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Before reading this post setup your Firefox so you can run WebExtensions in your browser.
We’re hosting a site here at São Paulo for the Mozilla Global Sprint on June 1-2, 2017. The Global Sprint is a fun, two-day community event bringing people from around the world together to collaborate on open projects, such as developing open source software, building open tools, writing curriculum, planning events, and more.
We’d like to invite you to join us on the 1st and 2nd at Campus São Paulo, from 9AM.You can join in and participate, no matter your skill set or level. We’re looking for coders, designers, artists, writers, educators, students— anyone who’s passionate about the open web. We’ve got a terrific list of projects that need help— all that’s missing is you!
For more on how you’d participate at the event, see our info page for Participants. To browse all the amazing projects you can work on during the Sprint, see our Featured Projects, and our full list of all Sprint Projects.
If you’re interested in attending, please register. If you have any questions about our local event, feel free to get in touch!
I hope you’ll join us for the Sprint!
In recent weeks I’ve taken my time to dive into WebVR with A-Frame and teach people from technology projects to create new things using A-Frame, the result is that I teach WebVR/A-Frame to developers, creators, educators, clubbers, Mozilla volunteers and people working or not with technology, the workshops were part of the Mozilla Activate campaign.
In this report I will quickly tell you the steps for you to prepare this workshop, our experiences, tips and tricks.#1 Roadshow’s Organizing
This is our event flow, it is based on the Mozilla Activate template, with only a few modifications and more details.
Review & Plan
Our learning this first workshop were:
Participants were very excited for more workshops that teach more about A-Frame, others have started creating their own projects using A-Frame!Leão Mozilla Clubs
This was my second experience teaching A-Frame, the participants are teenagers and some adults including seniors who are developing essential 21st century skills weekly at the club, most of them future technology professionals and content creators such as musicians, artists and youtubers.
Teaching WebVR/A-Frame has taken 2 sessions to learn basics of WebVR and A-Frame, here you also need something fun to motivate this specific audience, we teach basic concepts of VR, we try the examples and we begin to make a remix of examples of the A-Frame directly in the Inspector to learn notions of trigonometry such as position, rotation and radius, in addition to familiarizing with the primitives and entities, after the playful experiment with cardboards and A-Frame Inspector we started development activities using only the HTML tags of the A-Frame using Atom that is already installed on telecentre computers.
Our learning this second workshop were:
We already have scheduled activities to continue teaching and developing cool things with A-Frame.Programa Juventude Conectada
We have already worked with other workshops of Mozilla together with the Programa Juventude Conectada, is a digital culture program of the city of Campinas, here we developed 4 workshops for 68 educators of digital culture, we divided them into 4 different groups in 2 full days of workshops . The educators of digital culture work promoting digital culture that include digital inclusion, web development, photography and video in all the telecenters of the city of Campinas.
The teams of educators have multiple skills, including web development, so it was easy to develop the activity for all of them, the prediction is that this group can take A-Frame/WebVR to activities in telecenters of the city and many projects begin to be developed with the framework.
Our learnings in this third workshop were:
Work continues! Here are some ideas we’ll be working on in the coming months:
Do you want to help us develop some of these challenges? Start a topic in our forum!#5 Thankfulness
Thanks to everyone who participated in our workshops, it was a privilege to teach A-Frame! More news is coming, I’ll see you soon! Thanks to all local projects and partners who have made room for activities, including facilitators of local projects! And a super, mega and big thank you to Cynthia Pereira, Airton Zanon, Francisco Picolini and Rizki Kelimutu from Mozilla for the resources, time and support!!!
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It was an initiative to run a pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly in Jaipur as it is happening throughout India. Through this event we wanted be building strong technical community in Jaipur which will be using and testing Nightly on a regular basic which is a great way to get involved to a Mozilla project.
Event started with a brief introduction of Mozilla and What is Firefox Nightly? And then we have shared the nightly file so that everyone has nightly browser to explore and use on a daily basis. As they were installing on their computer I talked about importance of nightly user and what great impact it gives back to community when we use this browser and file a bug if any in nightly browser.
After the installation we have discussed about two methods of filing bug. One for the browser specific , use bugzilla and for website which are not compatible in nightly, use webcompat . Also gave a demo of Nightly Tester Tools extension and how they an use it in the browser.
During the event we shared pictures on social media and used profile changer and shared the details of campaign and nightly on twitter. Also one of the participant filed two bugs, one on bugzilla and one on webcompat . Everyone will be using this browser on a daily basis and we are looking forward for more bugs to be filed .
The CryptoRave is the biggest open and free event of its kind in the world. The last edition attracted more than 3000 people (!!!): hackers, activists and cypherpunks from different parts of the world and people interested in learning more about safety practices and personal data protection. We were at CryptoRave 2017 yesterday representing Mozilla and talking about the Internet health.The Internet Health Report
I and Cynthia Pereira talked about Internet Health Report and especially on the topic of privacy and security, the focus of the talk was to present Internet Health Report, a Mozilla’s new open source initiative to document and explain what’s happening to the health of the Internet combining research from multiple sources, and of course get feedback, inform people about the status of privacy and security health and discuss the Internet health in Brazil.
We started talking about Mozilla, a healthy ecosystem, healthy Internet, the attacks that are decreasing the health of the Internet in Brazil and then we introduced the Internet Health Report and then we start by talking about all the key topics in the report, including healthy and unhealthy points for each topic.
After the presentation we started a discussion with the participants about what they think about healthy and unhealthy points of the report, what they think most expressive and any other comment for discussion. Based on open discussion, some comments were important and the keys to a discussion:
Another plus point is that people wanted to get help in something to improve the Internet health, as in the case of two participants who wants to start a Mozilla Club now in their region, I’ll reach him to help on Mozilla Clubs leader training.
Finally, we encourage you to participate in giving feedback through the Internet Health Report feedback session. You can also see our slides deck bellow (thanks Solana for the slides!).
Overall, It was awesome to have the opportunity to talk about the Internet health and have a relevant and open conversation with all. I wanted more 50 minutes to discuss in depth all the topics.Install Fest
The Install Fest was the perfect space to connect with the people of the event! It was awesome!
We Mozillians (Me, Cynthia and Airton) get together at a single table, we distribute our famous Firefox swags and expect people to reach us, the result was awesome, many people came to us because they recognize Mozilla and its products as a open web advocate and a technology leader, we talk about web compatibility, emerging technologies, Rust, WebVR, Let’s Encrypt, Internet Health Report, Firefox, Mozilla Support and Pocket.
The producer of the event came to meet us and receive feedback, I said that I loved the event because it is an open, accessible, relevant and contagious content, in Brazil it is very rare to have events focused on privacy and security. Another important point that we understand the quality of the event is that sponsorships are not accepted in exchange for favors, sales, slots for talks and anything else, this really has guaranteed the great quality of the event.
The event is open and free to allow all people to participate, and the content is divided by levels of knowledge, so everyone can participate, food is vegetarian and vegan so everyone can eat, transportation is easy and fast by tube/bus. This cryptoparty is sponsored by people who donate by crowdfunding.
Text credit: CryptoRave 2017 Slide decks: Solana Larsen (Mozilla) Image head: Douglas Esteves
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The Internet is an ecosystem. A living entity that billions of people depend on for knowledge, livelihood, self-expression, love…. The health of this system relies on – and influences – everyone it touches. Signs of poor health in any part impacts the whole. We’re all connected.
How healthy is our Internet? How might we understand and diagnose it? We believe this is a timely and necessary conversation.
Our individual actions shape the health of the Internet ecosystem. Only by recognizing where the system is healthy can we take positive steps to make it stronger. Only by understanding where it’s at risk can we avoid actions that weaken it.
I’ll be at CryptoRave 2017 tomorrow to talk about Internet Health Report, and especially about the health of Internet security and privacy. Let’s discuss! I hope you’ll join in!
Come to us in our talk
5 topics on Internet Health in the World
Start time: 09:00
Room: Chelsea Manning
More info: talk link.
CryptoRave is the biggest open and free event of its kind in the world. The last edition attracted more than 3000 people (!!!): hackers, activists and cypherpunks from different parts of the world and people interested in learning more about safety practices and personal data protection.
Please join us in congratulating Rizki Kelimutu, our Rep of the Month for March 2017!
Kiki is an awesome Rep from Indonesia based in Jakarta. You might have met her in Bugzilla since her daily job is handling seamlessly all the Reps budget and swag requests. But Kiki is restless! So after the endless hours of Bugzilla she volunteers her time on building and developing the community in Indonesia.
During the past few months Kiki has worked on expanding the Aurora community and organizing SUMO days. She has also been advocating to local audiences about online privacy. Further, she has been advocating for Mozilla and has been building a community in Kopdar. Lately she has also represented Mozilla along with other volunteers Mozilla in WikuFest. Kiki has also recently joined the Tech Speakers program, expanding her skills even further. And she has done all this while being one of the space wrangles of the amazing Jakarta space.
Thank you Kiki for being awesome, keep rocking the free web! Please join us in congratulating her on Discourse!
A-Frame is a web framework for building virtual reality experiences, making it easy for anyone to get involved with virtual reality. Having more developers and content creators playing with WebVR is important for the future of virtual reality to help build towards a free and open virtual reality platform not owned by any individual entity.
Now we’re working together with the Mozilla Activate campaign to onboard now developers from São Paulo and Campinas cities into 3D and advance WebVR, an open platform for virtual reality that leverages the Web. A-Frame is used extensively by the Mozilla VR team to prototype and experiment with WebVR. Having more contributors know A-Frame will give them a chance to get involved in one of the most exciting revolutions in the field of technology.Learning Workshops
We’ll run 7-10 workshops in the coming months to different audiences engage in WebVR, but primarily focused on developers.
What you can expect?
You’ll have fun! You will have the opportunity to meet Mozilla volunteers and know what Mozilla is doing to keep a healthy Internet, open and accessible to all.
And of course you’re going to learn, experiment and explore, we’ll explain what is WebVR and A-Frame framework, experience awesome projects already created by the community and participate in an interactive course where you’ll learn how to create your own virtual reality experiences and test it!Agenda
WebVR Camp @Reprograma
13 May – 1PM-5PM
Alameda Barão de Limeira, 539 – Santa Cecilia, São Paulo – SP
WebVR Camp @JuventudeConectada Campinas
22-23 May – 9AM-5PM
Avenida Francisco Glicério, 1269 – 5º andar – Centro, Campinas – SP
WebVR Camp @CEU Campinas
24 May – 10AM-3:30PM
R. Lasar Segal, 617-779 – Jardim Florence, Campinas – SP
Hangry for more? New activities are being planned with local partners, follow us on Discourse topic to know where is the next workshop.
Activate Mozilla is a campaign for Mozillians around the world to have impact in areas key to Mozilla’s mission. We want to bring more clarity on what are the most important areas to contribute to at Mozilla right now, and provide clear steps on how to get involved right away. These will be presented in the form of activities.
See you at one of our workshops!
Everything is set. Gearing up for the campaign.
BTW Recently we have organized one community call on this campaign. You can watch it to know more about how to organize events and technical things.
Swag is ready!
For requesting swag, please read here.
Also, we have the budget for these events. You can request it. Know more here .
Other than that if you want to know more about activity format, event flow, resource and more thing, please read the wiki.
If you have a special query, please send a mail to Biraj Karmakar [brnet00 AT gmail DOT com]. Don’t forget to join our telegram group for a realtime chat.
A delegation of four (04) Pinoy Mozillians participated in the weekend-long workshop for Mozilla Localization (L10n) at Mozilla Taiwan office. Heading the delegation was your’s truly, with fellow Mozilla Rep Frederick Villaluna, and Localizers Richmond Lacanlalay and Michelle Manlogon. Bye, Manila! Hello, Taipei! The team’s journey began at the NAIA Terminal 2 (MNL) early morning […]
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As we did in the past few quarters, we have decided on the Reps Program Objectives for this quarter. Again we have worked with the Community Development Team to align our goals to the broader scope of their goals. These are highly relevant for the Reps program and the Reps’ goals are tightly coupled with these. In the following graphic you can see how all these goals play together.
Objective 1 – RepsNext is successfully completed paving the way for our next improvement program
Objective 2 – MozActivate focuses mobilizers on impactful areas
Objective 3 – The Reps program demonstrates operational excellence in the Mozilla Project
We will work closely with the Community Development Team to achieve our goals. You can follow the progress of these tasks in the Reps Issue Tracker. We also have a new Dashboard1 to track the status of each objective.
Which of the above objectives are you most interested in? What key result would you like to hear more about? What do you find intriguing? Which thoughts cross your mind upon reading this? Where would you like to help out? Let’s keep the conversation going! Join the discussion on Discourse.
When you see people around you, have enough potential to lead a project or be a mentor to someone . Its your duty to guide them to a proper channel so that they follows the same. Recently I became Mozilla Rep , went to the same place where I organized my first Mozilla event.
In this event we focused on guiding new members to a proper channel and passing the roles and responsibilities to Active members . Event started with a general introduction of Open Source and how Mozilla is related to it. Ways to contribute in Mozilla. And other areas of contribution. In this process we have filtered the participants and get to know they all are technically sound and have come to this event to learn something new .
So we split the participants into two group where we had a small session of WebExtension and they developed their first add-on. Everyone was Excited!!! to see their work in front of their eyes.
After the event we had a group picture.
More pics : flick
We then proceeds towards discussing new plans for the community and how to track them .
With the help of the contributors, we aim to explore Test Pilot as a hope to test the experimental add-ons, find issues, file bugs and document.
Event was organized in MCR Community House with the MCR members and QA Analyst Madhuri Mittal . Test Pilot was introduced to the participants and everyone installed the add-ons listed on the TestPilot website .
Everyone loved the Snooze Tab, Page Shot , Tab Center and Containers and played with the other add-ons too. After the initial over view of the Add-ons , we performed the Test Cases and how to identify a bug, where to report and how to track that bug was discussed with the participants.
After the initial impression of add-ons , we were excited to develop our own add-ons. Then Osho parth took a small session of WebExtensions where we followed the First WebExtension and Second WebExtension . Looking forward to contribute more on WebExtension , QA and TestPilot.
It all started in the month of January when i requested Mehul Patel to file an event on behalf of me. He is a helpful person who really want to spread the Mozilla Love to all corners of India not only to his region. I met him during the MakerParty’17 in Ahmedabad.
So he filed the event and he make sure that everything is arranged. As the time come for the event which is 18th and 19th Feb, 2017 I was informed by one of the Club member of Mozilla MITS that their administration in not allowing them to have this event. So we have to postpone the dates as they are willing to have this event after Holi ( i.e during 18th-19th March ) but it didn’t happen again. So finally after this much effort and continuous rejection few members of the Club is ready to attend this event and get back to their college and take a fresh start.
It was a Sunday morning when students from MITS came to jaipur for a meeting where we discussed about the failure of their club and what all difficulties they were facing. It was a wonderful time to introduce the Collaborative Club culture where clubs from different cities which work together to accomplish a common goal.
Unicorn Club members also came to the venue where they have said the same problem as MITS said. How to Start ? Where to start with ? And What we need to do as a beginner ?
Event started with a brief introduction of all of the participant and answer to a question. What problem did he faced in Mozilla Club?
So here goes the structure I presented them :
Then we had an awesome lunch with all the participants. They really loved the food…
After the lunch we had a basic WebVR session where the MITS members learn about A-frame in detail also experienced the scenes on VR-Box. I had few swags to give away for the members of MITS which I distributed with them.
Here are the blogpost of some of the participants:
Events Picture : link
More updates to follow….
VIT chennai is one of the campus club which is known from 2014. They support us in lot of ways. After a long time conducting an workshop at VIT Chennai Campus. This time it is WebExtensions.
A day after April Fool’s, it seems like the right time to announce the news: I’m joining the Mozilla Creative Team as a design contractor starting tomorrow.
This is a major step and honor for me to work among one of the most influential design teams in the open source industry, closely involved with community and one which strives to be as decentralized as possible, in a world where latter seems unthinkable to do. When I started contributing to Mozilla 4 years ago, I missed any opportunities to get involved on a design level within the community, regardless if Branding, UI or UX. I’m happy that nowadays the landscape is more inclusive towards community designers, where I’d like to note the major open rebranding process we undertook last year, and the launch of the Open Design repo for communities to process design requests and have monthly meetings.
With the new Mozilla brand being launched 2 months ago, a great amount of work still lies before us. Apart from applying the new visual language across Mozilla’s websites and communication channels, we have to figure out how Communities are involved with the new identity, to make it feel consistent, yet flexible and inclusive for a wide range of communities.
My work will encompass exactly this and work closer with the community to strengthen the bridge between Staff and Contributors and offer ways for design contributors to get involved in a similar manner as developers in open source. With Mozilla being one of the leading forces of diverse contributor backgrounds in open source, it completely makes sense to make this the next step.
My work will be closely tied with values we share at Ura Design and Open Source Design, which have taught me invaluable lessons in the past. I look forward to turning them into practice and update you soon on the actual projects we are working on.Links
Software engineers love to build software which will make their life easier. I am one of the strong believer of this. I write many backend code and automation scripts so my manual jobs gets done easily. During my college days I used to develop Apps, during that time I had same motto, the apps I develop should help me. With same motto I sat last night and wanted to develop an Add-on which can solve my problem. One of the distracing problem for me when I work is “Changing the youtube song, pausing it when some one comes and talks to me”. For this I have to search the tab and pause in case the song is my favourite one and in some case if the song is not good have to move to next.
Fellow mozillians, I am super excited to inform you that very soon we are going to release a new campaign in India called “India uses Firefox Nightly“. Behind this campaign, our mission is to increases Firefox nightly usages in India.
As we all know we have a great Mozilla community around India. We have a large number of dedicated students, developers and evangelists who are really passionate about Mozilla. We have seen that very few people in India actually know about Firefox Nightly. So we have taken an initiative to run a pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly throughout India. Firefox Nightly, as a pre-release version of Firefox targeting power-users and core Mozilla contributors, is a glimpse of what the future of Firefox will be for hundreds of millions of people. Having a healthy and strong technical community using and testing Nightly is a great way to easily get involved in Mozilla by providing a constant feedback loop to developers. Here you can test lots of pre-release features. So it needs little bit of general promotion, which will pump to bring a good number of tech-savvy, power users who will be our active community members.Few Key points
Time Frame: 2 months Max Hashtag: #INUsesFxNightly
Event Duration: 3 – 5 Hours Total events: 15
Who will join us: We invite students, community member, developer, open source evangelist to run this campaign.Parts of Campaign Online activities:
Mozillians spread the message of this campaign around the India as well as through social media (facebook, twitter, Instagram), blog, promotional snippet, email, mailing list, website news item etc.Offline activities:
Here any community member or open source enthusiasts can host one event in his area or join any nearby event for helping organisers. The event can be held at Startup Company, School, University, Community centre, Home, Café.Goals for this initiative
BTW have you tried Firefox Nightly yet, download it now?More details will come soon. Stay tuned!
We need many core campaign volunteers who will help us to run this initiative smoothly. If you are intersted in joining campaign team, please let me know.
Have design skills? We need a logo for this campaign, please come and help us here.
For long time in tamilnadu MozillaTN community had not conducted 24 hours hackathon. We talked to Sayaji a month back and his college was very supportive for this hackathon. At first we have planned to have 3 tracks Add-ons Development, WebVr and Localization. Due to miscommunication Localization was just a one day event.
I used to have lot of converstaion in Telegram with our fellow community members. A week back one contributor pinged me in-person asked whether we are contributing in the right track and will it be helpful for us in future. I was very happy to answer his question, and I mainly suggest the contributors to contribute to areas which they are interested or which they feel it will be really helpful for them.
Sorry, for posting this late. Actually last few months I was so busy. That’s why I could not write this here.
As you all know, the world has now transformed into a global village and the digital literacy movement will touch every city one by one. Lack of web literacy can push young minds to the darkness of ignorance, where no dreams prosper. That’s why I started this initiative called “Digital Literacy Camp 2017“- this is my dream project.
So let me introduce you all to my Dream Project – Digital Literacy Camp 2017 – aim to reach 100 students in my city and make them powerful web citizens, transforming the little part of our whole country.
I started my campaign in various crowd fudging site from December 1st week’16.
Our training period starting from 1st Mar to 31st May 2017. So we already started our training……..
This is three months staggered campaign to educate 100 underprivileged students on and prepare them for a better tomorrow. Here we have 100 Students from the unprivileged community. 1 Common dream. The Desire to learn – Basic Computer Learning, Internet & Web Literacy, Spoken English and Smartphone usage.Why this 100 students from the underprivileged community:
Some children are born to lead. But at some point time, these students are always used to hear “NO”, because of their economic condition but we are saying “Yes” to their dreams. Our goal is to open a whole new world to these underprivileged children by fueling their curiosity. It is not just about education, we will help these kids learn effective skills through fun activities. Let’s work together to empower a generation of digitally literate citizens. They are here to make a difference in the lives of others.Our campaign video: Our goal:
After three months’ training, the students will:
1. Understand the working of a computer and know about the various programs.
2. Use English while communicating with others. 50% of the content produced on the internet is written in English, so the spoken English skills will come in handy.
3. Utilise the power of the internet to understand the world in a better way. Explore the new way of learning through the Internet. They can know more about privacy on their online life. They must know how to connect online and utilise the online resources.
4. They can know how the smartphone can transform their life. Also, we have selected some fun activities which will not only keep them interested but also develop a learning spirit in them. These beautiful minds will; get the best resources from us and that included proper infrastructure, skilled trainers, study material, the internet and skill-based class training.Impact:
Students are bombarded with tonnes of information every single day and it is very hard for them to retain the right information. We must concentrate our efforts on making them effective consumers of information. Digital footprints are permanent and if they lack digital knowledge, they will never develop the ability to differentiate between what is trustworthy on the web and what is not. As they are proceeding down this path, these young students are growing their vocabulary, learning how to do research and most importantly their critical thinking skills are developed. The little joys are priceless. The smile on their faces encourages us to work harder. If a little move can create so much difference in their life, we can definitely do bigger things for them. Bigger things can bring bigger changes. Teaching with a difference can make learning easy.We already started our training Few photos from our training classes
We have not raised sufficient money from crowdsourcing platform. Still, we need your help. Every contribution is equally important to make this initiative successful. Your gift can give them a hope to live and become educated digital citizens.If you are outside of India then this link for donation. People staying in India can donate us through these
We would like to thank all donors and supporters. Want to know more about this program, please read here. Help us to make these kids proven Digital Literate persons.
If you have any suggestions or comments please share with us.
I had the privilege of representing Mozilla and my country, the Philippines for the third straight year in FOSSASIA. For the second year in a row, FOSSASIA 2017 was held at the Science Center Singapore from the 17th up to the 19th of this month. The theme for this year’s FOSSASIA is “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning […]
Siddhartha is a Computer Engineering major from New York, he is also a technology leader with rich experience in Security, Web Development and Data Privacy Evangelism. He started with his Mozilla contribution by leading the Firefox Club and Cyber Cell for a year at his university. Sid was a speaker and Data Privacy Ingeniouses at the Glassroom initiative by Tactical Tech and Mozilla.
He contributed to the strata of data privacy in browser metadata, mobile devices and social networks and took the responsibility to delve deep in the topics and spread awareness about the same at the Data Detox Bar. He also is an important part of the privacy month campaign in the New York community. Creating quality content for the campaign, Sid was responsible for putting together the social media content for Twitter and Facebook posts and ensuring timely delivery of graphics to global teams for localization.
Vishal is a web entrepreneur and a champion Mozilla contributor since April 2013. He started his Mozilla journey by organizing sessions focused on teaching the web to school and university students. He then became a part of Mozilla Foundation when assigned the role of a Regional Coordinator for Mozilla Clubs. One of the key roles he played as a contributor was being a core team member who started the January Privacy Month Campaign. A campaign which, as of 2017, has proven to be a global success for the third year in a row.
In the last six months, Vishal has contributed as a Regional Coordinator, has helped set up and mentor many new Mozilla Clubs in and around India. He has been an integral part of campaigns to spread privacy awareness in India. Involved in the planning and the flow of the privacy month campaig, Vishal was responsible for assigning roles, mobilizing contributors and encouraging participation in India and in global communities. He also mentors at the Maker-Fest in India.
Before reading this post setup your Firefox so you can run WebExtensions in your browser.
“摩茲工寮, Mozilla Community Space Taipei” is an event/meeting/working space and shelter to the local Mozillians, Mozilla volunteers, and OSS communities.
Here I will share about some brief status of the Taipei Space.
(I'll use “MozTW Space” or “Space” as the abbreviation to “Mozilla Community Space Taipei” below.)MozTW Community
Mozilla Taiwan Community (MozTW) is a local Mozilla volunteer community. We had contributing by localizing, promoting Firefox, Mozilla and open cultures to Mozilla and open source projects since 2004.
The Community Space was an idea initially raised by William Quiviger in 2013, and sponsored by WPR team. We started the first experimental space in Taipei spring 2014.
After April 2016, the space project had transitioned to Participation Team, supported by Brian King. In February 2017, it has been transitioned to Open Innovation Group with the help by George Roter and Konstantina.Keyholders
MozTW Space is co-managing by “Keyholder,” 15 local Mozilla volunteers. Keyholders are all vouched Mozillians, and has same privilege. People need to be countersigned by more than 50% of Mozillian visitors (in last three months) when they applied for the position. The threshold represents the community's support to the applicant.Visitors & Events
Everyone is welcome to visiting MozTW space when there is any Keyholder inside. However, it's not opening 24 hours / 7 days a week due to the volunteers ability. In last three years, we managed to open the space 20~25 days per month in average. (mostly the night time)
Besides Mozilla events, we also welcome and support all open culture and programming communities to hosting their events in the MozTW Space. Totally there are more than 8000 visitors and 760 events since May 2014.
Some of the most closing cooperate communitiess including G0V, OSM, Wikimedia Taiwan, Creative Commons Taiwan, Open Culture Foundation, SITCON (Students Information Technology Conference) and WoFOSS (Women in Free and Open Source Software in Taiwan).
One of the primary goals is to introduce Mozilla and our belief to new friends. In last six month (Sep-Feb), more than 410 visitors had learned about Mozilla on their first visit to the Space (out of 1800 visitors in 167 events).
We introduce Mozilla, Manifesto, our different projects, topics around internet health and policy, and new technologies we're building.Dev-rel
Since Dec 2015, we put emphasis on developer relationship. There are 168 developer events, and we introduce Rust, Servo, HTML5, WebAPI and developer tools to more than 4000 local programmers.Social Engagement
On social engagement, we had received 2550 Check-ins and 1100 Likes on Facebook and Foursquare. And in fact, we didn't ask people to do it. These social channels had become a good way for us to promoting openness.
And we issue Open Badges...
One of the best events is “MozTW Lab,” Mozillian weekly meetup on each Friday night. Volunteers get together to socialize, work, and give lightning talks on various topics including Mozilla's latest update.
This meetup had been running for seven years, and there are 77 lightning talk sessions recorded/live broadcasted through Vidyo from Space since 2014.Photos
Here are some photo highlights of the space,More
Looking forward to your visit!
(Download the full slide here.)
Most recently MozillaTN17 has been organised. One of the agenda of the meetup is to build strong relationship with Campus Clubs Students (formely Firefox Student Ambassador). During that time our plan was to discuss with each and every campus club and help them build a small website for them. It was my responsibility to bring website for campus clubs. I teamed up with Prasanth and karthick.
After a very long period I am visit SRM University (which is near my office). Previously I have visited SRM for Aarush in 2014 one of the biggest event for Firefox OS workshop, the first time I met Rohit.
Dropbox Paper is Dropbox’s cloud web text editor that lets you create documents in the cloud that can be managed collaboratively, sharing with your contacts and team, with interface in many languages, the platform allows you to login with the same Dropbox credentials and have features that make it easier to organize events, meetings, campaigns and other tasks in our communities.
If you work on event organization as a representative of Mozilla Reps, you’ll love using Dropbox tools, because it not only enables collaboration, but also has a very comfortable editor, clean, and has cool tools for interacting and organizing tasks with your community team.
Feel free to do an overview on Paper, test and use this template created by myself to facilitate organization of community events, this will facilitate your work in organizing the event and do not forget that you can convert your document to Markdown and download, this allows you to copy all content in Markdown and add it to the Mozilla Reps Event Page, or create a public link to your document and add it to the event page.
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Please join us in congratulating, Rep of the Month for 2017!
This is my small report of activities, campaigns and programs that I got involved in throughout the Mozilla community in the last year!
I’m describing a summary of all the actions and adding some links to my blog posts that have all the history of my involvement in all activities at Mozilla.
I am hopeful that this report will inspire you to keep your contribution or join today to our Mozilla community.#1 Join at Mozilla Reps program
In March I joined Mozilla Reps, after 2 months that I applied to the program, for me it was fast, was my second applied to the program and was approved to join.
I have organized/participated in more than 30+ events as a representative of Mozilla, plus dozens of meetings and training with various projects involved.
Working with the entire Reps Community is a great learning environment, read more about my first experiences with the program at “I became a Mozilla Rep! But what has changed?”.
And I was Rep of the Month in October, beyond recognition, I got a Firefox sweater and my Reps Welcome Pack.#2 Open Internet Leader at Mozilla StoryEngine
The Mozilla Foundation is creating a better way to gather feedback and accelerate learning. We’re calling it StoryEngine. Designed to systematically collect, analyze, and leverage the stories emerging from our networks, StoryEngine will help support open Internet leaders and advocates, demonstrate the impact of our work, and act on opportunities and challenges.
My story is published at Geraldo Barros — Story Engine.#3 Captain at Leão Mozilla Clubs, my favorite Mozilla Club!
My work at Leão Mozilla Clubs as captain continue, by the second year of the success at Padre Leão Vallerié School in Campinas, Brazil.
Last year we kept content on web development and we introduced Arduino content, in addition to participating in other curriculum tests created by Chad, I can say was that it was a great year.
At school we have some problems with the Internet and computers, we are limited to few tools and low quality internet.
Oh, we’ve moved our blog to Medium, so now it’s under https://leaomozillaclubs.com.#4 Take Back The Web Campaign
Take Back The Web was an incredible Mozilla worldwide campaign, organized last year the campaign involved communities and college students from around the world! The campaign was aimed at the development of open technologies, talks and actions related to security and privacy, focused on campus college students from around the world the campaign was organized by Mozilla.
The campaign had local support from college teams who developed activities on their campus, a network of local coaches ensured that local teams developed activities and gained training and mentoring.
My work in the campaign was to mentor and coach local 2 local team students of the Colombia and Venezuela. At the end of the campaign the Mozilla team received feedback and gained the experience with campus to organize the newest program, Mozilla Campus Clubs!
Read more about Mozilla on Campus at Reinventing Mozilla on Campus.#5 Mozilla Brazil Community Gathering
28 and 29 May 2016 were special for Mozilla Brazil Community happened Mozilla Brazil Community Gathering 2016 organized by Mozilla for the purpose of improve the health of the community, establish empathy between members, solve problems and conflicts and align the community about the campaigns and Mozilla development projects.
Read more about Mozilla Brazil Community Gathering at Mozilla Brazil Community Gathering 2016 by Geraldo Barros.
Read more about community gatherings at Community Gatherings Overview by Francisco Picolini.
FISL17 was one of the editions of FISL that our community again participated in, it is a great event and one of the largest free software in Latin America.
Last year I organized community participation in FISL17 and many volunteers participated talking and developing activities in our break out room, our participation was focused on Mozilla’s support, developer network, diversity and other projects.
The most shocking results have been for the community support team, which has really consolidated and done incredible things to this day.
The participation of the community in the event was awesome, but it required a lot of work and previous organization to ensure an incredible event.
The Semana de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Computação is constituted as the main scientific event to promote, technological and cultural at IFMG – Campus Bambuí. It is a local action related to the National Week of Science and Technology, an initiative of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Federal Government, which has as main purpose to mobilize the population, especially children and young people around issues and science and technology activities.
And I’m talked about Web Compatibility, an open invitation to all developers, web users and browsers developers to join the web compatibility. Learn how to make the Web a more compatible place with all and for all and best of all a super fun way! Report issues and get help in solving compatibility issues on any website. The project is developed by volunteers around the world and supported by Mozilla in a global effort to make the Web better.
My participation in the event took a long trip to the interior of Minas Gerais state, but it was one of my best trips because I saw beautiful landscapes through flights, cars and buses.
The university campus is beautiful and big, the students took me to know the whole campus the first day, they were very nice and hospitable! Oh, I could not forget to tell you that I ate the best milk candy in the world and I received a pot of milk candy to take to my home made on campus, I really want to come back soon, thank you for all university team!#8 Mozilla at Latinoware 2016 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Latinoware opens up space for discussion and reflection on the deployment of open source software in Latin America. The public consist among students, professionals and specialists from the area and also international celebrities and representatives from public and private agencies of different countries of Latin America. In the last edition, the event had 4.259 participants and 230 speakers in activities related the world of I.T. and free software.
And the last year I’m talked about WebVR and Web Compatibility Issues for all people, and participated of all activities at Mozilla break out room.
Latinoware is a big event, a very diverse and multilingual audience, is focused so that all the countries of latin america participate.
Mozilla participated in the event through many volunteers from the Mozilla Brasil and Paraguay communities, it was amazing to meet the Mozilla Paraguay team and their recent work with Firefox Aguaratata.
Read more about my talks at Crie uma web que funcione para todos #MozillaNaLatinoware and WebVR com A-Frame #MozillaNaLatinoware.#9 Mozilla Festival 2016 at Ravensbourne, London, United Kingdom
I had the opportunity to attend the Mozilla Festival 2016, a world festival focusing on the opening movement of the Internet, happened year pass from 28 to 30 October at Ravensbourne College in London/UK.
The Mozilla Festival is a great event that deals with topics related to technology and the internet and subjects related to focus on debates, activities hand in hand and this year a series of lectures on topics relevant to the world of internet and technology.
I could spend hours writing about the festival, in general I can say that it is a big festival with the most diverse themes that connect the internet and technology (that is, everything), the festival is like a bomb of learning and knowledge, Is a space where you will learn a lot in a short time in an inclusive, participative and engaging way, every session had people excited and passionate about teaching and learning.
I met new technologies at the science fair, met lots of people and put my hand in the dough by learning to work hand in hand with many projects and sessions, as well as falling in love with the arts sessions.
Mozilla Festival is an important space for captains to learn new things, share experiences, meet new captains and participate in countless sessions that connect education, it’s time to learn new methodologies and best practices to develop in their clubs, exchange experience and Storytelling is very important with other captains to learn and know other distinct realities and the event provides this space for learning.
Read more about Mozilla Clubs at MozFest at Mozilla Clubs at Mozfest 2016 and about my personal experiences at Mozilla Festival: Clubes, Arte, Localização, Open Badges, Liderança e Internet.#10 Mozilla Campus Clubs as Regional Coordinator
The Mozilla Campus Clubs are Mozilla Clubs that take place at a University or College – These clubs take advantage of the unique learning environments of Universities and Colleges to bring students with a passion for technology together to build and innovate on open source projects that build the open web.
And with a simple structure, Campus Clubs have important roles to mentoring club captains from universities, one of which is the Campus Clubs Regional Coordinator, I joined the program assuming this role after training.
Today I am working on the mentoring of 3 new captains who are doing a awesome work on their campus!
See all clubs and regional coordinator around the world at Mozilla Campus Clubs Connect.#11 Maker Party Week Campinas 2016
And it all started at the Mozilla Festival, Mozilla’s annual event about the open Internet movement, read more about it, the event gave me many ideas and ways of working copyrighted in Brazil.
The Maker Party this last year is focused on the need for changes in copyright laws in Europe, but there are other ways to work a Maker Party in Brazil, since it is important to educate as people on copyright and open licenses.
When I started thinking about the strategy in which people were able to learn copyright in an engaging, intuitive and allied way to something that people definitely enjoy was the key to a successful activity.
We are all users, creators, consumers, educators, students and we are constantly creating new things: music, blog posts, essays, tweets, paintings and photos — yes, we are artists and great creators!
Learning about content licensing is openly important to enable the promotion of your work, co-creation and innovation.
Educators are important pieces to continue teaching this content in various community spaces, telecenters and schools, many of them today know the importance and how to license content with Creative Commons.
Brazil is a country that needs a new copyright law, it is not just Europe, the Internet challenges copyright systems all over the world, demanding updates in a structure that was forged and developed between the XVIII and XX centuries. Read more at Droitdu..
Read more about this Maker Party at Maker Party Week Campinas 2016: copyright, art and learning.#12 Mozilla Support Brazil with Mozpizza Hackathon
Mozpizza was one of the most out-of-box events that the support team has hosted and perhaps the most out-of-the-box event of Mozilla every year.
The idea was simple, put everyone together on video to stay up all night and get engaged working on all open support platforms and kill all the to-do lists!
The goals were ambitious: 100% of everything!
Oh, all the volunteers got pizza to eat during the online marathon.
The result has been a sucess, read more about this initiative at MozPizza Hackathon — Support Brazil.Thank you!
Thanks to everyone who got involved in my work last year, a special thank you to the entire Mozilla community, the Reps program team and the Mozilla Leadership Network.
I would like to name everyone, but there are many, so if you worked with me on any task this year, a big thank you!
Late 2013, Mozilla announced that it will be erecting a monument for Mozillians in San Francisco, just outside of its office. “The structure is being constructed now, concrete is being poured, and the monument is planned to be unveiled in mid-December. On the side panels the names of over 4,512 people who have contributed to Mozilla will […]
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I’m writing a blog post after a long, long time and the reason why I’ve been dormant is because I’ve not done anything of significance for the past 6 months. As I’m writing this, I’m also watching the US Open Semifinals between Rafa and Dimitrov (the 5th set is on and I really hope Rafa wins this one! *fingers crossed*).
Back to my story, I had the wonderful opportunity to represent Mozilla at 4CCON (Collaboration, Contribution, Communities and Commons) which is a National Level Conference organized by FSMI, a premier free software organization in India. I was invited to give an advanced workshop on using Selenium for testing web applications using Python on the Firefox browser.
The session went well, initially with 15 participants which later swelled into a crowd of 50 participants. The conference had workshops in a variety of topics and my session was scheduled to be on the first day – the 26th of January. Incidentally, it was the Republic Day of the country – I feel good sharing the things I’ve learned and practiced on the very day the Indian Constitution came into effect, over 60 years ago.
— Abhiram Ravikumar (@abhi12ravi) January 26, 2017
The full day workshop started off with a quick introduction on Python as a programming language, moving on to the uses and applications of the Selenium test framework and most importantly – the significance of unit testing. I highlighted the various API methods that Python developers could use to test a simple web page. The entire slide deck of the 1 day workshop is hosted online here.
In the later half of the day, I made the participants set up a basic website on their own and test for simple elements on the page like Dialog Boxes, Forms and Links. The participants found it interesting to inspect the DOM (Document Object Model) structure of their favorite websites and give various test scenarios and the exciting part was when they actually found a few bugs.
At the end of my workshop, I had a section on Open Source projects and how the participants could contribute. I shared stories of many successful people who started off fixing the odd bug here and there – are now the leaders in their technology fields. This was found to be inspirational by the participants there.
— Abhiram Ravikumar (@abhi12ravi) January 26, 2017
During the next 2 days of the conference I was invited as a delegate and attended various keynotes apart from meeting many FOSS enthusiasts whom I had met only virtually, hitherto.
On the whole, it was a productive workshop and I hope the participants will take up open source contribution and do justice to the enthusiasm they’ve displayed.
Chennai has grown in leaps, I hope to see better things in the days to come.
ILUGC stands for Indian Linux Users Group Chennai. ILUGC is one of the oldest community and running for past 10 years actively. My intention to attend this meetup was to meet one of the amazing open source community contributor Shrinivasan, I am always inspired on seeing him, you can visit his blog goinggnu to learn more about what he is contributing and mentoring others.
It feels like yesterday when I had my first FOSDEM, Yet more than 3 years passed and my 4th edition of FOSDEM is behind me as well. Throughout all 4 years I have been part of the Mozilla presence, regardless if as a Mozilla Rep, l10n contributor or Tech Speaker. I can only appreciate the great moments we shared with fellow attendees at FOSDEM. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions, sobriety, hangoverness and swag every year, and this year has been no different.
Unlike the other years, 10 people from our local Open Labs Hackerspace attended FOSDEM 2017. That’s 10 Albanians too much already.
As part of the Open Source Design collective, I have been helping out with the organization of the Open Source Design (dev)room this year at FOSDEM. I was happy to give a talk about Mozilla Open Design and the new branding of Mozilla introduced just a few weeks ago.
— Mozilla TechSpeakers (@mozTechSpeakers) February 4, 2017
— Redon Skikuli (@rskikuli) February 5, 2017
— Elio Qoshi (@elioqoshi) February 4, 2017
In the past year, I have been trying to not break my routine too much while traveling. Conferences are great and inspiring but it can be pretty demanding to fully emerge yourself into the conference experience if you travel frequently. As a part-time introvert, I tend to relax in my hotel for quite a few hours, at least every 2 days, something which has worked for me quite well in the past. Not at FOSDEM however.
— Redon Skikuli (@rskikuli) February 4, 2017
There are way too many people you want to catch up with and way too much going on as well. With FOSDEM fringe there is also a great number of events which happen before and after FOSDEM, due to so many different projects already having presence during that week, making it easier to meet in person. I failed to meet with several people I wanted to catch up with, but it’s kind of expected at such a large event as FOSDEM.
During peak times, it was reported that 18000 devices were connected to the WiFi network. It’s a good estimate of the number of attendees at the event. Crazy indeed. The proportions of FOSDEM are immense.
There is a Survival Guide by Paul Adams I highly recommend however. If you think of attending FOSDEM next year, be prepared. It’s pretty demanding physically and emotionally, especially if you can’t get used to the feeling of “missing out”. Let me clarify it for you here:
You will miss out a lot of things at FOSDEM. You can not do much about it. Embrace it and you will enjoy it even more.
What I really dislike at FOSDEM is the lack of any relaxing zones and the limited selection of (junk) food. It is very demanding for your mind and body to not have proper food, hydration and sleep. Be prepared for that. If you plan to attend FOSDEM, try to stay an additional night in Brussels (or depart late on Monday) because you need the energy to refuel. If you think you are thick-skinned however, you should be doing quite fine.
The day after FOSDEM, we met with some of the key players for Free and Open Source Software in the European Parliament & Commision. We had a great time talking about our experience with our local public administrations and their status regarding Free Software. We are looking forward to continue this discussions at OSCAL’17 which happens in May.
This is a blogpost that explains what Mobilizer in Mozilla Community is and how Reps would potentially fit in this role. Right now we have defined the mobilizers as a group of trusted, aligned and committed mozillians that are interested in:
When we introduced the mobilizer word in Reps community a lot of people were confused. What does being a mobilizer mean? And what does that mean for me as a Rep? By trying to give an initial answer we realised that every person had a different interpretation to the word, creating different expectations. What we failed to realize was that in fact Reps have already been walking the mobilizer path for a year now via the RepsNext changes.
This blogpost serves as a way to shed some light on the questions above. It is also trying to initiate a discussion inside Reps. We’re proud to call ourselves a volunteer lead program, thus we need to discuss in the open about the path we are taking and its implications for the program. We haven’t finalized any role descriptions or role responsibilities. This is something we need your help with in the comments below.What does being a mobilizer mean?
Mobilizer is a term that we have started using only recently. From the wiktionary, a mobilizer is a person that mobilizes something or someone, basically the one that is moving things or people forward.
In Mozilla we have struggled a lot in the past on bringing coordination inside the communities and also connect with other communities with the purpose of serving Mozilla’s mission and goals. In the past we have partially solved this with creating the Reps program, however it was never clear that this was its purpose. So what does actually being a mobilizer mean?
A Mobilizer in the Mozilla community is a trusted, aligned and committed Mozillian that is interested in:
But what is going to be the result/output of those efforts?
The purpose of Mobilizers’ actions is to build healthy communities and connections that will serve Mozilla’s goals as well as specific functional team goals.How does Reps fit in that role?
When we’ve built the program 7 years ago we came with a simple definition:
“The Mozilla Reps program aims to empower and support volunteer Mozillians who want to become official representatives of Mozilla in their region/locale.
The program provides a simple framework and a specific set of tools to help Mozillians to organize and/or attend events, recruit and mentor new contributors, document and share activities, and support their local communities better.”
At the beginning we were aiming to give volunteers a way to officially represent Mozilla around the world. But the program evolved to be so much more. Over the years, Reps found a structured way to become the bridge between the Mozilla Corporation, Mozilla Foundation and the volunteer community. They became the backbone of the community, they helped to build structured communities and to bring more contributors to the project. Mozilla is competing in a very aggressive environment however we have a key differentiator, and that is our volunteer community. During the past years Reps have been the key to unlocking this huge potential and provide value to Mozilla goals. So even if it is not in our description, Reps are the ones that unofficially took the role of mobilizing their communities and help them align with Mozilla’s goals.The transformation from an events program to a community building program (RepsNext)
As mentioned on the definition of Reps, it has been given to the participants of the program: “a specific set of tools to help Mozillians to organize and/or attend events” and it was this specific set of tools and resources that enabled hundreds of Reps through the years to conduct thousands of events in order to spread Mozilla’s mission.
However, Reps are not only about events. Of course events are a great tool that enables us to bring more contributors and awareness to Mozilla. But we came to the realization that even though events were great, we needed to use them in a way that they would be something more than a one-off effort. As we were growing, we found the need to use our resources better and to use them in order to serve Mozilla’s goals instead of just spreading awareness. And last but not least, we needed to give the resources to our community not only on how to manage budget but also on how to build and support healthy communities, how to coach new contributors and how to build connections.
We saw the need to evolve and a year ago we introduced RepsNext, a project that has already brought great changes and that will still have a long way to go.What if a Rep doesn’t want to be a mobilizer?
Being a mobilizer is an exciting, great step for Reps. However, we recognize that there are Reps that don’t see themselves as such, and this is completely understandable. That’s why we are building a strategy for Reps that don’t want to continue that path and want to focus on core functional work activities. A strategy that recognizes their contributions, efforts and enables them to volunteer in the Mozilla world and keep representing Mozilla as core contributors.So what do you think?
Please leave your feedback on the discourse topic.
In the past months we have worked to implement pieces of RepsNext. Now it’s time to share an update on where we stand and what has been done so far. Our work in this quarter will also be focused on aligning with other parts of the organization and make use of existing resources to further implement RepsNext. We also have published the Reps program goals for the current quarter.
Thanks to Yofie for creating this visualization! (minor last-minute changes made by Reps Council)Resources
We have made significant progress in the last quarter on the Resources track. We now have a Review Team that has managed to bring the average review time down by 30% in the last quarter. We also have allocated our budget based on Participation’s priorities for the quarter and we have published it with a live update so Reps know exactly where we spend our resources. Last but not least, we now have a definition of what a Resources Rep is, as well as a dedicated wiki for the Resources track where we track all our processes.
But there is always room for more. This quarter we will focus on finishing the training and the application process so Reps can join the track. If you want to help on our work, please go ahead and read the draft training and provide your feedback. We truly value them!Onboarding
During the past few months we’ve seen a problem on onboarding new Reps, mainly due to the lack of new mentors to take them as well as a huge amount of applications we had to screen through. After a mass screening phase we informed the accepted applicants and asked them to confirm their interest to join the program. These will onboarded as a test for our new onboarding webinar we’re creating.
This new webinar is currently being drafted and will be finished soon. We have a few tweaks to make in terms of the content itself, but the general content ideas stand. If the first test with this new webinar is successful, we can improve the Reps-specific onboarding time significantly. Additionally we will be working together with the Community Development team in this quarter to analyze current onboarding processes to identify common parts (including Reps and Campus Clubs).Participation Alignment
Along with the Participation team we’ve worked a lot in order to align our goals with the team’s goals. The Council is working with the team in order to co-create the quarterly and yearly goals and OKRs for 2017. The program’s goals are also being created based the team’s goals and priorities.
Of course this is an ongoing work that will continue this year. In order for the program to be successful we need to be able to be aligned with the team’s goals as well as the broader Mozilla’s goals. The Reps Council will be highly involved in strategic and operational discussions as representatives for the broader community, this also means that at least one Council member will be attending regular Community Development/Open Innovation meetings.Leadership
During the last quarter a team of volunteers lead by Emma Irwin built and tested the leadership toolkit. This toolkit will act as the guidance for the Reps that want to join the track.
The following months we will work on creating a solid roadmap for the track, on how people can join and how we can align our resources with the Leadership Network resources from MoFo.Coaching
Last fall we have onboarded new coaches in the Reps program to strengthen our coaching possibilities for new Reps. All of these were already Reps. Guillermo lead the efforts of this training and has created training material we can use for further coaching trainings. We also ran the training with a few existing mentors to test the training material.
Additionally we have started with a Regional Coaches group. The Reps Regional coaches project aims to bring support to all Mozilla local communities around the world thanks to a group of excellent core contributors who will be talking with these communities and coordinating with the Reps program and the Participation team. These coaches are neither a power structure nor a decision maker, they are there to listen to the communities and establish a 2-way communication. We want communities to be better integrated with the rest of the org, not just to be aligned with the current organizational needs but also to allow them to be more involved in shaping the strategy and vision for Mozilla and work together with staff as a team, as One Mozilla.
In this quarter we will finalize our plan on how we will handle coaching in the future. We encountered a few challenges in the past few months which we will solve in this plan. Our goal is to further improve this coaching material so it can serve for training new coaches as well as training existing mentors. Our goal is to have all existing mentors to be trained with this material once we have a solid plan. We are also thinking about renewing existing mentor’s commitment. All of this will ensure that all Reps can grow and advance in personal skills and their volunteer goals with the help of their coaches in addition to the leadership track.Functional areas
While the question about functional areas come up from time to time during our “Working Groups” phase of RepsNext, we never had a dedicated group for it. Therefore there is no solid proposal on how to move forward there. We know that this would involve a lot of time commitment from both the functional teams’ sides as well as ours. This is currently not realistic to implement or analyze. Reps are encouraged to build and development communities around functional areas with direct input from functional teams, but we will not focus on this part for at least the first half of this year. We need to have a strong base as a mobilizer program first.
You can follow all the Reps program’s goals in the Reps Issue Tracker.
Which thoughts cross your mind upon reading this? Where would you like to help out? Let’s keep the conversation going! Join the discussion on Discourse.
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, we had an event planned at Northern India Engineering College on Activate Mozilla Campaign. Our aim was to cover WebVR track under Build the Web activity.
The event was scheduled from 12:00 PM IST to 4:00 PM IST.
I reached the venue at 10:40 AM and helped a bit with arrangements. Saturday was a day off for all college students, so honestly I didn't expect much audience.
But, I was wrong. Students are more willing to learn and soon there were lot of students. In starting there were less people, but then we got a total audience of around 70+ which is huge considering that it was a holiday for them and they just came here to learn about FOSS.
Unfortunately, out of the core-organizers, only Shivam was available. But we got support from other student volunteers to do various arrangements and co-ordinating all the sessions smoothly. I would take this opportunity to thank each one of them.
Since, there were no other speakers, I had to take all the sessions. It began with an interactive session on what students understand by the term FOSS (Free & Open Source Software). I told about how Free Software and Open Source Software are same yet different from each other.
After this we discussed about Mozilla and the Open Web. Since it was Data Privacy Day, we also discussed about how important is privacy in the online world, yet most of us don't have proper information on it. We also discussed about Free Basics and how various organizations keep track of our online identities; and how Mozilla as an organization is doing in protecting the Free Web.
Next session was on Introduction to Git & Github. Although focus was on Activate Mozilla campaign, but I really wanted to teach about Version control to people considering that most people are Engineering students.
After this we had a small break to let people grab the knowledge they just had. I was surprised by the enthusiasm of these students. In the break time too, many of them surrounded me with various questions like how to contribute to FOSS, how to start et. all. So, yes, it wasn't a break for me ;)
After this session, we jumped on to Activate Mozilla Campaign. We told about various tracks under Activate Mozilla Campaign. The session was kick started with an introduction to Virtual Reality. We discussed about Visual and Input Immersion and how it is changing the Web as we use it today.
After this, we jumped on to learning A-Frame and making Virtual Reality scenes.
Then we gave time to audience to try using A Frame to develop something. I will collect all those projects and post them here soon :)
In the end we distributed swags to students.
After the event, we took feedback from people. Some of them are here:
Out of these, I'm astonished to see, that 100% people want to learn more about it. One student wrote that he would really like if more simpler terms would be used. Surely, I would keep this in mind, and if someone told me this thing during the session, I would've helped them there itself. But I'd surely take care from next session.
And there is some MozLove on twitter as well :)
Now, I'm flooded with a lot of mails from students who're willing to contribute to FOSS and requesting for guidance. I have started replying to some, and will be replying to all of them soon.
On the 28th of January we, the Mozilla Switzerland, community held another community meetup to organize ourselves for the next few months in 2017.
We did a start/stop/continue analysis of our work in 2016. Here’s the result:
With that in mind, we came up with a few goals for the first half of the year. Since we all agreed on stopping to do unrealistic goals we focused on the most voted ones from above. Of course this doesn’t mean that we will only do those, so everyone is encouraged to also do their own initiatives and we will still have our monthly meetups to bring topics forward.
These are our goals for the first half of 2017. Our motto is: Complete goals and do more instead of running after goal completion and not succeed like we did in the past year.
In the next few days we will open corresponding issues in the mozilla.ch participation repository to track this work.
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In 2016 we started to define quarterly OKR (Objective, Key Results) to set the Reps program’s goals. Last December and early this month we worked closely together with the Community Development Team to define the team’s goals for the quarter. These are highly relevant for the Reps program and the Reps’ goals are tightly coupled with these. To make it better understandable what this means for the Reps program, we have created our own goals based on the aforementioned objectives. In the following graphic you can see how all these goals play together.
We will work closely with the Community Development Team to achieve our goals. We will be working together with the Community Development Team, therefore we will use the heartbeat model as well. For the first heartbeat (ends February 11th) we have defined our working packets:
You can follow the progress of these tasks in the Reps Issue Tracker.
Which of the above objectives are you most interested in? What key result would you like to hear more about? What do you find intriguing? Which thoughts cross your mind upon reading this? Where would you like to help out? Let’s keep the conversation going! Join the discussion on Discourse.
2016 was all about myself being an leader. Throughout the year, I have gone through many volunteer leadership activities. Like my year of 2014 and my year of 2015, 2016 was also a blast. I contributed to my regular functional activities as well I have explored some other contribution opportunities. 2017 is going to be a big year for me, but all the behind scene happened in 2016 and I wish to recall all the memories!
The Year started with Privacy Month Campaign, initiated by Mozilla India. Mozilla Bangladesh community planned to join the initiative by organizing our own Privacy Week. To make it happen, we invited all the facilitator who will help us to organize talks/activities in their campus in “Mozilla Bangladesh, Privacy Week : Train the Facilitators” where we shared, discussed about Privacy Week and all the needful things.
The next day, I along with more 8 mozillians (including 6 Reps) went to Singapore to join Mozilla’s Leadership Summit, Singapore.
Mozilla’s Leadership Summit, Singapore was my first event outside the city. I got to meet many Mozillians, Reps, Mozilla Staff for the first time. Also, I could hear about many strategies in and around Mozilla. This event helped me to inspire a lot and energized me to inspire my community more.
From 28 January to 04 February, Mozilla Bangladesh organized Privacy Week , a week dedicated to raise awareness about privacy among friends, family and anyone who is a user of the Web. and luckily, I contributed as one of the leader of Privacy Week.
On the way back, I joined Privacy Talk @ East West University organized by a awesome series of Mozillians ( Sayed Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Maruf Islam, Muktasib Un Nur, Ehsanul Hassan, Fahmida Noor, Kazi Nuzhat Tasnem). I saw a good number of people waiting to know about privacy and all the way, it was good.
Mozilla Bangladesh organized first community event for the year with “MozCoffe Dhaka Meetup”. I met many QA contributors in the event. As it was my first interaction with my contributors, I along with them planned for the quarter and beyond.
And obviously, there was Mozillians from different contribution areas. It becomes special when the whole community meets 🙂
Inspiring from all the plannings i brought from Mozilla’s Leadership Summit, Singapore, I thought of reaching my contributors and along with other QA community mentors, I organized Firefox 45 Beta 3 Testday.
I joined SuMo Contributor Mentoring Day – Dhaka to cherish my past functional contribution area. Meeting with ex co-workers and seeing them to work for achieving goals is really inspiring. Passed an awesome day with Mozillians, I used to work with.
Finally, I received this opportunity to be an Regional Ambassador Lead of Firefox Student Ambassadors, Bangladesh!
It’s been long, since we have been getting to meet all the contributors somewhere in a single place. And also it was about defining the same goals for contribution for everyone. So, I along with other QA Community mentors, Many Mozilla Staff including SoftVision people, planned to organize our first contributor only event Mozilla QA: Bug Marathon, Dhaka. This event was 2 day long. In this 2 day, we tried to leverage the power of community, while learning and doing contribution. This was one of the greatest initiative for 2016.
Then the Best moment came! I was invited to Mozilla All Hands, London 😀 But, Unfortunately, My Visa was refused, So, I missed the opportunity to join this global meet.
During Ramadan, We again met together for Mozilla QA Bangladesh : Community Iftar. The motive was simple, have iftar together and be united as community and well, it was success.
I became Mozilla Reps Mentor, this year. This was one of the opportunity I was looking forward for a long time. More time needed to explore as a Reps Mentor!
The community was going strong, but we needed more strength from the Mentors. To sync up with each other and make more fluent, I organized Mozilla QA Bangladesh: Train the Trainers V1.0
And it was time for MozillaBD second Mid-term planning 2016. I joined the event and tried to collaborate with other QA contributors and reviewed what we promised in the first midterm and what we could have achieved till now. The good thing is, we were the only pathway that could have completed all the plannings 😀
Firefox Team was prioritizing things with Firefox Test pilot and as we contribute to support the team, we were trying to shape our activity to include Test Pilot. To make it happen, We planned to organize Firefox Hack Day, Dhaka to see our learning’s together.
I organized Web Compat and Firefox Test Pilot Sprint : Train the Trainers to have a understanding about our strategies for Test Pilot with our core contributors.
In August, I got the opportunity to volunteer as Reps Regional Coach for for my region ( China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Japan )
I was also invited to Mozilla All Hands, Hawaii! All Hands is always inspiring and this couldn’t be a more happy thing for me!
I supported EWU Mozilla Club and their awesome Mozillians by organizing Mozilla Awareness Booth @ East West University. There was a huge crowd from people to know more about Mozilla and contribution opportunities. More pictures are Flickr.
A new program with a new responsibility. Hope to do more goodness. Hoping to provide more support to Campus Clubs in Bangladesh in and around.
To promote QA, We started Mozilla QA : Contributor Engagement Tour, Bangladesh. We approached Rajshahi College to host our first event in Rajshahi and we received a tremendous support from them.
We also received huge support from Varendra University and their students who helped us to organize the event and participated in the event.
To revamp our hectic activity, I organized Bug Day, Dhaka ( which starts Mozilla QA Bangladesh: Contribution Week, where the goal was to achieve our goal throughout the week )
Become ReMo – Mozilla Reps of the Month for October, 2016. This is an honour to have the same privilege for the second time!
To empower our Woman contributors and inspire more to contribute, I supported our woman contributors to organize Mozilla QA Bangladesh: Woman in QA. Azmina Akter Papeya, Kazi Nuzhat Tasnem, Mahfuza Humayra Mohona, Rezwana Islam Ria, Saheda Reza Antora played an fabulous job by successfully organizing this event. Not only that, they are following up with the participants till now to do more help.
And Finally, I reached Hawaii to be apart of global awesomeness, Mozilla All Hands, Hawaii! Passed 2 weeks of hectic travel and adventure and one of my bestest memory dripped event.
To promote QA more, I approached Hasibul Hasan Shanto to help us organize Mozilla QA: Contributor Mentoring Day @ Gono Bishwabidyalay. We get immense feedback from the event about many Test Pilot features.
And the year ended, with meeting with everyone \o/SO, That was my year 😀
Though, this year was not much eventful but this was something more than only events. I along with my community had gone through enormous plannings, strategy to shape community, worked together to fix working module and many more.
If you think, all this things are done by me, You are right 😀 Well, there are many people who loves to put me forward, hiding their faces. So, all the things that I wrote above is because of all the support I received from people around me. Otherwise, It was never possible to rise as a leader and lead the community.
If you are seeing the output, I wish to thank everyone without whom this would have never been possible. I want to thank each and every one for the contribution they did in my life. At first and as always, I want to thank Ashickur Rahman for everything you did, It was more than a community person, A close brother, on whom I can always depend even in dead hours 😀
I would like to thank Faisal Aziz (Faisal Bhai) for all the help and support that he did this year. Thanks a lot, bhai. I was in true need of yours and you have supported me in every place and space where I would have need you.
I wish to thank Mike Hoye, without whose support I would be struggling a lot. You had been and you have been helping and guiding the community for a long time. Thanks for all the support.
Thanks to Ryan VanderMeulen for all the support you did to me and my community last year and first 2 quarters of this year. Thank you, Ryan.
I want to thank the whole Softvision Desktop QA team for their amazing support to me and Bangladesh QA Community. On behalf of the community, I would like to thank all of you – Florin Mezei, Andrei Vaida, Bogdan Maris, Mihai Boldan, Cornel Ionce, Paul Silaghi, Petruta Rasa, Camelia Badau and everyone else in the Desktop team who has been making the Testday, Triage Day and Verification Day more awesome. Thank you people. ( P.S. : Next time, we meet, I will make sure you receive a gift from my community 😉 Keep in loop )
I want to thank Ada Lucinet for helping me with plannings and be a friend always. Thanks for all of your support. Thank you.
I want to thank Rezaul Huque Nayeem, Nazir Ahmed Sabbir, Ratul Islam, Mohammad Maruf Islam. Well, You were always behind me, So I never can be more grateful to anyone for helping me all the way and leading together the most awesome community.
Unlimited Thanks continues this year also to Towkir Ahmed and Sashoto Seeam for helping whenever I needed both of you. Thanks for all the artwork and banner design and every bit of help that you guys did. And Seeam, for you, We have our very own Tshirt design 😀
Special thanks to a lot of buddies: Asif Mahmud Shubho, Muktasib Un Nur, Ehsanul Hassan, Almas Hossain Tushar, Maruf Rahman, Rahim Ul Islam Rifat, Majedul Islam Rifat, Sayed Ibn Masud, Tarikul Islam Oashi, Azmina Akter Papeya, Meraj Kazi, Mahfuza Humayra Mohona, Nawaf Chowdhury, Saddam Hossain, Tanvir Rahman, Forhad Hosain – You all had been amazing on your parts. Without all of you, my last year wouldn’t be possible. Thanks for doing all the things and help you did. You guys are ইয়ে দুনিয়া পিত্তালদি, বেবি ডল না সোনে দির বেবি ডল :p
There are still many names, I want to thank each and everyone who helped me throughout the process. All the QA contributor who are part of Mozilla Bangladesh QA Community. Sometimes, thanks is not enough but still I want to thank everyone and wish, maybe I will get your help and support in future, too.
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Join us to congratulate Srushtika as Rep of the month for December.
Srushtika is an undergraduate student in her final year. She describes herself as “Tech-Speaker at Mozilla that loves speaking and advocating new technologies that could change the way we spend our lives.” But she is so much more than that. During the last few months she has been working along with Ram on building the local Indian WebVR community. She has also created MozActivate best practices while she is also working on an intro guide for newbies in WebVR events based on Rust guides.
Moreover, she is heavily involved on shaping the Campus program and suggesting activities for campus students. All the above gained her a mention on the VR/AR inspirations of 2016 blogpost. When she is not studying or contributing to VR, Srushtika is helping the privacy month team from India on advocating about privacy in social media. Check them out on #privacymonth.
On December 17, 2016; we had FOSS un-conference where all Open Source groups gathered to discuss about the FOSS culture. We had people from PyDelhi, PyData Delhi, Mozilla Delhi (MozPacers), LinuxChix India, Sympy, etc.
We had three talks scheduled:
Netfilters by Shyam Saini, Networking by Manpreet [:msn] & Deep learning by Shagun
After the talks, we had a panel discussion where there was representative from each community discussing about how each community works; what are the pros and cons in different Open source communities, how can we improve the participation to FOSS.
We also discussed about women participants in different open source communities & also about increasing their participation in every community.
I'm also actively helping in reviving LinuxChix India which focuses on empowering women tech participation in Open source world. Hope to see some good participation there as well.
Back in April 2016, I was having some thought about our woman contributors in my mind. While the number of our contributors were growing, our woman contributors were also growing in a good proportion. I realized, we had around 16 woman contributors but we had not initiated anything specific about them. Whether, it was about mentoring or training for skills or mobilizing them for recruiting more contributors, something specific to them was a need of time.
I approached to my existing community and shared the idea of doing something specific for woman, where the goal would be empowering them so they can help themselves. I along with our few mentors planned for the event back in April and got support from Reps Council. But for some obstacles, we were running behind scheduled time.
Later on November, I encouraged all the woman contributors to take the lead and help me to organize this initiative. Most of them were just contributors and were afraid on organizing things. But I encouraged them to talk in a group and decide which they did in an awesome way. Before the actual event, they did several online meeting to decide about various agenda, logistics and many other things.
Though, there were many woman contributors but few of them took the leading role for setting this event. Azmina Akter Papeya, Kazi Nuzhat Tasnem, Mahfuza Humayra Mohona, Rezwana Islam Ria, Tazin Ahmed were so aspiring that inspite of having their academic advising, they dealt with all the things like logistics, invitation for events, participants.
The event started with welcoming the participants by the organizers.
Later, I tried to talk about Mozilla and our mission and our role on the internet. Well, I was trying to make them realize Mozilla is not just Firefox 😉
Nayeem bhai came forward to talk about QA and how we help Mozilla by doing QA. He also added many bits and bytes about QA and shared insights about involvement in QA from our community.
Later, They were forming groups and tried to learn together by being in peer. This session was really great as most of them were having direct contact with each other.
There were some hack session going on, where contributors are mentoring new ones and showing them the way of contributions.
There were 4 peer groups who were learning ways of contribution from each other. Later, I tried to talk about our ways of engagement with contributors and how QA help things move forward in Mozilla.
Later, we ended the event with a group pictures!
When i talked to our woman contributors to take the ownership for this event, I was not that much confident that they can do the work. But I was really amazed, inspite of being their first one as organizer, they did a good job and a serious job indeed! And I was just sleeping while they were doing the actual work :p
Even they concluded the event, they tried to make a bonding with the participants, in a hope to make their participation for a longer time!
This is just a beginning that I started in 2016. Hoping to get a more blasting 2017 from our woman contributors. Hoping to see more from their leadership 🙂
Event pictures can be found in Flickr!
Some Blogs written by the organizers, which you should check out:
மொசில்லாவின் பலதரப்பட்ட திட்டங்களில் தமிழகத்தை சேர்ந்த பலரும் பங்களித்து வரும் நிலையில், மொழிபெயர்ப்பில் வெகு சிலரே பங்களிப்பாளர்களாக இருந்து வருகின்றனர். இதில் வருத்தப்பட வேண்டிய அவசியம் இல்லை. காரணம் தாய் மொழியை விடுத்து பிறமொழியை கற்றால் தான் சமூகத்தில் வாழமுடியும் என்று நமது பொதுபுத்தியில் விதைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இதுவே நாம் வாழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கும் ஒட்டுமொத்த சமூகத்தின் சிந்தனையும் கூட. மொசில்லா மட்டுமின்றி மற்ற கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் திட்டங்களிலும் தமிழ் மொழயின் பங்களிப்பாளர்களும், அதன் பயனர்களும் குறைவு என்பது தான் சோகத்திலும் சோகம்.யாம் அறிந்த மொழிகளிலே தமிழ் மொழிபோல் இனிதாவதெங்கு காணோம்
என்று பாடினான் பாரதி. ஆனால் இன்று சமூகம் மற்றும் சமூகம் சார்ந்த தனிநபரின் சிந்தனையோ வேறு. எனக்கு தமிழ் படிக்க தெரியாது என்று தமிழில் கூறிக்கொள்ளும் அளவிற்க்கு மொழியின் முக்கியத்துவமும், மொழியின் மீதான பற்றும் நம்மவர்களிடத்தே உள்ளது.
இவையாவும் நாம் யோசித்துவிட கூடாது என்று நம்மை ஆண்டவர்கள் கவனத்தில் வைத்து இருந்தார்கள். அவர்களுடன் நாம் கண்மூடித்தனமாக நம்பும் ஊடகங்களும்.
சரி. நிலைமை இவ்வாறு இருக்க நாம் மொழியின் மீதான ஆர்வத்தை மக்களிடத்தே கொண்டு செல்வது சாத்தியமா? அதற்கு நாம் என்ன செய்யவேண்டும்? இதனால் மொழியை நம்மால் காக்க முடியுமா? என கேள்விகள் நம்முல் பல எழலாம்.
என்னிடம் உள்ள ஒரே பதில், மொழியை நாம் அடுத்த கட்டத்தை நோக்கி கொண்டு சென்றாலே அதை அழியாமல் காக்க படலாம்.
ஒரு கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் பங்களிப்பாளனாக, என்னால் முடிந்தவரையில் தமிழ் மொழிபெயர்ப்புகளில் பங்களித்து வருகின்றேன். இதை இனியும் தொடருவேன்.
ஏன் இனையத்திற்க்கு பங்களிக்க வேண்டும்?
பலத்த தொழில்போட்டி நிலவும் இணைய சந்தையில், பல நிறுவனங்கள் பல கோடிகளை முதலீடு கொண்டு மொழி பெயர்ப்பினை செய்து அவர்களின் சந்தையை விரிவாக்கி வருகின்றனர். இப்படியான சூழலில் நாம் திறந்த மூல மென்பொருளாக, இணையத்தில் இனைய சமத்துவத்திற்க்காக குரல் கொடுத்துவரும் Mozilla Firefox-ன் திட்டங்களுக்கு பங்களிக்கலாம். மேலும் இன்று உலகம் இனையத்தில் சுருங்கிவிட்டது. தமது தேடலை பூர்த்திசெய்யும் எதுவாயினும் மனிதன் அதை ஏற்றுக்கொள்கின்றான். அவ்விடத்தில் நாம் தமிழ் மொழியின் இருப்பை கொண்டுசெல்வது நமது கடமைகளுள் ஒன்று.
சரி? நமது உடனடி திட்டம் என்னவாக இருக்க வேண்டும்?
2017-ல் நமது உடனடி தேவையாக எடுத்துகொண்டு நாம் செய்யவேண்டியது,
இதன் மூலம் நமது நீண்ட நெடிய தேவைகளான,
இவை யாவும் சாத்தியமா?
இதை செய்வதற்கான சாத்தியகூறுகள் அதிகமாக உள்ளது. நாம் அனைவரும் ஒன்றினைந்து செயல்படுவோம்.
நாம் என்று பயன்படுத்தியதற்க்கு காரணம் : தனிமனித சிந்தனையை சமூக சிந்தனையாக மாற்ற வேண்டிய நேரமிது….
I've always felt that newbies find it very difficult to get started into any Open Source project. If we talk specifically about code-contribution; which is an essential part of the entire ecosystem, then the no. of people are not enough. I've always found myself surrounded by a bunch of folks who wanted to contribute in Open Source software; and thus asking me questions about how to find bugs, where to get started, etc. One of the most difficult thing they told me is that they don't understand project well enough and thus are not able to recognize on how to get ahead with a particular bug.
I am currently contributing to Mozilla Marionette which is an automation driver for Mozilla's Gecko engine. You can read about my experience on that in blog post Getting started with Marionette & Contributing more to Marionette and Firefox UI Tests. I recently decided to give a talk explaining people about Marionette.
I delivered a talk at PyDelhi Meetup (one of the Open Source group I'm actively volunteering for :) ). The talk was scheduled for November 27, 2016. My talk was from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM IST. In the end there was a QA session where some people came forward to ask questions.
Here are some photos of the event:
One of the most important thing I felt is people hesitate in asking questions. This is because after the QA was officialy over, a lot of people came to me with specific questions and told that they were hesistant during QA session. So for those folks, just remember:
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. – Chinese Proverb
Other than that, we're all friends :) So, come and clear your doubts! Ask me anything. No one is judging you on the basis of questions you ask. It's more important that you try, rather than the fear of failiure stop you from even taking the first step.
For those who missed the talk, I've tried to process the video and uploaded it on Youtube (That's why this update took so much time).
You can watch the talk on Youtube (https://youtu.be/l1tZaud0GO4)
Your comments are much appreciated. Tell me if this session helped you, or how further sessions could be improved!
The event took place at Hotel Lalit, New Delhi on November 18, 2016. Once again we got a chance to meet Jochai (one of the Mozilla staff) after around 6 months and he recognized me :)
The event was powered by SFLC (Software Freedom Law Centre) & Mozilla. Local community volunteers (Mozpacers) helped with the registration.
The event began at 3:00 PM where Jochai introduced people to the problem on making Internet accessible to everyone. After his kick off speech, there was a panel discussion where this issue was discussed. Jochai Ben-Avie, Mishi Choudhary and Smriti Parsheera were speakers. After the panel discussion, people came forward with their questions and got responses from the panel members.
After that we had tea and a great disccussion with Jochai. We also talked with SFLC team to conduct an event where they can explain about different form to Open Source LISENCE to people and how are they different from each other.
We soon plan to have an integrated event with SFLC team where Mozillians would tell about Open Web and community structuring and they will tell about FOSS Laws.
It was a really good experience all together!
We are happy to announce that the 4 new council members are fully on-boarded and already taken responsibilities to move the program forward.
A warm welcome to Flore, Alex, Adriano and Michael Also a big thank you and #mozlove to Christos, Shahid and Arturo for their hard work during their term as Reps Councils Members. Your work is highly appreciated by all the Reps.
The Mozilla Reps Council is the governing body of the Mozilla Reps Program. It provides the general vision of the program and oversees day-to-day operations globally. Currently, 7 volunteers and 2 paid staff sit on the council. Find out more on the ReMo wiki.
Don’t forget to congratulate the new Council members on the Discourse topic!
Today I had another online meeting with my Mozilla Reps Mentor Biraj from 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM.
Here are the Minutes of Meeting:
You can refer to my intial post for the goals I set as a Mozilla Rep.
The Balkans is a unique region. With centuries of complex history behind it, Balkan countries show interesting dynamics and cultural differences across its territories. This is also noticeable in the tech scene. With no particular famous tech hub in the Balkan countries, the tech scene is relatively decentralized compared to Western European countries (London, Berlin, Paris etc). Due to this, there are many opportunities which haven’t been fully taken advantage of yet, but which start to emerge slowly in the past couple of years. There is an interesting article about this from a friend and colleague of mine, Chris Ward, during his stay in Albania some months ago.
With Kosovo declaring Independence in early 2008, things have changed for Kosovars and Albanians very quickly. With this breeze of fresh air, many new initiatives were born as well, among them the local FLOSSK Community (Free Libre Open Source Kosova). With a complete inexistence of Free & Open Source initiatives in Kosovo & Albania at that time, it has been a pioneering effort locally for all things Free & Open Source. Its initial impact has influenced the local tech scene so much that FLOSSK has served as an inspiration for our local Open Labs hackerspace community in Tirana, Albania.The roots of SFK
One of the milestones FLOSSK prides itself with is SFK (Software Freedom Kosova), an annual conference created as a meeting place for all Free Software enthusiasts in the region to cultivate the local community and drive their values forward locally. On a practical note, it aimed to offer people a local alternative to conferences abroad, as many were unable to travel far from home due to costs and visa issues (which is still a huge problem).
With the first edition having taken place in 2009, SFK 2016 is now in its 7th edition (there was no SFK in 2015). In its early days it was one of the few bigger open source conferences in the region, which many other communities looked up to.
With 2016, it was time for a new edition of SFK. As 2015’s edition was canceled due to lack of time, many people happily awaited the return of the conference this year, including me.Mingling in
As a Mozilla Tech Speaker, I got my session approved and together with Gabriel and Giannis we would facilitate the Mozilla presence at the conference. I would arrive on the 2nd day of the conference, due to being in Munich, Germany for Push Conference the 2 days before. Apart my taxi driver not knowing the Venue (it was a bit outside the city) my travel went smooth and I also gave an impromptu Fedora Badges workshop only minutes after I arrived.
I was quite disappointed with the number of attendees when I arrived. Although, I don’t blame the organizers for that, as there are only 3 people behind the conference this year (apart the volunteers) the tracks and venue was ideal for 300 people at the same time. It was however overkill for 100-150 people who were there at the same time. A more dense event with less tracks would be beneficial. No need to have 3 tracks when already small groups of people get even more fragmented.
On the last day, there was also a Workshop track at Prishtina Hackerspace, which was 500m far away from the venue. While being relatively close by, it still contributes to people going different paths. This is already annoying at a huge conference like FOSDEM, where everything is in the same campus anyway. Let’s avoid this next time I’d suggest.
Anyway, I was happy and proud that over 15 people from Open Labs coordinated their trip to SFK’16. It’s great to see the community growing steadily and the Open Labs crew definitely held the morale high during the time at the conference.
I had a workshop about Mozilla Open Design (surprise surprise!), introducing the new branding within Mozilla, the GitHub repo where people could help and/or request designs and last but not least, the Open Innovation Toolkit which we recently launched (thanks to Henrik, who introduced me to it face-to-face in Munich the days before). The workshop ennded up being full, with over 25 people participating (mind you, many sessions ended up being almost empty, due to the high fragmentation and relatively low attendance during the conference). I expected to encounter more questions and debates during my workshop, however attendees were relatively passive, which made me feel like I was talking too much at some point.
Having said that, I always try to have a casual and conversational approach when speaking or holding a workshop, to allow attendees to familiarize themselves quickly. A little bit of humor sprinkles on top helps as well.
We also held an impromptu Mozilla meetup, where two new contributors joined and Giannis and me advised them how we could work together. I have been seeing the 1:1 approach work quite well, whereas a more “top-down” facilitation process might reach more potential contributors, but the success rate being much lower.Bonus: Conference Visual Identity
Something which you might not know, is that I had the pleasure to design the visual identity and branding of the conference this year. FLOSSK approached me via my startup Ura, to request design help for this year’s edition of SFK. Traditionally, SFK has used the FLOSSK Logo in its branding throughout the years, so I suggested to step up the game here and create a logo for the conference itself (a dedicated post to the process behind it is coming soon).
The concept behind it was simple. If a crow would represent FLOSSK, what would represent FLOSSK’s conference? A crow feather, of course. Additionally, my thinking was that during these community organized conferences, a lot of BoF (Birds of a Feather) sessions take place, so I found the play on words quite catchy.
For the posters and banners I used Public Domain photos of crows to accompany the branding of the conference. Gotta love Unsplash.
I plan to upload the source files to GitHub soon, under a Creative Commons license as well.Conclusion
It’s good to be in Prishtina, as a lot of things feel familiar, yet different. I had a warm fuzzy feeling to be with our local community from Open Labs Hackerspace, as this was the first time so many of us (over 15) were traveling together. The conference itself was a bit underwhelming, or maybe I’m used to people running around like crazy at bigger conferences? Maybe.
It was good to see another edition of SFK after 2 years, but I would like to see more people investing time and efforts into it to deliver an experience as back in the days. Less but more focused content next year.Summary
Attendees: ~200 (total)
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He is actively mentoring people from different countries for QA initiative, He recently helped Indian community in setting up QA team. He also organized MozActivate campaign in Bangladesh. Check some examples QA events from Rajshahi, Sylhet, Chittagong , mentoring in Varenda or mentoring in Rajshahi. Also he started a ToT for WebCompat with more editions in November. You can read about his awesome work on his website.
Geraldo has been one of the most active members in Brazilian community over the last 3 months. Helping to coordinate Mozilla presence at FISL (one of the biggest OpenSource events in Brazil), engaging with the community, running events like Sao Paulo workday , or Latinoware, and even assisting to MozFest!
He is a very engaged mozillian, that also helps run events for Webcompat and SUMO hackatons. This November, you will see Geraldo doing more of his stuff in the upcoming events, promoting Mozilla mission, being an awesome Mozilla Club member, and spreading some #mozlove. Be sure to check his Medium account for more news about his work!
With “RepsNext” we increased alignment between the Reps program and the Participation team. The main outcome is setting quarterly Objectives and Key Results together. This enables all Reps to see which contributions have a direct link to the Participation team . Of course, Reps are welcome to keep doing amazing work in other areas.
|Objective 1||A focus set of relevant training and learning opportunities for Reps are systematized and they regularly access these opportunities to be more effective in their contributions and as a result providing more impact to Mozilla’s main initiatives.|
|KR1||Core mobilizers who took the leadership training report being more effective to support Mozilla by actively using their new skills.|
|KR2||Mobilizers from at least 90% of our (10) regions are interested in the training|
|KR3||80% of the people who took coaching training report having used these new skills in their volunteer work and report being more effective|
|KR4||Gatherings toolkit quality is enough for volunteers to drive impactful gatherings on their own.|
|Objective 2||Reps is the program for most core volunteers where many communities feel their voice represented and influencing the organization, and where mozillians join to be more aligned, grow their skills and be more impactful in mobilizing others.|
|KR1||Communities are making Activate Mozilla successful by running 100 activities.|
|KR2||30% more effectiveness (time and positive sentiment) on budget process|
|KR3||Initial material for Reps Resources track foundation is created.|
|KR4||Plan for integrating all efforts (Leadership, Coaching, Regional, Resources) into Reps structure delivered.|
|KR5||There is an implementation plan in place to decrease the time between an application and the onboarding by at least 50% compared to H1 2016.|
|KR6||We have at least 3 different solid ideas around Recognition in place and started at least one experiment.|
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