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Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

112 Sw 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)

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  • Monday
    Feb 13 2017
    OWASP Chapter Planning Meeting


    This is a planning meeting for the Portland OWASP chapter. Please join us if you are interested in helping us plan and organize the activities of the chapter for the next year.

    Please RSVP if you plan on showing up. Just shoot an email to

    ( tim DOT morgan AT owasp DOT org )

    Some of the topics we expect to discuss at this meeting:

    • Training day recap
    • Leadership roles and committments
    • Upcoming chapter meetings
    • YOUR ideas

    The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501c3 not-for-profit worldwide charitable organization focused on improving the security of application software. To sign up for future meeting notes and to discuss security topics with local gurus, sign up on the OWASP Portland mailing list: https://lists.owasp.org/mailman/listinfo/owasp-portland

    Meetings are free and open to the public.

  • Tuesday
    Nov 17 2015
    To Certify or Not to Certify | Project Management Event

    It’s widely known that Project Management requires a certain personality to juggle people and process with a smile. But do Project Managers excel because of certifications, or because of experience? Come join us on November 17th to hear from a diverse panel of Project Management professionals that have gone back to the textbooks for certifications and others who have bypassed formal education for on-the-job experience. All are equally successful with a variety of pros and cons, you won’t want to miss the certification debate from our panelists.

    Questions to be answered:

    How easy or difficult is it to earn certifications? What is the professional value of earning certifications? What type of certification is most widely accepted or required? What specific experience has removed the need for a certification? What is the monetary value of each certification, or choosing none? What is the right certification for your current and future role?


    Saby Waraich Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) Saby Waraich is an International Speaker & Coach with over 16 years of experience in Information Technology, Project Management and Leadership Development. Saby has been serving PMI Portland Chapter as a Volunteer for the last 7 years and is currently leading the Chapter as its President. Saby is currently working as Senior Information Systems Manager at City of Portland, and as an adjunct Professor at PCC and University of Phoenix. Saby enjoys working with people and brings enthusiasm, inspiration & leadership qualities. Saby is a graduate of Portland State with Master's in Engineering and Technology Management and a Bachelor's in Computer Science & Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India. He is fluent in 4 languages which brings different frames of reference to approach problems and is a self-directed, confident individual with an ability to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. Saby lives in Happy Valley (near Portland, Oregon) with his wife and two kids.

    Adam Edgerton

    Adam is a Senior Producer at Instrument. He has spent much of the last decade in technical project management on both client and agency sides. From leading large-scale enterprise projects to overseeing client project portfolios to growing and managing a team of project managers, he has cut his teeth on the entire digital project management experience.

    Mitch Huff Certified Scrum Master

    Mitch Huff is an Agile Program Manager at Viewpoint Construction Software, where he's been leading development of a Software as a Service product for enterprise businesses. Prior to Viewpoint, Mitch led software teams for Nike's FuelBand and Running experiences. His teams were the first at Nike to deliver their software to production continuously, serving traffic from millions of customers with multiple software deployments per day.

    Mitch started his career in 2000 with his own business building websites out of his Virginia Tech dorm room during the .com bubble. He continued coding even after focusing his career on project management ten years ago. One of his current coding projects is a simulator that predicts a software project's range of delivery dates for teams using Kanban and continuous delivery. Some of his recent side-projects have included http://meetingmerit.com and http://spinwhim.com

    Julie Morse Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

    Julie Morse is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She earned her certifications at MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. in 2003 and has practiced Lean Six Sigma project work since then in both manufacturing and healthcare companies. Julie is currently working as the Process Improvement Project Manager for Clinicient, Inc. Julie’s personal mission statement is “To help others see a new way of doing things that improves their efficiency and work/life balance.”
    Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Her passions in life include spending time with her 2 nephews, 3 dogs and driving a convertible MINI Cooper with PDXMINI.org. Julie lives in Hillsboro, OR.

    Event Details Date: Tuesday, November 17th Time: 7:30am - 9:30am I 7:30am Networking I 8:00am Program Where: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR Cost: $25 Members I $45 Nonmembers

  • Thursday
    Sep 24 2015
    Teamwork Best Practices between Development, Test, and DevOps | Dev & Eng Event

    What's the best way to collaborate as a team to move code from development to production? What tools are available that really work? And how do you get your team on-board to use them?

    Join us September 24 for Teamwork Best Practices between Development, Test, and DevOps! During this event industry practitioners will share practical experience, different models to use and best practices associated with DevOps, Development and Testing. They are also prepared to discuss insights into the new advances in this area.

    Panelist: Andrew Blew, Manager - Service Reliability Engineering at iovation Jim Dewson, DevOps Manager at HealthSparq *Lisa Davis, QA & DevOps Engineering Manager at Columbia Sportswear

    Moderator: Randy Pelligrini, Software Quality Assurance Manager at Healthsparq

    Event Details: Date: September 24 Time: 5:30-8:00 pm Where: Kells Irish Pub Cost: Members $25 | Non-members $45

  • Wednesday
    Jun 17 2015
    Tech Talent on the Move - Protecting Your Enterprise When Onboarding and Exiting Key Employees

    In today’s world, talent, ideas, and business relationships—the lifeblood of a thriving technology company—are as mobile and transferrable as ever. The departure of a few key employees to a competitor can wreak havoc on an enterprise, particularly when the departing employees take concepts, critical skills, or major customers with them. In that situation, if you’re an executive or human resources professional, you might be more than a bit perturbed at the departing employees, who essentially have “poached” assets that may have taken you and your colleagues years to develop. How do you react? Could it have been prevented?

    There’s also a flip side: what if you’re trying to hire the employees? You may well have no designs on your competitors’ IP, but a competitor that’s just lost three of its superstars may not see it that way. What’s the best way to minimize the risk of incurring a competitor’s wrath (and potentially a lawsuit) when recruiting and onboarding key employees? What about strategies and best practices for negotiating new noncompetition agreements with the employees?

    On June 17th, a panel of executives, CTOs, and HR professionals will discuss their experiences in onboarding and exiting key employees, with an emphasis on how and when they use noncompetition agreements to protect their businesses. Learn which strategies are likely to work—and which likely won’t.

    Panel: Ayla Goren, Sr. Human Resources Manager, Elemental Technologies Suk Kim, Vice President & General Counsel, Urban Airship Ananthan Thandri, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Mentor Graphics

    Moderator: Edward Piper, Associate, Stoel Rives LLP

  • Wednesday
    May 27 2015
    IT & HR – Pivotal Partners in Change and Transformation by way of IT Implementation

    he changing business environment, and rapid company growth force companies to change, add and upgrade their technology. Rolling out new technology puts additional demands on the organization and its employees that aren't always anticipated during the project planning stages. Employees that you thought would like the new technology are now suddenly barriers and some might even be vocal detractors. How do you keep the implementation on track and gain employee buy in of the new technology to ensure it is adopted successfully?

    Join our panel of IT & HR executives to learn how this key partnership can help your company and your people achieve successful change and transformation.

    Discussion Topics Include:

    • Changing the perception of IT implementation
    • Key planning lessons for preparing your teams for significant change and transformation
    • How to develop an employee readiness plan to keep your employees informed, engaged and prepared to embrace something new
    • Leveraging employee champions and addressing the detractors or even ones that are actively trying to derail the adoption
    • Best practices in managing the outcomes of significant change: shifts in culture, transforming jobs and changes in staffing, and declines in employee satisfaction and engagement levels
    • Laying the proper groundwork to establish policies managers can enforce


    First Tech Federal Credit Union - How the HR and IT Departments at First Tech Federal Credit Union worked together to implement several new system integrations effectively. - Monique Little, Chief People Officer, First Tech Federal Credit Union Mike Upton, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, First Tech Federal Credit Union

    HR Technology Consulting / Pacific Natural Foods -- How utilizing a 3rd party consultant can add support and value. - Kathy Galaway, Principal, HR Technology Consulting - Kathy Murray, Vice President of Human Resources, Pacific Natural Foods

    Multnomah County -- Will share tips, tricks and valuable tools they use to manage change within their organization. - Becca Beck, Applications Manager for the Heath Department (MCHD) and the Department of County Human Services (DCHS) Portfolios, Multnomah County, Department of County Assets

    • Jane Williams, PMP, Manager for Technology, Learning Development Projects, Multnomah County, Department of County Management

    Moderator: Ken Wiley, Wiley and Associates LLC

  • Thursday
    May 14 2015
    What's New in Healthcare Software Development | Dev & Digital Health Event

    What's New in Healthcare Software Development | Developers and Digital Health Community Event

    Join us after work for stimulating panel discussion about new tools, techniques and technologies for developing Healthcare software. Come learn how to build software faster, improve reliability, address escalating security requirements while supporting HIPAA, HL7 and other emerging health data standards. Meet a panel of experienced leaders in software development while you connect with your peers in healthcare high tech. This event is suitable both for developers working with healthcare technology and people new or interested in creating healthcare software.


    *Doug Clauder, Senior Application Engineer at OHSU

    There are several options for integrating real time data with Epic, each with strengths and weaknesses. In some cases the implementation is trivial, in other cases impossible. We’ll try to identify approaches that give your project has the highest chance of success. We’ll also discuss a simple front end integration option, and look at where real time integration is headed.

    *John Gasper, Director of Big Data Solutions at Cambia Health Solutions

    John will discuss the importance of big data and how it is impacting the healthcare industry. He will address constraints developers face in the healthcare field and the importance of security. He will address API strategies including using tools like Apigee. He will also address technologies such as Strata, R, and Hadoop.

    *Yarisa Jaroch Gonzalez, Director Software Development and Verification at Biotronik

    Yarisa Jaroch has been developing Biotronik medical products for 15 years. As Micro Systems Engineering, Director of Software Development and Verification, she leads the development and verification of software used in implanted medical device systems. Her focus is on software for specialized medical equipment used by physicians and other health professionals to communicate with, program and run diagnostics of implantable devices. Prior to that, she worked in safety critical software for other industries.

    *Diego Huerta, BI Practice Manager at unosquare


    *Mark Wyman, VP of Technology at Cambia Health Solutions


    When: Thursday, May 14th

    Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

    Where: Kells Irish Restaurant, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR

    Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers

  • Wednesday
    Jul 23 2014
    ForgeRock's 3rd annual social July 23rd at Kell's Irish Pub!

    ForgeRock welcomes you to our 3rd annual social at Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204. 

    Date: July 23, 2014 
 Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30PM
 Location: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR, 97204

    Free beverages to guests wearing a ForgeRock wristband! Be sure to look for a ForgeRock staff member passing out wristbands during OSCON to gain entry into this exclusive event!

    We look forward to an evening of discussion about: 

    • Identity Relationship Management

    • Data Stores
    • Authentication
    • Authorization 

    • User provisioning
    • Community
    • Contributions
    • Developments
    • Events
  • Wednesday
    May 14 2014
    Manual to Automation - what's the road-map for QA?

    Anyone following recent market trends in the Quality Assurance world would be forced to think about the diminishing importance of Manual Testing. Or should I say exponentially increasing popularity of automation testing. Questions like… Do Testers have to write code? Can manual Testers become Automation Engineers?

    TAO has pooled Quality Assurance Leadership talent from across Oregon to speak and prod this topic further. Our panelists share your pain. They all come from backgrounds where they deal with the pros and cons of how to test every day.


     Tim Farley, Quality Engineering & Specialized Testing Manager, Cambia Health Solutions
     Joseph Ruskiewicz, Quality Architect Engineer, eBay Mobile
     James Lee, Quality Technical Lead, Nike
     Ryan Davis, Test Automation Engineer, Nike
     Sam Woods, QA Automation Lead, Nike

    Event Details

    When: Wednesday, May 14th

    Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM

    Where: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

    Cost: $25 Members, $45 Nonmembers

  • Wednesday
    Mar 12 2014
    Four FUDs of the Cloud - Discussed, Dissected and Debunked

    Cloud computing has quickly evolved from marketing terminology and buzzwords to a valuable and often vital way to conduct business and deliver services. With the rapid rate of cloud adoption and the constant change in the industry, it can be confusing to sift through all the information and get to the facts. Join us as we discuss “The Top Four FUDs of the Cloud” in a fun pub environment.

    The Four FUD Topics and Presenters Are:

    Differences in Service Delivery (SaaS and on Premise Solutions) -- Gabe Authier, Product Manager for Cloud Computing, Viewpoint Construction Software will discuss integrated vs. customized, the importance of renewals (B4B vs. B2B) and the focus on strategy and business outcomes.

    Security and Compliance -- Adam Shnider, Managing Director, NW Coalfire Systems will discuss SSAE16, HIPPA, PCI, etc. and what customers expect from cloud vendors from a compliance support standpoint, customer requirements, and the minimum requirements everyone should have, and how not all cloud providers and services are created equal.

    Financial Impacts -- Chris Wheaton, VP of Services at Jive Software will discuss services revenue models and how they differ from being subscription based vs. traditional license and maintenance. He will also discuss how to generate incremental services revenue when there is no longer a defined maintenance revenue stream.

    Success Stories – Adam Lynch, Co-Founder, Hubbub Health will share success stories despite all the F.U.D!

    The speakers will then host a now classic Reddit-style AMA (Ask Me Anything) session after their presentations, giving attendees a chance to ask questions and add to what’s sure to be a lively discussion.

    This event will be moderated by Claire Hernandez, VP of Client Services, HealthSparq.

    Who Should Attend?

    •Decision makers searching to find how cloud fits with their business

    •Those managing or subscribing to existing cloud based services

    Event Details: When: Wednesday, March 12th Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Where: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers Register: www.techoregon.org

    Event Sponsors: ASG HealthSparq

  • Friday
    Feb 14 2014
    Four F.U.D.s of the Cloud

    Cloud computing has quickly evolved from marketing terminology and buzzwords to a valuable and often vital way to conduct business and deliver services. With the rapid rate of cloud adoption and the constant change in the industry, it can be confusing to sift through all the information and get to the facts. Join us as we discuss “The Top Four FUDs of the Cloud” in a fun pub environment.

    The Four FUD Topics and Presenters Are:

    Differences in Service Delivery (SaaS and on Premise Solutions) --Jorge Zelaya, VP of Client Services at EasyStreet will discuss integrated vs. customized, the importance of renewals (B4B vs. B2B) and the focus on strategy and business outcomes.

    Security and Compliance -- Adam Shnider, Managing Director, NW Coalfire Systems will discuss SSAE16, HIPPA, PCI, etc. and what customers expect from cloud vendors from a compliance support standpoint, customer requirements, and the minimum requirements everyone should have, and how not all cloud providers and services are created equal.

    Financial Impacts -- Chris Wheaton, VP of Services at Jive Software will discuss services revenue models and how they differ from being subscription based vs. traditional license and maintenance. He will also discuss how to generate incremental services revenue when there is no longer a defined maintenance revenue stream.

    Success Stories – Adam Lynch, Founder and Director of Product Development, Hubbub Health will share success stories despite all the F.U.D!

    The speakers will then host a now classic Reddit-style AMA (Ask Me Anything) session after their presentations, giving attendees a chance to ask questions and add to what’s sure to be a lively discussion.

    This event will be moderated by Claire Hernandez, VP of Client Services, HealthSparq.

    Who Should Attend •Decision makers searching to find how cloud fits with their business

    •Those managing or subscribing to existing cloud based services

    Event Details: When: Wednesday, March 12th Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Where: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers Register: http://www.techoregon.org/event?eventid=10338927009

    Event Sponsor: ASG Software Solutions

  • Thursday
    Nov 7 2013
    Death by Technical Debt: Lessons Learned to get you Unburied

    Technical debt is inevitable in applications development and many organizations and teams struggle to manage it – when to take it on, when to avoid it and when and how to pay it down. On Thursday evening, November 7 the Development and Quality Assurance forums at the Technology Association of Oregon will bring together panelists representing different organizational, industry and product development perspectives to discuss their experiences and lessons from managing technical debt. This event will offer insight into how to define technical debt and tackle it realistically. A Q&A session will follow the panelists’ briefs. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and share their experiences. This event will offer something for all organizational levels and roles.

    Panelists include: James Shore, Agile Consultant & Coach Todd Whitaker, Technical Product Manager, Product Owner, TripWire Mark Menger, Manager Application Delivery Systems, PGE Becky James, Sr. Director of Software Development, WebMD Mark Campillo, Sr. Director Software Engineering, NWEA Chris Woerner, VP Product Management, ADP Andrew Richards, CTO, nResult

  • Wednesday
    Oct 16 2013
    Orchestrate.io Meetup - NoSQL-as-a-Service and the Composable App

    Developers, mobile app builders, NoSQL enthusiasts - join Orchestrate.io for discussions about databases, sharing war stories from production, and to have a little fun.

    Please sign up here.

    The meetup takes place at Ceili Ballroom at Kells Irish Restaurant on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Led by Antony Falco, CEO of Orchestrate.io, and Adam DuVander, Developer Communications Director at SendGrid, we'll reflect on the life of infrastructure and databases as we once knew them, and raise our glasses to a future without them.

    Libations and appetizers will be provided, with Interment to follow.

  • Thursday
    Jan 31 2013
    Technology Association of Oregon Developers Forum: Product Planning in an Agile World - Bridging the Gap Between Vision & Backlog

    In the agile software development world many techniques exist to aid teams in constructing and organizing backlogs into sprints. But what about a collaborative technique to visualize the big picture between the vision and the product backlog? How do you support fixed milestones while still being agile? Roadmaps can help bridge the gap between the long term vision and the current sprint. So what are some best practices? What methods have been used in the past, good and bad, and how can we improve the process at our own organizations?

    Panelists: •Adam Light, Management Consultant - Agile Delivery •David Nash, Vice President Product Management, ADP •Dean Bergan, Vice President Network Engineering, ADP Dealer Services International •Dave Patterson, Sr. Agile Software Engineering and Quality Leader
    •Dorian Simpson, Managing Director, Planning Innovation and former PDMA President

    Moderator: •Jeff Krueger, Chairman of the TAO Technology Leadership Exchange and PM Evangelist

    Please join the Technology Association of Oregon Development Forum and the Oregon Product Development Managers Association in a panel discussion as we share ideas and talk about lessons learned.

    Event Details: When: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM (includes buffet dinner) Where: Kells Irish Restaurant, Portland,OR Cost: $25 Members $45 Nonmembers Register: TAO - 503-228-5452

    Series Sponsors: Rally Software Salesforce.com

  • Wednesday
    Oct 17 2012
    TAO QA & DEV Forum Event: Mobile Development and Testing in the Real World

    QA and Dev Forum Event: Mobile Development and Testing in the Real World

    Over the past few years the number of mobile applications has exploded. What started as a way to deliver phone-based games and utilities has become a means to extend the functionality of phones and similar mobile devices. Corporations are now leveraging these applications to extend their products and services, retailers are deploying them as mobile point of sale devices and new companies, products and services are forming to deliver offerings in the mobile application space.

    On Wednesday evening, October 17, the Development and Quality Assurance forums at the Technology Association of Oregon are presenting a panel discussion on building and testing mobile applications. Whether you’re currently building mobile applications, are planning to build them or just curious about building them, this discussion is intended to provide lessons learned from real-world experiences. The panel members represent mobile application development and testing in a variety of domains from extending corporate websites to back-end transaction processing to apps for sale on the market places.

    Click Here for more information and to Register.

  • Thursday
    Sep 13 2012
    QA Forum Event: The Future of QA

    QA has seen so much happen in the last 5 years, from mobile, to cloud, to social media and beyond - challenging every company to do things faster and still maintain high quality. The question on the table is: Where does QA go from here? We’ve been hearing from our members that they would like a discussion about the future of Quality Assurance, Testing methodologies, and the impact it may have on our career paths. This is highlighted by the need to define the role of QA on an Agile team, which may differ from the classic "career QA” path.

    We have assembled a panel of thought leaders representing the academic, business, and practitioner view to discuss and clarify the future path of QA . We hope you can join us for this interactive lunch event!

    Click here for more information and to register!.

  • Thursday
    Sep 22 2011
    The Right Tool for the Job: iovation Shares How Cassandra Helped Them Scale

    Identifying fraud and suspicious activity on the Internet is all about data. iovation protects its customers by analyzing devices performing high value transactions and recommending an action in real-time based on past activity. Apache Cassandra can consume and analyze a ridiculous amount of data while keeping costs low.

    At iovation an implementation using Cassandra currently supports 10,000 read/write operations per second on a cluster storing over 1 billion rows in 500GB, Cassandra makes this solution horizontally scalable, highly available, recoverable, and cheap (under $20k).

    In this presentation Darin will cover some of the other options his team explored, hardware choices that were made, and the more interesting tunables Cassandra offers that allow you to squeeze IOPS out of your cluster.

    Presenter: Darin Glatt, Principal Application Architec, iovation Darin Glatt is software developer with over 10 years experience working with large-scale distributed systems. He is currently the Application Architect for iovation where he helps fight fraud, account take over, and identity theft on the Internet by tracking device reputation and suspicious activity in real-time. Prior to taking on the bad guys of the Internet, Darin helped build a massively multi-player blackjack game for the UltimateBet platform and developed MetroOnes nationwide VoIP network, the backbone of their 411 offering.

  • Thursday
    Sep 1 2011
    Agile Metrics that Matter

    Good business decisions require relevant and valid information. Deciding what information is relevant can be challenging – especially as organizations transition to Agile development and project management methods. This presentation will explore ways to use the Goal-Question-Metric (GQM) technique to inform good decisions by identifying some relevant reporting measures when applying the Agile scrum methodology.

    Agile teams value working software over comprehensive documentation. Teams deliver working software in short, iterative releases of business value rather than larger releases of longer duration. This increases the need to make quick decisions and the need for relevant and timely information. GQM provides a goal-driven way to identify the information our stakeholders really need.

    This presentation will walk through using GQM, look at examples of applying it, review some relevant Agile measures and discuss relevant measures for different stakeholders. Audience participation is expected.

  • Thursday
    Aug 4 2011
    How to Avoid Being the Next Security Breach Headline (OWASP v3)

    Join the SAO's QA Forum for another dynamic lunch program, to learn about the Open Web Application Security (OWASP) Testing Guide v3 and how to verify the security of your running applications. This is a great opportunity to network with a great local speaker (Mike Hryekewicz, Software Engineer V, Standard Insurance Company) and industry peers and to find out about Oregon job openings and upcoming community events.

    OWASP Testing Guide describes a set of techniques for finding different kinds of security vulnerabilities within an application. This technique is used by testers and developers to help produce secure code and to supplement security reviewers application assessment efforts.

    This presentation will provide an overview of the guide, a road map for where it is heading in the next release, and guidance for how it can be applied in the business of producing secure software solutions.

    Who should attend? Anyone interested in Web Application Security, including management, security professionals, developers, students, etc..

    Agenda 11:00am Doors open 11:00am-11:30am Registration, networking and lunch 11:30am Welcome & Community Announcements 11:45am Program starts 12:50pm Final questions 1:00pm Program ends

  • Monday
    Jun 20 2011
    The Evolving Mobile Ecosystem and MeeGo with Gail Frederick atthe Portland MeeGo Meetup

    The Evolving Mobile Ecosystem and MeeGo with Gail Frederick

    Description: The mobile ecosystem is evolving rapidly with manydifferent operating systems, devices and applications offeringchoices for consumers and device manufacturers. In thispresentation, Gail will offer her insights about how the mobileecosystem is evolving and where it is going along with someinsights into how MeeGo might fit into the broader mobileecosystem over time.

    Bio: Gail Rahn Frederick works at Intel as a product planner forMeeGo. In her own time, she is an author, occasional developerand evangelist for standards-based Mobile Web and mobileapplication development. Her mobile applications and mobile websites have been deployed to 10+ mobile operators in North Americaand Europe.

    Please RSVP to help us plan for the right number of seats andsnacks.

    When: Monday, June 20, 2011, 6:00pm Where: Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Attendees: 10 Comments: 0 http://plancast.com/p/5vhp

  • Thursday
    May 19 2011
    Going Mobile? Web Frameworks vs Native Apps: A Case Study from WebMD


    Presented by the Developer Forum of the Software Association of Oregon. Online registration is open through the website until 5pm on May 18.


    The sudden rise of smart phones interests organizations in extending their existing applications to work with mobile devices. The question immediately rises whether to develop native apps for the mobile platforms or to create a mobile-friendly web site.

    Both approaches have pros and cons, but some code frameworks make it easy to produce websites that look and feel close to a native app by making use of HTML5 and CSS3.

    Recently WebMD wanted to make a user’s Personal Health Record available in a mobile friendly manner. This talk will go over the key points which drove us to use the jQTouch framework over native apps, and it will go into technical detail showing how this framework allowed for a very fast and clean implementation.

    The event includes networking, program, and lunch.


    Jake Hall, Lead Developer, WebMD Jake Hall has worked in the software industry for 10 years. He has spent the last 6 years at WebMD Health Services Group and is currently Lead Developer and is has been providing leadership on the development team in moving to mobile applications.

  • Thursday
    Feb 3 2011
    Database Testing: Maximum Coverage with a Minimum of Data

    Maximum Coverage with a Minimum of Data: How Equivalence Classes can be used to narrow down the amount of data needed for analysis

    In Quality Assurance, an Equivalence Class is the set of all inputs that can be seen as interchangeable with one another without impacting the results of the test, where only one of them needs to be tested in order to have confidence in the test results. Automation can certainly help facilitate running all scenarios, but it isn't always possible or practical to create a completely automated test suite. This lunch time presentation is ideal for the QA Engineer who is trying create a data set and complimentary set of test cases that accurately validates the code without having to run through a seemingly endless matrix of possibilities.

    When making an analysis of the behavior of a system that is based on a large set of data, you have basically three options presented: Full data-set analysis, Analysis of a randomly sampled subset of the data, or Selection of a subset of data based on Equivalence Class Elimination.

    In this presentation we will talk about the pro's and con's of each approach, and then focus on how to proceed with the Equivalence Class methodology in greater detail. Please join us for this informative and interactive discussion followed by a Q&A session.

  • Monday
    Jan 17 2011
    January Portland MeeGo Network Meetup

    The next Portland MeeGo Meetup will be next Monday, January 17 at 6:30pm at Kells. I know this isn't a lot of advance notice, but to make it up to you, we have reserved the room at Kells for the third Monday of every month starting in March. We're skipping February to celebrate Presidents Day.

    For the meeting this month, we invite anyone who wants to learn more about MeeGo to come hang out and talk about the project. If you have something specific that you want to learn or see, please reply to this post, and we'll see if we can get it on the agenda.

    Rough Agenda: 6:30 - 7:00: Hang out and talk to other people interested in MeeGo. 7:00 - 7:15: Introductions 7:15 - 7:45: Quim Gil - MeeGo on Nokia Device Demo 7:45 - 8:30: Open Agenda item or Q & A

    Logistics: Date: January 17 Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Location: Kells Private Room Upstairs at 112 SW 2nd Ave.

    It would be great if you could RSVP here to let us know how many snacks we should have available.

  • Wednesday
    Nov 10 2010
    Location-based Apps with Amber Case and Aaron Parecki

    Amber Case and her partner Aaron Parecki are the founders of Geoloqi. Geoloqi is a private, real-time mobile and web platform for secure location data, with features such as Geonotes, proximal notification, and sharing real-time GPS maps with friends. Geoloqi has been covered in the Willamette Week and Oregon Business. It has been presented at eComm, Open Source Bridge, Show and Tell PDX and Research Club under the alias Non-Visual Augmented Reality with SMS and GPS.

    What will you learn: Why developers of apps should look at what users want to do now, as well as what users want to do in their future. Why social apps should try to mirror real–world relationships Why sharing should be about who you share with as well as how long you want the information to be available. Why developers should think about making apps "ambient” and require less user interaction.

  • Tuesday
    May 11 2010
    Tour-based Testing: The Hacker's Landmark Tour

    Presented by the Quality Assurance Forum

    Growing application complexity, coupled with the exploding increase in application surface area, has resulted in new quality challenges for testers. Some test teams are adopting a tour-based testing methodology because it’s incredibly good at breaking down testing into manageable chunks. However, hackers are paying close attention to systems and developing new targeted attacks to stay one step ahead.

    Rafal Los takes you inside the hacker’s world, identifying the landmarks hackers target within applications and showing you how to identify the defects they seek out.

    Learn what "landmarks” are, how to identify them from functional specifications, and how to tailor negative testing strategies to different landmark categories. Test teams, already choked for time and resources and now saddled with security testing, will learn how to pinpoint the defect - from the mountains of vulnerabilities often uncovered in security testing - that could compromise the entire application.

    Meet the Speaker: Rafal Los, Hewlett-Packard Rafal Los, Web Application Security SME with Hewlett-Packard's Application Security Center (ASC), is a 10+ industry veteran who has worked in a variety of security positions - from consultant to Information Security Officer in the Fortune 100 - within some of the most demanding business environments.

    Rafal’s unique blend of technical expertise and business knowledge enable him to teach audiences about security techniques, programs and processes that they can both understand strategically, and realistically apply. He has extensive experience in security testing, risk analysis and management, penetration testing and architecture and policy. Rafal is an accomplished writer maintaining 2 popular blogs with numerous appearances in the mainstream media and niche sites such as Slashdot. Previous successes include building and implementing a successful web application security program for one of the largest and most diverse companies in the world.


    11:00am Guest check-in, networking & buffet lunch 11:30pm Program starts 12:50pm Program Q&A 1:00pm Program ends

    Get $10 off registration with code: spring Includes program, networking & lunch

    REGISTER: https://sao.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=100100

  • Monday
    Apr 5 2010
    Putting Analytics to Work

    How should your business leverage social media, email and on-site analytics to target customers? And what new analytic tools can you expect to shake up the market in the coming year?

    Join four of Portland's top analytics strategists as they discuss what your company should measure, what tools can help you cut through the noise, and why now is a critical time to get your systems into place. If your company is looking to improve its strategy for leveraging advanced analytics and social media to target specific markets, you will not want to miss this event.

    Join the SAO's EDGE and Marketing and Sales Forums at Kell's Irish Pub for an excellent discussion, interactive Q & A with the panelists, and a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.

    Panelists Adam Ware, Managing Partner, SwellPath (@wheresitworking) Alex Williams, Sales and Strategy, eROI (@alexcwilliams) Justin Garrity, Director of User Experience, Webtrends (@justinogarrity)

    Moderated by: Hallie Janssen, Vice President, Anvil Media, Inc. (@Hallie_Janssen)

  • Wednesday
    Dec 2 2009
    SAOpdx: E-Commerce and Customer Centric Selling

    Presented by IBM, Ascendant Technology, and the Marketing + Sales Forum

    If you are a corporate executive, business owner, or technology leader at your company, we would be pleased to have you participate in our panel moderated event with industry experts in the field of eCommerce. E-commerce and multi-channel selling is undergoing an accelerated evolution which has been driven by new technologies, rapidly evolving user behavior, and business model innovation. These trends are reshaping the market and the customer experience.

    Panelists Steve Gatto, Worldwide eCommerce Solutions, IBM Joe Davis, CEO, CoreMetrics Sean Wyrick, Commerce Business Unit Executive, Ascendant Craig Savio, Director eCommerce, Boeing

    Join us after the panel for hosted drinks and appetizers.

    Who should attend: Top Sales, Marketing, Technology, and Business Development Executives

    Sponsored by IBM and Ascendant Technology

    Tickets: $5/$15 member rate This event is closed to the press.

  • Thursday
    Nov 5 2009
    SAOpdx: Patterns for Sustainable Test Automation

    You're invited to the QA Forum's annual end of year dinner! Join us for a night of networking, learning, and great food.

    A panel will provide practical solution patterns for evolving a sustainable test automation framework in your environment. Efficient product teams find cross functional design and ownership of integrated test frameworks provides optimum return on automation investments. Each panel member will offer practical advice and on how to create sustainable automation framework, commonly owned by development and QA, producing a test automation environment that is sustainable and maintainable as the product evolves.

    Presenters Patrick McEnany, Sr. QA Manager, McAfee, Inc. Ward Cunningham, Chief Technology Officer, AboutUs.org Kevan Dunsmore, Software Architect, Sabrix Inc. Daniel Thom, Expert Engineer, Hewlett Packard

  • Thursday
    Oct 29 2009
    SAOpdx: I Wish I’d Thought of That: Creative Approaches to Closing Deals

    Presented by the Software Association of Oregon's Marketing + Sales Forum

    All the best new ideas have one thing in common: they make you ask, "Why didn't I think of that?" And when you finally get wise, you can only slap yourself on the forehead and promise to steal the idea the next time you can.

    The Software Association of Oregon's Marketing and Sales Forum (MSF) brings together seven of Portland's top deal makers to each share one creative closing technique. You'll leave the event with a new angle on how to close that stalled deal.

    Do you have a closing trick of your own? The panelists will also field ideas from the audience, give feedback, and award prizes for the most innovative ideas.

    The Marketing and Sales Forum consistently gathers local thought leaders to share success stories and strategies that help bolster the entire community. Don't miss this opportunity to learn something new and hobnob with Portland's most creative marketing and sales professionals.

    Join us after the program (7:00-8:00) for extended networking and a meet + greet with the presenters.

  • Wednesday
    Sep 23 2009
    SAOpdx: Poker Night

    Bring your friends, or come make new ones! We always have a great time, so even if you're the world's worst or the world's best poker player, it's going to be time well spent.

      Onsite Payment
      We accept credit card and cash onsite. Sorry, no checks.
      Who can play
      Anyone over 21 the law allows. Any industry, any skill level, and you don't have to be an SAO member to play.
      Substitutions are allowed if made by noon, day of play (close of online registration). You must contact Stephanie El-Hajj to make your substitution. Substitutions are not allowed onsite.
      Registration opens at 5:30. Grab what you need from the bar downstairs and join us upstairs.
      Play starts at 6:00pm sharp. If you're registered but arrive after 6:00pm, your seat might be given to a walk-in!
      Play to win - some games last til 10:00pm.
      A maximum of three (3) rebuys are allowed. Rebuys are $25 each and can only be purchased once ALL of your chips are gone. We do not allow chip add-ons. Rebuys are not added to the prize pot.
      Prize Payout (Minimum Guarantee)*
      1st Place - $300
      2nd Place - $150
      3rd Place - $50
      4th-10th Place - Bragging Rights
      Small Print
      *Final payout is based on total buyins. Winners will be awarded Visa Gift Cards. We will not have prizes night-of. Poker winners will be notified when the Cards are available for pickup at the SAO Office.
      Thank you to our volunteer dealers - Poker Night wouldn't be possible without your help!
      Poker Night Sponsors: Edgelink, Intel, ViaWest, WebTrends.
  • Tuesday
    May 12 2009
    PDX CANswer Project Info Evening

    Join the PDX CANswer Project!

    Come for drinks, food, & networking with other young professionals who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer (& plan cool events)!

    The PDX CANswer Project is a membership organization of young philanthropic Oregon residents who range in age from 22 to 40. Our members share in the belief that cancer will be eliminated in our lifetime and that through our ongoing fundraising efforts, cancer will no longer threaten the lives of those we love.

    The financial support of the PDX CANswer Project allows the Society to continue its contributions to national research efforts, local, statewide and national advocacy efforts, education about prevention and early detection, and support for the more than 19,000 Oregonians who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

    For more information contact: Jodi Buell Distinguished Events Director 503-795-3937 [email protected]

  • Wednesday
    Feb 25 2009
    SAOpdx: Poker Night

    [Full details at http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1773965/ ] Join us every 4th Wednesday for a fun night of Texas Hold'em! Each night will have prize winners. Bring your poker buddies - the more players, the bigger the pot! You don't have to be in the industry to play! #SAOpdx #poker

  • Wednesday
    Feb 18 2009
    IMC: The Business of Consulting

    Keynote: Growing a consulting practice is all about knowing what you want, what you offer, and who needs what you've got. Vicky offers insight, wisdom and actionable items which allow you to become the trusted advisor and give you fresh perspective on the role you play in your client's or organization's business. You will leave with 3 powerful steps to enhance your consulting practice and success!

  • Wednesday
    Nov 19 2008
  • Tuesday
    Nov 11 2008
    SAO Thrive - PDX: How Can We Survive & Thrive in the Downturn?

    Thrive - PDX How Can We Survive & Thrive in the Downturn?

    You can also RSVP on Upcoming: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1304605

    Based on a recent poll, we learned that 82% of our members believe that it is important for us to explore new ways of coming together and learning from each other to survive & thrive in this time of economic uncertainty.

    Additionally, 62% of the 225 respondents said that they would be interested in participating in a networking event to discuss how we can do this.

    This free event is an open discussion of the fears, hopes and opportunities for Portlanders during this important time. We hope to emerge from this experience better networked, more hopeful and with some practical ideas for how we can build community through this experience.

  • Wednesday
    Oct 22 2008
    SAO Poker Night

    SAO Poker Night Date: Wed, Oct 22nd Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm Location: Kell's Irish Restaurant & Pub 112 SW 2nd Ave Portland, OR 97204 Cost: $25 for members $35 for non members Registration Deadline: 10/22/2008 Topic: SAO Poker Night Register for this Event Back to Event Calendar

    Bigger - Better - Higher

    Our First Poker Night was such a huge success that we've made the poker tournament a monthly event! Join us every 4th Wednesday for a fun night of Texas Hold'em! Each night will have prize winners. Bring your poker buddies - you don't have to be an SAO member to play!

    Poker Details

      Bigger Prize payout:
            1st place: 40% of pot*
            2nd place: 15% of pot*
            3rd place: 5% Better Structure: We are using software tools to make blind raising, table consolidation, registration smoother. We can now track player rankings for the whole year!
      Higher Anticipated turnout: About 50
      Rebuys: Allowed in the 1 1/2 Hour @ $25 (3 max)
      Tables: 8 players + dealer; 6 tables

    Bonus: If you work for a software company you get 5% extra chips.

    *Prize payout includes initial buy-in's only - rebuys are not added to the prize pot. **You must be 21 or older to play!

    Thank you to our Chip Sponsors: Intel, WebTrends, ViaWest, and Edgelink.

    For more information about sponsorship or play, please contact Bryce Yonker at [email protected] or 503.228.5443.

  • Wednesday
    May 28 2008
    SAO Poker Night

    Join us every 4th Wednesday for a fun night of Texas Hold'em! Each night will have prize winners. Bring your poker buddies - you don't have to be an SAO member to play!

  • Wednesday
    Apr 23 2008
  • Tuesday
    Apr 8 2008
    WEO Women and Achievement: The Real Story!

    What does achievement really mean? Is it all it's cracked up to be? Is it worth the effort? Join award winning speaker and best selling author, Kathleen Gage, as she explores the importance of thinking patterns and attitude in both our personal and professional lives. Kathleen will share processes that allow for a deeper understanding of the power of your thoughts to either move you closer to your purpose or further away, as well as insights into the belief that it's not what happens in life that matters, it's what we do with what we've been given that makes all the difference.

    Kathleen Gage, President of Turning Point, Inc. and Maxwell Publishing, is known as The Street Smarts Marketer. Kathleen has owned and operated her business for 15 years and is recognized as one of the top Internet Marketers in her industry. She works with speakers, trainers, authors, consultants and entrepreneurs who want to turn their expertise into money-making products and services.