Open Source Bridge: Day 4, Fri, June 23

It’s Day 4, also known as Unconference Day at Open Source Bridge!

Doors open an hour later than usual, at 9am, and we’ll kick things off in the Hacker Lounge. Everyone is welcome to propose a topic for discussion or group project to work on and we’ll create the day’s schedule together. If you’ve never participated in an unconference before, we’ll walk you through it. Today’s activities are open to all registered attendees, including Community Pass holders, so feel free to invite friends and folks that you think would be interested – the more the merrier!

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 OSB on social media, our hashtag is #osb17 and you can tweet at us via @osbridge.

Heidi Waterhouse donning her OSB Citizen Award medal

Citizenship Award:

Every year, we ask our community to pick an Open Source Bridge attendee to honor.

Congrats to our OSB 2017 Citizenship Award winner: Heidi Waterhouse! Thank you for livetweeting throughout the week, giving multiple talks, and generally improving the #osb17 experience for your fellow attendees.

Thanks as well to everyone who responded to our call for nominations!


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!
  • All-gender restrooms (multi-stall) are available on the first floor, with a single-occupancy restroom available on the third floor (3A).



  • 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.
  • There will also be yoga led by Sherri Koehler (location to be announced).


Thank YOU (yes, you!):

A conference takes so many people to pull off and we’re thankful to each and every one of you.

First off, thank you speakers, for sharing your perspectives and expertise with us. We’re honored to be able to feature your talks!

HUGE thank yous to Open Source Bridge’s 2017 sponsors. We’re so grateful to have you as partners. Thanks again to IBM (Gold), AlterConf (Silver), Mozilla (Bronze), ClientJoy (Bronze), Recompiler (Bronze), and LaunchCode (Media)!

We also want to say thanks to all the volunteers who held it down throughout the week. We appreciate all your time and your help!

To the organizing team: thank you for pulling everything together and coordinating ALL THE THINGS.

And lastly, thank YOU, dear attendees for being a part of Open Source Bridge 2017. We hope you had a great time and those of you who traveled: have a safe trip home!

One Comment

  1. Posted June 23, 2017 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    I realized earlier this year that I couldn’t find a unified list of all the past Citizenship Award winners, so I put one on my blog and I’ve now updated it to mention Heidi Waterhouse. Thank you for your work, Heidi!

    2017: Heidi Waterhouse
    2016: Kronda Adair
    2015: Shauna Gordon-McKeon
    2014: Ed Finkler
    2013: Lukas Blakk
    2012: Lance Albertson
    2011: Sumana Harihareswara, Asheesh Laroia, and Igal Koshevoy

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