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Elemental Technologies

225 SW Broadway, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97205, US (map)

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Doors to the lobby are locked at 5pm. Check with event organizer for access information.

Future events happening here

  • Wednesday
    Nov 12 2014
    PDXCloud November Gathering

    Hey everyone - our next PDXCloud meetup is in a couple of weeks.

    This will be our 2nd birthday! Come celebrate two years of PDXCloud with us. There will be cake! And of course pizza, beer, and other refreshments.

    Right now we have one talk lined up that I'm pretty excited about. If anyone has a second topic, I'd love to get another one on the agenda. Shoot me an email at jason.lapier@gmail.com.

    Our first topic is presented by Ryan Dearing: Building a Fault Tolerant API with Hystrix

    See how Bodybuilding.com utilizes Hystrix to scale a REST API beyond a hundred million requests every day. Learn how we use Hystrix to build a distributed system that is both fault and latency tolerant. We will discuss the bulkhead and circuit breaker patterns used by Hystrix to provide a resilient and fast API.

    Hope to see you there, and let me know if anyone else wants to do a talk!

    As always, doors will open at 6:30PM, so feel free to show up a little early to grab food and drink and do some socializing. Presentation will start at 7PM.

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Past events that happened here

  • Tuesday
    Sep 4 2012
    Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting

    PRESENTATIONS:

    • Jacob Helwig and Markus Roberts: Ruby hangman puzzle
    • Igal Koshevoy on using the factory_girl and database_cleaner gems to make integration testing with database records easier, clearer, faster and properly isolated.
    • ...and a lot of discussions on various Ruby-related topics

    IMPORTANT: Help us prepare enough food and drink for you by (1) going to this Plancast page and clicking the "count me in" link on right side, and (2) tell us which pizza you want.

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

    ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The venue, food and refreshments are provided by Elemental Technologies, a Portland, Oregon software company that specializes in massively parallel processing solutions for video encoding, decoding and transcoding of video over IP networks. For more information, visit http://www.elementaltechnologies.com/

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 14 2012
    PDXCloud

    Come join us for pizza and beer as we kick off the first PDXCloud meeting!

    Jesse Rosenzweig, CTO and Co-founder of Elemental, will talk about leveraging graphics processing units (GPUs) in Amazon Web Services and Jeremy Wagner-Kaiser, Senior Software Engineer at Cloudability, will give an overview of different cloud service offerings. We will also brainstorm topics for future PDXCloud meetings.

    Doors open at 6:30, presentations start at 7pm. Please let us know if you can make it: http://plancast.com/p/degd

    Contact Christine @ christineg@elementaltechnologies.com for more information

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  • Wednesday
    Dec 12 2012
    PDXCloud

    Come join us for pizza and beer and talk cloud technologies. This week, James Casey, Senior Software Development Engineer at Opscode will give an overview of System Configuration Management, a critical component of cloud-based deployment. He will also introduce us to Chef, a widely used configuration management tool.

    Doors open at 6:30, presentations start at 7pm. Please let us know if you can make it: http://plancast.com/p/f2pj

    Contact Christine @ christineg@elementaltechnologies.com for more information or check out the Meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/PDXCloud/?a=wm1&rv=wm1&ec=wm1#upcoming or Google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!forum/pdxcloud

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  • Monday
    Dec 17 2012
    pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting (NEW VENUE)

    Come by as early as 6:30pm to get a head start on socializing and eating.

    PRESENTATIONS:

    • "Where to keep configuration data?" Talk discussing the various ways to store the data used as parameters for your configurations and their pros/cons. Sample code will be for Chef, but Puppet equivalents of most of these alternatives will be mentioned.
    • ...and a lot more!

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

    ABOUT THE SPONSOR: The venue, food and refreshments are provided by Elemental Technologies, a Portland, Oregon software company that specializes in massively parallel processing solutions for video encoding, decoding and transcoding of video over IP networks. For more information, visit http://www.elementaltechnologies.com/

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 9 2013
    PDXCloud

    Come join us for pizza and beer as we celebrate the new year (because you can't celebrate enough) and embark on our next discussion - speak and topic TBD.

    Doors open at 6:30, presentations start at 7pm. Please let us know if you can make it: http://plancast.com/p/ferv

    Contact Christine @ christineg@elementaltechnologies.com for more information

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Feb 13 2013
    PDXCloud

    Problems of scale are no longer limited to people with massive deployments as those deployment approaches are now trickling down to small deployments. Carl Hall, engineer at Cloudability, will discuss points of failure, how to recover/not explode and and considerations to make when developing in the cloud versus local development.

    If you're thinking about moving to cloud-based development and deployment, or if you're just getting started with it, you'll find a lot of useful material here. If you're a cloud veteran, please come and contribute your experience to the discussion.

    This month our meeting is sponsored by GLIDER (formerly Superbly) - be sure to thank them for supplying the beer and pizza!

    WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 13th. Doors at 6:30pm, presentation starts at 7pm.

    RSVP on Plancast: http://plancast.com/p/g341

    Contact Christine @ christinej@elementaltechnologies.com for more information

    Website
  • Monday
    Feb 25 2013
    pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting

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

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  • Wednesday
    Feb 27 2013
    PDX Git Together

    Elemental Technologies

    The new PDX Git Together is happening! We have a new regular venue at Elemental Technologies and there will be food provided (thanks Elemental!) for those that profess a boundless love for directed acyclic graphs.

    The following people will be presenting:

    Jonathan "Duke" Leto - An update about PDXGit Together and recent Git news

    Justin Abrahms will present about Gitstreams

    Lyzi Diamond will present about how the PyLadiesPDX community uses Github and Github Pages to run pyladiespdx.github.com

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

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

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Mar 13 2013
    PDXCloud

    One of the top challenges of developing web-based services is building the continuous deployment process. Engineering teams spend over 30% of their developer resources building processes like “Deploy my app to Heroku from Github when I say 'deploy' in HipChat”. Most of this time is spent gluing together numerous services (e.g. Github, AWS, Hipchat) and technologies (e.g. Chef, Salt Stack) to work in a cohesive workflow. Maciej Skierkowski, co-founder and CEO of Factor, will show how you can automate your continuous integration and deployment processes in just a couple minutes.

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 13th. Doors at 6:30pm, presentation starts at 7pm. There will be lots of pizza and beer so come hungry and thirsty.

    RSVP on Plancast: http://plancast.com/p/h2k0 OR Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/PDXCloud/events/107970162/

    Contact Christine @ christinej@elementaltechnologies.com for more information

    Website
  • Monday
    Mar 18 2013
    pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting

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

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  • Wednesday
    Mar 27 2013
    PDX Git Together

    Elemental Technologies

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

    We have a new regular venue at Elemental Technologies and there will be food provided by Puppet Labs for those that profess a boundless love for directed acyclic graphs.

    Remember to thank Puppet Labs for the food!

    The following people will be presenting:

    Duke Leto: State of The DAG, including the new PDX Git logo and website updates

    Chris Swenson: The Github API

    There is usually an informal "drinkup" after the meeting at Baileys Tap Room downstairs. If you are headed to the meeting late, we may have migrated there.

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

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

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  • Wednesday
    Apr 10 2013
    PDXCloud - CANCELLED

    Hey everyone -

    I sincerely apologize for canceling this event with such a late notice. The Portland tech community lost one of its most prominent members yesterday, Igal Koshevoy: http://stumptownsyndicate.org/2013/04/09/goodbye-igal/

    Personally, I'm going to need some time to process this loss and I believe others will as well. I apologize to those who didn't know Igal and were looking forward to the meeting tonight. We'll reschedule Jesse's talk on Storage with AWS for next month (May 8th).

    If you have any questions, please feel free to use the Google Groups mailing list or contact me directly: - https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/pdxcloud - jason.lapier@gmail.com

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Apr 24 2013
    PDX Git Together

    Elemental Technologies

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

    We have a new regular venue at Elemental Technologies and there will be food provided by Puppet Labs for those that profess a boundless love for directed acyclic graphs.

    Remember to thank Puppet Labs for the food!

    The following people will be presenting:

    Jonathan "Duke" Leto will present on the .gitconfig of @igalko . In particular, Duke will describe why Igal's .gitconfig was so amazing, as well as comparing it to the Duke's own .gitconfig for maximal DAG-induced enlightment.

    @bak will be presenting about the git code-review utility and how it can do so much in so few lines of code. After this, you will be able to answer the question "WTF is a commitish?".

    There is usually an informal "drinkup" after the meeting at Baileys Tap Room downstairs. If you are headed to the meeting late, we may have migrated there.

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

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

    Website
  • Tuesday
    May 7 2013
    Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting

    Thanks to Elemental for providing the space, and pizza & beer!

    PRESENTATIONS

    • We'll have a short time at the beginning of the meeting to share some stories about Igal, then can continue at the after-meeting-beer.
    • Markus Roberts, Ruby Hangman for Martes, Seite de Mayo
    • Bill Den Beste, Reprise, Inc.: Generating Business Documents with Prawn
    • Reid Beels: Generating Business Documents with PDFKit
    • ...and lots of great group discussions on Ruby-related topics.

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

    Website
  • Wednesday
    May 8 2013
    PDXCloud

    Topic: Data Transfer and Storage Optimization in Amazon Web Services

    Elemental Technologies specializes in video transcoding software, and moving video around means moving huge amounts of data. Elemental's CTO, Jesse Rosenzweig, will share tricks and techniques for getting data in and out of the cloud quickly and safely. He will cover various options and configurations within Amazon Web Services, including ways to get the most out of S3 (Simple Storage Service) and EBS (Elastic Block Store).

    Amazon Web Services will be sponsoring this event by providing beer and pizza for us!

    Website
  • Monday
    May 20 2013
    pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting

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

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  • Wednesday
    May 29 2013
    PDX Git Together

    Elemental Technologies

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

    We have a new regular venue at Elemental Technologies and there will be food provided by Puppet Labs for those that profess a boundless love for directed acyclic graphs.

    Remember to thank Puppet Labs for the food!

    This meeting will be a round table of questions and answers, as well as time to hack on git-related projects and get help from fellow DAG lovers.

    There is usually an informal "drinkup" after the meeting at Baileys Tap Room downstairs. If you are headed to the meeting late, we may have migrated there.

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

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

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jun 12 2013
    PDXCloud June Gathering

    This week we have a great presentation lined up from Galen Pyle of Slalom Consulting (http://www.slalom.com/). Galen is going to talk to us about making a business case for taking advantage of cloud computing.

    What: Business Case for Cloud Computing. Learn about key cloud concepts like elasticity and scalability. Introduction to Amazon Web Services features like simple storage, elastic compute, security and pricing.

    Why: We can use the cloud to enhance customer value propositions while improving organizational efficiency.

    This talk is designed to be accessible to business and sales people as well as engaging to techies. So bring your questions from both sides of the cloud equation!

    Pizza and beer will be provided by Elemental. Doors open at 6:30 and the talk will start at 7pm.

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  • Saturday
    Jun 22 2013
    IndieWebCamp 2013
    through
    Elemental Technologies

    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.

    RSVP on the IndieWebCamp Wiki

    See the full schedule

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  • Wednesday
    Jun 26 2013
    PDX Git Together

    Elemental Technologies

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

    We have a new regular venue at Elemental Technologies and there will be food provided by Puppet Labs for those that profess a boundless love for directed acyclic graphs.

    Remember to thank Puppet Labs for the food!

    During this meeting, Duke will talk about libgit2 and the work his Google Summer of Code student is doing on parrot-libgit2.

    There is usually an informal "drinkup" after the meeting at Baileys Tap Room downstairs. If you are headed to the meeting late, we may have migrated there.

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

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

    Website
  • Monday
    Jul 22 2013
    pdxdevops: Portland DevOps user group meeting

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

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 23 2013
    PDX Git Together

    Elemental Technologies

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

    We have a new regular venue at Elemental Technologies and there will be food provided by Puppet Labs for those that profess a boundless love for directed acyclic graphs.

    Remember to thank Puppet Labs for the food!

    During this meeting, Todd Pitt of Zero Strategist will talk about strategically using version control on high-volume websites which run on off-the-shelf software/CMSs, such as Wordpress or Drupal.

    There is usually an informal "drinkup" after the meeting at Baileys Tap Room downstairs. If you are headed to the meeting late, we may have migrated there. Since it is also OSCON week, there will also be various other libations to be had around town.

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

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

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 11 2013
    PDXCloud September Gathering

    This week we have a great presentation lined up from Matthew Hooker called "Cloud-Native DevOps". Matthew works for Simple.com, the innovative finance company that wants to replace your bank.

    Abstract:

    The role of IT administrators is constantly evolving. We've been burdened (bestowed?) with the task of automating as much as possible as our infrastructure changes faster than we can keep up.

    Until 2005, you were probably using CFEngine or shell scripts and whatever package manager your OS supported. Around that time Puppet and Chef dropped, and it was enlightening. Then, in 2008, EC2 went stable, and the term DevOps started gaining popularity the next year.

    Unfortunately, both Puppet and Chef arrived just on the cusp of the transition to IaaS, before we understood best practices for operating in this new environment. These tools were the product of years of experience operating raw hardware. There is something lost in translation when we apply these tools to the cloud.

    This talk is about how we've worked to bridge the gap, to go Cloud-Native. I'll demonstrate the impedance mismatch that occurs when you run chef in the cloud, and how we created a system better adapted to this new environment. I'll argue that instances need to be treated as ephemeral; that the ability to quickly launch instances is critical to agility; and reinforce the idea that automation is essential at every step of the process.

    By the end I hope I can convince you that there are ways to operate with more agility, to insulate yourselves from failure, and let every engineer sleep better at night.

    I also hope to inspire you to look for the gaps, and to come up with better ways to close them. This is only the beginning. We need fresh eyes and new ideas.

    See you on Wednesday night, and always there will be pizza and refreshments. Doors open at 6:30pm and presentation starts around 7.

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  • Wednesday
    Oct 9 2013
    PDXCloud October Gathering

    The topic is currently open, but we'll meet and find something to discuss. Send an email to the list (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxcloud) if you have any ideas or requests.

    See you on Wednesday night, and always there will be pizza and refreshments. Doors open at 6:30pm and presentation starts around 7.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Nov 13 2013
    PDXCloud November Gathering

    Topic this month: From Ground to Cloud

    Jason LaPier, Lead Cloud Architect and Max Murphy, Senior DevOps Engineer at Elemental Technologies will talk about taking a software product and stack designed to run on specific hardware and migrating it to cloud-based deployments. Challenges and features that will be covered:

    • maintaining development parity with the continued hardware-deployed versions of the software;
    • managing strict software package requirements;
    • making products available in all AWS regions;
    • using AWS's Virtual Private Cloud networking capabilities;
    • using centralized logging to monitor and maintain multiple cloud-based deployments.

    Have your own Ground to Cloud story? Bring it and let's discuss!

    See you on Wednesday night. This month, pizza and refreshments are courtesy of Mirantis. Mirantis has rescheduled their OpenStack training course for November 12th - please register here: http://bit.ly/17viYFU with the Nov_PDX discount code to save $200.

    Doors open at 6:30pm and presentation starts around 7.

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 20 2013
    PDX Git Together

    Elemental Technologies

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

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

    This meeting will be a Git-related hackathon. Bring your Git projects and questions and hack near other DAG-loving individuals. If you would like to present a lightning talk or something bigger, please let me know!

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

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

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Nov 26 2013
    Code 'n' Splode: Tools and Tips Roundtable

    Topic: Tools and Tips Roundtable

    Bring an example of something - a technique or tool - that helps you get things done!

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

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

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  • Wednesday
    Dec 11 2013
    PDXCloud December Gathering

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 29 2014
    PDX Git Together

    Elemental Technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Feb 12 2014
    PDXCloud February Gathering

    PDXCloud monthly meetup. Join us for cloud technology-related discussions!

    Interested in presenting? Contact jason.lapier AT gmail or hit up the mailing list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxcloud.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Mar 12 2014
    PDXCloud March Gathering

    PDXCloud monthly meetup. Join us for cloud technology-related discussions!

    Interested in presenting? Contact jason.lapier AT gmail or hit up the mailing list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdxcloud.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Apr 22 2014
    Code 'n' Splode Monthly Meeting

    Topic: Refactoring Legacy Codebases

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

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

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 29 2014
    Hacks/Hackers PDX April Meetup

    Elemental Technologies

    • 6:30 - 7:00: Networking


    • 7:00 - 7:15: Ed Borasky will give a wrap-up of the most interesting projects shown at the NICAR 2014 conference in Baltimore.

    • 7:15 - 7:45: Catherine Nikolovski of Hack Oregon will talk about mining and visualizing the ORESTAR campaign finance database. She'll also talk about a new project called BallotPath, which will deliver a complete list of all elected officials, from school district up to Governor and Senator to a voter based on location.

    • 7:45 - ??: Hands-on tool gathering. Bring your laptop, and an 8 GB or bigger USB stick (or writable DVD if you must). Ed will have copies of OSGeo Live, Tails, and of course CompJournoStick.

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  • Wednesday
    May 14 2014
    PDXCloud May Gathering

    Exciting meeting coming up this month! We have two really interesting and useful cloud technologies to talk about: database-as-a-service, and monitoring-as-a-service.

    Orchestrate: Matt Heitzenroder is the co-founder and COO of Orchestrate (http://orchestrate.io), which is a new startup here in Portland. Orchestrate is a Database-as-a-Service, which unifies multiple types of databases behind a single REST API that is optimized for queries like full-text search, graph, time-series, geospatial, and key/value. Matt will talk about his experience with databases in the cloud and what led him and his co-founders to create Orchestrate. Matt will share the vision of Orchestrate for cloud and databases and top off the evening with a demo and Q&A session.

    Stackdriver: Josh Vaughn-Uding, Senior DevOps Engineer at CrowdCompass will present on how his team monitors their AWS environment using Stackdriver. Stackdriver (http://www.stackdriver.com/) provides powerfully simple monitoring-as-a-service that helps DevOps spend more time on dev and less on ops. Created by a team of DevOps and SaaS experts and backed by Bain Capital Ventures and Flybridge Capital Partners, Stackdriver focuses on helping cloud-powered companies address performance bottlenecks before they impact customers while reducing the burden associated with patchwork monitoring solutions.

    DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 14th. Doors open at 6:30PM, presentations start at 7.

    LOCATION: Elemental Technologies, 225 SW Broadway, 6th Floor.

    PROVISIONS: Pizza, beer, non-alcoholic refreshments.

    OPTIONAL R.S.V.P. (helps us plan for food): http://www.meetup.com/PDXCloud/events/176163212

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  • Wednesday
    May 28 2014
    Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting

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

    THIS IS NOT OUR USUAL LOCATION! This month only, the meeting will be at Elemental Technologies.

    We have three presentations on the agenda this month:

    JavaScript, Hardware and the Internet of Things, presented by Gerald Aden

    Internet of Things has become a huge opportunity for software, hardware and designers alike to create solutions for both consumers and businesses. We'll explore how to get started using JavaScript/Node.js, a Raspberry PI and the Cloud to easily get started developing for this exciting space.

    RactiveJS, presented by Marty Nelson

    Ractive.js is a template-driven UI library. Unlike other tools that generate inert HTML, it transforms your templates into blueprints for apps that are interactive by default. Ractive was originally created at theguardian.com by Rich Harris to produce news applications. These apps are heavily interactive, combine HTML and SVG, and are developed under extreme deadline pressure. It has to work reliably across browsers, and perform well even on mobile devices.

    Ractive is a library, not a framework. Where some tools force you to learn a new vocabulary and structure your app in a particular way, Ractive works for you, not the other way around – and it plays well with other libraries. In this talk, we'll go over the main features of Ractive.js, and also show possible integrations that highlight the varied approaches to working with Ractive.

    Marty Nelson is a contributor to the Ractive open-source project. A 15 year veteran (survivor?) of enterprise software development he has been a developer, manager and lead architect. The last few years he has been focused on javascript, both in node and the browser, and web and mobile app development with HTML5.

    Mystery bonus presentation

    We may or may not be able to get to the final presentation. So for now it will remain a mysterious secret!

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

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

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  • Wednesday
    Jul 9 2014
    PDXCloud July Gathering

    We have two topics for the next meeting, July 9th.

    TOPIC: When Less is More – Reduced Footprint Cloud OS Do you roll, have you rolled, or would–you-consider-if-it-were-easier rolling your own (RYO) cloud OS? (and this includes customizing a cloud OS that you derive from CentOS, Ubuntu Cloud, etc.) General purpose Linux distributions have competed for years on the basis of application and platform breadth. In recent years, Linux has exploded in mobile, in large part because it was reassembled from the ground up for smartphones, tablets and wearables. And now we’re seeing numerous streamlined, “minimal footprint” Linux distributions for the Cloud, networking and other server applications where general purpose distributions are overkill. With tailored footprint Linux distributions in mind, we’d like to explore the motivations behind (or against) “rolling your own” Cloud OS.

    Presenters:

    · Steve Sakoman, Project Architect, Intel Open Source Technology Center

    · Margaret LaBrecque, Evangelist, Intel Open Source Technology Center

    Steve brings many years of OS development to the table, having been VP of OS and Server Technology at Apple, Chief Product Officer at PalmSource, and co-founder and COO/CTO of Be, Inc. In addition to leading development of the Mac OS X Server, Mac OS 10.4 Tiger and PalmOS 5 releases, Steve is a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s Yocto Project Advisory Board.

    Margaret has driven numerous industry initiatives in the areas of mobile OS (MeeGo, Tizen) and wireless radio access. As President of the WiMAX Forum, she led a successful global policy initiative to accelerate and ensure technology-neutral access to 4G spectrum. As a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, she developed curriculum on the dynamics behind new entrants to the cellular industry. She’s currently focused on open source software for servers.

    Steve and Margaret work in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel.

    TOPIC: TripleO (Openstack on Openstack) https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/TripleO

    TripleO is an OpenStack program aimed at installing, upgrading, and operating OpenStack clouds using OpenStack's own facilities. This is done using Ironic (or nova-bm) for bare metal deployments, Heat for orchestration, diskimage-builder for (you guessed it!) building disk images, and an array of other tools.

    This talk will give a crash course on the motivation behind TripleO and some of its components, how it works, and how were trying to bring CI/CD clouds to the masses by using golden-image based deployments.

    Presenter: Gregory Haynes

    As usual, we'll open the doors at 6:30pm and start the meeting at 7pm. Get their early and have some pizza, beer, and other refreshments. A big thank you to Intel for sponsoring the food and drink this month!

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  • Saturday
    Aug 23 2014
    Calagator Code Sprint

    Come hack on Calagator, the open source calendar aggregator.

    We'll be digging in to open issues, working on some refactoring tasks, and getting new folks acquainted with the code base.

    Catch up on the current status with these notes from Open Source Bridge: http://opensourcebridge.org/wiki/2014/Calagator

    Also check out the current issues in our tracker: https://github.com/calagator/calagator/issues

    Calagator is a Ruby/Rails web app.

  • Tuesday
    Aug 26 2014
    PDX Women in Tech Happy Hour Networking Event

    Elemental Technologies

    Come join an amazing group of people at Elemental Technologies! There will be food, wine, beer, and great conversation! Be sure to find Joan Morgan, QA Engineer at Elemental. Read our newsletter for more fun facts about her; it's a great conversation starter!

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

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  • Thursday
    Aug 28 2014
    PDX-MUG (MySQL)

    Agenda / Speaker is open. If no better option arises, I will just give the presentation on pt-query-digest that I am giving earlier in the month to coworkers.

    http://www.percona.com/doc/percona-toolkit/2.2/pt-query-digest.html

    please register through meetup.com so I can get a good headcount for pizza and beverages

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  • Wednesday
    Sep 10 2014
    PDXCloud September Gathering

    We have two topics for the next meeting, September 10th.

    Presenter: Max Murphy Max is going to talk about how we can take lessons learned from using cloud technologies and apply them on the ground, in a standard data center. Max Murphy is a Lead DevOps engineer for Kongregate.

    Presenter: Deis is an open-source Platform-as-a-Service inspired by Heroku and powered by CoreOS and Docker. Chris will demo Deis and discuss how it uses CoreOS and Docker to enable developers to deploy their applications to cloud providers or bare metal with just a 'git push'. Learn more at: http://deis.io/

    Chris Armstrong is a core maintainer of Deis and Senior Software Engineer at OpDemand, where he focuses on customer growth and community. He loves contributing to open source and interacting with its community.

    A big thank you to Chris for making the trip down from Seattle to present to us!

    As usual, we'll open the doors at 6:30pm and start the meeting at 7pm. Get their early and have some pizza, beer, and other refreshments.

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  • Thursday
    Sep 25 2014
    PDX-MUG (MySQL)

    Agenda / Speaker is open.

    please register through meetup.com so I can get a good headcount for pizza and beverages

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