Seeking New Members for the Board, Device Lab Update

Changes to device lab plans

A while ago we went through the process of becoming a non-profit in order to build a community device testing lab. Last fall, we decided to open up the device testing lab in a temporary location at the Cloud Four offices.

Hype, Hyperbole and the Hope of the Internet of Things

In this talk Surj Patel, co-founder of local Internet of Things (IoT) startup Smart Mocha, talks about the state of the "internet of things", focusing on cutting through some of the hype and hyperbole and looking at what opportunities the shift to everything being connected will enable.

Sense Simple product shot

Also he'll cover in brief some of the enabling technologies and in which areas the initial uptake's will occur.

What is the Internet of Things?

We typically think of the Internet of consisting primarily of computing devices connected to the network. But already we're beginning to see the proliferation of everyday objects being tagged and connected to the Internet. The Internet of Things ranges from the Nest thermostat to RFID tags used in a store.

About Surj Patel

Surj PatelSurj Patel is a co-founder and CEO of Smart Mocha, a Portland-based startup focused on providing a simple out-of-the-box experience for sensor networks.

Surj Patel has more than 15 years of experience in the intersection of technology and media. Surj started his career in 1993 at the BBC, where he helped launch the original BBC web site. In later years, he formed an award-winning digital design agency in London, helped establish BBC Imagineering, studied at the MIT Media Laboratory in the Object-Based Media group, and became an Imagineer at the France Telecom/Orange advanced research lab in Cambridge, Mass.

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 6:00pm

July 11, 2013 Mobile Portland Board Minutes

Dylan, Elia, Jason
July 11, 2013,

called to order: 1:25pm

Elia re-appointed to the board of directors, unanimous
Elia re-appointed as secretary/treasurer

Change in focus:
- originally created by for device testing labs
- moving toward education programming
- voted unanimously to convert to 501(c)(3)

Board expansion
- existing: president, secretary/treasurer
- add: sponsorship chair, programming chair, event chair
- unanimous vote

Financial Report: $680 in the account

Adjourned: 2:00pm

Journey of a Non-Technical Founder

Please note that this month's meeting is at Urban Airship's new location in the Vestas building.


Two years ago, architect Miloš Jovanović shut down his building company so he could try something new. Despite his lack of technical experience, he went into the mobile software business. Miloš will tell us about what he has learned on his journey as a non-techical founder, including:

  • networking in an unfamiliar field
  • identifying your technical needs
  • finding the right people to work on your project
  • and the advantages of being non-technical
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Content Strategy for Mobile

Please note, the meeting is on a different day and time than normal. In addition, we expect high turnout for this event so we're asking people to register using EventBrite.

In a joint venture, the Portland Content Strategy Meetup, Mobile Portland and the UX Book Club PDX are excited to host Karen McGrane, author of Content Strategy for Mobile for a “battle cry” talk on putting content first, especially in mobile development projects.

Content Strategy for Mobile book

The proliferation of mobile devices has introduced complex design and development challenges for people who create web experiences. But where does this leave content? How do we ensure that users can consume content across all devices, without resorting to truncated, watered-down experiences?

Karen McGrane shows us that if we take the time to consider the right tools and processes to develop and deploy content across multiple devices and platforms not only can we give users the content they want, we will solve many other UX problems along the way. And we’ll create dependable, repeatable processes for further development and governance.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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