Mark your calendars now because this one will be interesting, assuming you like entertainment.
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?
Maybe you’ll just have to come by and ask them.
OK, I’ll stop being coy. This lunch is the brainchild of Vince Porter, the Executive Director of the Oregon Film, who sees value in bridging the entertainment and technology communities.
Makes sense, since producing entertainment is an increasingly technical field and marketing that entertainment includes more geeky channels like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.
And of course, geeks love entertainment, as evidenced by Wil Wheaton’s surprise appearance last June on Live at 7. Wil happened to be in town filming Leverage, a production wooed here to Portland by Oregon Film.
And yes, that’s my favorite example of what Oregon Film does because I love that show. Another recent example is Extraordinary Measures, and I’m sure Vince will have more to share.
We all know how great Oregon is, and it’s Oregon Film’s charter to let the entertainment industry know that.
Beam Development got involved because they have redeveloped the Eastbank Commerce Center, where Oregon Film’s new offices are, as well as several other properties on the Eastbank, including the Olympic Mills Commerce Center, where AboutUs is located. We’ll be there on February 17 in case you want to admire Beam’s work.
If you’ve been down to the Eastbank lately, you’ll know how much it’s been transformed and how sweet a space it is now.
Finally, Hive-FX is graciously opening their offices to our little event. Hive produces visual effects, animation and live action, so they have a lot of big iron, the kind that makes geeks drool. I’ve never met a geek who didn’t like animation, so that should be a great fit.
Excited? Here’s the skinny:
When: March 10, 2010 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM
As always, please RSVP for yourself and any guests you plan on bringing, so the hosts will know how much food they need. Also, if you’re vegan/vegetarian, make sure to shout out in the comments on the Upcoming event.
Upcoming Portland Lunch 2.0s
I’m always looking for hosts, so if you’re interested or know someone who might be interested in hosting a Lunch 2.0, drop a comment, hit me up on Twitter (@jkuramot), or find me at a Lunch 2.0, if you want to chat IRL.
Want to know what’s involved? Check out the how-to primer.
Big thanks to all the hosts who have hosted or plan to host Lunch 2.0. As with the majority of the tech events in Portland, sponsors make them happen. So, we humbly thank you.