Connecting developers across projects, languages, and backgrounds.

Open Source Bridge is an annual conference focused on building open source community and citizenship through four days of technical talks, hacking sessions, and collaboration opportunities. Participants include developers, hardware hackers, community organizers, and people involved in the business of open source.

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Call for proposals is open!

Our call for talk proposals is open now, through March 7th! Submit Now

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Open Source Citizenship

What are the rights and responsibilities of an open source citizen? We’re exploring what open source means to us, what it offers, where we struggle, and why we do this day in and day out, even when we’re not paid for it.

Innovative Track Structure

Our session tracks are technology agnostic, based around shared community experiences and focus on the similarities between projects, not the differences. View the tracks.

Hacker Lounge

The geekery doesn’t end when the sessions do. We’re also running a hacker lounge for code sprints, bug bashes, bouncing ideas, starting new projects or just mingling and taking in the vibe.

100% Volunteer-Run

Your software is peer-produced. Why not your conference? Open Source Bridge is pioneered and planned by a team of open source developers and technologists. What’s more, we’ve built an open source application to manage talk proposals.

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Keynote nominations wanted!

Now that our call for proposals is open, we’re working on selecting and inviting keynote speakers. We want to consider a broad range of potential speakers and find those that you’re interested in seeing, so we’re holding an open nomination process. We’ve done something like this in previous years, but not in a very structured or publicized way.

How to submit a nomination

You can submit your nominations in one of two ways:

If you email us we’ll post nominations received this way to the GitHub issue, omitting information about who submitted them.

Be sure to include:

  • the person’s name
  • publicly available contact info (such as a Twitter handle)
  • a brief statement about why you’re nominating them

Deadline for nominations is 23:59 PST on 31 January 2015.

UPDATE: Deadline extended to February 6, 2015 for comments and nominations.

What we’re looking for

Please nominate people that you’d like to see speak at this year’s conference. Nominees do not need to have prior keynote experience, although they should have some prior speaking experience (at a conference, user group, unconference or other event). Some aspect of the nominee’s work should be in line with ‘open source citizenship’, the main theme of our conference. This can include a synthesis of topics commonly discussed at Open Source Bridge or new perspectives on contributing to or working with open source communities. To give you an idea of what we’d like to see, take a look at previous keynotes including those by Julie Pagano, Lukas Blakk, James Vasile, Skud, Ashe Dryden, Sumana Harihareswara, Jason Scott, Peter Fein, and Danny O’Brien.

This year’s conference will have three keynote speaking slots, one on each morning Tuesday through Thursday. Keynote speakers receive a $500 honorarium and we help with travel if needed.