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Keynote speakers for our grand finale!

We are pleased to announce that long time Open Source Bridge community member Kronda Adair will keynote the concluding year of our conference. Kronda is the founder of Karvel Digital, a digital marketing consultancy. Today Kronda helps small businesses take control of their technology stack, through consulting and her popular Websites That Work course. In her own words: “I’m a recovering WordPress developer turned digital marketer who loves to reinvent myself and my business. At age 34, I decided to become a programmer and spent the next five years getting a degree in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Art Institute of Portland.”

We’re looking forward to hearing Kronda’s perspective on her journey through the evolution of our conference and community, and what she’s learned about how to making a living with open source.

Additionally, Christie Koehler will open this year’s event with an engaging history of our conference, how it was and is now situated within the Portland tech and greater open source communities, and some ideas for we could build together next.

Space is limited but tickets are still available. In addition to a couple of in-person options, there’s a donate-what-you-like “Gratitude” option for those of you who can’t attend but would like participate in some way.

We could also use a few more sponsors! To sponsor all you need to do is purchase a $250 Sponsorship ticket. Sponsorship is available to companies and individuals alike and you’ll be recognized on the Open Source Bridge website, in the Hacker Lounge, and by the co-chairs during opening and closing events.

See you next week!
— Christie and Audrey

OSBridge year 10: We’ve confirmed availability of child care!

Good news: We’ve hit one of our budget milestones and so we’ve confirmed the availability of free child care from 9am-6pm during the event. Pre-registration is required. If this is something you would like to take advantage of, we need to know by end of day on Friday, June 15th. How do you let us know? By buying a ticket and completing the attendee question about childcare. If you’ve have already purchased a ticket, please follow the View Order link in the confirmation email from Tito to change your ticket details and update your answers to “Additional info.”

Even if you’re not planning to take advantage of child care, we encourage you to get your tickets now, whether or not you want to attend the whole day or just the party. In addition to a couple of in-person options, there’s a donate-what-you-like “Gratitude” option for those of you who can’t attend but would like participate in some way.

We could also use a few more sponsors! To sponsor all you need to do is purchase a $250 Sponsorship ticket. Sponsorship is available to companies and individuals alike and you’ll be recognized on the Open Source Bridge website, in the Hacker Lounge, and by the co-chairs during opening and closing events.

See you in a couple of weeks!

-Christie and Audrey

Get your OSBridge ticket today! (final year, limited availability)

A few weeks ago we announced ticket sales for the 10th and final Open Source Bridge happening on Friday, June 29, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Tickets are still available but are limited, so if you’d like to attend, we encourage you to get your tickets now. In addition to a couple of in-person options, there’s a donate-what-you-like “Gratitude” option for those of you who can’t attend but would like participate in some way.

We could also use a few more sponsors! To sponsor all you need to do is purchase a $250 Sponsorship ticket. Sponsorship is available to companies and individuals alike and you’ll be recognized on the Open Source Bridge website, in the Hacker Lounge, and by the co-chairs during opening and closing events.

All proceeds from this year’s event will go towards covering expenses and any leftovers will go into the Stumptown Syndicate general fund. Even with our scaled-down event, we’ve committed to providing childcare and keynote live-captioning this year, which we should be able to do if we hit our sponsorship and ticket sales targets. You can help by purchasing your ticket today and/or asking your company to sponsor. Thank you!

But, wait, there’s more! Open Source Bridge is co-scheduled with two other awesome events:

A Django Girls PDX workshop, on Saturday, June 23rd. The deadline to apply is May 27th, so don’t delay!

Indie Web Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26-27. Register here.

See you next month!

-Christie and Audrey

Register now for Open Source Bridge 2018

Tickets are available for purchase now via Ti.to on a sliding scale basis, from $10 to $100.

Ticket sales are the main way we’re funding this year’s event. Because we’ll be in a smaller space, we’re limiting attendance to 200 people and we recommend you get your ticket as soon as you can!

We recognize that many of you who aren’t local to Portland may also want to be part of our celebration, but are unable to travel for a one-day event. If you’re still interested in contributing, we’ve set up a special donate-what-you-wish ticket registration option under “Gratitude.” When you register using this option, you can provide a message of thanks or a memory to share that we’ll print out and post in the Hacker Lounge.

Companies (or individuals) who’d like to support this final year of the conference may do so by purchasing a $250 Sponsorship ticket. Those of you who do will be recognized on the Open Source Bridge website, in the Hacker Lounge, and by the co-chairs during opening and closing events.

We’re excited to see all of you in June!

Celebrate 10 years of Open Source Bridge with a 1-Day Unconference and Party!

This year will be the final year for Open Source Bridge. We’ve had an amazing decade with all of you exploring the ways open source is part of our work and lives!

Open Source Bridge has always been run by a dedicated group of volunteers. While the conference has been hugely meaningful for us, personally and professionally, the amount of unpaid labor required to put on a 4-day conference like this isn’t sustainable indefinitely.

To close out the event, we’re celebrating what we’ve accomplished and experienced as a community. It’s important that we have the opportunity to explore together what comes next.

To do this, Audrey and Christie from the original organizing team are returning to organize a scaled-back, one-day event on Friday, June 29th, 2018 at the Eliot Center in Portland, OR.

The event will follow an unconference format, with a few keynotes as well as an afterparty. We’re looking forward to possible sessions on the past and future of open source, and best practices for development and community organizing. Additionally, we’ll be back to back with this year’s Indie Web Summit, happening at the Eliot Center Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26–27.

We’re finalizing the details and ticket registration will be open soon. Because we’ll be in a smaller space, we’re limiting attendance to 200 people and recommend you get your ticket as soon as you can!

Thanks for an awesome ten years and we look forward to seeing you in June!

— Christie and Audrey