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Oct 18, 2013
ACM Tech Talk: Connecting Android to MySQL: An Interactive Tutorial
Portland State University FAB, Room 86-09

In this talk, we will cover the basics of how to connect an Android device to a MySQL database. The technique used is adaptable to any database server (SQL Server, PostGRES, etc...)

As you probably know, Android does not have a built in functionality to access remote databases, instead it uses SQLLite, a flat file system.

However, using Java EE 7 and a simple PHP connectivity script, it is practically trivial to do the basic CRUD operations on a remotely hosted database.

Bring a laptop with Java 7 and Android SDK with Eclipse installed, and get ready to code. Or just bring yourself, and a sheet will be passed to have the connection code EMAILED to you after the venue.

About the speaker: Sean Walsh (aka Azadi) is the current vice chair of the Portland State Chapter of the ACM. Sean is currently finishing his Bachelor's of Computer Science with a Mathematics Minor at Portland State University, and has industry experience with deploying mobile apps for Android.

Nov 1, 2013
ACM Tech Talk: Student Success in Finding a Career
PSU Maseeh Engineering Building

Ever wondered what makes a student successful in landing that career after university life ends? Ever wanted to find that competitive edge that makes you stand out from the crowd? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, this tech talk is for you.

Frank Goovaerts is the Interim Director of Student Success at Portland State University at MCECS, and will be giving a tech talk on how to get that extra edge and what services he offers to help students transition from college to career.

Jul 28, 2015
eBay Tech Tuesdays: Let's Talk About the Kids
eBay Community Lounge

It’s summer!

Summer is for kids!

Summer is also for ice cream!

So July’s Tech Tuesday is about kids and ice cream!

Okay. It’s about kids - but we’ll have ice cream.

This month we’re bringing in three local organizations who are working with kids and teens to help them build the skills necessary for careers in technology. Leaders from ChickTech, iUrban Teen, and Girls Inc. will be talking with us about who they are, what they’re doing, and how you can get involved in their efforts.

These folks are doing really awesome things for youth and we’re excited to have them in the eBay house.

As Whitney Houston crooned, “Children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” So come, listen, and learn about what you can do to help shape the bright young minds that are the future of tech - and really, the future in general.

See you July 28th!


Doors open at 5:45pm, presentations start at 6:30pm.

Pizza, sodas, and ice cream (and a non-dairy option) will be available.

Oct 27, 2015
eBay Tech Tuesdays: "Music + Tech + Accessibility = Love"
eBay Community Lounge

October's Tech Tuesday will be incorporating three of our favorite things: music, tech, and accessibility, into one evening – and we are so excited.

October's Tech Tuesday will be incorporating three of my favorite things: music, tech, and accessibility, into one evening – and we are so excited!

We recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Myles de Bastion, Founder and Executive Director of CymaSpace. CymaSpace is a non-profit technology incubator and performance venue in SE Portland that’s using cymatic technology to do some very cool stuff with the performing arts and accessibility.

Cymatics is the science of wave phenomena (especially sound wave phenomena) and their visual and tactile representations.

We found Myles to be incredibly inspiring and motivational, and were absolutely thrilled when he agreed to participate in this month’s Meetup. He’ll be sharing his personal experience with hearing impairment, the motivations and passions behind CymaSpace, and the technologies being developed there.

There will be demos of CymaSpace’s hardware and software technologies during Myles’ presentation. The demos will include an acoustic singer/songwriter performing original songs, accompanied by a Certified Deaf Interpreter performing interpretive ASL, and a musical duo playing various instruments to demonstrate a full range of sonic frequencies translated into light.

If we’re lucky, there will be some other cool demo surprises as well.

This event is all-ages and with ASL interpreters for both the verbal presentation and demos, it is designed to be fully accessible to the Deaf community. As always, our Meetup is open to the public, so please spread the word.

As usual, doors open at 5:45pm and the presentation starts at 6:30pm. We expect this one will run a little longer than usual, though, ending closer to 8:15ish.

More about CymaSpace:

CymaSpace’s mission is to make the performing arts more accessible and inclusive to Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities by supporting research and development of new and emerging cymatic technology, hosting workshops and forums, and supporting an in-house team of tech innovators.

CymaSpace also presents live performing arts events enhanced by specialized equipment and installations which translate audio information into sight (light) and touch (vibration).

RSVP now and we'll see you on the 27th!

Oct 18, 2016
RuNT. Humanizing Technology with Mark Wyner
Wacom Experience Center

Don’t look now, but your life depends on user experience design. Smartphones lead us around by the hand, we strap computers to body parts like it’s going out of style, and autonomous cars are already on the road. Thankfully, Mark Wyner is determined to humanize those experiences. As a user experience designer, Mark has architected software for the US Army, Nike, Intel, Chrysler, and more. He has eloquently addressed the need for interfaces we understand and trust, both in writing and as a speaker at events like Webvisions. Come hear about his efforts to work with the machines, before they take over for good.

Nov 7, 2017
Women's Tech Talk Series - UX & Design
AppNexus 711 SW Alder Street Suite 400 Portland, OR 97205

So many of us are building really cool shit at work and in the community - let's share, recognize and applaud our badassery. Through this WTT series, we aim to perpetuate the technical learning and teaching component within our industry.

Partnering with local WIT communities we'll meet monthly for a lightning talk + keynote, followed by Q&A. Oh, and food/drink. Curated for a technical audience compromised of but not limited to women, transgender and non binary friends. We'll start promptly at 5:15 and end by 6:30, we welcome kiddos too.

UX/Design Speaker Lineup!

Lightning Talk, Callie Carroll: DIY Usability Testing for Devs - UX Research for Non Researchers Callie survived the life of a front-end web developer during the (original) Dot-Com Bubble, working at companies like Yahoo!, Sabre, and Fiserv. After, she shifted her focus deliberately to usability and accessibility, earning a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, and worked in house as a User Experience Researcher at Amazon and Intel, and in accessibility at Apple.

Keynote, Carrie Bisazza: Design Leadership - Solving CX At Scale, My Path from Pixels to Spreadsheets Carrie is the Director of Selling Design Experience at eBay.

Questions/want to chat/interested in speaking? [email protected]

Dec 5, 2017
Women's Tech Talk Series - AWS, Cognitive Services
711 SW Alder Street Suite 400

Please RSVP:

WHY WE'RE HERE So many of us are building amazing things at work and in the community - let's share, recognize and applaud our badassery. Our intent is to create speaking opportunities for gender minorities while holding a safe space for this technical learning community. We are thrilled to host women and non binary speakers both local and from across the country. Talks are geared towards a technical audience compromised of respectful, curious, supportive individuals who care deeply about technology. We start promptly at 5:15 and end by 6:30, kiddos welcome. Food and drink provided courtesy of Microsoft's Cloud Developer Advocacy Team.

Lightning Talk

Angela Yen: AWS 101 - The Basics of AWS in 7 Minutes or Less

Angela Yen is a senior software engineer at Cloudability, where she works on an app that helps companies manage and scale their cloud use efficiently. Prior to starting a new life surrounded by code, she worked as the producer of an international performing arts festival and before that as a legal aid attorney. Pronouns: she/her/hers


Paige Bailey: Well-Aged Bacon: Guessing Kevin Bacon's Age

Paige is Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. When she's not sitting in front of glowing rectangular screens at work, she absolutely adores hiking / kayaking / mountain-biking around Texas' glorious Green Belt; resuscitating Apples; and (poorly!) attempting to play bass guitar. Personal passions are sustainable energy and climate change research; STEM education reform; and empowering local governments via data science. @DynamicWebPaige Pronouns: she/her/hers

Questions/feedback/interested in speaking? [email protected]

Jul 12, 2018
Nike Tech Talks
Nike Decathlon Club Cafe

Join Amy Nguyen, Software Engineer at Stripe, at the next Nike Tech Talks on July 12. Amy will give a talk on Using Chrome Developer Tools to Get What You Want.

Food and beverages will be served, and there will be time to network before and after the talk.


Apr 2, 2019
Bumped: Tech Events - PDX Startup Week: Meet the New Kids Panel
111 SW 5th Ave

Join us for the first time ever in Bumped’s new office—it's so new in fact, that it’s still under construction—for drinks, snacks, and conversation about the startups that are building exciting momentum in PDX! No hard hat required.

Our panel of companies who are either new to the scene or fresh off a big round of funding include:

Sce Pike, CEO & Founder, IOTAS — $6.5M raised
Lance Charlish, CEO & Co-Founder, Circle Media Labs — $20M Series B
James McDermott, CEO & Co-Founder, Lytics — $35M Series C
David Nelsen, CEO & Co-Founder, Bumped — Launched in 2018, $19M Series A

Moderator TBD

Don’t miss the chance to hear directly from the folks that are poised to impact the local tech scene in a big way!

When: Tuesday April 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Bumped HQ: 111 SW 5th Ave Suite 300
5:30: Event opens
6:00-6:30pm: Panel
6:30-6:45pm: Q&A
6:45-7:30pm: Mix, mingle, and toast to PDX tech!