Syndicate update: Events, software, finance, and our board
Hi all! Here’s an update on Stumptown Syndicate’s program work, finances, board membership, and upcoming activities.
- Open Source Bridge 2014 (June 24-27), the sixth OSBridge, brought in 485 people, including attendees and speakers from the Portland area and from elsewhere, to attend over a hundred sessions. Organizers gave 179 attendees reduced or free admissions (community passes, passes in return for volunteering, and so on). (By the way, for more detailed OSBridge statistics, check out this rough beta featuring pie charts of ticket types, food preferences, and gender.)
- WhereCamp 2014 (September 12–14) capped off Portland Geo Week with an interdisciplinary geography unconference. Participants presented and hacked in collaboration with FOSS4G.
- OpenConferenceWare, our open source web application for events and conferences, keeps OSBridge going. In the past several months, the Syndicate (mostly Reid Beels) has made several fixes and improvements.
- Calagator, the web application powering Portland’s tech calendar, also received scores of commits in the past several months. (There’s a code sprint on October 18th, if you’d like to help out.)
- Assets: Stumptown Syndicate currently holds $23,246 in assets. This puts us in a confident position regarding our upcoming event planning, including planning for Open Source Bridge 2015. However, we are interested in growing our revenue stream so as to provide a better buffer and open up possibilities for a wider variety of program work (such as supporting more community-led events). For comparison, our position on Oct 31, 2013 was $26,054.
- OSBridge: To better understand a facet of our income and spending, check out these OSBridge charts:
As the charts illustrate, the bulk of Open Source Bridge’s expenses are for the venue and for food and drink, and the bulk of revenue comes from its sponsors.
- Our board
- Departure: We’d like to thank Melissa Chavez for her longtime service to the Stumptown Syndicate board of directors. She decided to step down in September, but is still helping make Open Source Bridge 2015 happen and contributing to other Stumptown Syndicate events. Thank you Melissa!
- Currently: With Melissa’s departure, the Stumptown Syndicate board of directors is now Christie Koehler, Kirsten Comandich, and Reid Beels.
- Early days: We’re in the initial planning stages for the next BarCamp Portland and Ignite Portland.
- OSBridge: Stumptown Syndicate is supporting the planning of next year’s Open Source Bridge, which will be June 23–26, 2015, and is discussing the possibility of adding another OSBridge 2015 in another North American city. You can volunteer now to help with next year’s event.