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Fwd: AustonPUG + Open Source Bridge

From: decibel <decibel(at)decibel(dot)org>
To: austinpug(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Fwd: AustonPUG + Open Source Bridge
Date: 2009-04-08 01:41:12
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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  
> participating.
> We just extended our call for proposals through April 10th, which  
> is fast approaching, so please pass this information on as soon as  
> possible.
> 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
> reid(at)opensourcebridge(dot)org
> You get one free conference pass to raffle off to a member of your  
> group!
> We’ve found the most successful raffles tend to follow these  
> conditions:
> 1) Let all of your members know about the conference, dates, and  
> URL:
> 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.
> 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  
> $139/night.
> 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 to learn more about the  
> conference, see our session proposals, and register to attend.
> Thanks!
> 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! Team #1828

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