[Pdx-pm] Fwd: Open Source Bridge Conference town hall meeting - Thursday, October 30th, 7:30pm, CubeSpace

Igal Koshevoy igal at pragmaticraft.com
Wed Oct 29 20:48:40 PDT 2008


I appreciate the suggestion. I've CC'ed Audrey and Selena from Bridge so
they know about this.

Could you get Audrey and Selena in touch with the Orycon organizers, and
see if they'd be willing to go to lunch (I'll buy) and chat with the
Bridge team?



Keith Lofstrom wrote:
> I won't be there, but here's a suggestion:
> Get some advice from the local science fiction convention folk, at
> www.osfci.org .  They have been running Orycon for 30 (!) years,
> averaging 1500 attendees.  They have also hosted four Westercons
> (Western US/Canada), with 2500 attendees, and many other conventions. 
> Although the cast changes, there is a lot of accumulated experience. 
> Some of the OSFCI people are also open source people, and many are
> programmers.  And some may be looking for jobs;  a convention with
> corporate booths is a good opportunity.
> OFSCI probably won't run a convention for you, but they could advise. 
> On the other hand, the Detroit Michigan area science fiction fans have
> combined with the Linux/Open Source people to put on six Penguicons
> ( http://www.penguicon.org/ ) so far, and they are still going strong. 
> If approached correctly and enthusiastically, this might be a winning
> combination.
> The next Orycon is November 21 to 23 at the waterfront Marriott.
> Hence, the principals will be very busy until then, and burned out
> for a few weeks after.  If you sign up to attend the convention,
> uou can meet some of them (often known as "SMOF", Secret Masters Of
> Fandom).  Yes, there may be a few Wookies, and 300 pound women in
> Princess Leia costumes - but treat them with respect, some might be
> open source project managers at Intel.  On the other hand, anyone 
> dressed as Jar-Jar Binks can be ridiculed.
> Keith

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