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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.

Submit your 2015 proposals today!

We are pleased to announce that our call for talk proposals is now open! The deadline for submitting your proposal is 11:59 PM PT (UTC-8:00) on March 7, 2015*. Read on for complete details.

Our Goal

Open Source Bridge’s purpose is to gather a diverse citizenry and inspire one another to make the world a better place through open source technology and open culture principles.

This makes Open Source Bridge stand out from other community-driven technology conferences. Instead of focusing on a single language, platform, or area of knowledge, we work to unite people across the spectrum of open technology and culture.

We are looking for people from all backgrounds and areas of experience to submit talk proposals. Your starting point could be web development, project management, open hardware engineering, security, quality assurance, data visualization, or user experience.

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.

Some talks from past years that we really liked and felt captured the spirit of our event include:

Conference Tracks

We’ve split the tracks into the following five areas in order to create a conference that promotes cross-pollination and provide space for detailed discussion:

  • Business: How do you contribute to open technology and culture projects while still putting food on the table and paying the bills? How do you run a business on open principles?
  • Cooking: How did you get something to work? Show us how to write the script, configure the utility, debug the code. Share your best recipes.
  • Chemistry: We know that a recipe works, but why? Show us the science behind the recipe. Explain the components of a project and how they interact.
  • Culture: Give us your people recipes! What makes open technology and culture communities effective? Demonstrate how you motivate people to work together well.
  • Hacks: We want to know how you pulled it off. Show us your most ingenious hacks, kludges, work-arounds, and duct-tape jobs. It doesn’t have to be clever or elegant, it just has to work!

Don’t fret too much about selecting the perfect track. If you’re not sure, drop us a note. If we think you’ve mis-categorized something, we’ll ask you about it.

Public Proposals & Feedback Wanted

All proposals are public (except for fields marked private to organizers) and we encourage everyone to read through the submitted ones, leave comments and star as favorites talks you would like to see at the conference. Your feedback is extremely useful to our content selection committee. If you’ve submitted a talk, publicize it and ask others to leave feedback.

Also, all proposals also have a unique identifier (like a course number) you can use to tag your blog posts or other online content with discussion and related materials. Later we’ll use this ID to connect the conference sessions with content from around the web.

Encourage Others to Submit

Not prepared to give a talk at Open Source Bridge, but have someone in mind you’d like to see speak? Send them a note and let them know.

Speaker Benefits

If you are selected to speak at Open Source Bridge, we will waive your attendance fee. We regret that we are not able to cover the cost of travel or lodging for speakers at this time (although we are discussing creating a limited travel scholarship fund and will post to the blog if we do that). By not covering travel costs for our speakers, we are able to keep ticket prices low and make the conference accessible to the largest number of participants possible. However, if your proposal is accepted but you are unable to come due to travel costs, please let us know and we will do what we can to help out.

Speaking at Open Source Bridge is a fantastic way to participate in the conference. Start working on your proposal today and then submit it here.

Additionally, all those who submit a proposal but are not selected to speak will be able to register at the early bird registration price.

Acceptance Notifications

Proposal acceptances and wait-list notifications will be sent by the end of April.


If you have any questions, please drop us a line and let us know.

*While it’s true that in previous years we have extended the deadline, this is never a guarantee. Get your proposal in early!

New Year’s Update 2015

Happy New Year! Here’s an update from Open Source Bridge about videos, registration, asking for your keynote suggestions, and more!


If you’ve been checking out our YouTube channel, you’ve seen more and more of our video recordings from previous years, including keynotes going back to 2009. We’ve now posted all the 2013 videos. We are on our way to posting all the 2014 videos there, and then we aim to get our past videos onto the Internet Archive as well.

Many thanks to Mike Gebhardt (@drnormal) at BrytCAST, an OSBridge sponsor, for processing these!


We’re working on choosing three keynote speakers for 2015, and we’d love your suggestions. Please send your suggestions to info at, or comment on this GitHub issue.

Registration deadlines

You can register now for OSBridge 2015 at Ticket prices:

  • 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 Bird of a Feather sessions.
  • Free passes for volunteers who donate 8 hours or more of their time.

Call for Talks, donations, and volunteers

We’re going to open our call for talk proposals in the next couple of weeks — we’ll post to this blog to announce that. And thanks to all the donors who supported our parent nonprofit, the Stumptown Syndicate, with $30,000 of donations last month! Some of that money will go towards making this conference even better; please contact us if you have ideas for how we can do that. And we’re always looking for volunteers to help before, during, and after the conference, so if you’re interested, please sign up.

Thanks, and hope to see you in June!

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