OSCON 2011: Welcome Attendees! Let us show you around Portland

OSCON is one of our favorite events, not just because it’s hosted in our hometown. The speakers are great, the OS community is vibrant and the conference is well organized.


Urban Airship is happy to be one of the sponsors of the show this year, and we are especially honored to have several team members on stage with some killer presentations:

•    Scott Andreas: Designing and Implementing Asynchronous Distributed Systems: Challenges, Strategies, and a Million Things That Go Wrong

•    Erik Onnen: Lean Big Data for Mobile

•    Eric Holscher: A Completely Open Source Django Website

As our friend, we are able to extend a 20% discount off any registration package with code OS11UA.

Events at Urban Airship

We’re opening up our event space at the Airship for some neat-o hack-y events. Come on by.

•    Celebrate everything PhoneGap at the first-ever PhoneGap Day on Friday, July 29. We’ll have phones, apps, js frameworks, tools and delicious beers for all to enjoy. In addition to some hacking with other PhoneGap addicts, there will be a few afternoon talks on getting started with PhoneGap, high-speed demos, and short presentations from PhoneGap developers including folks from Dojo and IBM. All of this is followed by a PhoneGap party! There’s no ticket charge, but we’re asking folks to register ahead of time as we’re expecting a full house. Whether you can make it for the whole day or just the morning, we want to see you there! Register here.

•    API Hackday PDX On Saturday (following OSCON)from 8am-8pm, join us for an all-day coding fest focused on building apps and mashups with APIs. Hear from some of the country’s top API-focused companies on tips, tricks, and tools for building the next big app. At the end of the day, teams and/or individuals get a chance to present their work to a panel of judges and win kickass prizes. Also joining us in sponsoring this free event are SimpleGeo, Twilio, SendGrid, Apigee, PHPFog, LinkedIn & Mashery. Over $2K in prizes! Register here.

Visiting Portlandia

If you haven’t been, Portland is a wonderful place to live and work, with a vibrant, eclectic, talented, and diverse population. There is much to inspire the mind and spirit. You may find you love it here and want to call Portland home. Good news: Urban Airship is looking for a few good mates to join the ship. Check out our openings. Stay a while.

If you haven’t visited, let us show you around our fine city. We’d love to chat about python, clouds, data, mobile, airships, coffee, cats or whatever. Contact us at @urbanairship to set something up, even if you just need directions, we locals are here to help.

Food carts:

Carts are the business when it comes to quick, tasty and cheap eats. Portland is home to more than 200 – look for the carts pods, where you can keep your options open.

Team Favorites:

•    Ziba’s Pita’s: At the corner of SW Alder and SW 9th is a wonderful cart that serves Bosnian pitas—delicious fillings baked inside curls of flaky crust. Try the spinach & feta full plate, with a cucumber salad and ajvar on the side.

•    DC Vegetarian: Sometimes fake meat is what you want. Vegetarians and vegans should head over to DC on SW 3rd between SW Stark and Washington. The steak & peppers is great; also try the BLT sub w/ avocado.

•    The Frying Scotsman: Pretty awesome source of fish & chips. Find it in the mega-pod at SW 9th and Alder.

•    Taqueria Las Piedritas: Really cheap and really good tacos at NW 4th and Davis St.

The downtown carts are an easy MAX ride. This site maps the carts and pods as well as provide reviews. Come hungry.

Other Eateries / Adult Beverages:

•    Produce Row (204 SE Oak St) has a fantastic back patio and happy hour until 7pm. This spot is in walking distance to the Convention Center. Get a whisky/beer pairing, like the Pale Rider (Terminal Gravity IPA and Blanton’s Single Barrel), or the Bourbon Ginger cocktail. Bonus for vegetarians: a good house-made veggie burger.

•    Also on the East side, Bunk Sandwiches (621 SE Morrison) serves up hearty meat-ful sandos until 3pm; after that, head to Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water St., which adds live music and a tavern-like atmosphere to the sandwiches.

•    Downtown, Kenny & Zuke’s is the hookup. Happy hour is from 3-6pm.

•    And for late-night grub, the $3 gyros+fries at Berbati’s after 11pm is a good choice. Berbati’s offers a wide array of entertainment, from monthly local art shows to pool tables, pinball and quality live music.

•    If you want to hold a menu at the table, please refer to this infographic from our friends over at the the Bureau of Betterment.

Hang-out and Relax:

•    Backspace (115 NW 5th Ave) is a coffee shop, art gallery, Internet cafe, and all- ages venue. The coffee is good, the wifi is fast, the vegetarian sandwiches are excellent, and because it’s right at a Max stop in Old Town, the people watching is hard to beat.

•    Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade (511 NW Couch St.) is recognized as one of the best arcades in the U.S. It is known for preserving games from the Golden Age of arcade games. It also serves as a venue for djs, live bands and Rock Band events.

Quality Coffee:

•    For wifi action and longer-term “coffee-shopping,” check out Stumptown Coffee Roasters (multiple locations).

•    If coffee is the goal (and not wifi or working), head to Spella Caffé at 520 SW 5th downtown, and get some fantastic hand-pulled espresso and a nice chat with the owners. If you’ve got a sweet tooth order an affogato (gelato with a shot of espresso poured over it).

•    Another addictive spot is Barista, where the coffee menu changes regularly. Order a shot of whatever is on tap for the day.

If you stick around for the weekend, the annual Oregon Brew Fest is a good time.

A good round-up of goings-on is here. And here you can learn all about Portland.