2013 Call for Proposals Now Open!

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 9 March*. Read on for complete details.

Our Goal

Our goal with Open Source Bridge 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.

In this regard, Open Source Bridge is unique among the landscape of community-driven technology conferences. Rather than focusing on a single language, platform, or knowledge-set, we strive to unite those working across the spectrum of open technology and culture.

As such, we are looking for people from all experience areas to submit talk proposals. Your background can be web development, project management, open hardware engineering, security, quality assurance, data visualization, user experience, etc. If you work or play in open source, we want to hear from you. Let us know how you are improving your communities, small or large. All speaking experience levels welcome.

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

Conference Tracks

As in years past, you’ll need to submit your talk in one of the following tracks:

  • 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 favorite 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.

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.

Acceptance Notifications

Proposal acceptances and wait-list notifications will be sent by 10 April.

Speaking 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. 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.


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

We’ll also be holding a public Townhall via Google Hangout on 19 February at 4pm PT. You are welcome to attend and have your questions answered then.

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

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