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Thing Tuesday: Hear how Portland’s PayRange is becoming the “Square for inanimate objects”

Post # 3982 by Beau Buck on September 16th, 2014 ~ 07:39:00 PM
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September 15th, 2014

Thing Tuesday: Hear how Portland’s PayRange is becoming the “Square for inanimate objects”

Thing Tuesday: Hear how Portland’s PayRange is becoming the “Square for inanimate objects”

Portland’s affection for Internet of Things continues to grow. And there’s no better place to keep tabs on what’s happening than Thing Tuesday, Portland’s monthly IoT meet up. This month is no different, as September 16, Thing Tuesday brings a number of awesome speakers to the stage.

Paresh Patel – Nailing it with Payrange – “My plan was to sell 10,000 units in the first year. In the first 15 hours we sold 33,000 and had to pause.” I am thrilled to have Paresh come and talk and tell us how he created a hardware proposition that is simply FLYING off the shelves and how he created “Square for inanimate objects.”

Isaac Porras – Solar Power, Charging and Bicycles

Bryon Moyer – IoT Engineers need new resources – Bryon is a writer for EE Journal and other fine publications on the things that make up key parts of IoT – chips, modules, wireless etc . Recently has been researching into some of the issues and hurdles that engineers face when creating IoT solutions. In this talk he covers some of the key issues faced by engineers with IoT specifically.

For more information or to RSVP, visit Thing Tuesday.

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Data Science Hack Day

Post # 3981 by Beau Buck on September 16th, 2014 ~ 07:38:58 PM
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Programming in R? What about D3? No matter which language you prefer, come join us for Data Science Hack Day! We will spend a chill afternoon working on our projects, and learning from each other.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466987

Help be part of the future of news at the 1st ever Portland Open News Hackathon

Post # 3980 by Beau Buck on September 16th, 2014 ~ 07:38:57 PM
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Our dilemma: How can we build software or other tools to help harness, verify and prioritize news and information coming from members of our community?

Every day there are things happening in our community that neighbors and community members are eyewitnesses to – but how can we discern fact from fiction, rumor from real news? Can we utilize a network of citizen reporters across the city and region to help in this effort? Are there software tools that can help organize and prioritize news stories? How do we turn these tips into fully-produced news stories, that can be broadcast, posted online and shared between different newsrooms?

You can help us ideate, brainstorm, problem-solve, prototype, user test and build solutions at the Open News Hackathon, which will be held on September 19th – 21st as part of the Cascade Media Convergence.

We need news reporters, news junkies, code monkeys, hackers, programmers, twitterers, community activists and community collaborators to help in this effort!

We’ll gather on Friday evening September 19th to form teams and begin the design process, then on Saturday September 20th the teams will go through user scenarios, build prototypes, test out designs and present their findings Sunday morning September 21st. The best design will be put into use in an actual newsroom setting, and people can continue to be involved as we evolve and build out the prototype into a working product over the coming months.

Come and be a part of this exciting initiative to help build the future of news gathering and

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466935

Portland Linux/Unix Group AT: CANCELLED

Post # 3979 by Beau Buck on September 16th, 2014 ~ 07:38:57 PM
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Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466840

Why Investment in Design is the Only Way to “Win” in Education

Post # 3978 by Beau Buck on September 16th, 2014 ~ 07:38:55 PM
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As consumers, we use technology because it helps us accomplish our goals. “Accomplish our goals” is pretty broad: Sometimes, our goal is utilitarian (I want to accomplish a specific task). Increasingly, our goal may be emotional (I want to feel a certain way). It may also be enduring (I want more transparency into a policy), informative (I want to know something), and even passive (I want to witness a certain type of experience). Alan Cooper, founder of Cooper Design, explains that goals are lasting over time: “Tasks change as technology changes, but goals have the pleasant property of remaining very stable.”

According to educator Clay Christianson, disruptive innovation isn’t about having superior technology—it’s about offering a superior fit between existing technology and these lasting human goals. He uses the jobs-to-be-done framework to describe this fit, explaining that “customers rarely make buying decisions around what the ‘average’ customer in their category may do—but they often buy things because they find themselves with a problem they would like to solve.”

This fit between problem and solution is sometimes called a value proposition—a promise a brand makes about the ability of a product to help someone achieve a specific goal. I use the label payoffs to describe the successful outcome of that promise, and to describe when the value proposition has been achieved. These payoffs typically include increased convenience, increased access to information or content, the ability to leverage efficiencies, the ability to gain transparency, improved communication, and increased access to

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Social media analytics company Visisble Technologies acquired after raising more than $80M in VC

Post # 3977 by Beau Buck on September 16th, 2014 ~ 07:38:51 PM
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Visible-Logo_4CBellevue-based social media analytics company Visible Technologies has been sold to Vocus and Cision, a newly-merged company that makes software for the public relations field.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed in a press release issued this week, and it’s unclear whether investors made any of their money back.

Visible Technologies was founded in 2005 by Dean Graziano and Jim Webber, raising $83 million across 10 rounds of funding over the years, according to CrunchBase. Backers included WPP, Ignition and Investor Growth Capital, with the company employing 125 people after a merger occurred in 2012 with Cymfony.

“We’re building the ultimate PR tool, and Visible Technologies is a key element,” said Vocus Chief Executive Officer Peter Granat. “Using PR to drive strategic business value requires an ability to uncover and leverage meaningful brand insights. Adding the Visible team and technology allows us to more effectively measure social impact and turn those insights into action. As this acquisition shows, we are committed to continued investment in and enhancing our platform, content tools and analysts to move the PR and marketing communication industry forward.”

Vocus and Cision merged earlier this year through an investment by private equity firm GTCR, with the intent of forming “a premier global public relations cloud company.”

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Cascade Media Convergence

Post # 3976 by Beau Buck on September 15th, 2014 ~ 07:17:10 PM
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Friday September 19th, 6-9 PM

Opening dinner, Kick off. Centrally located in the downtown area. Please check back for details

Saturday September 20th

at University of Oregon Turnbull Center

Sunday September 21st

at University of Oregon Turnbull Center

Basic structure of final event: Report backs from the various breakouts and discussions from the weekend, proposals for further action, break outs around proposals people want to work on, commitments we will make going forward.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466928

Young Entrepreneurs Society [YESpdx] feat. The Mayor of Portland + Our 1-Year Anniversary Party

Post # 3975 by Beau Buck on September 15th, 2014 ~ 07:17:08 PM
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That’s right! We made it through our first year; we grew from 1 member to 750 members … and engaged 12 awesome speakers on subjects ranging from “Startup Law 101″ to “Angel Investing for Entrepreneurs”. We’ve had small, women-only events in SE and large 120+ person events where people had to sit on the floor and stand in the hallway. We’ve played (beer pong) together, we’ve learned together and a few of us have started new companies together. At the end of the day we have all grown together. JOIN US as we gather with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to celebrate the YESpdx 1-Year Anniversary at the best new bar in town — Barlow. New members and friends are welcome!!! RSVP now. Space is limited.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466927

Brain Silo Open House

Post # 3974 by Beau Buck on September 15th, 2014 ~ 07:17:07 PM
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Thursday is open house. This is when members gather and can open the door for you. We know we can be there by 7pm, but most of the time we are hours early. We don’t have a opening ceremony, or any formal meeting, its a time for you to ease drop on other peoples projects and work on something that you may need help with. Bring your inventions, your technical toys and your broken microwave to Brain Silo and Hack with friends.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466986

Apple lets users who hate free stuff ditch U2 album

Post # 3973 by Beau Buck on September 15th, 2014 ~ 07:17:03 PM
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As a part of its big press announcement last week, Apple announced that every iTunes user would get U2’s new album for free. While some people were thrilled to have some new music in their account for free, others…weren’t so happy. People who don’t care for the Irish rock group took to Twitter to complain about the appearance of “Songs of Innocence” in their music library. Now, Apple has offered those people who don’t care for the album a way out.

Using this link, people can get rid of “Songs,” once and for all. Of course, if they want it back, they’ll need to wait until it’s available for purchase next month.

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