Category: Camps

Expose yourself to art: CreativeCares at Beer and Blog and CyborgCamp GPS art show

You can’t fool me. You’re already thinking about Friday. It’s okay. it’s close. But what the heck are you going to do this weekend? Well, the Portland tech community might have some options. And very creative options at that.

You see, Beer and Blog — the weekly Portland tech scene happy hour — will have CreativeCares on hand to discuss their project and the CyborgCamp folks are kicking off a weekend of, um, cyborging with a pre-party and GPS art show. Read More

Camp camp campity camp: Need to go camping? Well, visit WhereCampPDX or Cre8camp this weekend

It’s the beginning of fall. And while summer might be the best time for camping around here. Fall is the tech season for camping. WhereCamping, BarCamping, Cre8Camping. And two of those camps overlap this weekend.

That’s right. You can either get your geogeeking bent on or your creative bent on this weekend. Thanks to WhereCampPDX and Cre8Camp. Read More

REMINDER: Portland Code Camp and SQL Saturday are tomorrow

Especially one as cool as Portland Code Camp and SQL Saturday, who have combined forces for one gigantic Dev Saturday.

You know, it’s a good time to head to a camp, don’t you think? I mean, sure, you may have just spent a few days at WebVisions. But it’s still a good time to attend a camp. Especially one as cool as Portland Code Camp and SQL Saturday, who have combined forces for one gigantic Dev Saturday.

You won’t want to miss it. So clear your Saturday schedule and head on over to the University of Portland to join more than 1,000 other lovers of code for a day full of code geeking goodness. Read More

WordCamp Portland 2010: It’s never to early to secure speakers… or to submit your WordPress talk proposals

when a Portland event starts announcing speakers nearly five months in advance. But that’s that WordCamp Portland (@wcpdx) crew. Those WordPress loving organizers are just a different breed.

Portland, by its nature, is a little, well, procrastinatey. You know what I mean. You get a bunch of smart people who are overly busy and think that they can do anything and sometimes—well most of the time—things tend to slide a bit. We just work well under pressure. Or something.

So it becomes downright newsworthy when a Portland event—and a camp at that—starts announcing speakers nearly five months in advance. But that’s that WordCamp Portland (@wcpdx) crew. Those WordPress loving organizers are just a different breed. Read More

Portland Code Camp and SQL Saturday: Two free Portland tech events that taste great together

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.

[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

WordCamp Portland: Aaron Hockley hands off the organizational reins to Morgan Senkal

After two years of running the show, Aaron Hockley is handing off the management of WordCamp Portland 2010 to Morgan Senkal.

It’s no secret that we here in Portland love the camps. Camps here. Camps there. Camp camp campity camp. And you might have also heard, we’ve also got a bit of a soft spot for that whole blogging thing.

So it comes as little surprise that a camp focused on a blogging platform—WordCamp Portland, a gathering of WordPress fans—does really well around here. So well in fact, that after two years of running the show, Aaron Hockley is ready to take a little breather, so he’s handing off the management of WordCamp Portland 2010 to Morgan Senkal. Read More

REMINDER: If you don’t help plan CyborgCamp tonight then the machines win

While you probably won’t get fitted for your Internet brain implant, you’ll still get the chance to meet with some of the creative folks behind CyborgCamp and figure out how you can take part in helping make it a reality in May 2010.

As much as we love the camps here in Portland, they don’t plan themselves. Even if they have to do with cyborgs. And that’s why—if you’re interested in the combination of humanity and technology—it would be a good idea for you to make it over to About Us, this evening at 7 PM.

And while you probably won’t get fitted for your Internet brain implant, you will get the chance to meet with some of the creative folks behind CyborgCamp and figure out how you can take part in helping make it a reality in May 2010. Read More

Unfortunately, Microsoft layoffs will affect the Portland startup and open source communities, too

Microsoft has been a huge supporter of the local tech scene here in Portland. And a great deal of that, no doubt, was thanks to Jason Mauer’s presence here.

[HTML1]When news that Don Dodge had been laid off from Microsoft started percolating yesterday, my mind immediately jumped to a rather sad conclusion. If they let Don go, I thought, then what did that mean for our own community presence here in Portland, Jason Mauer?

Unfortunately, I learned that my assumptions were correct. Jason—the developer evangelist who has served as the face of Microsoft for much of the Portland tech community—had been part of the layoff as well.

And while ill news of the Microsoft is always guaranteed to inspire a bit of grave dancing and schadenfreude, I think there are any number of reasons to take this news as a very real blow to our community, as well. Read More

Denormalize, optimize your datasets, and get relational with OpenSQL Camp

Well, be ready to be rapt with joy, you denormalizing debutants. OpenSQL Camp is coming to Portland, November 14-15.

Everyone knows that Portland loves the camps. BarCamps, WhereCamps, WordCamps. No matter the camp, we’ll have one here. It’s just a good cultural fit. And word around the campfire is that we might like the open source stuff a bit, as well.

But what you may not know is that we’ve got a fair number of people who enjoy the database geeking, too. And getting all crazy with the structured query language and whatnot. If only we could combine the Portland love of camps and open source with some of that database geekery. Now that would be a camp wouldn’t it?

Well, be ready to be rapt with joy, you denormalizing debutants. OpenSQL Camp is coming to Portland, November 14-15. Read More

Dig the Drupal? You’ll want to hit DrupalCamp Portland this weekend

Now, I spend a fair amount of time touting some other blogging and content management systems. But one I haven’t had much of a chance to talk about—even though they have a very strong dev community here in Portland—is Drupal, the highly extensible open source content management system.

And if you feel the same way—I mean that you’d like to talk more about Drupal too—this weekend is the perfect opportunity for you. You see, DrupalCamp Portland is taking place October 9-11 at NedSpace Old Town. Read More

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