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Tuesday
Dec 10, 2013
AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Scrum Must Die
Nike World Headquarters

Topic:

Scrum Must Die: Many teams over the last decade have moved to Agile Scrum development, but many have missed the key point of doing the adoption-Scrum and it's rituals are merely training-wheels for building a lasting Agile culture. In this topic, Ray Arell talks about how long-term dependency on Scrum can hinder the potential creativity and profitability of teams. Then he will look at successful patterns of how to use the framework to develop core skills and methods that, once the time-box is removed, will enable teams to deliver value daily. Finally, he will contrast the key challenges for teams stuck in the transition as well as key methods for moving forward.

Bio:

Ray Arell is Director of Intel Emergent Systems and Coaching. He is currently a transformative leader in the adoption of agile, Lean, and complex system methods inside Intel, and his group is currently coaching a community of practice of over ten thousand people that are moving to a continuous value delivery culture. Prior to this role, he spent several decades as both an engineer and engineering manager of teams focused on CPU, chipset, graphics, wireless, and software development. He is the coauthor of Change-Based Test Management: Improving the Software Validation Process and is a popular speaker at events worldwide.

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PADNUG - Walt Ritscher on WPF
Intel Jones Farm Conference Center (JFCC)
  • The outstanding Walt Ritscher presenting!
  • Qdoba Oregon is catering the event!
  • Sponsored After Words at the NEW Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill - Tanasbourne!
  • Giving away a Xbox One Day One Edition!!!

Pure AWESOME! NOTE: We're meeting in a different venue than normal

Presentation: WPF is the go-to UI tool for building stunning, interactive Windows desktop application. Sure, HTML 5 and Windows Store Apps (aka Metro) get most of the publicity nowadays, but corporate developers across the world are quietly building impressive LOB apps with WPF.

Microsoft implemented a lot of new features in WPF 4.5. Join Walt for an information packed session showcasing many of these improved features. Topics include the new Visual Studio 2013 XAML editor enhancements, threading and collection changes. Live Shaping of bound data, weak events, and data-binding improvements.

Schedule

6:00 p.m. Qdoba Burrito Bar
6:30 p.m. Business and Intro
7:00 p.m. Presentation
8:15 p.m. Swag drawing including the Xbox One
8:45 p.m. After Words at the new Tanasbourne Thirsty Lion
- Brought to you by I.T. Motives, TEKsystems, and VanderHouwen & Associates

Thanks to our Premium Sponsors that help make our meetings possible:

azad Technology Partners | Technology Consulting - Engineering - Project Management | Committed to Your Success

Cinetopia | Why watch a movie in coach when you can see it in first class?

Infragistics | Design / Develop / Experience

ISITE Design | a digital agency

Microsoft | Helping you realize your full potential

New Relic RPM | A developer's best friend

O'Reilly Media | Spreading the knowledge of innovators.

ServerLogic | We're Passionate About IT!

TEKsystems | People you can trust. Results you can count on.

Telerik | Deliver more than expected

VanderHouwen & Associates, Inc.| VHA specializes in the placement of Software Developers

Welch Allyn | Experience what a career should feel like.

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PDX-UX Holiday Social
Thetus Corporation

Join us at Thetus for a mix-n-mingle event, made even better with free beer and pizza! Drop by to meet fellow UX enthusiasts, learn about job opportunities, and ideate with us about PDX-UX events for 2014!

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TiE Oregon PitchFest 2013
TiE Pearl Incubator

Please Note:

Applications for Pitching are now closed. 
This event is now sold to capacity. Late registrants may be directed to an overflow space to follow the event on monitors. We will also be live streaming the event on the night, URL: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tiepitchfest
Register to attend

The following companies have been selected to pitch to a panel of investors at TiE Oregon's annual PitchFest.:
Concept Stage:
  • Forget MNot
  • EcoValuate
  • StoryBulbs
  • Bubblr
  • iConduct
Seed/Bootstrap Stage:
  • Rescue Datum
  • TheDigits
  • Pacific NorthWest Kale Chips
Mature/Growth Stage:
  • Syndical
  • Drink Tanks Corporation
 

Awards, such as cash prizes, legal services etc. will be made available to winners in the following categories:
- Concept Stage
- Seed/Bootstrap Stage
- Mature/Growth Stage

Alan Wizemann is our keynote speaker for the evening:
Retail is changing. The way consumers are shopping is changing. From smart phones, to tablets, to physical stores, enterprise retailers are battling for their bottom line. These problems are difficult and expensive to solve internally. New, innovative technologies from startups are now at the forefront to drive those solutions and create massive revenue in the process.  Hear from Alan Wizemann on how you can position your startup to solve these problems, sell and scale to the needs of the enterprise. As Executive Product Leader and Mentor and a consultant for Target, Alan has led several select social media and mobile efforts to help Target save millions of dollars in operating expenses while driving significant sales and revenue across Target's retail channels. Alan has helped launch several products including Cartwheel, Target's innovative savings application.
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Big Data Technologies - From Integration to Analysis: A full Big Data Scenario
Puppet Labs

Some of the biggest challenges encountered by Hadoop users seem to be the possibility to integrate their current systems with Hadoop, to administrate and take full advantage of its performance, and to be able to perform key analytics over the data stored in Hadoop.

Join us for this meetup event where we will show you how to resolve these issues!

Presenters:

-  Integration: Vincent Galopin, Solutions Consultant at Talend

-  Monitoring and Performance: Parham Parvizi, Solutions Consultant at Pivotal

-  Analytics: Bob Hardaway, Big Data Expert at Qlikview


Thanks a lot to Kara and Lee from Puppet Labs for hosting this event!

As usual, you will be able to enjoy some good drinks and our great thin-crust pizzas!


Agenda:

6 - 6:30 : Meet and Greet

6:30 - 7:30: From Integration to Analysis: A full Big Data Scenario

7:30 - 9 : Talk with the experts around a nice drink and delicious pizzas!

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Hack+Help Session (Cancelled in favor of Winter Coder Social)
New Relic

NOTE: Cancelled in favor of the awesome Winter Code Social. Please go there! It's amazing! http://calagator.org/events/1250465234

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Bring your projects and your desire to learn!

This is the place to get help from a mentor, join a peer study group, find an awesome learning project, and to level-up!

We started out in Ruby, but we've been working with JS and Python groups and it's been so awesome, we decided to broaden the field.

All languages welcome - check in for updates about featured mentors in different specializations each week we meet.

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Winter Coders' Social - Seventh Annual Edition
Urban Airship Inc

Join Portland's tech community in celebrating the end of another year. This is a fun, free annual event where members of local user groups and their families are invited to mingle, eat and play games. This is the seventh time the event's been held and it's lots of fun every time.

We'll have a potluck, so you're welcome to bring something yummy to share with others. If possible, label your food and whether it meets particular dietary needs, e.g. "vegan", "vegetarian", gluten-free", etc. If you'd like, tell others what you plan to bring, or see what others are bringing at http://j.mp/wcs2013. We'll provide beverages, plates, cups, utensils and napkins.

Like games? Bring your favorites and play them with others. We'll have some rooms with tables set aside. Have an activity or contest that you'd like to organize? Join the discussion at https://groups.google.com/group/pdxgroups.

Please spread the word, all are welcome. See you there!

PS: We're grateful to Urban Airship for hosting this event,

And our sponsors Janrain and Mozilla!

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Wednesday
Dec 11, 2013
2014 Economic Outlook with John Mitchell - Year Five: Tapering, Experimenting and Transitioning
Eastside Exchange Building

Please join TAO's Finance Forum and our special guest John Mitchell, renowned State Economist. John will provide an insightful economic update, as well as, future challenges.

Will growth return to normal, or will a slow recovery continue? What are the key indicators telling us (GDP, interest rates, jobs market, real-estate, household and national debt,)? Should we prepare for another market corrections What is the state of quantitative easing and how might it affect you?

John Mitchell Economist,, M&H Economic Consultant John is known for his informative and good-humored presentations that provide economic insight for a diverse audience.

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Using Windows Programs in Linux
Free Geek

Teacher: Alex Fortuine Maximum students: 7

New to Linux and have a Windows program you just can't live without? Learn how to search for Linux equivalents, use programs like Wine or even install Windows inside Linux to make your Windows programs compatible with your computer.

UX Happy Hour
Dig A Pony

We're back for a December UX Happy Hour right before/in between the holidays!


The spiel: UX Happy Hour is open to anyone who's interested in user experience and design. There aren't any talks or workshops; it's just us hanging out.

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PDXScala Monthly Meeting
Janrain Headquarters

Come join other Scala fans, whether you're a seasoned old-timer or complete beginner. We'll have open discussions and a variety of presentations and examples. If you have topics you're interested in hearing more about or something you'd like to give a presentation on, please let us know! Also, feel free to bring code you'd like to show off or get input on from the rest of the group!

As we've been doing for some months now, the first hour of tonight's meeting will be oriented towards people who are new to Scala. If you have questions you'd like to ask about general usage, specific libraries, or overall understanding of the ecosystem, we'll be here to help you find your way. For everyone else, we'll have plenty of extra time tonight for any other discussions and topics, so if you have something you'd like to talk about or code you'd like to show, come prepared! We'll have pizza here at 6, so come early if you're hungry.

We look forward to see you all there!

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PDXNode presentation night
Urban Airship Inc

Monthly presentation night! Pizza and beverages generously provided by Walmart Labs

This set of talks will be a great way to cap off our first year of PDXNode:

  • Jen(@ednapiranha) A Mozillan and co-creator of meatspac.es, will be sharing about the awesome new WebRTC chat fun taking over our cameras and free time.
  • Wraithan Our resident IRC champion, will be running a tutorial on IRC bots: "from installing libraries to connecting to a channel to reacting to what someone said".
  • Newb at Everything @edrex will demo his current tooling for publishing sites. Hopefully this will inspire some epic nerd battles and/or pull requests at the pub later.

Presentations start at 7pm. We welcome open dialogue during the presenations. We're all here to learn!

Come a little early to say hi. We'll also be hanging out at 6:30pm to help any newcomers needing help to gettting started by installing node and npm.
It will be a nice variety of topics and level of talks. If anyone is interested, we could also take discussions to post-talk drinks nearby. Maybe even hack a little.

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PDX DITA Users Group
Jive Software

Join us to talk about all things DITA.

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PDXCloud December Gathering
Elemental Technologies

PDXCloud met for the first time in November 2012, and now it's time to celebrate our one year anniversary!

This Wednesday we will have a panel of guests talking around the theme, "Why We Chose Cloud, and What We've Learned". We have a group of panelists (many thanks to those that have agreed to sit on the panel so far), and we still have room for a few more if anyone is interested. If you have any inclination to answer questions about your company's use of cloud technologies and the factors and decisions that went into selecting those technologies, please send me an email (jason.lapier@gmail.com). No presentations will be required, this will mainly be a Q&A session.

For the rest of you, bring plenty of questions for our panelists!

As usual, we'll have pizza, beer, and other refreshments, and additionally, we'll have a birthday cake to celebrate PDXCloud's 1 year anniversary!

As usual, doors open at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7pm. Hope to see you on Wednesday!

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*CANCELLED* Humane Holidays: Exploring The True Price of Electronics and Other Gifts
Free Geek

Enjoy an interactive, hands-on activity and short film that will help you make sustainable, peaceful and just choices for the holidays. You'll also learn about H.E.A.R.T.’s role in creating “Solutionaries” - young people who are solving community and world problems - and find out how you can become one!

No signup required.

Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers’ (H.E.A.R.T.’s) services are specially designed to provide a combined focus on human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. Our direct services to educators and students, as well as our city and state level advocacy efforts, enable us to significantly impact the way young people think about their responsibility to one another, animals and the natural world.

Thursday
Dec 12, 2013
The Innovation Equation – IP for a solid valuation: TAO Technology & IP Forum Event
Thetus Corporation

Regardless of the size or stage of your company’s life-cycle, intellectual property is important. The development of, the documentation of, and the management of your IP is critical to the success of your business and how it is evaluated for future transactions (funding or strategic).

Please join other entrepreneurs and engineering managers for this insightful workshop.

We will hear from: Julia Voutyras, IP Attorney, Ford Motor Company on the process they implemented to reinvent themselves into one of the most innovative car manufacturers in the world. Jennifer Yruegas, General Counsel, Coaxis and formerly with Sol Republic where in both of these positions she worked with her product development teams to utilize innovation to strengthen their position against must larger competitors. Anna McCoy, Attorney, Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle LLP who will outline IP innovation as a strategic tool and how to manage and drive productive innovation.

Additional Topics will Include: How to prioritize innovation How to track and implement innovation The importance of IP to your valuation The workshop will end with an information panel discussion so be bring your questions for this esteemed panel.

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ISACA: December 2013 Managing IT Risk in the Cloud
NWEA

December 12, 2013 ISACA Luncheon Event   Managing IT Risk in the Cloud   Many organizations are looking to leverage virtualization...

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Learn About Programming Careers
Free Geek

Teacher: Michael Kaiser-Nyman Maximum number of students: 10

Interested in working as a professional programmer? It's not as hard as you might think. Learn about available jobs, skills you'll need, areas where various programming languages often are used, some options to start your education, and get your questions answered.

Establishing Yourself Online
Free Geek

Teacher: Sherry Alexis Maximum students: 7

Do have a small business or hobby that you would like to bring online? Just interested in contributing to the Internet? Learn the basics of how to create functioning websites using simple tools and other considerations of online publishing. You must have a currently-in-use email address which you can access during the class to attend.

ISSA Portland Holiday Meeting
Embassy Suites Portland-Washington Square Ambassador South Ballroom

Please register to attend the event online: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/issa-portland-holiday-party-tickets-8163746987

When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 3:30 to 7:30 (PST)

Location: Embassy Suites Portland-Washington Square Ambassador South Ballroom 9000 SW Washington Square Rd. Tigard, Oregon. 97223

Presentation: Considerations of a Mature Vulnerability management Program In this presentation, Jesika McEvoy with Rapid7 will address best practices for standing up an effective vulnerability management program. Key questions like the following will be answered:

  • What are the roles/responsibilities that are needed to do vulnerability management?
  • What kind of timelines are reasonable in terms of expectations for remediation of a vulnerability after a scanner finds it? Are there industry best practices?
  • When a vulnerability is found that cannot be directly remediated via a patch or configuration change, what should a company do? Are there best practices for various types of mitigating controls that should be considered? What is the role for risk acceptance, and how should risk acceptance be documented and periodically reviewed?
  • How can organizations take the results from traditional network vulnerability scanners, and manual penetration testing engagements from third parties, and static/dynamic application security testing (for example: Veracode) results and manage them all in a comprehensive vulnerability management program.

Cost: $10 (member) / $15 (non-member) / $20 (at-the-door)

CPEs: ISSA meeting are appropriate for CPE credit. The chapter maintains proof of attendance for members but it is the members responsibility to ensure that these CPE's are credited to their respective accounts.

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HIPAA Compliance & the Cloud
Brix Tavern

Join EasyStreet and Coalfire for appetizers, beverages and an informal discussion of today's IT security challenges for healthcare organizations.

Our presentation will be under an hour, leaving ample time for meaningful conversation.

Discussion topics:

  • The Omnibus Rule. What you're now legally required to do
  • Distributed Compliance Responsibility. How to identify which compliance pieces belong to you and which belong to your Cloud vendors
  • Managing HIPAA compliance across all players. How to create a strong Business Associates Agreement and manage your Cloud vendors to it
  • The New HIPAA IT Solutions Set. A snapshot of contemporary technologies used to effectively manage HIPAA security to mitigate risk and ensure compliance

Presenters:
Adam Shnider, Managing Director, Coalfire NW Region
Coalfire is a nationally recognized leader in IT compliance with more than 4,000 assessments, including hundreds for healthcare-related organizations. Their expertise extends beyond healthcare providers to include associated financial institutions and service providers that fall under newly implemented regulations.

Steve Knipple, CTO, EasyStreet
Founded in 1995, EasyStreet delivers Cloud Infrastructure, Data Center and Managed Security services to customers running critical IT systems with regulatory requirements including HIPAA and PCI.

The event is free, but space is limited so please RSVP today.

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Collective Agency Holiday Party
Collective Agency

There will be a holiday party at Collective Agency Thursday December 12th, from 5-8pm, for members, friends, co-workers, partners, families, and visitors.

Bring a food or drink item of your delight. Many members have kids -- kids are welcome too. Partners, spouses, family, and friends, co-workers...

This will be a social/non-work event in the big loft room.

Bring anybody you'd like, and especially bring yourself. (As with all after-hours events here, members who want to work during the event have unlimited access in conference rooms.)


Logistics: Visitors who've been here before or heard about us but haven't yet visited are welcome; bring a decorative or functional gift for the Collective Agency community (books, objects, technology, art), or a food or drink item.

To do: a party music playlist, visually warm/light/fun decorations, visuals to project onto our spinning disco ball, what else? Comment below to volunteer. Questions? Suggestions? Email Alex Linsker and Resh at council@collectiveagency.co call (503) 517-6900 or write a comment below.

Website: http://collectiveagency.co RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/751459928214592/ or email council@collectiveagency.co

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ISSA Portland Holiday Party
Embassy Suites Portland-Washington Square Ambassador South Ballroom

Presentation:     Considerations of a Mature Vulnerability management Program    In this presentation, Jesika McEvoy with Rapid7 will...

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Go Big (Data) with Business Intelligence Tools
TBD - Portland

Business Intelligence (BI) tools provide your sales team with more accurate and complete customer information and context of their needs. Having real-time data you can track and analyse will help you make intelligent, informed decisions—now and in the future. It’s like having your own magic 8 ball for business. “Outlook: Good.”

Ready to take big data beyond marketing automation? The next step to better marketing and selling is combining big data with SaaS (software as a service). Join us to see how BI tools help you increase customer loyalty and build profits.

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PDX Sass - December Meetup
Puppet Labs

This month we are excited to welcome Andrew Colclough to the PDX Sass podium as he gives us a full length talk on his SMACSS + BEM + SASS approach!

@PdxSass

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PDX Code Guild Open Learning Night
NedSpace on 5th

Come and learn software development!

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Learn to build things: Build websites with HTML, CSS, and Javascript Dive in to the back end with Python and Django, Ruby on Rails or others Develop desktop programs in C#, Python, C and many other languages.

Whatever language or technology you want to learn we can help!

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

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Portland Perl Mongers
Free Geek

Bring your projects to an informal project hack night tonight at Freegeek! We might move the projects to somewhere with beer, and head to the Lucky Lab Brew Pub early.

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Friday
Dec 13, 2013
AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch: Manager's Role in Agile Orgs
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR DECEMBER.

This next month, we’ll be meeting on the second Friday. The hot topic that emerged last month is what to do with managers—or what are managers to do—when the team and the organization—goes agile. There are people who are in favor of assigning the Scrum Master role to functional managers. (I’m not sure any were in attendance last month.) There are people who believe that, now that we’re agile we don’t need any managers. Some folks have spent a fair amount of time explaining what managers should do to maintain the organization around the team, and those arguments sometimes raise the specter of bureaucracy and hierarchy. But, it’s also true that large organizations are drifting toward agile, and therein tend to be lots of layers and policies to be maintained and reporting up and rolling up and down to be done.

Some people believe there’s an entirely new role for managers—stronger on leadership and vision/context setting and lighter on “following up” and controlling individual actions. Some managers—even those who are agile advocates—struggle with where their job went when the teams get a shot of “empowerment.”

This next month’s topic looks like it will be juicy, doesn’t it? So, on Friday, December 13, link arms with your favorite manager and toddle on down to Ringler’s on Burnside under the Crystal Ballroom. We’ll be in the backroom and the beer will be flowing. We start at 12p and end at 1p, but you can stay as long as you want afterward to debate (I mean “dialogue”) about the nature and virtues of authoritarianism and whether a benevolent monarchy is the best form of government for humankind.

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Using LibreOffice Writer
Free Geek

Teacher: Gordon Riggs Maximum students: 7

Need to write a resume or cover letter but have never used a word processor? Come and learn how to use your word processor (LibreOffice, OpenOffice and Microsoft Word) to create documents that look the way you want. Topics covered include: create, save and edit documents; move, copy and replace text; change fonts; set tabs; add page numbers, bulleted or numbered lists; and use styles and tables to enhance basic documents.

Saturday
Dec 14, 2013
PDX Global Day of Code Retreat 2013
Puppet Labs Website
PDX Code Guild Weekend Web Bootcamp
through NedSpace on 5th

Need a website? We'll teach you how to make it.

Give us two days, we'll give you the power.

Have you ever needed a website, or would like to know more about how website development worked? Hiring web developers can get expensive, but here's a secret: anybody can make websites!

Take this weekend course to learn to build a webpage from the ground up, and to put it up on the internet so that the world can see. We'll give you the valuable knowledge you need to get started in the quickly growing world of web design.

$65 Register at bit.ly/1dSP5lq

phone: (541) 602-6215

email: sheri@pdxcodeguild.com

From 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

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Linux Playground
Free Geek

Teacher: Ben Koenig Maximum number of students: 8

Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, ArchLinux. What are all these distributions (flavors) of Linux and how are they similar and different? Come learn about many different versions of Linux and try them out on our test machines. Learn the basics of installing your chosen version of Linux on your own computer. Come prepared to have fun and ask questions.

Sunday
Dec 15, 2013
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring you Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There is also coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't computer on an empty tummy.

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Women Who Hack
Mozilla

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: womenwhohack@stumptownsyndicate.org.

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

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Den Work / Space Open House
Den Work / Space

Den is a new coworking and event space on NE MLK and Stanton. Come join us and have a beer as we host an Open House to introduce ourselves and the space!

RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/551511831602551

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Monday
Dec 16, 2013
North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on December 16 at Jama Software to discuss Go for System Administration with Kelsey Hightower.

Created just 4 years ago, Go has been gaining traction in many areas from core system services like DNS and CDN, devops applications like Packer and Docker, and continues to stretch further into web applications and general processing utilities. Kelsey will be discussing the benefits he has realized by using Go as an admin's tool. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Kelsey is the Director of Software Engineering at Monsoon Commerce, co-editor of the Golang Newsletter and recently gained committer status to Packer.

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!

ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Dec 17, 2013
Kickoff Meeting for PDX FitNesse Users Group
Cambia Health Solutions

Please join us to kick-off this new Meetup group and help us develop a thriving community of practice for FitNesse in Portland.

If you’re not sure what FitNesse is or how it can be used to automate tests, specify requirements or support TDD practices, here are some sites to check out:

http://fitnesse.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FitNesse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_dVuQjWXaw

Please RSVP at the website. We hope to see you and other members of the Portland development and SQA community there.

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Rose City SPIN: The Tail that Wags the Dogma
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Free event! Networking @ 5:30-6:30 PM; Talk @ 6:30-7:30 PM

Rose City SPIN Talk: The Tail that Wags the Dogma

Presented by Rhea Stadick

Abstract:

It is a common pattern for advocates of any kind (Agile, Quality, Process Improvement methods, Waterfall, etc.) to start off banging a drum with almost religious zealotry. “This is the way to achieve quality!” “Follow me or be cast aside!” I have certainly done this and many of the change agents and forward thinkers I respect in the industry have struggled with this as well in their careers. However, riding a train of dogmatic viewpoints and practices has, in many cases, ruined the original efforts of change agents and more tragically, created bad patterns of development. This presentation (also recently presented at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference earlier this year) will explore how we can clarify our intentions and work towards creating an environment where the people involved are empowered to think and experiment but still march in the same general direction. As product development becomes more and more complex, different approaches are needed to get to the right outcome and we can no longer afford to apply rigid methods that worked for a simpler environment. This presentation will help the audience think critically about where they are being too dogmatic in their efforts while introducing some new ways of thinking around complex adaptive systems and complex product development. The full paper written for this conference presentation can be found here: http://www.uploads.pnsqc.org/2013/papers/t-095_Stadick_paper.pdf

Speaker Bio:

Rhea Stadick is an Organizational Coach at Intel, Corp. She has spent the last eight years in software quality and development of engineering teams. Today she helps organizations across her company develop cultures and competencies to create thriving work environments that support excellence in product development. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University and M.B.A. from Willamette University. For the past several years she has organized the Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) in the Portland-metro area that gathers professionals in the area to learn and network.

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza and pop provided by PNSQC beginning at 5:30 pm. PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

Thanks also to OTBC

We want to thank OTBC (http://www.otbc.org/) for providing the space for this talk.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. But you can help us plan food and drinks by registering at: http://rosecityspindecembertalk.eventbrite.com

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

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Learn To Build an FPV Drone - PDXDrones
Local Roasting Co.

We’re having our next meetup Tuesday, December 12th from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm at Local Roasting in Northwest.

Ben Lester, the winner of the PDXDrones Challenge in September, has volunteered to teach us the basics of FPV systems. If any of you saw him fly in that challenge or have seen his videos, he knows his stuff!

We’ll have the education segment, then social time. Make sure to bring your rig for show and tell!

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FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is usually: 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

Portland Nerd Dinner
Washington Square Mall food court

It's Nerd Dinner time again! We'll gather at Washington Square Mall in the food court. Be There and Be Square!

Intro to Sprite Kit
Thetus Corporation

Sprite Kit is a 2D graphics and rendering system built into iOS 7. It supports animations, sounds, physics and particle systems to help you quickly and easily develop fun games.

In this intro we'll talk about the basic concepts and then build avery simple game together so bring your laptop with Xcode 5 installed.

This is aimed at people with some Objective-C experience but we'll all work together so complete beginners are welcomed also.

You may want to review Apple's Xcode and Objective-C guides as well as the Sprite Kit Programming Guide

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Portland Java User Group (PJUG)
Oracle (Downtown Campus)

Stalking the Lost Write: Memory Visibility in Concurrent Java

Throughout its 18-year evolution, the Java language has played an industry-leading role in the tricky business of specifying the behavior of concurrent programs. Java's contribution became particularly evident with the introduction of the Java Memory Model (JMM) in Java 1.5.

This is an area in which a down-to-the-metal understanding can help developers strike the right balance between safety and performance, so we'll start by motivating the discussion with counterintuitive low-level examples. Then we'll work "up from the weeds" to describe the JMM as a basis for more familiar programming patterns. We'll touch on how C, C++, and C# deal with the same issues and give a nod to functional languages and Java 8.

This material can help most developers become more insightful about concurrency issues in their code. Be there or be unsynchronized!

Speaker

Jeff Berkowitz is a Java software developer at New Relic's Intergalactic Engineering Headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining New Relic, Jeff worked at Oracle and a host of other companies. Jeff wrote multithreaded kernel code for Sequent in the 1980s and began learning Java when it was still in beta. Jeff is married and has lived in the Portland area for more than 25 years. In his spare time he likes to read and write about nerdy things, consume hopped products, hover over a smokey barbecue, or watch football with friends.

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PLUG Advanced Topics: Lustre Distributed File System
Free Geek

PLUG Advanced Topics:

Implementation and use of the Lustre file system within a research institution.

Lustre is a type of parallel distributed file system, generally used for large-scale cluster computing. (http://lustre.org)

Rob Stites - Research Associate OHSU

Rob works with several compute clusters, each using the Lustre file system at OHSU. He works with three distinct groups at OHSU; Geonomic testing, electron microscope image analysis and speech analysis.

Many attendees will break for a social hour at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

See you there!

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Portland Bitcoin Meetup
Madison's Grill (Closed)

Madison's Grill is the first bitcoin friendly pub/restaurant in Portland. Come talk with experts, learn about bitcoin, view a transaction, and buy a beer or dinner with bitcoin!

PBG will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

These are exciting times for the bitcoin revolution. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

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Wednesday
Dec 18, 2013
Lean Coffee
New Relic

Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

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Executive Compensation Trends: TAO HR & Finance Forum Event
Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

The landscape for compensation and corporate governance has been changing at a dramatic pace of the past several years, driven by a combination of greater public attention to governance practices over compensation combined with significant new regulations and increased calls for accountability from both boards management alike. Our panel will discuss some of the key trends that are critical for public companies as they navigate this rapidly changing landscape, and for private companies contemplating an IPO in their future.

Topics will include: Impact of recent "say on pay” results and how it is shaping decisions for public companies as well as those companies looking to go public Best practices in executive cash compensation and performance based equity design that will enable corporations to align compensation to business results and shareholder interests ISS and Glass Lewis major policy updates covering realizable pay and peer group selection methodology SEC policy and governance news including the implementation of Dodd-Frank, CEO to worker pay ratios and pay for performance disclosures An update on what is required to include in your proxy CD&A

Panelists: Tracy Bean, Partner, Mercer David Knopping, Partner, Radford Brit Wittman, CCP, CECP, Director of Executive Compensation, Intel Corporation Moderator: Aliza Scott, Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Development, Tripwire, Inc.

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Intro to Web Technologies
Free Geek

Teacher: Jim Shimota Maximum students: 7

Almost all websites are created using the same languages including HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Learn how to look behind the scenes at how websites are created and sent out online. Recommended before taking HTML or CSS courses. (Previously known as Websites 101)

Holiday Party with the Agile Adoption Game
Puppet Labs

In December, we'll be playing the Agile Adoption Game created by James Shore and Arlo Belshee. The Agile Adoption Game is a board game in the style of "Eurogames" such as Settlers of Catan. In the game, you'll be part of a team adopting Agile for the first time. Your job is to decide when and where to spend your team's effort to get the best results possible. Will you deliver features, which earn points? Or Agile practices, which don't? Choose wisely, and don't get fired!

The game isn't just a fun time—it's also a fairly realistic simulation of the tradeoffs involved in adopting Agile. It's suitable for anyone who's interested in adopting Agile or who just likes games. Bring your product owner and your thinking cap!

Bio: James Shore, AgilePDX coordinating group member, is a thought leader in the Agile software development community. He combines deep technical expertise with whole-system thinking, and believes that great software development teams consistently deliver market success, technical success, and personal success for team members and stakeholders. Find him at http://jamesshore.com

Details and Pizza:

This event is free. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

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Homebrew Website Club PDX
Mozilla

Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

This will be held concurrently with the Homebrew Website Club meeting in San Francisco with a remote video link between the two sites!

See the Homebrew Website Club Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 for a description of the previous meeting.

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Thursday
Dec 19, 2013
Command Line 2
Free Geek

Teacher: Alex Fortuine Maximum number of students: 8

Want to get under the hood and take control of your Ubuntu computer? Learn key commands and concepts including users, groups, permissions, processes and scripting. Basic Command Line class or similar knowledge is a prerequisite.

Young Entrepreneurs Society (YESpdx) "Mix N Mingle"
Valentine's (in the alley by Voodoo Donuts)

YESpdx is a new social club for young entrepreneurs, technical and non-technical alike. Attend one of our monthly “Third Thursday” events to network, drink free beer, eat free food and hear from entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. Shenanigans begin 5:30. Join us in December as we mix it up a little bit with an informal "Mix & Mingle" event at Valentine's. Event sponsors include OEN and NedSpace.

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Front End Drupal User Group
TNG

The Drupal Front End Meetup happens every third Thursday of the month. This group is focused on the theming and design aspects of Drupal development. Come nerd out with us over CSS, Javascript, theme functions and other interesting front-end tools.

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PDXnode presents: NodeJS Code & Learn Night
Side Door

Bring your ideas! Bring your hardware! We're meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month to work on projects and talk about all things NodeJS.

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Happy Data Hour (Portland)
Chromad

We love data and so do you! Join Keen IO, DigitalOcean, Firebase, and Chroma for a casual drinkup! Chat data, startups, and APIs, tell us what you really think about our services, or just swing by and pickup a free beer and a tshirt. 

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PDX Code Guild Open Learning Night
NedSpace on 5th

Come and learn software development!

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Learn to build things: Build websites with HTML, CSS, and Javascript Dive in to the back end with Python and Django, Ruby on Rails or others Develop desktop programs in C#, Python, C and many other languages.

Whatever language or technology you want to learn we can help!

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

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Friday
Dec 20, 2013
Computer Basics/Fundamentals
Free Geek

Teacher: Darren Heiber Maximum students: 4

Has it been a long time since you used a computer, or are you just starting to use computers for the first time? This interactive class covers the basics of using a computer including the mouse and keyboard. Terms like “GUI”, “window” and “desktop” won't be scary anymore!

Cloudability End of the Year Happy Hour
Cloudability

The year is slowly coming to a close and we are celebrating with an end of the year happy hour! You undoubetedly have a zillion holiday plans--but don't stress. You don't have to wear anything ugly and you definitely don't have to wrap any half hearted Secret Santa presents for this one. You just need to drop by, grab a pint or a mason jar and fill 'er up. So, before you head over to the mall for a last minute gift for your dog walker, grab a handful of tasty bites and a drink. (Or if you have to pick up the kids, you can drop by for a Kombucha. Safety first.)

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Saturday
Dec 21, 2013
Clase de Primeros pasos con su computadora de Free Geek
Free Geek

Teacher: Maximum students: 8

Estas clases ayudan a los voluntarios a configurar y usar sus equipos basados en Ubuntu. Estan invitados a inscribirse los beneficiarios del programa de becas y el público en general.

PDX Women in IT Happy Hour Networking Event
Metal Toad Media

Come join an amazing group of ladies! No specific agenda, just network and have fun!

We are kicking off 2014 (and celebrating our 2-year anniversary) with our new friends at Metal Toad! Enjoy food, bevys and AWESOME people. See you soon!

PDX Women in Information Technology 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!

@PDXWiIT @MetalToad

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Monday
Dec 23, 2013
North Portland Coders Night CANCELLED
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

NOTE: I'm canceling the meetings on the 23rd and 30th of December. See you January 6th, 2014!

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Thursday
Dec 26, 2013
*Cancelled* Linux Open Questions
Free Geek

Teacher: Scott Morris Maximum students: 6

This class is designed for people who want to learn more about how to use their Ubuntu computer, especially in regards to the graphical user interface (GUI). Learn the basics of Ubuntu Linux in this class that changes based on the needs and questions of the class. Students need only take this class one time but may take it as often as they'd like. No signup required!

Saturday
Dec 28, 2013
Lego Robotics: Beginning Basics to Build and Program
Free Geek

This is a hands-on, interactive class where students will learn the basics of building and programming with Lego Mindstorms. Groups will work together to engineer and build robots with Legos, servo motors and sensors. They will then learn basic programming in NXT-G to perform tasks and bring the robots to life! All ages. Presented by FIRST Robotics Competition team #2093 ~ TheBowtieBrigade.org

Job Search 101
Free Geek

Teachers: Wayne Flower Maximum students: 7

Don't know how to find job openings online? Need help organizing your job hunt? Learn important job searching etiquette and how to follow through so you stand out from other applicants.

Monday
Dec 30, 2013
MoPoCoNi NW Edition
Pints Brewing

Bot Hacking Edition

North Portland Coders Night CANCELLED
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

NOTE: I'm canceling the meetings on the 23rd and 30th of December. See you January 6th, 2014!

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Thursday
Jan 2
Clojerks 2014 Planning Meeting
Puppet Labs

We'll be talking about high-level goals for 2014, and coming up with a list of: - topics on which we can present to each other - topics/technologies around which to build hack nights/days - speakers we'd like to raise funds to invite to Portland

If you're a Clojure/Lisp vet, it'd be great to have your insight on expert topics. If you're new to the ecosystem, we want to hear about what areas your interests revolve around to best cater to the local community.

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PDX Code Guild Open Learning Night
NedSpace on 5th

Come and learn software development!

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Learn to build things: Build websites with HTML, CSS, and Javascript Dive in to the back end with Python and Django, Ruby on Rails or others Develop desktop programs in C#, Python, C and many other languages.

Whatever language or technology you want to learn we can help!

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

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Portland Linux/Unix Group: Advanced OpenSSH
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Carlos Aguayo will talk about about Advanced OpenSSH:

  • Basic Usage, on Various Platforms
  • Authentication Methods
  • Keys and Agents
  • Client configuration overview
  • Server configuration overview
  • Tunnels and port forwarding
  • Remote X Windows

Carlos Aguayo is a veteran of the Silicon Valley's startup boom that produced both the Internet and the open-source movements as we know them today. He spent the 90's at companies like Sun Microsystems, Infoseek, General Magic, and Marimba, and was a major contributor at Hobnob, a mobile wireless networking venture. With a background in computer science and engineering, he has focused on corporate and datacenter infrastructure, networking and scalability. He is presently working as a systems engineer at XO Communications in Beaverton, and when not wrangling virtual machines, sings barbershop with the Bridge Town Sound.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the First Thursday meeting at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Friday
Jan 3
AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch: Role of the Agile Manager in Non-Agile Organizations
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

This is a deepening of the conversation we had last month on "The Manager's Role in an Agile Environment." We're focusing this month on how agile-aligned managers currently working in non-agile-aligned organizations can best function to help move agile forward. Last month, the following references were cited:

--- /The Future of Management/ by Gary Hamel --- /Management 3.0/ by Jurgen Appelo --- /The Leader's Guide to Radical Management/ by Stephen Denning --- /Wiki Management/ by Rod Collins

If you are such a manage, expect great (and occasionally irreverent) support in this discussion group. If you know one, bring him or her along. "Your people are at Ringler's on January 3rd."

We start at 12p and end at 1p. Strive to be on time: we do. RSVP's appreciated but not required.

Since we're back on the first Friday, we should be able to be back in the back room.

See you there!

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Commodore Computer Club
Pied Piper Pizza

The Commodore Computer Club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Commodore technology. Our attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all are welcome.

Come to learn, come to share. It’s all for the love of anything Commodore.

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Portland 2600
Theo's Restaurant

PDX2600 is a monthly open forum for hackers in Portland Oregon. It happens on the first Friday of every month at Theo's (5th and Couch in between backspace and someday) from around 7pm to midnight. There are no memberships, no leaders, and no real structure. Only the free exchange of ideas.

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Monday
Jan 6
OWASP Chapter Meeting
New Relic

Stephen A. Ridley will be presenting on the vulnerability of mobile applications

UPDATE: New Relic will be providing pizza for attendees. Yum.



Stephen A. Ridley is a security researcher and author with more than 10 years of experience in software development, software security, and reverse engineering. Within that last few years, he has presented his research and spoken about reverse engineering and software security research on every continent except Antarctica. Stephen and his work have been featured on NPR and NBC and in Wired, Washington Post, Fast Company, VentureBeat, Slashdot, The Register, and other publications. Prior to his current work Mr. Ridley previously served as the Chief Information Security Officer of a financial services firm. Prior to that, various information security researcher/consultant roles including his role as a founding member of the Security and Mission Assurance (SMA) group at a major U.S. Defense contractor where he did vulnerability research and reverse engineering in support of the U.S. Defense and Intelligence community. Mr. Ridley calls Portland home and was a recent speaker at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg.


The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501c3 not-for-profit worldwide charitable organization focused on improving the security of application software. To sign up for future meeting notes and to discuss security topics with local gurus, sign up on the OWASP Portland mailing list:

 https://lists.owasp.org/mailman/listinfo/owasp-portland

Meetings are free and open to the public.

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PDX Puppet User Group
Puppet Labs

The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month.

Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

Agenda for January 6

  • 6:30 - 7:00: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
  • 7:00 - 7:45: Puppet and Windows - Josh Cooper
  • 7:45 - 8:25: Puppet Enterprise and Puppet Open Source: Similarities and differences from a technical perspective - Eric Sorenson
  • 8:25 - 8:30: Plan next agenda

If you have an idea for what you would like to see or if you want to volunteer to present a talk, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group

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Tuesday
Jan 7
2014: The Year of Wearables
Punch Bowl Social

It's an ambitious statement, but 2014 is lining up to be the year that wearables emerge onto the market. Opticals (Glass), of course, but also watches (Galaxy), alternative inputs (Myo), body analytics (Athos), and who knows what else. So let's get together and figure out this landscape over drinks, how all world-changing topics are discussed.

  • Watch: Gear, Pebble
  • Arm band: Myo
  • Ring: NFC Ring
  • Fitness: Fitbit, Shine
  • Optical: Glass, Jet
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PADNUG - Effective Scrum and High Quality Code - It Is a Chicken and Egg Relationship
Beaverton Health and Science School

Scrum is simple, but Scrum is Hard. Scrum is so simple that it can be explained in 20 minutes, but so hard that some teams are never effective. Yet other teams produce 3-10 times more business value than they did before. This talk will go into one of the main differences between under performing teams and very successful teams, the impact of Code Quality on the effectiveness of a Scrum team. You will learn about the business case for high quality code, establishing the business commitment to high quality code and the process and organization should use to make code quality an enabler rather than a restrainer of the delivery of business value.

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Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting
New Relic

PRE-MEETING DINNER at 6pm

We'll have pizza, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

BEER & SNACKS at 9pm

After presentations we'll have more socializing time with beer & snacks.

ARRIVING BY BIKE?

Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 28th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 28th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month!

ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

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Portland Bitcoin Meetup
Madison's Grill (Closed)

Madison's Grill is the first bitcoin friendly pub/restaurant in Portland. Come talk with experts, learn about bitcoin, view a transaction, and buy a beer or dinner with bitcoin!

PBG will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

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Wednesday
Jan 8
Portland PMI Agile Roundtable

Portland PMI Monthly Agile Roundtable : First meeting Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 12p-1p, 400 SW 6th Ave, 1st fl conf rm. RSVPs (jean@azuregate.net) appreciated but not required. Bring a lunch; snacks will be provided.

This roundtable is a friendly and supportive forum where agilists and agile-interested contributors —Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Team Members, Project Managers, Coaches, and Agile Managers—come together to talk about agile practice. Given the sponsoring organization, the topics may trend in the direction of leadership, project execution, and product delivery and deployment. However, all agile-related topics are welcome and dialogue is encouraged. We anticipate that some months will be a multi-topic, interactive discussion while others will have agile topics of interested presented by a speaker. Attendees will form the community and shape the conversation, topics and direction.

The January 8th meeting will have two parts: a brief presentation on why the roundtable is being started, including data from PMI and Cutter, followed by brainstorming and agile topic identification for the coming months. Be there to form the agile community and shape the conversation for 2014!

You may sign up for this roundtable at http://www.pmi-portland.org/roundtables, but signup is not required.

We start promptly at 12p and end promptly at 1p. Late comers welcome, but you miss some of the good stuff.

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PDXScala Monthly Meeting
Janrain Headquarters

Come join other Scala fans, whether you are a seasoned oldtimer or complete beginner. We will have open discussions and a variety of presentations and examples. If you have topics you are interested in hearing more about or something you would like to give a presentation on, please let us know! Also, feel free to bring code you would like to show off or get input on from the rest of the group!

This month, Susan Potter will be joining us to give a couple of motivating examples of Scalaz usage showing how thinking more functionally can yield less complex code. More details on other talks and possible discussion topics will be coming shortly. If you have a topic you would like to discuss or present on, let us know on the mailing list (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxscala) or ping @tlockney on Twitter!

Finally, as usual, the first hour of this meeting will be oriented towards people who are relatively new to Scala. If you have questions you would like to ask about general usage, specific libraries, or overall understanding of the ecosystem, we will be here to help you find your way. For everyone else, we will have plenty of extra time tonight for any other discussions and topics. Pizza will be here at 6, so come early if you are hungry.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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PDX Jr. Developer User Group
CorSource

This Month's topic: Successful interviewing and how to present your resume. We will go over how to show your experience and tell your story through your resume, as well as how to go into an interview prepared and make yourself a top contender for the role.

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PDXCloud December Gathering (Venue Change this month)
Jama South

EDIT: No regular meeting this week, instead please join us at the OpenStack NW meetup:

“Some of the core contributors, developers and implementers of OpenStack are flying over to Portland to bring you the latest and greatest in Cloud storage. And generous sponsors are buying us dinner and beer. This meetup is quickly growing to be one of the most interesting events in the Northwest for those wanting to stay on top of advancement in the future of computing.”

Meeting is held at Jama South: 334 NW 11th Ave, Portland

6pm to 9pm. See Meetup for more details: http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Northwest/events/151114422/

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OpenStack Northwest User Group Meetup
Jama South

Some of the core contributors, developers and implementers of OpenStack are flying over to Portland to bring you the latest and greatest in Cloud storage. And generous sponsors are buying us dinner and beer. This meetup is quickly growing to be one of the most interesting events in the Northwest for those wanting to stay on top of advancement in the future of computing.

Meetup Agenda


6:00 - 6:30 - Check in, pizza, beer and networking.

6:30 - 7:00 – Introduction, OpenStack and your career - Al Kari (DetaCloud)

Accelerate your career and increase your value to your current or potential employers. Learn about shortcuts to quickly acquire some of the hottest skills in Cloud computing.


7:00 - 7:45 - OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) - Mike Perez (DreamHost)

Today there are many different storage solutions to choose from. It can be overwhelming from a cloud provider's perspective to offer many options for their users, let alone provide a consistent set of tools with each vendor offering their own interface. The OpenStack Block Storage project Cinder provides an API to talk to many different vendor solutions, in which other applications or OpenStack programs can talk to. We'll first examine the difference between block and object storage. That'll lead us into having an introduction to Cinder, and an opportunity to review the architecture, vendor driver plugin model, current features, and upcoming features for the IceHouse release.


7:45 - 8:15 - OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) - Richard Raseley (for SwiftStack)

This presentation will provide an overview of the OpenStack object storage platform "Swift", its history, contributors, example use cases, and features


8:15 - 8:45 - EMC and OpenStack - Jeremy Keen - (EMC)

As a Corporate Sponsor of OpenStack, EMC has contributed Cinder drivers for VNX, VMAX, and most recently ViPR. EMC ViPR is a lightweight, software-only solution that transforms your existing storage environment into a simple, extensible and open platform, that can deliver fully automated storage services and realize the full potential of the Software-Defined Data Center. ViPR includes an open source Cinder driver as well as an object storage engine with Swift and Amazon S3 APIs. We will dive into the integration of ViPR and OpenStack and learn about methods for delivering IT-as-a-Service while avoiding storage vendor lock-in.


8:45 - 9:00 – OPEN MIKE (YOU)

Working on an interesting project, or have an idea to share with the group? Maybe you have a question or an announcement to make. Here’s your chance.

About the speakers:


Al Kari - After 6 years of leading Cloud Computing services at Dell, Al Co-Founded DetaCloud to advocate for building the future of Open Cloud. He is a standing member in the Cloud Advisory Council, the Linux Professional Institute and the OpenStack Foundation
Mike Perez is a Core developer of the OpenStack Block Storage project Cinder and Senior Software Engineer at DreamHost. His primary responsibilities are contributing Cinder, and managing the storage needs of DreamHost's public cloud DreamCompute. He has written v2 of Cinder's API, and is currently working on v3
Richard Raseley is an Infrastructure and Tooling Engineer at Puppet Labs and a standing member of the OpenStack Foundation. Prior to joining Puppet, Richard worked as a Systems Engineer with Concur Technologies, where h deploy a near petabyte-scale distributed object store based upon OpenStack Swift
Jeremy Keen over the last 3 years at EMC as a Systems Engineer, Jeremy has designed hybrid and private cloud solutions for businesses in the Pacific Northwest. He now specializes in software-defined-storage at EMC including the recently launched ViPR an open, extensible software-only solution that includes deep integration with OpenStack Cinder and Swift.

Special thanks to our sponsors Jama Software for providing the facilities, beverages and beer, and to ProFocus for the pizza and door prizes.

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Social Change Anytime Everywhere
New Relic

Amy Sample Ward will present ideas from her new book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money and engage your community.

Drawing from her deep experience working with technology for nonprofits, Amy will show how organizations are successfully integrating online multichannel efforts into their work, and how you can craft an “Anytime Everywhere” campaign to achieve your nonprofit or social change goals and objectives.

Published in 2013, Social Change Anytime Everywhere has received rave reviews from media and readers alike. Coauthors Allyson Kapin and Amy Sample Ward describe in a readable and highly practical style how organizations can effectively plan and implement online multichannel strategies of “Anytime Everywhere” to advocate for their causes, raise money and engage more deeply with their communities. The book is available from Amazon, Powell's, and an online ebook can be downloaded for patrons of Multnomah County Library. If you get a chance, we encourage you to start reading the book ahead of time!

Stop by for discussion, networking with the nonprofit tech crowd, and refreshments!

Presenter

Amy Sample Ward is an author and speaker, and works with nonprofits of all sizes around the world to use technology to enhance their community impact. She is the author of a highly respected blog on nonprofit technology, and somehow finds time for her day job as CEO of NTEN (the Nonprofit Technology Network). Amy is also a former community organizer for NetSquared, having supported local NetSquared groups around the world.


Venue Sponsor

Many thanks to our venue sponsor New Relic! New Relic is a software analytics company that makes sense of billions of metrics about millions of applications in real time because we believe it’s impossible to delight customers without visibility into their experiences.


Agenda

Networking and refreshments 6pm-6:30pm

Presentation 6:30pm-7:45pm

Additional Q&A and networking 7:45pm-8pm

 

Accessibility

Mobility Access: This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Access: Not yet known if this venue as AV equipment.

Sight Access: We will use a projector at this venue. Contact us if you would like a copy of the presentation in advance.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the PDXTech4Good community and events. Please don't hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.


Parking & Transportation

There is a parking garage nearby on Pine between 4th & 5th. 

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CHIFOO First Meeting of 2014!
ISITE Design Community Room

DIY Storytelling With Video with Julie Yamamoto, CMD Agency

To kick off this year’s series on storytelling, we’ll try on a few constructs for size. In this discussion, we will review a variety of ways to structure narratives, from the common to the complex, paired with examples from our current digital environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to survey different forms of storytelling and determine if some may work for their organizations’ needs. Hands-on talk about how to use video capture equipment and editing for storytelling and capturing user experiences for design, usability, research, social sharing and other needs.

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Thursday
Jan 9
ISACA: January 2014 Agile Software Development for Auditors
NWEA

January 9, 2014 ISACA Luncheon Event   Agile Software Development for Auditors   Agile software development methods continue their...

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InComm Digital Open House & Agile Fluency Presentation by Diana Larsen
Incomm Digital Solutions

InComm Digital is hosting a New Years party and open house in the new office in the US Bankcorp Tower (AKA Big Pink) on Thursday January 9th. Come check out the new space, talk with our team about what we're doing in the emerging digital payments space, and find out about career opportunities.

We're kicking off at 4 PM with a talk by Diana Larsen on Agile Fluency! Grab a beer and check out Diana's talk, or show up later and enjoy food and drinks on us.

Some details on the talk: Going “Agile” can confer a number of benefits to an organization, but all too often those promised benefits aren’t fully delivered. Do you have the visibility you need to understand progress and make timely market-focused decisions? Do your teams ship on a frequency your customers can, and want, to accept? Does innovation flourish in and across teams? How about reduced cycle time? Developed by Diana Larsen and James Shore, "The Path to Agile Fluency" models predictable stages of agile team competency and helps leaders and team members define the benefits they’re getting, determine the benefits they really want, plan next steps, and describe success.

About InComm Digital: InComm Digital Solutions (IDS), redefines the connection between merchants and their customers through stored value and mobile gifting solutions. As the pioneer of digital gift card delivery, IDS helps clients leverage gift card program in new ways to drive sales. IDS delivers digital gift cards through e-commerce, social media, promotional and B2B toolsets. eGift Cards are delivered to Facebook, email and mobile devices.

About Diana Larsen: A founder of FutureWorks Consulting LLC, Diana Larsen partners with leaders to design work systems, improve project team performance, and transition to Agile methods. Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! , Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning, and “Your Path Through Agile Fluency” at www.agilefluency.com .

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Will My Fundraising Efforts Get Me in Trouble with the SEC?
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

What does the JOBS Act mean for companies trying to raise money today? In this panel discussion, three local lawyers will walk you through newly enacted and not-yet-enacted rules regarding general solicitation and crowdfunding. Learn what's changed, what's still up in the air, and what you need to know to legally access capital now and moving forward.

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Portland Commodore Users Group
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Station 61)

Our group specializes in Commodore 64, SX-64, Commodore Vic-20, Commodore 128 and other Commodore computers. We meet regularly to discuss ideas, code, brainstorm projects, participate in the scene, and play games.

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SE Portland Coders Night (SEPoCoNi)
Side Door

Alternative to PDX Weekly Hackathon.

Come hang out and write code in a quieter, less crowded environment with your fellow nerds.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome!

The place is smaller, so finding the nerd herd shouldn't be too difficult.

Portland Sass & Front End Meetup
Puppet Labs

We are a new community of Portland Front-end Engineers and Designers, gathering monthly to talk about the things that move us (chiefly among them, Sass).

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6pm at Puppet Labs.

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PDXNode presentation night
Urban Airship Inc

Monthly presentation night!

It's our first birthday!

  • Andrew Winterman has recently been working on simple-scuttle based on Dominic Tarr's scuttlebutt and will share the fun we can have with it as well as the challenges that came with creating it.

  • Jacob Groundwater created NodeOS, an attempt to use npm as a full-fledged operating system package manager. Attendees who have access to Docker during the talk will get to publish and test modules on their local NodeOS instances. Please pre-install the Docker image (~300MB) with: sudo docker pull nodeos/nodeos The above image was generated from the NodeOS Docker Repository

  • Kyle Drake will be sharing on Bitcoin.

Presentations start at 7pm. We welcome open dialogue during the presentations. We're all here to learn!

Come a little early to say hi. We'll also be hanging out at 6:30pm to help any newcomers needing help to gettting started by installing node and npm.
It will be a nice variety of topics and level of talks. If anyone is interested, we could also take discussions to post-talk drinks nearby. Maybe even hack a little.

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PDX Code Guild Open Learning Night
NedSpace on 5th

Come and learn software development!

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Learn to build things: Build websites with HTML, CSS, and Javascript Dive in to the back end with Python and Django, Ruby on Rails or others Develop desktop programs in C#, Python, C and many other languages.

Whatever language or technology you want to learn we can help!

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

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Portland Perl Mongers - Module Interface/API design
Free Geek

Module Interface/API design

Speaker: Chad 'Exodist' Granum

Most developers create a module when they want to solve a problem. Most focus goes into the inner-workings of the module. Interface often takes a backseat and is addressed as an afterthought. This approach to interface design leads to horrible headaches.

For Part 1 Chad will be introducing several module interface paradigms. This includes a brief review of OO, as well as simple exporters and declarative builders. Examples from common CPAN modules will be given.

For Part 2 chad will take attendees through an exercise in designing an API for an example module that is actually useful (and not simply a toy for the example). We will weigh the pros and cons of different interface possibilities as well as show a complete implementation.

As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub.

More information

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PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Rogue Hall

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Austerity in MCMC Land: Cutting the Metropolis-Hastings Budget by Korattikara, Chen, and Welling. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Code + Cocktails
TILT Pearl District

Sick of the standard pizza and beer circuit?

Try out Code + Cocktails in the Pearl. TILT just opened, they have wifi, it's very easy to get to, close to PIE, and has killer drinks. All languages and skill levels are welcome (including designers). No business development people or recruiters.

Location: https://foursquare.com/v/tilt/5220b69811d2faed4a8b484e It has plenty of outlets and outstanding wifi. If you can't drink, do not worry they serve ristretto roasters coffee

Schedule: Bi-Weekly Starting 1/9/14

If you have questions hit up: @chrishough @kathrynhough

Friday
Jan 10
Freelancers Union - Thriving Networks: Marketing and Connecting that Works
Moxie Studio

In this fun Freelancers Union workshop, we'll discuss promotional techniques and how to build a network that works for any freelance business - ranging from tech to writing, design, and more. Learn to talk about yourself without bragging, use social media without getting overwhelmed, and take advantage of the best marketing tools for independent workers.

You'll leave with:
• A description of your ideal project and client
• A compelling elevator pitch
• A clear map of your existing network
• An easy-to-execute marketing plan

$35 to attend. Please RSVP online.

Location: Moxie Studio
5010 NE 9th Ave #B
Portland, OR 97211

About Freelancers Union
Freelancers Union is a national membership organization of independent workers, including temporary, part-time, freelance, and self-employed workers. Not a member? Be sure to join us – membership is free!

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MapCamp Portland Hackathon!
through ISITE Design

Announcing MapCamp! A 2-day event for mapping enthusiasts in Portland, Oregon.

What is it? A two-day series of presentations and a hackathon at ISITE Design that rewards teams and individuals that make the best use of Portland city data. We'll be providing food, drink, entertainment and some other surprises.

Have a dataset, tool or app to demo? Let us know and we'll include you in Saturday morning's lightning talk lineup!

Why is this going to be awesome?

  • Competitive hackathon with fun prizes in a bunch of categories
  • Talks on interesting new tech/tools/apps from Esri and others
  • Fun surprises!
  • The cozy, conveniently-located confines of ISITE Design and the TiE Pearl Incubator
  • Also, tamales and beer.
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Saturday
Jan 11
Puppet Triage-a-Thon
Puppet Labs

Interested in contributing to Puppet? Want to come hang out with fun people and do geeky things all day? Come to our Triage-A-Thon on Saturday, January 11th! You can participate virtually from anywhere in the world, or join us in person in our office in Portland, OR.

Our goal is to review all the open tickets in several of our projects to: - Update and confirm that issues are still relevant - Ensure tickets are in the right status and all the right information is present to fix the problem - Close any invalid or no longer relevant tickets

We’ll assign blocks of tickets to every participant, explain what you need to do, and provide people on the ground to answer questions and help you make decisions. If you want a few more details about how you can help, you should read about the process we use to triage bugs: http://docs.puppetlabs.com/community/puppet_projects_workflow.html

If you want a t-shirt, you MUST register and you must provide a shipping address and phone number (for international shipping). Thanks!

If you live in Portland, Oregon: Join us in person at our office in the Pearl! We'll provide breakfast, coffee, a delicious lunch, snacks and space in our office. Please bring a laptop computer with you. You're welcome to drop in at any point - we're starting at 7am online to include those in other time zones, but we don't expect to see you that early :)

The first 200 people who help for at least 2 hours will be sent a special edition Puppet Triage-a-Thon t-shirt, and we'll have additional prizes for top participants!

Register at http://triagepuppetjan2014.eventbrite.com

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EAST Knowledge - Pick and Place Machine for the Tech Enthusiast
Gresham Library Computer Lab

EAST Knowledge invites you to attend our first meeting!

  • What: Pick and Place Machine for the Tech Enthusiast
  • Who: Pat Nystrom
  • Where: The Computer Lab at the Gresham Library
  • When: 10:00am-Noon, Saturday, January 11, 2014
  • Why: Sharing what we know

Pat will talk about and demonstrate his pick and place machine. It’s a self-funded project that is still in progress, but there’s plenty to show and talk about. Pat will also be interested in feedback and ideas.

Pick and place machines are devices used in electronics manufacturing. They come in various sizes, but they are commonly expensive. Pat is working on something that would be suitable and affordable for enthusiasts or prototype manufacturing.

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Sunday
Jan 12
Collective Agency ice skating at the Lloyd Center
Lloyd Center Ice Rink

Collective Agency ice skating at the Lloyd Center will be Sunday January 12th, from 3-6pm, for members and our families and friends.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/391387157674274/

Thanks to Stefanie and other members for suggesting this event.

The total cost will be $13 per person including skate rental. If we get more than 15 people the cost will be $10 per person. http://www.lloydcenterice.com/Public

Questions? Email alexlinsker@gmail.com

(The photo is from the recent Collective Agency Holiday Party: http://collectiveagency.co/2013/12/13/nighttime-holiday-party-photos/ )

Disclaimer: Money will be paid directly to the ice skating rink; it's a member-organized event; Collective Agency won't have any liability for this event.

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Monday
Jan 13
FutureTalk with Amber Case
New Relic

Rise of the Indie Web

What happens when an online service you use freezes your account, loses your data, or goes out of business? Have you ever used a service by a company that suddenly went under, stranding your data? What happened to the Internet in 2003?Do you own your own identity or do you sharecrop? Who owns your data and why? Case will talk about data ownership, identity and the Indie Web, a movement that is taking back ownership of one's own identity and data instead of sharecropping on 3rd party websites.

This is the 3rd event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Doors open at 5:30p for food and drinks, and the presentation will begin right at 6p.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Amber Case is the Director of Esri's R&D Center, Portland, where she works on next generation location-based technology. Previously, she co-founded Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. She recently worked on MapAttack! an urban geofencing game based on Esri technology.

In 2012 she was named one of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers and made Inc Magazine's 30 under 30 with Geoloqi co-founder Aaron Parecki. Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and regularly speaks around the world.

Case is a proponent of data ownership, and uses her domain as her own personal data store and identity provider. Case founded IndieWebCamp with Tantek Çelik and Aaron Parecki in 2010. Case is interested in furthering the ideas of Calm Technology, wearable computing, and the future of the interface. You can follow her on Twitter @caseorganic or at caseorganic.com.

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

North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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pdxfunc: Portland Functional Programming Study Group
Janrain Headquarters

Jim Snow will give a short presentation on some Haskell code he wrote to explore just intonation tuning systems. He uses this to figure out where to to put the frets on some just intonation guitars he's built, among other things.

Additionally, whatever other topics people bring up for discussion between now and then are welcome, too!

See the mailing list for details on this month's agenda: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxfunc

ABOUT THE GROUP: Join programmers, researchers and enthusiasts to discuss functional programming. pdxfunc is a study/user group exploring the world of functional programming based in Portland, Oregon. The group welcomes programmers interested in all functional languages, including Haskell, OCaml, Erlang, Scala and others, as well as using functional techniques in non-functional languages. The group meets regularly and provides presentations, demos and discussions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. The meetings are usually on the second Monday of the month.

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Tuesday
Jan 14
AgilePDX Westside: Agile Advocacy
Nike World Headquarters

Adopting, improving, and scaling agile practices often calls for building a broader understanding outside of the development team(s), particularly in organizations where other approaches are well accepted. Agile advocacy covers a range of activity that can be used to help facilitate organizational change and support agile as a means to deliver value.

How can we increase support and facilitate effective engagement with agile development? What models are there for effective advocacy and what are some common pitfalls? When and how do we engage with organizational leadership and other stakeholders? Is this always necessary – and are there times when advocacy is not the right approach? And what about advocacy within the technical part of our organizations – when is this needed or warranted?

This topic will be handled as a group discussion supported by presentation notes to encourage thinking and dialogue. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples or questions from their own experience and to think about scenarios where advocacy is effective.

Jim Ure will serve as facilitator for this discussion. Jim has a diverse background in IT leadership and project management and has served in roles in three organizations where he made the decision to adopt agile practices. His real world experience reflects circumstances where agile advocacy was both effective and times where advocacy encountered unanticipated challenges. “I am one who was strongly attracted to the agile approach and believe that it can be utilized in powerful ways to help organizations create and add value. But I have also learned (sometimes the hard way!) that implementing good agile practices can be difficult. It takes planning, commitment, and a keen awareness of situational factors and people.”

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Puppet Camp Portland
McMenamins Mission Theater & Pub

Please note that you MUST register to attend this free event!

We will be accepting talk proposals until December 2, so if you want to talk, please submit! We will be announcing the agenda in mid-December.

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Salesforce DUG
Smarsh

On Tuesday, January 14, Smarsh will host the Salesforce DUG Portland Meetup group for a demo session showcasing how local companies extend their use of the force.com platform to build and deploy social and mobile employee apps in record time—and connect with customers, partners and employees in the cloud.

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FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is usually: 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

PDX Digital PM January Meetup
ISITE Design

Who:

PDX Digital PM is Portland's inaugural monthly meetup for Digital PMs and producers. If that's you and you'd like to attend, please RSVP at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-digital-pm-january-meetup-tickets-9142921725

What:

For our inaugural event, the theme is "Defining Digital PM - The People and the Role." The agenda is as follows:

  • Introductions and ground rules
  • A quick recap of profile survey results
  • A panel discussion on "the people and the role"
  • Wrap-up and networking

When:

January 14, 2014 from 6-7PM! Show up between 5:30PM and 6:00PM to mingle and get settled. There will be time to network following the event as well.

Where:

We'll be meeting in the community room at ISITE Design. Beverages and snacks will also be provided thanks to host sponsor ISITE Design!

Why:

Portland's digital project management and production community is underserved when it comes to sharing knowledge and raising the status of the role industry-wide. Project management for the web is still in its infancy, piecing together elements of agency production, software project management, and digital strategy in a diverse role that requires a great degree of smarts and skill. Let's get together to share our stories and experiences in an effort to all be better project managers.

Want to know more? Visit pdxdigitalpm.com

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AngularJS Portland Meetup
New Relic

Edwin Knuth will be demonstrating AngularJS with phonegap.

Please RSVP through the meetup.com website: AngularJS meetup

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First Ever Ember PDX Meetup!
Tilde Inc

Members of the Ember Core Team have recently moved to Portland, and we're really excited to get a local chapter of the Ember Meetup spun up and flourishing! We'll be meeting at the Tilde offices and mimicking the events we've been putting on San Francisco for years.

The basic formula: good people, good food, good talks. We'll generally have two talks, usually at different skill levels, some break and networking time, and other topically relevant things as they come up.

We'll be announcing the talks for this meetup shortly and opening registration on December 30th, but for now, save the date! We've got plenty of room, but RSVPs via Meetup ARE required.

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Hack + Help
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

New to coding, or just want to pick up a new language?

Experienced in coding and want to help others learn?

Join us at the new, improved, polyglot, inaugural 2014 Hack + Help session! Bring your laptop and desire to learn (and/or teach!).

This event was born out of PDX.rb but now regularly has experienced attendees who are willing to help you out with Ruby, JavaScript, Python, HTML/CSS, and more.

Wednesday
Jan 15
Lean Coffee
New Relic

Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

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Angel Oregon info session
Miller Nash Website
iOS-PDX : Shake Report: how to get perfect feedback from your beta testers
New Relic

This month we'll have two talks.

Shake Report: how to get perfect feedback from your beta testers - Jérémy Templier

Technical challenges about writing the agent for iOS - New Relic agent team

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PDX Code Guild Meet and Greet Party
NedSpace on 5th

Join us for our first meet and greet party of the year!

Share a beverage and a snack, meet our instructors and current students. and enter our free drawing for $200 off of the upcoming Junior Developer Bootcamp.

Information about the Junior Developer Bootcamp: Starts Jan 28 Python-based Junior Developer is an intense twelve-week, full time, hands-on immersive course that combines individual projects and group study to give you the skills and habits you need to succeed as a junior developer. You will learn core python, how to think like a programmer, and important developer practices like source control, testing, and debugging. Pair programming and group work, as well as personal portfolio projects help round you out as a developer. We'll introduce you to industry leaders and help prepare you to get a job by helping you build your portfolio and helping you with your resume and interviewing skills.

For more information visit pdxcodeguild.com or call our director, Sher Dover at (541) 602-6215

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PDX OSGeo Monthly meeting
Renewable Funding
Renewable Funding
400 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 902
Portland, OR 97204 USA
If you arrive after 6pm, please buzz the security guard, who will open the doors and let you up to the 9th floor.
The office is through the double doors immediately to the left after exiting the elevators. 
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Flux Open House
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Every Wednesday 6-8pm Flux is open for folks to come by, work on a project and jam on ideas.

Come on down. We're on the Second floor, take a right at the top of the stairs.

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Agile PDX Evening: The Tail that Wags the Dogma
Puppet Labs

It is a common pattern for advocates of any kind (Agile, Quality, Process Improvement methods, Waterfall, etc.) to start off banging a drum with almost religious zealotry. “This is the way to achieve quality products!” “Follow me or be cast aside!” I have certainly done this and many of the change agents and forward thinkers I respect in the industry have struggled with this as well in their careers. However, riding a train of dogmatic viewpoints and practices has, in many cases, ruined the original efforts of change agents and more tragically, created bad patterns of development. This presentation (also presented at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference earlier this year) will explore how we can clarify our intentions and work towards creating an environment where the people involved are empowered to think and experiment but still march in the same general direction. As product development becomes more and more complex, different approaches are needed to get to the right outcome and we can no longer afford to apply rigid methods that worked for a simpler environment. This presentation will help the audience think critically about where they are being too dogmatic in their efforts while introducing some new ways of thinking around complex adaptive systems and complex product development. The full paper written for this conference presentation can be found here: http://www.uploads.pnsqc.org/2013/papers/t-095_Stadick_paper.pdf

Our Speaker: Rhea Stadick is an Organizational Coach at Intel, Corp. She has spent the last eight years in software quality and development of engineering teams. Today she helps organizations across her company develop cultures and competencies to create thriving work environments that support excellence in product development. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University and M.B.A. from Willamette University. For the past several years she has organized the Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) in the Portland-metro area that gathers professionals in the area to learn and network.

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Homebrew Website Club PDX
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

This will be held concurrently with the Homebrew Website Club meeting in San Francisco with a remote video link between the two sites!

See the Homebrew Website Club Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 1 for a description of the previous meeting.

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Refresh Portland - Get What You Give: Building a Business with Heart
ISITE Design

Reserve a seat

Generosity is a touchy feely word often reserved for the non-profits and charities. But what does it look like to build a profitable business that values generosity? How can we create businesses that facilitate exuberant giving?

In Get What You Give, Mara will share examples of how your brand can succeed with two verbs alone: ask and offer. Through some exercises we’ll explore the many qualities of any ask and offer, and how they can serve entrepreneurs and customers alike.

All attendees will receive one dollar and a personalized zine on the gift economy.

Our Presenter, Mara Zepeda

Mara Zepeda is the CEO and co-founder of Switchboard, a business that arose from solving her own problem, and bootstrapped by designing tattoos. Switchboard is a community-building classifieds platform. On it, members of private networks ask for what they need and offer what they have to give. There are only two types of posts: ask and offer. Switchboard is being used by colleges, summer camps, non-profits, investors, and many other communities that are sick of wading through social feeds, monitoring groups and pages, and ignoring listservs.

Switchboard is part of Wieden+Kennedy’s Portland Incubator Experiment.

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SFWA Pacific Northwest Reader Series - Science Fiction
McMenamins Kennedy School

Appearing in January: Mary Rosenblum and Rick Lovett

The greater Pacific Northwest is home to Ursula K. Le Guin, Kay Kenyon, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Brent Weeks, Ted Chiang and Ramona Quimby. Although Ramona isn’t known for her Science Fiction and Fantasy escapades, the rest are, and will be celebrated as part of the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle.

Each event starts with notes from the host, a leading author, who has selected two of their favorite writers to complete the evening’s theme. In turn, each is given time to read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation.

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Thursday
Jan 16
Clojure Dojo
Puppet Labs Website
MaptimePDX
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

Welcome to MaptimePDX, a monthly hack and learn meetup for map nerds, geo-geeks, and the spatially inclined. Beginners very welcome. The best maps are made together. :)

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TiE Pearl Pitch Club
TiE Pearl Incubator

Join TiE Pearl Pitch Club! A series of sessions where you can practice your pitching skills.

The TiE Oregon Pitch Club is designed as a supportive environment in which to try out your presentation - in front of a group of peers, including established entrepreneurs, and others just getting their start.

Bring your pitches, with or without slides (bring your laptop to plug into the A/V system), and walk away with valuable feedback and coaching.

Following the Pitch Club session we will offer drinks and refreshments at the TiE Pearl Incubator, while we discuss feedback and mingle.

The Pitch Club event is open to all TiE Members (free), as well as the public ($25).

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PDX Hardware Startup Meetup
Crowd Supply

This is a group for anyone interested in hardware startups. What that means, if you are involved with building products that you can touch and feel, then this group is for you. It could be electronics, teddy bears, plastics, you name it, if it is a physical product you belong here. The intent is to bring together like-mined entrepreneurs, tinkerers, industry experts, and others so that we can form a network where you can find the expertise and resources to help make your products happen.

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PDX Code Guild Open Learning Night
NedSpace on 5th

Come and learn software development!

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Learn to build things: Build websites with HTML, CSS, and Javascript Dive in to the back end with Python and Django, Ruby on Rails or others Develop desktop programs in C#, Python, C and many other languages.

Whatever language or technology you want to learn we can help!

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

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PDXPUG: January meeting
Iovation

Portland Postgres Users Group. See link for details.

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Saturday
Jan 18
Collective Agency Third Saturdays 9am to 5pm
Collective Agency

Collective Agency staff are trying an experiment: additional to everything else we have, we’ll be staffed on the Third Saturday of the month, 9am-5pm (this coming Saturday January 18th, and next month February 15th).

The reason why is for Collective Agency to be open for tours (and work here for a day) for people who wouldn’t be available during the week and would like to try membership.

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NWCGE Video Game Swap Meet
Hilton Doubletree Lloyd Center

PRGE is proud to present the Northwest Classic Games Enthusiasts video game swap meet at the Portland Doubletree Hotel on January 18, 2014. We are taking it old-school...back when it was all about getting buyers and sellers together to help build buyers collections and help sellers find good homes for their extras while preserving the cultural and historical aspects of videogames. Nothing fancy - just games, games and more games.

All proceeds from this event go to support the non-profit Portland Retro Gaming Expo.

Whether you want to buy, sell or trade away your extras, or just hang out with a bunch of other gamers, you will have a great time at our first annual retro swap meet. Tables are super-cheap so contact us right away to reserve yours!

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MIDI History and Modern MIDI Music and Video Production w/Bryan Bell
OHSU University Hospital South (UHS) 8B60 ("8th Floor")

IEEE IMS/CSS societies and MIDI User Group Portland (MUGPDX, formerly ARTS) are continuing a series of free community events related to MIDI technology and applications.

Bryan Bell will present on music technology old and new as well as music and video production:

http://www.emusician.com/features-interviews/0777/with-special-guests/147149

http://www.kvraudio.com/interviews/a-conversation-with-bryan-bell---stories-about-using-synthesizers-in-the-days-before-midi-and-long-before-plug-ins-18330

Agenda:

12:30pm Welcome guests and mingle

1:00pm Bryan's early work pre-MIDI, post-MIDI, and touring with big industry names producing music

2:00pm Break with complimentary refreshments

2:15pm Bryan's modern work creating, recording, and producing music and video content. Workflows from garage band to more advanced tools and video production

3:45pm Wrap up and questions

4:30pm Clear out

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Monday
Jan 20
improv video extras - we'll serve you coffee on the bus

We're making a possibly-viral video about a hoax geo tech product: a coffee service that delivers to people while they're sitting on the bus.

We're looking for a few extras for a shoot in inner SE midday Saturday, Feb. 1 - maybe speaking, maybe not. Want to participate? Let us know: mike.andersen@gmail.com! Improv skills a plus.

This is part of the Hygge Project, a fun little volunteer effort to encourage people to imagine the ways we'll move around Portland (and therefore other cities) in the future.

Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

This event is free, but please RSVP on Eventbrite (linked above)

Event Description

We plan to do a hands-on meetup, where you will get to learn how to use the internet anonymously using Tor, VPN, etc.

Have a preference about what you want to learn? Want to lead a group in teaching a method? Email us a community@privly.org and we'll add you to the agenda.

What should I bring?

  • A willingness to learn or to teach
  • A laptop. If you don't have one, let us know and we can try to scrounge up an extra one for you.
  • A current news story that you want to discuss with the group related to privacy/security/surveillance/censorship (optional)

What is it?

This is the Techno-Activism 3rd Monday event for Portland, Oregon! Read more about techno-activism 3rd mondays.

Who should come?

Anyone interested in techno-activism. We invite coders, geeks, artists, and anyone else. No technical experience required.

Who's hosting?

Flux has generously offered to host this month's meetup. Be sure to read their code of conduct (below) before coming to the event. This will ensure that everyone has a great, safe time. The Privly Foundation will organize this and future TA3M Portland events. There will be light refreshments provided.

Flux's Code of Conduct

  1. We are present, awake, and sober.
  2. We listen non-judgmentally to ourselves and to everyone else.
  3. We make mistakes: everything that happens in this space is part of a learning experience.
  4. We speak only out of and about our personal experience and understanding.
  5. When faced with a choice between being curious and being defensive, we choose to be curious.
  6. We clean up after ourselves.
  7. We make things here and consume things elsewhere.
  8. We spend some of our free time here, not most or all of it.
  9. We treat one another as the other would like to be treated. If we don’t know how, we ask.
  10. We respect each others’ personal space and possessions. Specifically, we check in before touching someone or their belongings.
  11. We respect each others’ consent and boundaries. Yes means yes, no means no, maybe means no, and silence is not consent. We accept “no”s without arguing, and say “yes” when we mean yes.
  12. We respect chosen names, pronouns, and genders. If we don’t know how, we ask.
  13. We act from an assumption of mutual respect and good will. We clarify misunderstandings and apologize for harm caused. We assume ignorance and not malice.
  14. We watch out for each other to maintain a respectful and safe community. If we don’t know how, we ask. 15.When people’s conduct falls short of these agreements, we speak with them one-on-one. If matters don’t improve, we address the issue in a small group. If matters still don’t improve after three discussions, we might ask you to leave the space. As a last resort, we may vote to dissolve your membership.

Upcoming Privacy Retreat

Are you passionate about privacy-enhancing technologies? Join us for a Privacy Technology Retreat Februrary 7-10th in Southern Oregon. For more information, please see our latest blog post.

PDXTech4Good

If you're interested in this event, you might also be interested in the PDXTech4Good meetup.

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Portland Tech Meetup
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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Wordpress Meetup: Planning a Successful WordPress Site
Lincoln Building

It always saddens me when people come to me near the end of a project, deadline looming, with a site that has clearly gone off the rails and ask if it can be fixed. The answer is usually 'not without starting over'.

In this session, I'll provide a blueprint for investing your time and money wisely to end up with a site you love that is also useful, effective and easy to manage. I'll talk about finding a good developer, asking the right questions, and what you as the site owner should be prepared to contribute.

Speaker Bio

Kronda Adair is an independent WordPress developer who loves helping people make their sites better. She's spoken at Open Source Bridge, Wordcamp Portland, and recently gave an Ignite talk titled, Stop Making Senseless websites.

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pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on January 20th at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

  • Presentation: Vagrant 101 with Jama's own Rich Howard.
  • Lightning Talk 1: Provisioning LXC Containers using Packer with Kelsey Hightower.

About the Speakers

A seasoned veteran of devops, Rich will lead an introduction into the magical realm of Vagrant including networking, multi-VM setup and provisioning. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Kelsey is the Director of Engineering at Monsoon Commerce with over 10 years of experience in making IT problems disappear using the power of unix, programming, and empathy.

Spencer is a Linux and application administrator with UTI Worldwide. He has been using Linux and Puppet for years. Spencer is co-authored (with William Van Hevelingen and Ben Kero) the second edition of Pro Puppet by James Turnbull and Jeff McCune.

About the Tech

Vagrant is free and open-source software for creating and configuring virtual development environments. Although it started as a wrapper around VirtualBox with configuration management integration with Chef and Puppet, later versions have come to support AWS and VMWare as well as various means of provisioning and configuring the boxes including Ansible and Salt.

Packer is a tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration.

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!


ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Jan 21
NEW DAMA SPEAKER - Was: Building Highly Engaged Technical Teams / Now: Build your Online apps on Hadoop today
Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Speaker has a unavoidable conflict and will not be able to make it to Portland on the 21st.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TOPIC AND SPEAKER. We will reschedule Paul and Kim on the topic of Building Highly Engaged Technical Teams at a later time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Looking forward to seeing you all and a great interactive presentation!

Registration and Location logistics remain the same (see original message below).

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION: In order to accommodate more registrants, we are moving January 2014 DAMA event to another DOWNTOWN location.

The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job. Coming this month on 21Jan, the DAMA Portland Chapter will be hosting Sudhir Menon on the topic of ‘Build your Online apps on Hadoop today' at the Standard Insurance Auditorium in downtown Portland.

Register at: http://www.damapdx.org/

Summary
Hadoop has come a long way from the time Yahoo open sourced an effort based on a paper produced by Google. Hadoop is a billion dollar industry and is disrupting the way the world looks at data, the value of data and the intelligence that can be gleaned from data. Wherever you are in your Hadoop learning curve, you’ll likely learn something from this presentation. Even if you are brand new (perhaps especially if you are new), this is a great time to get some exposure, learn about Haddoop’s capabilities and see how to get started. It’s not scary.

Simultaneously, the in-memory revolution is moving towards mainstream adoption. Sudhir will talk about how you can move past OLTP and OLAP and embrace OLEP (Online Everything Processing) and what that means to the way we build cloud scale applications AND deliver value to customers in ways that are unprecedented and were not feasible up until now. He’ll talk about the solution characteristics and the elements of the technology stack that allow you to build these kinds of applications. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Schedule
8:30 - 9:00 am - Sign In / Refreshments
9:00 - 10:15 am - Presentation
10:15 - 10:30 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
10:30 - 11:30 am - Presentation continued

Free for members!
$15 for guests
See web site for the list of our corporate members

Note: We have received feedback that registering on the DAMA site is not as easy as it could be, given the need to create an account on the site. Alternative: If you encounter difficulties registering on the site, it is sufficient to send an email to board@damapdx.org.

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Startup Stories: Ramp Sales and Get Acquired
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

At this Startup Stories event, Jonathan Mann, founder of Sublime Learning, will tell the story of how he started Sublime in the K-12 education market, built an organization, developed a product, created success stories, ramped sales, and successfully negotiated an acquisition agreement. Jonathan knows from first hand experience the challenges of building a SAAS education company, and of going through an acquisition process. We'll ask him about those experiences and more. And we hope you bring some questions to!

When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 4pm

Where: OTBC, 8305 SW Creekside Pl, Beaverton, OR

Cost: $10 (includes pizza and beverages)

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Portland Nerd Dinner
Washington Square Mall food court

It's Nerd Dinner time again! We'll gather at Washington Square Mall in the food court. Be There and Be Square!

Portland Java User Group (PJUG)
Oracle (Downtown Campus)

Introduction to Recommender Systems

Ever wonder how Amazon and Netflix seem to have an uncanny ability to anticipate what products you might be interested in based on your past selections? This presentation will delve into how this accomplished thought the use use of filters - both collaborative and content-based - and also hybrid techniques.

Two practical open source recommender systems will also be presented:

Lenskit framework - An open-source toolkit used primarily for researching and building recommender prototypes.

Apache Mahout - A production-grade Machine Learning system. One of Mahout's strong use cases is in building recommenders.

Speaker

Bob Brehm is a Java software developer in the Portland area. Most recently he has been contracting with Nike on their Digital Search team. Bob had dabbled with Java since the early days and got serious about it in 2002. Bob is keenly interested in and has decided to specialize in Enterprise Search, Recommenders and Big Data. Bob is married and has lived in the Portland area since 2001 when he relocated from Rochester, NY. He believes strongly that rain is better than shoveling snow any day! In his spare time Bob enjoys a diverse number of hobbies including electronics, open-source projects, reading, exploring Portland, and running/sports.

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Portland 3D Printing Lab
ISITE Design

What if I told you that you could print objects the same way you can print graphics on paper? It's now possible, with a technology called additive manufacturing, or 3D Printing! There are many applications for 3D printing including ideation/prototyping, creating finished goods (jewelry), and customizing traditional manufacturing processes. This technology has recently become cheap and easy enough to use at home. It's poised to disrupt the way we design, build, make, and distribute products. The big players in 3D printing are in Europe and the East Coast, but Portland has a burgeoning community of users and enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of what can be done with 3D printing.

Portland 3D Printing Lab is a group for anyone interested in learning about 3D printing and related topics such as 3D modeling, prototyping, and creating this technology. We meet third week of every month to discuss the industry, our projects, and ways we can collaborate. Join us - we look forward to seeing you there!

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Hacks/Hackers PDX January Meetup
Mozilla

Yes, Hacks/Hackers PDX is still alive! We have two co-organizers, M. Edward (@znmeb) Borasky and Melissa (@capnleela) Chavez.

For January we’re having a 2014 kickoff round table with lightning talks. We want to hear what journalists and developers are working on and where more collaboration is needed.

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Portland Startup Weekend Happy Hour
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

Join us for a fun evening and:

  • Meet some of our sponsors, organizers, alumni and other people who are interested in Startup Weekend.

  • Find out about the two upcoming Startup Weekends: Startup Weekend Access and Portland Startup Weekend.

  • Hear tips on how to get the most out of your Startup Weekend experience

  • Get ahead of the curve by making connections early

This event is open to anyone who is interested in Startup Weekend

Snacks will be served

If you have any questions, email Sheri.Dover@gmail.com

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Programming Android Devices - Free 8 Week Course Begins Today
Online

See 1/23 Calagator event for details.

Sign up today for a free Android programming class.

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Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Speaking in Public is Easy
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting Announcement

Who: Brian Rohan and Michael Dexter

What: Speaking in Public is Easy

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)

When: Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

You read that right: Speaking in public is easy and there is nothing stopping you from giving the next informative and compelling PLUG talk.

  • You are guaranteed to have a unique topic, experience and perspective
  • Audiences are far kinder than you expect (only pros get boo'd!)
  • Visuals are always optional
  • No one was born a public speaker
  • There are great resources out there to help you
  • Most things that go wrong have nothing to do with you (Tsunamis!)
  • Live demos are... risky, but cool
  • The OSCON and LFNW CFP's close shortly (hint hint)

Brian and Michael will give you a pragmatic tour of exactly what is involved in open source conference speaking and explain precisely how nothing is stopping you from getting involved thanks to local organizations like the Portland Linux/Unix Group.

Brian says:

In 2007 I made the switch from being a machinist to a real estate agent, shortly thereafter I was invited to investigate a Toastmasters club, in order to become a better communicator. Through 5 years and over 40 speeches in Toastmasters I reached the highest level of Distinguished Toastmaster. Simply stepping out of my comfort zone has given me the opportunity introduce dignitaries, and MC fund-raising events for worthwhile causes (notably a record breaking Clark County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner auction). Currently I am a recognized top 2% leader in AdvoCare International, helping others achieve their physical and financial goals.

I enjoy using Linux on a personal level for the freedom that it represents.

"You never get rid of public speaking butterflies, you just get them to fly in formation: ~Marv Serhan

Michael says:

Never in a 1,000 years will I speak in public yet I find myself doing it several times a month in Portland and at conferences around the world. I guarantee I'm no Brian Rohan but I fill rooms and get applause. The secret is finding the right room and just doing it. I will talk about the absolute worst that can happen (rarely what you think it would be), the open source conference community and how to get from submitting a proposal to stepping down from the stage.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

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Hack + Help
Portland Code School

New to coding, or just want to pick up a new language?

Experienced in coding and want to help others learn?

Join us at the new, improved, polyglot 2014 Hack + Help sessions! Bring your laptop and desire to learn (and/or teach!).

This event was born out of PDX.rb but now regularly has experienced attendees who are willing to help you out with Ruby, JavaScript, Python, HTML/CSS, and more.

Portland Bitcoin Meetup
Madison's Grill (Closed)

Madison's Grill is the first bitcoin friendly pub/restaurant in Portland. Come talk with experts, learn about bitcoin, view a transaction, and buy a beer or dinner with bitcoin!

PBG will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

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Wednesday
Jan 22
OEN & OTBC Startup 411 - "How to Start"
Perkins Coie (PDX)

"How to Start" Workshop

"I have an idea for a startup but where do I start?" - A common question amongst first time entrepreneurs. One thing we know, Oregon has a wealth of information and support for entrepreneurs. This workshop held jointly by OEN and OTBC, will bring together all of those resources along with providing a check list of steps to take before building your plan.

Takeaways Checklist of where to get started Review of common mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them Overview of startup funding options (and realities) Overview of resources available to entrepreneurs Answers to some of the basic questions that always come up about protecting your idea, co-founders, etc.

Session Leader: Steve Morris, Executive Director of OTBC Steve Morris is the Executive Director of OTBC and the Managing Director of OregonStartups.com. He is a veteran of three start-ups, and has more than 25 years of management experience in the software, service, and semiconductor test industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Integrated Measurement Systems, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Credence Corporation and Teseda Corporation. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College and a Masters of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now The Tepper School of Business).

When: Wednesday, January 22 Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM Where: Perkins Coie, 1120 NW Couch St, Tenth Floor, Portland, OR

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Basho Presents: Distributed Systems & Riak 2.0!!!
New Relic

Come on by the New Relic offices to talk Riak! Basho core engineer Jordan West will be discussing broader level distributed systems topics as well as what's going on with Riak --> 2.0!!!!

Pizza and beer too!

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Flux Open House
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Every Wednesday 6-8pm Flux is open for folks to come by, work on a project and jam on ideas.

Come on down. We're on the Second floor, take a right at the top of the stairs.

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Freelancers Union - Freelancers Happy Hour
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

Kick back with craft beer at a special happy hour for freelancers!
Brought to you by Freelancers Union

Whether you’re a programmer or publicist, crafter or cook, you’re invited to mingle with other freelancers and independent business owners who share your goals and challenges. Choose from 62 eclectic craft beers on tap at the Green Dragon - a tasty menu (with vegan options) is also available.

$15. Includes one free drink ticket. RSVP online.

About Freelancers Union
Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services. Not a member? Be sure to join us - membership is free!

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PDX Cocoaheads
Walmart Labs

Super Models in 3D!!!!

Scott Neal will kick off 2014 in style with another installment of his annual Core Data presentation series. This year it's super models, aka how to design your data model so you're working with Core Data instead of against it.

Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting
Janrain Headquarters

The monthly meeting of Portland's first JavaScript and ECMAscript users' group. We host presentations and discussions on everything JavaScript-related - including JavaScript frameworks, node.js, CoffeeScript, and whatever else comes up.

This month Randie Bemis will give a talk, Understanding JavaScript Promises. The talk will address:

  1. What Promises are
  2. What problems they solve
  3. How they work under the hood (live code our own Promise object)
  4. RSVP.js or Q
  5. Promises/A+ Spec

We will also have a presentation from Luc Perkins on Dart, the programming language from Google. Luc will give us a basic intro to:

  • Polymer elements
  • futures
  • DOM manipulation in Dart

Feel free to join our mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/pdxjs if you too are a JavaScript admirer. Or visit our web site for more information at http://pdxjs.com/.

If you're interested in making a presentation at this or at a future meet-up, please e-mail Luc Perkins (luc@janrain.com) and Jesse Hallett (jesse@sitr.us).

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Thursday
Jan 23
The Emerging Leadership Paradigm: How Portland Will Lead the Way
The MAC

Over the last 50 years the business environment has become more complex. The old paradigm of simply using fixed measures that predictably control outcomes is failing to produce the results they once did. New forces beyond the efficient flow of activity are becoming more significant.

PANELISTS: Norman Wolfe, Founder, Quantum Leaders Tom Sedory, Director of IT & Sustainability, Nike Danielle Forsyth, CEO & Co-Founder, Thetus Corporation Renee Spears, President & Founder, Rose City Mortgage David Garnand, Executive Director, College Housing NW

The new emerging paradigm moves us from a mechanistic orientation to one that views the organization as a living organism. This paradigm views organizations as an integral part of an eco-system, where purpose, meaning and relationships are important key drivers of success. These organizations are dynamic, responsive to ever-changing conditions, transparent and make a positive impact. Like newly planted seeds, a new paradigm needs soil to be nurtured and grown in. Portland’s unique culture provides the nutrients to make this the perfect location for companies to lead the way to a new world of business.

Attend this event to learn more about: Different strategies used by local companies who are exploring the shift to the new paradigm
How companies measure progress in strengthening relationships to customers, employees, and the environment Ways to leverage Portland’s unique culture to benefit your business

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OTBC Information Session
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

OTBC is the highest rated mentoring organization in Oregon, according to the results of the PSU Oregon Founders Study.  Come find out why, learn about OTBC residency, and learn how OTBC can help your startup grow and thrive.

We have openings now for two additional startups. Could one of those startups be yours?

 

What: OTBC information session

When: Thursday, Jan. 23, noon-1pm

Where: OTBC, 8305 SW Creekside Pl, Beaverton, OR

Register for this free event at http://www.otbc.org/info_session 

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

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

Panelist will include:

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

• Hanny Freiwat, President, Wellero

Light appetizers will be provided.

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The Basics of Startup Law with YESpdx
NedSpace on 5th

In the start-up world, legal issues are frequently identified but practical solutions are hard to come by. However, with a little bit of knowledge better decisions can be made early and there are more ways to succeed and fewer ways to fail.

There are many “checklists” for startup legal but most importantly a company must identify:

1) Ownership among founders / employees / investors

2) Entity selection

3) IP protection

4) Employee / Independent Contractor relationships

5) Tax planning

6) What to do when things go wrong

This month Leigh Gill of Immix Law will join YESpdx to present on the fundamentals of start-up law. Leigh started his career in finance and then spent a decade in software development before becoming an attorney. For more information on Leigh, visit www.immixlawgroup.com

As usual, there will be beer and snacks! Event co-sponsored by NedSpace and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN).

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PDX Code Guild Open Learning Night
NedSpace on 5th

Come and learn software development!

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Learn to build things: Build websites with HTML, CSS, and Javascript Dive in to the back end with Python and Django, Ruby on Rails or others Develop desktop programs in C#, Python, C and many other languages.

Whatever language or technology you want to learn we can help!

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

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Mini-Hackathon (Android)
McMenamins on Broadway

This is a meeting to share ideas and get practice for the Little Oregon Laboratory hackathon. Limited to the first 10 to sign up.

Appetizers will be provided.

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Programming Android Devices - Study Group Begins Today
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Lucky Lab Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214 503-236-3555

Join the first study group session for the Free 8 Week Course:

Programming Handheld Systems with Android

For more details, visit: https://www.coursera.org/course/android

At this meeting we will discuss the first lesson from Tuesday 1/21 and decide where and how often to meet. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to have face to face help to go with the online coursework.

Feel free to show up early and grab a brew and some food. We will be meeting along the back wall by the power. Stay as long as you have questions and leave when you like.

If the main room is crowed, try the party room.

Agenda: Pre-7:00: Food, Beer, Socialize. 7:00 Meeting Starts. Class Discussion. 7:30 Discuss next meeting's time and location. 7:45-??? Study Group as needed.

The online version of the group can be found at:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-mobile-workgroup

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Code + Cocktails
TILT Pearl District

Sick of the standard pizza and beer circuit?

Try out Code + Cocktails in the Pearl. TILT just opened, they have wifi, it's very easy to get to, close to PIE, and has killer drinks. All languages and skill levels are welcome (including designers).

Location: https://foursquare.com/v/tilt/5220b69811d2faed4a8b484e It has plenty of outlets and outstanding wifi. If you can't drink, do not worry they serve ristretto roasters coffee

If you have questions hit up: @chrishough @kathrynhough

Friday
Jan 24
TiE Technology Breakfast At The Zoo
Cascade Grill at the Oregon Zoo

Join us for this unique event!

Network over breakfast and get introduced to the work of the Oregon Zoo Foundation. Learn about opportunities for technology applications in conservation efforts and -education, and enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look at the Oregon Zoo elephants.

The Oregon Zoo has broken ground on Elephant Lands, a new habitat that sets the standard in elephant care across the globe. Come learn how the zoo is working to integrate technology into the habitat to allow visitors to connect and learn about local and global conservation efforts. Grant Spickelmier, Conservation Education Curator, and Matthew Holdgate, Conservation Research Associate, look forward to sharing ideas and goals as they hope to create a tool for the community to contribute to research through Citizen Science.

Program:

  • Doors open/networking from 8:30am
  • Continental Breakfast at 9:00 am
  • Presentation at 9:30 am
  • Special viewing with Rose-Tu and Lily, Oregon Zoo Elephants at 10 am
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Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Ford Food and Drink (SE 11th and Division)

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. I'll be at Ford food and Drink, wearing a green RailsConf t-shirt and working on ruby. Come join!

If you'd like me to email you about each weekly co-working session, you can email me (Mike LaPeter) at my first initial + last name @gmail.

Global Game Jam
through The Art Institute of Portland - Open Space

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event. GGJ brings together thousands of game enthusiasts participating through many local jams around the world. GGJ is a project of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

We will begin on Friday evening at the Art Institute of Portland with a keynote, icebreakers, idea generating activities, and team selection (approx. 2 hours). After jammers are satisfied with their ideas and teams, they will work on their games until we approach our deadline on Sunday afternoon. They will begin to upload their "completed" games by the Global Game Jam deadline. Exact times will be available in our schedules during the jam.

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Saturday
Jan 25
Startup Saturday - Test your Business Model
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Startup Saturday

You have an idea for a startup

Is it a good idea?

Find out

Validate the market need, your solution, and the overall business model first, and your odds of success go up. Way up. In this Saturday morning workshops, we’ll show you how.

Jan. 11 - How to capture and validate your business model

In this session, we'll walk through each segment of a one page business model canvas and talk about how to document business model assumptions and how to test those assumptions.

Cost - free. But but please consider a tax deductible donation.

When - 9am-11am, Jan 25.

Where - OTBC, 8305 SW Creekside Pl, Beaverton, OR 97008.

You can find out if your idea is a good one

And get a tax deduction too


Click here to register.

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PDXPUG: Streaming Rep Saturday workshop
Emma

See web link for details.

Advanced signup is required.

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Drupal Sprint Weekend 2014
through OpenSourcery

Sprint time: 10am until 6pm, both Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26

If you're like some Drupal developers or site builders, you've been telling yourself for months that you should start contributing to Drupal core. This sprint is your chance to get started with in-person training and mentoring from friendly, experienced core contributors. It's also a great way to start becoming familiar with Drupal 8.

If you've already started to work on core, come meet other contributors, hang out in person, and work on manageable tasks in the Drupal core queue. The goal is to help you help with core.

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Sunday
Jan 26
Women Who Hack
Mozilla

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: womenwhohack@stumptownsyndicate.org.

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

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Monday
Jan 27
Mobile Portland: Build Businesses, Not Apps
Urban Airship Inc

The software world has been turned on its head and all the rules that were once taken for granted are now obsolete. Elia has developed new rules for modern mobile apps, learning from his 17 years of running an indie company and transitioning from the old to the new.

Elia Freedman is the founder and CEO of Infinity Softworks. During his 17 years running an indie mobile software company, Elia has navigated the transition from Newtons to PalmPilots to Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iOS and Android. The rules of making money in mobile has changed drastically in the past five years, let alone the past 17.

Broken iPhone. Shattered Mobile Dreams

Elia's business is changing, too. In this presentation, "Build Businesses, Not Apps," Elia will share the thinking that has led to his own business transition, leaving you with plenty to think about in the New Year.

About Elia Freedman

Elia Freedman Elia Freedman is the founder and CEO of Infinity Softworks, which was started in 1997. His primary product line, powerOne software calculators, have been downloaded over 20 million times on platforms as varied as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Palm OS and Windows Mobile. In addition Infinity Softworks' calculator engine has powered apps for DEWALT Tools, The College Board, Garmin, Sony, GE, Johnson & Johnson and more. You can follow his writings at eliainsider.com or on Twitter @eliajf.

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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Dorkbot PDX
Bunk Bar

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Tuesday
Jan 28
FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is: +1 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

Join IxDA at Mozilla's new office for Dan Klyn's talk "Is It Usable Yet?"
Mozilla

Is It Usable Yet?

Forty years on, it's easy to forget that user-centered design and information architecture were once disruptive new ideas. Today, they're both presumed to be kind-of "thrown in" when UX work is being done.

"Of course we're user centered: that's the U in UX!"

"Of course we did the IA - we've got navbars and a site map, don't we?"

But as Peter Morville notes, when something is a part of everybody's job, that thing ends up being nobody's job and it does not get done right.

What's the situation around, and value of, UCD and IA in contemporary UX practice? Find out in a lively Q&A and short presentation on January 28 at Mozilla's office in Portland with Dan Klyn from The Understanding Group. There will be food and drink at the event.

Spoiler: what these things mean today is amazing, essential, transformative and not what you probably expect.

About Dan

Dan Klyn is co-founder of The Understanding Group (TUG), teaches information architecture at the University of Michigan School of Information and serves on the board of the IA Institute. He does IA work for clients including Herman Miller and JSTOR and his research focus is also his hero: Richard Saul Wurman.

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Portland Code School -- Meet and Greet
PCS Classroom (inside Burnside Digitial)

Interested in being a web developer? Come to this event at Portland Code School to discover what our accelerated learning programs can do for you. At Portland Code School, we teach you the tools, the languages, and the concepts needed to become a professional web developer.

Talk with the staff, meet current and past students, introduce yourself to other prospective students. We’ll do some fun interactive games and then socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry!

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PDX Python Monthly Presentation Night — Data Science
Urban Airship Inc

Come join us for Pythonic talks!

This month:

• Data Science with Python by Lane Hobson


• Lightning Talks by You!


Do you have something you'd like to share? Email us.

Join us on our python.org mailing list and on #pdxpython on Freenode. All are welcome!

PDX Python on Twitter

Portland Python Web Site

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RainSec
Madison's Grill (Closed)

RainSec is an informal meetup of like-minded security professionals to discuss topics of interest in a non-work, non-vendor setting. Preferably while drinking just enough to forget our day jobs.

While this is a public event open to any interested parties, our target audience are folks experienced with information security in a professional capacity.

Follow @PDXRainSec for updates.

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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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Hack + Help: Learning Cohort Night
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

About the event:

Hack + Help is planning ongoing learning cohorts for those who want to learn a new skill with the increased accountability and mutual support of a class, without all the lectures and cost.

The plan is for members to choose a new topic every few months (for example, Python, or Backbone, or databases) and form a cohort that wants to work together to learn more about it. This could be through a MOOC, online tutorials, code challenges, or something else entirely.

Learning a new skill in isolation is challenging, so if you have a topic you'd like to learn more about, come meet with us on January 28th to help us build a new cohort!

About Hack + Help:

New to coding, or just want to pick up a new language?

Experienced in coding and want to help others learn?

Join us at the new, improved, polyglot, inaugural 2014 Hack + Help session! Bring your laptop and desire to learn (and/or teach!).

This event was born out of PDX.rb but now regularly has experienced attendees who are willing to help you out with Ruby, JavaScript, Python, HTML/CSS, and more.

We are in the process of restructuring, so while we get all the official channels set up, feel free to email shawnatyger@gmail.com with any questions!

Wednesday
Jan 29
Lean Coffee
New Relic

Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

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Collective Agency Monthly Open House & Potluck
Collective Agency

Wednesday, January 29th, 9am to 5pm, come and work at Collective Agency during our Open House, and join us for a potluck lunch!

Community Mission Statement:

"Collective Agency is a cozy place to work alongside people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to, where 80% of people say hi. Come and work here!"

Schedule (come when you like): • 9am – open • 12pm - potluck lunch here on the sofas • 2-2:30pm - Lightning Talks (like TED Talks, members talk for 2-8 minutes about something they're passionate about and committed to, whether work or otherwise) • 5pm - end of open house

The open house is for everybody who'd like to work here for the day, regardless of whether or not you're interested in membership; it's a good day to work with friends.

Members have 24/7 access. http://collectiveagency.co/membership/

Community guidelines: http://collectiveagency.co/community-guidelines

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/184987988365717

Collective Agency 322 NW Sixth Ave, Suite 200, Portland Oregon 97209 Phone: (503) 517-6900 Fax: (503) 517-6901 Email: council@collectiveagency.co

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PDX Ruby Lunch
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Get together for lunch and talk Ruby, or something else! For those that have a hard time making it to the pdxrb meeting, and those that like to eat and talk about Ruby at the same time. We'll be holding this on the last Wednesday of the month.

CiviDay 2014 in Portland, Oregon
Free Geek

CiviDay is January 29th. Come find out about CiviCRM, the popular free and open source online tool for non-profits, at this free information event.

New to CiviCRM? We’ll go over the basics, showing CiviCRM managing contacts and relationships, events and registration, fundraising, online payments, mailing lists, and more.

Already using CiviCRM? We’ll show off some of CiviCRM’s great new features, including CiviVolunteer, for managing event volunteers.

Portland’s CiviDay meetup happens Wednesday, January 29th, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and generously hosted by Free Geek. Demos start at 6 p.m. Please be sure to arrive before 6, when Free Geek closes its doors to the general public.

After the demos, around 7, we’ll head to the Green Dragon for more casual conversation.

Questions? Contact Portland CiviDay 2014 organizers Bethany Lister and Barbara Miller.

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PDX-UX: Lean UX & Prototype Testing with Julie (JB) Booth
Thetus Corporation

Julie (JB) Booth is a veteran UX designer and researcher. Recently back at Intel after a 7 year hiatus, JB is coaching integrating User Centered Design into Agile Software development teams. You can find her on Twitter @uxsuccess.

Join us for networking and refreshments from 6-6:30p; talk begins at 6:30p.

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PDX Git Together
Elemental Technologies

The new PDX Git Together is fast-forwarding into the future!

Puppet is graciously providing food sponsorship, so remember to thank them.

Bart Massey will be talking about workflow design and implementation, including how he publishes Inform 7 code on Github and generic shell scripts he has created for dealing with single-person small repo workflows.

Jason LaPier will also be speaking about how his small team at Elemental uses Atlassian Stash and how it is different than the more common Github workflows.

Would you like to present at a future PDX Git Together? Send an email to the pdxgit mailing list and/or contact Duke at duke@leto.net .

Would you like to sponsor food or other stuff for future PDX Git Togethers? Contact Duke at duke@leto.net .

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Portland Data Science Group Presentation Night: "Commonality in Social Networks"
Little Bird Technologies

Date has changed from Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 to Wednesday

Devin Gaffney will give a presentation on homophily, and demonstrate inferences that can be gleaned from examining social networks. After the talk we will head over to Pints for drinks and discussion.

Background Information:

https://github.com/DGaffney/dgaff_sxsw_presentation

http://www.uvm.edu/~pdodds/files/papers/others/2001/mcpherson2001a.pdf

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Homebrew Website Club PDX
Mozilla

Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

This will be held concurrently with the Homebrew Website Club meeting in San Francisco with a remote video link between the two sites!

Read about the last meetings:

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Free 8 Week Android Class Study Group
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Take a free 8 week class online by visiting:

https://www.coursera.org/course/android

This is the 2nd week of class, but there is plenty of time to catch up.

Join us at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne between 7pm and 9pm Wednesday to get help with homework and ask questions.

We will likely be sitting in the back by the power outlets, but ask around and you'll find us. Bring your laptop and a power strip if you have them.

Late arrivals are okay.

For more information, join our online group at

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-mobile-workgroup

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Thursday
Jan 30
OEN: IP and Your Startup Webinar

This OEN Webinar Series with Marger Johnson & McCollom will provide practical guidance to new business owners on avoiding common intellectual property pitfalls when starting a business.The speakers will cover a number of important topics for new business owners, including branding, trade secret protection, financing/investor disclosure issues, idea submission and restrictions on use of internet materials. The presentation is intended to give attendees a roadmap for understanding the significance of IP as a component of the overall value that founders intend to create as they grow the company.

Session 3: Patents 101 Patents, patents, patents, what is the fuss all about? Patents are incredible assets that can protect your products and your business, but what are they? What can they do for me? How do I get one? What is all the talk about the American Invents Act and are patents really worth anything under it?

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TAO Launch Party
TAO Offices, 123 Building

Please join us in our new office space for TAO’s 2014 Launch Party: Networking in Portland’s Newest Tech Hub - the Eastside Exchange Building!

Help us kick off 2014 in style! Meet new and existing members, network and socialize with each other. Attendees will have an opportunity to connect with members of the TAO Board, committee chairs and members, and other members of the TAO community. This is a "no-stress" party including appetizers, refreshments, music, games and much more.

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Hatch Grand Opening
Hatch

Celebrate with us as Hatch officially opens for business! Community members, social entrepreneurs, investors, professionals, volunteers, and nonprofits are co-creating a community of change, and you’re invited. Program and tenant showcases set the stage for 2014 impact.

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Go Hack Night - Whispering Gophers III
Lytics.io

Once again Lytics is hosting a Go Hack Night where we'll be working collaboratively to extend the Whispering Gophers code lab from Google.

The goal for this round is to experiment with cryptography while building upon our existing Whispering Gophers repository.

Feel free to follow along online if you're unable to be here in person. We're always in #pdxgo on Freenode.

Pizza and beer will be provided.

Please RSVP on Plancast so we have an accurate headcount.

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Nodebots PDXNode
Urban Airship Inc

Do you love the immediate gratification of firing up a coding project and it works? How about shiny, flashing things? Combine your appreciation and join us at our upcoming NodeBots hacknight! We want to show that node is an all-purpose, fun tool by showing its potential with hardware. How? By bringing together those interested in node and hardware hacking, and giving them an open space to hack, collaborate, learn, and share their results with others. Other languages are welcome but we can't guarantee there will be help in-person. We're happy to work through problem-solving together.

This will be a less formal event than our big International Nodebots day in the Fall. We'd like to guage interest and see where this takes the group.

Some basic kits will be available on loan to try your hand. Bringing your own bits and pieces will be icing on the cake!

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Agile Speaker Series
ISITE Design

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

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

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

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Friday
Jan 31
Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Sisters Coffee

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. I'll be at Sisters Coffee in the Pearl, wearing a ruby or rails t-shirt of some kind and working on ruby. Come join!

If you'd like me to email you about each weekly co-working session, you can email me (Mike LaPeter) at my first initial + last name at gmail.

Monday
Feb 3
MoPoCoNi NW Edition
Pints Brewing

Come one, come all, swill beer and tell tall tales.

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PDX Puppet User Group
Puppet Labs

The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month.

Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

Agenda for February 3

  • 6:30 - 7:00: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
  • 7:00 - 8:25: Show and tell. Bring your projects. Adrien Thebo (aka finch) will be available with demos of Oscar, r10k and more awesome stuff he's been working on.
  • 8:25 - 8:30: Plan next agenda

If you have an idea for what you would like to see or if you want to volunteer to present a talk, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group

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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Tuesday
Feb 4
Building Community Through Mobile [Innovation in Motion}
Puppet Labs

How does social media content, advertising and design factor into the growth of mobile communities?

Join us for this event.

Free beer and food, smart speakers, good networking.

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Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting: Yehuda Katz talking about Rust
New Relic

We'll have pizza starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

  • Markus Roberts: Ruby hangman
  • Yehuda Katz will talk about his Rust work

After presentations we'll have more socializing time with beer & snacks.

ARRIVING BY BIKE?

Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 28th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 28th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month!

ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

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UX Happy Hour
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

UX Happy Hour returns for its monthly gathering of designers, researchers, developers, and anyone else interested in chatting about user experience!

As the name might indicate, it's just beer and hanging out.*

  • Beer not required, can be substituted by other beverages or food.
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Nerd Nite Portland #12 – Then and Now: The Transformation of Portland Landscapes
McMenamins Mission Theater & Pub

Nerd Nite is a monthly event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Be there and be square.

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm Where: Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland Cost: $8.00* suggested cover at the door

This Nerd Nite will feature two excellent talks:

The Willamette River: A History of Sediment and Change

The Willamette River is one of the most important geological features of this area. With no river, no port. And with no port, no Portland. The river has undergone huge changes since the arrival of settlers and cities. Yet throughout the taming the river by building sea walls, the dredging and channeling to facilitate shipping, and the 100+ years of dumping toxins and waste, the Willamette is still a living river with birds and fish and people who dependent on it. Keith Johnson, Manager of the DEQ Northwest Region Cleanup Program, and Kevin Parrett, NWR Cleanup Section Manager at the DEQ, will give us a visual history of the Willamette and how the river and the city have changed each other.

The Subsurface History of Portland

People have been moving the earth around in the Portland Metro area to suit our needs since the earliest days of urban habitation, and this history of cutting and filling impacts many aspects of living and working in the city. Engineer Stuart Albright from Apex Companies will present historic maps and photos of Portland that he uses to evaluate the location and extent of the earthwork and landfilling that has shaped this area. He will also share the history of the locations of some of the largest historic fills, such as Asylum Creek, Guilds Lake, Tanner Creek, and Marquam Gulch, and how those landscapes affect us today.


*A note on the suggested cover: Nerd Nite is completely supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering education opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $8 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

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Portland Bitcoin Meetup
Madison's Grill (Closed)

Madison's Grill is the first bitcoin friendly pub/restaurant in Portland. Come talk with experts, learn about bitcoin, view a transaction, and buy a beer or dinner with bitcoin!

PBG will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

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Wednesday
Feb 5
Flux Open House
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Every Wednesday 6-8pm Flux is open for folks to come by, work on a project and jam on ideas.

Come on down. We're on the Second floor, take a right at the top of the stairs.

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MaptimePDX! Hacknight
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

Welcome to MaptimePDX, a monthly hack and learn meetup for map nerds, geo-geeks, and the spatially inclined. Beginners very welcome. The best maps are made together. :)

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Jr. Developer User Group
CorSource

Speaker: Erik Gross Topic: .NET Technology Stack

Erik is a local Senior .NET Developer/Mentor and Teacher. He will be talking about how learning.NET is a useful skillset for junior developers and going over the basics of the language as well as answering questions.

*Food and beverages will be provided.

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Introducing Drone Prize
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Hello Drone Enthusiasts!

Our next meetup is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th, from 6pm to 8pm. We have a private room booked at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub on SE Hawthorne, courtesy of ATI.

We have a pretty exciting announcement to discuss, Drone Prize. We think it will bring national attention to Portland’s Drone scene. We’re holding a joint meeting with our sister club – Silicon Sky. Local media will also be present to cover the announcement – so dress sharp!

While we won’t be flying – bring out your flying machines for show and tell and to trade tips and tricks with Portland’s drone experts.

See you there!

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Visual Storytelling & Growing Your Digital Media and Protecting It
ThinkShout

We'll hear advice from two local experts about how to tell stories using visuals as well as how to manage your organization's digital inventory, legal issues around images, and camera/software tips.

Growing Your Digital Media and Protecting It

While being the first-ever Executive Communications Manager for a national child welfare nonprofit, Kristy Alberty hit the ground running to learn brand management and to better develop the organization's strategy to use photographs to tell their story. She is now a firm believer in encouraging nonprofit organizations to create and maintain a digital photo library to call their own for communications, development, print, and online usage. 

Her presentation will cover different facets of this concept: First, why should I care about this, followed by some digital photography basics, sources of photographs, organizing your digital library, how to organize a photo shoot, tips to obtain photos on an ongoing basis, and basic legal issues to remember. 

Visual Storytelling

Social media is visual media. Research confirms what many Tech4Good folks know from experience: photos are the quickest way to get views, likes, and shares on Facebook. But our supporters' screens are littered with photos from friends, families, and causes they care about. There are 55 million pictures uploaded to Instagram every day! How can we make sure ours stand out? Resource Media pored over cognitive research and interviewed some of the smartest nonprofit and corporate markets we know to compile a list of visual communications best practices. I'll share the top take-aways from our research, and ideas for testing images with your own community. For a sneak peek at what I'll be covering, check out www.visualstorylab.org.

 

Presenters

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Kristy Alberty (BA in News Communication) has been a freelance writer, prepress designer, and recent, was the first Executive Communications Manager for the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), headquartered in Portland, from 2005 to 2012. She is currently looking for another exciting nonprofit adventure to continue her communications, and brand management skills.


Nicole Lampe has worked in nonprofit communications for over a decade, on issues ranging from education to conservation and public health. She started her career in the days of the fax machine, but is now as likely to pitch a reporter on Twitter as by phone. As head of digital at Resource Media—a nonprofit PR firm that helps good causes win—Nicole's work ranges from hyper local campaigns to international work with UNESCO. 



Venue Sponsor

"At ThinkShout, we are more than the code we write. We may be geeks, but we're geeks with lots of heart and we are committed to producing sustainable, open source solutions for people who are making lasting social change." 



Agenda

Networking and refreshments 6pm-6:30pm

Presentation 6:30pm-7:45pm

Additional Q&A and networking 7:45pm-8pm

 

Accessibility

Mobility Access: The main entrance on Glisan opens right into the ThinkShout office and there is one step. However, there's a side entrance on 4th that is wheelchair accessible. If using that entrance, dial 001 on the keypad to be buzzed in.

Hearing Access: We will not have access to a PA system.

Sight Access: We will use either a large monitor or a projector for presentations.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the PDXTech4Good community and events. Please don't hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.


Parking & Transportation

There's a large paid parking lot next to ThinkShout on 4th and Glisan as well as another across the street. There's also lots of street parking.

ThinkShout is close to the MAX, streetcar, and several bus lines.

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OpenStack Northwest Users Group Meetup
Jama South

You don’t have to choose between Clouds, here in Portland at least! The OpenStack NW team worked with AWS meetup organizers to provide the best value to the Portland Cloud community; we agreed to line both events in close proximity allowing you to head straight to Jama Software South facility at 6:00pm, immediately after attending AWS meetup from 4:00pm.

This would make for a very exciting and super rich Wednesday night, why? Because we have Cameron Seader flying over to share the latest in SUSE Cloud then…

We’re bringing the latest OpenStack projects directly from Yahoo’s building C in the Silicon Valley as we join the SFBay OpenStack meetup over live two-way video link.

And for some fun time, our sponsor ProFocus is giving away a Kindle for the first correct answer of a quiz question from one of the presentations.

On the agenda:

6:00 - 6:15 Introduction, pizza and beer (RSVP – Please!)

6:15 - 7:00 SUSE Cloud-

OpenStack Heat provides a framework for predefining a structured service, and allows you to instantiate that service in an automated manner. Walk through the process of creating a Heat template for a multi-tiered web application that will include multiple image templates, custom networking, and volume storage.

7:00 - 8:30 SFBay Simulcast – Projects Murano and Mistral

One of the fastest growing parts of OpenStack for the last release cycle is orchestration and platform-level capabilities. Different aspects of orchestration are represented by a number of the initiatives. During this session Mirantis engineers will talk about two projects from orchestration area which were initiated by Mirantis - Murano and Mistral.

Murano is a project which brings Application Catalog features to OpenStack cloud. Application Catalog provides an integration layer for 3rd party applications to be deployed via self-service UI for OpenStack cloud. The discussion, driven by Alex Tivelkov - a Murano technical lead, will cover Application Catalog use cases and their value for cloud users. Some of the use cases will be illustrated during the live demo followed by roadmap overview and Q&A.

As the second part of this meetup Mistral project will be presented. Mistral is a new initiative for workflow as a service implementation announced at the latest OpenStack summit in HK. Workflow as a service provides an ability to execute tasks in a distributed manner defined by simple DSL instead of writing a python code. Mistral provides features like event triggered tasks, scheduled tasks as a part of DSL. Renat Akhmerov - a Mistral technical lead will cover Mistral use cases, architecture overview and live demo for Mistral PoC followed by roadmap discussion and Q&A.

At the end of the meetup there will be a general Q&A session about integration between new and existing OpenStack services including Heat, Trove, Murano, Savanna and Mistral.

Special thanks to our sponsors SUSE Linux, Jama Software ProFocus.

Please RSVP to help us make sure there's enough food & drinks. Hope to see you there.

Hope to see you there.

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Tech+Pong
AltSource

How it works:

Come have a beer and (if you want to) play some pong:

Do you work for a tech company in any way, shape, or form (start-up, developer, marketing, design, admin, tech student, etc.)? Do you want to be more involved in the Portland tech community? Come by and play some Ping-Pong! Or, just come by for some good conversation and a beer. Headbands, wristbands, and other such attire are encouraged.

Please RSVP so we can get a head count.

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Hack The People PDX
New Relic

We are a group of makers, hackers, coders, programmers, and technologists that want to contribute to the tech community by providing a place to learn from others.

Our meetups are intimate events designed to help create relationships between junior and senior people in various tech fields. Hack The People is looking for both mentees and mentors to attend our events. The events will focus around lightning talks about your pet projects.

Lightning talks, you ask?

Yes, each participant gets about 2 minutes to talk about anything they're working on, problems they've come across, or even just seedling ideas in their head, with an additional 4 minutes of time for people in the group to offer assistance in the form of new insights, perspectives, solutions, or anything else they can offer(please note that we don't allow soliciting/buy-my-app type of talks). It's like having a whole group of mentors to listen to what you have to say with an aim to help.

After the lightning talks round, we will head across the way to Bailey's to have a drink and chat a little less formally.

Please be punctual as we start on time and move through each portion with a minimum of dilly-dallying.

Here is what you can expect at this meetup:

  • Refreshments/Pizza
  • Keynote speaker
  • Lightning Talks
  • Drinks/Networking @ Bailiey's

This event has a limited number of seats, so don't miss out and make sure to reserve your spot!

Learn more about us at HackThePeople.org!

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CHIFOO Meeting, Persona Stories: Weaving Together Qual and Quant for a Richer Picture
ISITE Design Community Room

Persona Stories: Weaving Together Qual and Quant for a Richer Picture with Whitney Quesenbery, WQusability.com

Stories have power to add empathy and connection to our work. They can help us learn about people, culture, and context—why, when, and how our products might be used—and share this with a design team. Stories permeate UX techniques from user stories to storyboards. They come to full power when used with personas: the persona provides a fully envisioned lead character for the story, a perspective through which interactions can be explored, and a voice for the emotional reactions to design ideas.

Creating stories for personas is a craft. They are not fiction, but are grounded in the data and user research that informs the persona. They are not fact, but are imagined events, shaped to explore possibilities. They are realistic, but not perhaps real, because they represent not just one individual or event, but something that might happen, and that provides insights into a user experience.

We’ll look at some structures that are helpful in crafting persona stories. And at questions like whether to write in first, second, or third person—and when each is valuable. We’ll create a quick story and share it, showing how impromptu stories can help in design sessions.

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Free Online 8 week Android Programming Class
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems

https://class.coursera.org/android-001

Study group meeting:

Where: Lucky Labrador Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

When: Wednesday, Feb 5th

Time: 7pm (late arrivals are welcome)

This is week 3 of the 8 week class. You can catch up by watching the lectures from the first 2 weeks online. There is no cost for class or the study group. How hard you work and how much you want to learn is up to you.

For the study group, bring your laptop, get help with homework, ask questions, and socialize.

NOTE: Be sure to check our Google Group site before attending. Updates are posted there.

Look for us at the back wall by the only power outlets.

For more information about the Lucky Lab visit: http://luckylab.com/locations/hawthorne-lucky-labrador-brew-pub/

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Thursday
Feb 6
TAO Tech Day in Salem
Oregon State Capitol

At last year's Tech Day we had over 35 tech executives from around Oregon help us to raise awareness about Oregon's technology industry and move forward key legislative initiatives relating to STEM education at the K-12 level and the Oregon Growth Board.

This year Tech Day will focus on factors that impact growth and innovation in Oregon's technology industry. We will leverage the findings of the recently completed TAO-TECNA CEO Survey and economic data and recommendations from the Oregon Technology Industry Report.

Topics will include:

Growing the talent pipeline Enhancing research & commercialization at Oregon's universities Effects of state tax policy on capital formation and access to c-level talent.

Public infrastructure investments and land use policy
This event offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet with Oregon's key policymakers about the needs of your company and the broader tech industry.

Oregon Capital Location Agenda (tentative): - 10:30 am - Check-in/Registration - 11 am - Orientation/Recognition by legislature - Noon to 1 pm - Lunch/Presentations - 1 pm to 4 pm - Meetings with legislators

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OEN: So You're Ready to Start Hiring
Ater Wynne

Hiring employees is an exciting step for any startup. But before you start, make sure you know your employee compensation basics. Join Leslie Bottomly, partner at Ater Wynne, LLP, for an informative workshop on HR legal issues, including minimum wage, exempt versus non-exempt (overtime eligible) categories of employment,

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TiE Pearl Pitch Club with Vanessa Van Edwards: Cancelled
TiE Pearl Incubator

Due to Inclement Weather Conditions, TiE Pearl Pitch Club with Vanessa Van Edwards is cancelled.

We will be rescheduling it for next week. Please stay tuned for details.

Join TiE Pearl Pitch Club, a series of sessions where you can practice your pitching skills.

In this edition, Vanessa Van Edwards, author and behavorioral investigator, will present a talk on body language and non-verbal communications for entrepreneurs, after which she will hear pitches, and help you work on yours.

TiE Pearl Pitch Club is designed as a supportive environment in which to try out your presentation - in front of a group of peers, including established entrepreneurs, and others just getting their start.

Bring your pitches, with or without slides (bring your laptop to plug into the A/V system), and walk away with valuable feedback and coaching. Or come to see others pitch, and provide feedback to and/or learn from others. Before and during the Pitch Club session we will offer drinks and refreshments at the TiE Pearl Incubator, network, discuss feedback and mingle.

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Cancelled: CLO-HÄCK
Puppet Labs

Clojure hack night at Puppet!

Show up at 5.30 if you want to form a team for a focused Dojo session, or later if you want to hack on your .emacs.

Closed: Puppet is reportedly closing at 3pm today due to snow.

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SE Portland Coders Night (SEPoCoNi)
Ford Food and Drink (SE 11th and Division)

New location: Ford Food & Drink! Since Side Door is closing early starting Feb, we are trying new venues, this week Ford Food & Drink.

Update: Due to #snowpocalypse Ford is closing at 8pm tonight


Come hang out and write code in a quiet, less crowded environment with your fellow nerds.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome!

The place is smaller, so finding the nerd herd shouldn't be too difficult.

PLUG: Public Speaking is the Greatest Skill You Can Possess
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

The Portland Linux/Unix Group: Portland's monthly, three-track tech conference, celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring!

  • Who: Brian Rohan and Michael Dexter
  • What: Public Speaking is the Greatest Skill You Can Possess
  • Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
  • When: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 7pm
  • Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
  • Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

Brian and Michael are back to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about speaking at an open source from PLUG (hint hint) to OSCON.

Brian has years as an experienced Distinguished Toastmaster (beer available at the Lucky Lab NW after the meeting) and Michael has just submitted his paper for the upcoming AsiaBSDCon conference on a topic he had previously known nothing about.

Why should you give a talk?

  • You are guaranteed to have a unique topic, experience and perspective
  • Audiences are far kinder than you expect (only pros get boo'd!)
  • Visuals are always optional and are flexible in format
  • No one was born a public speaker, it's simply a learned skill
  • There are great resources out there to help you
  • Most things that go wrong have nothing to do with you (Tsunamis!)
  • Live demos are... risky, but useful
  • The LFNW and other CFP's close shortly (hint hint)

Highlight from our Advanced Topics talk: (paraphrased) "My mom got more value out of learning to community with Toastmasters than two years of a (VERY impressive school) scholarship."

YOU may change careers a dozen times in your life and need a new skill set for each job but will ALWAYS need to express yourself and communicate on behalf of yourself and your team. Let PLUG be that first step in what could be worth more than a (VERY impressive school) scholarship!

Brian says:

In 2007 I made the switch from being a machinist to a real estate agent, shortly thereafter I was invited to investigate a Toastmasters club, in order to become a better communicator. Through 5 years and over 40 speeches in Toastmasters I reached the highest level of Distinguished Toastmaster. Simply stepping out of my comfort zone has given me the opportunity introduce dignitaries, and MC fund-raising events for worthwhile causes (notably a record breaking Clark County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner auction). Currently I am a recognized top 2% leader in AdvoCare International, helping others achieve their physical and financial goals.

I enjoy using Linux on a personal level for the freedom that it represents.

"You never get rid of public speaking butterflies, you just get them to fly in formation: ~Marv Serhan

Michael says:

Never in a 1,000 years will I speak in public yet I find myself doing it several times a month in Portland and at conferences around the world. I guarantee I'm no Brian Rohan but I fill rooms and get applause. The secret is finding the right room and just doing it. I will talk about the absolute worst that can happen (rarely what you think it would be), the open source conference community and how to get from submitting a proposal to stepping down from the stage.

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[CANCELLED : Due to Weather] Code + Cocktails
TILT Pearl District

Sick of the standard pizza and beer circuit?

Try out Code + Cocktails in the Pearl. TILT just opened, they have wifi, it's very easy to get to, close to PIE, and has killer drinks. All languages and skill levels are welcome (including designers).

Location: https://foursquare.com/v/tilt/5220b69811d2faed4a8b484e It has plenty of outlets and outstanding wifi. If you can't drink, do not worry they serve ristretto roasters coffee

If you have questions hit up: @chrishough @kathrynhough

CANCELED - PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Rogue Hall

CANCELED! Forecast is calling for 3-7 inches of snow tonight, the sinus plague is going around, and it's just damn cold. See you in March!

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Image Mining of Historical Manuscripts to Establish Provenance by Hu et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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CANCELLED: PDX Speech and Language Processing Happy Hour
Orenco Taphouse

Sorry folks. We'll re-schedule soon!

PDX Speech and Language Processing Happy Hour is an informal gathering of individuals working in computational linguistics, speech, and natural language processing in the Portland metro area. No talks, just socializing, but shop talk encouraged. Some folks will be around 7-10, so drop in as your schedule permits. At Orenco Taphouse.

Friday
Feb 7
CANCELED - Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Floyds Coffee Shop

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: RECOMMEND WORKING FROM HOME IN PAJAMAS

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. I'll be at Floyd's Coffee (http://workfrom.co/floyds-coffee-old-town), probably wearing a green hoodie and working on ruby.

If you'd like me to email you about each weekly co-working session, you can email me (Mike LaPeter) at my first initial + last name at gmail.

CANCELED - Startup Weekend Access
through Portland Development Commission

Use discount code " calagator "for a 25% discount. http://bit.ly/1ioWhHi

Startup Weekend focused on making entrepreneurship more accessible to everyone. Our mission is to create an environment where anyone can innovate together. We're focusing on accessibility to provide better access for people with disabilities and fluid collaboration amongst every participant. An appropriate accessible environment with the necessary auxiliary aids support services will be provided!

Startup Weekend’s a 54-hour event where aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and entrepreneurs of all abilities come together to share startup ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. Essentially, it’s a crash course in entrepreneurship that lets you experience what it’s really like to build and launch a startup.

Whether you have an idea for a new mobile app that will make your life easier or just want to learn more about entrepreneurship, we encourage you to attend.

Why? The statistics are clear, people with disabilities are not only less likely to be employed, but also less likely to pursue entrepreneurship. We hope that Startup Weekend Access will ignite your entrepreneurial spark!

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Commodore Computer Club
Pied Piper Pizza

The Commodore Computer Club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Commodore technology. Our attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all are welcome.

Come to learn, come to share. It’s all for the love of anything Commodore.

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Portland 2600
Theo's Restaurant

PDX2600 is a monthly open forum for hackers in Portland Oregon. It happens on the first Friday of every month at Theo's. There are no memberships, no leaders, and no real structure. Only the free exchange of ideas.

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Monday
Feb 10
North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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pdxfunc: Portland Functional Programming Study Group
Janrain Headquarters

See the mailing list for details on this month's agenda: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxfunc

Jake Brownson will report on the experience of implementing both an Akari logic puzzle solver and generator in both Clojure and Haskell. Some discussion will be had, and hopefully he'll get some questions answered.

ABOUT THE GROUP: Join programmers, researchers and enthusiasts to discuss functional programming. pdxfunc is a study/user group exploring the world of functional programming based in Portland, Oregon. The group welcomes programmers interested in all functional languages, including Haskell, OCaml, Erlang, Scala and others, as well as using functional techniques in non-functional languages. The group meets regularly and provides presentations, demos and discussions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. The meetings are usually on the second Monday of the month.

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Dorkbot
Bunk Bar

All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

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Tuesday
Feb 11
Data Visualization - DAMAPDX
Nike World Headquarters - Nolan Ryan

The DAMA Portland Chapter is pleased to welcome Dan Murray, an expert in Data Visualization and Tableau Software. Dan does not work for Tableau and is not selling Tableau. However, Tableau is one of the leading data visualization software applications and it is a fine vehicle to demonstrate best of breed visualization techniques. Dan is an author with a book just recently published.

Every enterprise has data scattered across many different systems, spreadsheets, and databases. Expert Daniel Murray explains how to create insight by building your knowledge of Tableau Desktop, adding best practices learned from working with big data at the most demanding enterprise clients in the world. You will learn about proven methods for building dashboards that load quickly and clearly communicate the information you uncover. Case studies are referenced to demonstrate how other enterprises have leveraged Data Visualization to achieve excellent outcomes.

• Reduce the backlog of information requests in your IT Group by enabling information consumers to build their own reports without sacrificing good data governance
• Keep pace with the accelerating volume, variety, and velocity of data by leveraging Tableau's ability to connect to over 35 different enterprise data sources
• Combine disparate data sets from proprietary and public data sources to build interactive dashboards in a fraction of the time required by traditional BI tools
• Enhance information contained in your source data by leveraging Tableau's ad hoc sets, groups, calculation functions, and table calculations to provide dynamic and insightful analysis
• Leverage Tableau's unique ability to run in memory or via direct connections to data sources to effectively manage limited hardware resources and insure high availability and good performance
• Support your managers' intuition with timely and insightful analysis that can adapt at the speed of their thought

Schedule
8:30 - 9:00 am - Sign In
9:00 - 10:15 am - Presentation
10:15 - 10:30 am - Break, Chapter Announcements
10:30 - 11:30 am - Presentation continued

Location
Nike World Headquarters ***See Parking note below
Nolan Ryan Building (south side of campus - easiest access is from Jenkins Street)
Room: NRA2 Air Raid (this is located on the second floor off the main lobby, go up the stair that is located next to the statue of Nolan Ryan)

Cost
Free for members!
$15 for guests
See the DAMAPDX site for list of corporate members

****Parking Note (and tour option)
Parking at the Nike Campus is notoriously difficult after 8:05am, when the main parking lot is typically filled. For those that prefer an easy parking experience, please join us at 8am in Nolan Ryan meeting room. You then have the option of either doing a bit of work until 9am or you can take a tour of the Nike campus with Nike employee Tim Hallrud. Please park in either visitor parking or an unmarked parking space. Don’t park in spaces with an athlete name.

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Day We Fight Back against Mass Surveillance
KBOO 90.7 FM and streaming online

KBOO will devote the full day on February 11th to a special day of programming on the people's movement to take back the internet. A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms will hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA's mass spying regime on February 11th.

Dubbed "The Day We Fight Back", the day of activism was announced on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest is both in his honor and in celebration of the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago this month, which he helped spur.

KBOO will feature speeches by Aaron Swartz and other internet activists, as well as live interviews and updates on the day of action to pressure lawmakers to end mass surveillance -- of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world.

Remember to support KBOO during our winter membership drive - call 877-500-KBOO

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Oregon Enterprise Architects Innovation Exchange
Broadway Coffee

Are you working on a challenging problem? Could you benefit from the experience or insight of your peers in other organizations? Do you have something you’d like to discuss or a question you’d like answered? Would you like to help others meet professional challenges? If so, the Innovation Exchange is for you.

After introducing ourselves and enjoying light refreshments, we will follow the Lean Coffee format. We will break into small groups. As a group member, you will propose topics or questions for discussion, and then get to vote for your favorites. Your group will then discuss each of its subjects as time permits, beginning with its most popular selections. You will get fresh perspectives on what concerns you, and you will meet fellow architects with similar interests.

We will be meeting on February 11th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Mongolia Room at the Broadway Coffeehouse in Salem, OR. We will get to know each other and have light snacks from 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. and conduct the Lean Coffee discussions from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., leaving the final half hour for follow-up conversations.

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New date: TiE Pearl Pitch Club with Vanessa Van Edwards
TiE Pearl Incubator

Note: This is our NEW, rescheduled date.

Members: please Re-register so that we may have an accurate attendee count. Public: If you had paid for a ticket for Thursday 2/6 previously, please Contact Us at tieoregon@gmail.com to transfer your ticket to this new date, or to request a refund.

Join TiE Pearl Pitch Club, a series of sessions where you can practice your pitching skills.

Our special guest for this edition is Vanessa Van Edwards, author and behavioral investigator:

How to Give a Kickass Pitch Using Body Language Over 60% of our communication is nonverbal. Are you taking advantage of your body language for your pitch? Vanessa Van Edwards will help you dynamically improve your pitch to make it more impactful, memorable and inspiring: * Body Language in Your Pitch * How to Be Memorable Using Body Language * Increasing Your Influence * Get a Nonverbal Edge

TiE Pearl Pitch Club is designed as a supportive environment in which to try out your presentation - in front of a group of peers, including established entrepreneurs, and others just getting their start.

Bring your pitches, with or without slides (bring your laptop to plug into the A/V system), and walk away with valuable feedback and coaching. Or come to see others pitch, and provide feedback to and/or learn from others.

Before the Pitch Club session starts we will mingle and network, and drinks and refreshments are offered before and during our session.

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FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is: +1 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

Hack + Help
Epicodus

New to coding, or just want to pick up a new language?

Experienced in coding and want to help others learn?

Come to Hack + Help and bring your desire to learn or teach! If you don't have a laptop, we have plenty of computers you can use.

This event was born out of PDX.rb but now regularly has experienced attendees who are willing to help you out with Ruby, JavaScript, Python, HTML/CSS, and more.

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Quantified Self Show & Tell
Puppet Labs

February's theme will be: HABITS

Much of what interests people in QS is habit-related (changing bad habits, establishing and maintaining new habits), so it's not surprising that this topic comes up quite a bit in free-form discussions, so we decided to dedicate a meetup to it.

If you have an experience with habits and QS (if you're a Lift user, for example), come and share it!

Here's our agenda: Informal Social and Gadget Time - Starting at 6pm Come early to socialize with other QSers and share what hardware, apps, and other technologies are helping you track your life. Bring your gadgets so that we can all see them, play with them, and hear your experiences with them!

Intro and Announcements - 6:30 sharp!

Show and Tell Just like when you were in kindergarten, we encourage you to share something within the theme of the meetup. It doesn't a formal presentation, and can be as much as 10 minutes or as short as you like. Let us know in advance to guarantee your slot. Time permitting, we may watch pre-recorded presentations from other QS groups.

Discussions We'll break out into groups. You can propose a topic yourself, join someone else's, or talk to the people that shared something during Show and Tell.

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Puzzled Pint
A bar in Portland — solve the puzzle to find out which one!

Puzzled Pint is a monthly event for puzzle lovers in Portland. A puzzle is posted at a predetermined time, that when solved leads you to a bar. Once at the bar more puzzles will be available for you to solve while you enjoy some drinks and food.

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February Meetup - Introduction to R / Connecting Vineyards to the Internet

Our February meetup will have 2 components. Mary Anne Thygesen will provide an introduction to R. Additionally, Alan Campbell will share an interesting project he has been working on, involving monitoring soil data at vineyards in the north Willamette valley. See below for more information on both presentations.

Introduction to R

Presented by Mary Anne Thygesen: instructor, speaker and researcher

Start the New Year with R. The January meetup will be for beginners. Bring your computer and a data set that you would like to work on. First we will get R loaded on your computer, up and running. Then we will work on getting data into R. Followed by a brief overview of what you can do with R. A list of resources including books, and online courses will be included. If possible, please try to install R on your laptop beforehand! (many simultaneous downloads may congest our host's WiFi).

Connecting Vineyards to the Internet

Presented by Alan Campbell: plant physiologist working as a consultant in the Oregon vineyard industry.


This past year, Alan installed 54 soil tension sensors in the root zone of grapevines in 18 locations in 6 vineyards in the north Willamette Valley. The soil sensors, and additional air temperature and humidity sensors, were monitored through a wireless data network, with readings uploaded every 15 minutes to an online database. At the end of this season, there are over 10,000 data points from each of 90 sensors, or nearly one million data points in all. Talk will give an overview of what was done, the structure of the data, and of the kinds of questions that time series analysis (etc) with R might answer. Alan is  interested in analyzing temporal correlations in last year's data, and preparing for the analysis of similar data in greater volume in the years ahead.

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Wednesday
Feb 12
Lean Coffee
New Relic

Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

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Be Your Own Brand Evangelist: adventures in DIY branding and target audience definition
Anvil Media

Anvil Media Lunch & Learn

Join Alicia Nagel from Alicia Nagel Creative for a seminar on branding and audiences on February 12.

You might think that your target audience is “everyone”, but marketing to everyone often leads to generic messaging that goes unnoticed. Instead, show a little personality! Embrace your core values and let your passion shine through. By defining your brand and identifying your target audience(s) you can connect with your customers. When you understand your customer, you can anticipate their decision-making process and ace their evaluation of your product or service. Customers who forge a bond with your brand spread the word about your company’s awesomeness and become brand evangelists. Seminar attendees will learn how to define their brand, define their target audience(s), anticipate their audience’s decision making process, and foster brand evangelists for their company. Presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A.

Read The 5 Stages of Getting To Know Your Audience for a taste of some of the topics which will be covered.

The presentation will be an educational Lunch & Learn event from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Anvil office. Food and beverages will be provided. Register now to save your seat!

Cost: Free

Register for the Seminar

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Portland PMI Agile Roundtable
400 SW 6th Ave, Portland (1st Floor Conference room)

This month we will be doing a roundtable focused on "Agile estimation." We start on time at 12p, take the first 5 to 10 minutes to generate a list of subtopics and vote to select two to three to discuss. Then, we discuss the selected subtopics as a group before closing at 12:50p to select next month's topic and adjourn at 1p.

Feel free to bring your lunch. Feel free to continue the conversation afterward. Bring your stories, problems, Agile buddies, and Agile-curious colleagues.

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OEN PubTalk(TM) Starting a Business in a Crowded Sector
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

It seems that almost everyone these days is brewing beer, developing an app, or scrambling to invent the next big wearable tech device. Come to our February PubTalk to learn how entrepreneurs in these popular sectors have assessed their market, differentiated themselves from their competition, and defined success. They're not crazy, and neither are you, but you all face shared challenges. Our panelists are here to help!

Panelists: Justin Fay, Brewmaster/Owner at Base Camp Brewing Dave Howell, CEO at Avatron Tyler Phillipi, CMO and Co-Founder at OnTheGo Platforms

Moderator: Jim Cahill

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PDXScala Monthly Meeting
Janrain Headquarters

Come join other Scala fans, whether you're a seasoned oldtimer or complete beginner. We'll have open discussions and a variety of presentations and examples. If you have topics you're interested in hearing more about or something you'd like to give a presentation on, please let us know! Also, feel free to bring code you'd like to show off or get input on from the rest of the group!

This month we’re stoked to have Rob Norris present on zippers, a technique for navigating (and updating) data structures. Sure to be rad and/or mind-blowing, as per usual.
We can try collaboratively taking notes on talk(s) on etherpad.

As we've been doing for some months now, the first hour of tonight's meeting will be oriented towards people who are new to Scala. If you have questions you'd like to ask about general usage, specific libraries, or overall understanding of the ecosystem, we'll be here to help you find your way. For everyone else, we'll have plenty of extra time tonight for any other discussions and topics, so if you have something you'd like to talk about or code you'd like to show, come prepared! We'll have pizza here at 6, so come early if you're hungry.

We look forward to see you all there!

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Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) development on iOS
Thetus Corporation

Join us for a discussion on BTLE programming on iOS.

Bluetooth low energy, (Bluetooth LE / BTLE / BLE / Bluetooth Smart) is a wireless computer network technology poised to become an important part of sensor and device communications in applications such as healthcare, fitness, security and (home) automation.

Agenda

• Introductions

• Non technical overview - William Henderson • Technical hands on development presentation - Zsombor Papp

• Q&A - Discussions

• Move to Old Town Pizza for further discussion

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Homebrew Website Club PDX
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

This will be held concurrently with the Homebrew Website Club meeting in San Francisco with a remote video link between the two sites!

Read about the last meetings:

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Python Monthly Project + Study Night
Urban Airship Inc

Let's get together to build cool stuff and study Python.

Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6:30-8:30pm on second Wednesdays!

Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

Nerd Nite Vancouver #1 – The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love
Kiggins Theatre

We have a new location in Vancouver, WA! Our first event is:

Nerd Nite Vancouver #1 – Lust, Chocolate and Prairie Voles: The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love

Nerd Nite is a monthly event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Be there and be square!

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Where: Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Cost: $8.00 suggested cover at the door

Come early if you want to order food and drinks and get a good seat!

Is the brain chemistry behind our love for chocolate equivalent to that which drives infatuation with a new lover, the love of a particular song, or addiction? How does the brain sort out pleasure and discomfort? What drives our decisions to stay with one person for life or go from one lover to another, never settling down? This Nerd Nite will focus on these and other questions that reveal much about how neurochemical changes can have major effects on our behaviors—how we love, what we love, and who we love.

Dr. Larry Sherman is a Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Neuroscience at OHSU. He was identified as someone who is "Changing our World" by Portland Monthly Magazine and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and he was awarded OHSU Teacher of the Year in 2012.


*A note on the suggested cover: Nerd Nite is completely supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering education opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $8 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

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PDXCloud February Gathering
Elemental Technologies

PDXCloud monthly meetup. Join us for cloud technology-related discussions!

Interested in presenting? Contact jason.lapier AT gmail or hit up the mailing list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxcloud.

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Free Online 8 week Android Programming Class
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems

https://class.coursera.org/android-001

Study group meeting:

Where: Lucky Labrador Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

When: Wednesday, Feb 12th

Time: 7pm (late arrivals are welcome)

This is week 4 of the 8 week class. You can catch up by watching the lectures from the first 3 weeks online. There is no cost for class or the study group. How hard you work and how much you want to learn is up to you.

For the study group, bring your laptop, get help with homework, ask questions, and socialize.

NOTE: Be sure to check our Google Group site before attending. Updates are posted there.

Look for us at the back wall by the only power outlets.

For more information about the Lucky Lab visit: http://luckylab.com/locations/hawthorne-lucky-labrador-brew-pub/

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Thursday
Feb 13
IBM Portland Job Fair
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

Register to join us: http://www.IBMexpo.com for the IBM Job Fair Thursday, February 13, 2014 • 10am - 6pm Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR

Candidates must be able to obtain a Secret clearance and be certified in their field of expertise.

IBM Is Looking for Professionals with Experience in:

Business Systems Analysts - Intermediate Business Systems Analysts - Senior Computer / Systems Operator - Senior Configuration Management (CM) Specialists - Associate Configuration Management (CM) Specialists - Intermediate Configuration Management (CM) Specialists - Senior IA Policy and Compliance Certified Professionals – Associate IA Policy and Compliance Certified Professionals – Intermediate Information Security Specialists - Associate Information Systems Auditors - Intermediate IT Certified Professional - Associate Microsoft Server Engineers - Associate Microsoft Server Engineers - Intermediate Microsoft Server Engineers - Senior Network Administrators - Associate Network Administrators - Intermediate Network Administrators - Senior Network Engineers - Associate Network Engineers - Intermediate Network Engineers - Senior Network Security / Information Assurance Engineers - Associate Network Security / Information Assurance Engineers - Intermediate Network Security / Information Assurance Engineers - Senior Operations Managers Project Engineers - Senior Project Managers – Intermediate  Quality Assurance Analysts – Intermediate  Quality Professional Staff - Intermediate Senior IT Systems Solution Architects Software Engineers - Associate Storage Engineers - Associate Storage Engineers - Senior Systems Administrators - Associate Systems Administrators - Intermediate Systems Administrators - Senior Systems Engineers - Associate Systems Engineers - Intermediate Systems Engineers - Senior UNIX Server Engineers - Intermediate VoIP Engineers - Intermediate VoIP Engineers - Senior Web Software Developers - Associate  Web Software Developers - Senior  Web Technical Administrator

Join us. Let's build a smarter planet.

IBMexpo.com

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ISACA: February 2014 Preparing for PCI DSS version 3
NWEA

February 13, 2014 ISACA Luncheon Event   Preparing for PCI DSS version 3   With the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI...

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Portland Commodore Users Group
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Station 61)

Our group specializes in Commodore 64, SX-64, Commodore Vic-20, Commodore 128 and other Commodore computers. We meet regularly to discuss ideas, code, brainstorm projects, participate in the scene, and play games.

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Joomla! PDX
Free Geek

Come join the fun in next months meeting and learn how to use git in your Joomla! project.

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PDXNode presentation night
Urban Airship Inc

Monthly presentation night!

Pizza and non-alcoholic beverages graciously sponsored by Walmart Labs

Venue donated by Urban Airship

Talks:

Nick Niemeir will be speaking on Node and JS debugging.

Our second platform of the evening will be Lightning Talk Round-up! Do you have something cool Node.js/JavaScript related and can round up the talk in 5 minutes? Awesome! Sign-up NOW--> http://goo.gl/NRwZLq

Dave Justice will be introducing our Module of the Month series. He will also be sharing his pdx-shows npm package and a few of the modules he used to write it.

Presentations start at 6:30pm. We welcome open dialogue during the presentations. We're all here to learn!

Come a little early to say hi. We'll also be hanging out at 6:15pm to help any newcomers needing help to gettting started by installing node and npm.

It will be a nice variety of topics and level of talks. If anyone is interested, we could also take discussions to post-talk drinks nearby. Maybe even hack a little.

Bring Your Own Beer!

Location note:

Look for the friends standing by the door to let you in! If you arrive past 6:35pm, be patient! Or tweet @pdxnode. We'll come get you shortly.

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Info Session at PSU: Columbia Gorge Community College CS Faculty Position
Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is looking for a full-time permanent instructor for the Computer Science program they're starting up. The instructor will be responsible for taking a lead role in developing a curriculum for the CGCC CS program, and for initially teaching most or all of that curriculum; it looks like Bart Massey will be helping out initially. There's lots of opportunities for innovation in a beautiful setting only about an hour from Portland. For more details or to apply, consult the position description.

PSU Prof. Bart Massey and Mary Kramer of CGCC would like to invite any potential candidates to a "meet-and-greet" information session at PSU. We'd like to talk with you about the proposed program and help you understand what fit there might be and how you might apply. We look forward to chatting with you about this unique opportunity!

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Portland Perl Mongers - Open Forum
Free Geek

Open Forum Night! Introduce your new project, start a discussion on a project or module, or ask a question of the group. Bring what you want, it's all fair game.

As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub.

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Friday
Feb 14
Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Floyds Coffee Shop

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. I'll be at Floyd's Coffee (http://workfrom.co/floyds-coffee-old-town), probably wearing a green hoodie and working on ruby.

If you'd like me to email you about each weekly co-working session, you can email me (Mike LaPeter) at my first initial + last name at gmail.

AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch: Keeping it Fresh: New Ideas for Agile Retrospectives
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

In February, due to popular demand, we are revisiting retrospectives with our local (and noted international) authority on the topic, Diana Larsen.

Retrospectives improve any project or process--building on a team’s immediate past experience of success and failure. Smart teams and organizations hold Retrospectives iteratively, throughout the work cycle and at important milestones. In Retrospectives, teams systematically evaluate their own performance, explore their lessons learned, expand their capacity and capability, and forge ways to continuously improve their work and deliverables. Teams can’t truly call themselves Agile if they don’t include Retrospectives among their regular work practices.

However, over time as Retrospectives become routine, they can also become stale and boring, delivering less value to the team. Or teams may hold pro forma Retrospectives that don't result in real improvements. How can you prevent this? Keep your Retrospective practice fresh through a renewed emphasis on team learning, collective analysis, and collaborative decision making. Bring new activities and group processes to the meeting that will stimulate better thinking and improvements. In this session, Diana Larsen will introduce the Flexible Framework for Retrospectives and how to incorporate the Five Rules for Team Learning in your Retrospective designs. She'll lead a discussion of new team activities to enlarge your repertoire, so bring your favorites to share.

Bio: Diana Larsen, founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting, is considered an international authority in the areas of Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. Diana works with organizations around the world to design work systems, improve project performance, and support Agile leaders and enterprises. Deeply in tune with how work teams grow, adapt, and develop, she co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning, and articles about the Agile Fluency model at www.agilefluency.com and http://www.infoq.com/articles/agile-fluency-fit-purpose Follow Diana on Twitter (@DianaOfPortland).

We’ll be waiting for you at Ringler’s under the Crystal Ballroom on Burnside but will start on time at 12p and end on time at 1p. We’re in the back room. If you miss this opportunity, you miss an opportunity to learn, network, and drink McMenamin’s beer in the middle of day with new friends.

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Four F.U.D.s of the Cloud
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Cloud computing has quickly evolved from marketing terminology and buzzwords to a valuable and often vital way to conduct business and deliver services. With the rapid rate of cloud adoption and the constant change in the industry, it can be confusing to sift through all the information and get to the facts. Join us as we discuss “The Top Four FUDs of the Cloud” in a fun pub environment.

The Four FUD Topics and Presenters Are:

Differences in Service Delivery (SaaS and on Premise Solutions) --Jorge Zelaya, VP of Client Services at EasyStreet will discuss integrated vs. customized, the importance of renewals (B4B vs. B2B) and the focus on strategy and business outcomes.

Security and Compliance -- Adam Shnider, Managing Director, NW Coalfire Systems will discuss SSAE16, HIPPA, PCI, etc. and what customers expect from cloud vendors from a compliance support standpoint, customer requirements, and the minimum requirements everyone should have, and how not all cloud providers and services are created equal.

Financial Impacts -- Chris Wheaton, VP of Services at Jive Software will discuss services revenue models and how they differ from being subscription based vs. traditional license and maintenance. He will also discuss how to generate incremental services revenue when there is no longer a defined maintenance revenue stream.

Success Stories – Adam Lynch, Founder and Director of Product Development, Hubbub Health will share success stories despite all the F.U.D!

The speakers will then host a now classic Reddit-style AMA (Ask Me Anything) session after their presentations, giving attendees a chance to ask questions and add to what’s sure to be a lively discussion.

This event will be moderated by Claire Hernandez, VP of Client Services, HealthSparq.

Who Should Attend •Decision makers searching to find how cloud fits with their business

•Those managing or subscribing to existing cloud based services

Event Details: When: Wednesday, March 12th Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Where: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers Register: http://www.techoregon.org/event?eventid=10338927009

Event Sponsor: ASG Software Solutions

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Saturday
Feb 15
World Information Architecture Day 2014
Ziba Design - Auditorium

Join us for a day of learning about Information Architecture! You'd be surprised just how much all of our disciplines are connected. From UX to Architecture to Photography to Creative Writing, the design of information requires processes to create the ideal outcome for something that did not exist before. Meet fellow practitioners, get a better understanding of what others do and how you can use that knowledge to make what you do even better.

Our lineup starts at 9a and ending at 6p, with one hour break for lunch. Come to one, a few or all! Your ticket price is good for the day, so you can come and go as you please.

DOORS AT 8:30AM! Here are the speakers and nature of the talks:

9a: Kate Ertmann-Owner and Animation Process Expert at Animation Dynamics: Ethnographic Animation Talk related to the steps and practices involved in visualizing human-based research.

10a: Craig Peters-CEO, Awasu Design San Francisco: How to run a successful design review Presentation designed to illustrate the Information Architecture of professional interactions, story telling and project building.

11a: Josh Romberg-Photographer and Visual Designer: Image design as it relates to constructing visual content from both emotional and technical standpoints.

LUNCH

1p: Corey Pressman-Owner and Chief Strategist at Exprima Media: Designing Disequilibrium: The Difference That Makes a Difference. Interaction design, ebook design and consumption of new digital experiences

2p: Crystal Rutland-CEO and Director of Research and Strategy at Empirical UX: The role of empathy in imagination, innovation, and product design Research design and UX of developing product roadmaps

3p: Juliana Lukasik-TV Commercial Director and Owner, @Large Films Women on Women: It's Not What You Think Engineering product launches with not only the end consumer, but the purchaser in mind.

4p: Tyler Phillippi-CMO & Co-Founder at OnTheGo Platforms: Building a Company From the Ground Up: IA and UX become best friends.

5p: Michael Adcock-Technical Support Analyst at ProQuest: Fringe IA Scientific Discovery, Tools and Context, all of which contribute to making the unclear clear.

There will be a raffle and... AFTER PARTY STARTS AT 6P at Open Sourcery 1636 NW Lovejoy St. Portland, OR 97209


In between talks, there are some great opportunities for networking, asking questions and uploading pix of the event. We couldn't be more thrilled to bring this content to you! -Amy Thank you very much to our sponsors!

Ziba, Chicktech, Empirical UX, PDX-UX, AIGA, NW Creative Social Club

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(Postponed) Spark Weekend Portland 2014
through TBD - Portland

Update: This event has been postponed until further notice-


If you’ve ever felt there isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish your goals, this is for you.

Spark Weekend 2014 brings together 20+ technology and lifestyle change experts to provide TED-style talks, experiential workshops, and the latest in lifestyle change tech to measurably improve your health, productivity, and relationships.

A Spark Weekend is an opportunity to improve your life in a fun, friendly environment.

  • Day 1 is about learning. Our speakers share their favorite lifestyle change tools and techniques in 20 minute sessions.

  • Day 2 Our mentors coach you to implement what you learned the day before. You come back with your laptop and directly work on your goals.

It’s not over when you leave!

  • Day 30 is about winning. You get $30 cash back if you reach your goals; more if you put your own money on the line.

And in the spirit of open science, we publish our results in helping you change.

A Spark Weekend ticket makes a great gift for your friends, family, and colleagues! But not for people you don't like--don't give them any advantage in 2014.

As an added bonus, ~10% of every ticket sold goes to a community fund for those who cannot otherwise afford to attend.

*Special discount for Calagator folks. First 30 enter "CALAGATOR" when registering for -20%. Sign up before seats fill up!

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World Information Architecture Day After Party
OpenSourcery

World IA Day is a global event aimed at bringing together the information architecture community.  Full day events are taking place in 24 cities, 14 countries, and 6 continents--including Portland, Oregon!  Get your tickets for World IA Day PDX early... they will likely sell out!  

After the event, join PDX-UX for an after party just a few blocks away with beer, food, games, and networking!

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Monday
Feb 17
Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday
Mozilla

This event is free, but please RSVP on Eventbrite (linked above)

Event Description

Encryption can be easy! In this meet up we will teach you the basics of encrypting your content, then we will concentrate on making it easy for you to use crypto with **your** environment. Once we help you through the hard part, you'll be able to encrypt messages at home safely without frustration. This is a hands-on meetup with PGP.

Have a preference about what you want to learn? Want to lead a group in teaching a method? Email us a community@privly.org and we'll add you to the agenda.

What should I bring?

  • A willingness to learn or to teach
  • A laptop. If you don't have one, let us know and we can try to scrounge up an extra one for you.
  • A current news story that you want to discuss with the group related to privacy/security/surveillance/censorship (optional)

What is it?

This is the Techno-Activism 3rd Monday event for Portland, Oregon! Read more about techno-activism 3rd mondays.

Who should come?

Anyone interested in techno-activism. We invite coders, geeks, artists, and anyone else. No technical experience required.

Who's hosting?

Mozilla has generously offered to host and pay for catering. The Privly Foundation organizes the event. Nicholas Restaurant will be providing party platters of hummus, meat grape leaves, and more!

Code of Conduct

Please review our code of conduct before attending the event to ensure a safe and welcoming time for all.

PDXTech4Good

If you're interested in this event, you might also be interested in the PDXTech4Good meetup.

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Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Python!

Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share

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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Tuesday
Feb 18
Portland Nerd Dinner
Washington Square Mall food court

It's Nerd Dinner time again! We'll gather at Washington Square Mall in the food court. Be There and Be Square!

Get started with Meteor
Thetus Corporation

With version 1.0 just around the corner this is a perfect time learn more and meet others interested in this amazing technology.

In this meet up we will cover what you need to know from a general overview to building you first app.

Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you're an expert developer or just getting started.

Join us, and bring your laptops, for a night of learning, discussion and hacking.

Agenda

• Introductions

• Why I’m excited about Meteor: A Surgeon’s Perspective - Michael Conlin

• Build your first meteor app - Ryan Casey

• Q&A - Discussions

• Move to Old Town Pizza for further discussion

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Portland Java User Group (PJUG)
Oracle (Downtown Campus)

What's new in WildFly 8?

WildFly 8 (née JBoss Application Server) is Red Hat's open source Java EE 7 compliant application server. It contains robust implementations of WebSocket, Batch, JSON, Concurrency, JMS2, JAX-RS 2, CDI 1.1, and all Java EE 7 technologies. Undertow is the new cutting-edge web server in WildFly 8 and is designed for maximum throughput and scalability, including environments with over a million connections. The number of ports is reduced used by multiplexing protocols over HTTP using HTTP Upgrade.

Role Based Access Control support organizations with separated management responsibilities and restrictions. Roles represent different sets of permissions such as runtime operation execution, configuration areas that can read or written, and the ability to audit changes and manage users. In addition a new restricted audit log can be enabled including the ability to offload to a secure syslog server.

WildFly also provides a "core" distribution that is ideal for framework authors that want to build their own application runtime using the powerful WildFly 8 architecture.

NetBeans, IntelliJ, and Eclipse allow WildFly to be used for development, deployment, and debugging.

Speaker

James Perkins is a software developer at Red Hat working remotely from Portland, OR. He works on the WildFly Application Server, JBoss EAP, logging frameworks and JBeret (a JSR 352 batch implementation).

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Flux Community Workshop Work Party
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Building community while building out the space. Family friendly event. No experience necessary. Show up at 6 and join a team and get to work on one of the three tasks we'll be tackling this evening. All tools and equipment provided.

Tasks: 1 Labeling & Web Documenting Tools (labeling!)

2 Organizing Tools for accessibility (Put up 3 more pegboards, label, and outline tools)

3 Rearranging for Dedicated Desks & Build Area (moving Makerbot & soldering station, assemble new IKEA desk, etc)

Bonus points if you can donate any of the following to Flux: masking tape, extension cords, more power strips, more pegboard hooks, dish drying rack, silverware, or mugs.

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HacksHackers Portland Monthly Meeting
Mozilla

All the data! Data resources, a bit on how to gather it, and what you can do with it. Examples from news outlets. Hopefully some brainstorming of your own projects.

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Portland Erlang and Elixir Meetup!
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Hello Portland!

Let's talk Erlang, Elixir, OTP, scalability, uptime, web apps, beer and all things computer industry.

Got something to share? Looking to learn? Drop in and join us!

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PLUG AT: Protecting Your Volunteer Effort from Caustic People

PLUG has been lucky. Some volunteer efforts and organizations face onslaughts that drive off their core volunteers and can hijack or snuff the organization. Hear the lessons learned from five such examples and share your own stories of how to recognize and respond to such behavior.

Early segue into tech topics or refreshments recommended!

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

See you there!

Michael Dexter PLUG Volunteer

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Hack + Help
Portland Code School

New to coding, or just want to pick up a new language? Experienced in coding and want to help others learn?

Join us at the polyglot 2014 Hack + Help sessions! Bring your laptop and desire to learn (and/or teach!).

This week we'll have a short lightening talk about how to do command line interface scripts in Ruby, highlighting the "thor" gem.

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Portland Bitcoin Group
Madison's Grill (Closed)

Madison's Grill is the first bitcoin friendly pub/restaurant in Portland. Come talk with experts, learn about bitcoin, view a transaction, and buy a beer or dinner with bitcoin!

Portland Bitcoin Group will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

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Wednesday
Feb 19
NTEN Lab: Data-Informed Nonprofits
United Way of Columbia-Willamette

Your nonprofit’s compass should be informed by data. Data-informed nonprofits make strategic decisions not just with experience and instinct, but with metrics and trends collected over time that align with their organizational goals and mission.

The benefits of strategic data management for nonprofits is significant. Interest groups can use it to inform voting records of political candidates; community groups can use it to understand what areas need more access to recreational facilities, or a network of preschools can share their data to spot common behavior patterns. Every organization produces different kinds of data, but it's how the organization uses it to show its impact and inform critical decisions that makes the data valuable.

Caligator discount! Use: NTENLAB30 to get the NTEN Member price!

Why you should attend:

The NTEN Lab is an in-person, collaborative space for shared learning, and an opportunity to connect with your peers to explore different ways to identify and strategically use your organization’s data. You'll learn how to find the data you're already producing, how you can use the data to show your impact, and how to plan future decisions based on the data you have instead of the way you feel.

In addition to breakfast and lunch, attendees will also receive a complimentary hard copy of our recently published e-book, Collected Voices: Data-Informed Nonprofits.

Attendees will learn how to:

1) Create goals that can be measured and reported to your audience 2) Gather the data you need when you're short on time 3) Identify the best ways to collect, aggregate, analyze, and really use your data 4) Foster a culture of data-informed decision making across your team and in your organization

Who should attend:

This Lab is for nonprofit staff members that are interested in learning how to make data-informed decisions in their organization. It is a good fit for nonprofit decision makers across all departments, especially those who are in charge of preparing, or contributing to, their organization's strategic planning process, or annual plans.

Speakers:

Michelle Chaplin, Senior Manager of Online Fundraising, PBS; Matt Koltermann, Client Advisor, Acquia; Brett Meyer, Content Strategist, ThinkShout Inc.; Ash Shepherd, Strategy & Process, Minds on Design Lab.

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OEN/OTBC: Startup 411 - How to Start
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

OEN and OTBC Workshop: How to Start

"I have an idea for a startup but where do I start?" - A common question amongst first time entrepreneurs. One thing we know, Oregon has a wealth of information and support for entrepreneurs. This workshop held jointly by OEN and OTBC, will bring together all of those resources along with providing a check list of steps to take before building your plan.

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Flux Open House
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Every Wednesday 6-8pm Flux is open for folks to come by, work on a project and jam on ideas.

Come on down. We're on the Second floor, take a right at the top of the stairs.

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AngularJS Portland Meetup
Incomm Digital Solutions

Team members from Snapflow will be presenting.  Topic TBA.

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RefreshPDX - Work Life Balance: How to find it when your business becomes your life.
ISITE Design

When you love your job, it's hard to step away, especially if you work for yourself. But focusing too much on work can can be detrimental to your health, your relationships, and even the very work you love. Finding a balance between work and life as a business owner is tough, and gets tougher when various challenges come up. Learn a few tips on how to help strike a good work life balance that works for you. Our Presenter, Angie Herrera Angie has been pushing pixels for roughly 14 years, 11 of which have been running 420 Creative, a tiny design studio based in Portland, Oregon. Having learned many of her business lessons the “hard way” and through some incredible peers, her passion for her work the industry has only strengthened over time. Angie is an avid soccer player, bike-rider, and a not-so-great golfer. When she roots, she roots for the Timbers.

Join us after the presentation for a 1-block walk to The Lucky Lab for food and libation!

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Agile PDX Evening: The Role of QA in Scrum - Leveraging Agile for Defect Prevention
Puppet Labs

The key to successful adoption of any development methodology is a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each team member within that framework. As agile continues its rapid adoption, it’s essential to define the role of QA in Scrum as concretely as we’ve defined the other team roles.
Agile methodology gives QA an opportunity for broader and deeper involvement in the software development lifecycle, enabling us more effectively to ensure quality, not by finding defects, but by preventing the introduction of defects in the first place. Because quality starts with the user story, QA can drive defect prevention by asking key questions of product owners during requirements definition. We can ensure that comprehensive acceptance criteria are in place, to drive high quality development, testing, and story acceptance. We can also ask technical questions of developers. This results in more thoroughly defined user stories and prompts developers to consider additional issues, and avoid pitfalls in advance of implementation. Finally, to prevent the steady growth of technical debt, we must remind scrum masters to plan story points for fixing both known and unknown defects as part of every sprint. This presentation will teach you how to leverage Agile within your organization to see immediate improvements in the quality of your software delivery.

About the speaker... Karen Ascheim Wysopal has been in software QA for over 20 years, in roles including tester, release manager, software engineer, test automation engineer, and 8 years as QA manager. She’s spent the past five years at Hewlett Packard, and currently heads Quality & PMO in the Software and Web Services organization, overseeing HPConnected.com, ePrintcenter.com, and related HP web-connected print technologies. She was a leader in the organization’s transition to Agile last year. Karen has presented at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference. Her professional passions are building high functioning innovative teams from the ground up, defining processes that encompass a holistic approach to quality, and speaking on best practices to foster improvements across the industry. She can’t seem to stop breaking software.

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Freelancers Happy Hour
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

Kick back with craft beer at a special networking happy hour just for freelancers. Hosted by the Freelancers Union, a national nonprofit devoted to connecting independent workers and building freelance communities (www.freelancersunion.org). Whether you're a designer or developer, marketer or copywriter, meet and network with other self-employed Portlanders who all bring a unique perspective to your shared goals and challenges.

We're providing one free drink ticket. A cash bar and tasty dinner menu (with vegan options) are also available.

RSVP today at the website listed to reserve your spot! Freelancers Union members receive $5 off ticket price.

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Free Online 8 week Android Programming Class
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems

https://class.coursera.org/android-001

Study group meeting:

Where: Lucky Labrador Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

When: Wednesday, Feb 12th

Time: 7pm (late arrivals are welcome)

This is week 5 of the 8 week class. You can catch up by watching the lectures from the first 4 weeks online. There is no cost for class or the study group. How hard you work and how much you want to learn is up to you.

For the study group, bring your laptop, get help with homework, ask questions, and socialize.

NOTE: Be sure to check our Google Group site before attending. Updates are posted there.

Look for us at the back wall by the only power outlets.

For more information about the Lucky Lab visit: http://luckylab.com/locations/hawthorne-lucky-labrador-brew-pub/

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Thursday
Feb 20
TechTalk for Portland Hiring Managers
CorSource

A TechTalk to introduce new PDX Tech Talent to hiring managers throughout the Portland Metro Area.

-Meet Junior Developers -Hear success stories from managers who have hired junior devs -Learn about Portland Code School -Gain information about TAO (Technical Association of Oregon) initiatives to increase talent in Portland

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OTBC: Oregon Founders Study - Findings
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Here's a great opportunity to learn from other startups.

PSU professor Charla Mathwick received feedback from more than 150 founders in the 2013 Oregon Founders Study. She has synthesized the results down to four distinct strategies reflected in the sample from the study across a range of 9 potential value proposition strategies. The results provide guidance regarding how to evaluate where a particular firm falls and what a founder might consider doing to strengthen his or her value proposition.

Charla would like to summarize these findings and get some direct founder feedback. The discussion will be relevant to any founder -- regardless of whether they participated in the study.

When: Feb. 20, 2014, 10am-11am

Where: OTBC, 8305 SW Creekside Pl, Beaverton, OR, 97008

Cost: Free

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OEN: Supercharge Your Website Webinar

Get more of your website visitors to click BUY!

In this informative and engaging webinar, you'll learn the critical techniques companies like Amazon and Google use to determine how their website layout and messaging are influencing sales, and how you can easily optimize your webpages for massive gains.

Over this one-hour crash course, will cover the basics of "conversion optimization"--including the the differences between A/B and multivariate testing, what testing software you should be using, and ways you can leverage test results across your organization for even greater returns.

Don't let another visitor slip through your funnel! Sign up today.

Speaker: Haidn Foster, SwayHub Haidn Foster is the founder and CEO of SwayHub, helping marketers convert more web visitors into leads and sales through scientific optimization. Before SwayHub, Haidn spent nearly a decade leading social and content marketing at some of Seattle's top tech startups. Haidn currently lives in Portland and serves on the marketing committee for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.

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ISSA February Luncheon meeting
Con-Way

Presentation: Pitfalls of Web Session Management

Login session management in modern web applications is largely applications dominated by use of HTTP cookies. However, HTTP cookies were never designed for secure applications, which has led to a significant number of protocol security problems. In this talk, the speaker will start with a brief background on why HTTP cookies are a poorly-conceived mechanism to begin with, and continue with a discussion of how this impacts security. He will describe several lesser-known cookie-based session management problems that remain wide spread and allow for session hijacking through a variety of clever attacks.

Who:
Timothy D. Morgan
Principal Security Consultant - Blindspot Security LLC
As an application security consultant and vulnerability researcher, Tim has been taking deep technical dives in security for over a decade. In that time, he has been credited with the discovery and responsible disclosure of numerous security vulnerabilities in a variety of software products, including: IBM Tivoli Access Manager, Sun Java Runtime Environment, Google Chrome Web Browser, OpenOffice, Oracle WebLogic Application Server, and IBM Websphere Commerce. His current research interests include applied cryptanalysis, IPv6 security and XML external entities attacks. Tim develops and maintains several open source forensics tools in addition to Bletchley, an application cryptanalysis toolkit.

Tim works to secure his customers' environments through black box testing, code reviews, social engineering evaluations, security training and a variety of other services. Tim earned his computer science degrees from Harvey Mudd College and Northeastern University and currently resides in Portland Oregon where he leads the local OWASP chapter

Cost: $10 (member) / $15 (non-member) / $2 (at-the-door)

CPEs: The ISSA meetings are appropriate for CPE credit. The chapter maintains proof of attendance for members but it is the members responsibility to ensure that these CPE's are credited to their respective accounts.

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Rose City SPIN Talk: Scaling Agile Adoption into the Enterprise
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Scaling Agile Adoption into the Enterprise: A Transition Community Based Approach

Presented by Aashish Vaidya, Cambia Health Solutions

Dates/Times: Thursday, Feb. 20th, 2014: Networking @ 5:30-6:30 PM; Seminar 6:30-7:30 PM Location: OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center), 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton, Oregon, 97008, 2nd floor

Abstract:

Since July of 2011, Cambia Health Solutions, a not-for-profit health solutions company has been transitioning to enterprise wide agile practices. Cambia develops its own software solutions as well as integrates software from other vendors. It has a distributed workforce that spans four states with many work-at-home employees. Cambia’s health insurance business is regulated by various state and national entities. Many of Cambia’s deliverables are large, mandated compliance projects that have a fixed time box and a set scope, driven by external entities. Missing either the deadline or scope could potentially mean losing a significant portion of its business or facing monetary penalties. This brings unique challenges for effective agile adoption, where set templates, cookbooks and recipes may or may not be effective. In order to transition from a patchwork of agile practices to large-scale agile, Cambia organized an Enterprise Transition Community and other communities. Initially, majority of the transition efforts were focused on rolling out agile to delivery teams and corresponding business areas. The experiences from this phase were shared during PNSQC 2012 presentation. Since, then the transition and transformation efforts continue to extend further at all levels: team, project and portfolio. This presentation will draw on the experiences shared in the 2012 PNSQC paper as well as augment additional lessons learned during the subsequent year. It will provide insights to company of any size that is looking to make or is in process of making a similar transition. Agilists of all stripes can also benefit from practical in-the-trenches information to bring back to their own organizations.

Bio:

Aashish Vaidya is an IT Staff Consultant at Cambia Health Solutions. He is a founding member of Cambia’s Enterprise Transition Community, and other Best Practices Exchanges. Currently he works on large portfolio projects leading agile and quality practices. He also serves as an internal coach on Agile and Quality practices. Aashish has been involved in agile practices in the earnest since 2007, and is a Certified Scrum Professional. He has over 20+ years of experience working at technology companies such as Compaq, Intel, and Kronos Incorporation. He has held various technical, leadership and management positions. Aashish has been a presenter/panelist at AgilePDX, PNSQC conference and Technology Association of Oregon. A recent article he co-authored appeared on AgileAtlas.org. He also muses on agile and management topics on his occasional blog agilesutra.wordpress.com. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Aashish holds Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He can also be found on twitter: @aashishvaidya and on Linkedin.

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza and pop provided by PNSQC beginning at 5:30 pm.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

Thanks also to OTBC

We want to thank OTBC (http://www.otbc.org/) for providing the space for this talk

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. But you can help us plan food and drinks by registering at: http://rosecityspinfebtalk.eventbrite.com

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

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Kevin Lynagh: Walkthrough of a Clojure+Clojurescri­pt+Datomic Image Diffing Application
Puppet Labs

Kevin sez:

The domain problem is conceptually simple: you provide sets of images and are notified with visual diffs of changes. The motivating use case was regression testing a web data visualization product---taking screenshots is far easier and more comprehensive than unit testing JavaScript + DOM + CSS styling.

The application is about 1300 lines of code, which includes all of the (Clojure-generated) markup and styling.It's built with Clojure, ClojureScript, and Datomic. I'll touch on:

  • designing an application around Stuart Sierra's "Reloaded" workflow: http://thinkrelevance.com/blog/2013/06/04/clojure-workflow-reloaded

  • basics (and not-so-basics) of the Ring HTTP model

  • using Chas Emerick's Friend library to handle web user and API authentication

  • deploying/monitoring a Clojure application in (low-stakes) production

  • structuring an application around protocols so that service backends (e.g., S3) can be easily swapped between development, staging, and production

If there's anything that seems particularly interesting to you (in the above list or otherwise), please reply to this thread so I can prepare a bit of material.

I'm planning on giving a 20 minute high-level overview of the application, and then opening it up to questions and focussing on whatever topics folks are interested in.

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PADNUG Not-West: Python for C# developers
Microsoft Portland Office (Pearl District)

Welcome to the PADNUG Not-West meeting! We've had people clamoring for some content on the other side of the hills and there are now people who can help make that happen! This is an experiment, for sure, but one we hope can be a regular feature.

If you love C# and .NET, you may be surprised to see how many of the features you love also exist in Python (often first). Python is a wonderful language. It is a clean high-level language which values readability over many trade-offs. You can build web applications serving billions of monthly page views. You can build cross-platform GUI applications such as DropBox. You can access amazingly powerful database servers such as MongoDB and SQL Server. But did you know many of the things you absolutely love about C# also exist in Python? Lambda expressions - check. foreach loops - check. Rich class library - check. Iterators - check. And there is more. Come learn about all the things you love from C# and see how they are accomplished in Python.

  • WHERE: Microsoft Portland Office (Pearl District) 1414 NW Northrup St Portland, OR 97209-2798

  • WHEN: Thursday 02/20/2014 6:00 p.m. Pizza 6:30 p.m. Business and Intro 7:00 p.m. Presentation 8:45 p.m. After Words TBD

---- SPONSORS: ----------------------------------- Thanks to our Premium Sponsors that help make our meetings possible:

azad Technology Partners | Technology Consulting - Engineering - Project Management | Committed to Your Success

Cinetopia | Why watch a movie in coach when you can see it in first class?

Infragistics | Design / Develop / Experience

ISITE Design | a digital agency

Microsoft | Helping you realize your full potential

New Relic | A developer's best friend

O'Reilly | Spreading the knowledge of innovators.

ServerLogic | http://serverlogic.com/ | We're Passionate About IT!

TEKsystems | People you can trust. Results you can count on.

Telerik | Deliver more than expected

VanderHouwen & Associates, Inc. | VHA specializes in the placement of Software Developers

Welch Allyn | Experience what a career should feel like.

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PDMA Learning and Networking Event -- Roadmapping: Best Practices For Determining "What's Next"
Lucky Labrador Public House

Roadmapping: Best Practices for Determining "What's Next"

PDMA Learning and Networking Event

Thursday, February 20, 2014

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Your Oregon Chapter of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) - the folks who bring you ProductCamp Portland – and Pragmatic Marketing invite you to a February Learning and Networking Event featuring a special moderated panel focused on the challenges of product roadmapping.

Good Product Managers are the CEOs of their product. They have a vision, and communicate it effectively, for how their product will grow, evolve, and successfully meet its key objectives. The product roadmap is one of the product manager's key instruments for laying out this vision in more concrete terms, but it's inherently full of challenges. This session will tap into panelists experience to uncover best practices for road mapping including critical factors for feature prioritization, political considerations, and how best to communicate them internally and externally.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from three top local product executives on this compelling and challenging area of product management.

Panelists:

Bill Lynch - Co-Founder and Advisor, Jive Software

Bill Lynch is a software entrepreneur and advisor. He is one of the co-founders of Jive Software, a company he started in 2001. Bill led product development efforts for 6 years and then transitioned to Product Management at Jive until his retirement from the company in 2013. Jive grew from two co-founders to a team of almost 700 globally and a successful IPO in December 2011. Today, Bill is an advisor to local startups, organizes networking events for area Product Managers, and serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Portland Development Commission. Bill has a BS in computer science from the University of Iowa.

Andy Mallinger – Director of Product, Iovation

After 5 years as a software developer Andy moved to the dark side (marketing) in order to get free lunches traveling with the sales team. Frequently jumping between product management and product marketing, Andy has been deep in new product research, product road-mapping and go to market planning and execution at Portland companies CenterSpan, Digimarc, RNA networks and Iovation. A lover of variety, technology focus includes SaaS fraud prevention, secure document issuance, mobile-connected content, memory virtualization, and peer to peer networks. Andy grew up in Pittsburgh and earned his BA in computer science at Denison University and an MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.

Julie Anne Reda - VP of Product Strategy, Yesmail Interactive

Julie Anne Reda, is a seasoned product management executive and is responsible to drive the product vision, strategy, roadmap and launch of Yesmail products. Julie Anne, along with her team manages product development and ensures products exceed market demands for innovative solutions that fit the changing landscape of digital marketing. Julie Anne has enabled large organizations such as Walt Disney Company, Fox Broadcasting, Sony Pictures, Ticketmaster and CitySearch.com to evolve their products to tailor toward the marketplace.

Moderator:

David Nash - VP Product Management, ADP Dealer Services

Schedule:

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

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

6:45 – 7:30pm Panel Discussion

7:30 – 7:45pm Q&A / Open discussion

7:45 – 8:00pm Networking

Cost:

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

$15 at the door

A discount is available for PDMA members.

To register online, click on the website above and scroll down to the "Cost " section

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

SPONSORED BY PRAGMATIC MARKETING

In addition to being a venue sponsor for the upcoming learning and networking event and a returning platinum sponsor at [ProductCamp Portland] (http://productcamppdx.org/), Pragmatic Marketing is supporting the Portland Product Management community by offering three courses in Portland on Feb. 25-27. Instead of buying an airplane ticket, you and your product colleagues can attend their Foundations, Focus and Build courses right here in town. And as an exclusive offer only for our ProductCamp Portland and PDMAO friends: mention ProductCamp Portland or PDMA to receive a free copy of Tuned In when you register for the Portland Pragmatic courses. Find out more at [Pragmatic Marketing in Portland] (https://buy.pragmaticmarketing.com/buy/events/detail/9813).

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Oregon Rational User Group Feb 2014 Meeting
IBM Hillsboro Office

In the first meeting of 2014, we have the pleasure of having Carson Holmes, President of the Global Rational User Community and Black Belt instructor of Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) will provide the group with an insight into Disciplined Agile Delivery and answer questions from the audience.

All are welcome, please register to attend this event.

Agenda:

Gathering/Pizza/Networking - 6:00 (sponsored by IBM)
Business meeting/introductions 6:30
Presentation: immediately following short business meeting

The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach to IT solution delivery. It has a risk-value lifecycle, is goal-driven, is scalable, and is enterprise aware. DAD unites the principles and practices of agile software development with the discipline required for software delivery for large-scale and distributed teams.

Given time and interest, the IBM Rational Team Concert tool; along with customized RTC process templates may be demonstrated.

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PDXNode presents Nodeschool.io
Urban Airship Inc

Details and registration: https://ti.to/pdxnode/nodeschool

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TiE Panel: Founders' Funding Stories
TiE Pearl Incubator

We often see headlines like these:

  • "Verizon Investments Leads Funding Round in MobileRQ"
  • "OpenSesame Lands $8M"
  • "OnTheGo Raises 700K Seed Funding from Foundry Group's AngelList Syndicate"
  • "AppThwack gets backing from In-Q-Tel"

If you are an entrepreneur pitching at pitch competitions and to groups of investors, an outcome like that can often seem like a pipe dream. You might think it's just a question of luck, or that you just have to have a lot of passion for your idea; but it takes the right combination of factors to make such deals happen.

The basic premise is obvious: investors want a return on their investment. But how do you get introduced to the right investor for your company? What is going to convince them that they will get a return on the investment? How do you negotiate the deal?

One great way to get answers to some of these questions is by hearing the stories of founders who have received funding in the last 6 months.

Join us for a panel discussion on closing a round of funding with the founders of the very same companies that featured in the headlines above! Don't miss this opportunity to learn from these entrepreneurs' experience and meet and ask them your questions!

Our panelists are

  • Tyler McKinley (CEO/Founder of MobileRQ,
  • Josh Blank (SVP/Founder of OpenSesame),
  • Ryan Fink (CEO/Founder of OnTheGo Platforms),
  • Trent Peterson (Co-Founder of AppThwack)

The discussion will be moderated by Monica Enand (Founder/CEO of Zapproved, TiE Charter Member).

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Drupal Frontend Meetup - February 2014
Squishy Media

Chris Bloom (illepic) will show us Atomic Design/Pattern Lab, along with why and how to use it. For a preview, see his blog post on the topic. Bring your laptop - you're gonna want to follow along!

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QS PDX: Project/Tech Time!
Mozilla

LAPTOPS REQUIRED!

If you need some time and space to get your QS project moving and you're ready to roll up your sleeves, this is the meetup for you!

Bring your project and use this time to make some progress on it in the company of other QSers working towards similar goals.  This is also a chance to chat how-tos with others who may have tackled the same struggles that you are having, and to talk shop about everything from making hardware, to data processing, to visualization and meaning.

It can be boisterous when ideas are flowing, and dead silent as they're being applied, so be ready for both.

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Be Their Go-To: Building Lasting Relationships with Clients and Collaborators
Moxie Studio

Freelancing is all about building strong professional relationships - but it can be easy to feel powerless as an independent worker. Hosted by Freelancers Union, a national nonprofit devoted to connecting freelance communities, this event is designed to help freelancers expand their business via strong relationships with clients. Join expert Katie Lane as she teaches you how to take back your freelance power.

You'll leave with a comprehensive list of red (and orange) flags to avoid; advice on how to set boundaries in both your personal and professional life; practical guidelines for pricing, standard agreements, contracts; and highly effective negotiation tips and tactics.

About Katie Lane: Katie Lane is an attorney and negotiation consultant who helps freelancers and independent artists protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do. Combining a background in theatre, years of experience negotiating multi-million dollar deals, and a deep affection for all things nerdy, Katie teaches freelancers how to negotiate in a style that feels comfortable, strong, and authentic. She posts weekly about negotiation and law on her blog at WorkMadeForHire.net.

Not already a member of Freelancers Union? Be sure to join us - membership is free, and earns you a discount on events like these! www.freelancersunion.org.

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Go Meetup: Brandon Philips of CoreOS on building etcd
Lytics.io

Brandon Philips will talk about etcd, a highly-available key/value store, and how it was built with and can be used from Go. He'll cover the basics of running an etcd cluster and the underlying consensus algorithm called raft.

He'll also get into a practical use case for service discovery and shared configuration and wrap with how you can use etcd from your Go programs using go-etcd.

About the Speaker

Brandon Philips is helping to build modern Linux server infrastructure at CoreOS. Because of this, he was recently disowned by one of his Linux kernel friends for being "one of those weirdos on the other side of the syscalls".

About the Meetup

Lytics is happy to host as well as provide pizza and beer!

Other resources:

Code + Cocktails
TILT Pearl District

Sick of the standard pizza and beer circuit?

Try out Code + Cocktails in the Pearl. TILT just opened, they have wifi, it's very easy to get to, close to PIE, and has killer drinks. All languages and skill levels are welcome (including designers).

Location: https://foursquare.com/v/tilt/5220b69811d2faed4a8b484e It has plenty of outlets and outstanding wifi. If you can't drink, do not worry they serve ristretto roasters coffee

If you have questions hit up: @chrishough @kathrynhough

PDXPUG: February meeting
Iovation

Portland Postgres Users Group. See link for details.

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MapTimeStJohns
Anna Bannanas Cafe, St Johns

MaptimePDX Late night GeoGeek get together. Map hacking, editing OSM, learning OS geo software, and other mapping things. Maptime_StJohns, a get together for maps enthusiasts. 3rd Thursdays from 7:30 to 9pm Let's Map

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Friday
Feb 21
Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Caffe Vita

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. I'll be at Caffe Vita in NE: http://workfrom.co/caffe-vita/

If you'd like me to email you about each weekly co-working session, you can email me (Mike LaPeter) at my first initial + last name at gmail.

Create Your Stand-Out Content Marketing Plan
Szechuan Kitchen

2014 MARKETING TREND UPDATE: Content is the key to visibility and credibility!

Statistics show that keywords and other SEO tactics are not as effective as they were a few years ago. Going into 2014, Google and other search engines are giving more weight to content. Especially for Solo Pros, your content is your gold. It is:

Your marketing platform
Your expert identity
Your product development foundation
Your search engine attraction tool

Join me for this ALL NEW content-rich Lunch & Learn workshop where you’ll learn to create your own Comprehensive Content Marketing Strategy for 2014 and beyond. You’ll take away:

What is a Content Marketing Plan overview
How audio and video fit into the picture
Easy-to-use tools to use audio and video
Creating powerful text messages — incorporating images
Planning and creating your content
What about content curation?

Come create your 2014 Content Marketing Plan. Event price is $25 and it includes a copy of the slide deck and notes and an exclusive report called Create Your Comprehensive Content Marketing Plan.

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Sunday
Feb 23
Women Who Hack
Mozilla

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: womenwhohack@stumptownsyndicate.org.

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

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Introduction to Pure Data (Pd)
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

An Introduction to Pure Data DorkbotPDX is happy to offer a free workshop as an introduction to Pure Data (Pd).

When: February 23rd, 2014. 1-5pm

Where: Flux 412 NW Couch Street, #222 (map)

Instructors: Jesse Mejia, Alex Norman, Jason Plumb, Edward Sharp

Details: Pure Data (Pd) is a free, open-source, community supported data flow language and coding environment with an emphasis on sound, music, and multimedia. It was originally written by Miller Puckette (also the original author of Max/Max MSP) and runs on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

Pd has been used widely in the creation of art -- such as music, sound art, visual art, generative, new-media, and interactive art. Pd interfaces readily with MIDI equipment and many popular microcontrollers.

In this 4-hour course, students will learn the basics of Pd and will have fun developing foundational Pd patching skills.

A link to the curriculum will be posted here very soon.

Beginners are welcome. No prior computer programming or sound programming experience is required!

Notes: Students should attempt to install Pd prior to the workshop...but if not, no biggie. We can help with that!

Seating is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP to jason@noisybox.net to reserve a spot.

Attendees will respect Flux's code of conduct and will be asked to donate.

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Secret Knowledge of Poster Design
OpenSourcery

Artists, Musicians, Performers, & Culture Makers YOU NEED The Secret Knowledge of Poster Design

Learn to make eye-catching posters using your computer and free layout software (scribus).

$25

Sunday February 23rd 2pm – 6pm (instruction starts at 3pm, see schedule below)

About this workshop

Layout software is the key to making professional-looking posters and promotional graphics to promote your work (art/music/babysitting/etc). We’ll be using a great free program called Scribus to make basic layouts that look great.

Secret Knowledge offers workshops aimed at empowering creative people. Attendees will come away with skills they can really use. Instruction will follow an inquiry-based, hands-on approach to learning. That means we’ll provide instruction on the basics of how to make posters and graphics layouts, attendees will participate in a work session designing some real posters that they expect to use (we hope) to promote something, and additional instruction will address the specific creative goals of attendees which arise during the work session. What to bring

Bring your Linux, Windows, or Macintosh laptop computer to the class. A limited number of loaner laptops can be made available, please ask in advance of the class if you will need one.

Instructions for installing Scribus will be provided to you ahead of the class and Secret Knowledge will host an installation party from 2pm – 3pm before the start of instruction for those who need assistance installing software.

Schedule

2pm – 3pm Install Party

3pm – 4:30pm Software Instruction

4:30pm – 6pm Poster Designing (work session & inquiry-based instruction)

Location

This Secret Knowledge workshop is generously hosted at OpenSourcery – technology for good.

OpenSourcery, 1636 Northwest Lovejoy Street, Portland, OR 97209

Instructor

This workshop will be lead by Mr.Noah Kleiman of Secret Knowledge.

Questions

Contact howdy@secretknowledge.org , or call 503-482-8255

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Local Wiki PDX's First Edit Party
Multnomah County Central Library

The Local Wiki is a fantastic resource, and Portland absolutely needs one. "LocalWiki is a grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge." Sort of like a combination Yelp/Google/Wikipedia for a given region. See localwiki.org and localwiki.net for more information on the Local Wiki Project

This is an edit party to start editing the Portland Local Wiki!

More information: http://guide.localwiki.org/

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Monday
Feb 24
Rentrak Hackathon
Rentrak - Downtown

The Rentrak Hackathon is a gathering of laptops and laughter. Classically, we all sit in a square and type words onto a keyboard that then get turned into a "computerized program". It's a good chance to work on your personal projects, learn what your peers are up to (computer-wise), figure out what the best programming language is, and/or say the words "I don't have anything to work on" or "I forgot my laptop". This event is very informal, and there is no specific project we'll be focusing our efforts on.

Food and refreshments are served. RSVPing to ssw@rentrakmail.com is appreciated, but not required.

Come check out Rentrak's new downtown office. Everyone is welcome to join us!

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$150,000 Plus Crowdfunding Rumpus
NedSpace on 5th

What: $150,000 Plus Crowdfunding Rumpus When: Monday February 24th 2014 - 5:30-7:00pm When: Doors open at 5:00pm, event starts at 5:30pm Where: NedSpace - 1400 SW 5th Avenue, third floor, Portland, OR (between Columbia & Clay)

Crowdfunding is hot.

Portland is red hot....as a top five leading city in funding Kickstarter crowdfunding projects

These three are BEYOND red hot...Within the realm of local crowdfunding success stories, this gang is lava red, burn your mouth, hot as hell, with each raising over one hundred fifty grand.

How did they do it?

Come join this explosively interactive session as the irreverent and oft time incomprehensible startup founder John Friess (CEO Journey Gym) leads an open conversation with three local founders that have each raised over $150,000 from their Kickstarter projects.

What worked?

What didn't?

What would they do different should they do it all over again? What caught them by surprise? What are their top tips to others considering a crowdfunding campaign? What is their advice regarding other crowdfunding platforms?

How did the spread the word and market it? What was the best and worse advice they'd received before their campaigns? What insights do they have regarding day to day management of a campaign? What are the most important things to do prior to a campaign launch?

Come hear their stories, learn for yourself, and ask your questions.

Andy Baio XOXO Festival $175,000 raised http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waxpancake/xoxo-festival

Ryan Frayne windcatchergear.com $149,000 raised http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1484284472/windcatcher-inflates-in-seconds-with-no-power-or-p

Zeke Kamm nice-industries.com $6,000 and $223,000 and $87,000 raised http://www.kickstarter.com/profile/461078637/created

Please RSVP via the website link

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FutureTalk with Sandi Metz
New Relic

An exploration of the purpose of rules ...

We're iconoclasts who reject arbitrary constraints yet long for understandable, predictable, changeable applications. We want code that follows rules yet we refuse to let rules to get in our way. We're deeply attached to the little rules that help get things done (No trailing whitespace! Indent using two spaces!) and despise the big, complicated ones that impose one-size-fits-all straitjackets on otherwise sane programming problems.

This talk proposes 5 'little' rules for writing object-oriented code. These rules are determinedly simple yet produce code that experts love and novices can be trusted to change; they fill the space between anarchy and order with practical, common sense. The rules guide without impeding, help without hindering and constrain without binding, and let you create applications that are easy to change and fun to work their whole life long.

This is the 4th event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Doors open at 5:30p for food, drinks and networking. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Sandi Metz is a programmer. In the past 30+ years she has written innumerable applications, many of which are still running today. Dealing with long lived applications has left her deeply biased towards practical solutions that produce working software that is easy to change. She is also someone who explains things, but has difficulty speaking without drawing on the whiteboard and feels inarticulate unless the conversation includes at least three colors. She believes in simplicity; simple code, and straightforward explanations, and strives for it in her code and in her writing.

You can follow her on Twitter @sandimetz or at sandimetz.com

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

Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Python!

Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share

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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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Mobile Portland - Celly: The power of mobile social networks
Urban Airship Inc

Celly logoLife organizes itself in many different ways. Work. School. Communities. Neighborhoods. Those smaller groups are form our daily interactions.

At Celly, Greg Passmore and Darek Teller have been working on ways to enable these networks to form quickly and communicate privately. Celly's technology is being used by groups as diverse as teachers who need to communicate with students, the City of Portland, and the Occupy Movement as ways to share information quickly.

Celly recently secured $1.4 million in seed funding led by the Oregon Angel Fund to continue building their apps and services.

Celly screenshots

Join Greg and Darek as they talk about the opportunities and challenges of working in the SoLoMo (Social Local Mobile) space including

  • geeky technology,
  • troublesome regulation,
  • surveillance and security,
  • the physical world,
  • how people are actually using technologies like Celly,
  • and the exciting cyborg tech of the future.

Learn more about why Melissa Seideman, a history teacher in Cold Spring, NY said, "Celly is changing the face of education! With Celly, cell phones have the potential to bridge the gap between the home, school, and social media world."

About Our Speakers

Greg Passmore
Greg Passmore

Greg is Cofounder and CTO of Celly. He has been immersed in the Portland area software industry since 1998, starting his career at at GemStone Systems, which was acquired by VMWare in 2010. His areas of expertise include mobile technology, scalability, and system architecture.

Darek Teller
Darek Teller

Darek Teller is Celly's Education Technology Specialist and Account Manager. Darek received his BA from the University of Oregon and a MA from Reed College. He has been involved in the high-tech industry for 16 years. At Celly, he focuses on the education market, sales and business development.

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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on February 24th at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

  • CoreOS and etcd with Brandon Philips (CTO, CoreOS)

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!


ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Feb 25
PDX Women in IT Happy Hour Networking Event
Janrain Headquarters

Janrain is looking forward to hosting PDXWIT's February networking event, offering you a chance to meet some of our employees, enjoy light appetizers and drinks, and celebrate the official unveiling of Janrain's new website and PDXWIT's new logo!

PDX Women in Information Technology 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!

@PDXWiIT @janrain

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How to Build an App in Less than 59 Minutes
Thetus Corporation

A lot has changed with the tools and methods for web-based and mobile development. Affordable cloud hosting and full stack development solutions exist in great numbers. But what is the real benefit? Can using these new tools help build better software, faster? Or is it just for toy apps? Join the TAO Developer Forum as developers build a responsive web-based application using some of the newest technologies available (AngularJS, RESTful services, Firebase, Xcode, JetBrains, AppCode, JetBrains WebStorm, Android Studio, Objective-C, Java, Cloud providers, JIRA, GitHub and so on).

The event will start with the audience selecting the application that will be built, and will lend with a Q&A session. If you're looking to learn about the latest technology trends in web and mobile development, this is the event to be at.

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FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is: +1 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

Portland 3D Printing Lab
ISITE Design

In January 50 Layer Geeks saw the landscape for 3D printing at the 2014 Consumer Electronics show, learned about 3D printing gearboxes (important to print parts for other 3D printers), and heard the sweet sound of a 3D printed violin.

In February, be prepared to learn more about how Portland businesses are making use of 3D printing technology for rapid prototyping as well as in finished goods. For this event we're going to try something new. If you're new to 3D printing, come half hour early and we'll give you an overview of the technology so that you can hit the ground running.

Agenda follows:

0600p : 3D printing for Beginners

0630p : Networking over light food/beverages

0700p : Intro

0710p : Community Q&A - Shout out a question, get it answered

0730p : Speaker 1 (To be Announced)

0750p : Speaker 2 (To be Announced) 0810p : More Networking!

Note 1: If you'd like to bring a printer, let Shashi know, so we can set aside table space.

Note 2: If you have a project or business you'd like to talk about, please contact the group organizer by private message. We're looking for 15-20 minute presentations. Slides aren't necessary, but we have access to a projector and plenty of table space. Good examples would be demonstrations of a new technique/tool, an overview of a service you provide, a unique project you've modeled/printed, etc. If you know a great speaker, please refer them!

Please share this with your network and bring your imagination and enthusiasm. We'd particularly like to get people from bigger corps that are using a lot of 3D printing in their design process (looking at you Nike and Intel :)

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Portland Code School -- Meet and Greet
Portland Code School

Interested in being a web developer? Come and learn more about how Portland Code School can give you the skills you want with the help you need. Discover what our accelerated learning programs can do for you!

At this event, you can talk with the staff, meet current and past students, introduce yourself to other prospective students. We’ll socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry!

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Hack + Help: Learning Cohort Night
Epicodus

About the event:

Come check in with our learning cohorts and hack along with them! Bring a project or just a desire to learn, and come hack with some like-minded people.

About Hack + Help:

New to coding, or just want to pick up a new language? Experienced in coding and want to help others learn?

Join us at the polyglot 2014 Hack + Help sessions! Bring your laptop and desire to learn (and/or teach!).

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RainSec
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

RainSec is an informal meetup of like-minded security professionals to discuss topics of interest in a non-work, non-vendor setting. Preferably while drinking just enough to forget our day jobs.

While this is a public event open to any interested parties, our target audience are folks experienced with information security in a professional capacity.

Follow @PDXRainSec for updates.

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Portland C++ User Group Inaugural Meeting
Cedexis

At this, the first meeting of PDXCPP, we'll have a couple short lightning talks and a roundtable to get to know each other and do some planning of the future directions of the group.

Please RSVP on the meetup.com page so we have an idea of what attendance numbers will be like. That will inform our food order. :)

Cedexis is providing the meeting space and pizza sponsorship.

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Social Network Analysis 101 with Python
Little Bird Technologies

NetworkX is a Python language software package for the creation, manipulation, and study of the structure, dynamics, and functions of complex networks. NetworkX is ideal of doing medium scale network analysis (millions of nodes and edges), and has a number of helpful features including embedded visualization tools and graph data generators.

Huston Hedinger will introduce using NetworkX to analyze social networks and basic network concepts. Additionally, he will talk through 'dispersion’ an algorithm recently discovered by Facebook researchers that predicts romantic relationships in Facebook networks with up to 60% accuracy. Huston recently adapted the algorithm to be included in NetworkX as a measure of centrality.

http://networkx.github.io/

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Code 'n' Splode: Moving Comfortably & Easily
Mozilla

Topic: Moving Comfortably & Easily Speaker: Sonia Connolly

Learn how to work with your body's muscular-skeletal system to move more comfortably and easily through your work day and beyond!

**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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Wednesday
Feb 26
Lean Coffee
New Relic

Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

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Collective Agency Monthly Open House & Potluck
Collective Agency

Wednesday, February 26th, 9am to 5pm, come and work at Collective Agency during our Open House, and join us for a potluck lunch!

Community Mission Statement:

"Collective Agency is a cozy place to work alongside people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to, where 80% of people say hi. Come and work here!"

Schedule (come when you like):

• 9am – open

• 12pm - potluck lunch here on the sofas (Best to come before lunch--- It’s great if you do bring food, but it’s fine not to, also!)

• 2-2:30pm - Lightning Talks (like TED Talks, members talk for 2-8 minutes about something they're passionate about and committed to, whether work or otherwise)

• 5pm - end of open house

The open house is for everybody who'd like to work here for the day, regardless of whether or not you're interested in membership; it's a good day to work with friends.

Members have 24/7 access. We have around 50 members and room to grow to around 100 members. http://collectiveagency.co/membership/

Community guidelines: http://collectiveagency.co/community-guidelines

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/746867448659776/

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OEN: Negotiating with Angel Investors
Ater Wynne

Not sure what a term sheet is? Never fear. Our experienced startup attorneys will teach you everything a company should know before negotiating with investors or participating in any angel competition, including: what's typically in a term sheet and what it means, how to prepare for an angel investment, and the process and timeline for completing an angel investment.

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Ruby Lunch
TILT Pearl District

just saw this on twitter.. a lunch meetup for ruby language enthusiasts of all kinds.

PSU Physics Society Presents "All about Arduinos"
Portland State University Physics Electronics Lab

Join the PSU Physics society for talks and demos about micro controllers, arduino and other embedded devices like the raspberry pi. This event is aimed serve as an introduction to arduino, so come on by and learn how to get started! If you are already an expert, bring some projects to demo and inspire.

If you have your own hardware, bring it! If you don't we have a number of arduinos you can get your hands on.

Free Pizza and Soda!

Presentations by:

  • Bret Comnes (Slides)
  • Justin Dunlap
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Technical Professionals Networking Event - Hosted by Jibe Consulting
Paragon Restaurant and Bar

This event is intended for:

  • Professionals within the Oracle community (Technical and Functional)

  • Recent graduates interested in learning more about our industry

  • All other technology professionals welcome

During the event, you will have the opportunity to meet and speak with our Founders, Practice Directors, Consultants, and our HR/Recruiting team. We will share information about our project engagements and will answer any questions related to our industry and organization. Come enjoy an evening of networking, beverages and appetizers with our Jibe Team!

For more information on our company and to view our current openings, please visit www.jibeconsulting.com.

Should you have additional questions, please feel free to email our recruiting team at recruiting@jibeconsulting.com.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Python Monthly Presentation Night
Urban Airship Inc

This month we're excited to have pizza sponsored by Reply! Inc. Reply! has a Python job opening here in Portland and would love to tell you more about it.

Come join us for Pythonic talks!

This month:

  • An Intro to Evented Programming in Python by Matt Foster
  • Hy: Lisp in Python by Ben Vulpes

Join us afterward at Rogue on NW Flanders to continue the discussion over a beverage.

RSVP at our Meetup page

Homebrew Website Club PDX
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

This will be held concurrently with the Homebrew Website Club meeting in San Francisco with a remote video link between the two sites!

Read about the last meetings:

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PDX Cocoaheads
Walmart Labs

Elizabeth Taylor will reprise her popular presentation about doing testing with UIAutomation. This time with sample code!

Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting
Janrain Headquarters

The monthly meeting of Portland's first JavaScript and ECMAscript users' group. We host presentations and discussions on everything JavaScript-related - including JavaScript frameworks, node.js, CoffeeScript, and whatever else comes up.

We will have two presentations this month:

  • Working with Dart, with an intro to Polymer elements, futures, and DOM manipulation, presented by Luc Perkins. GitHub repo for the example DartNote app:

https://github.com/lucperkins/pdxjs-dart-presentation

  • Ember.js, presented by Tom Dale

I would like to note that Tom Dale is one of the core members of the Ember.js project.

Feel free to join our mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/pdxjs if you too are a JavaScript admirer.

If you're interested in making a presentation at this or at a future meet-up, please e-mail Jesse Hallett (jesse@sitr.us).

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Free Online 8 week Android Programming Class
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems

https://class.coursera.org/android-001

Study group meeting:

Where: Lucky Labrador Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

When: Wednesday, Feb 26th

Time: 7pm (late arrivals are welcome)

This is week 6 of the 8 week class. You can catch up by watching the lectures from the first 6 weeks online. There is no cost for class or the study group. How hard you work and how much you want to learn is up to you.

For the study group, bring your laptop, get help with homework, ask questions, and socialize.

NOTE: Be sure to check our Google Group site before attending. Updates are posted there.

Look for us at the back wall by the only power outlets.

For more information about the Lucky Lab visit: http://luckylab.com/locations/hawthorne-lucky-labrador-brew-pub/

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Thursday
Feb 27
Include. Innovate. Invest. PORTLAND
Puppet Labs

A discussion series to promote diversity in technology and entrepreneurship. You’ll also have the opportunity to network, and hear about local initiatives launching in 2014 to make Portland’s innovation economy more inclusive.

Guest speakers: Dwayne Edwards (Founder, Pensole Academy); Marcelino Alvarez (Founder, Uncorked Studios); Michael Gray (CTO, GlobeSherpa); Paola Moretto (Founder, Nouvola); Charlie Hales (Mayor, City of Portland)

Register: http://bit.ly/1gn0fM3

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PDXNode COMBINED hacknights! NodeBots & Code & Learn join forces
Urban Airship Inc

This month, we'll be coming our informal NodeBots hardware hacknight with our monthly Code & Learn formerly at Side Door.

Bring your ideas! Bring your hardware! We'll be providing hardware kits on loan at the event for experimenting. We're meeting to work on projects and talk about all things NodeJS.

Newbies welcome! Say hi and ask questions.

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Friday
Feb 28
Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Crema

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. We'll be at Crema Coffee and Bakery on 2728 SE Ankeny St. Come join!

If you'd like me to email you about each weekly co-working session, you can email me (Mike LaPeter) at my first initial + last name at gmail.

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Bitcoin - A Technical Introduction.
Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01

"Bitcoin is the world's first decentralized, peer-to-peer, digital currency and payment system. At its heart is an open source value-transfer protocol that facilitates currency transfers among users without relying on a trusted third party. The protocol employs provable-cryptography to prevent counterfeiting, censorship, double-spending, and account seizures.

We'll learn how the bitcoin protocol works, discuss some of its strengths and weaknesses, and dispel some common misperceptions. No prior knowledge of cryptography is required, but a basic understanding of mathematical functions (ie: surjectivity, injectivity, domains, images, preimages, etc) will be assumed."

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Cloudability Happy Hour
Cloudability

You survived the Snowpocalypse ... You braved the Presidents' Day sales ... You celebrated, bemoaned and/or ignored the Super Bowl ... Now it's time to grab a drink with the Cloudability crew and celebrate a February done right. Join us at Cloudability HQ this Friday at 5:30p for drinks with the team.

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Little Oregon Laboratory Hackathon
through CrowdCompass office in the Ford Building

Sponsored and hosted by CrowdCompass by Cvent, you’ll have 48 uninterrupted hours to build the coolest, most effective tool you can dream up. The only rule? Keep it mobile.

This is our first-ever hackathon, and we’re pumped to be gathering Portland’s top talent together for a weekend of innovation and camaraderie. We’ll keep you satisfied with local food, coffee and beverages so you can focus on the task at hand.

Space is limited; please follow the link and register in advance so we know how many pancakes to flip.

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Saturday
Mar 1
Hadley Wickham in PDX

Hadley Wickham will be in Portland and present for the group!

Hadley is currently Chief Scientist at RStudio. He has produced many popular R packages, including ggplot2, devtools, reshape, and plyr. The tentative talk topic is the new dplyr package, which is the next generation of plyr: "Plyr specialised for data frames: faster & with remote datastores".

Location: Please note that this is in a different location than our recent meetings. The OHSU Center for Health & Healing is located in the South Waterfront neighborhood and is serviced by the Portland Streetcar (SW Moody & Gibbs stop) and line 35. In addition to on-street parking, there are surface lots on Whitaker Street west of Bond Avenue. We will be in Room 3171 which on the third floor in the E. Paul Kirk Conference (also known as Conference Center Room 1a).

Speaker bio:

Hadley Wickham is the Chief Scientist at RStudio as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at Rice University. He is the author of many popular packages for R including ggplot2, devtools, testthat, reshape2, and dplyr. He is also the past Editor-in-chief of The R Journal.

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Sunday
Mar 2
Local Wiki Edit Party
Multnomah County Central Library

Portland is overdue for a local wiki! Let's get it started! It's super user-friendly already. Even if you can't make it to the Edit Party, consider visiting localwiki.net/pdx and adding information about (for instance) your favorite cafe, grocery store, pub, non-profit, sidewalk art, little free library, social service, social movement, street, school, politician, neighborhood, or pub.

LocalWiki.net is in "insanely early preview" mode. Local Wiki originally started in Davis, California, where the DavisWiki is now used regularly by nearly everyone in the city.

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ChickTech Mentor Training
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

ChickTech is looking for mentors for ChickTech:High School – 2014. Our ideal mentors are women and men in high tech (undergraduates, graduates, or industry) who have some background in computer science, engineering, design or related fields who are interested in partnering with a high school girl as she explores technology. Interested? Sign up on our website then join us at PSU for training from 1:00 - 4:00, followed by the Tech Show until 5:30. For questions or more information, send an e-mail to info@chicktech.org.

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Code for Portland Kickoff Meeting
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

Use the power of technology to make our community a better place with Code for Portland, a new Code for America Brigade.

This is an exciting chance for people who know and love technology to come together with people who know and love urban issues to use technology and their collective skills to build solutions that matter to our city.

We welcome the skills and talents of software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, city staff, local organizations, and community leaders.

Code for Portland is part of Code for America's Brigade network and is an ongoing effort to deploy, maintain and sustain civic technology and open data infrastructures.

Please RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/code-for-portland-kickoff-meeting-tickets-10729996709

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ChickTech: High School Tech Show 2014
Portland State University Engineering Building

ChickTech invites you to our second annual ChickTech: High School Tech Show! Our 100 high school participants will have worked hard all weekend to create an awesome project in one of our seven workshops. Stop by and see what they've created! We think you'll be amazed by their creativity and progress, especially since most of our participants have never been exposed to programming or hardware before.

Cheer them on and encourage them to keep making progress! The event is free, but please feel free to donate* so we can keep doing what we're doing! We look forward to seeing you there.

Parking info from PSU: "Parking Structure 1 is the best place to park for the event. There are two entrances into the garage but event guests, volunteers, students, staff should enter off of 6th ave. between Hall and Harrison. This garage is 2 short blocks away from event location. Parking on Sunday in this structure is free." See map here.

Learn more about ChickTech: High School on our website: http://www.chicktech.org/events/chicktech-high-school-2014-portland/.

*All donations are tax-deductible. Our tax ID, through our fiscal sponsor (TAO Foundation), is: 20-0072527.

RSVP on Eventbrite: https://chicktech-hs-tech-show2014.eventbrite.com. This event is open to the public, so please spread the word!

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Monday
Mar 3
UX Book Club PDX discussing Kevin Lynch's The Image Of The CIty
Mozilla

Join us to discuss Kevin Lynch's classic The Image Of The City. Although the book is about the design of cities, it is widely cited in information architecture fields because of the parallels between urban planning and how we architect information online.

If you haven't managed to finish the book before the event, please feel free to come along and join the discussion

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Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Python!

Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

Special Breakout Session: Python documentation by Steve Holden

Steve will present how to look up Python features and techniques both through the Python interpreter and on the web. If there's time he will also talk about news groups and mailing lists.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, build or share.

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PDX Puppet User Group
Puppet Labs

The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month.

Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

Agenda for March 3

  • 6:30 - 7:00: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
  • 7:00 - 7:45: Issue Prevention: When turning it off and on again fails you - Jay Wallace
  • 7:45 - 8:15: Demo: Use Envpuppet To Test with Multiple Puppet Versions - Charlie Sharpsteen
  • 8:15 - 8:30: Open time for show & tell

If you have an idea for what you would like to see or if you want to volunteer to present a talk, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group

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Tuesday
Mar 4
Wearables Showcase
Cerulean Skies Winery

We all seem to have our little niches in this group, so how about a show-and-tell? Bring in your wearable devices, be it Google Glass, Nike Fuelband, or a hearing aid. There are so many categories of wearable computers, it'd be useful to see them all. If you've written some software for these devices, show that off too. So much the better.

Join us even if you aren't wearing, it's a good time to play around.

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Evaluate CiviCRM
Free Geek

Considering CiviCRM? Portland’s March 4th meetup is especially for you. We’ll offer a comprehensive introduction to CiviCRM for those considering adopting it, followed by a question and answer session.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., we’ll cover...

  • CiviCRM’s basic contact record and custom data
  • one or more of CiviCRM's core modules, including Events, Contributions, Memberships, and Mailings, depending on attendee interest
  • CiviCRM web integration
  • CiviCRM implementation cycle and case studies

Then from 6:30 to 7 p.m., we’ll try to answer all your CiviCRM questions.

Portland’s CiviCRM meetups are generously hosted by Free Geek (http://www.freegeek.org/), at 1731 SE 10th, between Market and Mill. Please be sure to arrive before 6, when Free Geek closes its doors to the general public.

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What the Mobile Future Looks Like
Puppet Labs

Speaking of the future… Mobile apps may soon be able to forecast trends and predict outcomes. Prototype apps (like ShakeAlert) are being developed to predict disasters before they happen and change how we respond to them. Existing technologies like GPS will also become more sophisticated and be able to predict congestion before it happens.

What else is in store? Join our panel to find out.

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PADNUG - Portland Area Dot Net Users Group
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

The ever popular and entertaining Chris Sells will speak about AngularJS. MVC in the browser, declarative programming, two way data binding and maintained by Google! If you are creating or thinking about single page apps then you may want to consider AngularJS.

WHERE: Intel Hawthorn Farms

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4th 6:00 - Pizza 6:30 - News, Events, Intros, etc 7:00 - Main event 8:30 - After Words, TBD (probably Morgy's Pub or Thirsty Line)

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UX Happy Hour
Teardrop Cocktail Lounge

UX Happy Hour is a monthly gathering of designers, researchers, developers, and anyone else interested in chatting about user experience.

As the name might indicate, it's just beer and hanging out!


To help us get a big enough table, you can optionally RSVP via http://attending.io/events/pdx-ux-happy-hour

If you have any questions, feel free to email elea@in-essence.org.

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Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

After presentations we'll have more socializing time with beer & snacks.

ARRIVING BY BIKE?

Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 28th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 28th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month!

ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

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CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland
ISITE Design

CoFoundersLab Matchup Portland is aimed to help build founding teams in finding co-founders, advisers & interns. Get started networking now with a potential core team member by creating a FREE profile on CoFoundersLab.com.

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Elasticsearch Portlandia Meetup
Mozilla

Steve Mayzak from Elasticsearch Inc. will be on hand to talk all about Elasticsearch's latest 1.0 release, including cool new features like aggregations. He'll also be going over some basics of how Elasticsearch works with Logstash for logging and Kibana for data visualization.

And if we are quite fortunate some of the engineers at Mozilla will be talking about how they use the Elasticsearch ELK stack (that's Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana combined) to do all the things.

Please RSVP on meetup.com so we order enough food.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Portlandia-ElasticSearch-Meetup-Group/events/161655702/

Come hungry for knowledge and noms, as we'll have beer and food on offer.

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Nerd Nite Portland #13 – The Mystique of Terroir…Geology and Wine
McMenamins Mission Theater & Pub

Nerd Nite Portland #13 – The Mystique of Terroir: Geology, Soils, Climate and Wines in the Northern Willamette Valley

Nerd Nite is a monthly event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Be there and be square.

ter·roir/tɛrˈwɑr noun Definition: the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma.

The Willamette Valley has a certain je ne sais quoi, no? What special quality of the region’s terroir yields such exceptional wines? How do the soil, climate, and conditions lend themselves to lovely Pinot Noirs, but not Cabernets or Merlots? How does the region’s geologic past affect where and how to grow grapes? How does Oregon compare to other wine-growing regions in the United States and other countries around the world? Join us as Dr. Scott Burns, professor of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at PSU, and wine enthusiast, tells us about all this and more about what makes a vineyard successful.

*A note on the suggested cover: Nerd Nite is completely supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering education opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $8 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

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Portland Bitcoin Group
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub Website
Wednesday
Mar 5
Async Programming on iOS
Thetus Corporation

Join us for a technical overview of asynchronous programming on iOS with our own Paul Jungwirth covering:

  • an overview of ARC, strong/weak references.

  • blocks & closures, including the "strong-weak dance"

  • techniques for writing to memory from multiple threads.

  • GCD - queues and dispatch_async.

Agenda:

  • Intros & Announcements

  • Presentation

  • Questions and Discussions

  • Old Town Pizza for food, drink and further discussion.

Paul Jungwirth is a freelance developer specializing in Rails, Postgres, Javascript, and Chef, with some iOS thrown in too. In high school he helped build one of the first HTTP servers for the Macintosh, and despite efforts to escape to the humanities, he can't seem to quit his love for programming.

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MaptimePDX
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

It's March Mapness!

Welcome to MaptimePDX, a monthly hack and learn meetup for map nerds, geo-geeks, and the spatially inclined. Beginners are very welcome!

Our goal is to be inclusive no matter your tech level, so bring your questions, geoprojects, and mapping curiosities. If you want to get hands-on, we'd also encourage bringing a laptop.

If you have any questions about the group or have something you'd like to show/teach send us a message on Twitter @MaptimePDX.

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Portland Junior Developer User Group (JDUG)
CorSource

A local User Group for new Developers or those who want to become developers. A place to network with fellow developers, hiring managers and make connections as well as learn about specific technologies and job leads.

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Web Experience Management: Why Your Website is More than a Website
OpenSourcery

If your web site is just a web site, there's work to be done. We'll talk about the recent trends in Web Experience Management and how open source Content Management Systems like Drupal are poised to help nonprofits conquer the web by amazing their constituents.

Stop by for discussion, networking with the nonprofit tech crowd, and refreshments! 

Presenter

Holly Ross, Executive Director of the Drupal Association. Holly has spent her career working with nonprofits and technology and comes to the Drupal Association after a 10-year tenure at the Nonprofit Technology Network. She is thrilled to work with a community that shares her passion for using technology to make great things happen in the world.

 

Agenda

Networking and refreshments 6pm-6:30pm

Presentation 6:30pm-7:45pm

Community announcements and networking 7:45pm-8pm

 

Accessibility

Mobility Access: This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Access: We will not use a PA system at this venue. We will have ample seating directly in front of the speaker.

Sight Access: We will use a projector at this venue. Slides will also be made available after the event.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the PDXTech4Good community and events. Please don't hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.

 

Parking & Transportation

Wheelchair parking within two blocks and non-wheelchair parking at curb out front.

OpenSourcery is on the NS Streetcar line.

 

What you'll get out of PDXTech4Good events

Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those not experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.

Techies will find opportunities to hear the real-world stories of nonprofit clients, and put their own expertise to social good — as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in our community.

Activists and community organizers will see and be given the chance to present on successful uses of technology for social change. We'll explore how technology can help support activism and where activism can push it forward.

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Tech+Pong
AltSource

How it works:

Come have a beer and (if you want to) play some pong:

Do you work for a tech company in any way, shape, or form (start-up, developer, marketing, design, admin, tech student, etc.)? Do you want to be more involved in the Portland tech community? Come by and play some Ping-Pong! Or, just come by for some good conversation and a beer. Headbands, wristbands, and other such attire are encouraged.

Please RSVP so we can get a head count.

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Hack The People PDX
New Relic

We are a group of makers, hackers, coders, programmers, and technologists that want to contribute to the tech community by providing a place to learn from others.

All are welcome, regardless of skill level

Our meetups are intimate events designed to help create relationships between junior and senior people in various tech fields. Hack The People is looking for both mentees and mentors to attend our events. The events will focus around lightning talks about your pet projects.

Lightning talks, you ask?

Yes, each participant gets about 2 minutes to talk about anything they're working on, problems they've come across, or even just seedling ideas in their head, with an additional 4 minutes of time for people in the group to offer assistance in the form of new insights, perspectives, solutions, or anything else they can offer(please note that we don't allow soliciting/buy-my-app type of talks). It's like having a whole group of mentors to listen to what you have to say with an aim to help.

After the lightning talks round, we will head across the way to Bailey's to have a drink and chat a little less formally.

Please be punctual as we start on time and move through each portion with a minimum of dilly-dallying.

Here is what you can expect at this meetup:

Refreshments/Pizza

Keynote speaker - Adam DuVander

Lightning Talks

Drinks/Networking @ Bailey's

This event has a limited number of seats, so don't miss out and make sure to reserve your spot!

Learn more about us at HackThePeople.org!

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CHIFOO Meeting: Show, Don’t Tell: Storytelling Experience Design in Modern Comics
ISITE Design Community Room

Show, Don’t Tell: Storytelling Experience Design in Modern Comics with Mike Lonergan, Intel

Comics are a collaborative storytelling effort—many talented individuals contribute to the success or failure of each comic book, much as a good design team leverages complementary talents in delivering a stunning product. When their talents are combined, the writer (information architect) and artists (visual designers) attract attention and deliver the mood and flow (interaction design) to pull the reader along a highly stylized, deliberate path. Mike will take you on an illuminating journey of discovery, highlighting his favorite design techniques in comics that facilitate not just the mechanics of reading but the pure enjoyment of these colorful stories.

Along the way, you’ll be granted a tour of comic book storytelling techniques that can enrich your design communications such as story boarding, visual cues and iconography and unique ways to show your users the happy path without having to tell them.

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PDX Mobile Workgroup
TBD - Portland

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-mobile-workgroup

https://www.coursera.org/course/android

The location of this week's meeting is still being determined. Visit our group website for details.

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Thursday
Mar 6
Avoid Common Mistakes and Protect Your Company
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

This seminar describes steps you should take to protect you company ownership and your company's intellectual property (IP). We provide information about IP protection (copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets) and we describe steps you should take to protect your company stock. Throughout, we'll provide examples of the common mistakes that early stage entrepreneurs make, and how you can avoid those mistakes.

This is part of the OTBC Get Started series of seminars and workshops.

When: Thursday, Mar 6, 7:30am-8:30am
Where: OTBC
Cost: $15

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Ruby on Ales Live Stream
through New Relic

For the second year in a row New Relic will be hosting a live stream of the talks (and providing a live stream of beer) for those of you who won't be able to make it to the conference. Drop by our office (on the 28th floor of Big Pink) between 9:00am and 5pm to enjoy beer, snacks, and Ruby talks in a hacker friendly environment. No RSVP required.

This year two of our own New Relics will be speaking:

Jonan Scheffler (from our Ruby agent team) will be co-presenting with Aaron Paterson about a Ruby-powered lego robot that can visually identify and sort decks of Magic cards. https://www.onales.com/speakers#jonanschefflerandaaronpatterson

Jason Clark (also from the Ruby agent team) will be waxing poetic on the similarities between homebrewing and Ruby development. https://www.onales.com/speakers#jasonclark

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TiE Pearl Pitch Club
TiE Pearl Incubator

Join TiE Oregon Pitch Club! A series of sessions where you can practice your pitching skills.

The TiE Pearl Pitch Club is designed as a supportive environment in which to try out your presentation - in front of a group of peers, including established entrepreneurs, and others just getting their start.

Bring your pitches, with or without slides (bring your laptop to plug into the A/V system), and walk away with valuable feedback and coaching.

We will offer refreshments at the TiE Pearl Incubator before and during our session, while we network, discuss feedback and mingle.

The Pitch Club event is open to all TiE Members (free), as well as the public ($25).

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PNSQC 2014 - Let's brainstorm abstract ideas
Decarli restauraunt

Build a bridge to becoming an author and speaker, study and develop ideas in quality engineering, meet other like-minded volunteers.

Please join us for a brainstorming session.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided for the group.

(Pacific NW Software Quality Conferences are designed to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. This meeting is the first step in producing content in our own software quality roles and for PNSQC in October 2014.)

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Portland Linux/Unix Group: pfSense
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

The Portland Linux/Unix Group

pfSense by Jeff Carmichael and Brian Rohan

Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

pfSense offers an open source solution to replace commercial routers, firewalls, security, proxys, dns/dhcp/nat and more. It can be a single solution for most all network resources for a soho, and has been used successfully in small to medium sized businesses. When you are ready to replace your moon infected linksys router, pfSense offers a mature, flexible and capable solution.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the First Thursday meeting at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub NW at 1945 NW Quimby

See you there!

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Friday
Mar 7
MaptimePDX Friday MorningNOMNOM
Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen

Last minute plug for a geo breakfast. Come hangout, drink coffee, and eat yummy K&Z grub with other geonerds. Just look for the mappy people.

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AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch: Human Systems Dynamics
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

On March 7th the Downtown Pub Lunchers will be talking and learning about Human System Dynamics (HSD) with David Whitlock, Scrum Master at Tripwire. David has been trained in HSD and has found it valuable in his work, especially as he helps employees in a newly acquired division become part of Tripwire.

He’ll come chock full of information to answer questions and spur new thinking. One of the most interesting aspects of HSD is how it approaches change. It can be seen as a protocol-based or pattern-based system (whether it should be or not) for “dancing with change.”

There is a burgeoning body of knowledge about HSD, some of it quite technical. Here is a good, quick video on the topic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mBx12-yf-U) and a link to the Human System Dynamics Institute’s FAQ (http://www.hsdinstitute.org/about-hsd/what-is-hsd/faq-tools-and-patterns-of-hsd.html) to get you started.

Perhaps HSD is a pathway toward increasing our capacity to incorporate change?

We start at 12p and end at 1p. Strive to be on time: we do. RSVP's appreciated but not required. You'll find us in the back room.

See you there!

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Commodore Computer Club
Pied Piper Pizza

The Commodore Computer Club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Commodore technology. Our attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all are welcome.

Come to learn, come to share. It’s all for the love of anything Commodore.

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Portland 2600
Theo's Restaurant

PDX2600 is a monthly open forum for hackers in Portland Oregon. It happens on the first Friday of every month at Theo's. There are no memberships, no leaders, and no real structure. Only the free exchange of ideas.

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Saturday
Mar 8
EAST Knowledge - Don't Touch That Data!
Gresham Library Computer Lab

This is EAST Knowledge's second meeting. All our welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • What: Don't Touch That Data!
  • Who: Jim Rulla
  • Where: The Computer Lab at the Gresham Library
  • When: 10:30am-Noon, Saturday, March 8, 2014
  • Why: Sharing what we know

There's a serious problem: the hardware is spewing out data, but the answer is wrong. It's too late to redesign, and besides, the product ought to work. Another filter and some ad hoc software will have to suffice — until new problems arise.

Sound familiar? If the textbook analysis doesn't apply to your problem, no filter and no software hack will help. The only reliable way to fix the problem is to model it correctly, then solve the model problem.

I will show how incorrect modeling sets back — and in some cases, destroys — product development. The examples:

  • are real,
  • are simple (when solved correctly), and
  • illustrate techniques you can apply to your projects.

The examples include applications from audio, optical, and communications engineering.

The right model is almost always simpler to understand and easier to solve than the wrong models. Come see how you can simplify your project!

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Sunday
Mar 9
MIDI/Music Technology Presentations @ Central Library
Multnomah County Central Library

This event is open to the public.

Three presentations centered around MIDI and music technology. Agenda:

10:00am, Setup/Make new friends

10:30am, Basics: "MIDI Communication" presented by Eric Earl

10:45am, Usage: "Making MIDI Hardware Talk" presented by Eric Earl

11:15am, Design: "Create your own MIDI filters and effects with Jesusonic, a free plug-in" presented by Kite Giedraitis

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Local Wiki Edit Party #3
Kenton Public Library

The Local Wiki is an amazing resource. It has proven itself elsewhere (see daviswiki.org) and now we're starting the Portland version!

Come join edit party #3! If there's interest, we can migrate to the café next door. And if you can't make it to the party, start a page from home! Add your favorite bubbler. Add your favorite café, neighborhood, or brewery!

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Monday
Mar 10
Power of 10: PSU Business Accelerator 10th Anniversary Celebration
PSU Business Accelerator

The PSU Business Accelerator is celebrating 10 years of powering Portland's tech startups! Join us for an evening featuring graduates, current residents, and exciting announcements about the future. More details and RSVP to come--save the date!

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Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Python!

Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

Special Breakout Session by Alex Chamberlain from Puppet Labs:
Skills and Careers for New Programmers--One Insider's View

  • What you can do with software development skills.

  • What the day-to-day work of a range of specialties of software developers looks like.

  • One key to finding a steady job.

  • You're in the right place at the right time to be able to follow your heart and build a great career.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share

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PdxFunc
Rentrak - Downtown

Speakers: Jake Brownson, Leif

Hope to see you there!

ABOUT THE GROUP: Join programmers, researchers and enthusiasts to discuss functional programming. pdxfunc is a study/user group exploring the world of functional programming based in Portland, Oregon. The group welcomes programmers interested in all functional languages, including Haskell, OCaml, Erlang, Scala and others, as well as using functional techniques in non-functional languages. The group meets regularly and provides presentations, demos and discussions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. The meetings are usually on the second Monday of the month.

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Tuesday
Mar 11
AgilePDX Westside: Introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
Nike World Headquarters

Postponed because of weather last month, we have rescheduled this event.

Description: Being an agile organization was always the goal (right?). The idea of "business agility" is certainly older than agile software development and many of us have struggled with the pain of an agile development team in an organization that doesn't understand how we work. Finding ways to scale agility from development to the rest of the organization has been a bit of a rocky road so far. Many development teams use Scrum and I'm not sure that's a good fit for some business areas -- I for one wouldn't want HR time-boxing the hiring of a new developer, delivering the best one they could find in 2 weeks. So just scaling what development does to a larger, different audience isn't the answer.

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides, er, a framework for how the larger organization can operate more effectively together. Rather than provide new ways of working, it synthesizes important aspects of Scrum, XP, Lean, Product Development Flow and other agile notions into a sensible fabric for organizational effectiveness, optimizing the whole. The list of companies finding value in SAFe continues to grow.

In something under an hour, I plan to deliver enough information about SAFe that you can have a reasonable elevator conversation about it and leave with an understanding of how much more you want to learn (and where to go find that information). Even if you don't work for a large organization with multiple levels of program and portfolio management, the concepts SAFe is built on and how they interact should spark ideas for how you can grow agile ways of working within your own environment.

Bio: After deciding against a career in journalism halfway through college, Millard Ellingsworth has been developing software ever since. He currently works for IBM and was part of a small team of facilitators that led IBM Software Group's agile transformation efforts, training many teams, serving them as an agile coach and working as a scrum master within his own development organization. He has presented on agile topics at internal and external IBM conferences and has written a variety of articles for IBM developerWorks where he is a contributing author and a member of the steering committee. You can follow him on Twitter as @millard3 (https://twitter.com/millard3) and on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MillardEllingsworth). He happily accepts invitations to play golf and talk tech.

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pdxbyte users group first meeting (C/C++/Assembly)
New Relic

A Portland Oregon users group primarily for languages that compile to machine native format such as C, C++, and Assembly.

5:30pm Doors open, unstructured time.

6:30pm The MOS 6502 might be the most historically significant processor for one reason: It fueled the PC revolution. You have probably used a device with a 6502, and maybe even programmed one, but do you know the historical context for it and what made it successful? This talk briefly covers the following aspects of the 6502: the events that lead to its creation, the elegance of the design, and the lessons we can learn from its success.

Speaker Bio: Jason Dagit is a research engineer at Galois. He received a M.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University in 2009. He has been active in the Haskell community since 2005 and he is currently a member of the Haskell.org committee. His areas of interest include functional programming, computer graphics, and most recently hardware design. He enjoys working in the space between pure research and industrial practice.

7:30pm Popcount as an Example Of Microbenchmarking in C

Quickly determining the number of 1 bits in a binary machine word, the so-called "popcount", has always been an interesting problem for developers. Popcount is useful in applications ranging from cryptography to games, so it is worth trying to optimize. In this talk, I will report on a number of different popcount algorithms and their C implementation performance, in the context of a "microbenchmarking" framework custom-built in C for this purpose. I will also explore the pitfalls of C in microbenchmarking and the issues, problems and relevance of microbenchmarking in general.

Speaker Bio: Bart Massey got his B.A. in Physics from Reed in 1987, having learned C while he was there. After a couple of years writing C code at Tektronix, Inc. Bart attended University of Oregon, where he received his MSCS in 1992 and his Ph.D. in 1999. For the past 14 years, he has been a Computer Science Professor at Portland State University. He still writes more C than he cares to admit.

8:30ish pm Head to an elevator. People might go someplace to continue chatting.

ARRIVING BY BIKE?

Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 28th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 28th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

A Huge thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and food.

Thanks to O'Reilly for sending books.

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FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is: +1 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

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Puzzled Pint: "Casinos"
???

Do you like original puzzles? Not the jigsaw type, but the wordplay and logic type? Do you like beer? Then join us for PUZZLED PINT!

A location puzzle, posted to puzzledpint.com at 6pm Monday, will lead you to a bar Tuesday night. (Hints are also available.) A few more original, low-key puzzles will be at the bar. And we'll be there to provide all the hints and nudges you desire. Bring your friends!

Feel free to drop in any time between 6 and 9pm, for as long as you'd like. It's a free event.

More details at http://www.puzzledpint.com/. It's kinda hard to explain, but if this sounds even remotely interesting, you'll love it!

This month's event is casino themed. No reason. Just because.

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Hack + Help
Epicodus

New to coding, or just want to pick up a new language?

Experienced in coding and want to help others learn?

Come to Hack + Help and bring your desire to learn or teach! If you don't have a laptop, we have plenty of computers you can use.

This event was born out of PDX.rb but now regularly has experienced attendees who are willing to help you out with Ruby, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and more.

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Wednesday
Mar 12
Lean Coffee
New Relic

Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

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PMI Portland Agile Round Table: Distributed Agile Teams
Thetus Corporation

Our topic this month is "Distributed Agile Teams." One of the principles behind the Agile Manifesto is "The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation." And, we know that distributed teams, whether around the world or across a large corporate campus, are a fact of organizational life.

What have you seen or experimented with that has worked well? What's your thorniest remote worker problem? Have you been able to move to co-located teams? What persuaded the organization to do that? Has it helped?

This month we're moving to a larger space where we can move around, work in small groups, and get those sticky notes up on the wall!

The PMI Portland Agile Round Table is held on the second Wednesday of every month during the noon hour.

The round table provides project managers, scrum masters and others engaged in agile projects an opportunity to discuss topics of interest, issues they're facing and to join in an evolving community to promote effective use of agile methods.

Bring your lunch, ideas and challenges to the table.

(Note: PMP's & PMI-ACPs can claim 1 PDU for attendance)

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TiE Pearl Pitch Club
TiE Pearl Incubator

Join TiE Pearl Pitch Club

TiE Pearl Pitch Club is a supportive environment in which you can practice your pitch.

This can be a concept or idea pitch (for instance to find a co-founder or for Portland Startup Weekend), a sales pitch, a pitch to investors, or any other type of pitch where you need to convince someone that your idea, business or product is worth their time.

Bring your laptop if you want to use a slide deck for your pitch, or provide feedback and learn from others.

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Four FUDs of the Cloud - Discussed, Dissected and Debunked
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Cloud computing has quickly evolved from marketing terminology and buzzwords to a valuable and often vital way to conduct business and deliver services. With the rapid rate of cloud adoption and the constant change in the industry, it can be confusing to sift through all the information and get to the facts. Join us as we discuss “The Top Four FUDs of the Cloud” in a fun pub environment.

The Four FUD Topics and Presenters Are:

Differences in Service Delivery (SaaS and on Premise Solutions) -- Gabe Authier, Product Manager for Cloud Computing, Viewpoint Construction Software will discuss integrated vs. customized, the importance of renewals (B4B vs. B2B) and the focus on strategy and business outcomes.

Security and Compliance -- Adam Shnider, Managing Director, NW Coalfire Systems will discuss SSAE16, HIPPA, PCI, etc. and what customers expect from cloud vendors from a compliance support standpoint, customer requirements, and the minimum requirements everyone should have, and how not all cloud providers and services are created equal.

Financial Impacts -- Chris Wheaton, VP of Services at Jive Software will discuss services revenue models and how they differ from being subscription based vs. traditional license and maintenance. He will also discuss how to generate incremental services revenue when there is no longer a defined maintenance revenue stream.

Success Stories – Adam Lynch, Co-Founder, Hubbub Health will share success stories despite all the F.U.D!

The speakers will then host a now classic Reddit-style AMA (Ask Me Anything) session after their presentations, giving attendees a chance to ask questions and add to what’s sure to be a lively discussion.

This event will be moderated by Claire Hernandez, VP of Client Services, HealthSparq.

Who Should Attend?

•Decision makers searching to find how cloud fits with their business

•Those managing or subscribing to existing cloud based services

Event Details: When: Wednesday, March 12th Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Where: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers Register: www.techoregon.org

Event Sponsors: ASG HealthSparq

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Future of Computing with futurist Steve Brown
Embassy Suites Portland--Downtown

In his fast-moving talk, Steve will discuss how Intel visions the future, and will then review three major trends in computing (big, small, and natural) and how they will and are affecting a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, entertainment, and transportation. Using strong visuals, videos, and compelling stories of the future, Steve will help the audience gain a solid understanding of where computing is going, and the opportunities and threats it will offer their businesses in the coming decade.

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PDXCloud March Gathering
Elemental Technologies

PDXCloud monthly meetup. Join us for cloud technology-related discussions!

Interested in presenting? Contact jason.lapier AT gmail or hit up the mailing list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxcloud.

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Nerd Nite Vancouver #2 – Dark Wings: The Nightlife of Bats and Birds
Kiggins Theatre

Nerd Nite is a monthly event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet soundly academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Be there and be square.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $8.00* suggested cover at the door

This Nerd Nite will feature two talks:

Owls and Other Night Birds Owls are the first type of birds that come to mind when we think of feathered night fliers, but many other species of birds are also active after dark. Jonathan Plissner, PhD, is a senior scientist with ABR, Inc. Environmental Research and Services and has been studying bird populations and behaviors for 30 years. His presentation will focus on nocturnal activities and adaptations of various groups of birds, as well as the risks these birds face in navigating landscapes altered by human beings.

The Biology, Behavior & Benefits of Bats Bats are essential to the health of our natural world. They help control pests and are vital pollinators and seed-dispersers for countless plants. Yet these wonderfully diverse and beneficial creatures are among the least studied and most misunderstood of animals. Cris Hein, PhD, is a biologist with Bat Conservation International and has been studying bat behavior and ecology for 14 years. Cris will discuss the amazing adaptations of these nocturnal animals and their importance to humans and the environment.


*A note on the suggested cover: Nerd Nite is completely supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering education opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $8 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

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PDX Mobile Workgroup Online Android Class
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

We are meeting for the next to last week of the 8 week online Android class:

https://www.coursera.org/course/android

For more details about this week's meeting, visit our Google Group.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-mobile-workgroup

And look for this week's posting...

NOTE: This is not our usual location!

1945 NW Quimby St Portland, OR (503) 517-4352

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Thursday
Mar 13
Interface Portland Security Conference
Oregon Convention Center

It’s critical to stay current with the technology that runs your organization and secures your operational infrastructure. INTERFACE addresses these IT issues through informative, non-sales oriented, educational seminars customized to the specific needs of the local business community. Using case studies and best practice examples, these exhibitor-presented sessions offer you the solutions needed to address your technology challenges and achieve your organizational goals.

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About Stock
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Early on, team compensation is likely to be in the form of ownership in the company. It's important to understand how that works. This seminar tackles these common questions: What is common versus preferred stock? How do you decide how much stock goes to each team member? What happens if a team member doesn't work out? How is founder ownership diluted when the company takes on investors? How do you minimize dilution? Can founders retain control? How do investors determine you company's value?

Included Tools: Stock (Capitalization) Spreadsheet for forecasting value and dilution.

This seminar is part of the OTBC Get Started series.

Thursday, Mar 13, 7:30am-8:30am Cost:$15

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High Performance Computing Pub Talk
Spirit of 77

Extend your INTERFACE learning experience with an informal presentation about High Performance Computing and FlashArray technology.

EasyStreet and Pure Storage have designed a Proof of Concept program to provide a hands-on experience with our HPC platform.

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Ignite TAO! v5
Alberta Rose Theatre

Ignite TAO!

1 mic, 5 minutes, 20 slides, 300 peers in the audience... no pressure, right?

What is Ignite? Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have an burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global - Ignite is all of these and more. This Ignite focused on all things tech.

Submit to Present Some of the most thought-provoking, insightful and fun presentations are from people who just want to share an idea. If you are one of those people who is constantly coming up with tech-savvy solutions and have an idea you want to share with the world - this is your chance. Submit your idea to our Reviewing Committee.

Requirements to Present 1. No Sales

Possible Ignite TAO Topics All Ignite TAO! proposals should fall into at least one of these technology categories: products - show and tell something cool you've invented or found (no sales pitches!) projects - what are you working on? methodology - challenge us, inspire us, show us! concepts - share your burning "what-if" ideas tools/DIY - what's out there, what should people be using, what do YOU use?

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Portland Commodore Users Group
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Station 61)

Our group specializes in Commodore 64, SX-64, Commodore Vic-20, Commodore 128 and other Commodore computers. We meet regularly to discuss ideas, code, brainstorm projects, participate in the scene, and play games.

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Docker Portland Meetup #3 at New Relic
New Relic

Join us for the next Docker Portland Meetup. This event will be hosted at New Relic, Portland. Adron Hall will be presenting what Docker is good for, where to use it and what else it might be an excellent fit for. Jesse Dearing will present a lightning talk about drone.io.

Schedule

6:00 to 6:30: Docker basics: What, Why?

6:30 to 7:30: Docker Demo

7:30 to 8:00: Q&A and lightning talks (drone.io, ..)*

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Joomla! PDX
Free Geek

Joomla!PDX meets at Free Geek monthly to discuss different aspects of the the Joomla! CMS. We are always welcome to experienced programmers, novices, and beginners alike. Even if you're just curious about Joomla! come join us and see what managing web content is all about.

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RolodexPDX Turns One: Celebrate Entrepreneurial Networking
Moxie Studio

RolodexPDX’s next event will feature speakers Shashi Jain, Jeff Martens and Special Guest Speaker Marco Salazar de Leon.

Shashi and Jeff, with their years of experience with entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial ventures, will share inside stories, advice about cautionary tales aimed at empowering, educating and inspiring attendees.

Marco, who is flying all the way up from San Diego to celebrate with us, is an expert in community management and online engagement. He will share tips, key concepts and implementable take-aways about leveraging your existing network and how to build an essential team and tribe around you and your projects.

Plus, it’s a birthday celebration… so there will be cake!

The overall formula is simple: Three short and engaging talks giving by speakers who share their wisdom with the crowd of entrepreneurs, makers, techies, business folks, investors, coaches, and go-getters. After that, the group splits into smaller circles for a quick master mind session geared at authentic connection. Then the crowd rejoins for munching on food and great networking that is actually effective and fun.

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Portland Perl Mongers - Light Table and Perl
Free Geek

Rafael will be doing a demo and some live coding using Light Table -- an IDE that, among other features, offers live evaluation of code -- along with a plugin for Light Table that enables live evaluation of Perl code.

We'll follow up and close out with some open floor discussion time.

As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub.

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PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Rogue Hall

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Image Mining of Historical Manuscripts to Establish Provenance by Hu et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Friday
Mar 14
MaptimePDX Friday Morning Meetup
Coava

Come hangout, drink coffee, and chat with other geonerds. Just look for the mappy people. This week, we're at Coava Roasting on SE Grand Ave.

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MaptimePDX is the Portland, OR offshoot of MaptimeSF, a weekly meetup of mappers in San Francisco hacking on maps and doing mappy things. In the same tradition, we're aiming to provide meetups for hacking on map projects of all sorts. There's no board or leadership - just some people who are enthusiastic about maps and sharing knowledge. We'll post upcoming events here and summaries of things we learn along the way. Join us!

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Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Heart Coffee

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. We'll be at Heart Cofee at 537 SW 12th... come join!

If you'd like me to email you about each weekly co-working session, you can email me (Mike LaPeter) at my first initial + last name at gmail.

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Portland Code School: Friday Brunch
Jam on Hawthorne

At this event, you can talk with the staff, meet current and past students, introduce yourself to other prospective students. We’ll socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry! Enjoy your first mimosa/orange juice on us!

If you sign up for the Primer class at this event, you'll receive a $100 discount!

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Code + Cocktails
TILT Pearl District

Sick of the standard pizza and beer circuit? Try out Code + Cocktails in the Pearl. All languages and skill levels are welcome. Come by to work on your favorite project, or come to meet fellow geeks in PDX. Most importantly enjoy a fine cocktail + killer food.

Location: https://foursquare.com/v/tilt/5220b69811d2faed4a8b484e It has plenty of outlets and outstanding wifi. If you can't drink, do not worry they serve ristretto roasters coffee.

If you have questions hit up: @chrishough | @kathrynhough

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Saturday
Mar 15
Play Matters - ElbowFish Launch Party
Guardian Games

Play Matters!

Elbowfish: A Portland Games Studio Invites You To Our Launch Party

Saturday, March 15, 7:00pm - 10:00pm+ Guardian Games, 345 SE Taylor St, Portland Open to the public • All ages • Children welcome

CELEBRATE the retail release of Antimatter Matters: A Quantum Physics Board Game (Really!)

PLAY the game critics call “The perfect recipe for a fun-filled, nerdy evening" PLAYTEST our new games in development ENJOY Music, Dancing, Food and Fun

MEET our talented designers & artists: Game Designer: Leana Galiel Game Artists: Thomas Conrad Rigby, Noah Patrick Pfarr & Liz Lundblade Producer: David Galiel • And Scott Isler, creator of Antimatter Matters

MUSIC by: Olivia & René
Parzival - Special Guest from Seattle
And, closing out the night: DJ Mr. Moo!

Special Thanks to Angel May & the wonderful folks at Guardian Games

Got questions? We've got answers! What is Playtesting? Playing a prototype of a new game, to help the designers improve it. Is this really all ages? Can I really bring my 8 year old? Yes, really! We encourage attendees to bring their children! What if I'm not a geek or into science? Will I still have fun? Antimatter Matters is an easy game to learn, thecombines elements of chance and strategy, it can be played in competitive, team-based or cooperative modes, and it requires exactly zero prior knowledge of quantum physics.

For more info contact: David.Galiel@Elbowfish.com

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Monday
Mar 17
Front-Enders at Freehouse
Freehouse - 1325 NE Freemont St, Portland, OR. 97212

Bring yourself and your front-end skills/questions/enthusiasm to the Freehouse every Monday from 5pm-7pm to network, drink, and get some work done!

I am founding this event as an opportunity for Portland Code School Primer Class students to get help outside of class hours but I would love to have any other web dev enthusiasts participate.

Email Xander with questions or for confirmation.

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Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday
Galois, Inc

This event is free, but please RSVP on Eventbrite (will be linked above)

Event Description

Introducing TA3M Drink and Draw! We are planning a fun hands-on meetup. You will get to work with a team to discuss privacy, security, anti-surveillance, and anti-censorship topics and communicate your ideas through doodling! Each discussion group will work together to create a hand-drawn poster related to TA3M topics. This is a time to network with other individuals interested in these topics, and provides a fun way to express your ideas and concerns. We will do our very best to make sure beverages of all sorts (alcoholic and not) are available to get those creative juices flowing.

After the Drink and Draw session, we invite attendees to join us for social time at a nearby bar/restaurant.

Have a preference about what you want to learn? Want to lead a group in teaching a method? Email us a community@privly.org and we'll add you to the agenda.

What is it?

This is the Techno-Activism 3rd Monday event for Portland, Oregon! Read more about techno-activism 3rd mondays.

Who should come?

Anyone interested in techno-activism. We invite coders, geeks, artists, and anyone else. No technical experience required.

Who's hosting?

The Privly Foundation organizes the event. Galois is generously providing space for the event.

Code of Conduct

Please review our code of conduct before attending the event to ensure a safe and welcoming time for all.

PDXTech4Good

If you're interested in this event, you might also be interested in the PDXTech4Good meetup.

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Crafty Circuits
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Interested in wearable and physical computing, and crafts? Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? Cacophonous Creations and Flux Lab team up to offer just the space! (more details in the facebook event page)

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Portland Tech (St. Patrick's Day) Meetup
Mercy Corps

Join us for the Portland Tech Meetup on the 3rd Monday of every month. Portland has one of the most vibrant tech communities in the country, and the more we support our tech ecosystem, the more we'll all experience and create together!

Join us to learn about the cool and amazing technologies being developed by Portland companies. You can arrive early (as early as 5:30) and network. Event volunteers are welcome! Let us know if you'd like to volunteer.

Entry to the St. Patrick's Day meetup and party is:

$10 per person until 4pm on 3/17. $20 per person at the door.

Agenda
6:00pm - Doors Open / Buffet / Drinks / Get to know your community
7:00pm - Event Begins!

  • Community Announcements: Events, Jobs, etc. (20 seconds/ea)

  • Pres. #1: Robert Caruso of BundlePost

  • Pres. #2: Kelly White of Silvertail Software
  • Pres. #3: Shashi Jain of Matter Compilers
  • Pres. #4: Aaron Parecki of ESRI
  • Pres. #5: Tony Falco of Orchestrate

8:00 - 10:00pm - St. Patrick's Day After-Party: We'll be staying at MercyCorps for this month's after-party with green beer, music, and lots of awesome networking!

PDXTechMeetup Sponsors:

Turnstone Immix Law Group Simple

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Links to better acquaint yourself with the PDX Tech Meetup:

  1. PDX Tech Meetup Video Teaser
  2. PDX Tech Meetup Videos Featuring Past Presenters
  3. Follow the Twitter Hashtag #PDXTechMeetup
  4. Follow @PDXTechMeetup on Twitter

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Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Python!

Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share

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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting
Jama South

Please join us on February 24th at Jama South for an exciting night of devops!

  • Graphite demo with William Van Hevelingen
  • Managing ZFS via ReST with Spencer Krum.

This month our meeting is sponsored by Volt Workforce Solutions. Many thanks to Volt for supplying the pizza and to Jama for hosting the event!!


ABOUT THE GROUP: pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure, server automation and cloud computing. Meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month. Website: http://pdxdevops.org/ Twitter: @pdxdevops

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Tuesday
Mar 18
LinkedIn Live - Portland
Oregon Zoo

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been going strong for years, small business success demands effort on many fronts: building brand awareness, making sales, attracting talent, fundraising, and business development to name a few. So, how do you drive all these priorities effectively—with limited time and resources? And how can the LinkedIn platform help?

To find out, join LinkedIn and the Technology Association of Oregon on Tuesday, March 18th, for “LinkedIn Live in Portland”, where you’ll hear from local LinkedIn experts on how they’re flexing the world’s largest professional network to achieve their business goals.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Anyone looking to grow their business on LinkedIn - individual entrepreneurs, small-business owners, CXOs, VPs, and Directors - will benefit from this highly interactive half-day event!

This event will cover a range of core functional areas in which small business professionals are using LinkedIn.

KEYNOTE: Insights on the Portland LinkedIn network. Hear LinkedIn representatives share insights on the area's LinkedIn presence, and how local members and companies are using the platform to create value.

LINKEDIN NETWORKING: Not like your typical networking session, LinkedIn leverages your regional network to create a structured and purposeful networking environment with like-minded professionals.

EXPERT STORIES: In these fast-paced, 10-minute presentations, local LinkedIn experts provide real-life examples of their personal success using LinkedIn to help drive their small business forward. Expect stories packed with proven tactics, and opportunities to dig into the details with follow up Q&A.

Marketing. Hear how building a brand presence on LinkedIn enables you to attract new talent, partners, and customers. • Kent Lewis, President & Founder of Anvil Media • Hunter Marshall, Brand Strategy Director, Liquid Agency

Sales/Business Development. Sales and partnerships come easier when you’re talking to the right people. Find out how professionals are finding them on LinkedIn. • Dan Scroggin, Vice President Business Development, Montgomery & Graham, Inc. • Heidi Kayser, Managing Director Business Development at ADi - Animation Dynamics, Inc.

Personal branding. Learn how to leverage your personal brand on LinkedIn to attract business, make the right connections, and build relationships that unlock breakout opportunities for your company. • Pinky Gonzales, Founder of Upriver Solutions, Partner at Soleia Company

Hiring. See how LinkedIn can help you find the right hire, quickly and easily. • TBD

PANEL: Cracking the small business code. Driving ongoing success in your business is no simple task. At the core, it’s all about building relationships to move your business forward—decision makers, hires, and new customers to name a few. This panel of local business leaders will share how they’ve tapped into the LinkedIn network to find those key individuals and take their businesses to new heights. • Dan Gaul, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Trends • Richard Lazar, President, Readiness Systems LLC

DETAILS: When: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: Oregon Zoo, Vista Ballroom, Portland, OR Cost: $20 Members and Nonmembers Register: All attendees must read and agree to the Publicity Agreement on the event website, http://www.techoregon.org/event?eventid=10649463833

AGENDA: 8:00AM - Doors Open & Breakfast 8:30AM - Introduction 8:40AM - Keynote: Insights on the Portland LinkedIn network 9:10AM - LinkedIn networking 9:45AM - LinkedIn expert stories (4) 10:45AM - Break 10:50AM - LinkedIn expert stories (2) 11:20AM - Break 11:30AM - Panel: Cracking the small business code

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Building Highly Engaged Technical Teams
Standard Insurance Center Auditorium

To build a truly exceptional technical team, you need to do 3 things: engage them, enable them, and energize them.

Join the DAMA Portland Chapter to welcome Paul Spencer, an expert collaboration leader on the topic of Building Highly Engaged Technical Teams.

More details and registration at: http://www.damapdx.org/

Employees of DAMA Corporate Members are FREE!

Summary

Technical team leaders are often highly trained in their chosen field. But they’re also often not trained in how to lead a team. They know that leadership is just as important as the technical side of the job (if not more so), but they’ve been left to figure out how to do it for themselves. They’re frustrated because they haven’t got the toolkit they need to get the best out of their team.

In this interactive presentation, we'll cover the following topics:

  • The benefits of having a highly engaged team

  • How to engage, enable and energize your project team

  • Aligning the team on communication styles and workplace values

  • Empowering the team through servant leadership

  • Creating and sustaining a culture of high performance

  • Building performance drivers into the daily experience

  • Simple techniques for maintaining momentum

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Leading globally, leading locally: Connections and Opportunities
Governor Hotel

What do the skills of global leadership have to do with being a successful leader locally?

What we know about global leadership has a lot of relevance for leaders of locally focused businesses. In this presentation, Professor Sully Taylor will show how the competencies that help global leaders be successful will become more and more helpful to leaders who never leave the US, and indeed, manage businesses focused entirely on local markets.

Join Portland Female Executives and see how competencies such as global mindset, global exploration, tolerance of ambiguity, and resilience—key components of effective global leadership—serve leaders in local markets as well.

Register today! http://bit.ly/1nxEZro

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Portland Nerd Dinner
Washington Square Mall food court

It's Nerd Dinner time again! We'll gather at Washington Square Mall in the food court. Be There and Be Square!

Portland Java User Group (PJUG)
New Relic

Clojure: your new favorite programming language

Clojure is a fascinating new(er) programming language, created by Rich Hickey, that combines the ubiquity and performance of Java with the power and expressiveness of Lisp. Clojure excels at interesting problems, especially those involving concurrency, but can also freely interoperate with standard Java. Clojure developers quickly become passionate about this odd little hybrid: it's easy to learn, yet deeply powerful, and is at the heart of a vibrant and exciting eco-system of tools and libraries.

Speaker

Howard Lewis Ship

Howard is a long-time Java developer with a recovering case of framework-itis, as evidenced by the Apache Tapestry web framework; he's been following Clojure for several years, and has been doing full time Clojure coding for the last eight months. He's a fan of both expressiveness in code and runtime efficiency, so Clojure is a natural fit.

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Hack + Help
Portland Code School

This week at Hack + Help, we'll have front end developers, back end developers, Rubyists, Javascripters and who knows who else.

Whether you are new to coding or just want to pick up a new language or experienced in coding and want to help others learn, please join us! Bring your laptop and desire to learn (and/or teach!).

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Teaching Kids Programming Java - for children ages 11-18 & parents
Thetus Corporation

COME LEARN TO PROGRAM JAVA...

The most popular & scalable computer language in use today and the language used on the AP Computer Science Exam. This session is hands-on, it is designed for immediate feedback throughout the course, allowing for students to have fun creating with Java and removing much of the frustration normally associated with computers. See how rewarding & accessible programming can be. Students will learn clean coding techniques and proper use of advanced tools.

Register for a free ticket with the Event Brite link above.

Ages: 11-18 Requirements: Please bring a laptop setup with code & eclipse from the "more information" link below. Note: we will be pairing durning the event, so kids will share laptops. This means we might not use your actual laptop and that if you don't have a laptop you can still join and participate.

Adults: Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are welcome to particpate as well, although we ask you to pair with other adults instead of with your kids.

On Wed 19 March there will be a more adult focused session on the techniques: http://calagator.org/events/1250465770

More information: https://github.com/TeachingKidsProgramming/TeachingKidsProgramming.Java

About the speakers...

Lynn Langit - Big Data Architect and Educator. Former FTE at MSFT (4 years). Awards – SQL Server MVP, Google Cloud Developer Expert, MongoDB Master. Lynn has done production work with SQL Server, MongoDB, AWS and Google databases and more. Lynn has over 150 BigData screencasts on her YouTube channel (SoCalDevGal). In addition to her work with Big Data, she is also the co-founder of a non-profit, ‘Teaching Kids Programming.’

Llewellyn Falco learned to jump horses in the 7th grade while living in France. Back in states, while studying drafting in high school, he started fire eating, sleight of hand magic, and once rode a unicycle 6 miles. After learning to juggle torches, he joined a acrobatics group in college where he specialized on the trampoline and walking a slack rope. He can calculate the cube root of any perfect cube under 1,000,000 in his head, as well as pick a standard lock. He can rollerblade down a flight of stairs, backwards. Later, he has learned to play the doumbek (a type of drum), to accompaniment a belly dancing girlfriend. Llewellyn studied Tai Chi for 2 years, can throw a knife at 20 feet, and a playing card at 50. He has taught swing dancing, and loves to salsa. He is also an accomplished speed chess player. In the last year, he has been scuba diving over 20 times, become a guitar hero, and broke his personal record of paddle balling over 200 times. Llewellyn attributes his success to the large amount of caffeine he has consumed, and enjoys computer programming in his spare time.

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Dynamic Tracing with DTrace and SystemTap - Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics
Free Geek

Daniel Hedlund will be giving an intermediate to advanced level talk on DTrace and SystemTap.

DTrace (http://dtrace.org/blogs/about/) is a dynamic tracing framework, originally developed for Solaris, has been released under the CDDL license and ported to many other Unix-like OSes including FreeBSD, OS X and Linux. SystemTap (https://sourceware.org/systemtap/) provides similar functionality to DTrace but is Linux specific and released under the GPL.

Dynamic tracing tools make it possible to safely inject instrumentation points (probes) into running applications on production environments; no recompilation is necessary and there is only minimal performance overhead when being used, and no overhead when not. Probes can be used to gather performance metrics to identify bottlenecks, create aggregate statistics such as the size distribution of filesystem writes, or to introspect arguments passed to individual functions in a running application without ever taking it offline.

Many attendees will break for a social hour after the Third Tuesday meeting at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting

PLUG: Portland's monthly, three-track tech conference!

First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

See you there!

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Portland Bitcoin Group
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Madison's Grill is the first bitcoin friendly pub/restaurant in Portland. Come talk with experts, learn about bitcoin, view a transaction, and buy a beer or dinner with bitcoin!

Portland Bitcoin Group will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

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Wednesday
Mar 19
State of the State with Treasurer Wheeler
Eastside Exchange Building

Please join TAO's Finance Forum for an informative presentation and Q&A session with Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

Discussion Topics will Include: •Building Oregon’s economic future through business capital, new infrastructure and targeted investments •Oregon Opportunity Initiative and building the workforce of tomorrow •Legislative update 2014

About Treasurer Wheeler Since being appointed and then elected in 2010, he directed efforts to implement money-saving technologies, strengthened access to data, authorized fraud lawsuits against firms that misled investors, earned an upgrade in Oregon’s credit rating, and revamped the Oregon 529 College Savings Network with lower costs and more options for families.

The Treasurer oversees more than $70 billion in public assets including the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, affecting more than 300,000 public employees including teachers and public safety workers. The office also administers the state’s public debt sales and central banking for government agencies.

Details: When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Time: 7:30 - 9:00 AM Where: Eastside Exchange Building, 123 NE 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97232 Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers Register: http://www.techoregon.org/event?eventid=10073093895

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Software QA User Group (SQAUG)
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents: Building Automation on Business Concepts – Michael Cowan, SQE Viewpoint Construction SW Topic: Building Automation on Business Concepts - A Real World Example

Come participate in an open discussion of advanced automation concepts using real world examples from Viewpoints massive ERP Solution. There will be an initial presentation on key concepts, followed by a code review of real tests and ending in an open discussion of how these concepts can be applied to your work

The presentation will focus on how Viewpoint has structured its automation framework to focus on common business concepts and not a single technology. We wi ll show you how a single test can be written so it runs against a WinForm UI, Web UI, REST API or even directly against a database.

This framework was implemented in C# (but I have implemented Java and Scala versions at past companies) and was executing test cases in less than 30 days. Everything we discuss will be targeted at how to get something viable up and running in less than 30 days

About Our Speaker: Michael Cowan has over 20 years’ experience in the
software industry, and has held individual and management roles in both QA and Development. His passions have always been automation, and he has been a lead engineer on several successf ul automation frameworks

Agenda: 5:30-6:00 PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Michael Cowan will discuss automating business concepts, and any questions you’ve sent.

Details: . Event is Free to the public · On site parking (directions below) · Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served · No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are BRAND NEW,
and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discuss ions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Linked in: SQAUG

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RefreshPDX - Content FTW: Rallying an Army of Internal Content Contributors
ISITE Design

As content marketing becomes a core component of a brand’s digital presence, from creating awareness to nurturing a community, marketers and content strategists working with internal teams are faced with a tricky question: Where should the content come from? Once your journeys have been mapped and personas outlined, how do you kick-start a relevant and honest editorial plan?

In this refreshing look at content strategy, Katie will share her story and tips for rallying a cross-functional team and process to inform a made-to-fit content strategy. You’ll see some tools and templates to borrow for building your own “Team Content” to feed the content pipeline.

Our Presenter, Katie Del Angel

Katie is a marketing specialist at ISITE Design, a digital agency that helps organizations create exceptional experiences. Katie is responsible for content marketing and social media within the agency. She oversees ISITE's mini B2B content empire of six in-house blogs, and a growing army of internal contributors. She also manages the agency website content and organizes ISITE's annual experience design event in Portland, Oregon, Delight Conference.

A recent addition to the Portland office by way of Boston, Katie is still a Chicagoan at heart and thoroughly enjoys a good Chicago-style hot dog whenever she can.

Follow Katie on Twitter.

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PDX OSGeo Monthly meeting
Ecotrust (Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center)

Monthly meeting of the Portland open source GIS group. Projects big and small are usually presented monthly along with rousing conversation and discussion. All are welcome, no need to RSVP - our group ranges from the geo-curious to the überhackers so bring your ideas and questions!

This month's agenda: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/PDX_OSGEO_20140319_Meeting

Our mailing list is here: http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-osgeo

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Erlang and Elixir Meetup
CrowdCompass office in the Ford Building

The next PDX Erlang and Elixir Meetup is this Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at CrowdCompass.  Mexican food from Los Gorditos will be provided. Vegan and gluten free options available.  Email daniel@digitree.org if there is something specific you'd like to try from their menu (links at bottom).

There's still room on the agenda if you have something to discuss, otherwise we'll open it up for general discussion.  The agenda so far:

Stephen Peters will give a recap of his time at Erlang Factory in San Francisco earlier this month and possibly demo a new monitoring tool for the Erlang VM.

Daniel Hedlund will be giving a brief overview of erlank.mk, rebar and relx and how they fit into the Erlang app development ecosystem.  He will also present a bare bones cowboy app and go over each of its components, and how to pull in other dependencies like redis and json libraries.  The app will be made available on GitHub so you can clone and experiment after the meeting.

Hope to see everyone there!

Los Gorditos Taqueria Menus:

If you have trouble finding us, please call Stephen at 503.575.0815 or Daniel at 503.453.7535.

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Agile PDX Evening: Teaching Kids Programming with Agile Techniques
Puppet Labs

In this workshop, attendees will experience our Intentional Method of introducing children (ages 10+) to programming (in java) using recipes . We use Agile techniques such as pair programming, randoris, short iterations, re-factoring & test-driven development in teaching. Pair instructors model Agile practices while teaching. Learn how to teach technical processes using Agile techniques. Although we’ve mostly used our method with children, we have also successfully taught adults using similar methodologies.

Note: on Tue 18 March there is a version of this event for kids to try it out along with their peers and parents: http://calagator.org/events/1250465864

Note: There will be hands-on sections of this presentation. While not everyone will need a laptop, please bring one if you can, and set it up with the courseware & eclipse from our github account

full link: https://github.com/TeachingKidsProgramming/TeachingKidsProgramming.Java

short link: http://lfal.co/tkpjava

About the speakers...

Llewellyn Falco learned to jump horses in the 7th grade while living in France. Back in states, while studying drafting in high school, he started fire eating, sleight of hand magic, and once rode a unicycle 6 miles. After learning to juggle torches, he joined a acrobatics group in college where he specialized on the trampoline and walking a slack rope. He can calculate the cube root of any perfect cube under 1,000,000 in his head, as well as pick a standard lock. He can rollerblade down a flight of stairs, backwards. Later, he has learned to play the doumbek (a type of drum), to accompaniment a belly dancing girlfriend. Llewellyn studied Tai Chi for 2 years, can throw a knife at 20 feet, and a playing card at 50. He has taught swing dancing, and loves to salsa. He is also an accomplished speed chess player. In the last year, he has been scuba diving over 20 times, become a guitar hero, and broke his personal record of paddle balling over 200 times. Llewellyn attributes his success to the large amount of caffeine he has consumed, and enjoys computer programming in his spare time.

Lynn Langit - Big Data Architect and Educator. Former FTE at MSFT (4 years). Awards – SQL Server MVP, Google Cloud Developer Expert, MongoDB Master. Lynn has done production work with SQL Server, MongoDB, AWS and Google databases and more. Lynn has over 150 BigData screencasts on her YouTube channel (SoCalDevGal). In addition to her work with Big Data, she is also the co-founder of a non-profit, ‘Teaching Kids Programming.’

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Freelancers Happy Hour
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

Kick back with craft beer at a special happy hour just for freelancers, hosted by the Freelancers Union (www.freelancersunion.org). Whether you're a designer or developer, marketer or magician, meet other self-employed Portlanders who all bring a unique perspective to your shared goals and challenges.

We're providing one free drink ticket. A cash bar and tasty dinner menu (with vegan options) are also available.

RSVP at the website listed!

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Thursday
Mar 20
MaptimePDX Friday Morning Meetup
Portland Penny Diner

Come hangout, drink coffee, and chat with other geonerds. Just look for the mappy people. This week, we're at Portland Penny Diner on 410 SW Broadway.

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MaptimePDX is the Portland, OR offshoot of MaptimeSF, a weekly meetup of mappers in San Francisco hacking on maps and doing mappy things. In the same tradition, we're aiming to provide meetups for hacking on map projects of all sorts. There's no board or leadership - just some people who are enthusiastic about maps and sharing knowledge. We'll post upcoming events here and summaries of things we learn along the way. Join us!

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Open Source Security ISSA Portland Symposium
Nike ED1 Air Max 360 Building

Join ISSA for a special half-day symposium on the topic of Open Source Security. This will be the second symposium format event sponsored by ISSA this year (following up on the very successful Incident Response symposium held in October).

When: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Doors open at 8:30AM. The event will end at 1:30PM. Lunch will be provided.

Agenda: 8:30 - Doors open and networking 9:00 - 10:30 - Eyes Wide Open: Open Source Network Security Monitoring with Bro and Time Machine 10:40 - 11:30 - Using Open Source Tools to Accomplish SANS Top 20 11:40 - 12:30 - The Open Nature of Security Intelligence 12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch and networking opportunity

Location:
Thank you to our colleagues at Nike for hosting this symposium on the west side. The event will be held at the ED1 Air Max 360 Building; The address is 15475 SW Koll Parkway. Note that this is not the “main” Nike campus, but is nearby. There is plenty of parking, and the ISSA event will be held on the first floor. We will have a check-in desk visible for visitors.

Presentations: This symposium will feature several intriguing and educational presentations by experts in the area of Open Source Security. Speakers will explore specific skills that security practitioners can take away in terms of using open source tools to achieve security, as well as provide an overview of where open source tools fit in with the commercial products in the marketplace.

See EventBrite page for full presentation descriptions

Price:
The symposium is subsidized by chapter memberships and sponsors. A nominal fee of $10 (member) / $15 (non-member) / $20 (at-the-door) will be charged.

CPEs: The chapter maintains proof of attendance for members but it is the members responsibility to ensure that these CPE's are credited to their respective accounts. This symposium will offer between 3-4 CPE hours.

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HiMSS Oregon - Lunch and Learn "BYOD/Mobility - Best Practices within Health Delivery Systems"
Providence (St. Vincent’s) East Pavilion – Souther Auditorium

With the explosive growth of Smart Phones, Tablets and other mobile devices, Healthcare Delivery Systems (HDS) have to offer accessibility to both patients and practitioners. Mobility and support of a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) environment have become increasingly necessary as we move into the digital industrial economy. Gartner predicts that Digital incompetence will cause a quarter (25 percent) of businesses to lose their market position by 2017. In the hyper-competitive HDS landscape, Hospitals have to offer more flexibility for access to both their external and internal customers to remain relevant and avoid losing market share.

This interactive panel discussion will focus on the challenges that Healthcare Delivery Systems face with these changes. This will include topics ranging from security issues, demands on the network, patient privacy, potential breach of data, and increased financial risk. The panel will discuss best practices within the clinical environment and the infrastructure required to serve the needs of the users, as well as protect the patient information.

Distinguished Panelists Include:

NAME: Michael Boyd TITLE: Chief Information Security Officer, Providence Health & Services

Mike Boyd’s background includes security engineering and risk management work in the fields of media and entertainment, insurance and financial services, higher education and more than a decade working in healthcare information security and risk management.

Mike has been with Providence Health & Services for more than six years and currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer. Providence is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare system that includes 32 hospitals, more than 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. Providence employs more than 64,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Mike’s responsibilities include oversight of information security risk assessment, security incident management, and integration of security risk management within Providence’s environment including information technology, supply chain, revenue cycle, human resources and healthcare operations. Previously Mike served as the Information Security Officer for Oregon Health & Science University and oversaw the security engineering team at Pacific Life Insurance. Mike is also the past president of the Portland chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

Mike holds is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

NAME: Paul Aneja TITLE: IT Architect, Salem Health
Currently working at Salem Health, prior architect experience at several Northwest companies including Intel, Xerox, and Oregon Health Authority. Passionate about planning and improving the maturity of technology platforms, applications, and solutions. Develop roadmaps for various technology domains to advance new technologies. Education includes a Health IT Informatics graduate certificate degree from OHSU and Masters in Computer Science from Old Dominion University.

NAME: Brad Reardon TITLE: Lead Wireless Technical Consultant,
Kaiser Permanente
Focus: Mobile Communications strategy and engineering

Brad started out working on his family's home network in high school. After a short stint as a student technical support representative at Berry College, he joined the Marine Corps. While stationed in Hawaii, he worked as a Tactical Data Network Technician overseeing a helpdesk and three networks spanning the Pacific. Once leaving the Marine Corps, Brad went to work leading call center teams for Dell Computers in Phoenix, Arizona. After the opportunity to play professional paintball brought him to the Pacific North West, he worked at Holiday Retirement and Symantec before landing a position working on VoWiFi for Salem Hospital. In 2009, he left Salem Hospital to begin working for Kaiser Permanente.

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Startup 411: How to Start
Perkins Coie (PDX)

This overview workshop presented by OTBC and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is an overview of how to start, common mistakes to avoid, and an introduction to startup funding. Included Tools: Startup Checklist; Oregon Entrepreneur Resources Directory.

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YESpdx | Portland Entrepreneurs Night Out
Doug Fir Lounge

Join YESpdx for our most popular event: Mix & Mingle | Portland Entrepreneurs Night Out. Last time we packed the house, so this time we're getting a larger venue. Join us on March 20th at the Doug Fir and meet fellow entrepreneurs, startup founders and potential collaborators, friends or investors. You never know who you're going to meet at these things, but you're guaranteed to have a good time! RSVP today and PUT IT ON YOUR DAMN CALENDAR because this thing is going to sell out. Sponsors include Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and NedSpace. Free. Ages 21+

YESpdx is a social club for young entrepreneurs in Portland. Our mission is to bring young entrepreneurs and innovators together and to foster collaboration, community and growth.

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[Rose City SPIN] Pushing Practice to Proficiency presented by Matt Plavcan
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Join us for the March Rose City SPIN:

Pushing Practice to Proficiency

Presented by Matt Plavcan, Intel

Dates/Times: Thursday, March 20th, 2014: Networking @ 5:30-6:30 PM; Seminar 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center), 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton, Oregon, 97008, 2nd floor

Abstract

The market environment today is challenging: Teams need to deliver working, high-quality code in an increasingly short time frame. We hear echoes of this in leadership’s implorations to “go faster”. To succeed, engineering teams need the flexibility to alter our course multiple times during product development. The practices to accomplish this are well-established, yet teams continually encounter difficulty changing their behavior. Matt will discuss the challenges a team faces in adopting new techniques, and an approach for achieving sustained excellence.

Bio:

Matt Plavcan is a Technical Practices Coach with the Intel Emergent Systems and Coaching team. He has worked at Intel for sixteen years, and has been writing code for three decades. His previous jobs include hardware validation for the Pentium 4 and Core microprocessors, and teaching Intel architecture at the University of Illinois. Matt is the founder of the Code Dojo and Retreat program at Intel, which uses dedicated practice to hone professional programming skills.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. But you can help us plan food and drinks by registering at: http://march2014spin.eventbrite.com

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza and pop provided by PNSQC beginning at 5:30 pm.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

Thanks also to OTBC

We want to thank OTBC (http://www.otbc.org/) for providing the space for this talk

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

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Joyent and PDXNode present: NODE.JS ON THE ROAD
Urban Airship Inc

Please register for this special event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nodejs-on-the-road-portland-tickets-10630635517

This month PDXNode will be hosting a special presentation night with a visit from our Joyent friends from the south:

"The profile of users developing and deploying Node.js in production is always changing. As new people come to Node, or as the needs of veterans change, it's important for that information to find its way back to the project. Similarly, it's important for those who are deploying Node in production to bring their wisdom to those just starting out. To that end, Joyent is sponsoring Node.js on the Road, a roadshow aimed at keeping the community connected with the project and production users of Node.

We'll be bringing speakers from large and small companies alike to share how they're using Node in production. To talk about the where's, why's, and how's of Node fitting and scaling to their companies' needs. Also, they'll be discussing the ways they coordinate with the Node project and the broader community.

But this isn't a one way road, we want to hear from you too. We want to know about your uses of Node, where Node is being successful for you, and where your pain points are. The Node project is nothing without this feedback, it's vital to make sure Node is heading in the direction its users need.

It's going to be a fun trip. I can't wait to share with you all the exciting things going on with Node, and to get more people involved.

See you soon!"

AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Open House at Nemo Design
Nemo Design

This year AIGA celebrates one hundred years of excellence in design. Help kick off the Centennial with a champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert at our annual Open House. We'll be gathering at Nemo Design Studio, together with Portland's best designers and design advocates, to discuss the upcoming celebrations - nationwide and in our hometown - and to share in a conversation on the future of design.

Join us for some happy hour mingling, then listen to exciting plans for the upcoming year. The rest of the night, you’ll have the chance to chat one-on-one with board members, pick the brains of volunteers, and find out more about AIGA's role in the Portland community.

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TiE Panel: Building Your Dream Team, Crafting Your Culture
TiE Pearl Incubator

Startup Culture is about building the right team, with the right mix of people.

What kind of company do you want to be? How do you grow your team beyond your founder core? How can you craft the culture for your startup? When is the right time to start thinking about these things?

Join us to hear the stories, insights and experiences of our panelists:

  • Samad Wahedi, CEO and Founder of Snapflow,
  • Ben Kaufman, COO of Little Bird
  • Mat Ellis, CEO and Founder of Cloudability and
  • Tom Kingsley, CEO and Founder of CrowdCompass.

The discussion will be moderated by Ajay Malhotra, VP of CBRE, and TiE Charter Member.

This panel event promises lively discussion, plenty of time for questions, and a unique opportunity to get perspectives from some very exciting companies of different sizes and maturity - not to mention great networking.

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Big Data Featuring Lilien Systems - The Data Made Me Do It
Thetus Corporation

Big Data is changing the world and whether your company’s data was created today or 20 years ago, it’s time to explore incredible new database technologies and analytic ecosystems that will transform your business.

Join Lilien Systems as we review the data continuum, how the value of your data continuously changes and what to look for in a game-changing Big Data Solution for your enterprise.

Discover how a real-time analytics solution lets you act on data at the point of maximum value – “right now” with velocity and real-time analytics.  Today’s leading database technologies ingest maximum amounts of structured and unstructured data at high speeds with complete accuracy, coupled with the ability to make decisions the moment it arrives through analytics in real-time. 

Data is being used in its oldest state and newest state to help organizations make decisions in real-time. With the phenomenal growth of Hadoop infrastructure and the subsequent emergence of powerful databases such as VoltDB and HP Vertica, and a self-service visualization utility like Tableau, many industries and individual companies are finding considerable value in different ways and faster than ever before.


Join Lilien Systems as we review the life of data and how an analytics solution ecosystem would enhance your competitive advantage.

Thanks a lot to the guys of Thetus Corporation for allowing us to do the event there!

Bonus: Your favorite thin-crust pizzas & beers!

Presenters

Paul Cattrone, Big Data & Analytics Practice Director @ Lilien Systems

Nathan Hughes, Director of Sales – Big Data & Analytics @ Lilien Systems


Agenda

6:00 - 6:30 Welcome & Networking

6:30 - 7:30 Presentation by Paul & Nathan

7:30 - 8:30 Dinner (on us!) & Networking


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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Streamlining Your Day-to-Day Freelance Life
Milagros Boutique

In the latest event in national non-profit the Freelancers Union's (www.freelancersunion.org) Freelance 360 professional workshop series, freelance expert Allie Rice will lead attendees through the ins and outs of building a healthy, well-organized business that frees you up to pursue your passions – instead of tying you down.

Learn more and RSVP at the link!

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OpenStack Northwest User Group Meetup: OpenStack + Ceph = A match made in heaven
Jama South

You don't get too many second chances in life, but if you missed Ian Colle's presentation in Denver this February, and you happen to be in Portland on March 20th, then you're in luck.

Ian is the Director of Engineering at Inktank, the company delivering Inktank Ceph Enterprise. He will be flying over to discuss Ceph integration with OpenStack at a deep technical level, and also for the beer.

Ceph is a fully open source distributed object store, network block device, and file system designed for reliability, performance, and scalability from terabytes to exabytes. Ceph offers a Swift and S3-compatible REST API for seamless data access, a network block device for large images or volumes, and native support for Qemu/KVM, libvirt, CloudStack, and OpenStack which makes it quite a versatile storage platform. Join us for a walkthrough of the Ceph architecture, its current status, how it integrates with OpenStack, and plans for future development.

Prior to Inktank, Ian held positions in Intel’s High Performance Data Division and Whamcloud’s High Performance Computing team. He is an avid trail runner who thinks running up the sides of mountains is an enjoyable way to exercise.

Please RSVP so we can ensure food and drinks are adequate.

See you then.

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PDX Speech and Language Processing Happy Hour
Orenco Taphouse

Rescheduled! PDX Speech and Language Processing Happy Hour is an informal gathering of individuals working in computational linguistics, speech, and natural language processing in the Portland metro area. No talks, just socializing, but shop talk encouraged. Some folks will be around 7-10, so drop in as your schedule permits. At Orenco Taphouse.

PDXPUG: March meeting
Iovation

Portland Postgres Users Group. See link for details.

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Lockpicking Workshop
Free Geek

The local chapter of Toool meets every third Thursday at FreeGeek. Doors open at 7p. Beginner's lesson starts at 7:15p and repeated as needed. Play time ends around 9:30. We supply locks, tools, guidance, and community.

Please RSVP to chapter-PDX@toool.us . It helps us know how to set up the room.

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MaptimeStJohns
Anna Bannanas Cafe, St Johns

Tonight at MaptimeStJohns, we will review some compiled leaflet maps using several of the leaflet pluggins. We will go through some live custom examples using humangeo's dvf pluggin, we will use postgis and output geojson, geocsv and topojson to add to our leaflet maps, and also discuss some temporal mapping tools.

Bring your laptop with leaflet installed and a webserver available. Have a server scripting language such as php or python and postgressql/postgis installed. If you don't have a laptop, come anyway and you will be able to see these tools in action, as well as receive any materials handed out at the meetup. Bring a flash drive so you can take a copy of the data home.

LET'S GET TOGETHER AND MAP AT MAPTIMESTJOHNS!

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Friday
Mar 21
MaptimePDX Friday Morning Meetup
Portland Penny Diner

Come hangout, drink coffee, and chat with other geonerds. Just look for the mappy people. This week, we're at Portland Penny Diner on 410 SW Broadway.

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MaptimePDX is the Portland, OR offshoot of MaptimeSF, a weekly meetup of mappers in San Francisco hacking on maps and doing mappy things. In the same tradition, we're aiming to provide meetups for hacking on map projects of all sorts. There's no board or leadership - just some people who are enthusiastic about maps and sharing knowledge. We'll post upcoming events here and summaries of things we learn along the way. Join us!

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Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Ford Food and Drink (SE 11th and Division)

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. We'll be at Ford Food and Drink on SE 11th and Division... come join!

Portland Code School: Friday Brunch
Jam on Hawthorne

At this event, you can talk with the staff, meet current and past students, introduce yourself to other prospective students. We’ll socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry! Enjoy your first mimosa/orange juice on us!

If you sign up for the Primer class at this event, you'll receive a $100 discount!

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Bridging the Digital and Physical Divide
PCC Cascade Campus

Hear Portland’s own Second Story Studio, SapientNitro Matt Arnold and David Waingarten present their approach to creating narrative spaces and interactive digital art.

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Saturday
Mar 22
PDX Code Retreat - Spring 2014
ACME Business Consulting LLC

Portland warms up, flowers start to appear: Cues that the Spring Code Retreat is on its way! It will be a day of fun, programming, learning, teaching, and getting to know other programmers who are passionate about their craft. Show up with your laptop and favorite development tools to participate, everything else is provided.

Please note the location change to ACME Consulting, in the Park Blocks.

What is a Code Retreat? It's a great place to practice your software skills and push your limits. If you haven't heard of code retreat before, you might want to take a look at the Coderetreat.org website for a complete explanation of what to expect.

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Creating content, managing workflow using digital audio workstation tools such as nanostudio. Designing content using arrangement charts.
OHSU 8B-60 Lecture Bowl

Afternoon seminar on the topic of digital audio content creation. Introduction and overview to using digital audio workstation tools such as nanostudio to create/edit/produce audio/visual content. Discussion of using methods such as arrangement charts to design stronger, more powerful content.

Joint event put on by IEEE Oregon chapter of CSS/IMS society & Experimental Electronica / Future Music meetup. http://www.meetup.com/experimental-electronica-future-music/events/165048272/

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Soft Circuits at Lovecraft, An LED Crafty Workshop
Lovecraft Bar

Join Cacophonous Creations for another edition of introductory lessons into the world of soft circuits!

Who: Anyone 21+ years old, who wants to learn how to add an LED and switch to an article of clothing, stuffed animal, or fabric based accessory.

All skill levels of sewing and electronics are welcome!

Cost: $5 covers basic materials + sliding scale workshop fee $5-15

Things to bring with you: A stuffed animal, article of clothing, or fabric based accessory, or anything else you want to add some electronic bling to (non- stretchy materials work best)

Scissors

Needle nose pliers

Head lamp (I have a few lamps. However, we are sewing in a bar with limited lighting and your eyes may appreciate additional light.)

non-conductive cotton or polyester thread that coordinates with your fabric.

Sunday
Mar 23
Women Who Hack
Mozilla

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: womenwhohack@stumptownsyndicate.org.

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

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Monday
Mar 24
Rentrak Hackathon
Rentrak - Downtown

The Rentrak Hackathon is a gathering of laptops and laughter. Classically, we all sit in a square and type words onto a keyboard that then get turned into a "computerized program". It's a good chance to work on your personal projects, learn what your peers are up to (computer-wise), figure out what the best programming language is, and/or say the words "I don't have anything to work on" or "I forgot my laptop". This event is very informal, and there is no specific project we'll be focusing our efforts on.

Food and refreshments are served. RSVPing to ssw@rentrakmail.com is appreciated, but not required.

Come check out Rentrak's new downtown office. Everyone is welcome to join us!

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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Python!

Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share

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Tuesday
Mar 25
PDX Women in IT Happy Hour Networking Event
Puppet Labs

We are so excited for Puppet Labs to host us again! Join us for awesome people, food and drinks. See you soon!

PDX Women in Information Technology 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!

@PDXWiIT @puppetlabs

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FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is: +1 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

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AngularJS Portland Meetup
Portland State University Engineering Building Website
IxDA Portland: Interaction Conference Redux
Ziba Design - Auditorium

Did you miss last month’s Interaction’14 conference in Amsterdam? Yes? Well read on…

We’ve watched all 35 hours of video from Interaction’14 and picked out the best of the best to share with you at this year’s IxDA PDX conference redux. Yes, that’s right, this year, we’re having a movie night!

Doors open at 6:00 for drinks, food and conversation.
Movie time starts at 6:45 sharp.

As in previous years, we are being generously hosted by Ziba Design, which means you’ll have a great view of the proceedings.

A huge thank you to Ziba, WebVisions, Vitamin T, and Georgetown Brewing. Without them, we'd all be going home after the event hungry and thirsty.

Register online:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ixda-pdx-interaction-conference-redux-tickets-10829731017

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Portland 3D Printing Lab
ISITE Design

In February 60 Layer Geeks got to see how real Oregon companies team up to create business opportunities using 3D printing. We kicked off with a high-level overview of what 3D printing is and how it's used. Then, we took a look at updates in the industry and talked about how we, as a community, can work together. Next, Rigado Systems, makers of Lumenplay, showed us how 3D printed parts allows them to be responsive to their customers' needs. RapidMade showed us the kinds of products they can make in short order and gave us advice on how to prepare your products to be printed. Lastly, ProtoPasta told us the story of their Kickstarter for desktop 3D printer filament, made with polycarb and carbon fiber.

In March, we'll take a look at the tools, including an in-depth look at 3D scanning and 3d printed prosthetic hands! Agenda follows: 0600p : 3D printing for Beginners

0630p : Networking over light food/beverages

0730p : Intro

0710p : Show your projects OR

           Community Q&A - Shout out a question, get it answered

0750p : Sklyr @ 3Digitize.us talks about the state of the art in 3D scanning, with a LIVE demo!

0810p : Ivan Owen tells us the story of creating prosthetic hands and joining the e.Nable project! 0810p : More Networking!

Note 1: We also had a LARGE number of printers (including a delta!) represented at our Feb meetup. If you'd like to bring a printer, please contact the group organizer, so we can set aside table space.

Note 2: If you have a project or business you'd like to talk about, please contact the group organizer by private message. We're looking for 15-20 minute presentations. Slides aren't necessary, but we have access to a projector and plenty of table space. Good examples would be demonstrations of a new technique/tool, an overview of a service you provide, a unique project you've modeled/printed, etc. If you know a great speaker, please refer them!

Please share this with your network and bring your imagination and enthusiasm. We'd particularly like to get people from bigger corps that are using a lot of 3D printing in their design process (looking at you Nike and Intel :)

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RainSec
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

RainSec is an informal meetup of like-minded security professionals to discuss topics of interest in a non-work, non-vendor setting. Preferably while drinking just enough to forget our day jobs.

While this is a public event open to any interested parties, our target audience are folks experienced with information security in a professional capacity.

Follow @PDXRainSec for updates.

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Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting
Mozilla

Topic: TBD

**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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Wednesday
Mar 26
Lean Coffee
New Relic

Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

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Collective Agency Monthly Open House & Potluck
Collective Agency

Wednesday, March 26th, 9am to 5pm, come and work at Collective Agency during our Open House, and join us for a potluck lunch!

Community Mission Statement:

"Collective Agency is a cozy place to work alongside people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to, where 80% of people say hi. Come and work here!"

Schedule (come when you like):

• 9am – open

• 12pm - potluck lunch here on the sofas (Best to come before lunch--- It’s great if you do bring food, but it’s fine not to, also!)

• 2-2:30pm - Lightning Talks (like TED Talks, members talk for 2-8 minutes about something they're passionate about and committed to, whether work or otherwise)

• 5pm - end of open house

The open house is for everybody who'd like to work here for the day, regardless of whether or not you're interested in membership; it's a good day to work with friends.

Members have 24/7 access. We have around 50 members and room to grow to around 100 members. http://collectiveagency.co/membership/

Community guidelines: http://collectiveagency.co/community-guidelines

RSVP: www.facebook.com/events/692952134076855/?source=1

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PositivePDX Entrepreneurs/Solopreneurs--Let's Have Lunch!
Xico

This is a meet-up for entrepreneur/solopreneurs to get together and learn, grow and thrive. This is more about creating a community of colleagues and a network of support rather than networking to grow your business. It’s also about sharing the good times, the positive events, the random acts of kindness, the awesomeness of a business and celebrating successes.

There is a $20 registration fee.

Speaker: TechnoTherapy: Love Your Technology and It Loves You Back

Is your computer relationship on the rocks? Maybe you need some TechnoTherapy! Technology is not your adversary. Learn to love your tech and see how your mindset changes!

• Learn how to think like a technology pro

• Eliminate frustration from new technology

• Improve productivity through effective tech use

• BONUS: Using technology to connect to other coaches and client Sierra Modro has been immersed in technology since the Commodore 64. Continuously fascinated by the potential inherent in computers, she has danced through both software programming and hardware validation. As a mobile technology evangelist for Intel, she traveled the world to teach the future of mobility. Her impact led Microsoft to award Sierra MVP status for her outstanding contributions to Tablet PC advancement. She remains on the forefront of emerging technology and analyzing its effects on society. Unabashedly pro-tech, she brings infectious enthusiasm to presentations. Sierra works with organizations that want to get excited about technology, change, and mobile productivity.

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March Entretherapy
East Bank Saloon & Restaurant

Entretherapy is Donation based and you must grab a ticket from our event page.

Crowd-sourced solutions to your most pressing startup problems, in one handy place!

Entretherapy is a startup event for entrepreneurs (tech & non-tech) to gather and share whatever is most pressing. Basically, we’re creating a safe place for entrepreneurs in Portland to get HELP! (This isn’t therapy and we aren’t therapists, so keep your nutty childhood at home.)

Here is how it works…

Each entrepreneur who attends will get an equal amount of time to talk.

The first half of that time will be used to share a hurdle you’re facing in business.

The second half is opened up to the group to offer up solutions. Attendees will receive an event recap so you won’t have to worry about taking notes (unless you want).

Oh… and we’ll eat some delicious cake!

Come prepared with a problem you want to be solved, because it’s going to happen.

If not that night, some time over the next month we’ll offer up a solid cure for what ails ya!

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Homebrew Website Club PDX
Mozilla

Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

This will be held concurrently with the Homebrew Website Club meeting in San Francisco with a remote video link between the two sites!

Read about the last meetings:

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PDX Cocoaheads
Walmart Labs

Justin Miller will present something about mapping. You'll need to come to find out exactly what that will be. :) Walmart Labs will provide the pizza, and those who wish to will go out for beer after the meeting.

Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting
Janrain Headquarters

The monthly meeting of Portland's first JavaScript and ECMAscript users' group. We host presentations and discussions on everything JavaScript-related - including JavaScript frameworks, node.js, CoffeeScript, and whatever else comes up.

We have three talks scheduled for this meeting:

  • A demo of WebRTC, presented by Ken Stowell
  • Escaping callback hell with generators, presented by Jacob Rothstein
  • Mob Programming: what works, what doesn't, presented by Cameron Knight

Feel free to join our mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/pdxjs if you too are a JavaScript admirer. Or visit our web site for more information at http://pdxjs.com/.

If you're interested in making a presentation at this or at a future meet-up, please e-mail Jesse Hallett (jesse@sitr.us).

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Thursday
Mar 27
PDXNode COMBINED hacknights! NodeBots & Code & Learn join forces
Urban Airship Inc

This month, we'll be coming our informal NodeBots hardware hacknight with our monthly Code & Learn formerly at Side Door.

Bring your ideas! Bring your hardware! We'll be providing hardware kits on loan at the event for experimenting. We're meeting to work on projects and talk about all things NodeJS.

Newbies welcome! Say hi and ask questions.

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CodePDX: The ins and outs of learning to code.
Jama South

Learning to code can be a daunting journey, and everyone seems to have a different approach. For our first meeting we'll discuss the various methods that have worked in the past for learning. We'll share resources, tips, and experiences and have an open discussion about tech education.

This meeting is not an intro to programming, but instead a discussion surrounding methods of learning from a variety of backgrounds.

Panel:

-Tracy Abrahms, engineer @ Urban Airship

-Carl Hall, engineer @ Cloudability

-Flora Worley, engineer @ Quick Left

Questions? Contact Colby at colby@aley.me.

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PDX Rust: A(n abridged) tour of the Rust compiler
New Relic

Come and listen to some guy ramble about the innards of the Rust compiler. Free beer & pizza for all!

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March PAGDIG/IGDA Meeting
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Let’s have an informal hangout and catch up on what everyone has been up to now that GDC is over. Bring your game development questions and get some answers. Grab some food and drink while you’re at it too.

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Friday
Mar 28
MaptimePDX Friday Morning Meetup
Ristretto Roasters (N Williams)

Come hangout, drink coffee, and chat with other geonerds. Just look for the mappy people. This Friday we're at Ristretto Roasters on N. Williams Ave.

And don't forget April's evening meetup: http://calagator.org/events/1250465867

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MaptimePDX is the Portland, OR offshoot of MaptimeSF, a weekly meetup of mappers in San Francisco hacking on maps and doing mappy things. In the same tradition, we're aiming to provide meetups for hacking on map projects of all sorts. There's no board or leadership - just some people who are enthusiastic about maps and sharing knowledge. We'll post upcoming events here and summaries of things we learn along the way. Join us!

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Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Floyds Coffee Shop

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. We'll be at Floyd's Coffee in Old Town... come join!

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Portland Code School: Friday Brunch
Brix Tavern

VENUE CHANGE We are now at Brix Tavern!

Interested in being a web developer? Come and learn more about how Portland Code School can give you the skills you want with the support you need. Discover what our accelerated learning programs can do for you!

At this event, you can talk with the staff, meet current and past students, and introduce yourself to other prospective students. Ask a server where we’re sitting, or look for our “Portland Code School” sign. We’ll socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry!

If you sign up for the Web Development Primer class at this event, you'll receive a $100 discount!

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Portland Code School -- Meet and Greet
Portland Code School

Interested in being a web developer? Come and learn more about how Portland Code School can give you the skills you want with the support you need. Discover what our accelerated learning programs can do for you!

At this event, you can talk with the staff, meet current and past students, introduce yourself to other prospective students. We’ll socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry!

If you sign up for the Primer class at this event, you'll receive a $100 discount!

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Saturday
Mar 29
Flask by Example: A PyCon Tutorial Practice Session
Urban Airship Inc

Join us as Miguel Grinberg runs through his PyCon 2014 Tutorial Session: Flask by Example.

Refreshments sponsored by Idealist.org, who have launched a new network to help people everywhere connect and take action on any issue that concerns them, locally or globally, online and in person.

Help Miguel prepare for PyCon by being an audience member, and providing helpful feedback afterwards.

** While anyone is welcome to attend, please note that this session is an Intermediate-level tutorial. It will be most accessible and useful to those who already know Python fairly well and are looking to learn about the Flask framework.

About Flask Flask is a web framework for Python based on Werkzeug, Jinja 2 and good intentions. It is considered a micro-framework, but don't get the "micro" part fool you; Flask can do everything others can do, many times in a simpler, leaner way. In this tutorial session you will follow me as I write a complete web application in front of your eyes using the core framework and a handful of extensions.

About this Session Flask is a small and easy to use, yet fully featured open source web framework written in Python. Its code is concise and well written, you can read it all and understand it.

In this session you will learn the Flask way by watching me build a complete application in front of your eyes.

Session Schedule

12:00pm ... Doors open

12:30pm ... Tutorial begins

2:00pm ... Stretch break

2:20pm ... Session resumes

3:50pm ... Q & A and Feedback

4:30pm ... Session ends

Some of the topics included in this tutorial:

• Single-file applications

• Multi-file structure for larger applications

• Templates

• Web forms

• Databases

• User Authentication

• Administration Panel

• Social features (followers, timeline pages)

• Ajax and RESTful APIs

• Deployment options

In addition to the Flask core modules (Flask itself, Jinja 2 template engine, Werkzeug) you will learn how to use a number of Flask extensions such as:

• Flask-WTF for web form handling

• Flask-SQLAlchemy for database management

• Flask-Login for user authentication

• Flask-Bootstrap for CSS styling

• Flask-RESTful for APIs

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Monday
Mar 31
Camlistore Install Fest
Mozilla

Update: Brad Fitzpatrick and Nick O'neill of the Camlistore project will be attending!

Let's get together and install Camlistore.

Camlistore is a "personal storage system for life", similar in some ways to Dropbox, Google+, and Git. It is designed to archive personally-relevant data from sources such as your hard drive, social networks, and your mobile phone camera. Once data is imported, you can annotate and organize, query, and share.

Camli is moving fast, and is currently for developers and motivated early adopters. Bonus points for installing ahead of time, so we can focus on the fun stuff and so we have more people on hand who can help with installation.

Basics

  • Install Camlistore on your laptop and play with the web interface and cammount, camput and camget commands
  • Sync some photos with the Android app
  • Play with the awesome query interface, for example searching by image properties.

Advanced ideas

  • Set up Camlistore on a home server, or on a VPS using S3 for storage (see this recipe).
  • Build and install the iOS photo sync app and sync some photos
  • Publish parts of your store to the web with go templates
  • Try out claim-based sharing

Lightning Talks

If you have a project in progress that you'd like to share, there will be time at the beginning of the meetup for 5 minute lightning talks. Add your topic below.

  • Don Park on 'just enough ruby to use Camlistore as a generic image host'
  • Nick Moore will have a Raspberry Pi on hand running Camlistore.
  • @edrex on archiving and annotating handwritten notes
Crafty Circuits
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Interested in wearable and physical computing, and crafts? Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? OSH Park, Cacophonous Creations and Flux Lab team up to offer just the space!

You bring your projects and supplies.

We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We can answer some of your soft circuit questions, share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors!

Things to note: *This is an alcohol free, all ages space.

*Some components will be available for purchase. Please contact Cat (blinkycatbot@gmail.com) if there's something specific you want available for your project.

*While this is a free event, we will be setting out a tip jar to help raise funds to cover the costs of hosting this awesome bi-weekly event.

For more about Cacophonous Creations, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/cacophonouscreations

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FutureTalk with Ward Cunningham
New Relic

Wiki's Song of Code and Content

Agile programming and Wiki hypertext emerged together out of a single vision of completing each other's work. Twenty years later we see opportunity to direct this collaboration toward more difficult problems. This is not your father's wiki. We reexamine fundamental questions about what it means to write and to program. Then we show how Federated Wiki uses both to make a better world.

This is the 5th event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Doors open at 5:30p for food, drinks and networking. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Ward Cunningham has worked for and consulted to daring startups and huge corporations. He has served as CTO, Director, Fellow, Principle Engineer and Inventor. He is best known for creating wiki. He leads an open-source project rebuilding wiki to solve more complex sharing situations addressing some of societies toughest problems. Ward founded movements in object-oriented, agile software, extreme programming and pattern languages. Ward lives in Portland, Oregon and works for New Relic, Inc.

Check out this event's Federated Wiki, and follow him on Twitter @WardCunningham

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

Mobile Portland — PayRange: Easy Mobile Payments for Machines
Urban Airship Inc

If you have ever tried to pay a Portland parking meter with a card, you'll appreciate this talk!

Waiting while the meter validates your card, and then contacts the bank all the while you are getting soaked in the rain and running late to a meeting – sound familiar? Almost everyone who has parked downtown has experienced this scenario.

In this month's Mobile Portland talk, Paresh Patel and Chau Doan of PayRange talk about how they are changing the way we pay any machine – meters, vending, laundry, amusement, transit ticketing, and more.

They have developed a low-cost device that can be retrofitted into virtually any machine enabling it to accept mobile payments via Bluetooth. While PayRange's system is designed to be extremely simple for the users, they abstract away the complexity behind the scenes.

Come hear them talk about the problems, challenges, and obstacles they face to make this all happen seamlessly and universally. It's sure to be an engaging talk involving the latest in mobile, payments, and Bluetooth low energy.

You won't want to miss this one, especially since they're working to keep you drier and punctual!

About Our Speakers

Paresh Patel, Phd., Founder and CEO, PayRange

Paresh Patel is an award-winning innovator who has designed and developed products that have won an unprecedented five vending industry gold innovation awards, a Connected World award, an American Beverage Association award for Best Technology Innovation, and the Oregon Development Stage Startup of the Year to name a few.

Paresh has been innovating in the machine-to-machine space since he bought his first vending machine at the age of 17. Not only was he able to put himself through school with this endeavor, he was able to turn that one machine into one of the largest vending companies in the Pacific Northwest. Paresh then moved onto developing technology to further the capabilities of vending machines when he founded VendScreen. VendScreen allows machines to accept card payments, provides consumers with nutritional information, and collects inventory data for operators.

His latest startup, PayRange, takes it a step further by fusing next generation mobile technology and the Internet of Things.

Chau Doan, Principal Architect, PayRange

Unlike Paresh, Chau Doan's claim to fame is that he doesn't have one. A grizzled veteran of 18 product efforts (some of which actually shipped), he has been the lead engineer and architect for a dozen of them. The litany of projects include fault-tolerant serial protocols, collaborative eBooks, 3D graphics, test and measurement, digital signal processing, CNC machines, fluid dispensers of the party variety, and of course, person-to-machine mobile payments. While this may sound like a recipe for heartburn at an engineer's buffet, his apparent hollow leg syndrome keeps garnering him bigger and more ambitious projects. Despite the extensiveness of his craft, when he does his best work, you'll never know he was there.

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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Python!

Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share.

Great study group for people taking Coursera An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python and Programming for Everybody

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Tuesday
Apr 1
Galois tech talk: Practical Challenges to Secure Computation
Galois, Inc

Presented by John Launchbury.

In secure computation, one or more parties collaborate to compute a result while keeping all the inputs private. That is, no-one can gain knowledge about the inputs from the other parties, except what can be determined from the output of the computation. Methods of secure computation include fully homomorphic encryption (where one party owns the input data and the other party performs the whole computation), and secure multiparty computation (where multiple parties collaborate in the computation itself). The underlying methods are still exceedingly costly in time, space, and communication requirements, but there are also many other practical problems to be solved before secure computation can be usable. For programmers, the algorithm construction is often nonintuitive; for compiler writers, the machine assumptions are very different from usual; and for application designers, the application information flow has to match the security architecture. In this talk we will highlight these challenges, and indicate promising research directions.

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PADNUG - Portland Area Dot Net Users Group
Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

Diana Larsen on Nothing but the Truth: Agile Perspectives from the Trenches‏

Come for an evening of dialogue with Diana Larsen, doyenne and sojourner in the many various fields of Agile. With no prepared slides or lecture, we’ll rely on everyone’s experience to hold a spontaneous dialogue with you and your colleagues about real challenges you face today. We’ll focus on your specific, real-time questions, challenges, dilemmas, and issues about agile, adoptions, teams, retrospectives, liftoffs, managing, leadership, complexity, learning, and more. Invite Diana to discuss whatever is top of your mind! Our moderator will collect and aggregate questions, sort them into topic areas, and invite the questioners to join Diana in a time-boxed conversation. We’ll get through as many topic areas as possible between networking and close. Join us!

  • WHERE: Intel Hawthorne Farms 3 (HF3) 5200 NE Elam Young Pkwy Hillsboro, OR 97124 Map: http://binged.it/IntelHF3Map

  • WHEN: Tuesday 04/01/2014 6:00 p.m. Pizza 6:30 p.m. Business and Intro Presentation 7:00 p.m. Main Presentation ~8:30 p.m. After Words at Thirsty Lion

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Making Money with Mobile
Puppet Labs

This panel will focus on making money from mobile apps. Two great speakers:

Clint Bowers: A designer, strategist and Founder of Stripe Marketing. Clint launched his first mobile app last month. He did it as an experiment. He gave himself one week from start to finish to get his first app published. This app now has over 200,000 downloads and Clint is making $20 a day off his app. Not bad for a first attempt. Clint wants to share his first-timer insights.

Patrick Thompson: The Founder at Inkstone Mobile and Co-founder at Phase4 Mobile. Patrick is a developer and marketer who 5 years ago started developing mobile apps full-time and has since had over 7 million app downloads. He has 13 apps on the app store including eBook Search, Audiobooks HQ, MegaReader, and QuickReader. Recently he co-founded Phase4 Mobile that will soon be launching a series of sleep-related apps. He has been living off his "App Family" for years and has some interesting mobile money making lessons to share.

Format:

6 - 6:25 Food, beer, networking

6:25 - 7:25 Panel presentations with Q&A

7:30 Launch party drinks at On Deck Sports Bar (across the street from the panel)

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Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza, snacks & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

  • Markus Roberts: Ruby hangman
  • David Celis: Benchmarking
    Covering the basics of benchmarking in Ruby, application to HTTP load testing, and some gotchas along the way.
  • Jason Clark: Make an Event of It!
    Are your controllers jumbled with seemingly unrelated steps? Does testing any bit of application logic require fixtures and setup helpers a mile long?
    Evented patterns create a vocabulary of what happens in your system, and a way to separate code triggering events from code that responds to them. That helps tame the sprawl by setting clean boundaries, simplifying tests, and keeping your dependencies isolated.
    This talk reveals the power of events and what's already in Rails to help you.
  • Chuck Lauer Vose: Building kick-ass internal education programs (for large and small budgets)
    There are not enough senior programmers in the world to satisfy the needs of our organizations; but educating your own developers is crazy expensive and hard, right?
    It turns out there lots of effective, low-cost, low commitment ways to inject education into your organization, I'll show you some of the low commitment ways to engage your peers, how to evaluate your needs, how to measure your progress, and how to plan for future ed needs.

After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month!

ARRIVING BY BIKE? Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 28th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 28th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

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UX Happy Hour
White Owl Social Club

For April, we'll have 2 copies each of Lean UX and Designing Multi-Device Experiences to give away, first come first serve!


To help us figure out how much space we need, you can optionally RSVP.


UX Happy Hour is a monthly gathering of designers, researchers, developers, and anyone else interested in chatting about user experience.

As the name might indicate, it's just beer and hanging out!

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Portland Bitcoin Group
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Madison's Grill is the first bitcoin friendly pub/restaurant in Portland. Come talk with experts, learn about bitcoin, view a transaction, and buy a beer or dinner with bitcoin!

Portland Bitcoin Group will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

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iOS Launch Party: Lokani Entertainment
On Deck Sports Bar

After 200,000 organic downloads on Android, Lokani Addicting Space Runner is now coming to iOS.

Founder Clint Bowers is speaking at Innovation In Motion at Puppet Labs 6:00pm - 7:30p on how he was able to create his first app with a marketer's mindset focusing on the goal of getting to data as soon as possible, as affordably as possible.

Join the panel for some very interesting insights then head over with us for some good times!

Innovation in Motion: http://www.meetup.com/Innovation-in-Motion/events/149586402/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lokani-addicting-space-runner/id837399885?ls=1&mt=8

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Wednesday
Apr 2
Application and User Testing
Plus QA

Join us for an evening discussing application and user testing.

This meeting will be at Plus QA in SE where they have just opened acommunity test lab ( http://portlandtestlab.com ) with various iOSand Android devices for developers.

The user testing meeting a few months ago was a huge hit and we aredoing that again. So after we talk about testing on devices we'llbreak into small groups to run user tests on our own apps in afriendly environment.

Thanks in advance PlusQA for supplying the space and pizza and beer.

Agenda:

• Welcome, Intros and announcements

• Community test lab - how it will work and how it is useful

• User testing - bring your apps and devices

• Discussion and socializing

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OWASP Chapter Meeting
Jive Software

Kevin Dyer will be presenting:


High-Profile Password Database Breaches: A Tale of (Avoidable) Blunders

Over the last few years, password database breaches reported in mainstream press have increased in frequency and magnitude. There is a typical pattern and service providers, such as Adobe or Yahoo or Snapchat, fail on at least two fronts: first, network perimeters and databases are breached and then, improperly secured user data and passwords are exfiltrated and shared in cleartext. Even if the former can't be prevented, there are security best practices to mitigate the impact of the latter, which are (seemingly) ignored.

In this talk, we'll discuss specific case studies and review the essential security best practices for storing sensitive user information. The goal is to show that in every case free, off-the-shelf tools are available, that would have mitigated the scope of the breach and (possibly) the onslaught of negative publicity. As one example, we'll build intuition for why using Scrypt (a memory-hard function) is superior to traditional cryptographic hash functions for storing passwords.

Kevin P. Dyer is a PhD student at Portland State University. His research focuses on network security and building protocols resistant to traffic-analysis attacks and censorship. Previously, Kevin worked as a software engineer in telecommunications security, web security and network security. He holds an MSc in the Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a BS in Computer Science with Mathematics from Santa Clara University.


The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501c3 not-for-profit worldwide charitable organization focused on improving the security of application software. To sign up for future meeting notes and to discuss security topics with local gurus, sign up on the OWASP Portland mailing list:

 https://lists.owasp.org/mailman/listinfo/owasp-portland

Meetings are free and open to the public.

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MaptimePDX
Urban Airship Inc

We are meeting at Urban Airship this time while Esri gets settled in to their NEW office building (congrats!).

We have a couple quick demos and pres-itos lined up so bring your ideas, projects, and apps to share or hack on.

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Hack The People: PDX
New Relic

We are a group of makers, hackers, coders, programmers, and technologists that want to contribute to the tech community by providing a place to learn from others.

All are welcome, regardless of skill level

Our meetups are intimate events designed to help create relationships between junior and senior people in various tech fields. Hack The People is looking for both mentees and mentors to attend our events. The events will focus around table talks about your pet projects.

Each attendee will get to talk about projects they're working on, problems they've come across, ideas(technical or non-technical) or about anything else. The rest of the group will offer assistance in the form of new insights, perspectives, solutions, or anything else they can offer(please note that we don't allow soliciting/buy-my-app type of talks). Everyone is here to help one another, and all skill levels are welcome!

After the this round, we will head across the way to Bailey's to network and forge relationships over beer.

Please be punctual as we start on time and move through each portion in a timely manner.

This event has a limited number of seats, so don't miss out and make sure to reserve your spot! http://www.meetup.com/Hack-The-People-PDX/events/172340122/

Learn more about us at HackThePeople.org!

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Apps for Good
ADX

This month we'll hear from several local orgs using apps to help meet their mission. During this facilitated panel discussion, staff from Know Your City, RACC, and Oregon Nikkei Endowment and their app developers will chat about the development process, successes, and pitfalls.

Celebrate Portland and come prepared--download these awesome free apps:

• Know Your CityPDX Social History

• Regional Arts & Culture CouncilPublic Art PDX

• Oregon Nikkei EndowmentJapanTown PDX

Know Your City is a nonprofit organization that connects people to place. To fulfill our mission, we organize tours, lectures, publications and youth programs. Our programs engage the public through experiential learning, creative placemaking, policy-making and culture. More online at: knowyourcity.org.


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, organizations and schools; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money for the arts through workplace giving; provides workshops and technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts into the curriculum in public schools.

To create a new form of access for the public art collections RACC manages for the City and County we partnered with Elsewise Media’s Matt Blair who was introduced to us through the City’s “CivicApps” program.  Matt’s wonderful Public Art PDX app for the iPhone is powered by the Filemaker database that RACC’s Public Art Collections Department constructed and maintains.

The mission of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment is to preserve and honor the history and culture of Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest, to educate the public about the Japanese American experience during World War II, and to advocate for the protection of civil rights for all Americans. Japantown PDX is a GPS-enabled app which guides users on a walking tour beyond the walls of our museum, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center located in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood, and into the heart of the city’s pre and post-war Japanese American community.

GammaPoint is a the Portland based mobile app development company. GammaPoint’s expertise lies in creating navigation apps. GammaPoint has also created a web based platform App4Tour.com where anyone who is interested in creating a field tour or city tour guide app can sign up  and submit the content to create a native customized geo-locations based app without any knowledge of computer programming. Japantown PDX app was a pilot project between UofPortland students, Oregon Nikkei and GammaPoint. With its expertise in navigation apps, GammaPoint created a geo-aware app for Oregon Nikkei and also was able to test their App4Tour.com beta platform.  Explore Portland Oregon’s historic Japantown with this user-friendly walking tour app. Also check out some of the other popular apps from GammaPoint such as Extra Mile and WeatherRun.


Matt Blair creates apps and websites that enrich our connections to culture, place, and each other. He led development of iOS apps that were selected by Apple for their iPad Apps of the Year collections in 2012 and 2013, and also designed and built a poetry editor for iPad called Line & Verse. His Portland-based work includes projects around heritage trees, public art, history, and poetry boxes. All four of these projects aspire to use technology to encourage the exploration of the real world.

Presenters

Todd Mayberry currently serves as the director of collections and exhibits at the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. He has fourteen years of experience in the cultural sector having worked at Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Minnesota Historical Society and Walker Art Center.


Teena Jain is the co-founder of GammaPoint. She has over 18 years of software development experience. She has been working in mobile apps industry long before the apps became household name. Teena has worked for PalmSource and many startups before venturing out for entrepreneurship. She also brings UI/UX experience to GammaPoint team.


Marc Moscato is responsible for directing the organization, managing program committees and guiding the organization’s mission. Previous to KYC, he has worked for Museum of Contemporary Craft, City Club of Portland, Microcosm Publishing, Peripheral Produce and Squeaky Wheel. He received his MS in Arts & Administration from University of Oregon.

Keith Lachowicz and his team oversee a collection of 1900 artworks—everything from small prints and drawings to 170+ large scale outdoor sculptures. As technology expands to provide new ways to interact with art collections, museum and public art professionals have become the on-point staff for gathering, organizing and supplying the data that search and access applications are constructed with.

Matt Blair has been a technology consultant for seventeen years. When not staring at screens, he spends his time reading old books on paper, and stomping through the mud in Forest Park. He is also a volunteer writing workshop facilitator for Write Around Portland, and joined their board in 2013.

 

Agenda

Networking and refreshments 6pm-6:15pm/6:30pm

Presentation 6:15pm/6:30pm-8pm

 

Accessibility

Mobility Access: This venue is wheelchair accessible. There are no steps to climb.

Hearing Access: We will have access to a PA system at this venue.

Sight Access: We will use a projector at this venue.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the PDXTech4Good community and events. Please don't hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.

 

Parking & Transportation

Street parking.

 

What you'll get out of PDXTech4Good events

Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those not experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.

Techies will find opportunities to hear the real-world stories of nonprofit clients, and put their own expertise to social good — as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in our community.

Activists and community organizers will see and be given the chance to present on successful uses of technology for social change. We'll explore how technology can help support activism and where activism can push it forward.

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Tech+Pong
AltSource

How it works:

Come have a beer and (if you want to) play some pong:

Do you work for a tech company in any way, shape, or form (start-up, developer, marketing, design, admin, tech student, etc.)? Do you want to be more involved in the Portland tech community? Come by and play some Ping-Pong! Or, just come by for some good conversation and a beer. Headbands, wristbands, and other such attire are encouraged.

Please RSVP so we can get a head count.

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CHIFOO Meeting: Ducks, Dolls & Robots: a Genealogy of Socio-Technical Anxieties
Puppet Labs

Ducks, Dolls & Robots: a Genealogy of Socio-Technical Anxieties with Dr. Genevieve Bell, Intel

The introductions of new technologies are rarely seamless and silent affairs. There are the inevitable boosters and utopian dreamers who will tell us and sell us on the notion that this new technology will change our lives, in both big and small ways: we will be cleaner, safer, happier, more efficient, more productive, and of course, more modern with all that implies. The message here is everything will be different, better. There are also the equally inevitable naysayers and dystopian dreamers who worry along equally familiar but slightly different lines: we will be less social, less secure, more isolated, and more homogenous. The message here is everything will be different, but perhaps not so much better. Of course, running in between these larger conversations are the practicalities of living with new technologies—how much does it cost? where does it live? who should look after it? what will we will do with it? and, in the end, what will we do without it?

Perhaps it is no surprise then that we worry, that new technologies are frequently accompanied by anxiety, and sometimes even fear. In this talk, Genevieve traces the roots of these hopes, fears and anxieties back through our history with machines—Vaucason’s Duck, Edison’s Talking Doll, the tea-cup robots of the Edo-period in Japan, Frankenstein’s monster and Ned Ludd’s polemics are all part of this story. She takes an expansive view, crossing cultures and historical periods, to create a genealogy of our socio-technical anxieties. Ultimately, she suggests a framework for making sense of these anxieties, and in so doing, a new way of thinking about the next generation of technologies we are designing.

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Thursday
Apr 3
Create a Realistic Funding Plan
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Angel investors will not fund an idea - especially not for a first-time entrepreneur. They won't even fund a business plan. Fortunately there are sources of funding available to the early stage entrepreneur. We'll talk about those in this workshop, and walk through a realistic early-stage startup funding strategy. So you'll know right up front what it takes to get funded.

This seminar is part of the OTBC Get Started series.

When: Thursday, April 3, 4pm-5:30pm Where: OTBC Cost: $15

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OSBridge Speaker Proposal Meetup
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Come share your talk ideas and get feedback from organizers and past speakers. Talk tech, get a drink, grab some food, and finish your long-procrastinated proposal.

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Big Data Technlogies - HBase and Data Processing at HubSpot
Puppet Labs

HubSpot is a fast growing marketing platform used by over 10,000 companies.

This talk will deep dive look into how HBase is used as the primary data store at scale. The talk will examine problems running HBase in a real time scenarios and our solutions including extensions that had to be made, as well as survey some of the interesting schema design patterns we've come up with including Hyperloglog and proper Rowkey design.

Come and join us for a special presentation from Mike Axiak, Principal Software Engineer at HubSpot, coming specially from Boston for this meetup!

Thanks to Kara @ PuppetLabs for hosting us once again!

As usual, you will be able to enjoy our delicious thin-crust pizzas & drinks!

Agenda:

5:30 - 6:00 Welcome & Networking

6:00 - 7: 30 Presentation by Mike Axiak

7:30 - 8:30 Pizzas & Discussion

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TiE Pearl Pitch Club
TiE Pearl Incubator

Join TiE Pearl Pitch Club! A series of sessions where you can practice your pitching skills.

The TiE Pearl Pitch Club is designed as a supportive environment in which to try out your presentation - in front of a group of peers, including established entrepreneurs, and others just getting their start.

Bring your pitches, with or without slides (bring your laptop to plug into the A/V system), and walk away with valuable feedback and coaching.

We will offer refreshments at the TiE Pearl Incubator before and during our session, while we network, discuss feedback and mingle.

The Pitch Club event is open to all TiE Members (free), as well as the public ($25).

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CLØ-HÄCK
Puppet Labs

Join some Clojerks for an evening of hacking on things. We organize into small swarm groups and work on toy problems to understand specific parts of the stack.

The theme recently has been message passing over sockets. Who knows what we'll decide to do this round!

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PDXNode presentation night
Urban Airship Inc

Monthly presentation night!

Pizza and non-alcoholic beverages graciously sponsored by Walmart Labs

Venue donated by Urban Airship

Talks:

Monthly presentation night!

Venue donated by Urban Airship

Talks:

Michael Schurter will be speaking on the History of Concurrency.

Jerry Sievert will be sharing his project, Mongolike, an experimental MongoDB clone being built on top of PLV8 and Postgres.

Dave Justice will be introducing our Module of the Month series.

Presentations start at 6:30pm. We welcome open dialogue during the presentations. We're all here to learn!

Come a little early to say hi. We'll also be hanging out at 6:15pm to help any newcomers needing help to gettting started by installing node and npm.

It will be a nice variety of topics and level of talks. If anyone is interested, we could also take discussions to post-talk drinks nearby. Maybe even hack a little.

Bring Your Own Beer!

Location note:

Look for the friends standing by the door to let you in! If you arrive past 6:35pm, be patient! Or tweet @pdxnode. We'll come get you shortly.

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Portland Linux/Unix Group 20th Anniversary: Ask Linus
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building
Date: March 24th, 1994
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.help
Subject: Linux Users Group!!!

There is a Linux users group forming in Portland Oregon, 
if you are interested, email me at: ... our first meeting 
date has not been set, but will be in April sometime.
Have Fun,
Sean

The Portland Linux/Unix Group is turning 20!

We are celebrating with a Q&A session with the person who inspired this group of Linux and Unix users to come together and meet monthly for two decades: Linus Torvalds

Seating is limited and you can RSVP at: http://plug.eventbrite.com

We cannot guarantee a place for everyone and priority will be given to those who RSVP. You can try to watch the live stream from the lobby.

Live stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/ IRC: #pdxlinux on irc.geekshed.net

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting. Rideshares available.

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Friday
Apr 4
MaptimePDX Friday Morning Meetup
Glyph Cafe

Come hangout, drink coffee, and chat with other geonerds. Just look for the mappy people. This week, we're at Glyph on the North Park Blocks.

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MaptimePDX is the Portland, OR offshoot of MaptimeSF, a weekly meetup of mappers in San Francisco hacking on maps and doing mappy things. In the same tradition, we're aiming to provide meetups for hacking on map projects of all sorts. There's no board or leadership - just some people who are enthusiastic about maps and sharing knowledge. We'll post upcoming events here and summaries of things we learn along the way. Join us!

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Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Sound Grounds

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. Come join us at Sound Grounds coffee shop!

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Portland Code School Brunch
Brix Tavern

VENUE CHANGE We are now at Brix Tavern!

Interested in being a web developer? Come and learn more about how Portland Code School can give you the skills you want with the support you need. Discover what our accelerated learning programs can do for you!

At this event, you can talk with the staff, meet current and past students, and introduce yourself to other prospective students. Ask a server where we’re sitting, or look for our “Portland Code School” sign. We’ll socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry!

If you sign up for the Web Development Primer class at this event, you'll receive a $100 discount!

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AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch: Patterns & Anti-Patterns of Adopting ALM tools
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Each year the Downtown Pub Lunchers talk about what's new and cool in agile life cycle management tools. On April 4th, instead of doing a free-for-all about the newest tools, we're going to be talking about the craziness and the goodness that can about from adopting a tool to track what's going on with agile teams. Sometimes even talking about adopting a tool can bring these patterns and anti-patterns up.

We mean to say: why bother with a tool? And when we need to bother, how can we best adopt a tool without hurting ourselves--and our quest for agility?

We start at 12p and end at 1p. Strive to be on time: we do. RSVP's appreciated but not required. You'll find us in the back room.

See you there!

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Commodore Computer Club
Pied Piper Pizza

The Commodore Computer Club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Commodore technology. Our attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all are welcome.

Come to learn, come to share. It’s all for the love of anything Commodore.

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Portland 2600
Theo's Restaurant

PDX2600 is a monthly open forum for hackers in Portland Oregon. It happens on the first Friday of every month at Theo's. There are no memberships, no leaders, and no real structure. Only the free exchange of ideas.

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Saturday
Apr 5
Community Design Challenge: A Civic Data Hackathon
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Civic Data Design Challenge

A project with Hack Oregon and PNCA

In our Civic Data Visualization Workshop, Hack Oregon and PNCA students have been working on a project to redesign the way Oregonians understand and interact with campaign funding in our state.

Join us for a day of creative co-working as we invite the community to use our API to tackle other creative challenges with data surrounding this election year.

We'll also show a sneak peak of our beta product before the official launch in May.

Don't worry if you're not technical-- every person has a valuable perspective and we'll have mentors from the politcal, tech, and design community to help bring ideas to life.

Register your own team, bring your own project pitch, or join others at the event.

Want to know more about our project and design workshop?

Follow our blog at hackoregon.org

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A Special Data Science Hack Day: HackOregon Civic Data Hackathon
Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

Hack Oregon is diving deep into local election data!  
They just wrapped up a workshop at Pacific Northwest College of Design where they were program to visualize the flow of campaign money in Oregon.  
To celebrate the end of term, they are hosting a hackathon and inviting the community out to come build more civic-inspired projects with the data they've collected.  
Sources include ORESTAR database (campaign expenditures and contributions) voter registration database and more! 
Some people are coming with their own pitches and others are looking to join a team that inspires them.  
Register early on eventbrite.  Contact [masked] if you have questions about pitches or possibilities.  
See you there!

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Lockpicking Workshop - 2 year anniversary
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Join us for this special 2-year anniversary meeting of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers, Portland chapter. We have lots of fun plans including special guests from TOOOL headquarters, key impressioning, some interesting locks that we don't see at average monthly meetings and much more! Everyone is welcome, all ages, no experience necessary, and it is totally free!

Bring your own vice if you have one (for impressioning).

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Monday
Apr 7
PDX Puppet User Group
Puppet Labs

The monthly PDX Puppet User Group, which meets on the 1st Monday of every month.

Join the PDX Puppet Google Group to get notifications of upcoming meetings.

Who should attend? Puppet users and people interested in learning more about Puppet.

Agenda for April 7

  • 6:30 - 7:00: Eat pizza / salads and talk to other Puppet users
  • 7:00 - 7:45: Beaker 101: acceptance testing and more - Alice Nodelman
  • 7:45 - 8:25: Module testing with Beaker - Hunter Haugen
  • 8:25 - 8:30: Brainstorm next agenda

If you have an idea for what you would like to see or if you want to volunteer to present a talk, please post those ideas in the PDX Puppet Google Group

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North Portland Coders Night
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.

The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome! It is highly suggested that you bring a laptop and a project to work on.

Maybe we'll be in the middle room, maybe in the back room, just keep walking until you see a table full of laptops.

By attending, you agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

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Monday Python Flying Circus (Python Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Python!

Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others.

This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build. Share

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Tuesday
Apr 8
AgilePDX Westside: Characteristics of a Scrum Master
Nike World Headquarters

Our Speaker, Andrew Premvardhan will use a presentation to talk about his experiences and encourage discussion among the participants.

He will cover the Characteristics of a Scrum Master

o Servant Leader

o Communicative and social

o Facilitate

o Assertive

o Situation Awareness

o Continual improvement

o Attitude of empowerment

o Conflict resolution

o Attitude of transparency

Andrew Premvardhan a Certified Scrum Master, has 20+ years of experience in the software industry and has worked in multiple IT roles as a consultant. He has been with GE Healthcare - APS for the last four years and has worked in the role of scrum master for a performance improvement scrum team. Andrew believes that "agile truly empowers teams and the scrum master is central to that empowerment."

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Galois tech talk
Galois, Inc

Presented by Morgan Miller.

Cryptographic tools have become more powerful in the last three decades. With that power has come complexity. To use or even understand most security tools you need a thorough understanding of mathematics which makes them inaccessible to the general public. The discipline of usability has been growing as well in the past three decades. There have been few but promising overlaps in usability and security which may provide vital tools for managing our digital selves, upholding the principal of privacy, and preserving freedom of speech.

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Demolicious Portland
McMenamins Mission Theater & Pub

Portlanders in web and mobile tech are creating cool new apps, services and companies. But we aren't sharing them nearly enough. Demolicious shines a well-deserved spotlight on some of the best work. Previous presenters have gone on to raise money from PIE, the Portland Seed Fund and other investors.

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Considering New Markets – Geographic, Product & Industry | CEO Leadership Exchange Dinner
Andina

Join us on Tuesday, April 8th for a peer-to-peer discussion and networking dinner as we explore, New Market Opportunities. This will be an interactive session and a chance to share best practices and lessons learned with others.

Exploring new market opportunities can be unnerving for startups and large established companies – the discussion points are similar:

Evaluating Timing - How do we know when to enter a new market? Assessing Threats: how much risk are we assuming by foregoing or delaying this opportunity? Maintaining Focus: How do we avoid losing focus in our core market? Diversifying Risk: Should we prepare the New Market “life boat”? How big does it need to be relative to our core market to be worth our while? Incremental Steps: What’s the smallest possible investment in time, money & focus we can get away with and make this a real first test? Imperfect Knowledge: How do we find out what we don’t know before entering the market? …the list goes on and on.

Where: Andina When: April 8 at 5:30-8:30 pm How Much: $95.00 TAO Members, $125.00 Nonmembers

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CiviCRM Meetup
Free Geek

Ready to learn more about CiviCRM? Come with your questions, and experiences to share, to April’s Portland CiviCRM Meetup, especially for current CiviCRM users!

We’ll start at 5:30 p.m. with Meetup organizer Eliot Mason telling us all about CiviCRM imports, based on his upcoming CiviCon presentation. Depending on your interests, Stuart Gaston may provide some tips on configuring dedup rules, and Barbara Miller can offer advice on patching bugs.

Then we’ll open the floor to your CiviCRM questions and experiences.

Learn more and RSVP: https://civicrm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=421

Portland’s CiviCRM meetups are generously hosted by Free Geek, at 1731 SE 10th, between Market and Mill. Please be sure to arrive before 6, when Free Geek closes its doors to the general public.

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FOSS4G 2014 Planning Meeting
Renewable Funding

Portland will be hosting the international FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference in September, 2014. This meeting is to come help plan the conference. All who might be interested are welcome.

For those unable to physically attend there will be a video and/or telephone conference available. The conference line info is: +1 971-998-1350, PIN 9000.

Join the mailing list at http://lists.osgeo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foss4g2014

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Puzzled Pint: "Mix Tape"
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April's theme is Mix Tape! Don't worry, no boom box required.

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Do you like original puzzles? Not the jigsaw type, but the wordplay and logic type? Do you like beer? Then join us for PUZZLED PINT!

A location puzzle, posted to puzzledpint.com at 6pm Monday, will lead you to a bar Tuesday night. (Hints are also available.) A few more original, low-key puzzles will be at the bar. And we'll be there to provide all the hints and nudges you desire. Bring your friends!

Feel free to drop in any time between 6 and 9pm, for as long as you'd like. It's a free event.

More details at http://www.puzzledpint.com/. It's kinda hard to explain, but if this sounds even remotely interesting, you'll love it!

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pdxbyte users group (C/C++/Assembly)
New Relic

First talk at 7PM, come early to hack, or network

  • 7pm Title: Restoration of a simulator of one great machine on another.

Abstract: Gordon Bell described Seymour Cray as the greatest computer builder that he knew of as demonstrated by his designs and their successors that operated at the highest performance for over 30 years. Bell was from DEC, Cray from CDC, two routine producers of beautiful architectures. I programmed both. In this talk I will review the restoration of my work based on the patterns widely used in assembler of the time. This itself is an innovation in restoration and well suited to the modern web.

Bio: Ward Cunningham has worked for and consulted to daring startups and huge corporations. He has served as CTO, Director, Fellow, Principle Engineer and Inventor. He is best known for creating wiki. He leads an open-source project rebuilding wiki to solve more complex sharing situations addressing some of societies toughest problems. Ward founded movements in object-oriented, agile software, extreme programming and pattern languages. Ward lives in Portland, Oregon and works for New Relic, Inc.

Abstract: An overview of the Simple DirectMedia Layer and some of the things you can do with it and basic howto bits.

Bio: Jason ChampionJason Champion, Software Mad Scientist.

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Hack + Help - with Ryan Carson, Treehouse CEO
Epicodus

In addition to our regular hacking and helping, Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, is going to give a talk at 6:30! And then you can pepper him with questions about learning and teaching coding.


New to coding, or just want to pick up a new language?

Experienced in coding and want to help others learn?

Come to Hack + Help and bring your desire to learn or teach! If you don't have a laptop, we have plenty of computers you can use.

This event was born out of PDX.rb but now regularly has experienced attendees who are willing to help you out with Ruby, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and more.

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Wednesday
Apr 9
Lean Coffee
New Relic

Come join us for Lean Coffee. We will be talking about "Lean Knowledge Work" using the Lean Coffee format. We tend to focus on the business of software development, but you can talk about any topic your group agrees to talk about.

For more on Lean Coffee, check out leancoffee.org. To see what this group has discussed in the past, check out portland.leancoffee.org.

New Relic is hosting this event, providing us space and coffee (and a spectacular view). The event is free.

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PMI Portland Agile Roundtable: Long Term Release Planning
Thetus Corporation

You know how to plan a sprint and now they say you have to plan a release? You've got agile release planning down like clockwork and you want to share how you figured it out? You think release planning is bunk and want to explain why? Have we got a venue for you!

In April, the PMI Portland Agile Roundtable comes together for a fast dive into agile release planning. Please plan to start and end on time: we do. Networking after the event as you walk back to the office in the lovely sprint weather.

The PMI Portland Agile Round Table is held on the second Wednesday of every month during the noon hour.

The round table provides project managers, scrum masters and others engaged in agile projects an opportunity to discuss topics of interest, issues they're facing and to join in an evolving community to promote effective use of agile methods.

Bring your lunch, ideas and challenges to the table.

(Note: PMP's & PMI-ACPs can claim 1 PDU for attendance)

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Portland Code School Happy Hour
Paymaster Lounge

UPDATED Time was initially listed incorrectly. 3:30-5:30 PM is the correct time.

Interested in being a web developer? Come and learn more about how Portland Code School can give you the skills you want with the support you need. Discover what our accelerated learning programs can do for you!

At this event, you can talk with the staff, meet current and past students, and introduce yourself to other prospective students. Ask a server where we’re sitting, or look for our “Portland Code School” sign. We’ll socialize while we eat, drink, and otherwise be merry!

If you sign up for the Web Development Primer class at this event, you'll receive a $100 discount!

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OEN PubTalk: Sustainable Game Changers
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

When we think sustainable, we tend to think artisan, handcrafted, small. But some sustainable business models are eminently scalable. Hear from founders of sustainable startups who are aiming not to just minimize their own impact on the planet, but also to transform major industries.

Speakers:

  • Brad Swift, Portland Bee Balm
  • Franklin Jones, B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery
  • Justin Yuen, FMYI

Moderator: Bill Campbell

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PNSQC Presents: Kathy Iberle and Lightning Talk Previews of Upcoming 2014 Presentations
Glyph Cafe

PNSQC Presents:

Join PNSQC board members and supporters in downtown Portland at Glyph Cafe on April 9 to discuss our upcoming conference with other software quality advocates. You'll learn how you can get involved in the conference by submitting an abstract proposal. Submission deadline is April 17.

Lean Project Management Specialist Kathy Iberle will give a short talk, and you'll have the chance to sign up to present a Lightning Talk. We're encouraging speakers to turn their talks into abstract proposals for the 2014 conference.

Location: Glyph Cafe - Downtown Portland Date: April 9th, 6:00pm

RSVP's appreciated but all are more than welcome. Event detail questions: email Dwayne at community@pnsqc.org

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Portland Drupal User Group
OpenSourcery

Drupal user?

This month we'll be talking about D8 and the new theme system: Twig. Erik Baldwin will be giving his talk from Drupal Camp Florida. Pizza sponsored by ThinkShout.

Come join us.

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PDXScala Monthly Meeting
New Relic

Hey folks, it's that time again! We'll be holding our April meeting on Wednesday at 6PM. I'm also happy to announce that we'll have pizza and drinks sponsored by Nick Luallin of Modis Recruiting.

Coursera will once again be offering the Functional Programming Principles in Scala course starting April 25th, so I thought that we could spend at least the first hour (which is "beginner" hour, anyway) talking about the course, what to expect, and any other preparatory topics might help those of you planning to take the course. Among other things, I'm happy to give another of my walk-throughs on sbt usage, we can help people with advice about setting up IDEs, or whatever else people might need to know before getting started.

Kevin Scaldeferri will also give an overview of some of his investigations into Summingbird and Spark for handling streaming data.

I'd love for people to bring projects they're working on, interesting libraries they want to share (could be yours or one you found online), or even just topics for discussion. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and hope you all have plenty of great ideas to talk about!

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PDX Hardware Startup Meetup
PSU Business Accelerator

The next meetup is April 9th from 6:30-8:00. Come ready to share what you are working on, I'll have a sign up sheet at the door for your two minute demo.

If you are working on a project, have an idea and would like some help, or would like to help someone else, please come ready to share. Each demo gets 2 minutes, no projector, no slides, just you and the room.

Directions: It can be tricky getting to the building, if you've never been there, I highly recommend using Google Maps or something else to help you get there with the intersection of SW Corbett and SW Meade as your destination.

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PDX Python Monthly Project + Study Night
Urban Airship Inc

Let's get together to build cool stuff and study Python.

Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6:30-8:30pm on second Wednesdays!

Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

Please RSVP at our Meetup page if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs.

Join us on our python.org mailing list and in #pdxpython on Freenode. All are welcome!

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Hack Oregon: Post-Hackathon Beerpatioathon
Rontoms

Have a great time at the Hackathon and want to keep hanging out?

Missed the Hackathon and want to know more about our visualization projects?

Come to Rom Toms Wednesday and we'll have a few beers, unpack our progress from Saturday, and brainstorm next steps.

Looks like it will be a beautiful warm evening on the patio.

See you soon,

Catherine

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Homebrew Website Club PDX
Mozilla

Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

This will be held concurrently with the Homebrew Website Club meeting in San Francisco with a remote video link between the two sites!

Read about the last meetings:

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Nerd Nite Vancouver #3 – I Dig Your Bones: Adventures in Forensic Anthropology
Kiggins Theatre

Nerd Nite is a monthly event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Be there and be square.

Cost: $8.00* suggested cover at the door

Food and beer available in the theater.

This Nerd Nite will feature one talk:

A forensic anthropologist is on the front lines of speaking for those who can no longer speak for themselves. At this event, Dr. Veronica "Nici" Vance from the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory will talk about how skeletal remains are found, how bones are analyzed, and how victims can be identified. Discover how the differences and similarities in our bodies are reflected in our bones and tissues, and how they can tell a story of how someone lived…and died. Hear about new technologies being used to solve cold cases and identify missing persons throughout the nation, and what you can do to help.

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*A note on the suggested cover: Nerd Nite is completely supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering education opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $8 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

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Thursday
Apr 10
Create an Effective Investor Pitch
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

We suggest that entrepreneurs not worry about pitching until your company is investor ready. But when the time is right, create a truly effective pitch that combines the right preparation, content, delivery and follow-up. In this seminar, we describe how to do that.

Included Tools: OTBC Pitch Checklist

This is part of the OTBC Get Started series.

When: Thursday, Apr. 10, 4pm-5:30pm
Where: OTBC
Cost: $15

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Portland Commodore Users Group
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Station 61)

Our group specializes in Commodore 64, SX-64, Commodore Vic-20, Commodore 128 and other Commodore computers. We meet regularly to discuss ideas, code, brainstorm projects, participate in the scene, and play games.

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Joomla! PDX
Free Geek

Joomla!PDX meets at Free Geek monthly to discuss different aspects of the the Joomla! CMS. We are always welcome to experienced programmers, novices, and beginners alike. Even if you're just curious about Joomla! come join us and see what managing web content is all about.

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Portland Startup Weekend Pre-Party
Green Dragon Bistro & Brew Pub

Portland Startup Weekend April (PDXSW) is fast approaching!

Help us kick things off with a pre-party!

Join us at the Green Dragon Barrel Room on Thursay April 10, 2014, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT).

We’ll provide snacks and share some startup weekend-style fun. Get ahead of the game by beginning your networking early, getting feedback on your pitch idea, and hearing tips on how to get the most out of your Portland Startup weekend experience.

  • Learn more about PDXSW

  • Hear tips on how to get the most out of your PDXSW experience

  • Get ahead of the curve by making connections early

For more information about Portland Startup Weekend, visit portland.startupweekend.org

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PDX Big Data Discussion Group
Rogue Hall

"No talks. One paper per month, no obligation to read it."

This month's paper is Palette Power: Enabling Visual Search through Colors by Bhardwaj et al. Read it or don't - the goal is just to have something to start conversations. "Did you read the paper?" will do nicely.

Mention @PDXBigData on Twitter with the link to the full paper to suggest papers for future sessions.

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Friday
Apr 11
Ruby Programmers Informal Co-Working
Glyph Cafe

Based off an idea from the pdxruby mailing list, this event is for any ruby programmers who want to informally co-work from a cafe. Come join us at Glyph Cafe!

Market Research Roundtable
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

April 11 is market research day at OTBC, with two free seminars.

· How big is the market?

· Which features are important?

· How do I create a good survey?

· What research does an investor care about?

· Customer satisfaction research: why, when and how?

Bring your burning questions about market research to a roundtable discussion led by an expert.

Mike Pritchard of 5 Circles Research is in town for the weekend for presentations on pricing at the OTBC and Product Camp. Mike has generously agreed to spend the whole afternoon Friday April 11th so that you can take advantage of his expertise and experience.

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Pricing for Profit - a Scientific Approach
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

April 11 is market-research Friday at OTBC, with free market research seminars.

Do you get that feeling of panic when you hit “send” on that latest price list or proposal? Do you wish you had a better methodology for developing a price or pricing scheme? You are not alone!

Pricing Guru Mike Pritchard, expert in pricing methodologies and research, is providing this presentation for the Oregon Technology Business Center to help entrepreneurs learn about scientific pricing approaches supported by actual customer and market research.

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Hack Oregon "Behind the Curtain" Build Session
Instrument

Hack Oregon's "Behind the Curtain" campaign finance visualization is continuing to build momentum, and we're inviting anyone who is curious to come collaborate with us.

This week's build session will focus on implementing visualizations for a local candidate dashboard.

We've also fleshed out a wire frame to give more agency to front-end the front-end team.

FYI: the dataset is deep and nuanced super compelling-- some people find it a little addictive. If it's your first time, think about joining us Wednesday @RonToms for our #Beerpatioathon to get a head start on intro conversation.

Look forward to seeing you,

RSVP @hackoregon

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Saturday
Apr 12
Northwest Regional Women in Computing 2014: Women Pioneering Innovation
DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

The Northwest Regional Women in Computing (NWrWIC) Celebration focuses on empowering and encouraging women to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, particularly computer science. The conference brings together students from universities and high schools, with industry leaders from the private and public sectors to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to play an active role in shaping the future of computing and technology.

The 2014 conference is the third annual event. Our mission is to encourage women to pursue and build successful careers in computing and technology by improving their educational experience and engagement with industry leaders. With less than 30% of STEM jobs filled by women, the industry is lacking full representation of the world’s views. This lack of diversity inhibits industry’s innovation potential. Our effort recognizes and empowers women who are part of the computing industry and celebrates all who are supporters of them.

If you are the following, then you would want to come:

  • College professionals
  • industry leaders
  • Job seekers
  • STEM/Technology leaders
  • Thought leaders
  • Professors
  • Teachers
  • High School STEM students (must be accompanied by guardian)

Register for an early bird special until March 12th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northwest-regional-women-in-computing-2014-registration-10400188243

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ProductCamp Portland 3.0
Southridge High School, Beaverton

Join us at ProductCamp Portland 3.0, Portland's annual "unconference', now in its third year, where product managers, product marketers and product developers unite.

Why attend?
ProductCamp is a user-driven “unconference” that brings together passionate product managers and marketers who are interested in collaborating to share insights, learning best practices, and networking with other top professionals in the Portland product community. You decide the topics, you pick the agenda, you participate in making this unconference a great learning opportunity.

Ready to participate?
Register for ProductCamp Portland 3.0: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/productcamp-portland-2014-tickets-9352961961

Submit a topic: http://productcamppdx.userecho.com/

Learn more about facilitating a discussion: http://productcamppdx.org/propose-a-session.html

We look forward to your participation.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

  • Pragmatic Marketing
  • Jama
  • Rally Software
  • ADP
  • AudaExplore
  • Proficientz
  • PDMA Oregon
  • Pichler Consulting
  • Blackblot
  • SVPG Silicon Valley Product Group
  • Actuation Consulting
  • Brainsnacks Cafe
  • Mironov Consulting

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TEDxPortland
Keller Auditorium

Enjoy us for a day filled with inspiration and ideas worth spreading!

14 live talks, 4 TED.com talks, 3 performances, happy hour, and post-event party at Keller Park. Don't miss out!

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Beaver BarCamp 13
Kelley Engineering Center (OSU)

Join us at the 13th Beaver BarCamp hosted by the OSU Open Source Lab. Beaver BarCamp is an informal conference where everyone is encouraged to participate and the sessions are not predetermined. It provides a collaborative environment that promotes the sharing of ideas and projects and is a fun, casual event filled with discussions, demos and interaction with attendees. One of the best aspects of BarCamp is that attendees both provide the sessions and choose the schedule, allowing for greater flexibility and freedom.

What kind of sessions happen at Beaver BarCamp? All kinds--from the recreational to the technical. While many are tech oriented, we encourage any DIY, educational or interactive session. Most sessions are 60 minutes, but 30 minute sessions are also available.

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Monday
Apr 14
Intel Agile and Lean Development Conference
through Intel Jones Farm Conference Center (JFCC)

Intel's sixth annual Agile and Lean Development Conference is open to the public!

Dates:

  • Monday, April 14 Basic Tutorials
  • Tuesday, April 15 Advanced Tutorials
  • Wednesday, April 16 Keynotes & Presentations

Location: Intel Jones Farm Campus, JFCC Auditorium, 2111 NE 25th Ave., Hillsboro, OR (after turning into the parking lot off of 25th, go straight through the stop sign and park in the parking lot on your left. JFCC will be on your left between JF3 and JF4.)

Full schedule is available at https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5c0gS3XXAGfYXFTcDltbHM0UTQ/edit

Wednesday Keynote Schedule

8:00-9:00 Don Reinertson
9:00-10:00 Dave Snowden
10:00-11:00 April Mills
11:00-12:00 Dave Hussman
1:00-2:00 Track slot #1 / Richard Sheridan
2:00-3:00 Track slot #2 / Zach Nies
3:00-4:00 Track slot #3 / Herman D'hooge
4:00-4:30 Closing
4:30-5:30 Snacks & Networking 5:30-6:30 Panel session with Dave Snowden, April Mills, Don Reinersten, and David Hussman

How to Register

Keynotes are free to attend, but you must register. Workshops are priced at $150 for a half-day class, $250 for full-day class

You will need to create an account before registering. Our apologies for the complicated nature of Intel's internal systems. To provide the best experience, please ensure you are using Internet Explorer 9 or higher (with Compatibility Mode enabled) . We have seen rendering issues with Firefox and Chrome

To create an account:

  1. Go to the Intel Learning Network at 'learn.intel.com'
  2. Click the link to create an Intel Learning Network user account
  3. Enter required information (work email, login ID, password, real name, security question)
  4. Click "register" to complete creating your account

To register for events:

  1. Login to the Intel Learning Network using your account
  2. From the home page, click on "Profile", then "Preferences"
  3. Enter access code "Agile_2014" in the text box and click "Add"
  4. The access code will reflect in the “access codes I have submitted” area. You MUST click "Save" to complete the process.

Register for tutorials here: http://learn.intel.com/portal/scripts/training/virtualcourse/virtualcoursedetails.aspx?VirtualCourseId=4370


Pay for tutorials here: http://intel.regsvc.com/E23682
Crafty Circuits
Flux - Plastic Fantastics

Interested in wearable and physical computing, and crafts? Have some projects you'd like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? OSH Park, Cacophonous Creations, and Flux Lab team up to offer just the space!

You bring your projects and supplies.

We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with a community of fellow creators and makers. We can answer some of your soft circuit questions, share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors!

Things to note:

*This is an alcohol free, all ages space.

*Some components will be available for purchase. Please contact Cat (blinkycatbot@gmail.com) if there's something specific you want available for your project.

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Monday Python Flying Circus (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
PDX Code Guild at NedSpace on 5th

Join us for an evening of Peer Mentoring hosted by PDX Code Guild.

Bring your laptop. Learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. This group focuses on Python, Django, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL, CSS and HTML. Other languages are welcome.

This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

Our event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programing, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

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pdxfunc: Portland Functional Programming Study Group
Urban Airship Inc

This month Jamey Sharp is presenting his work on the "process calculus" language LOTOS, specically, a compiler written in Haskell.

I've been working on a Haskell compiler for a language called LOTOS over the last two weeks, and I'd like to share its implementation with the group. It generates event-driven imperative code from a "process calculus" language (distant cousin to the concurrency model of Erlang or Go).

My goal is to make the presentation accessible for folks who don't have a compilers background, and introduce some Haskell tricks folks may not have seen. With help from the audience I think we can do this. That said, someone should tell me how short to keep the talk because I've probably spent 100 hours writing the code and could fill a good fraction of that explaining it.

You can follow my progress on GitHub:

https://github.com/jameysharp/lotos

Check out the README for notes on the device driver synthesis language that inspired me to start this project, a high-level description of the compilation strategy I've taken, and possible future directions for the project.

Also if there's time, Jim Snow will present on his Glome ray tracer written in Haskell:

I've been working on Glome lately, and it's probably about time I gave another short talk about it.

Glome is a ray tracer written in Haskell. It has a few nice features, such as a pretty good acceleration structure (basically, a hierarchical tree of bounding volumes) so that rendering complex scenes goes pretty fast, CSG support (you can subtract one volume from another or take the intersection of multiple volumes) and a decent set of basic primitives.

Some recent changes are more general types for textures (basically, you can define your own lighting model) and the ability to place arbitrary tags on objects so that when you trace a ray, you get back a list of tags that you can use to identify the thing (or things) that a ray hit. Hopefully, this will make Glome a lot more useful for general computational geometry tasks and for interactive applications. (Glome is still too slow to be a serious competitor to OpenGL, but it's at least approaching the point where rendering in realtime is almost tolerable.)

ABOUT THE GROUP: Join programmers, researchers and enthusiasts to discuss functional programming. pdxfunc is a study/user group exploring the world of functional programming based in Portland, Oregon. The group welcomes programmers interested in all functional languages, including Haskell, OCaml, Erlang, Scala and others, as well as using functional techniques in non-functional languages. The group meets regularly and provides presentations, demos and discussions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. The meetings are usually on the second Monday of the month.

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Tuesday
Apr 15
Pivotal Partners in Attracting and Retaining Powerful Performers | HR Forum
First Tech Federal Credit Union

When: Tuesday, April 15th Time: 7:30- 9:30 AM Where: First Tech Federal Credit Union Auditorium,15500 SW Beaverton Creek Ct., Beaverton, OR The building is directly behing the main branch building. Cost: $10 Members | $15 Nonmember

Defining and fostering an integrated, internal and external brand experience is crucial to attracting and retaining a powerful, purpose-driven workforce. Join our panel of Marketing and HR leaders to discover the power of the HR/Marketing partnership and hear real examples of how they’ve transformed their employment brands beyond recruiting into fully integrated, brand experience that drive excitement, engagement, and results.

What Will You Learn?

How to get started in building your organization’s brand. Tips to transform your employment brand into a fully integrated, employee brand experience. Ways for HR and Marketing to be strategic partners in developing and managing that integrated brand experience. Panelists: Deborah Colby, VP Marketing at First Tech Federal Credit Union - Deborah believes passionately that employees are the singular, most valuable marketing asset an organization has. That’s why she’s helped foster a Marketing and HR partnership that collaborates every step of the way to create a consistent brand experience both inside and outside the organization.

Kris Kildahl, VP Human Resources at Axiom EPM - Kris built Axiom EPM’s employment brand from the ground up. She knows how to use limited financial resources to create something that has been instrumental in attracting talent that fits the company culture.

Monique Little, Chief People Officer at First Tech Federal Credit Union - Monique knows that the most successful organizations have highly engaged employees that consistently understand what the organization stands for. That’s why she’s teamed up with Marketing to ensure every employee message point from the recruiting stage and throughout the employment experience is connected and consistent.

Moderator: Dan Sloop, Sr. HR Business Partner at nLIGHT Corporation - Dan believes much in the business world is best expressed in terms of branding, marketing, and sales. In his experience, attracting and retaining top people at an engineering firm is essentially similar to developing and selling products to customers at record labels, software companies, and manufacturing firms.

Who Should Attend? This is an ideal session for anyone who works in Human Resources or in Marketing. Better yet? Come together and learn about the power of teaming up. This is a topic that’s important regardless of your organization’s size.

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Intel IT's strategy, application and technology focus and the future of Analytics
Nike World Headquarters - Nolan Ryan

The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking Data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job. We are pleased to welcome three thought leaders from Intel. Hear more about Intel's It strategy, application and technology focus, and the future of analytics.

Intel IT has several initiatives underway that address the changing complexities of our data/technology environment:

The computing environment is expanding across multiple form factors, operating systems, and devices with an ever increasing focus on improving the User Experience. Intel IT has taken on a bold objective to embrace new user experiences. Over the next year we will be focusing on Social media, Multi-OS/Browser, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud capabilities; all to increase user productivity and enable Intel's business.

Hadoop and other "Big Data" tools are transforming businesses everywhere: suddenly Internet-scale data can be stored and analyzed with relative ease. But the answers to many strategic, high-value problems are complex and open-ended. Typically they are not found directly in any one data source (no matter how big) but are rather synthesized, by learning from and building off of multiple sources (including what one already knows), and weaving these together with new ideas & insights into the context of the problem at hand. Graph databases and graph computation engines, along with new "reactive" programming models and interactive visualization, are starting to address these problems of complexity at scale, and are shaping up to be the next Big Thing in big data - and potentially even more disruptive than Hadoop.

Register at: http://www.damapdx.org/

Speaker Bios:

John David Miller is Principal Engineer in Intel Information Technology Labs, where he leads research in visual analytics and cognitive computing.

Bill Giard is a Principal Engineer in the Product Development IT Organization and leads Intel IT’s Software and Application strategy to deliver Intel IT’s applications across multiple client computing platforms. As part of this effort Bill works closely with the product teams in HTML5 and Software Development strategy as well as industry partners to enable Intel computing across multiple devices, operating systems, and browsers.

Julie Moore is the Senior Program Manager for Intel Information Technology’s Five Star Applications Program for multi-platform application enablement. Five Star is chartered to advance Intel IT’s vision to become an industry role model for delivering our business solutions to our users on their platforms of choice.

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EasyStreet Webinar: 2014 Top Trends in IT Services
Online Webinar

Will IT services go the way of electricity? How long will the transformation take? Who will be the builders in the future? Who will be the buyers?

As an IT Professional, you have your own predictions about industry trends.

Join us for an informative webinar as EasyStreet’s CTO Steve Knipple presents an overview of the top trends in IT services based on leading industry reports plus actual client examples, including:

• High performance computing enabled by flash storage

• On-prem clouds to mitigate bandwidth costs and limitations

• Leveraging IT to meet compliance requirements (PCI, HIPAA, etc.)

• Hybridized IT environments for complex customization

• Actual buying patterns and budget breakdowns

Tuesday, April 15

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

Click to register: http://bit.ly/1pPk3Ny

About the Speaker:

Steve Knipple has 20 years’ experience in IT enterprise strategy, architecture, management and operations. He is a specialist in Corporate IT transformational programs of local, national and international scale. Before joining EasyStreet in 2010, Steve was Senior Manager of Global IT Architecture, Deployment and Operations at Munich-based Wacker Chemical Corporation. He holds an M.S. in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon.

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Women in the Workplace: Have We Really Come a Long Way?
The Sentinel (formerly The Governor Hotel)

Join Portland Female Executives for a dynamic presentation during which Lois Cohen will incorporate a lecture, group discussion, and personal goal-setting to help you take the next steps in your career. During the presentation, you’ll discover:

  • If ‘You’ve come a long way, baby’ holds true in the workplace today, and if not, why?
  • What a gender equitable workplace looks like
  • How to define your own individual goals and put together an action plan for positive change
  • How to help advance gender equity in your own workplace

You’ll come away from the session with a more nuanced understanding of gender issues in the workplace, and your own action plan with practical steps you can take to advance your career while improving conditions for women in your field.

Register online: http://bit.ly/1dcaeHH

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Digital Dialogues: Owen Jones Urban Airship Rebrand-For tech people too!
ISITE Design

This is a combo technology and design event!!

Relaunching the Urban Airship brand was a task that took as much skill as sending off an actual zeppelin into the skies. Introduced with just as great fanfare, the Urban Airship experience reached impressive heights.

It fell to Portland's own Owen Jones and Partners to re-launch both the brand and the website. They developed a new logo, extensive illustrations, a robust icon system, and other secondary brand assets. At the same time, they re-architected their product platform and rewrote almost all of the site content. They then melded the creative with a responsive front-end and an Expression Engine back-end to bring the brand to life.

How did they do it? Come find out as the Owen team discusses the challenges of simultaneously handling a company rebrand and website launch.

Roles: Lucas Swick - Technical Director Josh Balleza - Art Director

Digital Dialogues is an event series developed by AIGA Portland in partnership with IxDA and sponsored by FILTER and ISITE Design. Each event provides a sneak peek into a different collaborative case study. Relaunching the Urban Airship brand was a task that took as much skill as sending off an actual zeppelin into the skies. Introduced with just as great fanfare, the Urban Airship experience reached impressive heights.

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Portland Nerd Dinner
Washington Square Mall food court

It's Nerd Dinner time again! We'll gather at Washington Square Mall in the food court. Be There and Be Square!

Designing a UX Career Panel
Thetus Corporation

Join PDX-UX and a diverse panel of user experience designers as we discuss the realities of UX design work and how to prepare for, cope with, and celebrate our growing field.

Our panel includes:

Derek Keevil, Principal UX Design Consultant at The Hat Sharpener

Verne Lindner, Senior Designer at Puppet Labs

Søren Muus, Director of Experience Design at Urban Airship

Paul Souders, Director of Design at OpenSourcery

Networking and refreshments start at 6p and the panel starts at 6:30p.  Co-organizer Tom Quick will lead the discussion with plenty of time for questions at the end. 

Just starting out or want to learn more about a career in UX?  Check out the User Experience Careers report by PDX-UX member Susan Farrell and UX pioneer, Jakob Nielsen.

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nsbeer
White Owl Social Club

iOS developer meetup

meteor.js
New Relic
Portland Ember Meetup
Tilde Inc

And we're back! Posting this mostly as a save-the-date, but we're already working on the next PDX Ember Meetup :) RSVPs will go out ~2 weeks before the event.

The basic formula: good people, good food, good talks. We'll generally have two talks, usually at different skill levels, some break and networking time, and other topically relevant things as they come up.

If you or someone you know would like to take a stab at presenting (either a full talk slot, or even a short lightning talk), please get in touch. We'd love to have you!

Similarly, if you or your company would be up for sponsoring, we can use all the help we can get (especially if we want to keep up the good-food trend!). Please reach out to discuss.

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Portland Java User Group
Jama South

This month's topic: Taxes and Payments at Gilt

Gilt is an online retailer based out of New York City. Gilt's main site, gilt.com, offers luxury apparel and home furnishings. This talk will discuss how Gilt.com supports taxes and payments. We'll discuss Gilt's checkout system and order processing backend.

Speaker:

Sean Sullivan is a software engineer specializing in e-commerce systems, web services development, and mobile applications. Sean works on back office applications at Gilt. Sean has contributed to various open source projects, including the OAuth Java library, OpenID4Java, and OpenCSV.

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Thing Tuesday
Puppet Labs

We will have Pizza!

Thank you to Keli Foley at Symmetri

They are suppliers of parts and modules for IoT and they have been an awesome supporter of local initiatives in the space. Find her on linkedin and reach out if you need parts and modules for your IoT / M2M projects

Now our speakers!

Dennis Veatch - Industrial Design and IoT

Dennis is an experienced and well known local industrial designer. He has worked on some great local and national products and in this short talk he will share with us his views on manufacture, design and IoT.

Sce Pike - New IoT Startup / Awesome Team

Sce (pronounced SAY) is the CEO of one of the hottest IoT startup's in town at the moment, in this very short session she'll be casting her net out with Thing Tuesday to recruit new team members. Come hear, meet and chat.

George Zamanakos, CEO of Sweet Spot Diabetes

Still waiting to confirm from George, but he has recently been appointed the CEO of Portland startup Sweet Spot Diabetes, which was acquired a few years ago by Dexcom. George will talk about his views and passions around IoT and medical devices and the data they generate.

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Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Heartbleed & apcupsd
Free Geek

Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting Announcement

Who: Ted Mittelstaedt

What: Heartbleed: It's cause, the solution, lessons learned plus apcupsd

Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)

When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

The "Heartbleed" OpenSSL bug potentially impacts everyone who has used the Internet but was simple enough to explain in an XKCD cartoon.

http://xkcd.com/1354/

Ted Mittelstaedt will enlighten us about it and the issues surrounding it. Ted has also been experimenting with APC's new UPC interface and apcupsd. He will share his findings on this.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne after the meeting.

See you there!

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Portland Bitcoin Group
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Portland Bitcoin Group will be meeting here on the first and third Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. We hope that this can become a venue for bitcoin enthusiasts to meet and trade bitcoins and experiences.

These are exciting times for Bitcoin. Come be a part of the new way to think about money!

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Wednesday
Apr 16
Talk: How to Be a Better Junior Developer
Epicodus

Are you from a non-C.S. background? What about someone you mentor? Many junior devs’ top focus is building technical knowledge. However, they already have other skills that can help them in their roles immediately! Some of these include helping their team focus on the right tasks and working well with stakeholders like PM and support. This talk will discuss the non-technical contributions junior devs can make now and how their senior dev mentors can help them ramp up more quickly as a result.

An Introduction to Business Architecture | Oregon Enterprise Architects Forum
Cambia Health Solutions Website
Special Panel: Don Reinersten, David Snowden, April Mills, and David Hussman
Intel Jones Farm Conference Center (JFCC)

Rose City SPIN and Intel Present a very special Panel Discussion

From Today to Tomorrow: Preparing Ourselves for the Needs of the Future

Featuring Don Reinertsen, David Snowden, April Mills, and David Hussman

Dates/Times: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014: Networking @ 4:30-5:30 PM; Seminar 5:30-6:30 PM

Location: Intel Jones Farm Campus, JFCC Auditorium, 2111 NE 25th Ave., Hillsboro, OR (after turning into the parking lot off of 25th, go straight through the stop sign and park in the parking lot on your left. JFCC will be on your left between JF3 and JF4.)

About the panel topic

World recognized speakers will discuss what is needed now and in the future to succeed in both the simple and complex aspects of our work and world. What skills are we missing? How much can we prepare for an unknown future? How can we focus on practical steps to deliver when so much is changing around us? Join us for this once in a lifetime panel where we explore these concepts and more!

About the speakers

Don Reinertsen

Don is the author of three best-selling books on product development. For 30 years he has focused on creating fundamental changes in the way organizations develop products. Before starting his own firm, he had extensive management consulting experience at McKinsey and taught executive courses at California Institute of Technology. His books, Developing Products in Half the Time and The Principles of Product Development Flow are product development classics that helped drive the application of just-in-time and other Lean principles within the domain of product development.

David Snowden

David is a researcher and thought leader in the field of knowledge management. He is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge, a research network focusing on complexity theory in sense making. He is an authority on the application of complexity theory to organizations, tacit knowledge, and an observer of the way knowledge is used in organizations. Snowden developed the Cynefin framework, a leader’s guide for decision making and a practical application of complexity theory to management science. Here is a short video that highlights his approach.

April Mills

April leads a guiding coalition for change at the U.S. Navy Naval Shipyard in Puget Sound based on Dr. John Kotter’s Leading Change 8-step model. She has a passion for creating positive change, highlighting how anyone can drive change for themselves and for their organizations and communities. April has struggled with and fought against the inertia and bureaucracy of large entrenched organizations and has practical advice for change agents based on the lessons she has learned.

David Hussman

David teaches and coaches agility in companies of all sizes all over the world. For more than 10 years, David has evolved the successful adoption of agile methods in medical, retail, legal, education, health care, control systems, digital audio, financial and more. David believes in helping companies design processes that help them instead of simply teaching them to follow a process. In addition to working side by side with design and delivery teams, David works with leader and executives to promote the use of agile methods to attack the real challenges of their specific industry. In 2009, David received the Gordon Pask Award from the Agile Alliance.

David’s company DevJam provides coaching, coursework, development staff and product development. When he is not coaching or teaching, you can find David speaking at conferences around the world and publishing to a variety of sources. He has contributed to several books as well as helping to create agile curriculum for The University of Minnesota and Capella University. For more information about David check out the DevJam website.

A Special Treat from Intel

Plan on coming early! We will have snacks provided starting at 5:15. Network with many practitioners from all over the area! This session immediately follows the Intel Agile and Lean Development Conference.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture and open to the public sponsored by the Rose City SPIN and Intel. But you can help us plan food and drinks by registering at: http://aprilspinpanel.eventbrite.com

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

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QA Expert Panel Discussion
Con-Way

QA Expert Panel Discussion! Come on Over: Eat Pizza and Talk QA!

at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Sometimes you just want to get together and TALK!! Sometimes you have questions that you just would like SOMEONE to answer. Sometimes, you get great ideas by just listening to others talk about things that have been a thorn for you! AND sometimes you just want to tell someone else about how cool it was to solve a problem, or finish a large scale project. We know all this, mostly because we're in QA too, and have experienced it all as well.

SO - Let's do exactly that! We bribed several very knowledgeable folks with pizza - and asked them to sit up front and let us ask questions, like "What's your favorite method for starting up brand new automation?" and "How do you handle repeatability/reusability in terms of data management in testing?" and "Hey, I've got a stubborn DEV who won't talk with me, what do I do?" (Well the answer to that one IS pizza, maybe even ribs. But that's just our personal opinion.)

Come join us for Pizza and some great QA discussions with a panel of engineers who have "been there, done that"... we have some ideas about what to talk about - but bring your own questions!! Everyone can participate, we can ask all sorts of questions on any variety of topics, so don't be shy about asking! We look forward to seeing you there!!

Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Let the discussions begin!

Details: • Event is Free to the public • Onsite parking (directions below) • Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served • No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are BRAND NEW, and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Linked in: SQAUG

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RefreshPDX - Lessons from the Battlefield: Working on the Web
ISITE Design

After four years of agency employment and four years of freelancing as a web designer and developer, Kristin has learned a lot of lessons, mostly the hard way. She gets asked a lot of questions. How do you get started making websites? How do you get work as a freelancer? How did you last 4 years working at home in your PJs? Why did you quit freelancing and go back to employment, weren't you living the dream?

Kristin will share all her battlefield-approved tips for surviving life as a contractor, finding work with an agency, and how to become rich and famous in 5 easy steps.

Our Presenter, Kristin Wille Kristin is a web developer at Daylight Studio in Southeast Portland, where she hacks away at front end code and dabbles in PHP. She also co-hosts the PushPull Podcast, a semi-wildly popular show about working in the web industry.

When she’s not staring at computers or talking about them, you’ll find her on her mountain bike and enjoying the Northwest outdoors with her two dogs.

Join us after the presentation for a short walk to a local establishment food and libation!

                        Have questions about RefreshPDX - Lessons from the Battlefield: Working on the Web? 
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Beginner's coding night
Epicodus

Every Wednesday, Epicodus opens its office to beginner coders who want guidance about how to start learning to code, help with particular coding problems, or just a place to work for a couple hours with other beginners.

Agile PDX Evening: Collocation - Rewards and Perils
Puppet Labs

Some Agile software teams struggle to colocate their members so the software developers and testers can be near each other at work. What happens when development team members have the luxury of sitting together, but still want something more? We took the bold step of colocating some development teams with their end-users. We had lofty goals and some specific expectations, but ended up with some unexpected results, as well.

This presentation covers a case study and a retrospective on our company's effort to colocate development teams with their end users. It discusses reasons for moving the teams, as well as the lessons learned and the changes made to our process. The experiment caused our development organization re-examine its best practices and processes. We think these lessons are applicable to teams regardless of their industry and experience.

About the speaker...

Mary Panza is the scrum master at Parametric Portfolio Associates in Seattle, Washington. She has supported, tested and managed software for the past twenty years for various companies around the Puget Sound area. Mary’s passion has always been problem-solving and process improvement, as well as seeing the human side of software development. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for the Seattle Mountaineers, an outdoor education non-profit.

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Introduction to Elixir from a Ruby, Python and Javascript perspective
CrowdCompass office in the Ford Building

We are the Portland Erlang and Elixir meetup.

Matthew Lyon will give an “Intro to Elixir” presentation from and for the perspective of people coming from scripting languages such as Ruby, Python, and Javascript.

Elixir is a functional, meta-programming aware language built on top of the Erlang VM. It is a dynamic language with flexible syntax and macro support that leverages Erlang's abilities to build concurrent, distributed and fault-tolerant applications with hot code upgrades.

José Valim is the creator of the Elixir programming language. His goals were to enable higher extensibility and productivity in the Erlang VM while keeping compatibility with Erlang's tools and ecosystem.

We've also secured a free month subscription to Elixir Sips (http://elixirsips.com/) for everyone. Elixir Sips releases two videos every week to help you get started learning Elixir and keeping up with new tools and libraries. Feel free to pass the link along to anyone you know who might be interested.

Offer expires May 16th: https://elixirsips.dpdcart.com/subscriber/add?plan_id=176&plan_term_id=376

Mexican food from Los Gorditos will be provided. Vegan and gluten free options available. Email daniel@digitree.org if there is something specific you'd like to try from their menu: http://www.losgorditospdx.com

We look forward to seeing you!

  • Steve Peters
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Thursday
Apr 17
ISSA Portland April 2014 Luncheon - Behavioral Analytics
Con-Way

What:

Behavioral Analytics - new approach to mitigating insider threats and compressing incident response time to answers.

Insiders account for 48% of data breaches and incident response, on average, takes 42 days to complete. Historically, data protection solutions have followed the threat: moving from the perimeter, to the network, to the server, to the application, to the user, and now to the data itself. Current efforts to secure “structured data” held in repositories such as internal file servers, databases and content management systems are very mature and fully deployed, but protecting against privileged access insider threats and understanding the magnitude of breach can be vexing. These methods do not protect changes to the threat of protecting intellectual property - unstructured file based data that is stolen for financial gain or perceived slight by privilege access users and add complexity to incident response programs. During the presentation we will discu