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
Remember the CivicApps contest? Of course you do. Who am I kidding?
Well one of the most valuable things to come out of that contest was PDX API, a way of making sense of all of the data sets offered up by the City of Portland. So valuable, in fact, that Max Ogden, creator of PDX API, was just awarded a fellowship by Code for America, an organization that connects “city governments and Web 2.0 talent.” Read More
Hey you! Yes, you. You app developer type with an interest in Portland’s wide open pile of municipal data. How’s that CivicApps submission coming along?
Really? Oh. Oh, you don’t say? I see. That’s great. You know you have to get it submitted by 5 PM today, right? Read More
[HTML1]After being a sure thing for so many years, OSCON, the premier open source conference in the world, stepped away from Portland in 2009.
Now, now, now. Dry those little tears. They came back. OSCON 2010 was held right here in Portland.
But now, we always kind of have to wonder: will they or won’t they? Will they pick us again? Or will they choose another location? Read More
So, this is kind of a big deal.
I’m extremely pleased to announce that the City of Portland, specifically CivicApps (@civicapps), and Portland Ten (@portlandten) will be our hosts for Lunch 2.0 on October 20, 2010 at City Hall.
You may recall from Rick’s coverage that CivicApps is “a contest sponsored by the City of Portland designed to help stimulate and motivate the development community to mix and match all the awesome datasets—more than 100 different types—available from the City.”
Of course, you’re also likely familiar with Portland Ten, a past Lunch 2.0 host, whose mission is to grow ten Portland startups to $1 million in revenue within 18 months.
[HTML2]Didn’t get the chance to attend the Portland CivicApps Awards ceremony? There there, gentle reader. Dry those tears. You see, we tivo’d it for you. We’ve got it all right here. Well, most of it. Okay. Three minutes of it. But still. That’s three minutes more than you would have gotten otherwise, right? Read More
Well, well, well. It’s that time again. Time to recognize hard work and geekery. The time when all of the CivicApps stand up to see which one is deemed the best and brightest of the Portland CivicApps competition, a contest where developers try to build interesting applications using open municipal data sets provided by the City of Portland.
You remember the CivicApps competition, don’t you? Of course you do. And tonight at NedSpace Downtown, a number of these apps are going to be recognized as part of the CivicApps Awards Ceremony. Read More
So, as you may have heard, the City of Portland has opened up their data to outside developers. And they’ve been running the CivicApps contest to encourage participation. As part of that effort, they had planned to hold a hackathon—CiviCode Day—this weekend. But those plans changed.
Now you know as well as I do that you don’t want to get a bunch of developers all riled up to code and then pull the rug out from under them. I mean, you’re courting mutiny or anarchy or some other -y kind of word. And that’s why they’re going to be hacking anyway. Unofficially of course. Read More
Happy Portland Pitch Day! And Thursday. And other stuff. To celebrate this Thursday, the memePDX elves have working on baking a fresh new episode of the show. Just for you. And since you’re going to be busy at lunch, I thought I should get it in front of you sooner rather than later.
And this show is cram packed full of tech stories from Portland… and beyond. Read More
Remember back when the City of Portland opened up its data to developers? Sure you do. But you know what? All the accessible data in the world isn’t of much use unless someone is doing something with it. And that’s why the City is interested in getting people to come up with ideas for using the data—to improve the city and our way of life.
Enter CivicApps. A contest sponsored by the City of Portland designed to help stimulate and motivate the development community to mix and match all the awesome datasets—more than 100 different types—available from the City. Read More