Portland Lunch 2.0 @ eROI: An Event Review

Portland Lunch 2.0 @ eROI

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm—though I got into an interesting conversation involving, among other subjects, democracy, sasquatch and things yet to come with our kind host, Andy Van Oostrum (@voostru)

Where: eROI’s top floor, wherein I climbed up through the ‘other’ back entrance, which boasted more spacious corridors adorned with paintings, up to what I presume to be the halls of separation between eROI’s design and development teams. Then down. Then up again to the same space where, not incidentally, Mobile Portland was held three weeks ago.

What’s It About: Networking among tech professionals accompanied by a medley of fried chicken wings, kung pao chicken, fried beans, chinese lettuce and fried rice) more than learning about or working on things or drinking beer, for which we have—pardon the shameless self-plug—Collaborative Ingenuity that I hosted every Saturday and Beer and Blog on the day before, respectively.

Anyway, Lunch 2.0 was, in my opinion, one of the best places to talk with people who may not necessarily work in your industry, but who share the same passion about technology, and thus can provide catalysts for generation of new ideas and solutions. You’ll meet old friends or new colleagues, catch up and learn a few things about them, and then, through the conversation that happens, inspire you to better yourself or explore new ideas.

Translation: Geek cred not required to get in.

Interestingness: ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝ ½
Translation: Five fingers for inspiring conversations that spark ideas. Minus half for the large amount of leftover.

What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
Non-alcoholic networking meetup = the new Twitter.


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