There was a time when Portland was home to more camps than you could shake a stick at. Camp this. Camp that. Camp camp campity camp. And while the number of camps have thinned a bit in recent years, it’s always good to see one that’s stuck around. Like ProductCamp Portland, which takes place this weekend. Read More
I’ve always been a huge fan of the BarCamp model—an unconference format that has participants decide and chair sessions on a variety of interests. And BarCamp Portland has always been one of the shining examples of that format. So it should come as no surprise that they’re rethinking BarCamp Portland—to provide more value to the community. Read More
Few topics cause more rousing discourse than the state of the US healthcare system. From insurers to providers, from treating sickness to encouraging wellness, and from technology to certification, the industry is rife with topics galore.
I’m sure you’ve already heard about the events this weekend. No, not the Rapture, silly. Well yeah, that’s true. It is supposed to be nice, weather-wise. But that’s not what I meant, either. Because you know what else is nice? Hanging out with really smart people talking about interesting things. Or hanging out with really smart people and hacking together interesting things.
So take Thursday and Friday to get your fill of the sun so that on Saturday and (hopefully) Sunday you can spend time at BarCamp Portland and the CivicApps “Mobile Apps for Education” hackathon. Read More
[HTML1]It’s no secret that I believe in supporting the free events here in Portland. I firmly believe that companies who can step up to sponsor these events are fostering the survival, development, and maturation of the Portland startup and tech community. What’s more, a little bit goes a long way.
Well, it may be time to cough up that little bit if you’re in a position to do so. You see, BarCamp Portland could use your help. Read More
We love our events here in the Silicon Forest—especially events in the whole unconference format. And there’s no better unconference than the original unconference, BarCamp.
I can still remember when I first heard the term “the Cloud.” As in, we’re saving that up in the Cloud. My initial thought was “anything having to do with clouds and Portland is going to own that.”
Well, I’ve managed to get a wee bit more educated about the whole cloud thing since then. But I’m definitely not as savvy as the folks who will be gathering to discuss Cloud computing on June 30 as part of CloudCamp PDX. Read More
Concerned you’re going to get bored this spring and summer? Worried you’re not going to have enough geektastic events to keep yourself entertained? Worry no longer, my friend. There are a ton of good tech events just around the corner.
Like what, you ask? Like these, silly goose:
InnoTech (April 22-23)
“We have secured Keynote Presenter Rahaf Harfoush, New Media Strategist, Member of Obama’s Social Media Team, & Associate Director of the Global Cooperation Initiative at the World Economic Forum, to present on Thursday, April 23, 2009. We have Scott S. Ballantyne, former VP General Manager, Personal Systems Group, Hewlett Packard kicking off this year’s eMarketing Summit @ InnoTech and we have a Windows 7.0 Sneak Peek session at InnoTech as well.”
For more information, visit InnoTech.
BarCamp Portland (May 1-2)
“BarCampPortland is an unconference for the Portland tech community, produced BY the Portland tech community. Interesting topics, cool people, great networking opportunities, wifi, and more! Building an active tech community in Portland, Oregon.”
For more information, visit BarCamp Portland.
WebVisions (May 22-23)
“Explore the future of Web design, user experience and business strategy for three days of mind-melding on what’s new in the digital world. Get a glimpse into the future, along with practical information that you can apply to your Web site, company and career.”
For more information, visit WebVisions.
Open Source Bridge (June 17-19)
“Connecting developers across projects, languages, and backgrounds. Open Source Bridge is a new conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way.”
For more information, visit Open Source Bridge.
Ignite Portland (July 16)
Take 6 on Ignite Portland. “If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.”
For more information, visit Ignite Portland.
Internet Strategy Forum Summit West (July 23-24)
“The 6th annual Internet Strategy Forum Summit conference is set for July 23 & 24, 2009. Confirmed presenters so far include Forrester Senior Analyst and Web Strategist blogger Jeremiah Owyang and Web Operations Management guru Lisa Welchman.”
For more information, visit Internet Strategy Forum.
Inverge (September 10-11)
“Inverge brings presenters and attendees together from a variety of professions and disciplines to explore changes and opportunities presented by the increasing digitization of media, the democratization of distribution and the proliferation of connectivity into new areas. The big picture is revealed via the unique integration of disciplines at the event. The presentations are high-level, informative and conceptual, pointing the way toward the future and facilitating advanced professional development.”
For more information, visit Inverge.
LinuxCon (September 21-23)
“LinuxCon is a new annual technical conference that will provide an unmatched collaboration and education space for all matters Linux. LinuxCon will bring together the best and brightest that the Linux community has to offer, including core developers, administrators, end users, community managers and industry experts. In being the conference for “all matters Linux”, LinuxCon will be informative and educational for a wide range of attendees. We will not only bring together all of the best technical talent but the decision makers and industry experts who are involved in the Linux community.”
For more information, visit LinuxCon.
Linux Plumbers Conference (September 23-25)
“The Linux Plumbers Conference was created to bring together the key developers involved in Linux plumbing – the “Linux plumbers” – and give them an opportunity to discuss problems face-to-face, both within subsystems and across subsystems. Participants include invited attendees, speakers selected through an open, competitive review process, and students. Registration is open to the general public as well.”
For more information, visit Linux Plumbers.
And that’s not even counting all the awesome non-techie stuff and all the cool weekly events we have going around here. Not to mention the fact that I probably missed some other interesting tech events. Because I have a tendency to do that.
So don’t worry about getting bored, sugar. There will be plenty for you to do.
(Photo courtesy Aaron Hockley. Used under Creative Commons.)
You know me. I’m always looking for any opportunity to throw out the “Portland has more x per capita than anywhere else in the United States.”
Here’s my latest: Portland has more unconferences per capita than anywhere else in the United States.
What’s an “unconference” you ask? Well, let’s let Dawn Foster, the queen of Portland unconferences answer that one:
Unconferences are usually free and are often local. The unconference is an adhoc gathering shaped by those who attend with the sessions and agenda being driven by the participants. The framework is defined in advance, but the sessions are organized and produced by the attendees. In other words, instead of a full agenda with sessions and speakers clearly determined in advance, you start with a blank grid containing times on one axis and rooms / locations on the other axis; lunches and any other common activities are often added to the grid in advance to provide some basic infrastructure for the event. You never what discussions, demos, and other interactions to expect before the event, but you can count on it being an interesting time!
Now that you know, are you looking for some unconference-y goodness?
Look no further, my friend.
Recent Changes Camp: February 20-22, University Place Hotel, Portland State University
The premier wiki unconference, Recent Changes Camp, is already happening:
Recent Changes Camp was born from the intersection of wiki and Open Space. Since 2006, participants from all over North America and the globe have gathered together for a common purpose: discussing the past, present, and future of the technology and collaborative method that is wiki. RCC is a chance for everyone in the wiki community, something we like to call Wiki Ohana, to meet and have a fun, productive conversation about our passion for wikis of all stripes.
Going far beyond technology, we’re interested in wiki culture and other networks/groups/etc. that share many of the values implicit in it — from cultural creatives, to public participation and free culture advocates. If you use a wiki or you value open collaboration, Recent Changes Camp is created for you. RCC is about openness and inclusion, collaboration and community, creativity and flow. Further down this page you can check out a sampling of sessions we’ve enjoyed in the past, along with pictures and videos from previous events.
For more information, see RecentChangesCamp on Calagator.
BarCamp NewsInnovation Portland: February 21, Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union Room
More interested in the impact of technology on modern media? BarCamp NewsInnovation Portland might be more your speed:
What happens when a group of technologists, programmers, web developers, designers, hackers and information architects meet up with journalists, entrepreneurs, students, professors and others with interest in news and information?
Amazing new ideas for how we collect, disseminate and consume news, hopefully.
Join us for a one-day un-conference to not only talk about how technology is influencing journalism, but brainstorm some ideas and hack them out by the end of the afternoon.
For more information, see BarCamp NewsInnovation Portland.