BarCamp Portland 4 to be Rescheduled

Last month, we announced a date for BarCamp Portland 4, and dove into planning for a combined event with Code Camp. Many of us were excited about the possibility of combining these two events.

After a few weeks, though, we found that the attempt to combine planning efforts was not working well. In particular, several of the BarCamp organizers and volunteers were finding the combined planning process difficult.

We discussed this at last week’s board meeting, and decided to pull BarCamp out of the May 22 event at the U of P.  We will reschedule BarCamp 4 to another date and location.

I’d like to emphasize that Code Camp is still going to happen on May 22, and that it is likely to be an excellent event for developers, as it has been for the past several years.

Want to know when BarCamp is happening? We’ll post it here when we know. If you’re following this blog or following @BarCampPortland on twitter, you’ll be among the first to know.

BarCampPortland 4 Is Coming May 22!

[UPDATE:BarCampPortland 4 is being rescheduled.]

The fourth annual BarCampPortland will be May 22, at the University of Portland campus. We are trying something new this year — we will be sharing the venue with Portland Code Camp, another great tech event that many of the developers among us enjoy. Both events are (and always have been) free.

Want to get involved?

  • Volunteer: If you’d like to get involved with planning and preparations, please contact Amy Farrell (amykfarrell on gmail).
  • Sponsor BarCamp: These events can’t be successful without our sponsors. Contact Dawn Foster (geekygirldawn on gmail) if you’re interested in sponsoring BarCamp.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @BarCampPortland
  • Tell your friends!

The next combined BarCamp/Code Camp planning meeting will be Monday, February 22, at 6:30 pm. If you’d like to be involved, please get in touch!

Ignite Portland 7 is Tomorrow

I can hardly believe that we are on our seventh Ignite Portland event, and the event is tomorrow! If you are interested in attending, I encourage you to read Josh’s “How to Enjoy Ignite Portland 7” post for all of the details about what to expect.

November 19, 2009
Bagdad Theater: 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Doors Open at 5:30PM
Show Starts at 7:00PM
General Admission, No Tickets
Admission is always FREE!

You are in for a treat. We have some amazing talks lined up with everything from eating your first roadkill deer and roasting coffee at home to robots and pirate radio stations. You can get the entire list of talks from the Ignite Portland website, and we think that we have something for almost everyone.

I wanted to take a minute to thank all of our wonderful sponsors. Without our sponsors, these events would not be possible, and we thank them for their continued support of Legion of Tech and Ignite Portland.


We hope to see you Ignite Portland 7, and it isn’t too early to start thinking about your talk submission ideas for Ignite Portland 8!

Ignite Portland 4 is coming! Thursday, November 13 at the Bagdad

Hey everyone! Forgive us for not posting this here sooner, but you might have heard that another Ignite Portland is about to happen. If not, well, you’re lucky you read this post in time! 🙂

Ignite Portland 4 will take place on Thursday, November 13, at the Bagdad Theater. You can find more details (like the talk lineup, etc.) over at Tickets went AMAZINGLY fast, but you can still come – we kept plenty of space for general admission.

This is the fourth Ignite Portland event, and every time we do one, we’re astounded at how great they continue to be. Each one outdoes the others in terms of fantastic talks, great volunteers, and an overall rockin’ good time. So don’t miss out! 🙂

We’re already starting to talk about the next couple of Ignite Portland events, too, so if you can’t make IP4, for whatever reason, then stay tuned here and at and come to the next one (or even better, submit a talk idea)!.

Legion of Tech Happy Hour Meetup with Waffles Oct. 23rd

Todd had the best description of this event on Twitter: “Sweet waffles, savory waffles, beer, wine, art & geeks all converging in a glorious orgy of awesome.”

Thursday October 23, 2008 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Jace Gace 2045 SE Belmont

Please RSVP for this event on Upcoming.

These are super informal meetups where we hang out, talk about geeky stuff (wikis, open source, new technologies, openid, …), and wind down with like-minded people over beverages.

Since this is the last meetup of the year (it doesn’t make sense to have a 4th Thursday meetup in Nov/Dev to conflict with the holidays), we wanted to do something a little different …

Thanks to a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous we will be having the meetup at Jace Gace. Our sponsor will cover the fee to rent the space for the evening, but you will be on your own to pay for drinks / waffles. Have you ever been to Jace Gace? They have the most amazing waffles, art and they have beer / wine! Mmmm, waffles, art, geeky fun, and alcohol. Heaven.

WhereCamp PDX

This October 17th-19th local geo-geeks of all stripes will be gathering for the very first WhereCamp PDX. WhereCamp is an event that started in the Bay Area in 2007 to continue conversations from the Where 2.0 conference. Legion of Tech is organizing a Portland version to show off the amazing, fun geographic technology activity we have. This is not just an event for specialists: we would like anyone who is interested in the intersection of people, place, and technology to participate.

You can find out more on the WhereCamp PDX blog, and RSVP and find more event details on Upcoming. We are also looking for sponsors.

Take your Side Project to a Startup on September 12-13

If you were at Barcamp Portland, you may have stopped by for the My Other Thing session. (if you weren’t there you can listen to this recording of a great, freewheeling discussion) The session led by Rick Turoczy and Banana Lee Fishbones. After the group separated, people talked about wanting more – more discussions, more connections… maybe even – a conference!  Inspired by that session, From Side Project to Startup was born.

From the From Side Project to Startup site:

From Side Project to Startup is a free conference focused on helping ideas and what-ifs emerge into the business world.

The conference is a meld of unconference and conference sessions, all starting with some good food on Friday at 5:30pm.

The conference will be at CubeSpace, 622 SE Grand Avenue. Take a minute to RSVP!  Also, this event is still looking for sponsors. Please help keep these great events in Portland free!

Upcoming Portland Tech Community Events

The Legion of Tech Happy Hour Meetup (used to be called the BarCamp Meetup) will be on the brand new patio (with wifi) at the Green Dragon on Aug 28th. We’d love to have someone sponsor (aka buy us beer), so contact me if you are interested in sponsoring the meetup.

Legion of Tech Happy Hour Meetup
Thursday, August 28
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub (on the patio)
928 SE 9th Ave
RSVP on upcoming.

Other Events that you might want to attend during the next month:

Sarah Lacy Tweetup (not a Legion of Tech event):
Sarah Lacy (business week reporter, author, and more) is going to be in town, and we thought that it would be fun to have a little tweetup to show her how awesome Portland is!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub (on the patio)
928 SE 9th Ave
RSVP on Upcoming.

From Side Project to Startup (CubeSpace event co-sponsored by Legion of Tech):
Combination conference / unconference to give ourselves that little kick in the pants to take our side project(s) and turn it into a startup.
Friday September 12, 2008 (5:30pm – 9:00pm)
Saturday September 13, 2008 (9:00am – 5:00pm)
622 SE Grand Avenue
Details about the event.
RSVP on Upcoming.

Haunted Lunch 2.0 (not a Legion of Tech event)
Wednesday September 17
12:00pm – 2:00pm
226 NW Davis Portland
RSVP on Upcoming.

WordCamp (An awesome community event, but not a Legion of Tech event):
WordCamp Portland is a gathering of folks who are passionate about WordPress.
Saturday September 27
622 SE Grand Ave

Summer Coders’ Social

Here’s another great event coming up: Portland’s multi-user group coders’ social is back for summer, with a picnic August 3rd at Laurelhurst Park. It’s happening 11am-5pm at picnic area E.

The winter event was a fun board and card game meetup at CubeSpace, and Sam Keen and the other organizers have planned a family-friendly barbecue to follow up. Mozilla is sponsoring burgers and hotdogs (plus a vegan version), and the rest is potluck. RSVP with your side dish of choice if you’ll be there.

OSCamp / FOSSCoach at OSCON

While this is not a Legion of Tech event, we thought that many of the local Portland technology crowd might be interested in attending some or all of this BarCamp style event being organized by our own Portlander Sam Keen, Open Source Community guru Zak Greant, and others.

The event is called FOSSCoach and it will focus on helping people learn, share and improve the essential skills required to participate in collaborative, free and open online projects like Firefox® and Wikipedia.

The event will do this through a mix of presentations and hands-on coaching from experts in the field.
Presentations are on interesting topics like how to make a living as a community manager and how to get started hacking on Firefox. Attending coaches include people like David Ascher, Mozilla Messaging CEO and Cat Allman from Google’s Open Source Programs Office.

You can get a good overview of the Portland event including information on who else is participating, what sessions are lined up and more at:

Attendance is free, though you do need to register:

FOSSCoach will be held July 23rd (Wed) through July 25th (Friday).