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Thursday
Mar 22, 2018
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Project Presentation Event
Opal

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PDXWIT is excited to announce the launch of Project Presentations Event. Collaboration, support, and the ability to clearly communicate about your project are critical factors for success. The brainchild of Nathan Keene and Abeer Eltanawy, this event is designed to:

Introduce new ideas within our community Find solutions to project challenges Encourage networking and collaboration Improve presentation skills Create access to mentors Provide a safe space to learn and grow Help you accelerate your project

Who is it for?

Members with a coding, hacking or maker project seeking a supportive audience to provide potential solutions to challenges, constructive questions and feedback. Please apply!.

Members with a pet project on the back burner (or the front one!) who would like to present, discuss and gain traction? Come on out and share it!

Folks interested in hearing about innovative projects and providing helpful audience feedback. Join us!

How does it work?

Here’s the scoop: The event starts with 15 minutes of networking. We will also encourage you to reconvene informally at the end. 3 projects will be selected for presentation.

Each project presenter has a total of 20 minutes for their project (10 minutes to present, 10 minutes for brainstorming challenge solutions and receiving feedback). Presentations will be timed.

Presenters have the option of a free one hour presentation coaching session with Tambre Leighn, a certified high performance coach who specializes in training experts in the medical, research, and technology sectors to present powerfully and with ease.

How do I apply to present?

Register for the event by selecting the “Presenter” ticket type by February 12th, 2018. We will notify selected presenters by email on February 16th, 2018.

What if I want to attend but not present?

Register for the event by selecting the “General Admission” ticket type.

What if I have more questions?

Please email [email protected] for more information or with any questions.

We look forward to making this a successful evening for the presenters and the audience.

Agenda:

5:30 PM: Door open

5:35 PM: Introduction

5:45 PM: Refreshments/Networking

6:00 PM: Presentation 1

6:20 PM: Presentation 2

6:40 PM: Presentation 3

7:00 PM: Recap/Feedback/Announcements

7:10 PM: Networking

7:30 PM: Event ends

Event FAQ:

Q: What is the parking situation?

A: No onsite parking, there is a Star Park behind the office and parking is $2/hr.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?

A: There is an indoor bike rack that can be used.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

A: Finding parking near the office is not difficult, but it is not free - we recommend attendees use public transportation if that is what’s best for them.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. All people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Tuesday
Feb 13, 2018
Driving Retail Growth through Technology Innovation
Regus

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QuoteCenter, located in Vancouver, Washington, is a 139-person software startup within The Home Depot. QuoteCenter builds a portfolio of software applications using cutting-edge technology to facilitate building material sales to Pro contractors. Their team has grown dramatically from 70 people in October 2016 due to their proactive and intentional diversity recruiting efforts. These diverse people account for 40% of all new hires!

QuoteCenter is committed to building a diverse team, which they see as an important reason for their success and growth, from $0 in revenue at time of acquisition (2013) to $400M in 2015, $600M in 2016 and 2017.

Agenda:

5:00 - Welcome

5:15 - “How QuoteCenter attracts diverse candidates ” by Mike Lee, Talent Acquisition

5:45 - “The only one in the room: success and failure on the way to diversity" by Whitney Williams, Front End Developer

6:15 - “Opportunity for Leadership and Impact” by Denise Hale, Front End Developer

6:45 - Q & A

Event FAQ:

Q. What is the parking situation? A. Paid street parking is available.

Q. Is there secure bike parking? A. The secure bike parking is in the parking garage and requires a FOB for the building. However, there are racks in front of the building.

Q. Should I consider using public transportation? A. We are close to the street and not far from bus routes. However, we would recommend driving and plenty of street parking is available.

Purpose: PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Thursday
Feb 1, 2018
PDXWIT How to Accelerate the Growth of Your Startup
Jama Software 135 SW Taylor #200, Portland, OR 97204

Hey founders...it's time to think business! Insiders from Portland's startup scene will provide concrete tips for growth at this event. In this informative Q&A panel, we will discuss key tips to accelerate the growth of your startup. We will discuss many strategic topics:

  • Choosing the right legal entity to set up your startup for investment
  • Top tips for entrepreneurs looking for equity financing from angels, VCs, etc.
  • Intellectual property concerns (i.e., confidential information, trademarks, patents)
  • The importance of collecting and showcasing financial data for your investors
  • How to choose and compensate the right team of early hires

Our panelists hail from professional service firms offering legal, financial, and HR advice for startups, and have collectively supported many early-stage entrepreneurs in the Portland area and across the country.

Agenda:

6:00: Doors open 6:30-7:30 pm: Panel discussion 7:30-9 pm: Q&A and networking

Panelists:

Teela Crosthwaite Smith is a corporate lawyer and litigator. Her practice is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build, grow, and protect their start-ups and small businesses. She provides a wide range of counseling and transactional services, including business formation, contract drafting and negotiation, funding and financing, and employment matters. Teela has also guided entrepreneurs, including venture funds, in restructuring their business ownership interests in mergers and acquisition matters.

Jessica Crannell-Menard has spent the last 4 years as Now CFO’s Northwest Business Development Manager in the Portland office. She has helped clients of all sizes — from startup to billion-dollar entities — through accounting pain-points and staffing issues. NOW CFO specializes in outsourced accounting support, and has impacted companies in industries like Construction, Healthcare, Non-Profit, Manufacturing, Food/Beverage, and several others throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Jessica also prides herself as a local networking powerhouse committed to connecting businesses with other providers.

Jean Roque is the founder and President of Trüpp, a human resources company committed to helping growing organizations thrive through consulting services, HR outsourcing, and leadership development solutions. Jean’s straightforward yet strategic approach focuses on delivering HR services that are tailored to the unique needs, risks, and business objectives of each organization while removing the complexity often associated with the HR function. Jean is honored that Trüpp has been named among the Portland Business Journal’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies in Oregon for three consecutive years.

Event FAQ:

Q: What is the parking situation? A: Street parking only

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: Yes, but limited

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Website
Tuesday
Jan 30, 2018
PDXWIT Quarterly Mentorship Event: January 30th, 2018
FINE

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Join us for our next PDXWIT Mentorship Program Networking Event sponsored by FINE! Whether you're already part of the program or interested to find out more, come celebrate the successes of the program and meet other individuals in the mentorship network.

Are you in the program and can't attend? Don't worry, this event is optional.

Haven't signed up yet? Never fear, you can still sign up and we will match you during our next round.

Agenda:

5:00 - Doors open

5:45 - Welcome Address by Clay Walsh, FINE Marketing Director

5:55 - Mentorship Spotlights

6:00 - Speaker

7:00 - Event ends

Event FAQ:

Q: What is the parking situation?

A: No parking onsite but street parking is available.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?

A: Yes! Bring up to 2nd floor on elevator.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

A: Yes!

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Wednesday
Jan 24, 2018
PDX Women in Tech How to Study for a Technical Interview (1/24/18)
AWS Elemental

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Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful proposition. It is hard to know what to expect and even how to prepare for it. Each company evaluates its candidates differently. Luckily, some upfront investment and preparation can really go a long way in helping you distinguish yourself from the rest of the candidates. In this seminar lead by Khawaja Shams, VP of Engineering at Elemental Technologies, we will cover some common interviewing practices for technical interviews and what you may be able to do to get ready. We plan to cover many beneficial topics:

• Morning preparation, attire, mindset

• Preparation for the non-technical parts

• How to study for the coding interview

• How to execute the coding test

Due to the level of interaction required, attendance will be capped at 20. Never fear, we will be organizing this same event bi-monthly because we want everyone to have access to this workshop!

Agenda:

5:00 PM: Doors open

5:15 PM: Introduction

5:30 PM: Workshop begins

6:30 PM: Workshop ends

Event FAQ:

Q: What is the parking situation?

A: No on-site parking available at this event. .

Q: Is there secured bike parking?

A: No secured bike parking available at this event.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

A: Yes, taking public transportation to this event is recommended. The event is conveniently located near MAX and bus lines.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Website
Tuesday
Jan 9, 2018
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Fireside Chat with Mayor Ted Wheeler
New Relic

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Join PDXWIT for a lively discussion of Portland’s present and future with Mayor Ted Wheeler. The city faces complex challenges and new opportunities, and the tech industry has a pivotal role to play. Mayor Ted Wheeler will discuss the city’s policy agenda for the coming year and address your questions about some of PDXWIT’s top local issues: education, homelessness, transportation and public safety.

Ted Wheeler started his term as Portland’s mayor on January 1, 2017. Prior to that, he was the Chair of Multnomah County from 2007-2010 and the State Treasurer from 2010-2015. A sixth-generation Oregonian, Ted was born in Portland and graduated from Lincoln High School. Ted earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Moderator Terra Soma works at Legacy Health as a Sr. Organizational Development and Change Consultant where she leads teams through strategic planning, improving their culture, and reducing burnout.

Agenda:

5:30 Doors open and welcome

6:00 Conversation begins

7:00 Final remarks from Mayor and moderator

7:30 Event Ends

Event FAQ:

Q: What is the parking situation?

A: No onsite parking available.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?

A: No.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

A: Yes, the Max green, yellow, blue and red lines are very close.

Purpose: PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Website
Monday
Jan 8, 2018
PDXWIT Women in Technology in the Creative Industry
Planet Argon

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Join PDXWIT as we collaborate with Portland Ad Federation (PAF) for a fun and informative panel discussion. We will be featuring a panel of women in the creative and tech industries:

Lorien Steele, Creative Director at Sparkloft Media

Rebecca Armstrong, Principal and Managing Director at North

Kristin Casaletto, Senior Design Director at Sasquatch

Wendy Lane, Managing Partner at LANE a Finn Partners company

Teresa O’Neil, Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships at Travel Oregon

Moderated by Nadya Ighani, Associate Digital Producer at Swift

Organizers Arianna Howe and Kasey Huber are excited to bring women together to build community in the growing creative industry around Portland. There will be networking, and there will be snacks, so bring a friend!

Hosted by Planet Argon

Agenda:

5:30-6:00 - Event Begins/Networking

6:00-7:00 - Introductions + Panel

7:00-7:30 - Networking/Event ends

Event FAQ:

Q: What is the parking situation?

A: Parking is in the neighborhood only, though it is free.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?

A: Our bike room is downstairs and keycard access only, though we can arrange for someone to be down there and let people in. There are also bike racks outside of the building.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

A: There is a bus stop across the street, but parking in the neighborhood is ample so it shouldn't be an issue to drive.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Website
Monday
Dec 11
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Quarterly Seasoned Women in Tech (Winter 2017)
comScore , #250 | Portland, OR 97214

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PDXWIT supports women in all stages of their career, so we launched Seasoned Women in Tech to create space for women with 15+ years of experience in tech. The group meets quarterly, and this event is organized by Tracy Thomas and Claire Hernandez.

What kind of "time- brain" do you have? To find out, join international speaker, trainer and author, Marydee Sklar for an interactive evening about your brain and its connection to how you relate to time. Come away with new insights into your own behavior as well as those around you. She'll share tips to support aging brains and young ones too!

Entrance on MLK - mirrored door, with signage that reads "Gardener's and Ranchers Building" with hours. Please follow the PDXWIT signage.

Agenda:

5:30p.m. Gather, chat and nosh.

6:00p.m. Introductions

6:15 - 7:15: Interactive discussion

7:15 - 7:30: Questions and wrap-up

Event FAQ:

Q: What is the parking situation?

A: No onsite parking available.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?

A: No secure bike parking available.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

A: Yes! There is a Streetcar stop in front of the building.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Saturday
Nov 14, 2009
Supercomputing '09 in Portland OR
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SC09 returns to Portland, Oregon for its 21st annual conference. Recognized globally as the premier international conference on High Performance Computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis, SC09 will feature the most interesting and innovative HPC scientific and technical applications from around the world.

No other conference brings together this many scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators, application developers, and program managers.

Make sure to look for RNA Networks, leader in memory virtualization software, while you're there!

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Monday
Feb 6
Community Hour[s] - Portland Community Hour[s] at CENTRL Office Pearl: Portland Startup Week edition
CENTRL Office

It's Portland Startup Week! What better time to get the startup community together? 

That's why Built OregonPIE, and Silicon Florist is using Startup Week as an opportunity to kick off a new year of Community Hour[s], our ongoing gatherings for all of the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric of our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and make new connections with your peers and across industries. 

As much as we all love technology, we realize that community relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes — or a couple of hours.

As always, Community Hour[s] are graciously hosted by CENTRL Office.

See you there!

P.S. Don't forget… if you're interested in getting involved in Portland Startup Week, there's still time to host your own event. It's easy. Just pick a time, a topic, and a place and we'll get you added to the list.

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Monday
Mar 6
Portland Community Hour[s] at CENTRL Office Pearl
CENTRL Office

Join Built OregonPIE, and Silicon Florist for Community Hour[s], our ongoing gathering for all of the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric of our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and make new connections with your peers and across industries. 

As much as we all love technology, we realize that community relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes — or a couple of hours.

See you there!

Website
Monday
Mar 20
Portland Community Hour[s] at CENTRL Office Eastside
CENTRL Office Eastside

Join Built OregonPIE, and Silicon Florist for Community Hour[s], our ongoing series of gatherings for all of the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric of our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and make new connections with your peers and across industries. 

As much as we all love technology, we realize that community relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes — or a couple of hours.

As always, Community Hour[s] are graciously hosted by CENTRL Office.

See you there!

Website
Monday
Apr 3
Portland Community Hour[s] at CENTRL Office Pearl
CENTRL Office

Join Built OregonPIE, and Silicon Florist for Community Hour[s], our ongoing gathering for all of the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric of our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and make new connections with your peers and across industries. 

As much as we all love technology, we realize that community relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes — or a couple of hours.

See you there!

Website
Tuesday
Sep 19
PDX Women In Tech Happy Hour Networking Event
Airbnb Portland

***Registration through Eventbrite is required to avoid having to manually check-in at the event***

Join us for happy hour at Airbnb on September 19th.

PDXWIT exists as a way to encourage, support and empower women in the Portland tech community. One way to feel empowered is to get comfortable being brave and bold. This is so important that we’ve made it the theme of this event. The conversation starter “Which country would you move to tomorrow if you knew you had a job there?” will give you a chance to engage in a thought experiment wherein you take a huge personal leap.

While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 5:30 to share important announcements and showcase three women in our community.

᛫ Introduction to Airbnb, including what they do and what job opportunities are available.

᛫ Deena Anreise, Senior Marketing Manager at Prialto, will tell us how to use your gut to make a major career change.

᛫ Kathy Lee, Software Developer, will talk about why she started speaking publicly and why you should, too.

During the event, we’ll have more to do than free-form networking:

᛫ An Activity Table where people can get creative. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing. If you have trouble finding it, look for Meg Aul, our Event Activities Director.

᛫ Table Topics to help break the ice. ᛫ A section for job seekers and those hiring, to ensure people get connected.

Event FAQ

Q: What is the parking situation?

A: Limited street parking

Q: Is there secure bike parking?

A: Not available for public use

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

A: Yes!

Q: What I can expect at check-in?

A: In addition to PDX WIT check-in through Eventbrite, Airbnb requires everyone to sign-in and wear their name tags. Name tags will be printed in-advance for early registrants as well as onsite.

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Thursday
Nov 2
PDXWIT Immerse Yourself in Virtual Reality
Emerge Interactive

Are you looking for an event to get better acquainted with Virtual Reality? In partnership with Joshua Alan Young from the Portland VR Meetup, co-organizers Judy Fischbach and Marguerite Gallagher invite you to come learn what Virtual Reality offers and to understand why there is so much trending interest. An emerging technology that is expected to impact many fields, including entertainment, journalism, education, and health care, VR/AR has been identified by the Technology Association of Oregon as one of top areas of technology growth in our state. The community in Portland is gaining momentum. It's an exciting time for many of us to jump in as the technology is so new. The playing field is more level and there is much interest beyond non-technology in areas such as the arts and education. The integrative nature of creating applications in VR can be unique and fun!

Don’t know where to begin? We will have an overview, hands-on opportunities to experience the technology, and information on tools and resources. Our panel will include speakers from the community on VR education and on companies/projects with promising VR related work which demonstrates the variety of exciting applications. Bring your questions!

We promise this will be a fun and memorable evening as we explore ways to grow community together in this fascinating new area of technology!

Agenda: 5:30 - 6:30 : Networking / Trials-Demos / Vendors 6:30 - 6:45 : Welcome and Overview 6:45 - 7:45 : Guest Speakers 7:45 - 8:15 : Networking

Guest Speakers and Talk Description:

Females in social virtual reality get unwanted attention, which is a barrier to widespread adoption. How might we learn more about female users in order to make Social VR appealing to all? Jessica Outlaw and Beth Duckles will share results from their qualitative study of women in social virtual reality and their recommendations for all tech creators.

Jessica Outlaw, M.S., is VR/AR experience researcher and founder of Data Driven LLC. Trained as a behavioral scientist, she uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to strategize and test experiences. She blogs at "The Extended Mind on how changes in the body and the environment influence the way that users think, feel, and behave in VR. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Scripps College and her Masters from U.C. San Diego.

Beth M. Duckles, Ph.D. is a sociologist and ethnographer who has worked in industry, nonprofits, government agencies and higher education. She has taught topics such as qualitative research, energy policy, organizational theory and nonprofit organizations. She received her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College and her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Arizona. More information can be found here.

Rachel Bracker is a virtual reality video editor and producer at 360 Labs, a Portland-based VR video production company that creates immersive experiences for clients like Google, The United States Coast Guard, and Columbia Sportswear. A graduate from the University of Oregon's Multimedia Journalism Master's degree program, Rachel specializes in documentary storytelling and is passionate about using VR to tell better stories. She will share her experiences creating 360 videos and provide insight into the inherit strengths of storytelling in this exciting medium.

Kerri Lynne Thorp will be discussing experiments and experience in non-fiction immersive storytelling. Kerri is an artist, futurist and feminist, exploring story and culture through documentary, virtual reality, and public engagement. Her desire to expand access to technology is driven by her use of storytelling as a crucial way to affect social change. Kerri is the Board VP of NW Documentary and Woman Led. She is currently and teaches 360 video production and is developing a mobile art gallery VR application, Kerri is also the creative director for the youth documentary program Produced by Her.

Demo Experience - HAUBERK 360 An interactive 360 exploration of artist Rosana Ybarra's solo exhibition Hauberk. Hauberk is a collection of works that act as hybrid between the amulet (a good luck charm) and the shield which would protect the heart. They are spiritual armor in physical form, a psychic safety zone. They say: better to have false comfort than no comfort at all.

Event FAQ Q: What is the parking situation? A: Public parking and street parking is available (though we cannot validate parking).

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: There is an open bike room, but please bring locks as it is in a common space.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: We always recommend public transportation as a way to cut down on Co2, and there is plenty of public transportation nearby.

Purpose: PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Website