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> From: Reid Beels <reid(at)opensourcebridge(dot)org>
> Date: April 3, 2009 3:56:36 AM CDT
> To: decibel(at)decibel(dot)org
> Subject: AustonPUG + Open Source Bridge
> Hi Jim,
> 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 Austin
> PostgreSQL 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
> 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
> CONFERENCE PASS RAFFLE INFORMATION:
> You get one free conference pass to raffle off to a member of your
> We’ve found the most successful raffles tend to follow these
> 1) Let all of your members know about the conference, dates, and
> URL: http://opensourcebridge.org/
> 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(dot)org, CC the winner, and we’ll register
> them for you.
> DETAILS TO SHARE WITH YOUR GROUP’S MEMBERS:
> 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
> 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.
Decibel!, aka Jim C. Nasby, Database Architect decibel(at)decibel(dot)org
Give your computer some brain candy! www.distributed.net Team #1828
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