March 22nd, 2013

Thinking about speaking at Open Source Bridge? Quit thinking and start proposing… err think AND complete your proposal


Thinking about speaking at Open Source Bridge? Quit thinking and start proposing… err think AND complete your proposal

Ah spring! When a young person’s thoughts turn to that of speaking at a variety of events. And as luck would have it, there’s the opportunity to speak at an awesome event right here in town. If you get on it. The Open Source Bridge call for proposals ends March 23 at midnight.

What’s Open Source Bridge, you ask?

Open Source Bridge is a conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way.

Open Source Bridge is not a typical technical conference:

  • It’s entirely volunteer-run, by developers, for developers.
  • Session tracks are technology agnostic; the conference content is based around shared community experiences and similarities between projects, not differences.
  • Proposals are public from the start, and we welcome community comments before our content team selects the featured talks.
  • A hacker lounge is an integral part of the conference for code sprints, bug bashes, session deep dives, bouncing ideas, starting new projects or just mingling with other geeks.

So you’re going to submit a proposal, right? Good. Here are the categories:

Business: How do you contribute to open technology and culture projects while still putting food on the table and paying the bills? How do you run a business on open principles?
Share what you know about making a living in the f/oss world. From finding open source jobs, to choosing a software license, to open source-friendly business plans, to making the sales pitch and connecting with customers.

Cooking: How did you get something to work? Show us how to write the script, configure the utility, debug the code. Share your best recipes. From the beginner to the advanced level, we’re looking for tips, tutorials, best practices, and collaborative development sessions. Share what you know about your favorite tools, programming languages, and development techniques.

Chemistry: We know that a recipe works, but why? Show us the science behind the recipe. Explain the components of a project and how they interact. 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.

Culture: Give us your people recipes! What makes open technology and culture communities effective? Demonstrate how you motivate people to work together well. Working in open source means working with people. This track explores how we work in groups, both small and large, how we motivate volunteers, how we share knowledge, work through conflict and how we can increase inclusivity and diversity.

Hacks: We want to know how you pulled it off. Show us your most ingenious hacks, kludges, work-arounds, and duct-tape jobs. It doesn’t have to be elegant, it just has to work! Hacks are clever, sometimes not. 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/or 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.

And don’t expect any grace period. They’ve already extended the call for proposals once. So get that proposal submitted now.

For more information on the conference, visit Open Source Bridge.

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