[Pdx-pm] Open Source Bridge Conference -- early bird discount and CFP

The Dread Parrot enobacon at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 07:07:46 PDT 2009

Hi all,

The early-bird registration deadline (March 31st) is fast approaching.  
User group members can get an extra $25 off of the early-bird rate by 
using the discount code “osb4228”.  This will be an awesome 3-day 
conference at even $250, but you get it for $150!

The Call for Proposals is still open.  Many of you have something 
interesting to talk about, so do it.

More info below.


Open Source Bridge

Open Source Bridge is a new conference for developers working with
open source technologies. It will take place June 17-19 in Portland,
OR, with five tracks connecting people across projects, languages and
experience to explore how we do our work and why we participate in
open source. The conference structure is designed to provide
developers with an opportunity to learn from people they might not
connect with at other events.

Open Source Bridge is run entirely by volunteers who believe in the
need for an open source conference that focuses on the culture of
being an open source citizen, regardless of where in the stack you
choose to code. All proceeds from conference registration and
sponsorship go directly to the costs of the conference.

Our sessions and events will share in-depth knowledge about using,
creating and contributing to open source as citizens of a greater
community. You’ll find relevant information whether you write web apps
for the cloud, tinker with operating system internals, create
hardware, run a startup, or blog about technology.

We’re still seeking session proposals, so submit yours by the end of 
March 31st.

Some examples of our proposals so far: Brian Aker on Drizzle, a reboot
of MySQL designed “for the cloud”; Linux Kernel hacker Greg K-H about
how Linux manages development; Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki,
about what’s next in collaboration; Amber Case, an anthropologist
living in both the physical and virtual worlds, about Cyborg
Citizenship. (You can view all current proposals at

In addition to regular conference sessions, we will hold an
unconference day for free-form sessions, and host a 24-hour dedicated
“hacker lounge” at the top of the Portland Hilton. In addition to
hosting the hacker lounge, the Hilton has offered Open Source Bridge
attendees steeply discounted room rates, starting at $139/night.

The city of Portland is a great place to visit. It has a thriving
technical community, a love of all things open source and offers many
attractions for visiting geeks, including Powell’s technical books,
dozens of local brewpubs, and large greenspaces like Forest Park—all
accessible by mass transit.

Visit http://opensourcebridge.org/ to learn more about the conference,
see our session proposals, and register to attend.



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