Hacks/Hackers PDX January Meetup

  • January 21, 2014 · 6:30 PM

Yes, Hacks/Hackers PDX is still alive! We have two co-organizers, M. Edward (@znmeb) Borasky and Melissa (@capnleela) Chavez. For January we’re having a 2014 kickoff round table.

For those of you so inclined, we’re allocating 5 minutes each for lightning talks. Bring a laptop or a USB stick (PDF, PowerPoint, HTML5 slides will all work on a USB stick with @znmeb’s laptop) with a presentation you can give in 5 minutes.

For the hackers, present something you’re working on. For example, @znmeb will probably do something on email text mining. For the hacks, we’d like to hear about the problems / needs / challenges of your beats.

From the mailing lists @znmeb is on, the most common ones aside from FOIA / bureaucracy navigation seem to be PDF data extraction, understanding census data, and adapting to the mobile small screen. There’s also “the future” — drones, sensors, learning to code, etc.

• Introductions / Networking / Lightning talk sign-up: 30 minutes

• Lightning talks (5 minutes each)

      Hackers - what are you working on?

      Hacks - what do you need / what are your challenges?

• Wrapup / Possible future meeting topics: 15 - 30 minutes

      • Security / anonymity / crypto etc.?

      • Text mining?

      • Census data?

      • Mapping?

      • Responsive design / mobile apps?

      • Environmental science / sensor journalism?

      • Verification tools?

      • Data journalism — breaking down the info.

      • Exploratory data analysis / basic statistics?

      • Urban planning / transportation?

      • Reporting tools

      • Drones?

      • Hackathons?

Contact us if you’d like to be a panelist for February: Multidisciplinary Forum — "Do"s, "Don't"s & the Digital Future

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  • A former member
    A former member

    My slides can be grabbed from http://cl.ly/TVMt

    January 22, 2014

  • Melissa

    Here are some of the notes I compiled from Tuesday's meeting: http://etherpad.opensourcebridge.org/hackshackersjanuary Please add links and comments! Thanks!

    January 22, 2014

  • M. Edward (Ed) B.

    Here is the link to my main Github journalism project:


    January 22, 2014

  • Benjamin K.

    A big thanks to Melissa and Ed for organizing the meet up tonight!

    January 21, 2014

  • Rachel W.

    Can't make it tonight, but hope notes will be posted to MeetUp.

    January 21, 2014

  • Kurt R.

    Java users group is doing an intro to Recmmender Systems at the same time, I will have to decide between the two. Would folks be willing to post their lightning talks on this forum?

    January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone would like to do some PGP key signing at the meet up I'd like to offer up this tool I wrote - http://jmoore.me/tools/FingerprintCards/

    January 12, 2014

    • M. Edward (Ed) B.

      Would you be willing to do a session on PGP at a later meeting? One of the other journo/hacker meetups did that a few months ago and it was a big success!

      January 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I plan to do a ~7 minute talk this evening on the basics of the PGP encryption protocol. I can definitely talk more about message signatures and key signing some other time.

      January 21, 2014

  • M. Edward (Ed) B.

    By the way, please feel free to discuss ideas for future meetings here in the comments feed. It's like Twitter, but with more characters! ;-)

    January 8, 2014

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