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Ruby and OSS evening social

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)



[UPDATE 2/20: You can still come to the event, even if you didn't register/pay for the catered dinner earlier. Although you won't get the meal, the Hilton agreed to let non-diners in for free without any additional RSVPs/registrations. The room will have extra tables and a bar if you'd like to buy drinks.]

Join us for an evening social event where you'll get a chance to meet Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby, and members of Japanese and Oregon-based organizations that use and contribute to Ruby and open source.

This event will be a great way to meet Ruby and open source enthusiasts ranging from programmers to CEOs, from journalists to city officials. You'll get a chance to learn how they're using and promoting these tools in Oregon and Japan, and discuss the open source movement and its communities. Be ready to make some new connections, so bring your business cards. This event is NOT about formal lectures or sales pitches, but for facilitating interpersonal discussions and creating new relationships here and abroad.

We look forward to seeing you there!

DETAILS: * LOCATION: Alexander's, 23rd floor of the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon, USA 97204 * RSVP: [UPDATE 2/20: You do not need to RSVP if you're coming to the event as a non-diner. The payment/registration was only needed for the catered dinner.] * COST: [UPDATE 2/20: The event is free if you don't get the meal. However, the deadline for buying the catered dinner has passed, so you probably won't be able to get a meal at the event if you haven't paid for it already.] * SPONSORS: This event is paid for in part by The City of Beaverton, Oregon Technology Business Center, Pragmaticraft, AboutUs, and Lane Powell. You can donate through the "OTBC contribution system":http://www.opentechcenter.com/drupal/?q=node/194

ATTENDEES: * Shimane Open Source Society: A group that promotes the use of Ruby and open source, and is working to make a "Mecca of OSS" in the city of Matsue. The visiting delegation includes government officials, managers, scientists and technologists from Shimane Prefecture. * Oregon Technology Business Center: A non-profit organization devoted to supporting the growth of technology startups in Oregon. This incubator for technology-focused startups helps with office infrastructure, coaching, advising, networking, entrepreneurship education, and consulting services. * Portland Ruby Brigade: A grassroots community of Ruby programmers that meets regularly to freely share their knowledge of Ruby. This user group promotes the use of Ruby and open source through events, structured talks, and open discussions. * Other Oregon organizations: We'll likely have representatives from AboutUs, ActiveReload, BlueLeaf, Blue Hill Solutions, Calagator, City of Beaverton, EngineYard: Rubinius, GoSeeTell, IBM, Infinity Softworks, JanRain, Lumeno.us, Lunarr, Open Sourcery, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, Oregon State University: Open Source Lab, Portland State University, Pragmaticraft: AutomateIt, Software Association of Oregon, and others.