Portlanders continue to do some amazing things. Unfortunately, a lot of it is still under the covers. My friend Rick is helping change that, but we have a long way to go. One of ways to help is get out and meet people. Far too many of us spend our lives in front of laptop flicker.
This year there is a new non-profit, Legion of Tech (I am on the board) that will help put on some popular Portland tech events:
- Ignite Portland, Feb. 5. I spoke at the first Ignite. And you can speak at this one (Jan. 15 deadline for submissions).
- Startupalooza, Mar. 29, will focus more on the biz side of things with the promise of a “no-BS environment.”
- The ad-hoc un-conference BarCamp Portland returns in May. The schedule and topics are decided the first day by the attendees.
There are also many regular gatherings. If you have a specific technology you love, there’s probably a user group for you. If you’re a generalist, there’s still a group for you: