As much as I love the homegrown Portland startup community, I’ve got an ever growing appreciation for the tech companies with regional offices growing here as well. I mean, they’re kind of like startups. But with more resources. And one of the latest additions is Fictiv.
I know you’ve been busy making stuff. But I didn’t want you to lose track of the fact that the deadline for applying to be a maker at the Portland Mini Maker Faire is rapidly approaching. Like tomorrow.
So by now, you’ve all likely heard the news that AutoDesk is moving their Lake Oswego office to the Burnside Bridgehead in the Central Eastside Industrial District. That has prompted any number of folks to say to me, “Wait. AutoDesk has a Lake Oswego office?” But it also has a lot of folks asking for more details about AutoDesk and what they do. And now there’s an event to help answer some of those questions.
You’ve no doubt heard that Portland is a city of makers. Even if they’re not doing it professionally, it seems that we have a ton of folks who are mucking around with making things. Be it the latest technology — like 3D printing — or more traditional forms of making, we’ve got it in droves. And there’s no better gathering to showcase that than PDX Maker Week.
While PDX Maker Week is still a ways off, recent discussions around RSVPs and attendance have motivated me to start promoting events early and often. Rather than waiting until the last minute. That’s why I wanted to take the opportunity to share an event taking place in collaboration with Maker Week, Science Hack Day Portland.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Everyone in Portland has a side project or three. So I know there are a bunch of you out there who have been mucking around with LED lights or 3D printing or Raspberry Pi. Truth be told, it’s likely you’ve formulated some Frankensteinian concoction of all of the above. Well, now it’s time for you to show that creation off.
There’s a lot to like about the Portland Maker community. And a lot that reminds me of the Portland startup community ten years ago. Amazing people. Awesome creativity. And some really really interesting projects. That’s why it’s been an honor to get to participate in PDX Maker Week to celebrate that awesomeness. Read More
Anecdotally, you hear it all of the time. That Portland is a town of Makers. With great spaces like ADX and the PSU LID. It’s a town of people who love the intersection of creativity and technology. Of making physical objects. And connecting devices in weird, strange, and delightful ways. So it only stands to reason that we should take the opportunity to celebrate that. Meet PDX Maker Week, September 10-17, 2016. Read More
The day and age of schools having shop class are, sadly, a thing of the past. So what is the next generation of would-be makers to do when they need space to muck around with tech or production equipment? The Beaverton School District is proposing one solution. It’s a mobile maker space housed within an old school bus. Meet the #FutureBus. Read More
Startups and reality TV. It’s a tumultuous relationship at best. But if there’s one person who seems to have figured it out, it’s Mark Burnett of Survivor and Shark Tank fame. And that’s why Intel—yes, that Intel—has chosen to partner up with him on a startup competition with a $1 million prize, America’s Greatest Makers. Read More