Portland iPhone Developers Unite!

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"Collaboration Software For Your Business and Your Community"

Thanks to the efforts of iPhone visionary Dean Martindale and Portland tech community supporter Jive Software, iPhone DevCamp 2 is holding a satellite event in Portland.  This event is open to the public and is free.

For those of you who are not familiar with iPhone DevCamp, here is a brief explanation from iPhone DevCamp.org:

iPhoneDevCamp 2 is an upcoming not-for-profit gathering to develop applications for iPhone and iPod touch using both the native SDK and web standards. This is a follow-on event to the first iPhoneDevCamp, held in early July 2007.

iPhone DevCamp Portland will take place August 2nd and August 3rd at Jive Software Map Link.  Here is what will be available at our satellite feed event:

  • 2 projectors (more if we really need it) – each connected to a MacMini (or your own computer)
  • Wi-Fi with fast, redundant Internet feeds
  • Seating for 40 (but probably less once tables, etc are setup)
  • Beverage cooler  with drinks
  • Coffee
  • Food is still being planned and people will not go hungry

Additionally, there will be a meet and greet on Friday evening August 1st, from 6pm to 8pm at the Living Room Theaters across the street from Jive and Powell’s Bookstore.

Participants will be able to participate in this year’s Hackathon!! Track up-to-the-minute updates from San Francisco at iphonedevcamp.org.

An agenda and further information can be found at: iPhoneDevCampPDX.pbwiki.org anyone interested in providing food sponsorship for this event please contact dougcoleman1@gmail.com or Dean Martindale.

IPhone DevCamp2 PDX: Being Held at JIVE

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"Collaboration Software For Your Business and Your Community"
I am excited to announce that iPhone DevCamp 2 PDX has an new venue! Thanks to Jim Goings and the wonderful people at Jive Software, iPhone DevCamp 2 PDX will be held August 2nd and 3rd at Jive’s Stark St. offices in Downtown Portland.  Here is what the space has to offer:

  • 2 projectors (more if we really need it) – each connected to a MacMini (or your own computer)
  • Wi-Fi with fast, redundant Internet feeds
  • Seating for 40 (but probably less once tables, etc are setup)
  • Beverage cooler  with drinks
  • Coffee
  • Food is still being planned and people will not go hungry

Additionally, there will be a meet and greet on Friday evening August 1st, from 6pm to 8pm at the Living Room Theaters across the street from Jive and Powell’s Bookstore.

I would like to thank those people who responded quickly with venues and ideas for help when we were in crisis.  I would personally like to thank Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist for spreading the word on his site and on Twitter when I lost all of my followers suddenly. Rick is a rockstar in this town, and a great supporter of the tech scene here.  You should follow him: @turoczy.

For more information, go to: iphonedevcamppdx.pbwiki.orgBe sure to register early on Upcoming and look for updates on this site.

Portland Techies On TV

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I know.  A link to a video in a blog post instead of an actual embeded video is cheesy.  But if you are a regular reader of the Multimedia Misfit, you know that sometimes that’s how I roll, dog.

This week the Open Source convention OSCON 2008 is in town and together with the recent release of the iPhone 3G, mainstream media is taking notice of technology and business.  In a report titled “Your Money, Your Business: Old iPhones Selling For New Prices Online”, KGW Newschannel 8 reporter Joe Smith interviews @ravenzachary, @jabancroft, and @turoczy about iPhones old and new.

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iPhone DevCamp 2 PDX: UPDATE

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Enthusiasm is high about an iPhone DevCamp 2 satellite event being held in Portland.  However, PCC Cascade informed us today that we will not be able to use their facilities to host DevCamp 2 PDX without paying almost $1000 in security and overtime fees.  Disappointing news, because plans have been in the works for weeks now and we have already announced it to the world.  This leaves us without a venue to host this event that is only a week and a half away.

If Portland iPhone developers show enough interest in this event and if we can find a suitable venue, iPhone DevCamp 2 PDX can still happen.  Keep in mind that we want to keep this a free event and we have almost no budget, so we need help!

A suitable venue would be large enough to host possibly 20+ people, have Wi-Fi access, a projector or other means of viewing a live satellite feed and an area for people to mingle and eat.

iPhone DevCamp 2 is Friday August 1st through Sunday August 3rd.  Friday evening would be for meet & greets and would not have to take place at the event venue.

If anyone is interested in going forward with this event or would like to help, contact me at: dougcoleman1@gmail.com or Dean Martindale

iPhone DevCamp 2 Comes to Portland

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The largest gathering of iPhone owners at the iPhoneDevCamp in San Francisco. Can Portland beat this?

The largest gathering of iPhone owners at the iPhoneDevCamp in San Francisco. Can Portland beat this?

Good news!  iPhone developer geeks do not have to travel all the way to San Francisco for DevCamp 2.  There will be a live satellite event at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus that is open to the public and is free.  For those of you who are not familiar with iPhone DevCamp, here is a brief explanation from iPhone DevCamp.org:

iPhoneDevCamp 2 is an upcoming not-for-profit gathering to develop applications for iPhone and iPod touch using both the native SDK and web standards. This is a follow-on event to the first iPhoneDevCamp, held in early July 2007.

iPhone DevCamp Portland will take place August 1st through August 3rd on the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College Map Link.

This will be a satellite event, linked via streaming video with the main event in San Francisco.  The event will be held in three rooms of PCC’s state-of-the-art Multimedia Lab.  The venue offers free Wi-Fi and access to 40 Mac Pro terminals running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

An agenda and further information can be found at: iPhoneDevCampPDX.pbwiki.org

Food, meet and greets, and other considerations are being planned and anyone interested in providing sponsorship for this event should contact myself dougcoleman1@gmail.com or Dean Martindale. Look for more information and breaking news about this event right here on the Multimedia Misfit.

Special Thanks to Dean Martindale for putting this together, visit his blog: webguypdx.com

July Events I Am Attending

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Like I mentioned before, Portland is full of things to do if you are a geek.  There is a meeting or event virtually every day, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few choice events I will be attending this week and next.  Students, pay attention.  It is important to use events like these to network and learn things they don’t teach you in school.  I keep track of these events on Upcoming.com :

Wednesday July 16, 2008:

Portland Lunch 2.0 at souksouk (12:00-2:00pm)

The Portland Lunch 2.0 saga continues at flex term office space provider souk , once again in Old Town on July 16, 2008. We won’t stop until we have Lunch 2.0 at every, single business in Old Town…
In this workshop by Al Polito, we will explore personal branding. Branding goes deeper than your slogan; it’s about knowing the value you bring to your clients/customers, and expressing it powerfully…
Every Friday:
Saturday July 26th, 2008:
Cre8Camp Portlandsouk (10:00am-3:00pm)
Cre8Camp Portland is a BarCamp-like unconference with a creative twist–it is for creative industries professionals. There is no charge to attend, but participants can opt to pay for a $10 box lunch…

My Answer to “Do Startups Need Community Managers?”

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Marshall Kirkpatrick is a Lead Author for the very popular web apps, web technology trends, social networking and social media website, ReadWriteWeb.  He posed an interesting question on Twitter;

marshallk “Thinking of writing a story about whether startups need community managers. Thoughts?”

In his own blog, Marshall said that he got twenty people to reply.  There were some great responses.  Look for his article on ReadWriteWeb.  Here is what I had to say:

If by “community managers” you mean someone that keeps track of what is happening in a certain community, then yes, startups need a community manager. Especially if that company pays attention to social media. Social media is so important for many companies these days, but the sheer volume of information that is shared can be a problem for them. I think it takes at least one person in a startup to “keep an ear to the ground”. That person should be reading feeds all day and paying attention for appropriate information and content. That person should be writing a blog and listening to their other networks. A social network community manager should learn about what is happening in that company’s field every day and report it to their team.

Doug Coleman

If anyone out there is looking for a community manager, I am looking for a job.  Feel free to contact me at: dougcoleman1@gmail.com

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