Last week marked the debut of Portland Web Innovators “Demolicious,” an opportunity for folks to provide a quick demo of some of the new apps and side projects on which they’ve been working.
The event was well attended and has been extremely well covered by Amber Case, Doug Coleman, organizer Adam DuVander, Dawn Foster, and Bram Pitoyo.
So I’m going to do what I do best and
steal round-up their content:
Matt King demoed the Interface Content Management Framework (Pre-release)
- Matt King: “It’s a content management system for content management systems.”
- Amber Case: “Watching King make a website is like watching a chef make something, put it in the oven, pause the camera, and take it out again, completely finished. Except there’s no baking time.”
- Doug Coleman: “For someone like myself that is interested in building content managed sites, this is cool. It should make my life easier. I will look for it when it is released.”
- Dawn Foster: “It’s a pretty slick DIY, highly customizable CMS.”
Don Park demoed Do-it-yourself Friendfeed: An XFN spider. (Early release)
- Amber Case: “He’s working on solving the problem that everyone faces when they join social networks and have to re-enter all of their social connections.”
- Adam DuVander: “Try your Twitter page and see where it takes you.”
- Dawn Foster: “The spider is pretty cool, and I’m going to have to take a closer look at this. It also reminded me to finish adding my rel=”me” tags; I added a couple a while ago, but was distracted by something shiny and never finished adding them.”
I’ve had the opportunity to cover Green Renter before. It’s a service that helps people find green housing options in the Portland area.
- Amber Case: “The founders also own greenowner.com and are looking into develop that, but feel it is more important to really nail down a niche before going on to develop other things.”
- Doug Coleman: “Once again, Portlanders are leading the way in the whole ‘green’ movement.”
- Dawn Foster: “The goal is to be the resource for sustainable buildings starting in Portland, but expanding out to other areas.”
Metroseeq automatically find deals and coupons from local restaurants. The Wheel of Meals alone makes it worth a visit. And the recalibrating search algorithm makes is pretty cool, too.
- Amber Case: “The ability for users to be able to find information from both offline and online sources effectively is the difference between Citysearch and Yelp.”
- Doug Coleman: “Any product that grew from a college student’s free food association is alright in my book.”
GoLife Mobile allows developers to build apps for use on any Java-enabled mobile handset using GoLife’s framework.
- Amber Case: “It’s as semantic as a roving a meeting maker that negotiates meetups across dynamic time and space, as if the entire geography were a mobile, roaming office.”
- Doug Coleman: “Their built-in advertising generator automatically generates revenue for your applications and objects and shares it with you.”
- Dawn Foster: “It’s an object-oriented development framework with a revenue share built in to give developers a way to monetize their applications.”
And the most important part?
“As always, I am blown away by the things that are happening in the Portland Web Community,” wrote Amber Case. “Something amazing is happening in Portland. I’ve never seen anything like it. Everyone I meet is always working on something so interesting, and has an positive and innovative mindset on their shoulders. I’m eager to see what’s next.”
Doug Coleman echoes her response. “There are so many exciting things happening in Portland,” he writes. “I am happy to be part of such a thriving, creative and nurturing scene. I am looking forward to the next event put on by PDX Web Innovators.”
It’s like I always say. Everyone here has at least one side project; a side project that—anywhere else—would be a fully funded full-time job.
Cool stuff happening, to be sure. And that’s why I eagerly await the next Demolicious.
[Editor: Given the wealth of cool events happening in Portland on any given night, I thought it might be beneficial to have the people who drive these get-togethers give you their take on the events. “Why should you attend [whatever]?” So, with that, I introduce a new Silicon Florist series: Five Reasons]
Adam DuVander gives us five reasons we should all consider attending Portland Web Innovators.
- You enjoy topics that are a mixture of tech, design, and business.
- You like to learn about new projects and find collaborators
- You love building on the web, no matter what your job title is or what technology you use.
- You think about what can happen tomorrow, not what can’t happen today
- You want to learn from a live collaborative discussion between passionate people.
Sound like you? Well you’re in luck. Because the next Portland Web Innovators get-together is this week,
Tuesday (April Fools’!) Wednesday, April 2 at ISITE Design beginning at 7 PM. Entitled “Publishing Platform Wars!” the gathering will provide the opportunity to join the pdxwi types—the real users of these publishing systems—as they compare site publishing tools like Drupal, Bend-based ExpressionEngine, and WordPress.
To RSVP, visit Portland Web Innovators on Upcoming. For more information, visit (the spiffy new!) Portland Web Innovators.
Portland Web Innovators has announced the topic of their February meeting: Mobile Web. And who better to speak on the subject than local mobile expert Jason Grigsby of Cloud Four?
Grigsby is one of those folks who is mildly excited by the prospects of the mobile Web. In his own words, “It isn’t possible to ignore the mobile Web any longer. So much opportunity for new discovery, new applications, and ways to make people’s lives better.” And his enthusiasm about the subject is infectious.
To read more of Grigsby’s thoughts on the mobile Web, see recent posts on his personal blog, User First Web, and the Cloud Four blog.
Plan on joining the Portland Web Innovators at Nemo Design on SE Belmont. To RSVP, visit Upcoming. For more information, visit Portland Web Innovators.
Planning to travel down south to Austin, Texas, for South-by-Southwest (SXSW)? Join the club. For breakfast. No, I mean literally.
Adam DuVander of Portland Web Innovators has set up a breakfast meeting for Portland folks who will be in town. If you’re at SXSW, this will be a great opportunity to see some familiar faces and compare notes before heading to the second set of panels.
Interested? RSVP on Upcoming.
Do (Apparently, my brain has already started its Friday.) Did you miss the latest Portland Web Innovators gathering with Attensa?
Fear not, gentle reader. Thanks to Dawn Foster, who was kind enough to capture video of the event, you’ll soon be espousing on RSS and attention with the best of them.
It’s Friday. Kick back and catch up by watching “RSS and Attention.” (Kindly hosted by Jive Software which, coincidentally, kindly hosted the event, as well.)
On November 7, Portland Web Innovators will hold its monthly gathering, hosted by a pizza-bearing Jive Software. This time, they will be focusing on RSS and attention:
Charlie Davidson and Eric Hayes from Attensa joining us to discuss the world of RSS, Feeds, and Attention, a concept becoming more important to many of us as we attempt to filter out the information overload so prevalent for web innovators.
For more information or to RSVP, visit Upcoming.
If you, like I, were unable to attend the Portland Web Innovators‘ get-together with StepChange, last night, fear not, gentle reader.
Justin Kistner of Metafluence has provided a thorough recap of the PDXWI event for your reading pleasure.
My biggest take away is that widgets are not just a fad, but rather an important stratification of content and services that will reshape the future landscape of the web.
For more, see Metafluence.
Join the Portland Web Innovators for their monthly gathering, tonight. The topic? Portland-based StepChange will be presenting on their experiences developing widgets, like CLIQ. The meeting begins at 7 PM and will be hosted by Nemo Design.
For more information on the event or to RSVP, see the Upcoming page. For more on the group, see Portland Web Innovators.
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.