Thanks to Mozilla, I had the pleasure to participate in Øredev. An event that took place in Malmö (Sweden), on November 4th to 7th. And not only that, I also had the opportunity to be at the same event with Soumya Chakraborty and Oliver Propst, the most active members of the nordic communities nowadays.
It was interesting to realize that events that are intended for the same type of audience, people asking almost the same questions everywhere. Happened on Mobile World Congress, and in Øredev too. As occured to me at every spanish event tech oriented (or web-developer oriented), people were curious about Firefox OS and its road map, express their interest in know a little more about the project, and what Mozilla is doing.
On Wednesday 5th, I’ve been requested to go to help the swedish community for this event, and after a long trip of 9 hours, and 2 layovers, I finally arrived to Malmö, a nice city, with a vibrant activity, and this event proves that there is a lot of interest for new technologies in Sweden.
I was helping at the booth with Soumya and Oliver, shared some stories about my experience at other events in Spain, and tried to help them as much as possible with the amount of people that stepped at the booth.
The booth looked pretty awesome and it was one of the busiest stands at the event. We had a TV monitor that leaks the new features of the Developer Browser edition, which also caught the attention of many of the people that ask for a button or sticker. Or simply look the Flame devices that we have there.
All in all, a good experience for me, for the travel, and the experience of having the opportunity to attend an event in another country. I also had to thanks Soumya and Oliver for being such awesome reps, and for make me feel like I’m at home
I probably go back to Malmö to visit the castle, and taste swedish food, but that’s for the next time.
Guides continues to get busier, and as we’ve had an expected drop-off of Guides from our original group, I want to thank those who are really championing the development and leadership so far in Guides
Jennie Rose Halprin
With a special shout-out to Ioana, who swept in and saved the day with our many QA questions – Thanks Ioana!
We have more and more people coming through, so building workflows is important – special shout-out to David for helping coders get on the proper pathways, those associated with the Get Involved Page, but also through ‘What can I do for Mozilla‘.
We continue to share success stories, including Jennie’s Journalism group which has started to function even outside of her prompts to get involved, which is fantastic. We were fortunate to have Jennie on our call, to share some of her experiences. Thanks Jennie!
I’m thrilled to see more Guides taking the lead in inviting participation through sharing of events and news including Open Science, because the ‘invitation’ to participate is made much clearer through opportunities (vrs not waiting to be asked).
Guides is very connected in spirit to SUMO, so we’re collaborating closely on how our two areas can work together, and sharing mentoring best practices. Of course if you have questions about contributing to SUMO you can ask in Guides Forum for Helping Users.
A few updates in Discourse.
We Split Testing for FIrefox and Firefox OS into two Categories.
Added additional headers (New) and (Unread) to help everyone recognize new and unanswered posts.
I’ve started posting Guide Call updates, in the Guides Forum (moderator access needed to view), so as not to email huge lists of people .
We have a Bug submitted to setup a Dev instance of Discourse so we can test scrollback.io .
We also covered a ‘Best Practice’ for sharing responded to repeated questions with a single answer. All Discourse Forum posts have ‘links’ and so instead of cutting and pasting text, adding the link to responses will all direct to a single place. The benefit of course, is that should you need to update your answer, you only have to do it on one place.
We also added a new category ‘Open Source’, aimed at helping answer questions about the tools, culture and philosophy of working in open source , and Mozilla. We had a good discussion about perhaps creating a few training missions to get started ( Create Bugzilla Account, IRC Cirriculum) among other things. I’ll be working on this next week.
We reviewed the Logo proposals by the very talented Elio Qoshi. You can find his mockups here, I sent him some feedback which generally came down to the blue compass or the red torch. We’ll vote on this in the next week.
Guides Resources as Mozilla Learning Resources
Every Guide needs to read this blog post from Christie on the Learning Resources Wiki, *this* is where we will be adding resources for our functional areas. Please take time to add resources for your functional area, or add them to this Etherpad where I will be collecting my own list. This is a really exciting opportunity to
Avoid duplication of links
Design quality resources through collaboration between functional areas and community.
Align Contribution with Web Literacy – contributing is learning by doing – and contributors do become more web literate as a result of helping Mozilla. Let’s make raise the profile of that.
We’re very busy answering questions and improving workflow, feedback is very much appreciated. In addition to the requets for a Dev Discourse to play with, we’re awaiting an opportunity to evaluate Kit Herder (thanks amazing Community IT!) , for mentoring matches.
LibreCon, las empresas se interesan por el Software Libre
FrancJP on November 20, 2014 03:14 PM
El pasado 11 y 12 de Noviembre, tuvimos la oportunidad de participar desde la comunidad, en el evento LibreCon, que se celebró en Bilbao. Un evento para mostrar que el Software Libre también tiene su lugar en las empresas, gobiernos y que hay más oportunidades de trabajo de las que se suele pensar. Las charlas abarcaron desde casos de éxito como el del gobierno de Munich, a proyectos nuevos como Tumaker (Impresoras 3D de código abierto).
Si bien el evento era más orientado a demostrar casos de éxito y cómo era posible introducir el Software Libre en los organismos públicos, con el ahorro que ello conlleva, se presentaron también varios proyectos nuevos basados en la filosofía de que otra realidad es posible y que no hace falta depender de Software privativo para llevar adelante una administración.
Tuvimos la suerte de que ambas charlas tuvieron bastante buena aceptación, con gente escuchándonos de pie, buenas preguntas y gente interesada por saber más sobre Firefox OS y Mozilla en general. El nivel de la audiencia también permitía esa convocatoria, ya que encajábamos fácilmente en la temática del evento.
Definitivamente necesitamos más eventos como estos en España, que den a conocer los beneficios del software libre, y echen por tierra el mito que una migración en un organismo público es más costoso, o difícil por el nivel técnico que se requiere. Teniendo en cuenta que Microsoft poco a poco está cambiando su filosofía, quizás dejemos de ver tanto lobby en las administraciones públicas y comencemos a ver un poco de sentido común y buenas prácticas.
Próximamente estaré escribiendo más sobre eventos, ya que tenemos el Codemotion a la vuelta de la esquina (este próximo viernes y sábado más específicamente).
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 17, 2014 10:39 AM
Maker Party SVCE is organized on Oct 18th 2014, at Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Bangalore. An enthusiastic Mozillian "Nishchal Gautam" from SVCE college reached me to organize a maker party in their college. Then we made a plan to organize this maker party.
Venue : Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Bangalore, Karnataka.
I Started with my fellow mozillians Hemanth and Bhargav in the morning and reached the venue by 10:00 AM . The Organizers came to receive us and accompanied till the Auditorium.
#MozSelfie ;) (Right to Left- Ajay, Bhargav, Hemanth)
We also met Head of the Department of Computer Science in their college and we got a lot of support from them in organizing this event and future events as well.
We also met an open source enthusiast and a member of FSMK (Free Software Movement Karnataka) Mr.Vijay and he also joined us in spreading the word as an open source as he does always.
Initially, an introduction of speakers to the audience was given by me to everyone and gave a clear picture of the agenda that we had planned for them on that day.
Vijay started with Introduction to Open Source by relating with the real time examples of the open source products which included funny examples too, where the audience became more excited!!!
Thus, it was my chance now to make their excitement reach to the peak by introducing them to the Mozilla by the Mozilla Story and then the Mission of the mozilla.
I continued with the Products of the mozilla and then showing them the newly designed page of Get Involved page of Mozilla, which tells how to contribute and what to contribute depending upon their interest.
Showing about the different kinds of projects to them, we moved on to the Webmaker Project and told them about the amazing tools using which they can create, remix, design webpages and create videos using popcorn maker and apps using appmaker.
Initially, we told them to register on the webmaker portal by signing in using persona. Also told them what is persona? and how it works. They were really excited about the persona login. They have created their user profiles on webmaker portal. Since, it was Lunch time, we gave a break for the lunch and informed to come back after lunch.
Post-Lunch, it was really surprising that the attendees are already present and started using the tools. We gave demos on the each tool and then told them to remix the Webpages, create the videos and hack the pages using x-ray goggles. Due to time constraint, we couldn't move on appmaker. We gave them some time and them to remix the webpages and submit in google form.
It was surprising that we got plenty of makes from them. Moving on, i spoke on the Maker Party and how it is organized globally with number of mozillians through out the world. I have displayed the Maker Party Video which i had with me.
Later, i continued with FSA Program, introduced them to the FSA Program, like what is this and how it works and the structure, activities, benefits being an FSA. The thimble make by TJLee was very useful to me in explaning them. Thanks to TJLee.
Then, we had an Q&A session, where we gave them swag for them who answered the questions and later collected the feedback from them. Distributed Swags to all the attendees and they were very happy to see the Laptop Stickers and Badges. The Feedback Video can be seen here .
Moving on, we had a Photo Session with the participants and it was really fun meeting them and sharing the knowledge with them. The Organizers and the FSA team were very happy for organizing this and wants to organize more such events from Mozilla.
Then we bid a good-bye to them by saying "Bye-Bye Mozillians".
Hack the MDN and Celebrate Firefox’s 10th Anniversary
birajkarmakar on November 12, 2014 07:02 PM
Now I am back with blog post.
This was my first MDN event in my life. I am very glad that I have organized it successfully on 09 NOV 2014. This event was not only MDN event but also we had done our Firefox’s 10th Anniversary celebration in kolkata. Let me tell more about this event.
The agenda of this event :
Brief discussion about MDN
How to start hacking in MDN
Intro to MDN glossary
let’s hack on MDN glossary elements together
Celebrate Firefox’s 10th Anniversary
Continue hacking on MDN glossary element
Group photo session and swag distribution
So, we have started this event at 11.00 am. Ohh ! sorry I forgot to tell one thing I have made one #MDNglossaryHackingKit for this event. So first I shared this kit with all the participants. Then started with “Brief discussion about MDN” and gave a description about basic things of Hacking MDN. Now jumped into MDN glossary. In the mean time, there were some question & answer round between me and participants . So every participants excited to hack the glossary element . So we started hacking ……………
First I taught them about “How to tag glossary item”. And then I came infront of them with the bunch of Glossary items which need to be tagged from missing tags . And they completed almost 68 missing tags article within half an hour.
After lunch we again started with “How to write new glossary element”. Then we took prioritized missing glossary elements and started writing missing articles together from Here . And we completed the first draft of all these within one and half an hour. Now those glossary elements are in review queue.
New dashboard and a first VIP action item: documenting impact
Rosana on November 12, 2014 02:39 PM
We’re very proud to announce that we have a new Reps Dashboard that lists your action items! You will be able to find most of the action items that you have in the Reps program, it will help you organize your activities and plan better your time. We’re also hoping that this will help mentors and council members manage the work load, be able to prioritize and ultimately keep the program running smoothly.
Check out the dashboard and let us know your thoughts. We know there might be some improvements to be done, so your feedback will help us figure this out.
This dashboard comes at the perfect time, we have a first mission for ALL Reps and the dashboard will allow you to do this in no time. We want to understand the impact of the Reps program in 2014 so we are asking all of you to please update ALL the post event metrics for this year. It won’t take much time and at the end you’ll help us articulate better the impact that we’re having with the Reps program. We are introducing text fields, so that you can add important links to your post events metrics. So any links to the makes created, the press articles generated, the social media impact would be of great help!
Help us understand how much reach your event had. How many people attended, how many people did you reach on social media, how many through press articles or blog posts? Let’s work together on making the impact of our work understandable. We have so much to be proud of, let’s document it!
This afternoon I met with a group of parents – a group of fantastic, involved parents who want to learn, understand, and just – ‘get‘ what their middle-school aged children need from them to navigate and survive the web. At least that’s my take on what they were expecting.
These are also very good friends of mine: home-schoolers, public-schoolers, farmers and many industries of experience between us - we had our first babies at together, second babies together – and we’ve supported each other through many a thing. This time, we gathered as a pot-luck with childcare to talk about the web . We covered Webmaker.org resources tools, the concept of transparency, openness, open web, sharing, coding, data and cyber safety among so many other small things.
I think Mozilla Lightbeam most triggered their interest, as well as the concept that our role as parents – isn’t simply a task of teaching kids to navigate the web build for by others – but to remix, oppose, listen-to and follow instincts about what does and doesn’t feel right; Teaching what it feels like to be ‘free’ on the web, and what it feels like to be a product can better prepare our kids to advocate for that freedom.
‘Intuition and the Web’. A take-away phrase.
We also came up with an idea of ‘Block Watch’ for monitoring bullying in middle-school – which , why not, make this a peer run program?
Anyway, I wasn’t planning to blog about this except I had one phone call tonight where my friend said this, and it almost left me teary.
“I came expecting to learn about technical ways to block content on the internet, I left understanding this is an issue of literacy.”
It felt like I made a difference. Parent’s really need this conversation.
MozFest encapsulates many of the crazy wonders of Mozilla and every year new ideas emerge, new projects are created and new communities come together. 2014 was a great year for Reps; not only have the Reps lead many of the maker parties in the summer, but they are also pushing the Mozilla mission forward in every corner of the world. Having the Reps in London added expertise from all our communities
We would have loved to invite everyone who has been doing wonderful things around the Webmaker projects, but unfortunately we had a limited number of invitations. In London we had a great mix of passionate Reps from all around the world making us so proud of this incredible community who will share their experiences with everyone who couldn’t attend this year.
This year the Reps made a very significant contribution to MozFest! Not only did they facilitate many sessions, including one on community building, but they kept the show going in the background. Big kudos to Robby and all the MozFest helpers. On Sunday Reps literally saved the day! As the fox arrived with a bag full of 1000 phones the Reps (a.k.a Marcia’s flashing Gurus) spent Sunday flashing every phone ensuring that the participants of MozFest had the latest version.
The Flashing Gurus in action
It is very humbling to see the energy, the kindness and the commitment of the Reps and we got a lot of recognition, from Mark and Mitchell on the main stage routing for Reps and wearing their Reps hoodies and from the Mozilla community and our friends.
The Reps on the ground also inspired and were inspired by the other participants and brought all the local experiences to MozFest. It is this mix of hands-on work and diversity that opens the horizons for all of us who care about the web and think that this is a critical time to defend the open web and imagine a future where everyone can make active use of this tool for the good of everyone.
We know that the Reps will take their experiences and ignite the Mozfesters in their communities to get together and imagine the world we want to live in. One great example is how our Reps in East Africa pioneered the first MozFest outside of London. This is an exciting model, where Reps and Mozillians take the lead and bring the Mozilla spirit to hundreds of people. And we know that more of this greatness will come in 2015!
There are some amazing blog posts about Mozfest, from the personal experiences of everyone to great descriptions of the sessions, I recommend you check them out. Andre’s blog post is a great read to understand all the amazing things going on at MozFest and how the energy in Ravensbourne leads to so many new ideas. From other Reps we have great blog posts about their experience of MozFest:
One HUGE thanks to Ioana and Christos who were Chief Reps Wranglers and shined with professionalism, enthusiasm and made us all have a lot of fun. Also, pro tip, if you want to start a party, get some Reps to dance on stage
Majda Nafissa Rahal (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 08, 2014 08:36 PM
A few days ago I stepped down as a mentor in the Mozilla Reps program. I had been a mentor for more than two years, worked with around 15 mentees (overall) from all regions, cultures and... timezones! As with all-things-Mozilla, I learned a lot in the process. As I am saying goodbye (hopefully a temporary one), I wanted to reflect quickly on my most important takeaways.
1. Push vs. Pull approach to mentorship. It's all in the name. In the push-style mentorship, you act as an external force trying to move an object, to push it in a certain direction. In the pull-style approach, you act as a quiet force waiting to be solicited to exert power in a certain direction. For a less technical analogy, I like the following definition: - “Push” - directive: solving someone's problems for them.
- “Pull” - non-directive: helping someone to solve their own problems.
In my short experience, I have found the pull approach to be much more effective. You can only push someone so much, and if you find yourself consistently having to push, then something is clearly not working. In the pull style, you remove yourself as a bottleneck, you're here when your help is needed, the relationship flow is seamless.
2. Defining the relationship from the get-go. The concept of mentor bears different meanings in different cultures. In a global community, it is critical that you be upfront about what this mentorship relationship means. In the context of Mozilla reps, I made it a point to ask my mentees to consider me as a friend before anything else. I am not an administrative superior, I am not here to give orders, I am here to guide and offer opportunities to grow.
3. Patience and time. I see time as a two-dimensional factor here: - Mentorship, like any relationship, develops over time. Patience will pay dividends. - Mentorship is time-consuming. Think about it before committing. And when you do, commit for real.
4. Listening is the key. In so many occasions, listening trumps talking. Helping others is a lot more about listening to their needs than it is about imposing your own views of "what works". More often than not, the answer lies there.
5. Availability. A mentor that is not available will not be effective. I cannot stress how important that is. If a mentee doesn't find you when in need, it sets a bad precedent for relying on you in the future. This is actually the reason why I am leaving today, I cannot be as available as before which makes me rather useless as a mentor.
Now from the other side of the equation, as a mentee, learn to grasp the untold. "Actions speak louder than words" as the saying goes. So much mentorship is implicit, a mentor tells you more by her behavior than by her words. Be someone who observes critically, and who learns through observation.
To all my mentees, thank you for being awesome Mozilla reps and for teaching me so much! I apologize for any shortcomings on my side, we are all learning :)
Last month, I had the pleasure of being one of the speakers at FSOSS 2014, one of the largest Open Source events in North America.
FSOSS is already at its 13th iteration and it has been growing over the years. Hosted at Seneca College, this year’s event had a slew of topics in Open Source, including NoSQL, Social Engineering, Linux, Mozilla Webmaker, and Firefox OS.
I definitely had fun giving my talk, and as you would see on the video, the participants did have a great time too. I’ve given over two dozen talks in the last decade or so, but this was the first time I included improv, which made it more awesome.
I did have some minor flubs (contrary to what you may hear, there are NO perfect talks!), but I’ll take this experience and be a better public speaker even more.
Guides is a program to help brand new and potential contributors orient themselves, choose a pathway, and gain confidence in the early days of contribution. Guides themselves play a critical role in helping new contributors overcome both common and personal obstacles, through mentorship. Guides curate content, and resources for their functional area (like coding, testing, writing), but anyone from the community interested in helping new contributors find their way are very welcome.
Guides is currently linked from the email auto-responder, new contributors receive after expressing interest in a functional area. That link takes them directly to the corresponding forum (like Journalism) where they can ask questions. In the two weeks since we’ve launched we’ve had a trickle of new contributors come in and ask questions, which has been great learning for us . Behind the scenes, I’ve been having many conversations about Guides, and so - disrupted by Mozfest this call community call was packed with information. Our calls will run every 2 weeks , and here are the highlights for those who missed, or are want to get involved!
Discourse Best Practices & Things We’re Learning
As we often do with community projects – we’re learning what works best as we go. And working to teach new contributors using Discourse is no exception – here are some of the things we’re learning.
Note: I am currently seeing if there is interest in attending an online Train the Trainer event : ‘Teaching Beginners in Technology‘, if you are a Guide you can express interest HERE. Otherwise please reach out to me directly.
Think like a beginner
As Guides and experienced contributors, we’re immersed in the language of Mozilla ie: ‘grab a bug’, or using ‘Gaia’ instead of FFOS implies a level of knowledge contributors may not(probably won’t have) when they arrive. Thinking like a beginner means initial instructions for contributing to FFOS *could be:
Create Bugzilla Account . Bugzilla is how FFOS tracks tasks.
If you don’t already have one , create a Github Account. Here’s a git tutorial.
Checkout the Architecture documentation to understand what’s involved (etc)
Guides & Forum helpers have a lot of experience, but really positioning a contributiong for success means investing in, and understanding their reasons for getting involved. Do they want to learn? What skills are they most interested in sharing? By asking questions, and not making assumptions we are be better mentors. It’s also OK to admit you don’t understand, or ask someone else to help you – mentorship is as much about learning as teaching.
Invite Participation & Questions Through Story Telling.
One of the early success stories of Guides is the Journalism Forum. Jennie Halprin, Journalism Guide has been inviting participation by sharing the work she’s doing each week for the Mozilla Newsletter. By posting the the stories of her work, people are excited and can literally ‘see’ what opportunities are available. Jennie is also referencing specific user names of those who have reached out – which again, just very very engaging.
I’m challenging all Guides to think of what ‘stories’ they can tell about their functional area to invite the same level of conversation. With the upcoming launch of Firefox 10 – I’m sure there are a few things we can come up with to invite code, testing, writing, security and webmaker contributors in.
On the more technical-fail side of things, many Guides realized they were not getting notices when their forum had questions posted - and we did a quick walk through of updating participation in Forums as ‘Watching’, with this quick screenshot of what that looks like. I also recommend ‘watching’ these forums, no matter your role:
In the initial template for Guide Launch, I asked that each functional area contain: Guide Introductions, FAQ & Resources. Here’s how those are shaping up:
Guides Introductions : Title Changed to simply ‘Introductions’ for each area. People arriving didn’t really grasp what ‘Guides’ where, and really everyone introducing themselves in the same place (Guide or Not) , makes complete sense to me.
FAQ : Removed entirely for now – this as a topic was confusing people, and being empty (something we are building but don’t yet have) gave an inactive feel. We can figure these out later when we actually have lists compiled
Resources: In effort to avoid the duplication of information that is the Mozilla universe, we are moving away from linking resources in our forum topics, and will be leveraging the Learning Resources Wiki that Christie has been working on. Guides, functional area stewards and – anyone with resources specific to new contributors can add Learning Resources, and Guides will simply link to a ‘view’ of relevant resources.
Coming Soon & Thinking About
We’re taking ideas for Guides Logo, so far we have only two : ‘Compass’ and ‘Dino Guiding Dinos’ Please add your ideas to the meeting etherpad, or in comments to this post.
Contribution Learning Series
After running an Open Hatch & Contribution to Mozilla session recently at the University of Victoria, and through the Guides experience, I realize how important it is to provide some training on the most basic skills needed to get started. But also how important the ‘human’ and ‘learn by making’ opportunities are as part of that opportunity, and so I’m putting together some ideas for what a regular series of online learning events could look like (Guides Calendar?). Envisioning everything from a half day ‘Learn Git’ with Open Hatch curriculum session, to a ‘Setting up your Firefox or Webmaker Code Environment’, and ‘Open Source Culture’ (norms of asking for help/waiting for help, claiming bugs etc). All tagged with Web Literacies.
I share this should anyone have feedback, or ideas or want to help visualize.
Very inspired by the work of Renee Cheung & Yvan Boily with Kitherder – I am evaluating this and hope to chat with them both about how we can (eventually) think about mentorship matches as a part of Guides. Again, sharing this should anyone want to help with that – or have ideas.
Scrollback.io & IRCloud
As web-based IRC widgets – people can use to get started asking for help in IRC, without the initial learning curve of working with IRC Clients & Terminology. We’re thinking about putting this in Discourse, but still need to test. Also it was (rightly) suggested that we ensure that learning a web-widget isn’t more, or the same work required to just – learn IRC. Will test!
Guides Landing Page
The Guides profile will increase soon, as we hope to put the link to forums right on the ‘Thank you Page’ of the Get Involved process. This means we’ll get busier, and now more than ever is the time to visualize the quality of helping and boarding new contributors.
It was great Michal from Sumo was on the call asking about how to direct contributors between Sumo and Guides, and so this is on my list this week to reach out and agree on where one helping forum ends, and the other begins.
So I left the call with a few asks of Guides & Helpers
Please introduce yourself (if you haven’t already) on the Introductions portion of the Guides Forum
For those areas you know you can help (and this is for anyone, not just Guides), please select ‘Watch’ on the topics – and you will be properly notified.
Please collecting resources for your area, so we can add them to the Learning Resources Wiki (soon, once we’re ready).
Think of ways you can invite participation through storytelling in your contribution area – again, see Journalism for some ideas on how that’s working for Jennie.
We were a small group today, and I realize that is a time zone problem sometimes, so I’ll stagger the times between 7AM PST & 10 AM PST to hopefully reach a few more people – Calls are listed in the Wiki. A reminder to Guides you are not able to continue contribution to please let me know – it’s important we cover any gaps to avoid sadness of contributors asking questions without response.
This was a call full of information and I’m so grateful and excited to be working with all of you to help teach and Guide contributors into happy and successful contribution at Mozilla!
Robbie has been leading volunteers at MozFest for the second year, he is the personification of what Reps can do, be and influence. Robbie was one of the hardest working Reps at MozFest. His help at MozFest was above and beyond, there were about 50% less volunteers than expected and he was obviously on top of that, with a smile – always.
While we had a lot of Reps attending MozFest in London this year, there were others doing an amazing work on their home countries as well. During September and October, Jeff has been traveling around Colombia hosting webmaker parties non-stop. It’s just amazing the amount of work that he has been putting into making this happen to teach students and people around his country how to be a Maker.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 10:58 AM
This post is regarding my experience when I came for Live Telecasting of Election duty from my college (JITS Warangal) and did an awareness program on Mozilla.
I went to a near by Zilla Parishat (जिला परिषद्) School for my duty. Along with me I have Anil (my classmate ) and 14 students from SR Engineering College. We were there for Live Telecasting of Election duty.
After lunch I started interacting with all the students and while introducing myself, I said - I am Ajay Kumar Jogawath from Jayamukhi Institute of Technological Sciences, and as well I am Mozilla Student Representative from Warangal Community, and I explained about my work role, about 'volunteering work', to make curiosity then I briefly explained about some interactive live projects like browser testing, solving bugs, helping peoples, Localizing, MozCamp. ;)
Now, the actual discussion started About Mozilla Then I started explaining them about Mozilla and Open source. and then I gave explanation on Mozilla Projects which are on the get involved page of Mozilla. Here is the link http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/contribute/
Then I said about the club which we have in our college and the events we did in the past year.
Later the discussion went to a technical one. A student from SR asked how this is useful for technical Students. Then I gave the answer with the Mozilla Webmaker Projects. I explained about the webmaker tools which are thimble,hackasaurus and popcorn.
Anil explaining about the thimble by how to create a webpage using a thimble.
After the completion of Webmaker, anil dealed with NEMO projects and spoke about the Localisation Projects. It was a great experience to me seeing all the young enthusiastic students at one corner.
Finally I thanked all of them for their interest in attending this session. Regards, Ajay Kumar Jogawath Proud to be a Mozillian
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 10:57 AM
Warangal is city near to hyderabad, being with one of the most interested students for open source, and interested in Mozilla.
I am Ajay Kumar Jogawath MSR (Mozilla Student representative) from Warangal organized the MozCafe event at warangal on 13th January 2013, as my first Mozcafe Meetup. I could do this with another MSR Mani Raj who helped me in organizing this. About Six members from different Colleges attended this and We gave a session on the above topics.
This MozCafe meetup was intended to knowing about:
Projects and Getting Started
Mozilla student Representative(MSR)
Support and Rewards.
Finally We felt very happy after organizing this and We feel proud to take further meetups regarding Mozilla. we'll be hosting more events shortly. Thank you.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 10:55 AM
This Blog is about sharing my experience of my event Maker Party with My Students. The Maker Party Started at 6:00 P.M. The Maker Party was with the students whom I teach daily School Subjects. But this day was for Mozilla. I explained about What Mozilla is and its browser and also the projects and products of Mozilla. https://www.facebook.com/events/543311392401747/ Later I started explaining about Webmaker Project and tools(thimble , hackasaurus and popcorn). The Attendees were 1) Harish 2) Arun 3) Ramu 4) Aditya 5) Kamal 6) Sai 7) Akash 8) Prem
I started showing the example of how to create a make by signing into a persona account. Then after showing aditya was very much excited to create a webpage. But he was stucked and asked me on what topic shall I create webpage.
Students asking to me about mozilla
Aditya said lets start now itself I want to create a webpage now. We started creating the webpage by adding the image of firefox os logo and some information regarding the firefox os we collected and created webpage. After seeing the output, he was very happy and started shouting "Yahoo!!! I Created Webpage , I created webpage for the first time ". I can see lots of excitement in him.
Student, Aditya creating webpage using thimble
He was surprised to see how can easily make webpage here, and webpage preview show simultaneously.
webpage created by him
Since it was raining here, there was a power cut, i couldn't continue the session, but students were very much excited about this Maker Party and they want more parties to be conducted so that they can also create webpages on their own.
Successfully done web maker party
Ramu said " Webmaker projects and tools are really amazing"
Harish said that " i want to work for Mozilla by involving in webmaker projects"
Arun said " I am waiting for the Firefox Operating System launch in India"
Finally the event was a kickoff with schools students. Thanks Mozilla #MozillaFirefox #TeachTheWeb #MakerParty #MozillaClubWarangal
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 10:54 AM
MozParty@Warangal This is Ajay Kumar Jogawath from Mozilla Club Warangal posting about my experiences in contribution to Mozilla.
My Journey towards Mozilla Started when I was invited to my Colleague Imran's Event MOZPARTY @ WARANGAL
This event was celebrated as end of the mozilla summer code party campaign. This event mainly concentrates on mozilla's mission, it's products and it web maker projects.
In this event I got to know about the Webmaker projects like Thimble , Hackasaurus and Popcorn .Those were really awesome designing webpages using Thimble and hackasaurus look liked a magic and popcorn to make cool videos.
Imran and Hema Mozilla Reps from Mozilla Club Warangal(also my colleagues) explained about the Thimble, Hackasaurus and Popcorn. All the attendees were very much excited.This cake was the remark of my first Mozilla event as an attendee and also we have a group pic of all attendees .
From Right to left Kranthi,Maniraj,Hemanth,Ajay, Imran,Swetha,Hema,Poojitha and Ramya
We all had a great time learning the tools and had lots of fun . Had a Great Time :)
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 07:04 AM
This blog is regarding the Mozilla community meetup which was held on Dec 28th 2013 at Bits & Bytes Institute, Hanamkonda, Warangal. Facebook Event Page: Mozilla Meetup Warangal
Many Mozillians turned up to the meet and started with introduction of everyone. We introduced each other with our past experiences with Mozilla,and our contribution in various projects. Even the new mozillians who turned up for the meet introduced themselves and shared their passion in Mozilla.
Later, we started with the Action Plan of 2014
"Action Plan 2014"
1.Get more code contributors 2.Increase the number of Reps to improve proper mentorship 3.Improve the global outreach to mozillians blog and MCW Facebook Group 4.Increase the number of people literate about the web and higher number of open source contributions 5.Increase the number of big events to be held to at least 4 a year 6.Application level milestones 7.Increase the number of users of Dev Tools and Firefox 8.Increasing contributors in the field of Publicity and marketing 9.Involve more people into Mozilla’s vision and mission 10.Firefox App Dev Rockstars
We also divided the projects into teams and any of the mozillian who is experienced with the project gonna lead that project so that it will be easy for the newbies to get into their interested project. Here is the image of the teams we made.
After discussing about the action plan we started with the problems faced regularly by the community and started noting them on the board and the list was as follows
1) How to get started 2) Publicity & Team 3) No of events 4) Outreach 5) Expansion of Community 6) Social Media 7) Communal Mentor for newbies 8) FSA Program 9) Retain Contributors 10) community mailing list 11) Specific Points of Contact 12) Mozilla.org 13) Content Management System (CMS) 14) womoz 15) Stars/Icons 16) Event Managing 17) Firefox OS Apps 18) Web dev Team l10 19) Own Budget
After noting the problems we started resolving each problem by knowing each other views that what has to be done to improve the community. Then we discussed about retaining the contributors.Reasons for not having regular meetups and low attendance in meetups, discussed about that.
Finally we discussed about the 4 big events which MCW is planning this year which includes a big outreach program for all the colleges in Warangal though we planned to conduct outreach program in every college in every month(min 2 colleges). Next we planned for another big event,a WoMoZ event which includes app development and guest lectures and then App-days and a training event for all the FSA's. We planned during which months we need to organize these and we also have dates fixed in the dairy. Then we had a group photo of all attendees.
This meetup was very much useful because we could finally make the road map for the community and execute it as per the plan we made. Thanks to all for attending the meet and making it a worthful meet and special thanks to hemanth for the Venue because we were badly in need of venue, Thanks Hemanth!!!!!! and yea finally Happy Prosperous New Year to all :) :)
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 07:03 AM
It was Jan 18th and Firefox OS App Days in Hyderabad. I with my fellow FSA Bhargav started from Warangal to Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad. We reached there prior to the start of the event. There i met Vineel Reddy , Srikar Ananthula , Srikanth Namu (Mozilla Reps) and Santosh, FSA from Sreenidhi Institute.
As usual the inauguration started by littting the candle and then Dignitaries from college gave talks on the appdays and then Vineel Sir spoke on the Mozilla Community and then Srikar addressed the gathering.
Later, as per the agenda
Srikar started with Introduction to Mozilla and then introduction to HTML5 session by Raghu and then Introduction to Firefox OS by Jay Kashyap
During the Lunch Session Vineel Sir and all FSA's had a small gathering in which all FSA's in and around hyderabad have introduced themselves and asked queries they have regarding the FSA Program.
Later we had the lunch and then the coding fun has started everyone started discussing about the app and then started developing apps.
One Student was very much excited to know about the FSA club and its activities and he interacted with me for half an hour about how to get into Mozilla Projects and then how to grow a local community
I explained him about the structure of the FSA Program which is listed on the Mozilla Wiki Page. Then it was the time for Firefox Dinner and we all had a north + south Indian dinner With Roti,Sabji and Biryani.
This was the #FirefoxDinner Moment where all the Organising team of SNIST Firefox Club along with Mozillians from Hyderabad and Warangal were having the dinner.
After dinner, inorder to continue the interest we played some TED talks and some interesting games were played inorder to make everyone awake and do coding for their firefox apps.
In the morning, the apps came as a surprise!!! There were 16 apps which were given demos by 16 teams and were uploaded into Firefox MarketPlace and it was time for distributing the goodies (#swag) Later a cake was ordered previously and we got it at the exact time after completion of event. Then everyone had cake and then had some quick group photos with Organizing team ICC(pronounced as Team IC Square) and with the head of College and all the participants. Finally the event was a great success. Congrats to Firefox Club SNIST. Here we have Facebook Event Page
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 07:02 AM
I am Ajay Kumar Jogawath, a mozillian and now a "Firefox Student Ambassador" too. I got to know about the Firefox Student Ambassador few months ago and got registered for it. Recently When the complete program was restructured as the first five activities of FSA(Firefox Student Ambassadors) , i got a clarity about the program and started with the first activity
Then i did a thimble page of my biodata nothing about introduction about myself. Here is the Thimble Page https://ajay-jogawath.makes.org/thimble/my-biodata
Later, i made myself social by liking the facebook page of Firefox Student Ambassadors , following FSA on Twitter @mozstudents and the Google+ Community.
I have attended Firefox OS App Days and have interacted with the FSA's of Other Cities and discussed about what activities are exactly happening in their Firefox Club and many of them didn't do anything till now and were asking what is the very first thing that need to be done. The Best Part of this event was i met Vineel sir who guided us on our questions and queries. Thanks a lot to Vineel Sir.
When i checked the FSA Directory for a Firefox Club, i can see that a club is already registered with a name called "Jayamukhi Firefox Club". Then i joined in that club as a member.
After doing these five activities i claimed for an open badge and then got a cool open badge for FSA
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 07:01 AM
I am Ajay Kumar Jogawath, Firefox Club Lead - "Jayamukhi Firefox Club" hosted the FSA Meetup on Feb 04,2014 in the College Canteen.
This was an informal meetup of the students who have registered for the Firefox Student Ambassadors and not yet started with any activities as everyone was unaware of the wiki page. In this meet, i started with my introduction as the Club Lead for Jayamukhi Firefox Club and told about the projects that i am contributing. Then i asked them to introduce everyone. Everyone started introducing themselves and then i started with the Introduction of Mozilla, because i directly cannot go into the FSA Program.
So, i gave a glance about Open Source, Mozilla, its Projects and Products. Then i told them about the Firefox Student Ambassadors Program. Only few were registered for the FSA Program, so i told them first to get register for the FSA Program by going through the above link
Then i told them to complete the first five activities that an FSA should do after getting registered .
https://wiki.mozilla.org/StudentAmbassadors/Activities/Startup_Guide Startup_Guide I gave it as a Start-up guide to all the FSA's.
Then i talked about the recognition that they get as an FSA by explaining the above link Recognition to FSA
Later on, i have shown them the cool videos of Mozilla,the first one was the Mozilla Story Video, and everyone was very much excited by watching the video and one of them Aravind asked about how we can get involved into the Mozilla Projects and actually what projects that mozilla has??
Here comes the actual question and then i explained them about the Get Involved Page of Mozilla
Many of them were very much interested in Webmaker may be because of the demo that i have showed them, they got excited by the thimble webpages and the x-ray goggles.
Later a small brief about the projects from SUMO i.e., Army of Awesome, Support Forum and the Localization (KB )
And Finally, i concluded with the I am a Mozillian video of Mozilla Summit, they were feeling happy by seeing Indian Mozillians saying I am so and so and i am a mozillian.
Finally, at the end of the meetup, everyone said their name and "from now i am a mozillian too". I really felt very happy because of this meetup was a successful one because we have planned it just half-an-hour back. Now, that we have a good number of contributors and FSA's are asking more about Mozilla, i am planning for my next meetup very soon.
Best Regards, Ajay Kumar Jogawath, Firefox Club Lead, Jayamukhi Firefox Club, Proud to be a Mozillian
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 07:00 AM
I am here to share my experience about the meetup that was organized today in Asian Mall,Warangal.
The Students( also FSA's -Firefox Student Ambassadors) Wanted to start a club in their college. So they want to inaugurate the club officially in their college.
So, they contacted me and asked to arrange a meet in which they get to know more about the Open Source, mozilla , its projects and how to get involved in projects of mozilla.
So, i (ajay) along with Hemanth and Bhargav, organized this meetup so that they can know more about the mozilla, how to start a club, how the FSA Program going in in other cities, states and countries. Then the activities like Webmaker, localization, app of the month contest were discussed one by one. We also told them about the recent apps that we made in this month "App of the Month" Contest.
Here are the links of the apps, which we told to them.
Then,i shared about how a club is formed and how to share the responsibilites of a club by involving in different club roles.
Then, they asked some questions like how to organize a big event in their college, if so whom to contact for organizing an event and some few questions, which was like a queries session, me hemanth and bhargav answered to their questions and then planned about the event i.e., Inauguration of Firefox Club in their college and the sessions we are planning on that and then we winded the meetup.
And then Yay!! We had a group Photo with all enthusiastic mozillians.Here it is
Waiting for Feb 25th to inaugurate the club in their college, and getting more contributors from Mozilla Club BIES. I thank Sonu Sandeep, Bala Subrahmanyam, Vijay Martha, Sai Sharan for their interest in mozilla, and Hemanth and Bhargav always being at the back of me by supporting always. Thank You all.
Mozilla Meetup - A Pre-inaugural Meetup for KITS Fox Club
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 06:59 AM
I am here to share you all about the meetup held on February 11th 2014. Today, we had an informal meetup with mozillians of KITS Warangal. So, the mozillians wanted to inaugurate the Firefox Club i.e., KITS Fox Club Offcially. So, they had many questions about the mozilla and all stuff.
So, Mozilla Reps Hema Bhanu spoke about Open Source, Open Web and made them know about Open Source. Then it was my turn to speak, introduced about the open source project i.e., Mozilla to them, I spoke about What is Mozilla, its mission and projects of mozilla, they were very much interested and excited to start their contribution in mozilla.
. It was really a great interaction with all the enthusiasts of mozilla. We had Pujith, Spoorthy, Keerthi, Indraneel, Anusha and Satheesh and they were like very much interested to contribute in mozilla. we wished them for getting into open source and we are planning a inauguration of their club in college. Eagerly waiting for that event. Then we had a group photo at the end of meetup.
Thanks Hemanth and Bhargav for always being support for me and Hema Bhanu (Mozilla Reps) for motivating the new mozillians. Other Blogs related to this are:
Inauguration of Firefox Club - KITS Firefox Club (KFC)
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 06:58 AM
This Blogpost is about my experience during the inauguration of Firefox Club at Kakatiya Institute of Technological Sciences. This was the output of the meetup Mozilla Meetup with KITS Students Where new mozillians like Pujith, Spoorthy, Keerthi, Indraneel, Anusha and Satheesh took the initiative of Starting a Firefox Club in their College.
This Inauguration Started with the Speech of Head of Department, Dr. P. Niranjan. The talk was amazing made us get inspired.
After Inuaguration, it was Hema Bhanu's turn to speak about Open Source, FOSS and its importance and then started about mozilla and its projects. Later talked about WoMoz.
Girls became enthusiastic by listening to WoMoz Session and that happens everywhere.
After Hema, Sudheesh grabbed a white board and started explaining all the geeky stuff. From data structures to projects available in Mozilla everything was covered by him. The best part was that he helped the students to relate what they have learnt so far to the needs of the industry. His talk on firefox and bugzilla was definitely a piece of cake.
Then it was my turn to speak about the Firefox Student Ambassador Program. I told about the activities that an FSA should do and the projects that they can get involved as an FSA.
And then a girl asked we as electronics student, how can we contribute to Mozilla, then i answered by starting with Webmaker Project because we need not to know any programming language for this. Because Webmaker provides basic templates where everything is very easily documented so that even school children can understand the basic tags in html. The, told about the Webmaker tools i.e., Thimble,Popcorn and x-ray goggles using which we can make some cool stuff. It was nice interating with the students.
After completion of sessions, we had a feedback session where all the students spoke positive about the sessions, that made us very happy. Later we have distributed swags by asking some questions regarding the session. After Swag Distribution, we then had a group picture.
After group photo, everyone left and then we had the group photo with the organizing team of event and the new mozillians and my fellow Mozillians Hemanth , Bhargav and Hema
Now,students from various colleges are requesting us to come to their college and inaugurate a club. This is really one of the best moments when we are requested to come to their college as a mozilla representative and told to speak about mozilla. This year has been very good to me because from right from January when we made the Action Plan 2014, and i am happy that we are moving as per the Mozilla Action Plan 2014 by getting more and more contributors from engineering colleges all over the city. Thanks Sai Kiran , Sudheesh , Meraj Imran and Hema Bhanu for always supporting me and Hemanth and Bhargav for always being with me.
Awaiting for the Inauguration of Firefox Club in Balaji Institute of Engineering Sciences on March 4th 2014. Yahoo!!!
As recently, we had inaugurated a Firefox Club in Balaji Institute of Engineering Sciences, the mozilla fever was on, and students of BIES club were enthusiastic in learning more about the mozilla. The event started at 10:00 am when Mozilla Reps Hema Bhanu Started with a Kickoff session including the topics like how to get involved in mozilla, then FSA and then womoz for girls.
Then it was time to start with the webmaker session, as many of them just know that webmaker is a project of mozilla to create webpages, videos and hack webpages, but they did not have hands on experience with them. So, i started giving Demo's on Thimble , Popcorn and x-ray goggles one after the other.
After showing the demo's on Webmaker tools i asked them to form a group of 4-5 members as we dont have laptops with everyone and then we told them to create their own webpages or remix the templates present in the Website www.webmaker.org
Later, they started creating makes by forming group.
BIES Club Team
KU Firefox Club and Team
Sai Sharan and Vijay Martha
Bala and Team
We gave them half an hour time after the completion of demo and then we closed the entries of the makes in the etherpad.
The following are the makes which we got in this event.
I really felt very happy that the maker party turned out to be a productive one with lots of makes with creative thoughts. Later Nikhil from Sathyabhama Firefox Club told about their Kidzilla Project. Some FSA's from Jayamukhi Firefox Club already do some activities by going to school and teach the students of the School, so they asked Nikhil how they can be helpful to join in Kidzilla Project as they are already aware of the school children's understanding towards the technology and the web.
After completion of Kidzilla Project, then we selected the best three makes and awarded them with webmaker tees, also we have some stickers of webmaker and distributed them to all the attendees of the Event.
Students receiving the mozilla webmaker tee.
Sangamithra receiving the webmaker tee from the hands of Institute owner Mr.Sadashiva.
BIES Team also made an awesome make and got a Webmaker tee
Later, Sai Sharan, who was an active FSA from Jayamukhi Firefox Club as well as mozilla club warangal did a popcorn video and awarded with webmaker tee. After, this we had a feedback session, where we got really an awesome response from all the students.
Some said " I never utilized the weekend, this is for the first time, i have gained much knowledge in short time"
One more girl said " She never knew that making webpages and creating Videos with pop-ups is such easy "
and we also got many feedbacks and i was really feeling very happ for this.
An interactive feedback session with the attendees, which was very positive and now the webmaker events are live and we have an awesome venue with systems and internet too, so we will be back with more awesome maker parties. Its time for webmakers to rock.
And Yea!!! now, time for a group photo with a success event.
I thank Mr. Sadashiva sir for giving permission to do this event in their premises and my friends Hemanth, Bhargav, Hema for their continuous support for organizing this events.
I thank Namu Srikanth, Mozilla Rep and Nikhil Patel for giving a session on Kidzilla.
Finally, thanks everyone, i am very happy to be a part of webmaker project.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 06:55 AM
Todays new coverage what i have seen is really made me "happy"!!!
Few months back i got to know about Tablet Contribution Program and i felt very happy and wanted to join in this program. I immediately filled the application form and it was told that after one month the results will be announced and i was waiting
April 1st 2014 2:56 PM An email popped in my inbox and it said that : "Congratulations Ajay Kumar Jogawath,
Welcome to the Firefox OS Tablet Contribution Program! Our team has carefully reviewed of all the applicants and we are excited to have you join us. We will be sending you one of the tablet devices in the coming weeks. We'll also be sending you at least one further email to keep you updated.
The tablet will enable you to join us in this exciting project to shape the future of the open web in tablet form factors. With your help we will be able to greatly improve the quality of Firefox OS on tablet experience to be as good as that on phones. We think you will have a lot of fun and look forward to working with you."
Now, this email made me very much excited and i was really waiting for the tablet to come and start my contribution in TCP Program. After 3 months on July 1st i received the Foxconn Infocus Firefox OS Tablet.
Receiving this from mozilla really made me proud and my college management thanked me for involving in many projects like Localization, Webmaker, SUMO, Firefox OS, Firefox Student Ambassador and leading the Club "Jayamukhi Firefox Club" in my college. All this i could do because of the support that i got from my Team Hemanth Vidyamri, Kodakandla Bhargav,Hema Bhanu,Meraj Imran, Maniraj,Anil Kumar Who have constantly supporting me from the initial stage.
I thank Asa Dotzler, Sammy Tuman and the TCP Team. Thank you . Thank You So Much!!! Happy to be a part of contributions.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 06:53 AM
I am here to share the experience regarding the Webmaker event in my college. An enthusiastic Mozillian , Sai Sharan who have been contributing to Mozilla from the past few months as an FSA was very much excited to speak regarding the Webmaker tools with his fellow students.
On 20th of March, Jayamukhi Firefox Club, had organized an event in JITS. we had a kick-off start with Sai Sharan who is very enthusiastic in sharing his experiences as an FSA.
He Started with the FSA program and then with the Webmaker Project explaining about the thimble, popcorn and hackasaurus tools. Later, it was my turn to make the session interactive.
I just asked them to share,what they learnt from the previous session, a girl stood and spoke about the tools, and said its really very awesome to create webpages. The students who attended were from 2nd year and they were listening to HTML and CSS for the first time and they felt like "Ooh is it so easy to create webpages?? " I said yes!!!
Then, i started with some normal questions, so what you want to do for mozilla ?? how u want to contribute to mozilla?? they were all silent, thats what they were lacking "Awareness"
So, i just started with the basic thing,,,What Mozilla is ?? What is Open Source?? How we can start contributing to open source?? What are the benefits if they work for open source commmunities??So,all these questions, i put them on Board and started explaining one by one.
Later, i started speaking about various projects in mozilla like the Localization,Add-on Development, Web Development, Webmaker and many more. Here comes, the webmaker again. So, i asked again so now u know what the projects are and how u can be a part of them.
Now, i can see the enthusiasm in their faces,i could see the girls count more and so i decided to speak about the womoz project to them, So,i started with the Womoz Session, by encouraging them to come out of the fear,myths and all that they cant do this or that. After speaking about Womoz, i told them to come on the dais and speak about something or just share your experiences,again i can see no one is coming forward to speak. Then, i said, this is what the thing that stops you coming forward. Suddenly, they realized and started coming to dais and started speaking about their experience of the session.
First girl to come forward and speak
Now, we can see one by one coming on to the dais and sharing their experience.
I was really very happy if girls were encouraged, then can do anything!! They were happy to be a part of this session and they want to learn more in the future.
Then, i gave the urls for getting updated with the social networking sites, told them to add them in Official Facebook Group Mozilla India and Mozilla Club Warangal and also told them to follow on Google+ and Twitter.
Next, we are planning for an hands-on session, so that they can create,remix and hack the webpages and also create videos using the popcorn maker.
Apart from that Jayamukhi Firefox Club is planning for
1) Localization Day - Which we will be focussing on Localization Project
2) SUMO Day- We will be focussing on SUMO Projects
3) Firefox OS App Day- for making aware of firefox os apps and make them develop apps.
Finally, after the discussion, we concluded with a group snap.
Finally i was very happy for seeing the interest in the students, hope we will get more contributors in different projects.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 06:52 AM
Today i would like to share my experiences regarding the IRC meet that was organized by Dyvik. This meet was really productive and nearly 25 mozillians(reps,FSA's and Webmaker contributors) have participated in the IRC Meet.
WebmakerIndia IRC Meet is an IRC Meeting where the mission is to spread about the mozilla webmaker project and organize the maker parties throughout India. Maker Parties are events which help us to learn, teach, share and make innovative things using the Webmaker tools like Thimble, Popcorn and X-ray goggles.This is a 6-day IRC meet where we will be solving the issues faced by newbies and those who wants to host maker parties in their region.
The main mission of this IRC Meeting is to make awareness regarding the Webmaker Project throughout the India (29 States and 600 districts ) and organize the maker parties which is going to be kick-off from July 15- Sep 15 2014
Many newbies have attended this and we were successful in answering the queries like how to join webmaker, how to organise a webmaker event. how to host maker parties,etc..,.
Dyvik said about how webmaker is different from other projects
A remix button for everything
A Gallery of makes
Unique URL's and hosting
Also, the concept of Womoz evolved because there are very few womoz in our country and we are planning for the Womoz Webmaker Parties too and that will be updated soon in the above etherpad.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 06:50 AM
Womoz Warangal’14 28th July 2014, Jayamukhi Institute of Technological Sciences, Warangal.
Mozilla Club Warangalin association with Mozilla India have organized a special and a much awaited event named Womoz Warangal'14on July 28th 2014. This event was Especially organized for girls to increase the female contribution in Open Source Communities. The Event have been planned on August 9th 2014,but a shocking news made us to change the date of the event and the shocking news was Hema Bhanu got the Date of Joining on July 31st, so the date was Preponed.
It was cool and rainy day on 28th July 2014, the participants started coming to the venue. After allotting the seats to them, we were waiting for the Chief Guest. Within few minutes after registration, Our Chief Guest Dr.B.Rama Garu, Chair Person, Board of Studies, Kakatiya University, Warangal reached the Venue and now the inaugural function Started.
Inaugural Function started with lighting the Lamp followed by Prayer song. Hema Bhanugave a report of all the Mozilla Club Warangal Activities from the past 2 years and importance of this event being organized only for girls.
Our Staff Co-coordinator,G.Jose Mary, Associate Professor, JITS congratulated the club members for organizing such a big event especially for the women. Also congratulated Ajay and Bhargav for receiving the Firefox OS Tablets.
Dr.Rangaiah, Director of Jayamukhi Group of Institutions felt very happy that many of the women participants not only registered but also came to attend the event and he in his speech said that
“ Upload Talents, Download Future “.
Later, Dr.T.V.R.NReddy, Joint Secretary and A.O., Jayamukhi Group of Institutions and G.Srihari, Principal also encouraged the participants to involve more in Open Source Communities which makes an individual acquire leadership skills.
Dr.B.Rama, the Chief Guest said women’s contribution in IT Sector is very less compare to men even though equal opportunity is provided to men as well as women. Woman drop-outs are more after their graduation and gave SECURITY as a reason for this issue.
After the completion of session, it was time for lunch and we had a yummy lunch and back to the Lab for sessions.We divided the 200 Participants into two tracks
First 100 were sent to Localization lab and remaining 100 were sent to Webmaker Lab. Hema Bhanuhandled the Localization Session along with the support crew Bhargav and Maniraj.
In the other track, it was Webmaker Session and it was handled by me (Ajay Kumar Jogawath, a Webmaker Mentor) with the Support Crew of Bala, Vijay and Sonu.I started by asking how to create webpages, Videos and how to hack or remix a website or webpage. Many answered that using HTML, CSS and JS and yes they were right. Now I introduced the tools of Webmaker to them
 Popcorn Maker
 X-ray Goggles
The audience were happy that using simple Webmaker tools they can create webpages by checking the output on one side and source code on other side. Creating a Web Video inserting the popping of the text, images and animations. Remixing the webpages using the X-ray goggles and creating apps for Firefox OS using Appmaker tool.
Hemanth Vidyamari, a Webmaker Mentor have showed them demos on each of the tool to everyone.
Later, I said them to create a Webmaker profile by signing into the Webmaker Portal using persona and then start remixing the webpages from the gallery section of Webmaker Portal.
Then, I spoke on the most important topic Maker Party which is organized globally throughout the world and how they can be a part of Maker Party by attending, organizing and collaborating with the events.
After Completion of the Parallel tracks of Localization and Webmaker, it was time for Firefox OS App Development. I (Ajay KumarJogawath) along with HemanthVidyamari in one track and SantoshViswanatham (Mozilla Reps) from Hyderabad and BhargavGupta (FSA) from Warangal in another track delivered session on Firefox OS, followed by App Development.
After the completion of Sessions, we had a Feedback Session where different attendees gave a positive feedback saying that “Learnt New things just within few hours”, “Creating Webpages using simple tools”, “Developing Apps is never so easy” and many more.
Feedback was followed by distribution of Certificates and then the closing ceremony with a dance on a song from Himmatwala “Naino Mein sapna sapno Mein sajna, sajna pe dil aagaya, ha sajna pe dil aagaya” and all the participants, organizers, staff and everyone made steps with one another on this song. I got a chance to make few steps with the Director of the College Prof. P. Rangaiah.
Now, it was time for the Photo Session where we had a Group Photo with all the participants, Volunteers, Organizers, Staff and everyone.
Atlast, we waved hands to everyone saying “Good Bye!! See You Again”.
Finally, I would like to thank Mozilla for giving us a chance to organize this event. I would like to thank the College Management JITS for being so supportive in each and every aspect and making this event a huge success. I would like to thank all the Volunteers and organizers who helped in successful running of the event. I would like to thank the Photographer Samarpan Raj for wide coverage of the event. I also thank the media for covering the event on News.
Mozilla India came with an idea of hosting an online maker party to make, learn, teach and share about our Indian culture, history, diversity and every thing that we are proud of.
The Event started at 3:00 PM in the afternoon and i could see many the enthusiasm of many mozillians in creating the makes about the independence day themes.Mozillians collaborated using together.js to create the makes on independence day.
I have collaborated with Hemanth Vidyamari, a Webmaker Mentor from Mozilla Club Warangal and remixed an existing make using together.js. Its really fun collaborating with it. This are the makes we did.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 06:48 AM
After Joining the Mozilla Reps Program, i was feeling very much excited and enthusiastic and wanted to know like how many mozillians from the community " Mozilla Club Warangal" are active and contributing to mozilla. So, i thought of organizing a MozCoffee and named it as " MozCoffee V 1.0 " .
Dyvik Chenna, a Mozilla Reps from Hyderabad was also in warangal and he also joined the MozCoffee. The day before MozCoffee i was with Dyvik and Bhargav ( Mozillian ) and we were discussing about the communities and sharing the works we do in our communities.
Later, we discussed about the problems faced by the community members in general for being active only during event and then disappear. All our ideas were included in the Etherpad .
So, MozCoffee started with around 20 members and started with introduction from attendees.
Dyvik Started by introducing himself and then asked the mozillians to introduce themselves.
Dyvik Started with the Agenda that we have planned. The topics included were 1) Community 2)Development 3)Event Marketing 4)Firefox OS 5)Localization 6)Womoz 7)Webmaker
Dyvik spoke on each of the topic and made them clearly understand to them that how a community works and the kind of projects different people work depending upon their interests. I was documenting the views of mozillians who are not able to contribute to mozilla even they know it from the past 1+ year.
After Dyvik, i started focussing on divide and conquer rule. Like, the one who wants to work for localization form a team, similar with Firefox Apps, Webmaker, SUMO and other projects.They felt this as the best idea. We also had 8 womoz from the Mozilla Warangal now, who are ready to speak and contribute to mozilla,open source. This was the result of Womoz Warangal'14 organized 2 weeks back. Later, concluded by saying that we will have regular offline and online meetups to make the community members more and more involved in different projects of mozilla.
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (email@example.com) on November 02, 2014 06:48 AM
An amazing experience which i felt this week was the "MozRide" to a village i.e., Gangadevipally. Here, me along with Meraj Imran ( Mozilla Reps ) and Hitesh Kumar ( Mozillian) planned to organize an event Maker Party in a Villlage which is one of the best villages in India and it has been awarded as the Model Village.There is 90% of literacy, no alcohol consumption, 100% children going schools, no child labor, purified drinking water at a very low price etc.
This was actually a 2 day event with a train the trainers event where the mozillians were trained how to host a maker party and how they can be a part of mozilla by contributing to different projects.
MozRide to a Village - Gangadevipally
Me, Imran and Hitesh have trained the new people who joined the program upon Importance of Open Source and the Open Web, Mission of Mozilla and Web Maker Project, different ways to contribute to Mozilla, How to host Maker Parties, Web Maker tools, event guides to plan and host Maker Parties themselves. First day was very productive. All the newbie’s who joined us Day 1 are now in a stage to host Maker Parties on their own. All are satisfied with the training.
You can see the foxes are ready to host maker parties
Second day was the Maker Party. We all were set and were very excited to host the event. Gram Sarpanch (A head of the village) has inaugurated the program. Many people of the village have joined us in the event. Children, farmers, Bank Officials, teachers, House wives were all the part of Maker Party.
First Imran have given a brief Introduction to all the people about who we are, what we do as part of Mozilla and how we do. We have made four different stalls where our awesome mozillians were present to give awareness on Open Source, Internet, Open Web, Net Neutrality and Mozilla to the people and the rest of the event was showing them live about what Internet is, how to use the web using Firefox Browser.
Ofcourse, it was a village and we cannot find the internet over there and what we did is? we used paper prototypes – we made a prototype to describe about internet, we used charts to describe about html tags. The second day of the event was also a great success.
Finally we took feedback from the villagers and gave a momento on behalf of Mozilla Warangal. People felt so happy for sharing the knowledge with them.
Best Regards, Ajay Kumar Jogawath Mozilla Reps Webmaker Super Mentor
Ajay Kumar Jogawath (firstname.lastname@example.org) on November 02, 2014 06:47 AM
This time, i have organized a Community Meetup with Warangal Mozillians, where are all the active and core contributors are invited to make the future planning of Mozilla Warangal.
First we have an introductory session, where all the attendees have introduced to everyone. Later, i gave the clear idea of the reason why we all have gathered.
The Main aim of this meetup was to boost up all the existing mozillians in the community as well as recruiting new contributors. From the past events going on in Jayamukhi Firefox Clubs and Mozilla Club BIES, students from other colleges have been requesting us to inaugurate Firefox Clubs in their colleges. So,but there is no particular team and everyone is contributing in random projects. So, i have made four teams and assigned one mentor for each team so that the mentor will be guiding the new contributors in the particular project.
As per todays discussion, the teams and the team mentors are
The Selection has been made based on their past contributions and their knowledge on the particular project. These Guys will be helping the existing as well as the new contributors for their involvement and contribution in the particular Project.
Later, discussed about the IRC Meetings, and the mentor is responsible for organizing an IRC meeting atleast once in a month to encourage new contributors as well as helping the existing contributors. Since we have four projects, every week , we will have one IRC meeting on one topic.
Also fixed some issues on club activties, vouching profiles and swag & budget requests for small events. Looking forward for qualitative contributions from the new Crew :)
As Santosh and Mayur cannot make to this event, Santosh asked me if i am available on that particular date to speak on Mozilla's Mission, Projects and Firefox OS. As a mozillian, i always love to speak on mozilla's mission, openness and projects. I accepted this invitation from Santosh and Planned to speak on Mozilla at Indore Institute of Science and Technology, Indore. I am thankful to Santosh, Mayur and Rishav for giving me chance to speak there on behalf of Mozilla.
Santosh connected me to the local Organizer Shubham Geete who helped me for the next tasks for the event.
It was Sep 5 2014, my tickets got booked and i started in the morning at 5:00 A.M. to the Bangalore Airport. It took almost 10-12 hours of journey to reach the awesome place Indore. I was really feeling refreshed when i stepped out of the Indore Airport. Then, in no time, i reached hotel, got fresh and met Shubham in the evening. We have sorted out the plan and proceedings of the event and checked whether if anything is missing in the event.
Sep 6 2014 - Indore Institute of Science and Technology
I reached the venue with shubham, who was the local mozillian and whole and sole responsible for the event. Kumar Rishav, Speaker on Firefox OS also reached the Venue and then the event started.
The Event Started with introduction of Speakers and i am glad to be a speaker and sitting on the Stage with the college management.
On Stage with College Management and Kumar Rishav
Then, it moved with lighting of lamp and then started with the sessions.
Lighting of Lamp
Then, i started with Introduction of Mozilla, clearly explaining on What is Open Source? What is Open Web? What is Mozilla ? Getting Involved with Mozilla. It was a huge crowd and amazing audience who were very co-operative and enthusiastic to answer the Questions when asked to them.
Me ( Ajay ) in Action
Meanwhile, Shafique, a local mozillian, community leader from Indore and Rahul Talreja, a mozillian from Bhopal Community and an awesome speaker on Appmaker joined us.
Later, introduced Shafique and Rahul to the Audience. Shafique, who is well known to the Indore Community, introduced himself in the regional language making the audience more comfortable with the speakers.
Shafique Patni, Indore Community Leader
Interacted with the audience and asked few questions to them and gave swag to the one who answered correctly.
Now, its time to switch to Firefox OS, Bugzilla, Firefox Apps and Appmaker, so we shifted to the Lab and started with hands-on session. Now,it was Rishav's turn to make the audience feel the Power of Firefox OS.
He Started with Bugzilla and shown them a hands-on how a bug works, how its created and how it helps.
Kumar Rishav's awesome session attracted the developer audience and this made the session very interactive.
Later, started a session on App Development and finally we made them to make their first ever app. "A Firefox App"
Later, we had our Lunch with the awesome mozillians and the organizing team.
Later, we moved back to the lab after the "MozLunch" , there was a session on Appmaker by Rahul Talreja and he made the session so awesome with his live examples and the audience were successful in developing apps using appmaker.
After the appmaker session, we have cleared the queries that the audience had and finally had the closing ceremony by the College management. All the Speaker were honoured with Memento, an award of appreciation from the college, and we were happy to receive it from them.
Later, we had a group pic with all the participants, organizers and all the mozillians.
Finally, i would like to thank some of the awesome people without whom this event cannot be a success.  Santosh, Mayur and Rishav for Planning the event.  Shubham for taking the complete responsibility  College Management for their Support  Shafique and Rahul for their Sessions and Support  And Yes, the awesome audience without whom this event couldn't happen.
Event Venue : Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
It was Sep 27th , i started my journey in the morning via bus to reach the awesome venue VIT University. When i reached the venue, the awesome mozillians Santosh, Rishav, Harsha, Asrith were already came and were waiting for me. Since the event as per the plan should be started in the afternoon. We had our lunch and went to the Auditorium where our audience were waiting for us for the 24 hour hackathon.
Harsha, started his session by introducing the mozilla, its mission, projects and products to the audience. Also shown the videos related to mozilla and one of the video was " I am a Mozillian" which was the summary of Summit 2013, i shared my experiences of Mozilla Summit as i was one of the attendee of it.
Later, the awesome Webmaker+Appmaker tools are introduced by Rishav and Santosh. All the attendees had signed up and started using tools of webmaker and then Rishav shown the demo on the appmaker to them and then we gave them 1 hour time to create makes using Appmaker tool. After completion of Appmaker
After Appmaker, we gave a tea break which was for around 45 min and since it was a techno cutlural fest, we moved to different stalls and watched all the innovative stuff over there.
And even the audience were interested in developing apps and they sat whole night and till morning 6 am they developed apps.
Few Clicks of the night
Then, we gave a break to the students to have some refreshments, breakfast. After 1 and half hour we again Again we gave time to them to complete their apps till lunch and we helped them to complete their apps by using API's . We told them to complete apps before lunch and then showcase their apps by giving a demo on the app they built.
After completion of their demos, it was very tough for us to decide and choose the winners of the appdays and finally we selected three best apps of the event and gave them the Firefox OS Phones to them.
"Winners of the 24 hours hackathon"
After completion of the event, we had a feedback session and the feedback we got was really awesome from them. Many Students were the beginners and they learnt a lot in very less span of time.
The Speakers including me, Santosh, Rishav and Harsha were honoured with token of appreciation. I have the bus just after the completion of event and left back to home. It was really a big experience for me as well as the complete AppDays Team and it was great working with the Developer Engagement Team. Kudos to Santosh, Harsha and Rishav :)
I’m back from my recent trip to Albania and Kosovo and would love to share some of my experiences with you. As you may have previously read here, Mozilla participated in the Software Freedom Kosova conference, which took place between 24-26 October. This was the 6th edition of SFK, with the conference having its roots back in 2009; it has since hosted a lot of well-known international speakers around free and open-source software.
My trip began with flying to Tirana, Albania first, where I was met by local Mozillians and people from Open Labs, the local hard-working and active community whose members spread the love about free and open-source software and content in the region. I was to be joined by Elio, Aleksander, Kristi and also Redon and represent Mozilla at the conference together. That day we had a short meetup on the Open Labs community space and arranged any last details regarding our trip to Kosovo and our presence during the conference. The next day, in the very early morning we took a bus from Tirana and after an about 4 hrs. trip we arrived in Pristina, the capital and also the largest city of Kosovo. That day the event took place in ICK – Innovation Center Kosovo and was filled only with workshops from other invited speakers, so apparently we didn’t have much stuff to do.
Happy moments at the #sfk14 mozilla booth.
The 2nd day of the conference took place in a different venue, the Faculty of Philology of the University of Pristina. Along with the rest guys we set up a very nice booth specialized in Firefox OS, where we showcased a lot of Firefox OS devices including Keons, Peaks, Flames, a Flatfish tablet and also an APC Rock board hooked-up on a LCD Screen. We were there to represent mozilla and our vision for the open web, to run hands-on Firefox OS representations and engage with the public. Of course we had plenty of mozilla swag to give away to all participants.
That day I held a talk titled “Firefox OS – Unleash the Future”. I started with a short introduction to the Mozilla Project and our mission and talked about our most-known products. Then I moved on to Firefox OS, analyzing some of the causes of the project and how Mozilla aims to bring a change to the mobile market. Moreover I did a somewhat deeper dive into the platform itself, describing it’s architecture and the structure of the mobile web apps.
During the web app development workshop.
The last day, the venue changed to the ICK – Innovation Center Kosovo again and we were the first ones to begin with our Firefox OS Web App Development Workshop. I was surprised that nearly all of our audience were students. I had to make a quick adjustment to our workshop schedule and todo list. I started by making a short reference to the Firefox OS architecture again, then talked a bit about the open web apps. Together with the audience we started by building a very simple packaged hello world app for Firefox OS just by writing a few lines of code and a very basic manifest file. We tested the app on the Firefox OS Simulator. Then we moved to the next level, we built a very simple calculator (four basic operations: add, subtract, multiply and divide) web app from scratch using the foundation responsive framework. In the end of a workshop we held a drawing where a lucky winner won a Firefox OS T-Shirt and four other people won Firefox OS-themed executive pens.
Web App Development Workshop – Group photo with some of the participants.
Later that day we left again for Albania by bus. It seems that every good community-related event comes to an end… or not! Since I was staying at Tirana for an extra day prior to going back to Greece we quickly planned a Mozilla Coffee event at the Open Labs community space to get the community together and exchange experiences. I will be soon writing another report for that, so stay tuned.
Summarizing, I believe we had a great impact on the event, although I was expecting more participants to be honest. The guys at FLOSSK however did a very nice job of organizing the event and I wish them good luck on future activities. Thank you for everything guys. And also many thanks to Elio, Aleskander, Kristi and Redon from Mozilla Albania for their awesome help and company throughout SFK. Cheers!
This is a blogpost by Elio Qoshi, Rep and Mozilla Albania’s very own community builder. The blog post is in English.
As with so many open source conferences, Software Freedom Kosova, Kosovo’s biggest FLOSS conference, has turned into tradition after the 2nd edition in 2010. Once something so solid is established it’s hard to abandon it at a certain point. It becomes a common habit of the community.
However, things were a bit different this year, with more and more plans in the agenda of FLOSSK, Kosova’s very own FLOSS community: a super awesome new hackerspace, exciting new times are ahead for the open source movement in Kosovo. Yet, the future of SFK remained unclear, as so many new things kept appearing on the community’s plates.
Luckily, SFK14 was soon after announced, being the 6th edition of the well known FLOSS tradition in Kosovo. Although it was delayed over a month (SFK is usually held in the beginning of September) we from Open Labs Albania, were highly looking forward to it. So we did our preparations accordingly.
On a side note, I would not be able to attend SFK14, due to my invitation at Mozilla Festival London 2014, a major annual event I was invited to by ReMo as a Mozilla Representative. Unfortunately though, my UK visa was refused in the last days so I was unable to attend. Fair enough, I decided to attend SFK14 instead.
I was lucky to get sponsored by Mozilla in such a quick turnaround as I was not expecting to be unable to attend MozFest (thanks to Brian King for the help).
We were happy to await Giannis Konstantinidis in Tirana, as a confirmed Mozilla speaker for SFK. I met Giannis the first time at FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels, where we were sponsored Reps helping out at the booth and DevRoom. It seems some things never change so it was good to see that our stupid jokes and “classy” Albanian humour were as awesome as always.
As part of the Mozilla team, Kristi Progri and Aleksander Koko were chosen to be facilitators together with Giannis and me at SFK14. Together with Redon, also Mozilla Rep from Albania, we had a very solid team from Albania, strengthening the Mozilla presence in Prishtina immensely.
After a 5h long bus trip, we arrived at Han Hostel in Prishtina (which I highly recommend, super cool staff, great accomodation and very cheap).My mom told me to stay warm, which I remembered of course.
We were prepared with jackets, scarfs and hoodies, however we did not expect Prishtina to be THAT cold. It snowed at certain times and the wind was unbearable with bare skin revealed. However Mozillians stay strong, so we endured at the end (after having several teas and hot chocolates, obviously). Several selfies kept our moral high in the cold also.
The first day was filled with workshops and hands-on sessions.
As a non-coder and designer, I had a little bit of a hard time following, however there were some great sessions which I enjoyed checking out. The fact most speakers were albanian, was also very encouraging for communities like us. For the rest of the day, we decided to relax a bit. It’s worth to say that we also did not eat a single proper healthy meal. Are we supposed to eat healthy at FLOSS conferences anyway?
After having a good sleep, we became ready for the second day. The main conference was taking place at that day, with well known speakers among the mindlike communities and booths impatiently awaiting the attendants between the sessions.
I’m proud to say that Mozilla had the biggest booth with plenty of swag and Firefox OS phones. The Firefox OS Flames were the rockstars, showing off the true potential of Firefox OS.
We socialized a lot and spread Mozilla love since the start. It was exciting and tiresome at some times, especially when crowds would gather around the booth, but with such amazing Mozillians, this was unable to fail.
Later on, Giannis’ would talk about Firefox OS and how it works and what it offers. The talk was solid and an interactive Q&A session followed.
From time to time, we went to check out some talks once we had the chance, however it was a bit disappointing to see much fewer people attending the conference than in the last years ( I attended SFK13 also). With such a quick turnaround and such a cold weather, I could guess why though.
The third and last day was workshop day again and Giannis would hold the Firefox OS workshop right in the start. As being infamously no early birds, we arrived 20 minutes late, however the situation was under control (how couldn’t it?). The workshop was filled with 90 minutes full of fun and coding. Apart the one guy who was trying to install the Firefox OS Simulator on Google Chrome, everything went smooth (hellooo this is a Mozilla workshop!). Also, at the end of the workshop we gave out some limited edition Firefox OS rolling ball pens, and an exclusive Firefox OS Launch T-Shirt. Of course a group photo shouldn’t miss:
A 5h long trip back to Tirana and several hot teas awaited us afterwards.
It was good to be back in Prishtina for SFK14 and the experience was immensely rewarding.
Although the weather was not in our favour (did I mention it was cold?) we came back with lots of stories to tell.
My expectations are however much higher for SFK15, let’s hope the guys can deliver again such a hugely succesful conference. We will be definitely there.
As per usual, the Mozilla Festival was amazing. I always find attending this event unofficially sets my course for the new year – and it’s already clear that will be the case again for 2015, as a result of Baroness Beeban Kidron’s keynote.
“Young people must understand not only how the web works, but be aware of it’s purposes, it’s social outcomes, and they have to be participants in creating the web of the future.”
“Parental controls do not work, do not build resilience and subsequently block the opportunity.”
“Digital use must be informed and desired, not simply a reward-driving culture for someone else’s bottom line.”
“The right to digital literacy – includes social literacy, understanding the philosophy, to make it and create it.”
“Digital literacy, the language of their generation, the language which society is being built deserves the same care and attendion we as English litearcy.
I feel like Beeben’s speech confirmed my current direction including lecturing on digital literacy at a parent’s gathering later this month. In 2015 I want to focus as much on parents and educators as I have been with youth. I think I’ll be sharing this speech often.
You can watch Beeban’s speech starting just after 6 minutes.
Otherwise, the Mozilla Festival had more inspiring moments, and people than I can find time to write about, including the Community Building track. I taught a session on ‘Contributing to Open Source’, which was wonderful but we ran out of time. I’ll be sharing a teaching kit on the collaborative outcome in the near future.
I was also able to share a bit of the story of my work here in Sooke during the lightening talks on Saturday evening – normally speaking isn’t difficult, but in a room filled with peers and mentors – unexpectedly nervous!
I want to wrap up to say how amazing the Mozilla Reps are. This is my 3rd Mozfest, and I am just more and more proud to be part of this volunteer community. Reps were everywhere at this festival having huge impact – leading sessions, leading volunteers, leading talks, leading Karokee :) – and most impressively staffing the Firefox Flame – Flashing booth. Reps are dedicated, talented, passionate and hard working volunteers and I’m so honoured to have had this opportunity to work among them again for another Mozfest.
In recent years, I’ve organized loads of Webmaker events for youth. And on the opposite end, I’ve also run many hackathons for experienced engineers interested in contributing to open source, through my work at SocialCoding4Good.
For just as long, I’ve noticed the absence of opportunity for higher education students to get involved, which is why I was so excited to partner with Open Hatch Comes to Campus for an event at the University of Victoria on October 18th.
Open Source Comes to Campus is a one-day workshop to teach the tools and culture of open source development and to help students impact real projects.
The goal of the event was to introduce computer science students to basic tools required to get started on a project, and then to provide them with opportunity to contribute to an open source project. Our project of choice was Mozilla Webmaker, which included webmaker.org, and Popcorn Maker.
Open Hatch has done a fantastic job creating curriculum for self-directed and event learning. Our morning began with an IRC session led by Errietta via Skype. Errietta is a Webmaker and Freenode contributor. Learning IRC is not just about understanding ‘text based chat’, it’s about understanding the ecosystem for communication and ways to get and lend support in open source.
I learned Git through paid-work, and after already using SVN, CVS (among others) for a number of years – so I appreciated the learning curve for one day. I think Open Hatch’s curriculum works, because it’s learning-by-doing – pushing to a real repo, really ‘seeing’ how things work.
After lunch, we had an invited guest from Open Data BC : Herb Lainchbury , who spoke for half an hour on Open Data. Open Data and Mozilla communities collaborate often locally, and I thought it would be another great angle to provide students with the knowledge that open data is ‘out there’ and something they can leverage for any number of reasons. There were some great questions.
The last part of the day was reserved for Webmaker Code contribution. We tried to make this part as simple as possible, by creating a Virtual Machine of the Webmaker environment. Our goal was to provide students with as little ‘frustration’ in getting started, as environment-setup can often takeup this entire space. For the most part, this was a success, as students were able to bring up the Webmaker Suite, and look into the code and test bugs.
What I didn’t expect is that, many students *wanted* to spend their time hacking on, and learning about the environment – and not jumping right to bugs. Fortunately and I cannot emphasis this enough – having Errietta in IRC to answer questions on everything from code structure to environment errors – saved the day.
Overall I think this event was a great success, we had lots of good feedback and ideas for next time. I think in a perfect world, this would be a two-day event. I think students needed more time to work with IRC, environment and git, and that an entire day could be for the project piece.
I was surprised to learn that FOSS contribution is really just ‘skimmed’ over in computer science classes, and so I’m hopeful that events like this can eventually lead to a re-visit of curriculum in higher ed. To that end, I have some personal goals around the Web Literacy Map and running events that focus on contributing to Mozilla. Here are a few of the literacies we covered:
I hope to put together a training mission, based on the event we ran – tagged with these literacies. Until then, if you are interested in doing something similar please reach out to me, or Open Hatch . If you are interested in contributing to Mozilla, please check out our new Get Involved Page.
Robert Sayles (email@example.com) on October 29, 2014 02:53 AM
I was asked back in July to come back as one of the Volunteer Coordinators for Mozfest 2014. So what does the Volunteer Coordinator do during Mozfest? Here we go; I arrived in London from Chicago on Wednesday, first heading to MozLDN office to meet the remaining of the team to get a briefing about the production schedule. Sarah Allen, Mozilla Festival Production Director, who did an excellent job on getting everything in place. She worked countless hours with a team of experts, such as Marc, Ben, Dan and Chris. This year, I would be organizing volunteers and making sure we have the appropriate staffing to man the operations during the entire Festival. With that been said, I was responsible for having volunteers at the Registration table, setting up Information Booths, Science Fair, keynote sessions, Catering Food and Drinks around the festival. It was an enormous task, but I knew from my leadership abilities, I was the right person getting the job done. This year, which was my second year, so I am now a veteran (smiles), I was prepare to move up and down the nine levels of Ravesbourne College. Yes, I even lost weight (smiles), even though, it was challenging with my jetlag and lack of sleep, I manage to make it through the day with positive energy. I had a great time and if I had to do it all again, I would do it in a heartbeat. This year, when someone needed help, we used the hashtag #mozhelp and we were there to rescue that person. We had over 120 volunteers, we couldn't have done it without them. I couldn't be more prouder to be a part of the Mozilla Festival team. I look forward on many years to come to be the one on the Radio, saying "Robert to XXXX, what's your location." Well, we did it and we survived another Mozfest and job well done Mozilla!
On October 18th we’ve been once again in Valencia to present the new features that brings Firefox OS, and to talk a little about our community. The venue that we choose this time was Las Naves, a co-working space with a lot of activities and many events nowadays.
While this time the event was shorter than we used to have, we didn’t missed the opportunity to talk about what is Mozilla, how to contribute in the Mozilla Hispano community, and the development of Firefox OS. We had also the opportunity to demo how marketplace works, and the new version 2.0 of the mobile OS.
As always, we had the priceless help from Angel and Fernando, our local mozillians, who made the arrangements to get the venue, and Adrián Crespo, a Rep that will be mentioned several times from now on.
While the attendees weren’t so many, Adrian and Fernando could explain them where is the development of Firefox OS at this moments, and the new features that includes, and will be included in next releases. The audience were primary web-developers, so we didn’t have to dig too much in the details, or be careful for using tech language.
At the end we had time for networking, and we could talk more with the attendees in a 1:1 way. We’ve found that some of them were working on providing apps that runs on several platforms, and they would like to know how Firefox OS will fit in their development ideas.
So all in all a good event again, we found new opportunities to have presence in Valencia, people are excited to know better about the new projects by Mozilla, and we had the opportunity to show how our community works.
Here’s a quick update: we’ve just been back to Tirana, Albania from Software Freedom Kosova Conference SFK ’14.
Mozilla was present during the conference with a huge booth, specialized in Firefox OS. During the 2nd day of the conference, I also gave a talk titled “Firefox OS – Unleash the Future” and on the 3rd day we run a Firefox OS web app development workshop. Anyway, a detailed event report is to follow up soon.
Since I will be around Tirana until Tuesday morning, we decided we could organize a Mozilla Coffee in Tirana on Monday (yeah, that’s tomorrow). Local mozillians will be there. We’ll discuss about the latest news regarding our project, share experiences and plan future activities. There will also be plenty of mozilla gear for everyone to grab. The event will take place at 6:00pm (local time) at the Open Labs community space. More info at the facebook event page.
A big shout-out to Elio, Aleksander, Kristi and Redon for their awesome help and company so far.
I haven’t fully recovered from traveling back from Athens for the Fedora Weekend Greece (event report to follow up soon), yet there is another free/open source software-related event I will be participating at: it’s Software Freedom Kosova 2014, which will be held between 24-26 October in Kosovo.
Mozilla is going to be present at this conference. Like always, we’re going to set up a very-nice booth specialized in Firefox OS, where we will be doing hands-on Firefox OS representations, engaging with the public, promoting the mozilla mission, providing user support, etc. If you are attending SFK ’14, be sure to come over at the mozilla booth; we will be having Keons, a Flatfish tablet, a Flame and also an APC Rock board running Firefox OS for you to test and play with. And of course we will be giving away some very cool mozilla swag to everyone attending.
The Mozilla Swag arrived finally today (phew!) and tomorrow I will be traveling to Tirana, Albania where I will meet again with local Mozillian friends. We will be then traveling together to Pristina, Kosovo by bus.
Ruben Martin [:Nukeador] on October 21, 2014 12:25 AM
We are happy to announce that four new members of the Council have been elected.
Welcome San James, Ankit, Luis and Bob! They bring with them skills they have picked up as Reps mentors, and as community builders both inside Mozilla and in other fields. A HUGE thank you to the outgoing council members – Guillermo Movia, Sayak Sarkar, Nikos Roussos and Majda Nafissa. We are hoping you continue to use your talents and experience to continue in a leadership role in Reps and Mozilla.
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.
Kalpa Welivitigoda (firstname.lastname@example.org) on October 18, 2014 06:32 AM
Light Level Meter , is a Firefox OS app developed by myself to demonstrate the use of Mozilla WebAPI . The app measures the ambient light level in lux  and present in realtime. It records the max and min values and plots the variation of the light level over time.
Measurement of ambient light level has many uses. One is that it could be used to adjust the light level of electronic visual displays that are there in many of the devices we use today such as mobile phones and tablets. By such adjustments based on the ambient light level, we could save energy while delivering a comfortable reading experience to the user.
Another use of measuring ambient light level is in electrical lighting design. For example, the light level recommended for reading is different from that is recommended for hand tailoring. Recommended light levels in building designing in Sri Lanka can be found in page 38 of "Code of Practice for Energy Efficient Buildings in Sri Lanka" .
Before writing my name in the list of candidates I was thinking, “Do I really need to nominate myself again to be a council member?! What am I going to bring?!”
On my last post “Mozilla is a Black Hole” , I wrote why for 11 years I’ve been contributing to Mozilla and what is the source of my energy. It is not only because of Mozilla mission – as I was thinking before – but because of you Mozillians, you always pull me back to Mozilla core, even though for many times I wanted to stop and focus on other things in my life. To extend that post more to Mozilla reps program, last Mozilla Reps camp meeting in Berlin, I was hesitating to nominate myself as a council member, but again meeting the Reps helped me to take the decision and to put my name in the list.
What can I bring to the new council that I didn’t bring last time I’ve been there?
I was one of the provisional council member that helped to shape the program with other amazing Mozillians, then I return as mentor for more than a year. During my mentorship period, I learned a lot from my mentees and from others. This new experience give me a hands-on on the program itself, and I lived the SOPs, I’ve been in touch with the mentees directly and I know the issues that they face and things that need to be tuned. This new experience that I want to bring again to the council to help tuning (not fixing) it more, so we will be able to facilitate the work and make a difference.
The greatest strength of the program is YOU, without your continuous feedback and engagement with the program, the program didn’t improve. I believe the next step should be on how to facilitate and collect your feedback in systematic way to help the council to tune the program, since the program is for you.
@Reps, vote for me if you only think that I am suitable to be a council member.
For reps that they don’t know me, please take a quick look into my profile 
@council, sorry I didn’t stick to the suggested format of the questions
This is very-late post since i have some serious problem to my health condition.
Here we go..
We’re holding our “#HackBDG – Mozilla Webmaker Workshop” event on 6th September 2014. The event also part of Maker Party, the Mozilla’s global campaign to teach the Web.
In this event, there are 3 Mozilla Reps joining. They are Muhammad Fadhil (me as event host), Fauzan Alfi, and Risman Rangga Pratama. There are 22 participant from around Bandung also joining this event, mostly student that also have a background in CS and Education. Things that we covered in the event are updates from Mozilla and it’s projects, Introduction to Webmaker + Demo of the Tools, and hack-the-web activity. Before we start, we do a spectrogram with Smart City and Internet as the topic, which is quite popular discussion in Bandung.
As usual, after the spectrogram session, we tell the participant to write down what their hope at the event on Post-It, and stick it to the “tree-of-hope”. Most of them wants to know more about Webmaker and how to contribute.
The tree of hope. Photo by Fauzan
I started with an Intro about Mozilla and all it’s projects including the updates. Then i continue with Intro about Mozilla Webmaker and it’s tools. We are demo-ing how to use the Webmaker Tools. In this session, we use X-Ray Goggles, Thimble, Popcorn Maker, and App Maker. The participant looks excited and try to hack the web with those tools.
Explaining about Mozilla and it’s projects. Photo by Fauzan
Participant is looking how Webmaker tools works. Photo by Fauzan.
After the demo, we split the participant into a group to make a hack using Webmaker tools and do the hacking session. In this session, we tell that they must make at least 3 makes from 4 Webmaker tools with the theme “Your Dream Smart City”. This is really challenging to the participant to explore their creativity to make the Smart City of their version.
Group Discussion. Photo by Fauzan.
In the end of session, they presenting what they have done with their makes and share the result.
One of the group is presenting their makes. Photo by Fauzan
There is so many brilliant idea that can implemented on the real life too! Many of them have creative idea about smart city which is possible to implemented in real life. After the presentation, we end it with group photo.
I would like to say thanks to my mentor Irayani Queencyputri for all the advises to prepare this event and the fellow reps Fauzan, and Risman, that helps me to organize this event, and Telkomsel for supporting this event and provided the high-speed internet connection and the room for us to use. Without your help, i wouldn’t be able to organize this event. Thank you!
And here is the makes that have done in the event:
Ruben Martin [:Nukeador] on October 10, 2014 09:59 AM
We’re excited to announce that we have 6 candidates for the forth cycle
of the Council elections, scheduled for October 18th. The Council has
carefully reviewed the candidates and agrees that they are all
extremely strong candidates to represent the Mozilla Reps program and
the interests of Reps.
As detailed in the wiki, we are now entering the “campaign” phase
of this election cycle. This means that for the next 7 days,
candidates will all have an opportunity to communicate their agenda,
plans, achievements as a Rep/Mentor, and personal strengths, to the
Mozilla Reps voting body. They are encouraged to use their personal
Mozilla Reps profile page, their personal website/blog, Mozilla wiki
page or any other channel that they see fit to post information
regarding your candidacy.
To guide them in this effort, the Council has prepared 6 questions
that each candidate is asked to answer. We had originally wanted to
have candidates go through mozmoderator but due lack of time we will
do this next election cycle. The questions are the following:
What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?
What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?
Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?
What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?
What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?
As a Mentor, what do you do to try to encourage your inactive Mentees to be active again?
In the spirit of innovation and to help bring a human face to the
election process, the Council would like to add a new element to the
campaign: video. This video is optional, but we strongly encourage
candidates to create one.
That’s it for now. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t
hesitate to ask the Council at
reps-council at mozilla dot com
We’ll be giving regular election updates throughout these next two weeks
so stay tuned!
And remember, campaigning ends and voting starts on October 18th!
Mozilla Event at ISAAC 2014 – TechFest of TSEC, Mumbai
abhishekvp on October 09, 2014 06:23 PM
The members of IEEE-TSEC Student Chapter, had approached Akshat Kedia (an active Mozillian from the Mozilla Mumbai Community), to have talks on FOSS and Mozilla at their annual technical festival ISAAC.
Accordingly the event was planned, we had an IRC meet a week earlier to decide who will talk on what. I was quite excited to deliver a talk in front of a large crowd, as TSEC is a reputed educational institute in Mumbai, and ISAAC particularly is quite popular among the colleges in the Suburbs.
I reached the venue by the time, Sushant was already delivering his talk on Code Contributing to Mozilla. My talk was the last one, after Akshat; and looking at the audience had left me flustered. Upon talking with the IEEE-TSEC guys, I came to know that 270 students from all over Mumbai were attending the talks. I had never really faced this large audience.
While walking down the isle, to the dais, I saw many students with their writing pads out, jotting down things; such was the seriousness of the audience. On the dais, I came up with an idea to get the attention of my audience(and also to calm my nerves). I took up 5 Mozilla Wrist bands, and went into the audience. I hosted a miniature rapid-fire quiz, picking up random students, asking them questions about the web and rewarding them with the Mozilla wrist band on a right answer.
Me delivering my talk
Once back on the dais, I had become quite comfortable with facing the audience. So I started my talk on Community Building and Getting Involved with Mozilla. The talk went very well, guessing by the response of students after my talk. I had brought along with me my Keon and also my Firefox OS Foxconn Tablet(that I had received in the Tablet Contribution Program). After the talks, arrangements were made for the students to handle the devices and collect the awesome Mozilla swag, while leaving the auditorium. I was very happy to see students interested in Firefox OS and its working. The cost of the Intex and Spice Firefox OS Mobiles particularly raised many student eyebrows in surprise.
Me answering students’ queries on FxOS
Students enthusiastically handling FxOS Devices
Students enthusiastically handling FxOS Devices – 2
Akshat answering to students’ queries post talks
Many students stayed back(after the talks) to talk to the three of us, on getting started with contributing to Mozilla. Akshat’s talk on Privacy had sparked great interest among the students about their online safety. Most of the students in the audience were freshmen, which I felt was the best part. They would have 4 years of their under-graduate education to learn and contribute to Mozilla.
The very next day was the Hands-on Session on Webmaker and Appmaker at TSEC. I could not attend the session due to my prior commitments, but Akshat, single handedly conducted the session and it too was a grand success! Akshat even demoed the Lightbeam addon to instill interest about privacy issues among the students.
My sincere thanks to Sushant Hiray and Akshat Kedia for their inspiring and enlightening talks. I would also like to thank the entire IEEE-TSEC team for their efforts in organizing this event!
Robert Sayles (email@example.com) on October 08, 2014 11:57 PM
I had the opportunity to attend Vancouver's Hive Pop-Up on October 5 in British Columbia. Vancouver community recently joined the Hive Learning network, which is a global constellation of communities championing digital skills and web literacy through connected learning. It was Vancouver's first ever Hive Pop-up, celebrating hands on digital literacy for makers all ages. The 3-hour event featured five activity stations. The stations among the Pop-Up was Museum of Vancouver, Open Media, Vancouver Public Library, Mozilla Webmaker and Vancouver Community Laboratory. The participants were able to try virtually on garments from their latest exhibition from the Museum of Vancouver station. At our Mozilla Webmaker station, you learned how to make your home webpage, interactive videos, remixes, mobile apps.
Now, speaking on Mobile Apps, when we first arrived on Friday night, we attended a training session with Mozilla Webmaker Appmaker. During the training session, we learned how to be creative on making apps and publishing them online. It was a great learning trip to Vancouver; I certainly learned a lot and I appreciate Mozilla for allowing to me learn in the process of helping others along the way
This weekend was one of firsts — first flight, first time leaving the US, first time eating Thai and Indian food, and my first event as a Mozilla Rep. I’m exhausted, and my calves are very sore, but the Vancouver Hive Pop Up was entirely worth it.
I flew in from Seattle, where my aunt drove me up to Vancouver. All things considered, everything went well — and I’m now comfortable enough with airports to fly internationally. (MozFest 2015, here I come!) Admittedly, I got a little turned around, but Helen Lee picked me up at Yaletown Station and we headed over to the Mozilla office for Webmaker training. I’ve wanted to visit a Mozilla space since I was a kid, so it was a very cool experience. The fact that I was there for a Mozilla function, as a Rep, made it all very surreal and awesome.
I met some very cool Mozillians there — specifically Dethe Elza, Luke Pacholski, and Simona Ramkisson. Luke ran us through the Appmaker training, and I was surprised by how extensive Appmaker really is. Previous to this, I’d played with it a few times, but it never really progressed past basic one-or-two-button stuff — and Luke had an entire music demo going.
After the demo, we went back to the apartment, which I was sharing with Robby Sayles and Regnard Raquedan, as well as Regnard’s wife Liza and their daughter Lizzie, who’s a little less than a year old. We ended up with all of the extra pizza from the training in our fridge (but all of it was gone by the time we left!). It was very cozy, with a breakfast nook perfect for curling up with a book in the morning.
On Saturday morning, we had breakfast with Helen, Dethe, and their families, then set to exploring Vancouver. It’s a beautiful city. I like a more overcast, cool climate, and I love urban background noise — which is weird because I’m from a small town — so I fell in love with the city pretty quickly. We took a photo by the Olympic torch, then took a bus tour around town — and in the process, found out that Lizzie finds my face extremely amusing.
We spent a lot of Saturday discussing Reps stuff — the different events we’re working on, MozFest, and why we love being Mozillians. At one point, I referred to ReMo as “a bunch of ninja superheroes”, and I think that’s the essence of why I love being a Rep so much. We’re really this team of scrappers, unexpectedly kicking butt, with our open-source and collaborative superpowers.
Sunday was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. In the early afternoon, Robby and I went to brunch while Regnard and family poked around the city a bit more. We went to this awesome Thai bistro, which looked fairly traditional — but they were playing Paramore and indie rock the whole time. I’d never had Thai food before, but I really enjoyed it.
The event itself was a blast. We set up at the Vancouver Public Library around 2 pm, and the event ran from 3 to 6. We had about 120 people there, quite a few of them being kids. There were four or five Appmaker stations set up, but it wasn’t enough, so I started pulling kids to an ad-hoc station I set up with my MacBook. I had four kids I worked with, in groups of two — Charlie and Hendrix, and Eric and Viktor. I saved the makes they did to my VancouverPopUp collection in Appmaker, and emailed them links to the apps, encouraging them to continue development on them. (And, of course, I made sure that they went home with a Mozilla lanyard, stickers, and a Firefox button!)
I got home yesterday, absolutely exhausted but oddly re-energized and ready to run my first MozCoffee in a few weeks. High fives to all of the participants for a job well done, and big hugs to Robby and Regnard & family for keeping me out of trouble over the weekend. :)
One thing’s official — I have the coolest non-job on the planet.
Rep of the Month: September 2014 – Alexandre Ben Mahmoud
Ruben Martin [:Nukeador] on October 06, 2014 11:17 AM
Skander (aka Alex) is an inspiring, passionate and a gifted Tunisian mozillian when it’s about free technologies. His involvement in Mozilla is about a strong belief in our mission and our values.
These last months, Alex has been doing a wonderful work to encourage Tunisians techies to contribute in Mozilla.
Starting by making all Mozilla Tunisia’s projects available to all on github to writing documentation and tutorials on the community’s Wiki and publishing articles on the website to encourage people and facilitate there integration. Without forgetting his availability on IRC to reply to all the contributors questions and assist them.
As a community technical manager, he managed brilliantly this month the MozTn Slides project.
He also was also very helpful to prepare the Grow Mozilla Tunisia and had a wonderful reaction to encourage the team and push them to continue when the event was canceled.
This apart, Alex always contributed to many bugs and developed many patch for Firefox and Firefox OS.
Ruben Martin [:Nukeador] on October 03, 2014 04:53 PM
Intro to Elections
The Mozilla Reps program has been a volunteer driven program since day 1. In that spirit the core governing body of the program, the Council, was designed to be an elected body with new members chosen by all Reps every six months.
The time has come for a new round of elections and this time 4 positions need to be filled. Nikos , Majda, Guillermo and Sayak are reaching the end of their 12-month terms and their seats need to be replaced for another 12-month term.
Nominations are open as of today for Mozilla Reps mentors that are eligible (see criteria)
October 3 : call for candidates (eligible Mozilla Reps Mentors only) – call closes on October 9
October 10 : start of campaign period
candidates are given 7 days to answer 10 questions
candidates are given 7 days to publish a 30-120 second campaign video
October 17 : campaign ends
Reps are encouraged to read through candidate replies and watch their videos during the week
October 18: voting by all Reps who are eligible to vote begins – (voting closes after 72 hours)
October 21: new elected members are announced and their term begins
This is an exciting time for the Reps program and our role as Reps to help Mozilla build a better web has never been as critical. Thank you all for being part of this!
The Mozilla Reps program is open to all Mozillians who are 18 years
of age and above. Before you become a Mozilla Rep, you must
complete a short but rigorous application process in order to
demonstrate your interest in and motivation for joining the
program. Are you ready to take on the challenges and rewards
of advancing your leadership to the next level in Mozilla? If
your answer is YES, apply to become a Mozilla Rep today!
Not sure if you're ready for Mozilla Reps? There are many other
ways to take the lead in the Mozilla Community. If you're a
student, register for
program to gain experience leading projects at your
school. And all of our contributor opportunities are available
to you on the Get
The Mozilla Reps application process involves three simple
If your application is approved, you'll be invited to be
interviewed by a member of the advisory council over IRC or
IM that same week. The interview lasts about 15 minutes and
you will be asked some simple questions about yourself, your
experience contributing to the Mozilla project and, of
course, your motivation for becoming a MozRep.
If you're accepted into the Mozilla Reps program, your
mentor will get you started and familiar with the tools at
your disposal to start organizing events, requesting
budgets, swag, etc. And just like that, you could become a
Thanks for your interest in making the Web better with Mozilla!