Stumptown Syndicate runs programs and publishes resources for every experience level, whether you might be new to tech or a long-time open-source contributor.

Safety First PDX

Safety First PDX is an educational resource and training program that addresses Code of Conduct implementation and response. We believe that harassment and abuse are significant factors in preventing our entire community of tech companies, user groups, open source projects, and other organizations and events from being truly diverse and welcoming to participation.

Safety First PDX discusses community problems and the most effective steps we can take to address them.

Project Sponsorship

We’re proud to have Donut.js and Calagator as associated projects. If you run a small project or meet-up and want some extra organizational support, you can apply for direct program sponsorship or fiscal sponsorship under Stumptown Syndicate.

BarCamp Portland

BarCamp Portland is part of an international network of user-generated conferences. BarCamps are open, participatory workshop-like events whose content is provided by participants. Topics often focus on, but are not limited to, web design and development, open source technologies, social protocols, open data formats and other DIY/hacker/open culture themes.

BarCamp is a great place to come learn from and share with others.

Ignite Portland

Ignite Portland is an evening of five minute talks where speakers of all experience levels gather to share their knowledge and passion with you. Topics range from “How to Boil Water” (a talk about nuclear reactors), to how to build a life-sized Jenga puzzle, how to un-rig an election, and even Gypsy Jazz. You never know what you’re going to see at Ignite Portland, but you can be sure you’ll learn something new and be inspired.


WhereCampPDX is a free unconference for anyone interested in the intersection of geography, technology and culture. It draws a wide variety of participants each year, from open data geeks to GIS professionals, and all manner of geography enthusiasts.

User Group Support

Stumptown Syndicate works with local technology user groups to provide advising, infrastructure and fiscal support. We are also working to document best practices for user group leadership, to maintain a census of groups in the Portland metro area, and to connect interested corporate sponsors with relevant groups.

Past Programs

Open Source Bridge

Open Source Bridge was a professional conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning all things open source. It ran from 2008-2018.

PDX Tech Workshops

The PDX Tech Workshops were free weekend workshops on a variety of technical topics. The main goal of the workshops was to educate beginners about technical issues, connect new people with their local community, and increase the participation of under-represented groups in technical activities.