Please join us in congratulating Vigneshwer Dhinakaran, our Rep of the Month for July 2017!
Vigneshwer is a data scientist working on realtime data and a tech enthusiast coming from India.
During the last months, Vigneshwer (or Viki as most of his friends call him) has been heavily involved on helping building the Rust community in India. His efforts, along with other awesome Reps, have resulted to the RainofRust Campaign, a campaign with the purpose to spread the Rust language in India and to create early adapters of the language. During the campaign Viki wrote a new event flow while he was leading a lot of the offline and online events. But his work doesn’t stop there. Since the campaign has finished, Viki is leading the efforts to help those early adopters to become Rust contributors in order to strengthen the community in India. Moreover, Viki has participated in the mobilizers experiment where he was leading the efforts on understanding how to mobilize the Rust community and unlock the challenges they are facing.
Thank you Vigneshwer for being awesome, keep rocking the open Web!
The All Hands is a special time of the year where Mozilla employees along with core volunteers gather for a week of many meetings and brainstorming. The All Hands Wiki page has more information about the general setting. During the All Hands, the Reps Council participated in the Open Innovation meetings as well as had meetings about what we’ve accomplished in Q2 and the future of the program. One of our main topics was on how to get new developers involved as contributors in Mozilla projects.Top topics
For that reason it was crucial to understand and discuss the mobilizers experiment and their outcomes with Srushtika, Daniele and Vigneshwer, in order to understand what are the issues and needs for Add-ons, Rust and WebVR and how we can create communities around those projects and attract new developers.
The idea “Open by Design” was discussed extensively while we’ve tried to understand how Reps program can contribute to the Strategy project. We also had a meeting with Patrick Finch to discuss a few strategy questions and to start the discussion on how the Reps program can help in the next few months.Other meetings and sessions
We had other sessions as well. Also we did a lot of administrative tasks as well:
Activate holds a special place at Reps activities. During the All Hands we held meetings about the website, the content of the activities and the future of the project. From the Council side Alex Lakatos with Michael Kohler are involved in the website building, while Konstantina Papadea and Ankit Gadgil are working with a focus on the content.
While in San Francisco we launched a new activity about Nightly which now is available on the website. Firefox Nightly is one of the most important projects happening right now in the Mozilla world and it’s crucial for us. We need to get new Firefox Nightly users.
We also joined discussions with the Rust and the Add-ons teams in order to better understand how the Reps Program can help to build their community or improve the promotion of those technologies.
On the feedback form front we are working on the dashboard to simplify the access to feedback of Activate events.
Last Saturday the Mozilla Switzerland community, together with Liip, has organized a WebVR/A-Frame Hackathon in Lausanne, Switzerland. As always (also in Zurich), we turned to Liip for support regarding a venue, and as always they were happy to host us in Lausanne. At this point, a big “thank you” to them! Without their support we couldn’t organize events as easy as we can now.
A-Frame is a framework for WebVR, making it easy to create scenes and components that can be viewed in the browser, with Cardboard, the HTC Vive and other VR devices. A-Frame even includes an Inspector that makes it easy to develop VR applications in the browser without having to test it constantly on a real VR device.
We gathered at 10 o’clock to have some initial talks and a light breakfast. It also took some time to set up the Vive and making sure we can demo A-Painter and other VR applications. At around 10:30 we started with a quick intro by Geoffroy and me. We explained the agenda and some general information about Mozilla. After that, Ben gave an intro to WebVR and how they are using A-Frame at Archilogic. It’s amazing to see how it is being used in the wild for really amazing and helpful projects! Thank you for your time to come to Lausanne and present to us!
Then we did some demos with our gadgets and started hacking. With the help of Ben it was easy to create our own first projects. What struck me most is that my creativity and design skills came to end quite quickly, but nevertheless I could easily create a good Proof of Concept for a future iteration (through skilled people and Pull Requests). :)
Here are some projects that were created/started during this hackathon (click on the images to see it live in your browser):
A big “thank you” goes to Geoffroy, who has helped us out with the whole coordination with the venue and did an amazing job promoting the event to his network. We are so happy to have people like Geoffroy who are helping us keep the Open Web public and accessible to all!
Honestly, the only thing I did was the administration parts of creating event pages on the Reps portal and Meetup, coordinate for having a speaker and giving a short intro talk about the agenda (with his help). Everything about the venue, food, gadgets was organized by him. He even went as far as traveling to Zurich to get an HTC Vive so we can show case that as well!
We had a lot of fun, and we hope our attendees did too! The verbal feedback was good, however we couldn’t get a lot of responses through the feedback form, even though I reminded all participants after the event through email to please fill out the feedback form. Additionally we need to do better in terms of diversity!
All photos are used with permission by Liip or their respective owners if linked to a tweet.
During the second quarter of 2017, and in order to understand how to better identify, recruit and support mobilizers, we decided to run a small experiment with a reduced set of existing “best in class” mobilizers and walk with them during their work supporting technical communities.Why
Reps program is a program for core mobilizers, who create, grow, sustain and engage communities around Mozilla projects. There are still improvement areas in order to become a state of the art mobilizer program, so we wanted to identify which are these areas and which are the changes we can implement.Participants
Bob Chao (Taiwan) – WebVR
Long time contributors, Bob has been empowering and growing different Mozilla related communities in Taiwan, more recently Rust and WebVR.
Srushtika Neelakantam (India) – WebVR
Deeply involved with the WebVR community since its formation, Srushtika has been empowering the local community in India for a few years now. She has even wrote a book about WebVR.
Daniele Scasciafratte (Italy) – WebExtensions
Extremely involved contributors, Daniele has been supporting the community in Italy for many years. He has been key to develop the first Addons activity for the MozActivate campaign.
Vigneshwer Dhinakaran (India) – Rust
He has been key for the formation and growth of the Rust community in India, he is author of a book about the technology.
We decided to use a human centered design approach to test this hypothesis. Each project started with a research phase followed by multiple iterations of potential solutions. Each iteration involved testing, reflecting on the learnings and iterating on the approach.Overall main learnings
As a result of these learnings we will evaluate a set of recommendations to improve the Reps program and we will share with some early ideas soon on the Reps discourse.
Thank you Vigneshwer, Daniele, Srushtika and Bob, your work is an inspiration to all Reps and to the rest of Mozilla, you have demostrated strong leadership and an impact-oriented strategy thinking that will help others to follow your steps.
Weeks of Contribution is one of the amazing series of online event where first time contributors get started contributing to Mozilla Community. It was started in 2015 by set of contributors aiming to bring contributors around Tamilnadu in various areas of Mozilla contribution like Localization, Doocmentation, Firefox OS app development, Add-ons development for Firefox and so on.
I am a Mozilla Rep. When I joined Mozilla 4 years back, I was literally knowing only three browsers Internet Explorer(thanks to Microsoft), Google Chrome(here due to Android) and Opera Mini(Only browser which uses less data then).
But thanks to the community in Rajasthan which was so much active then, promoting Mozilla and it’s Mission. That was the first time when I get to know about Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is a product which is the core of Mozilla, this is what I believe and assume other volunteers,mozillians and Reps Share the same.
Today, Firefox is mainly used by Mozilla volunteers and few engineers that to are losing faith in it due to compatibility issue and other problems.To name a few, Hangout call is not supported by Firefox, which we use more often for our monthly meeting in India. So what we could do is, create a campaign just like Firefox Nightly and Rain of Rust to promote the use of Firefox, where we will introduce this browser to the students which are still unaware of the browser, which you may agree too.
We are a country with a population of over 1.311 billion where 315 million are students, if we could target those and industry people. This will definitely increase our market share.
I agree that Firefox sometimes doesn’t behave well and we lack other support too which is available in other browsers. I also see a great opportunity for us to make this browser more advanced and easy to use.We want a browser which we love. During this campaign, we will be collecting lots of feedback and suggestions and how you want this browser for yourself. Then we will share these reports with Mozilla staff and help them to create a browser which people love.
I would love to know your feedback and suggestion regarding this campaign as well as any correction will be appreciatable.
Please follow this topic on discourse for more updates
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Durant ce mois de juin, la communauté Mozilla francophone vous invite à découvrir chaque jour un nouveau mot de l’univers de Mozilla : 30 jours, 30 Mots-zilla !
La fondation Mozilla fait confiance à sa communauté. Elle a mis en place un programme appelé Mozilla Reps qui permet à des Mozilliens bénévoles passionnés de devenir représentants officiels de Mozilla dans leur pays ou leur région.
Le programme Reps est connu dans la communauté pour attribuer les budgets pour la participation de Mozilliens à des événements locaux et à valider les demandes de goodies qui n’arrivaient pas toujours à temps. Les Reps se sont organisés pour que ce problème appartienne au passé.
De son côté, un représentant de Mozilla a des responsabilités qui consistent à :
Ces représentants bénéficient d’un ensemble d’outils pour aider les Mozilliens à organiser et/ou participer à des événements, à recruter et à encadrer de nouveaux contributeurs, à documenter et à partager des activités. L’un des outils très utilisé est Bugzilla, un Mot-zilla de cette semaine.Aller plus loin
Le parcours des représentants officiels commence par leur contribution à Mozilla dans leur communauté locale. Sa participation peut consister à de la traduction ou du code, à tenir le stand Mozilla lors d’un événement, à animer un atelier d’éducation au Web ou à donner des conférences.
Le représentant officiel une fois adoubé peut s’appuyer sur un mentor qui lui fournira des conseils pour remplir ses fonctions au mieux et réaliser les tâches qu’il a choisies
Le programme est gouverné par un conseil de 9 membres, 7 bénévoles élus par leurs pairs et 2 employés, le Reps Council. Ils sont chargés de s’assurer que le programme Mozilla Reps fonctionne sans incidents. Il supervise la gouvernance et le financement du programme. Il sert aussi d’organe consultatif au sein de l’organisation Mozilla. Le Mozilla Reps Council figure en bonne place sur la page Mozilla leadership du site officiel.
Rendez-vous demain pour un nouveau mot vous montrant la diversité du projet Mozilla !
Please join us in congratulating Mehul Patel, our Rep of the Month for June 2017!
Mehul is an highly motivated Rep from India supporting and enabling many Mozillians in the region of Pune, Nashik and Gujrat.
Mehul, keep rocking the open web!
Durant ce mois de juin, la communauté Mozilla francophone vous invite à découvrir chaque jour un nouveau mot de l’univers de Mozilla : 30 jours, 30 Mots-zilla !
Firefox vous connaissez ! Nightly est pour nocturne, car il s’agissait de compiler et publier une version du travail du jour des développeurs. Actuellement, il arrive d’avoir plus d’une version quotidienne poussée vers les utilisateurs.
Nightly est donc une préversion de développement de Firefox destinée aux tests, mise à jour régulièrement, avec les ajouts que les développeurs considèrent comme testables. Depuis la fin du canal Aurora, Nightly est la version de Firefox à utiliser pour tester à un stade précoce les nouveautés qui se retrouveront un jour dans le Firefox tout public, et qui permet de rendre ce dernier meilleur en découvrant à une stade avancé les bogues que le développeurs auront ainsi le temps de corriger.
Nightly est la première version de Firefox dans le « train » qui passe toutes les 6-8 semaines. Une fois stabilisées, les fonctionnalités testées dans le canal Nightly sont versées dans le canal de distribution bêta où elles sont peaufinées pour être distribuées au centaines de millions d’utilisateurs de Firefox (canal Release).
Activate Mozilla est une campagne à destination des Mozilliens du monde entier qui leur permette d’avoir un impact sur des domaines clés de la mission de Mozilla. Les activités au sein de ce projet identifient les domaines les plus importants et sont standardisées pour établir des étapes claires de participation et fournir des indicateurs de réussite de l’activité.
Elle remercie un certain nombre de membres de la communauté Mozilla francophone dont Flore, notre Rep membre du Mozilla Reps Council. Pascal lui travaille depuis mi-2016 au projet de « Reboot Nightly » et mobilise toujours davantage autour de l’utilisation et des retours d’expérience de Firefox Nightly.
Les buts de la campagne seront mesurés grâce aux indicateurs suivants :
Consultez la page de l’activité pour en savoir plus.Aller plus loin
Que puis-je faire tout de suite ?
Rendez-vous demain pour un nouveau mot vous montrant la diversité du projet Mozilla !
Crédit illustrations : Mozilla.
The Circuito SENAI is a technology event of the National Industrial Learning Service in São Paulo that spreaded modern technologies, we worked in this event to ensure that more web developers are introduced on WebVR, 3D and A-Frame to begin creating virtual reality experiences in the Web.
I’ve been at the event to talk about WebVR and A-Frame, encourage more people to join in developing new virtual reality experiences on the Web and invite everyone to attend our hands on A-Frame Workshop that will happen next month.
It was so important to talk about VR, WebVR and 3D and tell the history of the development of these technologies and show what they have in common, and most importantly, show how Mozilla is working to ensure that this technology reaches more people and is accessible to everyone on the Web, our talk included topics such as:
Many developers believe that virtual reality is just a dream or utopia, or something extremely difficult to develop, this talk is important to show otherwise, that virtual reality is on the web and that we can all begin to create with open and modern technologies that Mozilla and other organizations around the world are developing.
After our talk many people joined us to talk, test and meet A-Frame demonstration, and everyone was invited to join us next month at our WebVR Camp to learn and develop practical things with A-Frame along with our awesome Mozilla volunteers team, this invitation was so important and necessary that in just a few hours the tickets sold out!
— cy63113 (@cyb3113) June 23, 2017
Hooooray!!! See you at our WebVR Camp in July!
My first step with FOSS was during the summer of 2014, where I got introduced to DGPLUG (Durgapur Linux Users Group). Every year, they conduct a training over IRC covering a wide range of topics. Since then, I've been contributing to different projects, primarily to Mozilla's Gecko Engine. Recently I also started contributing to CPython.
Over this journey as CuriousLearner over the past few years, I've been fortunate enough to collaborate with some of the best engineers, learnt a lot of skills & gained some nice perspective on different technologies by just contributing to Open Source. I owe my learning to them.
I've been always asked this question by my friends, colleagues, and strangers whom I often run into in local meet-ups and conferences.
- Why should I contribute to Open Source
- What's in it for me
So, I thought I would cover this topic from the perspective of a student as well as the perspective of a working professional.
When I say skills, I'm not referring to just coding skills or learning yet another framework. There are tons of skills to be learnt. These include coding, debugging, testing, writing docs, collaboration, participating in meetings etc. In FOSS, you won't just learn technical skills, but soft skills as well. That means you'll learn how to communicate effectively over different mediums and making sense to other people who might be from different backgrounds.
I've seen many engineers are hesitant when it comes to communication. They can think and write really nice code, but when it comes to explaining themselves, they lack the communication skills, which is vital to be a better professional.
It's not always about learning a new tech that you heard about. It's important to improve on things you think you might already know. Contributing to a FOSS project would make you learn intricate details that your mentors have gained working as a software craftsmen for several years.
Many organizations do stand-up / all-hands meetings where everyone comes together and explains what are they're working on, what they plan to do next and if they face any blocker. So, students, there is a high possibility that when you graduate, you'll do this in your organization :) You'll meet a lot of people having similar interests and you'll learn a lot of things just by hanging out with them (most of the time on IRC).
Learn team management, resolving internal conflicts, brainstorming on a new feature, public-speaking, time-management, conducting meet-ups & learn to prioritize your work. You will just expand your horizons.
One of the best things I've been ever taught is to "READ". (And those who've met me personally knows how many times I've been repeating this thing :)).
When I say read, I mean you'll read the documentation, development guide and most importantly the source code.
Always remember that code is meant to be read more times than it is written. When you contribute to any FOSS project, one of the important skill you add to your skill-set is to make your brain make sense out of the code that may look gibberish to many people.
This is a very important skill. Once you're in a company, you'll be given the responsibility of maintaining huge code base and constantly adding features to it. There won't be someone who would spoon-feed you by explaining what every line of code means.
I've seen many people struggling hard in their jobs to figure out what a particular piece of code does. But if you've already worked with humongous code bases, this shall be a cake-walk for you. You would already know how to scrutinize bugs, debug errors and most importantly, would have already taught your brain to think and READ.
FOSS is all about mentors & mentees. There are people just like me and you who volunteer their time and skill to do good for the community. You'll find a lot of mentors who would be willing to teach you different skills. Remember, that you've got this opportunity to learn from domain experts :)
And no matter what, always respect everyone's time.
While it is important to get your code reviewed, it is much more important to review other's code. This would help you in learning different coding style and also about how someone approached a particular problem. This would help in expanding your logical skills & as always you'll be learning a lot yourself along the way with having healthy discussions in code reviews.
You don't necessarily need to work on big features in a project or become a life-long contributor. Contribute to a project that you use on daily basis (like Mozilla Firefox) and I promise you that it would be gratifying when you see the whole world rely on the small code changes you did.
A small change in the documentation means you might save someone countless hours of debugging and scratching their head on how to use a particular piece of code. Always remember, documentation bugs are not something inferior; you'll learn a lot in writing documentation, right from the tools such as Sphinx and rST to expanding your domain knowledge about the project.
All the code you'll write in Open Source projects would be public and can be taken as a demonstration of how you write code & what you can do. It depicts how you work with others and most importantly give you an enormous amount of experience in working with people having diversified skill-set.
Once you get acquainted with the code base, you'll be invited to develop stand-alone features and who knows you might get that commit bit turned on when you've developed enough reputation in the community ;)
Apart from all the things mentioned above, I think Mozilla's mission says a lot about why I contribute to FOSS
Doing good is part of our code
Alright, I didn't realize, I'll be able to write this much. Hopefully, this would help & motivate people to get involved in contributing to Open Source. As always, if you have any queries, or want help in contributing to any project, feel free to mail me on Sanyam [at] SanyamKhurana [dot] com.
We are very happy to announce that our new council members are already onboarded and working on their focus areas.
We are also extremely happy with the participation we had for these elections as for the first time we had the record number of 12 nominees and 215 (75% of the body) have voted.
Here are the areas that each of the new council members will work on:
Of course they will also all co-work with the old council members on the program’s strategy and implementation bringing the Reps Program forward.
Also I would like to thank and send #mozlove to Adriano, Ioana, Rara and Faisal for all their hard work during their term as Reps Councils Members. Your work has been impactful and appreciated and we can’t thank you enough.
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 Reps wiki.
Don’t forget to congratulate the new Council members on the Discourse topic!
In the past few months we have kept working on the implementation of our RepsNext initiative. The RepsNext initiative has started more than a year ago with the goal to bring the Mozilla Reps program to the next level. Back in January we wrote a status update. Almost half a year later, we want to provide a further update. We have also published our OKRs for the current quarter with goals to further the implementation of RepsNext.
The Resources training is finalized. It’s still a little bit text-heavy, but we want to move forward with the training and iterate based on feedback. For this, we have reached out to a few selected Reps based on the past 6 months to ask them to test the training and give initial feedback about the process and content. Once we have this feedback, we will adjust the training if needed and then open up the Resources track for applications. Applications will most probably be done in a Google Form and will include general info about the Rep as well as a free-text input field where the Rep can explain why they are fitted for the track as well as provide some links to previous, good budget requests they filed. You can learn more about the Resources Track on the Resources Wiki page.Onboarding Process
We have simplified and streamlined the on-boarding process for new Reps. Until April we had a lot of applications that were open for more than 6 months. We are happy to report that we have started to on-board 20 new Reps between April and now. Further 10 Reps are in the administrative process of signing the agreement and creating profiles on the Portal. All of this is thanks to a new Webinar. The Webinar allows us to give Reps the very needed first information about Reps and what to expect being a Rep.Participation Alignment
The Council is working with the Participation team in order to co-create the quarterly and yearly goals and OKRs for 2017. This happened twice already this year and we will continue to give our valuable input and feedback for the quarters to come. The program’s goals are also being created based the team’s goals and priorities. We are also attending the monthly Open Innovation Team calls. Of course this is an ongoing work that will continue. The Reps Council is also involved in strategic and operational discussions as representatives for the broader community, giving feedback on the currently ongoing strategic projects. All of this work will continue at the All Hands in San Francisco later this month.Leadership
At the beginning of our work on RepsNext, we wanted to do a specific Leadership Track Reps can apply for as a specialization. Throughout the past months it became clear that we want all Reps to improve their leadership skills to help out other Reps as well as their communities. Therefore we created an initial list of good leadership resources for everyone to access and learn. At first this is a basic list of resources which will be improved on in the future. We want all Reps to be able to improve their leadership skills as soon as possible and later build on top of this knowledge with further resources. Please provide your feedback in the Discourse topic!Coaching
Previously known as Regional Coaches, Community Coaches will continue to support local communities. Additionally to that we are currently creating a Coaches Training to train new Reps on coaching skills as well as existing mentors to improve their skills. These coaches will be able to coach Reps in regards to personal development. The idea is to have the Coaches Training on a self-serve basis, so everyone can take the training and complete a narrative which will be evaluated at the end to graduate from the training. This will help us to increase the quality of coaching/mentoring in the Reps program as well as in local communities. Additionally it will decrease the current bottleneck we have onboarding new Reps and we will be able to assign a coach to every Rep on a one year commitment basis with the option to switch the coach after this period. We are currently reviewing the implementation proposal so we can add the training to Teachable and publish it for all Reps.Functional areas
We recently asked all Reps to choose their path for the future. This gives us a valuable basis to argue around functional doers in the Reps program. We will further build out the exact details about functional doers and their interest. The ongoing strategy projects will additionally give us valuable guidance in coming up with the perfect opportunities for functional doers. If you are interested in statistics about this survey, join our discussion on Discourse.Upcoming work
We are in the last steps to finish our work on the Resources track and the Coaching training. This allows us to start talks on further improvements in the third quarter of this year. We are also going to the All Hands to discuss Reps, Strategy, Mobilizers and more with the Open Innovation team. We will update you about the outcomes of that after the All Hands.
You can follow all the Reps program’s goals and progress in the Reps Issue Tracker.
Which thoughts cross your mind upon reading this? Where would you like to help out? Let’s keep the conversation going! Join the discussion on Discourse.
Please join us in congratulating Vaibhav Bajaj, our Rep of the Month for May 2017!
Vaibhav is a Reps Mentor from Bhopal, India. He has been contributing as a Mozilla Rep since October 2014.
During the past few months, Vaibhav has organized a WebVR Camp in Bhopal, and attended the WebVR Camp in Indore. Additionally he took part in the Hindi & Marathi localization community meetup and participated in the A-Frame Hack Night India which had the goal to create training material about WebVR. To help increase the Nightly usage in India, he is also part of the India uses Firefox Nightly initiative.
Vaibhav, Keep rocking the open web!
Before reading this post setup your Firefox so you can run WebExtensions in your browser.
Before reading this post setup your Firefox so you can run WebExtensions in your browser.
Before reading this post setup your Firefox so you can run WebExtensions in your browser.
We’re hosting a site here at São Paulo for the Mozilla Global Sprint on June 1-2, 2017. The Global Sprint is a fun, two-day community event bringing people from around the world together to collaborate on open projects, such as developing open source software, building open tools, writing curriculum, planning events, and more.
We’d like to invite you to join us on the 1st and 2nd at Campus São Paulo, from 9AM.You can join in and participate, no matter your skill set or level. We’re looking for coders, designers, artists, writers, educators, students— anyone who’s passionate about the open web. We’ve got a terrific list of projects that need help— all that’s missing is you!
For more on how you’d participate at the event, see our info page for Participants. To browse all the amazing projects you can work on during the Sprint, see our Featured Projects, and our full list of all Sprint Projects.
If you’re interested in attending, please register. If you have any questions about our local event, feel free to get in touch!
I hope you’ll join us for the Sprint!
The event was a part of PAN India pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly aimed to create a strong technical community who will be using and testing Nightly on a regular basis. Besides, it was a meetup for community members in the region. The event Kashmir Uses Firefox Nightly was organised at Bangs, Srinagar on 25th May, 2017.
We started with the brief Introduction about Mozilla, its projects and programs and its local community in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We then introduced the attendees to Firefox Nightly, why do we have this version of firefox, why should we use it and what are the benefits. Then the steps to download, install and the filing of bug was shown. Few attendees installed the browser and also signed up for an account on Bugzilla.
We also discussed WebCompat and how to contribute to it.
Besides, the attendees were introduced to the projects and programs of Mozilla that are currently in focus. WebVR, Rust, WebCompat to name a few. We also devised a plan for the local community as to what activities to take out in the coming months.
The attendees shared content about the event and the Firefox Nightly Browser online with the hashtag #INUsesFxNightly.
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In recent weeks I’ve taken my time to dive into WebVR with A-Frame and teach people from technology projects to create new things using A-Frame, the result is that I teach WebVR/A-Frame to developers, creators, educators, clubbers, Mozilla volunteers and people working or not with technology, the workshops were part of the Mozilla Activate campaign.
In this report I will quickly tell you the steps for you to prepare this workshop, our experiences, tips and tricks.#1 Roadshow’s Organizing
This is our event flow, it is based on the Mozilla Activate template, with only a few modifications and more details.
Review & Plan
Our learning this first workshop were:
Participants were very excited for more workshops that teach more about A-Frame, others have started creating their own projects using A-Frame!Leão Mozilla Clubs
This was my second experience teaching A-Frame, the participants are teenagers and some adults including seniors who are developing essential 21st century skills weekly at the club, most of them future technology professionals and content creators such as musicians, artists and youtubers.
Teaching WebVR/A-Frame has taken 2 sessions to learn basics of WebVR and A-Frame, here you also need something fun to motivate this specific audience, we teach basic concepts of VR, we try the examples and we begin to make a remix of examples of the A-Frame directly in the Inspector to learn notions of trigonometry such as position, rotation and radius, in addition to familiarizing with the primitives and entities, after the playful experiment with cardboards and A-Frame Inspector we started development activities using only the HTML tags of the A-Frame using Atom that is already installed on telecentre computers.
Our learning this second workshop were:
We already have scheduled activities to continue teaching and developing cool things with A-Frame.Programa Juventude Conectada
We have already worked with other workshops of Mozilla together with the Programa Juventude Conectada, is a digital culture program of the city of Campinas, here we developed 4 workshops for 68 educators of digital culture, we divided them into 4 different groups in 2 full days of workshops . The educators of digital culture work promoting digital culture that include digital inclusion, web development, photography and video in all the telecenters of the city of Campinas.
The teams of educators have multiple skills, including web development, so it was easy to develop the activity for all of them, the prediction is that this group can take A-Frame/WebVR to activities in telecenters of the city and many projects begin to be developed with the framework.
Our learnings in this third workshop were:
Work continues! Here are some ideas we’ll be working on in the coming months:
Do you want to help us develop some of these challenges? Start a topic in our forum!#5 Thankfulness
Thanks to everyone who participated in our workshops, it was a privilege to teach A-Frame! More news is coming, I’ll see you soon! Thanks to all local projects and partners who have made room for activities, including facilitators of local projects! And a super, mega and big thank you to Cynthia Pereira, Airton Zanon, Francisco Picolini and Rizki Kelimutu from Mozilla for the resources, time and support!!!
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It was an initiative to run a pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly in Jaipur as it is happening throughout India. Through this event we wanted be building strong technical community in Jaipur which will be using and testing Nightly on a regular basic which is a great way to get involved to a Mozilla project.
Event started with a brief introduction of Mozilla and What is Firefox Nightly? And then we have shared the nightly file so that everyone has nightly browser to explore and use on a daily basis. As they were installing on their computer I talked about importance of nightly user and what great impact it gives back to community when we use this browser and file a bug if any in nightly browser.
After the installation we have discussed about two methods of filing bug. One for the browser specific , use bugzilla and for website which are not compatible in nightly, use webcompat . Also gave a demo of Nightly Tester Tools extension and how they an use it in the browser.
During the event we shared pictures on social media and used profile changer and shared the details of campaign and nightly on twitter. Also one of the participant filed two bugs, one on bugzilla and one on webcompat . Everyone will be using this browser on a daily basis and we are looking forward for more bugs to be filed .
The CryptoRave is the biggest open and free event of its kind in the world. The last edition attracted more than 3000 people (!!!): hackers, activists and cypherpunks from different parts of the world and people interested in learning more about safety practices and personal data protection. We were at CryptoRave 2017 yesterday representing Mozilla and talking about the Internet health.The Internet Health Report
I and Cynthia Pereira talked about Internet Health Report and especially on the topic of privacy and security, the focus of the talk was to present Internet Health Report, a Mozilla’s new open source initiative to document and explain what’s happening to the health of the Internet combining research from multiple sources, and of course get feedback, inform people about the status of privacy and security health and discuss the Internet health in Brazil.
We started talking about Mozilla, a healthy ecosystem, healthy Internet, the attacks that are decreasing the health of the Internet in Brazil and then we introduced the Internet Health Report and then we start by talking about all the key topics in the report, including healthy and unhealthy points for each topic.
After the presentation we started a discussion with the participants about what they think about healthy and unhealthy points of the report, what they think most expressive and any other comment for discussion. Based on open discussion, some comments were important and the keys to a discussion:
Another plus point is that people wanted to get help in something to improve the Internet health, as in the case of two participants who wants to start a Mozilla Club now in their region, I’ll reach him to help on Mozilla Clubs leader training.
Finally, we encourage you to participate in giving feedback through the Internet Health Report feedback session. You can also see our slides deck bellow (thanks Solana for the slides!).
Overall, It was awesome to have the opportunity to talk about the Internet health and have a relevant and open conversation with all. I wanted more 50 minutes to discuss in depth all the topics.Install Fest
The Install Fest was the perfect space to connect with the people of the event! It was awesome!
We Mozillians (Me, Cynthia and Airton) get together at a single table, we distribute our famous Firefox swags and expect people to reach us, the result was awesome, many people came to us because they recognize Mozilla and its products as a open web advocate and a technology leader, we talk about web compatibility, emerging technologies, Rust, WebVR, Let’s Encrypt, Internet Health Report, Firefox, Mozilla Support and Pocket.
The producer of the event came to meet us and receive feedback, I said that I loved the event because it is an open, accessible, relevant and contagious content, in Brazil it is very rare to have events focused on privacy and security. Another important point that we understand the quality of the event is that sponsorships are not accepted in exchange for favors, sales, slots for talks and anything else, this really has guaranteed the great quality of the event.
The event is open and free to allow all people to participate, and the content is divided by levels of knowledge, so everyone can participate, food is vegetarian and vegan so everyone can eat, transportation is easy and fast by tube/bus. This cryptoparty is sponsored by people who donate by crowdfunding.
Text credit: CryptoRave 2017 Slide decks: Solana Larsen (Mozilla) Image head: Douglas Esteves
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Before reading this post setup your Firefox so you can run WebExtensions in your browser.
The Internet is an ecosystem. A living entity that billions of people depend on for knowledge, livelihood, self-expression, love…. The health of this system relies on – and influences – everyone it touches. Signs of poor health in any part impacts the whole. We’re all connected.
How healthy is our Internet? How might we understand and diagnose it? We believe this is a timely and necessary conversation.
Our individual actions shape the health of the Internet ecosystem. Only by recognizing where the system is healthy can we take positive steps to make it stronger. Only by understanding where it’s at risk can we avoid actions that weaken it.
I’ll be at CryptoRave 2017 tomorrow to talk about Internet Health Report, and especially about the health of Internet security and privacy. Let’s discuss! I hope you’ll join in!
Come to us in our talk
5 topics on Internet Health in the World
Start time: 09:00
Room: Chelsea Manning
More info: talk link.
CryptoRave is the biggest open and free event of its kind in the world. The last edition attracted more than 3000 people (!!!): hackers, activists and cypherpunks from different parts of the world and people interested in learning more about safety practices and personal data protection.
Please join us in congratulating Rizki Kelimutu, our Rep of the Month for March 2017!
Kiki is an awesome Rep from Indonesia based in Jakarta. You might have met her in Bugzilla since her daily job is handling seamlessly all the Reps budget and swag requests. But Kiki is restless! So after the endless hours of Bugzilla she volunteers her time on building and developing the community in Indonesia.
During the past few months Kiki has worked on expanding the Aurora community and organizing SUMO days. She has also been advocating to local audiences about online privacy. Further, she has been advocating for Mozilla and has been building a community in Kopdar. Lately she has also represented Mozilla along with other volunteers Mozilla in WikuFest. Kiki has also recently joined the Tech Speakers program, expanding her skills even further. And she has done all this while being one of the space wrangles of the amazing Jakarta space.
Thank you Kiki for being awesome, keep rocking the free web! Please join us in congratulating her on Discourse!
A-Frame is a web framework for building virtual reality experiences, making it easy for anyone to get involved with virtual reality. Having more developers and content creators playing with WebVR is important for the future of virtual reality to help build towards a free and open virtual reality platform not owned by any individual entity.
Now we’re working together with the Mozilla Activate campaign to onboard now developers from São Paulo and Campinas cities into 3D and advance WebVR, an open platform for virtual reality that leverages the Web. A-Frame is used extensively by the Mozilla VR team to prototype and experiment with WebVR. Having more contributors know A-Frame will give them a chance to get involved in one of the most exciting revolutions in the field of technology.Learning Workshops
We’ll run 7-10 workshops in the coming months to different audiences engage in WebVR, but primarily focused on developers.
What you can expect?
You’ll have fun! You will have the opportunity to meet Mozilla volunteers and know what Mozilla is doing to keep a healthy Internet, open and accessible to all.
And of course you’re going to learn, experiment and explore, we’ll explain what is WebVR and A-Frame framework, experience awesome projects already created by the community and participate in an interactive course where you’ll learn how to create your own virtual reality experiences and test it!Agenda
WebVR Camp @Reprograma
13 May – 1PM-5PM
Alameda Barão de Limeira, 539 – Santa Cecilia, São Paulo – SP
WebVR Camp @JuventudeConectada Campinas
22-23 May – 9AM-5PM
Avenida Francisco Glicério, 1269 – 5º andar – Centro, Campinas – SP
WebVR Camp @CEU Campinas
24 May – 10AM-3:30PM
R. Lasar Segal, 617-779 – Jardim Florence, Campinas – SP
Hangry for more? New activities are being planned with local partners, follow us on Discourse topic to know where is the next workshop.
Activate Mozilla is a campaign for Mozillians around the world to have impact in areas key to Mozilla’s mission. We want to bring more clarity on what are the most important areas to contribute to at Mozilla right now, and provide clear steps on how to get involved right away. These will be presented in the form of activities.
See you at one of our workshops!
Everything is set. Gearing up for the campaign.
BTW Recently we have organized one community call on this campaign. You can watch it to know more about how to organize events and technical things.
Swag is ready!
For requesting swag, please read here.
Also, we have the budget for these events. You can request it. Know more here .
Other than that if you want to know more about activity format, event flow, resource and more thing, please read the wiki.
If you have a special query, please send a mail to Biraj Karmakar [brnet00 AT gmail DOT com]. Don’t forget to join our telegram group for a realtime chat.
A delegation of four (04) Pinoy Mozillians participated in the weekend-long workshop for Mozilla Localization (L10n) at Mozilla Taiwan office. Heading the delegation was your’s truly, with fellow Mozilla Rep Frederick Villaluna, and Localizers Richmond Lacanlalay and Michelle Manlogon. Bye, Manila! Hello, Taipei! The team’s journey began at the NAIA Terminal 2 (MNL) early morning […]
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As we did in the past few quarters, we have decided on the Reps Program Objectives for this quarter. Again we have worked with the Community Development Team to align our goals to the broader scope of their goals. These are highly relevant for the Reps program and the Reps’ goals are tightly coupled with these. In the following graphic you can see how all these goals play together.
Objective 1 – RepsNext is successfully completed paving the way for our next improvement program
Objective 2 – MozActivate focuses mobilizers on impactful areas
Objective 3 – The Reps program demonstrates operational excellence in the Mozilla Project
We will work closely with the Community Development Team to achieve our goals. You can follow the progress of these tasks in the Reps Issue Tracker. We also have a new Dashboard1 to track the status of each objective.
Which of the above objectives are you most interested in? What key result would you like to hear more about? What do you find intriguing? Which thoughts cross your mind upon reading this? Where would you like to help out? Let’s keep the conversation going! Join the discussion on Discourse.
When you see people around you, have enough potential to lead a project or be a mentor to someone . Its your duty to guide them to a proper channel so that they follows the same. Recently I became Mozilla Rep , went to the same place where I organized my first Mozilla event.
In this event we focused on guiding new members to a proper channel and passing the roles and responsibilities to Active members . Event started with a general introduction of Open Source and how Mozilla is related to it. Ways to contribute in Mozilla. And other areas of contribution. In this process we have filtered the participants and get to know they all are technically sound and have come to this event to learn something new .
So we split the participants into two group where we had a small session of WebExtension and they developed their first add-on. Everyone was Excited!!! to see their work in front of their eyes.
After the event we had a group picture.
More pics : flick
We then proceeds towards discussing new plans for the community and how to track them .
With the help of the contributors, we aim to explore Test Pilot as a hope to test the experimental add-ons, find issues, file bugs and document.
Event was organized in MCR Community House with the MCR members and QA Analyst Madhuri Mittal . Test Pilot was introduced to the participants and everyone installed the add-ons listed on the TestPilot website .
Everyone loved the Snooze Tab, Page Shot , Tab Center and Containers and played with the other add-ons too. After the initial over view of the Add-ons , we performed the Test Cases and how to identify a bug, where to report and how to track that bug was discussed with the participants.
After the initial impression of add-ons , we were excited to develop our own add-ons. Then Osho parth took a small session of WebExtensions where we followed the First WebExtension and Second WebExtension . Looking forward to contribute more on WebExtension , QA and TestPilot.
It all started in the month of January when i requested Mehul Patel to file an event on behalf of me. He is a helpful person who really want to spread the Mozilla Love to all corners of India not only to his region. I met him during the MakerParty’17 in Ahmedabad.
So he filed the event and he make sure that everything is arranged. As the time come for the event which is 18th and 19th Feb, 2017 I was informed by one of the Club member of Mozilla MITS that their administration in not allowing them to have this event. So we have to postpone the dates as they are willing to have this event after Holi ( i.e during 18th-19th March ) but it didn’t happen again. So finally after this much effort and continuous rejection few members of the Club is ready to attend this event and get back to their college and take a fresh start.
It was a Sunday morning when students from MITS came to jaipur for a meeting where we discussed about the failure of their club and what all difficulties they were facing. It was a wonderful time to introduce the Collaborative Club culture where clubs from different cities which work together to accomplish a common goal.
Unicorn Club members also came to the venue where they have said the same problem as MITS said. How to Start ? Where to start with ? And What we need to do as a beginner ?
Event started with a brief introduction of all of the participant and answer to a question. What problem did he faced in Mozilla Club?
So here goes the structure I presented them :
Then we had an awesome lunch with all the participants. They really loved the food…
After the lunch we had a basic WebVR session where the MITS members learn about A-frame in detail also experienced the scenes on VR-Box. I had few swags to give away for the members of MITS which I distributed with them.
Here are the blogpost of some of the participants:
Events Picture : link
More updates to follow….
VIT chennai is one of the campus club which is known from 2014. They support us in lot of ways. After a long time conducting an workshop at VIT Chennai Campus. This time it is WebExtensions.
A day after April Fool’s, it seems like the right time to announce the news: I’m joining the Mozilla Creative Team as a design contractor starting tomorrow.
This is a major step and honor for me to work among one of the most influential design teams in the open source industry, closely involved with community and one which strives to be as decentralized as possible, in a world where latter seems unthinkable to do. When I started contributing to Mozilla 4 years ago, I missed any opportunities to get involved on a design level within the community, regardless if Branding, UI or UX. I’m happy that nowadays the landscape is more inclusive towards community designers, where I’d like to note the major open rebranding process we undertook last year, and the launch of the Open Design repo for communities to process design requests and have monthly meetings.
With the new Mozilla brand being launched 2 months ago, a great amount of work still lies before us. Apart from applying the new visual language across Mozilla’s websites and communication channels, we have to figure out how Communities are involved with the new identity, to make it feel consistent, yet flexible and inclusive for a wide range of communities.
My work will encompass exactly this and work closer with the community to strengthen the bridge between Staff and Contributors and offer ways for design contributors to get involved in a similar manner as developers in open source. With Mozilla being one of the leading forces of diverse contributor backgrounds in open source, it completely makes sense to make this the next step.
My work will be closely tied with values we share at Ura Design and Open Source Design, which have taught me invaluable lessons in the past. I look forward to turning them into practice and update you soon on the actual projects we are working on.Links
Software engineers love to build software which will make their life easier. I am one of the strong believer of this. I write many backend code and automation scripts so my manual jobs gets done easily. During my college days I used to develop Apps, during that time I had same motto, the apps I develop should help me. With same motto I sat last night and wanted to develop an Add-on which can solve my problem. One of the distracing problem for me when I work is “Changing the youtube song, pausing it when some one comes and talks to me”. For this I have to search the tab and pause in case the song is my favourite one and in some case if the song is not good have to move to next.
Fellow mozillians, I am super excited to inform you that very soon we are going to release a new campaign in India called “India uses Firefox Nightly“. Behind this campaign, our mission is to increases Firefox nightly usages in India.
As we all know we have a great Mozilla community around India. We have a large number of dedicated students, developers and evangelists who are really passionate about Mozilla. We have seen that very few people in India actually know about Firefox Nightly. So we have taken an initiative to run a pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly throughout India. Firefox Nightly, as a pre-release version of Firefox targeting power-users and core Mozilla contributors, is a glimpse of what the future of Firefox will be for hundreds of millions of people. Having a healthy and strong technical community using and testing Nightly is a great way to easily get involved in Mozilla by providing a constant feedback loop to developers. Here you can test lots of pre-release features. So it needs little bit of general promotion, which will pump to bring a good number of tech-savvy, power users who will be our active community members.Few Key points
Time Frame: 2 months Max Hashtag: #INUsesFxNightly
Event Duration: 3 – 5 Hours Total events: 15
Who will join us: We invite students, community member, developer, open source evangelist to run this campaign.Parts of Campaign Online activities:
Mozillians spread the message of this campaign around the India as well as through social media (facebook, twitter, Instagram), blog, promotional snippet, email, mailing list, website news item etc.Offline activities:
Here any community member or open source enthusiasts can host one event in his area or join any nearby event for helping organisers. The event can be held at Startup Company, School, University, Community centre, Home, Café.Goals for this initiative
BTW have you tried Firefox Nightly yet, download it now?More details will come soon. Stay tuned!
We need many core campaign volunteers who will help us to run this initiative smoothly. If you are intersted in joining campaign team, please let me know.
Have design skills? We need a logo for this campaign, please come and help us here.
For long time in tamilnadu MozillaTN community had not conducted 24 hours hackathon. We talked to Sayaji a month back and his college was very supportive for this hackathon. At first we have planned to have 3 tracks Add-ons Development, WebVr and Localization. Due to miscommunication Localization was just a one day event.
I used to have lot of converstaion in Telegram with our fellow community members. A week back one contributor pinged me in-person asked whether we are contributing in the right track and will it be helpful for us in future. I was very happy to answer his question, and I mainly suggest the contributors to contribute to areas which they are interested or which they feel it will be really helpful for them.
Sorry, for posting this late. Actually last few months I was so busy. That’s why I could not write this here.
As you all know, the world has now transformed into a global village and the digital literacy movement will touch every city one by one. Lack of web literacy can push young minds to the darkness of ignorance, where no dreams prosper. That’s why I started this initiative called “Digital Literacy Camp 2017“- this is my dream project.
So let me introduce you all to my Dream Project – Digital Literacy Camp 2017 – aim to reach 100 students in my city and make them powerful web citizens, transforming the little part of our whole country.
I started my campaign in various crowd fudging site from December 1st week’16.
Our training period starting from 1st Mar to 31st May 2017. So we already started our training……..
This is three months staggered campaign to educate 100 underprivileged students on and prepare them for a better tomorrow. Here we have 100 Students from the unprivileged community. 1 Common dream. The Desire to learn – Basic Computer Learning, Internet & Web Literacy, Spoken English and Smartphone usage.Why this 100 students from the underprivileged community:
Some children are born to lead. But at some point time, these students are always used to hear “NO”, because of their economic condition but we are saying “Yes” to their dreams. Our goal is to open a whole new world to these underprivileged children by fueling their curiosity. It is not just about education, we will help these kids learn effective skills through fun activities. Let’s work together to empower a generation of digitally literate citizens. They are here to make a difference in the lives of others.Our campaign video: Our goal:
After three months’ training, the students will:
1. Understand the working of a computer and know about the various programs.
2. Use English while communicating with others. 50% of the content produced on the internet is written in English, so the spoken English skills will come in handy.
3. Utilise the power of the internet to understand the world in a better way. Explore the new way of learning through the Internet. They can know more about privacy on their online life. They must know how to connect online and utilise the online resources.
4. They can know how the smartphone can transform their life. Also, we have selected some fun activities which will not only keep them interested but also develop a learning spirit in them. These beautiful minds will; get the best resources from us and that included proper infrastructure, skilled trainers, study material, the internet and skill-based class training.Impact:
Students are bombarded with tonnes of information every single day and it is very hard for them to retain the right information. We must concentrate our efforts on making them effective consumers of information. Digital footprints are permanent and if they lack digital knowledge, they will never develop the ability to differentiate between what is trustworthy on the web and what is not. As they are proceeding down this path, these young students are growing their vocabulary, learning how to do research and most importantly their critical thinking skills are developed. The little joys are priceless. The smile on their faces encourages us to work harder. If a little move can create so much difference in their life, we can definitely do bigger things for them. Bigger things can bring bigger changes. Teaching with a difference can make learning easy.We already started our training Few photos from our training classes
We have not raised sufficient money from crowdsourcing platform. Still, we need your help. Every contribution is equally important to make this initiative successful. Your gift can give them a hope to live and become educated digital citizens.If you are outside of India then this link for donation. People staying in India can donate us through these
We would like to thank all donors and supporters. Want to know more about this program, please read here. Help us to make these kids proven Digital Literate persons.
If you have any suggestions or comments please share with us.
I had the privilege of representing Mozilla and my country, the Philippines for the third straight year in FOSSASIA. For the second year in a row, FOSSASIA 2017 was held at the Science Center Singapore from the 17th up to the 19th of this month. The theme for this year’s FOSSASIA is “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning […]
Siddhartha is a Computer Engineering major from New York, he is also a technology leader with rich experience in Security, Web Development and Data Privacy Evangelism. He started with his Mozilla contribution by leading the Firefox Club and Cyber Cell for a year at his university. Sid was a speaker and Data Privacy Ingeniouses at the Glassroom initiative by Tactical Tech and Mozilla.
He contributed to the strata of data privacy in browser metadata, mobile devices and social networks and took the responsibility to delve deep in the topics and spread awareness about the same at the Data Detox Bar. He also is an important part of the privacy month campaign in the New York community. Creating quality content for the campaign, Sid was responsible for putting together the social media content for Twitter and Facebook posts and ensuring timely delivery of graphics to global teams for localization.
Vishal is a web entrepreneur and a champion Mozilla contributor since April 2013. He started his Mozilla journey by organizing sessions focused on teaching the web to school and university students. He then became a part of Mozilla Foundation when assigned the role of a Regional Coordinator for Mozilla Clubs. One of the key roles he played as a contributor was being a core team member who started the January Privacy Month Campaign. A campaign which, as of 2017, has proven to be a global success for the third year in a row.
In the last six months, Vishal has contributed as a Regional Coordinator, has helped set up and mentor many new Mozilla Clubs in and around India. He has been an integral part of campaigns to spread privacy awareness in India. Involved in the planning and the flow of the privacy month campaig, Vishal was responsible for assigning roles, mobilizing contributors and encouraging participation in India and in global communities. He also mentors at the Maker-Fest in India.
Before reading this post setup your Firefox so you can run WebExtensions in your browser.
“摩茲工寮, Mozilla Community Space Taipei” is an event/meeting/working space and shelter to the local Mozillians, Mozilla volunteers, and OSS communities.
Here I will share about some brief status of the Taipei Space.
(I'll use “MozTW Space” or “Space” as the abbreviation to “Mozilla Community Space Taipei” below.)MozTW Community
Mozilla Taiwan Community (MozTW) is a local Mozilla volunteer community. We had contributing by localizing, promoting Firefox, Mozilla and open cultures to Mozilla and open source projects since 2004.
The Community Space was an idea initially raised by William Quiviger in 2013, and sponsored by WPR team. We started the first experimental space in Taipei spring 2014.
After April 2016, the space project had transitioned to Participation Team, supported by Brian King. In February 2017, it has been transitioned to Open Innovation Group with the help by George Roter and Konstantina.Keyholders
MozTW Space is co-managing by “Keyholder,” 15 local Mozilla volunteers. Keyholders are all vouched Mozillians, and has same privilege. People need to be countersigned by more than 50% of Mozillian visitors (in last three months) when they applied for the position. The threshold represents the community's support to the applicant.Visitors & Events
Everyone is welcome to visiting MozTW space when there is any Keyholder inside. However, it's not opening 24 hours / 7 days a week due to the volunteers ability. In last three years, we managed to open the space 20~25 days per month in average. (mostly the night time)
Besides Mozilla events, we also welcome and support all open culture and programming communities to hosting their events in the MozTW Space. Totally there are more than 8000 visitors and 760 events since May 2014.
Some of the most closing cooperate communitiess including G0V, OSM, Wikimedia Taiwan, Creative Commons Taiwan, Open Culture Foundation, SITCON (Students Information Technology Conference) and WoFOSS (Women in Free and Open Source Software in Taiwan).
One of the primary goals is to introduce Mozilla and our belief to new friends. In last six month (Sep-Feb), more than 410 visitors had learned about Mozilla on their first visit to the Space (out of 1800 visitors in 167 events).
We introduce Mozilla, Manifesto, our different projects, topics around internet health and policy, and new technologies we're building.Dev-rel
Since Dec 2015, we put emphasis on developer relationship. There are 168 developer events, and we introduce Rust, Servo, HTML5, WebAPI and developer tools to more than 4000 local programmers.Social Engagement
On social engagement, we had received 2550 Check-ins and 1100 Likes on Facebook and Foursquare. And in fact, we didn't ask people to do it. These social channels had become a good way for us to promoting openness.
And we issue Open Badges...
One of the best events is “MozTW Lab,” Mozillian weekly meetup on each Friday night. Volunteers get together to socialize, work, and give lightning talks on various topics including Mozilla's latest update.
This meetup had been running for seven years, and there are 77 lightning talk sessions recorded/live broadcasted through Vidyo from Space since 2014.Photos
Here are some photo highlights of the space,More
Looking forward to your visit!
(Download the full slide here.)
Most recently MozillaTN17 has been organised. One of the agenda of the meetup is to build strong relationship with Campus Clubs Students (formely Firefox Student Ambassador). During that time our plan was to discuss with each and every campus club and help them build a small website for them. It was my responsibility to bring website for campus clubs. I teamed up with Prasanth and karthick.
After a very long period I am visit SRM University (which is near my office). Previously I have visited SRM for Aarush in 2014 one of the biggest event for Firefox OS workshop, the first time I met Rohit.
Dropbox Paper is Dropbox’s cloud web text editor that lets you create documents in the cloud that can be managed collaboratively, sharing with your contacts and team, with interface in many languages, the platform allows you to login with the same Dropbox credentials and have features that make it easier to organize events, meetings, campaigns and other tasks in our communities.
If you work on event organization as a representative of Mozilla Reps, you’ll love using Dropbox tools, because it not only enables collaboration, but also has a very comfortable editor, clean, and has cool tools for interacting and organizing tasks with your community team.
Feel free to do an overview on Paper, test and use this template created by myself to facilitate organization of community events, this will facilitate your work in organizing the event and do not forget that you can convert your document to Markdown and download, this allows you to copy all content in Markdown and add it to the Mozilla Reps Event Page, or create a public link to your document and add it to the event page.
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Please join us in congratulating, Rep of the Month for 2017!
This is my small report of activities, campaigns and programs that I got involved in throughout the Mozilla community in the last year!
I’m describing a summary of all the actions and adding some links to my blog posts that have all the history of my involvement in all activities at Mozilla.
I am hopeful that this report will inspire you to keep your contribution or join today to our Mozilla community.#1 Join at Mozilla Reps program
In March I joined Mozilla Reps, after 2 months that I applied to the program, for me it was fast, was my second applied to the program and was approved to join.
I have organized/participated in more than 30+ events as a representative of Mozilla, plus dozens of meetings and training with various projects involved.
Working with the entire Reps Community is a great learning environment, read more about my first experiences with the program at “I became a Mozilla Rep! But what has changed?”.
And I was Rep of the Month in October, beyond recognition, I got a Firefox sweater and my Reps Welcome Pack.#2 Open Internet Leader at Mozilla StoryEngine
The Mozilla Foundation is creating a better way to gather feedback and accelerate learning. We’re calling it StoryEngine. Designed to systematically collect, analyze, and leverage the stories emerging from our networks, StoryEngine will help support open Internet leaders and advocates, demonstrate the impact of our work, and act on opportunities and challenges.
My story is published at Geraldo Barros — Story Engine.#3 Captain at Leão Mozilla Clubs, my favorite Mozilla Club!
My work at Leão Mozilla Clubs as captain continue, by the second year of the success at Padre Leão Vallerié School in Campinas, Brazil.
Last year we kept content on web development and we introduced Arduino content, in addition to participating in other curriculum tests created by Chad, I can say was that it was a great year.
At school we have some problems with the Internet and computers, we are limited to few tools and low quality internet.
Oh, we’ve moved our blog to Medium, so now it’s under https://leaomozillaclubs.com.#4 Take Back The Web Campaign
Take Back The Web was an incredible Mozilla worldwide campaign, organized last year the campaign involved communities and college students from around the world! The campaign was aimed at the development of open technologies, talks and actions related to security and privacy, focused on campus college students from around the world the campaign was organized by Mozilla.
The campaign had local support from college teams who developed activities on their campus, a network of local coaches ensured that local teams developed activities and gained training and mentoring.
My work in the campaign was to mentor and coach local 2 local team students of the Colombia and Venezuela. At the end of the campaign the Mozilla team received feedback and gained the experience with campus to organize the newest program, Mozilla Campus Clubs!
Read more about Mozilla on Campus at Reinventing Mozilla on Campus.#5 Mozilla Brazil Community Gathering
28 and 29 May 2016 were special for Mozilla Brazil Community happened Mozilla Brazil Community Gathering 2016 organized by Mozilla for the purpose of improve the health of the community, establish empathy between members, solve problems and conflicts and align the community about the campaigns and Mozilla development projects.
Read more about Mozilla Brazil Community Gathering at Mozilla Brazil Community Gathering 2016 by Geraldo Barros.
Read more about community gatherings at Community Gatherings Overview by Francisco Picolini.
FISL17 was one of the editions of FISL that our community again participated in, it is a great event and one of the largest free software in Latin America.
Last year I organized community participation in FISL17 and many volunteers participated talking and developing activities in our break out room, our participation was focused on Mozilla’s support, developer network, diversity and other projects.
The most shocking results have been for the community support team, which has really consolidated and done incredible things to this day.
The participation of the community in the event was awesome, but it required a lot of work and previous organization to ensure an incredible event.
The Semana de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Computação is constituted as the main scientific event to promote, technological and cultural at IFMG – Campus Bambuí. It is a local action related to the National Week of Science and Technology, an initiative of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Federal Government, which has as main purpose to mobilize the population, especially children and young people around issues and science and technology activities.
And I’m talked about Web Compatibility, an open invitation to all developers, web users and browsers developers to join the web compatibility. Learn how to make the Web a more compatible place with all and for all and best of all a super fun way! Report issues and get help in solving compatibility issues on any website. The project is developed by volunteers around the world and supported by Mozilla in a global effort to make the Web better.
My participation in the event took a long trip to the interior of Minas Gerais state, but it was one of my best trips because I saw beautiful landscapes through flights, cars and buses.
The university campus is beautiful and big, the students took me to know the whole campus the first day, they were very nice and hospitable! Oh, I could not forget to tell you that I ate the best milk candy in the world and I received a pot of milk candy to take to my home made on campus, I really want to come back soon, thank you for all university team!#8 Mozilla at Latinoware 2016 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Latinoware opens up space for discussion and reflection on the deployment of open source software in Latin America. The public consist among students, professionals and specialists from the area and also international celebrities and representatives from public and private agencies of different countries of Latin America. In the last edition, the event had 4.259 participants and 230 speakers in activities related the world of I.T. and free software.
And the last year I’m talked about WebVR and Web Compatibility Issues for all people, and participated of all activities at Mozilla break out room.
Latinoware is a big event, a very diverse and multilingual audience, is focused so that all the countries of latin america participate.
Mozilla participated in the event through many volunteers from the Mozilla Brasil and Paraguay communities, it was amazing to meet the Mozilla Paraguay team and their recent work with Firefox Aguaratata.
Read more about my talks at Crie uma web que funcione para todos #MozillaNaLatinoware and WebVR com A-Frame #MozillaNaLatinoware.#9 Mozilla Festival 2016 at Ravensbourne, London, United Kingdom
I had the opportunity to attend the Mozilla Festival 2016, a world festival focusing on the opening movement of the Internet, happened year pass from 28 to 30 October at Ravensbourne College in London/UK.
The Mozilla Festival is a great event that deals with topics related to technology and the internet and subjects related to focus on debates, activities hand in hand and this year a series of lectures on topics relevant to the world of internet and technology.
I could spend hours writing about the festival, in general I can say that it is a big festival with the most diverse themes that connect the internet and technology (that is, everything), the festival is like a bomb of learning and knowledge, Is a space where you will learn a lot in a short time in an inclusive, participative and engaging way, every session had people excited and passionate about teaching and learning.
I met new technologies at the science fair, met lots of people and put my hand in the dough by learning to work hand in hand with many projects and sessions, as well as falling in love with the arts sessions.
Mozilla Festival is an important space for captains to learn new things, share experiences, meet new captains and participate in countless sessions that connect education, it’s time to learn new methodologies and best practices to develop in their clubs, exchange experience and Storytelling is very important with other captains to learn and know other distinct realities and the event provides this space for learning.
Read more about Mozilla Clubs at MozFest at Mozilla Clubs at Mozfest 2016 and about my personal experiences at Mozilla Festival: Clubes, Arte, Localização, Open Badges, Liderança e Internet.#10 Mozilla Campus Clubs as Regional Coordinator
The Mozilla Campus Clubs are Mozilla Clubs that take place at a University or College – These clubs take advantage of the unique learning environments of Universities and Colleges to bring students with a passion for technology together to build and innovate on open source projects that build the open web.
And with a simple structure, Campus Clubs have important roles to mentoring club captains from universities, one of which is the Campus Clubs Regional Coordinator, I joined the program assuming this role after training.
Today I am working on the mentoring of 3 new captains who are doing a awesome work on their campus!
See all clubs and regional coordinator around the world at Mozilla Campus Clubs Connect.#11 Maker Party Week Campinas 2016
And it all started at the Mozilla Festival, Mozilla’s annual event about the open Internet movement, read more about it, the event gave me many ideas and ways of working copyrighted in Brazil.
The Maker Party this last year is focused on the need for changes in copyright laws in Europe, but there are other ways to work a Maker Party in Brazil, since it is important to educate as people on copyright and open licenses.
When I started thinking about the strategy in which people were able to learn copyright in an engaging, intuitive and allied way to something that people definitely enjoy was the key to a successful activity.
We are all users, creators, consumers, educators, students and we are constantly creating new things: music, blog posts, essays, tweets, paintings and photos — yes, we are artists and great creators!
Learning about content licensing is openly important to enable the promotion of your work, co-creation and innovation.
Educators are important pieces to continue teaching this content in various community spaces, telecenters and schools, many of them today know the importance and how to license content with Creative Commons.
Brazil is a country that needs a new copyright law, it is not just Europe, the Internet challenges copyright systems all over the world, demanding updates in a structure that was forged and developed between the XVIII and XX centuries. Read more at Droitdu..
Read more about this Maker Party at Maker Party Week Campinas 2016: copyright, art and learning.#12 Mozilla Support Brazil with Mozpizza Hackathon
Mozpizza was one of the most out-of-box events that the support team has hosted and perhaps the most out-of-the-box event of Mozilla every year.
The idea was simple, put everyone together on video to stay up all night and get engaged working on all open support platforms and kill all the to-do lists!
The goals were ambitious: 100% of everything!
Oh, all the volunteers got pizza to eat during the online marathon.
The result has been a sucess, read more about this initiative at MozPizza Hackathon — Support Brazil.Thank you!
Thanks to everyone who got involved in my work last year, a special thank you to the entire Mozilla community, the Reps program team and the Mozilla Leadership Network.
I would like to name everyone, but there are many, so if you worked with me on any task this year, a big thank you!
Late 2013, Mozilla announced that it will be erecting a monument for Mozillians in San Francisco, just outside of its office. “The structure is being constructed now, concrete is being poured, and the monument is planned to be unveiled in mid-December. On the side panels the names of over 4,512 people who have contributed to Mozilla will […]
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I’m writing a blog post after a long, long time and the reason why I’ve been dormant is because I’ve not done anything of significance for the past 6 months. As I’m writing this, I’m also watching the US Open Semifinals between Rafa and Dimitrov (the 5th set is on and I really hope Rafa wins this one! *fingers crossed*).
Back to my story, I had the wonderful opportunity to represent Mozilla at 4CCON (Collaboration, Contribution, Communities and Commons) which is a National Level Conference organized by FSMI, a premier free software organization in India. I was invited to give an advanced workshop on using Selenium for testing web applications using Python on the Firefox browser.
The session went well, initially with 15 participants which later swelled into a crowd of 50 participants. The conference had workshops in a variety of topics and my session was scheduled to be on the first day – the 26th of January. Incidentally, it was the Republic Day of the country – I feel good sharing the things I’ve learned and practiced on the very day the Indian Constitution came into effect, over 60 years ago.
— Abhiram Ravikumar (@abhi12ravi) January 26, 2017
The full day workshop started off with a quick introduction on Python as a programming language, moving on to the uses and applications of the Selenium test framework and most importantly – the significance of unit testing. I highlighted the various API methods that Python developers could use to test a simple web page. The entire slide deck of the 1 day workshop is hosted online here.
In the later half of the day, I made the participants set up a basic website on their own and test for simple elements on the page like Dialog Boxes, Forms and Links. The participants found it interesting to inspect the DOM (Document Object Model) structure of their favorite websites and give various test scenarios and the exciting part was when they actually found a few bugs.
At the end of my workshop, I had a section on Open Source projects and how the participants could contribute. I shared stories of many successful people who started off fixing the odd bug here and there – are now the leaders in their technology fields. This was found to be inspirational by the participants there.
— Abhiram Ravikumar (@abhi12ravi) January 26, 2017
During the next 2 days of the conference I was invited as a delegate and attended various keynotes apart from meeting many FOSS enthusiasts whom I had met only virtually, hitherto.
On the whole, it was a productive workshop and I hope the participants will take up open source contribution and do justice to the enthusiasm they’ve displayed.
Chennai has grown in leaps, I hope to see better things in the days to come.
ILUGC stands for Indian Linux Users Group Chennai. ILUGC is one of the oldest community and running for past 10 years actively. My intention to attend this meetup was to meet one of the amazing open source community contributor Shrinivasan, I am always inspired on seeing him, you can visit his blog goinggnu to learn more about what he is contributing and mentoring others.
It feels like yesterday when I had my first FOSDEM, Yet more than 3 years passed and my 4th edition of FOSDEM is behind me as well. Throughout all 4 years I have been part of the Mozilla presence, regardless if as a Mozilla Rep, l10n contributor or Tech Speaker. I can only appreciate the great moments we shared with fellow attendees at FOSDEM. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions, sobriety, hangoverness and swag every year, and this year has been no different.
Unlike the other years, 10 people from our local Open Labs Hackerspace attended FOSDEM 2017. That’s 10 Albanians too much already.
As part of the Open Source Design collective, I have been helping out with the organization of the Open Source Design (dev)room this year at FOSDEM. I was happy to give a talk about Mozilla Open Design and the new branding of Mozilla introduced just a few weeks ago.
— Mozilla TechSpeakers (@mozTechSpeakers) February 4, 2017
— Redon Skikuli (@rskikuli) February 5, 2017
— Elio Qoshi (@elioqoshi) February 4, 2017
In the past year, I have been trying to not break my routine too much while traveling. Conferences are great and inspiring but it can be pretty demanding to fully emerge yourself into the conference experience if you travel frequently. As a part-time introvert, I tend to relax in my hotel for quite a few hours, at least every 2 days, something which has worked for me quite well in the past. Not at FOSDEM however.
— Redon Skikuli (@rskikuli) February 4, 2017
There are way too many people you want to catch up with and way too much going on as well. With FOSDEM fringe there is also a great number of events which happen before and after FOSDEM, due to so many different projects already having presence during that week, making it easier to meet in person. I failed to meet with several people I wanted to catch up with, but it’s kind of expected at such a large event as FOSDEM.
During peak times, it was reported that 18000 devices were connected to the WiFi network. It’s a good estimate of the number of attendees at the event. Crazy indeed. The proportions of FOSDEM are immense.
There is a Survival Guide by Paul Adams I highly recommend however. If you think of attending FOSDEM next year, be prepared. It’s pretty demanding physically and emotionally, especially if you can’t get used to the feeling of “missing out”. Let me clarify it for you here:
You will miss out a lot of things at FOSDEM. You can not do much about it. Embrace it and you will enjoy it even more.
What I really dislike at FOSDEM is the lack of any relaxing zones and the limited selection of (junk) food. It is very demanding for your mind and body to not have proper food, hydration and sleep. Be prepared for that. If you plan to attend FOSDEM, try to stay an additional night in Brussels (or depart late on Monday) because you need the energy to refuel. If you think you are thick-skinned however, you should be doing quite fine.
The day after FOSDEM, we met with some of the key players for Free and Open Source Software in the European Parliament & Commision. We had a great time talking about our experience with our local public administrations and their status regarding Free Software. We are looking forward to continue this discussions at OSCAL’17 which happens in May.
This is a blogpost that explains what Mobilizer in Mozilla Community is and how Reps would potentially fit in this role. Right now we have defined the mobilizers as a group of trusted, aligned and committed mozillians that are interested in:
When we introduced the mobilizer word in Reps community a lot of people were confused. What does being a mobilizer mean? And what does that mean for me as a Rep? By trying to give an initial answer we realised that every person had a different interpretation to the word, creating different expectations. What we failed to realize was that in fact Reps have already been walking the mobilizer path for a year now via the RepsNext changes.
This blogpost serves as a way to shed some light on the questions above. It is also trying to initiate a discussion inside Reps. We’re proud to call ourselves a volunteer lead program, thus we need to discuss in the open about the path we are taking and its implications for the program. We haven’t finalized any role descriptions or role responsibilities. This is something we need your help with in the comments below.What does being a mobilizer mean?
Mobilizer is a term that we have started using only recently. From the wiktionary, a mobilizer is a person that mobilizes something or someone, basically the one that is moving things or people forward.
In Mozilla we have struggled a lot in the past on bringing coordination inside the communities and also connect with other communities with the purpose of serving Mozilla’s mission and goals. In the past we have partially solved this with creating the Reps program, however it was never clear that this was its purpose. So what does actually being a mobilizer mean?
A Mobilizer in the Mozilla community is a trusted, aligned and committed Mozillian that is interested in:
But what is going to be the result/output of those efforts?
The purpose of Mobilizers’ actions is to build healthy communities and connections that will serve Mozilla’s goals as well as specific functional team goals.How does Reps fit in that role?
When we’ve built the program 7 years ago we came with a simple definition:
“The Mozilla Reps program aims to empower and support volunteer Mozillians who want to become official representatives of Mozilla in their region/locale.
The program provides a simple framework and a specific set of tools to help Mozillians to organize and/or attend events, recruit and mentor new contributors, document and share activities, and support their local communities better.”
At the beginning we were aiming to give volunteers a way to officially represent Mozilla around the world. But the program evolved to be so much more. Over the years, Reps found a structured way to become the bridge between the Mozilla Corporation, Mozilla Foundation and the volunteer community. They became the backbone of the community, they helped to build structured communities and to bring more contributors to the project. Mozilla is competing in a very aggressive environment however we have a key differentiator, and that is our volunteer community. During the past years Reps have been the key to unlocking this huge potential and provide value to Mozilla goals. So even if it is not in our description, Reps are the ones that unofficially took the role of mobilizing their communities and help them align with Mozilla’s goals.The transformation from an events program to a community building program (RepsNext)
As mentioned on the definition of Reps, it has been given to the participants of the program: “a specific set of tools to help Mozillians to organize and/or attend events” and it was this specific set of tools and resources that enabled hundreds of Reps through the years to conduct thousands of events in order to spread Mozilla’s mission.
However, Reps are not only about events. Of course events are a great tool that enables us to bring more contributors and awareness to Mozilla. But we came to the realization that even though events were great, we needed to use them in a way that they would be something more than a one-off effort. As we were growing, we found the need to use our resources better and to use them in order to serve Mozilla’s goals instead of just spreading awareness. And last but not least, we needed to give the resources to our community not only on how to manage budget but also on how to build and support healthy communities, how to coach new contributors and how to build connections.
We saw the need to evolve and a year ago we introduced RepsNext, a project that has already brought great changes and that will still have a long way to go.What if a Rep doesn’t want to be a mobilizer?
Being a mobilizer is an exciting, great step for Reps. However, we recognize that there are Reps that don’t see themselves as such, and this is completely understandable. That’s why we are building a strategy for Reps that don’t want to continue that path and want to focus on core functional work activities. A strategy that recognizes their contributions, efforts and enables them to volunteer in the Mozilla world and keep representing Mozilla as core contributors.So what do you think?
Please leave your feedback on the discourse topic.
In the past months we have worked to implement pieces of RepsNext. Now it’s time to share an update on where we stand and what has been done so far. Our work in this quarter will also be focused on aligning with other parts of the organization and make use of existing resources to further implement RepsNext. We also have published the Reps program goals for the current quarter.
Thanks to Yofie for creating this visualization! (minor last-minute changes made by Reps Council)Resources
We have made significant progress in the last quarter on the Resources track. We now have a Review Team that has managed to bring the average review time down by 30% in the last quarter. We also have allocated our budget based on Participation’s priorities for the quarter and we have published it with a live update so Reps know exactly where we spend our resources. Last but not least, we now have a definition of what a Resources Rep is, as well as a dedicated wiki for the Resources track where we track all our processes.
But there is always room for more. This quarter we will focus on finishing the training and the application process so Reps can join the track. If you want to help on our work, please go ahead and read the draft training and provide your feedback. We truly value them!Onboarding
During the past few months we’ve seen a problem on onboarding new Reps, mainly due to the lack of new mentors to take them as well as a huge amount of applications we had to screen through. After a mass screening phase we informed the accepted applicants and asked them to confirm their interest to join the program. These will onboarded as a test for our new onboarding webinar we’re creating.
This new webinar is currently being drafted and will be finished soon. We have a few tweaks to make in terms of the content itself, but the general content ideas stand. If the first test with this new webinar is successful, we can improve the Reps-specific onboarding time significantly. Additionally we will be working together with the Community Development team in this quarter to analyze current onboarding processes to identify common parts (including Reps and Campus Clubs).Participation Alignment
Along with the Participation team we’ve worked a lot in order to align our goals with the team’s goals. The Council is working with the team in order to co-create the quarterly and yearly goals and OKRs for 2017. The program’s goals are also being created based the team’s goals and priorities.
Of course this is an ongoing work that will continue this year. In order for the program to be successful we need to be able to be aligned with the team’s goals as well as the broader Mozilla’s goals. The Reps Council will be highly involved in strategic and operational discussions as representatives for the broader community, this also means that at least one Council member will be attending regular Community Development/Open Innovation meetings.Leadership
During the last quarter a team of volunteers lead by Emma Irwin built and tested the leadership toolkit. This toolkit will act as the guidance for the Reps that want to join the track.
The following months we will work on creating a solid roadmap for the track, on how people can join and how we can align our resources with the Leadership Network resources from MoFo.Coaching
Last fall we have onboarded new coaches in the Reps program to strengthen our coaching possibilities for new Reps. All of these were already Reps. Guillermo lead the efforts of this training and has created training material we can use for further coaching trainings. We also ran the training with a few existing mentors to test the training material.
Additionally we have started with a Regional Coaches group. The Reps Regional coaches project aims to bring support to all Mozilla local communities around the world thanks to a group of excellent core contributors who will be talking with these communities and coordinating with the Reps program and the Participation team. These coaches are neither a power structure nor a decision maker, they are there to listen to the communities and establish a 2-way communication. We want communities to be better integrated with the rest of the org, not just to be aligned with the current organizational needs but also to allow them to be more involved in shaping the strategy and vision for Mozilla and work together with staff as a team, as One Mozilla.
In this quarter we will finalize our plan on how we will handle coaching in the future. We encountered a few challenges in the past few months which we will solve in this plan. Our goal is to further improve this coaching material so it can serve for training new coaches as well as training existing mentors. Our goal is to have all existing mentors to be trained with this material once we have a solid plan. We are also thinking about renewing existing mentor’s commitment. All of this will ensure that all Reps can grow and advance in personal skills and their volunteer goals with the help of their coaches in addition to the leadership track.Functional areas
While the question about functional areas come up from time to time during our “Working Groups” phase of RepsNext, we never had a dedicated group for it. Therefore there is no solid proposal on how to move forward there. We know that this would involve a lot of time commitment from both the functional teams’ sides as well as ours. This is currently not realistic to implement or analyze. Reps are encouraged to build and development communities around functional areas with direct input from functional teams, but we will not focus on this part for at least the first half of this year. We need to have a strong base as a mobilizer program first.
You can follow all the Reps program’s goals in the Reps Issue Tracker.
Which thoughts cross your mind upon reading this? Where would you like to help out? Let’s keep the conversation going! Join the discussion on Discourse.
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, we had an event planned at Northern India Engineering College on Activate Mozilla Campaign. Our aim was to cover WebVR track under Build the Web activity.
The event was scheduled from 12:00 PM IST to 4:00 PM IST.
I reached the venue at 10:40 AM and helped a bit with arrangements. Saturday was a day off for all college students, so honestly I didn't expect much audience.
But, I was wrong. Students are more willing to learn and soon there were lot of students. In starting there were less people, but then we got a total audience of around 70+ which is huge considering that it was a holiday for them and they just came here to learn about FOSS.
Unfortunately, out of the core-organizers, only Shivam was available. But we got support from other student volunteers to do various arrangements and co-ordinating all the sessions smoothly. I would take this opportunity to thank each one of them.
Since, there were no other speakers, I had to take all the sessions. It began with an interactive session on what students understand by the term FOSS (Free & Open Source Software). I told about how Free Software and Open Source Software are same yet different from each other.
After this we discussed about Mozilla and the Open Web. Since it was Data Privacy Day, we also discussed about how important is privacy in the online world, yet most of us don't have proper information on it. We also discussed about Free Basics and how various organizations keep track of our online identities; and how Mozilla as an organization is doing in protecting the Free Web.
Next session was on Introduction to Git & Github. Although focus was on Activate Mozilla campaign, but I really wanted to teach about Version control to people considering that most people are Engineering students.
After this we had a small break to let people grab the knowledge they just had. I was surprised by the enthusiasm of these students. In the break time too, many of them surrounded me with various questions like how to contribute to FOSS, how to start et. all. So, yes, it wasn't a break for me ;)
After this session, we jumped on to Activate Mozilla Campaign. We told about various tracks under Activate Mozilla Campaign. The session was kick started with an introduction to Virtual Reality. We discussed about Visual and Input Immersion and how it is changing the Web as we use it today.
After this, we jumped on to learning A-Frame and making Virtual Reality scenes.
Then we gave time to audience to try using A Frame to develop something. I will collect all those projects and post them here soon :)
In the end we distributed swags to students.
After the event, we took feedback from people. Some of them are here:
Out of these, I'm astonished to see, that 100% people want to learn more about it. One student wrote that he would really like if more simpler terms would be used. Surely, I would keep this in mind, and if someone told me this thing during the session, I would've helped them there itself. But I'd surely take care from next session.
And there is some MozLove on twitter as well :)
Now, I'm flooded with a lot of mails from students who're willing to contribute to FOSS and requesting for guidance. I have started replying to some, and will be replying to all of them soon.
So, you wanna join us?
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 the Firefox Student Ambassadors program to gain experience leading projects at your school. And all of our contributor opportunities are available to you on the Get Involved homepage.
The Mozilla Reps application process involves three simple steps:
Fill out and submit the Mozilla Reps application form. A Mozilla Rep mentor will be in touch within 24 hours.
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 Mozilla Rep!
Thanks for your interest in making the Web better with Mozilla!×