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107 SE Washington St., Suite 520
Portland, Oregon 97214, US (map)
503.488.5763
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  • Tuesday
    Jan 8 2013
    Internet Marketing 101

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    Our speakers will be covering three topics at a basic level: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Marketing & Content, and Paid Search.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 26 2012
    Free Yoga Class

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    Join other Portland tech-y and yoga types Wednesdays at 11:45 for a free yoga class. Mats are provided, or you can bring your own.

    Questions? Email [email protected].

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 19 2012
    Free Yoga Class

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    Join other Portland tech-y and yoga types Wednesdays at 11:45 for a free yoga class. Mats are provided, or you can bring your own.

    Questions? Email [email protected].

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 12 2012
    Free Yoga Class

    AboutUs

    Join other Portland tech-y and yoga types Wednesdays at 11:45 for a free yoga class. Mats are provided, or you can bring your own.

    Questions? Email [email protected].

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 5 2012
    Free Yoga Class

    AboutUs

    Join other Portland tech-y and yoga types Wednesdays at 11:45 for a free yoga class. Mats are provided, or you can bring your own.

    Questions? Email [email protected].

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Feb 15 2012
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

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    If you use a computer all day - that includes laptops, iPads, whatever - your shoulders, upper back and lower back are probably pretty tight. Loosen them up and build strength in every part of your body, with expert guidance from veteran Portland yoga teacher Rebecca Blain.

    Rebecca welcomes students of all ability levels to our weekly Wednesday class, and we'd love to see you, too. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Changing facilities available.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 8 2012
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

    AboutUs

    If you use a computer all day - that includes laptops, iPads, whatever - your shoulders, upper back and lower back are probably pretty tight. Loosen them up and build strength in every part of your body, with expert guidance from veteran Portland yoga teacher Rebecca Blain.

    Rebecca welcomes students of all ability levels to our weekly Wednesday class, and we'd love to see you, too. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Changing facilities available.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Feb 1 2012
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

    AboutUs

    If you use a computer all day - that includes laptops, iPads, whatever - your shoulders, upper back and lower back are probably pretty tight. Loosen them up and build strength in every part of your body, with expert guidance from veteran Portland yoga teacher Rebecca Blain.

    Rebecca welcomes students of all ability levels to our weekly Wednesday class, and we'd love to see you, too. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Changing facilities available.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jan 25 2012
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

    AboutUs

    If you use a computer all day - that includes laptops, iPads, whatever - your shoulders, upper back and lower back are probably pretty tight. Loosen them up and build strength in every part of your body, with expert guidance from veteran Portland yoga teacher Rebecca Blain.

    Rebecca welcomes students of all ability levels to our weekly Wednesday class, and we'd love to see you, too. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Changing facilities available.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jan 18 2012
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

    AboutUs

    If you use a computer all day - that includes laptops, iPads, whatever - your shoulders, upper back and lower back are probably pretty tight. Loosen them up and build strength in every part of your body, with expert guidance from veteran Portland yoga teacher Rebecca Blain.

    Rebecca welcomes students of all ability levels to our weekly Wednesday class, and we'd love to see you, too. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Changing facilities available.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jan 11 2012
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

    AboutUs

    If you use a computer all day - that includes laptops, iPads, whatever - your shoulders, upper back and lower back are probably pretty tight. Loosen them up and build strength in every part of your body, with expert guidance from veteran Portland yoga teacher Rebecca Blain.

    Rebecca welcomes students of all ability levels to our weekly Wednesday class, and we'd love to see you, too. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Changing facilities available.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jan 4 2012
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

    AboutUs

    If you use a computer all day - that includes laptops, iPads, whatever - your shoulders, upper back and lower back are probably pretty tight. Loosen them up and build strength in every part of your body, with expert guidance from veteran Portland yoga teacher Rebecca Blain.

    Rebecca welcomes students of all ability levels to our weekly Wednesday class, and we'd love to see you, too. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours. Changing facilities available.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Nov 2 2011
    Free Yoga for PDX Techies

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    Aching shoulders? Sore back? Computers will do that to you. Come stretch and strengthen with AboutUs and our yoga teacher, Becca Blain. Enjoy hands-on help and individualized instruction in a friendly, relaxed setting. Beginners, occasional practitioners and dedicated yogaphiles all welcome. Mats provided.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Oct 26 2011
    Free Yoga for PDX Techies

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    Aching shoulders? Sore back? Computers will do that to you. Come stretch and strengthen with AboutUs and our yoga teacher, Becca Blain. Enjoy hands-on help and individualized instruction in a friendly, relaxed setting. Beginners, occasional practitioners and dedicated yogaphiles all welcome. Mats provided.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Oct 19 2011
    Free Yoga for PDX Techies

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    Aching shoulders? Sore back? Computers will do that to you. Come stretch and strengthen with AboutUs and our yoga teacher, Becca Blain. Enjoy hands-on help and individualized instruction in a friendly, relaxed setting. Beginners, occasional practitioners and dedicated yogaphiles all welcome. Mats provided.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Oct 5 2011
    Free Yoga for PDX Techies

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    Backs and necks suffer when you spend all day in front of a computer. Come to AboutUs for stretching and strengthening exercises taught by our wonderful yoga teacher, Rebecca Blain. We're a friendly group!

    Beginners and experienced yogis equally welcome - Rebecca tailors the class to each individual's needs. Mats provided.

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 13 2011
    Free! Yoga for the Deskbound

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    Feeling stiff and stressed? Come stretch and relax with us! Teacher Becca Blain tailors her instruction to whoever's in class that day, and helps you work the kinks out. Wear anything comfortable; mats provided. And it's FREE.

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  • Wednesday
    Jun 8 2011
    Free Yoga for Tech Folk

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    Sore shoulders? Tight neck? No wonder - bodies aren't supposed to operate a computer all day long. Come and stretch, breathe and strengthen with our wonderful yoga teacher, Becca Blain. Mats provided, and if it's sunny, we'll do yoga on the roof. FREE!

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  • Wednesday
    May 25 2011
    FREE YOGA for tech folks

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    Tight shoulders? Computers can kill you. Join us at AboutUs for an hour of stretching, breathing and light strengthening moves. Class led by Rebecca Blain, an experienced and friendly teacher. Beginners welcome - Rebecca teaches to everyone's individual needs.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    May 17 2011
    IxDA Portland: Dangerous Idea Design Jam

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    This month we are putting a twist on the Design Jam -- we will be jamming with dangerous ideas.

    We will start with three design problems, then select and describe one problem to jam on. We'll work in small groups to create potentially dangerous or controversial design solutions. At the end the small groups will pitch their ideas and sketches back to the larger group. Come convince us that your dangerous idea is a good one!

    Everyone is welcome -- designers and non-designers alike.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

  • Wednesday
    May 11 2011
    Free Yoga for Techies

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    Bet your back gets tired from sitting in front of a computer all day....Join us at AboutUs for an hour of stretching, breathing and light strengthening. Get balanced, rested and energized all at once. Class led by Rebecca Blain, an experienced and friendly teacher. Beginners welcome - Rebecca teaches to everyone's individual needs.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    May 4 2011
    Free Yoga for Tech Folk

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    Relieve those aching shoulders, improve your posture and clear your brain! Yoga is great for those of us who use computers all day long. Come to AboutUs and enjoy an hour of stretching, breathing, balancing and building strength with Rebecca Blain, our company yoga teacher.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Apr 27 2011
    Free Yoga for Tech Folk

    AboutUs

    Relieve those aching shoulders, improve your posture and clear your brain! Yoga is great for those of us who use computers all day long. Come to AboutUs and enjoy an hour of stretching, breathing, balancing and building strength with Rebecca Blain, our company yoga teacher.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Apr 13 2011
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

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    Enjoy an hour of relaxation, breathing and balancing with Rebecca Blain, yoga teacher extraordinaire! All levels welcome, from "never taken a yoga class" to "I can't live without yoga."

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Apr 6 2011
    FREE YOGA at AboutUs

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    We have a wonderful yoga teacher, Rebecca Blain. We have mats. We have space. We have free yoga! Please join us.

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  • Friday
    Mar 25 2011
    Free Yoga at AboutUs

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    Every week Becca Blain teaches a flow yoga class in the AboutUs office on the 5th floor of the Olympic Mill building.

    SPECIAL TIME: FRIDAY THIS WEEK!!!

    If you're interested in joining us for free expert instruction in breathing, alignment, strength and flexibility stop by and join us for this casual drop-in class.

    Bring your own mat, although we have a few extras.

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  • Wednesday
    Mar 16 2011
    Free Yoga at AboutUs

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    Every Wednesday at 11:45 Becca Blain teaches a flow yoga class in the AboutUs office on the 5th floor of the Olympic Mill building.

    If you're interested in joining us for free expert instruction in breathing, alignment, strength and flexibility stop by and join us for this casual drop-in class.

    Bring your own mat, although we have a few extras.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Jan 18 2011
    IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

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    Join us for our monthly meetup!

    This month we're hosting a Design Jam: we start with brainstorming design problems, select and describe one problem to jam on, then work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end the small groups present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/local/ixda-portland ).

  • Saturday
    Jan 15 2011
    Wikipedia 10th Anniversary Party

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    What is it: An informal celebration for local Wikipedia contributors and local supporters and lovers of Wikipedia to celebrate Wikipedia's 10th anniversary.

    Who is it: Anyone who wants to celebrate 10 years of community-driven knowledge with free food, non-alcoholic drinks, conversation, and lots of free schwag.

    Where is it: AboutUs, 107 SE Washington Street, Suite 520, Portland, OR

    When is it: January 15, 2011. Loosely organized space for an Open Space Technology meeting from 5pm until 7pm. Party from 7pm until about 9:30pm.

    How much? Free!

    Facebook event page:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159767440736293

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 19 2010
    IxDA Portland: Customer Journey

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    Join us for our monthly IxDA Portland meetup. Co-Leader Barbara Holmes will lead an exercise called the Customer Journey, a technique for doing user research.

    As IxD practitioners we’re pretty familiar with user research techniques like personas and scenarios. How do you take this research and bring it to life for stakeholders at the business unit level or higher? One technique is the customer journey. This month, we’ll explore customer journeys as a way to illustrate user research and align it with client’s business and marketing goals. We’ll practice creating one by taking a look at a journey we’ve all made; deciding to be involved in the IxD profession.

    Barbara Holmes, User Experience Architect at ISITE Design and co-leader of the Portland IxDA chapter, will lead the discussion about customer journeys. She and Jeanne will then facilitate the activity, and follow-up discussion.

    In the activity, we’ll work individually to draw our own journey to the IxD profession. Where did you start? What drew you to the practice? What learning/training did you engage with? What are you doing now? After individual work, we’ll break into small groups where you’ll share your journeys with each other. The goal is to find common threads or patterns. Finally, you’ll present those commonalities and patterns to the group in a small group presentation.

    Anyone and everyone is welcome, designers and non-designers alike.

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/local/ixda-portland)

  • Tuesday
    Sep 21 2010
    IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

    AboutUs

    Join us for our monthly meetup!

    This month we're hosting a Design Jam: we start with brainstorming design problems, select and describe one problem to jam on, then work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end the small groups present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/local/ixda-portland)

  • Wednesday
    Sep 1 2010
    PortlandWikiWednesday

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    PortlandWiki.org, the community-built civic wiki for Portland, turns one year old in September.

    Come to this month's PortlandWikiWednesday to discuss ways we might encourage wider participation in this community knowledge base and information resource.

    Details: Date: September 2st (1st Wednesday) Time: 5:30 pm Place: AboutUs offices: 107 SE Washington St., Suite 520

    See you there!

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Jun 15 2010
    IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

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    Come out for a summertime Design Jam!

    We will start with a description of the design problem followed by work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups will present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/local/ixda-portland).

  • Friday
    May 28 2010
    Go Portland Tech

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    Go Portland Tech is a chance for everyone involved in Portland technology to come try their hand at Go, a game that is loved by geeks the world over.

    Go is both thousands of years old, simple to learn, and poses interesting computer science problems (a computer player has yet to beat the best humans, and amateurs can still beat the bots too).

    Regular Portland Go club meetups are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays (see: OregonGo.org) but this is a chance for tech folks that are seasoned players or absolute beginners to get together and share a game.

    No experience is necessary to attend, and there will be drinks and snacks.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    May 5 2010
    WikiWednesday - The Power of Naming in wikis and Wagn with John Abbe

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    This WikiWednesday we'll hear John Abbe, a key designer of the structured wiki Wagn (http://Wagn.org), talk about the importance of naming in your community. Cited by Joshua Schachter as clarifying his thoughts in developing Delicious.com, John will cover concepts of ontology useful for all participatory online spaces, not just wikis.

    We'll be reviewing the history and background of the WikiNames concept (http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?ChoosingWikiNames), and the further space for creating meaning opened up by Wagn's "plus cards". Other probable forays include Pattern Languages (http://GroupPatternLanguage.org/) , including a pattern language of group process under development.

    As always, WikiWednesday is open to everyone. Come at 5:30 for drinks/snacks and the discussion will start at 6:15.

    RSVP on Upcoming: http://bit.ly/cC6kxm or at the PDXwikiWed wiki: http://pdx.wiki.org/Wiki_Wednesday_of_May_5%2C_2010

    Website
  • Friday
    Apr 30 2010
    Go Portland Tech

    AboutUs

    Go Portland Tech is a chance for everyone involved in Portland technology to come try their hand at Go, a game that is loved by geeks the world over.

    Go is both thousands of years old, simple to learn, and poses interesting computer science problems (a computer player has yet to beat the best humans, and amateurs can still beat the bots too).

    Regular Portland Go club meetups are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays (see: OregonGo.org) but this is a chance for tech folks that are seasoned players or absolute beginners to get together and share a game.

    No experience is necessary to attend, and there will be drinks and snacks.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Apr 20 2010
    IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

    AboutUs

    Join us for a design jam session! We start with a description of the design problem followed by work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Bring snacks or drinks to share!

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association: http://www.ixda.org/local/ixda-portland

  • Wednesday
    Apr 7 2010
    Portland Wiki Wednesday

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    People of all levels of interest around Wikis - expert to curious - are welcome to this open house of Wiki on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM at the AboutUs offices.

    Note that the doors of the Olympic Mills Building, where AboutUs is located, are locked at promptly at 5:30, so look for a note on the north-side door with a phone number to call if you are locked out.

    Discussion is informal and takes a collaborative flair. It’s a good place to meet people from all walks of life, who make wikis, are in communities that use them, can help you figure out what a wiki can do for you, and for you to discover wikis in general.

    The atmosphere encourages just hanging out to chat and generally cavort with a group of like-minded about open sources and community. It’s a monthly celebration of wiki community in Portland, the birthplace of the wiki.

    Portland wiki planning and development can be found at the Portland wiki page http://pdx.wiki.org/Main_Page . Portland Wiki Conference page.

    If you're not located near Portland, there are several other Wiki Wednesdays

    (http://pdx.wiki.org/Other_Wiki_Wednesdays)around the globe you can attend.

    Website
  • Friday
    Feb 26 2010
    Go Portland Tech

    AboutUs

    Go Portland Tech is a chance for everyone involved in Portland technology to come try their hand at Go, a game that is loved by geeks the world over.

    Go is both thousands of years old, simple to learn, and poses interesting computer science problems (a computer player has yet to beat the best humans, and amateurs can still beat the bots too).

    Regular Portland Go club meetups are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays (see: OregonGo.org) but this is a chance for tech folks that are seasoned players or absolute beginners to get together and share a game. No experience is necessary to attend.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Feb 25 2010
    IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

    AboutUs

    Come out for a design jam session! We start with a description of the design problem followed by work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Bring snacks or drinks to share!

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/).

  • Monday
    Feb 22 2010
    The iPad: An Early Look at Apple's Latest Innovation

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    Less than a month has passed since Apple unveiled the iPad and few technology products have spurred more divergent opinions and conversations than this unassuming tablet computer.

    Some see the iPad as a tremendous new opportunity for businesses. Others believe the device is doomed to fail. Is it the future of computer human interaction? Or will people find the system too limiting?

    To help explore the challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls associated with the iPad, we've put together a panel of experts who will tackle questions like:

    • If you currently have an iPhone app, what do you need to consider when making a decision about whether to make an iPad version?

    • How will the types of applications on the iPad be different than what we've seen on mobile phones? Will pricing change? Is there more or less opportunity for advertising?

    • How does the different form factor change the way applications are designed?

    • What does the iPad mean for publishers? Books? Magazines? Newspapers? Does this hint at a way out for the problems media has faced over the last few years?

    • How do web sites need to change to support the iPad (or do they)?

    • What does the iPad mean for the future of personal computing?

    Come join us to learn from the panel and share your own thoughts on this next generation device.

    About the Panelists Final panelists are being confirmed. Bios will be posted soon.

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  • Thursday
    Feb 18 2010
    PDXScala Meeting

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    Come join us for another gathering of PDXScala, the Portland Scala users group. This is a casual group focused around the Scala programming language. We welcome both newcomers and experts alike.

    Thomas Lockney will be presenting SBT (Simple Build Tool) as a convenient tool for exploring Java libraries with Scala. One of the primary benefits of Scala being available on the JVM is easy integration with existing Java code, but as any Java developer can tell you, it can take a lot of boilerplate to get started exploring a new library. Scala (and SBT) make it possible to shortcut through a lot of this excess code and get right to the heart of the matter.

    Brian Panulla has generously agreed to be our first subject for a group code review. He'll be showing his program which converts an XML file to RDF/OWL and we'll have the opportunity, as a group, to look for ways to improve it.

    We look forward to seeing you!

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 17 2010
    Portland Lunch 2.0 Birthday at AboutUs

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    Portland Lunch 2.0 is celebrating its second birthday where it all began, at AboutUs.

    This will be the third time AboutUs has welcomed Lunch 2.0 into their offices, so thanks to them for their incredible support of this event.

    Are you vegan or vegetarian? Please leave a comment so we can plan food accordingly. Thanks.

    Wondering what Lunch 2.0 is?

    Lunch 2.0 is a phenomenon that began in Silicon Valley. You can read about their current events and the history behind Lunch 2.0 at lunch20.com.

    We imported the concept to Portland in 2007, and you can follow all things Portland Lunch 2.0 an the Silicon Florist.

  • Wednesday
    Feb 3 2010
    Portland Wiki Wednesday

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    People of all levels of interest around Wikis - expert to curious - are welcome to this open house of Wiki on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM at the AboutUs offices.

    Note that the doors of the Olympic Mills Building, where AboutUs is located, are locked at promptly at 5:30, so look for a note on the north-side door with a phone number to call if you are locked out.

    Discussion is informal and takes a collaborative flair. It’s a good place to meet people from all walks of life, who make wikis, are in communities that use them, can help you figure out what a wiki can do for you, and for you to discover wikis in general.

    The atmosphere encourages just hanging out to chat and generally cavort with a group of like-minded about open sources and community. It’s a monthly celebration of wiki community in Portland, the birthplace of the wiki.

    Portland wiki planning and development can be found at the Portland wiki page http://pdx.wiki.org/Main_Page . Portland Wiki Conference page.

    If you're not located near Portland, there are several other Wiki Wednesdays

    (http://pdx.wiki.org/Other_Wiki_Wednesdays)around the globe you can attend.

  • Monday
    Jan 25 2010
    Mobile Portland: Augmented Reality

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    Imagine being able to use your phone to see what that IKEA couch you've been considering will look like in your living room.

    A far-fetched science fiction scenario? No, IKEA has already released an application like that in Europe.

    Augmented reality is an exciting and emerging technology. Augmented reality take real life information--typically the video display of a phone--and overlays it with computer information. Augmented reality is something that is completely unique to mobile.

    This month at Mobile Portland, we're lucky to have two speakers who are early innovators in augmented reality. P. Mark Anderson is platform architect for Spot Metrix which provides an augmented reality library for iPhone called 3DAR. Tim Sears created Robotvision, one of the first augmented reality applications for iPhone.

    Mark and Tim will share how people are using augmented reality, their experiences using augmented reality, and what the future holds for this new technology.

    About the Speakers

    P. Mark Anderson P. Mark Anderson has 13 years experience developing interactive applications. After receiving a degree in Computer Science from University of Colorado in 1999 he started his career as a developer for Sun Microsystems.

    In addition to creating several iPhone applications, Mr. Anderson moderates the Helpful iPhone Utilities open source project, as well as My Maps, an augmented reality iPhone app built on top of Google's personalized mapping system.

    Mr. Anderson is platform architect for the 3DAR augmented reality SDK. He enjoys working with both artists and developers, and occupies his spare time with watercolor painting, mountain biking, disc golf and mentoring.

    Tim Sears Tim Sears is a software engineer who works for PR firm Waggener Edstrom by day building web applications, by night creating location-based augmented reality experiences for the iPhone. He created Robotvision, a popular augmented reality browser, for the iPhone in 2009 and currently works with clients to build out mobile geolocation experiences in augmented reality.

    His work in augmented reality and social media analytics has been featured in major publications such as ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and CNET, and has won several awards, including the International Business Awards Best New Product/Service of 2009 for twendz, a real-time Twitter sentiment analysis application.

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  • Thursday
    Jan 21 2010
    PDXScala Meeting

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    We've got a fun meeting coming up this Thursday. The plan is to break into small groups to evaluate various testing frameworks (Sepcs, ScalaTest, JUnit, etc.) and then discuss our findings as a group.

    Trenton has graciously set up a GitHub repository with some basic classes to test against and a set of JUnit tests to get started with. It's currently set up with Maven and has the beginnings of an SBT project set up. I'm still working on getting SBT to run the JUnit tests Trenton wrote, but otherwise feel free to clone it and get familiar with it before the meeting:

    http://github.com/trenton/TestOfTests

    There should also be time to discuss other concerns, ask questions, and the usual sorts of things you might want to do in a group of like-minded techies. If you have ideas for other short discussions you'd like to propose for this meeting or a future meeting, please send them along.

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  • IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

    AboutUs

    Come out for a design jam session! We start with a description of the design problem followed by work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/).

  • Tuesday
    Jan 19 2010
    CyborgCamp '10 Planning Meeting

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    It's that time again! The CyborgCamp conference date will be in early May of 2010. That means its time to start planning!

    This meeting is your chance to brainstorm on location ideas, sponsors and speakers. What kinds of topics are of interest to you? How has the idea of Cyborg evolved over the year?

    We'll discuss volunteers and the wiki too. Come along, especially if you helped make CyborgCamp PDX '08 so excellent in the first place. Bring snacks and drinks to share with others.

    This planning meeting will most likely be followed by general networking and fun at a local haunt.


    Why May 2010? In March 2010, CyborgCamp will make its way to Brazil and back before landing again in Portland, Oregon for its second year.

    Questions? Contact Amber Case @caseorganic or MJ @mama_j. You can also follow @cyborgcamp on Twitter for updates.

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 13 2010
    PDX WaveWednesday

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    People using or curious about Google Wave meet the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM at the AboutUs offices. Laptops encouraged. Secure wireless provide

    The idea is that we can record ideas for topics and discussions throughout the month - if you have a question, tip, or trick, make a note and we can chat about it in December.

    Introductions 5:30 - 6:00pm (ish) Note the cell number below for late arrivals. Field Guide (we demo favorite finds) *Heal Thyself (problems? solutions?)

    We break into two groups - beginners and advanced - beginners start in conference room with projector and half hour into mtg, advanced at couch with projector.

    You can see the RSVP and agenda at PDX WaveWednesday 09Dec2009

    ~Snacks provided~

    Location details: AboutUs 107 SE Washington Suite 520. That’s the Oat Mill Building in Portland (big mustard-colored thumb ticking up in skyline at base of Stark)

    (Enter on the Stark side and use the north elevator. If you have an issue getting into the building, call Mark at 503-890-3279 to let you in.)

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 6 2010
    Wiki Wednesday (tentatively canceled this month)

    AboutUs

    People of all levels of interest around Wikis - expert to curious - are welcome to this open house of Wiki on the first Wednesday of each month.

    Note that the doors of the Oat Mill Building, where AboutUs is located, are locked at promptly at 5:30, so look for a note on the north-side door with a phone number to call if you are locked out.

    Discussion is informal and takes a collaborative flair. It’s a good place to meet people from all walks of life, who make wikis, are in communities that use them, can help you figure out what a wiki can do for you, and for you to discover wikis in general.

    The atmosphere encourages just hanging out to chat and generally cavort with a group of like-minded about open sources and community. It’s a monthly celebration of wiki in Portland, the birthplace of the wiki.

    ~ Yes, there will be snacks provided ~

    Portland wiki planning and development can be found at the Portland wiki page http://pdx.wiki.org/Main_Page .

    Portland wiki conference planning and development can be found at the (surprise: http://pdx.wiki.org/Main_Page)

    Portland Wiki Conference page.

    If you're not located near Portland, there are several other Wiki Wednesdays

    (http://pdx.wiki.org/Other_Wiki_Wednesdays) around the globe you can attend.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Dec 17 2009
    PDXScala Meeting

    AboutUs

    Join us this Thursday for the next PDXScala meeting. Trenton Lipscomb will be giving a talk on mutable and immutable data structures in Scala, and there will be plenty of time for open discussions on various topics. Have a favorite build tool, library or application in Scala? Come tell us about it!

    Website
  • IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

    AboutUs

    Join us for another design jam session! We will start with a description of the design problem followed by work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups will present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/).

  • Wednesday
    Dec 9 2009
    PDX WaveWednesday

    AboutUs

    People using or curious about Google Wave meet the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM at the AboutUs offices.

    The idea is that we can record ideas for topics and discussions throughout the month - if you have a question, tip, or trick, make a note and we can chat about it in December.

    Introductions 5:30 - 6:00pm (ish) Note the cell number below for late arrivals. Field Guide (we demo favorite finds) *Heal Thyself (problems? solutions?)

    We break into two groups - beginners and advanced - beginners start in conference room with projector and half hour into mtg, advanced at couch with projector.

    You can see the RSVP and agenda at PDX WaveWednesday 09Dec2009

    ~Snacks provided~

    Location details: AboutUs 107 SE Washington Suite 520. That’s the Oat Mill Building in Portland (big mustard-colored thumb ticking up in skyline at base of Stark)

    (Enter on the Stark side and use the north elevator. If you have an issue getting into the building, call Mark at 503-890-3279 to let you in.)

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Nov 17 2009
    IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

    AboutUs

    Join us for a design jam session! We will start with a description of the design problem followed by work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups will present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/).

  • Thursday
    Nov 12 2009
    Mobile Portland: Warm, Clothed, and Fed—Developer run iPhone businesses

    AboutUs

    Note: We've moved the November meeting from its normal date to accommodate Dan's travel schedule.

    As developers, we bring a certain set of skills, biases and preferences to business.  These act as a double edged sword; we make great business people when we play to our strengths; we fail when we try to be something we're not.

    There are sweet-spots in the iPhone market that will sustain, on a continual basis small, developer run, 1-3 person iPhone companies.

    This is a talk about identifying those market opportunities.   This talk is about capitalizing on them in a way that plays to our strengths and mitigates our weaknesses.  This talk is about the choices we make when we start our own developer run iPhone businesses.  Topics include:

    • Choosing the type of business: are your customers iPhone consumers, companies that need iPhone apps, or other iPhone developers?
    • Data-informed app price and product-category strategy.
    • Marketing from code.
    • Contract wages and the $10,000 problem.

    About Dan Grigsby

    Dan runs Mobile Orchard, the #1 iPhone development podcast and community site.  As the rare programmer/business type guy, he's as happy running marketing hacks as he is hacking iPhone code.  He's happiest giving talks that incorporate elements of both, so speaking about developer-run iPhone businesses is pretty much the rapture.  Previously, Dan founded/ran startups, including one that was acquired by Microsoft and another that was the only-ever successful competitor to PayPal.

    Dan is visiting Portland to teach a two-day Beginning iPhone Development class.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Nov 11 2009
    Google Wave Portland Users

    AboutUs

    Discuss Google's powerful new collaboration tool Google Wave. This is a twist on the "Wiki Wednesday" events run by Ward Cunningham (@wardcunningham).

    More information is at http://wave.google.com and http://www.waveprotocol.org/

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Nov 4 2009
    WikiWednesday

    AboutUs

    This WikiWednesday we'll be getting our hands dirty working on the newly formed Portland civic wiki at http://portlandwiki.org

    Come by for wiki-style fun, food, drink, and with any burning wiki questions you might have too.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Oct 27 2009
    IxDA Portland: Design Jam Session

    AboutUs

    Join us for a design jam session! We will start with a description of the design problem followed by work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups will present their ideas and sketches back to the rest of the meeting attendees.

    This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks for yourself or to share.

    IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association: http://www.ixda.org/

    Website
  • Monday
    Oct 26 2009
    Mobile Portland: iPhone App Localization — Practical Advice for Successful Global Applications

    AboutUs

    As demand for iPhone applications grows outside the United States, so too has the need for localization. Join us Aaaron Schliem from Glyph Language Services as he maps out the successful localization of Appigo’s “Todo” application.

    Get a front row seat for the whole ride — target market strategy, internationalization for iPhone OS/Objective-C, localization tools and engineering, translation strategy, and iTunes App Store Top Ten results

    About Aaron Schliem

    After completing degrees in international relations and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin, Aaron Schliem set off for Chile, where he began his first language company with a focus on writing and editing scientific journal submissions for Chilean scientists and on developing unconventional language learning plans for motivated professionals.

    Upon his return to the United States, all roads led to Seattle where Aaron joined two linguists and a software developer to launch Glyph Language Services in 2001. As CEO, Aaron drives Glyph’s strategic vision that is oriented toward mobile application localization, social games localization, and specialized terminology consulting and data development (MT-oriented dictionaries plus metadata).

    Glyph has emerged as an industry leader in mobile localization, having most recently given a practical training on iPhone app localization at the localization industries flagship event, Localization World.

  • Monday
    Sep 28 2009
    Mobile Portland -- SMS, MMS & Short Codes: Existing Technology & New Opportunities

    AboutUs

    On September 25th, iPhone users will finally have access to MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) allowing users to send and receive photos, video, and audio files. What new opportunities are available now that this service is available?

      When Barack Obama decided to announce his Vice-Presidential candidate via text message to his supporters, many Americans were surprised. SMS and MMS are often overlooked in the United States.
    
      In 2007, SMS/MMS accounted for $100 billion in revenue worldwide. That is more than Hollywood box office receipts, dvd sales and rentals, video game industry revenue, and music industry revenue all combined. BMW Germany turned a $70k MMS campaign into $45 million in revenue .
    
      SMS and MMS are big businesses right now and the focus on them is likely to increase now that the iPhone gains access to MMS.
    
      How will usage of the iPhone change with this capability? How can businesses utilize SMS and MMS as part of their marketing efforts? How can developers incorporate SMS or MMS in their applications?
    
      At Mobile Portland this month, Jonathon Karon will provide a brief introduction to the technology and explore the opportunities and challenges associated with SMS, MMS and short codes .
    
       About Jonathon Karon 
    
      Jonathan began his long term relationship with mobile platforms in 1997 while developing location-aware mobile collaboration applications for the US government.  After a brief departure into the world of immersive video games he resurfaced to co-found Animus Rex, a web and interactive agency where he served as technical director for 6 years.
    
      Envious of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle, he departed for Portland Oregon where he co-founded Higher Function in 2006. There he invented pioneering social networking infrastructure and developed the first SMS-based Business To Social® platform, Pincushion, which provides full lifecycle customer communication and CRM to virtually any cell phone in the world.
    
      Jonathan currently serves as the Higher Function CEO and provides product consulting services focusing on SMS, smart phone, and web application design, user experience, and implementation.
    
    Website
  • Tuesday
    Sep 15 2009
    IxDA Portland: Meetup / Design Practice

    AboutUs

    Join us for a design practice session! We will start with a description of the design problem followed by work in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups will present their ideas and sketches back to the rest of the meeting attendees.

      This is a casual, non-sponsored workshop. Feel free to bring your own snacks or dinner.
    
      IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/).
    
    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 2 2009
    WikiWednesday

    AboutUs

    Join the group of a wiki enthusiasts (or the merely curious) for our monthly meetup.

    Website
  • Monday
    Aug 24 2009
    Mobile Portland -- PhoneGap: Build cross-platform mobile apps w/ HTML, CSS and JavaScript

    AboutUs

    Join us for a special presentation from the Vancouver, B.C. based PhoneGap developers. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about building cross-platform mobile applications.

       Want to build device neutral mobile web apps with HTML and JavaScript? 
    
      PhoneGap makes building iPhone and Android applications a snap with regular HTML, CSS and JavaScript. XUI is a nifty JavaScript microframework designed for building mobile web applications.
    
      If you're a developer who doesn’t want to take the time and effort to learn the Objective-C programming language to build iPhone or other mobile applications, you’ll discover how to create mobile applications with HTML and JavaScript and still take advantage of native device features, like GSP, accelerometer and local storage, etc.
    
      * Which development options are available for building mobile apps, particularly for the iPhone.
      * How to use the open source PhoneGap framework and XUI to build mobile applications in JavaScript and HTML and deploy them to the app store.
      * How to create a single codebase that works with iPhone, Android and Blackberry.
    
      Avoid the heresy of Objective-C or Java and return to the sanity of the open web. In this presentation, Brian LeRoux guides you through the creation of a mobile web application that is app store ready , and will discuss future platforms for PhoneGap and XUI.
    
       About Brian LeRoux 
      Co-creator of XUI and contributor to the open source PhoneGap project, Brian LeRoux believes that the future of the Internet is mobile and will rely on web standards, open source and developers like you. Brian works at Nitobi Software , a leader in user experience and all things JavaScript.
    
       PhoneGap Videos 
      We've posted a couple of videos about PhoneGap on the Mobile Portland web site for those who want to see more about what PhoneGap provides.
    
    Website
  • Sunday
    Aug 9 2009
    DorkbotPDX 0x04 - NYC invasion

    AboutUs

    Dorkbot PDX brings you the next installation of its lecture series.

    • Where: AboutUs 107 SE Washington St, Suite 520.
    • When: Sunday, August 9th, 2009 -- 7pm

    As always, the event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring snacks and beverages to share. Please spread the word!

    We are extremely honored to have two distinguished artists from New York visiting Portland and sharing their work with DorkbotPDX. Please help us welcome these amazing and inspiring dorks from across the way!

    Michael Mandiberg

    "FAIL, WIN!, FTW? Three Creative Commons Case Studies"

    Michael Mandiberg is known for selling all of his possessions online on Shop Mandiberg, making perfect copies of copies on AfterSherrieLevine.com, and creating Firefox plugins that highlight the real environmental costs of a global economy on TheRealCosts.com . His current projects include the co-authored groundbreaking Creative Commons licensed textbook Digital Foundations: an Intro to Media Design that teaches Bauhaus visual principles through design software, HowMuchItCosts.us, a car direction site that incorporates the financial and carbon cost of driving, and Bright Bike, a retro-reflective bicycle treehugger.com praised as “obnoxiously bright.” He is a Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, and an Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He lives in, and rides his bicycle around, Brooklyn. His work lives at Mandiberg.com Open Dork

    Your project, your dime!

    OpenDork provides a flexible forum for people doing strange things with electricity to show off their work in a quick, formal, but relaxed setting. It's up to YOU! Do a quick demo, brag, ask for help, show off your stuff.

    OpenDork talks/demos are short (generally 5-10 minutes) and may have slides, or hardware, or both, or neither. Get interactive! Marisa Olson

    "Performed Listening"

    Marisa Olson's work combines performance, video, net art, sound, drawing, and installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation within pop culture, and the aesthetics of failure. Her work has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou-Paris, New Museum of Contemporary Art, 52nd International Biennale di Venezia, the British Film Institute, the Sundance Film Festival, and elsewhere. She's a Contributing Editor at Rhizome and Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY-Purchase.

    Website
  • Monday
    Jul 27 2009
    Mobile Portland: Moblin -- Open Source for Mobile Internet Devices and Netbooks

    AboutUs

    Can an open source Linux platform deliver a unique experience for users in the mobile space? The community working on Moblin hopes to make this a reality.

    In this brief introduction to Moblin, we'll cover what the software stack and underlying technologies look like, give a demo of the Netbook Beta release, talk about where some of the development is going, and how developers and users can get involved.

    We would also like your feedback on the tools you need to develop applications for this platform.

    If you would like to learn more about what Moblin is and how it fits within the mobile world, join us.

    About the Speakers

    Bob Spencer works at the Open Source Technology Center (OSTC) at Intel as a software developer. He is focused on working with the Linux Foundation developing the compliance specs for Moblin.

    Mike Shaver also works at the OSTC and is focused on building out the web infrastructure and community for Moblin.

    Paul Cooper is located at the London office of OSTC and manages a team of Moblin developers working on the user experience functionality.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jul 22 2009
    IxDA Portland: Meetup/Workshop

    AboutUs

    Join us for a low-key workshop. We will start with a brainstorming exercise followed by working in small groups on design ideation and solution sketches. At the end, the small groups will present their ideas and sketches back to the larger group.

      IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/).
    
    Website
  • Monday
    Jun 22 2009
    Mobile Portland: Maps and Mobile — A Rapidly Changing Landscape

    AboutUs

    What happens when everyone has devices in their pockets that know where they are and can display engaging maps? That's exactly what innovative company Platial has been exploring since 2005.

      Platial CEO Di-Ann Eisnor and VP of Product Jason WIlson will talk about mobile mapping at Mobile Portland's June Meeting. Di-Ann's description of their topic was so good that we're quoting it verbatim:
    
      "My daughter's school has an activity called 'junkbox,' where you make stuff based on whatever scraps you find in a box of reused components and objects.
    
      Because both maps and mobile are in rapid iterative development, mobile maps developers have been in a constant state of junkbox ; we've gleaned scraps of location data, bits of APIs, and grasped at revenue models but there haven't been enough of the right elements to make something truly wonderful.
    
      This helps explain why a few services like Loopt, Platial Nearby and Whhrl have seen some success but nothing on the scale of Twitter or Facebook.
    
    
      On Friday, our box was endowed with a shiny new item; location-aware web browsing at least for iPhone, and with it, Map Kit and new payment models .
    
      Now, web developers will be able to create location-based apps for iPhone, drastically increasing the number of services which can integrate location.
    
      This, in addition to recent releases of geodata APIs and location APIs bring the vision of mobile mapping to reality almost surely leading to augmented reality , truly social maps serving a global purpose, better filtered & analyzed content.
    
      Platial Nearby is directing all of this toward specific contextual location filters. We'll talk about this and show some examples of what we're making now."
    
       About Di-Ann & Jason 
    
      Di-Ann Eisnor is CEO and Co-founder of Platial, The People's Atlas, a widely used social mapping platform for the web and iPhone.  Di-Ann is working toward using social mapping for cultural diplomacy across the globe through community engagement.
    
      Jason WIlson is VP Product and Co-founder of Platial. He focuses on the UI and product direction across all of the Platial properties with an emphasis on web services and iPhone.
    
       About Platial 
    
      Platial, The People's Guide to Who and What's Nearby, is a free resource where people around the world share and discover all kinds of Places. Platial was founded to connect people globally by making everywhere more accessible.
    
      Social mapping can illustrate a post geo-political picture of the world that allows people with shared interests to leap geographic boundaries.  The network of Platial maps, including Frappr, which we acquired in 2007 is distributed on over 500,000 sites a month and on the iPhone to over 350,000 users.
    
      Platial has contributed over 300 Million geographically referenced pieces of media including photo, video, stories, people to the Geospatial web at large.  Platial is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Sherpalo Ventures and KeyNote Ventures and Omidyar Network among others.
    
    Website
  • Sunday
    Jun 14 2009
    DorkbotPDX 0x03 - Lecture Series

    AboutUs

    HURRY HURRY STEP RIGHT UP! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

          ___            ___    _____
         / _ \  __  __  / _ \  |___ /
    

    DORKBOT | | | | \ \/ / | | | | | \ PDX | || | > < | || | __) |

         \___/  /_/\_\  \___/  |____/
    

    http://dorkbotpdx.org/dorkbotpdx_0x03

    Dorkbot PDX [[People doing strange things with electricity...in Portland]]

    ...welcomes you to the 4th installation of its lecture series.

    • Where: AboutUs: 107 SE Washington St, Suite 520.
    • When: Sunday, June 14th, 2009 - 7pm

    As always, the event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring snacks and beverages to share. Please spread the word!

    Andrew S. Parnell

    Pieces to be discussed include Semaphore-bot, Tangólumen, and Cardiolumen: a multifaceted exploration of the data we create both consciously and unconsciously and their inherent value.

    Andrew S. Parnell is a Portland based digital artist. His work primarily deals with the physical manifestation of digital information using code, image capture, and electronics.

    Michael Bunsen

    Dome Control: Altering a space via physical and web-based interfaces

    Michael Bunsen spends most of his time on the internet but is more interested in nature and the outside world. He developed Urbanedibles.org and began exploring microcontrollers to cultivate his mission of using the computer to get people off the computer.

    Dan Gilsdorf

    A presentation featuring works from 2006 to the present, including the recent exhibitions Interiotrope, 2008 and SRO Video, 2009.

    Dan Gilsdorf is a sculptor and installation artist based in Portland. Using video, sound, and mechanics, his work addresses the mediating effect of technology on physical and cultural landscapes.

    See you there!

    Website
  • Tuesday
    May 26 2009
    Mobile Portland: The Android Market -- Google's App Store Alternative

    AboutUs

    NOTE: Moved to Tuesday because of Memorial Day

      Speaker: Isaac Potoczny-Jones 
    
      Everyone has heard the stories about the iPhone's App Store and the success some developers are finding selling iPhone applications. What people know less about is Google's Android Market which started allowing people to sell applications in February.
    
      Learn about the similarities and difference between the Android Market and the iPhone App Store. Take a look at what's selling and the opportunities that will come as more Android-based handsets reach the market. 
    
       About Isaac 
      Isaac is a Haskell hacker, cyclist, Android hacker, and employee of Galois, Inc in Portland, OR. He has a few apps on the Android Market and is involved in the OpenIntents project.
    
      Isaac will share his experience trying to sell applications on the Marketplace, the challenges involved, and where the opportunities lie.
    
    Website
  • Wednesday
    May 20 2009
    PDX 501 Tech Club/Net Tuesday: Online Storytelling

    AboutUs

    Action is at the heart of what our organizations do. But how do you convince that anonymous person behind a computer screen to make a commitment? You make them think, feel and care. And the best way to do that is to connect them your organization by telling them a story. Roger Burks, Senior Writer, Mercy Corps. will explore how to write compelling, memorable stories that get people to take action and keep them engaged.

    Roger, originally, presented this material at the 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference (http://nten.org/ntc) in April. We extend a special invite to other folks who attended the NTC to share their stories from the conference. We invite all to join us for this important discussion on a crucial part of nonprofits' online strategies.

    Roger Burks is senior writer for Mercy Corps, a global relief and development agency. Over the course of a 15-year career - which includes stints with CARE USA and the U.S. Peace Corps - Burks has traveled to more than 25 countries to research vulnerable populations, conduct field interviews and write stories for a variety of audiences. He is committed to helping foster a new movement in journalism that focuses on human dignity and solutions to global challenges.

    We will be following up this strategy meeting, with a hands-on meeting on online tools to use to get your story out. Date TBD.

    Connect Online:

    Portland 501 Tech Club Online at http://groups.nten.org/group.htm?mode=home&igid=5273 (Start at http://groups.nten.org/login.htm?mode=register if you're new to the NTEN online community).

    Portland Net Tuesday at http://netsquared.meetup.com/13/

    Please email Anna at [email protected] or Donna Arriaga at [email protected] with any questions.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    May 6 2009
    WikiWednesday: Wikipedia for Journalists and Bloggers

    AboutUs

    WikiWednesday is an opportunity to learn about wikis and how to use them for improved collaboration within an existing organization, for new ventures, or worldwide.

    This month we will have an introduction to research with Wikipedia focused on journalists and bloggers.

    The event will cover techniques for assessing the trustworthiness of an article, delving in to just who edited what, and other tip and tricks for gleaning useful information out of the world's largest encyclopedia.

    A 30 minute introductory presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Wikipedia administrators Steven Walling and Pete Forsyth, and journalists Dan Cook and Abraham Hyatt (formerly of The Portland Business Journal and Oregon Business Magazine, respectively).

    Website
  • Monday
    Apr 27 2009
    Building an iPhone Business

    AboutUs

    With 12 years in mobile and smartphone development, four rounds of funding and modestly successful products, Elia Freedman brings a unique perspective to the rise of iPhone's AppStore and growing a business.

    In this presentation he lays out what he's learned and how that has impacted current business decisions as he attempts to re-build Infinity Softworks.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Apr 1 2009
    WikiWednesday

    AboutUs

    This month's WikiWednesday will include the usual wiki-geekery, but will also welcome folks from CHIFOO, after they've finished hearing Ward (Cunningham) speak on Wiki Design Principles.

    Our main topic of discussion for the evening is the Oregon Transparency Taskforce, an effort to make Oregon state government more transparent, accessible, and accountable that is coordinated through wiki. (Google Group here: http://groups.google.com/group/oregon-transparency-taskforce/?pli=1)

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Mar 24 2009
    PDX Nonprofit Tech Day On, Hands On

    AboutUs

    On Tuesday, March 24, two wonderful worlds will collide for the better of Portland-based nonprofits and technology geeks alike. Are you a nonprofit that thinks the server is just the guy that brings you bacon and pancakes? Are you a geek looking to serve a nonprofit all that bacon knowledge you have bubbling over in your head? We will try to match nonprofit needs and give you a few hours to talk one-on-one with a technology know-it-all.

    NTEN 501 Tech Club and NetTuesday join forces with Day On. Day On connects nonprofit organizations that need advice and assistance with volunteers who are ready to help. Their first project was Geeks Day On, a day of service during MLK Day, Monday, January 19, 2009 where geeks offered free technology and Internet communications advice and assistance to nonprofit organizations. They have agreed to offer their brain power for a higher calling.

    This is a test run of what we hope will convert into an live help desk. More than that, a place for two incredible communities in Portland to connect and creatively come to solutions on how to make the world a better place using technology!

    Please fill out this brief online survey so that we might better help you: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=mYZqKIZTR64eD2199FJRRg_3d_3d

    Food: Aboutus is kind enough to let us bring in beer and treats, so if you are able, please bring something to share.

    CONNECT ONLINE:

    Portland 501 Tech Club at http://groups.nten.org

    Portland Net Tuesday at http://netsquared.meetup.com/13/

    Day On at http://dayon.org

    Questions? Please email Anna at [email protected] or Donna at [email protected].

    Website
  • Monday
    Mar 23 2009
    Mobile Portland: A Standards-Based Approach to Mobile Web Development

    AboutUs

    Best practices for the desktop web simply do not apply to mobile web

      development. Mobile is a totally new medium. A standards-based approach to mobile web development produces a usable, adaptive and discoverable mobile web experience for featurephones and smartphones.
    
      Gail will lead a discussion about the importance of standards-based mobile web development a this month's Mobile Portland. She will cover markup fundamentals, design principles, content adaptation, usability and interoperability. We will explore and critique mobile standards and best practices authored by the W3C, dotMobi and similar organizations.
    
       About Gail 
      Gail Rahn Frederick is a mobile software architect at Medio Systems in Seattle.  She leads a software team that delivers mobile search and
      discovery products to operators and publishers. Her work spans mobile web sites and native applications on most mobile platforms. Her products target 500+ device models and have been deployed to 10+ mobile operators in 6+ countries in North America and Europe. 
    
      Gail is a mobile web enthusiast who teaches standards-based mobile web development at Portland Community College. Her classes teach mobile markup languages, mobile design and usability, content adaptation, best practices and defensive programming for the mobile ecosystem. Students build content-adapted mobile web sites as the class project.
    
      Course information is available at http://learnthemobileweb.com.
    
    Website
  • Monday
    Feb 23 2009
    Mobile Portland: Mobile Tagging -- Paul Doktor

    AboutUs

    Mobile Tagging: Bridging the Physical World



    Mobile Tagging creates a bridge between traditional media and mobile lifestyles by using 2D barcodes which can be read from a mobile phone camera. The potential applications of this are wide-spread and have been successfully used in Japan for years, but there are barriers to adoption in the US.

    Despite these barriers, both Microsoft and Google have recently announced plans to utilize 2D barcodes. Businesses are warming to the idea of using these codes to help people get to mobile content quickly. The question is how quickly consumers will warm to the idea.

    Asia has traditionally led the way when it comes to mobile technology, and if this continues to hold true, it won't be long before we see mobile tagging spread in the U.S.

    Paul Docktor will lead us in a discussion about mobile tagging, how to use them, their potential and the barriers to adoption at this month's Mobile Portland.

    About Paul Docktor


    Paul is an Enterprise Architect in Intel IT's Strategy, Architecture and Innovation group and is focused on Intel's Online Presence.


    Website
  • Wednesday
    Feb 11 2009
    Lunch 2.0 at AboutUs

    AboutUs

    Brief history lesson: We started the Portland chapter of Lunch 2.0 in February 2008, and the first installment was hosted by AboutUs.

    Fittingly, AboutUs will host their second Lunch 2.0 right around the one year anniversary of the Portland chapter.

    Swing by their SE riverfront office and visit Ray, Ward, Mark, Steven and the whole AboutUs crew.

    Lunch 2.0 is a Valley phenomenon that you can read about at lunch20.com, and we're putting a PDX stamp on it.

    You can follow all things Portland Lunch 2.0 an the Silicon Florist.

    Are you vegan or vegetarian? Please leave a comment so we can plan food accordingly at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1326795/

  • Wednesday
    Feb 4 2009
    Wiki Wednesday

    AboutUs

    The second Wiki Wednesday of 2009! This is the last Wiki Wednesday before RecentChangesCamp (Feb 20-22), and consider this something of a pre-party for RCC.

    Please come, partake of beer and snacks, and talk wiki with us.

    Website
  • Monday
    Jan 26 2009
    Transitioning to iPhone Development - Night & Day Studios

    AboutUs

    [Full details at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1515705/ ] Many local companies are contemplating the opportunities created by the iPhone App Store and whether or not to change their focus to build iPhone applications. One local company that has taken the leap is Night & Day Studios. Night & Day Studios is a media production and software development house in SE Portland. They got their start developing kiosks and other exhibit media for museums. Since the summer of 2008, they have been developing iPhone apps for adults, children, and families. Night & Day Studios plans to transition completely to mobile development by 2010. They currently have five apps in the iTunes store, ranging from the trivia game Big Fat Lies to the #10 kids game, Peekaboo Barn. Night & Day team members will share their experience developing and marketing iPhone apps, focusing in particular on Peekaboo Barn. They will detail the process of app submission and approval; setting prices; getting attention from iPhone app reviewers, VIPs, and other earned media; internet advertising; dynamics of the iTunes store (ratings vs. units sold, targetting categories); and creating the even more popular (and free) Peekaboo Barn Lite. For those interested, they can also field questions about the process of becoming iPhone developers, contracting and working with an outside illustrator, identifying and using Creative Commons media, and user-testing with children and families. About Night & Day Studios Night & Day Studios is a team of 11 designers and entrepreneurs located in the firehouse on 7th Ave. Team members have various backgrounds in interactive design, writing, media production, educational theory, and marketing. Company founder Nat Sims will be joined by team members Chris Higgins and Erin Rackleman.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Jan 25 2009
    seecamp planning v.3

    AboutUs

    The third planning meeting for SEEcamp, a sustainability unconference for this upcoming spring.

    Please attend if curious.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jan 7 2009
    WikiWednesday and RecentChangesCamp planning

    AboutUs

    Happy New Year! Come join us for the first WikiWednesday of 2009. As usual, it will be a slightly informal event with drinks and snacks provided.

    This time around, we want to primarily focus on discussing February's RecentChangesCamp (see the Upcoming listing or 2009rcc.org). If you've ever been interested in attending RCC or just are curious, please do swing by.

    Website
  • Sunday
    Dec 7 2008
    DorkbotPDX 0x02: DorkbotPDX brings you Collin Oldham, Shelly Farnham and Steve Davee

    AboutUs

    Come join us for an evening of geek meets art. The fine folks at AboutUs will be hosting us for this event, which takes place December 7th at 6PM. AboutUs is located at 107 SE Washington St, Suite 520. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to share. Please spread the word!

    Collin Oldham: The RT (radio trowel) and The Cellomobo

    Collin spent the 2005-2006 academic year at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) where began to develop the electronic musical instruments he is presenting today.

    The RT (radio trowel) uses a capacitive sensor array based on Max Mathew's radio baton to detect the position of the trowel on the playing surface. The trowel's movements control sound synthesis parameters, including filters which process live sound from a contact mic attached to the trowel.

    The cellomobo is a computer music instrument that attempts to model the behavior of a bowed string. It gives haptic feedback to the bow at audio rate to simulate the stick-slip action of a bowed string. This feedback stream finds it way back into the audio stream, creating a unique hybrid of digital and analog synthesis.

    Collin Oldham is a cellist who has performed around the world with such varied and luminous artists as Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Rosemary Clooney and Aretha Franklin. He's active as a session player, and has recorded with the Decemberists, Richmond Fontaine, and Elliott Smith, among many others.

    Shelly Farnham: Dorkbot Dorkbot Dorkbot + Seattle

    I am that rare combination of geek, artist, and scientist and when I first met Dorkbot Seattle I felt like I'd finally found my people -- where technology is artistic medium, science is art, and geeking out is just a whole lot of fun. My one complaint was that Seattle Dorkbots were not collaborating enough, and when I took over as Seattle's "Dork Overlord" it was my main mission -- to cultivate the creative geek community.

    In this talk, I will review the best of Dorkbot Seattle's art, geekery, and science, and discuss how we have worked to increase cross-disciplinary collaboration through our meetings, workshops, and art shows.

    Shelly Farnham received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UW in 1999, after which she worked at Microsoft Research for seven years studying community technology. A few years ago she quit to join the start up world, and is now co-founder of Pathable (professional networking for events). In her "spare" time she paints, does collaborative installations, and instigates people to have more fun creating stuff.

    Steve Davee: Not to kill a thought: The impact of language on curiosity, creativity and scientific inquiry.

    This talk explores how easy it is, even with the best of intentions, to stifle creative thought and true learning when it comes to working with children in the areas of science, math and engineering. We will investigate examples of simple but powerful changes in language, with the intention of provoking the best of creative potential and shared inquiry.

    Steve Davee is a math and science teacher at Opal Charter School and a Media Specialist for the Center for Children’s Learning at the Portland Children’s Museum. He is a recovering Biochemist with a background in physics and over 20 years of volunteer and work experience in education.

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  • Wednesday
    Dec 3 2008
  • Wednesday
    Nov 5 2008
    Portland WikiWednesday

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    The November meeting of the annual Portland Wiki Wednesday, where people get together to work on and discuss wikis of all stripes. Everyone is welcome, and there's usually some free snacks and drinks.

    Please check out our wiki (pdx.wiki.org) for more info, or follow us on Twitter (@pdxwikiwed)

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  • Tuesday
    Aug 26 2008
    Portland 501 Tech Club/Net Tuesday: eNonprofit Benchmarks

    AboutUs

    An Analysis of Online Messaging, Fundraising and Advocacy Metrics for Nonprofit Organizations

    * Ever wonder how your email list stacks up against other nonprofits?

    * Is it just your open rate that's declining, or are all nonprofits seeing the same results?

    * And just what is a good online fundraising response rate?

    Our speaker, Karen Matheson of M+R Strategic Services will speak on the results of the 2008 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study. The report analyzed online messaging, fundraising, and advocacy data from 21 leading nonprofit organizations.

    Karen will cover key findings on fundraising and advocacy metrics, explore what the data tells us about industry-wide changes, provide key metrics to analyze your organization's online program and take questions about the study and nonprofit online metrics.

    She will also offer up real-world advice and research-based best practices for communicating effectively with your membership, helping maintain and develop supporters, build relationships, and sharing your story.

    Karen Matheson is the Manager of Quantitative Research and Analysis at M+R Strategic Services and provides strategic data analysis for a range of M+R's eCampaigns clients, including the Human Rights Campaign, Oxfam America, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and graduate coursework in statistics and analysis, Karen has a strong quantitative research background. In addition to co-authoring M+R and NTEN's eNonprofit Benchmarks Study (www.e-benchmarksstudy.com), Karen regularly researches and co-authors articles about best online communications strategies using data from several national nonprofits.

    FOOD: Some food and beverages are provided, but feel free to bring something to share! We hope that you will join us to meet new friends, share issues and ideas about technology in the nonprofit sector, and continue to help mold the group. These events will also try to offer information about open source (read: free!) alternatives to software and tools used by or available to nonprofits.

    CONNECT ONLINE

    Portland 501 Tech Club at http://groups.nten.org.

    Portland Net Tuesday at http://netsquared.meetup.com/13/

    Please email Anna at [email protected] or Amy at [email protected] with any questions.

  • Monday
    Aug 25 2008
    Mobile Portland

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    Mobile Insecurity


    Today mobile devices know where we are, who we talk to, how much money we have in the bank and has access to corporate data, personal photos and other sensitive information.

    Data and identity theft due to mobile phone theft and vulnerabilities are rising concerns. However, with both businesses and developers mobile security usually takes a back seat to features, convenience and time-to-market.

    Ken Westin, the Founder and CTO of GadgetTrak, will lead a spirited discussion touching on mobile security and privacy.

    About Ken
    Ken is a creative technologist with 10-years experience in computer security, development, programming, design and marketing. He has developed and managed cutting edge applications and websites for companies including Tektronix, iovation, Centennial Software and both developer and instructor at Pacific University. As founder of GadgetTrak he developed GadgetTrak's original patent-pending solution for removable media theft recovery and leads product management and technology innovation.

    Ken holds a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College, an M.S. in Internet Systems Development from the University of Portsmouth and has various certifications.

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  • Monday
    Jul 28 2008
    Mobile Portland -- iPhone App Store

    AboutUs

    July 11th marked the release of iPhone 3G and with it, Software Update 2.0, which includes Apple's launch of the App Store. The App Store allows for third party developers to create and distribute applications for iPhone and iPod touch using the iPhone SDK, a native development environment based on Cocoa for Mac OS X.

    In his talk, Raven will provide a basic overview of the process of developing and distributing software for the iPhone and iPod touch, and share some key findings and metrics gathered in the two weeks since the launch of the App Store. What does the App Store mean for third party mobile developers?

    Raven Zachary is the founder of iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-profit gathering to develop applications for iPhone and iPod touch using both the native SDK and web standards, and is a technology industry analyst with The 451 Group, where he covers open source technology.

    Raven's interest in Apple's mobile technology extends back to the Newton in the mid-1990s, and he was a former MacWEEK columnist covering Apple's launch of Mac OS X. He is regularly quoted by the media on issues relating to the iPhone and separately, open source.

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 22 2008
    Portland Net Tuesday: Effective websites for nonprofits

    AboutUs

    Portland Net Tuesday on July 22

    The July 22nd Net Tuesday event will focus on creating effective web sites

    Join with others at Portland Net Tuesday to learn about conversion, testing your website and campaign language, and the attributes of effective nonprofit websites (especially for fundraising!). As usual, we will have a presentation, this month lead by Hal Newton, and then open it up for a full group discussion. Bring your examples and questions!

    DETAILS: Topic: Effective websites for nonprofits
    Presenter: Hal Newton and others
    Date: July 22ndTime: 6 pm
    Location: AboutUs.org office (SE 2nd and Washington)

    Connect online: http://netsquared.meetup.com/13/

    Food: Some food and beverages are provided, but feel free to bring something to share! We hope that you will join us to meet new friends, share issues and ideas about technology in the nonprofit sector, and continue to help mold the group. These events will also try to offer information about open source (read: free!) alternatives to software and tools used by or available to nonprofits.

    You can check out the group online here: http://netsquared.meetup.com/13/ And sign up to RSVP for the meeting, network, and stay in the loop!

    ABOUT: The fourth Tuesday of each month, social changemakers and web innovators get together to network, mix, swap stories and ideas, build new relationships and learn at Net Tuesday, an event produced by NetSquared, http://www.netsquared.org a project of TechSoup, http://www.techsoup.org. All those interested, involved, or employed in nonprofits and that recognize the importance and utility of technology in the sector are invited to join us for discussion and exchange. We are very excited to see you and meet you and hope that you will bring a friend, colleague, or stranger along with you! Pass this invitation on to others!

    AboutUs.org office is located at Suite #520, on the 5th floor of the Olympic Mill Commerce Center, 107 SE Washington, Portland, OR.

  • Wednesday
    Jul 2 2008
    WikiWednesday

    AboutUs

    Let’s chat, mingle, and wiki together.

    One of this month’s topics may easily include the recent “Universal Edit Button” (http://universaleditbutton.org) or the upcoming Wikimania event!

    Wikimania 2008: Alexandria, Egypt.

    and we imagine the rest will self organize - itself.

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 24 2008
    Portland Net Tuesday June

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    Portland Net Tuesday June
    Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    Net Tuesday monthly events here in Portland are taking hold! The fourth Tuesday of each month, social changemakers and web innovators get together to network, mix, swap stories and ideas, build new relationships and learn at these Net Tuesdays, produced by NetSquared, a project of TechSoup. All those interested, involved, or employed in nonprofits and that recognize the importance and utility of technology in the sector are invited to join us for discussion and exchange. Join the group online to stay up to date and collaborate!

    The June 24th event will focus on two great tools:

    Squarepeg: Squarepeg is a communication tool for people who use the Internet to organize around social causes. We believe that change is social, that relationships are the heart of the social sector, and that organizations and individuals will interact more efficiently and persuasively if they use Squarepeg to leverage those connections.

    connec+ipedia: People who are working to make a better world learn a lot as we do our work. How do you store what you learn? Are you always able to access it when you need it again? How do you pass it on to others? Imagine what would happen if you had a way to share what you know. Imagine what you could accomplish if you had an easy and direct way to access what others have learned who are doing similar work.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 6:00 PM
    AboutUs.org Offices
    107 SE Washington St. Suite 520
    Portland , OR 97214

    Isaac Holeman, a member of the Portland Net Tuesday group and co-founder of Squarepeg, and Amy Sample Ward, co-organizer of the Portland Net Tuesday group and staff at Meyer Memorial Trust, will present on the two tools.

    Bring your ideas and questions!

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  • Wednesday
    Jun 4 2008
    Wiki Wednesday

    AboutUs

    This month, expect to hear from several people who recently traveled to Palo Alto for RecentChangesCamp, a regional wiki conference. There might be people in attendance from Connectipedia, a fascinating new resource for foundations and non-profits, based on a wiki-like tool called Wagn. If you’re lucky, you might even learn something about urban chicken farming!

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  • Wednesday
    Apr 2 2008
    WikiWednesday

    AboutUs

    Discussion of wikis and related online collaborative tools. For experts and novices alike. SocialText listing page or call AboutUs, 503-488-5763

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  • Wednesday
    Mar 5 2008
    Portland Web Innovators - Getting Down to Business in March

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    We all get into this business because we love the Web. It's easy to overlook some important things, like covering yourself legally, and setting yourself up to be in the best position with the IRS. Just in time for tax season, the Web Innovators has attorney Kevin Spence and accountant Lynn S. Hoyle to give general advice and answer your questions. Should you be an LLC? LLP? S-Corp? Just how much of your studio apartment can you write off when you work on the couch? Is it okay if you just swipe someone else's privacy policy or terms and conditions? Find out the first Wednesday in March.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 27 2008
    Portland Lunch 2.0 @ AboutUs

    AboutUs

    This will be the first Lunch 2.0 in Portland, and AboutUs.org has graciously offered to host it. Lunch 2.0 is a Valley phenomenon that you can read about here. Let's put our own Portland spin on it. Watch this space for details as they emerge.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 6 2008
    PortlandWikiWednesday

    AboutUs

    http://groups.google.com/group/pdxwiki?hl=en

    "Welcome to the PortlandWikiWednesday email list! We generally meet at the AboutUs.org offices, in inner SE Portland, the first Wednesday evening of the month."