New FutureTalk Series Kicking Off in Portland

So where were you Monday night, November 4th? A good number of you had heard about New Relic’s new FutureTalk speaker series in Portland and turned up at our kick-off event to devour an impressive amount of free pizza. If you couldn’t make it, there’s plenty more to come in this monthly series, with another talk from Jessica McKellar coming up on December 2nd.

What’s a FutureTalk?

FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with the Portland Incubator Experiment. This tech talk series comes on the heels of FutureStack, New Relic’s first user conference in San Francisco. We’re hoping to continue the conversation and learning FutureStack started by featuring disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives.

Each month, members of our vibrant tech community are invited to join their peers for this free event, and witness first-hand what some of the visionaries from across the country are doing to change the world for the better. We’re looking to showcase some amazing talent, foster great connections and further spark tremendous interest in our industry.

Though we’re kicking off the series in Portland, we hope to bring FutureTalk to other tech communities as the program grows. Help us by making FutureTalk PDX a success!


Our inaugural talk with Sridhar Solur

We’re extremely excited to be launching these Portland talks, and couldn’t have been more thrilled with our first speaker. On November 4th we all heard from Sridhar Solur (Director of Mobility and Cloud Services at HP, and Mentor to 500 Startups), who took us on a journey “Beyond the Confluence of Mobile, Social, Cloud and Analytics”. We learned about the attributes of mobility, the significance of contextual computing and its ability to liquify markets. Finally, we learned that there’s very little anatomical real estate left that hasn’t already been spoken for in the race to win the wearables market.

If you couldn’t be there, watch the video below!

More talk goodness to come!

Next up, we’ll have Jessica McKellar at New Relic’s Portland office on Monday, December 2nd, to give us an introduction to the Internet’s structure and protocols through fun experiments from the Python perspective. Jessica is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and open source developer from Cambridge, MA. She’s also a Director for the Python Software Foundation and an organizer for the largest Python user group in the world. With that group she runs the Boston Python Workshop — an introductory programming pipeline that has brought hundreds of women into the local Python community.

And we aren’t slowing down in January, when Portland native Amber Case, Director at Esri, will speak to us about Calm Technology and Real-Time Location. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’re hard at work collaborating with the local tech community to identify and invite exceptional thought leaders. So if you’re interested in attending future events, stay tuned as we’ll be announcing more FutureTalks in the coming weeks and months!

Christian Sinai is the Community Relations Manager for New Relic in Portland, Oregon. He is the community lead and liaison for our local outreach efforts, and manages initiatives such as the FutureTalks PDX technical speaker series. View posts by .

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