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Open Source Bridge: Day 2, Wed, June 21

Welcome to Day 2 of Open Source Bridge 2017!

If this is your first day at Bridge, registration begins at 8am, with coffee and tea on hand. At 9am, keynoter Walé Ogundipé will be talking developer shibboleths in the Sanctuary. Wednesday is another full day, so check out the schedule and bookmark your favorite sessions!

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.


Citizenship Award:

Every year, we recognize an outstanding attendee at Open Source Bridge. Is there someone who’s improved your experience at OSB? Is there someone whose open source contributions you want to say thank you for? We’d love your nominations before 6pm tomorrow!

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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)!

We need your help

Over the years, we’ve gotten the greatest show of love for Open Source Bridge! We’re so grateful to work on such an amazingly inclusive conference that celebrates all aspects of open source technology.

A view from above of attendees milling about between talks at Open Source Bridge, a tech conference made for us by us.

In addition to our fantastic Keynotes, new in 2017 is a dedicated Activism Track for the week’s talks and a Community Organizer track addition to our Friday Unconference day. We’re excited to showcase inclusive tech communities — especially in this time of political, cultural, and economic crossroads — that are driving the future of open source projects.

In order to cover the costs of producing a community conference, we rely largely on sponsorships. We haven’t been as fortunate this year in monetary recruiting and would love extra help in spreading the word about Open Source Bridge to your company or tech managers.

Attendees chilling in the Hacker Lounge during a break between presentations.

Some potential sponsoring opportunities:

  • Hacker Lounge Demo Tables
  • Official Party Patronage
  • Onsite Childcare
  • Diversity Scholarships
  • Subsidizing student tickets

Not sure what’d be useful? Ask your manager about sponsoring, ping your friends at companies, and check out our 2017 Open Source Bridge Prospectus! And then email us at


Attendees showing off their engineering skills with Legos, in the Hacker Lounge.In addition to the usual benefits of sponsorship, we will thank you profusely all over the internet!!

Thank you,
—The Open Source Bridge team














Announcing 2017’s Keynote Speakers!

We are so very excited to reveal our 2017 Keynote line-up!

Active not only in amazing open source tech projects, they are leading their communities to better serve underrepresented members through access to education, digital inclusion, and intersectionality.

Social justice activism has been an undercurrent of Open Source Bridge since the beginning, but this year has been especially hard for many in our community. Between travel bans, attacks on LGBTQI people, proposed cuts to health care, and the overall feeling of a loss of privacy and safety, it has been intense.

We want to continue to create a safe space for technologists to work on, collaborate, and share their projects with the world. And we believe the following keynotes will help drive this commitment and set the tone of Open Source Bridge 2017, while looking toward making a brighter future.

Nicole Sanchez

Nicole Sanchez is the VP of Social Impact at GitHub. She’s responsible for diversifying the company’s workforce and user base, building strong community partnerships, and promoting GitHub as a platform for impactful social change. Nicole is an industry expert in diversity, inclusion, and social impact with 20+ years working toward better access for underrepresented communities in government, higher education and technology. She is a mom, writer, native Californian, and firm believer that access to technology can bring about massive social change. Nicole is an alumnae of Stanford University and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Walé Ogundipé

Walé Ogundipé is a software developer based in Seattle. In addition to being passionate about digital inclusion and access, he enjoys cultivating the programming community at large. He is also co-organizer of SeattleJS, one of the largest Javascript meetups in the United States.

Emily Gorcenski

By title, Emily G is a Senior Data Scientist at Simple. But by practice, they are a transgender activist, hockey player, and technologist passionately working in the intersection of computing and society. Their passions include technology ethics, regulation of computing, and posting selfies on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you and these Keynotes in June!



2017 Registration and Call for Proposals are open!

Open Source Bridge, the conference focused on building open source community and citizenship, is returning for 2017! Join us from June 20–23 in Portland for four days of technical talks, hacking sessions, and opportunities for collaboration. Early bird registration is now open.

Want to speak or present a workshop? We’d love to hear from you! Along with registration, our call for proposals is open through March 31st.

We’re changing things up a little this year, given the political, cultural, and economic crossroads we find ourselves at right now. We’ve added a new track to explore how activists are using technology, how open source communities are supporting activists, and how other open source and activist communities intersect. In addition to the usual Culture, Hacks, Practice, and Theory topics, we want you to submit proposals about projects and people actively working toward making this world better. We welcome more long-form workshop sessions too, for those who want to share their work and how to replicate the process.

Outside of the talk schedule, we’re looking to expand our extracurricular activities. If you’re interested in leading a group to dinner or on a field trip, or in gathering an evening Birds of a Feather session, email

Open source work is inherently collaborative. To encourage new connections, we’re holding a project night in the Hacker Lounge and want to partner with community groups and individual projects looking for new contributors. Interested? Email and come prepared with tasks that newcomers can jump in on.

Another new angle this year is the inclusion of a Community Organizer track to our Friday Unconference day. It will be similar in practice to OSCON’s Community Leadership Summit, with a focus on inclusion, intersectionality, accessibility, management, onboarding, documentation, crisis management, and more. We want to share and learn from others in leadership positions, to help each other rise up and know that we are not alone.