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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

Thursday Announcements for OSB14

Good morning and welcome to Open Source Bridge Day 3! If your newsletter correspondents seem distracted, it’s because the USA/Germany World Cup match is happening in an hour, and they haven’t decided who they’re rooting for. Have some coffee or tea and a pastry from Black Sheep Bakery while you get warmed up.

The Schedule

We’ll start the day at 9am with Frances Hocutt‘s keynote, “Why are these people following me?”: Leadership for the introverted, uncertain, and astonished.

Today’s changes:

Verify your rooms and times in the online schedule.

Today’s lunch is provided by Veli Thai.

Our closing session for the day is Hold on to Your Asana, a yoga class. All experience levels welcome.

Afterward, we’ll migrate to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center for a party! The festivities kick off at 6:30pm. We’ll have trains, video games (powered by Raspberry Pi), board games (sponsored by Guardian Games, Cuban food, drinks (alcoholic and non-), and cupcakes for dessert. Food by Pambiche, soft drinks sponsored by Shirley Temple Soda Co., and the cupcakes are from Back to Eden. The party is open to all OSB attendees (including Community Pass).

How to get to the party? Find your route to take transit or bike. Meet up in the Hacker Lounge beforehand if you want to find a group to travel with.

The Hacker Lounge will close early so all our volunteers can go to the party, so don’t forget to grab your stuff.

The Announcements

We want you to be comfortable! Take a break in the Quiet Room (room 301A) or sign up for a massage in the Hacker Lounge (between 1-6:30pm). Naps in the Hacker Lounge chairs also seem to be a popular option in the afternoon.

The usual reminders: observing our Code of Conduct and Recording Policy helps keep this a fun and welcoming event for all. The new lanyard colors this year seem to be working well, but if you have feedback, we’d love to hear it.

Keys go missing, phones go missing, but sooner or later they end up at Lost & Found. Stop by the Registration desk to see if we have yours. If you need help with anything else, find a volunteer (you can identify them by their badges or the bright green shirt).

Volunteers make the conference go, and it takes a lot of work. Find out how you can pitch in for an hour or two by stopping by the Volunteer Lounge (room 202A).
Tell us who’s made this conference shine for you by nominating them for the 2014 Open Source Citizenship Award.

The Random Other Things

We lurk on the #osb14 tag, and we see…

  • “No matter how awesome your talk is, if you alienate your audience, they’re gone.”
  • “Overheard statements which are not worrisome in any way: ‘…Literally going to explode!’”
  • “I don’t think we have to worry about Velociraptors… we know Unix!”

The Sponsors

Thank you to Hacker Lounge sponsor Intel, party sponsors Automattic and Mandrill, Advocate sponsors Rentrak and Mozilla; and other Citizens and Friends.