So, as you may have heard, the City of Portland has opened up their data to outside developers. And they’ve been running the CivicApps contest to encourage participation. As part of that effort, they had planned to hold a hackathon—CiviCode Day—this weekend. But those plans changed.
Now you know as well as I do that you don’t want to get a bunch of developers all riled up to code and then pull the rug out from under them. I mean, you’re courting mutiny or anarchy or some other -y kind of word. And that’s why they’re going to be hacking anyway. Unofficially of course. Read More
It’s Thursday. And that means it’s time for another episode of @memePDX. Part of any nutritious lunch. On Thursday. Or something.
Anyway. This week Cami Kaos (@camikaos) and I (@turoczy) cover WordCamp Portland announcing speakers and opening talk submissions, Open Source Bridge announces speakers, MDiTV launches, Oregon educational system starts using Google apps, and HP acquires Palm for $1.2 billion. And we probably spend a little too much time talking about Chris Messina (@chrismessina). Read More
Today, with YouTube and Hulu and Netflix and thousands of other sites, we’ve grown very used to consuming our entertainment online. Because of that, the TV has become less and less of a modern necessity. But what about educational content? Content that’s actually good for us? Well, for all the promise of the Web, it seems that a great deal of that type of content still remains relegated to television and traditional broadcast.
Until now. Introducing Portland-based MDiTV, your new online resource for health information. Read More
[HTML1]We here in Portland are incredibly familiar with the “too many good events to attend” phenomenon. It happens to us practically every day. Trying to be three places at once to have interesting conversations with interesting people. I know. Rough life. And it gets even worse when you think about events happening elsewhere.
If only there were some way to soak up all of that good information about all of those events in a concentrated way. If only. Well, thanks to Justin Kistner ( @justinkistner ) and Webtrends ( @webtrends ), now there is. Tonight, gathering around 6 and starting around 7, we’ll be discussing the what’s what with four interesting events that happened outside of Portland: Twitter Chirp, Facebook f8, Inside Social Apps, and iPadDevCamp. Read More
[HTML2]Now, we’ve already chatted about the upcoming Portland tech events that you can pay to attend this summer. But what about the free events? I mean, Portland is the home of the best Camp Camp Campity Camp community in the world, isn’t it? Well, isn’t it?
Whoa whoa whoa. What’s with all the hostility? There, there. Settle down. We’ve got a camp for you in Portland Code Camp. But that’s not all. Oh no. That is not all. We’ve also got SQL Saturday. And when you combine the two? You’ve got Developer Saturday—all on May 22. Read More
[HTML1]Now, there are any number of folks who will tell you that number of followers or fans on social networks—like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, for example—does not to equate to much of anything. And for the most part, I would agree.
But when you’re one of the leading gubernatorial candidates for the 2010 Oregon election, your number of followers could be an interesting indicator of your understanding of the power of social media—and your connection with the demographic that uses those tools.
Webtrends (@webtrends) and Network Redux (@networkredux) will be co-hosting Lunch 2.0 at Webtrends’ downtown office on Wednesday, June 16.
You probably know that Webtrends has been on a roll lately, recently launching Facebook analytics, and becoming the new nexus for Portland tech meetups.
You might also know that Network Redux (pronounced re-ducks) hosts many local sites, including the Webtrends blog network and the Portland WordPress User Group (@pdxwp), as well as sites for products you probably know like Camino (Rick’s favorite browser), Growl and Adium.
I feel a Reese’s reference to peanut butter and chocolate bubbling up, but I’m sure you’ve read enough of those here already.
Well, well, well. The flowers are in bloom. The birds are singing. That strange burning orb in the sky is making more and more regular appearances. It’s Spring in Portland.
Know what that means? That’s right. The next thing to come into full bloom with be a ton of big tech events. So get ready. Because here’s all the geeky goodness Portland has in store for you. Read More
Happy Portland Pitch Day! And Thursday. And other stuff. To celebrate this Thursday, the memePDX elves have working on baking a fresh new episode of the show. Just for you. And since you’re going to be busy at lunch, I thought I should get it in front of you sooner rather than later.
And this show is cram packed full of tech stories from Portland… and beyond. Read More
Remember back when the City of Portland opened up its data to developers? Sure you do. But you know what? All the accessible data in the world isn’t of much use unless someone is doing something with it. And that’s why the City is interested in getting people to come up with ideas for using the data—to improve the city and our way of life.
Enter CivicApps. A contest sponsored by the City of Portland designed to help stimulate and motivate the development community to mix and match all the awesome datasets—more than 100 different types—available from the City. Read More