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Friday
Sep 4
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Retrospectives and Inertia
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Last month the pub lunchers pointed back to a perennially sticky topic. We know retrospectives are a key aspect of continuous improvement and progressive agility. Most of us do retrospectives regularly. Many of use use the standard references like Derby and Larsen's /Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great/. And, many, if not all of us have had the experience of nothing the team agreed to change during the retrospective actually being changed. My personal favorite was a recent retro where the team rescinded all agreements made during the retro within 90 minutes of making them. In fact, within about 5 minutes of facing the Product Owner in the planning meeting.

So, is it a lack of resolve? Is it poor facilitation on our part? Is it taking on too much? Is it not taking on doable things? What the heck?

But, sometimes things go well. Sometimes teams dig in and use their retrospectives to improve something every sprint. Sometimes team members eagerly take on facilitating their own retrospectives and teams look forward to the next retrospective even as they are planning the current sprint. Sometimes they summarize data showing the existence of organizational impediments, for a task force, and take their data to executive leadership with a viable plan for change--which is actually accepted.

What can we spot about retro's that do NOT result in change so we can call out those smells when we scent them, so we stop a sterile retro in its tracks and turn things around? Or, ensure that we develop a pattern of potency in our retrospectives?

Join us Friday, 9/4, from 12p to 1p for pub grub, beer, conversation, commiseration and a few smashingly good ideas to help you or others turn your retrospective experience around once and for all.

We'll be in the back room. Show up a few minutes early to chat with the friends and colleagues you haven't seen all summer and hang around as long as you like after to make new friends.

RSVP's to jean@azuregate.net are welcome but not required. It helps know how and whether to move the furniture, which saves us having to do it after the discussion has begun.

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Saturday
Sep 5
Cycling '74's Max Connect
Control Voltage

Max Connect is a tour of awesome presentations and performances presented by Cycling '74 and featuring Max 7, a limitless and super powerful visual programming language supporting a wide variety of hardware for media artists. The event is free and open to the public, plus free Hopworks beer and snacks!

Presenters:
Tom Hall - Max 7 & modulars
Sue-C - creating live handmade video
Shawn Trail - electrified acoustic marimba w/ custom gesture sensors

Visit the Facebook event page.

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Sunday
Sep 6
Ham Radio License Test
Milwaukie Round Table Pizza

Walk-Ins allowed. The Exam is $15. Photo ID and SSN card required.

http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/milwaukie-or-97222-58

Note: you can take multiple exams in one sitting for the single $15 fee. So study for them all and walk out an Amateur Extra.

http://www.arrl.org/exam-practice

Monday
Sep 7
Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild

Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday
Sep 8
Consider "The Open Source Writing Stack"
New Relic

Open source makes writing and publishing much easier both online and in print — provided you know what tools to use. This talk covers those tools (from LaTeX to WordPress) and how to choose between them.

Open source tools for writing and publishing (both online and in print) continue to improve. This talk will blast through options for writing, publishing, and getting feedback — and discuss what you should care about when you’re writing. Does the GPL license on WordPress matter? What about a tool’s ability to handle Markdown? Perhaps most importantly, this talk will also cover when tools and stack questions can get in the way of actually writing.


Our speaker for this meetup is Thursday Bram, who writes about technical topics of all sorts. She’s the co-founder of Urgency Inc, a technical marketing agency.

Thursday gave this talk during the Open Source Bridge conference back in June.

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MaptimePDX - Community Q&A
Esri PDX R&D Center

This September, we're opening up the meetup to a Q&A format. Bring your questions and bring your knowledge. This is an ask-anything format so be ready to learn all the things. Beginner mappers welcome!

As usual, doors open at 6p and we get started at 6:30p.

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Networking Night @ Urban Airship
Urban Airship

In September, we'll be meeting at Urban Airship for a panel with several of their talented women. The theme will be "Never Stop Learning."

Panelists:

Lisa Orr, Data Scientist
Helen Crowell, Mobile Engineer
Mele Sax-Barnett, Ops/Dev Productivity Manager
Jhenna Voorhis, Associate Customer Engineer
Amanda Houle, Associate Customer Engineer
Andrea Burton, Senior Product Designer
Lisa Hewus-Fresh, Professional Services Engineer

Program:

6:00-6:30 - Check-in + Networking
6:30-8:00 - Women Who Code Intro + Urban Airship Demo + Panel: "Never Stop Learning"  
8:00-8:30 - Networking + Wrap-up

Who Should Attend?

Anyone is welcome to attend. 

About Urban Airship: 

Urban Airship helps leading brands engage their mobile users and build high-value relationships from the moment customers download an app. 

Thousands of companies and some of the most demanding brands in retail, media & entertainment, sports and travel & hospitality, trust Urban Airship to deliver the mobile moments that matter to their customers and to their business.

Company website: http://urbanairship.com/

Careers Page: http://urbanairship.com/careers

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PDXGo Talk Night
Lytics

UPDATE: Due to location conflicts we're going to host the event at Lytics instead of Esri for this month.

Gather with fellow Gophers for an evening of Talks and discussion around Golang! All experience levels welcome!

Schedule:

Hang out and chat with other Gophers until about 6:30

Bring your questions and ask the whole group in an open discussion format!

Talk: Go Vendoring Tools and Updates by Daniel Theophanes

Handling Go dependencies with vendoring has been a topic of this group's discussion multiple times, and with the proposed 1.5 /vendor directory the community is finally converging on a single standard. Daniel will be covering Go vendoring in general, the vendor-spec, and his own tool govendor!

Reverse Q&A: Propose questions to the group in a friendly discussion format. Beginner questions welcome and encouraged!

Continue discussion; maybe over beers at Baileys!

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Wednesday
Sep 9
Oregon Bioscience Annual Conference
Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Featuring six high profile keynotes and multiple track sessions, the Oregon Bio 2015: Expanding the Ecosystem event will offer a comprehensive experience featuring professional development, networking, career growth opportunities, the annual Pitchfest, and exposure to emerging commercialization companies at the Research Pavilion.

Keynote speakers include: Gary Gilliland, Ph.D. and M.D., president of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Wolf Richter, co-founder,president, Epic Semiconductors Judy Kjelstrom Ph.D., director, Biotech Program at U.C. Davis Dan Ledger, principal, Endeavor Partners, Digital Health/Mobile Platforms Carbot Brown, CEO and founder, Carabiner LLC Fred Vogelstein, author and contributing editor, WIRED magazine

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Portland 1 Million Cups
Centrl Office

Every week we have a new local entrepreneur building an amazing company here in Portland. They give a short presentation followed up with a great Q&A session where you get to ask questions and ask about the real challenges and triumphs behind the business.

As always we welcome everyone interested in startups and founders building great companies here in Portland.

Come and check it out and bring a friend.

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Wine on the Willamette Oregon Bio Annual Conference Reception
Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Wine on the WIllamette, the Oregon Bio 2015 Annual Conference Wine Tasting event, brings together bioscience industry leaders and guests on the patio of the Collaborative Life Science Building on Wednesday, September 9th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.

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September PMI Agile Roundtable
Unitus Community Credit Union

The PMI Agile Roundtable provides a forum for exchanging ideas, techniques and real world experiences (good and bad) in managing agile projects. Although sponsored by PMI, all roles and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate / debate. We value the variety of perspectives and levels of experience with agile.

For September we'll select topics from our backlog (or ones added by attendees) as a group and time box the discussions.

Note: 1 PMI PDU can be claimed for attending this event.

Thanks to Unitus for their continued support

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Maker Meetup
Watershed PDX

Make it here! Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? Cat and Watershed PDX 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! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

All attendees will need to sign-in with Cat before entering the meetup space. All information will be kept confidential.

By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project, and that you will follow the Code of Conduct.

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Configuration and Initialization (First Meeting!) - Portland .NET Mobile Developers Group
Viewpoint Tech Center

It's our first group meeting! We will spend some time getting to know each other, getting a feel for the group's experience, and forging ideas for what to discuss over the next few Meetups. Come prepared with your ideas and questions!

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Science on Tap - Oysters, Invaders, Sex, and CO2
Kiggins Theatre

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

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

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

Event Description:

In addition to being tasty, oysters are a critical member of the ecosystem and the economic reality of the Pacific Northwest. And they’re in trouble. Invasive species and changing ocean conditions have killed thousands of oysters and cost the industry millions of dollars a year, but the recent publication of the Pacific Oyster genome has led to new ideas to try to overcome these losses. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Steve Sylvester, a molecular biologist at WSU Vancouver, will give a brief history of oystering in the Northwest and tell us his ongoing research aimed at helping the oyster industry to overcome biological and chemical problems that limit production.


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


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

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Thursday
Sep 10
Oregon Bioscience Annual Conference
Marylhurst University

Featuring six high profile keynotes and multiple track sessions, the Oregon Bio 2015: Expanding the Ecosystem event will offer a comprehensive experience featuring professional development, networking, career growth opportunities, the annual Pitchfest, and exposure to emerging commercialization companies at the Research Pavilion.

Keynote speakers include: Gary Gilliland, Ph.D. and M.D., president of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Wolf Richter, co-founder,president, Epic Semiconductors Judy Kjelstrom Ph.D., director, Biotech Program at U.C. Davis Dan Ledger, principal, Endeavor Partners, Digital Health/Mobile Platforms Carbot Brown, CEO and founder, Carabiner LLC Fred Vogelstein, author and contributing editor, WIRED magazine

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Pitch Perfect Hillsboro
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is launching Pitch Perfect Hillsboro on Thursday, September 10th. Startups are free to reserve HCC classroom space free of charge on the second Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30pm to focus on projects, practice pitches, or network. No membership requirement, no fee, food & beverages allowed. The classroom is equipped with a white board and projector and provides innovators and startups with private meeting space. HCC will promote interested startups to the business community for a pitch audience. Note: One week reservations are required to staff the office after hours. Interested groups can contact Aimee Sukol, Director of Economic Development at AimeeS@hillchamber.org or call my line at (503) 726-2151.

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Release Party for Oregon's Entrepreneur Rockstars!
Hatch

The history making continues: celebrate Oregonians investing in Oregon business! Invest in Oregon!

Our own Hatch Lab hosts the official tour kick-off for the 2015 Hatch Oregon Rockstar Entrepreneur Tour, which continues across Oregon!. Meet the first & the very latest Hatch Oregon CPO (community public offering) businesses and see what they have in store for the future.

Enjoy music, special guest speakers, and a taste of Oregon’s finest with local food and drink refreshments. Most importantly, meet the CPO companies you can be among the first to invest in directly!

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How to start up your Startup
Feral Public House

Everyone has ideas that they believe will make great businesses. Not everybody understands what that journey is like and what are the next steps they need to take to make that business happen.

We are here to help. This event is for anyone who has an idea they want to turn into a business.

We will host a panel discussion to talk about funding your business, legal representation, Taxes, programming, and how as local entrepreneurs you can meet great people right here in town to help you.

Panelists: Stephen Green, John Laine - Angel Investor and Entrepreneur

Stephen Green is part entrepreneur, economist & numbers guy with a penchant for always seeing the glass half full and is a firm believer that done beats perfect. With 20 years in entrepreneurship (starting his first business while in college) and an established career in finance and lending, he hopes to continue to support entrepreneurs. By day as Vice-President & Market Manager at Albina Community Bank, Stephen helps business and property owners find access to the capital they need to get their projects off the ground. Stephen’s current entrepreneurial roles include a contractor for Nike, providing strategy assistance to small business owners & co-founder of the nation’s first nonprofit brewpub & brewery (Oregon Public House) which in its third year in operation is poised to break the $1M revenue mark and will be opening its second location in 2017. He currently sits on the board of directors for six area nonprofits that are all based in N/NE Portland that support economic development, community development & education. He is the past board-chair for the Black United Fund of Oregon is the current Treasurer at the Oregon Public House. He is a Portland area native and graduated with a BS degree in economics from Western Oregon University.

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Techies on Bikes - Eat, Drink, Bike!
Velo Cult Bike Shop

~$ sudo come -meet -new -friends while [ imbibe craft -beer && eat; $BIKE -with -them ]

Schedule:

6:30-8:00PM: BYTE good food and choose from an ARRAY of drinks;

8:00-8:10PM: Offer ideas to places you'd like to bike to and form ride groups;

8:10-8:40PM: Bike and gain READ & WRITE PERMISSIONS to cycling laughter!

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Information Session for Prospective Students, Instructors, Mentors!
Code Fellows

Come by for a beer (or soda or tea!) and find out what Code Fellows is all about!

Instructors, Alumni, & Staff will give a quick talk on who Code Fellows is and what we do, then open it up to questions and more informal mingling and chatting.

Jot down your questions, grab a friend, and come on by. Be sure to ask us about our job offer guarantee! 

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Friday
Sep 11
Startup Happy Hour!
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

Startup Happy Hour! is a friendly, informal gathering of like-minded people from the Portland Startup Scene.

There are no pitches, no nametags, and no agenda – just hanging out, making new connections, and enjoying each other's company.

We're meeting this Friday at 4:30 PM at the Green Dragon.

When you arrive, please gather in the area by the back bar. We request that guests mingle around freely rather than clustering around a single table - this makes it easier for everyone to meet each other and network effectively.

You are welcome to arrive and leave at leisure -- the start and end times function within a fluid continuum. That said, we find that the event works best when most people arrive within the first 15 minutes or so.

Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/StartupHappyHour/events/224626832/

Thank you.

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Saturday
Sep 12
Hackathon for Bike Fun Calendar
Esri PDX R&D Center

Shakespeare said, to == be || to != be; but that is not the question we will address. Whether ’tis nobler for us to implement an outrageously cool feature or take arms against a sea of bugs, the question we will address is, “What happens when a whole bunch of techies go WILD on source code that helps people to have fun and bike?”

Of course, we are talking about the Shift Calendar. For those of you that don’t know, Portland is a leader among North American cities in that it has this website that crowdsources bike social rides and allows anybody to find them. The Shift Calendar is used to organize Pedalpalooza and many other fun bike events throughout the year, and other cities are using its source code to make their own! However, the source code for the Shift Calendar is somewhat stuck in 2008. The developer who created and has been maintaining it hasn’t had time to make significant improvements. Today, the site gets between 7,000 to 30,000 unique visitors per month. It plays an important role for the bike community, but has lost visitors over the years.

At this event, Techies on Bikes will come to the rescue and help bring the Shift Calendar into 2015!

Possibilities

'> hackathon(you, CSS skills);

.eyesore-from-looking-at-ShiftCal { amount: none; }

'> hackathon(you, HTML5);

people can now find fun rides using phone while at breweries, grandma’s house, community gardens growing organic cabbage, and other places with cell reception

'> hackathon(you, copywriting skills);

your clever words engage, inspire, and enlighten

'> hackathon(you, php, javascript);

notifications of new rides and activities

'> hackathon(you, Facebook API);

can invite friends to rides and spy on them

Although we are still working out the details, we will have a bike ride, food, and opportunities to socialize. Stay tuned for more information!

We abide by a Code of Conduct

FAQ

Where can I see the Shift Calendar? http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/

Where is the source code for Shift Calendar? https://github.com/ShiftGithub/shiftcal/

Why doesn’t Shift Calendar just use Calagator? Calagator is written in Ruby. Shift relies on volunteer webmasters that do not know Ruby and won’t be able to maintain the site if it’s changed over to Ruby.

Who is going to review pull requests on the source code? Shift’s webmasters

I want to volunteer for this event. How do I get involved? Please send a message to One Hwang : http://www.meetup.com/Techies-On-Bikes/members/184089389/

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Monday
Sep 14
Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild

Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

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Portland Puppet User Group
Puppet Labs

Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Note: we'll meet one week later than normal due to Labor Day. Enjoy your long weekend!

  • 6:00-6:30 pm Pizza and salad (vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options)
  • 6:30 - 7:15 pm Are you on Windows? Want to develop for Puppet Modules? This talk will cover how to get up and running with developing Puppet on Windows, include IDE and Ruby setup - Travis Fields, Puppet Labs Engineer
  • 7:15-7:45 pm Puppet Community CI service. This is a service, outside of Travis, that runs testing for all Puppet modules in the puppet-community organization. You can see it live at http://ci.puppet.community and it's source code is on GitHub if you would like to contribute - Spencer Krum, Automation Engineer
  • 7:45-8:15 pm Plan next meeting and mingle

Extra Details: The office is wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator. There is bike parking on the street and just inside the parking garage at the corner of SW Stark and SW 1st Ave. Parking is available on the street or at one of the many pay to park lots near the office

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FutureTalk with Stephanie Foster + Happy Half-Hour
New Relic

How To Be Part Of The IoT Revolution

› Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

IoT is the fourth Industrial Revolution, the question for companies of all sizes is not if, but how do I incorporate this into my products and services? In the last three months alone, 50+ of the Fortune 1,000 have announced IoT Initiatives.

How do we strategically align government, startups and established companies to build upon this new connected world? Furthermore, how do we create competitive business differentiators? How do we best innovate on a dime, like a startup, and have the right resources and funding, like an established company?

Stephanie’s career began in the marketing world, tackling brand strategy, customer experience and traditional advertising for notable clients like Audi of America, VMware, French’s Food and 1% for the Planet. Her true passion stemmed from her ability to pick up on behavioral change and consumer insights that were positioned as brand differentiators and in turn, game changers for companies. Currently she is the VP of Brand & Marketing for Wearable World in addition to leading the IoT for Cities Initiative with the City of San Francisco.

› Doors will open at 5:30 for a 30-minute networking happy half-hour! The food, beer and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

› Stay tuned for the latest developments and updates on this and upcoming events by joining our Meetup group, New Relic FutureTalks PDX, and following us on Twitter @newrelic.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

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Tuesday
Sep 15
VBC Community Happy Hour
Venture Business Centers

Our goal is simple! We want to create a time to get together once a month and hang out. The objective is to build a stronger community of people that can get to know each other better and drink free beer! It's going to be the third Tuesday of every month so add it to your calendars.

Please like and share this event as we want this to be a casual time to hang out and the more people the better!

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PDX Machine Learning
TBD

This first meeting will be primarily to "test the waters" for a monthly Machine Learning meeting in Portland.

The idea for this monthly meeting is to be a language agnostic forum for discussing topics in Machine Learning such as (but not limited to):

  • Neural Networks & Deep learning
  • Neuro Evolutional methods like NEAT
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Decision Tree learning
  • Bayesian Learning
  • Genetic Algorithms & Genetic Programming

Applications of machine learning would also make good topics.

Is there much machine learning going on in Portland? Let's find out.

(I realize there is already a Portland Data Science meetup, but I tend to think of Machine Learning as being distinct from data science at this point.)

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
Free Geek

PLUG Advanced Topics

Topic To Be Announced

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Wednesday
Sep 16
Portland 1 Million Cups
Centrl Office

Every week we have a new local entrepreneur building an amazing company here in Portland. They give a short presentation followed up with a great Q&A session where you get to ask questions and ask about the real challenges and triumphs behind the business.

As always we welcome everyone interested in startups and founders building great companies here in Portland.

Come and check it out and bring a friend.

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"SharePint" happy hour with the Portland SharePoint User Group
On Deck Sports Bar

Join us for happy-hour networking and SharePoint discussions.

This is a great opportunity to bring your SharePoint questions and talk to other users on a 1-on-1 level. People of all experience levels are welcome.

Appetizers, refreshments, swag, and great raffle items will be provided by our sponsors!

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Unicorns Are Made, Not Born: The Truths of Designer/Developers — RefreshPDX
Idealist

Doors at 6pm, Talk at 6:30pm

Please visit the site to RSVP.

Our Topic

Over the years, the internet has had many a debate over unicorns, aka designers that code. In what capacity do they exist? Should more people try to become unicorns? What does it take to be a designer/developer?

Despite what the descriptor might imply, being a unicorn isn’t magic – it’s work. Whether you’re starting a career in design, already designing and coding all the time, or hiring, you’ll have to make decisions about what to prioritize. So rather than perpetuating unicorn myths, let’s talk about what it’s like to jump between two disciplines and what makes one designer better than another.

Our speaker, Elea Chang

Elea Chang is a Bay-Area-native-turned-Portlander who designs for the web and thinks about usability. Previously, she worked for Upworthy, Idealist, and OkCupid Labs. Recently, Elea has written pieces for Model View Culture and The Pastry Box, and is putting together Affect, a conference on the intersection of design and social good.

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R meetup: Lightning Talks
Simple

Topic: Series of short lightning talks. Each one will be 5-10 minutes (including questions).

Speakers: None yet. Get in touch in the comments for this meetup, contact me via email (myrmecocystus@gmail.com), use the group mailing list, or contact me via Twitter @pdxrlang I'll fill in names and titles as we get them.

We will have pizza and beers. Doors open at 6:00 pm - talk starts 6:30 pm

Hashtag for R meetups: #pdxrlang

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Maker Meetup
Watershed PDX

Make it here! Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? Cat and Watershed PDX 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! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

All attendees will need to sign-in with Cat before entering the meetup space. All information will be kept confidential.

By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project, and that you will follow the Code of Conduct.

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Agile: "Beyond the Frameworks" Lean Coffee
Puppet Labs Office in Block 300 Building

Join us for a Lean Coffee discussion about Agile beyond the frameworks. We'll start with some definition of topic boundaries then jump right into Lean Coffee discussion.

Following up on the topics that emerged among attendees at the “State of Agile” discussion at Puppet Labs gathering on 6/17, we’ll dig into what we think it means to be Agile disregarding the constraints and supports of the three most common frameworks currently in use. In some quarters, the term “agile” is being deprecated in favor of “nimble;” in others, the term “business agility” is increasingly favored. The case was made on 6/17 that Agile as we know it doesn’t speak to the needs of the enterprise outside of IT or engineering, and, especially, senior business leaders do not show up as what we often think of as agilists.

So, what’s under Scrum, XP, and Kanban? What about the manifesto and principles can we grasp as tools to operationalize agility wherever we are—without spouting Scrumese or Agile cuteness. How do we both grow ourselves as agilists and as a community and support our colleagues toward a more mature grasp of Agile and Lean. Or, is Agile passe and do only the consultants and behemoth enterprises not know that, yet?

Pizza and pop provided by PNSQC and beer provided by Puppet Labs, as usual.

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PDX Design Research Group
Connective DX Community Room

Join us at the next PDX Design Research Group meeting on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015!

Teach a Grandmother, Change the World (R&D for Illiterate Populations), presented by Elena Moon and Jos Vaught, Osage Orange

How do you design a tablet app for poor, rural users who have never handled a digital device? What do you do when they speak no common language, and lack the ability to read in their own?

Last year Elena Moon (founder and User Experience Director of Osage Orange) and Jos Vaught (Lead User Experience Designer) traveled to Rajasthan, in India, to learn from an international group of grandmothers who were learning to become solar engineers, despite a lack of literacy. Each had traveled from a different part of the world to participate in the 6-month Solar Grandmother program, hosted by India’s Barefoot College, a 40-year-old grassroots institution dedicated to helping marginalized people (living on less that $1 a day) build skills that bring solutions.

After graduation, these women will bring light back to their villages -- light that means night classes for children, reduced danger from assault and rape, and less need for kerosene lanterns, improving the local air quality. These Solar Grandmothers also become respected leaders in many cases, presenting a model for women’s empowerment to the rest of their community.

This project focused on the challenges graduates faced upon returning to their villages. Since the needed solar equipment can take months to arrive, graduates can struggle to maintain the skills they learned on campus. While highly supported during their time at Barefoot College, these women receive little initial support from the community once back home. Osage Orange wanted to learn whether a digital tablet could help ease the transition, by extending and maintaining the skills learned during training.

Over the course of three weeks, Osage Orange led a team of designers in interviewing and observing 60 Solar Grandmothers and their Barefoot teachers, both in class and back in their villages. In this talk, Elena and Jos will walk us through that process, and share what they found.

Osage Orange, a human-centered design boutique based in Portland, Oregon, works with a variety of clients, from fortune 50s to startups, helping businesses research, conceptualize, and design elegant, compelling products. They work on complex problems across many industries, whether it’s an education platform for illiterate, rural poor communities, or a spaceship interface for NASA astronauts. Increasingly, their work focuses on projects which promote positive social and environmental outcomes.,

Elena Moon is a User Experience Consultant and the founder of Osage Orange. She has been doing a mix of research and design for the last 15 years and particularly enjoys socially and environmentally conscious projects. Her work has supported community agriculture, open source education, home energy conservation, and the deaf-blind community. She was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship to conduct anthropology work with indigenous peoples in Australia and Papua New Guinea and has been involved with Portland's Interaction Design Association for many years, leading it from 2012-2014.

Jos Vaught is the lead User Experience Designer of Osage Orange. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Applied Linguistics. From 2012-2014 he served as a co-organizer for Portland’s Interactive Design Association.

Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 Time: Networking 6:30 – 7:00 pm, presentation 7:00 – 8:00 pm Location: Connective DX

Thursday
Sep 17
OpenStack PDX September - Open SDN Panel
Puppet Labs

This September we will host speakers from three leading open source SDN solutions that work beautifully with OpenStack - Midonet, Akanda and OpenDaylight

Each speaker will get a little time to cover their platform architecture, followed by a moderated panel discussion including questions from attendees.

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Want More Women in Tech? Understand the Dynamics!
Smarsh

RSVP at the link above

The tech industry is clamoring for more women. Despite many efforts, the numbers haven’t changed much. Why?

All too often, diversity initiatives are designed without understanding the underlying dynamics.

At Navigate IT’s 1st allies event (men, this is your chance to join us), you will have the opportunity to be involved in a groundbreaking conversation on gender dynamics in tech. Be ready to share your perspective!

To prepare:

• Think about what is great about being a man or a woman in tech.

• Articulate some of the challenges you face related to your gender.

• Notice the gender dynamics in your workplace.

We will use a polarity map from the Integral framework to bring some of these dynamics to light. We will discover that ordinary aspects of our work lives, things we take for granted or don’t think about, can be obstacles - even with our best intentions.

Expect a rich and engaging conversation in a safe space.

You will:

• Have the opportunity to share your perspective and hear others’ perspectives.

• Gain a greater understanding of how gender dynamics influence your teams.

• Leave with new insight to help you navigate diversity. 

This is a rare opportunity to have a positive, honest dialog about important issues in the tech industry. It will be led by Terra Soma, co-founder of Navigate IT and Certified Integral Facilitator®. Her roles in tech have ranged from ecommerce analyst to software project manager. She now facilitates collaboration for tech teams.

Terra will be joined by Zachary Feder, a former associate with LionHeart Consulting. He is well trained in group dynamics and conflict resolution and is a longtime student of Integral Theory.


What your peers are saying about Terra and Zachary:

"I have rarely been in a public environment where I felt both supported and challenged. Most of these engagements end up either being too wishy-washy, or too confrontational. Terra and Zachary are a perfect yin-yang, neither of whom comes across as a cliche based on their gender, what we might think of as traditional feminine or masculine qualities. They both modeled all of them. Having that as their Way of Being made it all the easier for me to allow my own range of emotions to play out in the session. Comfortable, worthwhile, evolving. People say events "changed their life," and it can seem overstated, but I found out things about myself I was never able to put into words before, and yes, that changed my life."
- Joe B., Technical Trainer

What your peers are saying about Navigate IT

“Best 2 hours I have spent all week.” – Strength’s Lab participant

Event Schedule

6:00-6:30 food and networking

6:30-8:00 discussion


If you want to sign up for the event without joining the Meetup Group, you can register at Soma Collaborations.

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Monday
Sep 21
Ruby brightnight
Epicodus

Break into small teams! Build something awesome! Share the results!

At brightnight, we will start with a challenge, break into small groups, then create and code our ideas into existence! We will take the last 30 or so minutes of the night to show and tell. All skill levels are welcome. We'll code in Ruby but those who know other languages are welcome as well.

Come join us to enjoy some creative coding time where we all can learn from each other, try out wacky ideas and cultivate our skills in a fun, low-pressure environment.

Bring Computers to work on if you prefer

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Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild

Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

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NewTech PDX
Mercy Corps

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

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

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

Entry to the meetup is $10 online, or $20 at the door.

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

  • Community Announcements: Events, Jobs, etc. (20 seconds/each)

  • Demonstrations (5 minutes/each)

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

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Tuesday
Sep 22
Emerging Green Conference
through The Nines Hotel

The Emerging Green Conference is the premiere gathering of North American technology leaders to discuss the advances, challenges and future of sustainable electronics. From September 22-24 in Portland, Oregon, participants will have a unique opportunity to network with and influence leaders in the global electronics industry.

With more than two dozen sessions and high-level keynotes, experts and thought leaders will focus on the unique hurdles and opportunities that electronics pose to a circular economy, from material selection and supply-chain social issues to closing the loop and emerging technologies. Learn more and register today: http://www.emerginggreenconference.com/

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Women Who Hack (Code 'n' Splode) September Talks
Quick Left

Code 'n' Splode is returning as Women Who Hack presentation night!

We have two speakers joining us: Julie Pagano, who will be speaking about speaking, and Rebekah Golden, who will be speaking about coding!

We also have three open lightning talk slots — contact Thursday Bram to claim one.

**Note: Code 'n' Splode is a women-focused group. Code 'n' Splode is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons. All participants of Code 'n' Splode agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.

Wednesday
Sep 23
Portland 1 Million Cups

Every week we have a new local entrepreneur building an amazing company here in Portland. They give a short presentation followed up with a great Q&A session where you get to ask questions and ask about the real challenges and triumphs behind the business.

As always we welcome everyone interested in startups and founders building great companies here in Portland.

Come and check it out and bring a friend.

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Maker Meetup
Watershed PDX

Make it here! Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? Cat and Watershed PDX 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! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

All attendees will need to sign-in with Cat before entering the meetup space. All information will be kept confidential.

By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project, and that you will follow the Code of Conduct.

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PDX CocoaHeads
Walmart Labs

Speaker: Scott Neal Topic: TBD

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

For meeting reminders, join our Google group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-cocoaheads

CocoaHeads is a group for anyone who writes software for OS X or iOS devices, or aspires to.

Think & Drink with Genevieve Bell
Alberta Rose Theatre

Oregon Humanities’ 2015 Think & Drink series concludes with a conversation with cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell, vice president of Intel’s corporate strategy office, about how technologies affect our relationships with time, space, and each other.

As a social scientist in a corporation of engineers, Bell travels the world studying how people use technology in their homes and in public and uses that knowledge to help shape technologies of the future.

This work has taken some unusual directions. Bell and her Hillsboro-based team have cataloged the contents of strangers’ cars to better understand how people use technology on the move, equipped laptop computers with outward-facing screens to encourage people to talk to one another in public spaces, and developed a personal robot that can run apps like a smart phone. The connecting thread of all her work, as Bell puts it, is “the intersection of tech and culture.”

Think & Drink sparks provocative conversations about big ideas.

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Thursday
Sep 24
Code Oregon Labs -- Free Tutoring for All Online Learners
Portland Code School

Free Tutoring for All Online Learners - Because no one should learn to code alone!

Code Fellows and Portland Code School (PCS) invite online learners of all stripes to Code Oregon Labs!

This is a once-a-month open lab for people who are learning to code online and who would benefit from high-quality, in-person tutoring from professional instructors and industry veterans.

Together with Code Oregon and volunteers from local tech companies, Code Fellows and PCS will provide tutors at a 6:1 ratio, beer, and pizza for the hungry.

Bring your laptop!

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

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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 Inferring Networks of Substitutable and Complementary Products by McAuley et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

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

There will be food.

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Trivia Under the Influence, Special Lesbians Who Tech Edition! Allies welcome!
Bear Paw Inn

Are you an insufferable know-it-all with no outlet for your boundless knowledge? Do you find yourself starting many sentences with "Well, actually...?" Are you unable to prevent yourself from correcting common misconceptions about the symbolism of Jenny Schecter's poetry? Then this may not be the trivia night for you.

However, if you are a chill queer lady or ally, and you would enjoy a rousing and entertaining evening of random tech and queer arcana, this is your night. Don't worry, we will make sure our trivia question scribe doesn't go too hard on us. Come hang out with us and make new friends and connections, enjoy a drink, and win awesome prizes! Teams will be blind draw, fun times will be mandatory.

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Friday
Sep 25
Responsive Field Day
Revolution Hall

Join us for a spirited, knowledge-packed day scouting the frontiers of responsive web design and development in lovely Portland, Oregon. Responsive Field Day is a welcoming and affordable gathering for web designers and developers.

Tickets are only $175! We are keeping ticket prices low so that more of you can join us.

Any proceeds from the event will be donated to programs that support open web technologies, the tech community and education.

Speakers

  • Stephanie Rieger, consummate researcher whose humanist talks explore anthropological and technical realms
  • Ethan Marcotte, who, you know, invented Responsive Web Design. And who also weaves a riveting presence in his talks.
  • Jeremy Keith, whose impact on web practices are legion, and who spices up the discourse on any panel.
  • Yesenia Perez-Cruz, who synthesizes her talents in writing, communication and graphic arts for a nuanced perspective on responsive challenges.
  • Jen Simmons, whose powerhouse weekly podcast The Web Ahead is on the required listening list for those who build the web.
  • Brad Frost, whose bounding enthusiasm and thought leadership have helped to lead us toward a clearer responsive future.
  • Marcy Sutton, a superhero to us from her work on Angular’s accessibility and as co-leader of Girl Develop It Seattle.
  • Sophie Shepherd, who shares the lessons she’s learned designing Ushahidi’s open source pattern library.
  • Tom Dale, a driving force behind Ember FastBoot, which brings server-side rendering to client MVCs.

To be honest, we’re still a bit stunned that we were able to get such an amazing group of speakers. And we still have three more speaker slots to announce!

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2015 Portland Creative Conference
Gerding Theater at the Armory

The Portland Creative Conference is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across various creative industries. This single-track event features presentations from leading creatives who take you inside their creative process and talk about their projects, challenges, influences and inspirations; showing samples of their work along the way.

It is an opportunity for attendees to network with other creative industries professionals, get inside the heads of visionary speakers and to be inspired and motivated in entirely new ways, viewing their own world with a fresh perspective as a result.

Benefits of attending:

Learn from our industry-leading speakers, enjoy seeing their work and hearing the stories behind it. Network with other creative industries professionals. Leave inspired and motivated in new and unexpected ways.

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Startup Happy Hour!
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

Startup Happy Hour! is a friendly, informal gathering of like-minded people from the Portland Startup Scene.

There are no pitches, no nametags, and no agenda – just hanging out, making new connections, and enjoying each other's company.

We're meeting this Friday at 4:30 PM at the Green Dragon.

When you arrive, please gather in the area by the back bar. We request that guests mingle around freely rather than clustering around a single table - this makes it easier for everyone to meet each other and network effectively.

You are welcome to arrive and leave at leisure -- the start and end times function within a fluid continuum. That said, we find that the event works best when most people arrive within the first 15 minutes or so.

Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/StartupHappyHour/events/224904021/

Thank you.

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Monday
Sep 28
Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild

Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday
Sep 29
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Happy Hour Networking Event
SurveyMonkey

Join us for happy hour at SurveyMonkey! No specific agenda, just network and have fun! Make sure you say hi to our spotlight Heather Burns, Technical Support Manager and Customer Advocate at SurveyMonkey! Read our September newsletter to learn more about Heather. In addition to the normal networking, we will be doing a bingo ice breaker activity to encourage some great conversation. Winners will be receiving SurveyMonkey swag prizes!

We will also be taking a moment to announce the winners of our Twitter contest. Winners will be receiving prizes including PDXWIT t-shirts and a gift certificate to the Portland restaurant of your choice courtesy of 24Seven! (Winners will be announced in advance of the event and must be present, or send delegate, to win. 24 Seven Talent is a strategic staffing and recruiting firm focused on top 1% talent in the areas of technology, creative and marketing. We're a proud woman-owned organization that has global reach with a local footprint and a 90% candidate retention rate. We connect exceptional people with amazing opportunities.

PDX Women in Tech exists to celebrate professional women in the Portland-metro area who work with, manage, lead or have an interest in technology. Whether you are developing event-driven, non-blocking applications in node.js or setting technology strategy for a Fortune 500 company - or anything in between - come join us!

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RainSec
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

RainSec is an informal group of like-minded security professionals who meet to discuss topics of interest in a non-work, non-vendor setting. Preferably while drinking just enough to forget our day jobs.

While this is a public event open to any interested parties, our target audience is experienced information security professionals.

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

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

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Wednesday
Sep 30
Maker Meetup
Watershed PDX

Make it here! Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? Cat and Watershed PDX 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! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

All attendees will need to sign-in with Cat before entering the meetup space. All information will be kept confidential.

By attending this event you agree that neither Watershed nor myself is liable for any injury you may receive while working on your project, and that you will follow the Code of Conduct.

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Thursday
Oct 1
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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Saturday
Oct 3
DevOps DayCamp
Oregon State University- Kelley Engineering Center: 1148 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97331

DevOps DayCamp is a dual-track day with one track to help inexperienced attendees get started with DevOps, as well as a second track comprised of educational sessions proposed by industry and community members for the more advanced DevOps crowd. To register, propose a talk, or to get more information visit the event website. DevOps DayCamp is open to students at Oregon State University and the community. Registration is strongly encouraged, but the event is free.

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Monday
Oct 5
Delight Conference
through Portland Art Museum: Kridel Grand Ballroom

Join us October 5-7 at the Portland Art Museum for a unique conference for people passionate about creating experiences people love. Delight 2015 features two days of keynotes, case study presentations, and hands-on workshops from leaders at brands like Twitter, Fidelity Investments, Airbnb, Virgin America, Intuit, Zappos, and more! The third day is an exclusive patient experience healthcare intensive with Peter Jones, author of Design for Care.

When: October 5-7, 2015 | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Where: Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Who: Designers, marketers, developers, digital strategists and more are welcome! If you care about creating and delivering great customer experiences, this conference is for you.

Price: $699 through 7/31 ($599/person for groups of 4+)

Find out more and register on the Delight 2015 site. http://delight.us/conference

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Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild

Join us for an evening of programming!

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

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

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

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

Website
Tuesday
Oct 6
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

Tim Krajcar - kenny_g.rb: Making Ruby Write Smooth Jazz

For too long, computers have been shut out of the red-hot music-to-listen-to-while-relaxing-in-the-bathtub genre. Today, that all changes. Our smooth-jazz-as-a-service startup is primed to disrupt this stale industry. In this talk we'll introduce the basic protocols of digital music and take a whirlwind tour of musical harmonic theory. We'll survey some Ruby tools that make noise and we'll dig deep into using Ruby to generate beautiful piano music with audience-selected chords. It will all culminate in a showdown between man and machine to decide the fate of the musical universe as our program battles a real live musician.

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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Demolicious Portland
Empirical Theater at OMSI

The last Demolicious of 2015 is October 6. Doors open 6:00, Demos start 7:00.

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

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Wednesday
Oct 7
CHIFOO Meeting: Games that Change Us (For the Better!)
Connective DX Community Room

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

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

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Saturday
Oct 10
PyDX Community Python Conference
through White Stag Block (University of Oregon)

Join your friends in the Cascadia Python community for two days of learning and connection. Meet new people and learn about the interesting Pythonic work being done around here. Make the Pacific Northwest an even better place to be a Python programmer.

Tickets available through the PyDX website!

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Portland Startup Summit III: The Social Good
Holocene

Portland Startup Summit is a summit for Portland startups.

Join us for our fall summit, focused on The Social Good. The summit takes place Saturday, October 10, from 11 AM - 7 PM.

Speakers and special guests will focus on ways that startups can build and support communities, solve real-world problems, and make the world a better place.

Register now and join our online community: https://events.bizzabo.com/pss3

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Monday
Oct 19
Ruby brightnight
Epicodus

Break into small teams! Build something awesome! Share the results!

At brightnight, we will start with a challenge, break into small groups, then create and code our ideas into existence! We will take the last 30 or so minutes of the night to show and tell. All skill levels are welcome. We'll code in Ruby but those who know other languages are welcome as well.

Come join us to enjoy some creative coding time where we all can learn from each other, try out wacky ideas and cultivate our skills in a fun, low-pressure environment.

Bring Computers to work on if you prefer

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NewTech PDX
Mercy Corps

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

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

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

Entry to the meetup is $10 online, or $20 at the door.

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

  • Community Announcements: Events, Jobs, etc. (20 seconds/each)

  • Demonstrations (5 minutes/each)

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

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Wednesday
Oct 21
It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right — RefreshPDX
Idealist

21 October 2015 — Doors at 6pm, Talk at 6:30pm

Our Topic

With this new surge of bootcamp graduates and career changers gone tech, we’ve found ourselves with an interesting conundrum - there is so much talent out there, but these new candidates are "just too green." Employers are often concerned about the costs of on-boarding junior developers. Meanwhile, knowledgable, enthusiastic, and bright junior candidates are chomping at the bit, waiting for their opportunity to be recognized for their unique talents.

This talk will explore pieces to the puzzle that will help transform this new influx of juniors from "green" to "lean, mean, coding machines," consequently making them invaluable members of your team. However, this can only be accomplished if both parties are equally invested in the process.

Our speaker, Amy Vaillancourt-Sals

A professional-musician-turned-developer, Amy graduated from Epicodus (a Portland-based programming bootcamp) and landed a job at ThinkShout where she builds creative web solutions for non-profit organizations. Previous work includes being a community relations specialist for the online music tech companies, Discogs and Bandcamp. When she’s not coding, or actively striving to make the world a better place, she can be found swinging from a high-flying trapeze, or kiteboarding down the Columbia river.

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Wednesday
Oct 28
PDX CocoaHeads
Walmart Labs

Speaker: Ken Luke Topic: Assembly Language

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

For meeting reminders, join our Google group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-cocoaheads

CocoaHeads is a group for anyone who writes software for OS X or iOS devices, or aspires to.

Tuesday
Nov 3
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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Wednesday
Nov 11
CHIFOO Meeting: Immersive Design (A Two Speaker CHIFOO Grand Finale!)
Connective DX Community Room

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

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

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Thursday
Nov 12
Hack the Dot Portland
Quick Left

How the heck does this hackathon work?

At a domain-driven hackathon, all of the teams are told a single premium domain name at the beginning of the event to build something for. The teams then have two hours to come up with a functioning site inspired by that domain. Which ever team builds the most creative and funny idea for the domain wins.

The winning team wins the premium domain up for grabs, and additional prizes from our sponsors such as swag and product.

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Saturday
Nov 14
PDX Global Daty of Coderetreat 2015
To be determined

On Saturday, November 15th, Coderetreats will be held all around the world as part of the Global Day of Coderetreat, bringing people together from all over the globe. Every year, thousands of coders all over the globe join together, and Portland will have it's fourth annual event!

Come join your fellow Portland programmers to practice the art of software development together. Write code, learn from others, teach someone else, and expand your network of friends who are passionate about their craft. Show up with your laptop and favorite development tools to participate, everything else is provided. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. The event is free, thanks to our generous sponsors covering food costs.

Code Retreat is designed to hone software craftsmanship skills and software design through repeated attempts to build an implementation of a well-known software problem (Conway's Game of Life). Developers use pair programming and discussion to exchange knowledge, and additional constraints are given throughout the day to emphasize good design concepts and practices. More details about the Code Retreat format can be found at http://www.coderetreat.org.

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Monday
Nov 16
Ruby brightnight
Epicodus

Break into small teams! Build something awesome! Share the results!

At brightnight, we will start with a challenge, break into small groups, then create and code our ideas into existence! We will take the last 30 or so minutes of the night to show and tell. All skill levels are welcome. We'll code in Ruby but those who know other languages are welcome as well.

Come join us to enjoy some creative coding time where we all can learn from each other, try out wacky ideas and cultivate our skills in a fun, low-pressure environment.

Bring Computers to work on if you prefer

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NewTech PDX
Mercy Corps

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

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

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

Entry to the meetup is $10 online, or $20 at the door.

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

  • Community Announcements: Events, Jobs, etc. (20 seconds/each)

  • Demonstrations (5 minutes/each)

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

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Wednesday
Nov 18
PDX CocoaHeads
Walmart Labs

Note - this meeting is on the 3rd Wednesday to avoid conflicting with Thanksgiving!

Speaker: Cody Garvin Topic: TBD

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

For meeting reminders, join our Google group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-cocoaheads

CocoaHeads is a group for anyone who writes software for OS X or iOS devices, or aspires to.

Tuesday
Dec 1
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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Monday
Dec 21
NewTech PDX
Mercy Corps

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

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

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

Entry to the meetup is $10 online, or $20 at the door.

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

  • Community Announcements: Events, Jobs, etc. (20 seconds/each)

  • Demonstrations (5 minutes/each)

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

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Monday
Feb 1, 2016
Portland Startup Week
through Various

A week chock full of interesting startup events designed to get Portland's founders and entrepreneurs chatting and collaborating.

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Wednesday
Feb 17, 2016
A Skeptic's Guide to Branding
Idealist

17 February 2016 — 6 to 7pm

Our Topic

There are few things given more skepticism by the geeks of the world than marketing. Indeed, we like to see ourselves as above the buzzwords and cheesy stock photographs, safe in a world where the empirically best solution is the one that will win out.

But there's a problem. Marketing, and especially branding, is critical to the geek's career. Indeed, geeks from John Gruber to Jeff Atwood have become big names in programming, and it's not by accident- they know how to make and expose a great, genuine professional identity. Projects turn from hobbyist hacks to enterprise concerns thanks to their clear, strong branding. For the successful geek, branding is essential, but we can be just too skeptical to take advantage.

Well, no longer. I've trudged through the marketing landscape and found the bits that anyone can be okay with applying. I'll go through finding an authentic identity for yourself or your next project, so you can put together an appealing image without having to lie through your teeth. And I'll back it up not with lofty promises, but with a skeptic's favorite thing: science.

Our speaker, Zoe Landon

Zoe Landon has been messing with computers since childhood and making them work more or less correctly for the last 8 years. She has a Software Engineering degree mostly used for front-end web development, and a Creative Writing minor mostly used for confusing people. Zoe's many entrepreneurial efforts have resulted in an interview with Sir Christopher Lee, vulgarities from a British rock band, and other minor successes.

She can often be found partaking in trivia and wearing a silly hat.

Follow Zoe on Twitter.

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