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Open source conference prerequisite #1: Space for hacking

Hacker lounge view of Portland, OR

Hacker lounge view of Portland, OR

We’ve been to any number of open source conferences. And for as much as we get out of the sessions, we always seem to get just as much—if not more—from the time spent with other developers.

Whether it’s camping out in the hallway, hanging out in coffee shops, or late-night code sessions at the hotel, spending time with other attendees working on projects—and reveling in being an open source citizen—is always one of the highlights of any conference.

So, when we had the opportunity to build Open Source Bridge, one of our primary concerns was that we had plenty of space for hacking. But we weren’t thinking a couch in the hall or a bunch of people crammed around the table. And we wanted our attendees to have something better than a desperate search for places with outlets, wifi, and space to code at 3:45 AM. We were thinking about dedicated space for hacking, 24-hours a day.

Introducing the Open Source Bridge hacker lounge, a space dedicated to code sprints, development projects, user-group get-togethers, and general hanging out—open all-day and all-night, throughout the conference. Perched atop the Hilton Portland, the hacker lounge will feature food, drink, interesting people, and plenty of space for various groups to gather.

Even if you’re not interested in hacking, you’ll still want to spend some time in the hacker lounge. From spectacular views of the Portland skyline to direct access to the best and brightest people, the hacker lounge is sure to be the crown jewel of the conference.

The hacker lounge is accessible to every Open Source Bridge attendee staying at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. So make sure you’ve got a room. If you’re interested in scheduling time for your group or project to meet, please contact us. We’ll make sure you have all the space, power, wifi, and sustenance you need. Interested in sponsoring the hacker lounge? We’ll be happy to work with you.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Open Source Bridge—at both the sessions and in the hacker lounge. Make sure to register today and book a room. Have something you want to present? Our Call for Proposals is open until March 31. Submit your Open Source Bridge proposal today.

(Photo courtesy Hockley Photography. Used with permission.)

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  1. Posted March 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    This is definitely needed in Portland. I know so many people that would use it, including us (Mugasha Crew).

    This comment was originally posted on Hacker News

  2. Posted March 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I want to encourage everybody on HN to submit a talk to this conference, or register (but c’mon, submit a talk!). I know some of the people organizing it, and they’re doing some really cool things.

    This comment was originally posted on Hacker News

  3. Posted March 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    As one of the folks helping organize the event, I’d like to say thanks for the kind words. And I agree with you 100% on Hacker News folks submitting talks. ;)

    This comment was originally posted on Hacker News

  4. Posted March 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a hackerspace

    This comment was originally posted on Reddit

  5. Posted March 25, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    There are a number of folks in Portland pursuing the idea of a hackerspace. This one is specifically associated with the conference.

    This comment was originally posted on Reddit

  6. Posted March 25, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    "Open source conference prerequisite #1: Space for hacking" … so uh, yeah.

    This comment was originally posted on Reddit

  7. Posted March 26, 2009 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    http://www.hackerspaces.org

    This comment was originally posted on Reddit

  8. Posted March 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    For a moment, I thought that was the view from the WebTrends conference room & spaces. :) The view is a few feet closer to the white clock tower building.

  9. Jordan
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    What about locals? Is there a way for us to join the fun up in the lounge?

  10. Posted March 26, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    @Jordan Well, you could always stay at the Hilton for a few days. You know, get away from the house and revel in the event? ;)

    All kidding aside, you can be sure that we will work to find a way that local conference attendees have access to the hacker lounge, as well.

  11. Posted August 12, 2010 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    that is a very good idea.. I wonder if it will catch on and there will be hacker lounges everywhere!

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