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What a week!

We’ve hit a lucky streak for Open Source Bridge!

We’ve accomplished some truly impressive things this week, and I wanted to take a moment to recognize the contributions of our awesome conference team. They have been working extra hard to make this year’s Open Source Bridge even more amazing and sustainable!

I sent them this letter earlier to let them know how much I appreciate their efforts, and I wanted to share it with you all.


Hi core team!

I just wanted to take a moment to take a breath and take stock of the amazing things you all have accomplished this week! You are wonderful, and not only produce a great event, but also give Open Source Bridge its heart.

Just last week, I met with the board to discuss our budget. I won’t lie; it wasn’t a very encouraging picture. We were on track to have a legally-allowable conference, but many of the things that make OSB truly great were not looking very possible.

In just a week and a half, however, my optimism is restored, thanks to your hard work.

What we’ve done this week:

  • Received verbal commitments for several large sponsorships. There’s still more to do here, but the progress we made was real and needed!
  • Announced our 2016 keynote speakersThey will be speaking on topics related to sustainability, something that has been on Thursday’s and my mind throughout this process of co-chairing.
  • Announced our conference scheduleWe have a few more speakers to confirm, but all the choosing is done!
  • Planned, wrote, filmed, edited, and launched a crowdfunding campaignNot only that, but we’re already 13% funded, with over $1,000 in donations in our first day. We’ve got the Open Source Citizen Award and two of our three keynote honorariums funded–soon we’ll be moving on to covering childcare!
  • To coincide with our crowdfunding campaign, we:

WHEW!

 
You all are kicking butt out there, and I appreciate every moment you spend helping Open Source Bridge continue to be the accessible community space that makes it truly unique.We’ve accomplished a lot this week, and I know this momentum will help move us forward to the finish line!

Love to you all,
Shawna

 


Aren’t they great, ya’ll?

I’m so proud to be working with such a great group! After reading about how hard they’re working, I know you’re going to want to get involved, too!


We’re on more solid footing, but we still need $$$ and volunteers. 


Please continue to share opportunities to sponsorbuy ticketssupport our crowdfunding campaign, and volunteer whenever you can.

Thanks for all your support throughout the years. See you at Bridge!

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