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Aug 22
Professional Scrum Training

Want to learn how to take your projects to the Next Level

Practical Training for Scrum

Join us for an all day Scrum training on August 22nd, 2020; featuring Suzanne Ward MBA MEng PMP CSM CSPO PSM CSP, a Scrum Master & Agile Coach/Trainer from Intel.

Our world is changing fast. Markets and consumers are demanding faster, cheaper and better products. Demands for quicker turnaround on new product development and innovation have only increased. How do companies like Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and Apple keep up? They practice agile techniques, in particular they utilize scrum to manage their projects.

Scrum has the power to transform project management across every industry, every business, and even across your personal life. By using Scrum, you’ll become more agile, discovering how to react more quickly and respond more accurately to the inevitable change that comes your way. By staying focused, collaborating, and communicating with customers and your team, you can accomplish what truly needs to be done — successfully.

Come get a taste of the future of project management and learn about the Scrum process.

This one day training with exercises will cover the material from scrum introduction certification class and Product Owner role in the Scrum Process.


Learn about the Scrum Process. Learn what a Product Owner and Scrum Master is responsible for. Come away with insights on how to manage your next project


  • Retain more information because of our unique hands-on approach; based on the latest research into brain science.
  • Be entertained by stories from our real-world experienced and knowledgeable instructors.
  • Maximize investments already made by gaining valuable Professional Development Units (PDUs).
  • Increase your personal worth within your company and in the marketplace.
  • Network with people from Intel Corporation and other software companies.

    People whose work is completed through projects and through teams; Engineers, Software Engineers, Marketing Professionals, Project Managers, Program Managers, Business Executives, Technology Professionals, Students in MBA or undergrad business and engineering programs.


  • Product, Brand, and Marketing Management in diverse range of markets and industries, with P&L responsibilities up to $100 million annual sales.
  • Quick Learner of new industries/product offerings with results-oriented achievements. Created excitement around a static accessories category in condensed time frame. Created full line of support, educational, training, and presentation materials. Impact of efforts increased sales from $16.4M to $37.2M in 24 months.
  • Program management for multiple high tech/electronic development projects, averaging $3 million annual budget. Serve in project manager and product manager capacities. Two successful worldwide launches in 3 years. $1M annual OEM/B2B sales and $10M annual sales.
  • Combine demonstrated product management leadership experience with strong hands-on technical background. Equally comfortable delving into product requirements with hard-core engineers as well as presenting to executive level decision makers.
  • Uniquely skilled at fostering new ideas, building successful cross-functional teams, and nurturing a culture of consumer-driven product development and user experience innovation. Experience working in and managing cross-functional, cross-division, cross-geographic and multicultural sales, marketing and engineering organizations.
  • International program management, sourcing, engineering, OEM/ODM management/development experience. Overseas work assignments in EU and Asia with extended stay in Asia.


  • PMP, Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute
  • PSM, Professional Scrum Master,
  • CSM, CSPO, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Alliance
  • CSP, Certified Scrum Professional, Scrum Alliance

    This training is meant to introduce professionals and students to the Scrum methodology, though the material we cover will give you the knowledge and material covered in the exam for the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certification. Our students have gone on to take this test after the training, and passed.


    By attending this training you’ll receive professional development units (PDU). They are for professionals looking to maintain Project Management Institute (PMI)- certified credentials. Eligible PDUs: 8 PMP PDUs


    SW Engineers: eXtreme Programming, Test Driven Development, Pair Programming, Project Managers: Bridging the Gap between Project Management and Scrum


    Viewing 55 past events matching “innovation” by Date.

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    Feb 18, 2009
    The Entrepreneurial Journey- A conversation with Vijay Vashee
    McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

    Vijay Vashee brings a stellar record of accomplishment in the fields of technology innovation and entrepreneurial investing. Vijay is the founding President of TiE-Seattle, an active angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs – these investment include Drivecam, Pritest and Iconclude among others. He is also Managing Partner and co- founder of the Tenex India Fund, a cross-border investment hedge fund.

    Vijay retired from Microsoft in 2001 after a distinguished career in leading PowerPoint, MS-Project and various other product-line to commercial success crossing a span of over 19 years.

    An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, Cornell University and University of Chicago – School of Business, Vijay has been active on various non-profit boards including TiE Global Board of Trustees, Bellevue Community College and the Foundation for Early Learning.

    Apr 23, 2009
    InnoTech Oregon Technology Conference & Expo

    InnoTech is the region's largest technology & innovation event focused on enabling technology for your business. InnoTech sponsored by EasyStreet Online Services and SAO, includes the NW CIO Summit, Clean Tech Forum, ISSA-Portland Chapter Security Conference and topics on mobility, social media, infrastructure & much more.

    Mar 5, 2010
    Startup Weekend
    through NedSpace Old Town

    Join us for the second Startup Weekend in Portland! Come with or without an idea to the weekend and spend the next 54 hours building it instead of just talking about it with a room full of your peers and mentors. 7-meals are included. Check the website for more info.

    Jul 15, 2010
    PSU Business Accelerator

    Product Development and Management Association Learning and Networking Event

    Most new products fail even though really smart people work hard to make them successful. Why is that? The journey from a glimmer of a new idea to a commercially winning product is long and arduous, with many steps and decisions along the way. This event will identify the most common causes of new product failure and propose action to avoid those problems in the future. The discussion will range from the fuzzy front end to sales support and from individual to team to market challenges.

    Two of the most experienced Product Managers in Portland, with combined new product experience of over 50 years, will illustrate the causes of failure with real-world examples. Audience members will have time to pose questions, offer comments and exchange ideas on this important and challenging topic.

    Everyone involved in product planning and product development from either the engineering or marketing side will benefit. The causes that will be explained apply to start-up companies as well as large, established corporations. By attending, you’ll be able to go back to your product development activities and quickly assess if you’re at risk of becoming a victim of one or several of these all too common pitfalls.

    This event will be at: Portland State Business Accelerator intersection of SW Corbett Ave. & SW Meade St. Portland, OR 97201

    Be aware that this location can be difficult to find. The best set of directions for finding the event are available at
    NOTE: if using GPS or online mapping: use intersection of SW Corbett Ave and SW Meade St, Portland, OR 97201. Do NOT use street address (2828 SW Corbett Ave.), as you will be given bad directions.

    $20 on-line registration prior to the event $25 at the door (A discount is available for PDMA members)

    For more details on the event and the speakers and to register on-line, visit For additional information contact: Steve Little Programs Director -- PDMA/Oregon Chapter 503-756-2545 [email protected]

    Aug 17, 2010
    pii2010 - privacy identity innovation
    through Seattle Bell Harbor International Conference Center

    Taking place August 17-19 in Seattle during Seattle Geek Week, pii2010 will explore the future of digital privacy, identity and innovation, and how to strike a balance between protecting sensitive information and enabling new technologies and business models.

    Hosted by technology analyst Larry Magid, it's an all-hands-on-deck conference where industry executives, technologists, consumer advocates, policy experts and other stakeholders will come together as a group to examine critical issues like:

    How emerging technologies & business models are impacting the way data is created, shared and aggregated

    Effective approaches for building online trust with users Ways in which user preferences and social norms are shifting

    Changes in the regulatory landscape, in the U.S. and internationally

    The role of anonymity and the future of reputation management on the Web

    The latest developments in user-centric identity management

    In addition, pii2010 will serve as the official launch pad for pii Labs, an open forum for brainstorming and collaborating where you will have an opportunity to share your ideas and projects with other participants.

    Aug 19, 2010
    Startup Bootcamp at pii Labs
    Seattle Space Needle

    Join us at Seattle's famous Space Needle on August 19th for pii Lab's Startup Bootcamp!

    A special workshop designed specifically for entrepreneurs, product developers and marketing professionals at tech startups, pii Labs is an open forum for learning and collaborating that will take place immediately after the pii2010 - privacy identity innovation conference that is being held August 17-19 at the the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

    The Startup Bootcamp at pii Labs will offer you the opportunity to ask questions (and get answers!) from leading consumer privacy experts in an interactive setting where you help set the agenda. There are no talking heads or stale presentations -- only practical advice and best practices that you can put to good use.

    Discussion topics include:

    Privacy by Design -- How can you develop products with privacy "baked in" to the design process?

    Rethinking Notice and Choice: Next-Generation

    Privacy -- Creating effective policies is important, but what's next? How can innovation improve data privacy and security practices to build trust with users?

    Privacy Rights and Wrongs: What You Need to Know -- How can your business use information in light of privacy regulations and laws? What are the pitfalls to avoid, and the opportunities you can seize?

    Sep 15, 2010
    OEN SW WA PubTalk

    SW WA PubTalk : Wed. Sept 15, 2010 : 5:15pm – 7:15pm

    DETAILS : Come join us at the Sept 15th SW WA PubTalk… A great place to meet people, build business networks, share relevant information, and connect start-up firms w/ VC capital.

    LOCATION : AHA! 415 West Sixth St., Ste. # 605 Vancouver, WA 98660 (360) 750-1680

    REGISTER : OEN member cost : $15 Non-member cost : $25

    Registration: @ 123.signup :

    HOSTED by : OEN : CREDC : SWWDC SPONSORS : Bullivant Houser Bailey PC : Blind Onion Pizza

    Google Map:!&hl=en&cd=1&ei=QQNrTPePFZCyoAT03tDEBw&sig2=HthE8VxOTlmvnrWZ-WLxgg&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=4281369456162678840&ved=0CB4QpQY&hq=AHA!&hnear=&ll=45.625458,-122.675421&spn=0.008704,0.021544&z=16&iwloc=A

    Oct 20, 2010
    Fostering Innovation Through Social Media – Using it Openly But Wisely

    More than just a hot topic and in the news, Social Media, led by its poster children Facebook® and Twitter ®, has quickly become an integral part of our society. While the use of these tools has become pervasive in our social interactions and many companies have integrated these methods into their outbound marketing strategies, there are fewer examples where Social Media has been used to drive innovation within a technology company.

    You will hear from both the industry perspective and the media/marketing perspective on how companies are and should be using these new social media tools foster innovation on company products, services, distribution and customer service. They will discuss collaboration, creating community environments, data mining, facilitating customer feedback and how to integrate this information and collaboration into the company’s product/service development culture. Learn to balance the opportunity promised by Social Media with the real need to protect your Intellectual Property.

    Join us for this informative breakfast meeting and learn how your organization can make the most of this powerful tool.

    Speakers: - Kent Lewis, President, Anvil Media, Inc. - Matt Hixson, Senior Manager, Business Development, Tripwire, Inc. - Allan Schrock, Sr. Researcher, Nike, Inc.

    Event Details: When: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Time: 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. Where: Oregon Zoo, Portland, Or Cost: $45 TechAmerica Members, $75 Nonmembers

    To Register Call: TechAmerica Oregon (503)624-5715.

    Nov 10, 2010
    Fostering Innovation Through Social Media – Using it Openly But Wisely
    Oregon Zoo

    More than just a hot topic and in the news, Social Media, led by its poster children Facebook® and Twitter ®, has quickly become an integral part of our society. While the use of these tools has become pervasive in our social interactions and many companies have integrated these methods into their outbound marketing strategies, there are fewer examples where Social Media has been used to drive innovation within a technology company.

    You will hear from both the industry perspective and the media/marketing perspective on how companies are and should be using these new social media tools foster innovation on company products, services, distribution and customer service. They will discuss collaboration, creating community environments, data mining, facilitating customer feedback and how to integrate this information and collaboration into the company’s product/service development culture. Learn to balance the opportunity promised by Social Media with the real need to protect your Intellectual Property.

    Join us for this informative breakfast meeting and learn how your organization can make the most of this powerful tool.


    • Kent Lewis, President, Anvil Media, Inc. Kent Lewis is responsible for managing operations, marketing and business development to achieve the search engine marketing agency's mission: to be one of the most respected search engine marketing agencies in the world.

    • Matt Hixson, Senior Manager, Business Development, Tripwire, Inc. Matt leads the corporate social media strategy and oversees the team dedicated to its implementation. In this capacity, he introduced the first internal blogs within Tripwire to facilitate the exchange of best practices among employees, led the creation of Tripwire’s online user communities and spearheaded the company's presence on Twitter.

    • Allan Schrock, Sr. Researcher, Nike, Inc. Allan Schrock works at Nike as a technology researcher in the research and development group known as the “Innovation Kitchen.” He has managed patent prosecution and contract negotiations for Nike as well. Prior to Nike, Allan worked as a patent examiner for the USPTO. He received a BE in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1988.

    Event Details: When: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Time: 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. Where: Oregon Zoo, Portland, Or Cost: $45 TechAmerica Members, $75 Nonmembers To Register: TechAmerica Oregon(503) 624-5715

    Thank you Davis Wright Tremaine for sponsoring this event!

    Dec 7, 2010
    CTO & Engineering Executive Forum: Social Media Inside the Engineering Department – Is it safe?
    Morton's Steakhouse

    At the October 20th Technology and IP Event, Fostering Innovation Through Social Media: Using it Openly But Wisely, speakers will present how organizations are using social media to drive innovation from a business development perspective. At the November 2nd CTO and Engineering Executive Forum we will continue to explore what social media looks like on the inside of an organization, specifically in the engineering department.

    We know that social media has proven effective in outbound marketing strategies, but is the creation and exchange of user-generated content safe in an environment of innovation and trade secrets? Do you protect against social media? Do you cultivate social media? Or both?

    Join your peers for dinner and a forum discussion of the possibilities for creating a culture of innovation by using social media.

    Cost to Attend: $95 TechAmerica Members, $125 Nonmembers To Register: TechAmerica, (503) 624-4871

    Mark Your Calendar - Future CTO & Engineering Executive Forum: - April 5, 2011

    Sep 15, 2011
    Clark County PubTalk™
    The Red Cross Community Room

    Clark County PubTalk™

    Thus Sept 15th: 5pm-8pm

    PubTalk has a new VENUE!
    PubTalk's moved to the Red Cross Community Room at Ft. Vancouver

    Red Cross Building at Fort Vancouver
    605 East Barnes St. Vancouver, WA 98661

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    Are you investor ready?

    Join us and find out if you are angel investor ready and if you fully understand the due diligence process. Also find out how to attract the right investor for your business and learn how a local success story, Ryonet Corporation, met the challenge of growing a company without adequate funding. Confirmed speakers:

    Nathan McDonald, Keiretsu NW President Ryan Moor, President, Ryonet Corporation Rob Wiltbank, Assoc. Prof of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Willamette Univ.

    It's OPEN MIC night at PubTalk!
    Register here:
    $25 General registration
    $20 OEN members
    Drinks & hors d'oeuvre served.
    Feb 15, 2012
    Innovation Talk - Herb Sorensen
    Portland State University Engineering Building

    We have a great Innovation Talk coming up on Friday.

    Herb Sorensen, who has been a "Fast Company's Innovator of the Year" will be giving a talk on the role of technology in driving innovation in retailing. Find out how Walmart, Amazon, Apple, and Google have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of the industry, and how the new players are transforming the industry.

    3pm - Friday - 2/17/12 - EB102 - coffee and dessert following!


    Feb 17, 2012
    Innovation Talk - Herb Sorensen
    Portland State University Engineering Building

    We have a great Innovation Talk coming up on Friday.

    Herb Sorensen, who has been a "Fast Company's Innovator of the Year" will be giving a talk on the role of technology in driving innovation in retailing. Find out how Walmart, Amazon, Apple, and Google have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of the industry, and how the new players are transforming the industry.

    3pm - Friday - 2/17/12 - EB102 - coffee and dessert following!


    May 3, 2012
    InnoTech Oregon
    Oregon Convention Center

    Coming May 3rd, the 9th Annual InnoTech Oregon offers a unique opportunity for business and technology leaders to educate themselves about current trends and discover new, successful, innovative best practices. InnoTech focuses on the innovative uses of both mainstream and locally developed technologies to grow and enhance your business operations. More information is available at

    InnoTech is also hosting the NW CIO Summit & IT Executive of the Year Awards, NW ISSA Security Conference and the eMarketing Summit. See you there!

    Aug 29, 2012
    TEDtalk Screening
    Collective Agency Downtown

    Let's get together and share some worthy ideas. Beer will be provided for the number of people who RSVP: Your headcount is appreciated!

    Do you really want to screen a specific talk? Submit a comment in the doodle form!

    Dec 6, 2012
    Envisioneering -- Leveraging Technology for Future Innovation
    PSU Business Accelerator

    The Technology Management Chapter of IEEE invites you to....

    Envisioneering -- Leveraging Technology for Future Innovation With guest speaker Paul Menig, CEO of Tech-I-M Formerly intrapreneurial leader at General Electric, Eaton and Daimler

    The pace of technology progress is continually increasing. Innovations in the vehicle industry is an example. Whether On-Highway or Off, future vehicles are going to be more complex, more durable, more varied than today. Our ability to engineer products that perform as expected will depend on our vision of the future, our ability to model the vehicle in its environment and solid engineering. We can probably see with our eyes what commercial vehicles in 2020 will look like. It will take something more to envisioneer the vehicle of 2030 and prepare the models and tools we will need to make them amazingly reliable and easy to use and maintain

    By the end of the session, attendees will better understand: How long does it take from concept to production What are the trends driving innovation What are the challenges to product development of new innovations What drives innovation What is the future of moving products from factories to consumers

    Date: December 6th 2012 5:30 P.M. Registration table opens 5:30 – 6:00 P.M. Food and networking 6:00 – 8:30 P.M. Presentation and Q & A

    Location: Portland State Business Accelerator, SW Corbett & SW Meade, Portland, OR 97201. Mt. Hood Room, 2nd floor. Free Parking

    $10 IEEE and SAE members. $15 non-members. IEEE Sr. Members and IEEE Students- free Register: On-Line:

    also accepting checks and cash at the door. no-shows will be invoiced.

    Contact: Chris Dennis, Registration Volunteer, 503-803-7627, [email protected]

    This event is sponsored by the IEEE - Oregon Technology Management Chapter Special thank you to our yearly sponsor: Business Accelerator, PSU.

    About the Speaker: Paul Menig is CEO of Tech-I-M, a consulting company focused on helping companies succeed by leveraging technology in products and processes. Savvy Technology creates Powerful Results. As an intrapreneurial leader at General Electric, Eaton and Daimler, Paul successfully brought advanced technology to market in medical systems, industrial automation, military systems and commercial vehicles.

    Jun 4, 2013
    Workshop: A New Approach to Innovation & Agility
    Embassy Suites Portland--Downtown

    Learn how Google & Intel are leveraging the latest in neuroscience to

    · solve design problems months earlier

    · dive deep into uninterrupted collaborative effort

    · transform thrash and frustration into energetic ease and insight

    · boost creativity in stressful work environments

    Join us for this experiential workshop exploring the intersection of emotional intelligence, mindfulness and creativity.

    Sep 19, 2013
    Ignite Health - presented by HIMSS Oregon/TAO
    Oregon Health & Science University’s Old Auditorium and Grand Hall

    With the NHIT Week theme: One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care, HIMSS Oregon, in partnership with Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), will hold - Ignite Health - from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Oregon Health & Science University's Old Auditorium and Grand Hall in Portland.

    Healthcare and technology enthusiasts, as well as media, are encouraged to attend to learn about emerging, innovative, unconventional, inspiring, locally-sourced concepts and tools and connect with a diverse and passionate crowd of like-minded health innovation enthusiasts. There is no cost for attendance but registration is required. Visit to register today.

    The event on September 19th, 2013 will bring together more than 200 local Healthcare IT Leaders to at Ignite Health to listen to over 15 local presenters with big ideas on innovation in healthcare technology – each presenting their ideas in just five minutes.

    Ignite Health is an event where local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage are able to share their personal and professional passions, in this case, regarding healthcare and wellness. Each speaker is limited to just 300 seconds to get their idea across, and each presentation will offer a quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local or global perspective on the true value that American healthcare can realize through an integrated information management system.

    Presenters, and their topics, include:

    MELISSA BOOKER (Systems Analyst, Cambia Health): How Sparky Anderson & Baseball Can Help Healthcare Organizations Make Better Decisions

    DAWN BONDER (President, CEO, Health Republic): Consumer-Operated & Oriented Plans: Offering Solutions to Healthcare Conundrums

    CALE BRUCKNER, (Principle, Emergent Health Care Solutions): Using Mobile Technology to Improve Patient Engagement & Outcomes

    RAY CONSTANTITI (CoFounder, BrightMD): Emcee

    DOUG COOKE (President, Tinder): ACA: The Big "A" or the Little "a"?

    MILES ELLENBY (Associate Professor, Pediatric Critical Care, OHSU): Like Skype On Steroids: Telemedicine

    ART FLETCHER (CNA, Filius Bonacci): Actionable Clinical Quality Intelligence

    STEVE GEHLEN (Director of Marketing, HealthSparq): How come I can shop for a $25-60 t-shirt, but not a $2500-$6000 Gallbladder Removal?

    JEFFERY GOLD (Associate Professor, Pulmonary & Critical Care, OHSU): Stimulation to Improve Health & Safety of Electronic Health Records

    WILLIAM HERSH (Professor, Chair Dept of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU): The OHSU Informatics Discover Lab

    AL LEE (Engineer, Author): Transform Your Life: One Breath at a Time

    MOLLY LINDQUIST (Founder, CEO, Consano): Bringing "the crowd" to medical research

    MITCHELL LUSHENKO (3rd Year Master's Student, OHSU-PSU): HAL

    TONY McCOMICK (CTO, Medical Information Integration, LLC): Changing the Health Care IT Model with Open Source

    MOHAN NAIR (CIO, Cambia Health Solutions): Journey of Innovation for Military Health

    KEVIN RENNER (President, BrandNew): A Next-Generation Approach to Health Cost Containment

    MARK STEEVES (CIO, WiserCare): Engineering Challenges of Shared Decision Making

    KATIE VAHLE (CoFounder, CoPatient): Empowering Patients to Bend their Own Cost-Curve with Technology-Enabled Advocacy

    VIOLET V (MBA, Stanford): Psychedelic-Assisted Chemotherapy & Other Defenses Against Homicidal Breasts

    "Our participation in National Health IT Week highlights our organization's commitment to ensure health information technology is integrated, interactive, interoperable, and intelligent to provide the best patient outcomes", said Mark Fromuth, HIMSS Oregon Chapter President. "By working together we can leverage the technology to promote for the betterment of our healthcare system."

    Jan 23, 2014
    HiMSS Oregon Chapter - January Tech Talk - A New Year for Improving Care Through Innovation
    Kaiser Permanente Town Hall

    As 2014 arrives, so does a whole new batch of challenges for Providers, Payers and health technology Vendors alike. This interactive panel discussion will focus on Healthcare Innovation and the technical solutions that are being developed to help improve care, increase efficiencies and reduce errors in an increasingly complex environment.

    Panelist will include:

    • Alex Lowenthal, Senior Director, Health and Care Delivery Informatics, Kaiser Permanente

    • Hanny Freiwat, President, Wellero

    Light appetizers will be provided.

    Jan 30, 2014
    Agile Speaker Series
    ISITE Design

    Greetings! 2014 is going to be great. I have teamed up with ISITE DESIGN and people from Silicon Valley to bring experts from the Agile Community to speak on topics ranging from Innovation to Enterprise Agile Transformation. We have speakers lined up from PayPal, Twitter, Ebay, Cisco, Apple, Visa,,, etc.

    These meetings will be monthly - happening on the last Thursday of every month at ISITE Design in NW Portland. To make the it even more interesting, we will have networking, food, and wine/beer the first hour, followed by the speaker for the 2nd hour, and then wrap up for the last 30 minutes. And the events will be FREE!

    So, hope you can join us and make 2014 a Success for the Agile community in Portland. Speaker details to follow soon - check the website!

    May 18, 2014
    Hatch: Soup

    Hatch, a co-working and incubator space for social entrepreneurs, is hosting Soup, a quarterly dinner to fund projects that benefit your community.

    Have a good idea or know someone who does? Apply online by April 30th.

    Want to eat some soup with your friends and support good ideas? Attend the event on May 18th. $20 pre-sales, $25 at the door.

    More info at Send questions to [email protected].

    Nov 1, 2014
    From Tech Savvy to Social Justice Innovator: How creative problem solvers can apply their skills to progressive change work
    Collective Agency Downtown

    Portland has long been known as a bastion for creative people and innovative projects. But how might that creative energy be channeled toward social change work and nurturing justice? SJF leaders will jump-start this conversation and you take it from there!

    RSVP at

    Nov 20, 2014
    Lucky Labrador Public House Multnomah Village


    PDMA Learning and Networking Event

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    6:00 - 8:00pm

    Jon Marshall, President & Chief Innovateur, Innovation Frameworks

    The Fuzzy Front End (FFE) is the messy "getting started" period of new product development processes. It includes opportunity analysis, concept generation, and pre-technical evaluation. As important as they are, these activities are often chaotic, unpredictable, and unstructured. Jon will provide an overview of this challenging period and then describe 2-3 tools or techniques that you can apply to start to bring clarity and order to this critical but least understood phase of the product life cycle. We will provide time for Q&A and an interactive discussion with the audience.

    Jon is one of the area’s leading authorities on the FFE and innovation processes. For over 10 years Jon has been a fervent student and practitioner of many aspects of innovation, such as frameworks and models, creative and critical thinking, and metrics. His background in engineering and project management helps Jon merge innovation principles with the practical realities of developing products.

    The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. The Oregon chapter's mission is to help local professionals and organizations to identify, develop, and launch more innovative and profitable products and services through cross-industry collaboration, thought leadership, and the sharing of best practices and practical knowledge. For more information about the Oregon Chapter of the PDMA, please contact: David Nash, Chapter President, at [email protected].

    We encourage everyone in Oregon who is interested in the Product Development and Management Association to become a member of the National PDMA. For a great explanation on the benefits of membership in the PDMA, click here


    6:00 – 6:30pm: Gathering / Networking / Refreshments**

    6:30 – 6:45pm: Announcements (upcoming events, who’s hiring, etc.)

    6:45 – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion

    7:30 – 7:45pm: Q&A / Open discussion

    7:45 – 8:00pm: Networking


    $10 on-line registration prior to the event **

    $15 at the door

    A discount is available for PDMA members

    To register online, click the website above

    ** Note: This is a no-host event. The complete Lucky Lab food and drink menu is available. Grab a cold ale & bite to eat - and bring a friend or colleague to add to the discussion!

    Apr 13, 2015
    Intel Agile and Lean Development Conference 2015
    through Intel - Jones Farm building 3 (JF3)

    Intel Corporation’s preeminent development conference is back for its 7th year. This year’s conference focuses on building Culture, Community, and Craft to enable you and your teams to deliver faster with higher quality and customer value.

    Discover the latest in Agile methods, Lean practices, requirements engineering, complex adaptive systems and more. Each week offers opportunities in which you can participate, including:

    Keynotes with leaders and innovators from industry Tutorials and workshops, from basic through advanced Experience reports from leading development teams across Intel Networking events

    Feb 5, 2016
    Elevating Impact Summit
    Lincoln Performance Hall - PSU Campus

    From garages to corporate offices, you will find pragmatic, creative people designing new solutions to pressing social and environmental issues and creating value for their companies, communities, and society at large. These social entrepreneurs are finding new ways to make a difference while changing how business is done. The Summit celebrates and shares new approaches to generating social and environmental impact across business, social, public, and academic sectors.

    The full day program includes a social innovation pitch fest; candid keynotes with renowned social entrepreneurs; diverse perspectives on funding for social impact; how an intrapreneurial company is partnering with employers to lower national recidivism; a look at the power of zip codes vs. genetic codes in lifelong health, and an exploration of the often untold risks, failures, and first steps to creating social change.

    Buy tickets at

    $20 student ticket rate!

    Limited ticket scholarships available, e-mail [email protected] for more information.

    Apr 25, 2016
    7CTOs - Get Your Estimates Right - Why Your Customers And Your Team Will Love You
    CENTRL Office

    There are always scenarios where when given a hard deadline, we must respond with what work can be accomplished by that date. How do we know when to work with what we have been charged to do or push back? What options do we have?

    How do we know when to Commit, Estimate or Explore in differing technical or business scenarios? When choosing estimation or exploration as an option, how do you communicate your reasons and negotiate with your customer or stakeholder when he or she would prefer a commitment?

    We will meet in a conference room at CENTRL and spend 2 hours together discussing this topic and getting to know more about each other's business challenges. We will also run through a few exercises designed to challenge our thinking and ultimately make us better leaders.


    We are meeting at CENTRL 1355 NW Everett St on April 25, 2016

    6pm: Food and Drinks

    6:30pm: Get started on Forum discussions topic: Estimates

    7:30pm: Exercise

    8pm: Done!

    What is 7CTOs?

    7CTOs is a Chief Technologist Community of Practice where we share business challenges, grow together and collectively solve hard problems for the greater good. We meet in forums of 7 members on a monthly basis in cities across the USA. Check out

    Jul 5, 2016
    Coding Summer Camps
    through Catlin Gable School

    CodeVana is partnering with Catlin Gabel Summer Camps to bring four exciting summer camps. Through these camps children will discover the joy of coding. These camps are created by industry professionals and students and will be week long in the beautiful 60-acre campus in Southwest Portland of the Catlin Gabel School. Sessions run July 5 - July 22, 2016, and are open to all children in the Portland metro area. Please REGISTER at and bring the joy of coding not only to your child but also youth who don't have access. Sign up for the camp and help youth who do not have the resources to enjoy a free coding camp through CodeVana’s Community Building initiative. The four camps offered are as follows:

    CodeVana: Digital Game Explorers [July 5-8th] In this summer camp, students are introduced to the joy of coding and programming through games, simulations and they will also learn to become digital creators by creating minecraft mods or digital newspapers/videos. They will present their work in an end of the week show and tell. Students ages 7-10 have an option of full day camp or a half day camp.

    CodeVana: Breakaway with Code & Things [July 5-8th] [July 18-22nd] In this summer camp, 10-14 year old students will learn to code, make, play while using Internet of Things and integrate their understanding of math and science through computing/games as well as learning how their minds and brains work. This camp is experiential in nature and will focus on collaboration, and creation. Middle Schoolers have an option of full day camp or a half day camp.

    CodeVana: Girls Make Apps [July 11-15th] Girls and women in the U.S. are avid users of computer technology, but they are significantly underrepresented in its creation. CodeVana is bringing a fun girls only camp organized by girls/women to help girls discover the joy of building, computer science, and coding. Girls will build Games, play with Internet Of Things, design and deploy Web & Mobile Apps in a collaborative and creative environment as well as explore science, math, and social aspects of women in technology. We invite middle school (7th-8 graders) and high school girls to join us. Girls will make Web Apps, Mobile Apps, and Game Apps in a collaborative and creative environment.

    CodeVana: Startup Engineering [July 11-15] High School students are invited to make their ideas into reality through building and making with computing. They will learn all the engineering and customer development skills to build a technology startup. On July 15th, students will pitch their ideas and prototypes to the community and win prizes to continue to pursue their ideas through a community vote.

    Aug 18, 2016
    Portland Sports Tech Meetup
    New Relic

    We welcome all sports entrepreneurs, fans, athletes, engineers, statisticians, and anyone else interested in sharing and learning about the latest developments at the intersection of sports and tech in Portland.

    6:00pm Elevators to New Relic open; head to the 29th floor.

    Join us for pizza before the talks start

    6:30pm talks begin

    Keeley Hammond, "Evolution of Video: How We're Watching Our Favorite Sports"

    Ian Plosker, "Recurrent Neural Networks for Sports Prediction"


    Depending on interest, we'll follow our speakers with lightning talks!

    New Relic has graciously offered their event space to host our meetup this month. Food will also be provided by SportRadar.

    Apr 19, 2017
    Ethereum PDX - Beers and Blockchains
    Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

    Talk about the latest happenings in the world of Ethereum and its general intellectual neighborhood. Get some help with setting things up. Ask questions and get answers. Have a pint or two while you're at it.

    May 17, 2017
    Ethereum PDX - Beers and Blockchains

    Talk about the latest happenings in the world of Ethereum and its general intellectual neighborhood. Get some help with setting things up. Ask questions and get answers. Have a pint or two while you're at it.

    May 31, 2017
    Ethereum PDX - Beers and Blockchains
    Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

    Talk about the latest happenings in the world of Ethereum and its general intellectual neighborhood. Get some help with setting things up. Ask questions and get answers. Have a pint or two while you're at it.

    Jun 21, 2017
    Ethereum PDX - Beers and Blockchains

    Talk about the latest happenings in the world of Ethereum and its general intellectual neighborhood. Get some help with setting things up. Ask questions and get answers. Have a pint or two while you're at it.

    Jun 29, 2017
    Camp Optimization Meet Up
    Assembly Lounge Bar

    We are all trying to innovate upon our optimization processes, but how do you actually make that happen?

    CEO of DevelopmentNow, Ben Strackany brings 20 years of startup and consulting experience to review case studies and techniques about how to optimize new product ideas. Come away with actionable strategies to use iteration, feedback loops and data to develop a Minimum Viable Product.

    Come network and share a beer with Portland's top digital marketing, design and optimization professionals at the Assembly Lounge Bar located at Washington High School on the second floor in Suite 213. Enter through the Marthas entrance on the first floor and take the elevator or stairs up to the second floor.

    Don’t forget to RSVP and spread the word. The first round of drinks is on us!

    Jul 19, 2017
    Ethereum PDX - Beers and Blockchains

    Talk about the latest happenings in the world of Ethereum and its general intellectual neighborhood. Get some help with setting things up. Ask questions and get answers. Have a pint or two while you're at it.

    Sep 14, 2017
    BEST FEST, The Pacific NW's Premier Cleantech Innovation Conference
    World Trade Center

    Innovations on the frontiers of science and technology can help address the environmental challenges we face. The 2017 BEST FEST will explore how cutting edge innovations in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Water, Natural Resources, IoT, Agriculture and Food can make a positive impact on the planet while also growing the Oregon economy. Experts from across industries in Oregon and outside the state along with entrepreneurs and university researchers will expose exciting innovations in an informative and fascinating program.

    Now in its ninth year, BEST FEST brings together the doers, thinkers, and innovators working in clean technology across the region. Our signature event – known as the Pacific Northwest’s premier cleantech innovation conference – is about learning, inspiring, networking, sharing ideas, and shaping a better, more sustainable future. BEST FEST convenes a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, investors, partners, corporates, university researchers, students, and scientists – all of whom share the common goal of accelerating solutions to environmental challenges and want to create opportunities to engage.

    Early bird tickets on sale now at:

    Sep 26, 2017
    New Green Things: Product Innovation in Oregon's Craft Cannabis Industry - Hosted by the Craft Cannabis Alliance
    CENTRL East Side Location

    It has often been said that cannabis is Oregon's next great craft industry. Join the Craft Cannabis Alliance at the Built Up Festival along with some of the most visionary leaders in Oregon cannabis for a lively discussion of Oregon's creative present and economic future as a center of innovation and leadership in this emerging and soon to be global market. Minds will be opened, myths will be shattered, futures will be predicted, and refreshments will be served.


    Learn more about the Built Up Festival at

    Nov 30, 2017
    CMX Portland - Raking Leaves in a Hurricane (Day in the Life of a Community Manager)

    Raking Leaves in a Hurricane (Day in the LIfe of a Community Manager)

    What does a technical community manager for a global tech company do?

    If you've wondered what it's like, (and whether it's really as glamorous as it sounds), here's your chance to get the straight scoop from a community-building boss!

    Bring your lunch and meet your fellow Portland community managers as we learn from Allison Krug, Technical Community Manager at AppNexus (, Headquartered in New York, AppNexus has 23 offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

    Speaker: Allison Krug

    Hosted By: Clarissa Cooper, Lead Organizer

    I'm a Pacific Northwest native and entrepreneur. I recently launched a community-based company to help women find clothes that fit and have more fun doing it (WeFitMe). I'm honored to get the CMX Series going in Portland and can't wait to meet professional community builders here!.

    Twitter: @ryzhy ( Susan Silver, Co-Lead Organizer @Susan_Silver (

    Partner: NedSpace

    15,000 square feet of great office space in the heart of downtown Portland for co-working, startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, designers, and remote workers

    What is CMX?

    Advancing the community industry and helping community professionals thrive.

    Dec 16, 2017
    Ideas in Technology
    Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue North Operating Center

    Dear Innovators,

    Do you enjoy learning and sharing knowledge to help people solve problems? This week we're going to share on how to file patents part II.

    We'll have a thirty-minute talk and at the end of our session, we'll brainstorm and vote for a new interesting topic for ideas on upcoming presentations. The winning idea will get the innovator of the week.

    Join the fun!

    Apr 9, 2018
    SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
    through Portland State University

    The Oregon Bioscience Incubator will be hosting a 2-day SBIR Grant Writing Workshop on April 9-10. Topics covered will include: SBIR/STTR basics, how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal, commercialization, and budget planning.

    There is an application process to attend this workshop. Please submit the application by March 20, 2018. If selected, the cost is $75, which includes food and beverage on both days.

    Please submit your application here:

    Apr 15, 2018
    Lessons from the Jazz Ensemble: Designing for collaboration and innovation with a narrated performance by the Mel Brown Septet
    Photon Studio

    The Future of Work is collaborative and improvisational. Traditional, top-down chains of command and career competition are the ways of the past. Status is increasingly based on knowledge, contribution, and level of connection, not just position and power.

    During this experience you will learn how to design your own framework and collaborative leadership practices to become a future-oriented leader and team member.

    Join us for this unique event, presented by The PEAK Fleet, with a special, storytelling set by the Mel Brown Septet. A Portland jazz icon since 1973, Mel, alongside his bandmates, will demonstrate how to create a culture that sustains successful improvisational and collaborative groups.

    A Design Week Portland event, including refreshments, special art installation, and other activities.

    Tickets: $15, available at:

    Premier Sponsor: United Tile

    Sponsor: Pacific Northwest College of Art - Collaborative Design MFA/Design Systems MA

    May 19, 2018
    Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
    TVF&R Station 67

    Steve Buss will share how innovation works by inspiration from Steven Johnson's book "Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation"

    Learn and share your passion in a supportive community. Free Knowledge Mission is an ethos of sharing, creativity, and inspiration.

    Our Meetup provides an opportunity to "Show and Tell" followed by a feedback and Q&A. You'll have the opportunity to share with our channels such as Meetup, GitHub, YouTube, and Facebook to connect with more passionate people.

    The second half of our session we'll collaborate on new topics. The winner wins an award for the most interesting topic and the opportunity to share in an upcoming session.

    Join us online for desktop or mobile at

    Join us at TVF&R Station 67 in Beaverton every Saturday at 11 AM for Music/Art and 1 PM for Science/Tech.

    Jun 28, 2018
    Documentary Screening: Closing the Loop - A Film About the Circular Economy Revolution
    PSU Smith Memorial Student Union

    Join us for a screening of this inspiring film about the future of business, and how business can change the future of our planet. Created by author, filmmaker, and professor, Dr. Wayne Visser, this film takes an optimistic viewpoint to climate change and innovative solutions. Date and Time: June 28, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Location: PSU: Smith Memorial Student Union: Parkway North 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

    Cost: $5

    Going “circular” refers to the necessary change from our current take-make-waste linear economy to a borrow-use-return circular economy (sometimes also referred to as the zero-waste or cradle-to-cradle economy).

    The key takeaway message from Closing the Loop is that moving to a circular economy is not only essential and urgent, but also entirely possible, if we take inspiration from the pioneers, such as those featured in the film, and scale up similar business models, product innovations and customer solutions around the world.

    It will not be easy – and there is no “one size fits all” approach, as the varied experiences across three continents show – but the circular economy revolution is imperative. As presenter Dr Visser puts it:

    “If we don’t solve this one problem [i.e. moving from a linear to a circular economy], everything else we do, no matter how well-intentioned it is, will be like shifting deck chairs on the Titanic.”

    “After years spent working on sustainability, I am convinced that we are on the cusp of a major revolution – nothing short of the next industrial revolution. The time for fear-mongering and demonising companies has past. Now is the time for innovative solutions and positive action. This is nowhere more true than in the do-or-die challenge of creating a circular economy.”

    “We still have much work to do, but our task could not be more clear. So get inspired and, to quote Gandhi – a sustainability luminary before his time – be the change you want to see in the world.”

    Stay afterward for a brief discussion about the circular economy and how you can apply these powerful principles to your life and business.

    For more information about the film, you can visit

    Event is co-sponsored by Consious Capitalism Portland and

    Jul 10, 2018
    Cynefin & Complexity Foundations
    through Hotel Rose

    In today’s increasingly volatile and uncertain world, there is a need for new ways of making sense of current situations and managing in new and rapidly shifting contexts. Our past practices and approaches are failing us and what had worked reliably during more stable times in the past is unfortunately proving inadequate for the dynamic present. This course introduces concepts which challenge the deeply rooted thinking patterns that have been ingrained by years of conventional thinking.

    Take a dive into complexity theory, and the practical implications for operating in a world of inherent uncertainty. Learn about the Cynefin framework – and how to apply it in organisations; how to make better decisions, dependent on the situation; as well as a range of practical methods that you can apply directly in organisations.

    What it’s about:

    Complexity has become a buzzword for the world we work within - this course provides you with the foundational tools to understand what it means to act and manage in complexity.

    Cynefin and Complexity Foundations forms the core component of Cognitive Edge's training offerings. It contributes the basic scaffolds and key components of your sense-making toolkit for working in complex environments.

    Who it is for:

    This course designed for people who work in constantly-evolving, dynamic situations, dealing daily with uncertainty and risk, and looking for a enhanced compass for building organisations that are both resilient and innovative. Whether you work in an organisation navigating intractable problems, or are a consultant looking to include complexity principles into your practice - or if you are simply complexity-curious - this Foundations class is for you.

    What we will cover:

    This has been designed as a 2-day session - a combination of deep immersion into the fundamentals of working in complexity, and with the Cynefin framework. This will be substantiated by lots of hands-on methods-based activities, and group-based discussions.

    The session will begin with an introduction to complexity, and the natural and human science that sit behind the naturalising tradition in sense-making. Discover and manage the evolutionary potential of the present by increasing situational awareness of the types of systems that we sit within, and how to modulate within complex systems.

    The Cynefin framework has subtleties and nuances which are not easily accessible to the casual reader. Building on the basics outlined in the Harvard Business Review article, this 2-day session will help you dig deeper into the uses of the framework, accompanied by facilitated workshop activities and tools.

    To see a brochure for this course, goto

    Early Bird Rates End Jan 27th

    Sep 14, 2018
    AgileCamp Portland
    Nike - Tiger Woods Conference Center

    AgileCamp is a 1-day conference held in four cities across North America, including the Northwest, New York Metro area, Dallas and the San Francisco Bay Area! AgileCamp brings together the Agile community for a day filled with learning about Organizational Transformation including Business Strategy, Agile Practices, Lean Startup and Design Thinking. This year, we will feature 3 Keynote speakers and 20-24 session Tracks, packed with rich and valuable content and presented by Agile experts and thought leaders. Our objective is to bring together Agilists, from novice to expert, to advance Agile knowledge in the community.

    Oct 9, 2018
    FinTech Product Innovation and the Intersection with Blockchain by Sila - Simple, accessible developer tools for creators

    Join us for a lively panel discussion and Q+A about FinTech Product Innovation and its intersection with Blockchain. We've gathered a panel of brilliant FinTech product experts to share their perspectives on what's driving innovation today, how blockchain impacts FinTech product development, and why Portland is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of innovation.

    Our panel guests will be: Shamir Karkal, founder and CEO of Sila and cofounder of Simple Bank; Christian Maynard-Philipp, COO of Third Party Technologies; and more to be announced shortly.

    Our panel will be moderated by product expert, co-founder of The Development Factory and host of the famous podcast 100 Product Managers, Suzanne Abate.

    AGENDA: 5:30 Networking, happy hour, drinks and appetizers 6:00 Brief introduction from our hosts, Sila 6:20 Panel Discussion 7:00 Q+A

    Learn more about our moderator and panel: Moderator: Suzanne Abate is co-founder of The Development Factory and host of the famous 100 Product Managers Podcast. She is a product management expert, having taught numerous courses for General Assembly and coached enterprise organizations including AT&T, Target, Marriot, and Blue Shield. She has also helped dozens of startups launch and scale their ideas in market.


    Shamir Karkal is co-founder and CEO of Sila, a simple, secure, and accessible suite of developer tools for building financial applications. At the heart of Sila is a new regulatory-compliant ERC-20 token which is pegged to the US dollar via a centralized 100% reserve held in US Treasuries. The Sila token will be used as the base for an API platform that will offer developers APIs such as ID Verification, Account Linking, ACH and Card in/out, and token transfers. Shamir has a unique take on FinTech product development, as he is a software engineer turned finance and banking expert who co-founded Simple and headed the Open Platform at BBVA.

    Christian Maynard-Philipp Christian is the CCO and COO of Third Party Technologies, a FinTech that provides brokerage API services to digital Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), software, and trust companies. Prior to Third Party, Christian worked for Acorns, after Portland-based Vault Investments, a retirement-savings app, was acquired last year. Christian has also worked to innovate financial policy both locally and nationally and co-led the rollout of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Empowerment Innovation Fund. Christian is an honors graduate of George Mason University’s Master of Public Policy program and holds several financial licenses.

    Benjamin Diggles is VP of Business Development at Constellation Labs, an unbounded Blockchain with microservices that are scalable and fault resistant with fast transactions.

    Oct 10, 2018
    Ethereum PDX - Beers and Blockchains
    Base Camp Brewing Company

    Talk about the latest happenings in the world of Ethereum and its general intellectual neighborhood. Get some help with setting things up. Ask questions and get answers. Have a pint or two while you're at it.

    Oct 17, 2018
    Ethereum PDX - Beers and Blockchains
    Base Camp Brewing Company

    Talk about the latest happenings in the world of Ethereum and its general intellectual neighborhood. Get some help with setting things up. Ask questions and get answers. Have a pint or two while you're at it.

    Mar 27, 2019
    OHSU Commercialization Conference
    through Robertson Life Sciences Building, OHSU

    Please join us on March 27-28, 2019 for the sixth annual OHSU Commercialization Conference, hosted by Technology Transfer and Business Development . This conference connects with OHSU innovators with investors, industry partners and community collaborators to help build a vibrant hub for innovation and commercialization of innovative technology. Through speaker sessions, startup pitches, industry insights and collaboration stories, the conference will focus on the theme of "Fueling Health Care Innovation." The conference offers a platform for attendees to explore the impact of innovations that will revolutionize health care and understand the drivers of this transformation.

    May 6, 2019
    Portland Community Design Thinkers - Join a Team for'­s 9-Week Course for Human-Centered Design

    In May, and +Acumen will once again be offering their highly regarded free 9-week online course, Design Kit: Course for Human-Centered Design. As we do regularly, Portland Community Design Thinkers will be hosting a special meetup on May 6, where we'll explain what the course is about and what you can expect from it. And for those interested in participating, we'll help you form teams of local colleagues with whom you can work, which we've found vastly improves both completion rates and the experience as a whole.

    Created by for those who are relatively new to design thinking, +Acumen's free Design Kit: Course for Human-Centered Design is probably one of the best and most immersive resources anywhere for getting up to speed on the nuts and bolts of HCD. This meetup is specifically for those interested in learning more about the course and helping to form working teams. Please note PCDT is not managing this course -- you'll be on your own for that. But we're keen to give anyone interested a leg up in getting off to the best possible start with a group of other eager local participants, and you're welcome to use our own Slack channel for course communication and organizing, as many groups have previously done.

    Read more about the course at the below link.

    In brief, it's a nine-week online FREE curriculum that will introduce participants to the concepts of human-centered design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions.

    During those nine weeks, you'll work online (and off) with a group of 2-6 people, learning the HCD process by applying it to one of three pre-crafted real world design challenges. (You'll also have a choice to craft your own challenge.) Each week you will explore the fundamental concepts through readings, case studies, and short videos. Then you'll meet in-person with your design team to get your hands dirty practicing the relevant human-centered design methods.

    Let's get as many teams together as we can for the next course! Read more at this link:

    May 21, 2019
    Portland Community Design Thinkers - Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology: A Humane Tech Meetup

    In January, Portland Community Design Thinkers gathered to examine how mobile devices and apps are designed to hijack our attention in ways that are not aligned with users’ best interests but, rather, mainly with the interests of advertisers. In that session, we explored how “engagement,” the chief currency of Silicon Valley, has become inextricably linked with the hidden design practices that prioritize user time on platform above all other considerations.

    Managing our own ability to ignore these digital distractions is difficult enough; but it becomes vastly more difficult when we must do so for our children as well, who are growing up in a world in which these device mediate nearly every aspect of their social, psychological (and, increasingly, their educational) lives. How do parents and families take back control of their homes -- and their children's futures -- from the Silicon Valley tech giants whose primary concern is maximizing "time on platform" and delivering users' eyeballs to advertisers? There is so much at stake. Cyber bullying, inappropriate texts, social anxiety, depression, ubiquitous porn, and screen addictions are just a few of the issues that might affect our children.

    There are certainly benefits to using mobile devices. But how can parents and young children assure they remain the masters of these devices rather than servants to them? How do parents assure they are leading by example to create tech-healthy families?

    On May 21, we'll reconvene to consider just these questions. We'll be joined by two Portland subject matter experts, both of whom provide counseling, workshops and proven strategies for parents to help children manage screen time and find balance in the digital age.

    Richard Halpern is a Portland-based Parent Educator and Counselor, and the founder of Coach4Parents, providing workshops and parenting strategy sessions to help manage screen time, and to reduce screen dependence, for kids of all ages.

    Andrea Davis and her husband, Tyler, are the parents of five kids. Together, they've created BetterScreenTime, a resource for any parent who believes screen time can be a positive experience and who wants to prepare their children for that privilege in the best way possible. It’s for the parent who knows screen time will never be perfect, but believes it can be better.

    Join us on May 21 for an interactive discussion. As always, we'll have food and drink on hand from our sponsor, LUMA Institute, some door prize giveaways, and some networking and socializing time prior to and after the presentation.

    Jun 28, 2019
    Viking Pavillion (PSU)

    Join us for the Invent Oregon Finals on June 28th!

    Invent Oregon, Oregon’s only statewide invention competition, is an exciting opportunity for college and university innovators and entrepreneurs to take their ideas from concept to prototype. At the InventOR Finals, you will get the first look at Oregon’s newest inventions.

    At the InventOR Finals, 22 student teams from 17 Oregon colleges and universities will compete for $25,000 in prizes to take their prototypes to the next level. To prepare for the Finals, teams have received $2,500 to fund the development of their prototypes. Additionally, teams have been matched with a business development mentor to refine their ideas and further develop their product pitches and received free workspace. Learn more about the teams here.

    This event is open to the community and free to attend.

    Oct 4, 2019
    Biomedical Innovation: Commercialization Readiness Program (BIP Corp)
    OHSU Southwest Waterfront

    The Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) is pleased to announce that BIP Corp (Biomedical Commercialization Readiness Program) is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 cohort. Formerly fastPACE, this 4-week experiential course brings together experts from within OHSU and from the business community to teach the foundational components needed to bring an idea to market. Participants will graduate with a competitive pitch and business case that should attract collaborators, investors, and further research opportunities.

    Designed for busy clinical and research scientists, course content works within your schedule and is open to all life scientists with early-stage ideas regardless of experience or desired outcome (read: exit strategy or desire to become an entrepreneur). This course is appropriate for individuals or teams of researchers, clinicians, faculty, students, and industry scientists with early stage ideas. BIP Corp instructors are experts from across the bioscience industry and academia with experience bringing healthcare technologies and therapeutics to market.

    BIP Corp runs October 4 – November 1. Accepting applications through Sept 20 (

    Please contact Melissa Mudd ([email protected]) for more information.

    Nov 7, 2019
    Invent Seminar Series: An Introduction to Stanford Biodesign – Pursuing Needs-based Innovation in Healthcare
    OHSU, Knight Cancer Research Building 1011 (first floor)

    Speaker: Ryan Krone, PhD, Innovation and Commercialization Director for Cancer Early Detection and Advanced Research (CEDAR) at OHSU

    Join us to uncover the importance of identifying clinical need and value in the innovation process to develop cost-effective biomedical solutions that significantly impact human health. Ryan is a former fellow in the Stanford Biodesign program, where he and Holly Rockweiler co-founded Madorra.

    For CEDAR, Ryan facilitates the capture of innovation and surveys external strategic partnerships to uncover commercial opportunities in early cancer detection. He leverages his start-up experience to enable fast-paced execution among the research teams and aid in the fog sculpting of early stage projects. Ryan has a PhD from UC Berkeley in theoretical mechanics.

    When: Thursday, November 7, 2019, Noon-1pm Registration required - seating is limited

    Details: Please feel free to bring your lunch.

    About the INVENT Series: The INVENT Seminar Series will cover the fundamentals of commercialization and entrepreneurship and feature talks by entrepreneurial experts across the region. Seminars will be held every other month.

    The INVENT seminar series is powered by the OHSU Surgical Innovation Program and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).

    Learn more: Contact Sarah Biber ([email protected]) or Melissa Mudd ([email protected]).

    Nov 26, 2019
    UX Support Group Design Challenges: Sustainable eCommerce
    Wacom Experience Center

    In this workshop we will practice design challenges similar to those one might encounter either on the job or during the interview process for a UX, Product or Service Design position. We will approach the challenge with a mindset on innovation before honing on on what aligns with our user experience and business goals.

    Using a combination of pre-work, rapid-research and team activities, we will aim to steer away from "safe innovation" and run-of-the-mill solutions to dive deeper into what is possible and what might most delight our users, customer and clients.

    During the session we will practice...

    Ideation Innovative thinking Rapid Prototyping Design-thinking White-boarding ...and more! This workshop is designed for UX and HCD professionals of all skill levels but participants will ideally have a basic understanding of human-centered design, UX design, product design or a similar mindset to get the most out of the night.

    Jun 25
    How to Leverage Market Research and Customer Outreach to Successfully Launch Your Idea
    Internet/Online (registration required)

    Please join us for an engaging discussion with four outstanding panelists as they share tips and tricks from their 60+ years of combined experience successfully launching and commercializing healthcare technologies. Our panelists include three CEOs leading thriving Portland-based startups and a professional healthcare market strategy consultant. Come learn what strategies you can employ to gain an understanding of your market and customers, and to best position your idea or technology for the next stage.

    Panelists include: Aaron Call, Founding Principle, Jaunt Holly Rockweiler, CEO and Co-founder, Madorra Fahti Khosrowshahi, CEO and Founder, Ceek Women's Health Patti White, CEO and Co-founder, Hemex Health

    Thursday, June 25, 2020 1 - 2:30 p.m. Open to the public at no cost