Hello Seattle

On Friday, a few of us (Kelly, Rick, Selena and I) headed up to Seattle to attend their Lunch 2.0 Happy Hour and chat about the conference with our pals from the Emerald City. You can read all the gory details of the road trip over on the Silicon Florist.

Rick is welcomed everywhere he goes.

Our main goal in Seattle was to meet a couple of our first registrants, John DeRosa and Matt Woodward, and get them excited about the conference. Rick talked last week about our need for volunteers in other metro areas outside Portland, and Seattle is obviously high on our list of places to get volunteer help.

John and Matt have already started talking to people they know, and it was awesome to meet them in person and spread the love for open source geekery. We even discussed organizing a party train on Amtrack for attendees from Seattle, since the Hilton is only about a mile away from Union Station.

Naturally, we also wanted to introduce the conference to new people in the Seattle crowd and drum up interest for it. Brian Westbrook streamed the event live on Seattle 2.0 and interviewed Selena about the conference. Rick and John chatted with John Cook from Seattle’s TechFlash about the conference, and I also got to put Rick on the spot to do an impromptu plug for the conference to the 30 or 40 people who attended.

Brian captured his interview with Selena and Rick’s extemporaneous speech about the conference, and I’ll update this post with those videos when they’re uploaded.

So, we did what we could to get the word out to as many Seattleites as possible. We’re hoping guys like John and Matt will spread the word, as will others who were at Lunch 2.0 or watched it live online and go forth to submit proposals, register to attend and tell their friends and colleagues to join us here in Portland in June.

Because Open Source Bridge is 100% volunteer-run, we’ll need grassroots help from all the people we can get to make the huge success we all envision.

Want to help spread the word in your town?

Let us know (in comments or using the volunteer form) about events in your area, like user group meetings, technical networking events, and technical conferences that you attend, and we’ll hook you up with the message and some stickers or business cards that you can take with you.

We might even organize a road trip to your town to hang out and help you spread the word. Rick likes to drive 🙂

Thanks to John, Matt, Josh Maher, the Seattle Lunch 2.0 organizer, and the hosts, Adam from Axios Law Group and Bryan from TalentSpring, for welcoming us to Seattle and letting us talk about Open Source Bridge. Next time, we’ll need to stay longer to enjoy the sights.

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  1. Darci Hanning
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I'm the co-facilitator for the Portland Plone User's group — we'll be meeting on March23 in NW Portland and hosting a small Plone World Day event there as well on April 22. Let's chat! 🙂

  2. Jake
    Posted March 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    HI Darci. Thanks for letting us know about these upcoming events. Someone, probably from our crack Marketing team, will be in touch to chat with you.

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