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Planet Argon

3530 N. Vancouver Ave Suite 300
Portland, OR 97227-1426, US (map)

We are Planet Argon: a mix of designers and developers, strategic thinkers and project managers.

Access Notes

3rd floor (hit 3R in the elevator)

Future events happening here

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Past events that happened here

  • Tuesday
    Nov 12 2019
    PDXWIT Presents: Experienced Women in Tech

    Planet Argon

    Registration through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-presents-experienced-women-in-tech-tickets-73707568321 is required to gain entry to this event.

    Are you a woman with 15 or more years of experience working in technology? Do you want to spend time with other women in tech who understand your point of view as someone who has been in this industry for a while? PDXWIT’s Experienced Women in Tech events work to foster a community for women like you. Ageism is alive and well in business in general, and perhaps even more so in tech. With many colleagues younger than you—including your boss—you may feel marginalized, unseen, or feel your skills are not as valued as they should be.

    Join us on November 12th at Planet Argon for an evening dedicated to bringing experienced women in tech together to talk through these challenges. Our focus is on sharing ways we find success in our companies despite potential ageism, and on showing the value we bring through our experience. The evening will involve some initial discussion, breaking out into small groups to brainstorm ideas, then coming back together as a group to share ideas and conclude our discussion. Susy Dunn and Lois Brooks, both highly respected women from tech HR, will share lessons they have learned and seen as they participate as guest facilitators for the evening.

    Agenda: 5:30 p.m. - Doors Open & networking 6:00 p.m. - Introductions 6:10 p.m. - Group event followed by sharing of take-away points 7:15 p.m. - Wrap-up and networking 7:30 p.m. - Event ends

    Event FAQ Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: We share bathrooms with other businesses on our floor, so we unfortunately cannot change the restrooms to gender-neutral.

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

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

    Q: What is the parking situation? A: No, but street parking is ample in the surrounding area.

    Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: You can enter the building through the glass door to the left of Bread & Honey Cafe on Vancouver. Then take the elevator to the 3rd floor, and find our office on the left. The first-floor glass door will lock at 6:30

    Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: No, but bike parking is available outside the building.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes.

    Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home. There may be an office pet here, but likely not after hours. Our office is dog-friendly during the day.

    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
    Nov 5 2019
    Ruby Programmer Certification Study Group - PDX Ruby Brigade

    Planet Argon

    If you are interested in getting a Ruby Certification or just mentoring others, come on out!!!

    This event will focus on preparing attendees to take the Silver certification exam. This is a basic skill-level certification of knowledge on the background, grammar, classes, objects, and standard libraries of Ruby.

    We are going to use a version of "EduScrum" to work through the subject issues each person needs to know for the exam. After an introduction, we will break out into groups and create a study plan to get each member of the the group up.

    There will be pizza!


    The Ruby Association Certified Ruby Programmer examinations are intended for engineers who design, develop, and/or operate Ruby-based systems, consultants who make Ruby-based system proposals, and instructors who teach Ruby. Those who are certified are recognized for their skills as Ruby engineers and as having high levels of Ruby-based system development capabilities. Those who pass the examination are certified by the Ruby Association as a Ruby Association Certified Ruby Programmer.

    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!

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jan 10 2019
    PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Get Hired Up

    Planet Argon

    Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-get-hired-up-tickets-52889004436] is required to gain entry to this event

    Looking for a job in tech? Join PDXWIT for an evening at Planet Argon dedicated to helping you find your next job. You get what you put in, so come prepared to share. Let us know what you need most right now in the registration questions below (mock interviews, resume review, portfolio reviews, Q&A with recruiters…) and we’ll try to accomodate your needs.

    We’ll have a short presentation from Keli Van Holde, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Zapproved, who will share a few simple steps to stand out from the crowd. She’ll also share her insight on how candidates can approach working with in-house recruiters vs. consultancies vs. staffing firms.

    We’re also looking for volunteers to participate in the resume and portfolio reviews, as well as the mock interviews. If you’re interested, please select “Volunteer” in the registration process. If you are volunteering and would also like to participate in the event, please only register once so we have an accurate headcount.

    Registration Questions for Volunteers:

    Q1: Which areas do you feel most comfortable? (select all that apply)

    option 1: mock interviews (technical)

    option 2: mock interviews (non-technical)

    option 3: resume review

    option 4: portfolio review (creative)

    option 5: portfolio review (technical)

    option 6: I'm a recruiter and want to be available for Q&A

    option 7: not sure but I want to help

    Q2: Please list any scheduling restrictions you have between 4:30-6:30pm?


    Registration Questions for General:

    Q1: What are the top two things you would find most beneficial from this event? (please only select two)

    option 1: mock interviews (technical)

    option 2: mock interviews (non-technical)

    option 3: resume review

    option 4: portfolio review

    option 5: Q&A with recruiters

    Q2: Please list any other item of interest for this type of event?


    Agenda:

    4:30 p.m. - Doors open, reviews begin

    5:15 p.m - Introductions (PDXWIT, host, etc.)

    5:20 p.m. - Short presentation with Q&A

    6:30 p.m. - Event ends

    Event FAQ:

    Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: No, gender neutral restrooms will not be available at this event.

    Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes, this event will be ADA accessible.

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

    Q: What is the parking situation? A: Onsite parking will not be available at this event. However, ample street parking and public transportation will be available nearby.

    Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: You may enter the building through the glass door to the left of Bread & Honey Cafe on Vancouver. From here, take the elevator to the 3rd floor and Planet Argon’s office is on the left.

    Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: No, secured bike parking will not be available at this event. However, bike parking on the street will be available nearby.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes, we recommend using public transportation to this event. The 4, 44, and 24 buses stop nearby.

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

    Purpose:

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

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

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Sep 19 2018
    Jr Dev Meetup

    Planet Argon

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

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Feb 28 2017
    PDXWIT Recent changes in US Immigration: A Q&A with immigration lawyers

    Planet Argon

    RSVP HERE - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdxwit-presidents-executive-orders-on-immigration-a-qa-with-immigration-lawyers-tickets-32001775171

    Here are a few immigration headlines taken at random from the recent news:

    Reuters: Iranian academics scared and stranded by Trump travel ban
    
    New York Times: Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on ‘Any Corner’
    
    USA Today: It's a frightening day to be an undocumented immigrant in America
    Fox32 Chicago: Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines, won't even go outside
    Independent: Donald Trump's new 'Muslim ban' will have 'same outcome' as old one, says senior White House adviser
    
    Bloomberg: Trump’s H-1B Visa Crackdown Threatens Cutting-Edge U.S. Medicine
    
    Washington Post: He yelled ‘Get out of my country,’ witnesses say, and then shot 2 men from India, killing one
    

    Do you have questions about these recent changes on immigration? Are you worried about how these changes can affect you, your family, or other loved ones?

    Join us for a discussion with , Lisa Yu and Chanpone Sinlapasai who can address your questions and provide some clarity on the situation.

    Come hear from our community member, Shabnam Jahromi, on how the recent immigration changes,specifically the travel ban, have impacted her life and what this means for her future. Shabnam Jahromi is a Technical Account Manager at Jama Software. She was born and raised in Tehran/Iran and moved to the US in 2012 with a student visa. She will share her story on the process she went through to come to the US and how long it took.

    Lisa Yu has been practicing immigration law since 1997. She specializes in corporate immigration matters ranging from non-immigrant visas to permanent resident applications (green cards). She has developed a particular expertise in labor certification applications, employment-based immigrant visa petitions and adjustment of status applications.

    Chanpone Sinlapasai is a partner at Marandas & Sinlapasai. She focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. She strongly believe that victims' right is a human right, regardless of alienage. Her immigration practice also assist clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Court of Appeals.

    Have questions? Contact Aishwarya @aishwarya@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.

    Website
  • 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.

    Website