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Tuesday
Feb 20
How governments are making AI more responsible, fair and explainable
Online

Last month, we heard about the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in our educational system, but these technologies are also being incorporated into many other commercial and social enterprises that impact our daily lives, including the fields of medicine, journalism, finance, human resources, law enforcement, and transportation, just to name a few.

While AI technologies may be beneficial to society, how do we know that the systems being developed are trustworthy and that they actually do what their creators claim? Can developers explain how their AI systems work and demonstrate that the outputs they generate are not biased? How might governments regulate these systems? Should companies be allowed to regulate themselves? How might governments and companies work together to ensure fairness and understandability of what the systems are doing?

Last year, World Privacy Forum, a privacy-focused research nonprofit, studied various AI governance tools currently in use around the world. They recently published their findings via a report that was co-authored by Pam Dixon, executive director of World Privacy Forum, and Kate Kaye, deputy director of the organization: https://www.worldprivacyforum.org/2023/12/new-report-risky-analysis-assessing-and-improving-ai-governance-tools/

At this month's meeting, World Privacy Forum’s Kate Kaye will join us to share the details of their research methodologies and what they learned about how governments are overseeing the implementation of AI in their countries. She'll give an overview of what AI is and what it does, and she'll also present some examples of both effective and ineffective approaches to good governance of these systems.

Bring your questions and thoughts about AI governance, and come join the discussion!

Please RSVP via this Meetup page or by sending an email to [email protected].

Speaker bio:

Kate Kaye is a Portland resident and deputy director of World Privacy Forum, a nonpartisan public-interest research nonprofit. Her research focuses on the implications of AI, digital identity and health data ecosystems, data governance, and other issues related to data collection, use and privacy.

Before joining World Privacy Forum, Kate worked for more than 20 years as an award-winning journalist covering data, emerging technology and the impact of tech on people and society. Her reporting has been seen and heard in MIT Technology Review, NPR, Protocol, Bloomberg CityLab, OneZero, WSJ, Fast Company, and other media outlets.

Kate is the founder of tech and AI ethics reporting website RedTailMedia.org. RedTail has been home to some of her work investigating algorithmic and surveillance tech policy and use in Portland including Banned in PDX, a podcast series about Portland’s facial recognition ban, and an investigation of the city’s collapsed partnership with Google-sibling Replica, a location and mobility tracking company. Kate is the author of the 2009 book on digital voter data use, Campaign ’08: A turning point for digital media.

By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct: https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/

{short} Code of Conduct Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is dedicated to providing an informative and positive experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed.

Our events are intended to educate and share information related to technology and activism, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

Audio and video recording are not permitted at meetings without prior approval.

Our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/) applies to all events run by Portland's TA3M. Please report any incidents to the event organizer.

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Tuesday
Feb 13
ReactJs + Fireproof Workshop! Streamline App Development with a Local-First Database
UpStart Collective

Streamline your app development with a local-first database.
In this workshop we'll build a React app together, implementing basic data models in Fireproof, with automatic sync across devices using PartyKit. Once the basics are in place, we can explore using Fireproof in specific use cases, whether it's encrypted content management or offline inventory controls. We have a handful of starter kits you can use to fast-forward to working LLM chatbots, content editors, file uploads, etc.

Workshop participants should be familiar with Node.js and NPM or Yarn, React, and Git. We'll be working in VS Code but you can use whatever editor you prefer.

RSVP on Meetup.com
Space is limited, RSVP early and remember to bring your laptop!

-=== Schedule ===-
5:40-6:00 pm - Arrivals
6:00 - 7:00pm - Workshop ReactJs + Fireproof
7:00 - 8:00pm - Social hour & Networking

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If you are new to the group, welcome! We hope that you find this community a friendly and open one. Join 2000+ other members in our Slack channel https://pdxreact.com.
To new and existing members, please take a look at the code of conduct for our group.
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Monday
Feb 12
Dorkbot
CTRL-H

Part hackathon, part geek social, Dorkbot is a relaxed, informal gathering of makers, creatives, electronic artists, circuit designers, programmers, video game designers, digital archaeologists, hackers, cyberpunks, and mod synth gear-heads in Portland, Oregon.

Bring your electronic wonders (or horrors) for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or circuits, electronic creativity of all sorts is welcome here.

Table space with power will be available for project show-and-tell; we'll have a table for drinks and snacks, feel free to contribute to the communal cache/BYOB. The Free cart is back, take or leave some components (don’t leave TOO much, if you have big stuff, maybe check the Discord/mailing list to see if anyone is interested in taking it first!)

Info and links to our Discord and other social channels are at https://dorkbotpdx.org

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Monday
Jan 29
The AI Education Movement: Youth, Schools, and Everyone Else
Online

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is currently in the news almost every day — chatbots like ChatGPT, image generators like Dall-E, and a host of other tools are now available and being put to use in a variety of ways.

While these software algorithms can potentially help us to work faster and smarter, there are many issues to consider in whether and how to implement them. Details that must be addressed include: What data is being used to train the language models? Who owns the source data and the outputs that are generated? How accurate are the models? How much human oversight of the model-building process is there? And what are the potential harms when things go wrong?

These algorithms are already being used to make decisions about people’s lives, like whether a person gets a job or a bank loan and how much time a person convicted of a crime might spend in jail, but students in particular are having their lives and actions analyzed more and more every day. For instance, proctoring software tries to determine whether students are cheating on exams, other software looks for plagiarism in student essays and reports, and there’s even software that analyzes emotions and/or physical objects — Is the student happy or angry? Are they holding a cellphone or a gun?

This month, leaders from Encode Justice Oregon — Maansi Singh, Sahana Srinivasan, and Julianne Huang — will join us to share their experiences and their work on drafting policy recommendations for use of AI in schools. They’ll speak about their concerns and how they think these technologies should be used in educational settings. They'll also discuss the upcoming Youth Citizens Assembly, which will give students an opportunity to add their voices to the digital privacy conversation and pitch their own ideas.

Come join us, and bring your questions and thoughts about AI in schools!

Please RSVP via the Meetup link or by sending an email to [email protected].

Speaker bios:

Encode Justice is a global coalition of youth activists fighting for justice and accountability in the digital age. Oregon’s chapter, Encode Justice Oregon, works to educate their school, local and statewide communities about algorithmic fairness while supporting legislation that encourages the safe and effective implementation of new technologies. From working with the Oregon DOJ's Consumer Privacy Task Force to engaging in connections with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Smart City PDX, PDX Privacy, and Rose Haven, Encode Justice Oregon has established a statewide presence centered around furthering the digital privacy and equitable technology movement.

Maansi Singh is a senior at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Encode Justice Oregon Chapter. Maansi has participated in discussions surrounding the role of youth advocacy in AI ethics with organizations such as the United Nations, Washington Post, Google, ACLU, Meta and the World Economic Forum. Maansi believes that intellectual curiosity and the pursuit of new questions surrounding AI are ontological components of the ongoing discussion about human rights. Through Encode Justice and other efforts, she has pursued the intersection between computer science, ethics, policy and education.

Sahana Srinivasan is a sophomore at Jesuit High School. She is the Director of Education for Encode Justice Oregon. She is especially interested in the intersection of AI in medicine. AI ethics is important to her because in the medical field, it is critical that AI systems are both accurate, reliable, and without bias.

Julianne Huang serves as the Co-Director of Research for Encode Justice’s Oregon Chapter. Her position allows her to bring a youth voice into the AI Ethics conversation and inspires her to continue being an advocate for people like her who have grown up in a tech-centered world. Outside of EJ, she is a math and science enthusiast who enjoys participating in dance and choir.

By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct: https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/

{short} Code of Conduct Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is dedicated to providing an informative and positive experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed.

Our events are intended to educate and share information related to technology and activism, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

Audio and video recording are not permitted at meetings without prior approval.

Our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/) applies to all events run by Portland's TA3M. Please report any incidents to the event organizer.

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Monday
Jan 22
HTML & CSS 102: Make My Website Pretty
Graybox

RSVP REQUIRED VIA EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/html-css-102-make-my-website-pretty-122-graybox-tickets-784438204787?aff=meetup

Coding and software development are among the fastest-growing and most lucrative career options today, but it's not easy to get started. This workshop is for "code-curious" people who want to learn the fundamentals of web development, focusing on HTML & CSS. By the end, you'll be able to build a very simple website and tinker as you please!

This course builds further on HTML & CSS 101, which covers the very basics of web development. You can find future opportunity for that and other courses at https://meetup.com/codingislife-pdx.

Workshop Requirements

Please bring your own laptop that can be accessed by wifi Agree to the Code of Conduct (in the ticketing section) RSVP required to guarantee a spot in the in-person course

About the Instructor Hello, I'm Lee, pronouns he/they. I'll be honest: I'm not a traditional coder. I've learned how to code through community, creating experiences, lasting friendships, and lifelong memories. I created Coding is Life to enable my own continuous learning journey in a creative way, engaging my other passions: storytelling, multimedia, and education. Lastly, I'm a Portland native, alternative to the core. I hope to bring an unconventional energy to all of my work in Coding is Life PDX.

This Workshop is Sponsored By ... Nucamp! Like what we do here? Learn to further your coding career with the world's most top-rated and affordable coding bootcamps, featuring:

Flexible, self-paced online courses Small cohorts (max: 15 students) Weekly syncs with expert instructors Engaged student & alumni community Portfolio projects for industry interviews All registrants will receive a discount to NuCamp, on us!

About Coding is Life PDX Coding is Life PDX is an alternative educational community designed for anyone at any stage of their coding career to learn through accessible, engaging experiences. Potential events include workshops, study groups, guest talks, hackathons and more.

All are welcome, but this group is about lowering barriers, building with compassion, and making the learning process easier and more comfortable. This group is ideal for the "code-curious" first-time learners and people who want to try something new.

Be sure to join our Discord group as well for an asynchronous experience. To sign up: https://bit.ly/3DElwDF

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Monday
Jan 8
Dorkbot
CTRL-H

Part hackathon, part geek social, Dorkbot is a relaxed, informal gathering of makers, creatives, electronic artists, circuit designers, programmers, video game designers, digital archeologists, hackers, cyberpunks, and mod synth gearheads in Portland, Oregon.

Bring your electronic wonders (or monsters) for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or circuits, electronic creativity of all sorts is welcome here.

Table space with power will be available for project show-and-tell; we'll have ice and a table for drinks and snacks, feel free to contribute to the communal cache/BYOB. The Free Bin is back, take or leave some components (don’t leave TOO much, if you have big stuff, maybe check the Discord/mailing list to see if anyone is interested in taking it first!)

Info and links to our Discord and other social channels are at https://dorkbotpdx.org

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Thursday
Dec 21, 2023
Personal Brand Sprint
Virtual

Portland Design Thinkers is thrilled to announce our next event with Heather Blaikie: Personal Brand Sprint

Focus on your brand, defining the path of your choosing. This session will be focused on personal brand, but can easily be done for a small business or start-up.

In this hands-on session, Heather will lead you in the method she has used as a Design Strategist for Reverence Global digital media firm and as an independent consultant.

You'll walk away with: -clear goals -outlined target audiences -keys to your niche -your secret sauce defined

This is great for consultants, entrepreneurs, job seekers, artists, and anyone wanting to communicate how Fabulous you are clearly. Past clients have found that this process gives them a chance to look at their brand differently and leave with clarity on how to position themselves. Give the gift of time to yourself, setting you up for success in 2024.

About our speaker: Heather Blaikie is an accomplished Industrial Designer, currently specializing in Sports Product Design as an M.S. Candidate at U O. With over a decade of experience, she's excelled in leading creative teams and shaping design strategies for major brands. Heather shares her expertise by teaching design-related courses and facilitating workshops. She enjoys yoga, hiking with her wife and dogs, and drag performances in her free time.

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Monday
Nov 13, 2023
Dorkbot November Meetup
Ctrl-H / PDX Hackerspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, Dorkbot is a relaxed, informal gathering of makers, creatives, electronic artists, circuit designers, programmers, video game designers, digital archeologists, hackers, cyberpunks, and mod synth gearheads in Portland, Oregon.

Bring your electronic wonders (or monsters) for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or circuits, electronic creativity of all sorts is welcome here.

Table space with power will be available for project show-and-tell; we'll have ice and a table for drinks and snacks, feel free to contribute to the communal cache/BYOB. The Free Bin is back, take or leave some components (don’t leave TOO much, if you have big stuff, maybe check the Discord/mailing list to see if anyone is interested in taking it first!)

Info and links to our Discord and other social channels are at https://dorkbotpdx.org

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Dorkbot: November Edition
CTRLH - PDX Hackerspace

Dorkbot PDX invites tech enthusiasts to a unique meetup at CTRLH - PDX Hackerspace. This event is a convergence of a hackathon and a social gathering, tailored for makers, electronic artists, programmers, and anyone interested in the intersection of technology and creativity.

  • Bring and Showcase: Gadgets, code, or electronic artworks.
  • Platform for Sharing: Exchange ideas and get feedback from Portland's tech community.

For more details and to RSVP, check out our Meetup page event link.

Learn more about us at dorkbotpdx.org.

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Google Developer Group - November Meeting - In-person!
CENTRL East Side Location

Join us this month for a visit to the Centrl office lounge, delicious food, and speakers from Google! We're Portland's Google Developers Group chapter and open to anyone interested in learning or discussing new technologies!

5:00pm: Registration, Networking, Bites 5:30: GDG Portland Welcome 📣 5:45: Tech Talk 1: Mat Morgan (Google) - Generative AI: Path from Proof of Concept to Prod 6:20: Yaakov Bressler (Headspace) - Refactoring: WTF Does This Code Do? 6:45: Cody McGraw - Engagement Bytes: Three Overlooked Skills For Thriving In Tech 7:15: Wrap up, networking 7:30: Optional: Rontom's 🍸

All of our events here: https://gdg.community.dev/gdg-portland/

Questions? [email protected]

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Thursday
Nov 9, 2023
BikeLoudPDX Hack Night
online

Join grassroots bicycle transportation advocates and open data / open government / open code folks to work on collaborative mapping and resolution of transportation safety issues. Everyone is welcome whether you have years of programming / tech experience or just a few pictures of dirty bike lanes and broken sidewalks. Recurring meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Agenda:

  • google map corrections, openstreetmap
  • Bike crash report analysis tools
  • pdxreporter / 311 open data
  • whatever else folks are working on or asking about

This is an informal work session and hangout, discussion/questions and sharing tech knowledge to collaboratively build political power for safe streets and a complete bike transportation network that works for all people of all ages and abilities.

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Tuesday
Oct 10, 2023
Portland-ReactJS October Meeting - Enterprise SaaS Product-Design-Code
New Relic

Enterprise SaaS Product-Design-Code Stephen Cussen (Product Designer) will walk through a real world (faults-and-all) example of how a product feature was designed and developed with particular focus on how to achieve designs that best help the dev process.

Come hang out, talk shop and network with other PDX developers!

Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/portland-reactjs/events/296557649/


Join 2000+ other members in our Slack channel https://pdxreact.com

To new and existing members, please take a look at the code of conduct (https://github.com/portland-react-js/meetup/blob/master/code-of-conduct.md) for our group.

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Thursday
Sep 21, 2023
Data PDX: "Accelerating Trusted Cloud Adoption with CDMC" with the EDM Council
Google Meet

Speakers

Mike Meriton, Co-Founder of EDM Council

Mike is a Co-Founder of the EDM Council and served as the first Chairman and active Board member since inception in 2005. Mike joined in 2015 as a Senior Advisor, promoted to COO in 2020, to lead Industry Engagement strategy, new member services and Council Operations.

Previously, Mike was the CEO of GoldenSource and held key executive roles at CheckFree (Fiserv), D&B and Oracle.

Jim Halcomb, Head of Product Management of EDM Council

Jim is Head of Product Management for the EDM Council. He is a strategy, data management, and cybersecurity executive with 30 years of international business experience. Jim has worked with the Council since its inception in 2005, eventually leading the initial research and development of the DCAM from late 2011 to 2014.

Abstract

Across all industries, firms are embracing cloud technologies to advance their digital transformation and business strategies. Yet there is a gap in understanding and applying the optimal data management capabilities required for successfully migrating and managing sensitive data in the cloud, and leveraging the cloud for data enablement to drive business value across the enterprise.

To address this issue, the EDM Council formed the Cloud Data Management Capabilities (“CDMC”) working group. The CDMC working group was managed by the EDM Council and co-chaired by Morgan Stanley and LSEG, with participation from the world’s top Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM and 100+ leading cross-industry firms. CDMC v1.1 was released September 2021 and is now available to all companies and establishes a data risk governance and control framework for cloud, multi and hybrid cloud environments.

This discussion will dive into:

  • What are the value drivers for CDMC?
  • What results and progress are firms seeing by using CDMC?
  • How does CDMC help with managing sensitive data in the cloud?
  • What role does CDMC play in driving digital transformation?
  • How does CDMC help CSP’s and other Technology providers?
  • How does CDMC help accelerate trusted cloud adoption?

Where

RSVP for join code, this is an VIRTUAL event via Google Meet

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Thursday
Sep 14, 2023
BikeLoudPDX Hack Night - crash analysis ride
on your bike

Join grassroots bicycle transportation advocates and open data / open government / open code folks to work on collaborative mapping and resolution of transportation safety issues. Everyone is welcome whether you have years of programming / tech experience or just a few pictures of dirty bike lanes and broken sidewalks. Recurring meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month. (on bikes for pedalpalooza, and oops it's still summer until November? we'll see!)

Agenda:

  • ride bikes to problem spots/intersections
  • report the issues in a constructive way
  • share tech + info

https://www.shift2bikes.org/calendar/event-18002 meet at SE 11th & Hawthorne

Users of all modes of transportation are welcome to participate / contact ewilhelm at pobox dot com or bikeloudpdx with questions or to arrange for a meetup if you're unable to join the start or have other mobility concerns with the ride. BikeLoud volunteers work to help the city reach our Climate Action goal of making 25% of trips by bike with a safe network for all ages and abilities.

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Thursday
Aug 24, 2023
PDXWIT Presents: Game Night Summer Soiree
Autodesk Inc

Registration is required to attend this event. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/673987062447

PDXWIT and our host Autodesk, are celebrating the end of summer with a big game night! We’ll have a Cornhole Tournament, large versions of Jenga and Connect Four, as well as some quieter game options and plenty of food and drink. We hope you can join us!

Participation in the Cornhole Tournament will require a $5 entry fee (payable in cash at the event) and a team of two (2) folks. Entry is limited to eight (8) teams total. If you want to join in on the fun, just let us know! We have a special code, SS-Cornhole23, for the "Cornhole Team Captain" to register. Once you've entered the code at checkout, we'll reach out with all the information you need. It's important to remember that all other members of your cornhole team should register under general admission. The team captain will be responsible for receiving any additional details. Can't wait to see you there!

Agenda: 5pm Doors Open 5:30pm Welcome, Announcements, Introductions 5:40pm Supporting PDXWIT with Pay It Forward 5:50pm Cornhole Tournament, Game Playing, Networking 7:00pm Event Ends

PDXWIT is building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling inequities and fueling belonging. Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Monday
Aug 21, 2023
Portland Surveillance Technology Inventory
Online

As you likely know, cities around the world are increasingly adopting surveillance technologies in the hope of solving a variety of problems. While these technologies may have potential benefits for a city's residents, they can also harm some communities and can have a negative impact on people's civil liberties.

Earlier this year, Portland's City Council passed a surveillance policy resolution to increase transparency and accountability in the use of surveillance technologies in Portland. As part of the resolution, Smart City PDX has been tasked with designing and implementing a citywide inventory of surveillance technologies owned or used by City Bureaus — and they want your input!

At this month's meeting, Hector Dominguez, Open Data Coordinator at Smart City PDX, within Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will join us to share information about the surveillance technology inventory and how its development is progressing.

His team has put together a survey where you can submit your thoughts about what information should be included in the inventory: https://arcg.is/10u9Cf0

Take the survey; then come to the meeting, and bring your questions and ideas about what information should be included in the inventory!

Please RSVP via this Meetup page or by sending an email to [email protected].

Speaker bio:

Hector Dominguez is the Open Data Coordinator at the City of Portland. In 2009, Portland became the first city in the United States to adopt an Open Data Resolution to encourage the expansion of the technological community by promoting open data and partnerships between City government and the public, private and nonprofit sectors, academia, and labor.

By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct: https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/

{short} Code of Conduct Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is dedicated to providing an informative and positive experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed.

Our events are intended to educate and share information related to technology and activism, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

Audio and video recording are not permitted at meetings without prior approval.

Our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/) applies to all events run by Portland's TA3M. Please report any incidents to the event organizer.

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Thursday
Aug 10, 2023
BikeLoudPDX Hack Night - crash analysis ride
on your bike

Join grassroots bicycle transportation advocates and open data / open government / open code folks to work on collaborative mapping and resolution of transportation safety issues. Everyone is welcome whether you have years of programming / tech experience or just a few pictures of dirty bike lanes and broken sidewalks. Recurring meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month. (on bikes for pedalpalooza)

Agenda:

  • ride bikes to problem spots/intersections
  • report the issues in a constructive way
  • share tech + info

https://www.shift2bikes.org/calendar/event-17725 meet at 16th & SE Clinton

Users of all modes of transportation are welcome to participate / contact ewilhelm at pobox dot com or bikeloudpdx with questions or to arrange for a meetup if you're unable to join the start or have other mobility concerns with the ride. BikeLoud volunteers work to help the city reach our Climate Action goal of making 25% of trips by bike with a safe network for all ages and abilities.

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Thursday
Aug 3, 2023
(RESCHEDULED) Data PDX: "Data Governance Communication-Making it CLEAR" with Valerie Calvo
Google Meet

Valerie Calvo is a Data Governance Manager for CBRE Investment Management, joining the firm in 2022. She directly supports data-driven ambitions by setting and realizing the firm’s Data Governance strategy and championing data democratization. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring consistent practices while creating processes for metadata management, reference data, and data quality management.

Immediately prior to joining CBRE IM, Valerie led a team responsible for the design and implementation of semantic models, reference data, taxonomies, and master data inventories as well as the enterprise adoption of data management practices at Bloomberg LP.

Valerie is an attorney admitted to practice in New York & New Jersey, graduating from the University of Miami School of Law and Rutgers College. She also holds Certificates in the Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM) v2.2 (EDM Council) and Advanced Data Analytics (General Assembly).

Abstract

Considerable time and effort are devoted to developing and executing a data governance strategy. However, effective, and sustained communication is an often-overlooked critical factor. To formalize and foster a data-driven program and culture, organizations must remember to communicate clearly and often to drive buy-in and promote a two-way governance dialogue.

In this talk we’ll cover:

Why DG communication is important at all stages from program kick-off to business-as-usual;

  • Different types of DG communication
  • Components of CLEAR communication with examples to use in your own organization

Creative Lingo-free Efficient Applicable Regular

Where

RSVP for join code, this is an VIRTUAL event via Google Meet

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Thursday
Jul 27, 2023
LLM App-Building Adventure: Over the River and Through the Woods
UpStart Collective

We're back with another meetup for language model enthusiasts and technology integration developers. We'll once again navigate cutting-edge technologies and learn from others' experiences.

📅 DATE: July 27th ⌚ TIME: 5pm - 7pm 🌍 LOCATION: GRAYBOX, 107 SE Washington St #700, Portland, OR

An evening of LLM exploration and app development with key development concepts and integration code through knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

🎤🖥️ FANTASTIC Presentations:

For this meetup, we are going to try two speakers for the first hour (instead of three) to allow more Q&A and follow-up with each speaker.

  1. Some supervision required: How to build with LLMs at scale
  2. How to create multi-LLM apps using Azure Prompt Flow

👩‍💻👨‍💻 ONE Hour of Hands-On Experience:

Develop your LLM app or start with an API, surrounded by skilled and like-minded developers. Bring your app ideas to life. We will have beginner, intermediate, and advanced breakout workshops!

🤔✅ JOIN US!

Mark your calendar, grab your laptop, and experience an unforgettable night of coding, networking, and app development!

  • Your organizers, Brady & Marty
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Monday
Jul 24, 2023
One Year Later: Police Intelligence Gathering and Surveillance Audit
Online

Last year, staff at the City of Portland Auditor’s Office joined us to discuss the results of their audit of police intelligence gathering and surveillance during the 2020 protests. The objective of the audit was to answer the question "Did police gather intelligence and conduct criminal investigations in a manner that protected privacy and civil liberties during the protests that occurred between May 2020 and May 2021?".

Further details about the audit are available here: https://www.portland.gov/audit-services/news/2021/8/17/police-intelligence-gathering-and-surveillance-audit-end-planning

As part of their report, the auditors made a number of recommendations to the city on ways to better protect the privacy and civil liberties of the community during protests and any related investigations.

What were the auditor's recommendations? How many of the proposed changes were implemented, and what are the results so far? What is the likelihood that any remaining suggestions will also be put into effect? Have any new practices or procedures been adopted in the past year that go against the auditor's guidance?

Join us this month when Elizabeth Pape, from the City of Portland Auditor’s Office, shares an update on the status of the recommendations and their enactment. She'll also provide details about the path forward on future police surveillance in the city. Bring your questions, and join the conversation!

Please RSVP via this Meetup page or by sending an email to [email protected].

Speaker bio:

Elizabeth Pape is a Performance Auditor at the City of Portland Auditor’s Office in Portland, Oregon. She has a seventeen-year background working in diverse government settings from Washington County Oregon, to New Orleans, Louisiana, to Prague, in the Czech Republic. Elizabeth just finished an audit related to the process the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) uses to inspect and pay for capital projects. She also coordinates the Fraud Hotline for the Portland City Auditor. Elizabeth has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree from Portland State University.

By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct: https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/

{short} Code of Conduct Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is dedicated to providing an informative and positive experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed.

Our events are intended to educate and share information related to technology and activism, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

Audio and video recording are not permitted at meetings without prior approval.

Our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/) applies to all events run by Portland's TA3M. Please report any incidents to the event organizer.

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Thursday
Jul 20, 2023
Data PDX: "Data Governance Communication-Making it CLEAR" with Valerie Calvo
Google Meet

Valerie Calvo is a Data Governance Manager for CBRE Investment Management, joining the firm in 2022. She directly supports data-driven ambitions by setting and realizing the firm’s Data Governance strategy and championing data democratization. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring consistent practices while creating processes for metadata management, reference data, and data quality management.

Immediately prior to joining CBRE IM, Valerie led a team responsible for the design and implementation of semantic models, reference data, taxonomies, and master data inventories as well as the enterprise adoption of data management practices at Bloomberg LP.

Valerie is an attorney admitted to practice in New York & New Jersey, graduating from the University of Miami School of Law and Rutgers College. She also holds Certificates in the Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM) v2.2 (EDM Council) and Advanced Data Analytics (General Assembly).

Abstract

Considerable time and effort are devoted to developing and executing a data governance strategy. However, effective, and sustained communication is an often-overlooked critical factor. To formalize and foster a data-driven program and culture, organizations must remember to communicate clearly and often to drive buy-in and promote a two-way governance dialogue.

In this talk we’ll cover:

Why DG communication is important at all stages from program kick-off to business-as-usual;

  • Different types of DG communication
  • Components of CLEAR communication with examples to use in your own organization

Creative Lingo-free Efficient Applicable Regular

Where

RSVP for join code, this is an VIRTUAL event via Google Meet

Date – Thursday, July 20th

Noon – 1pm

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Thursday
Jul 13, 2023
BikeLoudPDX Hack Night - crash analysis ride
on your bike

Join grassroots bicycle transportation advocates and open data / open government / open code folks to work on collaborative mapping and resolution of transportation safety issues. Everyone is welcome whether you have years of programming / tech experience or just a few pictures of dirty bike lanes and broken sidewalks. Recurring meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month. (on bikes for pedalpalooza)

Agenda:

  • ride bikes to problem spots/intersections
  • report the issues in a constructive way
  • share tech + info

https://www.shift2bikes.org/calendar/event-17438 meet in the shade on the NW corner of SE 7th & Morrison.

Users of all modes of transportation are welcome to participate / contact ewilhelm at pobox dot com or bikeloudpdx with questions or to arrange for a meetup if you're unable to join the start or have other mobility concerns with the ride. BikeLoud volunteers work to help the city reach our Climate Action goal of making 25% of trips by bike with a safe network for all ages and abilities.

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Monday
Jul 10, 2023
Dorkbot: July Edition
Ctrl-H / PDX Hackerspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, Dorkbot is a relaxed, informal gathering of makers, creatives, electronic artists, circuit designers, programmers, video game designers, digital archeologists, hackers, cyberpunks, and mod synth gearheads in Portland, Oregon.

Bring your electronic wonders (or monsters) for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or circuits, electronic creativity of all sorts is welcome here.

Table space with power will be available for project show-and-tell; we'll have ice and a table for drinks and snacks, feel free to contribute to the communal cache/BYOB. The Free Bin is back, take or leave some components (don’t leave TOO much, if you have big stuff, maybe check the Discord/mailing list to see if anyone is interested in taking it first!)

Links to our Discord, mailing list and socials on our website

Let us know you're attending on Meetup if you use it! - https://www.meetup.com/ctrl-h/events/294552367/

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Monday
Jun 26, 2023
Public banking
Online

The recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and then Signature Bank prods the question, "Is my money safe?”

Might public banking help?

What are public banks, and how do they work? Who owns them, and how do they differ from private banks and credit unions? Would they replace our current system of banks, and could they prevent bank runs like those that recently led to the collapse of both Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank?

Why should I care, and what do public banks have to do with privacy?

At this month's event, Professor Rohan Grey, of Willamette University, will join us to talk about public banking and to answer these questions. He'll explain the difference between private and public banks and how public banking could help people, states, and communities in crisis.

Bring your questions, and come learn about public banking!

Please RSVP via this Meetup page or by sending an email to [email protected].

Speaker bio:

Professor Grey’s research focuses on the legal design and regulation of money and finance, including digital fiat currency, as well as broader issues of law and political economy. He teaches Contracts, Business Organizations, and Securities Regulation. He previously co-taught seminars on Fintech and Monies with Professor Robert Hockett at Cornell Law School, where he was a fellow with the Clarke Business Law Institute’s Program on the Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions and Markets, and facilitated a reading group on Law, Money, and Finance at Columbia Law School with Professor Jeffrey N. Gordon.

By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct: https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/

{short} Code of Conduct Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is dedicated to providing an informative and positive experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed.

Our events are intended to educate and share information related to technology and activism, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

Audio and video recording are not permitted at meetings without prior approval.

Our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/) applies to all events run by Portland's TA3M. Please report any incidents to the event organizer.

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Thursday
Jun 15, 2023
PDXPUG: SQL Antipatterns
PDX Code Guild

Few abstractions and tools have proved as enduring in the field of Computer Science as the relational database model. Due to the diligent efforts of the Postgres team, the Postgres project has an ever increasing popularity in the software world and a fully modernized feature set. One effect of the longevity of the project has been to create a deep pool of received wisdom regarding the use and misuse of Data Models and SQL. Revisit some of the wisdom from a classic of the genre: SQL Antipatterns: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Database Programming by Bill Karwin, with updated opinions and commentary to modernize the material. Stay after for pizza and a rousing exchange of ideas on the past, present, and future of SQL and of the Postgres project.

Speaker: Joseph Hammerman

Joseph Hammerman is a Linux Systems Administrator and Database Reliability Engineer with 18 years of experience. For the last 10 years that work has focused on Postgresql database reliability and High Availability engineering practices. Some career highlights include: serving on the iHeartRadio launch team, working at SecondMarket prior to and during their acquisition by NASDAQ Private Markets, and founding and serving on the Squarespace Database Reliability Engineering team. He is currently employed as Technical Lead for the DataDog Postgresql database reliability engineering team. He is a passionate advocate of Free and Open Source software and the ideals that it embodies.

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Thursday
Jun 8, 2023
BikeLoudPDX Hack Night - crash analysis ride
on your bike

Join grassroots bicycle transportation advocates and open data / open government / open code folks to work on collaborative mapping and resolution of transportation safety issues. Everyone is welcome whether you have years of programming / tech experience or just a few pictures of dirty bike lanes and broken sidewalks. Recurring meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month. (on bikes for pedalpalooza)

Agenda:

  • ride bikes to problem spots/intersections
  • report the issues in a constructive way
  • share tech + info

https://www.shift2bikes.org/calendar/event-17145 meeting at Broken Elevator Piazza on S Moody across from the bike valet / tram.

Users of all modes of transportation are welcome to participate / contact ewilhelm at pobox dot com or bikeloudpdx with questions or to arrange for a meetup if you're unable to join the start or have other mobility concerns with the ride. BikeLoud volunteers work to help the city reach our Climate Action goal of making 25% of trips by bike with a safe network for all ages and abilities.

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Tuesday
May 23, 2023
Changemaker Channel: Asia Wisecarver, Executive Director of Playworks PACNW
Virtual (Zoom)

​Play is a universal language that all kids understand — and it's one of the most important ways they can learn the social and emotional skills they'll use in the classroom, in life, and into adulthood.

​No one knows the power of play better than Asia Wisecarver, Executive Director of Playworks PACNW — a nonprofit working with schools to support healthy and inclusive play for all kids across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.

​Join us for this live fireside chat with Asia to learn about:

  • ​The power of play — for kids and adults
  • ​Why leveraging play requires a system change in schools
  • ​Playworks PACNW's innovative nonprofit model that supports partnerships across four vast states

​Bring your questions for a Q&A!

​Not sure if you can make it? Register anyway — we'll share a recording.

About Changemaker Channel

​In this series, we interview leaders of nonprofits on Field Day to learn about issues impacting our community, the work they're doing to address them, and how we all can get involved.

​This event series is free, virtual, and open to everyone. Watch past events at heyfieldday.com/events.

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Friday
May 19, 2023
Data PDX: "Data Modeling for Security and Compliance" with Karen Lopez
Google Meet

Karen Lopez, Data Evangelist for InfoAdvisors, Space Enthusiast, & TeamData Coach

Karen is a senior project manager and architect with an extensive background in development processes and information management. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development. She has 20+ years of public speaking (keynotes, speeches, and demonstrations). She wants attendees to have fun, gain insights and take away inspiration for working with new technologies and methods.

She’s known for her slightly irreverent and practical approach to IT training and speaking. She wants you to be part of #TEAMDATA.

Abstract

Modern database systems have introduced more support for security, privacy, and compliance over the last few years. We expect this to increase as compliance issues such as GDPR and other data compliance challenges arise. In this session, Karen will be discussing the newer features from a data modelers/database designers' point of view, including:

Data Masking End-to-End encryption Row Level Security New Data Types Data Categorization and Classification

What You Will Learn

We'll look at the new database and modeling tool features, why you should consider them, where they work, where they don't. We will also discuss how to negotiate on behalf of data protection in a world of Agile, MVP, Lean and DevOps.

Cost

Free!

If you’ve paid any Data PDX or DAMA membership dues during 2019-2021 or are an employee of a corporate member, please choose Member RSVP.

Where

RSVP for join code, this is an VIRTUAL event via Google Meet Date – Friday, May, 19th Noon – 1pm

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Thursday
May 18, 2023
PDXPUG MeetUp: Django and Postgres
PDX Code Guild

Getting started with Django is a delight. However, as your application grows, that sqlite database you start with can become a limitation. We are going to look at how to wire up a new Django project to Postgres, and we will talk about some of the neat features in Postgres and Django that you can utilize including JSON, UDFs/procs, and extensions to name a few.

Hopefully you can pick a few ideas, or even share your own with the group. This talk is for all levels of experience from “I just heard about Django” to “We run production Django”, from “oh Postgres, that’s the elephant one right?” to “Ask me anything about Postgres”.

We will also have zoom link available closer to the presentation date if you want to attend remotely. Sign up on MeetUp for this notification: https://www.meetup.com/pdxpug/events/293519969/

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Portland Ruby Brigade Meetup
White Owl Social Club

We will gather to share a drink, work on code projects, ask + answer questions and generally uplift one another as a community.

Learn more about PDX.rb at: https://pdxruby.org/

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