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Tuesday
Sep 13, 2016
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Mentorship Program Networking Event
Metal Toad

The PDXWIT Mentorship Program is in full swing and we want to celebrate the wins and get feedback to improve the program for the future! At this event, you will:

• Network with people participating in the program

• Hear a kick off from Joaquin Lippincott, CEO of Metal Toad

• Get program updates

• Share program wins and gather new ideas (breakout session)

• Q&A with the Mentorship Program Committee

Are you in the program and can't attend? Don't worry, this event is optional.

Haven't signed up yet? Never fear, you can still sign up at www.pdxwit.org/mentorship and we will match you during our next round.

Other questions? mentorship@pdxwit.org

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Wednesday
Oct 5, 2016
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Career Development Workshop
Planet Argon

RSVP for this event - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-career-development-workshop-tickets-27744161534

Nick Luallin and Jackie Newgard from IT Motives partner with PDXWIT to present a workshop/discussion about the job market for technology professionals in Portland. The workshop will take place at Planet Argon and will begin at 5:30pm and go until 7:00pm.

We will discuss such topics as framing your job search, resume & interview tips, common mistakes made in the job seeking process and how to effectively work with Recruiters. There will be ample time for Q&A, and we will have a drop box for topic requests and questions for subsequent events.

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization with the purpose of strengthening the Portland women in tech community through educational programs, partnerships and events that provide information, connections, resources, opportunities, and 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 current women in tech and encourage others to pursue tech careers to help reduce gender imbalance in the industry and address the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

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Wednesday
Oct 12, 2016
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Art Activity
Mozilla

RSVP for this event - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-techpdxwit-art-activity-tickets-27661159272

Calling all artists and creative minded PDXWIT friends! Please join us on Wednesday, October 12th from 4:30-6:30 for a craft night hosted by Mozilla. This will be the first in many craft nights where we can create new things together and brainstorm ideas for future event activities. This event will be open activity time with no agenda where we can get to know each other. Art pens, paper, colored pencils and other basic craft supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring any supplies you would like to add to the fun!

Have any questions? Contact Meg Aul @meg.aul@indinero.com (Ph:503-460-7371)

PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization with the purpose of strengthening the Portland women in tech community through educational programs, partnerships and events that provide information, connections, resources, opportunities, and 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 current women in tech and encourage others to pursue tech careers to help reduce gender imbalance in the industry and address the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

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Saturday
Oct 22, 2016
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Coderetreat 2016
The Tech Academy

RSVP for this event - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-techpdxwit-coderetreat-2016-tickets-27661828273

PDXWIT presents a woman-focused Coderetreat in honor of the Global Day of Coderetreat 2016. Coderetreat.org is a self-organized, volunteer led organization dedicated to helping software developers help each other improve their craft. Tanya Crenshaw and Jean Richardson will be teaming up to facilitate PDXWIT's 2016 Coderetreat. The Tech Academy is donating space and providing breakfast and lunch for the event. Come along for a day of codeplay in a supportive environment and help Coderetreat follow the sun during the global celebration of software development!

Here's how it works: SW developers of all sorts gather together with their machines and IDE's ready to code Conway's Game of Life for 45 minute sessions. Pairs change with every 45 minute iteration so everyone gets exposed to different problem solving strategies, and everyone learns together: newbies and master-craft persons alike. There is no expectation to finish coding Conway's Game of Life at any point during the day.

The purpose is to learn coding problem solving strategies, share skills and experience pairing in a supportive environment.

PDXWIT a community-based non-profit organization with the purpose of strengthening the Portland women in tech community through educational programs, partnerships and events that provide information, connections, resources, opportunities, and 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 current women in tech and encourage others to pursue tech careers to help reduce gender imbalance in the industry and address the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

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Tuesday
Nov 1, 2016
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) presents - "Most Likely to Succeed" Viewing
Jama Software (New Office)

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-presents-most-likely-to-succeed-viewing-tickets-28317818357

PDX Women In Tech, Jama Software and Code Fellows are partnering to screen Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary about the school systems that are preparing our kids with skills relevant to the modern work place. This documentary has an emphasis on STEM education, hands-on experience, a "makers" mentality to solving problems and using creativity in all aspects of life.

Director Greg Whiteley (Mitt, 2014 Sundance Film Festival) locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers. With a world of information available a click away, and the modern workplace valuing skills like collaboration and critical thinking, our rote-based system of learning has become outdated and ineffective. Watch as the documentary unfolds and shows viable solutions.

Here are some articles that summarize the film and provide some insight into why you should take this opportunity for this screening to come watch it with us-

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/24/most-likely-to-succeed_n_7129926.html https://www.fastcocreate.com/3043107/most-likely-to-succeed-shows-how-classrooms-modelled-after-real-life-can-help-kids-succeed-i

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.

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Thursday
Nov 17, 2016
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) presents Demystifying Telecom:How the voice you hear got there

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-presents-demystifying-telecomhow-the-voice-you-hear-got-there-tickets-28243621432

Have you ever wondered how phone calls work on a lower level? James Aimonetti has created a workshop to show PDX Women In Tech members the tech behind telecom.

Agenda for the workshop:

  • A brief history of telecom
  • Describe VoIP at high level
  • Show some SIP packets for basic call scenarios
     - Introduce basic jargon and acronym
     - Compare SIP to HTTP
    
  • Describe high level distributed architecture of Kazoo
     - Identify and eliminate single points of failure
     - Coordinate call processing among servers
     - Highlight challenges in distributing everything
    
  • Brief pitch for developing against Kazoo
     - REST APIs
     - Pivot - real-time, dynamic call routing
    

This workshop encourages more women to consider telecom as an exciting place where innovation is possible and learn to marry telecom infrastructure to the Internet-driven life in new and novel ways. Come learn a little about telecom, distributed systems as applied to telecom infrastructure, Erlang, and maybe get inspired to build new systems that leverage the APIs exposed in Kazoo.

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.

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Tuesday
Nov 29, 2016
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Happy Hour Networking Event
Free Geek

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-happy-hour-networking-event-tickets-28871226616

Join us for happy hour at Free Geek! Did you know November 29th is Giving Tuesday?! There's no better way to spend it than with your two favorite non-profits!

In honor of #GivingTuesday, see our recent announcement regarding how you can support both PDXWIT and Free Geek.

While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 5:30 with the goal of sharing important announcements and showcasing women in our community who are doing great things!

Introduction to Free Geek, including what they do and how you can support them!

Learn how Entrepreneur Spotlight, Kristen Gallagher, took her love of educating others and turned it into a business supporting technology companies to use learning to reach their goals. What resulted was her company Edify.

A brief talk by Jenny Stoffel, WordPress Developer and Consultant, about the anatomy of a 'typical' freelance day.

Remember, throughout the event we will have an Activity Table for people who want to create during the event. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing.

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.

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Wednesday
Dec 7, 2016
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Seasoned Women in Tech
Apex Clearing

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-seasoned-women-in-tech-tickets-29213800263

Are you a woman with 25 or more years of experience working in technology? Are you interested in an affinity group for women like you? Do you want to build relationships with other women in tech who are still in there swinging? PDXWIT wants to foster a community for women like you. Please come help us found this new group where we anticipate you will find support among like-minded women.

In defiance of the infographics that show we disappear after age 50, we will be coming together at Apex Clearing to build and strengthen connections and face forward to the future we want.

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.

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Thursday
Dec 15, 2016
Women + Tech Holiday Party || STILL ON, SEE YOU TONIGHT!
New Relic

Join us for the Women+Tech Holiday Party held at New Relic, Portland's 2nd annual largest celebration of women in tech! This year's theme is Virtual Reality in Reality, where we will showcase leaders in the VR community giving lightning talks:

Leah Siddall from Elemental/AWS will talk about the Challenges of Streaming Live VR Video

Stephanie Mendoza from Portland Immersive Media Group & CTRL-H will give a talk on Hyperreal Cognition

Danielle Delph from Wieden + Kennedy will speak to us about Using VR for the Greater Good

Women+Tech events are a result of a partnership amongst many Portland organizations: PDX Women in Technology (PDXWIT), Women Who Code (WWC), ChickTECH, Girls, Inc, and Lesbians Who Tech. Our goal is to bring together and support careers for women in tech, as well as encourage attendance of advocates who also care about advancing women in Portland tech.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Network with your peers and enjoy food sponsored by Marketo and beverages sponsored by New Relic. We will start the program promptly at 6:30 pm. Special thank you to Karen Hansen with Delicious Empire for the design.

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Thursday
Jan 19, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Volunteer Orientation
Act-On Software Corporate Headquarters

RSVP - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-volunteer-orientation-tickets-29203614798

Interested in joining the stellar crew of PDXWIT volunteers? New to volunteering with us? Want to meet other capable, driven women in tech?

You'll be in the right place at our first volunteer orientation.

PDXWIT is a 100% volunteer-run organization, which means that volunteers are crucial to the success of our mission and there are plenty of ways to get involved.

At the orientation, you'll learn about different volunteer roles from regular engagements to occasional gigs, get an overview of expectations and processes, have any questions you may bring answered, and catch up with other PDXWIT community members.

We can't wait to welcome you!

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Saturday
Jan 21, 2017
PDXWIT #Action Presents Women’s March on Washington: Portland
Cafe Ponte

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-action-presents-womens-march-on-washington-portland-tickets-31244057818

Want to participate in the “Women’s March on Washington: Portland” with a supportive group? PDXWIT will be marching together for gender equality and women’s rights. We will not stand by silently as policies are enacted that systematically subjugate women, people of color and other underrepresented groups. There is power in numbers, and together we stand united against bias and prejudice.

While we are not officially affiliated with the “Women’s March on Washington,” we stand in solidarity with their mission and want to provide a supportive community for women to participate in Portland.

We are meeting at 11:30am in front of Cafe Ponte across from the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Look for people in green PDXWIT t-shirts! The march begins at 12 and continues to 3:30. Please RSVP so that we know how many people to expect.

All are welcome to march with us.

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.

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Tuesday
Jan 24, 2017
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Mentorship Program Networking Event
Propeller Resources

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-mentorship-program-networking-event-tickets-28383572028

Join us for our third PDXWIT Mentorship Networking Event hosted by Propeller! Whether you're already part of the program or interested to find out more, come celebrate the successes of the program and meet other individuals within the mentorship network.

We have an exciting program for you that will start at 5:45 pm.

Welcome address from Amy Weeden, Managing Partner & Co-founder at Propeller

Mentorship spotlights from members of the program

Panel of current mentors from various disciplines so you can ask questions in a group mentor format, designed to give you the opportunity to engage with multiple mentors at once

Program highlights + plans for 2017

Q&A with the Mentorship Program Committee

Are you in the program and can't attend? Don't worry, this event is optional.

Haven't signed up yet? Never fear, you can still sign up and we will match you during our next round. 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.

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Saturday
Jan 28, 2017
PDXWIT #Action Jeff Merkley Town Hall Event
Franklin High School Cafeteria Marshall Campus (also called Biztech High School)

RSVP HERE - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-action-jeff-merkley-town-hall-event-tickets-31476477993

Since our federal House and Senate dominate the national news, we want to make sure our voices are heard. Join PDXWiT #Action on Saturday, January 28th to attend a town hall meeting with Senator Jeff Merkley.

Jeff Merkley is one of two senators who represent Oregon in Washington DC. This town hall meeting is an opportunity for all Multnomah County residents to learn more about the US government and how their policies impact our lives. All are welcome to attend.

We are also thrilled to announce that ChickTech Portland will be recognized by the senator at this meeting for their great work.

We will be meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting out in front Cafeteria. Look for the bright green PDXWIT T-shirts.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Tuesday
Jan 31, 2017
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Happy Hour Networking Event
Digital Trends

RSVP - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-happy-hour-networking-event-tickets-30737630079

Join us for happy hour at Digital Trends to celebrate PDXWIT's 5 Year Anniversary!

For our first event in 2017 and in honor of our anniversary, the theme of the event is reflecting on how your life has changed over the last five years. We will hear more about this from our lightning speakers and use this concept as our networking conversational prompt.

While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 5:30 to share important announcements and showcase women in our community who are doing great things.

Introduction to Digital Trends, including what they do and what jobs they are hiring for.

Meet entrepreneur Paige Hendrix Buckner, who went from teaching and directing public policy to founding a company that ensures businesses can easily gift locally-sourced items to their clients, at her company ClientJoy.

A talk by Maarika Krumhansl, a mother of a young daughter and a Release Manager at Jama Software, about how she is a mama in tech.

Remember, throughout the event we will have an activity table for people who want to create during the event. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Friday
Feb 3, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Volunteering with Free Geek
Free Geek

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-volunteering-with-free-geek-tickets-28617202824

Free Geek and PDXWIT are partnering up for our first group volunteer activity. Dani Schulte will be teaching volunteers how to manually disassemble computers, peripheral electronic devices, and other electronic hardware.

Manual disassembly is important for 2 main reasons:

  1. Significantly reduces landfill-bound waste from electronics in comparison to mechanized recycling done by for-profit recycling operations.

  2. Produces high-quality separated metals.

Agenda:

Dani will do a brief orientation with you when you arrive at 3:30pm. Must read, fill out, and sign the Volunteer Application (unless you have volunteered here before). The Group Volunteer Form must also be filled out. All the required forms will be emailed to the volunteers closer to the event. Please bring the applications and the Group Form when you come to volunteer!

Hand tools, power drills, aprons, safety goggles and gloves provided - close-toed shoes are required to volunteer at Free Geek.

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.

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Monday
Feb 6, 2017
Community Hour[s] - Portland Community Hour[s] at CENTRL Office Pearl: Portland Startup Week edition
CENTRL Office

It's Portland Startup Week! What better time to get the startup community together? 

That's why Built OregonPIE, and Silicon Florist is using Startup Week as an opportunity to kick off a new year of Community Hour[s], our ongoing gatherings for all of the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric of our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and make new connections with your peers and across industries. 

As much as we all love technology, we realize that community relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes — or a couple of hours.

As always, Community Hour[s] are graciously hosted by CENTRL Office.

See you there!

P.S. Don't forget… if you're interested in getting involved in Portland Startup Week, there's still time to host your own event. It's easy. Just pick a time, a topic, and a place and we'll get you added to the list.

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Tuesday
Feb 28, 2017
PDXWIT #Action Reproductive Rights Rally in Salem
Portland, Oregon

RSVP HERE - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-action-reproductive-rights-rally-in-salem-tickets-32019749934

Join PDXWIT #Action to go to a Reproductive Health Rally in Salem on Tuesday, February 28th. In alignment with our recent PDXWIT #Action survey, women’s health is a top issue for our members. PDXWIT knows that affordable family planning is critical for women, especially those that choose to pursue tech careers.

We will be organizing a carpool down to Salem. If you can drive or need a ride please fill in this Google doc and self-organize with your driver to schedule rides. We will be departing Portland at 10:30 a.m.

We will meet on the corner of NE Court St and E Summer Street NE at 11:30, look for the bright green PDXWIT T-shirts. The rally is from 12 PM - 1 PM on the steps of the capitol in Salem. After the rally we will get an informal lunch in the area. Please fill in the Google doc if you would like to join so that we can find a restaurant that accommodates all of us. Feel free to bring protest and rally signs.

This rally is to support The Reproductive Health Equity Act, an Oregon State Legislature bill. The Reproductive Health Equity Act (HB 2232) is an important leap toward ensuring that all Oregonians have meaningful access to the care they need. Thousands of Oregonians still lack coverage for the full range of reproductive health services. You can learn more about the bill here.

The rally is produced by Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon,a diverse, statewide coalition.They are working to create a world where access to reproductive health care doesn’t depend on who you are, where you live or how much you earn; where every Oregonian who can become pregnant has the opportunity to choose their own path to a healthy and meaningful life.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Wednesday
Mar 1, 2017
PDXRust - PDXRust March 2017: Nick Fitzgerald on Interfacing Foreign Functions with Rust
Mozilla Corp

For the first PDXRust of 2017, Rust Bindgen [1] hacker Nick Fitzgerald will explain how to get the rest of the world talking to Rust!


There'll be plenty of time for questions and meeting other local Rustaceans, as well.b

Remember, we follow the Rust Code of Conduct. No food is provided at the meetup, though you're welcome to bring food with you or head for dinner afterward with a group of new friends.

[1] https://github.com/servo/rust-bindgen

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Monday
Mar 6, 2017
Portland Community Hour[s] at CENTRL Office Pearl
CENTRL Office

Join Built OregonPIE, and Silicon Florist for Community Hour[s], our ongoing gathering for all of the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric of our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and make new connections with your peers and across industries. 

As much as we all love technology, we realize that community relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes — or a couple of hours.

See you there!

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Wednesday
Mar 8, 2017
PDXWIT #Action A Day Without A Woman - Hike
Portland Audubon Nature Store

Please RSVP on Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-action-a-day-without-a-woman-hike-tickets-32395767613

Join PDXWIT #Action in celebrating International Women’s Day, with A Day Without a Woman. Women and our allies will act together for equity, justice, and the human rights of women through a one day demonstration of economic solidarity. The PDXWIT community’s top national issues are civil rights, women’s health, gender equity, and health care, and we all feel it is critical to take part in observing this day.

“Nature has the power to renew and refresh,” wrote Helen Keller. Let’s celebrate that sentiment and join together and refresh our mind, bodies, and spirits. We will be organizing a hike to Pittock Mansion. This is an easy/moderate hike that totals about five miles and has an elevation gain of about 900ft. We are planning to meet at the Portland Audubon Nature Store (5151 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97210) at 1:00, and our hike will start at 1:30. In support of A Day Without a Woman, we will be wearing red.

While we are not officially affiliated with the Day Without a Woman, we stand in solidarity with their mission and want to provide a supportive community for women to participate in Portland. You can learn more about the movement here. #daywithoutawoman

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

Thursday
Mar 9, 2017
PDXWIT & SureID | Networking Night & Women In Tech Panel Discussion
SureID

RSVP on Eventbrite required

As many people know, Portland is one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the country. What some don’t know is that a lot of the job growth is taking place in what is described as the “silicon forest.” Only a short drive west of downtown, you’ll find companies like Salesforce, Intel, and our company, SureID.

We here at SureID are proud of our female tech population and we are an enthusiastic supporter of PDXWIT. We are committed to ensuring equality, fostering a supportive culture, and establishing career opportunities for women in the tech space. To that end, please join us on March 9th from 5pm to 8pm for a night of networking and learning as we celebrate women in technology by hosting a panel with some of this area’s top female tech talent.

The event will be in the west building with free parking located straight ahead once you enter the lot. For security purposes, please bring a valid form of photo ID.

Schedule:

5 PM - 6 PM - Beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, and networking 6 PM - 7 PM - Panel discussion 7 PM - 8 PM - networking

Panel Members:

Randi King - Director, Talent Acquisition, SureID Tracy Thomas - Director, Global Field Ops, Jive Software Hayli Hay - Director, Project Management, Metal Toad Valerie Burns - Business Analyst, NWEA Samantha Maturen - Software Engineer, Zapproved

If you are unable to make it, but have an interest in learning more about SureID, you can follow us on LinkedIn, visit our Career Site or email us at recruiting@sureid.com.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Monday
Mar 20, 2017
Portland Community Hour[s] at CENTRL Office Eastside
CENTRL Office Eastside

Join Built OregonPIE, and Silicon Florist for Community Hour[s], our ongoing series of gatherings for all of the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric of our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and make new connections with your peers and across industries. 

As much as we all love technology, we realize that community relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes — or a couple of hours.

As always, Community Hour[s] are graciously hosted by CENTRL Office.

See you there!

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Monday
Apr 3, 2017
Portland Community Hour[s] at CENTRL Office Pearl
CENTRL Office

Join Built OregonPIE, and Silicon Florist for Community Hour[s], our ongoing gathering for all of the people who make up the entrepreneurial fabric of our community. There is no agenda, panel, or discussion. It’s a time to relax and network with old friends and make new connections with your peers and across industries. 

As much as we all love technology, we realize that community relationships are built through personal connections and shared stories. So we hope you’ll join us for a few minutes — or a couple of hours.

See you there!

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Wednesday
Apr 5, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Visualizing the World in 3D
Quantum Spatial

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-visualizing-the-world-in-3d-tickets-30994126266

Do you like maps, problem-solving environmental issues, or programming? If so, you might be interested in remote sensing of geospatial science! Join Heather Borunda-Ferguson and other women in the industry for an introduction to remote sensing technology. You will be learning about remote sensing technologies including LiDAR, aerial imagery, hyperspectual imagery and field collection procedures.

Speakers will explain their educational background and how you can enter this growing and in-demand industry. Remote sensing has many opportunities for women. Geospatial science provides an opportunity for women all across the technical and management spectrums and is a well-kept secret considering it is a multi-billion dollar industry.

RSVP here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-visualizing-the-world-in-3d-tickets-30994126266

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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PDXRust - Lightning Talks & Hack Time
Mozilla Corp

No main talk today, so we'll have some opportunities to share neat Rust things and then time to work on your code, get help, and help others.

Rustaceans of all levels of experience are welcome to attend!

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Sunday
Apr 9, 2017
PDXWIT Mini Head Shot Fundraiser
Polara Studio

Note: This is a paid event and requires registration on Eventbrite for a specific time slot

Tired of your old headshot or just want a new LinkedIn profile picture? Come support PDXWIT at the second annual Mini Photo Shoot Fundraiser on April 9th at Polara Studio. Polara photographers Muffy Kruger and Stephen Thaxton will be doing mini photo sessions to raise money in support of PDXWIT.

For $30 you get a 10 minute photo session that includes 3 headshots edited on-site and delivered to you that day. These shots come with full printing rights on a PDXWIT flash drive.

To schedule your 10 minute photo session please register on Eventbrite. Please show up 15 minutes before your photo session and plan on spending 10-15 minutes after to sit down with one of our retouchers to select your final 3 images.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

Have questions about PDXWIT Mini Head Shot Fundraiser?

Contact Annie Alegria

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Tuesday
Apr 11, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Volunteer Orientation
R/GA

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

Interested in joining the stellar crew of PDXWIT volunteers? New to volunteering with us? Want to meet other capable, driven women and allies in tech?

You'll be in the right place at our spring volunteer orientation.

PDXWIT is a 100% volunteer-run organization, which means that volunteers are crucial to the success of our mission. There are plenty of ways to get involved.

At the orientation, you'll learn about different volunteer roles from regular engagements to occasional gigs, get an overview of expectations and processes, have any questions you bring answered, and catch up with other PDXWIT community members.

We can't wait to welcome you!

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Wednesday
Apr 12, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Coding Study Night
DevNow

Please RSVP on Eventbrite HERE

PDXWIT would like to find out if its members could benefit from a coding study night. Portland is lucky to have many resources for code study available, but these events tend to be focused on a particular language or skillset. We’d like to gather our technical members together for a more open study group. If you have a personal or work project you’d like another set of eyes on, or if you would like to help others with their code, we’d love to have you. So far we have tutors signed up with knowledge of ReactJS, C#, Javascript, CSS, Ruby, HTML and Wordpress: Kelli de Vries, Andrew Brennwald, Sasha Fahrenkopf, Michelle J Levine, Diana Holland, Gloria Anholt

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Thursday
Apr 13, 2017
PDXWIT #Action Fireside Chat with Congressman Earl Blumenauer
New Relic

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

Join us on Thursday, April 13th at 5:00 for an informal fireside chat with Congressman Earl Blumenauer at New Relic. Earl Blumenauer is the U.S. Representative for Oregon's 3rd congressional district, serving since 1996. His district includes most of East Portland and cities to the east of Portland.

We will use this as an opportunity to learn how our top issues — Civil Rights, Women's Health, Gender Equity, and Health Care — are playing out on the national stage. The Congressman has an hour to answer questions and so we will be accepting pre submitted questions (you can submit yours here - https://docs.google.com/a/pdxwit.org/forms/d/1fdxGvmkaYR8o_URbVhOcTYFuixIkjREPlRQnpFCege4/viewform?edit_requested=true ) as well as drawing raffle tickets so that we can get as many questions answered as possible in the hour.

The Congressman will be available from 5:15 to 6:00, so please show up on time and either come prepared with questions or submit yours here. We are limiting this event to 200 people so we can all fit in the space, so please RSVP ahead of time if you’d like to attend. Light snacks and drinks will be served.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Monday
Apr 24, 2017
PDXWIT Presents a Book Talk - Daring Greatly & Being Wrong
ThinkShout

RSVP on Eventbrite

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. In Daring Greatly, based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Similarly, in Being Wrong, journalist Kathryn Schulz argues that error is the fundamental human condition and should be celebrated as such. In this view, error is both a given and a gift – one that can transform our worldviews, our relationships, and, most profoundly, ourselves.

Daring Greatly and Being Wrong were made for each other. Join Deeple Patel and Melody Dawn for a discussion and exploration of these two powerful books and their endless takeaways. Most of us avoid the topics of being wrong and vulnerable, but these two authors have laid out the undeniable reasons for why it is so beneficial for us to push past this fear and discomfort. Whether you read one, both or some portion of these books, you are welcome in the conversation.

Come ready to share your unique perspective and learn from others’ experiences.

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.

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Saturday
Apr 29, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) N/NE Lean Coffee Gathering
Elevated Coffee

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

Women and other underrepresented groups in tech, particularly those who call North and Northeast Portland home, are invited to a special Lean Coffee networking event. This is a great opportunity to cross boundaries and broaden networks in a safe space. IntraEdge Technology Service & Solutions is happy to host us at Elevated Coffee House. The event is geared towards those who “find ourselves at the edges of the bell curve of demographics in tech fields,” as Brittany Newhouse so eloquently put it. If you’d like to start your Saturday off with a casual networking event, join us!

Don’t be intimidated by the Lean Coffee format; it’s not just for Agile practitioners. It’s simply an informal way to meet and discuss what interests and affects us.

The meetup will run from 8:30am -10:00am. Be there early to make your order before we start; coffee and snacks will be provided. This event is sponsored by PDXWIT, AgilePDX and Portland Lean Coffee.

Have questions? Ask the organizer Davia - daia@pdxwit.org

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Wednesday
May 3, 2017
PDXRust - The Tokio Execution Model, with Carl Lerche
Mozilla Corp

Tokio, backed by the Rust futures library, has a unique execution model. The talk will do a deep dive, explaining the context, rational, and how it is implemented


Tokio author Carl Lerche will  explain how the tokio-core reactor is implemented. Attendees will have an easier time following along if they've read Rust's beginner documentation, but no prior knowledge of Tokio or futures is required.


PDXRust does not provide food, though you're welcome to bring food with you or head to dinner with other Rustaceans afterwards. 

We follow the Rust Code of Conduct.

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Saturday
May 20, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Coderetreat
The Tech Academy

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

Coderetreat.org is a self-organized, volunteer-led organization dedicated to enabling software developers to help each other improve their craft and teaming skills. Software developers of all sorts gather with their machines, IDEs and the ready-to-code Conway's Game of Life. A Coderetreat facilitator assists the developers during several 45-minute sessions throughout the day. Jean Richardson and Tanya Crenshaw will be teaming up to facilitate this Coderetreat. Tech Academy is donating space and providing breakfast and lunch for the event.

Come along for a day of codeplay in a supportive environment and help Coderetreat follow the sun during the global celebration of software development! If you were there in Februrary, we look forward to seeing you again. If you missed that event, grab your laptop, your favorite IDE, and come along.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Sunday
May 21, 2017
PDXRust - Rust Hack Afternoon
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Come hack on Rust projects with us! Write your first Rust crate, contribute to an open source Rust project, team up with someone else on a cool new Rust tool, or even hack on rustc itself!

Lucky Lab has food and drinks and lots of open seating.

We follow the Rust Code of Conduct.

See you there!

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Tuesday
May 30, 2017
PDXWIT #Action History of Activism Workshop
Perka

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

We started PDXWIT #Action in January to help our community get involved in the issues we care about. In May, we are holding a workshop with organizer Natalie Sundeleaf Sept to help give us historical context for our work moving forward.

This workshop provides a framework for how to organize and create momentum for social justice in their community. It’s for anyone, from the curious beginner to the established organizer. The content is an overview of activism and organizing in America, including what worked or didn’t work, where we are now and what we see both locally and nationally. The workshop includes an interactive lecture and also discussion.

Agenda:

5:30 - 6:00 Networking 6:00 - 7:30 Workshop

Natalie Sundeleaf Sept is a sixth generation Oregonian with broad ties to the political and art communities of Portland. Her work includes time with Congresswoman Bonamici and Commissioner Fish, as well as President Obama’s 2008 campaign. She was most recently an advance staffer for Hillary Clinton. She is a trained painter and splits her time at community events and in the studio. Her art maintains a civic lens and received local fame for the Dishwasher Project in 2013. When she's not painting or organizing, she's running, hiking or watching basketball.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Thursday
Jun 1, 2017
PDX Women In Tech(PDXWIT) West Side Happy Hour - Let’s talk User Experience
Salesforce

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

Many of us live and/or work this side of the West Hills, but may not have a professional community convenient to this side of the metro area. Thanks to PDXWIT’s support, our plight for a post-workday meeting has been addressed. Let’s get together to talk about our projects, training efforts, research, and anything else the group is interested in discussing.

Join us for User Experience themed happy hour with fellow women in tech. There will be light food + drinks and networking! Everyone is welcome, including folks like educators, instructors, librarians, and anyone else in the technology space.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Tuesday
Jun 6, 2017
Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS 7pm-9pm

After presentations we'll have more socializing time. 

Check Calagator for more info.

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Wednesday
Jun 7, 2017
PDXRust - PDXRust June 2017: Bart Massey on Playing Chess With Rust
Mozilla Corp

PSU Computer Science professor Bart Massey has mentored a variety of capstone projects using Rust, as well as writing a variety of projects in the language. He'll tell us about some chess playing code that he wrote in Rust.

Food is not provided at the meetup, thoguh carts are nearby if you'd like to grab a bite before and many Rustaceans are in the habit of going to dinner together afterwards. Expectations for the meetup are set forth in the Rust Code of Conduct; contact any of the organizers if you have a concern.

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Monday
Jun 12, 2017
PDXWIT #Action Women’s Strength Self-Defense Class
Jama Software

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

Suggested donation in support of the Women’s Strength program: $5-$10

PDXWIT #Action is proud to offer a Women’s Strength self-defense class on June 12th at 5:30. The introductory class is presented by WomenStrength, who introduce all those who identify as women to strategies — including survival-level fighting skills — to defend against sexual assault. This workshop is in support of PDXWIT #Action’s top local issue of supporting public safety. Class activities and discussions are designed to help participants identify their risks, evaluate their strengths and explore their options for dealing with the threat of sexual violence. Class activities focus on practicing verbal and physical strategies and discussion topics focus on sexual and domestic violence. Although the WomenStrength program is operated out of the Portland Police Bureau, the instructors are not police officers. They are highly skilled civilians who teach safety and de-escalation to the community at large.

Note: This training is neither based on nor in support of Portland Police Bureau’s tactics that have been criticized as an excessive use of force.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for any accommodation requests or questions. Beverages will be provided.

The agenda for the evening is as follows:

5:30pm: Arrive and get settled

5:45pm: Workshop begins

7:00pm: Workshop ends

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Tuesday
Jun 13, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Mentorship Networking Event
Shopkeep

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

Join us for our next PDXWIT Mentorship Program Networking Event sponsored by Shopkeep! Whether you're already part of the program or interested to find out more, come celebrate the successes of the program and meet other individuals in the mentorship network.

We have an exciting program for you that will start at 5:45 pm.

Crystal Caligiuri, SVP of Operations and Customer Experience at ShopKeep, will start with the welcome address. She is no stranger to the operations and customer care realm, as she held the title of EVP at Shoptiques and several high-profile roles at Gilt Groupe, focusing on growth of customer experience, supply chain, real estate, strategy and planning, project management, purchasing and merchandising operations.

We will spotlight members of the mentorship program.

Mentors will be available on a panel to answer questions in a casual mentoring session.

Are you in the program and can't attend? Don't worry, this event is optional.

Haven't signed up yet? Never fear! You can still sign up and we will try to match you as soon as we have a mentor available.

About ShopKeep:

Everything ShopKeep does supports growing independent businesses. Built by and for small business owners, ShopKeep provides an intuitive, secure, iPad point-of-sale system with POS software that empowers merchants to run smarter businesses by optimizing staffing, managing inventory and accessing real time sales reports and customer information on one seamless, cloud-based platform. With more than 23,000 customers, ShopKeep’s award-winning customer care team is available to help 24/7 and provides a robust support network for growing business owners. Ranked one of the fastest growing North American tech companies by Deloitte and a member of Apple’s Mobile Partnership Program, ShopKeep is headquartered in New York, with offices in Portland, Chicago, and Belfast. Follow @ShopKeep on Twitter, join the discussion on the ShopKeep blog or visit www.shopkeep.com to learn more about ShopKeep’s POS system.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Friday
Jun 16, 2017
PDXWIT Increase Diversity by Marketing Your Non-traditional Background
Skyward

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

Interested in moving into the tech industry but unsure how your non-traditional experience can transfer to a tech job? The event will focus on how to market your non-tech experience to hiring managers in the tech industry, and how your experience can be relevant in a tech role! Employing individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and skills can support tech employers in having a well-rounded workforce which can strengthen a team's ability to produce effective results.

Employers can come to this event to meet job seekers with unique and compelling skill sets, job seekers can come to meet employers committed to diversifying their teams, and all are welcome to hang out, network, and tell their own stories of how they arrived in the tech industry.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Monday
Jun 26, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Never Take The First Offer
FINE

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We’ve all been at the negotiation table, whether we choose to participate or not. While it’s easy to avoid this short-lived discomfort, doing so can cost the average person around $500,000 in lost income over the course of their lifetime. Making the decision to negotiate is the first step — this talk will help with the rest.

In this talk, we will discuss the circumstances that have lead to the pervasive underpaying of minority groups; the ways that companies can improve the situation; and how we, as job seekers, can take the reins and better advocate for our own value.

Tiberius Hefflin recently graduated from the University of West of Scotland with a degree in computer security. She has relocated to Portland, OR, where she evangelizes for privacy and security while contracting as a Security Evaluation Engineer at Intel. She is passionate about encouraging small children to take the plunge into STEM and about laughing at cats on the internet.

She just stepped away from the negotiation table and was able to attain a 50% increase in pay. She will share the tools and tricks she used to get there:

How you can use the same tools to be a confident negotiator during interviews and workplace reviews.

How some psychological tricks can help boost your confidence and success.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Thursday
Jul 6, 2017
Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS 7pm-9pm

After presentations we'll have more socializing time. 

Check Calagator for more info.

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Monday
Jul 10, 2017
PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) "She started it" Movie Screening
PGE

Please RSVP on Eventbrite

You’re invited to join a special screening of a ground-breaking film that tells the story of five young women who dare to compete in the ruthless, male-dominated world of high tech start-ups.

Trailer: http://www.shestarteditfilm.com/about-the-film/trailer/

Even if becoming a founder isn’t your dream, this film is a must-see. The women who produced and directed the film explore female under-representation and gender inequity in tech, as well as issues many women face such as risk aversion and self-doubt. The filmmakers’ goal, as stated on indigogo, “is to inspire young women to become entrepreneurs and consider careers in tech, and also educate about how to sustain that career.”

By following the story of these five founders, you’ll be amazed to see what ingenuity, hard work, temerity, and focus can accomplish. We intend to create an even more impactful experience by inviting the members of PDXWIT to watch this film together. This event is another opportunity to realize that our strength and talent is changing the future of technology.

Read more about “She Started It,” at Indiewire.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Thursday
Jul 27, 2017
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Presents PDX Women of Color in Tech
Ruby Receptionists

We will be giving away bright green and sturdy PDXWIT totes to the first 10 people who check-in at the event!

Join us for an event dedicated to women of color currently seeking employment or currently working in technology in the Portland metro area to dialogue, network and meet. Lead by Amanda Lopez, of Ruby Receptionists, this event will offer an inclusive space to hear and address challenges, opportunities and experiences specific to women who identify as a person of color. We are hoping this initial event will grow into an ongoing community.

Agenda: 5:00 : Check-in (mingle) 5:30 : Speed Meet and Greet 6:00 : Speaking segment 6:30 : Future of PDXWIT - Women of Color in Tech group conversation 7:00 : Close

PDXWIT 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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Sunday
Jul 30, 2017
PDXWIT Presents Crash Course in Agile Methodologies
NWEA

This will be a limited capacity event. Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

We will be giving away bright green and sturdy PDXWIT totes to the first 10 people who check-in at the event!

The focus of this workshop is to learn about the Agile framework, methodologies, and practices. Participants will learn the basics of Agile, the Scrum and Kanban variants, and the similarities and differences between them. The workshop is part lecture, part hands-on group exercises. The goal of the group exercises is to help participants gain a clear understanding of Agile, as well as practice the basics of Agile.

Please note:


Please plan to arrive at 9:30 sharp. Late arrivals would disrupt the class.
No laptops are needed.
All skill levels are encouraged to attend.

This program will be conducted by Sejal D'Souza, a PMP and CSM-certified project manager with experience coaching Agile teams and managing enterprise software projects for Fortune 500 companies. She has managed cross-functional global teams for multi-million dollar projects and enjoys the challenge of introducing new teams to Agile. She is passionate about social enterprises, having founded social programs such as Dhwani and PDX Empower.

Agenda :
Introduction to Agile
Benefits of Agile
Types of Agile methodologies
• Scrum
• Kanban
• Extreme Programming
Deep dive into Scrum
Deep dive into Kanban
Agile tools
Pros and Cons of Agile
Retrospective

PDXWIT 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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

Website
Tuesday
Aug 1, 2017
Portland Ruby Brigade - 15th Anniversary, with cupcakes!
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations. THERE WILL ALSO BE CUPCAKES. This month's meeting is on the 27th floor.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

Main Presentation by Ruby Hero Coraline Ada Ehmke: "Metaphors are Similes. Similes Are Like Metaphors."

Making a special trip from her hometown of Chicago, Coraline is our very special 15th anniversary guest! She'll be giving us a special treat: her well-received keynote from Rubyfuza! Here's the abstract:

Language matters more than you think. And the more you think, the more you need language. This talk explores the connections between language and problem solving, how the metaphors that we use can expand or constrain our thinking, and how it all relates to our identities as software developers and as human beings. Along the way we'll learn about linguistics, category theory, Russian colors, gigantic bridges in France, and how to pronounce the word "lacuna". And you'll definitely have some things to think about. Hopefully, in new ways.

Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month! And EXTRA SPECIAL thanks to New Relic for sponsoring Coraline's trip to come hang out with us!

ARRIVING BY BIKE? Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 5th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 27th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

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Thursday
Aug 3, 2017
PDXWIT Presents How to Get Your Foot into the Tech-Industry Door
Renew Financial

Having a hard time getting your first job in tech? Finding it more and more difficult to break into the industry? Tired of applying hundreds of times and getting nowhere? Then this event is for you! PDXWIT is partnering with Vanessa Palacios Sharma for an informational event with real-life advice from women who have been there before. Get tips and tricks to capture recruiters’ attention and obtain that very coveted "real-world" experience that everyone wants.

Agenda :
5:30 : Doors
6:00-7:00 : Panel + Q/A
7:30 : Networking/event ends

Panelists :
Perry Eising - Epicodus, Android Development Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Deepa Rao - HealthSparq, Tech Leader
Tracie Ward - Pella, Business Analyst
Jennifer Bantelman - Zapproved, Senior Director of Product Management
Shawna Baskin - Renew Financial, Business Intelligence Manager

PDXWIT 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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Monday
Aug 14, 2017
PDXWIT Presents Introduction to Machine Learning Workshop, Part One
Avea Solutions

Join Andrew Ferlitsch and Ernest Bonat from the Portland Data Science Group for an introduction into machine learning fundamentals. Mostly focused on the concepts, this workshop will be intermixed with some Python programming examples. We will cover Supervised and Unsupervised Learning, Neural Networks, Markov Principles and Reinforcement Learning (Robotics). All skill levels welcome, no laptops needed. Note: This is the first workshop in a three-part series.

Agenda :
5:00 - Doors
5:15 - Workshop beings
6:45 - Data Classification Demo
7:15 - Q&A

PDXWIT 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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Tuesday
Sep 5, 2017
Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS 7pm-9pm

After presentations we'll have more socializing time. 

Check Calagator for more info.

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Wednesday
Sep 6, 2017
PDXRust - Hack Night at Mozilla
Mozilla Corp

Sorry for the late notice on this one -- Nick will be hosting a hack night with optional lightning talks for our September meeting.

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Monday
Sep 11, 2017
PDXWIT Quarterly Seasoned Women in Tech Event
Mozilla

If you are a woman working in tech and you have 15 or more years of experience, we are your people! Come join us for a happy hour with a Lean Coffee discussion about what has and — has not — changed since 1986 for women in the workplace. If you have an item women used to wear or take to work in the mid-80's, bring it along. Photo evidence works too! That ought to get us going and generate a new perspective.

Agenda :
5:30p.m. Gather, chat and nosh.
6:00p.m. Lean Coffee: What’s changed for women in the workplace — and what hasn’t — since 1986?
7:15p.m. Compare learnings across the Lean Coffee subgroups.

PDXWIT 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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Saturday
Sep 23, 2017
PDXWIT Quarterly N/NE Lean Coffee Gathering
Compass Coffee Roasting

Women and other underrepresented groups in tech, particularly those who call North and Northeast Portland home, are invited to a special Lean Coffee networking event. This is a great opportunity to cross boundaries and broaden networks in a safe space. IntraEdge Technology Service & Solutions is happy to host us at Compass Coffee Roasting. If you’d like to start your Saturday off with a casual networking event, join us! The event is geared towards those who “find ourselves at the edges of the bell curve of demographics in tech fields,” as Brittany Newhouse so eloquently put it. Don’t be intimidated by the Lean Coffee format; it’s not just for Agile practitioners. It’s simply an informal way to meet and discuss what interests and affects us.

The meetup will run from 8:30-10 a.m. Be there early to make your order before we start; coffee and snacks will be provided. This event is sponsored by PDXWIT, AgilePDX and Portland Lean Coffee.

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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Tuesday
Oct 3, 2017
Portland Ruby Brigade - Senior Rubyists AMA
New Relic

Senior Rubyists AMA (tech, careers, "people stuff", whatever)

In lieu of a formal presentation, this month we're having a panel of senior Rubyists available to answer your questions! What kind of questions, you ask? GREAT QUESTION! This is an "Ask Me Anything" session, so as long as you stay within the bounds of our Code of Conduct, you can ask us... well, anything! OO design, job hunting etiquette, stupid Ruby tricks, Japanese calligraphy, gaming, baking, 3D printing... anything! (We may not actually be able to answer baking questions, though.)

The AMA starts right after the 7pm announcements and ends when we run out of questions or panelists!

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

AMA 7pm-9pm

After presentations we'll have more socializing time. 

Check Calagator for more info.

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Wednesday
Oct 4, 2017
PDXRust - Bart Massey on Rust Coding Puzzles
Mozilla Corp

Bart is back, this time to tell us stories and answer questions about 25 bite-sized pieces of Rust! 

Check out the code at https://github.com/BartMassey/advent-of-code-2016 if you'd like to put him on the spot with questions.


Bart also organizes some Portland State University Capstone projects, so if you're pondering where to find a team of eager Rustaceans who'll write open source code for university credit, he's the person to talk to.


As always, remember that you can request future meetup topics or volunteer to speak in the issue tracker: https://github.com/pdxrust/meetups/issues

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Tuesday
Oct 10, 2017
PDXWIT How to be a workplace ally in tech
1000 SW Broadway Suite 1900 Portland

Tech’s lack of diversity can feel like an affront to all of us, with cultural biases and implicit messages that are particularly harmful to underrepresented groups. Changing the tech culture requires a lot of people making individual choices that actively tear down and confront everyday biases and microaggressions. Such work is difficult and takes practice. Join Kristina Houck and Tanya L. Crenshaw as they guide participants through exercises and discussions. You will uncover personal obstacles and practice strategies to engage in culture change. Anyone who wants be be an ally to underrepresented groups is invited to join this engaging event.

Agenda:
5:30 p.m. Doors open, mingle and network
6:15 p.m. Introduction to PDXWIT and speakers
6:30 p.m. Program begins
7:30 p.m. Thanks, questions and goodbyes.

PDXWIT 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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Tuesday
Oct 17, 2017
PDXWIT Job Board Live Event
CENTRL East Side Location

Don’t miss our first ever Job Board Live event, where companies that have posted featured jobs on the PDXWIT job board will be there to meet you in person and give you a chance to share your brilliant skills and qualifications. We’ll also have a team of recruiters from 52Ltd to review resumes; bring one along, and they can help you polish it and make an even better impression.

When registering for this event, please select ONE of TWO ticket types:


-General Admission: Entrance to the Job Board Live Event only
-General Admission + Resume Review: Entrance to the Job Board Live Event with a 20-minute resume review time slot. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your time slot.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and we’ll have light snacks available until 7:00 p.m. You’ll also have a chance to check out the gorgeous new CENTRL Office eastside location. Due to our desire to create a productive and thoughtful space for job seekers, space will be limited to the first 100 attendees, so please plan to arrive early. Note: This excludes individuals who have registered for a General Admission + Resume Review ticket.

PDXWIT 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.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Wednesday
Oct 18, 2017
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Introduction to Machine Learning Workshop, Part 3
Avea Solutions 160 NE 6th Ave. #400 Portland, OR 97232

We highly encourage taking public transportation or carpooling. There is limited parking around Avea Solutions.


Join Andrew Ferlitsch and Ernest Bonat, Ph.D., from the Portland Data Science Group for an introduction into Machine Learning fundamentals. Mostly focused on the concepts, this workshop will be intermixed with some Python programming examples. We will cover Artificial Neural Network (ANN) using scikit-learn Machine Learning framework. All skill levels welcome; you just need to bring a Windows or Mac laptop. Follow the Python Laptop Setup document for Data Science projects development.


Note: This is the third workshop in a three-part series.


Agenda


5:00 p.m. - Doors
5:15 p.m. - Workshop beings
6:45 p.m. - Data Regression Demo
7:15 p.m. - Q&A

Python Laptop Setup for Data Science Projects Development (View Eventbrite link for Install links)


1.) Install Java SE Development Kit 8
2.) Install Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers
3.) Install PyDev plugin - Python IDE for Eclipse (in Eclipse, select Help menu, click on Eclipse Marketplace, search for PyDev plugin and install it.)
4.) Install Anaconda package
Feel free to contact Ernest by email ebonat@15itreseources.com at any time you need.

PDXWIT Purpose:


PDXWIT Westside Happy Hour is a satellite event series launched in mid-2017 to serve the tech community in/near the West Hills, SW Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, and Tualatin. It will become quarterly beginning with the December 2017 gathering.
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.
Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.
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Wednesday
Nov 1, 2017
PDXRust - Matthew Mayer on Rusoto: Rust's AWS SDK
Mozilla Corp

Matthew will be sharing his journey with Rusoto, Rust's unofficial AWS SDK. He'll cover how Rusoto came about, what it's like working on it, and how it works as well as examples of how it can be used.

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Monday
Nov 6, 2017
PDXWIT Presents Invest in Yourself: A Night Dedicated to Your Financial Plan
WeWork

We can always find excuses to avoid working on our financial plan. It’s boring. It’s confusing. I’ll do it next week. I don’t have the money. This is a huge problem. In a world where women earn less money than men and spend, on average, eleven fewer years in the workforce, women have to plan and work harder than their male counterparts. No more excuses! It’s time to take ahold of financial planning so that you can make clear, confident money decisions that will best benefit your future.

Join us for an evening of discussion about all things personal finance. The speaker will be Amanda Holden of Invested Development, who uses humor and candor to educate women on long-term financial planning and investing. She will be available for questions after the presentation. This event does not require any prior experience with financial planning.

Agenda :
5:30 : Doors open
6:00-7:00 : Presentation
7-8:00 : Questions and mingling!

PDXWIT 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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Tuesday
Nov 7, 2017
Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations. After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

PRESENTATIONS 7pm-9pm

Pragmatic Microservices, by Randy Shoup, VPE @ Stitch Fix

If you are considering, or in the process of, moving to microservices, you probably want to come to this event. Randy Shoup, a 25-year tech veteran in Silicon Valley, will share his insights into whether and when an organization should consider migrating to microservices and how to do that successfully, referencing examples from Google, eBay, Stitch Fix, as well as many smaller organizations he has worked with.

The Talk

One of the most powerful trends in software today is building large systems out of composable microservices. Many large-scale web companies have migrated over time to this architecture – and for good reason. But, as with any powerful technique, microservices come with their own brand of tradeoffs, and it is important to be aware of them before deciding whether they are appropriate in any particular case. They are not for every scale of problem, for every stage of company, or for every team.

This session takes a pragmatic approach to microservices, and compares them to the alternatives at different stages of company evolution. Using examples from Google, eBay, and Stitch Fix, as well as from smaller organizations, it makes practical suggestions about whether, when, and how an organization should consider adopting a microservices architecture. Assuming microservices are the appropriate choice, it outlines an experience-based, incremental approach to making a successful re-architecture to microservices.


Dana Scheider

Dana Scheider will speak about executive dysfunction, a set of cognitive/psychological conditions that affect the brain's planning and organization functions. These conditions affect a lot of neurodivergent folks and a lot of people who have them don't even know what they are. The talk discusses what executive dysfunction is and how to deal with these conditions as an affected individual or someone who has to work with one.

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Tuesday
Dec 5, 2017
PDXWIT Presents Intro to Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency
CENTRL Office

Please note that space is limited for this event. Please plan to arrive early and register through Eventbrite for best chance of securing a seat.


Want to learn how Bitcoin and Ethereum work, how cryptography plays a key role in securing funds, or how a network of untrusted computers guessing random numbers quadrillions of times per second adds security to the blockchain? Join Scott Bigelow, Back-end Developer at Augur, in an introduction to the blockchain and some common blockchain-based applications. New technologies, such as the blockchain and Ethereum, can provide new opportunities in the startup-rich ecosystem of Portland. Additionally, understanding these revolutionary new design principles can help illuminate new ways of designing your own systems. No previous working knowledge of cryptography or other supporting technologies necessary, this will be a ground-up introduction.

More about Scott Bigelow: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smbigelow/
More about Augur: https://augur.net/

Agenda:
12:00 - Introductions
12:10 - Discussion Begins
12:50 - Q&A

Event FAQ
Q: Is the space ADA accessible?
A: Yes, our space is ADA accessible.

Q: What is the parking situation?
A: We do not have onsite parking, though street and garage parking sites are available.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?
A: We do not have available indoor bike parking, but there are bike rails along the sidewalk outside the building.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?
A: Yes, we are close to the Streetcar and bus lines. And street parking and parking garages are always options.

PDXWIT 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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Wednesday
Dec 13, 2017
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Westside Happy Hour
Intel

Many of us live and/or work this side of the West Hills but may not have a professional community convenient to the area. Thanks to PDXWIT’s and Intel's support, let’s get together to talk tech.

Event co-organizer Rose Flores Medlock will speak about the value she’s derived from attending recent conferences and offer suggestions for cultivating professional development.

Anyone who works or is interested in tech is invited to join for casual conversation about the role professional development opportunities (conferences, workshops, webinars, classes, etc.) have played in your career. Think of topics you’ve learned about recently or find most interesting and contribute to the discussion!

5:30 pm - Doors open 6:00 pm - Introductions + Welcome by Mandy Mock [https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandy-mock-8672a02/], Vice President, Information Technology General Manager, Product Engineering Solutions at Intel 6:15 pm - Lightning Talks 6:30 pm - Networking

Mandy J. Mock is a vice president in the Information Technology group and serves as the general manager of product engineering solutions at Intel Corporation.

Event FAQ:

Q: What is the parking situation?

A: Lots of free parking!

Q: Is there secured bike parking?

A: Bike racks only

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?

A: The closest MAX station is Orenco Station, which is a little over 1 mile away, so public transportation is possible, but may not be practical

PDXWIT Purpose:
PDXWIT Westside Happy Hour is a satellite event series launched in mid-2017 to serve the tech community in/near the West Hills, SW Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, and Tualatin. It will become quarterly beginning with the December 2017 gathering. 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.

Website
Tuesday
Jan 2
Portland Ruby Brigade - BUSINESS MEETING
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the meeting. After the meeting we'll have more socializing time.

Business Meeting 7pm-9pm

In lieu of presentations, we'll have a business meeting to discuss the future of PDX.rb. Come prepared to volunteer to keep this group going!

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Wednesday
Jan 17
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Presents IP Law for the Tech Industry
Skyward

Trademarks, patents, trade secrets and copyrights are important assets to any tech company. Whether you want to advance at your current job or start your own business, familiarity with intellectual property will help you succeed. Listen to Carla Quisenberry and Alicia Bell talk about the various types of intellectual property law, including how they can be distinguished by what they cover, how to get coverage, and how long the coverage lasts.

Agenda:
5:00 : Arrive and mingle
5:15 : Introduction of ourselves and short overview of the different types of IP.
5:20 : More in-depth discussion of trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets—how to get coverage, what is covered, how long does coverage last—including issues specific to the tech field.
6:30 : Q&A
7:00 : Event Ends

Carla Quisenberry is an Intellectual property attorney at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. As a woman who has been in a male dominated field for the past ten years, she has a great interest in advancing the careers of other women. She believes that familiarity with intellectual property law is a big step towards increasing the number of women in leadership positions in tech companies and helps reduce the gender imbalance in the industry.

Alicia Bell helps develop and implement intellectual property strategies that are consistent with clients’ business priorities and corporate culture. She assists clients with clearance, registration, licensing, and enforcement of their intellectual property assets, corporate transactions, and general business matters. Ali is the leader for the firm's Intellectual Property team. She also assists clients with issues related to their online presence, such as Digital Millennium Copyright Act compliance, domain name disputes, and development of website policies, including terms of use and privacy policies. She is a member of Oregon Women Lawyers and has also been recognized as an Oregon Rising Star℠ by Super Lawyers® from 2013-2016.

Event FAQ

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms?

A: Yes

Q: Is the space ADA accessible?

A: Unfortunately, no

Q: Where there be food and drink at this event?

A: Yes

Q: What is the parking situation?
A: There is a pay-to-park lot located on the corner of SW Naito Parkway and Oak St. (across from our location), but street parking is also available.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?
A: Indoor bike parking is available in the basement, accessible via a flight of stairs. There are also bike racks on the blocks surrounding our location.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?
A: There is a red/blue MAX stop a block away from the location, and other MAX lines and several bus lines within 8 blocks.

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.

Website
Tuesday
May 1
Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations. Also, be sure to give yourself a few minutes to sign-in as a visitor at New Relic.

PRESENTATIONS 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • Chris Krailo - Level Up; everything you should know outside of coding
  • Jared White - Stimulus JS, Webpack, & Rails

After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

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Tuesday
Jun 5
Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations. Also, be sure to give yourself a few minutes to sign-in as a visitor at New Relic.

PRESENTATIONS 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • Andrew Accuardi giving a Rubyist perspective over the first 300 hours of full-time Elixir dev
  • Brian “Brixen” Shirai giving a lightning talk on microservices
  • Dana Scheider with a lightning talk overview of her new project InView

After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

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Tuesday
Jul 3
PDXRust - Writing Software That's Safe Enough To Drive A Car
Mozilla Corp

This month, Shea Newton will be presenting "Writing Software That's Safe Enough To Drive A Car!"

Autonomous cars run on software, and most of the microcontrollers in today's cars are programmed using C. We have found that even the best code checking for C does not protect against system-crippling errors - the kind of errors that could endanger the lives of future drivers. C is simply not the right language for safety-critical software, but what about Rust?

## Target audience

I'd like to try and keep this talk relatively high level. Examples of self-corrupting code may resonate more with developers who have written C but ideally the talk will apply to anyone interested in Rust and curious about the state of self-driving car technology.

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We may also have time for lightning talks and socializing as well.

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As always, we'll be following the Rust Code of Conduct: https://www.rust-lang.org/en-US/conduct.html

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Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner.

Special Note! No presentations this month, instead:

6:00-6:30 - Hack & Help.

6:30-7:30 - Business Meeting to decide the Speaker Organizer for the next 6ish months.

7:30ish-8 - Socializing and Coding afterwards

8ish - ? - Bailey’s Taproom

Bring your laptop!

Presentations are returning in August.

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Tuesday
Aug 7
Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner.

PANEL 6:30-8/8:30

Ruby in Portland 2018 Retrospective and 2019 Forecast

  • Michael Smith - Principal Engineer @ Puppet Labs
  • Zach Davis - Chief Technologist @ Cast Iron Coding
  • Lauren Voswinkel - Senior Software Engineer @ New Relic
  • Reid Beels - CTO @ The Dyrt

After the panel please join us at Bailey's Taproom on 213 SW Broadway (3 minute walk) for casual socializing and networking.

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Tuesday
Oct 2
Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
New Relic - 111 SW 5th Ave #2700, Portland, OR 97204 (27th floor)

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

PRESENTATIONS 7pm-9pm

After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

Check Calagator (http://calagator.org/events/tag/pdxruby) for more info.

This month we will have a presentation by Maggie Dreyer about Puppet's use of JRuby and Jason Dinsmore on: Who? What? When? Human readable audit reporting for PaperTrail.

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