I had a great time at Open Source Bridge this year. Lots of interesting sessions, and good conversations. I loved having the hacker lounge right in the center of things. I didn’t spend that much time on either Twitter or IRC during the week, because there was no need: I could just go find people in the lounge and talk to them there.

Here’s the slides from The Fine Line Between Creepy and Fun. I’d like to keep adding to this, and continue to present it elsewhere. I’m also still thinking about how to turn it into some sort of comic book that covers both the slide material and what I talked about.

One new thing for me at this conference: I left my laptop at home and did everything from the iPad. Presenting on the iPad works pretty well. I don’t know how it compares to the desktop version of Keynote, but I was able to do basically everything I needed. I would’ve stuck with Google Docs, but annoyingly the mobile version is missing a ton of features, and the iPad VGA adapter requires the app to have video output enabled. On the whole, the iPad was a great conference tool. The big tradeoff is between the reduced weight and not being able to code or dig into the CivicApps data sets, and the limitations of some things (etherpad, pivotal tracker, google docs) in the Safari mobile browser. I was pretty tired at the end of the week, though, and would’ve been doing even worse if I’d been lugging the laptop around the whole time, so I think it was worth it.

In addition to the talk above, I moderated a panel on user groups, featuring six local group leaders. While I have a few slides from this, they mostly introduce who was talking, so I think an audio transcript would be a more useful document to share. I’m going to see about arranging that when we get the conference audio recordings.

The Civic Engagement meetup happened as planned. I have notes from Addie that I’m in the process of turning into a blog post. I thought the discussion was really interesting, and gave me a much better picture of the PDC’s abilities and interests.

I also helped run an unconference session titled “NSFW” which was decidedly not safe for work. Between Twitter posts and Addie’s comments you can get a pretty good idea of how that went. I had two goals: to pick up some of the things I didn’t talk about in my creepy/fun talk (the talk stuck to situations where your own actions and data are exposed, but what about experiences involving what other people post or share?), and to demonstrate that you can have NSFW things at a tech event without making all the women want to flee the room. I could write a ton about why I think what we did stayed fun, so maybe I will come back to this.

What else? Well, Creepy Bear had a good time at the Thursday startup crawl.

Creepy bear

Creepy bear and @chrismessina

Creepy bear

He’s on Facebook now too, harassing all his new friends.

One response to “Aftermath

  1. I enjoyed the NSFW session, and I was also thinking about why it was okay while certain other presentations have not been. I’m thinking the primary difference was that the session was titled clearly and we knew what to expect going in. Having both a male and a female presenter surely helped, too.

    Finally, placement during the “unconference” at the end of the conference probably has a bit to do with it — by this time attendees have built up some common ground and may be more comfortable with each other. (Besides which, an awful lot of us already knew each other!)

    Anyway, great stuff!