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Oct 17, 2008
Equilibrium: The Human Mash Up
Olympic Mills Commerce Center

Equilibrium: The Human Mash Up

RSVP: Read reviews of the first of three Mash Up events:

Featuring Live DJs Echoik & Frequency

Working Artists Network + Software Association of Oregon introduce Equilibrium: The Human Mash Up. In the spirit of disruptive ideas and breaking down barriers we ask, "How can art and technology and the synergy of the two address humanity's next evolutionary step?" Four categories of work will address these questions and collectively speak to the power of human ingenuity. We invite artistic and technological creators to submit their work that addresses human survival in an era of interspecies evolution, revolution, and devolution.

Art and technology are two words that for many represent vastly different worlds, and for generations have largely existed along parallel, yet non-convergent lines. But now the potential for unprecedented collaboration is here. Ever-evolving technologies allow us to share ideas across borders, both geographic and symbolic. Such potential for shared ideas has helped break down long standing silos that for generations inhibited expansive thought and human progression.

The lines are now blurred. Creators of all sorts now have public space to mutually ponder where we've been, where we are, and where we're going. By sharing once segregated perspectives, we can see the world through a different lens and evolve as a species like never before.

E= m4 humanity - Submissions will fall into one of four conceptual areas:

Momentum: captures the inertia and velocity of human innovation Maintenance: captures the drive for ecological and human preservation Multiplicity: captures the boundless potential of human convergence Mobility: captures the facilitation of human movement and idea exchange

Dec 3, 2008
China Business Network and Software Association of Oregon: Open Source Software in China
House of Louie

Lunch presentation by Dirk Hohndel, Intel Corporation Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist. Mr. Hohndel will discuss how open source software works and the place of open source software in Chinese technology, as well as what's different and what's the same about open source in China and the West. It also will provide some insights into Intel's focus in open source and China.

    <p>Dirk is Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist in the <a href="">Open Source Technology Center</a> at Intel, which he joined in 2001.  Dirk has been an active contributor to Linux since 1991. Prior to his work at Intel, he was CTO of <a href="">SuSE Linux AG</a>, a driver of the XFree86 project, and Unix Architect at Deutsche Bank. Dirk has a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of W&uuml;rzburg, Germany.</p>
    <P><a href="">Intel</a>, the world's largest microprocessor company, is a driver of open source development to accelerate adoption and end user benefits from Intel products.  Intel's current focus includes open source projects in areas such as wireless and low-power information technology - especially for its new line of <a href="">Atom</a> microprocessors through the <a href=""></a> Linux project - virtualization, graphics, system manageability in organizations, and delivering on the promise of  high-performance parallel processing on multicore microprocessors.</P> 
    <P>In addition to the <a href="">Open Source Technology Center</a> in Hillsboro, Oregon, Intel has <a href=""> China-based open source technology centers</a> in Beijing and Shanghai as part of its <a href="">Intel China Software Center</a>.</P>

Cost:$20 members (CBN or SAO); $30 non-members; $15 students; $5 extra if late registration.

Dec 8, 2008
SAO Internet Marketing Conference
Portland State University Market Square Building

Date: Mon, Dec 8th Time: 12:00pm-8:00pm Location: Portland State University Market Square Building 1515 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1050 Cost: $55 for members $55 for non members Registration Deadline: 12/08/2008 Topic: Internet Marketing Conference

Do you need to know the latest techniques to market to your customer online? Join marketing and interactive professionals for this half-day conference plus evening event focused on Internet Marketing. We will cover beginner to advanced topics in Web strategies, analytics, ecommerce and SEO fundamentals, site development techniques, social media technologies, user experience and more. Expert speakers come from the Portland-area interactive community of consultants and agencies, including instructors in the Internet Strategy workshop series.

Whether you are a beginner and need to understand and interact with your online customers or a marketing professional who wants to hear the latest trends in SEO, and social media marketing, several tracks will allow you to learn at your own pace. Have your site reviewed by students or experts in our site lab and join in an interactive session with some of today's technology providers. The day will conclude with an interactive brainstorming and catered networking event, co-sponsored by the SAO IPsig and SEMpdx, Portland interactive associations. Take advantage of the tremendous resources available through Portland's interactive community.

Can't make the conference but want to network with other Internet marketing professionals and the conference speakers? Join us for the party from 6:00 to 8:00 for food, beverages, conversation and a live band. The Site Lab will stay open from 6:00 to 7:00 if you want a mini review of your site by an expert. Space is limited so register today. $10 advance registration, $15 at the door.

Dec 10, 2008

Join us for the second meeting of ThrivePDX! Details to follow... check back soon!

Dec 12, 2008
OIT Portland

You are invited to the Green Technologies Showcase at OIT’s East Portland Campus.

Friday, December 12, 2008 3 – 5 p.m. at OIT East Portland Campus 7726 SE Harmony Road, Portland, OR 97222 RSVP to 503.725.3066

This is an opportunity for legislators, business partners and guests to meet OIT’s new President Dr. Chris Maples, understand OIT’s statewide mission to prepare world-ready engineering and technology graduates, and its initiatives to build a green-technology workforce.

Dr. Maples will also highlight how the legislature’s investments in higher education and engineering through the Engineering and Technology Industry Council gives Oregonians the opportunity to invent the new technologies of tomorrow.

OIT is one of Oregon’s seven distinguished public universities, offering bachelor’s degree programs at it main campus in Klamath Falls, four satellite campuses in Portland, and outreach programs in La Grande and Seattle. OIT was the first university to offer a renewable energy engineering degree program in North America, and is the home of the Oregon Renewable Energy Center (established by the legislature in 2001) and the Geo-Heat Center (established in 1974).

Invited Guests: Legislators, Governor’s Office, Business and Education Partners

Speakers and Events: 3 – 3:15 Steve Pawlowski, ETIC Member and OIT Alumnus Introduction of legislators, dignitaries and business partners

3:15 – 3:45 OIT President Chris Maples shares his vision for OIT’s future and the impact of ETIC investments

3:45 – 4 Q&A with media and legislators

4 – 5 Concurrent Sessions and Open House

* John Lund on Geothermal Energy: How does it work and what’s its potential in Oregon - Presentation and discussion
* Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy: Meet Dr. Robert Bass, Program Director of Renewable Energy Engineering; Dr. Mateo, Chair of EERE; Prof. Tom White and renewable energy students; view labs and student projects
* Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology: Meet Drs. Wolf and Peter; view labs and projects
* Information Technology, Health Informatics: Meet Professors Grant Kirby and Michael Kirshner; meet students and learn about emerging occupations
* Software Engineering Technology: Meet Professor Jay Bockelman and students; view projects Oregon Renewable Energy Center and OIT’s Pre-College Programs: Meet Tom Chester, OREC Director, and Gayle Yamasaki, Director of Pre-college programs, as they showcase how OIT is helping businesses and communities apply renewable technologies and prepare the future green workforce

Learn more about green jobs and green technology education in Oregon – with a university presence right in your district.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP.

Dec 17, 2008
Agile Estimation and Planning
DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

This 1-day session combines high-level insight and specific tactical thinking to address these issues and more. It will help you create plans that extend out 6 months or more, that drive reliable decision-making and on-time delivery, and that leave teams and organizations feeling supported. Topics will include agile release planning, iteration planning, and various approaches to estimation, such as unit-less points, ideal time, and the popular planning poker technique.

These classes are offered just once at this federally subsidized rate - at 10% of the regular cost. So please take advantage of this session, as it will not be available again at this price and these classes sell out quickly!

Trainer: Mitch Lacey, Agile Author & Presenter

Mitch is an agile practitioner and trainer, having managed plan-driven and agile projects for the past 12 years. He is the author of "Adventures in Promiscuous Pairing", "Transitioning to Agile: Key Lessons Learned in the Field", and "The Impacts of Poor Estimating - and How to Fix It". He has presented at the 2006 Agile Conference, the 2007 PMI Global Congress, the 2007 SQE Agile development conference, and the 2008 Agile and Better Software Conferences.

*This training opportunity is funded, in part, with Employer Workforce Training Funds administered by the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

$199 for members $199 for non members

Jan 6, 2009
AMA: Connect Networking 4
Rogue Distillery & Public House
* Appetizers will be served
* Open to the public
* Door prizes & gift certificates
* Networking mixers
* Space is limited
* Cost is just $5
Feb 12, 2009
SAO Corvallis February Tech Pub - Introduction to Social Media for B2B companies
Renaissance on the Riverfront

Thursday, Feb. 12th, 2009

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Renaissance on the Riverfront 136 SW Washington Ave. Corvallis, Oregon 97333

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RSVP TO: SAO by emailing sao-coordinator [AT]

$5 for SAO members or students, $15 non-members Includes finger food and no-host bar AGENDA:

  5:30 - 6:15: Business Networking Time with finger food, no host bar
  6:15 - 6:30: 30-Second Mic (give us your technology business elevator pitch!!)
  7:00 Program: Jerry Saveriano, Sanda Communications - Introduction to Social Media for B2B companies.


How's your blog? Do you Twitter? Are your customers talking about your company online? Have your competitors started to use social media tools like YouTube videos, LinkedIn or even FaceBook to reach out to your markets? Social media and networks are exploding for B2B applications* and this presentation can help get you started.

SM4B2B will discuss how you can develop an online strategy to decide if SM is the best new way to engage your customers, prospects, channel partners and even your own people, whether they are on the other side of the globe or in the next cubical. And if it's the right time for your business, we'll show you how to get a fast, affordable start to test the waters.

We'll show examples of SM4B2B websites we built including what worked and what failed. We'll provide you with a set of definitions, research materials and good business reasons for going Web2.0 this year.

We'll cover key SM4B2B topics such as:

* What it is and why it's important.
* How to decide if now's the time.
* What does it cost? What will it make? Will it pay? How long will it take?
* How to start small, fast and cheap
* Should you build your own or join an industry community?
* What are the right tools, platforms and people to get started?

The Corvallis Chapter of the Software Association of Oregon is starting a Special Interest Group (SIG) to explore the best ways of growing our businesses using social media tools and helping other local companies learn how to get online putting Web 2.0 and social media tools to work. If you’re interested in seeing what we're planning to do with the SAO SM4B2B SIG (enough initials for you?), this meeting is the place to be. An objective of the SM4 SIG will be to build an online community of local companies that participate in the High Tech After Hours Conference held in Corvallis each November.


Jerry W. Saveriano, President & CEO - Sanda Communications, Inc (

Jerry W. Saveriano is president of Sanda Communications, a marketing, advertising and public relations agency that has for over a decade worked with high tech, software and other clients..

For over twenty-five years Saveriano has consulted and lectured internationally on advanced automation topics such as CAD/CAM, geomatics, robotics and Artificial Intelligence. He was Industrial Editor of Robotics Age magazine, founding Chairman of the Southern California Chapter of Robotics International and wrote the Pioneers of Robotics article in the Encyclopedia of Robotics published by John Wiley & Sons in 1988.

He created a series of articles and lectures on Internet Marketing and Customer Relationship Management. Jerry put on the first CRM workshop at Oregon Graduate Institute and wrote a CRM titled “E-This!” column for the Software Association of Oregon (SAO) newsletter. He has lead Sanda's Web 2.0 initiative in building online communities for B2B clients, non-profits and state agencies.

*Social Networks Get Down to Business, AUGUST 18, 2008

Think of them as digital water coolers—surrounded by thousands of workers engaged in serious business conversations.

"As compelling as the ad growth is, marketers will spend far more over the next few years to create and manage their own social networks for business customers, partners, suppliers and vendors," says Debra Aho Williamson, senior analyst at eMarketer and author of the new report, B2B Marketing on Social Networks: Engaging the Business Audience. "These business networks will serve a range of purposes, from improving customer communication and collaboration to aiding product development."

SAO: Federal/State Contracts & Your Business
Oregon State Capitol

Time: February 17, 2009 from 1pm to 5pm Location: Oregon State Capitol, Room 350 Street: 900 Court St City/Town: Salem, OR 97301 Website or Map: Contact Info: 503-999-5849 Event Type: advocacy, education, bizdev

Join us for this free event at the Oregon State Capitol to learn how to position your company for federal & state government contracts. Shipley Associates and the Oregon State Procurement Office will have experts on hand to provide insights and answer questions on what can be a bewilderingly complex process.

Research Drives Us We recently took a survey and found that over 63% of software decision-makers thought that obtaining a state or federal contract would enable them to hire the most employees. To our surprise, this was more popular than obtaining venture capital, tax credits or enhanced private lending.

We Want to Help Since the current economic crisis can be traced back to a lack of jobs, and since the stimulus packages present new job opportunities, and since we have federal & state experts that are willing to help, we decided to be part of the solution instead of whining about the state of the economy.

Our Trainers Shipley Associates are well-respected as the best private support for obtaining federal contracts Shipley Associates has: • Worked with 43 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies • Developed a virtual proposal center for a Fortune 10 client • Trained over 30,000 people worldwide

The Oregon State Procurement Office establishes and administers contracts for goods and services on behalf of state agencies, state universities, select non-profit organizations, and local governments. They will give very practical advice for working with the ORPIN (Oregon Procurement Information Network) system, which is Oregon's #1 resource for viewing Public Agency Opportunities.

May 7, 2009
Oregon Tech Awards
Portland Art Museum

This premier event celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry and honors one outstanding Technology Executive of the Year. In addition, five individual industry segment and product awards will be presented during the evening, recognizing recipients for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to the community and industry.

$2500 for a table of 10; $250 for a single ticket

AWARD CATEGORIES Technology Executive of the Year System/Hardware Company of the Year Software Company of the Year Technology-Service Company of the Year Emerging Company of the Year Cool Product of the Year

Jun 23, 2009
Connect networking 5 : Sustainable Networking Event
Keen Footwear

Connect networking 5 : Sustainable Networking, Tue, Jun 23rd Keen Footwear HQs 926 NW 13th Avenue, Ste 210
Portland, OR 97209

Build your network… meet professionals from PDX groups: AMA OEN SAO SECP PRSA AIGA ASMP PAF

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Location: Keen Footwear Headquarters

             926 NW 13th Avenue, Suite 210  Portland, OR 97209

Cost: $10 - members & non members Registration Deadline: 06/23/2009 Topic: Connect networking 5 : Sustainable Networking

Appetizers will be served Open to the public Door prize: Networking lunch with a Creative CEO at McCormicks Networking mixers Space is limited

Sep 15, 2009
Scott Hanselman - .NET 4.0, VS 2010
Kelley Engineering Center (OSU)

Scott Hanselman is coming to CDNUG in September!

Scott is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft and is always up on the latest tech coming out of Redmond. He also has a popular Podcast called Hanselminutes and blogs at

This month is sponsored by the Business Solutions Group (BSG) at OSU and will be hosted on campus. Go to room 1003 in Kelley Engineering.

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

Location: Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon

RSVP here!

(Or you can email: [email protected] (helpful for food ordering))


6:00 - 6:30: Networking Opportunities & Dinner (free food!)

6:30 - 7:30: Scott Hanselman, Microsoft ".NET 4.0, VS 2010"

7:30 - 7:45: Q&A / Discussion

7:45 - 8:00: Giveaways: Books and cool stuff!

Please invite any other .NET professionals that may be interested!


Nov 5, 2009
Willamette Innovators Night 2009
CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Corvallis

A Compelling Convergence of creative talent from across the Willamette Valley coming together to share ideas, see what's happening and just maybe spark that million-dollar award-winning new product or service.

1pm - Sponsor and Partner Association Luncheon

3pm - Welcome & Keynote Speaker (Alumni Center)

4pm - Guest Speaker (Alumni Center)

5pm - Guest Speaker- Regional Economic Development Director, John Sechrist (Alumni Center)

3-7pm - History of Innvoation Dynamic Display (Alumni Center Foyer)

4-8pm - Open Innovation Exhibit Hall (La Sells Stewart Center)

4-7:30 - Social Networking (Beer-n-Blog, Corvallis Young Professionals, general)

4-7:30 - Innovative Research & Industry Mixer

7:30pm - IGNITE! Corvallis

Jan 14, 2010
January SAO Corvallis Tech Pub - A New Scale for Nuclear Power
Renaissance on the Riverfront


A New Scale for Nuclear Power

The Corvallis Chapter of the Software Association of Oregon begins 2010 with presentation from NuScale Power, a local nuclear technology start-up that leveraged technology transferred from Oregon State University to create a revolutionary model for modular nuclear reactors. Kent Welter, a Principal Engineer at NuScale, will give an overview of the technology and describe how NuScale has shaped the future nuclear energy.

The world needs clean, reliable ways to generate electricity. The United States is expected to need 300 gigawatts of new capacity – that’s 150 times the capacity of Hoover Dam – by 2030. Developing nations can only grow as fast as they can power their economies. Global demand for new electric capacity will outpace the U.S. by tenfold in the same period.

Electric companies and government leaders are looking for ways to ensure their citizens have reliable, affordable supplies of electricity. They worry about the volatility of fossil fuel prices and the effects of green house gases.

NuScale Power is providing one of many answers to this problem. NuScale has developed a small nuclear power system that is safe, modular and scalable. The technology was borne of research by leading nuclear scientists with the support of the U.S. government. The design of the NuScale power plant builds on hundreds of combined years of operating experience with commercial light water reactors along with extensive research and laboratory testing of advanced safety systems.

Meeting future demand for electricity requires that we use what we have more efficiently. We must also look to new technologies using wind, solar and wave power and use proven technologies such as nuclear power to meet the needs of future generations.

Join us in for a night of networking and showcase with local technology leaders and entrepreneurs.


5:30 - 6:15: Business Networking Time with finger food, no host bar 6:15 - 6:25: 30-Second Mic (give us your technology business elevator pitch!!) 6:45 Program: NuScale: A New Scale for Nuclear Power

$5 for SAO members or students, and $15 for non-members

RSVP TO: SAO by emailing sao-coordinator [AT] or on the Willamette Innovators Network

Includes finger food and no-host bar Ticket Info: $5 for SAO members or students, and $15 for non-members

Jan 28, 2010
January Corvallis .NET Users Group Meeting - Silverlight presented by Arian Kulp
Portland Art Museum

January Corvallis .NET Users Group (CDNUG) Meeting:

Arian Kulp will be presenting Silverlight. Do you need Flash-like functionality in the browser, but don't want to learn another language? Need rich user interaction on your web site? Want to have your own video player? Come learn about Silverlight, how to use it, and where it makes sense to use it.

Arian Kulp is a Microsoft Certified Professional and your can find him at

Hope to see you there!


Thursday, January 28th, 2010 @ 6:00 PM



RSVP here!

(Or you can email: AT (helpful for food ordering))


5:30 - 6:15: Networking Opportunities & Dinner (free food!)

6:15 - 7:30: Arian Kulp "Silverlight"

7:15 - 7:45: Q&A / Discussion

7:45 - 8:00: Giveaways: Books and cool stuff!

Please forward this to anyone that may be interested!

Visit the Corvallis .NET Users Group at:

Feb 11, 2010
SAO Corvallis Febuary Tech Pub: Co-Working in Oregon
Renaissance on the Riverfront

Thursday, Febuary 11th, 2010

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Renaissance on the Riverfront 136 SW Washington Ave. Corvallis, Oregon 97333


$5 for SAO members or students, and $15 for non-members

Includes finger food and no-host bar


5:30 - 6:15: Business Networking Time with finger food, no host bar 6:15 - 6:25: 30-Second Mic (give us your technology business elevator pitch!!) 6:45 Program: Co-Working in Oregon


Co-working is a growing movement around the United States and across the world. As more people work from home or work while they are traveling or are in the midst of a rapid startup cycle, they find that they can be more effective and more productive by gathering together to work. Starting with projects like the Hat Factory in San Francisco, co-working sites have bloomed. There are several co-working facilities in the Nortwest, some which are expanding to multiple cities and some that focus on specific audiences or markets. The February SAO meeting will be a panel discussion by three Oregon co-working entrepreneurs: Jeff Jimmerson from Madison Avenue Collective in Corvallis, Josh Friedman from Ned Space in Portland and Rick Turoczy from Portland Innovation Experiment.

Jeff Jimerson, founder of the Madison Ave. Collective (

Madison Ave. Collective (the MAC) is a shared office and studio space located in downtown Corvallis, 72 steps west of Starbucks on the corner of 5th street and—you guessed it—Madison Ave. After three months of heavy remodeling, Jeff opened the space on 08/08/08 with a "nice people wanted" Craigslist ad.

Today, twelve creative and tech professionals call the MAC home for their respective small businesses.

Rick Turoczy, founder of Silicon Florist (

Rick Turoczy has been working in high-tech marketing communications jobs in the Portland area for the past 15 years. Out of pure dumb luck, he happened to sit up in bed at 2 AM one night in August 2007 with the inspiration to start Silicon Florist, a blog about Portland startups in the Web, Mobile, and Open Source scenes.

Since then, he’s chatted with The Oregonian a bunch of times, appeared on local television and radio, made a brief appearance on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, garnered bylines in The New York Times, spoken at numerous events, been selected as a runner up for the Portland Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” launched a startup incubator with the help of Wieden+Kennedy, and co-produced a groundbreaking Web-based telethon called 30 hour day.

All because of a blog. Weird.

Josh Friedman, co-founder of NedSpace (

Josh Friedman is the co-founder of NedSpace, a provider of co-working facilities for entrepreneurs and startups. NedSpace is designed to be the place where entrepreneurs go to build and grow their businesses. Along with his business partner Mark Grimes, NedSpace has itself grown quickly into two locations from its launch in early 2009. The goal is to open 10 more locations throughout the US in 2010, and eventually to have a NedSpace in every city with a startup ecosystem.

Josh serves on the Board of Starve Ups, a Portland-based entrepreneurial organization and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum Advisory Board. He holds a B.S. degree in speech communication from Oregon State University. Aside from helping entrepreneurs grow their companies, you might find him rock climbing, skiing, cycling, brewing beer or generally causing trouble along with his dog Ace.

Mar 11, 2010
March SAO Corvallis Tech Pub: Increasing Your Business Through Social Media: What's Important and Why You Should Care
Renaissance on the Riverfront

Thursday, March 11th, 2010
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Renaissance on the Riverfront 136 SW Washington Ave. Corvallis, Oregon 97333
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RSVP TO: SAO by emailing sao-coordinator [AT] or on the Willamette Innovators Network
$5 for SAO members or students, and $15 for non-members
Includes finger food and no-host bar
    5:30 - 6:15: Business Networking Time with finger food, no host bar
    6:15 - 6:25: 30-Second Mic (give us your technology business elevator pitch!!)
    6:45 Program: PANEL - Increasing Your Business Through Social Media: What's Important and Why You Should Care


Social Media Panel -- Increasing Your Business Through Social Media: What's Important and Why You Should Care

Social Media is here. Facebook has 300 million members. Youtube is the second largest search engine in the world. Twitter is approaching 50 million tweets a day.

Companies large and small are embracing social media to help get the word out, connect with customers, and provide another way to reach customer service. Comcast is turning its image around largely due to its Twitter account for customer support (@ComcastCares). This year Pepsi decided not to air any Super Bowl ads in favor of their Social Media campaigns. A Portland food-cart, Whiffies, does nearly all of its marketing on Twitter and is expanding to Seattle.

Are your Social Media efforts floundering? Don't know where to start? Feeling overwhelmed with all of the information? Come learn about how you can do things better, smarter, or just get started.

Join us for a night of networking and to get your social media questions answered.


Loyan Roylance, ProWorks

Loyan is a 9 year web professional. As the Director of Marketing at ProWorks Corporation, Loyan helps businesses match marketing, sales and service objectives with useful technologies and web tools to create new opportunities. He is an user and evangelist of the social web, social networks and social media from a personal and business perspective. Aside from various business client projects, a few social-web projects that Loyan is associated with include the Willamette Innovators Network (, Social Media for Business ( and the emerging Corvallis Social Media Brigade ( Loyan is a regular user of many established social media tools and networks and enjoys exploring new and emerging ones.

Tony Jones, Intel

Tony Jones currently leads consumer product research for Intel, his work guides the company on future product development and informs on current customer trends. Previous to this Tony lead social media analytics for Intel, working with a team of social media marketing professionals he provided customer insights through the monitoring of social media conversations that were use to provide feedback on current products, programs and marketing efforts. Previous to his work at Intel Tony spent 5 years at HP leading consumer market research for inkjet printing supplies.

Ryan Lewis, Bonfire Marketing

Bonfire Marketing LLC is a consulting firm dedicated to developing unique connections between companies and customers. Our system allows businesses to easily tune into social media for marketing opportunities and communication crucial for customer loyalty. Bonfire also consults businesses on the proper methods and social norms associated with a quickly developing delicate form of marketing.


Tech Brew Pubs are a monthly event organized by the Software Association of Oregon, Corvallis Chapter ( To join our Email Announcement List: TO ADD or REMOVE yourself from the [email protected] mailing list, please go to This list is used to send chapter announcements and NON-commercial items of general chapter interest to local SAO members and others interested in the chapter.

We encourage you to join and support the Software Association of Oregon ( The state SAO office sends out a newsletter and a monthly calendar. If you are interested in receiving these please sign up here


The Eugene SAO Chapter also has an announcement email list ([email protected]) which you can join at

Jun 6, 2011
PDX11 Mentoring Network
US Bank Tower - Ground Floor Conference Room


Monday, June 6, 2011 3:30 – 5:00 p.m

Meeting Agenda

• Establish Timekeeper and Minutes Roles

• Establish Collective Meeting Goal

• Develop Parking Lot

• PDX11 Overview – What’s been going on in the networks

 Knowledge Network brief update  Finance Network brief update  Public Unveil / Progress Check

• Subcommittee Status Checks

 Program Management  Outreach – Executive Programs  Outreach – Mentor Programs  Software Selection

• Review any Unaddressed Parking Lot Items

• Define next steps, date for next meeting

Aug 4, 2011
How to Avoid Being the Next Security Breach Headline (OWASP v3)
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Join the SAO's QA Forum for another dynamic lunch program, to learn about the Open Web Application Security (OWASP) Testing Guide v3 and how to verify the security of your running applications. This is a great opportunity to network with a great local speaker (Mike Hryekewicz, Software Engineer V, Standard Insurance Company) and industry peers and to find out about Oregon job openings and upcoming community events.

OWASP Testing Guide describes a set of techniques for finding different kinds of security vulnerabilities within an application. This technique is used by testers and developers to help produce secure code and to supplement security reviewers application assessment efforts.

This presentation will provide an overview of the guide, a road map for where it is heading in the next release, and guidance for how it can be applied in the business of producing secure software solutions.

Who should attend? Anyone interested in Web Application Security, including management, security professionals, developers, students, etc..

Agenda 11:00am Doors open 11:00am-11:30am Registration, networking and lunch 11:30am Welcome & Community Announcements 11:45am Program starts 12:50pm Final questions 1:00pm Program ends

Sep 1, 2011
Agile Metrics that Matter
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Good business decisions require relevant and valid information. Deciding what information is relevant can be challenging – especially as organizations transition to Agile development and project management methods. This presentation will explore ways to use the Goal-Question-Metric (GQM) technique to inform good decisions by identifying some relevant reporting measures when applying the Agile scrum methodology.

Agile teams value working software over comprehensive documentation. Teams deliver working software in short, iterative releases of business value rather than larger releases of longer duration. This increases the need to make quick decisions and the need for relevant and timely information. GQM provides a goal-driven way to identify the information our stakeholders really need.

This presentation will walk through using GQM, look at examples of applying it, review some relevant Agile measures and discuss relevant measures for different stakeholders. Audience participation is expected.

Sep 15, 2011
McMenamins Mission Theater & Pub

If you had just five minutes to showcase your cutting-edge products, technologies, or methodologies, what would you say? What if you were forced to present those ideas with 20 PowerPoint slides that each rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

The Software Association of Oregon is sponsoring an Ignite event on September 15th. As a speaker, you'll land a platform that challenges not only the way you present your ideas, but grants you access to an audience eager to listen. As an attendee, you'll learn about emerging, innovative, locally-sourced concepts while networking with a diverse and passionate crowd of like-minded, "early-adopters."

What is Ignite? Ignite is a fast-paced geek event where speakers share their personal and professional passions via 20 Powerpoint slides each auto-advancing every 15 seconds, giving each speaker exactly 5 minutes of fame. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global - Ignite is all of these and more. It satisfies the ADD in all of us. It's a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have an idea - and the guts to get onstage and finally give that "elevator speech" we've all been told we need but rarely get to give.

Agenda 5:30pm Doors open, badges, networking, booths, and music 7:00pm Welcome & Ignite talks begin 7:45pm Break 8:00pm Ignite talks resume 8:45pm Ignite talks end, final networking 9:00pm Event ends

Presenters Presenters We've got dynamic and diverse presenters leading talks on a variety of innovative topics!

View Presentations!

Topics All TechIgnite! proposals should fall into at least one of these categories:

* Products
* Technology
* Methodology
* Concepts
* Open!
Sep 22, 2011
The Right Tool for the Job: iovation Shares How Cassandra Helped Them Scale
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Identifying fraud and suspicious activity on the Internet is all about data. iovation protects its customers by analyzing devices performing high value transactions and recommending an action in real-time based on past activity. Apache Cassandra can consume and analyze a ridiculous amount of data while keeping costs low.

At iovation an implementation using Cassandra currently supports 10,000 read/write operations per second on a cluster storing over 1 billion rows in 500GB, Cassandra makes this solution horizontally scalable, highly available, recoverable, and cheap (under $20k).

In this presentation Darin will cover some of the other options his team explored, hardware choices that were made, and the more interesting tunables Cassandra offers that allow you to squeeze IOPS out of your cluster.

Presenter: Darin Glatt, Principal Application Architec, iovation Darin Glatt is software developer with over 10 years experience working with large-scale distributed systems. He is currently the Application Architect for iovation where he helps fight fraud, account take over, and identity theft on the Internet by tracking device reputation and suspicious activity in real-time. Prior to taking on the bad guys of the Internet, Darin helped build a massively multi-player blackjack game for the UltimateBet platform and developed MetroOnes nationwide VoIP network, the backbone of their 411 offering.

Oct 6, 2011
Cloud Applications - QA and Testing
Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

Cloud computing has become a big topic in the IT industry. Bolstered by inexpensive, available platforms, tools and support, more and more business are seeing the advantages and moving applications to "cloud” environments. As this transformation takes place, how does it change the way QA / Testing professionals approach verifying and validating that applications meet functional and non-functional requirements? What should QA be looking for in terms of performance, integration and security? What kinds and amount of testing will vendors be looking for before they accept an application into their environment? How much and what kind of testing will the hosting vendor perform before they allow an application to go "live”.

In this event a panel of experts from different companies focusing on cloud applications, will provide their perspectives and discuss questions and views posed by the attendees. This will be an interactive discussion – taking a deep dive into the topic and providing a forum for attendees and speakers to share insights and experiences. The intention is to raise awareness and knowledge and provide attendees an understanding of the key issues and approaches when their company considers moving applications to a cloud-based environment.

Bring your questions and/or experiences and be prepared for a great event.

Meet the Moderator Greg Lueck, Managing Partner, Centerstance

Meet the Presenters Lalli Varadh, Sr. Director, Quality Engineering,

Rich Bader, President and Chief Executive Officer, EasyStreet Online Services, Inc.

Mike Kellis, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer ClaimVantage, Claim Process Management Software

Mark Gibson, Quality Assurance Engineer, Centerstance

Nov 8, 2011
PDX11 Mentor Network Meeting
SAO (Software Association of Oregon)

SAO: PDX11 Mentor Meeting: Tues. 11/8: 3:30-5pm

SAO Events Calendar:

PDX11 Website:

Venue & Details:

When: TU Nov 8th 3:30-5pm

Where: SAO, 111 SW 5th Ave., Suite 120, Portland, OR 97204 (Burnside Conf Rm)

Contact: Tamsen Galloway ([email protected])

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Join us for a recap of all of the progress we've been making! Hear about our latest milestones on the Mentor Matching Software, the LinkedIn Group, & Roundtable Series. Find out what's on the agenda for the Software Summit, & maybe you'll meet the mentor you've been looking for! Find out more by joining our LinkedIn Group or look on ePDX

RSVP: on Plancast

Dec 9, 2011
(Unconference) Evolving Virtual Teams
Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

Generally acknowledged best practices for software development strongly favor co-location, but with mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing, and off-shoring the co-located team is becoming an endangered species. Teams now are commonly project-based and geographically distributed. How can we work effectively with team members in different physical locations?

Learn from key open source leaders that with the help of virtual teams produce some of the highest quality, most widely used software today. Come prepared to speak your mind, share your experience, listen and learn about working in a virtual team. If you are involved anywhere in the software development lifecycle, this event is for you.

What is an Unconference?

An Unconference is the inverse of a conference, in that there’s no predetermined, pre-set schedule, agenda, or speaker lineup. Utilizing the concept of OpenSpace, this unconference is the coming together of participants, with no predetermined agenda or program, to have an open discussion and share insight in a place where experts and beginners are equal. You won't be lectured at, rather you'll leave with a better understanding of a topic and the satisfaction of being heard outside Q&A time.

The OpenSpace methodology is carefully designed to elicit maximum involvement and creativity in a constructive atmosphere. It is also highly flexible so that the content is entirely determined by you -- the participants. This is not to suggest that the conference will not have content or outcomes, for there certainly will be both. Achievement in the meeting will be totally dependent upon individual and collective responsibility to make it happen. The content is what each person shares, and the outcome is what we will all create. The event will be inventive, creative, productive and full of surprises.

Capacity: 160 attendees

Audience: From executives whom are concerned with productivity, quality and cost management to product owners, analysts, developers, designers, and testers all who are attempting to share a single thought and build upon it.

Tickets | Volunteer

Feb 8, 2012
SIM Monthly Meeting
Embassy Suites Portland--Downtown

Presentation by Robert Strictland of Stickland Consulting LLC., on the realities of Mobility and its use as the optimal distribution endpoint for Big Data.

Explore why mobility solutions are challenged by interrelated decisions that cross applications development, infrastructure, security, and risk management. Gain a perspective on why mobility is an Enterprise issue and as IT leaders we need to focus on creating blueprints, business driven policies, and BYOD programs that help build high value mobile Enterprises.

Feb 15, 2012
SAO→ Healthcare/IT Innovation Series:Launch & Networking
OHSU Center for Health & Healing

SAO→ Healthcare IT Innovation Series:Launch + Networking Event

Details: Wed 2/15/ 2012:6–9:30pm

OHSU Center for Health & Healing
3303 SW Bond Ave
Portland, Oregon  97239


Dr. Charles Kilo, Chief Medical Officer, OHSU 
Eric Dishman, Dir. of Health Innovation & Policy, Intel

Register: online:

About the SAO Healthcare IT Innovation Series:

Our community of healthcare executives, academic leaders,  
software and technology companies continue to express a great  
deal of interest in Health IT Innovation. To bring this community  
together and kick start the year, the SAO is putting together an  
event around Health IT Innovation on Feb 15th with OHSU’s Chief  
Medical Officer, Dr. Charles Kilo and Eric Dishman, Director of  
Health Innovation and Policy for Intel's Digital Health Group.   

Following the launch of the series, The SAO is planning additional  
community building Healthcare IT Innovation events & programs,  
such as adding a Healthcare IT Innovation track for Innotech 2012.

Contact: Sonya Duffin [email protected]

Mar 15, 2012
SAO Ignite v2
Alberta Rose Theatre

If you had just five minutes to showcase your cutting-edge products, technologies, or methodologies, what would you say? What if you were forced to present those ideas with 20 PowerPoint slides that each rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

The Software Association of Oregon is hosting a second Ignite event on March 15th. As a speaker, you'll land a platform that challenges not only the way you present your ideas, but grants you access to an audience eager to listen. As an attendee, you'll learn about emerging, innovative, locally-sourced concepts while networking with a diverse and passionate crowd of like-minded, "early-adopters."

What is Ignite? Ignite is a fast-paced geek event where speakers share their personal and professional passions via 20 Powerpoint slides each auto-advancing every 15 seconds, giving each speaker exactly 5 minutes of fame. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global - Ignite is all of these and more. It satisfies the ADD in all of us. It's a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have an idea - and the guts to get onstage and finally give that "elevator speech" we've all been told we need but rarely get to give.

Call for Submissions

Come present your very own engaging innovative topic! Submissions are due by February, 15 2012.

Submit Your Presentation!

View Submitted Proposals


All TechIgnite! proposals should fall into at least one of these categories:

* Products
* Projects
* Methodology
* Concepts
* Tools/DIY
May 15, 2012
The "Beer Dashboard" App: A Case Study
USBank Tower Burnside Room

Portland’s own Bailey’s Taproom has 20 beers from which pour an ever-rotating array of fine brews representing a wide range of styles emphasizing Oregon breweries. Our main attraction for this event is their "Beer Dashboard”, a large flat-screen monitor that displays detailed information for each beer on tap, the amount left in each keg, and who’s checked in through Foursquare as well as tweeting the arrival of a new beer on the menu.

Most software developers love beer, but rarely do both interests so easily combine into a single SAO event. Join us with developer Eric Sterling, the creator of the beer dashboard, as he delves into nuances of this project and his adventures turning restaurant software into business. Afterwards, we invite you to walk over to Bailey’s to see new cool beer technology in action and enjoy a pint yourself!

What's better than combining what Portland does best; beer and technology!

Meet the Creator

Eric Sterling, Software Engineer, Thetus Corporation and Chief Software Architect/CTO, WineSlingr

Eric is a craft beer lover and senior software developer specializing in innovative internet applications, mobile development and highly scalable back-end systems. Eric has worked at software consultancy firms such as Vertigo, SoftSource and Aeshen as well as innovative startups like Thetus, Supertracks, and Instant Media. Among the projects he was worked on, Eric has designed a system to help coordinate first responders in emergencies, a website for legally downloading high definition movies and an online interactive game to help promote Jay-Z’s book launch. He is well versed in a wide variety of languages including C#, Java, Ruby, Python, JavaScript and Scala. He is adept at using cutting edge UI technologies such as HTML5, Silverlight and Flash, and various web frameworks including node.js, Rails, Play and Flask. He is also proficient with various databases such as SQL Server, Postgres, MongoDB and neo4j.


5:30 PM Doors Open, Networking

5:45 PM Program Begins

6:15 PM Program Ends

6:30 PM Move to Baileys to 'Test'