[sf-perl] Fwd: SF perlmongers + Open Source Bridge

Fred Moyer fred at redhotpenguin.com
Wed Apr 1 00:09:35 PDT 2009

New PDX conference.  If we are going to do an SF workshop we'll need
to be doing stuff like this.

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From: Reid Beels <reid at opensourcebridge.org>
Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 8:46 PM
Subject: SF perlmongers + Open Source Bridge
To: fred at redhotpenguin.com

Hi Fred,

I'm one of the organizers of Open Source Bridge, a new open source
developers’ conference being held June 17–19, 2009 in Portland,
Oregon. We’re aiming to connect people across projects, languages and
experience and would love to have members of the SF Perl community
involved as speakers and participants. Details about the conference
are included below.

Bridge isn’t a typical conference. It’s entirely volunteer-run, by
developers, for developers. Session tracks are technology agnostic,
based instead around shared community experiences and focused on
similarities between projects, not differences. Plus, we’ll be running
a 24-hour hacker lounge for code sprints, bug bashes, bouncing ideas,
starting new projects or just mingling.

We’d be delighted it if you could mention Open Source Bridge at your
user group meetings, post this email to your mailing list, and get us
in touch with others in your community interested in participating.

We just extended our call for proposals through April 10th, which is
fast approaching, so please pass this information on as soon as

We don’t expect something for nothing, so we’re giving all of your
user group members a discounted registration rate of $150. That’s $25
off the Early Bird rate, and $100 off our regular registration. User
groups are very important to the chairs of our conference — that’s how
they both got started in the open source community.

We’re also offering a free conference pass to give away to a member of
your group. If you’re interested in more ways to promote the
conference, let us know!

Thank You!
Reid Beels
Open Source Bridge

reid at opensourcebridge.org


You get one free conference pass to raffle off to a member of your group!

We’ve found the most successful raffles tend to follow these conditions:

1) Let all of your members know about the conference, dates, and URL:
2) Allow anyone in the group to sign up for the raffle.
3) Draw the winner at random, preferably at a public meeting.

When you have selected a winner, email
usergroups at opensourcebridge.org, CC the winner, and we’ll register
them for you.


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 proposals — and just extended the deadline to
April 10th — so submit yours before time runs out.

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.


PS: Interested in taking advantage of the user group discount code
that will allow user group members to register for $150? Enter
“osb4228” when you register to receive the discount.

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