When: Saturday, March 29, 2008, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, conveniently followed by a happy hour wherein the good folks at Vidoop kindly picked the tab up.
Where: CubeSpace, which, unlike the previously reviewed venue, had a clearly written sign on its front that was actually readable (props for using Helvetica)—although still without the traffic-facing billboard. Thanks to them, this event boasted one of the nicest cat herders, foamiest beers and largest concentration of ergonomic office chairs in the nation—not to mention one of the most prominent acknowledgments of geekiness in the open.
What It’s About: stories of successes, mistakes, struggle and perpetual ramen dinner from brilliant start-uppers who fell in love with Portland. Also, product demonstration that was guaranteed to keep you in the loop (and keep your inbox filled with beta invitations.) Bonus: an inside joke created in 5 straight minutes, involving trembling hands and a poke at SXSW’s blunder.
Technicality (on a scale of 1 to 5): ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: half-and-half. The talks and panel discussion were fairly accessible, and the demos were pretty technical.
Interestingness (on a scale of 1 to 5): ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: if learning from and having conversations with Portland’s greatest innovators (and, in some cases, even luminaries) for a whole day failed to excite your mind to want to create something bigger than yourself (a startup, collaborative, group, side project, community activity, etc.), I don’t know what else will.
What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
Portland’s Creative/Tech Renaissance: so overdue.