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.
[UPDATE] Please note, these are events for which you have to pay admission. I didn’t spell that out explicitly. But that’s what comprises this list. There is a post on Camps and/or free upcoming technology events currently under development
In chronological order, the admission-based events are:
InnoTech (May 5-6)
The beginning of the big tech event season usually kicks off with InnoTech, an event focused on the business applications of technology that draws folks from throughout the Northwest.
InnoTech is the region’s largest business to business technology conference and expo happening May 6. Over 1500 business and technology professionals will attend this year. Special events include the NW CIO Summit, NW ISSA Security Symposium, Microsoft Technology Symposium, eMarketing Summit, Mobile Track and much more.
For more information or to register, visit InnoTech.
WebVisions (May 19-21)
Now in its tenth year, WebVisions remains one of the mainstays of the Portland tech event calendar, drawing both famous and Internet famous types to town for both talks and workshops.
WebVisions is a nationally recognized conference that explores the future of Web design, technology, user experience and business strategy from May 19 – 21, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center.
For more information or to register, visit WebVisions.
Open Source Bridge (June 1-4)
Participating in the open source community involves contributing to a greater good. And no open source conference better exemplifies that spirit than Open Source Bridge, an entirely volunteer run conference designed to explore what it means to be an “open source citizen.”
Open Source Bridge is an open source developers conference, focused on bringing people from a range of technology backgrounds together to share their knowledge and explore what it means to be an open source citizen.
For more information or to register, visit Open Source Bridge.
OSCON (July 19-23)
After a year away, the granddaddy of all open source conferences returns to Portland. From big business to individual developers, from cloud computing to Android development, if it involves open source, it will be at OSCON.
Rapid change presents opportunity as well as challenges. Open source isn’t just about being cost-effective, it’s leading in innovation. You can change the game in your business, your community, or even the world. OSCON brings together people like you from across the open source universe to learn, inspire each other, and collaborate.
For more information or to register, visit OSCON.
Bonus: 30 Hour Day 2 (July 2-3)
While it’s not exactly a “tech event” per se, 30 Hour Day 2 is going to involve a lot of tech and a lot of the Portland tech community. The 30-hour livestreaming telethon will feature a variety of talent, interesting interviews, and content from around the world. All to raise money for local charities—and provide content for any nonprofit anywhere to raise money on their own.
30 hour day is a project developed by Cami Kaos of Strange Love Live and Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. The concept? Livestream a variety of entertainment for 30 hours straight in an effort to raise money for charities.
Join us July 2 and 3 for entertainment, interviews, and interesting goings on—while helping some very worthwhile causes. All from the cozy warmth of your own Web browser.
For more information, visit 30 Hour Day.
If you’re not full up…
That’s a lot of big events. But there are a ton of little events too. How to keep up? Well, I’ve got three ways for you. First, keep an eye on Calagator, the main resource for all Portland tech events. Second, subscribe to the Silicon Florist group on Upcoming. That will keep you up-to-date on any number of interesting events in the area. Finally, if you’re really short on time and attention, simply subscribe to Silicon Florist curated content email newsletter and you’ll get my handpicked recommendations of which events to attend next week, every week.