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Portland Creative/Tech Event Listing For The Week Of February 16-22, 2009

Since last week is so full of events (notwithstanding the Wednesday event explosion,) you’d think that this week in Portland tech will be more quiet, huh?

Think again.

Monday, February 16, 2009

DorkbotPDX Meeting, “an evening of socializing, talking about odd hacks and poking around with other people toys.” At Lucky Lab Pub NW, from 7-11 pm.

Recurring: Yes. Bi-weekly (thanks, Thomas Lockney.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

AIGA Career Tools, at Elephant’s Deli on NW 23rd, from 8-9:30 am.

If you dare to wake up early enough for this event, you’ll get the treat of seeing eROI’s Ryan Buchanan, Steve Sandstrom, CincoDesign’s Kirk James, 52ltd.’s Steve Potestio, W+K’s Sean O’Brien, Makelike’s Mary Kysar, Attensa’s Scott Niesen and Second Story’s Julie Beeler duke it out in a battle, err, chatter of managing business in the current economy.

UIE Roadshow: Secrets Behind Designing Great User Experiences (with frakking Jared Spool!) at Marriott Waterfront, from 9-4 pm.

IxDA Portland: Interaction’09 Conference Recap (also with Jared Spool. Man, he’s a busy guy!), at McFadden’s Pub, at 6:30 pm.

Startup Exchange Meetup, “an invite only group where ideas can be circulated between entrepreneurs,” at Chime Software, at 4:00 pm.

To tell you the truth, I have no idea about this event, but I thought that their mantra of “sorry services providers you can’t attend” is rather interesting.

Portland Java User Group, at Oracle, from 6:30-8 pm.

Recurring: Yes. Every third Tuesday of the month.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

An introduction to Trust the Vote! Open Source Digital Voting Foundation project, presented by OSU’s Open Source Lab (OSL) and Portland Open Source Entrepreneurs (POSSE,) at CubeSpace, from 6-8 pm.

Open Source Geospatial Users Group, starting again after a 2-year hiatus. At OpenSourcery (remember, they’re now located on NW Portland,) at 6:30 pm.

Recurring: Yes. Third Wednesday of the month.

BackFence PDX, a live storytelling event, at McMenamins Mission Theater, from 7-9 pm.

Recurring: Yes, once every two months, I think.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ignite Portland 5, at the Bagdad Theater, from 5:30 pm

If you can only go to one event in Portland, make it this one. Stand in line two hours prior, even. It’s worth it. You’ll see the most interesting speakers in Portland (most of which you probably follow on Twitter) speaking about subjects they love the most for exactly 5 minutes. You’ll even hear a certified type nerd typographer talk about the entire history of type founding secret history of fonts you may not know before.

Friday-Sunday, February 20-22, 2009

RecentChangesCamp, an unconference for the wiki community.

This unconference is so educational, you’ll brag to your friend that you actually met the inventor of the wiki, studied with folks behind the first wiki community, and learnt all the wiki secrets in one weekend.

Okay, the real secret about the wiki is that it isn’t that hard to master in the first place, but they don’t know that.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

DorkbotPDX Focused Workshop: Breadboard a Sanguino, at PNCA, from 1-5 pm.

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Get Your Name On The Portland Tech Twitter Wiki And Help Evangelize Portland

Let’s say that you’re someone who works in the creative or tech industry, who is new to Portland or are visiting the city.

Actually, let me back up, you could also be anyone who is curious about Portland, and is watching the beat of the city.

You may have visited the city on several occasions. Or you have have just settled in your new place. And you’re looking for a user group, meetup, or a venue to learn something useful. You may start bookmarking events and going to them. Then you meet someone, who tells you that almost all the community member uses Twitter to communicate with each other inbetween the usergroups, meetups and venues.

But you don’t know how amazing Portland is—not yet. All you have is an invitation to join “this microblogging thing called Twitter” and the Twitter username of your newly met friend at the usergroup, meetup or venue.

So your friend says:
“If you’re on Twitter, follow me @JohnSmith!”

But then you ask:

“Sure, but who else should I follow on Twitter?”

And your newly met friend replies:
“There’s about 50 of them that would be perfect for you to follow, but that I can’t think of right now. Can I email you when I get home?”

Here’s the problem: there’s a chance that the email will never get sent, and you may never discover how vibrant the local creative/technology community is.

What a waste of opportunity, right?

But what if your friend can refer to a page that has Twitter handles of all Portland creative and technology community member, along with a short description of who they are and what they do (and even a profile, if you’re that curious)?

Let’s call the page Portland Tech Twitter wiki. And the URL: http//

And, lo: you’re able to search for Tweeples to follow based on your interest, and your friend don’t have to blame his inability to recite names of 50 Portland area Tweeple—impromptu!

All we need now is the “50 Portland area Tweeples” bit (which, in reality, is closer to 5,000 Tweeples.) Because Amber Case, Mark Dilley and I couldn’t possibly type all of your usernames, short bios and profiles up.

But you can.

So, could I ask you a favor?

  • Go to the Portland Tech Twitter wiki
  • Edit the page by hitting “Edit Wiki,” and then
  • Add your Twitter handle, name and short description to the list, or correct your description—mostly made by Amber Case and I rather hastily (I try my best to be snarky)

That’s it. There’s even this code that you can Copy and Paste to the wiki edit window to make it easier:

:[ @YourUsername] – [[Your Real Name]]
::A short description about what you do, and your day job at [[|This Company]]

The goal is so that everyone can refer to the page when they meet someone who is new or curious to the city and its communities, and make it easier for everybody find people who he/she may like to converse with on Twitter or meet in real life. New friendships are thus made. Connections are born. And communities, grown. And everyone leaves the room after the meetup better than when he/she came.

So add your name to the Portland Tech Twitter wiki, won’t you?

And don’t all go hit the “Edit Wiki” button together.

Thank you.