Urban Renewal and High-Speed Fiber

Downtown project may draw new businesses

Long associated with attempts to alleviate urban blight, urban renewal in Eugene has turned its sights upon technology, and the city is implementing a high-speed fiber network downtown. Urban renewal has been seen as a tool for good and as a tool for destruction. Here in Eugene urban renewal money helped construct the Lane Community College (LCC) Downtown Campus that has been seen as a lynchpin in downtown revitalization. Continue reading 

Testing 1, 2, 3

Eugene gamers get to sample the latest from developers at Indie Game Play Test Night

Hot Dog Apocalypse

Indie video game developers from as far away as Seattle will showcase their work as part of Indie Game Play Test Night Friday, May 27, at Shoryuken League in downtown Eugene. Event coordinator Britt Brady says it’s crucial that game developers get their projects in front of a game playing audience as early as possible.  “Game developers are very close to their games,” Brady says. “Before their game is out, this is a way for indie developers to get the public playing it — see what’s fun, see what people like, find bugs and also promote it.” Continue reading 

Eugene Hackathon Targets City Livability

On Feb. 12 the Eugene tech community plans to address the topic of downtown livability in Eugene with a giant computer programming event called a hackathon. The tech frenzy starts Friday at the Downtown Athletic Club, where Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) will host Hack for a Cause.   Joshua Purvis, the events coordinator for TAO, explains that local members of the tech community will work in teams to develop and produce ideas and concepts concerning downtown livability in Eugene “with a vision for implementation.” Continue reading 

Tech+Art=Magic at the Hult

Art and tech communities together under one roof

Last night Eugene's art and tech communities came together under one roof at the Hult Center to discuss collaborations. The turnout was great and seemed pretty evenly distributed between tech and art. Public Art Manager Isaac Marquez gave a presentation with slides of past collaborative art projects, done by both Eugene and out-of-state artists. He discussed the "projection bombs" the city has instigated in the past with projection art around the city. Continue reading