Open Source Bridge: Day 1, Tues, June 20

Open Source Bridge 2017 week starts tomorrow and we can’t wait to see you!

Our venue is the Eliot Center on 1226 SW Salmon St, with the main entrance in between SW 12th and SW 13th. If you’d like to post about the event on social media, our hashtag is #osb17 and you can tweet at us via @osbridge.

Registration begins bright and early at 8am, with coffee and tea available. At 9am, you won’t want to miss Nicole Sanchez‘s keynote on tech reform in the Sanctuary. We have a jam-packed schedule, so be sure to look through and make a note of your favorite sessions!

Getting here:

  • If you’re coming by car, there are two parking lots right next to the Eliot Center. The one on SW Salmon is $12.50 for all day parking while the one on SW 12th is $18. There’s also 2 hour and 5 hour street parking around the venue.
  • If you’re coming by public transportation, the closest stops are Galleria/SW 10th for MAX and Salmon or Main St for bus. Trimet has a trip planner that can give you more specific directions.
  • If you’re coming by bike, there are three racks in front of the Eliot Center.
  • Accessibility: curb cutouts are on the corners of SW 12th and SW Salmon. Sadly, there isn’t one directly in front of the Eliot Center entrance. There are accessibility pathways/lanes on the first floor that we ask folks to leave clear, so that everyone can easily get to entrances/bathrooms/elevators.


  • Wifi: We will be using the in-house wifi this year and bandwidth may be limited, so we ask that you be mindful with internet usage. If you need a backup plan for internet, Case Study Coffee and Heart Coffee Roasters are two nearby (0.2mi) cafes with wifi available.
  • As a reminder, we have a Code of Conduct and Recording Policy in place at Open Source Bridge. Please review them in advance and make a note of what color lanyards people are wearing, as that will indicate their preference for being photographed and recorded.
  • Need some assistance? Our volunteers will be sporting gold stickers when they’re on shift as well as yellow staff badges.
  • Need a break or breather? We have a quiet room on the third floor. If you have trouble finding it, just ask a volunteer!
  • We will have childcare available tomorrow and Wednesday in Room A107.
  • All-gender restrooms (multi-stall) are available on the first floor, with a single-occupancy restroom available on the third floor (3A).

In between sessions:

The Hacker Lounge (next to registration) will be open during and after sessions throughout the week. Stop by our Lego table, try out some 3D printing, make a button or two, grab stickers, or collaborate on a project!


  • You’ll have from noon to 1:30pm to find lunch in the area.
  • For those who’d like lunch guides, you’ll meet by the Hacker Lounge (look for the signs) and head over to nearby food cart pods.


After the talks, there will be Bird of Feather sessions and Field Trips starting from 7pm. To create or join one, stop by the Hacker Lounge and look to the whiteboard on your left when you enter!

Get involved:

Open Source Bridge is entirely run by volunteers and we still need some fine folks to help out during the week. If you’ve got some free time, check out our volunteer app and sign up for slots directly.

Thank you, sponsors:

Meet the amazing sponsors who made this year possible. Open Source Bridge’s 2017 patrons are IBM (Gold), AlterConf (Silver), Mozilla (Bronze), ClientJoy (Bronze), Recompiler (Bronze), and LaunchCode (Media)!

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