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Wednesday
Apr 24, 2013
Wearables: The future is now
Ziba Design - Auditorium

In early 2012, Nike introduced FuelBand and Google announced its Glass Project — two events that shined a spotlight on the growing category of Wearable Technology. In the months since, the global design and business community has exploded with speculation on the potential of embedded computing. But they’ve left many questions unanswered: How will wearable technology fit into our daily lives? Is it a passing trend, or the future of computing? Will these kinds of devices bring people closer together, or add to the distractions that battle for our attention?

What’s clear is that computers will radically transform over the next five years, from devices we carry to integrated parts of our outfits and bodies, that we use almost without thinking. It’s a shift that will transform markets, and challenge our definition of beauty. Please join us for a talk with local experts, as they discuss their challenges and successes, and explore what the future holds in this exciting field.

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PANEL MEMBERS

Sean Madden – Executive Managing Director, Ziba Design Sean leads multi-disciplinary design teams to produce beautiful, relevant work for clients including Microsoft, Procter & Gamble and Sony. Sean was formerly a Creative Director at frog and professor of Interaction Design at The California College of the Arts’ graduate design program.

Roberto Tagliabue – Executive Director Software Design, Jawbone Roberto led development of the UP fitness-tracking wristband for Jawbone, and has designed interactive media, product experiences and brand identity at Nike, Motorola and Razorfish. He founded Visere, a digital design consultancy, and Clibe, a collaborative, cloud-based notebook application.

Skooks Pong – Senior Vice President of Technology, Synapse Skooks leads teams of engineers and thinkers in the creation of business solutions for clients such as Apple, Samsung, and Intel. He has more than 20 years experience designing, developing, and delivering prototypes across a broad range of industries.

Moderator: Noah DiJulio – Senior Interaction Designer, Ziba Design

Video Partner: Funnelbox Productions Funnelbox productions will be partnering with Ziba to capture the event, so check back for a video of the panel soon after. Big thanks to Funnelbox!

Founded in 1999, Funnelbox Production Studios creates award-winning video, motion graphics and animation for companies like Philips, Wacom and Sony. Funnelbox provides Disciplined Creative services across the full spectrum of content production, including creative direction, audio and compositing.

This discussion will be the first event in the Ziba Panel Series, a recurring series that brings together the creative community from Portland and beyond to learn about the exciting work happening around us and the inspiration it offers.

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Saturday
Feb 15, 2014
(Postponed) Spark Weekend Portland 2014
through TBD - Portland

Update: This event has been postponed until further notice-


If you’ve ever felt there isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish your goals, this is for you.

Spark Weekend 2014 brings together 20+ technology and lifestyle change experts to provide TED-style talks, experiential workshops, and the latest in lifestyle change tech to measurably improve your health, productivity, and relationships.

A Spark Weekend is an opportunity to improve your life in a fun, friendly environment.

  • Day 1 is about learning. Our speakers share their favorite lifestyle change tools and techniques in 20 minute sessions.

  • Day 2 Our mentors coach you to implement what you learned the day before. You come back with your laptop and directly work on your goals.

It’s not over when you leave!

  • Day 30 is about winning. You get $30 cash back if you reach your goals; more if you put your own money on the line.

And in the spirit of open science, we publish our results in helping you change.

A Spark Weekend ticket makes a great gift for your friends, family, and colleagues! But not for people you don't like--don't give them any advantage in 2014.

As an added bonus, ~10% of every ticket sold goes to a community fund for those who cannot otherwise afford to attend.

*Special discount for Calagator folks. First 30 enter "CALAGATOR" when registering for -20%. Sign up before seats fill up!

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Tuesday
Mar 4, 2014
Wearables Showcase
Cerulean Skies Winery

We all seem to have our little niches in this group, so how about a show-and-tell? Bring in your wearable devices, be it Google Glass, Nike Fuelband, or a hearing aid. There are so many categories of wearable computers, it'd be useful to see them all. If you've written some software for these devices, show that off too. So much the better.

Join us even if you aren't wearing, it's a good time to play around.

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Tuesday
May 6, 2014
Smart Watches - what's coming soon to a wrist near you!
Cerulean Skies Winery

Smart watches are popping up everywhere. Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola -- the list goes on. Manufacturers big and small are releasing a plethora of smart watches in the near future. This month's Google Glass / Wearables PDX meetup will focus on presentations and discussions around what we're finding out about these new devices. We're also going to have a short presentation on Android Wear.

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Tuesday
Jun 3, 2014
Google Glass versus the COMPETITION
Cerulean Skies Winery

Google Glass wasn't actually the first smart glasses / smart eyewear device, but Google certainly popularized the concept by focusing on consumer uses combined with a creative marketing campaign. At this month's Google Glass / Wearables meetup, we're going to look at Google's competitors. We'll have a presentation and discussion that covers the following: - What smart eyewear devices are available now? - What devices are coming later this year? - How do the features of these devices compare to Google Glass? - What are the price points? (Prices vary wildly!)

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Tuesday
Jul 1, 2014
Wearables: Show and Tell and Hack
Cerulean Skies Winery

Since the coolest part about wearables is playing with new ones, let's have another show and tell! Glass will be present (of course), but so are some weirder ones. I'll be showing off Myo (armband), Mimo (smart onesie for babies), and Gear (smartwatch). I know some of us are avid wearable collectors, so bring them all! If you don't have any, come anyway and take a look at the future cyborg society.

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Tuesday
Jan 13, 2015
Revolution/Evolution
Cerulean Skies Winery

2014 was a year of wearables, launches, failures, and experimentation. It was a classic technology revolution year. But new tech isn't about next year tech, it's about last year's tech perfected. Perfecting revolutions requires an act of evolution, and the next year or two will be rife with it.

Let's look at the revolution of new wearable successes of the previous year (quantitative self, smart watches) and wearables that require more evolution in the coming years (Google Glass, smart clothes) for mainstream success. What can we do to help evolve this space?

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Wednesday
Feb 4, 2015
PDX Startup Week: Where Are Your Wearables Hackfest
Quick Left

Get amped - Name.com does more than hosting. We're hosting our first Quick Left hackfest in Portland with them! And what better week than Portland Startup Week to do so! 

Aided by the increased processing speed of chips, capacity of batteries and precision of sensor technologies, devices are becoming smaller, faster and more feature heavy than ever before. Where is the power of wearables going? We're bringing it in hackfest form to Portland, OR! Register now for our hackfest Feb 4th and find out (or make it happen).

With the Quick Left wearable hackfest, we want take wearable data beyond the miles you pedal or calories burned. We want wearables to be useful in your daily life. According to technology research and advisory company Gartner, by 2020, developed world life expectancy will increase by 0.5 years due to widespread adoption of wireless health monitoring technology. Business leaders must examine the impact of increased wellness on insurance and employee costs as a competitive factor. Inspire innovation to affect this trend at our hackfest. If you've got ideas on what to do with health and exercise data (for humans, your pets or....), you'll want to get your hack on at Quick Left!

Wednesday, February 4th, doors open at 6pm, hacking begins at 6:30 Free beer and food provided by our awesome sponsors Teams formed night of Hack for 3 hrs (no previous feature design or code written, please) Winners will be chosen by our sponsors (hint, hint)

Thanks to our sponsor, Sparkfun, for supplying Lily Pad Design Kits. And Fitbit is giving away a Fitbit Flex wristband to the winning team and more sponsors to be announced shortly! Still need more convincing to join our hackfests? See three year's worth of Quick Left hackfests we've hosted here!

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Where Are Your Wearables Quick Left Hackfest
Quick Left

Get amped - Name.com does more than hosting. We're hosting our first Quick Left hackfest in Portland with them! And what better week than Portland Startup Week to do so!

Aided by the increased processing speed of chips, capacity of batteries and precision of sensor technologies, devices are becoming smaller, faster and more feature heavy than ever before. Where is the power of wearables going? We're bringing it in hackfest form to Portland, OR! Register now for our hackfest Feb 4th and find out (or make it happen).

With the Quick Left wearable hackfest, we want take wearable data beyond the miles you pedal or calories burned. We want wearables to be useful in your daily life. According to technology research and advisory company Gartner, by 2020, developed world life expectancy will increase by 0.5 years due to widespread adoption of wireless health monitoring technology. Business leaders must examine the impact of increased wellness on insurance and employee costs as a competitive factor. Inspire innovation to affect this trend at our hackfest. If you've got ideas on what to do with health and exercise data (for humans, your pets or....), you'll want to get your hack on at Quick Left!

Wednesday, February 4th, doors open at 6pm, hacking begins at 6:30 Free beer and food provided by our awesome sponsors Teams formed night of Hack for 3 hrs (no previous feature design or code written, please) Winners will be chosen by our sponsors (hint, hint) Thanks to our sponsor, Sparkfun, for supplying Lily Pad Design Kits. And Fitbit is giving away a Fitbit Flex wristband to the winning team and more sponsors to be announced shortly!

Still need more convincing to join our hackfests? See three year's worth of Quick Left hackfests we've hosted here!

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Thursday
Feb 4, 2016
The Next Generation of Wearables
DeskHub

We believe Portland can lead the Wearable Fashion, Wearable Tech, Future Fashion movement. The market potential is massive and has the largest potential to effect our human condition in the coming decade.

Join us for a night of industry leaders coming together with key industry leaders to discuss Portland's future in developing Wearable technology and why Portland can lead based on our culture, industry and passion.

More details and registration on the EventBrite page

Sponsored by FashionXT www.fashionxt.net and The Startup Brand www.thestartupbrand.com.

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Saturday
Sep 15
OMSI Maker Faire
through OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

We'll be at OMSI for Maker Faire the weekend of September 15th and 16th to show our LED Wearables. Come to see us at our booth all weekend or check out our stage presentation Sunday, September 16th at noon.

You can get tickets here https://portland.makerfaire.com/tickets/

More about our Meetup Do you want to learn and share your passion in a supportive community? Knowledge Mavens is an ethos of sharing, creativity, and inspiration.

Our Meetup provides an opportunity to "Show and Tell" followed by a feedback and Q&A. You'll have the opportunity to share with our channels such as Meetup, GitHub, YouTube, and Facebook to connect with more passionate people.

The second half of our session we'll collaborate on new topics. The winner wins an award for the most interesting topic and the opportunity to share in an upcoming session.

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Saturday
Sep 22
Quantified Self Conference
through Ziba Design - Auditorium

What can you learn about yourself using your own data?

The Quantified Self conference is where DIY toolmakers, scientists, caregivers and patients, athletes, teachers, and everybody else interested in "self-knowledge through numbers" get together to share their projects and exchange what they'relearning about self-tracking tools and methods. This year we'll have a special focus on learning from our own data both inside and outside of the classroom. Tools that will be discussed include blood assays, home-built environmental monitors, and effective tools for emotional self-assessment. Want to build your own metabolism tracking device? Curious about the effect of circadian rhythms on cholesterol? Interested in genomics, microbiome, fitness, and diet? As always, we'll have two days of first person "show&tell" reports about self-tracking and learning in all these domains - and more.

The program is what we call a carefully curated unconference. We look at the projects and ideas proposed by everybody who registers, learn as much as we can, and then craft a series of talks and discussions reflecting the latest knowledge in the QS community. You can get a good look at the style of the meeting by watching some of the talks we've been posting from past conferences at http://quantifiedself.com/.

Join us! (And please don't forget to post something about your work in answer to the survey questions when you register.)

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