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Nov 10
Alchemy Master Workshop Series :: Amazon Web Services (AWS) with Karvari Ellingson
through Alchemy Code Lab

Overview

This four day workshop unlocks the mysteries behind ‘Put it in the cloud’ by showing students the main tools used for AWS provisioning and resource management, and showing them how to host their own website ‘in the cloud’. If you are intersted in getting the AWS certification, this workshop will certainly help you prepare to take it. This is the first in a series of Alchemy Master Workshops designed to share deep technical expertise here in our Portland tech community.

Instructor Karvari Ellingson - Software Engineer, Ops at Jama Software Karvari draws from her education in Fine Art, and her history as a contractor, to create, organize, and analyze infrastructure systems, built on borrowed hardware. She has been an ops focused software engineer at Jama Software for nearly three years, and was previously a release engineer at Thetus. She has assisted with numerous migrations from in-house servers, to AWS hosted resources, and is currently becoming a subject matter expert on distributed systems monitoring.

Class Dates and Times Class Times: 10am - 2pm on Saturdays (The first Saturday, November 10th, will start at 9am for those who need help setting up their machine.)

Online availability during the week for questions and prep work

Class Dates: November 10th, November 17th, December 1st, and December 8th

Price $240 per person. Limited to 30 people. Limited scholarships available, please email us at info@alchemycodelab.com

Summary This class is designed to give you a working skillset with AWS services. We will start with the most commonly utilized services, and learn how to use and manage them from day one. You will know how to deploy websites (perfect if your are looking to develop a personal website to promote yourself to employers or clients) and the ability to deploy any application you write into a virtual machine in the cloud! Did I mention that this is all just day one? By the end of the four-week session, you will have explored scalability, serverless computing, networking, and the scripting tools most used to accomplish these goals.

Prerequisites and Requirements You need to have basic programming knowledge, with the basics of either Python or JavaScript, and have created at least one full stack application.

You will be required to create an AWS account, a Github (or equivalent) account, and be able to use an code editor. (Existing accounts are fine, no need to create new ones for this workshop!)

You will need to use a credit card to setup your AWS account. You will likely accrue very small charges for using AWS during the class (likely less than $1 - $20, depending on what type of use your site receives). We will cover this during the first class

You will also need a laptop (Linux, Mac, or Windows) with administrator access to install the necessary tools. Provided scripts and applications will be written in Python and JavaScript using NodeJS. You will need to have one or other installed.

On the first Saturday, we will be available from 9am - 10am to help with any computer setup related issues.

Curriculum Outline Day 1 (November 10th) - Developer’s Perspective Learn how to manage AWS resources through the console and the AWS CLI. By the end of the day, you will have deployed a static website to an s3 bucket and an application in an EC2 instance, Amazon’s most commonly used virtual machine. You will be able to create simple command scripts to update and manage your resources. You will also understand how to create a domain name and how to request a certificate from Amazon to provide secure access to your sites.

Day 2 (November 17th) - Deployment and Security Now that you have an application in the cloud, this week you will learn how to use troposphere and boto3 to define cloud formation template and create them. Then, add git hooks using lambda functions to grab merges and create your continuous deployment pipeline! It is also time to lock it down. We will apply our amazon signed certificates, and create security groups, IAM roles, and User Policies to make sure our sites are secure.

Day 3 (December 1st) - Ops and Scaling Architecture In week three, we’ll get into the joys of networking in virtual environments. You will learn about Virtual Private Clouds, Subnets, Gateways, Autoscaling, and Load Balancing. We will touch on the pitfalls of containerization (Hello, Docker!) in a virtual world as well. I will also try to point out common issues and gotchas when you are trying to connect, and scale your environments.

Day 4 (December 8th) - Exploring AWS (Event Driven Development) In our last week, we will dive into the less common, but most interesting services Amazon provides. We’ll dabble in Machine learning, Data pipelines and refine our knowledge of Lamba (AKA serverless computing) with an image recognition function.

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Monday
Nov 12
Cancelled in observance of Veteran's Day - Programmer Peer Mentoring Night
PDX Code Guild

We normally have 12- 24 attendees - some people register on Meetup, others show up every week or see the event on Calagator. All are welcome. Pizza and beverages are served. Parking is free!

Bring your laptop. Learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. This group focuses on Python, Django, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL, CSS and HTML. Other languages are welcome.

This week we will do introductions at 6:20 then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

Set aside one night a week to become a better developer, pick up new skills, and get help with your projects and learning. We'll have mentors on hand and a community of other learners to meet and work with.

This event is beginner friendly, we can help get you started with programming, support your online learning, or just talk about where you are at and what comes next.

Free parking! Save this number in case you need help finding us: (541)[masked] We are at 2828 SW Corbett Ave #208, in the Portland State Business Accelerator, and near the International School.

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CTRL-H - PDX Hackerspace - Dorkbot Meetup
CTRLH - PDX Hackerspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity.

Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time.

Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance.

We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

p.s. This event is open to everyone, dork or robot. No ^H membership is required to attend.

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Tuesday
Nov 13
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) How to Study for a Technical Interview
AWS Elemental

Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-how-to-study-for-a-technical-interview-tickets-50706086269] is required to gain entry to this event

Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful proposition. It is hard to know what to expect and even harder to prepare for it. Each company evaluates its candidates differently. Luckily, some upfront investment and preparation can really go a long way in helping you distinguish yourself from the rest of the candidates. In this seminar guided by an engineering leader at Elemental, we will cover some common interviewing practices for technical interviews and what you may be able to do to get ready. We plan to cover many beneficial topics:

• Morning preparation, attire, mindset

• Preparation for the non-technical parts

• How to study for the coding interview

• How to execute the coding test

Due to the level of interaction required, attendance will be capped at 40. Never fear: we will be organizing this same event bi-monthly because we want everyone to have access to this session!

Agenda:

5:30 p.m. Doors open

5:45 p.m. Introduction

6:00 p.m. Session begins

7:00 p.m. Session ends

Event FAQ:

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: Yes

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes.

Q: Where there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes, appetizers and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided.

Q: What is the parking situation? A: No on-site parking available at this event.

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: The entrance for AWS Elemental is on SW Broadway, between Jefferson & Columbia, on the opposite side of the street from Raven & Rose.

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: No secured bike parking available at this event.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes, taking public transportation to this event is recommended. The event is conveniently located near MAX and bus lines.

Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Ignite: TAO Health v6
Simple 120 SE Clay St Floor 2, Portland, OR 97214

1 mic, 5 minutes, 20 slides, 300 peers in the audience... no pressure, right?

What is Ignite TAO: Health?

Ignite TAO: Health is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global - Ignite is all of these and more.

Ignite TAO: Health will focus on topics around wellness, pharmaceuticals, software, medical devices, healthcare and more. What new products, services or research can really take healthcare to the next level? What new ideas could make the world of healthcare better - for patients, for doctors, or for everyone? Speakers are from the local Portland community with representatives across many verticals - we want to hear from you!

Why attend Ignite TAO?

As an attendee, you'll learn about emerging, innovative, unconventional, inspiring, locally-sourced concepts and tools, and connect with a diverse and passionate crowd of like-minded health innovation enthusiasts. Most of all, you will have fun!

Speaker Lineup

Chris Strahl - How Design Systems Increase Speed to Market in Healthcare Melissa Booker - The Human Side of Data Brett Stern - A Better Tasting Colonscopy Prep Andrea McBeth - The Human Holobiont: A Philosophy of Medicine Through the Lens of the Microbiome Ted Helprin - A Shortcut Through the Cone of Uncertainty David Farrell - New Risk Factor for Heart Attacks and Strokes Jennifer Stoll - Learning on Social Determinants of health collection within community health centers electronic health records Noah Berlow - Your cancer has returned, what would YOU like to do? Eliott Parker - Benefits of Clinical 3D Printing Andrea Downing - Brave Bosom Brian Martin - The Future of Medicine Adrienne Zell - Letting Daylight in on Magic: Measuring the Impact of Health Interventions Richard Coffey - How can healthcare use serverless? Amy Jones - Addressing Gender Violence in Medical Training

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Portland Accessibility and User Experience Meetup (PDX A11Y UX) - Universal Design for Learning with Samantha Johns
Cvent

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an environment-focused, sustainable lens to review interactions with students within campus and remove barriers.

In this session we'll discuss:

  • What is the need currently experienced by post-secondary education in matters of inclusion?
  • The changing landscape of access and inclusion in Higher Education.
  • how to encourage our own practice to recognize these areas of ‘tension’ in current approaches to access.
  • Explore o the definition and intentions of Universal Design for Learning.
  • Reflect on how UDL might meet the ‘needs’ being experienced in Higher Education for a rapid change in access practices.

Our Speaker: Samantha John is the Accessible Media Coordinator in the Office of Academic Innovation at Portland State University. She created a faculty professional development program that includes peer review of syllabi and course activities that incorporate UDL and accessibility publishing conventions. She also developed the UDL Media Lab at PSU where students with disabilities work to identify barriers in curriculum.

Samantha's passion for inclusion and diversity drive her study and presentation of UDL and universal access related issues in higher education.

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AgilePDX: Mob Programming
Cayuse

Mob Programming is a software development practice with many benefits - it raises code quality, removes knowledge silos, minimizes mental fatigue, and more. In practice it feels more like a bulldozer than a racecar - unstoppable and thorough. The core of mob programming is pointing many pairs of eyes on a single problem, pushing all the code through a single keyboard. Each month we'll explore different methods for learning to mob well and reaping the rewards of this practice as soon as possible on your own team.

NOTE: we are relocating to Cayuse! Enter WTC Building One at its second floor lobby (ADA access: ground floor elevator). Take an elevator to the 9th floor (press '9' outside the elevators and use the indicated cab). Follow signs to the Cayuse lobby and sign in for the event.

Facilitator Bio:

Willem Larsen is a senior software developer at Hunter Industries. He has been speaking at Agile conferences on improving collaboration since 2009. He is the creator of accelerated team learning tools such as the Mob Programming role-playing game and Code Cooking (with Emmanuel Gaillot), author of the Language Hunter's Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities of learning in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

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Learn to Code | Thinkful Portland - Free Frontend Crash Course: HTML & CSS
CENTRL West

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-frontend-crash-course-html-css-tickets-51114615190?aff=Meetup ***

Join us as we teach you the fundamentals of HTML & CSS while completing a series of challenges to help you master your new skills.

Together we'll work through a series of drills that will teach you the core concepts of HTML (tags, elements, and attributes) as well as the basics of CSS (selectors, properties, and values). These drills are designed to be challenging, but manageable with the help of your fellow students, our TAs, and the instructor. We'll wrap up the night by giving you a few tips on how to continue learning.

Bring a laptop, and if you don't have one we'll match you up with someone who does.

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Wednesday
Nov 14
Dynamics 365/CRM User Group Portland Chapter Quarterly Meeting Q4
Microsoft Office

Attend this in-person learning and networking opportunity with Dynamics CRM peers in your area. Learn best practices, tips and tricks, and proven results from individual experiences to get the most out of your company's investment.

Agenda*: •Welcome & Introductions •Chapter Business, CRMUG News & Events •Educational Session: "Data Migration and Integration with CRM" •Member Showcase •Roundtable Discussions

*Agenda and details subject to change.

Audience: All Dynamics CRM users are welcome. Your CRMUG Membership extends to ALL employees at your company, so we encourage you to invite your colleagues and fellow peers. Partner Members are welcome to attend provided they are accompanied by a customer and they can refer to our Code of Conduct for additional guidelines.

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Programming with Python 3
Free Geek

Have you ever thought programming was interesting, but don't know where to start? Do you want to unlock the true potential of computers? Join us!

This class is part 3 of an introduction to programming concepts with Python, an easy-to-learn programming language.

In this class you will learn the basics of Object Oriented Programming with Python. Encapsulation, Inheritance, Polymorphism and other scary sounding terms will be demystified!

Recommended Prerequisites: Programming with Python 1 and Programming with Python 2

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Portland State Business Accelerator Showcase
Portland State Business Accelerator

Details coming this Fall.

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ACT-W Career Advance at iovation
Iovation

ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Tech Women) Career Advance is designed to share tangible job search skills for women and allies in technology. We partner with local technology companies to provide interview tips, resume coaching, professional headshot photos and introduce you to hiring managers. Whether you are simply curious about technology careers or looking for a senior role, Career Advance will help you grow your career in an inclusive environment.

Join us on November 14th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at iovation. iovation develops software to help companies fight fraud and ensure their customers have a seamless experience. They are currently hiring for roles in engineering, information technology, sales, marketing and more. Please join us for an evening to learn more about iovation and to visit many career advancement themed tables that are listed below:

Interview Tips Resume Tips Headshot Photography Service Reliability Engineering Roles Security Analyst Roles Marketing Roles Sales Roles

Agenda

5:30-6:00 Networking 6:00-6:15 Welcome from ACT-W and Iovation 6:15-7:30 Rotation to different Career Advance tables including: Service Reliability Engineering Roles, Security Analyst Roles, Marketing Roles, Sales Roles, Interview Tips, Resume Tips, Headshot Photography.

Please make sure you have read and agree to the ACT-W Code of Conduct!

FAQs

Who should attend? People of all genders interested in learning job skills in technology! Men, nonbinary people, trans people, and women are all welcome.

Is the event 21+? No, minors are welcome to attend.

Is the venue ADA accessible? Yes, elevators are located in the lobby.

Are there gender-neutral bathrooms? Yes, they are located in the hallway.

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Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
OHSU TEchnology Group

Oregon SQL provides opportunities for SQL Server developers, .NET and other developers accessing SQL Servers, SQL Server administrators, and Business Intelligence professionals to meet and discuss SQL Server technologies that are of specific interest to the developer community. Discussion topics include ‘Best Practices’, T-SQL code, Query Optimization, Reporting, ETL, Indexing, and new (as well as undiscovered ‘old’) features.

Oregon SQL is an official chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), an independent, not-for-profit association committed to providing SQL Server professionals around the world with the resources and knowledge necessary to achieve unparalleled business results.

Visit https://tinyletter.com/OregonSQL and sign up to receive the Oregon SQL News and Meeting Announcements and be kept informed of meeting dates and discussion topics. We do not provide our mailing list to anyone for any purpose other than meeting notices and general announcements for the User Group.

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Women Who Code Portland: Networking Night @ HealthSparq: Test Automation and Behavior Driven Development
HealthSparq

Join Women Who Code Portland for our November Networking Night @ HealthSparq! This month our speakers will discuss test automation's role in Behavior Driven Development, and how BDD methodologies enable continuous delivery and collaboration.

Please visit our Meetup page or RSVP on Eventbrite https://wwcode-healthsparq.eventbrite.com

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Probabilistic programming from scratch w/ David Molina
The Tech Academy

This month we'll focus a bit more on the 'programming' part of Probabilisitic Programming. First we'll have:

Probabilistic programming from scratch

Real world observational data is always imperfect or incomplete in some way. Those limitations mean that what we learn from our data is somewhat uncertain. We want to fill in the blanks to the extent possible and be able to say how confident we are as we do this. This is inference. Probabilistic programming makes it easier to learn from data. Let’s see how to build a basic probabilistic programming system from scratch in Python to introduce Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC), which is a specific, extremely simple algorithm to perform Bayesian inference.

Bio: David is a Business Analyst and Software Developer with six years of corporate experience in building databases, managing and analyzing large data sets, and optimizing systems and processes. Machine Learning enthusiast focused on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and visual recognition.

Then we'll introduce and discuss "An Introduction to Probabilistic Programming" https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.10756 and explore some of the concepts we've covered using Pyro http://pyro.ai

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Portland Perl Mongers - Ingy dot Net on TestML, Data Driven Testing for All Modern Programming Languages
Urban Airship

TestML - Data Driven Testing for All Modern Programming Languages

by Ingy dot Net

In 2004 I created the Test::Base data driven testing module for CPAN. It became popular with several prolific CPAN authors like MIYAGAWA and became the main testing framework for companies like Socialtext and OpenResty, In 2010 I decided to "Acmeize" it and I made TestML with the intent of making it work in all programming languages. I got it going in Perl5/CPAN and a couple other languages. In 2017 OpenResty paid me to write a new version of the language in their proprietary ecosystem, and the resulting idea was really much better. They allowed me to take the new ideas to Open Source and in 2018 I have the new great TestML language. It is currently working in 8 languages (Bash, CoffeeScript, Go, JavaScript, Perl 5, Perl 6, Python 2 and Python 3) and easy to port. Other ports are under way including C++. The official YAML test suite is written in TestML!

In this talk I will:

  • Introduce you to the TestML language (it's so simple, most programs are a single line!)
  • Show how TestML works well with any language's existing test frameworks
  • Show how to use in Perl 5 and 6 and others
  • Show how the language is compiled to Lingy (a JSON based Lisp)
  • Show how to port TestML to a new programming language or test framework
  • and much more!
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CTRL-H - PDX Hackerspace - PDX Exploit Workshop

Hey everybody. Got a bug you just can't land? Is there a recent CVE you've been eyeballing seductively? Just want to brush up on your appsec?

PDX Exploit Workshop

All are welcome. See you there!

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Thursday
Nov 15
@DAMAPDX Nov. Chapter Meeting "Data Management Maturity" with Melanie Mecca
Nike World Headquarters

NOTE: $15 for non-members / $5 for students. RSVP via Eventbrite, link on damapdx.org

Presented by Melanie Mecca Director, Data Management Product and Services, CMMI Institute

Data Management Maturity – Why We Need It and How It Can Propel You to DM Leadership

Our industry is continually building capabilities based on its considerable accomplishments over the past decades. Some of the (roughly) sequential milestone markers that most organization share include: data design, data administration, data architecture / warehousing, data quality and governance, MDM, and predictive analytics using both structured and unstructured data.

So why haven’t organizations attained DM perfection? As we know, the data layer in the vast majority of organizations grew project by project, typically to meet specific needs of a line of business. Best practices were not usually shared, useful work products languished in project repositories, etc. – and above all, there was no universal mandate to manage data as a critical corporate asset.

The Data Management Maturity (DMM)SM Model’s primary goals are to accelerate organization-wide DM programs by: providing a sound reference model to quickly evaluate capabilities, strengths and gaps; accelerating business engagement; launching a collaborative vision / strategy; and identifying key initiatives to extend existing capabilities while building new ones – leading to efficiency, cost savings, creativity, and improved data quality.

In this seminar, we’ll address:

Data Management Capabilities and Maturity Evaluation The DMM in action – interactive exercise with the Business Glossary – rate your organization! Case study examples – how organizations have accelerated their progress How to leverage Data Management Maturity to empower your career.

Speaker

Melanie Mecca, CMMI Institute’s Director of Data Management Products and Services, has solved enterprise data challenges for 30+ years, and is the managing author of the Data Management Maturity (DMM) SM Model. She created a business-centric method for evaluating an organization’s data management capabilities, which delivers targeted, actionable results for organizations in multiple industries. Ms. Mecca’s led development of a series of courses and web-based learning leading to the Enterprise Data Management Expert (EDME) certification. She teaches seminars, presents at conferences and webinars, is a regular columnist for The Data Administration Newsletter, and a contributor to the Data Management Body of Knowledge 2.0. Ms. Mecca advocates measurement of data management capabilities as the quickest acceleration path for achieving business value, empowering governance, and advancing the organization’s data strategy.

Regular presenter at DGIQ, Financial DG, Winter DG, EDW, and many other conference venues. Columnist for TDAN “Data Professional Introspective,” webinars for DataVersity, ISACA, Data Driven Business, and CMMI Institute. Direct IP and data management course development. Frequent presenter for DAMA Chapters, e.g. Seattle, Phoenix, Portland, NCR, etc.

When

November 15th, 2018 (Chapter Meetings, 3rd Thursday)

Schedule

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

Cost

Free for Members! $15 for Non-Members $5 for Students with valid student ID See our corporate members

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Ruby Coworking: Hollywood Edition
Case Study Coffee

An informal gathering of Ruby/Rails developers, working alongside each other. Join us!

Community Manager Coffee
40 LBS Coffee Bar

Do you run a community? Or, are you thinking about starting a community and want to talk to other community management people?

Check out our meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Community-Manager-Meetup/

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Life Science & Digital Health CEO Peer-Mentoring Roundtable
Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) / OTRADI

The Oregon Bioscience Incubator hosts a monthly Life Science & Digital Health CEO Roundtable that brings together CEOs for an invigorating exchange of information, ideas, and insights. This peer group is composed of both seasoned and inexperienced CEOs who delve into candid, solution-seeking discussions focused on CEO-level issues, and the challenges and pressures unique to top-level management.

This month's topic of discussion will be "The State of Life Science Venture Investment in Oregon", led by David Eastman, CEO of Gamma Therapeutics, and Duffy DuFresne, CEO of OmnEcoil Instruments. Goals and strategies for investment will be discussed and each CEO will be given the opportunity to share their current experience with investments, their investment plans an goals, and any investment wins and how they achieved this success.

There will be an open forum after the discussion of this month's topic, so feel free to come with questions or topics you want CEO-level feedback on.

NOTE: To ensure the integrity of the conversation, only CEOs are invited to attend this event.

Lunch will be provided, so please be sure to register so we know how much food and beverage to have on hand.

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PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Value by Design
Smarsh

Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-value-by-design-tickets-50078626520] is required to gain entry to this event

While many of us agree with IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.’s famous declaration that “good design is good business,” we often struggle to be able to prove it. As a systems thinker, Deb Mrazek has developed an array of frameworks, tools, and platforms to leverage the power of design and systems thinking at project, group, organizational and global levels, bridging the language of design and the language of business.

In this event, Mrazek will share her expertise on how the value of design can truly be realized, and pay off!

Agenda:

5:30 p.m. - Doors open

6 p.m. - Introduction and any PDXWIT announcements

6:10 p.m. - Presentation

6:40 p.m.- Q&A

7 PM - 7:30 p.m. - Open time to network

Event FAQ:

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: Yes.

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes.

Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes.

Q: What is the parking situation? A: We do have paid parking in the building, the entrance is on Taylor St. between 6th Ave and Broadway on the right side of the street. There are several other pay garages nearby as well.

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: The main entrance to the building is on 6th Ave and there is a secondary entrance on Broadway to the left of Ruth’s Chris Steak House (this entrance does have stairs once you are inside the building). All guests will need to come to the 8th floor reception area to sign in for the event.

Q: Is there secure bike parking? A: There is bike parking outside at the entrance of the building, but it is not secured, it is a rack on the transit mall. Please note that bikes can not be brought into the office for storage.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: We always recommend public transportation when possible as we are on the transit mall on 6th Ave.

Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Pints with PMs hosts Pints with Pendo!
Vacasa

The elusive product manager. Who are they? What do they do? What makes them most effective? Large, seminal studies have been done across various corporate leadership roles, but product management leadership remains a role with much less examination.

Join us for a discussion on the key findings from a recent survey of 300 product leaders conducted by Pendo and Product Collective. You’ll learn about PM career paths and progression, their spheres of responsibility, decision making authorities, alignment with other functions, reporting lines, and the outlook for the future of the role. Some of the findings are bound to surprise you, others will probably confirm what you suspected but didn’t know for sure.

Join Eric Boduch, chief evangelist and co-founder of Pendo, for a rich discussion on the key characteristics of the highest performing product leaders. If you’re a product manager, a product executive or aspire to hold a product leadership role, you’re bound to walk away better prepared to master your role.

About Eric

Eric Boduch has been involved with both startup and publicly traded software companies in senior management positions since 1995. He has extensive technology marketing, product management, strategy development, and business development experience. He has been a co-founder of 3 different startups that have raised over $75 million in aggregate and has been an executive at two different public companies.

He currently is a founder and the Chief Evangelist of Pendo, a venture-backed software company. Pendo delivers a complete platform for product teams that helps companies create products that customers love. With Pendo, product teams can understand product usage, collect feedback, measure NPS, onboard users, and announce new features in app - all without requiring engineering resources. Founded in 2013 and backed by Meritech Capital, Spark Capital, and Battery Ventures, Pendo has raised $56 million, and grown revenue by 400% in the past year. Used by hundreds of innovative software product leaders, Pendo tracks 20 billion user actions and improves the product experience for 22 million users every month.

Previously, he was CEO of SMaSh, a mobile SMS technology company, and was VP of Marketing for Vitria Inc., a publicly traded software vendor based in silicon valley. Before Vitria, Mr. Boduch held senior positions at Embarcadero Technologies, ProductSoft, and Cerebellum Software.

Eric has been a public speaker for multiple companies over the last 20 years. He has spoken at analyst conferences, universities, product camps, and company events. Today, he regularly speaks at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh on entrepreneurship speaks about product management at industry events like Industry, Pendomonium, and the CS100 Summit and has participated in regional product events in Toronto, Chicago, LA, and other U.S. cities. He has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

About VACASA:

Vacasa is the second largest U.S. technology-enabled vacation rental management company with operations in 16 U.S. states, Europe, and Central and South America. Leveraging proprietary technology, Vacasa drives revenue for homeowners and provides a seamless experience for guests. Founded in 2009 and based in Portland, Oregon, Vacasa has grown from two to more than 1,400 employees in eight years, has been honored as the Oregon Better Business Bureau Large Business of the Year and was ranked ninth on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies list.

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Intro to Git Workshop
Ned Space

Git is well over a decade old and still reigns King and is a de Facto Standard for many good reasons. Join us for an Intro to Git workshop where you will learn the basics of this powerful version-control tool.

We will walk through setting up a project on GitHub and will be using the command line to step through and understand a series of commands typically seen in a common workflow "Feature Branch".

At the end of the night you should have a general understanding of Git as a tool and how to use it from the command line to maintain proper version control of your code.

Bring your laptop and if you haven't already: Download and install git : https://git-scm.com Create an account at : https://github.com

Meetup Link: https://www.meetup.com/Latinx-Tech-PDX/events/255991306
Location: Ned Space - 707 SW Washington St #1100, Portland, OR 97205 (11th floor)
We appreciate the RSVPs to plan for providing Food and Beverages

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CTRL-H - PDX Hackerspace - CTRL-H Open House
CTRLH - PDX Hackerspace

Thursdays are open house night here at CTRL-H. Jon and Melinda are available during this time to give guided tours, answer questions and show you all that the hackerspace has to offer.

We don't have an opening ceremony or any formal meeting. This is a time for you to eavesdrop on other peoples projects and get support on a project that you may need help with. Bring your laptop, projects, inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to CTRL-H and hack with friends.

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SFWA Portland Reading Series
Lucky Lab Brew Pub

SFWA Portland Reading Series Science Fiction and Fantasy Readings by Authors The Pacific Northwest is home to a Tardis-Full of Science Fiction and Fantasy writers, a fact celebrated every quarter with the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle.

Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation. Booksellers will be on hand with fresh copies of the authors’ books for you to buy and get autographed.

Sandra Odell: Sandra has appeared in Jim Baen’s Universe, Ideomancer, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, the anthologies Fear of the Dark and Triangulation: Last Contact, and as podcasts on The Drabblecast, Pseudopod, and Tales to Terrify. She is a graduate of Clarion West 2010, and associate member of the SFWA. She is currently working on a YA Steampunk novel set in the Hawaiian islands.

Mary Robinette Kowal: Hugo Award-winner Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of: The Glamourist Histories series, Ghost Talkers and the Lady Astronaut duology. Her stories appear in Uncanny, Cosmos, and Asimov’s.

Jason Kirk: Jason Kirk is an award-winning poet and editor, and the composer of "The Mirror of Simple Souls," an opera collaboration with librettist and poet Anne Carson.

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Friday
Nov 16
Failing Fast for Women
Nightwood Society

The workshop, Failing Fast for Women, explores the relationship between gender socialization, avoidance of risk taking, and the internalization of failure. It provides a number of skills and strategies to increase risk taking and avoid personalizing failure, and is suitable for all female-identified folks.

The event is on November 16th from 9 to 5 at the Nightwood Society. It’s created and hosted by the Alveare Collective, a community of professional women in Portland who are working to rethink risk-taking in the workplace and personal realms.. I have ten reduced price tickets available. The reduced cost is $97 and includes all-day catering.

To register, go to https://guestli.st/572295 and then select "Early Bird non-profit/academic/independent" and then enter promo code Nov16.

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AgilePDX Westside Cafe: How to Start Sprint Zero
Nike Evergreen Campus Cafeteria

Seating is limited. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/256078889/

How do you get started with Sprint 0?

Wait what? Don't you mean the first sprint?

Nope. At this special 3rd Friday edition of the Westside Cafe we will dig into Sprint 0. What is it? When is it appropriate? Who should be involved?

Not a fan of Sprint 0? Great! Join us and help us flesh out the pros and cons. Have you participated in an inception sprint that set the team up for success. Yay! We could use your lessons learned.

Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion about the hows and whys and wherefores of Iteration Zero.

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Saturday
Nov 17
A Woman-Focused Global Day of Coderetreat
Cayuse

AgilePDX is excited to present it’s first annual woman-focused Coderetreat with support from PDX WIT and Women Who Code Portland. Yes, it’s woman-focused, and everyone is welcome.

Coderetreat is a self-organizing international group of software developers who gather to help each other improve. Their website, if you’d like to go right to the source, is coderetreat.org. Key practices we’ll be focusing on are problem-solving, pairing, and moving to TDD (Test Driven Development). You will be pairing with new pairing partners all day long to help build your network, make new friends, and learn what it’s like to pair with people who use different coding strategies than you do. And Jean and Tracie will be there to support you!

If you learn one new thing on Saturday that you can take back to the office, you have a win, and so do we! We’ll also be supporting you in understanding the importance of taking care of yourself while coding and strategies for attracting skills transfer opportunities.

Breakfast and lunch are provided by our sponsor for this event, Cayuse. Come early and meet other attendees for a leisurely chat over coffee!

Register here so we can get an accurate count: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/255280597/

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Annual Event Hosted by Oregon Blockchain: Outside the Block
Benson Hotel

This is Oregon Blockchain’s inaugural conference. It will be hosted in Portland, Oregon and aims to bring a wide range of unique industry perspectives together with students in a dynamic event, highlighting the future of the budding blockchain ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. We will be hosting speakers from Intel, Microsoft, Public Market, and inviting students from the University of Washington, Arizona State University, Portland State University, Oregon State University, and UC Berkeley. This will be a great opportunity for everyone, from businesses wondering how blockchain applies to them to students looking for career opportunities, to learn about the ecosystem from the corporate drivers, lean disruptors, and student innovators. It will be a great event, and we hope to see you all there!

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Learn About a Successful Meetup, YouTube, and Social Media content?
Portland Community Church

In this session, I’ll share how to market and run a Meetup; we've been running one the past two years.

I’ll share how to run a YouTube channel we've been running the past year. I’ve been able to include the Meetup as part of the YouTube Channel.

I’ll provide you with some ideas on how to share your content online by using filmmaking techniques. I have examples of how to create a story with script writing, filming, and editing with Final Cut Pro. I’ll bring my gimbal and 360 camera we use for Facebook Live. We also use Zoom for our conferencing, desktop sharing, and recording needs.

Lastly, I share a social media strategy on how to tag and post on platforms including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Meetup.

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Anatomy of a Computer
Free Geek

This workshop is an introduction to computer hardware. Students will identify basic components of a desktop and laptop computer, learn what role each part plays, and identify where those parts go inside the computer. Students learn what makes a computer “a computer” and a basic framework for computer safety and troubleshooting.

No prior knowledge is necessary.

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Sunday
Nov 18
AgilePDX: Lean Coffee in the North
Percipio Consulting Group

Join us for coffee/tea or beverage of your choice and fun discussions about how to overcome challenges we face or to share about Agile-inspired and other topics we agree or disagree with. This event is aimed at getting people in the North and NE areas of Portland together to facilitate discussions. It's not exclusive to people that live in the North and NE, just closer to those parts of the city to make it easier to come out. (If you want something other than tea or coffee, you'll have to bring it with you. We'll have hot water and cups available.)

Percipio Consulting Group is opening up their offices to host this event. Percipio is a business consulting firm that helps companies identify opportunities for improvement and successfully implement meaningful changes. That means more efficient processes, shored-up controls, a technology solution that really works for you, or all of the above. They have helped many companies, both Fortune 500 and mid-sized, navigate complex projects by truly understanding business needs and defining up front what success will look like.

Parking: Use the Gotham Building Parking lot on the corner of N Page St and N Borthwick Ave.

Building Entry: Entry to the building is best through the door by Little Gotham Coffee. We'll have someone meeting on time attendees at the door. For those that run a few minutes late due to traffic or other reasons out of your control, there will be directions at the door on how to contact someone to let you in.

We'll spend the first few minutes gathering discussion ideas, then roll right into the smooth easy cadence of the lively chatter.

New to Lean Coffee?

It's a great way to have real, focused dialogue and we often discuss matters of agile, lean and such - but anything goes. As far as the mechanics, here's the format we'll follow:

Step 1: Everybody writes down proposed topics on stickies, placing them in the center of the table. Take as much time as needed, but typically takes only 3-5 minutes (or whenever coffee is ready).

Step 2: Each topic is briefly described by its writer to get a flavor for the subject (15-30 seconds typically per sticky).

Step 3: Each person gets five votes which they indicate by marking the voted-for sticky with their Sharpie. Mark with a plus + if you agree with the topic and want to discuss it, or a minus - if you disagree and want to discuss it, mark it with a dot if you want to hear the discussion and maybe join in. You can put all votes on one, one across many, however you feel. Each mark counts as one vote.

Step 4: The top vote-getting stickies are placed in the ToDo column, ordered by the stickies with the most votes at the top. In an Agile fashion, we'll use groupings of ToDo, Doing, Done and Lessons learned.

Step 5: Each of these stickies are discussed for 5 minutes, most votes first. The facilitator takes a quick "Cesar" (thumbs up/down) vote at the five-minute timer, and she moves on for three more minutes if the discussion still has majority interest. When complete, move the sticky over to the Done column. Rinse and repeat.

Step 6: wrap-up thoughts at the end - what one idea or person did you most enjoy, then break for home/drinks/cover.

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PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

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Tuesday
Nov 20
DIY CNC Mill
Free Geek

Learn how to create a computer controlled wood mill using parts harvested from recycled electronics. Students will have a hands-on chance to work with the materials and understand the underlying concepts behind creating and using a computer-controlled machine.

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Learn to Code | Thinkful Portland - Thinkful + Free Geek | Free Crash Course: Basic Javascript
Free Geek

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thinkful-free-geek-free-crash-course-basic-javascript-tickets-51359911879?aff=meetup ***

Learn the fundamentals of programming as you get introduced to JavaScript, the most popular language on the job market. Join this workshop and start your journey towards becoming a developer.

We'll cover everything you need to know to start learning the language, including different data types, variables, and functions. We'll finish the workshop with a road map you can follow to continue learning JavaScript after the meetup.

Be sure to bring a laptop. If you don't have one, we can pair you with someone who does.

How to find us:
1731 SE 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97214

Located SE Portland near Ladd's Addition on 10th between SE Market & Mill.
Free Street Parking available on every block.
Buses 4, 10, 14, and 70 all have stops within 2-3 blocks of location.
Check in at Front Desk for Event with Free Geek Admin Team.

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SharePint with Portland SharePoint User Group
BridgePort Brew Pub

Want to connect with SharePoint and Office 365 professionals? Join us at our professional networking event.

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PHPDX - Unblocking PHP applications with message queues
Graybox

Pizza, learning and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

Message queuing allows applications to communicate by sending messages to each other. The message queue provides a temporary message storage when the destination program is busy or not connected. Join us as Caleb Tucker-Raymond takes us on an exploration of message queues. We'll learn both how to use them in a simple PHP web application, and how to test them.

Code we will be using can be found at https://github.com/calebtr/queue-testing-demo

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Wednesday
Nov 21
Jr Dev Meetup
Vacasa

Join us at our monthly meetup for junior developers! We alternate monthly between Happy Hours (at White Owl Social) and Speakers (hosted at Vacasa). For more details about upcoming and past gatherings, check out http://www.meetup.com/Portland-JR-DEVELOPER-Meetup/.

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Thursday
Nov 22
Ruby Coworking: Hollywood Edition
Case Study Coffee

An informal gathering of Ruby/Rails developers, working alongside each other. Join us!

Monday
Nov 26
Portland UX Happy Hour
Lucky Lab Brew Pub

Welcome to the reboot of Portland's UX Happy Hour! Come join us to meet new friends and have chill design conversations over drinks.

Your new hosts for Portland's UX Happy Hour are Rachel Glaves and Leo LaCroix, both local UX freelancers. Welcome! We hope you swing by and say hi.

This is the first in a monthly series of happy hours to build and strengthen our local design community. We are actively seeking venue suggestions and co-hosts. We're both based in SE Portland but know that folks come from every corner of the city. Want a UX Happy Hour in your neighborhood? We welcome you to host one or suggest a venue you love! Message us to get started.

Venue note: Monday happens to be Lucky Lab's "Happy Day", with $1 off pints and specials on pitchers. We will have a visible sign or placard on our table to help you locate us - details on our Facebook event.

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Tuesday
Nov 27
Women in Cable Telecommunications presents Tech It Out
Comcast East Field Office

Tech It Out’s mission is to demystify technology for professionals at all levels and across multiple disciplines within an organization, highlight technology leaders in an interactive and creative forum, enable attendees to learn about new and existing technologies driving innovation, and inspire participants to advance their career paths along the technology continuum.

Event Timeline

10:00am: Registration & Networking

10:30am: Welcome

10:45am: Touchstones Fireside Chat

• Megan Bishop, VP Finance, Comcast

• Jessie Brousard, Sr Director Sales Marketing, Comcast Spotlight

• Amanda Field, VP Residential Direct Sales, Charter Communications

• Doug George, Sr Director Brand Distribution, Turner Networks

12:00pm: Lunch/Hands-On Tech Displays

1:00pm: Tech Talk - Evolving Industry Technology

· Gregg Hardy, Principal, Pacific Crest Labs

· Rodrigo Lopez, RSVP OR/SW WA Region, Comcast

· Ryan Mutek, VP, Prince Telecommunications

· Danielle Wade, AVP Field Operations Pacific NW, Charter Communications

2:15pm: Break

2:25pm: Keynote Speaker: The Influential Conversationalist, Jen Mueller, Sports broadcaster and founder of "Talk Sport to Me"

Every conversation reinforces what people think about you or gives them a chance to rethink what they know. Jen provides practical conversation strategies based on more than 15 years spent in sports broadcasting.

Jen works as a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast on ROOT SPORTS and as the Seattle Seahawks sideline radio reporter. Jen founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 as a way to leverage sports fandom in business conversations. She provides practical conversation strategies based on more than 15 years spent in sports broadcasting.

3:40pm: Closing Remarks

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PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) November Happy Hour
Free Geek

PDXWIT is thrilled to be partnering with Free Geek for a special edition happy hour on #givingtuesday November 27th! The theme of the evening is Supporting our Community. Let’s connect to talk about how we can really show up and support one another.

While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 5:30 to share important announcements and showcase some individuals in our community.

An employee of Free Geek will provide an introduction to the company and share open job opportunities.

A guest speaker will share their story of the impact Free Geek and PDXWIT has had on their professional and personal life.

Elizabeth Stock and Hilary Shohoney will talk about how critical it is for community members to do what they can to support organizations that matter to them.

During the event, we’ll have more to do than free-form networking:

An activity table where you can get creative. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing. If you have trouble finding it, look for Meg Aul, our Event Activities Director.

Table topics to help break the ice.

A section for job seekers and our sponsors who are hiring, to ensure people get connected.

A #givingtuesday table with raffle prizes and other goodies for folks who decide to support BOTH FreeGeek and PDXWIT at the event.

Agenda:

4:30 p.m. - Doors open/networking

5:30 p.m. - Introductions, announcements + lightning speakers

6:30 p.m. - Event ends

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Donut.js November 2018
Alchemy Code Lab

Donut.js is a monthly meet-up in Portland, OR with a handful of wonderful talks on tech, creativity, community, and the places they come together.

Schedule

  • 6:00 — Arrive, socialize, eat tasty donuts and snacks!
  • 6:30 — Opening Remarks
  • 6:45 — [TO BE ANNOUNCED]
  • 7:00 — 10-minute break
  • 7:15 — [TO BE ANNOUNCED]
  • 7:30 — 10-minute break
  • 7:45 — [TO BE ANNOUNCED]
  • 8:00 — Meet people and eat more donuts!

Details

  • $10 or $0 in advance at https://donutjs.club/ or at the door. We take cards.
  • Nametags and pronoun stickers will be available at check-in.
  • Donut.js logo stickers and enamel pins also available at check-in.
  • All talks are live-captioned by Mirabai Knight of Steno Knight.
  • Two all-gender, stall-only restrooms are available.
  • Event is on the second floor. Elevator is available.
  • 3.5′-wide physical access lanes will be taped on the floor throughout the venue.
  • We'll have donuts! We have donuts for omnivores from Delicious Donuts and combination gluten-free-vegan donuts from Back to Eden Bakery.
  • A few other snacks (pretzels, vegan+gluten-free chips) will be available.
  • LaCroix soda and water will be available.
  • We have a Code of Conduct and require that all staff, speakers, attendees, and venue staff abide by it: https://donutjs.club/conduct/
  • A hard copy of our Code of Conduct will be posted at the check-in, by the refreshments, and in each of the bathrooms.

Our Nonprofit Beneficiary

[TO BE ANNOUNCED]

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Learn to Code | Thinkful Portland - Intro to Python: Build a Predictive Model
CENTRL West

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-python-build-a-predictive-model-tickets-51360173662?aff=Meetup ***

Learn the fundamentals of programming with Python by building a Predictive Model from scratch, training the model and running predictions against it.

We'll cover everything you need to know to start learning the language, including different data types, variables, and functions. We'll finish the workshop with a roadmap you can follow to continue learning Python and Data Science after the meetup.

Be sure to bring a laptop. If you don't have one, we can pair you with someone who does.

How to find us:
329 NE Couch St., Portland OR 97232

Located in the middle of the Burnside Bridgehead project Slate building. Entrance at the intersection of the Streetcar line & NE Couch.
Free street parking available on NE Davis & 3rd.
City Center Parking Lot across from Oregon Convention Center on NE Lloyd.
TriMet Stops on NE MLK & Burnside and SE Grand & E Burnside.

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Wednesday
Nov 28
Programming with Python 1
Free Geek

Have you ever thought programming was interesting, but don't know where to start? Do you want to unlock the true potential of computers? This is the class for you!

This class is an introduction to programming concepts with Python, an easy-to-learn programming language. Every class begins with the basics of what Python is and how to use it. After that we'll talk about computer science theory in an approachable way. Finally we'll have a lab where your questions can get answered and you can show off your projects.

No prior programming experience required. If you can type, you can program!

Recommended Follow-up: Programming with Python 2

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Thursday
Nov 29
Ruby Coworking: Hollywood Edition
Case Study Coffee

An informal gathering of Ruby/Rails developers, working alongside each other. Join us!

PDX Blacks in Technology Next Happy Hour
Olive or Twist

We usually sit in a circle. We listen, share, encourage: rinse, repeat.

*Friends and any guests are welcome.

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#FullStackPDX : November : Critique
WeWork Custom House

Just like fight club, if this is your first night attending, you have to present.

Discussing your startup, recent project, code reviews, business ideas, etc. are all applicable. There is not a required length of time to present. This can be a live prototype or even a set of powerpoint slides. You do not have to know how to code to present your dream, and we are HERE TO HELP you. Presentations are meant to be collaborative, not the traditional meetup style where a presenter talks like a teacher for a very long time and saves questions for the end. We use a timer and the group dynamic works to collaboratively prevent cross talk and side conversations. So bring your computer, fun spirit and desire to learn, and let's have fun.

Signups through meetup.com are required and seats are limited, so buy your tickets early because we usually sell out. We are self funded, and 100% of the revenue received is put back into the meetup costs. We will have top shelf pizza from Crown PDX (http://www.imperialpdx.com/the-crown/) so come HUNGRY for dinner!!

Doors open at 6pm and we kick off on time. After the concert of presentations we will walk over to Bailey's Taproom (http://www.baileystaproom.com/) to continue the evening.

Location: WeWork Customs House : Room 1C : When you check in ask for CP Handheld, they are our sponsor. The room is right to the left as you walk in.

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BSD Pizza Night
48 North

A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

SAM SINYANGWE: USING DATA TO ADVANCE RACIAL JUSTICE
Portland State University (PSU) - Smith Memorial Center

This fall, the Oregon Justice Resource Center welcomes Sam Sinyangwe to Portland for a very special event. Sam Sinyangwe is a policy analyst and activist who uses his analytical and data-mapping skills to advance the cause of racial justice, particularly with regard to police violence. Join us to meet Sam and hear from him about where the movement to end mass incarceration and make law enforcement agencies more accountable to all the communities they serve goes next.

TICKETS This event includes a meet-and greet with Sam where we will serve drinks and light hors d'oeuvres followed by a separate speaking event. Tickets for the meet-and-greet include refreshments and priority seating for the speaking event and are priced at $125.

We are offering sliding scale pricing for general admission to the speaking event at $65, $45, or $25. You are free to decide how much to pay.

Discounted entry to the speaking event only is available at $10 for students of any school, college or university.

Entry to the speaking event only is free for formerly incarcerated people.

No one will be denied for inability to pay; scholarships are available. Please contact Amie Wexler at awexler@ojrc.info.

All tickets to this event are fully tax deductible and your contribution will support all of the programs and services of the Oregon Justice Resource Center.

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Tuesday
Dec 4
PADNUG - Scott Hanselman and the Annual PADNUG Party!!
Intel Corporation, JFCC Auditorium

TBA

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Wednesday
Dec 5
Learn to Coach: Tech Managers & Teams
Cayuse

Learn to Coach: Tech Managers & Teams is an immersive workshop that breaks down the fundamentals of coaching for managers in startup and technical environments. Over the course of the morning, we'll learn the elements of effective coaching and have time to practice, too!

This isn't your average coaching conversation - it's hands-on, no slides, and really fun (we promise - you get to build things, make stuff, and break stuff!) It's also not a leadership development class! This workshop is about actionable, real-world techniques that you can apply in your daily work immediately.

This course is designed for new and mid-level managers who have teams of 1+ people. It can also be a great tool for HR and people managers who are looking to add coaching skills to their toolboxes.

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GeoDev Meetup (Mobile!)
Esri PDX R&D Center

This event is a social gathering for developers to discuss the latest in mapping, geo technology, geo services, web and mobile mapping apps, app design, cloud solutions, map data or anything else related to solving real-world "geo" problems. Developers of all levels of expertise are welcome, from seasoned GIS professionals to those new to geospatial development.

Join us on Wednesday, December 5th for a Mobile-themed meetup. That means the intro, keynote, and lighting talks will all be focused on usages of mobile within the context of GIS. Food and beverages will be provided at the meetup.

Have you built a cool geospatial mobile app recently that you'd like to show off? Submit a lightning talk! We'd love to see it!

Find out more details and RSVP on our Meetup page.

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Thursday
Dec 6
Change Management in the Startup Ecosystem
Cayuse

Change Management in the Startup Ecosystem is a workshop designed to help managers, teams, and leaders understand and manage change in their startups. This will be an interactive, practical session with overviews of established models, enlightening conversations, and activities for applying the models that hold strong in startups.

Let's be real, in a startup there is always a change happening! It's constant. And if employees can be more aware of the emotional and organizational implications of change, and have strategies and tools to help with these transitions, work will be smoother, and goals will be achieved quicker.

This workshop is designed for people managers of all levels, but can be beneficial for individual contributors and HR employees as well. Before the session, we'll ask you to think about a change you (and/or your team members) are actively experiencing, and come ready to discuss and work through this real-world scenario.

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PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Inside the Mind of a Hiring Manager
Squarespace

Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-inside-the-mind-of-a-hiring-manager-tickets-51732000807] is required to gain entry to this event

Ever wonder what the hiring manager on the other side of the table, phone screening, or video interview is thinking? This is your chance to ask a panel of hiring managers and tech recruiters ANY job search-related question. This is a safe space with no judgement. No question is off limits! Should I state my desired salary? Is it too soon to send another follow up email? What do I do if I don’t know the answer? What are the most common mistakes candidates make? We’ll kick off the event with a few questions to get the conversation rolling, then it's open to anyone in the audience to ask a question. Come ask the experts who have seen it all!

The event will be moderated by Asia Kane of Opal and will include the following panelists from Portland’s technology community:

Amanda Lopez of Ruby Receptionists

Andrew Butt of Squarespace

Evan Reeves of Opal

Lauren Wordell of Puppet

Keli Van Holde of Zapproved

Agenda:

5:30 p.m. - Doors open / networking

6:00 p.m - Panel Begins

7:00 p.m. - Panel ends / networking

7:30 p.m. - Event ends

Event FAQ:

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: Yes, gender neutral restrooms will be available at this event.

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes, the space for this event is ADA accessible.

Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes, food and drink will be provided at this event.

Q: What is the parking situation? A: Paid street parking is available nearby the event.

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: The main entrance to the event is on SW 3rd Avenue and Washington.

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: No, secured bike parking will not be available at the event.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes, the event is located in Downtown Portland near multiple public transit options.

Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Creating Interactive Software Objects with Clojurescript w/ Dan Lidral-Porter
Puppet

For a few years, I've been trying to create UIs that have a consistency, tangibility, and predictability akin to that of physical objects. I think this results in software that is easy for the average person to use and understand.

The only way I know how to describe the kinds of behaviors that result in the physicality I seek is with state machines. I've built a library called Plastic that lets me define state machines composed of pure functions triggered by DOM events. This allows me to express the behaviors making up the UI in almost exactly the same way I design them with pen and paper, all the while hiding mutation in the implementation in fine Clojurian fashion.

In this talk I'll describe my philosophy of UI design in more detail, provide some examples of the physicality I'm aiming for, and show how one is implemented using Plastic. If time and enthusiasm allows, we can collaboratively define another simple software object using Plastic on the fly, to get a bottom-up perspective in addition to the top-down perspective of the scripted talk.

I hope to see you there.

-DLP

P.S. I am amused to be delivering a talk in defense of objects, but these are strange times we live in.

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Tuesday
Dec 11
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) West Side Mixer
Salesforce

Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-west-side-mixer-tickets-51343721453] is required to gain entry to this event

Many of us live and/or work on the west side of the Portland metro area but may not have a convenient professional community nearby. Thanks to support from PDXWIT and Salesforce, on December 11 we will get together to talk tech and other work topics in Hillsboro.

In addition to our usual networking format, a representative from Salesforce will tell us about the company and share available opportunities. Charlotte Chipperfield, the founder and CEO of Chipperfield Media, will share the top do’s and “don’ts” of social media and how to leverage social for building either a business or personal brand.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open/networking

5:45 p.m. - Introduction

6:00 p.m. - Speaking segments begin

6:30 p.m. - Networking

7:00 p.m. - Event ends

Event FAQ:

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: Yes

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes.

Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes including vegan and gluten free.

Q: What is the parking situation? A: Yes, plenty of free parking

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: We have a main entrance at the front that everyone will need to use. All guests will be required to sign a NDS and take a visitors badge while on site.

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: We have some space for bikes inside the building, and racks outside but riders will need to bring locks for those racks.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Not necessarily, we are out in the burbs and have plenty of parking. There is, however a max stop (Orenco station, Blue Line) about a 10min walk away.

Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home. Please note there may be office pets present at this event.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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AgilePDX: Mob Programming
Cayuse

Mob Programming is a software development practice with many benefits - it raises code quality, removes knowledge silos, minimizes mental fatigue, and more. In practice it feels more like a bulldozer than a racecar - unstoppable and thorough. The core of mob programming is pointing many pairs of eyes on a single problem, pushing all the code through a single keyboard. Each month we'll explore different methods for learning to mob well and reaping the rewards of this practice as soon as possible on your own team.

Directions: Enter WTC Building One at its second floor lobby (ADA access: ground floor elevator). Take an elevator to the 9th floor (press '9' outside the elevators and use the indicated cab). Follow signs to the Cayuse lobby and sign in for the event.

Facilitator Bio:

Willem Larsen is a senior software developer at Hunter Industries. He has been speaking at Agile conferences on improving collaboration since 2009. He is the creator of accelerated team learning tools such as the Mob Programming role-playing game and Code Cooking (with Emmanuel Gaillot), author of the Language Hunter's Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities of learning in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

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Wednesday
Dec 12
Agile Practitioners Book Club: Flat Army
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/256215771/


Join us for a beer (or beverage of your choice) and a snack at the Rogue Eastside Pub to discuss "Flat Army" by Dan Pontefract. He says he has the strategy to solve the challenges of unhappy and uncommitted employees, and it's based on empowerment:

"Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel (and your profits to soar), you'll need to abandon your traditional command-and-control management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach―one that engages and empowers your people. While this isn't a particularly new idea, many leaders, while they may pay lip service to it, don't really understand what it means. And most of those who do get it lack the skills for putting it into practice. In Flat Army you'll find powerful leadership models and tools that help you challenge yourself and overcome your personal obstacles to change, while pushing the boundaries of organizational change to create a culture of collaboration."

Let's discuss the pros and cons of his approached and compare it to our real-world experiences and experiments.

We look forward to your creative insights!

Tip: It's worth reading some online book reviews for critical perspectives.

Oregon SQL Monthly Meeting
OHSU TEchnology Group

Oregon SQL provides opportunities for SQL Server developers, .NET and other developers accessing SQL Servers, SQL Server administrators, and Business Intelligence professionals to meet and discuss SQL Server technologies that are of specific interest to the developer community. Discussion topics include ‘Best Practices’, T-SQL code, Query Optimization, Reporting, ETL, Indexing, and new (as well as undiscovered ‘old’) features.

Oregon SQL is an official chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), an independent, not-for-profit association committed to providing SQL Server professionals around the world with the resources and knowledge necessary to achieve unparalleled business results.

Visit https://tinyletter.com/OregonSQL and sign up to receive the Oregon SQL News and Meeting Announcements and be kept informed of meeting dates and discussion topics. We do not provide our mailing list to anyone for any purpose other than meeting notices and general announcements for the User Group.

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PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Diversity Dinner
A.wordsmith

Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-diversity-dinner-tickets-52013262067] is required to gain entry to this event

Join us for an invite-only, informal yet focused dinner where we can share our experiences with diversity in the workplace. The intimate setting will allow us to discuss tactics, strategies and support to resolve the issues that arise. This event will be led by Emma Holland, Marcus Carter, and Heather Knight. This is an incubator opportunity which could result in future programming.

Our goal is to ensure this event results in a well-represented, honest and impactful conversation about diversity in our industry so we are asking folks to apply to attend this event by completing this form. Applications are due by November 30th and invitees will be notified by December 10th

APPLY HERE.

Agenda:

6:00 p.m. - Arrive and get food

6:15 p.m. - Discussion begins

8:00 p.m. - Event ends

Event FAQ:

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: Yes, there is a gender neutral restroom.

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes

Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes, there will be food and drink. Vegan and gluten free options will be provided.

Q: What is the parking situation? A: Street and parking available in Smart Park lot.

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: There is one entrance to the building, off of SW Washington

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: No, there are bike racks outside of the building.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes, there are several bus and max lines nearby.

Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Thursday
Dec 13
2018 Pitch Oregon
TBD

Pitch Oregon is TiE Oregon’s marquee event, attracting over 200 attendees each year. Entrepreneurs from all around Oregon travel to Portland to pitch for a prize package and overall cash prize in the following categories: Concept Stage – you either have an idea or you’ve just started working on your product Seed/Bootstrap Stage– you have a product and have taken some funding or are bootstrapping Timeline: Application Deadline – October 31st Finalists Announced – Week of November 12th Pitch Oregon – December 13th

2018 Event Details: When: Thursday, December 13th Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Where: TBD, Ore. Application Fee: $25 Member Fee to Attend: $15 Non-member Fee to Attend: $35

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Friday
Dec 14
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Women + Tech Holiday Party
p:ear

Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-women-tech-holiday-party-tickets-52328766750] is required to gain entry to this event

Join us Friday, December 14th at p:ear for our 5th Annual Women + Tech Holiday Party, co-organized by PDXWIT and Women Who Code Portland and presented by Nike!

2018 has been another big year for the PDXWIT and Women Who Code Portland communities, and we are thrilled to come together, for the FIFTH year, to celebrate the holidays and what we’ve accomplished. The theme of the event will be Transforming Technology: Culture and Community. In honor of our theme, PDXWIT and Women Who Code Portland will be recognizing individuals for their great work over the year transforming the technology industry.

PDXWIT will be honoring two individuals, Best Contributor and Best Speaker. If you or someone you know has been working hard to make PDXWIT a success or spoken at one of our events, please submit your nominations by November 20th. The Best Contributor award will be selected in advance by a panel, and finalists for the Best Speaker Award will perform runoff Lightning Talks at the Holiday Party. The winner will be selected by text-to-vote.

Women Who Code regularly celebrates their members' achievements with the #ApplaudHer hashtag. The #ApplaudHer hashtag highlights victories such as accepting a new position, receiving a promotion, speaking at a conference or meeting a personal goal. The concept is simple: Women Who Code believes that recognition can create change and that rewriting public perceptions can transform tech. During the Women + Tech Holiday Party, Women Who Code will be announcing the Technical Leadership and Rising Tech Star award winners, chosen from the submissions received. Please submit your nominations before the end of day on December 1, 2018.

While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short program to hear from our sponsors and introduce and announce awards.

During the event, we’ll have more to do than free-form networking:

  • an activity table where people can get creative. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing. If you have trouble finding it, look for Meg Aul, our Event Activities Director.

  • table topics to help break the ice.

  • a section for job seekers and those hiring to ensure people get connected.

  • a #GiveGuide table with raffle prizes and other goodies for folks who decide to support PDXWIT that evening.

Music will be provided by Claudia Martinez and DJ Mienne.

Agenda:

4:30 p.m. - Doors open / networking

5:30 p.m. - Introductions and Awards

6:30 p.m. - Additional networking and celebration of our community

7:30 p.m. - Event ends

Event FAQ:

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: Yes

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes

Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes, including vegan and gluten free options.

Q: What is the parking situation? A: Street paid parking.

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: Entrance is on NW 6th Ave.

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: No.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes, the event venue is very close to several bus and max lines.

Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home.

Purpose:

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

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Sunday
Dec 16
PLUG Linux Clinic
Free Geek

The Linux Clinic meets once a month on the third Sunday from 1 - 5 pm at Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, 97214.

Bring your Linux computer that is being a brat and we'll teach it some manners. Or bring your computer that has some evil operating system on it and we'll send it home with a shiny, clean Linux distro. Or just come and look over shoulders to see what Linux is all about.

If you already know Linux well, the Clinic is also a good place to learn how to help users troubleshoot problems. It's excellent training for tech support work in Linux.

We have monitors, mice, keyboards, and miscellanous other perifpherals, so generally all you need to bring is the box.

There will also be coffee and people usually bring munchies as well. After all, you can't do computers on an empty tummy.

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Tuesday
Dec 18
LIT-Lab PDX (Legal Innovation & Technology) - Consumer Legal Marketplaces: LIT-Lab /December Meetup
Collective Agency Downtown Board Room (12th Floor)

Hey Legal Innovators:

Join us for our final Meetup of 2018, where we'll feature two Portland-area companies who are using technology and business model innovation to better connect legal consumers with lawyers. We'll be hosted by Text-a-Lawyer and Collective Agency, and our presenters will include Kevin Gillespie of Text-a-Lawyer and Eli Marchbanks of Basic Counsel. Both companies are working to better connect lawyers and clients using a convenient tech-enabled marketplace.

Kevin and Eli will showcase their products and answer questions about their process for building them--should be an interesting and informative evening. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP early.

Hope you can join us!

--John & Zac

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Thursday
Dec 20
#FullStackPDX : December : Christmas White Elephant Gift Exchange
WeWork Custom House

SAVE the DATE! Start thinking of a cheap white elephant gift.

More details to follow.... Stay tuned.

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Wednesday
Mar 27, 2019
OHSU Commercialization Conference
through Robertson Life Sciences Building, OHSU

Please join us on March 27-28, 2019 for the sixth annual OHSU Commercialization Conference, hosted by Technology Transfer and Business Development . This conference connects with OHSU innovators with investors, industry partners and community collaborators to help build a vibrant hub for innovation and commercialization of innovative technology. Through speaker sessions, startup pitches, industry insights and collaboration stories, the conference will focus on the theme of "Fueling Health Care Innovation." The conference offers a platform for attendees to explore the impact of innovations that will revolutionize health care and understand the drivers of this transformation.

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Thursday
Apr 11, 2019
What is Technology? Value • Velocity • Vortex
through University of Oregon Portland

What is Technology? (2019) will examine the vortices of interaction among practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, moral knowledge and imagination to navigate our everchanging media/life/universe. In a broad sense, technology can be understood as methods of intelligent inquiry and problem-solving in all domains of human life. The conference-experience will enact a collaborative network of transdisciplinary research by cultivating communication as the heart of science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, and environments.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary and ninth annual What is…?, bringing together natural and social scientists, scholars, government officials, industry professionals, artists and designers, as well as alumni, students, community organizations, and the public.

–> CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(Due by December 21, 2018)

“Pattern recognition in the midst of a huge overwhelming destructive force is the way out of the maelstrom. The huge vortices of energy created by our media present us with similar possibilities of evasion of consequences of destruction. By studying the patterns of the effects of this huge vortex of energy in which we are involved, it may be possible to program a strategy of evasion and survival.” —Marshall McLuhan, 1979
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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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