Month: January 2010

Oregon Film, Beam Development, Hive-FX to Host Lunch 2.0

Mark your calendars now because this one will be interesting, assuming you like entertainment.

Oregon Film (a.k.a. The Governor’s Office of Film and Television), Beam Development and Hive-FX will be co-hosting Lunch 2.o at Hive’s offices on March 10, 2010 from 12 to 2 PM.

I’m excited for this because it promises to be an event where we should get an interesting mix of communities–tech, entertainment, creative–which always makes for a good time.

Wondering why would these organizations want to host a Lunch 2.0?

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Meet Portland Mayor Sam Adams at Beer and Blog tonight

What kind of people are noticing Beer and Blog now? Well, Portland Mayor Sam Adams for one. Yep, that’s right. The Mayor will be showing up tonight to hang out with the Beer and Blog crowd.

[HTML3]When you’ve built a gathering of interesting people that is consistently lauded as the best spot to meet and greet folks in the Portland tech and startup scene, people start to take notice. And that’s exactly what’s happening to Beer and Blog, the weekly happy hour for the Portland tech scene started by Justin Kistner.

What kind of people are noticing Beer and Blog now? Well, Portland Mayor Sam Adams for one. Yep, that’s right. The Mayor will be showing up tonight to hang out with the Beer and Blog crowd. Read More

REMINDER: Open Source Bridge 2010 town hall meeting tonight at NedSpace Old Town

So if you’ve got a few extra cycles and have an interest in open source, I highly suggest you swing by NedSpace Old Town to help the Open Source Bridge folks plan Open Source Bridge 2010, tonight.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times (at least): Portland loves the open source. Loves it. From user groups to committing to code to supporting all things open, it’s part of the very makeup of our tech community. And no single event proves that love for open source more than Open Source Bridge, an entirely volunteer-run event that focuses on what it takes to be a good open source citizen.

Yes, you read that right. It’s entirely volunteer run. So if you’ve got a few extra cycles and have an interest in open source, I highly suggest you swing by NedSpace Old Town to help the Open Source Bridge folks plan Open Source Bridge 2010, tonight. Read More

memePDX 022: All Apple iPad, all of the time

So rather than pretend we were paying attention to other stuff, we decided to just focus memePDX into an all Apple iPad episode.

Hey there, Portland tech types! It’s another Thursday, and that means it’s time for another episode of memePDX.

Now, I’m sure there was probably some other tech news that happened this week. But, let’s be honest. We were a little wrapped up in the whole Apple announcement thing. Obsessed some might call it. So rather than pretend we were paying attention to other stuff—except my cool Portland Sucks tshirt and tagalus hitting 10,000 definitions—we decided to just focus on the one thing that had so captured our imagination. So without further ado, let’s get to the all Apple iPad episode. Read More

Tagalus: 10,000 Twitter hashtags defined and counting

Providing some insight into hashtags. That site is Portland-based tagal.us. And today, it passed a major milestone by capturing the definition for its 10,000th hashtag.

Despite all the Portland love for the Twitter, the fact remains that—for the uninitiated—Twitter can be a bit of a foreign realm. Crazy shorthand. Weird @ replies. And those strange phrases crammed behind # signs.

But since early 2009, one site has been working to change that. Well, at least by providing some insight into that whole hashtag thing (the # phrases). That site is Portland-based tagal.us, a site focused on helping define the hashtags used on Twitter. And today, it passed a major milestone by capturing a definition for its 10,000th hashtag. Read More

Earthtechling: All the green gadgety goodness you’ve been seeking—in one place

What’s Earthtechling? It’s a new Portland-based site that’s designed to cover everything happening at the intersection of gadgets and green.

If there’s one thing we like in Portland, it’s the whole sustainable and green movement. If there’s another thing we like, it’s the whole shiny technology object thing. So why hasn’t anyone around here had the gumption to marry those two oh so Portlandy things into one great “you got your techie peanut butter in my green chocolate; you got your green chocolate in my techie peanut butter” you might ask?

Well, okay. I asked that. So I’m going to pretend you did.

And now we have our answer. Even if you didn’t ask. Introducing Earthtechling. Read More

REMINDER: Mobile Portland explores augmented reality tonight

Augmented reality. So it simply makes sense that Mobile Portland—the best user group for mobile types—is providing some insight into augmented reality, tonight.

If you ask me—not that you did but let’s just pretend—what the hottest topic in the Portland startup scene is, I would be compelled—nay obligated—to say “Mobile.” And I would probably punctuate that with something terribly intelligent like, “… duh.”

But it’s true. Portland is crazy about mobile development. As such, it has managed to carve out a community that is doing some incredibly compelling things. And one of the most interesting new facets of mobile development? Augmented reality. So it simply makes sense that Mobile Portland—the best user group for mobile types—is providing some insight into augmented reality, tonight. Read More

Raise your glass to more acquisitions! Portland’s Unthirsty gets acquired

You may have heard that 2010 is the year of acquisitions in Portland. Turns out Portland-based Unthirsty – a side project for Jason Glaspey and Matt King – just sold for an undisclosed sum.

Well well well. You may have heard that 2010 is the year of acquisitions in Portland. No really. It is. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ve got another one for you. That’s right. Already.

Turns out Portland-based Unthirsty—a side project for Jason Glaspey and Matt King—just sold for an undisclosed sum. Read More

Lunch 2.0 at Extensis with Stickers

The first Portland Lunch 2.0 of 2010 happened yesterday at Extensis. The crowd seemed a bit sparser than usual, but still a nice turnout probably 60-80 people in total.

I’m guessing the long period between the announcement and the actual lunch had something to do with that. A couple people told me they’d almost forgot about it.

Somehow we soldiered on, with the help of Jim Kidwell and his colleagues at Extensis, catering by Nicholas, Extensis swag and stickers.

I’m trying to avoid exclamation points, but if you know me, you know I love me some stickers.

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