Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Stay tuned for information about the Open Source Bridge 2015 call-for-proposals!

Our Goal

Open Source Bridge’s purpose is to gather a diverse citizenry and inspire one another to make the world a better place through open source technology and open culture principles.

This makes Open Source Bridge stand out from other community-driven technology conferences. Instead of focusing on a single language, platform, or area of knowledge, we work to unite people across the spectrum of open technology and culture.

We are looking for people from all backgrounds and areas of experience to submit talk proposals. Your starting point could be web development, project management, open hardware engineering, security, quality assurance, data visualization, or user experience.

If you work or play in open source, we want to hear from you. Let us know how you are building your communities, small or large. All speaking experience levels are welcome.

Some talks from past years that we really liked and felt captured the spirit of our event include:

Conference Tracks

We’ve split the tracks into the following five areas in order to create a conference that promotes cross-pollination and provide space for detailed discussion:

Business

How do you contribute to open technology and culture projects while still putting food on the table and paying the bills? How do you run a business on open principles?
Share what you know about making a living in the f/oss world. From finding open source jobs, to choosing a software license, to open source-friendly business plans, to making the sales pitch and connecting with customers. Example topics from the past include “Learn Tech Management in 45 Minutes” and “The Independent Software Developer.”

Cooking

How did you get something to work? Show us how to write the script, configure the utility, debug the code. Share your best recipes.
From the beginner to the advanced level, we’re looking for tips, tutorials, best practices, and collaborative development sessions. Share what you know about your favorite tools, programming languages, and development techniques. Example topics from the past include “Data Science in the Open” and “Hands-on Virtualization with Ganeti.”

Chemistry

We know that a recipe works, but why? Show us the science behind the recipe. Explain the components of a project and how they interact.
Explore how our technology works on the lowest levels, and what that can teach us about optimal use. Tell us your analysis and profiling techniques, how implementation affects function, and what a kernel is made of. Example topics from the past include “OSWALD: Lessons from and for the Open Hardware Movement” and “Doing NoSQL with SQL.”

Culture

What makes open technology and culture communities effective? Demonstrate how you motivate people to work together well.
Working in open source means working with people. This track explores how we work in groups, both small and large, how we motivate volunteers, how we share knowledge, work through conflict and how we can increase inclusivity and diversity. Example topics from the past include “‘Why did you do that?’ You’re more automated than you think” and “Seven Habits Of Highly Obnoxious Trolls.”

Hacks

We want to know how you pulled it off. Show us your most ingenious hacks, kludges, work-arounds, and duct-tape jobs. It doesn’t have to be elegant, it just has to work!
Hacks are clever, sometimes not. They break the rules. They force the available material into doing what you need or want. Some hacks are illegal, and some just make you proud and/or embarrassed that it worked. Sometimes a hack is the only way. Show the world how you make your hardware and software obey your every whim. Example topics from the past include “Control Emacs with Your Beard: the All-Singing All-Dancing Intro to Hacking the Kinect” and “Location-Based Hacks – How to Automate Your Life with SMS and GPS.”

Don’t fret too much about selecting the perfect track. If you’re not sure, drop us a note. If we think you’ve mis-categorized something, we’ll ask you about it.

Presentation formats

Presentations can fit either a short- or long-form slot. Short-form presentations will receive a 45 minute session, and long-form will have 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pick the format that best fits the scope and style of your presentation. Short-form could be a set of lightning talks, a one-or-more person presentation, a panel, or something else covering specific, concise material.

Tagging

We also encourage you to tag your proposal with any relevant subject tags. This will make it easier for people interested in certain subjects to find your presentation.

Public Proposals & Feedback Wanted

All proposals are public (except for fields marked private to organizers) and we encourage everyone to read through the submitted ones, leave comments and favorite talks you would like to see at the conference. Your feedback is extremely useful to our content selection committee. If you’ve submitted a talk, publicize it and ask others to leave feedback.

Also, all proposals also have a unique identifier (like a course number) you can use to tag your blog posts or other online content with discussion and related materials. Later we’ll use this ID to connect the conference sessions with content from around the web.

Speaker Benefits

If you are selected to speak at Open Source Bridge, we will waive your attendance fee. We regret that we are not able to cover the cost of travel or lodging for speakers at this time. By not covering travel costs for our speakers, we are able to keep ticket prices low and make the conference accessible to the largest number of participants possible. However, if your proposal is accepted but you are unable to come due to travel costs, please let us know and we will do what we can to help out.

Additionally, all those who submit a proposal but are not selected to speak will be able to register at the early bird registration price.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please drop us a line and let us know.