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Urban Airship (old location)

334 NW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

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  • Wednesday
    May 22 2013
    Boundary + Urban Airship: Pizza, Beer, & Tech Talks

    Join us for an evening of Tech Talks: PDX Edition at Urban Airship's space in the Pearl. This evening's theme is high-performance network programming.

    Scott Andreas will talk about network-level oddities that are important to think about when designing high-performance network applications. Lower-level TCP behaviors such as incast, Nagle's algorithm, and tcp_retries2 are a few examples of what we'll learn about – and how to avoid getting hit by them when you don't expect it!

    Erik Onnen will speak on designing and implementing network-intensive applications on the JVM, with a focus on high-throughput and low-latency IO. He'll dig into different frameworks for languages like Java (Netty), Scala (Akka), and Clojure (Aleph), synchronous vs. async IO – and how to decide which to go with. Specific topics will be drawn from practical application building large scale, high throughput messaging systems dealing with millions of mobile devices.

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  • Tuesday
    May 14 2013
    Python Presentation

    Pythonic talks, OS Bridge raffle, and afterparty at Deschutes!

    Open Source Bridge is just around the corner, June 18th - 21st here in Portland. As in previous years, a free registration to Open Source Bridge will be raffled this month! We also have a 33% off discount code to share with members at the meeting.

    This month:

    • Testing Standalone Django Apps Intermediate talk by Gavin McQuillan

    • Lightning Talks / Project Demos by You!

    Join us afterward at Deschutes to continue the discussion over a beverage.

    Do you have something you'd like to share? http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/portland

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

  • Wednesday
    May 1 2013
    Continuous Web: Fail Up

    We are incredibly stoked about this month's Continuous Web topic and know you will be too!

    May's event will showcase Brad Heller, Co-Founder of Revisu, a PDX-based startup and PIE graduate. With Revisu, creatives can engage anyone at any point in the creative process to share their work and collect feedback so there are no surprises when a deadline arrives.

    Brad will chat about the ups and downs, what he learned, and why he ultimately decided to close the doors on Revisu. He hopes that he can help fellow entrepreneurs avoid some pitfalls he experienced.

    Today, Brad is the Lead Engineer at Cloudability.

    Free & Public Event
    Short story then time to mingle
    Beer Provided

    CWPDX

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  • Thursday
    Apr 18 2013
    PDX Node Project Night

    Bring your ideas! Bring your hardware! We're meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month to work on Node.js projects.

    This night we'll be at Urban Airship.

    Newbies welcome! Say hi and ask questions.

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 9 2013
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Presentation Night
    • Python for Humans all-levels talk by Kenneth Reitz

    • The March to 3: The How & Why of Porting to Python 3 all-levels talk by Daniel Lindsley

    Join us afterward at Bailey's to continue the discussion over a beverage.

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

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  • Monday
    Mar 25 2013
    Mobile Portland - Two Strikes, You're Out: The Importance of Testing

    Did you know 84% of users report that they'll uninstall an app after two crashes?

    Did you know that there are 32,000 new apps each month in the iOS and Play markets combined?

    Increased competition and increasing complexity in app development mean testing is simultaneously more important and more difficult. This discussion will cover the importance of being proactive with regards to quality, from developing with testing in mind to implementing automated tests. It will also provide an overview of tools and services that can help with quality throughout an app's development and deployment.

    About the Speakers

    Pawel Wojnarowicz, Founder, AppThwack

    Pawel built an automation platform in his spare time that became the official solution for testing all wireless products at Intel. Pawel left after nine years to co-found AppThwack, a mobile app testing service that helps developers and QA teams quickly and automatically test their apps on real devices.

    Trent Peterson, Founder, AppThwack

    Trent spent seven years at Intel designing system-automation solutions trusted to test products used by millions of customers with an emphasis on simplicity and user experience. He left in early 2012 to co-found AppThwack, a mobile app testing service that helps developers and QA teams quickly and automatically test apps on real devices.

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 19 2013
    Co-Founders Wanted Portland

    Co-Founders Wanted is an opportunity to find a co-founder for your business, or to help you find a business to join. Brought to you by CoFoundersLab, come meet other aspiring entrepreneurs and build the team to make your business happen.

    Start networking online now by creating a FREE profile at CoFoundersLab.com!

    Pizza & drinks will be served.

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  • Monday
    Mar 18 2013
    PDX Girl Geek Dinner Volunteer Meeting

    Portland Girl Geek Dinners is growing and we are looking for more volunteers!

    Join us Monday, March 18th, 2013 for an informal conversation about how you get involved with PDX GGD in 2013!

    Participation opportunities include but aren't limited to the following areas;

    • Volunteer Speakers
    • Sponsor & Venue Coordination
    • Event Assistance
    • Graphic Design
    • Web Development
    • Community Outreach
    • Legal
    • Accounting
    • Board member participation
    • Blog Submissions and content strategy

    Whether you've attended an GGD event before or not, we want your input!

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 12 2013
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Presentation Night

    Come join us for Pythonic talks!

    This month:

    • Adventures in Sorting in Python all-levels talk by Christopher Swenson

    Join us afterward at Bailey's to continue the discussion over a beverage.

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

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

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 27 2013
    Hadoop and Data Science Meetup: Cloudera Impala Deep Dive

    Impala Technical Deep Dive

    Mark Grover, Hive contributer and author of "Programming Hive"

    Join us for this technical deep dive about Cloudera Impala, the project that makes scalable parallel databse technology available to the Hadoop community for the first time. Impala is an open-sourced code base that allows users to issue low-latency queries to data stored in HDFS and Apache HBase using familiar SQL operators. We will begin with an overview of Impala from the user's perspective, followed by an overview of Impala's architecture and implementation, and will conclude with a comparison of Impala with Apache Hive, commercial MapReduce alternatives and traditional data warehouse infrastructure.

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 26 2013
    Python Monthly Hack Night

    Let's get together and build cool stuff.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6-9pm on fourth Tuesdays!

    Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    This month we'll also be trying out a coding exercise known as the randori, which involves learning from your fellow Pythonistas via pair programming and frequent rotation.

    **Note: Please RSVP if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs. :)

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  • Monday
    Feb 25 2013
    Mobile Portland: Make the Mobile Web Fast

    Please RSVP [http://mobileportland.com/events/make-mobile-web-fast]

    Making your website fast leads to happy users, reduced operating costs, and even improved search ranking. Speed is especially important on the mobile web, where users want information quickly and network connections can be frustratingly slow.

    At the next Mobile Portland meeting Joshua Marantz, Matthew Steele, and Ilya Grigorik will show us:

    the latest mobile web optimization techniques and best practices; how Google's PageSpeed Insights can help you identify performance problems; how the SPDY protocol and PageSpeed tools such as mod_pagespeed and ngx_pagespeed can be used to make things faster; Google's upcoming PageSpeed Service;

    We hope to see you all Monday evening.

    About the Speakers

    Joshua Marantz, Software Engineer, Google [http://www.google.com/]

    Joshua Marantz is a software engineer at Google, where he is tech-lead of mod_pagespeed, a project to build an open-source Apache module for automatically improving website latency and reducing bandwidth consumption by rewriting HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Images. At Google he has also worked on latency improvements in web caching infrastructure and scalable social networking. Prior to Google, Josh spent 20 years in the Electronic Design Automation industry, much of it working on accelerated functional simulation. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT, in Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

    Matthew Steele, Software Engineer, Google [http://www.google.com/]

    Matthew Steele is a software engineer at Google, working on making the web faster. Matthew is the lead designer and developer of mod_spdy, which adds SPDY protocol support to Apache Httpd. Matthew has also contributed to mod_pagespeed, an Apache module that automatically rewrites web pages to make the faster, and is one of the developers of the PageSpeed Insights analysis tool.

    Ilya Grigorik, Developer Advocate, Google [http://www.google.com/]

    Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer and developer advocate on the Make The Web Fast team at Google, where he spends his days and nights on making the web fast and driving adoption of performance best practices.

    Prior to focusing on web performance Ilya was the founder and CTO of PostRank, a social analytics company which was acquired by Google and became the core of social analytics reporting within Google Analytics. Whenever not thinking web performance, or analytics, Ilya can be found contributing to open-source projects, reading, or building fun projects like VimGolf, GitHub Archive and others.

    Make the Mobile Web Fast Monday, February 25, 6 PM Doors open at 5:30

    Urban Airship 334 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97209

    RSVP [http://mobileportland.com/events/make-mobile-web-fast] Map [https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Urban+Airship+Inc,+334+Northwest+11th+Avenue,+Portland,+OR+97209&hl=en&ll=45.525517,-122.682095&spn=0.009696,0.017853&sll=45.525501,-122.682153&sspn=0.009696,0.017853&oq=Urban+Airship,+334+NW+11th+ave,+portland,+or+97209&hq=Urban+Airship+Inc,&hnear=334+NW+11th+Ave,+Portland,+Oregon+97209&t=m&z=16]

    Thanks to our Sponsors

    Thanks to Urban Airship [http://urbanairship.com] and Cloud Four [http://cloudfour.com] for helping sponsor Mobile Portland this month.

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 19 2013
    Internet of Things Meetup - Thing Tuesday

    We decided to create our own open meetup to discuss and learn about the Internet of Things. We encourage the curious, the hackers the entrepreneurs and the executives who are engaging in this area to come join us to listen to talks, share in conversation and networking. Each session we will have talks, "show and tells "and space to hack and network with others. Modelled on two phenomenally influential and successful groups, Mobile Monday and the catalytic Silicon Valley Homebrew Computer Club, we hope that we too can enable fun and exploration with this new technology area.

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 13 2013
    PDX Data Visualization Meetup

    We have 4 speakers lined up for the popular show-n-tell format.

    ==Kevin Lynagh==

    Kevin writes code that makes pictures of data on the Internet. He lives in Portland, Oregon and spends as much time rock climbing as he does in the REPL. WeatherTable is an HTML5 weather app for the iPhone. Kevin will talk about why they decided to build an app in such an established category (hint: visualization) and why they decided to do it using ClojureScript, HTML, and CSS instead of doing a native ObjectiveC app.

    ==Matthew Lyon==

    Matthew is a lead developer and software architect at Portland-based Platform-as-a-Service company AppFog. He was one of the core developers of AppFog's first product, PHP Fog, and led development of AppFog itself. He will be doing a show-and-tell about an instrumentation and visualization system he created to help troubleshoot and improve AppFog's Service Oriented Architecture and worldwide network of public cloud hosting services.

    ==Ryan Miller==

    Ryan is a UI developer with over 10 years of experience with web applications. Ryan specializes in data visualization, which he works on at home when he can't get his fix at work. Ryan will be showing some experiments he's been doing in d3 with local weather data.

    ==Periscopic==

    Periscopic is a socially-conscious data visualization firm. They will be discussing their latest internal project: U.S. Gun Murders in 2010.

    Please see the agenda and RSVP at the Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/PDX-Data-Visualization/events/103543552/

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 12 2013
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Presentation Night

    Come join us for Pythonic talks!

    This month:

    • Writing a Statistical Thread Profiler for Python Intermediate talk by Amjith Ramanujam

    • Project Show & Tell: If you're working on a project, share what it is (perhaps with a demo), what help you could use on it, and your contact info.

    Join us afterward at Bailey's to continue the discussion over a beverage.

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

    PDX Python on Twitter http://twitter.com/pdxpython

    Portland Python Web Site http://pdxpython.org/

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  • Thursday
    Jan 31 2013
    PDX Android Lecture Series

    Come learn from local Android developers working right here in Portland. We're hosting a few short talks on Android build automation, the new Google V2 mapping library, the Android activity lifecycle and an overview of automated testing frameworks. This is the first of what we hope becomes a regular series of talks on Android development techniques. Developers of all skill levels are welcome.

    Update: Pizza ordered! Come hungry.

    Please register at the eventbrite link above so we can gauge interest.

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 23 2013
    Hadoop and Data Science Meetup

    Soren Macbeth is the chief data scientist at Yieldbot, co-founder of StockTwits.

    His talk will describe, "the various problems and solutions that we've run into at Yieldbot running Hadoop on AWS in the various configuration that we've used over the years. I'll be focusing on a lot of the weird edge cases that are specific to running in AWS."

    Should be a fun talk, more technical and Hadoopy than we've had in a while. Nittier, grittier.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 22 2013
    Python Monthly Hack Night

    Let's get together and build cool stuff.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6-9pm on fourth Tuesdays!

    Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    **Note: Please RSVP if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs. :)

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 15 2013
    Portland Java User Group: Apache Drill

    This month's topic: Apache Drill

    Apache Drill is a new Apache incubator project. Its goal is to provide a distributed system for interactive analysis of large-scale datasets. Inspired by Google's Dremel technology, it aims to process trillions of records in seconds. We will cover the goals of Apache Drill, its use cases and how it relates to Hadoop, MongoDB and other large-scale distributed systems. We'll also talk about details of the architecture, points of extensibility, data flow and our first query languages (DrQL and SQL).

    Speaker: Gera Shegalov Gera Shegalov owns Hadoop MapReduce and Hadoop Core components in MapR's Hadoop Distribution. Prior to MapR, he worked at Oracle in Oracle Database High Availability on (Active) Data Guard, and in Oracle Java Platform Group on JMS backend communication and storage. Gera received Masters and PhD in Computer Science from Saarland University in Saarbruecken, Germany. His research focussed on workflow management, temporal databases, as well as application & database recovery.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 8 2013
    Python monthly presentation meeting

    This month's meeting is sponsored by Glider! Glider is a SaaS company that helps teams work together to close contract negotiations quickly. They're venture funded (TechStars, True Ventures) and looking to grow their technical team.

    Please RSVP if you'd like to partake in the refreshments provided by Glider.

    Talks:

    • Machine Learning with Python Intermediate Talk by Michel Pelletier

    This talk will include an introduction to Machine Learning for new Pythonistas.

    • Lighting Talks All levels by YOU!

    Bring your 5-minute talks to share with the group. Anyone is welcome to give a lightning talk! Sign up at the beginning of the meeting.

    Join us afterward at Bailey's to continue the discussion over a beverage.

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

    PDX Python on Twitter http://twitter.com/pdxpython

    Portland Python Web Site http://pdxpython.org/

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  • Monday
    Jan 7 2013
    State of the Auth

    The second meeting of State of the Auth user group. The topics will be revolving around authentication, authorization, and the tools for working with them.

    We have @aaronpk (Aaron Parecki) giving a talk on OAuth 2.

    The space is sponsored by Urban Airship! There will be pizza sponsored by Janrain!

    Mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/stateoftheauth

  • Tuesday
    Dec 11 2012
    Winter Coders' Social - Sixth Annual Edition

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

    We'll have a potluck, so you're welcome to bring something yummy to share with others. If possible, label your food and whether it meets particular dietary needs, e.g. "vegan", "vegetarian", gluten-free", etc. If you'd like, tell others what you plan to bring, or see what others are bringing at http://bit.ly/winter-social-2012-potluck. We'll provide some beverages, plates, cups, utensils and napkins.

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

    Also, this year there will be a raffle toward the end of the night.

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

    PS: We're grateful to the following companies for sponsoring this event:

    Urban Airship
    The Open Bastion
    Mozilla
    Open Source Bridge
    ShopIgniter
    Portland Incubator Experiment
    O'Reilly User Groups
    Vadio
    Code Scouts
    AppThwack

    PPS: If you'd like to sponsor, contact Michelle Rowley.

  • Monday
    Dec 3 2012
    State of the Auth

    This is the first meeting for the new State of the Auth user group. The topics will be revolving around authentication, authorization, and the tools for working with them.

    We have ozten (Austin King) from Mozilla giving a talk about Persona!

    The space is sponsored by Urban Airship! There will be pizza sponsored by Mozilla!

    Mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/stateoftheauth

  • Wednesday
    Nov 28 2012
    Hadoop and Data Science Meetup

    Big Data? Small Data? How market research experiments add to predictive capabilities.

    Traditionally Market Research has run highly controlled experiments and built descriptive models of the data gathered. The data has typically been anything from a few hundred to a few thousand responses, but the exact make-up of the responses is well known and highly controlled. Now that we also have access to ‘Big Data’ (whatever that means) from transactional or social sources, the question arises: “Is there still value of Small Data and controlled experiments?” In this lively talk we will show how a blended Small+Big approach gives our customers the “best of both worlds”.

    Chris Robson and Scott Laing are principals of Parametric Marketing, a Quantitative Research and Advanced Analytics company located in Vancouver, Washington. Parametric was founded in 2003 to provide research and analytics services to business professionals and policy makers. We specialize in analyzing consumer behavior and advising companies on the financial implications of product, pricing, promotional and brand decisions. With our expertise in advanced research, data mining and business & financial modeling, we are uniquely equipped to help our clients address their most demanding problems. In addition, Parametric’s extensive development capabilities allow us to provide outstanding value through both standard reporting approaches and interactive tools.

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 27 2012
    Python Project Hack Night

    Let's get together and build cool stuff.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6-9pm on fourth Tuesdays!

    Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    **Note: Please RSVP on Meetup if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs. :)

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 14 2012
    Portland Girl Geek Dinners #3

    It's no secret there is a depressing lack of women in technology & STEM related careers—even worse is the societal focus on the problem not the solution. The solution is clear: inspire women to pursue their interests in technology and provide a support system with wisdom and encouragement to develop their careers.

    Join us for a honest and proactive conversation about all things career; from resume & interview tips to salary neogations to dealing with cultural norms & expectations to unique insight on how we as women can kick ass AND climb the ladder.
    Our conversation will be lead by Jenny Walsh, VP Web Services, GigaPan Systems - http://www.gigapan.com and Aimee Fahey, Recruiting Consultant & Career Coach - http://ecogrrlconsulting.wordpress.com

    One of Portland's favorite food trucks will be on site from 5-7pm to purchase your favorite food truck treats before and during the event. Various yummy snacks & beverages will be provided as well.

    Attendees are invited to submit questions about technology & STEM careers for a Q&A discussion. Questions can be submitted via Email, Twitter or FB.

    HUGE thanks to our friends at Urban Airship for hosting the event. As always men are encouraged to attend.

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 13 2012
    Co-Founders Wanted Portland

    The purpose of this in-person Meetup is to help you find a co-founder for your business, or to help you find a business to join as a co-founder. In the meantime, you should begin networking with potential co-founders by creating a free profile on www.cofounderslab.com.

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  • Saturday
    Nov 10 2012
    Tiny Startup Camp
    through
    Urban Airship (old location)

    Tiny Startup Camp is an event helping to explore, educate, and motivate people to create Tiny Startups--defined as small, highly scalable, non-funded companies. As a two-day event, day one of Tiny Startup Camp is structured around speakers helping attendees learn the details of planning for, testing, launching, and monetizing small online businesses. The second day is a workshop format, with on-site facilitators giving hands on help while attendees actively implement the steps necessary to get a live test site up and running. With experts in paid search, SEO, WordPress, monetizing strategies, story telling, and audience definition, it's sure to help a wide range of people, from budding entrepreneurs, to already launched startups interested in testing and creating new product lines. Tiny Startup Camp is November 10-11 at the Urban Airship offices in NW Portland. Get your ticket at http://tinystartupcamp.eventbrite.com/

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  • Saturday
    Nov 3 2012
    CodeDay Portland
    through
    Urban Airship (old location)

    An intense, 24-hour hackathon where students can team up to create innovative new apps and games. At the end of the 24 hour session, students will present what they built to a panel of judges.

    CodeDay Portland welcomes student developers of any level. Whether you have been coding since you were in a diaper or you have nothing more than an interest in the field, CodeDay Portland is an event for you.

    Schedule will be posted to the website as the event nears.

    Buy tickets at Eventbrite:

    http://codedayportland.eventbrite.com

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  • Tuesday
    Oct 23 2012
    PDXPython Monthly Hack Night

    Let's get together and build cool stuff.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6-9pm on third Wednesdays!

    Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    Note: Please RSVP if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs. :)

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  • Wednesday
    Sep 26 2012
    Hadoop and Data Science Meetup

    Hadoop/Data Science Happy Hour

    Informal conversations with other enthusiasts in the area. We're lining up some interesting formal talks for the fall, but in the meantime come and share your personal projects and ideas, or corner UA's Dave and ask him what he really thinks about MongoDB.

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 25 2012
    PDXPython monthly hack night

    Let's get together and build cool stuff... and propose talks for PyCon 2013!

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6-9pm on fourth Tuesdays!

    Talk proposals for PyCon 2013 are due on September 28th - Friday of Hack Night week. Let's put our heads together and get some talks proposed! PDX represent!!!

    Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    Note: Please RSVP if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs. :)

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  • Monday
    Sep 24 2012
    Top 5 Learnings from Running a Mobile App "Startup"

    Justin joined FreeRange 360 in January of this year as the Chief Creative Officer along with James McDermott as the CEO. Within the past 8 months, Justin and James changed the business model, acquired a local agency, renamed and rebranded the company, reshaped the product offering, and essentially relaunched as a startup. It has been a busy 8 months. Justin reveals the learnings behind these changes and talks about what has worked, what hasn't, and the future of the mobile app industry.

    About the Speaker

    Justin Garrity, Chief Creative Officer, Storycode

    Justin Garrity is the Chief Creative Officer at Storycode where he oversees creative efforts including branding, product marketing, user experience, and customer experience. Storycode is a mobile app studio located in Portland that focuses on apps powered by powerful narratives and story driven content.

    Prior to joining Storycode, Justin Garrity served as the Director of User Experience at Webtrends for three years, resulting in multiple awards and recognition for innovative product design. Justin also launched a new services offering at Webtrends called Webtrends Design Lab in the second half of 2011. Within four months, Design Lab was a huge hit, growing exponentially, offering customized data visualization services to many leading global brands.

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  • Tuesday
    Sep 11 2012
    PDXPython Monthly Presentation Night

    This event will be sponsored with pizza by New Relic! New Relic, Inc. is the all-in-one web application performance management provider for the cloud. They have open positions in Portland!

    Talks (dubbed by Dan Colish the "Flask vs. Werkzeug Death Match." However, n.b. there will be no death involved):

    • Introduction to Using Flask by Kyle Jones
    • Introduction to Using Werkzeug instead of Flask by Adam Lowry
    • Introduction to Using Klein instead of Werkzeug or Flask by Kevin Turner

    Join us afterward at Bailey's to continue the discussion over a beverage.

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  • Monday
    Aug 27 2012
    Mobile Portland: Responsive Web Design or Native App?

    Running and cycling have become connected sports. When runners and cyclists join a race, they want status, results, and social network integration -- before the race, after the race, and even while on the move. Because each athlete has a different mobile device, how can a single technology support an entire race, from registration to results?

    Enter Athletepath, a Portland Incubator Experiment startup. When Athletepath faced this challenge, they chose responsive web design (RWD) instead of creating native apps for every conceivable platform. Combining RWD and SMS for messaging provides technology that serves the largest number of users with the best cost-to-benefit ratio possible.

    At this month's Mobile Portland, front-end developer Christian Reed will explain how and why Athletepath built its platform.

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  • Monday
    Aug 20 2012
    Dave McClure in Portland

    The one and only Dave McClure is coming to Portland and who knows what kind of trouble he's going to get us all into. He's heading to Portland for, "Geeks on a Train," an 8-hour train ride from PDX - VAN for the 3rd Annual GROW Conference where he's speaking.

    But first, he's going to take some time Monday night to meet with us all at Urban Airship and shed some light on something. We'll give you more details if we get them but as of now, we know there will be beer, McClure, and some awesome PDXers. Thanks to Urban Airship for hosting and providing the booze!

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  • Tuesday
    Aug 14 2012
    PDXPython Monthly Talk Night

    This event will be sponsored by Trap.it! Trap.it have several open positions here in Portland that they'd love to chat with you about.

    Presentations:

    Beginner talk by Michelle Rowley (topic TBD)

    "Intro to Heroku and the 12 Factor App" Advanced talk by guest speaker Kenneth Reitz

    This presentation will be a brief overview of Heroku's Python support. We'll review how to deploy a Python application to Heroku, as well as some best practices for building scalable web applications.

    Kenneth Reitz is the product owner of Python at Heroku and a member of the Python Software Foundation. He's the developer behind many Python modules, including Requests, Python HTTP for Humans.

    Join us afterward at Bailey's to continue the discussion over a beverage.

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  • Wednesday
    Aug 8 2012
    OEN PubTalk™ - OEN Invades Urban Airship

    You asked for it, so here it is! An OEN PubTalk™ that is all networking. Plus, we are invading Urban Airship! Come, have a beer, meet some good people and enjoy the beautiful space that is Urban Airship!

    Register today because space is limited to 80 people. We don't want the fire marshall coming in and shutting the party down!

    Sponsored By: Ater Wynne and KS&Co.

    And many thanks to OEN Member, Urban Airship, for allowing entrepreneurs to use their great space!

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  • Monday
    Aug 6 2012
    Fireside Chat with Founders Fund Geoff Lewis & Urban Airship's Scott Kveton

    Come hear from Geoff Lewis, Principal at Founders Fund and Scott Kveton, CEO/Founder of Urban Airship as they sit down for a casual "Fireside Chat" this August in Portland. They will take 20-30 minutes to talk, and then take questions from the audience for the remaining time. And of course, since this is Portland, there will be beer.

    There's a lot to learn from these guys and we're thrilled to see this event coming together for the community here in Portland.

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  • Thursday
    Jul 26 2012
    Building the Customer WOW Machine

    Please RSVP at the link above so we make sure there is enough food and drink for everyone.

    All great startups want to wow their customers. Putting customers at the center of what you do and building a machine to help you do it can help your startup become the next Facebook or Twitter. Sit down with the experts from Desk.com, Cloudability and Simple for a practical and open panel discussion on how building a customer WOW machine can help keep your customers happy, help you raise more money and ensure your startup's success.Come by Urban Airship at 5:30 for free pizza and beer and stick around for the discussion followed by a Q session. Be ready to share your thoughts and experience on how you've seen customer support shape the success of a business.Use #customerWOW to Tweet about the event and queue up your questions for our panel in advance.

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  • Wednesday
    Jul 25 2012
    Hadoop and Data Science Meetup

    This month's meet up will start with discussion of news items related to data science and big data led by William Taylor.

    Presentation this month by Temese Szalai.

    Title: Asking Questions About Big Data: A Basic How-To For Framing Problems When Working With (Unstructured Text) Data At Scale

    Summary: Data is only as valuable as the questions we ask about it. The questions to ask need to be those that yield valuable insights, quantifiable results and whose answers lead to actionable information, i.e., help make a decision or meet the requirements of the people and systems consuming the analysis or output. Identifying good questions to ask and how to proceed with very large data sets is at the very heart of being a data scientist.

    When working with large data sets, especially ones that are unstructured or semi-structured text data, asking questions and getting started is not always easy. In fact, it's sometimes the hardest part. Drawing on her experiences working with text data at scale, Temese will talk about strategies and methodologies for approaching this kind of data when doing initial discovery and analysis. She'll also cover some basic tools and techniques that are available and basic best practices. Although unstructured text data is a focus, the talk should be general enough to apply to analyzing other kinds of data as well.

    Speaker Bio: Temese Szalai has worked as an industrial computational linguist/taxonomist for 13 years. Presently, she is the founder of Madarka, which leverages semantic analysis of large unstructured corpora for psychographic consumer segmentation.

  • Monday
    Jul 23 2012
    Mobile Portland: Mobile Apps for Coffee Farmers: 10 Lessons Learned in the Field

    It's hard to build mobile apps. But it's even harder to build them them for people very different from yourself – in this case, coffee farmers in Tanzania. How do you go about building an app for someone who's never before used a computer, smartphone, or tablet? How do you convince a farmer to use your app when you speak different languages, come from different contexts, and have different needs? How can you ensure that your app is creating a lasting, positive impact?

    This month's Mobile Portland presentation shows how Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers faced these challenges, and what they learned along the way. After deploying iOS apps and mobile -optimized websites in coffee-growing communities around the world, Sustainable Harvest has plenty to share. You might be surprised how lessons learned in places like Moshi, Tanzania and San Ignacio, Peru apply to Portland, Oregon.

    Discussed:

    • Developing for audiences who are new to mobile (and computers in general)
    • Deploying technology solutions in distant countries
    • Choosing between and maintaining iOS/native and mobile-optimized web app platforms
    • Helping farmers have more sustainable livelihoods, supported by mobile technology

    Join us to learn about Sustainable Harvest's successes – and challenges – in bringing mobile technology to coffee cooperatives and farmers around the world.

    About the Speaker

    Ezra Spier [https://twitter.com/sh_ezra_pdx], Director of Technology Solutions, Sustainable Harvest [http://www.sustainableharvest.com/]

    Ezra Spier designs and builds sustainable mobile technology that improves the productivity and incomes of smallholder coffee farmers around the world. He has presented Sustainable Harvest's mobile technology work at the World Bank's International Finance Corporation, and has visited coffee communities in Peru, El Salvador, and Tanzania. A Portland native, Ezra is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he majored in East Asian Studies.

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  • Wednesday
    Jul 18 2012
    PDXPython Monthly Hack Night

    Let's get together and build cool stuff.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6-9pm on third Wednesdays!

    Never written Python before? No problem. This month, Michelle will give a short beginner's talk at 6:30pm. Afterward, there will be mentors at the ready.

    Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    **Note: Please RSVP if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs. :)

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 17 2012
    API Hackday PDX

    API Hackday PDX brings developers together for an all-day coding fest focused on building apps and mashups with APIs. Developers of all experience levels can share ideas, collaborate on existing projects, start new ventures, and find out about great tools and new APIs to play with.

    Free admission: Lunch, Dinner and post-hack beer included.

    Hackers will also hear from some of the country's top API-focused companies on tips, tricks, and tools for building the next big app. At the end of the day, teams and/or individuals get a chance to present their work to a panel of judges and win kickass prizes.

    Brought to you by Twilio, SendGrid, Urban Airship, Cloudability & Mashery

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  • Thursday
    Jul 12 2012
    Measuring and Improving Key SaaS Metrics
                                Beer and SaaS metrics go together like peanut butter and fluff. 
    

    Join other like-minded SaaS and internet startup entrepreneurs from the PDX area July 12, 2012 (Thursday) in a casual roundtable to discuss what key metrics have worked for them and what has not. Hosted at Urban Airship's industrial digs with beer and snacks. We'll kick off the evening with opening remarks by Totango Co-Founder, Omer Gotlieb, and go into stats and figures from our SaaS Metrics Survey and Customer Engagement benchmark report. Bring your questions, thoughts and opinions at this informal meetup to discuss what metrics you want to improve for your business. What to expect: 1) You're not alone, other SaaS companies want to learn best practices for measuring key metrics. This is your chance to spitball some ideas. 2) Network with other SaaS entrepreneurs! 3) Learn new strategies from others' successes (or what to avoid). This is the perfect event for you to measure your success! We'll see you there!

  • Tuesday
    Jul 10 2012
    PDXPython Monthly Presentation Night

    This month's meeting will be sponsored by Smarsh! Smarsh has an opening for a Python developer here in town. If you're looking for something new, check out the job posting.

    Presentations:

    "Introduction to iterators and decorators" Beginner talk by Wraithan

    "Collection of Arbitrary Simple Extensions (for C)" Advanced talk by Case Van Horsen

    Join us afterward at Bailey's to continue the discussion over a beverage.

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

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  • Wednesday
    Jun 27 2012
    Hadoop and Data Science Meetup

    William Taylor will start out by reviewing news items related to data science and big data. This will be similar to the March meeting, when David Price did something similar, and we had a lively discussion of ethical and technical issues. This was a lot of fun, so we're excited to try it again.

    Robert Brehm will present a bibliography of recent journal papers of particular interest to the group.

  • Monday
    Jun 25 2012
    Mobile Portland: Mobile App Marketing: Selling Your Apps

    Marketing your iOS/Android/other app is tough. There are lots of app stores, most of them have ultra-specific rules, and it's easy for your app to get lost in the noise created by thousands of competitors. So how do app marketers actually sell apps within this landscape? What marketing techniques work, and what's up with that black hat stuff that gets crappy apps into the top charts? (Note: we promise not to entice you to the dark side during this presentation.)

    At this Mobile Portland panel, we'll hear from Portland mobile marketing gurus Elia Freedman, Andy Rosic, and Dave Howell on a panel moderated by Janet Johnson. Discussed:

    • Marketing apps on a budget
    • Dealing with competition
    • Cutting through the noise
    • Actual app success stories
    • Finer points of popular App Stores (aka Appstores, Marketplaces, and of course "Play")
    • Q&A from the crowd

    Bring your mobile marketing questions and an appetite for beer!

  • Wednesday
    Jun 20 2012
    PDXPython Monthly Hack Night

    Let's get together and build cool stuff.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6-9pm on third Wednesdays!

    Never written Python before? No problem. There will be Pythonistas at the ready to mentor beginners. Anyone at any level of Python experience is welcome and invited to join us!

    **Note: Please RSVP on Meetup.com if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs. :)

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 12 2012
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Meetup

    This month's meeting will have pizza sponsored by Wikisway! Please RSVP on Meetup.com if you plan to attend and eat pizza so we can order enough for everyone.

    A presentation double-header with Matt Robenolt:
    "Large" Scale Local Development Environments
    "Large" Scale Project Deployments

    We'll also open the floor to lightning talks if there is time. After the meeting, you're welcome to join us at Bailey's for continued discussion and beverages.


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

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

    PDX Python on Twitter

    Portland Python Web Site

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  • Wednesday
    May 23 2012
    Pdx Hadoop - Data Science Meeting :: Discussing future of the group

    1 Hour Meeting

    No presenters tonight. Instead we'll be having open conversation as a group about Big Data topics. Also, we'll discuss the future of this Hadoop / Data Science group.

    Agenda: 1) Open discussion about Big Data topics, news, events, etc. Bring your own list to add to the conversation. 2) Discussion about the future of the group. This is the third meeting and we've tried a variety of formats across interests. Where do we go from here? Or do we go anywhere from here?

    Questions and suggestions are definitely welcome. Post on Google Groups Page: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/pdx-h-d-s

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  • Monday
    May 21 2012
    Mobile Portland: When Our Devices Rat Us Out

    Every day our smartphones, laptops and other devices transmit invisible bytes of data across networks around the world, leaving a deep and permanent digital footprint. Some of this data we are aware of, such as information we post on social networks, or sharing GPS coordinates with a mapping app to locate the nearest restaurant. However, there is a less visible layer of data that at first may seem innocuous, but once aggregated can provide fragments of data that can be reticulated to unveil information regarding identity, location and other potentially invasive and incriminating evidence. This information can be used to solve crimes, as well as abused. Technology is rapidly increasing the rate at which this data is being used by law enforcement, governments, hackers and advertisers alike, with many surprisingly taking advantage of the hazy gray area where antiquated laws and advanced technology meet.

    Ken Westin will be presenting several real-life case studies where he has used various technologies and techniques to track down suspects and stolen devices including laptops, smartphones, digital cameras, flash drives, iPods and more. The evidence and research he has provided to law enforcement around the world has helped unveil and solve larger crimes from organized crime rings, car theft, drugs, identity theft and even a violent car jacking. He will be discussing other technologies and information that law enforcement use such as facial recognition, cell tower simulators and access to wireless carrier and ISP customer records. He will also discuss instances where corporations have have used invasive methods and technologies to gain a competitive edge at the cost of your privacy.

    About the Speaker

    Ken Westin is the founder of the popular GadgetTrak cross-platform mobile security and data protection software. Ken launched the first GadgetTrak product in 2007, which provided a way to track media devices such as iPods, digital cameras and external drives. He was awarded a patent for the technology in early 2009, which is has since been embedded in hardware by manufacturers such as Seagate and FLIR.

    In 2008 Westin launched the first tracking solution for laptops that utilized integrated web cameras to capture photos of thieves and Wi-Fi positioning for location, resulting in a number of amazing recoveries. Last year the company launched a new mobile security platform that allows users to track missing devices, capture photos and remotely wipe, encrypt and backup sensitive data. He has also recently launched CameraTrace, an innovative free service enabling people to search the web for photos taken with their camera by serial number.

    GadgetTrak’s technology has been featured on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America and many top news and tech sites including the New York Times, Forbes, TechCrunch, The Economist and more. The company was recently named in Entrepreuner Magazine's "100 Brilliant Companies" and has won honors and awards from MIT, Tech America, SXSW, CTIA amongst others.

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  • Tuesday
    May 8 2012
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Meetup

    Presentations:
    Pythonic Trivia - Rob Bednark
    Tastypie + Slumber = More Than a Food Coma - Eric Holscher
    Reverse Q+A - Rob Bednark

    We'll also open the floor to lightning talks if there is time. After the meeting, you're welcome to join us at Bailey's for continued discussion and beverages.


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

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

    PDX Python on Twitter

    Portland Python Web Site

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  • Wednesday
    Apr 25 2012
    Pdx Hadoop - Data Science Meeting

    Presentation this month by Dave Revell from Urban Airship.

    OVERVIEW "The main topic will be how we use Hadoop and HBase at Urban Airship for collecting and analyzing data from mobile apps. Mobile app developers integrate our client library into their apps, which send analytic events to our backend. We'll talk about the problems involved in collecting and analyzing data at scale. We use HBase for storing raw events, for feeding the analysis processes, and serving the generated reports. We use Hadoop Mapreduce for ad-hoc analysis and moving large amounts of data; we'll talk about why it's unsuitable for the kind of near-real-time incremental analysis that we do.

    For the data scientists, we'll talk about our data set and types of analyses we'd like to do. Our current reports are fairly basic, but we'd like to know what factors affect user engagement with mobile push notifications and whether we can make predictions about their effectiveness."

    Questions and suggestions are definitely welcome. Post on Google Groups Page: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/pdx-h-d-s

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  • Monday
    Apr 23 2012
    Mobile Portland: What's Going on in Wireless?

    We're all experts at using mobile devices. Many of us even know how to write software for them. But do you know what is going on "under the covers" in mobile phone technology, at carriers, and in the standards development world?

    Why won't the iPad 3 work in Australia? Why is international roaming so difficult? What do developers need to know about future networks? What interesting technology is on the horizon that could contribute to new mobile experiences?

    Rob Wilcox will give you a systems level view of wireless, competing wireless standards, and wireless futures, free of the marketing and jargon which can color the industry. He'll also propose some long term trends, both social and technical, your consideration in developing new use cases.

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  • Wednesday
    Apr 18 2012
    PDX Python Monthly Hack Night

    Let's get together and build cool stuff.

    Bring your computer and your Python projects and come hack with us from 6-9pm on third Wednesdays!

    Check out this list of projects being worked on, or add your own.

    We'll have pizza thanks to Trapit!

    **Note: Please RSVP if you're planning to come so we can set up the right number of tables and chairs.


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

    PDX Python on Twitter

    Portland Python Web Site

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 10 2012
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Meetup

    This month we have snacks thanks to SocialCode! Please take the time to RSVP if you're planning to partake in the snacks, otherwise there may not be enough.

    Presentations:
    Pythonic Trivia - Rob Bednark
    Stupid Programming Tricks - Brett Carter
    PubSub with Redis - Wraithan
    Reverse Q+A - Rob Bednark

    We'll also open the floor to lightning talks if there is time. After the meeting, you're welcome to join us at Bailey's for continued discussion and beverages.


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

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

    PDX Python on Twitter

    Portland Python Web Site

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  • Thursday
    Mar 29 2012
    PDX Girl Geek Kickoff

    Join us for our kick off event!!!   We'll be hearing from Alexis Peterka of Stayhound and Amye Scavarda an open source project manager about why they love working with technology, the story behind what sparked their career and where they are headed next.

    Food and Drinks will be provided thanks to our event sponsor Commute Pays, a mobile startup based in Portland. For more information on our sponsor check out www.commutepays.com   Men are encouraged to attend as the guest of a female Girl Geek

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  • Wednesday
    Mar 28 2012
    Pdx Hadoop - Data Science Meeting

    Last minute change of plans due to presenter being under the weather.

    Tonight's meeting will be a casual hack & share meeting.

    Here's the simple agenda: 1) Start off with group/topic related announcements (from anyone) and then let people suggest topics or things they'd like to hack on or discuss with other people in smaller groups. 2) Break up for mingling based on what you're interested in. 3) Repeat #2 above until Eric kicks us out.

    Good times. See you all tonight!

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  • Monday
    Mar 26 2012
    Mobile Demolicious at Mobile Portland

    At last April’s meeting, we saw five cool demos from Mobile Portland members. This month, we’re doing it again.

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  • Friday
    Mar 23 2012
    Ji Lee, Creative Director at Facebook and founder of “The Bubble Project”

    Please join merrickhanna ventures in welcoming Ji Lee to Portland, Ore. on Friday, March 23, 2012.

    Ji will be visiting Portland to learn more about the thriving start-up community, as well as sharing his work experiences and stories from years at Facebook, Google Creative Labs, Droga5, and multiple personal projects.

    At 5:00 p.m., doors will open to the public for a hosted adult happy hour with a dialogue and presentation regarding the transformative power of personal projects. Following the presentation will be a Q&A session between attendees and Ji – guests will have the opportunity to inquire about anything related to his career, life at Facebook, his newest project and anything of interest!

    A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Ji’s work includes award-winning brand campaigns, including the famed Bubble Project (http://thebubbleproject.com/). For more information on Ji and to connect with him, please visit http://pleeseenjoy.com/.

    Special thanks go to Aresh Irajpanah, and Scott Kveton/Urban Airship for hosting the event.

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 20 2012
    Portland Java User Group: Giving your Application Thumbs

    This month's topic: Deep Dive into Java CIM Client Development with SBLIM

    SBLIM is an open source toolkit to simplify CIM/XML development. The presentation covers the basics of CIM and how to use SBLIM to do various common tasks a CIM client would need to do against a CIM Server.

    Speaker: Brian Mason Works for NetApp App Aware Group / APBU E-Series Storage 20+ Years in Software Development. Last 10 focusing on Managing hardware devices. MSCS U of IL


    PJUG meetings start with some time to eat and socialize (pizza and beverages are provided), followed by the featured speaker, then Q&A, discussion, sometimes a drawing to give away swag. :)

    Though we like knowing how many people to expect, you don't have to RSVP, on Upcoming or otherwise. Go ahead and just show up!

    Many people also go for a drink and further discussion following the meeting, at a location determined ad hoc.

    http://twitter.com/pjug http://pjug.org/ (join our mailing list, linked from the website!)

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 13 2012
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Meetup

    SmartCloud is sponsoring Pizza & Soda! Please, RSVP here so we can order enough: http://www.meetup.com/pdxpython/events/49178752.

    Talks: "Cure your infrastructure with Salt" - Dan Colish "Things I learned at PyCon" - Gavin McQuillan

    Pythonic Trivia + Reverse Q&A - Rob Bednark Lightning Talks - if there is time

    We'll head to Bailey's afterward for beverages.

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

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

    PDX Python on Twitter

    Portland Python Web Site

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 29 2012
    PDX Hadoop/Data Science Meeting

    This will be the first meet up and open to general conversation about group focus/topics/etc. If you're interested, please jump in and help get the ball rolling.

    If you're unable to join but are interested, please post your suggestions for discussion at the meeting on the Google Group page.

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  • Monday
    Feb 27 2012
    iBooks 2.0: Reinventing Textbooks? — Mobile Portland

    Please RSVP at http://mobileportland.com/events/ibooks-20-reinventing-textbooks

    When Apple announced iBooks 2.0, it made a bold claim that it was reinventing the textbook. Who better to judge whether or not Apple has succeeded at its goal than Mobile Portland alum and Textbook 3.0 advocate Corey Pressman.

    In August 2010, Corey participated in a panel talking about using mobile technology in education. Corey talked about his efforts to convince textbook publishers to start to see the iPhone and the iPad as the foundation for an entirely new form of textbooks. He talked about both the learning theory behind why a digital textbook would be more successful as well as what would make them fun for students.

    And he did it all as one of our more compelling and funny speakers. So it makes sense to bring him back to talk about what iBooks 2.0, iBooks Author, and iTunes U means for students, teachers, and textbook publishers.

    Like nearly every Apple announcement, the iBooks Author announcement wasn’t without controversy—license restrictions and modification of the ePub format into a proprietary iBooks file format are at the top of the list. After Corey talks about textbooks, a small panel of expert publishers and educators will join Corey to talk about the implications of iBooks Author and the overall initiative on education and publishing in general.

    About the Panelists

    Corey Pressmen, Founder, Exprima Media

    Corey taught Anthropology for 12 years before deciding to enter the software universe. As a professional educator, Corey was always interested in, yet disappointed with, the educational technology that textbook publisher sales reps were peddling. Convinced that more could be done to create effective computer-based educational experiences, Corey started Exprima Media, a software company dedicated to creating robust and engaging educational experiences for the web and native mobile platforms. Exprima is currently working with Pearson Education, W.W. Norton, John Wiley & Sons, and McGraw Hill to build the future of educational media.

    Steve Burt, Manager, Content & Research, Clarity Innovations

    Steve Burt leads a team that works with Intel Education to create solutions that blend research-based instructional practices with emerging technologies. Prior to his work at Clarity, Steve was a high school administrator, after a few years of teaching History and English.

    Tim Lauer, Principal, Lewis Elementary School

    Tim Lauer routinely works with school administrators and teachers to plan practical, supportable uses of technology in teaching and learning. Having been a teacher for many years, he understands the real world of the classroom and the challenges to move forward technologically within tight budgets.

    Thor Prichard, CEO, Clarity Innovations — Moderator

    Thor Prichard is President & CEO of Clarity Innovations, a professional services firm that specializes in helping corporations and learning organizations improve the practice and process of teaching and learning with technology. Recent clients include Intel Education, Math Learning Center, Bellingham Schools, ScholarCentric, and Learning.com.

    Thor’s focus is on finding promising technologies that match the needs of the education industry 3-5 years from now. Over the last two decades, he’s worn many hats on both sides of the equation, including as executive director of a regional consortium in charge of software licensing for schools. Thor holds a BA in cognitive psychology from Reed College in Oregon.

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 21 2012
    Data, Culture, Networks, People or How to be a total baller when it comes to executing on ideas

    Executing on an idea is hard. Making sure you're correctly moving forward on the idea is even harder. At core of every smart decision is the intersection of four major themes: Data, Culture, Networks, and People.

    This talk will motivate this belief with data and epic tales about Etsy.com, OurShelf, and Tutorspree, leaving you with a framework on how to more effectively push an idea into a successful product.

    About the speaker: Paul deGrandis lives for magnificent engineering. Elegant, well-founded, useful solutions to problems that say something about engineering's beauty. He loves metrics, taking on the impossible, and making lives better through technology. Currently he is the VP of Engineering at Tutorspree (YC). Previously he worked at PushButton Labs, Etsy.com, OurShelf (DreamIt), and SilverCloud Software as well as working in advanced research (DARPA). He's also contributed, time, money, and effort to Code for America, PyPy, and Clojure.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 31 2012
    Are you Linus Torvalds?

    Are you Linus Torvalds? If so, let's hang out and discuss git or Linux or your micro emacs configuration.

  • Monday
    Jan 30 2012
    Meet Walmart Labs: Portland’s Latest Mobile Powerhouse

    Please RSVP at http://mobileportland.com/events/walmart-labs

    The news that Walmart had acquired local iOS development agency Small Society surprised many people. Twitter was abuzz with questions like:

    • Walmart has an office in Portland?
    • Why did Walmart Labs decide to locate an office in Portland?
    • What is Walmart Labs and what does it do?
    • Why did Small Society decide to join Walmart Labs?

    For those familiar with Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer, these aren’t new questions. After many years working for companies like Mozilla and Palm and starting the popular Ajaxian blog, Ben and Dion finally struck out on their own and created a company called SetDirection.

    The company operated in stealth mode making many curious what Ben and Dion where working on. But within a few months, Ben and Dion announced the SetDirection had been acquired by Walmart and that they were going to lead Walmart’s mobile efforts.

    Something’s up at Walmart Labs. Well-respected mobile professionals keep announcing that their careers have taken a surprising turn. It is clear that Walmart Labs has been assembling a fantastic team—many members of which call our fair city home.

    Join us at Mobile Portland where we will hear from Ben and Dion what Walmart Labs does, what excited them about the opportunity, and why they chose Portland. Then Raven Zachary and James Keller, formerly co-founders of Small Society, will join Ben and Dion and talk about their decision to sell Small Society and join the Walmart Labs team.

    Doors open for networking at 5:30. Meeting starts at 6 pm.

    About the Speakers

    Dion Almaer, VP Mobile Architecture, Walmart.com

    Dion Almaer is a technologist who loves to code and build. He and his long time partner-in-crime Ben Galbraith recently brought their team to Walmart to power the mobile engineering efforts. He enjoys sharing his passion for software production across various communities, including a new property called FunctionSource.com.

    Dion has been writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog at almaer.com/blog.

    He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter @dalmaer.

    Ben Galbraith, Vice-President, Mobile Engineering, Walmart.com

    Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic "Ben and Dion" duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011.

    Ben's been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he's written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and five children and blogs at FunctionSource.com.

    James Keller, Walmart.com

    James Keller is a digital communications strategist and user experience evangelist at Small Society, a small agency based in Portland with a passion for the iPhone™ platform, dedicated to helping organizations bring great ideas to life. Before joining the Small Society team, James was at Wieden+Kennedy helping the Portland office align client business goals and brand experiences with emerging technologies.

    Leveraging her extensive knowledge of interaction design, business analysis, campaign analytics, and integrated marketing communications, she has led multiple teams in creating efficient and effective online strategies for top brands such as Coca-Cola, NIKE, Procter & Gamble, Levi’s, LAIKA Studio, Zipcar, and the MTV Networks. She can frequently be seen at conferences speaking on topics such as information architecture, social media, and convergent culture.

    Raven Zachary, Walmart.com

    Raven Zachary is President of Small Society, working with big brands, established companies, investors, and startups on iPhone strategy and product development. Raven directed the Obama '08 for iPhone application for the Obama Campaign, and has worked with companies such as Whole Foods Market, Zipcar, CLIF BAR, and Air New Zealand on iPhone application initiatives. He is the founder of iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-profit iPhone developer conference. Raven is also a Contributing Analyst with The 451 Group, an IT industry analyst firm and works closely with O'Reilly Media on iPhone and mobile technology related events and coverage. He is regularly quoted by the press about the iPhone market and is a frequent conference speaker on the topic.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 10 2012
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Meetup

    This month:

    Some brief-ish talks to ring in the new year!

    • Tastypie + Slumber = More than a food coma: Eric Holscher
    • Heroku in a flash: Peter Banka
    • PubSubRedisHub: Chris McDonald
    • Reverse Q&A and Pythonic Trivia Quiz: Rob Bednark
    • Lightning Talks (if there's time!)
    • Quick jaunt over to: beverage (Bailey's Taproom)!

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

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

    PDX Python on Twitter

    Portland Python Web Site

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 13 2011
    Winter Coders' Social - Fifth Annual Edition

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

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

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

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

    PS: We're grateful to Urban Airship , Emma, ShopIgniter and Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) for sponsoring this event.

  • Friday
    Dec 2 2011
    RHoK PDX Opening Reception

    See the website for details and registration.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Nov 8 2011
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Meetup

    This month:

    • Michel's Module of the Month: TBD
    • Adventures in Console UI with Urwid: Peter Banka
    • Pythonic Trivia Quiz: Rob Bednark
    • Reverse Q&A: led by Rob Bednark
    • Lightning Talks

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

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

    PDX Python on Twitter

    Portland Python Web Site

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Nov 1 2011
    Are You Smarter than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist?

    Urban Airship invites you to come meet Foundry Group co-founders Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson as we celebrate the launch of their newest venture, the release of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. Join the discussion as Rick Turoczy, of siliconflorist.com and PIE, talks one-on-one with Brad and Jason about their book, raising venture capital (smartly) and other key take aways from their book—as well as an extensive Q&A about what you want to know. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event.

    Website
  • Monday
    Oct 24 2011
    Mobile Marketing Panel

    Despite the massive growth in usage of mobile devices, mobile marketing is still a small percentage of the total marketing budgets of most companies. eMarketer found that Americans spend 8.1% of their media time on mobile devices, but mobile only represents 0.5% of the total advertising spend.

    So mobile marketing remains under the radar, but not for long:

    • Google CEO Larry Page announced this month that mobile advertising revenue “has grown 2.5x in the last 12 months to a run rate of over $2.5 billion”.
    • Banner Ads on Mobile Devices See Higher CTR Than On PCs
    • 10% of Search Ad Clicks From Mobile
    • Local Advertising Revenues In Mobile Will Grow To $2 Billion By 2014
    • 82% Of Brands Plan To Boost Mobile Budgets Over Next 12 Months
    • Gartner projects mobile advertising to be $20B worldwide by the end of 2015

    We’ve assembled a diverse panel to take a closer look at mobile marketing to answer questions about what works, what doesn’t, and what people should be thinking about as they start to ramp up their mobile marketing campaigns.

    About the Speakers

    Jeff Lorton, Co-Founder, LynkSnap

    Jeff Lorton is co founder and managing partner at LynkSnap Mobile Marketing Solutions. Both a visual artist and a mobile marketing disciple, Jeff has adapted his love of design, iconography and symbolism to the new medium. Along the way his firm LynkSnap has forged closet ties with the US mobile barcode leader Scanlife/Scanbuy and the Canadian scan to pay developer Mobio ID.

    Today, LynkSnap specializes in creative mobile marketing concepts that create unique and interactive brand experiences that combine conventional lifestyle print, outdoor advertising and digital media with advanced QR code functionality or what Jeff simply calls QR 2.0.

    Recent local clients include the Portland Timbers and the Oregon Wine Board.

    George Kurtyka, Head of Entertainment Partnerships and Business Development, Nokia

    George is a seasoned wireless, online & digital media professional with extensive experience in partner management and business development on 4 continents.

    George is responsible for global, regional and local content partnerships and cross platform, integrated marketing programs. Head up all Partnership and Business Development activity for the Entertainment vertical globally.

    Sean Roy, Founder Matua Media, co-Founder DialogHealth

    Sean is the founder and principal of Matua Media, a successful consulting firm who helps businesses of all sizes leverage technology to achieve their organizational goals. He develops mobile strategies, innovative products, and launch plans for companies in a wide range of industries including healthcare, automotive, advertising and analytics.

    Sean has more than 12 years of experience leading marketing technology products and has implemented solutions for both entrepreneurs (such as OneCommand and author Robert Shemin) as well as internationally recognizable brands like Vodafone, BP, Jaguar, Burger King, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, and Saatchi & Saactchi. He also led the development of the award-winning, cloud-based mobile marketing platform of Run the Red, a leading mobile marketing company in Australasia.

    Sean has recently co-founded Dialog Health, a company who specializes in mobile solutions for the Healthcare industries.

    As much as Sean loves to geek out and talk about Mobile…it’s all lost when someone starts talking about Rugby, Wine or the St. Louis Cardinals…and not necessarily in that order.

    Daniel Timothy Wood, Digital Strategy Director, tenfour

    Daniel T Wood (@dtwood) serves as Digital Strategy Director at tenfour with the fortunate charter to guide the concept and creation of mobile and social programs for Toshiba, Hawaiian Airlines, Parallels, Air New Zealand, Cisco, Tektronix, Intel, Dell, IBM, Draftfcb, DSI, Best Buy, and Staples.

    He's spent an equal number of years in software start-ups as advertising agencies and enjoys seeing the lines merge and business models blur.

    Daniel finds that coffee shops are his creative sanctum and dry erase markers - his weapon of choice.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Oct 22 2011
    HealthCamp Oregon 2011

    HealthCamp Oregon will be a day of discussion on the future of healthcare, happening on October 22nd, 2011. It will be the culmination of 3 terrific days of events examining health, our healthcare system, and the possibilities presented by transforming it.

    Saturday October 22nd, 2011 | Portland, Oregon

    HealthCamp Oregon 2011 is scheduled to take place in Portland on Saturday October 22nd. Our friends at Urban Airship have generously donated facilities to host the event. As one of the leading mobile application developers around, this helps to set up HealthCamp Oregon for an incredibly exciting, informative and engaging day! Portland is no stranger to un-conference events like BarCamp, WordCamp and the others, and this is the very first HealthCamp event to happen in Oregon. It joins more than 30 other HealthCamps that have taken place across the world, all with support from the HealthCamp Foundation, Kaiser Permanante and others.

    Website
  • Friday
    Oct 14 2011
    Portland Startup Weekend (venue changed!)
    through
    Urban Airship (old location)

    Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Get tickets for just $50 with code INTEL

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Oct 11 2011
    PDX Python Monthly Meeting

    tl;dr: Python Module Thunderdome, Pythonic Trivia, wear Halloween costume if you like, please RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/pdxpython/events/33445392

    This Tuesday at 6:30pm at Urban Airship we'll be celebrating October with the Second Annual PDX Python MODULE THUNDERDOOOOOME. We still don't really know what the rules are, but it was fun last year so we're doing it again. :)

    In the Thunderdome ring so far we have: Nick Wilson, Dan Colish, Chris McDonald and Kyle Jones. Are you up for a round in the dome? Pick a module in stdlib or PyPI and bring a 5 minute Michel's Module of the Month-style presentation to the meeting. All are welcome to compete! If you want to make sure no one else is doing your module, let me know (michelle@pdxpython.org / @pythonchelle) what you're thinking and I'll find out.

    After the module throw down, Rob Bednark has created a Python-themed trivia game for us to play!

    *** New this year: The Dome is close-ish to Halloween, and some competitors have talked about dressing up like the module they're representing. Why not? Dressing up is fun, and fun things are fun. (Still not sure if a costume will affect the results.) I am going to wear my Halloween costume, which has nothing to do with Python or modules, but does include some fake blood and a couple props. I might also bring some Halloween candy. Feel free to wear a costume, bring some candy to share, or none of the above, but please do join us!

  • Tuesday
    Sep 13 2011
    PDX Python Monthly Meeting

    Michael Schurter is going to share a delectable demonstration of Delicious Data with mmstats. Chris McDonald will show us how he found a page in his Django site doing 100k queries with a customized django-slow-log.

    Also: Pizza sponsored by ATSI Group!

    Please RSVP on Meetup. It helps to have a count so we can order enough pizza.

    After the meeting we'll head over to Bailey's Taproom to grab a beverage and continue the Pythonic discussions.

  • Wednesday
    Aug 24 2011
    PDX Cocoaheads

    Note - change of meeting location! This meeting is at Urban Airship, not Small Society.

    Lion has shipped! Steve Riggins will give a presentation on what we need to know about Lion, both as users and developers.

    There will be no iPhone Learning project this month.

  • Monday
    Aug 22 2011
    Mobile Analytics: Who? What? When? WHERE?

    Answering questions like, “What percentage of people who hit the home page put something in their shopping cart?” is old hat.

    But combine analytics with mobile and you get a new set of questions like, “What percentage of people in our store looked up product information on their phone? How can we correlate that behavior with sales?”

    One of the heralded eight unique abilities of mobile is that “mobile has the most accurate audience measurement”. Yet most businesses and developers have yet to consider how to track mobile usage accurately, let alone how mobile might be able to provide better information.

    Mobile analytics isn’t solely about the web either. Analytics for native applications can help game developers figure out what levels players are having the most trouble on and determine which promotions increase in-app purchases most.

    On the highly competitive playing field of mobile, any small edge can make a difference.

    We’re excited to have an expert panel this month to talk about Mobile Analytics. Frankly, you’re not going to find another opportunity to get such a diverse set of opinions on mobile analytics. You won’t want to miss it!

    New this Month: In Depth Afternoon Sessions

    We love getting great speakers, but we never seem to have enough time with them, especially when they are on a panel and is made worse when speakers travel a long way to present at our meeting.

    So this month we’re trying something different. In addition to the normal evening meeting, each panelist will also have a session in the late afternoon where they can talk more in-depth about their products and how they can be used.

    The sessions start at 3 pm and last thirty minutes each. Space is limited so sign up now to attend. http://mobileportland.com/events/mobile-analytics-depth-sessions

    About the Panelists

    Eric Rickson, Director of Mobile Analytics, WebTrends

    As Director of Mobile Analytics at Webtrends, Eric Rickson is responsible for driving product strategy and evangelism for Webtrends measurement solutions for mobile. Most recently, Eric was responsible for emerging markets and vertical market measurement solutions at Webtrends with an emphasis on retail, CPG, Media and Financial Services.

    Prior to Webtrends, Eric was a Strategic Consultant helping businesses understand and optimize the performance of their digital channels using various analytics solutions. Eric brings over 11 years of experience as a digital analytics professional working with brands such as Coca-cola, Wells Fargo, Visa, Microsoft, and Nike.

    Michael “Luni” Libes, Founder & CTO, Ground Truth

    Luni is a serial entrepreneur and mobile industry visionary who has participated in five start-ups, four of which he founded, during the past eighteen years.

    Before founding Ground Truth, Luni co-founded Medio Systems, a market leader and pioneer in delivering mobile search applications to wireless operators. There, he designed and built Medio’s initial applications and was instrumental in securing agreements with tier-1 mobile operators in North America and Europe.

    At the dawn of the mobile content industry, Luni led the development of state-of-the-art applications on mobile devices at Mforma, now Hands On Mobile. Earlier at Mforma, Luni played an integral role in the build-out of the company’s technical infrastructure to deliver mobile games and other data services to subscribers, as well as the infrastructure needed to support the company’s growth, including developer support, handset porting and quality assurance.

    Isabelle Pain, Publisher Business Development Manager, Flurry

    As Publisher Business Development Manager at Flurry, Isabelle Pain helps iOs and Android developers use mobile analytics to improve user retention and monetization. Recently, Isabelle has been focusing on evangelization of Analytics 3.0, the latest release in the Flurry analytics tool, which allows developers to create cohorts and funnels of users to identify their best audience.

    Prior to joining Flurry, Isabelle founded the US office of Playsoft, a mobile development and porting house. As a Global Product Manager at Gameloft, she managed the Marketing launch and user retention strategies for a series of iOs and Android games. Isabelle brings a solid understanding of the importance of mobile analytics in building and monetization of an audience on mobile.

    Erik Onnen, Director of Delivery and Architecture, Urban Airship — Moderator

    Erik Onnen is the Director of Architecture and Delivery for Urban Airship where he works closely with the analytics and reporting platform that he helped author. He has over a decade of experience building high throughput, data-driven systems across a variety of industries including mobile.

    Website
  • Mobile Analytics In Depth Sessions

    Are you have a mobile app or website? Then you need to make time on Monday afternoon for the Mobile Analytics In Depth sessions.

    See we love getting great speakers, but we never seem to have enough time with them. Each panelist gets at most seven minutes at the beginning to talk about what their company and product does before the panel discussion begins.

    And of course the panel discussion is going to be enlightening, but it is going to focus on the big picture of mobile analytics which may not be as helpful if you’re trying to figure out the nitty gritty details of how to track your mobile app or website.

    Frankly, when you’ve got Flurry, Ground Truth and WebTrends in the house, how can you resist the opportunity to pick their brains more?

    The sessions will start at 3 pm. Each speaker will have 30 minutes with some time after for questions. We’ll wrap up around 5 pm giving you time to grab a bite to eat or you can stick around and mingle with the other attendees and speakers. We’ll start up the normal meeting around 6 pm like usual.

    So come by Mobile Portland early on Monday for this more intimate and in-depth look at Flurry, Ground Control, and WebTrends and stick around for the main event later in the evening.

    When Monday, August 22nd Mobile Analytics In Depth Sessions: 3 - 5 pm Mobile Portland Meeting w/ Analytics Panel: 6 pm

    RSVP

    Please RSVP for the afternoon sessions. http://mobileportland.com/events/mobile-analytics-depth-sessions

    Please RSVP separately for the evening Mobile Portland meeting. http://mobileportland.com/events/mobile-analytics-who-what-when-where

    Cost

    Both events are free. Space in the afternoon session may be limited so sign up in advance!

    About the Speakers

    Eric Rickson, Director of Mobile Analytics, WebTrends

    As Director of Mobile Analytics at Webtrends, Eric Rickson is responsible for driving product strategy and evangelism for Webtrends measurement solutions for mobile. Most recently, Eric was responsible for emerging markets and vertical market measurement solutions at Webtrends with an emphasis on retail, CPG, Media and Financial Services.

    Prior to Webtrends, Eric was a Strategic Consultant helping businesses understand and optimize the performance of their digital channels using various analytics solutions. Eric brings over 11 years of experience as a digital analytics professional working with brands such as Coca-cola, Wells Fargo, Visa, Microsoft, and Nike.

    Michael “Luni” Libes, Founder & CTO, Ground Truth

    Luni is a serial entrepreneur and mobile industry visionary who has participated in five start-ups, four of which he founded, during the past eighteen years.

    Before founding Ground Truth, Luni co-founded Medio Systems, a market leader and pioneer in delivering mobile search applications to wireless operators. There, he designed and built Medio’s initial applications and was instrumental in securing agreements with tier-1 mobile operators in North America and Europe.

    At the dawn of the mobile content industry, Luni led the development of state-of-the-art applications on mobile devices at Mforma, now Hands On Mobile. Earlier at Mforma, Luni played an integral role in the build-out of the company’s technical infrastructure to deliver mobile games and other data services to subscribers, as well as the infrastructure needed to support the company’s growth, including developer support, handset porting and quality assurance.

    Isabelle Pain, Publisher Business Development Manager, Flurry

    As Publisher Business Development Manager at Flurry, Isabelle Pain helps iOs and Android developers use mobile analytics to improve user retention and monetization. Recently, Isabelle has been focusing on evangelization of Analytics 3.0, the latest release in the Flurry analytics tool, which allows developers to create cohorts and funnels of users to identify their best audience.

    Prior to joining Flurry, Isabelle founded the US office of Playsoft, a mobile development and porting house. As a Global Product Manager at Gameloft, she managed the Marketing launch and user retention strategies for a series of iOs and Android games. Isabelle brings a solid understanding of the importance of mobile analytics in building and monetization of an audience on mobile.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Aug 9 2011
    PDX Python Monthly Meeting

    On deck tonight is Michel Pelletier himself with Michel's Module of the Month: operator. Next up, Eric Holscher will debut/practice one of his DjangoCon 2011 talks: Safely Deploying on the Cutting Edge. We'll round out the evening with lightning talks, so bring your 5-minute hacks, thoughts and rants to share!

    After the meeting we'll head over to Bailey's Taproom to grab a beverage and continue the Pythonic parley.

  • Saturday
    Jul 30 2011
    API Hackday PDX

    API Hackday PDX brings developers together the Saturday after OSCON for an all-day coding fest focused on building apps and mashups with APIs. Developers of all experience levels can share ideas, collaborate on existing projects, start new ventures, and find out about great tools and new APIs to play with.

    Free admission: Lunch, Dinner and post-hack beer included. Should you choose the charity: water hero ticket option, your $10 admission will be donated to charity: water.

    Hackers will also hear from some of the country's top API-focused companies on tips, tricks, and tools for building the next big app. At the end of the day, teams and/or individuals get a chance to present their work to a panel of judges and win kickass prizes.

    API Hackday PDX will be held at the offices of local event sponsor PHPFog.

    Brought to you by SimpleGeoTwilioSendGrid, Apigee, PHPFog, Urban AirshipMashery.

    Tweet about it using #apihackday


    SEE http://apihackdaypdx.eventbrite.com/ for details

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jul 28 2011
    Awesome Mobile Web Tools and Frameworks — Mobile Portland

    Interested in building apps using core web technology—HTML5, Javascript and CSS?

    Then you don’t want to miss Mobile Portland this month as we take a look at three awesome tools and frameworks for mobile web development.

    We’re pleased to welcome James Pearce, Brian LeRoux and Patrick Mueller to Portland. They’ve graciously agreed to take time out from their busy OSCON schedules to talk to us about:

    • World Premiere! Client-side data-bound mobile charting with Sencha Touch
    • Cloud-based app binaries using PhoneGap Build.
    • Weinre: a remote debugger for web pages on mobile device.

    If you’re doing any mobile web development work, these are tools you need to know about. And given the number of apps that include embedded web views, it means nearly everyone is doing some sort of mobile web development.

    Special OSCON Note

    Mobile Portland is a free monthly meeting open to anyone. If you are in town for OSCON, please feel free to join us. All that we ask is that you RSVP so we know how many chairs we need.

    You can take the MAX train for free from the convention center and then take a short walk (.4 mi) to the meeting location.

    If you’re a Portlander who isn’t attending OSCON, you should! Not only is the largest open source conference, but there are mobile tracks with detailed presentations from Patrick Mueller and two of Brian LeRoux’s Nitobi colleagues.

    About the Speakers

    Brian LeRoux, Nitobi SPACELORD!1!!, PhoneGap Contributor, Mobile Web Enthusiast, Tolerant of JavaScript, Trucker Mouth

    Brian LeRoux is the lead at Nitobi Software with the prestigious title SPACELORD!1!! He also has the dubious distinction of being the creator of wtfjs.com despite a twisted love for the language of the web. To make matters worse he actually has a non-breaking space tattoo.

    Aside all these ridiculous distractions he is also responsible for leading the direction on the wildly popular PhoneGap software project that has the audacious goal to provide a web platform complete with device APIs for all smartphone operating systems.

    James Pearce, Senior Director of Developer Relations, Sencha

    James is a technologist, writer, developer & entrepreneur who has been working with the mobile web for over a decade. He is Senior Director of Developer Relations at Sencha. Previously he was the CTO at dotMobi and has a background in mobile startups, telecoms infrastructure and management consultancy.

    He speaks extensively on the topic of mobile web development, and has written books for both Wiley and Wrox.James led the development of mobiForge, DeviceAtlas and ready.mobi, and is the creator of tinySrc, the WordPress Mobile Pack, and WhitherApps. He has declared every year since 1997 to be "The Year of the Mobile Web" - and feels like he might finally be right.

    Patrick Mueller, WebKit contributor, IBM

    Patrick Mueller is a software developer at IBM in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He’s been working on web software and mobile software for a long time. Don’t ask how long, unless you want to hear about how great it was to use Smalltalk for web and mobile software development.

    Thanks to our Sponsors

    Thanks to azad and Urban Airship for helping sponsor Mobile Portland this month.

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  • Wednesday
    Jul 27 2011
    PDX Cocoaheads

    Note - change of meeting location! This meeting is at Urban Airship, not Small Society.

    Peter Marks will present about Restkit (restkit.org). Then we'll cover the fifth month of the iPhone Learning project (assuming everyone is caught up enough for us to continue), and beer!

  • Tuesday
    Jul 19 2011
    PDX11 Mentor Network General Meeting

    Special Mentor & Mentees meeting, including representatives from various organizations such as TIE, OEN, OTBC, and others.

    Monthly Meeting to provide updates, discuss new items of interest, and create action items for the PDX11 Mentor Network. July's meeting will discuss the Pilot Program, Software Development Updates, Marketing Plans, OSCON, and more.

    Website
  • Monday
    Jun 27 2011
    mHealth: How Mobile Can Make Us Healthier -- Mobile Portland

    Mobile technology will transform many aspects of society, but it isn’t a stretch to say that health and healthcare are where mobile may have the largest impact.

    Already we’ve seen the impact of mobile technology in developing countries where it has been used to combat HIV/AIDs and to help pregnant women keep informed and provide personalized reminders based on their medical history.

    In the United States, the mHealth movement is just beginning to take off and is already being projected to be a massive industry and changes everyone's lives.

    Mobile Patient Monitoring to Become $9.3 Billion Market By 2014 Physician Mobile Phone Usage Growing Rapidly Stroke diagnosis using iPhone app extremely accurate study finds Study Shows Widespread Clinical Usage of Mobile Apps Becoming Greater Likelihood Mobile technology may play a key role in tackling the toughest problems in our current healthcare system—regular preventative care and changing patient behavior.

    And that’s why we’re so excited to have a esteemed panel of experts to talk about mHealth at Mobile Portland this month. We hope you can join us!

    About the Speakers

    Richard Lazar, CEO, Founder, DeltaPoint, Inc. — Moderator

    Richard Lazar has spent the past 13 years running start-up companies, including roles as the CEO and Founder of Angel Oregon-winner DeltaPoint, Founder and President of AED Risk Insights and Co-Founder, President and CEO of Atrus, all investor-backed companies focused on the medical fields. He also served as Co-Founder, President and CEO of Fios, focused on the legal discovery market, and ran his own law practice for 13 years. Over the course of his career Richard has demonstrated versatility in successful roles including executive leader, angel/venture fundraiser, angel investor, market strategist, legal and public policy advisor, and White House, congressional, federal agency and state legislative public policy advocate. Richard has a BS in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School.

    Jeff Brandt, Founder, Communication Software

    Jeff Brandt is founder and chief software architect at Communication Software in Portland Oregon. An early pioneer of mobile Personal Health Records, Communication Software's mHealthBridge Cloud service has partnered with Microsoft HealthVault so it can securely share patient's health records with iOS and Android phones. He is also co-authoring a book on mHealth for the Health Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) publications. Jeff has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma, a certificate in Medical Informatics from OHSU/AMIA and currently working on his Masters in Bio-Medical Informatics at the OHSU.

    Sheetal Dube, Founder, AudioName

    Sheetal Dube is a user experience consultant with more than fourteen years of experience. For the last five years, Sheetal has worked extensively with patients and clinicians to design products and services for Fortune 500 medical device and healthcare solution companies. She is especially sought for her ability to understand the behaviors and needs of people with chronic health conditions. Her recent work in the mobile space was showcased by one of her clients as an example of innovation within their company. Sheetal holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and has given presentations and webinars on user experience and mobile health.

    Michael Coffin, President, Informed Publishing

    Michael Coffin is president of Portland-based Informed® Publishing, a market-leading print and digital publisher for public safety and health professionals. Originally known for producing award-winning medical field guides, Informed's smart phone and tablet applications are now category leaders in iTunes, Android and Nook markets. Prior to joining Informed, Michael was CEO of streaming media pioneer Aerocast (acquired by Motorola in 2002) and formerly a senior officer of energy giant PG&E Corporation.

    Website
  • Saturday
    Jun 25 2011
    IndieWebCamp
    through
    Urban Airship (old location)

    Rather than posting content on many third-party silos of data, we should all begin owning our own data that we're creating. Publish short status updates on your own domain, and syndicate to Twitter. Publish photos on your own domain, syndicate to Flickr, etc, etc.

    This is the basis of the "Indie Web" movement. We'll get together for two days to talk about what has been done in the field, and where still needs to be done. There will be workshops and breakout sessions the second day.

    For some reading on the subject, browse Tantek's documentation of his projects like Whistle and Falcon, two projects he created as an effort to begin owning his own published content.

    Hosted by Tantek Çelik, Aaron Parecki and Amber Case.

    RSVP on the IndieWebCamp Wiki.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Jun 14 2011
    PDX Python Monthly Meeting

    This evening is a special sneak preview of Open Source Bridge.

    Michael Schurter: The History of Concurrency Dan Colish: Previously Untitled Meditation on the Zen of Python

    This month's Michel's Module of the Month will be presented by Michel, but we have no idea what module it will be. I'm holding out for autoGIL.

  • Friday
    May 27 2011
    ZeroMQ (0mq) Portland Meetup

    Meetup for Portland folks to get a chance to discuss 0mq with one of its lead developers, Pieter Hintjens.

    "ØMQ is The Intelligent Transport Layer:  Ø  The socket library that acts as a concurrency framework.  Ø  Faster than TCP, for clustered products and supercomputing.  Ø  Carries messages across inproc, IPC, TCP, and multicast.  Ø  Connect N-to-N via fanout, pubsub, pipeline, request-reply.  Ø  Asynch I/O for scalable multicore message-passing apps.  Ø  Large and active open source community.  Ø  20+ languages including C, C++, Java, .NET, Python.  Ø  Most OSes including Linux, Windows, OS X.  Ø  LGPL free software with full commercial support from iMatix."

    Website
  • Wednesday
    May 25 2011
    The Myth of Mobile Context -- Mobile Portland

    Please RSVP at: http://mobileportland.com/events/myth-mobile-context

    Pick up most books about building web sites or products for mobile and you’ll hear a common refrain extolling you to pay attention to the mobile context. Usually this means paying attention to the fact that people using mobile phones are likely to be on the go, have limited attention, and slow Internet connections.

    This may have been true in the past, but data suggests that this behavior is changing:

    • 93% of smartphone owners use their smartphones while at home
    • 62% of people use their mobile phone while watching television
    • 69% use mobile while shopping
    • 39% of smartphone owners use their devices in the bathroom

    Data like this challenges our understanding of the mobile context. At this month’s Mobile Portland, we’ve assembled an all-star panel to tackle tough questions like:

    1. What is mobile context, really? What can we really infer about users’ intent from the fact that they're on a small screen?

    2. Is mobile really desktop lite? Is it a peer to, but separate from, desktop content/tools? Is it one web, or is that a pipe dream?

    3. How do we tackle building/designing for what seems to be becoming an infinite number of devices/screens? Buzz is all about future-facing, cutting edge devices (iPhone, Android, tablets)... what about older feature phones. Who are we designing for?

    Please join us for this timely and certain to be lively discussion.

    About Our Panelists

    Josh Clark, Global Moxie

    Josh is a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He's author of the O'Reilly books Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps and Best iPhone Apps. Josh's outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services and workshops to help media companies, design agencies, and creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.

    Before the interwebs swallowed him up, Josh worked on a slew of national PBS programs at Boston's WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular "Couch-to-5K" (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for user experience: no pain, no pain.)

    Daniel Davis, Opera

    Daniel is the Web Evangelist for Opera's Japan office based in Tokyo. His previous work experience includes project management, IT training, web development, software development and system administration in both Japan and the UK, his home country.

    After studying Japanese and Chinese at the University of Leeds, he grew more and more interested in the flourishing field of IT and the web, learning as much as he could by playing and experimenting with internet-related technologies.

    His current work promoting web standards and cross-device web development at Opera fits in perfectly with his ideology of openness and equality across linguistic, social and socio-economic borders.

    Ty Hatch, LDS Church

    Ty is a designer turned front end developer with a passion for making the mobile experience one people enjoy.

    He is currently with the LDS Church in Salt Lake City. Former posts include Microsoft, Intel, Mayo Clinic, a few agencies and a startup or two. You can find him @tyhatch on the twitters.

    Rachel Hinman, Nokia Research Lab

    Rachel is a designer, researcher and a recognized thought leader in the mobile user experience field. Currently she is a Senior Research Scientist at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California, where she focuses on the research and design of emergent and experimental mobile experiences. Prior to joining Nokia, Rachel was an experience design director at Adaptive Path, and a mobile researcher and strategist for Yahoo's mobile group.

    Rachel received a Masters Degree in Design Planning from the Institute of Design in Chicago. She is the creative force behind the 90 Mobiles in 90 Days Project and her perspectives on mobile user experience has been featured in Interactions Magazine, BusinessWeek, Wired, and is currently writing a book entitled The Mobile Frontier: A Guide for Designing Mobile Experiences with Rosenfeld Media due out in late 2011.

    Tim Kadlec, Breaking Development Conference

    Tim Kadlec is web developer living and working in northern Wisconsin with a propensity for efficient, standards-based front-end development. His diverse background working with small companies to large publishers and industrial corporations have allowed him to see how these standards can be effectively utilized for businesses of all sizes. His current interests include creating cross-platform mobile web applications and improving the state of performance optimization on the web.

    He sporadically writes about a variety of topics at timkadlec.com. You can also find him sharing his thoughts in a briefer format on twitter.

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  • Tuesday
    May 10 2011
    PDX Python Monthly Meeting

    The monthly Portland Python meetup.

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  • Saturday
    May 7 2011
    PDX Applications For Good Code-A-Thon

    Please join One Economy and AT & T for the Portland, Oregon, Applications For Good Code-A-Thon

    There will be four cash prizes awarded at the event:

    • First prize: $500
    • Second prize: $250
    • Third prize: $150
    • Audience favorite: $100

    All projects submitted for the event must fall within one of these four categories:

    • Trim the fat
    • Bank the Unbanked
    • Connect Learners
    • Find Jobs

    Platforms accepted:

    * Personal Computer
    * Mac
    * Desktop Web
    * Mobile Web
    * iPhone
    * iPad
    * SMS
    * Android
    * Blackberry
    * Facebook
    * XBox
    * Wii
    * Playstation
    * BREW
    * Google TV
    * Windows Phone 7
    * Chrome
    

    More info, including full contest rules: http://applicationsforgood.org/

    Please RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/4n4onvv

    Official PDX contact: Lia Hollander (@missburrows)

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  • Monday
    Apr 25 2011
    Demolicious

    Demolicious is going mobile with the great demos showing off the excellent work of your fellow Portlanders. The event will be held at Urban Airship as part of Mobile Portland and is co-hosted by Silicon Florist and Pie.

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 19 2011
    Portland Seed Fund Launch Party

    Portland Seed Fund opens for business to entrepreneurs. Special guests Y Combinator veterans Carwoo and Cloudkick.

    Free - but space is limited and reservation required.

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 12 2011
    PDX Python Monthly Meeting

    The monthly Portland Python meetup.

    Tonight we've got a great meeting planned. Chris Pitzer will show us how he's been Learning Javascript from Python, and Michelle Rowley will be sharing her thoughts about how and why YOU can and should give technical talks in Why You Should Be Up Here. Also, we still don't have a volunteer for Michel's Module of the Month, so if you're up for telling us about your new favorite stdlib module we'd love to hear about it!

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 5 2011
    [Waiting list only!] PDX Lean Startup Circle special event: Eric Ries, creator of the lean startup

    NOTE: This event is full! If you want to try to get in, go to the Meetup page and sign up for the waiting list.

    Overview

    PDX Lean Startup Circle, Urban Airship, Inc. & Emma welcomes Eric Ries, the creator of the Lean Startup methodology. Eric is the author of the popular blog Startup Lessons Learned and the creator of the Lean Startup methodology. He co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup, which has today has over 40 million users and 2009 revenue over $22 million. An entrepreneur in residence at Harvard Business School and a frequent speaker at business events, he advises startups on business and product strategy using the Lean Startup approach. Eric will be introducing brand new material covered in his upcoming book, including:

    * Applying Lean Startup principles outside of startups in the "garage". 
    * Learning the new style of management required for the startup institution.
    * How to build startup processes that accelerate the speed through the Build-Measure-Learn feedback loop. 
    
    * How to measure progress, how to setup milestones, and how to prioritize work. 
    

    Tickets for this special event are $25, which includes a pre-order of Eric Ries' upcoming Lean Startup Book that will be shipped to you this fall. For more information on the book see http://lean.st/

    Urban Airship & Emma are sponsoring the event and covering the cost of tickets for the event (maximum 75 people).

    Agenda

    6:00 - 6:30 - Meet and Greet

    6:30 - 8:00 - Eric's Talk & Discussion

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  • Monday
    Mar 28 2011
    RDTN.org: Mobile as a Platform for Change

    We're pleased to present two speakers this month talking about how mobile technology is being used to collect information, help others, and change the world. RSVP at: http://www.mobileportland.com/events/rdtnorg-mobile-platform-change

    Renny Gleeson, Global Digital Strategies Director for Wieden+Kennedy, will talk about how corporations and their products are being used as platforms for social change. Renny's work with Nokia and other W+K clients has given him a unique vantage point to see how people are using products and infrastructure in ways these companies never imagined.

    Marcelino Alvarez, Founder of Uncorked Studios, found himself depressed by the devastation in Japan and frustrated with the U.S. news coverage of the subsequent radiation problems. He wondered if he and his colleagues could do something about it by having providing a way for people on the ground to report radiation levels.

    The idea and the sketch that accompanied it spurred a frenetic 48 hours of development resulting in RDTN.org where people can report the radiation levels they are measuring and other sources of radiation information is aggregated.

    In the subsequent days, Uncorked Studios has learned many lessons from the differences in the way radiation is measured, where best to get radiation data, and how to help put the radiation levels in perspective.

    With collaborators around the world helping them, they are now looking at expanding their efforts with a Kickstarter project to build portable geiger counters that can interface with mobile devices.

    Join us for these two unique perspectives on how we can utilize these devices in our pockets to make a difference in the world.

    Our Speakers

    Marcelino Alvarez, Uncorked Studios

    Marcelino left the Miami sun for the Portland rain and joined Wieden+Kenendy, Portland as a Senior Interactive Producer on Nike and EA. After a year, he was promoted to Executive Producer. During his 3.5 years at W+K, he led interactive production on Nike, Old Spice, Electronic Arts and Laika. During that time, he also produced a few select projects, including the CareerBuilder.com iPhone app, the Nike Golf mobile website, and most notably, the Nike Chalkbot.

    While at W+K, he and some friends started a creative side project called the Gorlochs. The Gorlochs have made several iPhone apps, including Boombox, Boombox Pro, and Kickball. In January 2010, Marcelino left W+K to pursue Gorlochs as a full-time endeavor. The Gorlochs worked with W+K on several projects, including the Procter & Gamble Winter Olympics interactive installation and the 2010 Nike Chalkbot. In 2011, Marcelino founded Uncorked Studios to work on mobile and web development projects.

    Renny Gleeson, Wieden+Kennedy

    Renny Gleeson began his career as a game developer, but quickly moved to advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi's digital arm. From there, he crossed over to dEliA*s before he was recruited by the NBA, where he led their marketing team and created online platforms for their major sponsors.

    Currently, Renny is the Global Digital Strategies Director for Wieden+Kennedy, a cutting-edge advertising agency handling clients such as Nike, Nokia and Target. He also writes a blog, ouroboros, on new media. Many brands remain cautious about their online presence in the face of alien ad space, but as Renny says, "If you don't play, you're out of the game."

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  • Thursday
    Mar 24 2011
    UpdatePDX monthly meeting

    ABOUT THE GROUP: With new databases springing up faster than new food carts this meetup aims to cut through the hype and disseminate knowledge from people who have been using, scaling, and getting-paged-by databases and other systems in production environments.

    Meetups will be a presentation on someone's experience with a database or related technology in production preceded by 1 or 2 people giving 5 minute lightning talks on technologies they've just begun using and are excited about.

    Hopefully a few months after giving a lightning talk the speaker will return to present on their experience as the main presentation.

    If nothing else, come by to have a beer and share war stories with others trying to fight through the hype and keep their systems humming.

    Please RSVP on the meetup site and sign up for the mailing list.

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 8 2011
  • Monday
    Feb 28 2011
    Mobile Portland - Mobile Subscriptions: Controversy and Opportunity

    RSVP at http://www.mobileportland.com/events/mobile-subscriptions-controversy-or-opportunity

    Apple's newly announced policies for subscriptions in iOS apps have the tech and publishing industry buzzing.

    Ever since Rupert Murdoch announced that his new initiative, The Daily, would use the new subscription service, people have wondered how the service would work. Like many App Store announcements, the unveiling of the new policies seem to create more questions than they answer.

    This month at Mobile Portland, we are pleased to have a distinguished panel of experts who will take a look at controversy, risks and opportunities associated with mobile subscriptions. They will cover questions like:

    • Can publishers adjust their business models can survive Apple taking such a large percentage (30%) of their subscription fees and the fact that they will not have the demographic information about subscribers that they use to sell ads?

    • Why do publishers want the subscriber information? How much of their revenue comes from selling subscriber data to direct mail companies? Are the policies important to protect consumer privacy?

    • Will popular applications like Netflix, Kindle and Last.fm survive under these new rules?

    • Will these new policies apply to software as a service as well? What about products like Dropbox and Basecamp?

    • Do these changes make it more difficult for companies to innovate and disrupt existing industries?

    Even with all of the controversy, many people see opportunities for new business models that were not possible before. The panel will explore what businesses may benefit the most from Apple's new subscription services as well as dive into some of the technical details on how they can be implemented.

    Apple isn't the only game in town. Google has responded with it's One Pass service for Android that will allow publishers to keep 90 percent of revenue and access to more subscriber data. Will Android and other platforms put pressure on Apple to change it's policy?

    Please join us for this free timely and informative discussion

    Our Panelists

    Sasha Mace

    Sasha Mace is the Engineering Manager at Urban Airship. He has been working on Urban Airship's implementation of subscriptions for iOS and Android. Few people are in a better position to talk about the technical differences between the subscription services that each platform provides.

    Jon Maroney

    Jon Maroney is Senior VP Mobile Publishing for Handmark. Handmark specializes in delivering mobile application solutions for brands, publishers and media companies. Because of their extensive work with publishers, Jon has unique insight into how publishers are looking at the new subscription models.

    Kiyo Kubo

    Kiyo Kubo is the CEO of Spotlight Mobile. Spotlight Mobile has built many popular apps including apps for publishers like Vogue and GQ as well as Barnes and Noble. Kiyo will be able to talk about what his publishing customers are concerned about and how it may impact book publishers.

    Elia Freedman, Moderator

    Elia Freedman has spent over 14 years in the mobile industry as CEO of Infinity Softworks. In that time, Infinity Softworks has distributed more than 15 million software products and brokered major partnerships with mobile and industry heavyweights including Palm, Sony, Garmin, Viewsonic and others. Infinity Softworks iOS apps have been used more than a million times, has been an Apple staff pick and a Best of 2010 app. The industry analysis on his blog is a must read.

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  • Saturday
    Feb 26 2011
    Portland Python Sprint

    The Portland Python Users Group is hosting a sprint February 26 at the headquarters of Urban Airship. The space has room for at least 40 people, but be sure to sign up here!

    The group plans to spend some time on Fabric's multiprocessing branch, even including a look into a Python 3 port. Eric Holscher, one of the organizers of the sprint, plans to focus on Django features for 1.4, including forms improvements.

    Flatland and Alfajor will also get some love and might see some Python 3 work as well. Last, but certainly not least, co-organizer Dan Colish plans to hack on PyPy, from 2.7 compatibility to benchmarking and testing on the platform. Join any of them or bring your own projects -- it's a day of hacking, fun, food, and friends.

    On top of all of the third-party projects, they may spend some time on core development topics such as Python 3 features, doc and code bug fixing, and writing new tests. For those interested in starting on core development, we wrote a guide just for you: Beginners Guide to Python Core Development.

    If you're interested in joining their sprint, don't forget to sign up. If you have questions, contact Dan and Eric.

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  • Thursday
    Feb 24 2011
    UpdatePDX: Idealist.org Infrastructure - Redis, Xapian, and RabbitMQ

    Idealist.org recently rolled out a new support which included a completely re-architectured backend. 3 developers from Idealist.org will be presenting on different components of infrastructure:

    Long Talks: (~30min)

    • Michel Pellitier on Using Xapain for Full-Text Search
    • Jason Kirtland on Using RabbitMQ for Pub/Sub

    Short Talk: (~15 min)

    • Dan Colish on Redis - "If you're not using Redis, you suck"

    Please RSVP on the meetup site and sign up for the mailing list.

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 26 2011
    Lunch 2.0 at Urban Airship

    PLEASE RSVP ON UPCOMING! This is important so they can get enough food and accommodate your dietary requirements: http://siliconflorist.com/2011/01/04/2011-lunch-20-urban-airship/

    Usher in 2011 with some grub and good times at Urban Airship.

    Are you vegan or vegetarian? Please leave a comment on Upcoming 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 at the Silicon Florist.

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  • Monday
    Jan 24 2011
    Mobile Portland: Ambient Location Apps and Geoloqi

    Named by JWT Intelligence as one of the 100 things to watch in 2011, Portland's Geoloqi has garnered national attention for being at the forefront of location-based services. Forbes recently asked if Geoloqi was "Foursquare's Biggest Threat?"

    Why is there so much buzz for this small project in Portland? Because Geoloqi is on the cutting edge of taking location information and making it truly useful.

    As Aaron Parecki, one of the co-founders of Geoloqi, explained to Forbes, "I’d like to share my location with a client if I’m meeting them somewhere, so they can know when I’ll arrive."

    We're honored to have Aaron Parecki and Amber Case as our first presenters of 2011. They'll be talking about the next generation of location apps and the importance of ambient location services.

    Presentation Description

    Wouldn't it be nice if your colleague's phone could SMS its location to you? If you know position and velocity, you know when they'll arrive. The result: the interface disappears. No redundant actions or queries. The same software could turn your lights on as you approach the house. Or automatically "check in" to certain locations for you. Or leave a note for yourself the next time you're at the store.

    Augmented reality and location were hot topics last year, but there is often a confusion between aesthetics vs. practicality, and fantasy vs. reality. This presentation will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of visual and non-visual augmented reality.

    In the presentation, they will highlight why developers of apps should look at what users want to do now, as well as what users want to do in the future, why social apps should try to mirror real-world relationships, why sharing should be about who you share with as well as how long you’re sharing, and why developers should think about how to make apps "ambient” and require less user interaction.

    They will cover the current players in the geolocation market, the location market itself, and why location is such a big deal. They will discuss real-time location sharing, geolocation triggers such as geonotes, proximal notification and automatic checkins, and privacy and security.

    What Will Be Covered

    • The location market. Where it is now and future projections.
    • Why the market is here (timing, hardware, affordability, etc.).
    • Some history (PARC research, etc.)
    • The current players: What they’re doing and where they fall short
    • What we’re passionate about and are trying to solve.
    • Philosophy of interface evaporation.
    • (Other cool things you can do with ambient location and sensors (fun home automation tricks and pranks).

    Aaron Parecki

    Aaron Parecki is a Portland-based iPhone and PHP developer interested in solving practical problems with technology. In his free time, he enjoys geolocation, linguistics, and building home automation systems and IRC bots with a sense of humor.

    For the past 2.5 years, he has been tracking and visualizing his location every 6 seconds, making him a frequent presenter at the Portland data visualization group. His fascination with location sharing and GPS began at the age of 6, when he traced the routes of family road trips on a map with a highlighter. He combined these interests and created Geoloqi.com with Amber Case in an effort to help people connect in the real world.

    Aaron has 11 years experience in web app development, database design, graphic design and printing, and server administration. You can learn more about Aaron at aaronparecki.com, and you can follow him on twitter at @aaronpk.

    Amber Case

    Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist and user experience designer from Portland, Oregon. Her main focus is mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, as these reduce the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect with information. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a private location sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding.

    Last year, Case was featured in Fast Company as one of their Most Influential Women in Technology and spoke at TED on technology and humans. She worked with Fortune 500 companies at Wieden+Kennedy and now works as a user experience designer at Vertigo Software in Portland, Oregon.

    You can learn more about Case at caseorganic.com, cyborganthropology.com and on Twitter at @caseorganic.

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  • Thursday
    Jan 20 2011
    Pitch Club

    Want to practice your startup pitch in front of people who've done it before? Crave the harsh criticism of your peers? Need the validation of seeing what works and what doesn't in other pitches?

    Bring your 3 minute pitch. Put your name in a hat and if it gets picked, you're on. Powerpoints optional - just pitch. Then, answer questions and listen to painfully honest feedback from a panel of so-called experts.

    The first rule of Pitch Club is you have to be ready to pitch. No teams, no moral support, no looky-loos.

    More rules as we think of them.

    FAQ: Q: Who are these so-called experts and what are they going to do to me? A: Your pitch will be evaluated by tech entrepreneurs who have pitched and gotten funded. They are your superiors.

    Q: Do I need to send you my pitch beforehand? A: No. If you have a slide deck, bring your laptop or USB drive - we'll have a projector set up for you to use.

    Q: What about NDAs? Someone's going to steal my idea! A: There are no NDAs - use your best judgment about what to talk about and what not to. Also, remember the first rule of fight club - don't talk about fight club. We're all on the honor system here.

    Q: My pitch is more than 3 minutes - can I have more time? A: No.

  • Thursday
    Jan 13 2011
    UpdatePDX - Unidentified Database Meetup

    A new meetup for data herders focusing on distributed databases, scaling, and any related data or messaging systems.

    The first presentation will be by Michael Schurter on MongoDB - particularly the pros and cons Urban Airship has discovered while running half a dozen MongoDB servers.

    Erik Onnen will be giving a 5 minute lightning talk on how he plans to use Kafka at Urban Airship.

    Beer and possibly snacks will be provided by Urban Airship.

    Please RSVP so we know about how many people to expect.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 11 2011
    Portland Python User Group Monthly Meetup

    Hey Pythoneers,

    Happy 2011! We're very excited to be kicking off the new year with a PDX Python meeting in a brand new space: Urban Airship's new office at 11th and NW Flanders. Michael Schurter will share a bit about deploying WSGI apps with nginx, and Jason Kirtland will give a presentation on Blinker entitled, "Decouple Your Everything with Publish/Subscribe." Head over at 6:30pm.

    Urban Airship is at 334 NW 11th Ave, in the Pearl District: http://goo.gl/maps/U6mC

    The main door will probably be locked, but the back door, which leads directly to the event space, will be propped open. The back door is right around the corner on NW Flanders, next to the loading dock: http://goo.gl/maps/Ikbh

    We'll put up signs, but if you get lost you can call Adam at 503-866-0663.

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 7 2010
    PDX Lean Startup - Alex Payne of BankSimple: Building Teams and Selecting Technology

    Alex will give a talk on "Building Teams and Selecting Technology".

    More on Alex: http://al3x.net/about.html https://www.banksimple.com/

    Irregular date (for our standard schedule of last Tuesday of the month) is due to holidays.

    6:00 - 6:30 - Meet and Greet 6:30 - 8:00 - Alex's Talk and Discussion

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  • Wednesday
    Jul 21 2010
    PDX Django/OSCON Python/Django/Emerging Languages Camp/Meetup/BOF/Drinkup

    It's the third Wednesday of the month, so it's time for PDX Django! It's also OSCON, which means there are lots of visitors. So instead of a normal meeting, we're having a special PDX Django/OSCON Python/Django/Meetup/BOF/Drinkup.

    Same time and place (mostly) as usual:

    Wednesday, May 21st, 7 PM 1227 NW Davis St (across from the North Face store, look for the big leather chairs in the window). We'll either be downstairs in PIE, or upstairs in the Urban Airship offices.

    There will be beverage.

    Edit: The fine folks from the Emerging Languages Camp will also be joining us!

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  • Thursday
    Apr 22 2010
    True Open Mic Portland

    Please join us for True Open Mic Portland!

    True Ventures will host open office hours for entrepreneurs on Thursday, April 22nd from 3:00pm to 5:00pm PDT at Urban Airship in PIE at the W+K building. Come pitch us your ideas, tell us your stories, ask us for advice, discuss the state of the economy, or just come for a chat. There will be no projectors or executive summaries. Just 7 minutes of you, your idea, and your story.

    The address is 1227 NW Davis Street, Portland, Oregon. Look for the big Urban Airship banner in the window, and you will know that you are in the right place.

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