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Interested in learning to code? Seattle’s Code Fellows opens a Portland school

Post # 4182 by Beau Buck on October 21st, 2014 ~ 11:33:00 PM
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October 21st, 2014

Interested in learning to code? Seattle’s Code Fellows opens a Portland school

Interested in learning to code? Seattle’s Code Fellows opens a Portland school

It makes sense. As the cry of “We need more talent!” gets louder and louder, many groups are stepping up to fill that gap. And to help teach people to code. The latest addition to Portland is Code Fellows, a coding school headquartered in Seattle that has recently expanded to the Rose City.

For Portland folks, Code Fellows has an intro to coding class that will launch on November 3, 2014. Curriculum includes:

In this course you will survey the fundamentals of Computer Science and Web Development, such as algorithms, basic data structures, and the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

The class will run for the entire month of November and will be held two nights a week. Tuition is $500.

For more information, to peruse additional offerings, or to register for class, visit Code Fellows.

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PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device

Post # 4181 by Beau Buck on October 21st, 2014 ~ 11:32:59 PM
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October 21st, 2014

PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device

PIE Demo Day 2014 livestream: If you can’t join us in person, please join us from the comfort of your laptop or mobile device

Like any startup accelerator, PIE likes to make its demo days as accessible as it possibly can. We always host it in a big theater. But that sold out quickly, this year. So we added a simulcast venue thanks to our friends at eBay Portland. But now both of those venues are standing room only. So in order to make sure that everyone has a chance to experience the event, we’re going to be livestreaming PIE Demo Day again.

Livestreaming allows us to give even more more Portland folks access to see PIE Demo Day live. But it has an added benefit. It’s available all over the world. So now folks outside of the area have the chance to tune in, as well (Honestly—given that we now live in a world filled with early stage startup accelerators where folks could easily attend a demo day every day of the week—traveling to Portland for PIE Demo Day isn’t always as appealing as it once was. We get it.)

So save your airfare or busfare

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Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections

Post # 4180 by Beau Buck on October 21st, 2014 ~ 11:32:58 PM
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October 21st, 2014

Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections

Be a Lush: iOS app for drink making helps folks feel more informed with cocktail selections

I don’t think it’s any secret that Portland knows its beverages. With a thriving brewing and distilling scene, we’re lucky to have a wealth of knowledge within arms reach. And any number of bartenders and mixologist who are willing to help us with those decisions. But sometimes, you could use a little help. Like Lush, the drink making app.

Ever wonder what to order at a bar, only to draw a blank and order a Bud Light again? With Lush, you no longer have to look like an novice. Rather than asking the bartender for “something fruity”, you can look like a pro explaining how to make a Vanilla Vixen. If the hundreds of drinks are overwhelming, a shortlist like Famous Movie Drinks should make your choice easier.

Hosting a party is also a breeze with Lush. If you only have Rum, Lime Juice, and Triple Sec on hand, Lush makes recipes appear instantly.

Lush was created by Portland developer Tim Wood. It’s currently available for $1.99 on iOS. And if you want to chat about it, it’s on Product Hunt, today.

For more information or to download the app,

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PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Happy Hour Networking Event

Post # 4179 by Beau Buck on October 21st, 2014 ~ 11:32:51 PM
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Come join an amazing group of women for happy hour at Little Bird! No specific agenda, just network and have fun! Make sure you say hi to Amie Kuttruff, a Web Developer at Little Bird. Read our newsletter for more information about Amie!

PDX Women in Tech exists to celebrate professional women in the Portland-metro area who work with, manage, lead or have an interest in TECHNOLOGY. Whether you are developing event-driven, non-blocking applications in node.js or setting technology strategy for a Fortune 500 company–or anything in between–come join us!

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467088

Galois tech talk: Functional programming in Swift

Post # 4178 by Beau Buck on October 21st, 2014 ~ 11:32:50 PM
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Galois is pleased to host the following tech talk. These talks are open to the interested public–please join us! (There is no need to pre-register for the talk.)

At this year’s WWDC, Apple announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and OS X development. In this talk, I’d like to give a brief overview of the language, focussing on its ‘functional features’. I’ll try to demonstrate that there are exciting new possibilities for applying functional programming technology to a new platform — like writing an app that computes Fibonacci numbers without using a for-loop.

Wouter Swierstra is a lecturer at the University of Utrecht. He has recently written a book, Functional Programming in Swift, together with Chris Eidhof and Florian Kugler.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467156

Creating Great Visual Media Content on a Shoestring Budget

Post # 4177 by Beau Buck on October 21st, 2014 ~ 11:32:50 PM
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Seminar Presented by: Jennie Day-Burget Jessica Williams, Prichard Communications

Social media is changing and if you are like most small business owners, it’s hard to keep up! This training is for anyone in need of the latest trends for visual media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Vine.

Learn how to use these tools on a shoestring budget and examine how leaders in the field are successfully using these visual media platforms.

Key takeaways will include:
• Three new things you can do immediately to enhance your visual media platforms
• Practical help in setting up these channels in a strategic way
• How to create content using visual media tools that support your goals

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Where: Alberta Main Street (1722 NE Alberta Street)
Time: 9:30-11AM
RSVP online: http://tinyurl.com/osgp5rt
(Preference given to Alberta Street businesses)
Free! Refreshments provided.

2014-15 Seminar Series Sponsor: Umpqua Bank

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467011

UX as the New SEO: an interview with Marianne Sweeny

Post # 4176 by Beau Buck on October 21st, 2014 ~ 11:32:48 PM
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A deep passion for technology, accompanied by a complete ineptitude at programming, brought Marianne Sweeny to search engine optimization while studying Information Science at the University of Washington. She considers herself a Search Information Architect with a focus on human factors as well as system functionality.

Sweeny joined Portent Inc as SR Search Strategist in 2012 where she focuses on the user experience factors of SEO for client sites. Previously, as Director of Search Services at Ascentium, she designed a search practice that brought a strategic approach to search optimization. In 2004, she co-founded Microsoft Information Architects, a 300 member, company-wide, cross-discipline community that continues to evangelize the best practices of IA within Microsoft.

On a recent Friday night in Hollywood, a crowd of diehard user experience professionals gathered at WeWork to hear Sweeny give her insightful presentation “Smashing Silos,” which illuminated how search, content strategy, information architecture, UX, and interaction design can break down silos.

I caught up with Sweeny after the presentation to ask her a few questions about her design process on behalf of Media Contour. Following her T-shaped presentation, which was as wide and deep as they come, Sweeny responsed to my questions in her uniquely comprehensive style.

What are some of your favorite digital products?

The digital product that I use the most with the least amount of complaint is my iPad 2. I have an ancient Samsung netbook that is still going strong and very useful for working on planes with the airlines ever decreasing amount of

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In interview, Steve Ballmer won’t say if he’s on good terms with Bill Gates

Post # 4175 by Beau Buck on October 21st, 2014 ~ 11:32:44 PM
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Don’t look for Bill Gates courtside at L.A. Clippers games anytime soon.

Gates and Ballmer at the Microsoft co-founder's farewell event in 2008.
Gates and Ballmer at the Microsoft co-founder’s farewell event in 2008.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appeared on CBS This Morning today to talk about his purchase of the NBA team, but the interview also explored issues related to his legacy at the technology company, his thoughts on CEO Satya Nadella’s comments on women asking for raises, and the state of his relationship with his longtime friend Gates.

At one point he was asked: Are you and Bill Gates on good terms today?

“Eh, you know, we’ve dusted up many times in our lives, and that kind of stuff happens,” Ballmer responded. “But we’ve done it before. We’ve done that before.”

A recent Vanity Fair article said Ballmer and Gates “stopped speaking to each other as a result of the bad blood surrounding Ballmer’s resignation,” after Gates torpedoed Ballmer’s initial attempts to get the Microsoft board to approve the Nokia acquisition.

Gates and co-founder Paul Allen similarly had a falling out after the publication of Allen’s memoir, Idea Man, with its unflattering portrayal of Gates, but they’ve since patched things up.

Separately, here’s what Ballmer had to say on Nadella’s recent comments on women and pay raises.

I don’t remember the precise quote, but you now it’s one of these things. When you’re the CEO

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Managing and Utilizing Big Data for Your Workforce | HR Event

Post # 4174 by Beau Buck on October 20th, 2014 ~ 11:22:12 PM
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Managing and Utilizing Big Data for Your Workforce | HR Event

It’s been said that Big Data is like dating in middle school – everyone talks about it, but nobody knows what they’re doing. We aim to help change that.

What information can/should/must we collect from employees, and how do we connect it to large business and benefits management systems?

Join us on October 7th as we explore Big Data and What it Means to Your Workforce.


Eric Wilson, Principal, HR Integrated Solutions — Eric will try to separate the fact from fiction with regard to how big data is likely to impact the future of HR. How do you determine what data you should consider acquiring and from what sources? Once you get your hands on the information how do you turn that “raw” data into something that is actionable, with potentially predictive relevance? How do you present the data in a way that can drive decisions to achieve organizational change? This should be a thought-provoking primer regarding the relevance of Big Data in HR.

Check back for additional panelists.


Gloria Ilg, SVP of Human Resources Worldwide, Rentrak

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467055


Post # 4173 by Beau Buck on October 20th, 2014 ~ 11:22:11 PM
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The next meeting of pdxdevops will be focusing on incident response. We’ll have a presentation from Chief Hanson (Marion County Fire #1) and we will then have a group discussion. What does incident response mean in a devops context? Do our tools and processes make event response easier or harder? The numbers say that organizations doing devops generally have both higher fail rate and lower mean time to recovery. Does this apply only to ‘planned changes’ such as deploys, or does it apply to ‘page in the middle of the night’ as well? As automation and devops reduce the number of humans involved in operations, how do we prevent pager-fatigue?

The format will be a brief presentation followed by a round table discussion. Please bring yourself, your stories, and your experiences. If you would like to more formally present on this topic, we could probably squeeze a couple of short 10-15 minute talks in. Overall the goal is to be very lassiez-faire.

Speaker Bio: Kevin Henson is currently the Fire Chief for Marion County Fire District #1 in Salem. He is a Paramedic and has served in emergency services for the past 27 years. Chief Henson serves on the Advisory Board of the Willamette Valley Communications 911 Center, and has worked with 911 center leadership for the past twenty years.

pdxdevops is a Portland, Oregon user group that explores the glorious intersection of software development and systems operations, and shares practical advice on working effectively in an era of agile infrastructure,

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467122

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