage demonstrations in this exploration of some of the most interesting, essential, useful, and beautiful chemical structures that make up every material in the world.

Molecules is the long-awaited sequel to Theodore Gray’s bestselling book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Theodore is also the author of Gray Matter, a long-running Popular Science column, where he chronicled lots experiments, including several where he set himself and other things on fire.


Science on Tap is produced by Via Productions, LLC.

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Wednesday
Oct 15
Inside the Developer's Studio, with Dave MacFarland of Treehouse
Portland Code School

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

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

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Health Ignite V2
OHSU

1 mic, 5 minutes, 20 slides, 300 peers in the audience... no pressure, right?

What is Ignite?

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have an burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global - Ignite is all of these and more.

Ignite Health can include topics like wellness, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare reform, etc. What products, services and research is out there that can really take healthcare to the next level? We want to hear from you!

Why attend Ignite Health?

As an attendee, you'll learn about emerging, innovative, unconventional, inspiring, locally-sourced concepts and tools, and connect with a diverse and passionate crowd of like-minded health innovation enthusiasts. Most of all, you will have fun!

Details: When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Where: OHSU, 2730 SW Moody Ave – Room 1A001, Portland, OR Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM 5:30 PM - Doors Open - Appetizers and Beverages (wine and beer for purchase) 6:30PM - Presentations Start with Intermission 9:00PM - Conclude Cost: Free to attend but registration is required Share the Night: #IgniteHealth

Parking is available in the garage at a rate of $4/hour and the garage is open until 8pm. In addition, there is parking available in the nearby Schnitzer Lot. There are meters there and parking is $3 for the first hour and then $2 for each additional hour afterward, but the lot is free after 5pm.

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ChickTech Imposter Syndrome Workshop
New Relic

More more info and to RSVP, please visit the eventbrite link above. Cost of the workshop is $15 for students and $20 for community members.

Have you ever felt like a fraud? Do you attribute your successes to luck or chance? Do you feel inadequate despite evidence to the contrary and worry that others will “find you out”? If you answered yes to any of these questions - guess what, you are not alone! You merely have a case of . . . Imposter Syndrome.

What is Imposter Syndrome? Come join us for an evening and find out! We will kick off the night with dinner and our Keynote speaker, Vanessa Van Edwards (http://www.scienceofpeople.com/about-vanessa-van-edwards/).

We will then break into small groups to discuss how Imposter Syndrome affects us in our everyday lives and do activities that help build confidence in the value we bring to the table. Still not convinced? Tina Fey, Maya Angelou, and Sheryl Sandberg have all admitted to feeling like imposters in their careers at some point. If these "low-achieving" women can overcome the thickets of Imposter Syndrome so can you! We hope to see you at the workshop!

Please note, although this is a female-centered workshop, everyone is welcome to attend.

Please see ChickTech's inclusion policy for more detail (http://chicktech.org/about-us/inclusion-policy/).

Dinner and supplies are included in the cost of this workshop.

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CHIFOO Workshop: Fieldwork 4 Human Computer Interaction (2 of 4)
ISITE Design Community Room

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

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.

Kanban at Urban Airship (More details to follow)
Puppet Labs

Mike Herrick is the SVP of Product & Engineering at Urban Airship and is responsible for developing, operating, supporting, and sustaining Urban Airship’s products. He joined the company in 2010.

Prior to Urban Airship, Mike was the Vice President of Products for Collaborative Software Initiative. In that role, he was responsible for product management, product development, technical support, and hosted operations. Prior to Collaborative Software Initiative, Mike built a broad background in the software business with management and individual contributor roles at Liberty Mutual, C-bridge/eXcelon (now Progress Software), Mentor Graphics, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

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Thursday
Oct 16
PDMA Learning and Networking Event -- Don’t Monkey Around With Surveys: Creating Effective Surveys Using Self-Service Tools
Lucky Labrador Public House

Product Managers need good information to make good decisions. But how do you get this information? There are many online surveys at your disposal, such as SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, and SurveyWriter, but any one of them can be subverted by bad survey design. This event will give you an overview of how to plan research properly, how to write a good questionnaire so you can obtain meaningful information, and decide which self-service survey tool will best encourage users to complete your survey to deliver significant results.

Panelists:

Steve Boespflug, Director of Research at Pivot Group

Steve has worked in market research for 21 years. Before joining Pivot he was a principal of two full service market research companies, where he designed and managed more than 500 quantitative and qualitative research studies. Steve has worked directly with more than 100 client companies ranging from small start-ups to large organizations like Hewlett-Packard, 3M, Intel, Microsoft, United Airlines, Oregon State Lottery and Gartner. Steve has used a wide variety of data collection methodologies and analytics. He has managed over 200 online survey projects globally using Surveywriter, Surveygizmo and Surveymonkey, and has relied on the top online panel companies worldwide. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

Mike Pritchard, President, Five Circles Research and Pricing Gurus

Mike's career before market research spanned engineering, marketing and management in England and the US, culminating in managing a major industrial product line at Intel where he learned the value of market insights in product development. Mike has been involved in online market research since it first started, with his own company and before that in senior positions at comScore and leading vendors in Portland and Seattle. His clients range from large technology companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Amazon, Real Networks, Hewlett-Packard and Netgear, as well as start-ups who want to test viability, size the market, and make pricing decisions. Along with full-service projects, Mike consults and trains those who wish to take on some tasks of a market research project themselves. Mike speaks frequently on market research issues, and is a world-renowned expert on pricing research using the Van Westendorp Price Sensitivity Meter (included in his presentation for Product Camp Portland 2014). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southampton (England) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oregon.

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 Manager's Association to become a member of the National PDMA. For a great explanation on the benefits of membership in the PDMA, click http://www.pdma.org/p/cm/ld/fid=171

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 on 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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PDXPUG: October meeting
Iovation

Portland Postgres Users Group. See link for details.

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Quick Left Portland Grand Opening
Quick Left

Stop by for a sneak peek of Quick Left's newest office in Portland. We'd love for you to join us for food, drink and mingling with the Quick Left and Sprint.ly crew. For those of you who don't already know, Quick Left crafts outstanding web and mobile applications and we also operate Sprint.ly, a development management platform designed to power a more productive relationship between teams and their managers. We are excited to meet you and have the developer, design and startup community check out our new space in the historic Hamilton building this October!

Register here: http://quickleft.com/blog/quick-left-portland-grand-opening-par-tay

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Quick Left Portland Grand Opening
Quick Left

Stop by for a sneak peek of Quick Left's newest office in Portland. We'd love for you to join us for beer, snacks, and some awesome QL swag. For those of you who don't already know, Quick Left crafts outstanding web and mobile applications and we also operate Sprint.ly, a development management platform designed to power a more productive relationship between teams and their managers. We are excited to meet you and have the developer, design and startup community check out our new space in the historic Hamilton building this October!

DETAILS: Thursday, October 16th from 6:30 - 10 PM Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided Meet the Quick Left and Sprint.ly founders and team members Photobooth, swag and more!

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quick-left-portland-grand-opening-tickets-12553316307

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Friday
Oct 17
CrowdSource Summit: A conference for emerging web professionals
through Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach

CrowdSource Summit, presented by the Higher Education Web Professionals Association, is a new conference for college and university students who want to explore the many possibilities that "working on the Web" encompasses.

We'll focus on the multidisciplinary nature of Web work, moving beyond the tools and the technology to look at the human side of creating online experiences. We'll look at the WHY.

Strong speakers

Session topics include accessibility, usability, user experience, mobile interfaces, content strategy and how the web is being used to conquer the digital divide.

Registration

Registration is only $50 and includes a t-shirt, a keynote, several really amazing sessions, and great networking opportunities. There are hotel rooms available to make attending the Saturday sessions easier!

Discounts available

Group discounts are available; email crowdsource@highedweb.org for details.

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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.

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Saturday
Oct 18
Portland Retro Gaming Expo
through Oregon Convention Center

NOTE: DATES HAVE CHANGED.

Retro Gaming Expo, Inc. is a Portland, Oregon-based 501(c)4 non-profit cooperative organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for classic video and arcade games through the presentation of events and conventions that celebrate the historic contribution video games have made and continue to make in popular culture.

Speakers, auction, hundreds of games to play, nerdy music, buy/sell/trade, gaming tournaments, and more.

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Sunday
Oct 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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Monday
Oct 20
PNSQC 2014
through World Trade Center

PNSQC's theme this year is "Bridges to Quality". See our website for detailed information about speakers and other activities.

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The Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC)
through

Annually, PNSQC provides a two-day technical program and a one-day workshop during our fall conference. PNSQC events draw participants from Universities and Corporations from around the world. Among the major participants are ADP, Boeing Computer Services, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Mentor Graphics, Tektronix, Microsoft, Portland State University and Oregon State University.

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Data Modeling Zone National Conference
through Sentinel Hotel

Are you interested in (examples below):

  • Agile Data Modeling - Tools and Techniques
  • Data Governance for Data Modelers
  • Heathcare Data SIG
  • Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills for Data Modeling Professionals

These and over 60 other presentations are available when The Data Modeling Zone National Conference comes to Portland this October.

Technics Publications’ annual Data Modeling Zone (DMZ) conference is in Portland, Oregon, October 20-22, at the Sentinel Hotel. DMZ contains over 60 data modeling sessions this year with speakers and attendees traveling from all parts of the globe. The Portland Data Management Association (DAMA) chapter’s annual DAMA Day event is on October 23 so that two speakers presenting at DMZ, John Giles and Karen Lopez, can also speak at Portland DAMA Day.

The Data Modeling Zone World Conference and the Data Management Association (DAMA) Portland Chapter team up to bring two great events to Portland, Oregon this October. Attendees register for Data Modeling Zone at a discount and can attend Portland DAMA Day for free for a savings of over $500.

Check Out the Program: http://www.datamodelingzone.com/Program.aspx

Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11989261.htm

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Portland Tech Meetup
Mercy Corps

Join us for the Portland Tech Meetup on the 3rd Monday of every month.  Portland has one of the most vibrant tech communities in the country, and the more we support our tech ecosystem, the more we'll all experience and create together!

Join us to learn about the cool and amazing technologies being developed by Portland companies. You can arrive early (as early as 5:30) and network. You can leave a little late (as late as 8:30) and network some more. Then follow us over to the after-party!

Event volunteers are welcome! Let us know if you'd like to volunteer.

Entry to the meetup is $10 per person.

Agenda 
6:00pm - Doors Open / Buffet / Drinks / Get to know your community 
7:00pm - Event Begins!

- Community Announcements: Events, Jobs, etc. (20 seconds/ea)

- Pres. #1: Theme Dragon by Lindsay Nelson
- Pres. #2: BioMio by Dan Itkis
- Pres. #3: Windcatcher by Ryan Frayne
- Pres. #4: Simple
- Pres. #5: Intel

8:00pm - After-Party at the Thirsty Lion (71 SW 2nd Ave [at SW Ash Street])

 

 

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Links to better acquaint yourself with the PDX Tech Meetup: 
1) PDX Tech Meetup Video Teaser
2) PDX Tech Meetup Featuring Past Presenters
3) Follow the Twitter Hashtag #PDXTechMeetup
4) Follow @PDXTechMeetup on Twitter

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Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday: Being Mindful on the Web

Being Mindful on the Web: Protecting Yourself and Your Organization

A special hands-on event as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Portland Techno-Activism Third Mondays and PDXTech4Good are teaming up to provide a hands-on workshop about how nonprofits and activists can keep themselves safe online.

This will be a hands-on workshop, so bring your laptop if you can!

Sean McGregor will give an interactive presentation on what it takes to maintain personal privacy online.

You will learn what the government and companies know about web users and how this data can be used. First you'll become an investigator using private data, then Sean will teach you a few simple ways to protect yourself (and others) in the future.

Presenter

Sean McGregor is a PhD student in machine learning and the lead developer of the Priv.ly project.

Hosted by: Portland Techno-Activism Third Mondays and PDXTech4Good

Sponsored by: The Privly Foundation, TechSoup and Microsoft

RSVP

This event is free but please RSVP on Eventbrite.

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Tuesday
Oct 21
Managing and Utilizing Big Data for Your Workforce | HR Event
Thetus Corporation

Managing and Utilizing Big Data for Your Workforce | HR Event

It’s been said that Big Data is like dating in middle school - everyone talks about it, but nobody knows what they’re doing. We aim to help change that.

What information can/should/must we collect from employees, and how do we connect it to large business and benefits management systems?

Join us on October 7th as we explore Big Data and What it Means to Your Workforce.

Panelists:

Eric Wilson, Principal, HR Integrated Solutions -- Eric will try to separate the fact from fiction with regard to how big data is likely to impact the future of HR. How do you determine what data you should consider acquiring and from what sources? Once you get your hands on the information how do you turn that “raw” data into something that is actionable, with potentially predictive relevance? How do you present the data in a way that can drive decisions to achieve organizational change? This should be a thought-provoking primer regarding the relevance of Big Data in HR.

Check back for additional panelists.

Moderator:

Gloria Ilg, SVP of Human Resources Worldwide, Rentrak

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Creating Great Visual Media Content on a Shoestring Budget
Alberta Main Street

Seminar Presented by: Jennie Day-Burget & Jessica Williams, Prichard Communications

Social media is changing and if you are like most small business owners, it’s hard to keep up! This training is for anyone in need of the latest trends for visual media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Vine.

Learn how to use these tools on a shoestring budget and examine how leaders in the field are successfully using these visual media platforms.

Key takeaways will include: • Three new things you can do immediately to enhance your visual media platforms • Practical help in setting up these channels in a strategic way • How to create content using visual media tools that support your goals

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Where: Alberta Main Street (1722 NE Alberta Street) Time: 9:30-11AM RSVP online: http://tinyurl.com/osgp5rt (Preference given to Alberta Street businesses) Free! Refreshments provided.

2014-15 Seminar Series Sponsor: Umpqua Bank

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SPIN: Inciting and Inviting a Quality Culture

The presentation starts at 6:30.

Abstract:

What is your company’s culture? What is your org’s culture? What is your team’s culture? The three may be completely different, or have strong themes, but the point is that a culture exists with or without you. You don’t force a culture, you either invite or incite it to take on certain characteristics that are valued. For example, aspects such as learning, communication, and collaboration are three activities that may be rewarded on your team, but are they valued enough for the team to do it on their own? Culture is what an anthropologist sees if they observed you in action. Is it forced by another or is it organic? In this talk, Jon will share his thoughts and experiences about the cultures he has seen over the years and what you might take away to incite (and invite) in your culture when you get back to your desk.

Jon Bach from eBay

With almost 20 years of experience in software testing, Jon Bach has held technical and managerial positions at Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and eBay. His role as Director of Live Site Quality at eBay involves being on a team dedicated to building “end-to-end” tests (activity flows) to discover bugs on eBay’s sites that threaten its core business. Jon is most notable for being the brother of renowned testing expert James Bach, with whom he created Session-Based Test Management. He can usually be found wearing a ball cap, hanging out in conference hallways, talking about testing techniques and philosophy.

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages beginning at 5:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange with other practitioners on the current state of software development.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. But you can help us plan by registering at: http://october-2014-spin-pnsqc.eventbrite.com

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

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!

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 Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Living Desktop Environment-Free
Free Geek

Who: Leander Harding
What: Living Desktop Environment-Free
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

KDE, Unity, even XFCE, are massive, complex software environments that achieve simplicity of user experience through rigid adherence to a given paradigm - and once you can write a shell script, they do remarkably little for you. We'll discuss philosophy, tools, and practical advice for simpler, more reliable, and more powerful computing without a desktop environment, surveying everything from non-annoying network profile handling to the wide world of mouse-free window management and everything in between.

Leander Harding is a developer at Cloud Four and a longtime Linux user. He's been running desktop environment-free since 2007.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

Rideshares Available

See you there!

Michael Dexter
PLUG Volunteer

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Wednesday
Oct 22
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.

PDX Cocoaheads
Walmart Labs

Nic Schlueter will present about CloudKit.

Walmart Labs will provide the pizza, and those who wish to will go out for beer after the meeting.

Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting
Janrain Headquarters

The monthly meeting of Portland's first JavaScript and ECMAscript users' group. We host presentations and discussions on everything JavaScript-related - including JavaScript frameworks, node.js, CoffeeScript, and whatever else comes up.

The agenda for this meeting has not been determined yet. Send us a message if you would like to give a talk!

Feel free to join our mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/pdxjs if you too are a JavaScript admirer. Or visit our web site for more information at http://pdxjs.com/.

If you're interested in making a presentation at this or at a future meet-up, please e-mail Luc Perkins (luc@janrain.com) and Jesse Hallett (jesse@sitr.us).

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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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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.

Website
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.

Website
Tuesday
Oct 28
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.

Website
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!).

Website
Wednesday
Oct 29
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.

Website
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.

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.

Website
Wednesday
Nov 5
CHIFOO Meeting: Big Story, Little Story

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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Thursday
Nov 6
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

Website
Friday
Nov 7
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.

Website
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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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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Thursday
Nov 13
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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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
Portland Startup Weekend
through 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.

Website
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!

Website
Wednesday
Nov 19
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 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.

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.

Website
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.

Website
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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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

Website
Friday
Dec 5
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.

Website
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).

Website
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.

Website
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!

Website
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.

Website
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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