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Echo Wanderers list (Linus Pauling House, Portland, Oregon):

Although not at the public website yet, I've been cleared by top management (Audrey) to circulate this among select engineers who might want to consider proposing a talk or something, at this upcoming open source conference (here in Portland).

Open Source Bridge, an open source development conference, is accepting proposals for the June 2009 event in Portland, OR. Submit yours now at http://opensourcebridge.org/proposals.

What are we interested in?

In order to create a conference that promotes cross-pollination as well as providing space for in-depth discussion, we've split the tracks into the following five areas:


Useful recipes for software development, systems administration, and working with open source.

From the beginner to the advanced level, we're looking for tips, tutorials, and best practices. Share what you know about your favorite tools, programming languages, and development techniques.


Understanding how our systems work, in order to improve and extend. Explore how our technology works on the lowest levels, and what that can teach us about optimal use. Tell us your analysis and profiling techniques, how implementation affects function, and what a kernel is made of.


Building open source businesses that thrive.

Share what you know about building and growing a business in the f/oss world. From choosing a software license, to open source-friendly business plans, to making the sales pitch and connecting with customers, open source businesses have their own sets of concerns.


Exploring how open source extends through technology into our communities.

Open source ideas affect things beyond our software, from group organization to creative projects to how we share knowledge. Organizations from the personal to the governmental are influenced by this movement. Even inside open source, we wonder what it can teach us about our groups' structures, and inclusiveness versus exclusivity. Tell us how open source can inform the entire world.


Tinkering, experimenting and bending the rules to make hardware and software do what we want. Hacks are clever. They break the rules. They force the available material into doing what you need or want. Some hacks are illegal, and some just make you proud and embarrassed that it worked. Sometimes a hack is the only way. Show the world how you make your hardware and software obey your every whim.

Presentation formats

Presentations can fit either a short- or long-form slot. Short-form presentations will receive a 45 minute session, and long-form a 1.75 hour session. Pick the format that best fits the scope and style of your presentation. Short-form could be a set of lightning talks, a one- or-more person presentation, a panel, or something else covering specific, concise material. For long-form, we're especially interested in seeing interactive approaches: tutorials, guided discussions, or other hands-on explorations.

Open Submission Viewing

In order to encourage open discussion during the submissions period, all proposals will be publicly viewable on the site. We've included a comment field you can use to send a private note to the presenters with your thoughts. All proposals also have a unique identifier (like a course number) you can use to tag your blog posts or other online content with discussion and related materials. Later we'll use this ID to connect the conference sessions with content from around the web.

About the conference

Open Source Bridge is dedicated to bringing a variety of Open Source developers together for learning and mentoring. Through the event–and the activities that precede and follow it–we intend to build a broader and more cohesive Open Source community, continue to champion the Open Source culture, strengthen our local Open Source connections, and continue to showcase Portland, Oregon, as the de facto hub of Open Source development.


Our primary objective will be to explore what it means to be a responsible Open Source citizen.

Our conference structure is language-agnostic by design, in hopes of facilitating broader community growth by focusing on Open Source development as a discipline–divorcing the techniques of development from the language used for that development. In so doing, the conference will encourage and foster cross-pollination and widespread knowledge sharing, regardless of each developer's chosen programming language.

We will also be providing opportunities to connect Open Source with local business, K-12 education, and community service projects. The conference proceedings will be recorded—and streamed over the Web—to share with all Open Source developers, attending or not.

Introducing Open Source Bridge, the only conference designed to further the strengthen the bonds of the Open Source community by focusing on the culture of Open Source.

Date and Place

June 2009, the Oregon Convention Center, Portland OR, USA

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