When: Wednesday May 28, 2008, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Vidoop, where last week’s Portland Startup Weekend was held.
What It’s About: Like what I suspected of AIGA and SEMpdx monthly socials (‘suspected’ because I have not attended either one, although I would very much love to if you could offer an invitation) Lunch 2.0 is one of the best way to meet people in Portland’s thriving tech scene—the other being BarCamp Portland and Startupalooza.
My friend, Aaron Hockley from Another Blogger, had noted how the first Lunch 2.0 composed of “pretty much geeks,” the second was less so, and the third, at Vidoop, has a really good mix of nerdy and cubicle (pardon the pigeonholing) types.
As a creative who dabbles in technology, I originally came to these events in hope of bridging the gap that the two industries currently have. What I found out is that more people also recognizes this problem (or think that hanging out with anyone who Tweets more than 500 times a day will double their social media chops.)
I am happy to report that you’ll recognize faces that you previously only interact with via a 40×40 pixel avatars at Lunch 2.0. I also think that “hey, you’re so-and-so on Twitter! Nice to finally meet you in meatspace,” sounds like a great introductory sentence.
Translation: I wanted to put zero, because you don’t have to work in any industry and have any sort of expertise to enjoy interaction that happens in Lunch 2.0—but then you also need to have some sort of an online presence to be able to connect with your new friends after the Lunch.
Interestingness: ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝ ☝
Translation: if anyone see me with a plate that afternoon, they’ll see that I hardly ate what’s in it (save for the bacon-wrapped date, of course), this is because connecting with people and learning all sorts of new things—which includes two yet-to-be-launched web startups, a strategy to not get lynched at Werewolf games, a podcast’s audio problem, The Oregonian, a shirt design involving a physical element and an elephant silhouette, and the power of social media to cause change in society—is really, really fun—all while you’re enjoying a relatively uneventful lunch with your Interactive Media Designer at Old Town Pizza.
What I Learned From The Event In Six Words:
Have you upgraded your lunch today?