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Wednesday
Nov 9, 2011
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
through Oregon Convention Center

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.

Open Source day on Saturday only, featuring Calagator.

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Monday
Sep 10, 2012
ChickTech Monthly Meeting
Portland State University

Would you like to get involved in helping to plan ChickTech's first event?

At this meeting, we'll introduce new volunteers and talk about volunteer organization and the status of our workshops.

Please RSVP (http://bit.ly/chicktech-rsvp) if you plan on coming!

To sign up to be a volunteer: http://bit.ly/chicktech-volunteer

We hope to see some fresh new volunteer-ready faces there!

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/501961629833217/

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Wednesday
May 22, 2013
Girls in Tech Speed Mentorships
Oregon Convention Center

A two-hour mentorship workshop for girls that starts with an overview of the speed mentoring process by Ivo Lukas, Chief Innovation Officer of Girls in Tech.

After the introduction, we'll start the Speed Mentoring Rounds. Each mentee will meet one-on-one with up to four Mentors for 15 minutes.

Bring the following:

Your elevator pitch
2-3 questions you would like help in answering
Business cards to give to each Mentor

The purpose of speed mentoring is to get feedback on your strengths and professional challenges from an industry expert - it's an efficient and effective way to learn, connect and network.

When you arrive, sign up for time slots so you can meet and learn from the Mentors. First come first served!

ABOUT GIT: The Girls in Tech MENTORSHIP Program was developed to provide integrated, engaging and educational high-touch workshops for young girls ages K-12, women in colleges/universities and working professionals. In an effort to encourage girls to enjoy, embrace and understand the importance of math, tech and science at a young age, we are building the curriculum which will enable girls to learn the basic skills, software programs and gain entrepreneurial exposure to become leaders within their communities, academia and in their future careers in the tech space.

To learn more about girls in tech mentorship please contact [email protected]

Or connect with her @MsSonicFlare Use hashtag #GITm

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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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Saturday
Sep 14, 2013
ChickTech Problem-Storming for Nonprofits
Thetus Corporation

NOTE: This is now a 1 day event. We hope you can join us.

Let's use our skills to make our community a better place for women and girls!

Are you a woman interested in brainstorming and creating solutions for a nonprofit? Well, we have the event for you! We're bringing in nonprofits who are focused on women and girls (or issues that women and girls encounter) who have something that they've been struggling with...and our goal is to have a viable solution for each of them by the end of the weekend!

Do I have the skills to attend?

  • Are you a women who is 15 years of age or older?
  • Are you a programmer?
  • Are you an interface designer?
  • Are you a manager?
  • Are you a teacher (either officially or not)?
  • Do you have experience with psychology?
  • Are you an artist?
  • Are you passionate about helping non-profits?

If you answered yes to any of those, then yes! You should. We are looking to have teams of women with diverse backgrounds. If you are under 15, let us know and we will see if we can work something out.

Why should I attend?

  • Altruism. Community-Mindedness. You'd like to help the local community with your skills.
  • Learn from your group members. You'll be on a diverse team of women. We are sure that you'll learn a lot from each other!
  • Learn about the non-profits. Portland has a great nonprofit community and this event will help you get in touch with some of them.
  • Help fundraise for ChickTech K-12 events. By paying for your participation, you are not only getting this experience (and food for days!), you are also helping to make our K-12 events free for participants. Thank you in advance for your support!
  • Childcare is provided.
  • Delicious food is provided. Eat up!

What are we doing, exactly?

You will be in a group of women working on a project for a local nonprofit. The projects are listed below under the Nonprofits section.

Each project will have a tech component, but we're looking to create a team with diverse skills to address the needs of the nonprofit. Each group will have a ChickTech or Thetus volunteer to help out. Each group will have a representative from the nonprofit to answer any questions. At the end of the weekend, we want to have a viable solution for the non-profit.

Can men attend?

YES! We are looking for supportive techie guys to help provide childcare for the event in order to break yet another stereotype. We are hoping to have some fun, hands-on activities for the kids too, depending on ages and age ranges.

Can I attend for free?

YES! We are offering a sliding scale because we do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone to attend. If you can afford any of the cost options, please help us out! This will help us cover the costs of this event. Any extra money goes to funding our K-12 programs to ensure that they remain free for participants.

Event Schedule

Friday: 6:30p - 9p, hors d'oeuvres, choose projects, meet teams! Saturday: 9:30a - 5:30p, breakfast, work with teams, lunch, more work! Sunday: 9:30a - 5:30p, breakfast, work, lunch, work, present (not the noun, the verb)!

Help us by spreading the word!

Tweet: "Let's help nonprofits in #pdx! Join me for @ChickTechOrg's Nonprofit Problem Storming Event! Learn more: http://chicktechproblemstorming.eventbrite.com/" Facebook: "Let's help nonprofits in #pdx! Join me for @ChickTech's Nonprofit Problem Storming Event! Learn more: http://chicktechproblemstorming.eventbrite.com/"

Nonprofits and Projects

Below are the nonprofits who are involved with this event. If you have one of any of the skills listed on any of the projects, consider attending this event to help out our nonprofit community.

My Sister's House

My Sister's House is a home for women with children who have suffered domestic violence/and or abuse and need a safe environment to create new lives.
Problem: Need complete website and branding overhaul! http://mysistershouse.net/ Skills needed (including but not limited to): website design, website development, user experience, branding, artists

Oregon Tradeswomen

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI) is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. Problem: Need help with communications throughout the organization! Especially around email, calendars, etc. Skills needed (including but not limited to): experience with nonprofits, organizational skills, management, software/website development

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves members throughout Oregon, and Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington; they currently serve 24,000 girl and adult members. Problem: Need help creating a training strategy that works for the adult volunteers in the organization, especially with regards to online and blended methods. Skills needed (including but not limited to): education, pyschology, web service development, training experience, evaluation experience, web design

Betties360

Betties360's mission is to inspire confidence, well-being, and community in girls through action sports, outdoor adventure, and life-skill education. Problem: Need help with publicity and fundraising...in general getting the word out to more people! Possibly a creative marketing campaign? Skills needed (including but not limited to): nonprofit fundraising, marketing, social media experience, branding experience, designers, artists

Snowdrift.coop

Snowdrift.coop is an in-progress web platform aiming to provide on-going community engagement and fundraising for all manner of creative projects (software, music/art, research, educational resources, and more) where results are released freely with no proprietary restrictions on access, modification, or sharing. Problem: We need help introducing the Snowdrift.coop system to creative projects and to patrons; maybe an infographic or a game? Skills needed (including but not limited to): nonprofit fundraising, marketing, designer, game development, user experience designer

Lilka, Inc

[Note: Lilka is not a nonprofit, but their mission is to help nonprofits work together better, which we think is worth supporting! Plus, it's a women-founded tech startup, which is awesome.] Lilka, Inc is creating a project coordination tool for nonprofit organizations to help them coordinate both internal projects and projects between nonprofits who want to work together.
Problem: We're at the stage where we're fleshing out our ideas, and we would love some help integrating the functionality of Asana and Google Docs/Drive as a first step. This tool will be used to coordinate NPOs in both everyday situations and emergencies where cooperation between NPOs will save lives. Skills needed (including but not limited to): Front end web design, user interface design, business, project management, back-end programming, nonprofit experience, graphic design

If you know of other nonprofits who would like to participate email us at [email protected]. If you would like to get more information on volunteering for this event, also email us at [email protected]. ChickTech's fiscal sponsor is TechStart, a registered 501(c)(3).

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Wednesday
Nov 20, 2013
ChickTech Beginner Arduino Workshop
through Jama South

Nov 20, 5:30-8:30 Nov 21, 5:30-8:30

Come learn how to make a simple project with hardware!! No experience necessary.

$50, which pays for the hardware and food; if you have your own hardware, $20. Scholarships available. Limit 30, so sign up soon! Also, if you're interested in volunteering, let us know.

We'd love to start an group of women who meet monthly to continue working on their projects, and/or to go to different hardware groups and events together!

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Monday
Dec 9, 2013
PDX Women Founders Forum
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

DECEMBER 9th EVENT

I am very excited to announce our last event for the year. Monica Enand, CEO of Zapproved, is our guest speaker. Come hear Monica's story at the helm of one of the most successful Portland startups, and her journey from early founder to established CEO. Looking forward to seeing you all. Can't miss it!

PLEASE INVITE OTHERS: this event is open to PDX-based women founders as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, so do spread the word & bring friends.

VENUE / SCHEDULE:

The December event will be held at OTBC. OTBC is also graciously sponsoring the event. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. All events start at 6pm with the first hour focused on networking. Speakers / panels start at 7pm and usually go until 8.30pm.

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Tuesday
Jan 28, 2014
Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting
Mozilla

Topic: Salary Negotiation & Interviews

**Note: Code-n-Splode (CnS) is a women-focused group. All self-identified women and genderqueer persons are invited to attend and participate, and men are welcome as the guest of a female participant.

For more information, visit our website, or send an email to our list.

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Monday
Feb 24, 2014
PDX Women Founders Forum
Portland Development Commission

FEBRUARY 24th EVENT

Hi All - very excited to announce our February event. Vanessa Van Edwards will treat us with a private workshop on body language, especially targeted to women entrepreneurs. Can't wait! See you all there!

Body Language for Female Entrepreneurs

How can body language increase your presence, power and charisma? Vanessa Van Edwards has a special presentation for Female Founders Forum on how female entrepreneurs can use nonverbal to:

  • Get an edge in negotiations
  • Rock their elevator pitch
  • Master networking events
  • Pitch investors

Vanessa will use the latest research on nonverbal communication to teach women how to increase their success with people in the business world.

Speaker Bio:

Vanessa Van Edwards (Science Of People) Vanessa is a published author and behavioral investigator. Her specialties are human lie detection and body language. She is a Huffington Post columnist and regularly appears on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal to talk about her research. Vanessa is a published Penguin author and regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media. She teaches a popular online class on Body Language for Entrepreneurs about the use of nonverbal communication to increase influence as a business owner. She helps entrepreneurs use body language to pitch investors, fundraise, get in the media, negotiate, increase sales and do effective customer validation.

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Monday
Aug 4, 2014
PDX Women Founders Forum
AJC outdoor gallery space

AUGUST 4th EVENT

Hi All -

Are you all ready for summer? Our August event is a summer cocktail party with several opportunities to connect, get to know each other more and catch up. In short, networking at its best.

Success in business depends on the quality and quantity of our relationships. We are most of the time so busy running our businesses, that we don't focus enough energy on the critical aspect of building rapport. With the Women Founders Forum, we intend to create a place to share ideas, learn and grow our businesses. It's a place for building trusted professional relationships to further our business and professional development

VENUE: AJ of AJC Photography (www.ajc-photography.com) has kindly offered her outdoor gallery space for our event. The address is 333 NW 9th St., but we'll have the doors open on the 10th avenue side. We'll be in the downstairs gallery space. It's in the same courtyard as Isabel Restaurant and Imelda's shoes, between NW Everett and Flanders. When you arrive you can buzz the concierge to be let in, or just come around to the 10th Avenue side where we'll have the gallery doors open. Event starts at 6pm with networking and goes on until later in the night... We'll conclude the evening with more networking until 9pm.

Don't forget to register at: https://pdxwomenfoundersforum.eventbrite.com

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Tuesday
Oct 21, 2014
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Happy Hour Networking Event
Little Bird Technologies

Come join an amazing group of women for happy hour at Little Bird! No specific agenda, just network and have fun! Make sure you say hi to Amie Kuttruff, a Web Developer at Little Bird. Read our newsletter for more information about Amie!

PDX Women in Tech exists to celebrate professional women in the Portland-metro area who work with, manage, lead or have an interest in TECHNOLOGY. Whether you are developing event-driven, non-blocking applications in node.js or setting technology strategy for a Fortune 500 company–or anything in between–come join us!

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Monday
Jan 26, 2015
PDX Women Founders Forum
New Relic

JANUARY 26 EVENT

Hi All - Excited to announce our first event of 2015. Our sponsor and host is New Relic. See you on the 29th floor of the "big pink"!

Topic is: "Recruiting Challenges in Todays World for Startup Founders", with the awesome Susan Robinson. Can't wait to see you all!


The Speaker: When Susan was working on her Bachelor of Engineering and MBA, she had no idea she would one day run her own company. She started her career as a Software Developer for a local software development company, before moving up to a Project Manager which was her first experience in hiring talent. She left the corporate world to become a consultant for a Professional Services organization for several years where she implemented ERP systems. Prior to Y2K when there was a shortage of local talent to provide software remediation, she moved into technology staffing. In those 15 years sha has experienced the highs and lows in hiring technology talent from Y2K, .com bubble and burst, the Great Recession and everything in between. because she loves what she does, in November of 2013 sha started Tech Talent Link where she focuses on assisting companies find technology talent either on direct hire or temporary basis.

HOW TO CONNECT WITH US: If you haven't joined yet our LinkedIn private group: PDX Women Founders Forum: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=5088662&trk=anet_ug_hm Don't forget to follow us on Twitter: @WFF_PDX. http://pdxwomenfounders.org/


PDX WOMEN FOUNDERS FORUM: Welcome to the Women Founders Forum! Up until now, Portland has had no group formally dedicated to supporting the unique opportunities and challenges that women founders face as well as promoting the value they create. By creating a safe and supportive environment for professional & personal growth through a combination of in person & online networking and educational activities, Women Founders Forum helps motivated women in Portland create world-class businesses. Let’s keep this rolling! You will see more structured events with open discussions and workshops. Again, the objective is to leverage this powerful network to grow our respective businesses and capabilities. You value that and we heard it loud and clear. PLEASE INVITE OTHERS: this event is open to PDX-based women founders as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, so do spread the word & bring friends. Looking forward to seeing you all at our next event! Paola & Liz Dont forget to follow us on Twitter: @WFF_PDX

CODE OF CONDUCT: Cone of confidence policy: statements made by individuals both at our meetings and in our online forum are not to be shared with anybody outside the group without the person's explicit approval. No soliciting policy both at our meetings and in our online forum.

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Saturday
Jan 31, 2015
"Girl Rising" at Intel
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

Did you ever think you could change the world by pursuing your dreams? But how do you get there and reach your full potential? What does education have to do with all of this? Women can transform their lives by jumping in and getting involved in their dreams. At this event, you’ll see an inspiring movie called Girl Rising.

Want to understand the basics behind all the cool gadgets we use every day? It all starts with circuits! And we’ll have a fun activity for beginners.

What is this event? It’s a combination movie showing and hands-on activity. It’s a chance for high school girls to meet women in technology and a chance for women in technology to be inspired by high school girls!

Who's invited? We’re excited to have an Intel WIN and ChickTech event! If you identify with any of the following, we’d love to have you:

Current and past ChickTech: High School participants Current and past ChickTech volunteers ChickTech supporters Intel WIN members Women in tech and ChickTech supporters

Why should you come? It’s free! There will be snacks.

But seriously, this is an event to watch and reflect on women’s empowerment in tech by watching Girl Rising. We’ll also have an educational (and fun, we promise!) hands-on activity and create your very own circuit.

If you’re a ChickTech: High School participant, we’ll do our best to provide transportation to the event, free of charge.

Who’s hosting?

Intel WIN (Women in Intel Network) Oregon will be co-hosting this event with ChickTech.

Public Transportation HF3 is a 7 minute walk from the Hawthorn Farm MAX Station on the blue line and 4 minutes from the nearest bus stops on Cornell Rd on route 48.

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Thursday
Feb 5, 2015
WIT: Opportunity Knocks! How to Get into Tech Without an Engineering Degree
eBay Community Lounge

“How do we get more women in tech?”

The tech industry provides stability and great opportunities for career advancement, so it’s an important question - and one being asked around the world. Companies like Intel and eBay are answering by launching initiatives to increase the number of female engineers in their workforces. Non-profits are responding by establishing programs that teach girls to code so they can grow up to be developers. Universities are contributing to the conversation by offering scholarships to young adult females who choose to pursue degrees in Computer Science.

While there’s no argument that all these solutions are valuable and will help further the cause, what about women who want to work in tech, but aren’t interested in coding? What options do they have? In an effort to provide answers to these questions, eBay Portland will be hosting a special WIT Startup Week event focused on looking beyond engineering roles for women in tech.

Five women from the local tech community will be talking about their individual jobs and sharing their experiences as non-technical women working in an industry that is predominantly focused on technical roles. Kirsten Golden, Program Manager at PIE, will be emceeing the event.

Presenters include:

  • Gina Hudson, Office Manager/Operations, eBay Portland
  • Heidi Tretheway, Director of Marketing Communications, Urban Airship
  • Susan Wheeler, Director of e-Discovery Services, Streamline Imaging
  • Grace Andrews, Co-Founder & Business Development, GraphAlchemist

The WIT talk will conclude with a short Q&A, after which attendees are invited to stay for an hour of networking and have their resume critiqued by recruiters and HR representatives from eBay, Jama Software, Simple, Puppet Labs, Treehouse, and Tech Talent Link.

This event is free and open to the tech community as well as the general public. If you’re working in tech, interested in working tech, or simply exploring career options, please RSVP now to join us!

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WIT: Opportunity Knocks! How to Get into Tech Without an Engineering Degree
eBay Community Lounge

“How do we get more women in tech?”

The tech industry provides stability and great opportunities for career advancement, so it’s an important question - and one being asked around the world. Companies like Intel and eBay are answering by launching initiatives to increase the number of female engineers in their workforces. Non-profits are responding by establishing programs that teach girls to code so they can grow up to be developers. Universities are contributing to the conversation by offering scholarships to young adult females who choose to pursue degrees in Computer Science.

While there’s no argument that all these solutions are valuable and will help further the cause, what about women who want to work in tech, but aren’t interested in coding? What options do they have? In an effort to provide answers to these questions, eBay Portland will be hosting a special WIT Startup Week event focused on looking beyond engineering roles for women in tech.

Five women from the local tech community will be talking about their individual jobs and sharing their experiences as non-technical women working in an industry that is predominantly focused on technical roles. Kirsten Golden, Program Manager at PIE, will be emceeing the event.

Presenters include:

Gina Hudson, Office Manager/Operations, eBay Portland Heidi Tretheway, Director of Marketing Communications, Urban Airship Susan Wheeler, Director of e-Discovery Services, Streamline Imaging Grace Andrews, Co-Founder Business Development, GraphAlchemist

The WIT talk will conclude with a short Q, after which attendees are invited to stay for an hour of networking and have their resume critiqued by recruiters and HR representatives from eBay, Jama Software, Simple, Puppet Labs, Treehouse, and Tech Talent Link.

Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2015 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Doors open at 4pm Location: eBay Community Lounge, 1400 SW 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland

This event is free and open to the tech community as well as the general public. If you’re working in tech, interested in working tech, or simply exploring career options, please RSVP now to join us!

**Please note that in order to ensure that this event is a safe place for attendees, guests will be required to sign in and present picture ID upon arrival. Anyone refusing to do both will be asked to leave.

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Monday
Feb 9, 2015
FutureTalk with Liz Abinante and Janice Levenhagen
New Relic

Diversity and Education in Tech

› Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Programming, Education, and the American Dream

The learn to code movement has popularized the idea that coding is a skill everyone can learn. It's the American dream: learn the desirable skill and you'll succeed financially. Liz will discuss the history of the American Dream, how new programming education endeavors have repackaged it, and how the lack of awareness and analysis of this privileged rhetoric is damaging our culture and workforce.

Liz Abinante is an engineer living in Portland working for New Relic. Previously, she has served as co-leader for the Chicago chapter of Girl Develop It, where she taught and organized programming classes for women and minorities. She is infectiously enthusiastic about web development, teaching, learning, and feminism. She enjoys knitting, writing knitting programs and patterns, and hacking away on interesting problems. Her greatest dream in life is to spend her entire day surrounded by puppies while coding.

Women in Today's Tech

At ChickTech, we're often asked exactly why women are so underrepresented in technology. This is a hard question to answer, because it rarely is just one thing. It's a complex mix that we often call "death by a thousand cuts". Janice will guide us through the stats on technical women in various national and local tech companies and then take a dive into anecdotes that help to illustrate some of the reasons why women leave technology at twice the rate of men.

Janice Levenhagen is the Executive Director of ChickTech. She has a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Willamette University. She believes strongly that the diversity and strengths that women can bring will push high tech to even more impressive heights. Her inspiration for creating ChickTech came from her own experiences in computer engineering and the realization that the percentage of women in engineering isn’t going to get higher by itself.

› Doors will open at 5:30 for a 30-minute networking happy hour! The food, beer and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic.

› The presentation will begin right at 6p.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

› Stay tuned for the latest developments and updates on this and upcoming events by joining our Meetup group, New Relic FutureTalks PDX, and following us on Twitter @newrelic.

Thursday
Feb 26, 2015
Off The Record: The Women of Tech Panel and Big Dream screening
OMSI Empirical Theater

This event features a candid discussion among women who will share real stories of success and give insight to what it's really like working within the technology industry, with a panel of technologists, executives in other functional areas in tech companies, and a local student.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a screening of Big Dream, a documentary about seven young women breaking barriers to follow their dreams in science, math, computing and engineering. http://ironwayfilms.com/bigdream/

This event should be of interest to anyone who is interested in closing the gender gap in technology, and to students who are considering a career in technology.

Free. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/off-the-record-women-of-technology-panel-and-big-dream-screening-tickets-15168084148?ref=ebapi

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Monday
Mar 9, 2015
PDX Women Founders Forum
Tonkon Torp LLP

Hi All -

Our own Liz Bacon - co-founder of the Women Founders Forum - will talk about the story of her startup, from beginning to a very successful end.

This event is kindly sponsored by Tonkon Torp and TIE Oregon - thank you!

Topic is: "The Story Arc: Fireside chat with Liz Bacon", with the awesome Liz Bacon.

FindWellness founder Liz Bacon will talk candidly about her journey from inception to product launch, all the way up to her company's recent acquisition. Can't wait to see you all!

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Sunday
Mar 22, 2015
Women Who Hack
Simple

This will be a casual get together for women who want to hack on projects with or around other women. All types of projects (software and hardware), languages, platforms and experience levels are welcome. Remember, no experience is an experience level!

Don't have anything to work on? Come, and we'll help you find a project!

What you should bring:

  • Your laptop or other equipment
  • Yourself!

We'll provide:

  • the space, including lots of seating and tables
  • internet
  • some snacks, including gluten-free and vegan options.

Our goal is to support local women hackers (and aspiring hackers) by providing a safe, welcoming environment in which you can connect with and learn from each other.

We're kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring your children with you.

Women Who Hack is open to all self-identified women and genderqueer persons, as well as accompanied children of all genders.

All participants of Women Who Hack agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.

Questions? Get in touch: [email protected].

Our Google Group is https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/women-who-hack.

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Monday
Jun 8, 2015
FutureTalks / WWC Networking Night @ New Relic
New Relic

Women Who Code Portland Networking Night @ New Relic

› Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

This month, our FutureTalks speaker series is joining forces with WWC, as we host seven engineers from New Relic giving brief technical talks about their work, all emcee'd by our very own Liz Abinante, who presented at our February event. Next Monday, June 8th will be the 4th Networking Night of their series.

Speakers:

  • Alice Goldfuss - "Docker in a Flash"
  • Ashley Puls - "Why, When, and How to Measure Performance"
  • Emily Hyland - “Programming for Humans: API design as user experience design”
  • Kate Morrow - "Jelly Bean Trails and Middle-points"
  • Katherine Wu - "Moving from ActiveRecord to a Service"
  • Katie Leonard - "Upgrading Rails"
  • Zoe Kay - "Upgrading Rails"

Program:

  • 5:30-6:00 - Check-In and Networking
  • 6:00-7:30 - Lightning Talks
  • 7:30-8:00 - Wrap Up and Networking

› Doors will open at 5:30 for a 30-minute networking happy half-hour! The food, beer and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic. The presentations will begin right at 6p.

› Stay tuned for the latest developments and updates on this and upcoming events by joining our Meetup group, New Relic FutureTalks PDX, and following us on Twitter @newrelic.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

Thursday
Aug 20, 2015
Women Navigate IT: Empathy in Tech
AppNexus

Why does tech shy away from empathy with customers (or employees for that matter)? Lately the new thing has been to "bring empathy to the customer process" - which isn't really a new thing at all. In fact, development decisions as well as business decisions can rely on empathy as a compass.

This short workshop will take you through the process of creating a customer journey & empathy map that will help you question the status quo, build great tech, and grow in your career.

The workshop will be lead by Kristen Gallagher, the founder of education design firm Edify. We will also have an interactive section. You will leave with tools to navigate your career more successfully.

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Thursday
Sep 24, 2015
Trivia Under the Influence, Special Lesbians Who Tech Edition! Allies welcome!
Bear Paw Inn

Are you an insufferable know-it-all with no outlet for your boundless knowledge? Do you find yourself starting many sentences with "Well, actually...?" Are you unable to prevent yourself from correcting common misconceptions about the symbolism of Jenny Schecter's poetry? Then this may not be the trivia night for you.

However, if you are a chill queer lady or ally, and you would enjoy a rousing and entertaining evening of random tech and queer arcana, this is your night. Don't worry, we will make sure our trivia question scribe doesn't go too hard on us. Come hang out with us and make new friends and connections, enjoy a drink, and win awesome prizes! Teams will be blind draw, fun times will be mandatory.

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Wednesday
Sep 30, 2015
ChickTech's Scrum Workshop
DeskHub

Come to ChickTech’s Scrum Workshop to get a refresher or an introduction to the world of Scrum. For two Wednesday evenings in a row, you will go through the core aspects of the Scrum Framework. This includes why Scrum works, the key players on each Scrum team, and how product development occurs within Scrum.

Registration for this event includes both workshop sessions. You can register for the event via Eventbrite.

Scrum is an agile way to manage a project, usually software development. Agile software development with Scrum is often perceived as a methodology; but rather than viewing Scrum as methodology, think of it as a framework for managing a process. -Mountain Goat Software

The Instructor: Austin Richter, Scrum Master Austin, a Certified Scrum Master, has been working within the Scrum Framework for two years. Before that he worked as Project Coordinator on a team that was transitioning from a Waterfall approach to Scrum.

Session 1, September 30th: Introduction to Scrum and Building a Backlog The first session will offer an overview/refresher of the Scrum Framework. In this workshop we will explore the differences betwen a Waterfall approach and the Scrum Framework. This will highlight the importance of feedback to a team. We will demonstrate these concepts by constructing a bridge and building backlogs. During the building a backlog activity we will explore the three roles on the Scrum Team.

Session 2, October 7th: Sprint Simulation In this workshop you will build something for a customer using the Scrum process. Through this exercise you will go through each step of the Scrum process and produce the necessary artifacts to be successful in a given Sprint. From building a task board to demonstrating your product to the stakeholders, you will be immersed into the scrum process during the Sprint Simulation.

By the end of this workshop series you'll have a comprehensive understanding of Scrum.

Part of ChickTech’s mission is to retain women in technology. We intend for this event to build community and add skills to resumes. We encourage anyone who wants to practice the Scrum workflow to register for this event!

Dates: September 30th and October 7th

Time: Doors open at 5:30pm and close around 8:30pm. The sessions will run 6-8pm

Location: DeskHub 334 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209

Registration pays for dinner both evenings, along with the class costs. Any amount left over supports ChickTech: High School.

A big thank you to our event location provider, DeskHub!

ChickTech: Career events are open to all genders with a focus on women.

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Tuesday
Oct 6, 2015
Networking Night @ Quick Left: Advanced Negotiation Practices
Quick Left

For our upcoming Networking Night at Quick Left, we're switching things up and featuring a talk on advanced networking techniques by Karen O'Keefe. This is a very important topic that each of us will face throughout our careers, and we're very lucky to have Karen joining us to impart her knowledge and experience.


Program

6:00-6:30 - Check-in + Networking
6:30-6:45 - Women Who Code Intro + Quick Left Intro
6:45-7:45 - Women and Negotiation: Professional Happines, One Conversation at a Time
7:45-8:30
- Networking + Wrap-up


Women and Negotiation: Professional Happiness One Conversation at a Time

When we hear the word ‘negotiation,’ most of us think about deal-making, buying and selling on behalf of a company, legal settlements, union/management contract negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions. In these cases, the negotiators follow a formal process to achieve their successes.

While important, not everyone is involved in buying and selling in this sense. Many of us are navigating workplace issues on our way to becoming respected professionals and leaders. Examples of our work conversations revolve around getting resources to do our job, priority for our projects, for getting new opportunities, support for our ideas, for advancement, to hammer out budget agreements, a change in title, or a change in work schedule. Negotiating skill is critical to accomplishing these goals. Today, we will learn how to apply a deal-maker’s formal negotiation process to our work conversations in order to achieve our goals, to bring professional happiness and to develop as leaders in our organizations.


About Karen O'Keefe: 

Karen O’Keefe is the founder of Advanced Negotiation Strategies, a training and consulting firm dedicated to helping professionals and business owners achieve breakthrough results by building personal and company-wide negotiation strength. She works with business owners and their teams to develop overall negotiation strategy, to prepare and plan for negotiations, and to build executives’ and managers’ negotiation skills through training.

Prior to launching her own firm, Karen enjoyed a successful 25-year career with several large manufacturing firms, where she held operations and financial responsibility for performance in the supply chain disciplines. She negotiated multi-million dollar logistics contracts and designed and managed service programs to support the flow of goods from suppliers through to the firms’ customers.


About Quick Left:

Quick Left Inc. is a leading provider of innovative software development services and tools with offices in Boulder, Denver, Portland and San Francisco. Its services team specializes in agile web development, mobile applications, design and team training/mentoring. The company also operates Sprintly, a development management platform designed to power a more productive relationship between teams and their managers. Together with Sprintly, Quick Left accelerates software product launches with a process defined by accountability, simplicity, scalability and today’s smartest web technologies. 

Visit Quick Left at quickleft.com.

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Wednesday
Oct 7, 2015
ChickTech's Scrum Workshop
DeskHub

Come to ChickTech’s Scrum Workshop to get a refresher or an introduction to the world of Scrum. For two Wednesday evenings in a row, you will go through the core aspects of the Scrum Framework. This includes why Scrum works, the key players on each Scrum team, and how product development occurs within Scrum.

Registration for this event includes both workshop sessions. You can register for the event via Eventbrite.

Scrum is an agile way to manage a project, usually software development. Agile software development with Scrum is often perceived as a methodology; but rather than viewing Scrum as methodology, think of it as a framework for managing a process. -Mountain Goat Software

The Instructor: Austin Richter, Scrum Master Austin, a Certified Scrum Master, has been working within the Scrum Framework for two years. Before that he worked as Project Coordinator on a team that was transitioning from a Waterfall approach to Scrum.

Session 1, September 30th: Introduction to Scrum and Building a Backlog The first session will offer an overview/refresher of the Scrum Framework. In this workshop we will explore the differences betwen a Waterfall approach and the Scrum Framework. This will highlight the importance of feedback to a team. We will demonstrate these concepts by constructing a bridge and building backlogs. During the building a backlog activity we will explore the three roles on the Scrum Team.

Session 2, October 7th: Sprint Simulation In this workshop you will build something for a customer using the Scrum process. Through this exercise you will go through each step of the Scrum process and produce the necessary artifacts to be successful in a given Sprint. From building a task board to demonstrating your product to the stakeholders, you will be immersed into the scrum process during the Sprint Simulation.

By the end of this workshop series you'll have a comprehensive understanding of Scrum.

Part of ChickTech’s mission is to retain women in technology. We intend for this event to build community and add skills to resumes. We encourage anyone who wants to practice the Scrum workflow to register for this event!

Dates: September 30th and October 7th

Time: Doors open at 5:30pm and close around 8:30pm. The sessions will run 6-8pm

Location: DeskHub 334 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209

Registration pays for dinner both evenings, along with the class costs. Any amount left over supports ChickTech: High School.

A big thank you to our event location provider, DeskHub!

ChickTech: Career events are open to all genders with a focus on women.

Website
Tuesday
Oct 27, 2015
Women Who Hack (Code 'n' Splode) October Talks
Quick Left

Code 'n' Splode is returning as Women Who Hack presentation night!

We have two speakers joining us: Clarissa Littler, who is speaking about "Social Media, Talking to Strangers, and Models of Privacy", and Barbara Miller, who is speaking about her experience as an Outreachy intern.

We also have two open lightning talk slots — contact Thursday Bram to claim one.

Note: Women Who Hack is a women-focused group. For our monthly presentation night: all women (cis & trans) and genderqueer persons are invited to attend and participate, and men are welcome as the guest of one of these participants.

All participants of Women Who Hack agree to follow the Citizen Code of Conduct.

Tuesday
Jan 26, 2016
Ladies' Night
Chirpify

We are excited to announce next Tuesday we are having our 5th Ladies' Night. Join us for food, drinks and great conversation with digital start-up ladies at the Chirpify offices.

Please RSVP before the 26th

Hosted and food provided by Chirpify with drinks provided by Jim Beam!

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Tuesday
Aug 16, 2016
Ladies' Night 7.0
Struck

Get hyped! It's time for another Ladies' Night, v 7.0. Join us at Struck Agency for an evening focused on mentorships, activiities, and general commraderie with other digitally-minded ladies! If you're a designer, architect, researcher, developer, photographer, copywriter, videographer, producer, strategist, or want to be any of these things...you're invited! Food, drinks and great space to enjoy lively conversation provided by Struck.

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Saturday
Sep 17, 2016
Building Your Empire Brunch
Village Ballroom

Learn how to building a succesful brand, identify your target market, access financial resources and more! Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your business to the next level, this brunch will provide the insight and tools you need to achieve greatness in your life & businesses.

Speakers Include:

Paula Hayes

President and CEO of Hue Noir, a Beaverton-based business that specializes in makeup for people with dark skin tones. Paula is a driven entrepreneur and executive with a track record of business success.

Byrdie McCoy

Empowerment fitness coach and advocate for Women's Mental Health, as well as Founder of Byrdie's Babes.

Hosted By:

Chaunci King, Founder of Miru Vodka, CEO at MavenInBusiness.com

Sponsored by: The PDC & Miru Vodka

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Tuesday
Oct 11, 2016
Ladies' Night 8
Bonfire Marketing

Tickets will be available Tuesday, October 4th at 4pm.

If you're a designer, architect, researcher, developer, photographer, copywriter, videographer, producer, strategist, or want to be any of these things... you're invited to the 8th Ladies' Night.

Join us for food, drinks, lively conversation and DJ Listen Lady. Visit our site for more details or to view our Code of Conduct. Make sure to bring any professional clothing or shoes you can spare to donate to Dress for Success.

About Bonfire Marketing

Bonfire Marketing is an experienced digital marketing agency in Portland, Oregon. Our core specialties include marketing research, SEO, content and strategy development, digital marketing management, design, social media marketing, and digital advertising. We're built to illuminate your brand and spark the conversation.

About Ladies' Night

Established in 2014, Ladies’ Night is a quarterly happy hour for the digitally-minded women, committed to conversation, collaboration, and community.

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Friday
Oct 14, 2016
WICT Pacific Northwest: Tech It Out
Comcast Tigard Business Center, Cascade Room

Please join the WICT Pacific Northwest Chapter for an exciting inaugural event featuring a panel discussion and keynote speakers with current leaders in the telecommunications industry.

This event is designed to educate, inspire, empower and advance the roles of women in technology and increase the overall awareness of STEM careers available in the telecommunications industry. This event is open to WICT members, non-WICT members and students.

WICT Members $50; Non-members $60

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Wednesday
Nov 2, 2016
Portland Women in Science 3rd Annual Mixer Networking Event
OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Join WIS PDX for a fun night of networking with STEM professionals at OMSI! Join us to meet new people in STEM and extend your existing network! To encourage meeting new people, we will have networking games and prizes (including OMSI After Dark tickets). All are welcome at this social event. There will be catering by Bon Apetit and a cash bar. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-women-in-science-mixer-at-omsi-registration-28293792495

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Friday
Nov 4, 2016
We Code Hackathon for Women & Friends
through Puppet

Nike and Puppet are collaborating to host the 2nd We Code Hackathon for women and friends. Web designers and developers of all levels are invited to work on a fun project in small teams at this creative and collaborative coding event. You’ll have an opportunity to meet and work with other talented people, develop your skills, and create new applications. T-shirts, prizes, and great food from local restaurants will be provided.

Learn more and RSVP at: https://wecode-nov2016s.splashthat.com.

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Saturday
Oct 14
Django Girls PDX
NXT Industries Lab

Django girls a workshop aimed at total beginners, that helps attendees built a blog using Python and Django in order to learn about web development. Open to women and non-binary people :)

Apply Today!

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Friday
Dec 1
We Code for Good Hackathon for Women & Friends
through Puppet

Join us for the We Code for Good Hackathon for Women and Friends on December 1-2! This is the 3rd We Code hackathon hosted by Nike and Puppet, and we’re excited to partner with non-profits and help them address challenges with technical solutions. Details about the non-profits we will be working with will be shared soon.

Web designers and software developers of all levels are invited to work on a fun project in small teams at this creative and collaborative coding event. You will have an opportunity to meet and work with other talented people, develop your skills, and help non-profits. T-shirts, prizes, and great food will be provided.

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