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Let the conference begin!

Welcome to your first day of Open Source Bridge 2013!

Today’s forecast is for a high of 67F with light drizzle. If that feels a little chilly, consider asking the registration team about our Open Source Citizen scarves.

We’ll be starting our program at 9am this morning, with a keynote from James Vasile of FreedomBox. James directs the Open Internet Tools Project, which supports development of anti-censorship and anti-surveillance tools.

Doors open at 8am, with coffee, tea, and pastries from Dovetail Bakery.

Today’s lunch will be provided by Los Gorditos. Lunch is being served in a different part of the building this year, so look for volunteers in purple volunteer shirts who will show you where to go.

Afternoon snacks are by Back to Eden Bakery.

You can find up-to-the-minute schedule updates on our website. It’s not possible to go to more than one session at the same time, and we know this makes you sad. It will be okay. Check the website for slides and speaker notes, or get to work on that time machine tonight in the Hacker Lounge.

We have one schedule change for today: “Fluff: Collaborating to Publish a Fiberarts Magazine Using Open Source Tools” has been cancelled.

Tonight’s evening schedule includes Geek Choir, our Hacker Lounge Community Night, and several great Birds of a Feather sessions. Evening events are also listed on the online schedule.

If you know anyone who would like to attend these evening activities but isn’t registered for the conference, encourage them to sign up for a free Community Pass. This also lets them participate in our unconference day on Friday.

Thursday night we hope you’ll join us for an exciting 5 Years of Open Citizenship Party at OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Look for more details as the week progresses.

Citizenship Award nominations are open! We’d like to hear about Open Source Bridge attendees who make an extra effort to help others. This year’s winner will be announced at the party on Thursday.

We like it when you talk about Open Source Bridge. Tag online content with #osb13 if you want others to know what you’re saying. If you have private feedback, you can stop by the staff/volunteer room, A203, on the 2nd floor and tell us in person, or email info@opensourcebridge.org.

Let’s help everyone have an amazing and fun time at this year’s conference. Please take a moment to review our Code of Conduct, and find a volunteer in a purple shirt if you need help at any time.

We also have a recording policy we’re asking everyone to read and follow. And, surprise, this is the first year we will be recording both video and audio of sessions!

Open Source Bridge can only be as great as it is with the help of many, many volunteers. If you’d like to be a part of that, come by the volunteer lounge, or find Josh, our volunteer coordinator. We’ll put you to work.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors! Hacker Lounge Sponsor: Intel, Committer: Mozilla, Advocate: Rentrak, and other Citizens and Friends.

We’re so glad you’re here! Have a great week.

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