New Officers for Legion of Tech

With the first meeting of the new Legion of Tech board on Thursday, we elected new officers for 2009:

Last years officers were Chair: Dawn Foster, Treasurer: Todd Kenefsky, and Secretary: Raven Zachary. A big thank you to Todd and Adam for stepping into new roles, and we’re looking forward to many more events in 2009!

2009 Advisory Committee Announced

First, thank you to everyone who ran for the Legion of Tech advisory committee! It was a great group of people and a hard choice to make between so many good candidates.

The 2009 Advisory Committee for Legion of Tech (in random order):

  • Scott Kveton
  • Jed Herzog
  • Bram Pitoyo
  • Amber Case
  • Jason Mauer
  • Don Park
  • Nate Angell
  • Betsy Richter
  • Nate DiNiro
  • Jake Kuramoto
  • Rick Turoczy
  • Igal Koshevoy

You’ll notice that there are 12 people, instead of 10. We had a tie for the final seat on the advisory committee, and we decided to expand the committee rather than have a tie-breaker vote.

If you weren’t selected, we would still love to have you volunteer and get involved in the various Legion of Tech events. There are plenty of ways to be involved!

Thank you again to everyone.

Announcing the 2009 Legion of Tech Board

First of all, thank you to everyone who ran for the Legion of Tech board.

The new Legion of Tech board for 2009 is as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Josh Bancroft
  • Adam DuVander
  • Amy Farrell
  • Craig Fisk
  • Dawn Foster
  • Todd Kenefsky
  • Chris O’Rourke
  • Chris Pitzer
  • Raven Zachary

For those who ran, but were not elected, thank you again for running. The competition was stiff, and all of the people running were strong candidates. We will move the names of those who were not elected to the board of advisors nomination list. We’ll be voting for advisors in the January board meeting.

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 www.igniteportland.com. 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 igniteportland.com 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.

Legion of Tech Board Elections in December

I wanted to let everyone know that the Legion of Tech board elections are coming up in December. Anyone who wants to run for a board seat is welcome to participate in the election process.

The Election Process

  • Nominations are due November 1.
  • Anyone not currently on the board who wishes to run for a board seat must be nominated by an existing director and seconded by another existing director.
  • Current board members may automatically run for re-election.
  • Elections will be held at the December board meeting with the current board voting on the new board.
  • The new board will begin serving their terms on January 1, 2009.

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities
Board members are elected to 2-year terms and are responsible for upholding the bylaws of the organization. They are also required to attend monthly board meetings.

The day to day responsibilities of the board may include any or all of the following:

  • Organize events like BarCampPortland, Ignite Portland, etc. by leading the team or participating as a volunteer.
  • Attend Legion of Tech events.
  • Attend board meetings the second Thursday of the month, in person or by phone.
  • Come up with ideas for new events or ways to improve existing events.
  • Collaborate with community members and make/maintain connections with other organizations.
  • Participate in organizational maintenance activities including maintaining the technology, revising the bylaws, finance, taxes, accounting, etc.
  • Chair or participate on committees like the Finance Committee and the Technology Committee.
  • Board members may also be elected to serve on the executive committee as Chair, Treasurer or Secretary.

Advisory Committee

If you want to get more involved, but do not want to serve on the board of directors, Legion of Tech will also be forming an advisory committee made up of 5-10 people from the community (non-board members).

Purpose of the committee:

  • Provide feedback on Legion of Tech activities
  • Act as a few more eyes and ears in the community
  • Get more people involved in Legion of Tech

How it works:

  • Nominations are due on December 1.
  • This would be an informal group (not specified in the bylaws) and with no voting rights.
  • A current board member must nominate a person for the committee.
  • Voting would occur at the January board meeting (new board votes on committee membership).
  • Informal committee meetings will be held approximately monthly.

What you need to do

If you are interested in running for the Legion of Tech board or the Advisory Committee, please contact your favorite member of the existing board to request a nomination. Keep in mind that the nominations are due on November 1 for the board of directors and on December 1 for the Advisory Committee.

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
6:00pm
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)
CubeSpace
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
SplashCast
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
CubeSpace
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.