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.

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.

We need your help! Volunteer through our webapp for 8 hours or more to earn a free registration code for this year. Do it Now!

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We need your help

Over the years, we’ve gotten the greatest show of love for Open Source Bridge! We’re so grateful to work on such an amazingly inclusive conference that celebrates all aspects of open source technology.

A view from above of attendees milling about between talks at Open Source Bridge, a tech conference made for us by us.

In addition to our fantastic Keynotes, new in 2017 is a dedicated Activism Track for the week’s talks and a Community Organizer track addition to our Friday Unconference day. We’re excited to showcase inclusive tech communities — especially in this time of political, cultural, and economic crossroads — that are driving the future of open source projects.

In order to cover the costs of producing a community conference, we rely largely on sponsorships. We haven’t been as fortunate this year in monetary recruiting and would love extra help in spreading the word about Open Source Bridge to your company or tech managers.

Attendees chilling in the Hacker Lounge during a break between presentations.

Some potential sponsoring opportunities:

  • Hacker Lounge Demo Tables
  • Official Party Patronage
  • Onsite Childcare
  • Diversity Scholarships
  • Subsidizing student tickets

Not sure what’d be useful? Ask your manager about sponsoring, ping your friends at companies, and check out our 2017 Open Source Bridge Prospectus! And then email us at


Attendees showing off their engineering skills with Legos, in the Hacker Lounge.In addition to the usual benefits of sponsorship, we will thank you profusely all over the internet!!

Thank you,
—The Open Source Bridge team