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Day 1: Tuesday, June 21

Open Source Bridge kicks off tomorrow! We’ll be at the Eliot Center in Portland, OR (1226 SW Salmon St) from Tuesday June 21 through Friday June 24.

Registration opens at 8am and the keynote begins at 9am in the Sanctuary. (Don’t worry, there’s coffee and tea.)

Here is Tuesday’s schedule.

ShaunaTuesday’s keynote speaker is the winner of last year’s Open Source Citizenship Award, Shauna Gordon-McKeon.

Shauna (@shauna_gm) is an independent researcher and developer who focuses on free technologies and communities. She runs a business, Galaxy Rise Consulting, providing web and mobile development and data science services to individuals and organizations. She can often be found using her skills as a writer, public speaker, and teacher to help free software and open science communities more accessible to newcomers.

Free Culture in an Expensive World

Money is a common worry, inside the open source community and out, but we often feel uncomfortable discussing it. Shauna will talk about why that is and how our social norms around money impact who participates in open source and how they do so, in a series of case studies.

Read our interview with Shauna.

Out of the Sessions

Our Hacker Lounge will be open during and after sessions throughout the week. Show our Lego table some love, share your wisdom with the world at our zine-making space, and DON’T hurt yourself at our soldering station.

BoFs (Birds of a Feather) happen in two time evening time slots: 7:00–8:30 and 8:30–10:00. We’ll have a sign-up board in the Hacker Lounge. Current proposals are here.

On Friday, we’ll wrap up the week with a day-long unconference. This is a time to reflect on what we’ve learned and experienced during the previous three days, share ideas that didn’t get space in the formal conference sessions, and play around. We’ll create an unconference schedule together in the Hacker Lounge on Friday morning.

Announcements & Reminders

Whether this is your first time at Open Source Bridge or not, please review our Code of Conduct and Recording Policy. There are colored-coded lanyards to let us each indicate whether we would like to be photographed. Get the color that matches your preference at registration, and please be observant of other attendees’ preferences. If you have any questions or issues around Code of Conduct or recording issues, find an organizer (their nametag will say “Organizer” on it) or a volunteer in a yellow Citizen Volunteer shirt.

We will have a quiet room available if you need some time and space. Ask a volunteer if you’re having a difficult time locating it.

There are all-women’s and all-gender bathrooms are on every floor. Single occupancy bathrooms are on the third floor next to 302

We will not be providing food this year (except at the party on Thursday). If you are unable to leave the venue you can request a runner to pick up lunch for you using this form. If you are able to head out, guides will meet in A108 you to help you find the best lunch spots.

Hashtags! Use #osb16 or #osbridge. (Some online safety event across the pond is also using #OSB16.) We’ll be paying attention to those hashtags and sharing some of them. If you need our immediate attention on Twitter, it’s best to tweet at @osbridge.

Thanks to all the volunteers that make OSBridge possible. Please consider helping out by volunteering for a shift this week. See the app for empty slots!

Thank you sponsors!

Thank you to this year’s sponsors for supporting our Open Source Bridge! Our Silver Level sponsors are Capital One, Google, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews, and New Relic. Our Bronze Level sponsors are Comcast, Lumen, Kavi, Simple, Stich Fix, and ClientJoy. You can still donate to our crowdfunding efforts, if you like.

We are ready for all you wonderful people. Let’s do this.

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