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Registration now open for OS Bridge 2015

Open Source Bridge is happy to announce that we have opened registration for our upcoming conference in June 2015!

See our registration page for all the details:

Open Source Bridge will be held June 23-26, 2015 at the Eliot Center in Portland, Oregon. As always, the conference is focused on building open source community and citizenship through four days of technical talks, hacking sessions, and collaboration opportunities. We’re working on making this conference even better than the last.

We are offering a limited number of tickets at $175 (that’s a savings of $140 off the regular ticket price) through November 15th. This is a unique opportunity to lock in your admission to Open Source Bridge and give some early support to the event.

In addition to this super early bird pricing tier, we will offer the following:

  • 100 tickets at $195, until the end of 2014.
  • Unlimited early bird tickets at $240 until April 10th.
  • Unlimited full price tickets at $315.
  • A student rate of $99, available anytime.
  • One-day passes for $105.
  • A pay-what-you-can Community Pass for admission to the Hacker Lounge, Friday full-day unconference, and the evening BoFs.
  • Free passes for volunteers who donate 8 hours or more of their time.

Interested in speaking? We’ll be opening the Call For Proposals in mid-January and will send another announcement then.

Interested in volunteering? We can use you now! Want to be super involved? We would love to have more core team members too. Please sign up for our volunteer list:

Interested in sponsoring? Let us know by contacting and we’ll send you a prospectus.

We hope that you are as excited as we are about Open Source Bridge 2015. We thank you very much for your support and hope to see you in Portland in June!

–Open Source Bridge Team

OSB Volunteer Appreciation Party!

Volunteer Appreciation Party!

Because you folks are awesome and we couldn’t do it without you.

Friday, October 17th, 6-10pm.

New Relic has been kind enough to host us at their offices on the 29th floor of the U.S. Bancorp Tower (Big Pink). The elevators will be unlocked at 6 for the 29th floor.

We’ll have delicious snacks, plenty of beverages, swag, and a fun raffle. (You know you love a good raffle!)
So come, hang out, get another chance to connect with other volunteers, and let us tell you (again) how much we appreciate you.

Didn’t volunteer this year, but are interested in volunteering next year?  You’re welcome, too! Come see what it’s all about!

No RSVP required.

See you on the tomorrow!

– Amanda and Chris, OSB Volunteer Coordinators

New Relic
U.S. Bankcorp Tower (Big Pink)
111 SW 5th Ave #2900
Portland, OR 97204


That’s a Wrap!

Thank you Open Source Bridge 2014 attendees! We learned a ton at the conference this year, and hope you did too.

We Want to Hear From You

If you haven’t yet, take a moment to fill out our survey and let us know how the conference went for you.

Can’t wait for next year? We need to build our organizing ranks, so let us know you want to help.

Loose Ends

Lost and Found still has assorted power cords, water bottles and hoodies we’d like to return to their owner. Check in with if you suspect we may have your stuff.

If you have notes from the sessions you attended that you’d like to share, add them to the session notes pages on the wiki. You can find the right one through the schedule.

Share Your Thoughts

Did you blog about the conference, or take a photo or two? We’d love to see it, and you can leave your links in the comments or forward them to

Have a great summer and we’ll see you next year!

Friday Announcements for OSB14

The end is in sight! Sadly, this is our last day of Open Source Bridge before next year. Let’s make the most of it.

Today only!

Our Friday schedule is entirely in unconference format. What does that mean? Join us at 9am in the Hacker Lounge for a kick-off session and collaborative scheduling. Each of you is welcome to propose a topic for discussion, a question you’d like to answer, or project to work on together. If you’ve never participated in an unconference before, we’ll walk you through it during the kickoff. Today’s activities are open to all registered attendees, including Community Pass holders, so invite a friend!

Please take notes today and share them on the wiki! Unconference sessions aren’t recorded in any formal way, so we rely on you to document what happens for everyone who couldn’t join us in person.

You can power your session ideas with doughnuts and coffee (or tea). The bright pink Voodoo Doughnut truck will be making an appearance this morning (along with gluten-free doughnuts from Back to Eden).

Lunch will be at noon, on your own. We encourage you to get outside (rain gear may help) and visit a local food cart. Not sure where to look? We made you a map.

Make sure you’re around (if your travel plans allow) for the wrap-up session at 3:30. You’ll have a chance to share feedback on the conference, the unconference, and talk about what you’ve learned.

You can also give us feedback by taking the (quick, short) attendee survey. Let us know what worked and what didn’t, so we can build an even better conference for next year.

If anything you brought to the conference has since gone missing, don’t forget to stop by Lost & Found at the Registration desk.

Thank you times infinity!

Thank you organizers! For all your hard work planning and coordinating every last thing we needed to be here, at this conference this week. The 2014 organizing team: Christie Koehler, Reid Beels, Melissa Chavez, Kirsten Comandich, Audrey Eschright, Amy Farrell, Chris Freeman, Amanda Weir, and Jonan Sheffler.

Thank you volunteers! The hours you put in made this event run smoothly, and created the space for all of us to participate. Over 70 of you contributed your time.

Thank you speakers! Your talks shared valuable lessons, great tricks, and all the nuts and bolts of how we do our work. You built the frame for all the other conversations that we participated in. We’ve learned a lot from you.

Thank you sponsors! We love your support for open source communities and the work we do together. Hacker Lounge sponsor Intel, party sponsors Automattic and Mandrill, Advocate sponsors Rentrak and Mozilla, and other Citizens and Friends.

Thank you attendees! You’re the reason we’re here, and we love the energy you bring to learning, sharing, and teaching others. We hope you’ll spead open source citizenship everywhere you go.

See you next year!

For more talks, more hacking, more discussion, more Lego table, more dinosaur jokes, more snacks, more board games, more friends, more sticker swaps, more you! We need your help to make this happen: let us know how you want to get involved.

Livestream of Thursday Keynote