Open Source Bridge

Open Source Bridge is a new conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way. It’s not a typical technical conference.

Open Source Bridge will take place June 1-4, 2010 in Portland, OR, with five tracks connecting people across projects, languages, and backgrounds 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.

Through this conference, we hope to answer a question:

What are the rights and responsibilities of an open source citizen?

As developers, we find ourselves in many roles; we are users, creators, and leaders. The Open Source Bridge team believes that our role as open source citizens informs our work whether we are conscious of it or not. Open Source Bridge is intended as a call to action to become better citizens, by sharing our knowledge with each other.

In addition to conference sessions, the conference includes two dedicated “hacker lounge” spaces for attendees to hang out, schedule code sprints, and connect with each other.

Outside of the conference, Portland offers many attractions for visiting geeks: Powell’s technical books, dozens of local brewpubs, and large greenspaces like Forest Park, all accessible by mass transit.

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