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Tuesday
Jan 18
PDXWIT Happy Hour: Careers, Talks, Connection
Virtual

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

We’re launching into 2022, and we’re excited to announce PDXWIT’s January Happy Hour in partnership with Slalom!

This month, our theme will focus on Artificial Intelligence. Lightning speakers will share their thoughts on a human-centered approach to AI, and how it can be used responsibly while unlocking potential today, tomorrow, and beyond.

As always, we will have recruiters ready to share our open positions at their companies, and they will be available to directly connect with job seekers who are looking for their next opportunity.

For those of you looking to network with the community, we save the last 15 minutes of each event (5:45 p.m. - 6 p.m. PST) for optional on-camera discussion, but you don’t have to wait until then to meet someone new! Get involved in the chat throughout the event as well.

We will have ASL interpretation and closed captioning throughout. Please get in touch at [email protected] with any additional accessibility needs you may have.

  • You will have the option to provide your address at registration so we can send you something cool ahead of the event in the mail.

Hope to see you there!

Join our Slack channel: http://pdxwit.org/slack

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**TUESDAY** The Digital Defense Fund and information security in abortion access
Virtual

NOTE: this meeting is on the 3rd TUESDAY because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday!

The 2020s have seen new and complex challenges for those fighting for reproductive freedom. In September of last year, the Texas legislature passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation, prohibiting all procedures after 6 weeks, without exceptions for rape or incest. But SB8 goes further, giving citizens with no connection to the woman the right to sue in civil court any person who aids her in seeking an abortion. As Planned Parenthood states, this means that “private citizens can sue other Texans for having or aiding in the procurement of an abortion — they can sue anyone from the person who drives the patient to the clinic to the doctor who performs the abortion.” (https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/planned-parenthood-pennsylvania-advocates/blog/how-did-texas-get-to-sb8) As the EFF predicts, “The result will be a chilling effect on speech and a litigation cudgel that will be used to silence those who seek to give women truthful information about their reproductive options.”

Since 2017, the Digital Defense Fund has brought engineers and organizers together to provide security and technology support for the abortion access movement. Kate Bertash, Director of the DDF, will speak during our January event about the critical work the DDF does to create "a future where technology and innovation support secure, autonomous reproductive decisions, free from stigma.”

Speaker bio:

Kate Bertash (she/her) is Director of the Digital Defense Fund, a team providing technology and security resources and front-line support to the American abortion access movement. She brings together a background in nonprofit fundraising and technology, and left startup life after co-organizing the Abortion Access Hackathons and Debug Politics Hackathons. In her free time she helps organize the Crypto and Privacy Village at DEFCON, designs fabrics, and is working on building a science research and education center here in the Pacific Northwest.

Related links: https://digitaldefensefund.org/ Her Twitter handle is @KateRoseBee.

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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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Enterprise Blockchain Club
Online

• Start at 6PM Pacific time (-8 GMT) | Speakers start at 6:30PM

• Zoom Link provided on the day of to registered attendees

• We will have more details about the presentations shortly

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Thursday
Jan 20
PDXWIT Presents: LGBTQ+ in Tech: Authentic Representation in the Gaming Industry
virtual

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

The wise video game director of “Tell Me Why,” Florent Guillaume said, “...authentic representation was crucial, in part, because video games can put you in the shoes of characters that you don't necessarily relate to.” Gaming is a big industry. With representation from all over the world, it takes more than just code to represent the authenticity of a character within a game. It also means that the people creating it are well represented in order to provide as accurate a representation of the cultures and behaviors enacted within a game.

Join PDXWIT for this panel discussion to learn more about how game acculturation is changing the gaming industry and what it takes to create characters and stories that you and I can relate to in a virtual environment.

Facilitated by Crystal Sincoff and Hazel Valdez, you will hear from Kate Edwards, Executive Director of Global Game Jam, as well as game developers including Lauren Lizardo and Zach Deocadiz as they discuss what’s happening in the gaming industry today.

You will also hear from our host and find out if they have open positions.

Agenda: 12:00 p.m. - Event opens/networking 12:05 p.m. - Introductions 12:10 p.m. - Panel discussion begins 12:50 p.m. - Q&A 1:00 p.m. - Event ends

Purpose: PDXWIT is building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling inequities and fueling belonging. Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Friday
Jan 21
Why coding is only half the answer: Importance of algorithms Dr. Brent Wilson
The Tech Academy

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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Wednesday
Jan 26
Apply to PIE: Question & Answer session
Online

Thinking about applying to PIE (http://www.piepdx.com)? Have questions about the program? Curious as to what an accelerator even does? Wondering if the format is right for you? Cool. Let's talk about that. All of that.

Please join PIE for a question and answer session to get more information on our programs and the benefits for early stage startups.

Questions about the programs we offer causing you to second guess whether you should even show up? Well, let's get that one answered first. Yes. The answer is yes. If you're the founder of an early stage startup that has a product of some sort, you should show up. Whether you're building a SaaS product, a hardware product, or a typical consumer product, PIE has a program to support you along your journey.

By participating in this event, you agree to abide by the PIE Code of Conduct: http://www.piepdx.com/code-of-conduct

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Thursday
Jan 27
PDXWIT Presents: Demystifying Financial Wellness
Virtual

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

A new year is upon us and with that often comes a financial check in. Join PDXWIT, Simple X, and First Tech Federal Credit Union for industry tips exploring the basics of getting your finances in order.

During the first half of the presentation, we’ll share how to build a plan for getting out of debt and how to save in ways that fit your budget. . The second half of the presentation will focus on ways to secure your financial future that go beyond saving a little bit every month.

We recognize that not everyone has had the opportunity or means to save, and that the financial sector has historically been set up to benefit existing racial and class hierarchies. We will spend some time touching on these important themes, and the myths that back them, during the event.

Agenda: 12:00 p.m. - Event opens/networking 12:05 p.m. - Introductions 12:10 p.m. - Presentation begins 12:50 p.m. - Q&A 1:00 p.m. - Event ends

Purpose: PDXWIT is building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling inequities and fueling belonging. Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Friday
Jan 28
Lifecycle of a Videogame with Kyle Rhône
The Tech Academy

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
Live Job Placement Q&A with Tyler Hoff from Open Teams
The Tech Academy

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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Saturday
Feb 5
Arts & Crafts Show'N'Tell
http://knowledgemavens.org/meeting

Looking for some inspiration to get creative? How about joining others for a Show'N'Tell to find some creative ideas?

Families and children are also welcome. I'll start by sharing some projects I've created on Instagram, Youtube, TikTok, and my kids are also excited to share their creations. Anyone else is welcome to share their artwork as well.

If you feel up to it, you're welcome to bring your art supplies, sewing kits, pottery equipment, cameras, sketchpads, or even digital to share with the group.

Let's get inspired and create together!

We'll be using the Jitsi app instead of Zoom. You can join on desktop or mobile by clicking this meeting link http://knowledgemavens.org/meeting

If you would like to stay connected for future sessions, you can connect on our social media, Discord, or Mailing List.

Get Inspired! Knowledge Mavens

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Friday
Feb 11
The Importance of Ongoing Education as a Developer with David Meyer
The Tech Academy

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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Thursday
Mar 10
Westside Pitch Competition
Walters Cultural Art Center in Hillsboro, OR

WHAT: Westside Pitch is a startup competition for Washington County entrepreneurs seeking to showcase their early-stage businesses and pitch their venture concept to a panel of local investors. Plus, thanks to generous sponsors, we are thrilled to offer several cash prizes: • First place $5,000 • Second place $2,500 The team is also seeking offerings of in-kind services provided by local businesses, such as accountants and attorneys.

WHO’S ELIGIBLE: Early-stage business ventures that currently operate or plan to operate in Washington County, Oregon, as well as people living in Washington County, are eligible to compete. Selected businesses will have developed or be in the process of developing a unique, scalable product or service that solves a major industry problem. Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1INTyR-jntmZiZYVWxnARqQGq9yeQlNFkp-_9swDmrOk/viewform?ts=611ee6d2&edit_requested=true&fbzx=111765315301126417

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro

DON’T WANT TO COMPETE: Join us in celebrating these innovative entrepreneurs! General admissions tickets can be purchased here: Purchase here https://oregon.tie.org/westside-pitch-2022/

KEY DATES: January 5, 2022 — Application process opens February 4, 2022 — Application deadline by 5pm PT February 21, 2022 — Finalist Announcement March 10, 2022 — Westside Pitch Competition

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: • Gold Sponsors: Washington County, City of Hillsboro, PGE • Silver Sponsors: City of Tigard, City of Sherwood, City of Beaverton, City of Tualatin • Supporting Sponsors: TiE Oregon, Buchalter, Vertigo Brewing (providing beer), D’Anu Wines (providing wine) • Appetizers provided by the Latina entrepreneurs who have graduated from the Adelante Mujeres Cocinemos Program

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Tuesday
Jan 19, 2038
Epochalypse
TBD

Wherever remains that still serves beer in 2038, we will party like it's 1970.

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