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Calling all User Groups

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Say you were organizing a kick-ass conference that wasn’t focused on specific technologies or languages, but rather on being an open source citizen.

You’d want to contact all the user groups out there, and not just the local ones, hosted in your city, but the ones in other cities around the world. You’d want to get these people excited about your conference, and you know they’d get excited.

Why? Because your conference is different. It’s focused on open source as a whole, as the sum of its various parts, not on the parts.

You’d want to get these people excited, but you just can’t possibly reach out to everyone.

What do you do?

You put a call out to anyone who belongs to a user group and ask for help spreading the word.

This is that call for Open Source Bridge.

So, we spent all day Sunday, trying to contact as many user group leaders as possible, and not just the user groups focused on open source projects, but other groups too. After all, OSB isn’t just for open source developers. It’s also for people in IT too.

Problem is that we can’t possibly scale to reach every user group that might want to participate. We’re just humble volunteers, and we don’t have infinite time, sadly.

That’s where you come in, my new best friend. If you’re made it to here, you’re probably a little interested. Great. Do you belong to a user group? Even better. Would you mind mentioning our conference to your fellow members? Hmm . . .

What’s in it for you? Glad you asked. We’re offering discounted registration for people registering with the user group code, and we’re giving a free registration to each user group to raffle off to members. Fun, right?

Interested? You can find more details here.

The deadline to submit proposals is quickly approaching (ahem, March 31), so hurry if you have a great idea for a session.

Need more information or want to help more? Sweet, check out how you can get involved.

We really need and appreciate your help.

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  1. Posted March 23, 2009 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    This whole thing sounds so cool – sure wish you were doing it here in Washington, D.C. Please consider it in future years – if for no other reason than the obviously promising role OS could play in government.

  2. Posted March 23, 2009 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    @Jason: Yeah, we all live here, so organizing it in DC would be tough for us :) But I totally agree that would be very helpful to tap into the Government 2.0 vibe.

    Can’t make the trip? Sorry. Maybe that will change.

    If you really like what we’re doing, tell some people. Maybe they’ll find a way for you to come.

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