Happening Next Week! Please RSVP (entry includes drink ticket) at http://startupbend.com/articles/events/dnd/
You may be familiar with many of Bend’s tech startups, but have you ever wanted to see how their products actually work? Then join us for StartupBend’s first-everDemos and Drinks night (http://startupbend.com/articles/events/dnd/), sponsored by BendBroadband Business (https://bendbroadband.com/business/), starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 24.
The idea is to give you an insiders’ look at the software and hardware being created by some of our most interesting tech startups. We’ll dig into the technology and offer the chance to ask questions. We’ll also hang out and drink beer and give away a few presents. Best night ever? Probably.
This month we’re featuring the founders of CodePen and Garmin/Pulsed Light (Garmin acquired this Bend startup last month).
Co-founder Tim Sabat will show off the benefits of the robust online community and code editor that CodePen provides to hundreds of thousands front-end developers all over the world. More from their site (http://codepen.io/):
Need to build a reduced test case to demonstrate and figure out a bug? CodePen is great for that. Want to show off your latest creation and get feedback from your peers? CodePen is great for that. Want to find examples of a particular design pattern for your project? CodePen is great for that.
CodePen PRO (http://codepen.io/pro/) takes things further with features like Collab Mode which allows you to pair program in real time and Professor Mode for allowing a group of students to follow you as you teach code and chat with each other.
Garmin (formerly PulsedLight (http://startupbend.com/articles/50-startups-pulsedlight-helps-drones-fly-safely/))
Bob Lewis, co-founder of PulsedLight. The startup creates small, low-cost sensors that make high performance distance measurements. Its flagship product, LIDAR-Lite is an optical sensor that does just that. In Lewis’ and co-founder Dennis Corey’s words:
Our system is a hybrid between standard “time of flight” sensors, and technologies used in radar. In contrast to conventional systems, we use software for signal processing instead of relying solely on hardware. The LIDAR-Lite sends out a series of up to 255 pulses every second and each pulse is encoded with a random code, in essence a fingerprint. We can then find that signal in the noise to produce accurate measurements from a 0 to 50 meter range. A lot of other rangefinders don’t work at close range because they have to wait for signal return. LIDAR-Lite and our other products in the pipeline can transmit and receive at the same time.
Does that whet your appetite for some serious geeking out? BendTECH (http://startupbend.com/cowork/)and the 1001 Tech Center (http://www.the1001bend.com/) are graciously hosting us. And we’re aiming to make this a regular event. We’d love to see you. Register here (http://startupbend.com/articles/events/dnd/).
The infamous viral video that sings the praises of Bend's craft beer, outdoor recreation, and technology communities is complete and launches November 5th. Our Thunderclap campaign has become 100% supported, so at 11 a.m. on 11/5 we are asking everyone to post this link to help create a social media "blast": http://youtu.be/KxhA2jopebQ
Join us at 7:30 at Stihl Whiskey Bar and let's watch the YouTube returns for "Beer, Rec & Tech". SO much more fun than watching election returns!
Do you like free beer, voting on things and pitching your latest business idea? Then we’ve got an event for you. BendTECH is proud to host the 5th Annual Bend Venture unConference Oct 16. Did we mention it’s free?
The highlight of the evening is the pitch competition. It’s an open opportunity for anyone (seriously anyone) to pitch their business and vie for a wildcard spot in the BVC concept stage competition the next day. The unConference attendees will vote to decide which presenter moves on.
In addition to startup awesomeness, we’ll also be celebrating the launch of the new BendTECH coworking space. We hope you’ll join us!
A few details:
- There will be plenty of parking available at the building
- Bring a coat if the weather is cool.. part of the event will be outdoors
- If you’d like to pitch, just show up and put your name in a timeslot on the whiteboard
- A ticket to BVC is not required to attend the unConference
- The event runs from 2-5pm on Oct 16, 2014
Excerpted from the Soar Oregon website (http://www.soaroregon.com/innovation-day/enthusiasts/) :
Imagine a robot that could help search and rescue teams locate a lost hiker? Help firefighters survey terrain in order to battle a forest fire? Better manage the growth of our forests? Deliver and monitor crops?
In this afternoon session, you will meet three different finalists from a national competition (http://www.droneprize.com/)for aerial robotics to be applied to social good. Winners of this competition will receive over $10,000 in prizes. All applications will be commercial applications of the technology. The three finalist are:
Three Chicks and a Drone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppAIlwHHiRM)
Environmental scientist Pat Welle, along with her friends Veronica and Deb, is working with the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, using a hobby multirotor equipped with a high-definition video camera to document Duck Lake and the surrounding environment, with the goal of enhancing wetlands in the area. Scappoose Bay is located in Oregon, north of Portland.
Furman University (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZrMyKqWZvQ&feature=player_embedded)
John R. Conrad, Mike Winiski, Taylor DeLench, Chase Fiedler, William Lewis of Furman University utilized a hobby multirotor equipped with a high-definition video camera to plot the location of functioning streetlights in the Washington Heights and Poe Mill neighborhoods of Greenville, South Carolina. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, the team was able to explore the relationship between nighttime illumination and crime.
Grady 3G UAV Team (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=luDANnVvet0)
Gardner Chambliss is a volunteer mentor to the Grady High School Robotics Team in Atlanta, Georgia. With his support and guidance, the students have participated in a series of demonstrations and projects, including working with law enforcement to study the potential use of drones in tactical situations such as bomb disposal and presenting to the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers.
This session includes detailed discussions behind the application of the technology, what were the key challenges faced in deployment, how the technology was developed, and how social impact will be measured. You will also have a chance to vote on the three applications to nominate one of them for a “People’s Choice” Award.
In addition, we will have the Innovation Lab, an area with cool technologies from a variety of sources including: Hoverlabs (http://www.hoverlabs.org/display/web/Home),Roswell Flight Test Group (http://roswellflighttestcrew.typepad.com/), FLIR Systems (http://www.flir.com/US/), and Aerial Technology International (http://www.aerialtechnology.com/), High Desert Makers Mill (http://highdesertmakermill.org/), and students from First Team 753. Mark Morrisson, Executive Director of SOAROregon, will provide a brief update on the UAV market in Central Oregon.
This event is open to the public, however, registration is required.
The cost to attend is free. (Originally, we were charging for the event but received additional funding.)
The event is sponsored by Intel Corporation and organized by SOAROregon. The event will be hosted at Cascade Academy which is located outside of Bend, Oregon.
Scott Elnes is creating a short film about the local Bend tech scene and he's looking for up to 20 people to sit at desks in the GL Solutions office downtown and act like workers for an hour or so.
If you're free next Sunday, please RSVP and help support a local filmmaker!
We hope to show the video at the BendTECH launch on October 16 in our new building @ 1001 Emkay.
The Central Oregon Information Systems User Group (COISUG) is back! Join us for the first meeting of 2014 hosted by Droplr and sponsored by the Tech Alliance. Droplr is a local startup that is changing the way that we share and collaborate with files. "Droplr - the easiest way to send files. No folders, no syncing, no waiting. Just the easiest way to send files—both big and small—from A to B. Simple, secure, and fast." The Droplr team will be conducting a product demo, talking about the file sharing space and leading a discussion on personal, professional and enterprise file sharing. Drop by Silvermoon Thursday February 20th at 12pm for a great time of tech, food and networking.
Topic: Droplr - File Sharing simple, secure and fast
When: 12-2pm February 20th, 2014
Where: Silver Moon Brewing
Address: 24 NW Greenwood Ave Bend, OR 97701
Food: Pizza, Nachos, Quesadillas, and more for those that show early!
Thank you for your support - spread the word - great times to come.
*COISUG: Central Oregon Information Systems User Group , LinkedIn Group http://goo.gl/pbkAfp or coisug.info
I am looking for day volunteers and possible game team coaches. Come by on 2/1 to see if this is for you:
To kick off the OGPC season, TechStart will host a state-wide Game Jam! A Game Jam is a one-day event that will provide high-school and middle-school students an opportunity to create a design document and paper prototype of a computer game based on the chosen theme: overcoming obstacles. Working with industry mentors, students will learn the basics of team communication, translation of abstract ideas into concrete plans, rapid paper-prototyping of their designs, pitching their projects, and professional networking. Teams are welcome — but not required — to build on this experience, going on to create their game for the OGPC Main Event. Attendance at a Game Jam is not mandatory for teams planning on attending the Main Event.
In addition, we will hold an OGPC coach training during the Game Jam.
The simultaneous, state-wide Game Jam will take place on February 1, 2014 from 8:30a-3:00p
Contact Laura Cuthbert , [masked] ,if you can help us out that day or want to learn more.
Come join local "experts" for a roundtable discussion on Bitcoin, money .vs. currency, and currency trading in the new millenium.
What it's about: This topic was spurred by a recent IgniteBend talk on Bitcoin, which has led to a number of follow-on conversations around the office about the technical and social significance of "digital cash". Everyone involved has lots of questions so we thought we'd provide a forum for people to get together and compare notes.
What you'll learn: If demand warrants, each of the "experts" (yes, in quotes, that) will weigh in with a brief overview of what they know about digital currency/cash and why it's interesting. From there this will be an audience driven discussion. Our experts so far include:
- Robert Kieffer, software developer / resident BitCoin geek
- Scott Warner, entrepreneur
- Doug (?), currency trader
We'll be sending out links to some cheat sheets to help people get informed and hopefully drive discussion.
What you can contribute: Know someone who has interesting expertise and insight into the nature of digital cash? Send a note to Robert and we'll see what we can do. (Note: we can call remote people in via Google Hangouts if you have someone who might be particularly insightful.)
[Note: Lunch-n-learn will be starting in July, as Robert's out of town the last week of June]
What It's About
Configuration Management is the process by which a software and hardware installation may be maintained in a consistent and scalable manner. Software like Puppet, Docker, Chef, Salt Stack, Vagrant are just a few of the tools deployed to deal with this often challenging problem space. This talk will discuss configuration management, the tools involved, and how these tools will save you time and lower your level of stress.
What You'll Learn
You'll learn the basics of configuration management. We'll touch on each of the software systems listed above. There will be a demo of local desktop configuration management with Chef and Vagrant, as well as server administration with AWS OpsWorks and Docker.
Tim Sabat was the first hire at Wufoo, which was later acquired by SurveyMonkey. He's currently working on a project called CodePen.io, which is the best place in the universe to learn, share and teach web development. He just moved to Bend from Palo Alto and is looking forward to meeting others in the tech scene here.
Yay, another last minute meetup! 'Turns out Apple will be streaming the WWDC Keynote live, so we're gonna toss it up on our big screen here at TSB if anyone feels like attending.
There's beer in the fridge, but you'll have to bring your own popcorn!
[FYI, we have a hard stop at 11:00am, so I'll be aggressively shooing people out the door at that time.]