Open Source Bridge 2010

Open Source Bridge
We were out in Portland, Oregon, at the beginning of the month for Open Source Bridge. Open Source Bridge is a great conference for people who are passionate about open source technology and processes — to share ideas, show off new products, and just see what is happening and upcoming from different communities and companies. In that spirit, OSBridge is a 100% volunteer-run, non-profit conference.

The event this year was held at the Portland Art Museum and featured some great sessions from all areas of the open source community.

I was at the event giving a talk on Yahoo! Query Language (YQL), to show how you can leverage off open data sources within your projects using this lightweight tool.

Even though I was only out in Portland for the day, I saw a lot of great presentations being posted through Twitter as the event continued. (Plus all the notes about cookies — it's difficult seeing notes about cookies when you're 600 miles away.)

One presentation which peaked my interest was called The Fine Line Between Creepy and Fun by Audrey Eschright. I very much wish I could have caught this talk: we at YDN speak at a lot of sessions to make people aware that social media tools have essentially linked your online and offline lives, and there are real-life implications to that.

I wanted to give a big thank-you to the organizers who set up this conference: It was a big success and I'm looking forward to heading out there next year.

Jon LeBlanc
Jonathan LeBlanc (@jcleblanc)
Senior Software Engineer / Technology Evangelist, Yahoo! Developer Network