Refresh Refresh Portland

Back in 2006, when I moved from Illinois to Massachusetts, I thought back to 1999, when I moved from Oregon to Illinois, and thought, “Why am I leaving Oregon?” 13 years later I made it back.

While living in MA, I got involved with Refresh Boston. I spoke a couple of times, helped set up the A/V equipment, kicked people out when we had to leave the NERD Center, and always managed to get rockstar parking for the after-party at Tommy Doyle’s.

When I started planning in earnest to move to Portland, I reached out to John Weiss and Carlos Rodriguez, who’ve been running Refresh Portland for a while, to see how I could help out. I was up for both kicking people out AND getting rockstar parking. It’s what I bring to the table.

Somewhere along the line, with John and Carlos being pulled in more directions, it made sense that if Refresh Portland was to survive I needed to take over. We had a few chats and have been coordinating via email (much easier for John since he’s moved to Colorado) and now it’s time to get the ball rolling. Or another more appropriate idiom.

Some Deets

While I’m still working on the details, we’ll continue to be hosted by ISITE Design (thanks, ISITE!). And we’ll all be entertained and informed by… you?

Yes, you! I’d like to get Refresh Portland back on track to monthly events and more, so good-looking, charismatic speakers like yourself will be in high demand! See how I attempt flattery right off? It’s what I bring to the table.

I definitely want to highlight interesting topics and speakers, but I also see Refresh as a way for people who haven’t done much or any speaking before, but want to give it a try in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

The best way to reach out to me is via Twitter. I’m @matto. And I’ll also be updating on the Refresh Portland Twitter account, too.

Matto who?

Yeah, about that. Most of you reading this probably don’t know me. We’ll get to meet in person soon, but for now I’ll explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.*

I work at nGen Works and play the role, usually, of Product Manager & User Experience Designer for web and iOS applications. I’ve been doing UX-related work since that aforementioned exodus from Oregon in 1999.

I like kayaking, board games, and long walks off short piers. I also smile sometimes. And there you have it.

I hope this refresh of Refresh Portland takes off and we all have a lot of fun together. And learn things. In that order.

*Princess Bride reference, FTW!