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  • Monday
    Oct 18 2021
    Clearview AI and the State of Biometrics at the US Federal Level


    Last year, the City of Portland banned the use of facial recognition technologies by municipal government and local businesses. While enactment of these facial recognition bans is an important local victory in the fight to protect our biometric privacy, what about use of facial recognition by the federal government?

    Federal agencies are exempt from local laws, and although a number of national privacy bills are currently under consideration in Congress, some of those bills would preempt state and local privacy laws like ours. To review the current federal proposals, take a look at the great bill tracker by the International Association of Privacy Professionals located here: https://iapp.org/resources/article/us-federal-privacy-legislation-tracker/

    Wondering which of these bills has the best chance of becoming law? Curious what the likelihood is of any privacy bill at all being adopted and implemented at the federal level? Well, you're in luck!

    Adam Schwartz, Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has been working on privacy issues, including face surveillance, for over two decades and has agreed to talk with us about the state of the proposed federal bills. Since he'll be joining us and sharing his privacy-related insights, we've also asked him to talk about the Clearview AI lawsuit and how its outcome might affect the public and private use of facial recognition throughout the country.

    Bring your questions and join the conversation!

    Related article: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/08/victory-lawsuit-proceeds-against-clearviews-face-surveillance

    Speaker bio:

    Adam Schwartz joined EFF as a Senior Staff Attorney in 2015. He advocates before courts and legislatures against surveillance and censorship. He has represented travelers subjected to warrantless smartphone searches by border officers, dissidents seeking to speak in government social media, and customers of phone companies that unlawfully sold location data. He has filed amicus briefs addressing the right to record on-duty police, perpetual location-tracking of court-involved people, face surveillance by corporations of consumers, and overbroad laws against so-called "cyber stalking." Through FOIA enforcement litigation, he helped expose new information about AT&T's "Hemisphere" phone snooping program. He has worked to pass bills to protect consumer data privacy, and to stop high-tech surveillance of immigrants.

    Previously, Adam worked at the ACLU of Illinois for 19 years, and clerked for Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He earned a J.D. from Howard University and a B.A. from Cornell University.

    By attending this TA3M meeting, you agree to follow our 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.



  • Tuesday
    Oct 19 2021
    Portland C++ User's Group (PDXCPP)

    We're very excited to welcome you to the Portland C++ User's Group (PDXCPP) meetup! Join us in downtown Portland to hobnob, learn, and share with other Modern C++ enthusiasts!

    This month, we're pleased to be hosted by Amazon on the 4th floor of AWS Elemental in downtown Portland! The location is close to Pioneer Square and abundant transit connections.

    • Your PDXCPP Organizers

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  • Wednesday
    Oct 20 2021
    StartOut's 2nd Annual Equity Summit

    Filo (Online)

    StartOut is excited to present the 2nd Annual StartOut Equity Summit, a virtual event that will focus on ways for underrepresented entrepreneurs to thrive across geographies and industries regardless of their background.

    The Summit is envisioned as an environment for dialogue and action where every participant is prepared to share insights, reflect on experiences, and be prepared to pose new questions and reframe old answers. This Summit aspires to be dynamic, exploratory, and honest. We work to understand lived experiences, while shifting the conversations forward towards actionable initiatives.

    The Equality Summit's programming will begin at 11:00am EDT / 8:00am PDT and will end by 4:00pm EDT / 1:00pm PDT, with networking opportunities immediately following.

    Agenda 11:00AM ET - 11:30AM ET..............Welcome

    11:30AM ET....................................Keynote Speaker

    12:00PM ET....................................Break

    12:15PM ET - 1:00PM ET................Session Group 1

    1:00PM ET 1:30PM ET....................Break/Lunch

    1:30PM ET - 2:15PM ET..................Session Group 2

    2:15PM ET......................................Break

    2:30PM ET - 3:15PM ET..................Session Group 3

    3:15PM ET......................................Closing Session

    4:00PM ET......................................Networking

    Tracks & Sessions We will have 3 Session Groups during the event. Each Session Group will consist of 4 Tracks broadcasting simultaneously. You can view Track descriptions below.

    Founder- How To Track How to Navigate a Tech Startup as a Non-Technical Founder - Session Group 1

    Starting any company is an uphill battle, but starting a tech company as a non-technical founder can feel insurmountable. How to find a developer? What are the right questions to ask? How do I navigate moving from a prototype, to an MVP to beta testing. In this conversation we'll hear from founders who answered these questions and how their company evolved along the way. Moderator: Jules Allen Speakers: Hillary Lin, Evita Grant, Arthur Woods

    Ageism in Entrepreneurship (Sponsored by AARP) - Session Group 2

    If you were to be asked what an entrepreneur looks like, most people would imagine a young 20 something year old ready to shake things up. In this session, we welcome you to join various founders that are showing that entrepreneurship isn't a "young person's game". They will share their experiences launching later in life and how their journey has been. Moderator: Nii-Quartelai Quartey Speakers: Chip Conley, Jeff Tidwell, Betty Wong

    Raising Intimacy: How SexTech Companies Raised Venture Capital - Session Group 3

    Sextech is estimated to become a $37 billion dollar industry by 2023. Despite this, it's a challenge to find investors that are open to attaching their name to a historically taboo topic. Hear from founders that have successfully raised investment for their startups, what pitfalls to avoid when pitching and what challenges they still face. Moderator: Adrianna Samaniego Speakers: Lora DiCarlo, Brianna Rader, Rebecca Alvarez Story

    Access To Capital Track Pitching your Authentic Self to Investors (Sponsored by SAP.io) - Session Group 1

    Pitching your startup is arguably one of the most important parts of your launch! In this session, learn about what investors look for in a pitch, how to present your business model at every stage and how to maintain your authentic self every step of the way. Moderator: Max Kahn Speakers: Kelly McDonald, AJ DeLeon, Alicia Castillo Holley, PhD

    The Unusual Suspects: Alternative Avenues for Funding - Session Group 2

    Venture Capital is often the primary method of funding that founders focus on but it's not the only one. There have been an increasing number of options for funding startups from grants, to revenue based investment and equity crowdfunding and each one has its own formula for success. In this session we'll hear from industry experts on how to find these opportunities and what qualifications a company needs to successfully secure the capital. Moderator: Jessica Chin-Foo Speakers: Liz Skalla, Cheryl Campos, Dr. Roshawnna Novellus

    Beyond the Check: A Fireside Chat with Elizabeth Gore and Navid Shahrestani (Sponsored by JPMC) - Session Group 3

    Investor and Founder relationships can be complex but once you find the right groove, they can be very rewarding and successful. Join Elizabeth and Navid as they share their journey "beyond the check". They will share initial impressions, lessons learned and how to maximize your relationship with your investor.

    Investors Track Journey to Becoming an Angel Investor - Session Group 1

    According to recent research, angel investing has seen about $3 billion invested each year since 2014. More and more people are taking the plunge and investing in a broad range of ventures. But when is the right time? How do you get started and how do you source deals? This session will cover everything you need to know to get started! Speakers: Silvia Mah, Pocket Sun, Lorine Pendleton

    Diversify Your Fund: How to Create Inclusive Space for Founders - Session Group 2

    As Venture Capital continues to grow, there is a responsibility to create diverse funds free from bias. In recent years we have seen efforts from some funds to be accountable and take actions with pledges and accelerator programs targeting diverse founders. Join these panelists as they share how they are investing in diversity. Speakers: Elizabeth McCluskey, Jasmine Edwards

    The Blueprint for Growth for Diverse VC's - Session Group 3

    Underrepresented fund managers are emerging all over the country and have invested in overlooked companies that have yielded positive returns. Expertise comes from experience but gaining that experience is often a barrier for first time fund managers or someone just starting out in Venture Capital. This session will focus on how to find the resources and people in your network to aid in your growth and development as a VC. Speakers: Vincent Diallo, Christine Tsai, Monique Woddard

    Economy Track LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurs/ Community are Reshaping the Economy/ Landscape - Session Group 1

    LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs often have an outsized impact on the economy relative to the funding they receive. In this session we'll dive into the impact that these entrepreneurs have and make the case for more investment in LGBTQ+ led companies. Speakers: Dr. Vivienne Ming

    The Corporate Social Investor: How Companies are Supporting Underserved Founders (Sponsored by Vistaprint) - Session Group 2

    Startups can innovate and pivot on various market opportunities faster than larger more established companies but lack the same level of capital to accelerate their ideas. Corporate leaders have become increasingly focused on Social Responsibility and have responded by creating new models for investment and partnership. Hear from organizations that have supported emerging businesses and why it often has zero to do with their personal financial bottom line.

    Emerging Trends and the Future of LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurship (Sponsored by AWS) - Session Group 3

    The pandemic exposed various inequities, the lack of efficiency of some industries and in some cases, completely reshaped the way that industries do business. In a post-COVID world how do these industries need to pivot to meet the needs of their customers and what trends are on the horizon. Hear from LGBTQ+ founders on how they met the moment and what new challenges await them. Moderator: Nii-Quartelai Quartey

  • Shopify Email Marketing Strategies to Communicate with Impact - AMA with Klaviyo Experts


    We're changing things up this month! Ask Klaviyo experts anything about email marketing this holiday season. Questions around retention strategies, what types of emails you should send, how soon you should start your holiday campaigns this year, how to promote your offers, and more are welcome.

    Our Panelist Kris Daria is an email marketing strategist helping beauty & wellness brands to grow their online store with automated email marketing. 
After spending over 10 years working with multi-million dollar e-com brands, Kris has become a pro at automating her client’s email marketing in a day, so they can save time and bring in more sales on autopilot, without lifting a finger. Her focus is on helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs to build impactful & automated email systems while giving them tools to operate with more clarity, ease and flow.

    Val Geisler is the Customer Evangelist at Klaviyo. Prior to joining the Klaviyo team, Val was an email marketing consultant for B2B and B2C brands. Because she's obsessed with improving how brands and customers connect, Val loves digging into the best ways to use different channels to make lasting connections.

  • PDXWIT: How to Prepare for a Technical Interview


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

    Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful proposition. A group of volunteers from Amazon Web Services (AWS) created this training to demystify the interview process. This is tailored to job seekers seeking employment in tech. In this virtual seminar, we will review good and bad interviewing practices we’ve witnessed through our careers and present helpful tips to prepare for technical interviews. We will also give you the resources you need to practice for your next interview.

    During this session, we will: - Prepare you for the interview. - Set expectations for the day of the interview. - Walk through a mock interview. - Provide approaches to navigating a coding test. - Share great information resources!

    Due to the level of interaction required, attendance will be capped at 50.

  • PDX Annual October Tech Writing Supermeetup: Maintaining Inclusion in a Remote Atmosphere

    Virtual Event

    The annual PDX Annual October Tech Writing Supermeetup returns, with the topic of "Maintaining Inclusion in a Remote Atmosphere". The topic will be presented by Zhou Fang and Betzabe Villareal from Portland Women in Tech (PDXWIT) organization. The Supermeetup will be hosted virtually on Zoom platform.

    The schedule for the Supermeeting is as follows: 5:30 - Start meeting (general networking) 6:00 - "Maintaining Inclusion in a Remote Atmosphere" presentation by Zhou Fang and Betzabe Villareal 6:30 - Questions and Answers

    When: Wed., October 20, 2021, 5:30-7:00pm (Pacific Time)

    The PDX Annual October Tech Writing Supermeetup is brought to you by Write the Docs PDX, PDX UX Writing, and PSU Technical Communications Meetup.


  • Pitch Club


    Pitch Club is an event where entrepreneurs learn the criteria and methods used by real investors to evaluate their venture as a potential investment. This is done by recreating a typical investor meeting where a few companies pitch and receive feedback from TiE Oregon Charter Members. These meetings follow the same basic agenda of an investor meeting with three sections: the pitch, Q&A, and investor discussion & decision..

    Who facilitates Pitch Club?

    Pitch Club is organized by Kari Naone, TiE Oregon Executive Director and led by Tom Kingsley, a TiE Charter Member who is an investor and successful entrepreneur.

    What to expect?

    Each attendee who intends to pitch should prepare a five minute pitch presentation. (This can include a power point projection that will be presented from your computer.) Directly after pitching a five-minute Q&A will take place, followed by a five-minute Investor Discussion & Decision).

    Those who attend pitch club will walk away with a better understanding of what investors look for in a pitch and how to answer the questions possible investor will ask. In addition, each presenter will receive a digital copy of their pitch and feedback from their peers and TiE Charter Members.

  • Portland Junior Developer Meetup

    Online via Zoom

    For entry level developers, people interested in starting a new career in tech, and anyone wanting to encourage and help newer developers. Join us to hear relevant speakers, have a slice of pizza, and make new connections! We look forward to meeting you. If you’d like to be a part of our slack channel, you can be a part of the conversation here: http://bit.ly/JrDevSlackInvite

    We meet the third Wednesday of every month from 6:00 till 7:00 or 7:30, alternating between an informal gathering time and a speaker event. All skill levels always welcome!

    All are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct: http://bit.ly/JrDevCodeOfConduct

  • Friday
    Oct 22 2021
    Best practices for collaborating with UX designers: Tech Talk with Daniel Sauble

    As a developer, it is important to know how to collaborate with the UX designers, and vice versa!

    Daniel Sauble, Lead Product Designer at DataStax, will be joining us to discuss the best practices for collaborating with UX designers.

    Topics that are going to be covered:

    What does a UX designer do? How do they interact with the software development lifecycle? What does effective collaboration between developers and designers look like?

    RSVP on Meetup: bit.ly/techtalk22 RSVP on Eventbrite: bit.ly/techtalk22e

    Join us Friday, October 22nd at 1pm Pacific Time, 2pm Mountain Time (3p CT, 4p ET)

    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

  • Wednesday
    Oct 27 2021
    PDX Containerds: Securing K8s clusters and containers


    We'll have a short presentation on recent recommendations for container security including:

    • Observability measures

    • Infrastructure-as-code best practices

    • Special challenges for @Edge containers

    • Improving security culture

    We'll have time for introductions, open the stage for who's hiring etc.

    If you'd like to give a talk at this or a future Containerds event please get in touch via meetup or DM twitter.com/serverless_mom

  • Thursday
    Oct 28 2021
    Fall Diversity Dinner


    Application is required to gain entry to this virtual event

    Join PDXWIT for a small, informal-yet-focused virtual discussion where we share our experiences with diversity in the workplace. If you identify as being historically and systematically underrepresented* in tech, this opportunity is for you.

    Our goal is to create a dedicated space for an honest and impactful conversation exploring our shared experiences as individuals in the industry. We are asking folks to apply to attend this event (link below) so we can ensure the group has representation across the continuum.

    Applications are due by Monday, 10/18/21 5 p.m. ET, and the 10 invitees will be notified by Friday, 10/22/21. A zoom link will be shared with attendees ahead of the event. Attendees will be provided with a gift certificate so they can order dinner for themselves in the spirit of our pre-pandemic in-person Diversity Dinners.

    • Underrepresented may mean BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or varying physical or cognitive abilities. If you think this sounds like you, please apply!
  • Friday
    Oct 29 2021
    Artificial Superintelligence: Beyond Today's Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has been named as the most widely referred technology in recent times.

    One of the variants of AI technology is Artificial superintelligence (ASI). This is where machines become self-aware and surpass the capacity of human intelligence and ability.

    This week we are joined by Mounir Shita, founder of Global Economic Alliance, to discuss ASI and the future that it holds. He will be sharing over 14 years of ASI research.

    Join us on October 29th at 1pm PT, 2pm MT, 3pm CT, and 4pm ET. We'll be in this google meet room: https://meet.google.com/erw-giij-ktv

    Can't make it live? Watch the recording 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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