Month: March 2011

Portland, the city that hacks: PDX-OSGEO, Japan Crisis Camp, and PDX11 civic hackathons, Friday and Saturday

If there’s one thing I love about the City of Portland, it’s the startups. If there’s another thing I love about Portland, it’s the beer. But another thing I like about Portland? It will never pass up an opportunity to get a bunch of folks in the room to hack on stuff. And this weekend is no different.

On April 1 and 2, there are two big hackathons taking place, the PDX-OSGEO / Japan Crisis Camp hackathon on Friday and the PDX11 civic hackathon on Saturday. Read More

Looming deadlines: #140Conf NW speakers and 2011 Social Media “SoMe” Awards

It’s okay. I know you’ve been busy. But let’s face it, you’re awesome. And people need to experience that awesomeness. And there are two very good venues for your share that awesomeness. But you have to act fast.

You see, deadlines are rapidly approaching for both #140Conf NW and the 2011 Social Media “SoMe” Awards. Read More

Hey social media! Turn that frown… err world upside down

To employ on old phrase, you’d have to have been living under a rock the past month or so not to recognize the impact of social media. From unrest in the Middle East to earthquakes in Japan, social media outlets have provided both the outlet for news and the platform for thousands of opinions and voices of support.

In many ways, the world is upside down. And social media made it that way. Empowering individuals and giving them the means to communicate on an international scale. And the folks at WebVisions would like to take some time to discuss that. Even if their conference is still a month or two off. Read More

REMINDER: Attend Mobile Portland tonight to discover how mobile serves as a platform for change

Admittedly, a great deal of what we focus on in the mobile space has to deal with commerce or entertainment. Killing two pigs with one bird and whatnot. But fact of the matter is mobile platforms provide a cost effective means of connecting people—and providing access to information which they desperately need—especially in times of crisis.

Tonight at Mobile Portland, they’ll be taking a look at a couple examples of how mobile is changing the world, featuring RDTN.org and Renny Gleeson of Wieden+Kennedy. Read More

There’s no such thing as bad press: Portland startups featured by Time Magazine, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Jimmy Fallon

Well, well, it’s been quite the big media week for our little burg, this week. All because a few Portland startups are getting the recognition they so richly deserve by national media. Better yet, it’s traditional media. Which has far broader reach than the usual tech echo chamber.

So who made the news this week? Well, Spotlight Mobile‘s Meridian, RDTN.org, Urban Airship, and Twitalyzer, to name a few. Read More

Simply genius: Portland’s Cohdoo offers erasable, reusable iPhone sketch pads that make wireframing more tactile

Today, so much of our work is done in a nebulous, ethereal, and intangible realm. We send electrons scurrying and bandy bytes about. Tap at the keyboard to create art. And press touch screens that provide only rudimentary semblances of real life interaction.

But so much of the creative process is enhanced by actually working with your hands. So what if you could create apps and sites with something physical? That’s the idea behind Cohdoo. Read More

Startup Weekend Portland IV: This time… it’s suburban

When you’re starting a company, transitions are difficult. From founding. To building. To hiring. To exiting. It helps to have folks who can help you along the way.

That’s why holding Startup Weekend Portland at an incubator and coworking space like OTBC in Beaverton is perfect. Because if one of the startups knocks it out of the park over the weekend? They’ve already got somewhere to sit. Transition problem solved. Read More

GadgetTrak recognized at International CTIA WIRELESS 2011 Emerging Tech Awards

While it’s always great to recognize what startups are doing in Portland, it’s much nicer when those local startups are recognized by people outside the area. And there’s no better place than major tradeshows. Like the CTIA show, for example.

Local startup ActiveTrak walked away from the show with a CTIA WIRELESS 2011 Emerging Tech Award for GadgetTrak, placing third in the “Productivity, Utility and Public Safety” category. A notable achievement indeed, especially considering the world stage. Read More

Pitch Club: You’re not your khakis… I mean, unless your startup is about khakis

Yes, friends, it’s that time again. Pitch Club is imminent. As in this Thursday.

And yes—before you ask—you have to pitch. But I know you can do it. You’ve got a great idea or product or prototype or whatever. And you need to practice talking about it. Sorry but you do. So steel your resolve, gird your loins, and get your ass to PIE on Thursday. Read More

Android developer? Get ready to be happy. And pushy. Urban Airship streamlines push notifications for Android

Portland based Urban Airship has been leading the market in push notifications for the iOS platform on iPhones and iPads and now the Android platform.

You know me. I like to claim that Portland is the de facto hub of any number of scenes. Open source. Branch offices. Microbreweries. Strip… ahem. But when it comes to claiming we’re the de facto hub of the mobile development scene, that’s about as defensible as can be. And today, it got even more, um, defensibler.

You see, today, Portland-based Urban Airship—a company that has been leading the market in push notifications for the iOS platform on iPhones and iPads—happened to announce the availability of embedded push notifications on the Android platform. And that, my friends, is kind of a big deal. Read More