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Wednesday
Nov 12, 2008
Hunger: Springboard Social Innovation Forum
Urban Grind East

The Springboard Social Innovation Forum is a new monthly event designed to engage community members in solving local challenges with lasting solutions. This free event promises a mix of conversation, collaboration, and professional support for social venture launchers, all designed to help move good ideas into action.

This month's topic is "Hunger." Hear from gleaners, food educators, school gardeners, state offices, food security policy makers, nutritionists, CSAs and others who are feeding our neighbors---and feeding them well. Join this important conversation to learn where your work overlaps and supports this goal.

In conjunction with the forum, nine local artists have converted refrigerators into creative statements about hunger. Their provocative art installation opens Friday, November 7th from 6-8pm at the Urban Grind and will remain on display through the month of November.

Learn more about our non-profit and the monthly forum at www.springboardinnovation.org

Date: November 12th (every second Wednesday) Topic: Hunger Time: 6-9pm Cost: Free Location: Urban Grind @ 2214 NE Oregon, Portland

Media Contact: Amy Pearl - 503.407.8459

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Monday
Jan 19, 2009
Geeks Day On
CubeSpace [ *sniff* out of business 12 June 2009]

Geeks Day On is a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day when folks with technology and Internet communication skills will offer advice and assistance to nonprofit organizations and open source projects. Visit http://dayon.org for more information.

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Tuesday
Feb 24, 2009
Tech MeetUp: Diagnose Your Website's Issues
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Does your site scream out, "I haven't changed my image since 1995!" Or maybe, your pages are plagued by lengthy copy that just keeps going and going… Perhaps your web presence just doesn't really reflect all the great work your organization does.

Get at the heart of web issues and head in an effective direction to achieve your website goals. At this meetup, we'll delve into website hang-ups and problem-solve cures for the "common" website. Fodder for website problem-solving could include: - browser compatibility - unique identity and online presence - easy navigation - web-optimized images - color scheme and text/background contrast - title tags - any other number of web issues that get under your skin

Leading the discussion at this month's joint NTEN 501Tech Club and Net Squared MeetUp will be Eve Simon, Creative Director at Beaconfire Consulting. Eve brings 14 years of online visual design, user experience and creative management in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

With Eve leading the discussion, we'll delve into the web design process. And if you’re game, we'll jump into a discussion on the inherent or perceived conflict between IA and Design. Understand why Eve might tell you, "A wireframe is not a coloring book."

Wednesday
Apr 1, 2009
March Man-ness Celebration
Gerding Theater at the Armory

The American Cancer Society’s PDX CANswer Project Hosts the First Ever March Man-ness in Portland

Whether a handle bar or a fringed masterpiece that would make Tom Selleck proud, American Cancer Society and ACS CAN are asking men to grow a mustache for the entire month of March to raise awareness about men’s cancers. The event, called March Man-ness, begins March 1 and ends April 1 with an event that allows supporters the chance to shave off their mustaches – for a prize.

For more information and to get involved please contact: Jodi Buell, ACS Distinguished Events Director 503.795.3937 [email protected]

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Wednesday
Jun 10, 2009
Social Innovation Forum
Urban Grind East

June's Forum focuses on sustainability. How do you implement innovation in a way that creates lasting change? How do you preserve and maintain the change you've worked for? This month's forum will guide you through both of these considerations, the two sides of real sustainability. Join us to share your ideas and discuss emerging local and national concepts and projects and how they are sustaining the good! The Springboard Social Innovation Forum offers a monthly event designed to support those interested in creating a better future. Our focus is to help practitioners or potential practitioners of social projects push beyond discussion and debate into action. Each Forum will inspire and teach with ideas, powerful role models, and stories. Speakers, content experts, panels, and workshops will help you improve your strategies for planning and launching effective social ventures. The Forum will create a context to connect, learn, and take action around ideas that lead to tangible change—all in a venue designed for building community. Cost is $5.00 at the door.

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Thursday
Jun 25, 2009
PDX 501 Tech Club: eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Discussion
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Ever wonder how your email list stacks up against other nonprofits?

M+R Strategic Services and NTEN released a new eNonprofit Benchmarks Study for 2009 (Download the report at http://www.e-benchmarksstudy.com/2009.html). We've analyzed online messaging, fundraising, and advocacy data from 32 leading nonprofit organizations to provide you with reliable new data, answering questions like:

* How is the financial crisis affecting online fundraising?
* How do my targeted emails, appeals to non-donors, phone call alerts, and more compare to those of other nonprofits?
* For state-based or local groups, what's a good email response rate

Karen Matheson, M+R Strategic Services will cover key findings on fundraising and advocacy metrics, explore what the data tells us about industry-wide changes, provide key metrics to analyze your organization's online program and take questions about the study and nonprofit online metrics.

She will also offer up real-world advice and research-based best practices for communicating effectively with your membership, helping maintain and develop supporters, build relationships, and sharing your story.

Agenda: 5:30 Networking

6:00 Presentation with Q/A

7:00 More Networking

Karen Matheson is the Manager of Quantitative Research and Analysis at M+R Strategic Services and provides strategic data analysis for a range of M+R's eCampaigns clients, including the Human Rights Campaign, Oxfam America, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and graduate coursework in statistics and analysis, Karen has a strong quantitative research background. In addition to co-authoring M+R and NTEN's eNonprofit Benchmarks Study (www.e-benchmarksstudy.com), Karen regularly researches and co-authors articles about best online communications strategies using data from several national nonprofits.

Please email Anna at [email protected] or Donna Arriaga at [email protected] with any questions.

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Wednesday
Jul 8, 2009
Springboard Social Innovation Forum on the New Family-Forward Agenda
Urban Grind East

Our July Forum will offer an exciting shift in format. We get to participate in the launch of Family Forward, a new nonprofit focused on inspiring workplaces, communities, and policies that value families.

Did you know that motherhood is the single biggest predictor of poverty in old age? What does this say about our community’s priorities and values? Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion about the economics of family-raising, the crisis of care, and what we can do to set a new course in Oregon. We will hear from experienced leaders who are working for family forward change on a number of fronts: employment, parent activism, women’s leadership, state policy, and more. We will work together to develop a new vision for a Family Forward Oregon. Please join us! Date: Wednesday, July 8th Doors open at 5:30pm Forum 6-9pm Cost: $5 Location: Urban Grind East 2214 NE Oregon St.

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Wednesday
Aug 12, 2009
August Springboard Social Innovation Forum: Year-Round Harvests
Urban Grind East

Come celebrate summer's bounty at the Forum, where in August we'll address "extended harvests." We will be exploring techniques, spaces and technologies that extend growing seasons, increase yield, increase opportunities for local food production and bring the harvest to new places and spaces. Mark your calendars now and please join us!

General Forum Info: The Springboard Social Innovation Forum offers a monthly event designed to support those interested in creating a better future. Our focus is to help practitioners or potential practitioners of social projects push beyond discussion and debate into action. Each Forum will inspire and teach with ideas, powerful role models, and stories. Speakers, content experts, panels, and workshops will help you improve your strategies for planning and launching effective social ventures. The Forum will create a context to connect, learn, and take action around ideas that lead to tangible change—all in a venue designed for building community.

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Tuesday
Oct 27, 2009
Eat Out for Africa!

Support Bola Moyo's youth and adult education programs in Malawi while supporting local African restaurants in Portland! On the night of Tuesday October 27th, dine at or buy takeout from one of the participating restaurants, and 25% of your bill will be donated to Bola Moyo! Why not get a group of friends together and make a night of it!

Make sure you mention Bola Moyo's Eat Out for Africa night and write it on your bill so we receive the proceeds. Please book in advance through the restaurant to avoid disappointment.

Participating restaurants include Cafe Flame Lily in Lake Oswego, and Dalo's Kitchen, Horn of Africa, and Safari Restaurant in North Portland.

Visit http://www.bola-moyo.org/eat-out-for-africa for more details.

Please eat generously!

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Tuesday
Dec 8, 2009
Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Join us for a Happy Hour Holiday Celebration with your fellow nonprofits using technology for good. We'll have a short discussion of IT Planning based on the NTEN Book - Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission (http://www.meetyourmission.org/) with editor, Holly Ross.

Agenda:

5:30 Networking 6:00 Presentation 6:30 - 7:30 Networking

Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission is a practical resource that will help nonprofit leaders make smart, strategic decisions about technology. The book shows how to effectively manage technology and offers advice for decision makers and staff alike, including those who often have little or no experience with technology. With contributions from the top experts in the nonprofit technology field , this must-have guide addresses technology planning and people. It includes the tools you need to get the work done, and the knowledge that will help you communicate better, evaluate technology investments, raise money, and more. Written in nontechnical language the book covers a broad spectrum of topics.

About Holly:

Holly has spent more than five years at NTEN, combing through all the technology fads and listening to the NTEN community to line up the webinars, conferences, and research that will help members use technology to make the world a better place. From ubiquitous access to technology leadership to social media trends, Holly brings the wisdom of the NTEN crowd to the nonprofit sector. Holly is also editor of "Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders," available from Jossey-Bass.

Monday
Feb 22, 2010
Managing Social Media Campaigns
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

While setting up a Twitter account may only take a few minutes knowing what to do with it and how to manage it is another story. Simply “doing” is no longer working. It is important we finds way to do it more efficiently and find ways to measure the value. This month’s meeting will focus on looking at some of the available tools and how we can use them to manage and monitor social media campaigns. We will be specifically focusing on tools related to Twitter and Facebook fan pages.

Bring your questions, your war stories and creative ideas.

Agenda:

5:30 Networking 6:00 Presentation 6:30 More Networking

Hope you can join us!

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Tuesday
Apr 27, 2010
2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference: Session Takeaways from Attendees
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

The 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference took place April 8-10, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. Nearly 1,450 nptechies came together to learn & connect about using technology to create more social change in our jobs and in the world.

Join us for our April meetup when Portland attendees will share resources and takeaways from the sessions they attended. More details to come with specific sessions to be covered but please mark your calenders now as it will be a lively discussion with lots of tips and tricks learned from the top nonprofit technologists in the county.

In the meanwhile, you can find 2010 NTC Session Materials on Slideshare.


Tuesday
May 25, 2010
PDXTech4Good May Meetup
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

At last, we have confirmed a May Meetup topic!
Constituent Relationship Management Systems or Databases!

A good system for managing your clients, constituents, donors, and/or volunteers will ease your troubles away! Well...we're not sure that any database can be completely pain-free, there are some good solutions available for nonprofits but before a tool is decided upon, some essential questions must be asked. Join us on May 25, when Tompkins Spann will talk unbiased on how to determine your nonprofits' needs for data management and what you need to evaluate when choosing a CRM or database.

Then, you will have the opportunity to talk to Tompkins and others (we invite you to attend if you have a CRM solution to talk up!) about specific solutions and how they might integrate into your nonprofit's work flow.

We are proud to be bringing you this meetup in collaboration with the Portland Nonprofit Salesforce Users Group and Convio.

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Tompkins is the Sr. Market Strategist for Convio focused exclusively on the Common Ground product, Convio’s CRM solution for nonprofits. He has worked for Convio (and formerly) GetActive for more than 5 years in various roles, from account services to product marketing. His experience working with nonprofits began when he exited the Peace Corps in 2000 to create his own 501c3. He then began working for a large advocacy-based organization in DC serving as the lead on all technology projects ranging from website strategy to database development. Tompkins has a passion for nonprofit-tech and truly enjoys helping organizations pick the right solutions and apply the right strategies to help further their mission.
Friday
Jun 25, 2010
PDX Net2 Camp
Jupiter Hotel

About PDX Net2 Camp PDX Net2 Camp is an event focused on intersecting technology and social impact -- right here in Portland. It's a gathering for participants to learn, share insights and build sustainable collaborations in an open environment. Participant-driven topics will will explore how technology can advance...

  • Program Delivery
  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy
  • Community Organizing
  • and more!

Who should attend this camp? This camp is for nonprofit/ngo leaders, designers, developers, advocacy groups, fundraising professionals, communications specialists, and entrepreneurs. ...and anyone else who wants to contribute, brainstorm and discover ideas for creating social change through the use of technology.

Event Details When: Friday, June 25th, 9:30am - 3:00pm Where: DreamBOX @ the Jupiter Hotel, 800 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR Cost: Free!!!

Register at http://pdxnet2camp.eventbrite.com/

Stay Tuned for More Details... Details will be posted on PDX Net2 Camp wiki at http://pdxnet2camp.pbworks.com/.

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Wednesday
Oct 13, 2010
Tweet, Tag, Post, & Friend: New Research on Nonprofit Use of Social Media
Mercy Corps NW

Are social media channels working to help nonprofits engage their current audience? Recruit new supporters? Raise money? Idealware’s Andrea Berry will talk through the results of six months of social media research. She will cover what tools nonprofits are using, how well they think they work, and what specific goals each can help nonprofits accomplish. Talking through tools including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, blogs, photo sharing, and video sharing sites, Andrea will discuss ways to help nonprofits decide which channels are right for them.

Agenda: 5:30 - Networking 6:00 - Presentation by Andrea Berry 6:30 - 7:15 Group Discussion 7:15-7:30 Networking

Andrea Berry, Idealware’s Director of Partnership and Learning, oversees Idealware’s fundraising and training activities, including the Field Guide to Nonprofit Software, training and online seminars. Prior to joining Idealware, Andrea held fundraising positions in education, health research and at museums, and has taught math, performing arts and history in traditional and non-traditional educational settings.

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Wednesday
Aug 3, 2011
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Weekly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Weeklies tend to be very quiet and casual, but all are welcome!

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Wednesday
Aug 10, 2011
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
World Cup Coffee

Weekly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Weeklies tend to be very quiet and casual, but all are welcome!

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Saturday
Sep 24, 2011
Vision Planning for the Community-Minded
Collective Agency Downtown

Vision planning for people who want to do something for a community.

Do you not yet have a vision statement written out, or would you like to tweak or revise? And do you say things like, "I'm hoping someone will want to contribute to my project: it is for the public good"? Then this workshop is for you.

Saturday, September 20th, 10am-12pm. Alex Linsker, Catherine Poole, and Russ Finkelstein will be the main facilitators and coaches of the workshop.

The main questions about your vision: Where are you coming from? What phrasing describes the reason why you’re doing this?

If related questions come up organically, we’ll explore. These questions are where groups like “Collective Agency” started.

Whether a website, open source project, discussion group, nonprofit startup, or something else, the main focus of the people who show up will be for the benefit of a group or groups of people (the "community"). We’ll have fun and develop a vision planning community of our own.

In 2 hours we will meet-and-greet (go around and say what we’re working on and what we’d like to happen with it), have a brief overview, then invest most of the time in one-on-one coaching in 15 minute sessions.

Coaches will each bring a vision plan for something they’ve done.

This event is free of charge. Coaching/mentoring/skill-sharing will be available here in the future with both free and paid options.

Please RSVP. Plancast is best, so people can see you're coming. Email [email protected] or tweet @alexlinsker with any questions.

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Tuesday
Oct 25, 2011
Website Planning with PDX Tech4Good
Mercy Corps Action Center

It's hard to deny that technology planning stinks. At this month's PDXTech4Good, you'll learn how to get over it and create a website technology plan for implementation and funding that will make your website dream a reality.

Sean Larkin of ThinkShout, Inc. will talk about how to get the right people involved in your tech plan, the fundamentals to include in your plan, and how to create a story to get your website project funded.

Agenda:

5:30 - 5:45 - Networking and tasty refreshments from Foster & Dobbs!

5:45 - 6:30 - Brief presentation & open discussion

6:30 - More networking

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Tuesday
Nov 8, 2011
OEN Light a Fire 2011
Portland Art Museum

The Light A Fire Awards Dinner honors the nonprofit organizations and individuals whose extraordinary acts of service embody the Portland spirit of giving to make our region more prosperous, beautiful, healthful, and sustainable— in a word, better—for all of us.

Proceeds benefit OEN’s Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Northwest.

6pm Cocktail Hour 7pm Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Special thanks to our sponsors below who make the evening possible.

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Tuesday
Nov 29, 2011
The Future of Tech & Social Good Work in PDX
Mercy Corps Action Center

Join mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith to talk about what work the city is doing to support nonprofits, social good businesses, and technology!

Free and open to the public. RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/netsquared-13/events/23820051/

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Tuesday
Dec 13, 2011
PDX Tech4Good Holiday Gathering
Mercy Corps Action Center

Join us to rub elbows with nonprofits & social good businesses who want to use technology to make Portland a better place to live!

We'll be talking about what types of meetups we want to have in 2012 and we'll also be raffling off some great prizes!

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Wednesday
Mar 14, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Weekly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Weeklies tend to be very quiet and casual, but all are welcome!

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Wednesday
Mar 21, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Beulahland

Weekly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Weeklies tend to be very quiet and casual, but all are welcome!

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Wednesday
Mar 28, 2012
Personal Telco Project Monthly Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Monthly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Our monthly meetings are usually slightly bigger than weeklies; everyone is welcome, come to learn, teach, and play!

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Wednesday
Apr 4, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Beulahland

Weekly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Weeklies tend to be very quiet and casual, but all are welcome!

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Wednesday
Apr 11, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Slabtown

Weekly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Weeklies tend to be very quiet and casual, but all are welcome!

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Wednesday
Apr 18, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Anna Bannanas Alberta

Weekly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Weeklies tend to be very quiet and casual, but all are welcome!

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Wednesday
Apr 25, 2012
Personal Telco Project Monthly Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Monthly meeting of the Personal Telco Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated.

Our monthly meetings are usually slightly bigger than weeklies; everyone is welcome, come to learn, teach, and play!

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Wednesday
May 9, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

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Wednesday
May 23, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Funhouse Lounge

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

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Wednesday
May 30, 2012
Personal Telco Project Monthly Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

Our monthly meetings are usually slightly bigger than weeklies; everyone is welcome, come to learn, teach, and play!

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Wednesday
Jun 6, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Beulahland

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

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Wednesday
Jun 13, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Lardo

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

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Wednesday
Jun 20, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Slabtown

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

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Wednesday
Jun 27, 2012
Personal Telco Project Monthly Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

Our monthly meetings are usually slightly bigger than weeklies; everyone is welcome, come to learn, teach, and play!

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Wednesday
Jul 25, 2012
Personal Telco Project Annual Members Meeting
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

Our annual members meeting happens in place of the monthly meeting in July every year. This year, we are holding an election for two positions on the board of directors. Only members may vote. Check out the website for details.

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Wednesday
Aug 8, 2012
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Suzette Creperie

Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations who share -- or plan to share -- internet connectivity rather than hoard it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. We believe internet access should be available, fair, and uncensored. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in PDX.

Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful!

More info at https://personaltelco.net/wiki/PersonalTelco

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Wednesday
Aug 29, 2012
Stumptown Syndicate Town Hall
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

Come find out about what Stumptown Syndicate is working on, and how you can get involved. We're a volunteer-run Portland nonprofit that puts on events like Open Source Bridge, BarCamp Portland, and WhereCampPDX, and we need your help to keep this next year of activities running smoothly.

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Wednesday
Feb 6, 2013
PDXTech4Good February Meetup
Idealist Consulting

We are breathing life back into PDXTech4Good with our first official event of the year on evaluating online nonprofit payment processors for donations and purchases.

Lila Pigott of Idealist Consulting will walk through what a payment processor is, what to consider when choosing a processor and the differences between standalone and integrated payment processors.

Nonprofit staffers, techies, activists and community organizers are all invited to this event.

Stop by for discussion, networking with the nonprofit tech crowd and refreshments! (Event is free.)

About our speaker

Lila Pigott joined the ranks of nonprofit technology consultants in 2012. After more than 15 years in nonprofit and mission-based organizations, she realized her true passion was helping the enthusiastic and unsupported or intimidated and reluctant overcome the organizational inertia often associated with adopting new technology.

In her current role as a Solutions Analyst with Idealist Consulting, Lila works directly with nonprofit organizations and provides analysis, advice, and support to improve business processes and implement constituent relationship database solutions.

Parking

Parking in this area is free. It is limited to two hours, but only until 7:00 PM. We expect there will be ample parking by 6:00.

What you'll get out of PDXTech4Good events:

  • Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those not experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.
  • Techies will find opportunities to hear the real-world stories of nonprofit clients, and put their own expertise to social good — as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in our community.
  • Activists and community organizers will see and be given the chance to present on successful uses of technology for social change. We'll explore how technology can help support activism and where activism can push it forward.
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Saturday
Jul 27, 2013
ChickTech Mid-Summer Picnic
Powell Park

Join ChickTech at our annual Mid-Summer Picnic! Families (including children) are welcome. Please make sure each person is counted in your registration so we have an accurate count!

Other than eating free food, we'll have two fun activities. The first will be a soldering station, where anyone can learn to solder (or teach others to solder!). The second will be an activity creating a simple e-textile project (using fabric or felt to create an item that uses a small battery, sensors, and lights/sounds to react to the sensors--here are some more complex examples: http://makezine.com/2010/04/06/geek-chic-massive-e-textiles-roundu/). This is going to be a really fun event! We're excited, and we hope you'll join us to celebrate a summer that is starting any day now, tasty food, and of course women in tech. :)

This is a free event, but please feel free to make a donation to help defray our costs if you are able. All donations are tax-deductible and help keep our K-12 activities free to participants.

Food will be provided. Transportation will be provided as needed to HS participants, either through transit passes or pickup.

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Friday
Sep 27, 2013
Stumptown Syndicate Happy Hour
Temboo / NXT Studios

Stumptown Syndicate, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit that oversees events like WhereCamp Portland, Ignite Portland, BarCamp Portland, and Open Source Bridge, is having a Happy Hour gathering to bring together Portland's ever-growing tech community. Join us for drinks and food and stay for WhereCamp's kickoff party that starts at 6 p.m.

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Wednesday
Nov 5, 2014
PDXTech4Good: Thanks4Good Celebration
Idealist

Let’s give Thanks4Good and celebrate local nonprofits and social change groups that do amazing — yet often unrecognized — work with technology.

For this event, we have some amazing groups lined up to speak about their nonproft tech successes, their learning moments, and more. We hope these stories spark new ideas and conversations about how to do more with technology in your own organization.

To get an idea of what's to come: You'll hear about how to mobilize a 1,000+ member volunteer group with CiviCRM, hear the pros and cons of choosing open source software for a nonprofit's IT infrastructure, and more.

Come learn and celebrate the good work your nonprofit or social change organization does for our community!

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Monday
Nov 24, 2014
Secret Knowledge Exchange
Taborspace

This is Secret Knowledge's Un-Workshop. There's no topic, just a mission.

It's about getting you the resources, skills, tips, creative advice, tech help, or buoying encouragement you need right now. Come, and get it.

Getting the most out of Secret Knowledge Exchange

It's an un-workshop. That means it doesn't have a topic. Participate by bringing requests or a topic suggestion for the group. Engage and help each other. If you have the answers someone needs, share.

We guarantee to make it worth your time, each and every time.

Some ideas

We hope this example list will help you as you consider what requests to bring to the workshop. We're including it to inspire you, not limit your options.

  • Bring that pesky technical device, computer program, or other doodad that you're having trouble figuring out. Ask for help. (bring the manual if you have it)

  • Talk about the state of your career, what your goals are, and ask for advice on how to break out of a rut.

  • Bring something you're working on, ask for some feedback.

Free / Suggested donation ($5 - $15)

Let us know you're planning to attend. Registration is free (and optional).

About Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge helps independent artists develop the skills they need to grow their businesses and works to foster arts-engagement among local audiences.

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Wednesday
Dec 10, 2014
Secret Knowledge of Working Websites
Taborspace

Enlightenment for beginners, confidence for the daunted, wisdom for anyone looking to promote their creative work online.

Build a professional looking, easy-to-maintain website for marketing your music, artwork, or creative business. This workshop is an applied lesson in building a website that works for you using the free Wordpress content management/blogging platform.

Free ($5 - $15 suggested donation). Let us know you're coming. Registration is free (and optional)

Instructor: Noah Kleiman

Secret Knowledge offers free/low-cost workshops aimed at giving working class artists, musicians, and creative entrepreneurs the tech & business skills they need to succeed.

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Thursday
Dec 18, 2014
Secret Knowledge of Crowd Funding
Taborspace

Time tested fundraising wisdom you need to finance your next album, publication, business idea, or art project.

This workshop will cover time-tested nonprofit fundraising principals and show you how to apply these principles to your individual crowd funding campaign. You’ll leave with a easy-to-follow framework for planning and implementing a successful crowd funding campaign.

Free ($5 - $15 suggested donation). Let us know you're coming. Registration is free (and optional)

Instructor: Noah Kleiman

Secret Knowledge offers free/low-cost workshops aimed at giving working class artists, musicians, and creative entrepreneurs the tech & business skills they need to succeed.

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Monday
May 23, 2016
STEM Coffee Hour
Latte Da

We are happy to announce that we will be holding our second event at Latte Da in downtown Vancouver!

This is an opportunity to meet and engage others who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related fields here in the SW Washington area, so be sure to bring business cards and information on projects you may be working on, opportunities for others in the community, etc.

Those of you wanting something non-caffeinated after work will be glad to know the venue also has beer and wine available.

Looking forward to another hour of networking and supporting local business!

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Thursday
Aug 18, 2016
Project Management for Nonprofits
The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel: 1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

Nonprofit technology projects come in all types and sizes, and managing them is rarely anyones primary job. Success is often found not in simply getting “the thing” done, but in managing the process along the way.

It’s easy to understand how nonprofit staff get sidled with project management in the course of their work: you manage the website for your organization, so it just makes sense that you are responsible for the upcoming website redesign project, right? Likewise for the CRM migration, email platform transition, and on, and on.

Nervous about helming such a transition? That’s where this Lab comes in.

Managing a technology-related project for your nonprofit can seem like a daunting task, whether you have experience in project management or not. Each project and organization presents its own unique set of challenges. Even if you feel like you have a good system in place, having a chance to connect with other’s approaches and perspectives can be an eye-opening experience.

During this Lab, we will spend the day working through strategies, frameworks, and best practices to help guide you through the range of technology-related projects that you encounter and how to better manage them for success. Be prepared for exercises that will get you thinking about a particular project your organization is currently working on or getting ready to begin. Also come ready to share your experiences, tips, and lessons learned with the rest of the group as we work to learn as a community.

At the NTEN Lab, you will learn how to:

Oversee project budgets Develop project plans Reign in scope creep Manage internal communications & expectations Handle vendor relationships Monitor & evaluate the “success” of your project

About the NTEN Lab

The NTEN Lab is an in-person, collaborative space for shared learning, as well as an opportunity to connect with your peers to explore different ways to manage technology-related projects for your organization. This hands-on workshop is focused on bringing in your organization’s context in a way that allows you to learn from and support others in the nonprofit community.

Details

Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

Location: Portland: The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel: 1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

Meals: Snacks and lunch will be provided

CFRE Credits: NTEN Labs and Webinars qualify for CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) credits. Full participation in this NTEN Lab are applicable for 5.5 credits.

Support This event is presented through generous support from the Meyer Memorial Trust.

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Monday
Dec 5, 2016
Portland Indie Game Squad Year End Party
The Oregon Public House

Free & All Ages Play games, meet developers, celebrate Portland games! Have dinner and drinks with us to raise money for the PIGSquad nonprofit!

Join us in an evening of games, special announcements, and community fun as we celebrate 2016 and kick off our end-of-year pledge drive for the nonprofit. We are Charity of the Day for Oregon Public House: A portion of all food and drink purchases on Monday, December 5th (including lunch!) will benefit the Portland Indie Game Squad. In addition to having games available for play, we will be revisiting our year and hosting a PIGSquad organizer Q&A session for a "Town Hall" meeting.

11:30am-6pm: Restaurant Open & Games Downstairs 6pm: Party Starts in Ballroom 7pm: Town Hall 8pm: Party Resumes 10pm: Party Ends

Attendees are required to follow the PIGSquad Code of Conduct: http://pigsquad.com/code-of-conduct/

See you soon!

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Saturday
Dec 17, 2016
PIGSquad Horror Game Marathon
5th Avenue Cinema

Join us in a live horror game marathon as we play through scary games like Until Dawn, Witch's House, and Damned on the big screen! This will also conclude the Portland Indie Game Squad's funding drive for the year, so we'll be streaming and counting new pledges to the nonprofit as we edge through the night. Be ready to show your fear ;D

Pizza and PBR (for those of us over 21) will be provided. Attendees are expected to follow the PIGSquad Code of Conduct: http://pigsquad.com/code-of-conduct/ Some games are rated M for Mature!

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Wednesday
May 24, 2017
Community Empowerment Through Mapping
Free Geek

Come learn how to find public data sets and collect spatial data in and with your community!

In the first half of the class, you will learn how to use Google Earth Pro, a free data mapping tool, as well as a few basic functions using the data analysis tool QGIS. We will also touch on methods and ethics in community data collection and display. The second half of the class will be a workshop for your ideas, so please come to class prepared with a community project idea which you are working on, or would like to work on using mapping tools.

Goal of class: By the end of this class, students will be able to: -create map surveys, create map objects (points, lines, polygons) on Suprmap.org -visualize and add detail to inputs in Google Earth Pro -add data layers to a map, perform spatial join, and modify data table in QGIS -They will know where to find public data sets, and how to make their own -They will also be briefed on community data collection practices, and honest and ethical data collection and distribution. -In workshop, we will provide some ideas on what data sets and data analysis tools would help them work on their project.

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Thursday
Jul 27, 2017
Code For Good
through Reed College

Code for Good is a new annual event based in Portland where Python programmers from all over the globe get together for a long weekend to build projects that help our communities. In 2017 the event will take place in Portland, OR, at Reed College. Participants stay in on-site dorms; hacking and socializing takes place in communal areas. Join us this year just for the fun of giving back!

Attendees will split into teams and work on projects for organizations like Free Geek, Sisters of the Road Cafe, and Know Your City. Registration is $150 and scholarships are available. We provide housing, food, and evening activities.

While we are focusing on Python, we'd love for Javascript folks and people with design or UX skills too! We're open to all skill levels.

Code For Good is a registered non-profit and all sales go 100% to running the event.

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Tuesday
Jan 9
Turn Your Idea Into Something Real With App Lab
NedSpace

At Alchemy Code Lab, we strive to cultivate more creativity, opportunity, and impact for everyone in our community through code. That’s why we’re excited to announce App Lab, a brand new consultancy program that combines the fresh talent of Alchemy grads with the seasoned skill of Alchemy mentors to bring the web & mobile application ideas of local entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits to life!

Do you have a vision for an app or a technology component of your business you’ve been unable to realize? The reality is that paying full price for an MVP or internal app has traditionally be cost-prohibitive -- and as a result, many ideas simply never get built.

Come learn about App Lab’s cost-effective approach to small-scale app development (think beauty school haircut or culinary institute dining, but for apps) and see if our consultancy is a good fit!

QUESTIONS? Email us: [email protected]

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