I am happy to report that Ignite Portland is starting to become a roaring blaze. Good activity this week.
Today, Josh Bancroft, the founding force behind the event, released the Ignite Portland constitution, advising:
These are meant to be the criteria, values, and guidelines that Ignite Portland will follow. Without them, the “core things we care about”, it could and will likely become just another tech conference/event. Let’s make it something unique, or we may as well not do it. Of course, these are subject to debate and change – what you’re about to read right now is my take on this, as of today.
In other news, Raven Zachary, one of the organizers of BarCamp Portland and a founding member of Ignite Portland, announced that Ignite Portland will subsume DemoCamp Portland, the BarCamp Portland sister event.
For a number of reasons, we’re going to retire DemoCamp Portland and fold it into the Ignite Portland effort. There are similarities between the two events, and the no slides approach for DemoCamp limited some presentation ideas. Ignite Portland appeals to a larger audience. BarCamp is going to be an annual event in Portland – stay tuned for more details in early 2008. We may do a series of demos at the 2008 BarCamp, but not likely as ‘DemoCamp.’ Ignite Portland will probably be a quarterly event, but this may change, based on popularity.
For more details, visit the Ignite Portland site.
The BarCamp Portland Meetups are the more informal, more frequently held siblings of the annual BarCamp Portland gathering. The next meetup is scheduled for Thursday, September 27 at Jive Software.
The intent [of the BarCamp Portland Meetups] is to get a group of cool people interested in technology together to chat over drinks on the fourth Thursday of every month. Anyone working in high-tech is welcome to attend.
For more information or to RSVP, see the Upcoming page.
Portland Web Innovators have announced the topic and date of their October meeting.
The topic? Widgets. The date? October 3rd.
The event will feature Kevin Tate of Step Change and will be hosted by Nemo Design.
For more information or to RSVP, visit the Upcoming page.
Portland’s own (well, okay, technically Sherwood’s own) Justin.tv correspondent, Alpha Geek, has provided a stream for the InVerge 2007 event, currently running down in the Pearl.
Click here to watch.
Continuing to lead in the “quirkiest Portland group name” contest, Portland Internet Astronauts has announced the date for their monthly gathering. The event will be held the evening of September 20.
Talking about current internet hot topics, looking at the latest web start-ups and sharing our ideas for projects and what we’re working on.
Current start-ups are covered by sites like www.techcrunch.com.
Portland has a pretty great creative scene and I know lots of sites owners are out there… Why don’t we get together and chat about what we’re doing and share experiences?
Space is limited, so if you’re interested in attending, please RSVP at Meetup. Currently, Goboz and Loud Is Relative are planning on attending. Colour Lovers is the organizer.
[Editor’s Note: As an aside, Loud Is Relative admits to “wanting to be blogged by TechCrunch.” Well, they’re now in a blog entry with TechCrunch. One step closer to the dream. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless.]
Scott Niesen, Director of Marketing at Portland-based Attensa, will be presenting at the Office 2.0 conference, this afternoon. He’ll be describing how to use Attensa’s product in combination with another Portland startup’s product, Jive Software’s Clearspace.
You can get the high-level gist of his talk—how using these tools in combination can be an effective way of streamlining the information flow in your organization—from the presentation
embedded below on Attensa’s blog. (Unfortunately the embed doesn’t play nicely with WordPress.)
At the very least, I wanted to highlight this pairing of complementary technologies from the Silicon Forest.
Apparently, Wednesday is the “Announce the events I’d really like to attend yet upon which I will inevitably be forced to bail” Day at Silicon Florist. Here’s another one:
Portland-based LUNARR, which has gotten quite a bit of press for a company in stealth mode, is disengaging its cloaking device on September 17 at CubeSpace.
LUNARR was founded by wildly successful Japanese entrepreneur Toru Takasuka of Cybozu fame:
LUNARR was founded in January of 2006 in the high tech corridor of Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. The brainchild of Toru Takasuka, one of Japan’s foremost technology entrepreneurs, LUNARR was founded on the idea that every knowledge worker in an organization has the potential to be a creative contributor, one who can have a significant impact on the organization’s success by sharing his or her unique ideas and perspectives through collaboration.
What do they do? Do you not understand the concept of “stealth”? I don’t know. We’ll just have to go to the launch party, won’t we? And by “we,” I mean “you.”
For information on the launch party, see the Upcoming page.
(Hat tip to Dawn Foster)
Portland Open Coffee Club is a gathering of entrepreneurs and entrepreneur-o-phile-ish people who meet at the Stumptown on Division every month to compare notes. The next meeting is September 19 at 10:00 AM.
The OpenCoffee Club was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow.
For more information on Open Coffee Club, see the Open Coffee Club Ning site. To RSVP for the Portland event, see Upcoming.
And just to allay any fears, liking coffee is not a pre-requisite for attendance.
Just a reminder that the KATU Portland-blogger meetup, previously discussed here, is happening tonight.
KATU Channel 2 Studios
2153 NE Sandy Blvd.
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.