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  • Monday
    May 16 2022
    Cellphone voting


    Earlier this year, the Oregon State Legislature was considering adoption of bill HB 4136, which would have required the Secretary of State to establish a digital voting system allowing voters to cast their ballots electronically—via a computer, electronic tablet, cellphone, or another digital device.

    The measure remained in committee and never came to a vote, but legislators may be planning to introduce a new version of the bill in next year's longer session.

    Should you be happy or concerned about the prospect of cellphone voting?

    Currently, over twenty pilot programs are in place across the country to test the feasibility of mobile voting. Proponents argue that cellphone voting could increase voter turnout, and voting from the comfort of your mobile phone sounds easy, right? But is it really a good idea?

    Before giving this technology a stamp of approval, we need to consider some of the issues around the process of electronic voting. For example, is it secure? Does it protect voter privacy? And how would we verify election results?

    Dr. Stephanie Singer and Sheila Golden have been focused on election systems for many years. Ms. Golden is well known in Oregon for her advocacy around election technology, while Dr. Singer is known nationwide for her expertise on election technology and processes. They'll join us this month to explore the pros and cons of voting via cellphone and will explain how such a system would work, who's behind the effort to adopt mobile voting, and why voting from our phones may or may not be a good course of action.

    Bring your questions, and come learn how you can make your voice heard on this issue!

    Please RSVP via Meetup or by sending an email to [email protected].

    Speaker bios:

    Sheila Golden is an activist focusing on election integrity, civil liberties/immigrant rights, and climate justice. She works with the League of Women Voters-OR and Scrutineers.

    Stephanie Singer is a data scientist and former election official. She has assembled, analyzed and explained data for private business, public agencies, campaigns and election oversight. Her public service projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Knight Foundation. In 2020 she created the VoteVisualizer, a web app allowing users to explore election results from across the country. Her client list includes the Orange County Registrar of Voters and the nonpartisan nonprofit Verified Voting. She has advised elected officials across the country, including Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. From 2012-2016 she served on the Philadelphia County Board of Elections -- including one year as chair -- where she made data freely available, used data analysis to fight unconstitutional burdens on the voting process, and introduced "I Voted Today" stickers to all Philadelphia polling places. She won the post by defeating a 36-year incumbent in a citywide election. Singer co-chaired the statewide Election Reform Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Singer studied math and computer science at Yale and Stanford, completed a Ph.D. at New York University and earned tenure from Haverford College. She has written two books on mathematical physics.

    By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct: https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/

    {short} Code of Conduct Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays is dedicated to providing an informative and positive experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed.

    Our events are intended to educate and share information related to technology and activism, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

    Audio and video recording are not permitted at meetings without prior approval.

    Our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/Portlands-Techno-Activism-3rd-Mondays/pages/22681732/Code_of_Conduct/) applies to all events run by Portland's TA3M. Please report any incidents to the event organizer.


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  • Tuesday
    May 17 2022
    Coffee w/ Co-Founders in BACK!

    Deadstock Coffee

    After several years on the shelf, we've dusted off this meetup and hope you can all make it! For the first meetup back, we're going to take over one of our favorite coffee shops in all of Portland, Deadstock.

    With the weather improving we should be able to hang out outside and allow for safe social distancing (for those still apprehensive about getting back together).

    About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free-flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

  • PDXWIT May Happy Hour: Careers, Talks, Connection


    Registration through Zoom is required to gain entry to this virtual event

    ASL interpretation and closed captioning throughout. Please email [email protected] with additional accessibility needs.

    This is a community event, if you’re a job seeker hoping to meet with recruiters, register for Job Board LIVE as well!

    This month we are exploring the ways in which tech can benefit from collaborative leadership and we’re looking to other local community organizations for inspiration. Join long-time PDXWIT volunteers Anusha Neelam and Zhou Fang as we dive into this topic.

    We’re excited to have our friends Allie Yee and Kim Lepin from APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) kick us off with lighting talks! They’ll share stories about what collaborative leadership means to them, and how it’s helped make their organization’s work more impactful. We’ll hold space for community networking in breakout rooms after the main event, but you don’t have to wait until then to meet someone new! Connect with folks in the chat throughout the event.

    Hope to see you there!


    12:00 p.m. - Event opens

    12:03 p.m. - Introductions + Announcements

    12:10 p.m. - Guest speakers + Tech Innovator Spotlight

    12:35 p.m. - Face-to-Face Networking/On-camera networking

    1:00 p.m. - Event ends

    We are building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling barriers and fueling belonging.

    Join our Slack channel to continue the conversation: http://pdxwit.org/slack

    Get in touch: [email protected]

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

  • Thursday
    May 19 2022
    Data PDX: NIEM – The Grand Translator for Data Exchange



    Mike Phillips – Vice president of Integrated Solutions, SLG Innovation. Co-Chair of the NIEM State, Local, Territorial and Trible Tiger Team.

    Katherine Escobar – Deputy Division Chief, Data and Services Division, Cyber and Command, Control, Communications and Computers Integration (DD C5I), Joint Staff J6

    Paul K. Wormeli – Innovation Strategist, Wormeli Consulting, LLC – Co-Chair of the NIEM State, Local, Territorial and Trible Tiger Team.


    An organization’s ability to effectively serve its customers hinges on the availability of current, accurate, and relevant information. The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a community-driven, standards-based approach to exchanging information. Diverse communities can collectively leverage NIEM to increase efficiencies and improve decision-making.

    NIEM is a common vocabulary that enables efficient information exchange across diverse public and private organizations. NIEM can save time and money by providing consistent, reusable data definitions and reusable processes. NIEM is available to everyone, including both public and private organizations.

    NIEM includes a data model, governance, training, tools, technical support services, and an active community to assist users in adopting a standards-based approach to exchanging data.

    What You Will Learn

    This session will provide you with a NIEM overview and some practical applications.

  • Friday
    May 20 2022
    Cinder Connect Conversations: AAPI Heritage


    An honest panel discussion centering the identities and experiences of our friends and colleagues across the AAPI community.

    Hosted by Cinder and moderated by Réland Logan (she/her), we will continue to examine what equity and inclusion means for different and intersecting identities in these panel discussions throughout 2022.

    Panelists to include: • Ashlan Glazier-Anderson (she/her), CEO, AshbeanPDX Marketing • Anjali Hursh (she/her), DJ Anjali, DJ Anjali + The Incredible Kid • Keven Saleumvong (he/him), Administrative Assistant Learning & Development, Willamette Dental Group

    Our intention with these conversations is to interrogate the integrity and efficacy of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion programming in our workplaces and communities.

    We are curious to explore the question: Is Equity and Inclusion in the workplace and beyond?

    Please help us spread the word!

    Cinder is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Katy Byrtus at [email protected] or 541.408.4834 to request accessibility accommodations. If you are having trouble registering for this event please reach out to Katy and she will be glad to assist you. At all of our Cinder events we will automatically provide ASL interpreting, live captioning, and relevant materials in pdf format in advance, and we are helping our presenters be more inclusive in their materials and presentations.

  • Maintaining Positive Mental Health as a Developer with Tyler Branscome

    Your mental health is important!

    Tyler Branscome, Tech Academy graduate, will be joining us to discuss maintaining a positive mental health as a developer.

    Reports say that a large number of software developers are facing depression and mental disorders.

    According to the International Journal of Humanities Social Science Invention, software developers have significantly the highest rate of anxiety in comparison to their colleagues who are performing mechanical or other tasks.

    In this Talk, Tyler will be sharing tips on how to maintain your mental health. Tyler graduated in 2021 and is currently working as an application developer at Oyova.

    Join us on May 20th at 1pm PT (2pm MT, 3pm CT and 4pm ET) in our Google Meet room.

    RSVP on Meetup: https://bit.ly/TechTalk520 RSVP on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/techTalk0520

    Can't make it live? Watch the recording on our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/TTA-techtalks

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

  • Tuesday
    May 24 2022
    PDXWIT Get Hired Up: Autodesk Edition


    Registration through Eventbrite required.

    PDXWIT Get Hired Up: The networking event that comes to you! ASL interpreters will be onsite.

    Are you ready to get hired up?! Then this in-person event is for you. PDXWIT has teamed up with Autodesk for an in-person (!) event focused on connecting job seekers with open roles. Recruiters, hiring managers, and internal community leaders will be onsite to connect about open positions at the company.

    We’ll get you fired up with a short presentation from PDXWIT and the Autodesk team. Then we invite you to mingle on the 6th floor of the beautiful Autodesk building in inner southeast Portland. You’ll have a chance to chat with recruiters and hiring managers while enjoying snacks, dessert, and drinks with a 360 view of our city.

    Please have your resume ready to send and your LinkedIn profiles up to date!

    In order to create a productive and thoughtful space, we are limiting capacity to the first 125 attendees.

    Please reach out to [email protected] with any additional accessibility needs you have.

    Not quite ready for an in person event but still want to connect with companies that are hiring? Join us for Job Board Live on May 12th!

    Agenda: 4:00 p.m. - Event Begins/Please mingle with recruiters 4:45 p.m. - PDXWIT and Autodesk Intros 6:00 p.m. - Event Ends

    Mission: We are building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling barriers and fueling belonging.

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

    Safety Measures:

    It’s been awhile since PDXWIT produced an in-person event. The safety of our community is our highest priority. See below for safety protocols and requirements.

    COVID Safety FAQ:

    Q: Will masks be required in indoor spaces? Will masks be required outside? Will hand sanitizer be provided and plentiful? A:

    Masks are optional. There are several outdoor spaces at the venue.

    Hosts will provide plentiful hand sanitizer.

    We will ask all attendees to certify that they are vaccinated.

    Event FAQ

    Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: Yes

    Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes, volunteers will be outside of the building helping attendees with accessibility needs.

    Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes!

    Q: What is the parking situation? A: Street parking nearby. Shuttles and public transportation nearby as well. More info to come.

    Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: The entrance in on Ankeny. PDXWIT volunteers will be out front with green shirts on.

    Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: Outdoor racks, and limited indoor.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Autodesk is located near public transportation. Please use your own judgment when deciding to take public transportation.

    Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, sadly.

  • Thursday
    May 26 2022
    Power Pitching: Every Time, Every Situation

    Online via Zoom

    This workshop is all about pitching...whether it's for investors, at a networking event (live or virtual) or to decide on a collaborator.

    What does it really take to make a powerful pitch?

    What are the pitfalls to avoid at all cost?

    How can you master the art of pitching with your own style, personality and brand?

    Join Career Coach/StartOut Workshop Facilitator, Jim Arnoff, who will give you the career coach's top tips for pitching with conviction and results.

    What you'll learn:

    Tips on how to prepare How to read the person you're pitching how to engage with & anticipate every question If you ever wondered what it really takes to do a successful pitch, this workshop is for you!

  • Friday
    May 27 2022
    SQL Query Optimization with Wesley Rolfson

    Join us Friday May 27th to learn how to optimize your SQL Queries!

    Wesley Rolfson started working with data when he was in high school, while working on Steam and Culvert surveys, using the data to explain how nature is responding to human activity. He now works as a data analysist working with Environmental, Health, and Safety data.

    Wesley's talk will cover optimizing your SQL Queries by looking at the layers of processing, and will also cover how the SQL engine looks at your query so that you can better write queries, and ultimately explain your results.

    Join us Friday May27th at 1pm Pacific Time in our Google Meet Room.

    RSVP on MeetUp: bit.ly/tta527

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


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