It’s almost time for Open Source Bridge 2018

Open Source Bridge 2018 is nearly here! Below are some things you should know if you’ll be joining us tomorrow. Skip to the end for the full schedule and party food menu.

Our venue is the Eliot Center located at 1226 SW Salmon (Google map).

We’re kicking off the day’s schedule at 9am sharp! Doors will open at 8:30am for you to check in and have a cup of coffee. If you’re bringing a friend or colleague, make sure they register in advance.

Getting here

If you’re coming by car, there are two parking lots right next to the Eliot Center. 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.

Accessibility and childcare

To make our space accessible to all attendees, we’ll be marking access lanes with blue tape. Please keep an eye on where you’re standing and make sure you don’t block someone’s route. We also have CART captioning for the opening, keynotes, and unconference kickoff. Let Audrey or Christie know if you need help finding a seat where you can comfortably view the screen.

If you requested childcare, our provider will be on site from 9am to 6pm. Kids are also welcome throughout the event if accompanied by a responsible adult.


We will be taking a mid-day lunch break and you’re welcome to bring food or join a group headed to the carts. Coffee, tea, and water are available throughout the day. For the party, we’ll be having catered Lebanese food from Nicholas (menu details below). Also, cupcakes! This will be an alcohol-free space throughout the day, including the party.

Important policies

All attendees are expected to read and follow our code of conduct and photo policy. When you check in, you’ll be able to pick a name badge color reflecting whether you consent to be photographed. Do not take pictures at Open Source Bridge unless you’ve verified that all people visible have given permission. Please contact us if you have additional safety or security concerns.

Unconference notes

If you haven’t attended an unconference before, or it’s been a while, here’s a few things to know. The unconference schedule is determined by the attendees present. We’ll have a scheduling period starting around 10:30am where you’ll hear about the plan for the day and what rooms are available to use. Each person proposing a session will come up to the front of the room and say what their topic is. We encourage participants to team up and combine similar discussions. Here are some ideas on how to facilitate a great session.

To get the most out of attending the unconference:

  • Listen as much as you contribute: make room for everyone to participate
  • Host a session, even if you aren’t an expert. Some great conversations come out of people asking “how does this work?”
  • If a session isn’t engaging you, feel free to move on or to spin off your own conversation later
  • Thank your fellow participants! This is a collaborative space

Full schedule

  • 8:30am Doors open
  • 9am Welcome and announcements
  • 9:30am Christie Koehler keynote
  • 10am Kronda Adair keynote
  • 10:30am Unconference scheduling
  • 11:15am First session
  • 12:15pm Lunch break
  • 1:45pm Second session
  • 2:45pm Break
  • 3pm Third session
  • 4pm Break
  • 4:15pm Fourth session
  • 5:15pm Break
  • 5:30pm Unconference closing and gratitude sharing
  • 6pm Party!
  • 9pm The end

Food menus

From Nicholas (most items vegan and gluten free):

  • Hummus
  • Baba ganoush
  • Tabouli
  • Cucumber Tomato Garbanzo Mint Salad
  • Falafel with tahini (v/gf) or tazhiki (contains dairy)
  • Majadra
  • Pita bread

From Back to Eden (vegan and gluten free):

Cupcakes: carrot cake w/cream cheese frosting, chocolate lovers, pistachio rosewater, chocolate peanut butter, strawberry lemon, pistachio cardamom vanilla bean, mexican mocha, lemon marionberry


Thank you to this year’s sponsors: The Recompiler, Changeset Consulting, EquitableTech, Okta, and Open Tech Strategies.

See you soon!

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