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Get to Know Stephanie Morillo

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Stephanie Morillo‘s (@radiomorillo) keynote speech is Opening Up The Current Open Source Blueprint, on accessibility, diversity, and open source holding itself accountable to its own standards of what it means to be an open community.

She’s a Dominican-American musician, writer, and technologist hailing from the Bronx, New York City. Stephanie frequently writes about race, class, her experiences learning to code, and working in tech. She helps others learn to program, sings melancholic songs, and dreams about well-written documentation because the world needs it.

We asked her a few questions about her insights on open source via email.

What got you into open source?

I got into open source at a conference for women software developers this past winter. I’d been interested in getting involved with OSS but had no idea where to start and felt like my technical skills weren’t strong enough to make a meaningful contribution. In November of 2014, I made my first contribution—line editing copy for a website that shows young kids how to code. But it wasn’t until I attended Write/Speak/Code conference in March that I felt confident enough to use my writing skills to add to an open source project.

Who do you want to reach?

I want to reach techies and non-techies alike with my talk. I want everyone to feel empowered enough to communicate their needs and communicate with others!

What sessions are you excited about?

I’m really excited about the “User Research for Non Researchers” and “Write It Down: Process Documentation From The Ground Up” since they’re both relevant and applicable to my technical writing work.

Announcing the 2015 Open Source Bridge schedule!

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We’re super excited to announce the session lineup and schedule for this year’s Open Source Bridge conference! These presentations will be given as part of our 4-day event June 23th through the 29th in Portland, Oregon. If you’ve been holding off on registering, now is a great time to do so!

Our selection process was a tough one, with over 240 excellent submissions to evaluate, but we were helped immensely by comments left by the community — thank you! One thing that we still have left to do is to assign rooms for all of these sessions, and we could use a little help. Please indicate talks you’re interested in attending by marking them as a favorite (click the star icon to the right of the session name). This will (hopefully) let us make more informed decisions about which talks need larger spaces.

Check out the schedule, session lineup, and speaker list today!

Our Keynotes: Kronda Adair, Stephanie Morillo, Carina C. Zona

We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for Open Source Bridge 2015.

Kronda Adair

Kronda's headshotKronda Adair (@kronda) is the founder of Karvel Digital, a WordPress consultancy and development company. In addition to developing websites, Kronda gives business owners the training they need to own and manage their digital presence.

She is a regular speaker at WordPress meetups and Wordcamps. She has been invited to speak at Ada Developer Academy, Beyond the Code, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, and others. She has given talks on WordPress deployment processes, successful site planning, starting your own business and more.

She also writes and speaks about issues of diversity (or lack thereof) in the tech industry. She has been interviewed by sites such as Revision Path and Less Than or Equal. You can read her personal blog at kronda.com or sign up for her weekly newsletter at tinyletter.com/kronda.

Stephanie Morillo

headshot of Stephanie MorilloStephanie Morillo (@radiomorillo) is a Dominican-American musician, writer, and technologist hailing from the Bronx, New York City. She frequently writes about race, class, her experiences learning to code, and working in tech. She helps others learn to program, sings melancholic songs, and dreams about well-written documentation because the world needs it.

Carina C. Zona

Headshot of CarinaCarina C. Zona (@cczona) is a developer, community builder, advocate, certified sex educator, and whimsical gluten-free baker. She has been an organizer & instructor for many tech women’s organizations. Carina is the founder of @CallbackWomen. She spends a lot of time thinking about the unexpected cultural effects of our decisions as programmers.

It’s not too late to submit a talk!

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We’re extending the deadline for our 2015 Call for Proposals. Through March 14th, we are looking for people from all backgrounds and areas of experience to submit talk proposals.

If you work or play in open source, we want to hear from you. Let us know how you are building your communities, small or large. All speaking experience levels are welcome.

Find inspiration and leave feedback

Want to see what other folks are submitting? With our public proposal process, you can read all the talk ideas as they come in on our proposals page. While you’re there, leave us some comments or click the star next to proposals that interest you. This feedback is indispensable during the selection process.

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.