Well, I’m sad to report that the rumors about OSCON‘s departure from Portland’s 2009 summer tech event line-up have been confirmed.
It’s true. OSCON is gone.
After six years, O’Reilly has decide to move its anchor conference of the summer—and the leading venue to discuss all things open source—to San Jose, California.
And I’m not alone in my unhappiness over this announcement, if Twitter is any indication.
Worse yet? This comes on the heels of O’Reilly’s decision to move RailsConf—which has also called Portland home—to Las Vegas, next year.
As I’ve mentioned before, the departure of these two O’Reilly events leaves a decided gap in our summer geek activities around here. After WebVisions wraps.
And I have to imagine that the Portland tourism industry is crying openly into its microbrewed organic beer at this point.
It makes me wonder if we shouldn’t be courting another event or two. (BlogHer?I ain’t too proud to beg.)
Or maybe, just maybe, stage one of our own.