Category: Events

Reminder: KATU Portland-blogger meetup, tonight

Just a reminder that the KATU Portland-blogger meetup, previously discussed here, is happening tonight.

KATU Channel 2 Studios
2153 NE Sandy Blvd.
6:30 PM

While the initial reception was mixed, as of this posting, more than 90 people are planning to attend.

If you happen to go and blog about it, stop back by and drop a link. If enough people post, I’ll post a round-up of the feedback on the event.

Same goes for four-square at the Portland Mercury. Word around the campfire is that this will be the most blogged about game of four-square, ever.

Making PHP act like Rails

The Portland PHP users group, pdxphp, has scheduled its next meeting for September 11 at CubeSpace. The topic? Implementing Rails concepts with PHP.

The meeting begins at 6:30.

The Portland PHP Users Group is a community forum for people to share, meet and learn about PHP and Open Source technologies. The group strives to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in PHP regardless of their skill level or background. Through sharing and communication we believe we can foster a creative and successful community of PHP developers.

For more information, stay tuned to the pdxphp site.

Sneak peek: Jive Clearspace

We’ve got another swanky get together for you to add to your social calendar. We know people. What can we say?

Jive Software has plans to launch a new version of its Clearspace product. And, you’re invited to get an early glimpse of it.

Plus, free food and drinks. Oh, and the option to blog about the new features two days prior to the official release.

Jive is releasing a new version of Clearspace with what we think are some really cool improvements on Thursday, September 13th. We thought it might be fun to invite the Portland blogging, podcasting, and influencer community in for a sneak peak. Everyone is welcome to attend!

For more information, see the Upcoming page for the event or the Fast Wonder blog.

Attensa and Kapow co-host Webinar on RSS and Web 2.0 apps

Portland-based Attensa and Bay-area Kapow Technologies will be co-hosting a Webinar on September 6, Attensa’s blog announced today. And it will be bright and early for you late-night coder types:

On September 6th at 8:30 am PDT see Kapow’s Mashup Server and the Attensa Feed Server in action and join the conversation between Stefan Andreasen, Kapow’s CTO and Charlie Davidson, Attensa’s CEO as they discuss and demonstrate the ability to create feeds from any web based source using the Kapow Mashup Server and channel role based feeds to specific users and groups across the enterprise with the Attensa Feed Server.

This is part of Kapow’s Mashup series. You can register to attend the event on Kapow’s site.

By intelligently analyzing information about RSS articles and how readers are interacting with the articles, the Attensa RSS network can deliver more relevant, timely information individuals on the devices they choose and businesses can take advantage of RSS technology to streamline communication with employees, partners and customers.

For more information, visit the Attensa site.

[NOTE: In related news, former Portland-area exec John Cimral has recently been named CEO of Kapow.]

Reminder: BarCamp Portland meetup tonight at Jive Software

Just a reminder that the monthly BarCamp Portland meetup will begin tonight at 5:30. The meeting is held at Jive Software.

For more information, see Upcoming or BarCamp Portland. An RSVP is required.

The Portland meetups are intended to be a little less intense and more frequent than a full BarCamp Portland event. The intent is to get a group of cool people interested in technology together to chat over drinks on the fourth Thursday of every month.


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Previously: BarCamp Portland gathering August 23

Reminder: Metroblogging Portland meetup tonight at rontoms

Just a friendly reminder that you’ve been invited to schmooze with the Metroblogging Portland crew, tonight, at rontoms, starting around 5:30.


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Portland Grassroots Media Camp begins August 24

Okay. I know all of you folks know how to blog. Some of you use Twitter. Some of you podcast and post videos.

I know that you get the whole “grassroots media” thing.

But what about interacting with the mainstream media? I mean, besides that KATU thing. What about coverage that reaches the non-technically savvy? You know the 99.9% of the population that could use the tool you’re building if they only knew about it?

Enter Portland Grassroots Media Camp. The camp is a free gathering, held August 24-August 26, in a variety of venues around town. And while it focuses on a number of things that you, Mr. or Mrs. Technophile, completely understand, it also offers some sessions on things that you may not understand, specifically:

  • Writing a press release
  • Setting up a press conference

So, if you’re a working by yourself or with a small startup, and building the next big thing sans massive marketing dollars and wily PR agencies, I thought this might be valuable for you.

As our old friend Tom Peterson used to say, “Free is a very good price.”

For more information or to register, visit the Portland Grassroots Media Camp blog.

(Hat tip to Around the Sun)

KATU Portland-blogger invites blanket the area

I received a strange eVite from Portland ABC affiliate KATU inviting me to a blogger get together that they are hosting.

KATU wants to get to know the blogging community and is interested in joining the conversation. There’s no agenda, other than to enjoy some food and beverages courtesy of our hosts. Meet fellow bloggers, view (and photograph!) the television studios and have some fun!

And I’m not alone. Nearly 300 Portland area bloggers got the same thing.

Out of the blue. Yet intriguing, nonetheless.

Maybe Amanda is coming to town. Or maybe it’s just a ploy to raise KATU’s visibility, given that this was included:

To help spread the word (and hear what fellow bloggers are saying about this meetup), let’s tag our blog posts and photos “KATUmeetup”.

Other mentions, so far, include:

Did you get one? What’s your take? Someone from KATU care to elaborate? Or perhaps Brian Westbrook who seems to be the eViter for the event?

One thing is for sure, Portland Mercury’s Blogtown PDX is not happy with the snub.

SXSW 2008: Portland presenters?

Sure, sure. SXSW takes place in Austin. But that doesn’t stop a bunch of us Portland types from making the trek down to Texas.

Now, the (apparently completely buggy) voting system for SXSW 2008 panels is open, which means it’s time to choose the panels you want to see while you’re down there.

That’s all well and good. But there are nearly 700 panels on which to vote. If you’re like me, you could use some help culling the herd.

Well, I’ve heart rumors of a few Portland folks who were proposing presentations, but I only know of one for sure. That’s Dawn Foster who has proposed two panels:

If you’re a Portland presenter hoping to make the SXSW bill, drop a link in the comments so we know what’s what. If we get enough comments about different panels, I’ll post a round-up with all of the proposed Portland presenters and their topics.

And, who knows? Maybe, just maybe, we’ll have a little Silicon Florist get together down there, with all of the Silicon Forest attendees.

Stranger things have happened.

Pibb-powered backchannel for BarCamp Block

Headed down to BarCamp Block, this weekend? Yeah, me neither. I mean, it’s Multnomah Days. I can’t miss the parade.

But, even though you and I are miles away, Portland-based JanRain will make it feel like we’re there, making snarky comments on the backchannel like the rest of the folks, thanks to the Pibb BarCamp channel.

They’ve even built a bridge to IRC:

As an added bonus the Pibb developers have setup a Pibb <-> IRC bridge, so all the people on the #Barcamp IRC channel will be able to see whats going on in Pibb and vice versa. Cheers to bridges helping people break out of their communication silos!

For more information on Pibb’s at the BarCamp Block, see the JanRain blog.

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