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keep portland wired! a tour of portland’s tech community

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Keep Portland Wired!
A Tour of Portland’s Tech Community
Held in conjunction with The Wild
Friday, May 17th 10AM-4PM

Departing location ZIBA
1044 NW 9th Ave
Cost: $25 general/ $20 members

Board the bus for a ride through Portland’s technology industry, including some of the major institutions our city is known for, as well as some of our emerging start ups. Get a behind-the-scenes view of leading tech innovators, and meet some of the leaders who are shaping Portland’s tech future…you’d be crazy to miss it!

We’ll start out at Portland Incubator Experiment, a start-up incubator for new, emerging tech businesses. Associated with and housed in the Widen+Kennedy building, the space canopies 8-10 start-ups at a time, helping with the early stages of creating business. We’ll hear about how they’ve created more than $1 million in venture capital and more than 400 jobs, and meet with several of the business owners.

At Second Story we’ll get a look at their innovation center for new interactive experiences. Staff will share their work in pushing the boundaries of storytelling across digital channels – including web, mobile and installations. We’ll hear a bit about their history and some of the new groundbreaking projects currently in development.

Nike+ Accelerator will provide us with a similar but different view into the world of emerging start-ups. Started just months ago, 10 teams are working with mentors to develop a variety of businesses, many around health, wellness and technology. The program is run by TechStars, a Colorado-based company that has generated more than $275 million in venture capital for clients over the last six years.

The tour ends at Free Geek, a nonprofit whose mission is to recycle technology and provide access to computers, the Internet, education, and job skills in exchange for community service. Founded in 2000, the center refurbishes more than 44,000 computers, printers and monitors a year, while recycling 601 tons of materials. We’ll take a quick tour of their thrift store, as well as learn about their hardware grants program, classes and volunteer opportunities.

TOUR ITINERARY

10am – Ziba Design/ CreativeMornings
1044 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

10:30am – 11:30am
Portland Incubator Experiment
1227 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209

11:45am – 12:45pm
Second Story Studio
714 N Fremont St, No 200, Portland, OR 97227

12:45pm – 1:15pm lunch (Grand Central)

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Nike+ Accelerator
1714 NW Overton St. Portland, OR 97209

2:45pm – 3:45pm
Free Geek
1731 SE 10th Ave  Portland, OR 97214

4pm
Return to Ziba Design

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7 Comments


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    Anon
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Any chance this will be repeated on a weekend?


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    marc moscato
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    sorry anon! we would prefer to do the tour on the weekend as well, but the places we’re visiting are businesses and are only open M-F. so, we can’t do much on this one!


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    marc moscato
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    we have heard people are going under the guide of work though…”a technology conference.” anyway, hope you can join us!


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    PDXsays
    Posted May 12, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Hi guys,

    Theme of end-of-the-scholastic-year field trips in from grade school ties nicely to don’t forget the basics. Are the school bus and the locations ADA accessible?

    Thanks!


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    marc moscato
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    hey teresa, yes the bus and locations are ADA accessible. but please let us know if you need special accommodations. thanks, hope you are well!


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    Sam Churchill
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Great fun! Thanks for organizing this event, everyone. Here are some pix:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/samchurchill/sets/72157633506141743/


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    marc moscato
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    thanks sam…those are great! thanks for sharing

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