Tech Tuesday Report: 2018.02.06

Joshua EvansAll

It’s always good to see a lot of activity on the Switchboard. This week we have had eight posts.

First, there are three posts about Jobs. Ashland company Vortx is looking for a qualified Senior Network Administrator. Looks like they mainly do stuff according to their website, but the job posting itself is a lot more general:
Senior Network and Security Administrator (Ashland, OR)

CE Learning Systems is looking for a Full Stack Laravel developer. According to Max you will be “You’ll be be developing in AngularJS, Laravel, and VueJS, working on and other SaaS products.”
Full Stack Developer – Laravel

Finally, CBT Nuggets is looking for a QA-Engineer. It looks like, according to some extra info provided by Mark, it’s mostly going to be about QA on mobile applications. Automated testing is also, of course, hugely important
Apps QA job at CBT Nuggets

Another three of the eight posts we saw this week were about upcoming events. Nathan is looking for more folks for his Elm meetup on Wednesdays, and the Eugene SQL Server group is putting on another awesome event. This time the theme will be “SQL Server Statistics”
Make Elm Stuff!
Eugene SQL Server User Group February 13th 11:30am @ Peace Health

The last event is of particular interest: The NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner is coming on February 16th, and Eugene Tech has a table. We only have 10 seats available, and buying access to one will help out both the NAACP, and Eugene Tech. From Mark: “The mission of EugeneTech is to foster open and inclusive tech community. Building bridges with our local community of color supports that mission. Please make your donation today!”
$100 seat at the EugeneTech NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner table

Lastly, but not leastly, Dan is looking for a low-cost, alcohol-friendly location to host a meeting March 13th
Looking for low cost meeting place for March 13th Evening

Upcoming Events

It’s the first week of the month, so we have a bunch of events coming up, especially on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 7th

A lot of events are going on today. If you are fond of going to events then you are going to need to make some choices.

Firstly the Game Development Coffee Meetup is, as always, going on strong every Wednesday morning

Game Startup Coffee Meetup

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, 9:00 AM

The Barn Light
44 W Broadway Eugene, OR

4 Game Devs Went

Your weekly coffee networking and business meetup for Game Devs, Tech and Business Professionals, and Entrepreneuers .Here’s where you can go to find that missing piece that’ll help you get your startup going, or move your project or team past a staffing or skills block.This is also where veteran developers, or fresh developers come to find oppor…

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The usual “First Wednesday” suspects are all here: Open mentor hours at RAIN, first Wednesday RWIT Co-Working, the First Wednesday Game Development Dinner, and Women in Tech Wednesdays.

Open Mentor Hours – RAIN Eugene – 942 Olive St.

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, 9:00 AM

RAIN Eugene
942 Olive St. Eugene, OR

6 Innovators Went

On the 1st Wednesday of every month, mentors will be available to take ‘walk up’ 1:1 meetings with founders. If you have an idea and are not sure where to go next, show up and take advantage of some free consulting.

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Coworking & Mentoring – RWIT #Eugene First Wednesdays

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, 3:00 PM

RAIN Eugene
942 Olive St. Eugene, OR

2 Innovators Went

Join us for our monthly co-working and mentoring session with the Redefining Women in Tech Eugene community. Bring your own device or something to work on.At 5:30pm, join the Eugene Women in Tech for their monthly First Wednesday happy hour event.Join us on Facebook for more information.

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First Wednesday Game Dev Dinner

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, 5:30 PM

777 West 6th Avenue Eugene, OR

2 Game Devs Went

Welcome to our Monthly Eugene Area Game Developer event!If you like making games? This is the place for you!If you would like to start making games? We’re glad to have you aboard!Don’t know how? We’re glad to show you the ropes!Come out and meet developers from novice to veteran; weekend warrior to game dev 9-5er! We come in all types and abili…

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Women in Tech Wednesdays

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, 5:30 PM

Whirled Pies
199 W 8th Avenue Eugene, OR

3 Digital Creatives Went

Please join us at Whirled Pies to unwind with fellow Eugene women in tech the first Wednesday of every month. Look for the lady with the ever evolving brightly colored mermaid hair!!! Hope to see you there!

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To wrap up Wednesday, Code Corvallis is putting on their February Unconference at the Laughing Planet Cafe up there. Looking at the previous events for Code Corvallis these unconferences happen somewhat infrequently, so you might not want to miss it

February Unconference

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, 6:30 PM

Laughing Planet Cafe
127 Nw 2nd St Corvallis, OR

5 Coders Went

You’re invited to join local software enthusiasts for a drink and talk (or listen) about software. Devices welcome.

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Thursday, February 8th

Wednesday is definitely the ruler of events, but Thursday is doing its best to keep up. It’s especially big for events happen outside of Eugene

As usual the Eugene Game Developers have their Happy Hour in the afternoon

Game Dev Happy Hour

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 5:30 PM

Starlight Lounge
830 Olive Street Eugene, OR

2 Game Devs Went

Hang out and have a few drinks with your fellow developers and game development minded people! All are welcome!This is a super casual get-together, no topics, no presentations, no stress. Come on down and chill out!

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There are two seperate Startup Coffee meetings going on. One in Florence at the Beachcomber Pub, and another at Backstage Bakery and Cafe in Corvallis. Great events for sure

Coffee Meetup for Startups, Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Resource Partners

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 8:00 AM

Beachcomber Pub
1355 Bay Street Florence, OR

7 Entrepreneurs Went

Fall is blowing in and that means lovely weather on the coast. What better way to spend a bright sunny morning that sipping coffee and reconnecting with your closest allies, biggest fans, and most inspiring friends in the MidCoast’s entrepreneurial ecosystem What: Coffee, conversation and Networking Where: Beachcomber Pub When: 8-10 am Who Should C…

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Startup Coffee Meetup in Cottage Grove

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

Backstage Bakery & Cafe
25 South 7th Street Cottage Grove, OR

6 Innovators Went

On the 2nd Thursday of every month, RAIN Eugene mentors invite you to the Backstage Bakery to talk about startups, innovation, and how we can support your startup. If you have an idea and are not sure where to go next, show up and take advantage of some free consulting.

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The 500 Women in Science pod is having a meet and greet. All you need to bring is your ideas

Meet, greet, and plan : Science Salon for Puerto Rico

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 7:00 PM

3 Members Went

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Last on the Thursday docket: Willamette Valley Software Engineers will be presenting Eric Paxton this month, talking all about “Creating Something from Nothing” and biting off more than you can chew. A familiar topic for any developer

Eric Paxton – Software: Creating Something From Nothing

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 6:00 PM

Maps Credit Union
451 Divison St NE Salem, OR

25 Members Went

Software: Creating Something From Nothing This is the story of people, software and biting off more than you can chew.

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Friday, February 9th

Friday’s just got the usual suspects. The Teal Explorer’s Meetup and Open Hack Night. Not too much to say about these ones. It’s the simple, consistent events that make the calendar shine

Teal Explorer’s Meet-Up

Friday, Feb 9, 2018, 4:30 PM

RAIN Eugene
942 Olive St. Eugene, OR

7 Teal Explorers Went

• What we’ll do Explore concepts from the book Reinventing Organizations to improve our understanding of the Teal organizational model and look for opportunities to apply these concepts in our personal and professional lives. • What to bring • Important to know

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Open Hack Night

Friday, Feb 9, 2018, 6:00 PM

Eugene Makerspace
687 McKinley Street Eugene, OR

2 Creative Makers Went

Time to make stuff. The space is open. Bring your project, come for inspiration, or just see what the rest of us are up to.

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Tuesday, February 13th

Tuesday’s usual suspects are all accounted for. Tech Tuesday and Open Hack Night, as well as the bi-weekly Bend Arduino Meetup

#TechTuesday & Live Video Show at The Barn Light

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018, 5:30 PM

The Barn Light
924 Willamette Street Eugene, OR

3 Digital Creatives Went

The most consistently inconsistent Tuesday meeting of the tech community downtown now with a Facebook Live Video show at 6PM. If you would like to be on the show, give a shout-out on the Switchboard: we typically have guests and the news…Your regular dose of devs and digital creatives hanging out and noodling on projects. Thi…

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Bend Arduino Group Trinity Lutheran

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018, 6:00 PM

Trinity Lutheran School
2550 Ne Butler Market Rd Bend, OR

5 Bend Arduino Group Members Went

See the map for details,

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Open Hack Night

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018, 6:00 PM

Eugene Makerspace
687 McKinley Street Eugene, OR

3 Creative Makers Went

Time to make stuff.  The space is open.  Bring your project, come for inspiration, or just see what the rest of us are up to.

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As previously mentioned in the Switchboard section, the Eugene SQL User group is putting on their “SQL Server Statistics” talk, and it’s bound to be a good one

Eugene SQL Server User Group – Feb 13th – Lunch

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018, 11:30 AM

Peace Health Inc.
123 International Way Springfield, OR

18 SQL Server Users Went

Speaker: Vern Rabe Topic: SQL Server Statistics When the SQL Server optimizer evaluates a query to determine how best to execute it, the statistics are quite possibly the most important tool at its disposal. But SQL Server statistics objects aren’t perfect because they only contain estimated summary information. In this session, we’ll start with an…

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Finally, it looks like ID8 is here once again. Each ID8 event is split in two parts – first there is a free talk, then a workshop for chosen participants. The first session this time around is all about “Developing Entrepreneurial Discipline”

ID8 Session 1: Developing Entrepreneurial Discipline

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018, 6:00 PM

RAIN Eugene
942 Olive St. Eugene, OR

11 Innovators Went

• What we’ll do The first session of the 5 week ID8 pre-accelerator program is starting on February 13th. These sessions are divided into two parts, first, an open to the public talk, followed by a workshop for selected participants to work through the material that is covered in each session. If you would like to participate in the workshop, parti…

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Extra Bits

So this is a little different. It’s a bit of an experiment, you could say. I have been thinking about how we could improve the Tech Tuesday Live Show, and this is the first step

All of the info in this post would normally just be talked about on the Tech Tuesday Live Show. Then links would be shoved into the YouTube video that would eventually be uploaded. This system had a few problems:

First, the show has a tendency to be a bit long and a bit rambly. Telling people to “watch the show” felt like a big ask. By taking all the information buried in the show, and writing it down in a blog post, that information becomes a lot more easily accessible. Plus, we get to make the show better by only talking about the really interesting stuff

Secondly, we would often have a hard time uploading the show to YouTube in a timely fashion. It could take days for one of us on the Eugene Tech team to find the time to actually do the YouTube upload. By then most of the event links became stale, and the usefulness of the upload was severely reduced

My desire is to keep improving Eugene Tech by developing community resources that are actually useful. We are a Volunteer Organization, so progress will be slow, but there is definitely more to come. Feedback is also appreciated and welcome. Send me a message on the Eugene Tech Slack if you have something to say: Eugene Tech Slack

About the Author

Joshua Evans is the primary organizer of the Tech Tuesday Live Show, and a member of the Eugene Tech “Working Board”