I know what you’ll do this summer: 8 major upcoming tech and geek events in Portland

Here’s a quick look at the major tech events – OSCON, Open Source Bridge, IndieWebCamp, Word Domination Conference – happening in Portland over the coming months.

Well, we’re in the thick of it, aren’t we? That’s right. It’s conference and event season. Full on.

Yes, we’ve already made it through BarCamp Portland, NW, and OpenGovWest. But it’s really just the beginning. There’s still more to come. A bunch more. So here’s a quick look at the major tech events happening in Portland over the coming months.

WebVisions 2011, May 25-27

WebVisions is a nationally recognized conference that explores the future of Web design, technology, user experience and business strategy from May 25 – 27, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Attend workshops with the experts, chill out in the WebVisions lounge, and network, share ideas and be inspired by an all-star lineup of speakers.

For more information, visit WebVisions.

Portland Code Camp, June 4

Portland Code Camp, the annual free event that invites software professionals from throughout the Northwest to present on a wide range of programming technologies will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 8am to 10pm at Eliot Center in downtown Portland.

This year’s keynote will be Scott Hanselman, who will speak on: “Lego, Open Source and Sucking Less: An Overview of the MS Web Stack of Love”. A popular speaker who, by his own admission, doesn’t “sleep too much”, Scott is currently a Microsoft principal program manager, has been Chief Architect at Corillian Corporation, and a principal consultant at STEP Technology.

For more, see Portland Code Camp.

World Domination Summit, June 4-5

It’s an unconvention. The summit takes place in an art museum, a park, an independent bookstore, and all over the unconventional city of Portland. You’ll dine from food carts, just like the Oregon Pioneers once did. You’ll visit pubs and craft shops, hang out at the best coffee shops in the Pacific Northwest, and spend time thinking about unconventional approaches to life, work, and travel.

Most importantly, you’ll engage with like-minded people who are interested in pursuing big goals while changing the world. Speakers and workshop leaders will merge inspirational stories with practical info, showing how they’ve crafted their own adventures and helping you build yours.

For more, visit World Domination Summit.

USENIX Federated Conferences Week, June 14-17

The USENIX Federated Conferences Week offers a unique opportunity to gain insight into a variety of “hot” topics, while the joint lunches, breaks, and evening events provide unparalleled networking possibilities.

USENIX is again making it easy to customize your program to meet your needs. Your daily registration gets you into all the events happening that day. Plus, registration packages offer expanded discounts: the more days you attend, the more you save!

For more, see USENIX Federated Conferences Week.

Open Source Bridge 2011, June 21-24

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, visit Open Source Bridge.

IndieWebCamp, June 25-26

Rather than posting content on many third-party silos of data, we should all begin owning our own data that we’re creating. Publish short status updates on your own domain, and syndicate to Twitter. Publish photos on your own domain, syndicate to Flickr, etc, etc.

This is the basis of the “Indie Web” movement. We’ll get together for a day and a half to talk about what has been done in the field, and where still needs to be done. There will be workshops and breakout sessions the second day.

For more, visit IndieWebCamp.

OSCON 2011, July 25-29

Join today’s open source innovators, builders, and pioneers July 25-29 as they gather at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, to share their expertise and experience, explore new ideas, and inspire each other.

Learn first-hand how new developments in open source are shaping the future. Challenge your assumptions, fire up your imagination, and kick your brain into high gear. Rub shoulders with open source rock stars—and have some serious fun with 2000+ people like you.

For more, visit OSCON 2011.

DjangoCon, September 6-8

DjangoCon US is the main US event for the Django community to come together. It will primarily consist of two tracks of talks over three days. Additionally there will be room for open sessions, lightning talks sessions, and a development sprint after the conference.

For more information, visit DjangoCon.

… and more!

There’s probably stuff I’m missing. If so, please feel free to tell me below. And then, of course, there’s stuff that’s happening nearby. Like Cascadia Ruby Conf and whatnot. You can feel free to tell me about that stuff too. Well, and the stuff that geeks attend but really isn’t a tech event. Like the Brewers’ Fest.

Too much good stuff.

As always, you can stay up to date on every single tech event in Portland via Calagator.

(Image courtesy Stu Seeger. Used under Creative Commons.)

  1. Thanks, Steve! Please let me know how I can help. PIE has hosted codesprints and hackathons for DjangoCon in the past. It’s nice to hear it’s going to be back.

  2. Portland is hosting DjangoCon for the third successive year in 2011, from Sep 6-8 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers downtown. Open Bastion (the Holden Web subsidiary that runs the event) is also hoping to bring other tech conferences to Portland.

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