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Gerding Theater at the Armory

128 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

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  • Friday
    Sep 27 2019
    2019 Cre8con - Portland Creative Conference

    Cre8con, the Portland Creative Conference, is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across all creative industries. Our 2019 Speakers have won major industry awards including Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Clio, and Eisner. Bring your team or just bring yourself–either way you won’t leave the same as you arrived. You’ll be inspired and motivated in new ways, viewing your world with a fresh perspective. We feature presentations from leading creatives who take you inside their creative process and talk about their projects, problems, influences and inspirations.

  • Wednesday
    Oct 3 2018
    PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Seasoned Women in Tech

    Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-seasoned-women-in-tech-tickets-49441524932] is required to gain entry to this event

    Are you a woman with 15 or more years of experience working in technology? Do you want to build relationships with other women in tech who are still swinging? PDXWIT’s Seasoned Women in Tech events work to foster a community for women like you.

    Join us October 3rd at The Armory for an evening dedicated to bringing experienced women in tech together to support one another and talk though challenges. Our focus will be on identifying and working to resolve issues we are currently facing at work. The evening’s agenda will involve identifying the top three issues at work that are bothering us, splitting into small groups to brainstorm solutions, and coming back together as a group to conclude our discussion.


    5:30 - 6:00 - Door open/networking

    6:00 - 6:10 - Introduction

    6:10 - 7:00 - Group event followed by sharing of take-away points.

    7:00 - 7:30 - Wrap up/networking/leave

    Event FAQ:

    Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: We do have gender neutral bathrooms

    Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes

    Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes. Free beer and wine until 7pm. Cash bar available.

    Q: What is the parking situation? A: No parking – several large parking garages nearby. This page might be helpful https://www.pcs.org/inside-pcs/directions

    Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: No

    Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: No

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

    Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home. Please note there may be office pets present at this event.


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

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

  • Friday
    Sep 23 2016
    2016 Portland Creative Conference

    The Portland Creative Conference is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across various creative industries. Bring your team or just bring yourself–either way you won’t leave the same as you arrived. You’ll be inspired and motivated in new ways, viewing your world with a fresh perspective. We feature presentations from leading creatives who take you inside their creative process and talk about their projects, problems, influences and inspirations.

    Purchase Tickets: Eventbrite

  • Monday
    Apr 25 2016
    TechFestNW 2016
    Gerding Theater at the Armory

    Portland's premier tech event returns for the fifth year running to the historic Armory building in the Pearl District! Founded in 2012, TechfestNW is a gathering of leading thinkers passionate about technology, design entrepreneurship and innovation focused on highlighting Portland, Oregon as one of America’s next technology centers.

    TechfestNW 2016 features two days of speakers, networking opportunities, demonstrations, competitions and parties all centered at The Armory building in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District, on April 25-26.

    This year we are beefing up TFNW with PitchfestNW: a conference within a conference curated for startups. Read more about PFNW here! http://techfestnw.com/pitchfestnw/

    Tickets are available now: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1091169?utm_medium=bks

    Questions? Check out http://techfestnw.com/information/frequently-asked-questions/ or tweet us @tfnw.

  • Wednesday
    Apr 13 2016
    OEN Angel Oregon 2016 Showcase

    OEN’s Angel Oregon Showcase is your opportunity to nurture breakthrough ideas, discover new markets, and make invaluable business connections. Join over 300 investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to get a sneak peek at Oregon’s most exciting up-and-coming companies!

    The program will feature 12 pitches from the finalists in our Angel Oregon Program, as well as a presentation on the state of angel investing in Oregon from Rob Wiltbank, an Entrepreneurship Professor at Willamette University. The audience will get to vote on winners for our early-stage category, and at the end of the day, one of our growth-stage finalists will win an investment award of $200,000 to $300,000.

    See the presenters and register here: https://www.oen.org/calendar-events/showcase/

  • Monday
    Nov 2 2015
    Ignite at View Source

    Our next Ignite in PDX will be at View Source Conference November 2nd 2015. Come hear what speakers are passionate about – cool ideas, hacks, lessons, and “war stories.” Tickets are available for both the conference (which includes Ignite) or just Ignite event. Reception to follow afterwards.

    $15 Tickets https://ti.to/mdn/view-source-2015

  • View Source Conference
    Gerding Theater at the Armory

    Build the web of tomorrow, today. At View Source you’ll be inspired by what’s to come. Join us and learn to build a web that’s more powerful, accessible, and secure using modern techniques that work today and will thrive tomorrow. We learn best from each other, so View Source will provide plenty of time and space for interaction and conversation. In addition to awesome talks, there will be an ongoing hacking space, demos, and group discussions, as well as fun evening activities.

  • Friday
    Sep 25 2015
    2015 Portland Creative Conference

    The Portland Creative Conference is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across various creative industries. This single-track event features presentations from leading creatives who take you inside their creative process and talk about their projects, challenges, influences and inspirations; showing samples of their work along the way.

    It is an opportunity for attendees to network with other creative industries professionals, get inside the heads of visionary speakers and to be inspired and motivated in entirely new ways, viewing their own world with a fresh perspective as a result.

    Benefits of attending:

    Learn from our industry-leading speakers, enjoy seeing their work and hearing the stories behind it. Network with other creative industries professionals. Leave inspired and motivated in new and unexpected ways.

  • Monday
    Jun 15 2015
    Gerding Theater at the Armory

    Monitorama is an 3-day event for Dev and Ops practitioners to gather and discuss the past, present, and future of monitoring software and trends. Our lineups often include more abstract discussions of software craftsmanship and dealing with the human side of failure, but the common thread through the entire event is to advance the state of art for all software monitoring-related technologies and methodologies.

  • Saturday
    Apr 18 2015
    Gerding Theater at the Armory

    One of the two largest Clojure conferences held each year in the US, Clojure/West offers two days of training workshops followed by three days of talks. Also there are unsessions happening in the evenings.

    Follow @clojurewest for updates.

  • Friday
    Mar 20 2015
    Creative Mornings Lecture - Rilla Alexander

    Tickets are free, but you have to get one at the event website.

    Rilla Alexander is an Australian illustrator and graphic designer whose work has appeared on everything from toys and tea cups to busses and buildings. Her cast of characters dance across Museo del Prado’s ceramics and stationery, populate Swiss Credit Cards and sleep on the walls of a Copenhagen hotel (where she replaced the bed with a tent).

    Rilla’s work has been showcased at Paris’ cultural mecca Colette and at the Museé de la Publicité/Louvre. She leads a masterclass in character design at the Pictoplasma Academy in Berlin and is currently teaching illustration at the PNCA. Rilla has published several books celebrating creativity – including the collaborative toy project “Neighbourhood” and her picture books “The Best Book in the World” and “Her Idea”.

    Rilla will speak about committing to an idea – and that fateful moment play and potential are stopped in their tracks by procrastination and preciousness. She is interested in where ideas come from and how to take them all the way to THE END.

  • Friday
    Oct 24 2014
    PIE Demo Day 2014

    We invite you to join us for PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) Demo Day, October 24, 2014, at the Gerding Theatre. Doors open at 1:30pm, presentations will begin at 2:00pm.

    This year will feature presentations from our funded companies and highlights from our latest experiments. We'll also take a look back at five years of PIE and the amazing startups with whom we have had the pleasure to work.

    Demo presentations will be followed by a reception with the startups and members of the tech, brand, startup and investor communities.

  • Friday
    Aug 22 2014
    Front-End Design Conference

    Front-End Conf is a paid conference that has been run in Florida for the past 5 years. It will feature 7 speakers on the first day and some local meetups on day two.

  • Friday
    Jun 21 2013
    Elevating Impact Summit

    The Elevating Impact Summit, brought to you by Impact Entrepreneurs at Portland State University, is a celebration of new approaches to generating social impact across business, social, public, and academic sectors.

    This event features a dynamic day of interactive discussion and learning sessions, inspiring speakers, first-hand accounts from social entrepreneurs and innovators, and opportunities to connect with a diverse audience of business professionals, cutting edge entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and students all working to realize the full potential of business for positive impact.

    Join us at Elevating Impact to connect with creative individuals and groups who are driving social impact across sectors and ages.

  • Monday
    Mar 18 2013
    Clojure/West 2013
    Gerding Theater at the Armory

    Clojure/West is a three day conference about the Clojure and ClojureScript programming languages at the Gerding Theater. There will be keynotes by Rich Hickey (Clojure) and Matthew Flatt (Racket) as well as about 35 talks. View the full sessions list.

    The conference is $350. Register now!

  • Wednesday
    Mar 13 2013
    Semi-Permanent Portland

    Semi-Permanent's purpose is to unite and inspire the diverse and exciting creative world by bringing together a panel of exceptionally talented, globally renowned speakers via a premium event experience. Moving into its 11th year, Semi-Permanent is the most successful event of its kind in the world - born out of a desire to unite the world's creative communities.

    Semi-Permanent combines speaker presentations, exhibitions and parties into a festival of creativity. A refreshing look at the current state of the art and design world - both educational and inspiring. A not to be missed event on your yearly creative calendar.

    Speakers: Chuck Anderson (NoPAttern Studio, Design/art/illustration) Terry White (Adobe, Design) Rei Inamoto (AKQA, Advertising) Gary Baseman (Artist/Designer) Michael Muller (Photographer) Bradley Munkowitz (Gmunk, Motion graphics) Holly Andres (Photography) Stephen Smith (Neasden Control Center, Artist) Holly Wales (Illustration) Shawn Petersen (Instrument, Design)

    Tickets: $100 (AIGA discount available). Buy here: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/3151901944

  • Friday
    Oct 5 2012
    PIE Demo Day

    We invite you to join us for PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) Demo Day, October 5, 2012, at the Gerding Theatre. Doors open at 1:30pm, presentations will begin at 2:00pm.

    Demo presentations will be followed by a meet greet reception with the startups and respected members of the tech, brand, startup and investor communities.

  • Saturday
    Apr 30 2011

    This is the inaugural year of TEDxPortland. TEDx is a program of local, independently organized events that bring people together in the TED spirit of "ideas worth spreading." Our event will include live speakers and performers to spark deep discussion and connection. Please join us on April 30 for what we hope will be the first of many exciting and inspiring TEDxPortland events to come.

    Please RSVP here: http://on.fb.me/e5Xvpu

  • Monday
    Mar 7 2011
    REVV (Revisioning Value) 2011 - Accelerating Social Innovation
    Gerding Theater at the Armory

    Re VV2011 is a how-to conference experience for directors and staff from enterprise (nonprofits and for-profits), finance, foundations, and funders who will join educational institutions, community leaders, government, and people looking to make a difference. Six Big Themes (Impact Investing, Strategy, Metrics, Innovation, Start-Up, Ecosystem) drive the conference design. Spend time with international experts, and build community.

  • Friday
    Oct 30 2009
    10,000 Invitations: A roundtable on arts institutions and new/social media

    Hosted by Lisa Radon who blogs for Portland Monthly as the Culturephile.

    Good minds from Portland arts institutions share the ways they’re using new and social media to engage audiences.

    The Portland Art Museum creates conversational videos about works in the collection, creates a community website for its China Design Now exhibition, and tweets as M.C. Escher. Portland Center Stage creates show preview videos that go viral and uses Twitter in innovative ways. The Museum of Contemporary Craft creates video and podcast and invites audience response. PICA integrates Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube into its TBA Festival blog.

    In education, programming, and marketing, we’ll talk about what’s worked and what’s on the horizon as the landscape continues to change with new tools and new challenges all the time.

    Participants include:

    Christina Olsen, PhD Director of Education & Public Programs, Portland Art Museum

    Beth Heinrich Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Portland Art Museum

    Cynthia Fuhrman Marketing and Communications Director, Portland Center Stage

    Patrick Leonard Public Relations, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

    Rebecca Burrell, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist, Museum of Contemporary Craft

    Namita Gupta-Wiggers, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft

  • Thursday
    Oct 29 2009
    Creating Conversations through the Love of Bicycles

    There are many people who love bicycles. But how many can take this love and turn it into a business? And once they've started their cycling-related business, how do they engage their audience, market and brand their company?

    Join us for a conversation with a group of cyclists who are creating conversations through their love of bicycles... a panel of four cycling and communication experts will talk about why they're doing what they're doing, how they're doing it, and what's next for cycling as communication. The panel consists of: Jonathan Maus, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of BikePortland (http://bikeportland.org) Slate Olson, General Manager of Rapha, North America (http://www.rapha.cc/) Natalie Ramsland, Founder and Framebuilder of Sweetpea Bicycles (http://www.sweetpeabicycles.com/) Heidi Swift, Newspaper Columnist, Freelance Writer, Photographer and Bike Racer (http://everydayathleteblog.com/)

    David Lowe-Rogstad, Co-Founder of Substance (http://findsubstance.com) and former road racer (he's back on the bike for Cross Crusade this year), will be moderating the panel.

    Coinciding with Oregon Manifest (http://www.oregonmanifest.com/), this panel is an opportunity for framebuilders, cycling enthusiasts, and business owners of all sorts to learn how different companies are utilizing events, technology and stories to create conversations.

  • Tuesday
    May 19 2009
    SAOpdx: Sharp Wits and Sharp Knives: Slice and Dice your Competition

    Is one of your company's competitors weakened by the economic downturn? Are their signs of a problem?

          * You hear they didn't get a second round of funding.
          * A friend tells you about staff reductions.
          * You're not seeing them at trade shows.
          * Their marketing engine fizzled.
          * Salespeople are calling your firm looking for a new gig.
      What do you do?
      1. Play the waiting game and watch from afar hoping they spiral downward and out of existence
      2. Fuel the fire with an aggressive campaign of your own pointing out the differences between your stable company and this weakened competitor
      Is the law of the jungle appropriate or do we take the high road and wait it out?
      In this session, you'll hear arguments for both sides. You'll hear from marketing and sales professionals who say, "kick em while they're down" and others who say fate will take its course - no extra help required. What's your perspective? What are the ethical boundaries? When does pouncing the weak make you look bad? How can you ratchet up the attack without hurting your credibility? We'll debate how aggressive marketing and sales people can be in today's climate of relatively stronger/weaker competitors. Do salespeople encourage customers to ask for financial statements? What should companies do (if strong or weak) to defend and/or add to their market positions.
      Brian McCarthy, Adjunct Professor, Portland State University School of Business Administration + Oregon Executive MBA Program
      Speaker Panel
      Bill Piwonka, Sr. Director Marketing, Ethics Point
      Bill Booth, Business Development Manager, Babcock and Jenkins
      Kevin Cancilla, Director, Corporate & International Marketing, Tripwire
      Jason Lander, Founder, Vice President of Product & Business Development
  • Thursday
    Apr 16 2009
    Portland Art Spark

    April 16th: MetroArts, Inc. @ the Armory Café at Portland Center Stage.

      Join us for a performance highlighting the talents of MetroArts, Inc. and Niel DePonte speaking about arts integration and the creative process  for kids
      When: Every 3rd Thursday, 5- 7pm
      Where: Rotating Venues
  • Tuesday
    Apr 14 2009
    SAOpdx: Winning Game Plans for 2009 ft. Serena, AboutUs, Pop Art, and Jive!

    You asked and we listened: the SAO brings together four of Portland's most dynamic technology companies - Jive, AboutUs, Serena, and Pop Art, Inc. - to share how they've adapted marketing and sales strategies to the realities of 2009. This panel brings together senior sales and marketing professionals for an interactive, informative breakfast event.

      Register today to learn practical ways in which Portland's most nimble technology companies adapt to changing times.
      Cecile Bos, Partner, Blue Research
      Dennis Deveny, Regional Sales Director, Jive Software
      Tony Bash, Sr. VP of Marketing & Business Dev, Pop Art, Inc.
      Nathan Rawlins, Sr. Director Product Marketing, Serena Software
      Martin Laetsch, VP of Sales and Marketing, AboutUs 
  • Wednesday
    Apr 1 2009
    March Man-ness Celebration

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

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

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

  • Wednesday
    Feb 4 2009
    Thrive in Tough Economic Times

    [Full details at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1478697/ ] Date: Wed, Feb 4th Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: Portland Center Stage 128 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209 Cost: $25 for members $45 for non members Is the global economic downturn impacting your company and IT organization? If so, you will NOT want to miss this SAO forum on Wednesday, February 4th at Portland Center Stage. Local CIOs Fred Pond, Chris Dill, and Lance Kidd will share some of their direct insights and experience in dealing with downturns, and how your IT organization can even thrive in tough economic times. Speakers: Fred Pond, CIO, North Pacific Group Chris Dill, CIO, Portland Trail Blazers Lance Kidd, CIO, Halton Co

  • Thursday
    Sep 4 2008
    Inverge: the interactive convergence conference
    Gerding Theater at the Armory

    Inverge: the interactive convergence conference, is a transdisciplinary thought-leader event that focuses on the invergence of media platforms (transmedia/cross-media), of virtual + physical, content + advertising, and corporate content + consumer-generated content. To create a unique experience for attendees, this conference is integrated with, three other cultural events happening in Portland over the same multi-day period: + Time-Based Art Festival (performance : dance : music : new media : visual arts) + MusicFestNW (over 100 indie bands) + First Thursday Gallery Walk (an evening of art, wine and music) Visit the conference site to see the complete list of confirmed thought-leader speakers. Learn why Portland is an awesome place to visit for this event.

  • Saturday
    Aug 23 2008
    Live Wire! 50th Live Taping

    50th taping of the OPB radio show Live Wire! Gerding Theater at The Armory on NW 11th. Musical guests include the Dandy Warhols and the Portland Cello Project. Awesome radio variety show starts with the "Haiku Hotties" and comedy skits.

  • Wednesday
    Apr 16 2008
    SEMpdx + pdxMindShare Networking Event

    Join SEMpdx & pdxMindShare at this networking and educational event. Meet SEMpdx board members, network with other Web professionals, and learn more about membership and sponsorship opportunities.

  • Wednesday
    Jan 30 2008
    The Big Idea Bash

    To start out the year with a bang, Credit Suisse, manager of the Oregon Investment Fund, invites you to meet and exchange big business ideas with entrepreneurs and investors. Enjoy drinks and food on us while initiating conversations with some of the brightest business minds in the Northwest. Now is the time to make partnerships and grow your business. It's set to be the business event of the year. RSVP with name and company (if applicable) you'll be representing to Erin at [email protected].

    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: Free