O’Reilly Webcast on Cyborg Anthropology

On August 5, 2010 I gave an hour-long webcast called Cyborg Anthropology: A Short Introduction. The event was free and had roughly 500 signups. It was a really fun way to quickly share a lot of the concepts I’ve been thinking about for the past few years. A lot of it was condensing down a lot of what I’ve begun to explore on CyborgAnthropology.com. I’ll be giving a 20 minute version of this speech at a TED conference in December. You can also watch the webcast at O’Reilly.com. The webcast is 60 minutes long. Start 5 minutes in for best results (the first part is an audio check).

Webcast Summary

Cyborg Anthropology is a way of understanding how we live as technosocially connected citizens in the modern era. Our cell phones, cars and laptops have turned us into cyborgs. What does it mean to extend the body into hyperspace? What are the implications to privacy, information and the formation of identity? Now that we have a second self, how do we protect it? This presentation will cover aspects of time and space compression, communication in the mobile era, evaporating interfaces and how to approach a rapidly changing information spaces.

A Short History of Cyborg Anthropology

Haraway proposed what she termed a “cyborg anthropology” to study the relation between the machine and the human, and she adds that it should proceed by “provocatively” reconceiving “the border relations among specific humans, other organisms, and machines”

Based on this essay, and many other instances of needing a methodology to understand and describe rapidly changing sociocultural systems affected by technology, the idea of a “Cyborg Anthropology” was proposed at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in 1993.

What is a Cyborg Anthropologist?

A cyborg anthropologist looks at how humans and non human objects interact with each other, and how that changes culture. So, for instance, we have these objects in our pockets that cry, and we have to pick them up and soothe them back to sleep, and then we have to feed them every night by plugging them into the wall. At no other time in history have we had these really strange non human devices that we take care of as if they are real, and we’re very dependent upon them. That’s one of the aspects that I’m studying; the idea of mobile technology and its effect on one’s relationships. Another aspect of cyborg anthropology is the idea of individuals extending themselves into a second self in the online space, through a Facebook page, avatar or profile. Studying how people interact with each other through these little technosocial interactions, versus just the analog interactions, is another aspect of cyborg anthropology.

Cyborg Anthropology vs. Traditional Anthropology

What happens in traditional, analog anthropology is this: You go to another culture, and you look at all the people.  You see how they interact with each other, how knowledge is created and so on. You see kinship, you see rituals, you see all these different pastimes and hobbies. You see what people eat. And often the anthropologist goes over to another country and says, “Oh, look how fascinating these people are. They’re so strange. Look at all their weird customs. Look at how different they are from us!” There is this definite aspect of the other, of going out and studying something else. But the problem is that many people are not studying world that they live in right now, their own culture. There are a few anthropologists who have begun to really study the effects of technology on everyday life. It is the study of this everyday life that offers the most insight.

Call phones have become so ubiquitous that they no cause one to think about them. One does not think about having a cell phone or not having one – one’s time is spent choosing which external prosthetic device they are going to be using next.  Facebook has become very normal. Twitter has become quite normal. Cell phones have become very normal. So my job as an anthropologist is of someone that comes in and says, “Oh my God, how fascinating. Look at all these strange things people do. They’re posting on each other’s Walls. They’re editing each other’s external online selves. Their identity is increasingly made up of text and points and technosocial interactions.” What I do as a Cyborg Anthropologist is take the traditional anthropological toolset and apply those tools and methodologies to the digital space. I’m always trying to take both the embodied and thousand foot view, because it allows me to ask questions such as “What is really going on?”, “What’s next in technological development?”, and “Has anything actually changed with the onset of technology, or are people just bringing offline behaviors to the online space?

More on Cyborgs and Anthropology

Cyborg Anthropology Wiki
If you liked this webcast and want to learn more about cyborgs and Cyborg Anthropology, you might want to look at CyborgAnthropology.com, a site still very much in development as I stitch my research together from the past 7 years of study.

CyborgCamp Portland


If you happen to live in Portland (or need an excuse to visit) and like cyborgs, you should come to CyborgCamp Portland on Oct. 2nd, 2010. It’s a hybrid unconference on the future of humans and machines. We’ll be talking about cyborgs, interface design, government, transportation, science, anthropology and humanity from 9Am-6Pm. Tickets are exceedingly cheap ($10) and you can get one now if you’d like.

50th Anniversary of the term “Cyborg”

Also, September 2010 is the 50th Anniversary of the coining of the term ‘cyborg’. Over the next month, the site 50 Cyborgs, Curated by Tim Maly of Quiet Babylon (another site on Cyborgs that’s worth a good long look), will update 50 times with links to material celebrating 50 years of one of the 20th Century’s more enduring concepts. Then it’ll go dark. I highly suggest reading it before it disappears. But if you miss it, you can always check it out on Archive.org.

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About

Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist and UX Designer from Portland, Oregon. You can read more about her here, and you can follow her on Twitter @caseorganic.

Geoloqi and GPS Data Viz at RECESS Gallery – July 14, 2010

Social_Net_Works: A Hybrid Art Show About Networks and Technology

On Wednesday, July 14th, RECESS gallery will have a show called Social_Net_Works. Social_Net_Works will look at projects spanning mediums and approaches that all deal with social networking and technology. Aaron Parecki and I will be showing some of the GPS data we’ve gathered in the past 1-2 years, some of it as a result of an open source mobile GPS tracker we’re building called Geoloqi.

Social_Net_Works at Recess Gallery Wednesday, July 14, 2010

There will be four other artists presenting social network related art. One artist, Alicia Gordon, is presenting a series of photographs staged from “Casual Encounters” ads on Craigslist. Another artist is doing a performance piece “Best Friend for Ten Minutes,” a project stemming from his “Best Friends for a Day” that began as a service offered on the web for strangers to respond to.

Social_Net_Works

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: RECESS Gallery
Address: 4315 SE Division St., Portland, OR
Map
Blog: http://recesspdx.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/recesspdx

The Show

We’ll have five pieces up, including four  views of GPS data over time (one being the image of 10 million GPS points presented at Research Club). Each piece will have a 16″ by 20″ printed board explaining each map. The pieces will be a mix of portrait and landscape views. The images will include two years’ worth of Aaron Parecki’s GPS data and six months of my data.


Aaron Parecki’s GPS map: two years of data (color-coded by speed).

Aaron Parecki's GPS Logs from 2008-2010


Amber Case’s GPS map: six months of data (color-coded by time of day).

Amber Case's GPS Logs from January 2010 to June 2010

In addition, there will be a  video of Aaron Parecki’s GPS trails animated over time. It will cycle through a visualization of 10 million GPS points.

Digital Self-Portraits

Tori Abernathy, the show’s organizer, brought up a good points. GPS maps can be used as a sort of self portrait. In a sense, they already are (at least in terms of location). She mentioned The one that Aaron showed with a cluster in the NW of small black lines and with thicker, more colorful, fewer lines in the more far reaching parts of town, really hearkened to neural connections, or the cardiovascular system, or tree branches or something like that to me. Aside from that, she said, they still seemed to reveal a lot about a person. She concluded be mentioning her interest in working with them in a more historical self portrait medium like paint.

Weaving GPS into Fabric

Curiously enough, I was contacted by another artist, one that deals with textiles, a few days later. She said that she loved the idea of GPS portraits and wanted to stitch GPS trails into fabric. It will be curious to send her a couple of GPS images and see what she produces.

Visualizing Ten Million Points of GPS Data

Aaron Parecki's 10 Million GPS Points

This is 10 million GPS points plotted onto a map. It is also a portrait of Aaron Parecki’s life in Portland, Oregon. The dark lines represent slow speeds, and the red lines represent fast speeds. Through this map it is easy to see the relative highways and speeds of traffic present in Portland.

Boost Mobile Phone Running Instamapper GPS

Amber Case’s Boost Mobile Phone running Instamapper, sending data every 30 seconds.

Windows Mobile Phone Running Tracker.eu

Aaron Parecki’s Windows Mobile Phone running Tracker.eu, updating at 6 second intervals.

Aaron Parecki - Tour of Pittsburgh

Aaron Parecki visited Pittsburg, Pennsylvania with his friend Silas, resulting in the following GPS maps. Silas rented a Zipcar, so they were able to cover a lot of ground.

Tracking in New York

But when Aaron visited Manhattan, the GPS data became sparse. The tall building threw off the GPS and made it difficult to get a fix. Also, the GPS was not able to get a fix while underground. Thus, Aaron’s GPS data looks pretty spotty for Manhattan, with little squiggles popping up just at the points where he went above ground.

GPS in Manhatten Aaron Parecki

Mine were not much better, as you can see below.

Amber Case's GPS Trails in Manhatten

The big splash of gray next to Chelsea represents the period of time sleeping and the day I got sick. Aaron turns his tracker on only when he changes location, while I tend to leave my GPS tracker when I’m not moving. When this happens, the data points continue to pile up, revealing the amount of time I spent in a location.

Caseorganic's GPS Trail During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC.

I took my Boost Mobile Phone to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, BC and got some pretty good data. I stayed within the same 10-15 block area the entire time. Everything was walking distance, and I used no form of transportation the entire time, from the moment I got to Vancouver at the train station, to the moment I went home.

Using GPS Tracking for Geonotes

In addition to mapping out our paths with GPS-enabled phones, we have the ability to be sent Geonotes. Geonotes are a form of virtual geocaching. One can walk around the city and suddenly get a message that someone left before. They’ve been very fun to receive and write. My favorite one was from Don Park. He left it for me right on the Hawthorne bridge. When I passed over the bridge, I got a text message that told me a bit of trivia about the bridge. He left me another one on Mt. Tabor, telling me where the best berries were. It provided an Easter Egg like feeling of serendipity.

Leave Amber Case (Caseorganic) a Geonote

Leave a Geonote for Amber Case at http://caseorganic.com/geonote!

Leave Aaron Parecki (aaronpk) a Geonote!

Leave a Geonote for Aaron Parecki at http://aaron.pk/geonote!

Everyone that runs Geoloqi will be able to send and receive Geonotes. Right now, it’s simply more complicated to do, as we’ve been using Instamapper and Tracker.eu to gather GPS data. Geoloqi will enable almost anyone will a mobile device to easily participate in GPS tracking.

Tracking GPS Data with Geoloqi on the iPhone

iPhone 3GS App Running Geoloqi on iOS4

Here you can see the settings screen for Geoloqi on iPhone. The sliders can easily be changed depending on what type of data you want to record. For instance, Aaron Parecki takes data every six seconds, resulting in very high resolution maps. However, this is difficult on his phone battery. When I run Geoloqi, I have it set to update far less, which makes me only have to charge the battery twice per day – once in the afternoon, and again at night. The data is still high enough resolution to see an overall view of where I’ve been, as you can see in the maps of Portland and Eugene above.

Amber Case's Profile on Geoloqi.com

Tracking Data with Geoloqi

Two months ago, we built a Geoloqi prototype for iPhone iOS4 and installed it on my phone. Suddenly the resolution of the data that I was able to gather greatly increased. As you can see in the map below, the data is much more regular and less jumpy. This was because I was able to send data from the phone to the server at much smaller intervals.

Portland GPS Logs from June 28th-July 6th, 2010

This data was made using the Geoloqi app I have running on my iPhone 3GS. It runs in the background, so I can still do other things on my phone while tracking. As it tends to eat the battery, I have it set on the lowest settings possible. The resolution of data is still very good, as you can see here. The loop near Naito Pkwy is very high resolution, for instance.

GPS Logs from a Weekend Trip to Eugene, Oregon

I also took my phone to Eugene, which has a very different interaction footprint than Portland has. As I don’t live in Eugene, my patterns there were very different than Portland. My Portland footprint looks very much the same over time. I go home, and then to work. If I’m not there, I’m usually at my office in Chinatown. Eugene was a vacation-like trip, so the interactions with the landscape were quite different.

Aaron Parecki's Flight from San Francisco to Long Beach

Aaron runs his GPS tracker while on the plane, too. He has GPS data for all of the flights he’s taken for the last two years. Here’s the GPS trail of a flight from San Francisco to Long Beach.

Show Information: Date, Time and Location

Social_Net_Works at RECESS Gallery

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: RECESS Gallery
Street: 4315 SE Division St.
City/Town: Portland, OR
Map
Blog: http://recesspdx.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/recesspdx

About RECESS Gallery

RECESS is an artist-run center located in the ground level of the Artistery, in Portland, Oregon. The 2,000-square-foot space is dedicated to nurturing emergent, experimental contemporary practices in a universally accessible environment. With a focus on content-oriented work, RECESS hopes to foster new forms of cultural development, and spark a discourse of change within the art community and the community at large. In conjunction with the Artistery, we’re is not limited to curatorial projects. Public lectures, workshops, shows, and other community-based events are all welcome.

Amber Case and Aaron Parecki Jump for Geoloqi

About Amber Case

Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist and interface architect from Portland, Oregon. She studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. Her main focus is on mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, as these reduce the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect with information. Case founded Geoloqi.com out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding. In 2008, Case founded CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and computers. To attend, visit http://portland.cyborgcamp.com/.

You can learn more about Case at www.cyborganthropology.com, and you can follow her on twitter at @caseorganic.

About Aaron Parecki

Aaron Parecki is a Portland-based PHP developer and GPS enthusiast. His fascination with GPS began at the age of 6, when he began tracing the routes of family road trips on a map with a highlighter. This interest has grown into groundbreaking new methods of location sharing and data collection.

Two years ago, Parecki began tracking GPS data at six second intervals, netting him a high resolution portrait of his geographical travels. Shortly thereafter, he began to experiment with automatic location check-ins and proximal notification systems. He also began using GPS to control the lights in his house and perform other automated actions.

Parecki founded Geoloqi.com in an effort to make GPS tracking and advanced co-location protocols available to the general public. You can learn more about Aaron at www.aaronparecki.com, and you can follow him on twitter at @aaronpk.

Follow @geoloqi on Twitter!

You Should Follow @Geoloqi on Twitter!

Just click on the friendly dinosaur! His name is Loqi. He’ll tell you when Geoloqi for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Palm are ready. And if you want to be a beta tester or help us develop it, simply head on over to Geoloqi.com!

CyborgCamp Seattle is Around the Corner! – Sunday, July 18th, 2010


CyborgCamp Seattle

CyborgCampSeattle will take place on Sunday, July 18, from 10Am to 6Pm at Jigsaw Renaissance (1026 Madison Street) in Seattle, WA. Tickets are $15 and are now available! Get CyborgCamp Seattle 2010 tickets here!

CyborgCamp Seattle Tickets on Sale Now!

A very curious preparty will likely be held the night before. Details will be sent after your ticket is purchased. A max of 50 tickets will be sold – your spot is not guaranteed until you receive and respond to the confirmation e-mail. E-mail will include details for payment and retrieval of ticket.

The $15 covers food during the event. You’d likely spend that much hunting for food in the morning and during lunchtime, so CyborgCamp Seattle is graciously providing that food on-site!

Follow @cyborgcampsea on Twitter for more details!

Conference Venue

The venue for CyborgCamp Seattle will be at Jigsaw Renaissance, located at 1026 Madison Avenue in Seattle’s First Hill. Jigsaw is CyborgCamp’s first sponsor, and has opened up its doors for free to CyborgCamp.

It’s a gorgeous space just now being settled into. It has high ceilings, huge windows, and will comfortably seat CyborgCamp attendees. While parking is sparse, it is free on Sundays and there are parking lots nearby. Within blocks you can find a convenience store, Sugar Bakery, The Hideout, pho, The Corner Cafe, and many other venues.

Wait a Second! What is CyborgCamp?

CyborgCamp is an unconference about the future of the relationship between humans and technology. We’ll discuss topics such as social media, design, code, inventions, web 2.0, twitter, the future of communication, cyborg technology, anthropology, psychology, biohacking, cybernetics and circuity.

CyborgCamp was conceived almost entirely on Twitter and organized via wiki. Much of the buzz was generated through multiple media channels. It’s a BarCamp style event meant for learning and teaching.

Featured CyborgCamp Talks

Ian Hanschen is a cyborg bent on world-domination. He has the jack to prove it. Come hear how he went from single-sided deafness to stereo hearing in the normal hearing range in both ears.  Then hear his plans on world domination! You can see Ian’s work and thoughts at Escape Hatch Labs. We’re excited to have Ian at CyborgCamp Seattle!

Other CyborgCamp Talks

Since CyborgCamp is a hybrid unconference operating under open space technology, there will be few formal speeches. For instance, I’ll be giving an open talk on Cyborg Anthropology, and attendees are more than welcome to hold concurrent sessions during that time. The session will be part presentation, part discussion, and part analysis. Comments, deconstructionist thoughts and debates are welcomed. Help be a part of a new and evolving field of study.

Ready to go? You’d better be! It’s next weekend! Got your tickets yet? There are only 50 available and they’re going fast!

What’s Open Space Technology?

  1. A broad, open invite to everyone to submit ideas and sessions.
  2. Seats for everyone, and multiple rooms for different sessions and types of content.
  3. A bulletin board of topics and items of interest, proposed sessions and ideas posted by participants.
  4. A marketplace with many breakout spaces that participants move freely between, learning and contributing as they discover and absorb new information and ideas.
  5. A breathing pattern of flow, between primary and small-group breakout sessions, providing a relaxing yet engaging self-directed learning environment for attendees.

But I Live in Portland! What about CyborgCamp Portland?

CyborgCamp Portland is still a few months away! You didn’t miss it, we’ve yet to plan it! However, we do have a date and a location: Saturday October 2, 2010 from 9:00am – 6:00pm at Webtrends! If you’d like to sign up as a volunteer or help out, join us at the CyborgCamp Portland 2010 wiki! We’ll have volunteer meetings again in a few weeks.

CyborgCamp Portland Saturday October 2, 2010 from 9:00am – 6:00pm

For now, follow @cyborgcamp on Twitter.

See you in Portland or Seattle!

About

Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist from Portland, Oregon. She founded CyborgCamp in 2008 and is excited to plan the next Portland event. If you have questions about CyborgCamp or want to start your own, please contact her on Twitter @caseorganic.

Portland Tech Event Meltdown! Tons of Tech Events from 4/30/10-06/01/10

Innotech - Oregon's Premiere Business and Technology Conference

Innotech Ticket Giveaway – Get a Free Pass to Innotech!

Innotech the Region’s Premier Business & Technology Conference will be at the Oregon Convention Center on Thursday, May 6, 2010.
It’s going to be an awesome event, and you don’t want to miss it. Especially if you can get a free ticket! I gave 5 of them away on Twitter, and I’m going to give away 7 of  them here.

To win a free pass for Innotech, simply  comment below with a reason why you’d like to go to the conference. The first 7 comments get tickets!

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Portland Tech Events from 4/30/10-05/01/10

The Portland tech community has a lot of tech events. It gets pretty hard to get track of them all. Maybe this list will help. There’s a ton happening this in May and June, which means there plenty of opportunities to connect with great people, new and familiar.

With a list like this, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy. If not, let me know what you’re interested in, and I’ll work on finding an event for you.

Happy networking – and let me know if I miss anything. I can always be reached in the comments below, or on Twitter at @caseorganic. And if you’re a fan of E-mail, I’m at caseorganic at gmail dot com.

Bring On the Events!

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Go Portland Tech

Friday, April 30, 2010 from 6–8:30pm

About
107 SE Washington St., Suite 520
Portland Oregon 97214

Website
http://goportlandtech.com
Description
Go Portland Tech is a chance for everyone involved in Portland technology to come try their hand at Go, a game that is loved by geeks the world over.
Go is both thousands of years old, simple to learn, and poses interesting computer science problems (a computer player has yet to beat the best humans, and amateurs can still beat the bots too).
Regular Portland Go club meetups are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays (see: OregonGo.org) but this is a chance for tech folks that are seasoned players or absolute beginners to get together and share a game.
No experience is necessary to attend, and there will be drinks and snacks.
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Unofficial CivicApps Meetup

Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10am–3pm

NedSpace Old Town
117 NW 5th Ave. Suite 210
Portland OR 97209

Description
The official CiviCode Day is postponed for a bit, but why not meet up and talk about what you’re doing with local data sets anyhow? We’ll do some informal show & tell for anyone with a project already started, then people can team up to explore the data or work on app ideas.
What’s CivicApps?

CivicApps is a Portland-area regional open data initiative, aimed at making civic data open to the public for analysis and software development. There will also a contest for applications developed ing this data. You can find out more and browse the available data sets at http://www.civicapps.org/.

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Open Source Bridge Work Sprint

Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 11am–4pm

Market Street Pub
1526 S.W. 10th
Portland OR 97201

Website
http://opensourcebridge.org

Description
Come help with volunteer tasks for Open Source Bridge, likely including technical work, outreach activities, and …?
This week:
Please join Saturday, May 1, 2010 beginning at 11:00 am for a Volunteer Work Sprint.
Stuff we’ll work on:

  • Planning for contacting attendees and speakers
  • Planning around an art display and reception at City Hall
  • Writing blog posts to get the word out about our awesome talk lineup!
  • Strategizing around sponsorships
  • Work on documenting requirements for enhancements to Open Conference Ware around email contact management of speakers

Please join!

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North Portland Coders’ Night

Monday, May 3, 2010 from 6:30–10pm

Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room
1700 N Killingsworth St
Portland OR 97217

Website
http://nopoconi.tumblr.com/
Description
Come hang out, drink beer, and write code every Monday night.
The meetings are extremely informal, and everyone is welcome!

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Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 from 7–9pm

Robert Half Technology, 2nd Floor Conference Room
222 SW Columbia St
Portland OR 97201

Website
http://pdxruby.org/

Description
GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade is a er group for Ruby programmers in the Portland Oregon area. Join other developers for presentations and discsions about Ruby and its es.
VENUE: This meeting’s space is kindly provided by Robert Half Technology at their 2nd Floor Conference Room. Enter the KOIN Tower from SW Columbia between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, take the back elevators to the 2nd floor, and then follow the pdxruby signs.

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eMarketing Summit @ InnoTech

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 9am throughThursday, May 6, 2010 at 4:30pm

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland OR 97232

Website
http://www.emarketingsummit.com

Description
The eMarketing Summit is the region’s most comprehensive internet marketing event. It is back with even more innovative strategies for your biness. This year’s eMarketing Summit foces on maximizing the internet marketing strategies you already have in place while demonstrating the latest tools and techniques being ed successfully by the region’s top companies.
Christi Day, Online Spokesperson & Emerging Media Specialist, Southwest Airlines is the featured AMA-Portland Chapter luncheon speaker.
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WikiWednesday – The Power of Naming in wikis and Wagn

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 from 5:30–8pm

About
107 SE Washington St., Suite 520
Portland Oregon 97214

Website
http://pdx.wiki.org
Description
The name you come up with for a wiki page has always been a critical part of wikis’ power in creating meaning.[1] We’ll be reviewing the history and background of WikiNames in general, and the further space for meaning-creation opened up by Wagn’s pl cards.
Wagn is a free/open source Ruby on Rails structured wiki, which Ward Cunningham called, “One of the freshest contributions to wiki since I coined the term”.
Come at 5:30 for drinks/snacks and the discsion will start at 6:15.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

InnoTech Oregon Technology Conference & Expo

Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 8am–4:30pm

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland OR 97232

Website
http://www.innotechoregon.com
Description
InnoTech is the region’s largest biness to biness technology conference and expo happening May 6. Over 1500 biness and technology professionals will attend this year. Special events include the NW CIO Summit, NW ISSA Security Symposium, Microsoft Technology Symposium, eMarketing Summit, Mobile Track and much more.

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Oregon Technology Awards

Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 5:30–8:30pm

Portland Art Meum: Kridel Grand Ballroom
1119 SW Park Ave
Portland Oregon 97205
United States

Website
http://www.oregontechawards.com/
Description
TECHAMERICA OREGON TECHNOLOGY AWARDS PROGRAM
Thursday, May 6, 2010 ?5:30 pm

– 9:00 pm

Portland Art Meum, Kridel Grand Ballroom ?1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon 97205
THE AWARDS PROGRAM ?This premier event celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology indtry and honors one outstanding Technology Executive of the Year. In addition, five individual indtry segment and product awards will be presented during the evening, recognizing recipients for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to the community and indtry. The Technology Executive of the Year will be announced in early February, 2010. Three finalists in the individual award categories will be announced prior to the event.
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SoMe – Your Social Media Awards

Thursday May 6, 2010 from 7:00pm

– 10:00pm

Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 Salmon St
Portland, Oregon Get Directions

Honoring the best social media projects, programs and campaigns in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and Idaho) Thursday, May 6, 7pm

– 10pm

at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)
After a wildly successful inaugural event in 2009, the 2nd annual SoMe Awards are ramping up for a repeat performance! Last year, Social Media Club Portland, SEMpdx, the Software Association of Oregon and Innotech presented one of the nation’s first social media awards programs to a capacity crowd of 200+ marketing and technology leaders. These organizations – joined by the blogging mavens at TMMpdx.com – are planning an expanded event this year. The SoME Awards moves to a larger ballroom at Portland’s famed Multnomah Athletic club, with libations for every ticket-holder, red-carpet interviews with winners, live streaming and more.
Ticket Info: $20

Buy Tickets

Website: http://www.someawards.com

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PDX Weekly Hackathon

Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 6:30–10pm

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland Oregon 97214

Website
http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-weekly-hackathon
Description
Come do strange things with computers amongst others whilst drinking fine Portland beer. Look for the row of geeks with computers in the back of the main room.
All programming languages welcome. Come work on your own projects, work on others participants’ projects, get advice, have fun, etc.
You’re encouraged to bring a computer, but can team up with others that brought one too.
Afterwards, the group descends on the 12th and Hawthorne foodcart pod for additional nourishment.
Also, many people meet up at the pub during the same time as the hackathon to play boardgames they bring which you’re welcomed to play.
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Calagator Code Sprint

Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 10am–4pm

NedSpace Old Town
117 NW 5th Ave. Suite 210
Portland OR 97209

Website
http://calagator.org
Description
Come help make Calagator better! Everyone is welcome to attend and help, whether you’re a programmer, designer, documentation writer, or even an enthiastic er.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Portland Functional Programming Study Group (pdxfunc)

Monday, May 10, 2010 from 7–9pm

TBD Portland
placeholder for TBD locations
Portland Oregon

Website
http://pdxfunc.org/
Description
ABOUT: Join programmers, researchers and enthiasts to discs functional programming. pdxfunc is a study/er group exploring the world of functional programming based in Portland, Oregon. The group welcomes programmers interested in all functional languages, including Haskell, Erlang, OCaml, Scala, and others. The group meets regularly and provides presentations, demos and discsions applicable to all skill levels, from newbies and experts. The meetings are ually on the second Monday of the month.
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DorkbotPDX Meeting

Monday, May 10, 2010 from 7–11pm

Backspace
115 NW 5th Ave
Portland OR 97209

Website
http://dorkbotpdx.org
Description
Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or jt insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it’s code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We’ll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Wednesday, May 12

OEN PubTalk – The Art of Bootstrapping

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 5:15–7pm

Backspace
115 NW 5th Ave
Portland OR 97209

Website
http://www.oen.org/events.aspx?id=146
Description
Join OEN at the May 12 PubTalk where five successful entrepreneurs will reveal to you their secrets on the art of bootstrapping. The founders of Jama Software, Paydici, Rumblefish and Reliable Remodeler will share with you how, prior to their first round of funding (if any), they ed creative solutions and drew from nontraditional resources to build their companies with limited capital. They’ll share their advice on where to cut corners and help you identify when you can’t afford to be cheap. You’ll also learn how to grow a company organically; creative ways to generate and manage cash flow, and the challenges of putting everything at risk.
This panel discsion will be moderated by Rick Turoczy, the founder and principal writer of Silicon Florist, Portland’s premier blog on technology and entrepreneurship.
Moderator: Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist
Panelists: Eric Winquist of Jama Software, Eli Alford-Jones of Paydici, Paul Anthony of Rumblefish and Eric Doebele of Reliable Remodeler.

Please visit the OEN Website to register for this event.
OEN Members: $15.00 ?Non OEN Members: $25.00

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Portland Perl Mongers — Fennec

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 6:53–8:30pm

Free Geek
1731 SE 10th Avenue
Portland OR 97214

Website
http://pdx.pm.org
Description
speaker: Chad ‘Exodist’ Granum
Chad will demonstrate what he has so far, and request feedback.
From the fennec docs: Fennec – Framework upon which inter-compatible testing solutions can be built.
Fennec provides a solid base that is highly extendable. It allows for the writing of ctom nestable workflows (like RSPEC), Ctom Asserts (like Test::Exception), Ctom output handlers (Alternatives to TAP), Ctom file types, and ctom result passing (collectors). In Fennec all test files are objects. Fennec also solves the forking problem, that’s it, forking jt plain works.
This framework is what has come from a discsion around modern testing in Perl. It is an attempt to address, or make addressable the desires and needs expressed therein. It is also an attempt to make glue for all future solutions to current and future problems.
As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the Lucky Lab.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

PDX Weekly Hackathon

Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 6:30–10pm

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland Oregon 97214

Website
http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-weekly-hackathon

Description
Come do strange things with computers amongst others whilst drinking fine Portland beer. Look for the row of geeks with computers in the back of the main room.
All programming languages welcome. Come work on your own projects, work on others participants’ projects, get advice, have fun, etc.
You’re encouraged to bring a computer, but can team up with others that brought one too.
Afterwards, the group descends on the 12th and Hawthorne foodcart pod for additional nourishment.
Also, many people meet up at the pub during the same time as the hackathon to play boardgames they bring which you’re welcomed to play.
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Beer & Blog/Timbers Army TweetUp

Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 7–10pm

PGE Park
1844 SW Morrison
Portland OR 97205

Description
As successfully executed last season, a Beer-and-Blog tweetup at a Portland Timbers match. The team is moving up to MLS next season, and the crowds are immense and rowdy and fun. Meet before the match for a beer at the Bitter End Pub or Cheerful Bullpen Tavern, then buy a general admission ticket at the gate and make your way to the North End of the stadium, where the Timbers Army reigns. (A good meetup spot is in the bleachers ABOVE the Army.) Afterparty = Koi Fion/Spudnik carts at NW 20th and Burnside, then the Bitter End Pub. See you there!
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

IxDA Portland: Monthly Event

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 6–8pm

TBD Portland
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Portland Oregon

Description
Join for our monthly event!

More details to come …

IxDA Portland is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/local/ixda-portland).
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Portland Java er Group

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 6:30–8:30pm

Oracle (Downtown Camp)
1211 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800, Room 8005
Portland Oregon 97204

Website
http://pjug.org/
Description
This month’s topic: TBD
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PJUG meetings start with some time to eat and socialize (pizza and beverages are provided), followed by the featured speaker, then Q&A, discsion, sometimes a drawing to give away swag. :)
Though we like knowing how many people to expect, you don’t *have* to RSVP, on Upcoming or otherwise. Go ahead and jt show up!
Many people also go for a drink and further discsion following the meeting, at a location determined ad hoc (lately, the Market Street Pub at 10th and Market:http://mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=24 ).
http://twitter.com/pjug http://pjug.org/ (join our mailing list, linked from the Website!)

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WebVisions 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 8:30am through Friday, May 21, 2010 at 5pm

Website
http://www.webvisionsevent.com
Description

WebVisions (http://www.webvisionsevent.com) is a nationally recognized conference that explores the future of Web design, technology, er experience and business strategy from May 19 – 21, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center.
Attend workshops with the experts, chill out in the WebVisions lounge, and network, share ideas and be inspired by an all-star lineup of speakers.
Since 2001, WebVisions has built a loyal audience of designers, technologists and indtry leaders. I invite you to join for an event that’s seen as “the creative conference for the Web.”
Cheers,
Brad M. Smith – Executive Director

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lunch 2.0 at the Portland Developm ent Commission

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from noon–3pm

Portland Development Commission
222 NW Fifth Avenue
Portland Oregon 97209
United States

Description
The Portland Developm

ent Commission (PDC) will be hosting Lunch 2.0 on May 19.
Are you vegan or vegetarian? Please leave a comment so we can plan food accordingly. Thanks.
Wondering what Lunch 2.0 is?
Lunch 2.0 is a phenomenon that began in Silicon Valley. You can read about their current events and the history behind Lunch 2.0 at lunch20.com.
We imported the concept to Portland in 2007, and you can follow all things Portland Lunch 2.0 at the Silicon Florist.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

PDXScala Meeting

Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 7–10pm

About
107 SE Washington St., Suite 520
Portland Oregon 97214

Website
http://groups.google.com/group/pdxscala
Description
Details to come…
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Webvisionary Awards

Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 7–9pm

Someday Lounge
125 NW 5th
Portland Oregon 97209

Website
http://www.webvisionaryawards.com/
Description
Each year, in conjunction with the conference, WebVisions honors the most visionary, daring, and curio talent on the web by awarding them with a miniature robot. We wanted to make this award show different in every way, other than the winners receiving an award part.
This year, we have a comedian for a host, a killer DJ to supply the beat, and presentation karaoke to kick it off.
An ‘A-list’ group of robot lovin’ luminaries will judge the awards, including typography icon Roger Black, Mark Frauenfelder of MAKE Magazine and BoingBoing.net, Merlin Mann of 43folders.com, Molly Holzschlag of Molly.com, Renny Gleeson of Weiden+Kennedy, Armin Vit of UnderConsideration, Scott Porad of LOLCATS and many others.
Oh, and did we mention that WebVisions attendees get a special 2-for-1 deal? What are you waiting for? The deadline is April 15th.
The Webvisionary Awards are sponsored by WebTrends, 52 Ltd and Hot Pepper Studios.
For more information visit: http://www.webvisionaryawards.com http://www.webvisionsevent.com
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Monday, May 24, 2010

DorkbotPDX Meeting

Monday, May 24, 2010 from 7–11pm

Backspace
115 NW 5th Ave
Portland OR 97209

Website
http://dorkbotpdx.org
Description
Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or jt insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it’s code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We’ll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

PDX Weekly Hackathon

Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 6:30–10pm

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland Oregon 97214

Website
http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-weekly-hackathon
Description
Come do strange things with computers amongst others whilst drinking fine Portland beer. Look for the row of geeks with computers in the back of the main room.
All programming languages welcome. Come work on your own projects, work on others participants’ projects, get advice, have fun, etc.
You’re encouraged to bring a computer, but can team up with others that brought one too.
Afterwards, the group descends on the 12th and Hawthorne foodcart pod for additional nourishment.
Also, many people meet up at the pub during the same time as the hackathon to play boardgames they bring which you’re welcomed to play.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Open Source Bridge 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 9am through Friday, June 4, 2010 at 5:30pm

Portland Art Meum, Mark Building
1119 SW Park Avenue
Portland OR 97205

Website
http://opensourcebridge.org

Description
Open Source Bridge is an open source developers conference, foced on bringing people from a range of technology backgrounds together to share their knowledge and explore what it means to be an open source citizen.
Find out more about attending at http://opensourcebridge.org/attend

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About

Amber Case, (@caseorganic) is a Cyborg Anthropologist studying the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way we think, act, and understand the world around us. She’s obsessed with compressing the space and time it takes to get data from one place to another, especially when the final destination is the mind.

Mobile Portland: Augmented Reality – Monday, 01/25/10 at 6Pm

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Augmented Reality has become more than a buzzword. It represents the next step in human/computer interaction. Interfaces that were once solid have become liquid. With the iPhone, we have the ability to download software from the air. With augmented reality, the interface evaporates from the liquid state into the air as well. Bruce Sterling’s keynote at Layar is a helpful introduction to this field.

There have been a number of applications developed by various companies and individuals, but what’s being done in Portland? As it turns out, quite a lot. I’ve been running an unadvertised Augmented Reality meetup for the past few months (if you’re a developer or Interaction Designer interested in attending this group, comment below), and have found the Portland tech community to be a fertile ground or AR development.

Mobile Portland brings Augmented Reality to you

Starting Monday, you can learn more about what’s going on in Portland AR as well. There will be a meetup at AboutUs.org with two of Portland top AR developers. They’re great people and I highly recommend meeting them. The meeting starts at 6pm at AboutUs.org.

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Event Overview

Imagine being able to use your phone to see what that IKEA couch you’ve been considering will look like in your living room. A far-fetched science fiction scenario? No, IKEA has already released an application like that in Europe.

Augmented reality is an exciting and emerging technology. Augmented reality take real life information–typically the video display of a phone–and overlays it with computer information. Augmented reality is something that is completely unique to mobile.

This month at Mobile Portland, we’re lucky to have two speakers who are early innovators in augmented reality. P. Mark Anderson is platform architect for Spot Metrix which provides an augmented reality library for iPhone called 3DAR. Tim Sears created Robotvision, one of the first augmented reality applications for iPhone.

Mark and Tim will share how people are using augmented reality, their experiences using augmented reality, and what the future holds for this new technology.

About the Speakers

P. Mark Anderson

P. Mark Anderson has 13 years experience developing interactive applications. After receiving a degree in Computer Science from University of Colorado in 1999 he started his career as a developer for Sun Microsystems.

In addition to creating several iPhone applications, Mr. Anderson moderates the Helpful iPhone Utilities open source project, as well as My Maps, an augmented reality iPhone app built on top of Google’s personalized mapping system.

Mr. Anderson is platform architect for the 3DAR augmented reality SDK. He enjoys working with both artists and developers, and occupies his spare time with watercolor painting, mountain biking, disc golf and mentoring.

Tim Sears

Tim Sears is a software engineer who works for PR firm Waggener Edstrom by day building web applications, by night creating location-based augmented reality experiences for the iPhone. He created Robotvision, a popular augmented reality browser, for the iPhone in 2009 and currently works with clients to build out mobile geolocation experiences in augmented reality.

His work in augmented reality and social media analytics has been featured in major publications such as ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and CNET, and has won several awards, including the International Business Awards Best New Product/Service of 2009 for twendz, a real-time Twitter sentiment analysis application.

Date

Monday, January 25, 2010 at 6:00pm

Location

AboutUs Offices
107 SE Washington St., Suite 520,
Portland, Oregon 97214

RSVP on Upcoming.org

Mobile Portland: Augmented Reality on Upcoming.org

Website:

MobilePortland.com