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Cloud Document Storage @DAMAPDX

Standard Insurance Center Auditorium
900 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204, United States (map)

Standard Insurance Center Atrium Room (top of the escalators)



Presented by David Howell CEO of Avatron

In 2013, the “Summer of Snowden” heightened awareness among businesses and individuals of the insecurity of data stored in the cloud. Despite that, people still routinely use Google Docs, whose corporate owner promises to sell private data to its customers, the advertisers. People still store sensitive data in the cloud, where data breaches are virtually inevitable. Avatron launched Air Connect, an alternative approach to allowing access of personal data from anywhere. Like Skype, Air Connect employs UDP tunneling to forge a direct connection to a remote computer, even if it is behind a stringent firewall or on a dynamic IP address. We’ll walk through the architecture of Air Connect, discussing design decisions made along the way. We’ll talk through the joys and woes of launching a geeky networking software service on Kickstarter. And we’ll talk about the ultimate demise of the Air Connect service.


Dave Howell is CEO of Avatron, a popular mobile app developer. Avatron’s apps include Air Sharing, the first iPhone app that allowed management, viewing, and printing of local and remote documents, Air Connect, which lets people connect directly and securely to a personal computer without sending data through the cloud, and Air Display, which turns a tablet into a computer monitor. Before founding Avatron in 2008, Dave was a senior software manager at Apple, where he contributed to productivity software and professional applications. Dave joined Apple when the computer company bought the assets of his previous company, Pablo Media. When he’s not leading software teams, Dave plays piano in a jazz quartet in Portland. On Twitter, you can follow Dave at @dshowell or Avatron at @avatron.


8:30 – 9:00 am – Sign In
9:00 – 10:15 am – Presentation
10:15 – 10:30 am – Break, Chapter Announcements
10:30 – 11:30 am – Presentation continued


Standard Insurance Center in the Atrium room, 900 SW 5th Avenue in Portland. Make sure you go to the Standard Insurance tower on 900 SW 5th Ave as there are two Standard locations in downtown Portland. The room is located at the top of the south elevator bank (as you enter from the 5th street sidewalk, continue to the right past the elevators and up the escalators, then through the double glass doors into a new window-ed space).


Costs cover continental breakfast and speaker travel costs
Free for Members!
$15 for Non-Members
$5 for Students with valid student ID
See our corporate members at damapdx.org

About DAMA Portland

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Data Administration Management Association has been serving the Portland data community since 1984. We are a not-for-profit, vendor independent, professional association dedicated to advancing the concepts and practices of enterprise information and data resource management.

Our primary purpose is to promote the understanding, development and practice of managing data, information and knowledge resources as key enterprise assets.

The DAMA Portland Chapter is dedicated to delivering thought provoking data-centric presentations that will make you more successful in your job.

Coming Presentations

April (20-Apr) Cloud Document Storage
May (18-May) Big Data mining and Deep Learning
June (15-Jun) Master Data Management
July (20-Jul) Data Science: Predictive Analytics
Sept (21-Sep) Cartographic license and building maps that work
Oct DAMA Day