Tonight I attended ThrivePDX which was billed as a gathering to bring together diverse parts of the tech community. It was a joint event coordinated by some of the more independent Portland tech minds including Dawn Foster and Rick Turoczy in conjunction with the Software Association of Oregon (SAO). I had another blog post that was 6 paragraphs and starting to turn into a rambling rant. Instead I simply ask these questions:
- Why were there two RSVP systems?
- Why do I not see the SAO represented at any of the local events that have the momentum over the last couple of years (Ignite, Beer and Blog, WordCamp, etc)?
- Conversely, are there cool SAO events that I just don’t know about? Are there sources for this information I should be following?
- Why is the SAO’s social network a walled garden?
- Why are folks suggesting yet another committee/organization/board of directors? Is there something wrong with the leadership of the SAO and Legion of Tech, which are established groups that both seem to be working for the benefit of the tech community?
I understand that organizers are asking about what to do for the next event. In addition to trying to find the answers to the questions above, I offer up these thoughts:
- Bigger venue.
- If it’s going to be at mealtime, more affordable food/drinks. Call me cheap, but $9 appetizers and $6 pints turn me off.
- Organization or agenda. Preferably published. From talking to various folks, even the event planners weren’t entirely on the same page as to what was (or was not) going to happen.
Overall: meh. Too crowded. Too many formal/bureaucratic things being proposed. I don’t fully understand the problem. Can’t wait to hear what others have to say.
[tags]thrivepdx, sao, portland, tech, events[/tags]