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Jan 21, 2009
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Amnesia Brewing

Primarily will be a discussion of what a demonstration project of community fiber-to-the-premises in Portland might look like.

Mar 20, 2010
pdxfiber's Portland Reach: Play in the world's largest "telephone game"
NW Couch and Naito Parkway

Portland Attempts World Record to get Google’s attention. World’s longest “Telephone Game” needs only 700 people.

A group of citizens are organizing the world’s longest “Telephone Game” as an attempt to get the attention of Google.

The Technology giant has put out a Request For Information (RFI) to municipalities who may be interested in partnering with Google to install a 1 gigabyte fiber optic network that will serve 50,000 to 500,000 homes.

The RFI has already caused quite a stir among cities large and small across America. In an attempt to gain the favor of the company, one city, Topeka, Kansas decided to change its name to Google for a day.

The City of Portland is taking the proposal seriously and will be adopting a resolution Wednesday, March 17th to provide a proposal to the search engine colossus. The project would be a significant undertaking for Google. Estimates are that they would need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to lay a fiber optic network in most cities, whereas in Portland, City efforts to facilitate it have already tilled the fields for high-speed broadband.

The significance of the project is that it would provide speeds of one hundred times greater than is available today in the United States, potentially spurring innovative, revenue generating businesses and jobs in the city that is awarded the prize.

A group of citizens in the technology and creative industries clusters have joined in the effort to “Woo the Goog”, since the RFI states that citizen involvement will be a deciding factor in awarding the fiber network.

The Game will stretch from Pioneer Courthouse Square, and attempt to cross the Steel Bridge to the steps of the Rose Garden arena. The event will begin at 9am Saturday March 20th, and the record-breaking Telephone game attempt will start at the east side of the Steel Bridge at 9:30, reaching Mayor Sam Adams in Pioneer Courthouse Square at approximately 10:30. All who are interested are encouraged to meet at the corner of NW Couch and Naito Parkway.

World’s Longest Telephone Game Saturday, March 20th 2010 Rose Garden across the Steel Bridge

Contact: Donna Hougland [email protected] 503-313-9152

Jun 9, 2014
FutureTalk with Chris Rieth + Hopworks Happy Hour
New Relic

Data-Powered Government

Join us for an evening with Chris Rieth from Socrata, who has spent his career in public service as a steadfast proponent of public sector innovation, focused on putting data to work to help governments make and share progress using evidence-based policy decisions, engage citizens in new and exciting ways, and leverage technology to improve collaboration and connect stakeholders.

HUB Happy Hour

In addition to our FutureTalk with Chris, Hopworks Urban Brewery will be providing the beer - a re-launch of Gigabit IPA! Gigabit IPA was introduced in 2010 as part of a campaign surrounding the Google Fiber initiative. Hopworks is re-launching Gigabit IPA now because Portland is one of nine metro areas being considered for Google Fiber.

This is the 8th event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Doors will open at 5:30p. The networking happy hour sponsored by Hopworks will kick off with a special announcement at 6p, and includes free beer, food and drinks provided by HUB, Bellagios and New Relic. There will also be a short TAO Dev Com BIG DATA event primer featuring Allen Grimm, Data Scientist at Cloudability and Sovolve. The presentation will begin right at 7p.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Chris works on Socrata’s GovStat initiative and recently served as a top advisor to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley where he helped evolve and build on Maryland’s StateStat performance management solution. StateStat is used by the State of Maryland to manage the vast majority of its agencies, budget, and workforce. StateStat is also credited with significant achievements in outcomes, such as a 24.5 percent reduction in violent crime, and the nation’s number one rating for Maryland’s public school system.

You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisrieth

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

Sep 12, 2018
SIM-Portland September Meeting: "The State of IT in the State”
University Club of Portland

About the event
Please join us for the SIM Portland September 2018 meeting when a panel of experts from the Office of the State CIO will review what is happening in IT in the State of Oregon, and what new opportunities and challenges are being worked on, and how can public and private IT organizations lead and partner to implement these goals.

Key topics that will be explored include,
• Review of current State of Oregon IT planning and initiatives, including,
• State of Oregon Cybersecurity initiative including Cybersecurity Advisory Council and awareness
• Statewide Broadband initiative and addressing the Digital Divide with OregonFIBER
• What does this all mean to IT leadership? How can we partner and collaborate? What should we be planning for?

The Distinguished Panelists
• Melody Riley Ralphs, Chief Technology Officer, Oregon’s State Chief Information Office
• Dave McMorries, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, State of Oregon
• Jordan Masanga (Panel Chair), CIO, Oregon PERS

5:30 PM Social
6:30 PM Dinner
6:50 PM Meeting Start
7:00 PM Keynote and Q&A
8:15 PM Close