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Started Friday
Aug 22
DebConf 14
through Portland State University (PSU) - Smith Memorial Center

International annual Debian conference. Conference starts on Saturday, but there is an event on Friday that shows up when importing the ical feed. Free, but be sure to register online.

ical feed https://summit.debconf.org/debconf14.ical

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Thursday
Aug 28
Tech Talk: SmartCheck – Automatic and Efficient Counterexample Reduction and Generalization
Galois, Inc. Auxiliary Meeting Room

Galois is pleased to host the following tech talk. These talks are free and open to the interested public--please join us! (There is no need to pre-register for the talk.)

Abstract

QuickCheck is a powerful library for automatic test-case generation. Because QuickCheck performs random testing, some of the counterexamples discovered are very large. QuickCheck provides an interface for the user to write shrink functions to attempt to reduce the size of counterexamples. Hand-written implementations of shrink can be complex, inefficient, and consist of significant boilerplate code. Furthermore, shrinking is only one aspect in debugging: counterexample generalization is the process of extrapolating from individual counterexamples to a class of counterexamples, often requiring a flash of insight from the programmer. To improve counterexample reduction and generalization, we introduce SmartCheck. SmartCheck is a debugging tool that reduces algebraic data using generic search heuristics to efficiently find smaller counterexamples. In addition to shrinking, SmartCheck also automatically generalizes counterexamples to formulas representing classes of counterexamples. SmartCheck has been implemented for Haskell and is freely available.

Bio

Lee Pike manages the Cyber-Physical Systems program at Galois, a company specializing in software-intensive critical systems. He has been the Principal Investigator on approximately $10 million of R&D projects funded by NASA, DARPA, and other federal agencies. His research focuses on applying techniques from functional programming, run-time verification, and formal verification to the areas of operating systems, compilers, cryptographic systems, avionics, and control systems. Previously, he was a research scientist in the NASA Langley Formal Methods Group and has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University.

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Networking & Cisco Certification Open Questions
Free Geek

This introductory session is an open Q&A for anyone interested in pursuing a CCNA or CCNP certification and an open forum for other networking questions. Whether you want to know how the Internet works, or just master your home network, this will be your opportunity to ask a network expert the questions you've been pondering.

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PDX-MUG (MySQL)
Elemental Technologies

Agenda / Speaker is open. If no better option arises, I will just give the presentation on pt-query-digest that I am giving earlier in the month to coworkers.

http://www.percona.com/doc/percona-toolkit/2.2/pt-query-digest.html

please register through meetup.com so I can get a good headcount for pizza and beverages

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Community Leadership Meetup
Puppet Labs

Join the Community Leadership Meetup group if you want to get notified about future meetups.

This is a meetup for community managers and leaders who are interested in discussions related to nurturing and running online communities. We will be meeting on the fourth Thursday of most months at Puppet Labs!

Agenda:

  • 6:00 - 6:30 -- Welcome and introductions
  • 6:30 - 7:00 -- Aaron Wolf will talk about setting the best foundations when building a new community (specifically the innovations and challenges in the ongoing progress toward launching Snowdrift.coop)
  • 7:00 - 7:30 -- Discussion; brainstorm future agenda topics.

We understand that not everyone can make it from work to a meetup by 6pm, so please keep in mind that presentations don't start until 6:30, and you're welcome to drop by at any point during the meeting. We're a small, informal group!

Next month, John Smith will be covering a series of cases on “what to do in between the big event,” so if you're interested in putting forward examples or ideas for that, let John know at this month's meeting.

Interested in giving a short talk or presentation on a topic related to community management? Email kara@puppetlabs.com. We meet most months and are always looking for speakers.

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RolodexPDX Networking Event: Your Inner Game: Break Through Any Obstacle with Unshakable Confidence
Hatch

Join mission-driven, community-minded professionals for an evening of TED-style talks and purpose-driven networking at Hatch, a community social incubator in Portland.

TED-STYLE TALKS:

Your Inner Superhero: Uncover Superhuman Strength in Seconds: Learn the secrets to feeling strong, confident, and happy- quickly, naturally, and for free- using the power of your mind. with "Brain Coach Brad," Brad Pendergraft, LCSW

Turn Lemons into Kickass Lemonade: Stories to Bounce Back from Anything: What if all of your challenges became your greatest triumphs? Discover how to make "kickass lemonade," from whatever lemons life hands you, so you can thrive no matter what, and inspire others to do the same. with Danielle Louise Ross, CPC

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Friday
Aug 29
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
Aug 30
HackPDX(schools)

Portland's premier civic hackathon, bringing together software engineers and policymakers to change education.

Who & What HackPDX is a 12 hour hackathon with a theme of public education. We’re inviting software developers & graphic designers to come work on solutions to some really interesting problems. The event is totally free, but you should register soon - spots are filling up!

Why Public education is slow to innovate, and we’ve found that Portland lacks hackathons. We want to change this. Come share ideas, free food, and code for a twelve-hour Saturday event.

How Bring a computer and anything else you’ll need for twelve hours of hacking. You’ll get $500 in credit for Google’s Cloud Platform, along with an index of APIs and other tools. Mentors from our sponsors will be on hand to provide advice and assistance.

When & Where New Relic is hosting us at their newly-expanded beautiful Portland office, at 111 SW 5th Ave #2800. The event will run from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM August 30th, 2014.

Thanks to our sponsors: Sendgrid, Orchestrate.io, Twilio, New Relic, Cloudability, Simple, Crowd Compass, Treehouse, HackOregon, Lane Powell, PPS, and Zapproved.

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PyLadies Code & Learn
Bare Bones Cafe

Come code with us! All experience levels welcome. It's an opportunity to start and work on group projects together, or share something you've been working on with others.  If you're looking for inspiration or an idea to get going, we're happy to chat you up. General socializing is also encouraged.

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Monday
Sep 1
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.

Tuesday
Sep 2
Lesbians Who Tech // PDX happy hour
West Cafe Website
FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is: +1-510-350-3753, PIN 43905

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

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Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

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

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

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

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NSBeer
White Owl Social Club

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

Have a beer and argue about Swift.

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Write The Docs PDX: Keeping trust: Testing documentation as part of a continuous integration process
Puppet Labs

(Please arrive before 6:00 pm. The building managers lock the doors at that time. Anyone who has to open the door for late arrivals will likely miss part of the presentation.)

Kristof Van Tomme will reprise his talk to the European Write The Docs '14 conference back in April. Kristof is the CEO of Pronovix and the project lead of WalkHub, both focused on Drupal-based systems. He'll be joining us remotely from Belgium, from a very early hour in his time zone. He agreed to do his talk on late notice after a change in plans. Thank you Kristof!

Here is the description of his talk from WTD EU 2014 (Budapest)


You could argue that outdated documentation is even worse than no documentation at all. It creates frustration and destroys the trust of your customers. But how do you maintain your documentation in a project with a fast release cycle?

In this talk I will explore strategies for keeping different types of documentation up to date and discuss a few tools (including WalkHub, an open source project we are working on) that can be used to automatically test or even update documentation as part of your continuous integration process.

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PDX-PHP - Database Design Basics & Composer: Dependency Management for PHP
Cascade Energy Inc

Another meetup with two great talks!

David Stanley will be giving a talk on Database Design Basics.

Following that, John Kelly will give a talk on Composer: Dependency Management for PHP. This talk is the same as the talk given last November (slightly updated), since we received many emails from people bummed they couldn't make it due to it being the day before thanksgiving. As always, pizza and drinks will be provided by our awesome sponsors. ADP and Cascade Energy.

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Wednesday
Sep 3
SEPoCoNi (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
Sep 4
TiE Pearl Pitch Club; featuring Robin Wang: "10 Tips for Launching Sales"
TiE Pearl Incubator
It's the last TiE Pearl Pitch Club of the summer!

For this session, we feature a presentation by Robin Wang: "10 Tips for Launching Sales".
Robin Wang is a serial entrepreneur and startup veteran, who is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve "sales happiness".
Learn how to get your sales activity started, and get pointers on how to enhance your sales if they are not where they need to be!

Then join us to practice your pitch in a supportive environment and get constructive feedback.
Our unique event format allows you to practice your sales pitch, your VC pitch, your elevator pitch or your pitch to find a co-founder for your startup business or -idea.

You can bring a laptop to plug into the A/V system or pitch without a presentation.

Join others who have gotten a lot of useful tips and pointers on the structure of their story, slide deck, presentation style etc.

Get actionable feedback and suggestions from peers and TiE mentors, and enjoy networking and refreshments.

Please register through the website link above. Event cost:

  • TiE Members: FREE;
  • Public: $25
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    UX Book Club PDX is talking about Erving Goffman's classic "Interaction Ritual - Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior"
    Mozilla

    We're following on from July's excellent discussion on Sam Ladner's Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector with a classic from sociologist Erving Goffman.

    "Interaction Ritual - Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior" is one of several classic books by Goffman, and one that is studied by UX researchers. The book is a collection of six essays: "On Face-work", "Embarrassment and Social Organization", "The Nature of Deference and Demeanor", "Alienation from Interaction", "Mental Symptoms and Public Order", and "Where the Action Is". If you want to brush up on your understanding of people, this is one of the books for you.

    If you haven't finished the book, but still want to come along and talk, the please do—we'd love to see you.

    Portland Linux/Unix Group
    PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

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

    Celebrating 20 years of hosting Portland's best open source and technology freedom speakers.

    This month's topic To Be Announced

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

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    PDX Big Data Discussion Group
    Jive Software

    "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 Dynamo: Amazon’s Highly Available Key-value Store by DeCandia 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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    Friday
    Sep 5
    Ruby Co-Working
    Breken Kitchen

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

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    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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    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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    Saturday
    Sep 6
    PostgreSQL Day
    PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

    Saturday, September 6th, is PostgreSQL Day, co-hosted by the Portland Postgres Users Group (PDXPUG) and Portland State University. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required (link below)

    Place: Portland State University, Engineering Building, Room EB 102, 1930 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201.

    Registration: Space is limited, please RSVP!

    RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portland-postgresql-users-group-pdxpug-day-2014-tickets-11916561757

    Food: Light snacks & beverages provided. Breakfast and lunch is on your own; food carts are nearby.

    Presentations: Organizers are looking for presenters for PostgreSQL Day. Talks should be about 45 minutes in length, and about any of the following topics:

    PostgreSQL administration and performance Case studies of interesting uses of PostgreSQL and PostGIS Interesting applications built on PostGIS or PostgreSQL Database and/or geographic application development Database-related DevOps SQL and stored procedure programming New Postgres/PostGIS features and hacking Postgres/PostGIS

    Organizers will also be taking lightning talks of 5 minutes each, on similar topics. Email your talk proposal to Mark Wong at markwkm -at- postgresql.org.

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    PyLadies Code & Learn
    Bare Bones Cafe

    Come code with us! All experience levels welcome. It's an opportunity to start and work on group projects together, or share something you've been working on with others.  If you're looking for inspiration or an idea to get going, we're happy to chat you up. General socializing is also encouraged.

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    Monday
    Sep 8
    FOSS4G (Workshops)
    Portland State University

    Full descriptions are on the FOSS4G Workshops page. Check the Registration Page for availability.

    Morning Sessions:

    • An Introduction to OpenStreetMap
    • Better Planning In Case of Disaster: Introduction to Impact Modelling with InaSAFE
    • Building Standards Compliant Geospatial Web Application – The Quick and Easy MapMint Way
    • Create a mobile GIS app using FOSS tools
    • Creating Interactive Online Maps with CartoDB
    • Let’s talk about your geostack
    • OpenLayers 3 – First Contact
    • Python Flask, MongoDB, and Leaflet for quick and fun mapping applications
    • SpatioTemporal data handling with GeoServer: an introduction with examples for MetOc and Remote Sensing data for WMS and WCS
    • Web mapping with OGC services and GeoServer: an introduction

    Afternoon Sessions

    • Building Apps with OpenLayers
    • Deploying INSPIRE Geoportals with GET SDI Portal
    • Deploying Web Processing Services using ZOO-Project – Examples of Python based WPS using PgRouting
    • Developing Android Native Mobile Applications with mobile map tools
    • Enterprise class deplyoment for GeoServer and GeoWebcache:optimizing performances and robustness
    • Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis with PySAL
    • Introduction to high availability clusters with GeoServer and GeoWebCache
    • Introduction to InaSAFE development
    • Introduction to PostGIS

    All Day Sessions:

    • An introduction to QGIS
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    Portland Seed Fund- Pitch for a Beer!
    McMennamins Ringler's

    Working on a startup? Have an interesting business idea that's going to disrupt the market?

    Come enjoy pizza and beer on us and pitch that idea to Portland Seed Fund, a professionally managed early-venture fund with 46 seed and early stage investments.

    You'll have two minutes to pitch PSF alumni, fund managers and mentors, with one tough question served up by a panel of Portland Seed Fund portfolio founders. There will also be time for you to learn more about becoming a Portland Seed Fund company from the alumni who've been through it.

    Space is limited and exclusive to those pitching; pre-registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portland-seed-fund-pitch-for-a-beer-tickets-12401072943

    When: Monday September 8, 2014

    Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

    Where: McMenamins Ringlers Pub (NOT Annex)

    1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

    Questions? Please email us at: info@portlandseedfund.com

    Learn more about Portland Seed Fund: http://www.portlandseedfund.com

    This event is a lot of fun, don't miss it!

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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 - except this month, since that's Labor Day! Instead, we're meeting Sept. 8th.

    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.

    Agenda for September 8th

    • 6:00 - 6:30: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
    • 6:30 - 7:15: Talk TBA
    • 7:15 - 7:30 "The Life and Times of Puppet at Portland State University" - Elliot Schlegelmilch
    • 7:30 - 8:00: Chat and Plan next agenda

    We're still looking for a second talk, so 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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    Dorkbot
    Bunk Bar

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

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    Tuesday
    Sep 9
    FOSS4G (Workshops)
    Portland State University

    Full descriptions are on the FOSS4G Workshops page. Check the Registration Page for availability.

    Morning Sessions:

    • Becoming a QGIS Developer
    • Bringing together SQL, CartoCSS and Javascript to tell stories with data using CartoDB
    • FOSS4G routing with pgRouting, OpenStreetMap road data and OpenLayers
    • GeoTools DataStore Workshop
    • Introduction to GeoServer
    • Spatio-temporal data handling and visualization in GRASS GIS
    • The Accidental DBA
    • TileMill Fundamentals
    • Versioning Spatial Data with GeoGit

    Afternoon Sessions

    • A Standard GeoSpatial Stack in The Cloud – look ma, no installs
    • GeoNetwork for dummies, or how to setup and use an SDI in 3 hours
    • GeoNode: From novice to master
    • GeoServer Cartography and Styling
    • GeoWebCache in Production
    • Getting started with Oskari – Modular map application framework
    • HOT Activations: OpenStreetMap for Disaster Response
    • Leaflet and Mapbox JavaScript API Fundamentals
    • PostGIS 3D
    • QGIS for Analysts
    • QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 and PyQGIS
    • Replicating PostGIS

    All Day Sessions:

    • From data to maps and services with MapStore, GeoServer GeoNetwork and CKAN
    • OGC services with GeoServer: from journeyman to master
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    JS.geo
    Portland State University

    A Geospatial Javascript Conference

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    Wednesday
    Sep 10
    FOSS4G (Conference)
    through Oregon Convention Center Website
    Women Who Code - Hack Night and Regular Expressions Part 1
    Puppet Labs

    There will be a short talk about Regular Expressions, what they are and why they are useful to pretty much anyone who deals with code or text!

    Hack Nights are general project nights. Bring your own project or bring some knowledge and help out a fellow WWCer! If you would like help with a project or a problem, post in the comments below. If no one has a project we will continue work on our awesome website!

    Pizza and Salad with Gluten Free/Vegan options will be provided by our awesome hosts Puppet Labs.

    SFWA Pacific Northwest Reader Series
    McMenamins Kennedy School

    The greater Pacific Northwest is home to Ursula K. Le Guin, Kay Kenyon, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Brent Weeks, Ted Chiang and Ramona Quimby. Although Ramona isn't known for her Science Fiction and Fantasy escapades, the rest are, and will be celebrated as part of 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 authors.

    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. The next Portland event will be held on Wednesday, September 10 and will feature Eileen Gunn, Patrick Swenson, and Wendy Wagner. Set in the pub-like atmosphere of the McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, OR, events begin at 7:00 pm, and end by 8:30 pm.

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    CHIFOO Meeting: Lost But Not Forgotten: The Thanhouser Studio
    ISITE Design Community Room

    Lost But Not Forgetten: The Thanhouser Studio Ned Thanhouser, Thanhouser Films

    Film history has forgotten the pioneering productions created by the Thanhouser studio that operated in New Rochelle, New York during the birth of cinema in America. From 1910 to 1917 the Thanhouser studio produced and released more than 1,000 films, of which some 220 have survived. Reconstructing the history of his grandfather’s studio and the stories behind key executives, actors, technicians, directors, and the films they made has been Ned Thanhouser’s focus for more than 25 years. He will share these stories, as well as the challenges posed by decades of changing video technology and the surprising results of making the films available for free online.

    About the Speaker Ned Thanhouser (@nthanhou) is the grandson of silent film pioneers Gertrude and Edwin Thanhouser and is president of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Since 1986, he has been actively involved in the research, acquisition, preservation and publication of the history, surviving films, and related ephemera from the Thanhouser studio that operated in New Rochelle, NY from 1909 to 1918. He is a member of Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) and has presented and published research papers at the SCMS conferences (2005, 2013), the AMIA Journal The Moving Image (2011), the Women and the Silent Screen conference (2006), and the Domitor conference (2012). He is also co-founder and vice-president of the International Youth Silent Film Festival which organizes competitions for filmmakers age 20 and under to create modern versions of silent films.

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    Auto Layout with Ken Luke
    Esri Portland R&D Center

    Auto Layout is poised to be a key technology in iOS 8. Come get an overview with our own Ken Luke and discuss your experience with fellow developers.

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    Thursday
    Sep 11
    Startup Happy Hour

    Please RSVP here.

    Join us for a Startup Happy Hour that you'll never forget.

    We're meeting at Bailey's Taproom — the best beer bar on earth.

    Drop by at 3 PM, an hour earlier than usual, to avoid the crowds.

    Gods bless Portlandia.

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    CEO Leadership Dinner: A Look Into Oregon Research Universities
    Nel Centro

    A Look Into Oregon Research Universities – what have they been up to and how can you help?

    In a survey of technology company CEOs that TAO and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) conducted this past fall, concerns about the strength of Oregon's research institutions rose to top of the list among survey respondents. Please join your peers for a networking dinner and panel discussion which will include VPs of Research from Oregon Research Universities who will give an overview of their research including total research funding, segmentation of funding, programs supporting commercialization, and top academic research programs that align with the technology industry. The goal of this event is to begin to close the knowledge gap about Oregon's university research and to move toward garnering more industry support for Oregon's research universities.

    Panelists Include:

    Ron Adams, Interim Vice President for Research at Oregon State University

    Patrick L. Jones, Associate Vice President for Research Finance and Business Administration at University of Oregon

    Daniel Dorsa, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research at Oregon Health & Science University

    Jonathan Fink, Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University

    Mateo Aboy, Associate Provost & VP for Research, Oregon Institute of Technology

    The evening will be moderated by Michael Burger, CEO of Cascade Microtech and Skip Newberry, President of TAO.

    Details: When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 Where: Nel Centro, 1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201 Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM Cost: $95 Members | $125 Nonmembers

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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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    Friday
    Sep 12
    Coffee w/ Co-Founders V
    Coffee Division

    Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a casual meet-up meant to foster conversations about what it's like to be a Founder of a new business. Why complain to your spouse about the challenges around your business when other people out there can relate with what you're going through. Come back, drink some coffee or tea, and have a great conversation. Who knows where it will lead?

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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
    Sep 13
    FOSS4G (Code Sprint)
    Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church) Website
    CAT BarCamp
    PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

    CAT BarCamp is:

    An Unconference

    An informal conference whose agenda is directed by its attendees

    Has Sessions

    The sessions at a Bar Camp are as unpredictable as the Oregon weather. They can be on various topics, from technology-oriented dev ops to non technology oriented ‘How to make the BEST grilled cheese EVER!’.

    Open to Everyone

    CAT BarCamp is not only for PSU students! Anyone who has an interest in being involved may attend.

    Unscheduled

    Bar camps are unscheduled which means that the topics for sessions are not pre-determined. The timeslots for the sessions however are. Everyone gets a chance to pick a timeslot in which to speak in throughout the unconference.

    Has no Charge to Attend

    In the spirit of the Open Source Community Bar Camps are free of charge. All we ask is that you register so that our planners have an idea of how many attendees to expect.

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    WhereCampPDX 7
    Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

    Portland's favorite annual geography unconference is back again!

    What's a WhereCamp?

    WhereCamps are unconferences that aim to connect geo-enthusiasts, developers, social place hackers, artists, activists, grad students, geographers, earth scientists and anybody else who wants to "know their place".

    Popular topics include social cartography, software and hardware, context awareness, mobile experimentation, humanitarian mapping efforts, food webs and local food transparency, transit, psychogeography, geo games, paper maps, and place hacking.

    WhereCampPDX + FOSS4G

    This year's WhereCampPDX is being held in conjunction with FOSS4G, the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software.

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    PyLadies Code & Learn
    Bare Bones Cafe

    Come code with us! All experience levels welcome. It's an opportunity to start and work on group projects together, or share something you've been working on with others.  If you're looking for inspiration or an idea to get going, we're happy to chat you up. General socializing is also encouraged.

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    Feminist and Queer Art Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
    Independent Publishing Resource Center (1001 SE Division St)

    Please join us for a Feminist and Queer Art Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, to be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from noon–4pm at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), located at 1001 SE Division (97202). Prior Wikipedia editing is not required; assistance will be available the day of the event. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend. Participants should bring their own laptops and power cords.

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    Sunday
    Sep 14
    Geoserver FOSS4G Extended Code Sprint
    NedSpace

    To attend add your name to OSGeo wiki page and we will look forward to seeing you in Portland!

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    Portland Young Programmers (9-13 year olds)
    Free Geek Conference Room

    Join the listserv to learn about upcoming events. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

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    Monday
    Sep 15
    BESTFest
    through Website
    BarCamp 8 Planning Re-Start
    Vidyo (Remote)

    Remote participation link: https://v.mozilla.com/flex.html?roomdirect.html&key=Uc9zNxNaK26f

    (If this is your first time participating, or you haven't participated in a long while, you'll be prompted to download and install the Vidyo client software. It is cross-platform and should only take a few minutes.)


    Interested in helping make BarCamp 8 happen? Join us for an open planning meeting.

    What is BarCamp?

    BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. You never quite know what to expect at BarCamp. When you arrive on Friday, there will be an agenda framework (times / rooms), but the content for the sessions will be decided by the participants.

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    Tuesday
    Sep 16
    MongoDB Seattle 2014
    Bell Harbor International Conference Center

    MongoDB Seattle is an annual one-day conference for developers, architects and operations professionals looking to deepen their knowledge and expertise of MongoDB. Join us at MongoDB Seattle to:

    • Discover the exciting new features in our most recent release
    • Learn directly from MongoDB engineers on MongoDB development and operations best practices, with sessions for beginners and experienced users
    • Hear from MongoDB customers and community members about first-hand experiences with the technology
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    Website Law: Developing your website
    Tonkon Torp LLP

    Join the Intellectual Property lawyers of Tonkon Torp for a review of the important legal issues that impact business owners and startups with websites. Topics will include: negotiating a website development agreement, intellectual property ownership, website terms of use and privacy policies, domain name and trademark issues, and worldwide jurisdiction risks.

    Each informative program will be followed by a casual reception with wine, beer and appetizers.

    This event is free, but we need attendees to register here: http://tinyurl.com/WebsiteLawRegistration. Questions? Contact Jeremy Tiedeman at jeremy.tiedeman@tonkon.com or 503-802-5705.

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    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!

    NSBeer
    White Owl Social Club

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

    Have a beer and argue about Swift.

    Website
    Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
    Free Geek

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

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

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

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

    See you there!

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    Wednesday
    Sep 17
    Epicodus Open House
    Epicodus

    Epicodus is having an opening house!

    Anybody is welcome: potential students interested in attending, employers interested in hiring, and everybody from the community who's interested or just wants to make new friends :)

    If you aren't familiar, Epicodus (www.epicodus.com) is a four month, forty hour per week, in-person class on web development. Students learn the full stack from the database up to the client side, using JavaScript, Ember or Angular, Ruby, and Rails.

    At the open house, we'll provide pizza and soft drinks. You'll have a chance to meet the students, see what they've been working on, and learn more about Epicodus.

    Hope to see you there!

    RSVP on Eventbrite:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epicodus-open-house-tickets-12802401327

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    Animation and the Future of UX!
    ISITE Design

    Since the Era of Flash, web animation has had a bad reputation: distracting, baroque, decorative, flash without substance. But with web and mobile sites adopting increasingly app-like interfaces, animation has become mission-critical to optimizing the user’s experience.

    Learn the science behind “tweening” and offloading mental models to the visual cortex. Discover the secrets animation studios use to coordinate massive efforts when designing in the 4th dimension. See all seven animation techniques working together on actual web sites people use today. Rachel Nabors has traveled the world spreading the philosophy and techniques behind web animation, and she’s bringing it home to Portland.

    Our Presenter, Rachel Nabors

    Rachel Nabors is an interaction developer, award-winning cartoonist, and host of the Infinite Canvas Screencast. She deftly blends the art of traditional storytelling with digital media to “tell better stories through code” at her interaction studio, Tin Magpie. You can catch up with her at rachelnabors.com.

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    The Improvement Kata: Reconnecting Managers with Self-organizing Teams and Supercharging Agile Retrospectives for Continuous Improvement

    In the face of unpredictable business conditions, ever changing customer needs, and rapidly evolving technologies, the only sustainable advantage comes from your organization's ability to adapt and continuously improve.

    In response to this modern reality, Agile methods have changed technology management by shifting the focus of production away from the individual contributor and toward the self-organizing team. But supervisors and managers have sometimes struggled to exert their influence without sacrificing the benefits of self-organization even as teams have struggled to fully situate themselves in the context of business value.

    When they reflect at regular intervals by conducting retrospectives, Agile teams embody the most basic element of continuous improvement. But, lacking a defined mechanism for understanding the organizational system outside their own boundary, teams are frequently unable to sustain the pace of improvement over time.

    The Improvement Kata is a basic pattern of practice for continuous improvement that aligns tightly focused improvement experiments across the breadth and depth of the organization using teachable coaching protocols. Profound in its simplicity, the Improvement Kata embodies truly scientific management!

    Attend this talk to learn more about what the Improvement Kata is, to understand where it came from and how it operates, and to appreciate what can be gained by combining the Improvement Kata with selected Lean and Agile ideas and practices.


    Adam Light is Management Consultant and Principal at SoTech Advisors where he helps technology leaders apply Lean and Agile methods to deliver increased customer value, enhance organizational capability, and improve the lives of their employees.

    Adam has more than 20 years of technology experience. He began his career as an application developer before becoming a manager of projects and people. Adam first experienced the power of Lean and Agile methods when he adopted them as Director of Planning and Program Management at TransUnion. That initial knowledge led him to found SoTech Advisors and he has built his consulting practice steadily by seeking knowledge of new and better management methods at every opportunity. Working with enterprise clients to adopt, integrate, and adapt Lean and Agile practices, Adam helps people learn to think and act differently by deepening their understanding. He focuses on pragmatic techniques that increase organizational capacity by improving leadership capability.

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    Thursday
    Sep 18
    ISSA Portland Chapter - September 2014 Luncheon
    Con-Way

    Please join ISSA Portland for our monthly chapter meeting luncheon on the topic of: Breaches are inevitable – what can you do to prepare?

    Please register online using the URL below to attend the event. Online sales will end 09/16/2014 at 10pm after which you will need to pay at the door. Seating is limited, so sign up today. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chapter-meeting-breaches-are-inevitable-what-can-you-do-to-prepare-tickets-12427379627

    When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Doors open at 11:30AM. The event will end at 1:00PM. Lunch will be provided.

    Presentation:
    Breaches are inevitable. You can implement strong security controls but breaches are a matter of when, not if it happens. The faster you respond to a breach of personally identifiable or sensitive information, the lower the operational, financial, or reputational impact to your organization. If your organization stores information such as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers and financial information, you need to be in a position to respond and notify because it’s sound business practice and it’s the law in the State of Oregon. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the regulatory requirements when it comes to breach notification and provide tools you can use in your own organizations to quickly respond to breaches when they occur, especially when you are required to notify your customers of such a breach.

    This presentation is intended for security professionals, compliance officers, chief privacy officers and legal counsel who are or may be responsible for responding to security incidents that involves the unsecure breach of personally identifiable, protected, or sensitive information.

    Presenter:
    Chris Apgar, CISSP, CEO and President of Apgar & Associates, LLC, is a nationally recognized information security, privacy and electronic health information exchange expert. He has over 16 years of experience assisting health care organizations comply with HIPAA, HITECH and other privacy and security laws. Mr. Apgar has assisted healthcare, utilities and financial organizations implement privacy and security safeguards to protect against organizational harm and harm to consumers. Mr. Apgar served as a member of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Board of Directors for eight years. He currently is a member of the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Advisory Commission. Mr. Apgar has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional since 2002 and is a senior member of the Information Systems Security Association.

    Price:
    The chapter meeting is subsidized by chapter memberships and sponsors. There is a nominal fee of $10 (member) or $25 (non-member) for preregistered attendees. Walk in attendee’s are welcome but will be charged $30 cash at the door. If you wish to become a member, please visit http://portland.issa.org/join-issa-portland/

    CPEs: The chapter maintains proof of attendance for members but it is the member’s responsibility to ensure that these CPE's are credited to their respective accounts. This luncheon will offer 1 CPE per hour of attendance.

    Chapter Sponsors ISSA Portland would like to thank our program sponsors, who help make high quality programs like this possible.

    Platinum Sponsor: Rapid7 Gold Sponsor: IBM Silver Sponsor: Sword & Shield Enterprise Security Silver Sponsor: Zscaler

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    PDMA Learning and Networking Event: DIGITAL RESEARCH BEYOND GOOGLE
    Lucky Labrador Public House Multnomah Village

    DIGITAL RESEARCH BEYOND GOOGLE

    How B2B Marketers Can Gather Better Intelligence In A Big Data World

    PDMA Learning and Networking Event

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    6:00 - 8:00pm

    Presenter: Sean Campbell, Cascade Insights

    This event is for anyone who wishes to gather meaningful competitive and market intelligence from digital sources. Sean will share examples that illustrate how internet tools, such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Twitter and SlideShare can be used to answer specific questions and give you valuable insights into important market trends and your competitor’s strategies and tactics. In addition to his informative presentation, there will be a Q&A session during which time attendees can explore details of intelligence gathering.

    Sean Campbell is an internationally recognized, speaker, author, and, expert in the fields of competitive and market intelligence. Sean has been quoted in Forbes, the New York Times, ZDNet, LA Times, and other publications and has presented at MIT’s Sloan Management School and SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals) conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia.

    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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    Friday
    Sep 19
    Ruby Co-Working
    Breken Kitchen

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

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    Sunday
    Sep 21
    PLUG Linux Clinic
    Free Geek

    The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

    Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

    If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

    We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

    There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

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    Monday
    Sep 22
    Dorkbot
    Bunk Bar

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

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    Tuesday
    Sep 23
    City of Portland Comprehensive Plan: Open Data
    Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB)

    Bureau of Planning

    Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting
    Mozilla

    Topic: TBD Speaker: Christie Koehler

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

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

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    Wednesday
    Sep 24
    PDX Cocoaheads
    Walmart Labs

    Janine Ohmer (the Fearless Leader of CocoaHeads PDX) will present about App Extensions in iOS 8.

    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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    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
    Sep 26
    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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    Sunday
    Sep 28
    Women Who Hack
    Mozilla

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

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

    What you should bring:

    • Your laptop or other equipment
    • Yourself!

    We'll provide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Tuesday
    Sep 30
    NSBeer
    White Owl Social Club

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

    Have a beer and argue about Swift.

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    Thursday
    Oct 2
    Portland Linux/Unix Group
    PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

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

    Celebrating 20 years of hosting Portland's best open source and technology freedom speakers.

    This month's topic To Be Announced

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

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    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)

    Website
    Friday
    Oct 3
    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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    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
    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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    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!

    Website
    Wednesday
    Oct 8
    CHIFOO Meeting: Art of Articulation
    Puppet Labs

    Art of Articulation with Lee Fain, 3M

    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.

    Website
    Thursday
    Oct 9
    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
    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.

    Website
    Saturday
    Oct 11
    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.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    Wednesday
    Oct 15
    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.

    Website
    Friday
    Oct 17
    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
    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.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Oct 21
    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!

    Wednesday
    Oct 22
    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).

    Website
    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
    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
    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.

    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
    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.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    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.

    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!

    Wednesday
    Nov 19
    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
    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
    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!

    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/

    Website