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Conference and hotel registration is now open!

Portland, OregonWe are happy to announce that registration is now open for Open Source Bridge.

Early bird pricing is $175 for the three-day conference. (Open Source Bridge is a completely volunteer-run event, so all proceeds go to the costs of the conference.) You’ll want to register as soon as you can, because that price goes up on April 1.

For accommodations, we’ve been able to negotiate a discounted rate—starting at $139/night—at the the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, which is in the heart of downtown and near Portland’s MAX—the light rail line that will take you to the Oregon Convention Center for the event… for FREE.

And those rates are good both pre- and post-conference, so why not show up early or hang out with us in Portland a little longer? The open source community here in town will make sure you have plenty of things to do. Trust us.

Another benefit of staying at the Hilton? We’re working to set up a 24-hour “hacker lounge,” complete with food and drink. Use it for code sprints, impromptu gatherings, or just hanging out with other conference attendees. (Needless to say, we’re pretty excited about this, so rest assured, we’ll be providing more details about the hacker lounge in upcoming posts.)

We’re looking forward to having you join us in June! Please keep those proposals rolling in and register to attend, today.

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  1. Posted February 26, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I tried to register and got the world's worst error message.

    Array
    (
    [RESPONSE] => Array
    (
    [ACRESPONSE] => Array
    (
    [COMMONDATARESPONSE] => Array
    (
    [T] => Array
    (
    [MERCHANTID] => 387130143029
    [TERMINALID] => 001
    [TXREFNUM] => 49A6D8C9CA7A993F0752BF824DAAFCCBF75254A1
    …snip…

    I know my cc is fine, so based on this error message I'm betting that something else is rather ill under the covers.

  2. Posted February 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for reporting this. We're contacting the registration service to find out what's wrong, and we'll post when it's resolved.

  3. Posted February 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    [This is John DeRosa, logged in on his IntenseDebate account now…So many accounts to keep track of!]

    I just got a call from your registration service – very helpful, she's working on this now and will call when she has it resolved.

  4. Jake
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi John. Spoke to our registration provider, and they're going to call you to complete the process. Seems there's a mismatch or something.

    We'll speak to them about improving the error messages 🙂

  5. Jake
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Sorry about the unfriendly errors.

  6. Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Update: Amex called me, and said they had returned a status code meaning "eh, call us to chat first." So it looks like the root case is Amex getting nervous about the charge (don't know why!), and returning a status code that caused the somewhat inelegant error message. 🙂

    Sorry for the hassle. I'm going to try again now.

  7. Jake
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Use the "Online PO" option to finish, and the registration vendor will call you to complete it. CC isn't working. Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.

  8. Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Actually, cc worked fine for me! Amex must have goosed my account! I got the email confirmation page and everything. Now on to the hotel registration….

  9. Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Eh…well…things worked a little too good. Looks like I was registered, and presumably my credit card was charged, twice. Who can I contact to gracefully unwind one of the registrations?

  10. Jake
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I'll sort that out for you.

  11. Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Jake. The registration ID's are 31140 and 31145, in the registration emails.

  12. Jake
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    You should only see one charge on your Amex, since one was processed as an online PO. Let me know if you see another charge now or over the next few days.

  13. Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    How late are the conference organizers hoping/planning for the Friday sessions to run until? I'm mulling over whether to stay over until Saturday morning, or leave Friday night or afternoon.

  14. Jake
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    We just chatted about this last night 🙂
    We're planning to wrap the conference around 5, but there will be after-conference fun at the hacker lounge, e.g. Beer and Blog and Strange Love Live may happen in the hours following the last sessions.

  15. Posted February 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Excellent. Saturday morning it is. Thanks for the info, and your help today!

  16. Jake
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    NP, we're planning a road trip up for Seattle Lunch 2.0 on March 2. Hope to meet you there.

  17. Posted April 23, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    The link to the Hilton has expired, here’s the new one

    http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/PDXPHHH-Hilton-Portland-Executive-Tower-Oregon/index.do

  18. Posted June 7, 2012 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    @bedandbreakfastguide: Thanks, updated.

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