Open Source Bridge is one of my favorite tech conferences, with a great mix of attendees, a strong focus on culture and diversity, and a well-designed venue in downtown Portland. A few years ago, I was actually pretty burnt out on the sausage factor feel and cookie-cutter presentations of so many tech conferences. OSBridge reminded me how good the experience can be!
Last year's excellent sessions included an outstanding software engineering presentation by Denise Paolucci of Dreamwidth (When Your Codebase Is Nearly Old Enough to Vote), the back-to-back combo of Finn Ellis and Jonthan Harker on gender-inclusiveness in data collection (Male/Female/Othered) and Nova Patch on naming (Hello, my name Is _____), Kronda Adair's keynote Put Up or Shut Up, Azure Lunatic on community moderation ... and so many more. The presentation Lynn Cyrin and I did on Building Diverse Social Networks was well-received as well, with some very interesting followon discussions. There were lots of other fine talks as well -- the session list gives an idea of the range of topics that get covered.
This year's conference is June 21-24. Half-price early-bird registration is available until April 15 (and there's an even larger discount for students).
The Call for Proposals just went up, with a deadline of April 13. There are already some very intruiging ones like Audrey Eschright on Unraveling the Masculinization of Technology and Creating a Third Wave of Free/Open Source Software, Anjuan Simmons on Debugging Diversity, and Denise Paolucci on Hard Problems in Terms of Service Enforcement. So it looks like another great year.
See you in Portland!