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Mobile Portland Turns One Today

In late 2007, we realized that while there were numerous user groups in Portland, that there wasn’t one focused on mobile development. We decided to start one.

None of us had ever started a user group before. We bought a great domain name—mobileportland.com—and started scheming.

In February of 2008, I was scheduled to give a presentation at PDW Web Innovators on the upcoming mobile tsunami.

On the day of the presentation, I turned to Aileen and said, “I think we should announce Mobile Portland tonight. Any chance you can put up a quick web page?”

Nothing endears you to your coworkers like last minute requests for a web site when you’re already busy with client work.

In just a few hours, Aileen not only created a web page, but also created Mobile Portland’s distinctive mobile rose image.

Our first meeting was in March of 2008 at eROI. The PSU Business Accelerator hosted us for a couple of months before we found our home at About Us.

From that humble beginning, the group has grown to average between 30 to 40 people per month. Nearly 300 people are signed up for meeting announcements or the Google Group. Interest in mobile continues to grow.

Tonight we celebrate the one year anniversary with a great presentation on Mobile Web Development (RSVP). And we couldn’t have picked a more appropriate person for the one anniversary.

Gail Rahn Frederick has been a mobile developer for many years. She recently started teaching classes on mobile web development in her spare time.

When asked why she decided to start the class, she said that she felt disconnected from other mobile developers in the Portland area and figured teaching was one way to help build the community.

Those are the same reasons why we started Mobile Portland.

If you are in the Portland area, we’d love to see you tonight. If you’re a web developer, I highly recommend tonight’s presentation. And if you can’t come tonight, please join us at one of the future meetings.

Thank you to everyone who has attended meetings or joined the mailing lists for making this group a success. Thank you in particular to AboutUs for being such wonderful and gracious hosts. We’re excited to see the organization grow and change in the coming years.