Acceptable Conduct at Mobile Portland Meetings

Last night at the end of the Mobile Portland meeting, I was talking to a couple of male attendees about technical issues. As we were talking, a woman that I don’t know passed us and then left the building.

Because I consider it my responsibility to ensure the security and safety of our hosts property, I’m always watching what is going on at the ends of meetings. I noticed a person coming from behind me from an area that is secure and I glanced to see who it was. It was was the aforementioned woman who was actually coming out of the restroom, not the secure area.

So far, not a big deal, right? Someone walked past, I glanced to see who it was. I probably should have been focused on the conversation, but I have a dual responsibility to be a good host and also make sure the space is secure.

But what happened next stunned me. One of the attendees that I was talking to commented something to the effect that he and his colleague should let me go because he could see that I was “looking at the pretty girls.”

I was stunned. I did not know what to say. The comment was made loud enough that I’m certain the woman who passed heard it. She was on her way out and didn’t stop. By the time I recovered my senses, she was gone.

I extracted myself from the conversation shortly thereafter and walked away baffled at the lack of professionalism and general creepiness of that part of what had otherwise been a great chat about the challenges of dealing with device diversity.

I want to publicly apologize to the woman who had that comment made about her. I’m sorry I didn’t immediately redress the issue before you left the building. I’m sorry I was shocked and unable to act quickly enough. I need to be better and quicker at responding.

In addition, I want to state clearly and forcefully that Mobile Portland is a community accepting of all people regardless of race, gender, orientation, etc. We’re here to talk about mobile. We expect attendees to show respect and courtesy to each other. And people who don’t behave in such a manner will be asked to leave.

As far as Mobile Portland is concerned, an appreciation for device diversity goes hand in hand with an appreciation for human diversity. We’re committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for everyone who attends our meetings.

Sincerely,

Jason Grigsby
President
Mobile Portland

Two Strikes, You're Out: The Importance of Testing

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Did you know 84% of users report that they'll uninstall an app after two crashes?

Did you know that there are 32,000 new apps each month in the iOS and Play markets combined?

Increased competition and increasing complexity in app development mean testing is simultaneously more important and more difficult. This discussion will cover the importance of being proactive with regards to quality, from developing with testing in mind to implementing automated tests. It will also provide an overview of tools and services that can help with quality throughout an app's development and deployment.

Date: 
Monday, March 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

Make the Mobile Web Fast

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Making your website fast leads to happy users, reduced operating costs, and even improved search ranking. Speed is especially important on the mobile web, where users want information quickly and network connections can be frustratingly slow.

At the next Mobile Portland meeting Joshua Marantz, Matthew Steele, and Ilya Grigorik will show us:

  • the latest mobile web optimization techniques and best practices;
  • how Google's PageSpeed Insights can help you identify performance problems;
  • how the SPDY protocol and PageSpeed tools such as mod_pagespeed and ngx_pagespeed can be used to make things faster;
  • Google's upcoming PageSpeed Service;

We hope to see you all Monday evening.

Date: 
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 6:00pm
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