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Open Source Bridge: Day 4, Fri, June 23

It’s Day 4, also known as Unconference Day at Open Source Bridge!

Doors open an hour later than usual, at 9am, and we’ll kick things off in the Hacker Lounge. Everyone is welcome to propose a topic for discussion or group project to work on and we’ll create the day’s schedule together. If you’ve never participated in an unconference before, we’ll walk you through it. Today’s activities are open to all registered attendees, including Community Pass holders, so feel free to invite friends and folks that you think would be interested – the more the merrier!

Our venue is the Eliot Center on 1226 SW Salmon St, with the main entrance in between SW 12th and SW 13th. If you’d like to post about OSB on social media, our hashtag is #osb17 and you can tweet at us via @osbridge.

Heidi Waterhouse donning her OSB Citizen Award medal

Citizenship Award:

Every year, we ask our community to pick an Open Source Bridge attendee to honor.

Congrats to our OSB 2017 Citizenship Award winner: Heidi Waterhouse! Thank you for livetweeting throughout the week, giving multiple talks, and generally improving the #osb17 experience for your fellow attendees.

Thanks as well to everyone who responded to our call for nominations!

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Open Source Bridge: Day 3, Thurs, June 22

Good morning everyone,

We’ve made it to Day 3 of Open Source Bridge 2017!

For those who need to pick up their badge, registration opens at 8am, with plenty of coffee and tea. At 9am, keynoter Emily Gorcenski will lead us through a study of fake science in open data. If you don’t mind being on video, we’d love to have you join us in the Sanctuary by 8:30am to capture some audience shots for the keynote recording.

In addition to all the Thursday sessions, our Official Party will kick off onsite at 6pm, with games, food, and even a chiptune band!

Our venue is the Eliot Center on 1226 SW Salmon St, with the main entrance in between SW 12th and SW 13th. If you’d like to post about OSB on social media, our hashtag is #osb17 and you can tweet at us via @osbridge.

 

Citizenship Award:

Every year, we recognize an outstanding attendee at Open Source Bridge. Is there someone who’s improved your experience at OSB? Is there someone whose open source contributions you want to say thank you for? We’d love your nominations before 6pm TONIGHT! The recipient will be revealed at our Official Party in the evening.

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Open Source Bridge: Day 2, Wed, June 21

Welcome to Day 2 of Open Source Bridge 2017!

If this is your first day at Bridge, registration begins at 8am, with coffee and tea on hand. At 9am, keynoter Walé Ogundipé will be talking developer shibboleths in the Sanctuary. Wednesday is another full day, so check out the schedule and bookmark your favorite sessions!

Our venue is the Eliot Center on 1226 SW Salmon St, with the main entrance in between SW 12th and SW 13th. If you’d like to post about the event on social media, our hashtag is #osb17 and you can tweet at us via @osbridge.

 

Citizenship Award:

Every year, we recognize an outstanding attendee at Open Source Bridge. Is there someone who’s improved your experience at OSB? Is there someone whose open source contributions you want to say thank you for? We’d love your nominations before 6pm tomorrow!

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Open Source Bridge: Day 1, Tues, June 20

Open Source Bridge 2017 week starts tomorrow and we can’t wait to see you!

Our venue is the Eliot Center on 1226 SW Salmon St, with the main entrance in between SW 12th and SW 13th. If you’d like to post about the event on social media, our hashtag is #osb17 and you can tweet at us via @osbridge.

Registration begins bright and early at 8am, with coffee and tea available. At 9am, you won’t want to miss Nicole Sanchez‘s keynote on tech reform in the Sanctuary. We have a jam-packed schedule, so be sure to look through and make a note of your favorite sessions!

Getting here:

  • If you’re coming by car, there are two parking lots right next to the Eliot Center. The one on SW Salmon is $12.50 for all day parking while the one on SW 12th is $18. There’s also 2 hour and 5 hour street parking around the venue.
  • If you’re coming by public transportation, the closest stops are Galleria/SW 10th for MAX and Salmon or Main St for bus. Trimet has a trip planner that can give you more specific directions.
  • If you’re coming by bike, there are three racks in front of the Eliot Center.
  • Accessibility: curb cutouts are on the corners of SW 12th and SW Salmon. Sadly, there isn’t one directly in front of the Eliot Center entrance. There are accessibility pathways/lanes on the first floor that we ask folks to leave clear, so that everyone can easily get to entrances/bathrooms/elevators.

Onsite:

  • Wifi: We will be using the in-house wifi this year and bandwidth may be limited, so we ask that you be mindful with internet usage. If you need a backup plan for internet, Case Study Coffee and Heart Coffee Roasters are two nearby (0.2mi) cafes with wifi available.
  • As a reminder, we have a Code of Conduct and Recording Policy in place at Open Source Bridge. Please review them in advance and make a note of what color lanyards people are wearing, as that will indicate their preference for being photographed and recorded.
  • Need some assistance? Our volunteers will be sporting gold stickers when they’re on shift as well as yellow staff badges.
  • Need a break or breather? We have a quiet room on the third floor. If you have trouble finding it, just ask a volunteer!
  • We will have childcare available tomorrow and Wednesday in Room A107.
  • All-gender restrooms (multi-stall) are available on the first floor, with a single-occupancy restroom available on the third floor (3A).

In between sessions:

The Hacker Lounge (next to registration) will be open during and after sessions throughout the week. Stop by our Lego table, try out some 3D printing, make a button or two, grab stickers, or collaborate on a project!

Lunch:

  • You’ll have from noon to 1:30pm to find lunch in the area.
  • For those who’d like lunch guides, you’ll meet by the Hacker Lounge (look for the signs) and head over to nearby food cart pods.

Evening:

After the talks, there will be Bird of Feather sessions and Field Trips starting from 7pm. To create or join one, stop by the Hacker Lounge and look to the whiteboard on your left when you enter!

Get involved:

Open Source Bridge is entirely run by volunteers and we still need some fine folks to help out during the week. If you’ve got some free time, check out our volunteer app and sign up for slots directly.

Thank you, sponsors:

Meet the amazing sponsors who made this year possible. Open Source Bridge’s 2017 patrons are IBM (Gold), AlterConf (Silver), Mozilla (Bronze), ClientJoy (Bronze), Recompiler (Bronze), and LaunchCode (Media)!

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 sponsorship@opensourcebridge.org.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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