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Sunday
Mar 29, 2009
Get Naked: Champagne Autograph Party!
Muddy Waters Coffeehouse

The 2010 charity calendars are hot off the press and on Sunday evening, March 29th, the participants and all volunteers involved with the "Naked" calendar project are coming together for an autograph signing and champagne party! Bring your already bought calendar or buy one at the door and mingle with the most awesome techs in Portland! All proceeds from this event and from all calendar sales will go to p:ear, Free Geek, and the PCC Multimedia Club. Local businesses have donated various prizes for our on sight raffle so bring everyone you know and let's have a great time and give it up for our community! Website: http://dosomethingforacause.com

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Sunday
Oct 2, 2011
Free Geek Town Hall Meeting
East Portland Eagles Aerie #3256

Your local community technology center has recently changed the way it is governed and this is your chance to have a say in the future of Free Geek.

On Sunday October 2nd at 12pm, Free Geek will hold its first Town Hall Meeting at the Eagles Lodge on SE 50th and Hawthorne. During the meeting you will get the opportunity to hear reports on Free Geek’s progress from staff and the Board of Directors. You will be able to voice your ideas and brainstorm big-picture issues with other volunteers. You will have the chance to participate in workshops, discussions, and Q & A sessions that will help set the future direction of Free Geek.

You will also hear from candidates for the new position of Volunteer Representatives to the Free Geek Board — as part of the governance changes, Free Geek is committed to maintaining a Board with no less than 25% of its membership elected directly by volunteers to represent their interests. Anyone who has completed 30 or more volunteer hours in the last year will be able to vote. Voting opens at the Town Hall, and will remain open for two weeks in order to maximize the number of votes received. Paper ballots will be available at Free Geek; you may call the front desk at 503-232-9350 to request a ballot by mail. We will use the Schulze Method of voting, the most mathematically correct voting system in existence, to ensure the best and fairest representation. There will also be a free lunch provided, a chance to raise your issues directly with staff and members of the Board, and an after-event session in the Eagles bar for participants. We appreciate and look forward to your participation in this historic convening. See you there!

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Sunday
Mar 4, 2012
Ubuntu Global Jam
Free Geek

The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 2nd - 4th March 2012 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Curious about how to make a real difference to Ubuntu? This is a great chance to make that difference.

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Thursday
Aug 9, 2012
Linux Playground (free class)
Free Geek

Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, ArchLinux. What are all these distributions (flavors) of Linux and how are they similar and different? Come learn about many different versions of Linux and try them out on our test machines. Learn the basics of installing your chosen version of Linux on your own computer. Come prepared to have fun and ask questions.

Please sign up in advance by visiting the volunteer desk at Free Geek or calling us at 503-232-9350.

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Friday
Aug 10, 2012
Using Windows Programs in Ubuntu (free class)
Free Geek

New to Ubuntu/Linux and have a Windows program you just can't live without? Learn how to search for Linux equivalents or use programs like Wine to make your Windows programs compatible with your computer.

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Wednesday
Sep 19, 2012
Command Line 2 (free class)
Free Geek

Want to get under the hood and take control of your Ubuntu computer? Learn key commands and concepts including users, groups, permissions, processes and scripting. Basic Command Line class or similar knowledge is a prerequisite.

All classes are free to our volunteers and the general public. Please sign up in advance by visiting the volunteer desk at Free Geek or calling us at 503-232-9350.

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Friday
Sep 21, 2012
Intro to CMS (free class)
Free Geek

A content management system (CMS) is a computer program that makes it easy to create, edit, and display HTML/Internet content. Some popular CMS include Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal. Learn the basics of how CMS can make your website creation easier and better.

All classes are free to our volunteers and the general public. Please sign up in advance by visiting the volunteer desk at Free Geek or calling us at 503-232-9350.

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Tuesday
Aug 19, 2014
Start your path to Linux certification for free at Free Geek
Free Geek

Starting in early August the Linux Foundation, with edX, is going to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), called Introduction to Linux, to help people explore the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. Interested parties are welcome to sign up for free at: http://is.gd/linuxmooc

Upon completion of this training you should have a good working knowledge of Linux, from both a graphical and command line perspective, allowing you to easily navigate through any of the major Linux distributions. You will be able to continue your progress as either a user, system administrator or developer using the acquired skill set.

This is a self-paced class and students are welcome to sign up for for free and take it on their own. Free Geek wants to be successful and we've pulled together an amazing collection of volunteer instructors who will help you complete the course. Students are able to take advantage of two support programs starting in August and running through mid-October.

Structured Intro to Linux classes Tuesdays 8/19 to 10/14 5:30-8:30pm

Work alongside other students and volunteer instructors to complete two learning modules a week. Students must sign up for the online course and may want to accomplish some homework in between classes (although this will likely not be required). You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own laptop if you have one. Sign up in advance at the Free Geek front desk or by giving us call 503-232-9350.

Intro to Linux drop-in support Sundays 8/24 to 10/19 1:00-5:00pm

For students who would like to work at their own pace, or those who would like to supplement the structured Intro to Linux course, you can drop in anytime from 1-5 on Sundays to ask questions, complete assignments with assistance, or talk about more advanced topics. Volunteer instructors will be on-hand to answer all your questions.

Free certification of completion While some students may choose to get official certification from edX and the Linux Foundation, we understand that many students choose not to pay the required $250 fee. Free Geek will provide an opportunity to get unofficial certification of course completion to those students who would like to use this as a way to prove they completed this class successfully. Students must take the final test under supervision and adhere to the same ethical standards as a paid participant.

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Thursday
Aug 28, 2014
Networking & Cisco Certification Open Questions
Free Geek

This introductory session is an open Q&A for anyone interested in pursuing a CCNA or CCNP certification and an open forum for other networking questions. Whether you want to know how the Internet works, or just master your home network, this will be your opportunity to ask a network expert the questions you've been pondering.

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Tuesday
Oct 18, 2016
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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Tuesday
Nov 15, 2016
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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Tuesday
Dec 20, 2016
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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Saturday
Jan 21, 2017
Create 3D Art with Blender
Free Geek

Blender is a free, open source 3D creation suite. This class is an introduction to Blender. Learn how to navigate within Blender, create and edit simple 3D models, and add basic lighting to your art.

10:30am-12:30pm Class 12:30pm-1:30pm Lab

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Saturday
Jun 3, 2017
Intro to Programming with JavaScript
Free Geek

This free class is an introduction to the core concepts of programming using the JavaScript programming language. While we use JavaScript, the ideas learned in the class are transferrable to all programming languages.

By the end of this class, you will:

  • Understand key concepts in programming
  • Understand what JavaScript is and how it is used
  • Know where to go to learn more about JavaScript
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Introduction to HTML & CSS
Free Geek

Free class: Interested in creating a website, but don't know where to start? Join us at Free Geek for an introduction to the building blocks of the web: HTML and CSS.

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Thursday
Dec 7, 2017
Diversity in Tech: Portland Based Solutions (Panel & Happy Hour)
eBay

In alignment with the TechTown PDX Diversity Pledge, we too believe it is necessary to do more than just talking about the need for a more diverse tech sector. As tech professionals, we think collective action and accountability are required to address the underrepresentation of women, LGBTQ+, and people of color in our industry.

Sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 coding boot camp in America by Course Report, join panelists from Chick Tech, Free Geek, Out in Tech, Lesbians Who Tech, WeWork and more for a discussion on how some organizations are continuously working to empower diversity and digital inclusion in our community.

Panelists: Justin Hulog - Out in Tech, Portland Chapter Founder Sara Rasmussen - Free Geek, Digital Inclusion Manager Janel Hull - ChickTech, Community Manager Heather Knight - Lesbians Who Tech, Portland Chapter Representative Marianne Moyer - WeWork, Community Manager

Moderator: Emma Holland - Thinkful, Community Manager

Thinkful is a career accelerator that supports graduates seeking high-growth careers in technology. We focus on the flexibility and accessibility offered online with the support and networking opportunities offered in-person. Thinkful grads are job-ready after working alongside professional engineers through 1-on-1 mentorship, in-depth curriculum and a learning model that emphasizes real-world application over theory. Ranked #1 best overall Bootcamp in America by Course Report, 91% of our graduates finding a job within six months. Find out more about Thinkful Portland on our website.

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Thursday
Jan 18
Web Development 1
Free Geek

Free class: Interested in creating a website, but don't know where to start? Join us at Free Geek for an introduction to the building blocks of the web: HTML and CSS.

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Saturday
Feb 17
Web Development 1
Free Geek

Free class: Interested in creating a website, but don't know where to start? Join us at Free Geek for an introduction to the building blocks of the web: HTML and CSS.

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Thursday
Mar 15
Web Development 1
Free Geek

Interested in creating a website, but don't know where to start? Join us at Free Geek for an introduction to the building blocks of the web: HTML and CSS.

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Thursday
Apr 19
Web Development 1
Free Geek

Interested in creating a website, but don't know where to start? Join us at Free Geek for an introduction to the building blocks of the web: HTML and CSS.

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Saturday
Apr 21
Web Development 1
Free Geek

Interested in creating a website, but don't know where to start? Join us at Free Geek for an introduction to the building blocks of the web: HTML and CSS.

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