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 just 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 June
26 to Wednesday June 27, 2018 and the Django Girls workshop on June 23.
Tickets are available for purchase now 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 recommend you get your ticket as soon as
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 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
Thanks for an awesome 10 years and we look forward to seeing you in