It’s a crazy busy Thursday evening in Portland

It seems tonight in Portland is going to be jampacked full of events to keep you busy. No matter what you’re techie desires, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that strikes your fancy.

So, how you doing? Feeling a little bored? Maybe looking for something to do on the last Thursday of the month?

Well look no further. It seems tonight in Portland is going to be jampacked full of events to keep you busy. No matter what you’re techie desires, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that strikes your fancy.

Like what you ask? Let’s take a look.


From digital anonymity to personal interaction. We’ll go from digital chatter to personal conversations and maybe make some new connections in the process. All you need is a Twitter handle, a laptop or tweet-capable phone, and an open mind. There will be 8 laptop stations available on a first-come-first-served basis. Those unfamiliar with Twitter can show up early for a brief tutorial.

The coming@party begins at 6 PM at the Art Institute of Portland.

Digital Journalism Social Hour

Digital Journalism Portland and Society of Professional Journalists Oregon and SW Washington Chapter have teamed up to create an informal social hour that showcases local, innovative digital journalism projects. Come hang out with your peers, have a drink and learn about the people who are changing our industry.

The Digital Journalism Social Hour will take place at Rose & Thistle Pub beginning at 7 PM.

The Church of Social Media

Gather ‘round brothers and sisters to testify your love for social media and how it has touched your life. We will be meeting in the Open Space at AIPD to let everyone know just how awesome and amazing social media is, and that we don’t care who knows it. Leave all your worries about the dangers of technology at the door. Forget about objectivity. Let everyone know about your new friends, and the valuable contacts you’ve made. Share the sheer delight of telling people on Twitter about what you had for breakfast, and about the times when you’ve actually care about what someone had for breakfast! Tell everyone about the hours and hours spent updating profiles, twittering, texting and how you loved every minute of it. All are welcome. Skeptics and lurkers feel free to watch the show. Come dressed in Halloween costumes if you’d like, it will only add to the hilarity. Drinks will be provided.

The Church of Social Media will be held at the Art Institute of Portland beginning at 7:30 PM.

Finance for Startups 101

Come listen to Steve Babcock and Craig Vagt talk about finances, taxes, and money for startups and small businesses. There will be a 30 minute talk, followed by an open Q&A. All are welcome.

Finance for Startups 101 will be held at PIE beginning at 6 PM.

The Interactive Open

Open Source, Open Content, Open Invitation – this event invites interactive artists to remix and reimagine the animated film Sita Sings the Blues as a standalone art piece, focused on the theme of ‘Conversations’. The finished pieces will be available for hands-on play and discovery, and the source code freely downloadable.

The Interactive Open will be held at Grassy Knoll Gallery beginning at 7 PM.

Mid-Point Mixer hosted by Struck/Axiom and Simler

Learn more about Simler (the smoothest, prettiest and, well, best online social network of all time!) while checking out Struck/Axiom’s new Old Town studio. We’ll provide the drinks, food, Guitar Hero World Tour, Halo and the ping pong table. You bring your friends. It’ll be new communication all mashed up with old-school chit-chat.

Mid-Point Mixer will be held at Struck/Axiom beginning at 6 PM.

PDX Hackathon

Come do strange things with your computer amongst others whilst drinking fine Portland beer.

PDX Hackathon will be held at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne beginning at 7 PM.

Refresh Portland October: Online Video For Everybody by Andy Beach

Andy is the author of Real World Video Compression and oversees all aspects of marking at product management at Elemental Technologies. His vast knowledge of video post-production, compression and interactive design has attracted clients worldwide, including: Microsoft, Major League Baseball, Apple, INC and Adobe Systems, INC.

Refresh Portland takes place at Jive Software beginning at 6:30 PM.

SAOpdx: I Wish I’d Thought of That: Creative Approaches to Closing Deals

All the best new ideas have one thing in common: they make you ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” And when you finally get wise, you can only slap yourself on the forehead and promise to steal the idea the next time you can.

The Software Association of Oregon’s Marketing and Sales Forum (MSF) brings together seven of Portland’s top deal makers to each share one creative closing technique. You’ll leave the event with a new angle on how to close that stalled deal.

The SAOpdx group meets at Kells Irish Pub beginning at 6 PM.

Westside Proggers

This month Markus will be presenting his response to Matt’s programming language presentation from last month. If previous presentations by Markus are any indication, a good time will be had by all.

Westside Proggers will be held at OTBC beginning at 7 PM.

Already booked?

What’s that? You’re busy tonight? Well, do you need something to do tomorrow? The New Communicators series—which is to thank for a good chunk of these events—continues through Friday. Or you can always subscribe to the Silicon Florist calendar on Upcoming.

(Image courtesy Selena Marie. Used under Creative Commons.)