Start-Up City: How The New Tech Boom Is Changing Portland

tfnwPortland, and Hillsboro have long been known as the “Silicon Forest,”  after California’s Silicon Valley. But in recent years,  new tech companies are choosing to locate their headquarters in Portland. The first part of this series on the growing technology industry in Portland begins with TechFest Northwest, a two-day conference held this past August at OMSI. Now in its fourth year, this year’s program featured local as well as national speakers talking about  subjects ranging from drones to start up marketing, from robots to storytelling,  from digital privacy and government monitoring. Among those interviewed are Lizzy Caston, organizer and program director of this year’s TechFest Northwest,  Ariane Holzhauer Executive Director, TiE Oregon,  a nonprofit network of entrepreneurs, and an attendee who just moved to Portland.

This is part one of a five-part series on Technology in Portland, produced by Suzanne LaGrande.

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Coders Wanted: New Jobs in the Tech Industry

“There’s a new gold rush, and the pickaxes are free.”                                              — Andrew Berkowitz
While the unemployment rate in Oregon hovers around seven percent, in the technology industry there’s a shortage of talent available to fill all the open positions.  The second part in this series on the growth of the tech industry in Portland, looks at the first annual Tech Fest Northwest Talent Fair, held this past at OMSI. Attending this years talent fair were hiring managers from tech companies such as Puppet Labs, Nike, Jama Software, and Urban Airship and Simple, among others. Also attending were a number of schools and boot camps that offer training in computer programming. Among those interviewed are Sheri Dover, Director of The Portland Code Guild, talking about the new opportunities for jobs in the tech industry, provided that one is willing and able to learn computer coding.

This is part two in a five-part series on the New Tech Boom in Portland, produced by Suzanne LaGrande.

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The Digital Divide & The Talent Divide: Who Makes Up The Tech Industry?

The Tech Industry values collaboration. Yet, recent statistics on the racial, gender and age profile of the tech industry shows an abysmal lack of diversity. The stereotype of a computer nerd as a white, male, in his 20s or 30s, is a somewhat accurate reflection of who constitutes the tech industry at the moment.  The third part of this series on the growing tech Industry in Portland focuses on  local efforts to make tech jobs more accessible. Among those interviewed are Mara Zepeda, co-founder of Switchboard, and a speaker at TechFest Northwest this August.

This is the third of a five part series on Technology in Portland produced by Suzanne LaGrande.

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