Upcoming Events

An Evening w/Dr. Abdul Kalam & Bill Gates, Sr. 
President Kalam, who is often referred to as a People’s President, brings with him a multitude of experiences and achievements. He has been a distinguished scientist, advisor to the cabinet, and a leader of people.Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam specialized in Aeronautical Engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology. As Project Director he successfully launched SLV-III, thereby helping India become a member of the Space Club. As Chairman of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) and an eminent scientist, he led a team of 500 scientists to arrive at “Technology Vision 2020” – a unique long-term technology vision for transforming India from a developing nation to a developed nation.

Dr. Kalam has a reputation of being a great thinker and a prolific writer. His books such as ‘Wings of Fire”, “India 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium”, “Ignited Minds – Unleashing the power within India” have become household names in India and amongst Indian nationals abroad.He is one of the most distinguished scientists from India, with a unique honor of having received honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions. Dr. Kalam has been awarded many coveted awards including the Padma Bhushan (1981), the Padma Vibhushan (1990), and India’s highest civilian award – The Bharat Ratna (1997).Dr. Kalam became the 11th president of India on 25th July, 2002.

He is currently focused on Vision 2020 – an ambitious endeavor to transform India into a knowledge superpower and a developed nation by 2020. Dr. Kalam plans to share his insights on this topic with our guests on April 25th at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Come join us for a glorious evening with Dr. Kalam.
William H. Gates, Sr. will introduce Dr.Kalam.

Bill Gates Sr., 83 years old, is now co-chair of his son's $30 billion philanthropy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has avoided the spotlight. The public details of his life include little beyond his official biography at the foundation, which says he was a Seattle lawyer, World War II veteran, nonprofit volunteer and father of three. He has compiled his thoughts on life in his latest book Showing up for Life.

With the rest of the world beating a path to India and China to cash in on the rapid economic growth in those countries and tap low-cost manufacturing (China) and services (India), countless business opportunities have opened up. This has attracted two groups of entrepreneurs: local residents who are eager to launch companies of their own; and entrepreneurs from overseas, often from the US, who see new opportunities emerging back home. The latter comprises the returning diaspora - people who left their native country to study abroad and seek greater opportunities elsewhere, but who are now interested in returning home, bringing with them the education, experience and, often, personal wealth they have acquired overseas. The combination of these two groups represents a potentially powerful teaming up of ideas, experience and funding that is already resulting in success stories.

TiE Seattle on June 12th, is hosting an event to discuss opportunities available to people interested in doing business in India and/or China. Our panel of business leaders will reveal their strategies for setting up successful business ventures in these countries. Come join TiE to explore the opportunities available to entrepreneurs in these countries.

Ideas and questions for the discussion include:

- What are the big opportunities in the Internet and mobile space in these countries?

- What are the monetization opportunities? How big is the advertising market? Can new startup hope to generate enough advertising revenues to become profitable?
- Which areas are VCs investing in?
- What are the challenges one faces in setting up a business in India and/or China? What are the regulatory hurdles? What are the best ways to deal with them?
Our Panelists Are:
Param Parameswaran, Venture Capitalist/Angel Investor
Karl Weaver, Greater China/India Biz Dev Mgr, Newport Technologies
Dave Parker, CEO and Founder, 9Spaces

Washington Technology Industry Association, in association with the Seattle Chapter of SIM, along with sponsors Harvey Nash, KPMG & Time Warner Telecom, invites you to attend a CIO Forum–A Global, National and Washington Perspective–on Tuesday, June 10th. Dedicated to exploring the challenges, strategies and career needs of today’s IT leaders, the roundtable discussion will explore key findings from the 2007/08 Harvey Nash-KPMG CIO Survey.

The Gartner Outsourcing Summit is a productivity-enhancing event delivering new ways to dramatically improve outsourcing outcomes. Master today's biggest challenges from vendor performance and cost escalation to managing multiple providers. The dynamics of outsourcing success are changing rapidly. Vendor performance, managing multiple providers, rising costs, the need to quickly adapt to new delivery models. The challenges grow, but the goals remain the same: agility, profitability, and competitive advantage. So how do you reach them in such a demanding business environment? By outsourcing smarter.

At the core of Gartner Outsourcing Summit are super-smart strategies to help you optimize your sourcing decisions and actions - here and now. Our team of analysts will help you adapt to new terrain, new circumstances and opportunities with fresh thinking and trusted insights. Say goodbye to "business as usual" and uncover the secret behind the sourcing success of leading organizations. (Hint: it's called "multisourcing" -- a powerful and proven operational model that turns average organizations into world-class competitors.)

Whether you head up a business, club, church, or family - learning to empower others is one of the most important things you'll ever do as its leader.  Empowerment has an incredibly high return. It not only helps the individuals you raise up, but it also has the ability to improve your life , give you additional freedom, and promote the growth and health of your organization.
Call for reservation.  Held at quarterly at the Columbia Tower Club in the Simpson Libary. (open to Members and Associates only)


June 1-3,  Sunriver Resort - Sunriver, Oregon

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Annual PIA Oregon/Idaho Convention and Trade Show.

District 2 Fall Conference. The Educational Sessions during the Saturday event is going to be a collection of mini-topics.  Each educational mini-topic shoud be about 10 minutes in length.  Please call for event details.