PayRange: Easy Mobile Payments for Machines

PayRange BluKey device sitting on a stack of quartersIf you have ever tried to pay a Portland parking meter with a card, you’ll appreciate this talk!

Waiting while the meter validates your card, and then contacts the bank all the while you are getting soaked in the rain and running late to a meeting – sound familiar? Almost everyone who has parked downtown has experienced this scenario.

In this month’s Mobile Portland talk, Paresh Patel and Chau Doan of PayRange talk about how they are changing the way we pay any machine – meters, vending, laundry, amusement, transit ticketing, and more.

They have developed a low-cost device that can be retrofitted into virtually any machine enabling it to accept mobile payments via Bluetooth. While PayRange’s system is designed to be extremely simple for the users, they abstract away the complexity behind the scenes.

Come hear them talk about the problems, challenges, and obstacles they face to make this all happen seamlessly and universally. It’s sure to be an engaging talk involving the latest in mobile, payments, and Bluetooth low energy.

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:00pm

Celly: The power of mobile social networks

Celly logoLife organizes itself in many different ways. Work. School. Communities. Neighborhoods. Those smaller groups are form our daily interactions.

At Celly, Greg Passmore and Darek Teller have been working on ways to enable these networks to form quickly and communicate privately. Celly's technology is being used by groups as diverse as teachers who need to communicate with students, the City of Portland, and the Occupy Movement as ways to share information quickly.

Celly recently secured $1.4 million in seed funding led by the Oregon Angel Fund to continue building their apps and services.

Celly screenshots

Join Greg and Darek as they talk about the opportunities and challenges of working in the SoLoMo (Social Local Mobile) space including

  • geeky technology,
  • troublesome regulation,
  • surveillance and security,
  • the physical world,
  • how people are actually using technologies like Celly,
  • and the exciting cyborg tech of the future.

Learn more about why Melissa Seideman, a history teacher in Cold Spring, NY said, "Celly is changing the face of education! With Celly, cell phones have the potential to bridge the gap between the home, school, and social media world."

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

Build Businesses, Not Apps

The software world has been turned on its head and all the rules that were once taken for granted are now obsolete. Elia has developed new rules for modern mobile apps, learning from his 17 years of running an indie company and transitioning from the old to the new.

Elia Freedman is the founder and CEO of Infinity Softworks. During his 17 years running an indie mobile software company, Elia has navigated the transition from Newtons to PalmPilots to Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iOS and Android. The rules of making money in mobile has changed drastically in the past five years, let alone the past 17.

Broken iPhone. Shattered Mobile Dreams

Elia's business is changing, too. In this presentation, "Build Businesses, Not Apps," Elia will share the thinking that has led to his own business transition, leaving you with plenty to think about in the New Year.

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Intel's Android Tools and Community

Because Intel is a hardware company, people often miss the things Intel does on the software side and in particular open source software. Intel is one of the largest contributors to Linux. And it taking up a similar role when it comes to Android.

Not only have Intel worked with handset manufacturers to ship phones running on Intel metal and more recently beginning to manufacturer ARM chips as well, but they've been contributors to Android's open source software. They have a ton of tools that developers can use.

We're pleased and lucky to have Daniel Holmlund, an engineer working for Intel's Android developer relations, here in Portland to give us an overview of Android development and projects to which Intel contributes. They'll talk what developers need to be aware of when moving an application to an Intel Android devices, and the software tools that Intel creates to analyze and optimize Android applications.

In addition, Intel will be giving away t-shirts and you can enter a raffle to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. You must be present to win.

Editor's note: one of the best tricks we've learned for Android development is to use the Intel emulators because they run faster on our Macs than the ARM-based emulators do. We've found it worthwhile to pay attention to what Intel is up to on Android.

About Daniel Holmlund

Daniel Holmlund Daniel Holmlund has been a software developer for more than 14 years. During that time he’s worked on a variety of projects including p2p caching technologies, currency transaction servers and a software workflow for publishing e-books.

He joined Intel’s Developer Relations Division 3 years ago focusing on mobile software including HTML5 and Android. Before Intel, Daniel worked in France as a software developer at a non-profit focused on French and North African literacy.


Monday, November 25, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Mobile Opportunities with Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a disruptive new digital currency that has garnered interest from speculators, investors, industry titans, and entrepreneurs. Since the famous purchase of pizza for 10,000 Bitcoins in 2010, it has grown to being accepted by companies such as Wordpress, OkCupid, Reddit, and Baidu.

This talk from Portland entrepreneur Rob Banagale introduces Bitcoin as a cryptocurrency, discusses its current use cases and fit for mobile in particular. It touches on how to get started integrating Bitcoin into your existing mobile or web application, and how to delve further into the cryptocurrency movement.

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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