A Networking Nexus in PDX (Portland, Oregon, USA)
for New Media Professionals (Design, Development & Marketing)

Links to Groups, Conferences, Calendars, and Education
with a focus on live events and meetings

Note: most groups and events have email lists, and non-members can sign up to get announcements.

To suggest an addition or correction to this list, please email nancy [at] nancywmcclure.com.

A SIMILAR DIRECTORY

ePDX, community-sourced directory of user groups, etc. in the "tech community"

BEST announcement list and networking

PDX MindShare (great for higher-level job postings! local meatspace mixers!)

COVERAGE of the Local Community

Silicon Florist, a news blog covering the "Silicon Forest" with video newscasts

GOVERNMENT + COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Oregon Creative Industries, beginnings of a trade association

DIRECTORIES TO GET LISTED IN

PortlandCreativeList

PRTLND "...every person in Portland who makes things... designers, developers, and photographers..."

SourceOregon (for film industry, but includes a Web & Interactive section)

Also: ePDX above

LOCAL STAFFING AGENCIES FOR CREATIVES (contract and/or full time)

52 LTD.

Filter/Talent Portland

Aquent Portland

Generator Group

Mathys+Potestio

Right Brain Resource

LOCAL STAFFING AGENCIES FOR TECH FOLKS (contract and/or full time)

...partial list...

KForce

TekSystems

Meridian Technology Group

VanderHouwen & Associates

EdgeLink

Conferences and other biggish events

WebVisions BEST Conference for the Web
Two days of sessions with national speakers, a day of workshops, plus allied events. It started here in 2000 and now puts on events in NYC and beyond.

Digital Marketing Conference at PSU, typically in December

Portland Creative Conference, inspirational event where big names talk about big ideas and creativity

SearchFest

eMarketing Summit at InnoTech

Communicators Conference (sponsored by OCIABC and PRSA, below)

Unconferences and other grassroots events

WordCamp Portland (for users of WordPress)

Open Source Bridge Conference

Barcamp, an unconference for the Portland tech community

Portland InfoCamp

Note: Additional major events are hosted by groups listed elsewhere on this page.

General Events Calendars (searchable)

Note: Your Author finds the most useful regular events to be the meetings and presentations of groups elsewhere on this page. The 3 calendars here most recent was May help you find additional groups.

PlanCast

Upcoming

PDX Tech Calendar (Calagator an open-source project)

Meetup Groups in Portland area

Tech Calendar on EventBrite

Networking 2.0 (grassroots meet-and-greet events)

Beer and Blog

Lunch 2.0

Schmooze

Note: Other relatively informal meetings are offered by other groups here, and bigger, less-frequent grassroots events are above.

General Groups for Marketing, Advertising and PR

American Marketing Association, Oregon Chapter

Portland Advertising Federation

OCIABC International Association of Business Communicators, Oregon Columbia

Public Relations Society of America, Portland Metro Chapter

Groups for Allied Professions

STC Willamette Valley Chapter, Society for Technical Communication.
Check out its various Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

ASTD, American Society for Training and Development, Cascadia Chapter

IDSA, Industrial Design Society of America, Portland

PMI Portland, Project Management Institute

Northwest Association of Book Publishers

Independent Publishing Resource Center

Groups for Women

Women in Technology (WITI)

Groups for Creative & Communications

SEARCH ENGINE MKTG, SOCIAL MEDIA MKTG, BLOGGING

Social Media Club PDX

SEMpdx, Portland Oregon Search Engine Marketing / Optimization Group

Portland WordPress User Group

PRSA New Pros (Public Reiations Society of America)

OFFICIAL ADOBE USERS GROUPS

PDX Photopshop & Illustrator Group for experienced users of Photoshop and Illustrator monthly no-cost meetings

PDX & Vancouver Photoshop & Creative Suite Meetup Grp

Portland InDesign Users Group (yes, InDesign does some interactive things, too)

AEPDX (After Effects Users)

ANIMATION, INTERACTIVE, FILM

ASIFA Portland, Chapter of International Animated Film Association

3DPDX, for 3D artists and software users

Cascade SIGGRAPH for computer graphics (Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques of the Association for Computing Machinery)

OMPA, Oregon Media Production Association (film, video, interactive, animation and broadcast)

DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY

AIGA, American Institute of Graphic Artist), Portland Chapter

GAG, Graphic Artists Guild Portland Chapter is dormant; Seattle's chapter (SPGA) is very active

SEGD, Society for Environmental Graphic Design no Portland events, some in Seattle

Professional Photographers of Oregon (fairly print-oriented)

ASMP, American Society of Media Photographers, Oregon Chapter

For other photography organizations, see Partners on the Community page at ProPhoto Supply.

UI/UX/USABILITY & DATA VIS

CHIFOO, Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon (ACM SIGCHI) usability and user experience

PDX-UX

IxDA Portland, Interaction Design Association

UX Book Club

PDX-Visualization, data visualization group

Groups for Technology

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

SAO, Software Association of Oregon.
Check out its various Forums (sub-groups)

Portland Extreme Programming Users Group

Mobile Portland

CocoaHeads Portland (Mac)

SPECIALTY TECHNOLOGIES & PLATFORMS

Joomla! User Group Portland

Portland WordPress User Group

Portland Drupal Users Group

Portland Amazon Web Services users group

Portland Google Technology User Group

Portland Area Game Developer Interest Group (PAGDIG)

Portland Linux Users Group

Portland PC Users Group (consumer oriented)

Portland Macintosh Users Group (consumer oriented)

There are also Portland-area groups for specific languages and IDEs, such as Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, Smalltalk, etc. They appear on calagator.

MISCELLANEOUS

Technology Wizards

Northwest Support Professionals

Portland DevOps User Group ("intersection of software development and systems operations")

PDXTech4Good (NetSquared)

Cascade SIGGRAPH for computer graphics (Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques of the Association for Computing Machinery)

ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science and Technology), Pacific NW Chapter theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information

Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference

Education for the Creative Side

PSU Multimedia Professional certificate program become a web designer or interactive producer

PSU Digital Marketing Strategies certificate program

PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art) Continuing Education Adult Program (areas include Computer Animation, WWW, Graphic Design, Photography, Computer Imaging)

The Art Institute of Portland, Interactive Media Design BA and AA Programs

Oregon 3D, Center for Visualization Technologies

Portland Community College Multimedia

ITT Technical Institute, Portland campus. Associate Degree in Information Technology, Multimedia Option

Education for the Technical Side

Portland Community College Engineering

PSU IT (Information Technology) Certification Program

 

 

 

NOTE: PSU = Portland State University

To suggest an addition or correction to this list, please email nancy [at] nancywmcclure.com.