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The Tech Academy

310 Southwest 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)

Future events happening here

  • Friday
    Jan 21 2022
    Why coding is only half the answer: Importance of algorithms Dr. Brent Wilson

    Algorithms are a very important topic in Computer Science because they help software developers create efficient and error free programs.

    Dr. Brent Wilson is a Professor of Computer Science and Cybersecurity at George Fox University. Dr. Brent will be joining us to discuss the importance of algorithms!

    Join us Friday, January 21st at 1pm Pacific Time (2p MT, 3p CT, 4p ET)

    RSVP on Meetup: https://bit.ly/tt0121 RSVP on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/tte0121

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss out on another great opportunity to learn and network!

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  • Friday
    Jan 28 2022
    Lifecycle of a Videogame with Kyle Rhône

    Kyle Rhône is joining us for another Talk on game development!

    Kyle is the founder of Tinderbox Entertainment and has been the creative director for the past 14 years. Tinderbox Entertainment is a game development and publishing company that creates tabletop and digital products for today's current platforms.

    In this talk, Kyle will cover how a game is developed from conception to launch and the different tools and skills needed along the way. Join us and bring all your questions related to game development. We will have a Q&A section at the end of the presentation.

    Join us Friday, January 28th at 1pm Pacific Time (2p MT, 3p CT, 4p ET).

    RSVP on Meetup: bit.ly/tt017 RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/tte17

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss this great opportunity to learn and network!

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  • Friday
    Feb 4 2022
    Live Job Placement Q&A with Tyler Hoff from Open Teams

    Are you having trouble with your job search?

    Tyler Hoff will be joining us for a live job placement Q&A!

    Tyler is a Recruiting Manager at Open Teams. Open Teams is a place where open source users can go to learn about all the software that is available, how to use it, and where to find help when they need it.

    The Talk will start with Tyler going over the the interview process with their partner companies and also giving some advice on what recruiters look for on LinkedIn and GitHub for junior developers. For the rest, we will have the Q&A section. The Q&A will cover most of the time.

    This event is all about viewer participation, so bring all of your job recruitment related questions!

    Join us Friday, February 4th at 1pm Pacific Time (2p MT, 3p CT, 4p ET).

    RSVP on Meetup: https://bit.ly/ttm024 RSVP on Eventbrite:https://bit.ly/tte024

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss this great opportunity to learn and network!

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  • Friday
    Feb 11 2022
    The Importance of Ongoing Education as a Developer with David Meyer

    Tech Academy graduate, David Meyer, is joining us to discuss the importance of continuous learning as a developer!

    Software development is a field that evolves quickly and constantly. The life of a developer is a life of non-stop education. David will explain how to adopt the type of mindset to help you with your ongoing learning.

    David graduated from our Software Developer Boot Camp in October of 2021 and is currently working as a Web Developer at Plain Concepts.

    Join us Friday, February 11th, at 1pm Pacific Time (2p MT, 3p CT, 4p ET).

    RSVP on Meetup: https://bit.ly/ttm211 RSVP on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/tte211

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss this great opportunity to learn and network!

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Past events that happened here

  • Friday
    Jan 14 2022
    Machine Learning Operations with Christopher Thompson

    Based on recent estimates, it is thought that roughly 90% of machine learning models do not make it into production. Why is this? How hard can it be?

    Well, it turns out this is not as straightforward as companies originally thought. Enter MLOps, short for machine learning operations.

    MLOps is the practice of deploying and maintaining machine learning models in production.

    Join MLOps Engineer Chris Thompson as he explains what MLOps is, why it is desperately needed and how he got into the field!

    Friday, January 14th at 1pm Pacific Time (2p MT, 3p CT, 4p ET).

    RSVP on Meetup: bit.ly/Event114 RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/TT114

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss this great opportunity to learn and network!

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  • Friday
    Jan 7 2022
    Teaching code to the next generation with Andrew Russo

    First Tech Talk of 2022!

    Andrew Russo will be joining us to discuss their experience teaching code to elementary students.

    Andrew teaches code to elementary students while working as a freelance developer. He is knowledgeable in JavaScript, Java, SQL and more.

    He will be discussing the importance of teaching code to the next generation, his experience teaching code and how it improved his coding skills.

    Join us Friday, January 7th at 1pm Pacific Time (2p MT, 3p CT, 4p ET) in our google meet room: https://meet.google.com/erw-giij-ktv

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss great opportunity to learn and network!

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  • Friday
    Dec 10 2021
    The Ultimate Guide to Acing Your Interviews with Josh Matthews

    Josh Matthews is joining us to give us tips on how to ace your next interview!

    Josh is the president of Endeavor Staffing and TheSalesforceRecruiter.com, and has 20 years of experience in recruitment and staffing, including interviewing over 7,000 candidates.

    Join us Friday, December 10th at 1pm Pacific Time (2p MT, 3p CT, 4p ET).

    RSVP on Meetup: bit.ly/tt1210 RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/tte1210

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss out on another great opportunity to learn and network!

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  • Friday
    Dec 3 2021
    Quality Assurance in Software Development: Tech Talk with Alexandrea Beh

    For this weeks Tech Talk, Alexandrea Beh is joining us to discuss quality assurance in software development!

    Alexandrea Beh is a senior software engineer at Mentor Collective, an ed-tech startup that provides a research-driven mentorship platform for college students. She previously worked at SurveyMonkey (now Momentive.ai) and NAVEX Global.

    Alexandrea will talk about the importance of QA, her experiences collaborating with QA at larger companies, and how QA culture and processes differ in her current startup role.

    Join us Friday, December 3rd at 1pm Pacific Time (2p MT, 3p CT, 4p ET).

    RSVP on Meetup: bit.ly/ttam123 RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/tte123

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss out on another great opportunity to learn and network!

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  • Friday
    Nov 12 2021
    Domain Driven Development: Tech Talk with Wilfrid Landry

    Domain Driven Design is an approach to software development. It simplifies solving difficult problems!

    For this weeks Tech Talk we are joined by Wilfrid Landry to discuss Domain Driven Development. Wilfrid has over 10 years of experience as a software developer. He designs and develops scalable, secure and cost effective cloud solutions for organizations.

    There are many benefits of using a Domain Driven Design (DDD). Join us and take tips on how to set up and use DDD!

    Join us Friday, November 12th at 1pm Pacific Time, 2pm Mountain Time (3p CT, 4p ET).

    RSVP on Meetup: bit.ly/TTM1112 RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/TTE1112

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Don't miss out on another great opportunity to learn and network! Hope to see you there!

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  • Friday
    Nov 5 2021
    From The Tech Academy to Success as a Senior Software Engineer

    This week we are joined by Tech Academy graduate, Christopher Carter. He graduated in the summer of 2016 and since then he has gone on to pursue a successful career as a Software Developer. He is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at U.S. Bank.

    Christopher will walk us through his experience since graduation, and share tips on how to succeed after graduating from a coding boot camp!

    Join us Friday, November 5th at 1pm Pacific Time, 2pm Mountain Time (3p CT, 4p ET).

    RSVP on Meetup: bit.ly/tt1105 RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/tte1105

    Don't miss out on another great opportunity to learn and network!

    Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

    Hope to see you there!

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  • Friday
    Apr 2 2021
    Tech Talk: Job Placement Q&A with Forest and Kenzie

    Job Placement Q&A with Forest and Kenzie!

    Currently on the hunt for a job? We will be discussing any and all aspects of getting that first Tech Job. Whether its updating your resume or nailing the phone interview, we are here to help!

    Already working in Tech? Bring your experience and advice to share with our students and graduates who are trying to land that first job.

    Join us Friday, April 2nd for networking, conversation and fun!

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  • Friday
    Mar 12 2021
    Creating Your Own Seat at the Table: Tech Talk with CIO Nancy Markle

    Come celebrate women in tech with the woman who has done it all! She has held the position of Chief Information Officer, Project Manager, and Consultant for several Fortune 500 companies including IBM and AT&T. At a time when women were a rare sight in any boardroom, Nancy shares how she broke the mold and created a space for herself at that table.

    Join us for conversation, networking and inspiration this Friday, March 12th at 1pm Pacific.

    Register on MeetUp to attend!

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 15 2019
    Portland Python Pirates - Computing in Python II: Control Structures Week 2 Review
    python

    The Tech Academy

    This week we dove head first into conditionals. This should feel like a natural progression from the logical operators we had been using before. We are going to try a new format this week where we will do a short recap followed by group collaboration where we will be doing select problems from the problem set. We will use these to drive our discussion of the weeks topics.

    This means you do not have to kill yourself to complete the problem sets prior although I encourage you to do so. If you get stumped please feel free to suggest it as one of the problems you would like to go over during our session.

    A lot of times there is parking right in front of the building. If this is not the case I recommend trying 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Ave. There are usually spots down that way. Parking isn't free until after 7pm so don't forget to pay! There is also a lot right next door if you don't want to mess with street parking.

    As always feel free to message me or post on Slack if you have any questions. Hope to see you Tuesday!

    * New to our group? Need to join our Slack channel? Looking for free resources? Check out our website @ www.pdxpythonpirates.org for all of that and more!

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 18 2018
    Portland Python Pirates - Wrap up 2018: Computing in Python I Exam, Pandas & Flask demos
    python

    The Tech Academy

    Join us for the final Meetup of 2018!

    This week we will review the Exam to the Computing in Python I: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming course since there wasn't adequate time in the previous Meetup.

    We will conclude the year with general discussion about Python, tools, and practical applications. In that spirit there will be a demo of Pandas, and, time permitting, Flask as well.

    A lot of times there is parking right in front of the building. If this is not the case I recommend trying 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Ave. There are usually spots down that way. Parking isn't free until after 7pm so don't forget to pay! There is also a lot right next door if you don't want to mess with street parking.

    Please feel free to message the group on Slack or Meetup with any questions you may have. We'll see you Tuesday. Until then happy coding!

    * New to our group? Need to join our Slack channel? Looking for free resources? Check out our website: https://www.pdxpythonpirates.org for all of that and more!

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Dec 11 2018
    Portland Python Pirates - Computing in Python I: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming Week 5 Review
    python

    The Tech Academy

    Last week we voted to combine week 5 and the final into one week and therefore this will be an extended 2 hour session. We will be reviewing section 2.4: Mathematical Operators as well as tackling questions on the final. As usual you will need a laptop as we will be doing quite a bit of live coding and white boarding.

    I am unsure whether the verified final and the free final are the same. I would think they would make them different so if you are verified and have particular questions please be sure to make a note of them as I am on the free track and may not have access to those.

    The final is basically the same format as the problem sets: about half multiple choice and half coding problems. I encourage you all to complete it as if it were a real test even if you are not verified. You will pass either way and this can give you a great indication of what you need to work on.

    A lot of times there is parking right in front of the building. If this is not the case I recommend trying 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Ave. There are usually spots down that way. Parking isn't free until after 7pm so don't forget to pay! There is also a lot right next door if you don't want to mess with street parking.

    Please feel free to message me on Slack or Meetup with any questions you may have. I wish you all the best on the final and I will see you Tuesday. Until then happy coding!

    * New to our group? Need to join our Slack channel? Looking for free resources? Check out our website @ www.pdxpythonpirates.org for all of that and more!

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Nov 20 2018
    Portland Python Pirates - Computing in Python I: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming Week 2 Review
    python

    The Tech Academy

    This isn't so bad right? This week we will be clarifying all material pertaining to sections 1.3 and 2.1. Bring your laptops and any questions you may have. This will be a debrief on debugging. We will use the white board and some code to review this process.

    In addition we will begin to think about is how to style your code. PEP 8 is a style guide which you can read about in the link below. I will do a simple walk through on how to set up your computer to automatically detect if some code you write aligns with these guidelines so you can begin writing proper code from the very beginning.

    A lot of times there is parking right in front of the building. If this is not the case I recommend trying 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Ave. There are usually spots down that way. Parking isn't free until after 7pm so don't forget to pay! There is also a lot right next door if you don't want to mess with street parking.

    I look forward to seeing you all for our second review session!

    PEP 8 Style Guide: https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0008/

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 31 2018
    Artificial Intelligence Training - Gap Data Engineering Framework - Computer Vision Image Preparation

    This will be a hands on Python and computer vision machine learning so bring a laptop. We will be doing code alongs in a Jupyter Notebook using the Gap NLP/CV Data Engineering framework for Machine Learning. The code along will focus on a variety of ways of using the framework to get images into machine language ready data, storage/retrieval, and mini-batch generation.

    Gap is a new open source project in Portland in a pre-launch stage (v0.9 - alpha). For more information on Gap, see: https://github.com/andrewferlitsch/Gap

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 21 2017
    Artificial Intelligence Training - Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Fundamentals - Neural Networks

    Come join us every Tuesday at the Tech Academy. This is an interactive and immersive instructor lead meeting. This week we will cover the basic foundations of neural networks, covering introduction to the perceptron, artificial neural networks (ANN), convolutional neural networks (CNN), recurrent neural networks (RNN), and wrap up with adversarial attacks on neural networks.

    We use a digital project and whiteboard. The course is given at a comfortable pace, so that any attendee can interrupt and ask a question. No question is too small or wrong.

    We ask all the attendees to be patient so that everyone attending learns at the same pace so that all attendees are at the same level at the end of the two hours.

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