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Mozilla Switzerland Goals H1 2016
Michael Kohler on February 07, 2016 01:43 PM

Back in November we had a Community Meetup. The goal was to get a current status on the Community and define plans and goals for 2016. To do that, we started with a SWOT-Analysis. You can find it here.

With these remarks in mind, we started to define goals for 2016. Since there are a lot of changes within one year, the goals will currently only focus on the first part of the year. Then we can evaluate them, shift metrics if needed, and define new goals. This allows us to be more flexible.

The goals are highly influenced by the OKR (Objective – Key Results) Framework. To document open issues that support this goal, I have created a repository in our MozillaCH GitHub organization. The goal is to assign the “overall goal” label to each issue. You can find a good documentation on GitHub issues in their documentation. There is a template you can use for new issues.

  • Objective 1: The community is vibrant and active due to structured contribution areas
  • Objective 2: MozillaCH is a valuable partner for privacy in Switzerland
  • Objective 3: There is a vibrant community in the “Romandie” which is part of the overall community
  • Objective 4: The MozillaCH website is the place to link to for community topics
  • Objective 5: With talks and events we increase our reach and provide a valuable information source regarding the Open Web
  • Objective 6: Social Media is a crucial part of our activities providing valuable information about Mozilla and the Open Web

We know that not all of those goals are easily achievable, but this gives us a good way to be ambitious. To a successful first half of 2016, let’s bring our community further and keep rocking the Open Web!


Firefox OS dies with strings attached
elioqoshi on February 06, 2016 12:52 PM

I was wrong. When writing Schrödinger’s Firefox OS last month, I aggregated all communication channels within Mozilla to bring a focused and unbiased blog post explaining the situation, which was true at that point.

However, things seemed to change now, with Mozilla management deciding to kill Firefox OS for smartphones for good. Yes, it’s over. Not a single employee will be assigned to work on Firefox OS for smartphones after the 2.6 release. While for an outsider this might not be surprising news, it contradicts with a lot of points communicated by Mozilla Leadership in December 2015. Check out the announcement on Mozilla Discourse.

Concretely, we were told back in December that smartphones would be an essential part of Connected Devices, yet it seems that some people might have changed their mind now. While the process of giving feedback and chiming in regarding the future of Connected Devices has been opened up in the last weeks, suggestions from not only contributor’s side, but also staff side, has fallen onto deaf ears.

  • We will end development on Firefox OS for smartphones after the version 2.6 release. This means that Firefox OS for smartphones will no longer have staff involvement beyond May.
  • The foxfooding program will continue and will focus on these new product innovations (rather than improving the smartphone experience). We expect the Sony Z3C foxfooding devices to be useful in this, but we expect it to take until the end of March to figure out the specific design of this program.

While I really hope to be wrong with this assumption, how can it be that not a single thing suggested by the community is reflected in the new announcement? I feel like being a toddler who just keeps talking yet no one listens to. Same goes to a lot of other Mozillians who have similar frustrations. How can you ask for our feedback when it’s not even remotely looking like someone is listening to us?

But seriously, it’s absurd how things are being broken from the upper management and Participation tries to fix the leaking holes in real time. Kind of like the Participation team being The First Aid instead of preventing these issues in the first place.

It’s not Participation’s fault though. Mozilla’s decision making process from above hasn’t been transparent for a long time now. Instead of being part of the conversation, decisions are thrown over the wall with no way to return back, even when there is fierce opposition.

I do not wish to take part in post-mortem discussions when these discussions have already happened before the decision, yet were not taken into account. It’s simply an insult of my time, which I could have used to make an actual lasting impact in some other project. I look like a fool now, talking about how Firefox OS is not dead, and the exact opposite fact is shoved into my face one beautiful morning. Lesson learned.

One chance too much

Mozilla is slowly turning into Canonical. Once so heavily devoted into community, now mostly driven by corporate strategies and decisions. Everything marvelous we have achieved is in the past now. We still pride ourselves of Firefox and other success scenarios when these have been years ago. Regaining the trust of your users can be achieved, but once you lose the trust of your very own volunteers, things are set to go downhill.

I hear the Participation team asking us to talk about the issue to improve for the next time. I cannot bear hearing that sentence anymore. If someone says they’re sorry for the 3rd or 4th time repeating the same mistake, how can you take them seriously?

Don’t spend efforts fixing your symptoms Mozilla. Fix the root of the problem first, which is the very opaque communication within the community, followed by a centralized decision-making process. Sponsored trips and free swag won’t keep contributors motivated for eternity, You have crossed the line already.


Notes: For the time being I will focus my efforts in Mozilla Community Design solely and the local Mozilla community in Albania. Furthermore, I will be contributing more of my time to the Fedora project, which is messy, yet has a very transparent decision-making process.

While I’m very disappointed from the Mozilla Leadership team, I thank the Participation team for driving efforts to improve communication and involvement across Mozilla. Unfortunately it has not been enough to prevent this situation.

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New council members – Winter 2015
Ruben Martin [:Nukeador] on January 11, 2016 01:01 PM

We are happy to announce that the four new members of the Council have been already on boarded.

Welcome Umesh, Faisal, Rara and Arturo! They bring with them skills they have picked up as Reps mentors, and as community leaders both inside Mozilla and in other fields. A HUGE thank you to the outgoing council members – San James, Luis, Ankit and Bob. We are hoping you continue to use your talents and experience to continue in a leadership role in Reps and Mozilla.

The new members have been gradually on boarded during the last 3 weeks.

The Mozilla Reps Council is the governing body of the Mozilla Reps Program. It provides the general vision of the program and oversees day-to-day operations globally. Currently, 7 volunteers and 2 paid staff sit on the council. Find out more on the ReMo wiki.

Congratulate new Council members on this Discourse topic!


My Open Tasks This Heartbeat
Emma on January 05, 2016 07:50 PM

Happy New Year!

This heartbeat (ending Jan 22nd) is particularly crazy fun, as we prepare for the Leadership Summit in Singapore.  I’ m again experimenting with Open Tasks, this time asking for skill-specific help developing learning content for workshops:

1. Open is an Attitude

2. Rapid Prototyping

3. How to Run an Excellent Event

Each of these present a creative and fun challenge, both in content and format (1 hour workshops).  There are both very small, and larger chunks of work depending on your background and time.  When we’re done these will be shared for the world to use as well.

I can probably do a much better job of framing the opportunity in Github, and thus grateful for suggestions to improve the outline next time.   Always Learning!


CC BY-SA 2.0 ‘Teaching Open Source Practices’ by Image By OpenSource.com

 

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Schrödinger’s Firefox OS
elioqoshi on January 04, 2016 08:44 PM

Disclaimer: This is not a pure and objective blog post . I will be sharing thoughts and opinions of my own regarding Firefox OS which do not represent Mozilla’s views necessarily, neither those of other organizations I’m affiliated with. This is tied in with my related blog post about Mozlando – Mozilla’s end of the year Work Week in 2015.

Last month, I attended Mozlando, Mozilla’s bi-annual Work Week event in Orlando, Florida. Among a lot of news and exciting projects, one specific news was hard to digest:
As you might have (in)famously heard:


Well, according to the media at least. Of course things are not so simple like in Hollywood to smash a clickbaity headline on a biased article, so let’s turn the clocks back a bit.

Mozlando Announcement

The opening plenary session at Mozlando was quite absurd. We were greeted by adorable Foxy plushies waiting for us on our seats, and just an hour later, Ari Jaaksi, responsible for Connected Devices at Mozilla announced on stage that Mozilla would stop pushing Firefox OS devices and close all deals with partners. Firefox OS would serve as the base for Connected Devices at Mozilla, aka Web of Things / Internet of Things.

“What?! What does that mean? Can you be a bit more specific? Are we abandoning Firefox OS? What will happen with all the functional teams working on Firefox OS? “

Questions like these started circulating all around Mozlando. Meanwhile, Ari has been sharing several tweets, with the hope to answer some questions, but as it seems, many more were raised.

Confusion was spreading like wildfire and it was only a matter of time until media outlets would pick up the story… which of course didn’t last long. TechCrunch covered the story in less than 2 hours after Ari came on stage. ArsTechnica followed with a more hardcore headline. GSMArena even went that far to call Firefox OS “officially” dead. It was so bad even Mozilla’s ex Firefox OS evangelist, Christian Heilmann was already discussing the Firefox OS post-mortem.

It was a PR disaster, internally and externally. We ended the first day of Mozlando without answers to our questions. It diminished our excitement of being at Disney World, solely due to the fact we went to bed with a big question mark over our head.

We received an answer the next day by reading the Mozilla blog. Well, at least we hoped so, because one could hardly call the blog post helpful explanation wise:

Everything is connected around us. This revolution has already started and it will be bigger than previous technology revolutions, including the mobile smartphone revolution. Internet of Things, as many call it today, will fundamentally affect all of us.

 

We will prototype this future starting right now using technologies developed as part of the Firefox OS project to give us a kick start.

 

We will make space for this exploration by stopping our work to build and ship smartphones through carrier partners.

 

We will explore and prototype new use cases in the world of connected devices as an open source project with a clear focus on the user benefit and experience.

 

We will focus on products and technologies that allow people to access and manage their world of connected devices, helping to ensure people are empowered, safe and independent.

 

We are excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. We believe that the Web can be the right platform for this future of connected devices and we can’t wait to share more with everyone soon.

we, we, we, we, we. How can Mozilla talk about “we” when “we” don’t even know what’s going on?

What does “ensure people are empowered, safe and independent” mean? What does “exploration” mean? Clearly, “we” have no clue where “we” are going, which is not necessarily a bad thing, seeing that the world of Internet of Things is so blurry. But why weren’t “we” informed of this process? Obviously Mozilla is doing great efforts to involve contributors more in Firefox OS, especially with the Firefox OS Community Hub and the Foxfooding campaign. But of course no one mentions them here.

See, I have no intentions to get nitpicky here, but as a Firefox OS contributor I find it heavily discouraging to see a project being cancelled just like that and not even receiving a “Thank you“.

Seriously, thousands of contributors have been working tirelessly on Firefox OS in the past 3 years, yet the blog post fails to simply include a small Thank You note? A lot of us are not paid to do what we are doing. The least we can ask for our contribution is a little bit of appreciation. I know Mozilla knows better than that, but at times we need to remind each other that we are on the same boat. We kind of forget that sometimes.


EDIT: To clarify, the Participation team reached out to all contributors and thanked them via a blog post / mailing list. However, this happened 2 days after the initial blog post in separate channels. In these moments, it was very clear that we were not sure what we were doing, as Participation was trying to fix things when the damage was already done.

For example, what happened with the Marketplace team was neither a testimonial of communication alignment at Mozilla. Marketplace reviewers were part of their team meetings at Mozlando and suddenly all of them were cancelled after the announcement. It was only said that the Marketplace will be discontinued.
Questions asked were left unanswered because no one knew any details. Until this very day, the Marketplace team has no clue of how & why’s. While this might be a problem specifically for the Marketplace team, the root of the problem impacts all of us, and that is, in this case, lack of communication.

A much better solution would be to wait until whole Mozilla gets on the same page and then spread out a single message. Fighting the symptoms has not much impact when the root of the problem is somewhere else.

Having said that, I deeply appreciate the Participation’s team efforts to contain the situation. If it wouldn’t be for our functional teams communicating with us, the morale would be much lower.


Externally, the pressure all Mozillians had from their friends, contacts and similar was tremendous. Everyone was asking about the situation yet the statements we received were confusing and unclear. TechCrunch wrote about the Firefox OS news 2 hours after the opening plenary session at Mozlando, yet our answer to such articles came in only 1 day later, which did not answer any questions anyway.

Was Public Relations involved here at all? I hate to be the one that complains, but we at Mozilla do so many great things, it seems absurd to me we allow to turn such small communication mistakes into PR disasters.

After a lot of asking around many of us were able to get a rough view on the situation:

  • Firefox OS is not dead.
  • Mozilla will stop offering phones through carriers (the partnership with Panasonic will continue)
  • we will shift focus on the Internet of Things with Firefox OS.
  • the Firefox Marketplace will be discontinued in the coming months to remove decentralization barriers.

I really really hope that Participation is going to address issues like these, as these show how much we lack community inclusiveness sometimes. It’s kind of ironic this happens at a point where we are pushing so much for Participation as it is obvious that some parts of Mozilla don’t understand Participation yet. Clearly this is the root of the problem here.

Of course I’m not going to stand by the side and wait for things to change. I am continuing to commit time and effort to Participation at Mozilla so we can fix such issues in the future. In the meanwhile, let’s reflect a bit about our actions.

Sometimes it seems to me that we at Mozilla feel uncomfortable talking about our past failures. We need to work on this.


EDIT: Thanks for facilitating this discussion. This post was not at all intended to point fingers at others, rather than spark a discussion. I will be following up with a proposal on how we can prevent such scenarios in the future.


 

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Mozlando – Mozilla All-Hands Orlando 2015 Report
elioqoshi on January 04, 2016 07:40 PM

Note: The following is a (mostly) unbiased trip report of my experiences at Mozlando, Mozilla’s end of the year Work Week in 2015. Related to this, I encourage you to read my thoughts about the ‘Firefox OS is dead’ disaster during the event if you want to hear my opinion on that.

Once again, I was honoured to be invited to another major Mozilla event, this time the All-Hands Work Week aka Mozlando in Orlando, Florida on 7-13th December.

Coincidental Work Weeks are individual team Work Weeks all happening at the same time in the same location. These events stand as a unique and special opportunity for all paid staff and Mozilla’s most impactful volunteers to come together, in person, to share experiences and interact with people they may not normally work with (or just see over Vidyo). Work weeks are a key differentiator for Mozilla (larger organizations just can’t do this sort of thing in a meaningful way).

Being able to come together as a whole organization, 2x each year, exposes Mozillians to interactions that may spark new ideas and/or lead to new solutions. Work Weeks are a core part of Mozilla’s annual planning process.

Further, it was my first time in the US, so it definitely was worthy of being included in my bucket list. I do not want to talk too much about the obsession Americans have about laying carpet everywhere their feet might step, so let’s rewind a bit and I will try to give a bit more background here.

Participation at Mozilla

As part of the 2016 strategy, Mozilla will push for Participation across all of its functional areas, recognizing it as one of its core values, not only in theory, but also in practice. The Vision for Participation at Mozilla:

By 2017, we need to make a leap forward: Mozilla again needs to have an approach to participation that is massive and diverse, local and global. Participation that brings sustained strategic advantage to Mozilla.

As part of this goal, various Mozillians and Reps have been invited to 3 major Global Gathering events, to facilitate 2016 goals and cultivate Participation. I was happy to be invited to Mozlando, Mozilla’s All-Hands Work Week in Orlando, Florida, and the Leadership Summit in Singapore.

Location

Mozlando is Mozilla’s 3rd Work Week, bringing together more than 1200 Mozillians (Staff and Volunteers) in a single place. It was held at Disney World Orlando, allowing all Mozillians to be part of the Disney experience first hand (Star Wars for me at least, always preferred Looney Tunes over Disney).

The meeting itself would consist of dozens of sessions across 4 days, including opening and closing speeches by the Leadership team and various other Product teams. Intensive, indeed.

We were staying in the Swan and Dolphin hotels next to the Disney World parks, so going from sessions to our hotel rooms and to meals was quite close (although the resort was huge). The weather was really really hot, something which made the cheesy Christmas spirit at Disney really absurd. But yeah, so much to my anti-conformism.

My personal duty was to facilitate contribution pathways for designers to get involved at Mozilla. Mozilla has outstanding visuals and creative directions most open source projects would be jealous of, yet we have been unable to involve volunteers in these processes.

This is due to change however. As part of the Participation team I will be coordinating the Community Design group, bridging the gap between volunteers interested in creative design, and the Creative team at the Mozilla Corporation. Let me know if you want to get involved!

Photo by Flaki

Furthermore, I finally met up with the super inspiring folks from the Tech Speaker program where I am part of. The mission of Mozilla’s Tech Speakers is to increase developer awareness and adoption of Mozilla products and the Open Web as a platform through a strong community-driven technical speaker development program. It has been a wonderful journey meeting and sharing experiences with like-minded Mozillians.

We are already planning our Team All-Hands in April, where we will meet in Berlin for a whole week to sharpen our speaking skills and bring the program forward.

Mozlando Summary

I’d probably explode this blog post if I mention any more Star Wars, Mickey Mouse or Afterparty experiences, so I will leave it with this here.
Mozlando was immensely inspiring and I’m grateful to be one of the volunteers invited to it (seriously, there were more children of staff members there than volunteers!).

The disaster with Firefox OS gave me a bitter aftertaste however. Luckily it was easily washed away at the afterparty.

All-Hands / Work Weeks are probably the best even frameworks Mozilla has to offer. I am looking forward for the next All-Hands in London in June and Hawaii in December 2016.

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My 2016 #FOSS Project — Secret Shopper
Emma on January 03, 2016 05:52 AM

In the first 6 months of 2016, I have a personal goal of contributing code to 10 Open Source Projects. I’m looking for projects with potential to teach us how to design for the success of contributors, like myself, who bring intermediate to advanced skill-sets and experience.  

I’ll be contributing code under another name, ala Secret Shopper, and sharing what I learn in a July post.

I am looking for nominations for Open Source projects that:

  • Are available on the web using web technologies.
  • Have a released version of their software
  • Have an existing community, or set of core contributors.
  • Want to improve their contributor design for intermediate and experienced developers.
  • Feel they have something they can teach others about community design.
  • Invested in increasing diversity of their contributor base.
  • Bonus: ‘Open’ Education focus.

What projects will get:

  • One or more code contributions from me –  I can’t promise they’ll be valuable, but I’ll do my best;)
  • Review of the experience (which is the actual contribution)
  • Inclusion in a blog post with my findings(in July)

What I hope for myself:

  • Emerge with a set of best practices for projects who want to help intermediate and experienced developers successfully join their project as contributors.
  • A User story of an experienced developer attempting to join a new community, through a first contribution.
  • New and fresh understanding for the experience of stepping into a project as a new code contributor.

If you would like to nominate a project – please do so in comments.

If you would like to nominate a project – please do so in comments on Medium.

Excited to play in FOSS communities this year!


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MozillaTN year End chat 2015
Vitchu on December 28, 2015 08:48 PM

After successfully writing the Community Playbook one thing keep on striking my mind, the problem we faced in 2015 should be addressed without fail in 2016. So decided to have IRC chat on Christmas eve. Around 8.00 PM IST on 24th December 2015 community members came forward to talk in IRC. I should talk Aksay who has integrated IRC bot between our Telegram Group (we also have our community Channel)and #moztn channel.

So we had very little agenda but it took almost 2 hours to complete our discussion. Our agenda is listed below.

  • Introducing Contributors
  • Highlights of 2015
  • Introducing the 2016 Mozilla Goals
  • Discussing the Goals of Individuals
  • Discussing the Goals of community

Around 15 contributors have came to the IRC chat on that day and some people used telegram itself to chat. It is better to Check our etherpad to know more about our contributors.

Then I shared some stats of our local community in 2015, like how many of us were there, what we did, what we achieved and so on. Community playbook was very helpful to share about this.

I thanked lot of community members with their achievements and many thanked me. (I was very excited :) can’t share in words)

Then we started to discuss about our problems in 2015, I will list some of the top problems we faced in 2015

  1. We have many FSA in Tamilnadu but around 10 are active
  1. We have not consolidated our efforts done.
  1. All contributors are doing great contribution in different direction, but as a community we need to have a well defined goal.
  1. We need to motivate FSA to be active in functional areas than just in evangelism.
  1. Proper communication channel should be there and we should see that all Mozillians get the information shared.
  1.  We are growing our contributions in many areas instead we should grow in particular path very well.
  1. Many new FSA’s after joining FSA program are ideal for 3 or more months we need to mentor them to get started first.
  1. We need to keep track of all the contributions done by contributors and give regular feedback and motivate them so we can bring them to next level.
  1. Many contributors are from different Locations of Tamilnadu, having regular meetups in offline is very difficult.

 

We have got some solutions to the above stated problems in the conversation itself. In 2016 we have planed some of the things below

Have actively conversation 3 months once, to update our upcoming quarter plans. This will solve some of the problems like

  1. Place barrier
  2. FSA being ideal
  3. Proper Communication and information Passing

Creating Mentor – Mentee structure, where each mentor may have upto 5 mentees.  This will tackle the list of problems

  1. Growing vertically instead of horizontally.
  2. Motivating new Contributors
  3. Well defined Community goals

Goals of Q1 2016

We have also planned some of the goals for upcoming year 2016.

  • Webmaker app downloads
  • Firefox (ta)downloads
  • Foxfooding
  • Structured Community- FSA (high priority), Taskfroce Team [Mentor & mentee] (Medium)
  • Bringing Women Contributors from Tamilnadu

Our Community has become very big, and it is really a good time to give bring active contributors in one place and discuss the future growth of our Community members, so in March 2016 we are planning to have community meetup and we have to have well defined Community structure.

Our community has good number of Localisation Contributors and it will be very good to increase the usage of Firefox Browser in our local language tamil.

Foxfooding community is growing very big, we in India have very huge Android user base. It will be really great to use b2gdroid and contribute to Foxfooding.

 

We want to search community spaces in our local cities so we can meetup once in a month and discuss and do interesting things. We already have some spaces in some cities we should try to expand in future.

Places for meetup
  • Hackup Technology, Coimbatore
  • MetooMentor, Madurai
  • F Infotech, Perundurai

There are lot of things to learn in upcoming days and sure it is going to be exciting journey in 2016. The major task as of now given to contributors is to define their Q1 goals for 2016.

Lets meet with interesting updates in 2016.

I will be happy to hear thoughts about our community and would love to hear feedback from all.



Mozilla Tamilnadu Community Playbook 2015
Vitchu on December 28, 2015 07:39 PM

Recently Mozilla Reps Council asked Mozilla Reps to fill Community yearbook for 2015. It was asked to fill to know more about the local community who are actively contributing. You can find the yearbook in Google presentationg

Each community can use one sheet to say what they have achieved in 2015, what are their proud moment in 2015 and what are their plans in 2016 then who are Mozillians present in the community. So I was exciting to fill for Mozilla Tamilnadu (MozillaTN shortly) Community. Other Mozilla contributors and Reps were very helpful in this process.

So the very first step I did was creating a etherpad for this and asked all the contributors to share their knowledge about our community and share their blogposts about the events they have done and regarding the FSA who are actively involved.

Mozillians Stats

There are amazing people who have contributed very well in the past year and before that,

  • Mozilla Reps – 7
  • Firefox  Regional Ambassador Lead – 1
  • Active FSA Club – 3
  • Active FSA’s – 50

We are sure we have missed some of the FSA clubs and FSA’s. But only 3 Club leads came forward to share about them. On seeing this stat really we are very big community and have large number of contributors. Hope in future we will increase the impact done by these contributors and have good communication with all.

Events Done

Large number of FSA’s are actively involved in doing events in both online and offline in their college to spread awareness about Mozilla products. We say there are more than 25+ events done in 2015. Some of the massive events are

  • Weeks of Contribution
  • Series of MozCoffee to  build FSA community
  • FSA Campaign Challenge
  • Bug Triage days
  • L10n Sprint
  • MDN Sprint
  • App days

On Seeing this our community more loves events in Localization, Documentation, Bug Triage and QA, Firefox OS Apps building,Marketing and Community building. So in 2016 More focus will be given to these contribution areas and will be adding other contributors in other contribution areas too.

Achievements in 2015

Our community members have done some of the significant achievements as a whole community and individually.

  • Karthikeyan become one of the RAL for FSA program
  • Adam has been named as FSA super star and he was also appreciated by MDN community for his contribution to Firefox OS page creation.
  • Many contributors have brought new community members to contribute.

Community Structure

In 2015 we didn’t actively follow any community structure, when a new contributor comes in and asks question then the contributor who was aware of that area of contribution will come forward to answer them. This didn’t scale much. There were many contributors who had same doubts as other had.

2016 Community Plans

We have some goals in 2016 as a whole community. We have set a very big goals for upcoming year. Some of them are as follows

  1.  Community Meetup (Tamilnadu Community Meetup)
  2. Re Structuring the Community to have mentor-mentee
  3. Brining 20+ active FSA clubs.
  4. Constantly following up Contributors to know about them & update them with latest paths to contribute.

Our community year book is here

Thanks to all the community members who helped in bring this awesome yearbook of Mozilla Tamilnadu Community and special thanks to Mozilla Reps council and participation team for bringing such a opportunity to know about our community.

Will be happy to know about your thoughts regarding our awesome community and also love to hear your thoughts on problems we faced.



Mozlando 2015 Part 2
Vitchu on December 28, 2015 06:34 PM

Day 1 was really a very big day at Mozlando, as I wrote before. Lot of personal messages from friends and community members regarding Firefox OS.

Then day 2 I first went to FxOS TV – Orlando hands on workshop  to learn how to get started with FxOS apps for TV and how the Marketplace team will be working with FxOS apps. This is the first time I was TV with Firefox OS and was interesting and looked awesome. Then in between that session I went out, and joined in  2016 Add-ons Community Planning , it was one of the most important meeting for our AMMO team as we were planning about our future 2016 goals.

Pic by Trishul

This session had lot of discussion, and we interacted with everyone like what we can focus and how to actively involve with Contributors and so on. The meeting room was awesome too. We Marketplace app reviewers talking with our Community Manager Amyt, regarding where we can actively contribute more in future and she gave some tips and asked us to Jump at Go faster projects session which happens on Friday

After lunch spent some time in Marketplace & Content Ecosystem all hands to know updates and direction Marketplace will move in future. I was started playing with the Sony Z3C Foxfooding device.

The day 3 started with Add-on developer lifecycle brainstorming, we had lot of discussion in this session too and there is etherpad shared in this session.

 Spent evening in the Disney Hollywood studios, it was really a nice place to visit, we had some great time there.

 

 In Day 5 we started with Marketplace photo session, it was very funny with Nino, Ram Dayal and Trishual then we went to Reps town hall, then went to get VR from Dietrich. I shared news in Marketplace group, but unfortunately shared work room number :(
Then in the afternoon went to Demo Session for Go-Faster Projects where we learnt more about Kinto project, l10n Project and another. It was amazing. And one thing to note was the room was over flowing, there was no place to stand and lot of participation was there.
After this we had end Plenary session and then we all went for dinner with sad faces as Mozlando came to  week end. The next day we all started towards our places.
It was really a very big invite I have been and the learning was very awesome. Really I came to know I have to explore lot of things with respect to Mozilla Contribution paths alone. What I have done or doing is very little and the impact created is also very small compared to what others doing.
I feel its time to take some time to think where I can contribute actively in future. I am sure I will be motivating and will act like a good mentor to my community members. Will update about my 2016 Q1 plan in upcoming posts.


German-speaking Community mid-term planning
Michael Kohler on December 24, 2015 04:44 PM

Mozilla’s Participation Team has started to do “mid-term plannings” with a few focus communities back in September. The goal was to identify potential and goals for a six month plan which would then be implemented with the help of all the community. Since Germany is one of the focus markets for Firefox, it’s clear that the German-speaking community was part of that as well

Everything started out at the end of September, when we formed a focus group. Everybody was invited to join the focus group to brainstorm about possible plans we can set in stone to drive Mozilla’s mission forward. I’d like to thank everybody who chimed in with their ideas and thoughts on the German-speaking community and its future in our own Discourse category:

After the community meetup at the beginning of the year we had a lot of momentum which enabled us to get quite a lot done. Unfortunately this momentum has decreased over time, with a low since September (my opinion). Therefore our main areas we picked for our mid-term plans focused on internal improvements we can make, so we can focus on Mozilla top-organizational goals once we have implemented our improvements. This doesn’t mean that the German-speaking community won’t focus on product or mission, but it’s just not where we can commit as a whole community right now.

We have identified four areas we’d like to focus, which I will explain in detail below. Those are documented (in German) on a Wiki page as well to be as transparent as possible. We also asked for feedback through the community list and didn’t get any responses that would say anything against this plan.

Community Structure

In 6 months it’s clear for new and existing contributors who is working in which functional area and who to contact if there are any questions. New contributors know which areas need help and know about good first contributions to do.

Goals:

  • Understandable documentation of every contribution area the German-speaking community is active in. At least 60% of the areas are documented initially.
  • There are contact persons listed per contribution area with clear means of contact. At least 80% of the initially defined areas have at least one contact person for new contributors. For the three biggest areas there are at least two contact persons.
  • Handling of new contributors is defined clearly for all contribution areas, including responsibilities for individuals and groups. The onboarding process is clearly specified and we get at least two new long-term contributors per area. These new contributors can be onboarded within a few weeks with the help of the contact persons as mentors. Further mentors can be defined without them needed to be “contact persons”.

Website

In 6 months the mozilla.de website is the base for all information about Mozilla, its local community and contribution possibilities. Users of the website get valuable information about the community and find contribution possibilities which can be started without a lot of time investment to get used to the product. The website is the portal to the community.

Goals:

  • The website clearly states the possibilities to contribute to the German-speaking community (even if this is only a link to a well defined /contribute page)
  • The website lists all current Mozilla product and projects
  • The content defined in February 2015 is re-evaluated and incorporated as needed
  • The website is the main entry point to the community and promoted as such
  • Through the new website we get at least 10% of new contributors which found us trough it

Meetings / Updates

In 6 months discussions among the community members are well distributed. New topics are started by a broad basis and topics are being discussed by a wide range of contributors.

Goals:

  • There are at least 6 active participants per meeting
  • The meeting is structured for efficiency and brings in a reasonable ratio between discussion and update topics. There are enough enough discussion points so that updates can be treated as “read only” in 60% of the time.
  • The satisfaction of the participants who would like to join is increased by 30%
  • There are at least 10 unique participants in discussions on the mailing list

Social Media

In 6 months the German-speaking community is active on the most important social media channels and represents Mozilla’s mission and the community achievements to the public. Followers learn more about the community and learn about the newest updates and initiatives the community is supporting. Additionally these channels are used to promote urgent call-to-actions.

Goals:

  • The different channels are clearly separated and the user knows what content needs to be expected.
  • We have at least 1200 followers with @mozilla_deutsch, @MozillaDe and @FirefoxDe (not unique followers)
  • We have at least 750 “likes” on our Facebook page
  • We keep users engaged and updated with at least 8 tweets per month per channel
  • There are at least 3 maintainers for the different accounts

 

To track the progress we created a GitHub repository in our organization, where everybody can create issues to track a certain task. There are four labels which make it possible to filter for a specific improvement area. Of course, feel free to create your own issues in this GitHub repo as well, even if it might not be 100% tied to the goals, but every contribution counts!

I have put together a share-able summary slides for easy consumption in case you don’t want to forward the link to this blog post.

Even though I’m going to focus my time on the Mozilla Switzerland community, I will still help with and track the progress we’re doing with the mid-term plan implementations.

Feel free to get in touch with any of the focus group members linked above or the community-german mailing list in general for any questions you might have.


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Reps, regional communities and beyond: 2015
Rosana on December 24, 2015 01:13 AM

First thing today: fasten your seat belt, this will be a long blog post filled with the most important lessons of 2015!

2015 was a different year for our communities and Reps. With the participation team and without the focus on Firefox OS product launches, the year was full of changes and experiments. We tried many things for the first time, including asking ourselves really hard questions, even questioning the very things that made us successful in the past. But that ride was really worth it, because we learned a lot that helped us shift our focus, identify new programs, and launch experiments around improving accountability, visibility and planning.

Lessons from 2015

 

Moving Away from an Event Focus

As the Reps program reached maturity, a key learning was that our processes tools are optimized for events and that this emphasis on events made supporting other initiatives harder.

As a result, in 2016 we will be prioritizing experimentation that leads us to success on our mission beyond events.

Emphasis on events also made council’s work very cumbersome and frustrating, as they struggled to evaluate event goals and outcomes in a way that felt effective and clear to everyone. As volunteers, this also meant council had almost no time for really important tasks the program needs to move forward. In 2016, council will change focus, and begin providing strategic guidance on a quarterly basis, which will help Reps understand priorities and focus their energy.

Growing Our Alumni Program

We also realized this year that we hadn’t been doing a great job keeping our former Reps, or Alumni, informed and involved in some capacity with our work. We have an amazing network of Alumni Reps whose experience and wisdom could help newer Reps,so we’ll be planning and offering new and meaningful ways for Alumni to stay involved in the future.

Accountability and Visibility

We discovered a big bug in terms of accountability: currently we have no process for regional communities to keep Reps accountable. Most Reps do a fantastic job supporting their communities, but when this is not the case, it’s difficult for the regional community to raise this, and when they do, it sometimes results in conflict. We still don’t have a perfect solution for this, but in 2016 we plan to experiment with solutions that can bring us closer to fixing this bug.

It’s hard to have an overview of what is going on in the Mozilla universe! With the Reps portal we know what Reps are doing, but with regional communities is difficult to have a  centralized way to find out. We started some experiments to find fun ways for communities to let others know what they’re doing, it’s still early to say how successful this is, but with the community yearbook (example from Cuba) and the community timelines (Indonesian timeline) we hope to learn more. Also, we will experiment with new tools in 2016.

Screenshot of the Indonesian community timeline

As a way to understand our communities better we also started a quarterly survey and dashboard to gain even more visibility over our biggest communities. This has helped us understand more how the communities are doing, their health, governance and their diversity. We want to start using this data for helping communities understand themselves better and work together in a better way.

part of the French community dashboard

A Focus on Planning

Planning was something we started thinking more seriously about in 2015, because in the past it mostly happened organically. Different groups planned different initiatives and communities were often uncoordinated. With the mid-term planning we started experimenting advance planning with some communities. A particularly interesting piece of work  that the Indonesian community is doing around creating a financial planning role. All really exciting and we hope to see this take off next year.

We also started experimenting with 1:1 conversations with many Mozillians and we’re seeing that this focused support is helping Mozillians plan, think and act differently in their communities. We are still testing this, but so far the feedback has been great and we are learning a lot from all Mozillians too.

Two Success stories

 

Refreshing the Reps Call

The success of the Reps call refresh is an example of how much better we can get when Mozillans work together and experiment, iterate and find ways to always improve. The Reps call is especially close to my heart because it gives a space for many Reps and communities to showcase their work.

This year, a group of Reps led by Ioana and Konstantina started experimenting with many things to make the Reps call better and have more attendance and views. They experimented with the length, cutting it  down to 30 min, the format, the sections and speakers and they even optimized the best time to send the invite and reminder!

Based on the results of these experiments the new call now shares a full agenda in advance, speakers sometimes wait some weeks to present because the call is full (we’re popular!) and we always take good notes, making the content available for everyone. We have also added 5 minute slots which are great because speakers now really try to make great use of their time and it has also encouraged many Reps and Mozillians to share what they’re working on and what they’ve learned.

Also, seeing all the faces from all around the world and Reps sharing their ideas and passion is a fantastic inspiration and a way to see the power of the Mozilla community in one call. We will keep on trying new things and we hope to make this call always better.

Identifying New Directions for the Reps program

For many, the Reps the program has reached a maturity point where there is a need for an evolution. The Council and the peers identified this back in March in Paris and since this time we have had many discussions, but the proposed changes seemed daunting and it felt like an impossible task to get the Reps to agree on them.

Towards the end of the year the Council decided it was time to change things in order to be ready for 2016. So they revisited all ideas, comments, discourse and mailing list threads and put together a proposal with the high level changes to the program. The result was a plan is to create working groups with Reps interested in shaping the future of the program and work on it next year. This process was difficult and our Peer Henrik Mitsch was a driving force behind it.

The reactions to the proposal have been very positive, we held a town hall during the Orlando work week and had a fantastic conversation, which I encourage everyone interested to watch. As I mentioned, only the broad strokes are clear and in 2016 we will work together making this a reality. The fact that this process received such positive and constructive feedback is testimony to the hard work of this Council and the Reps who want to take the program to the next level.

Looking Forward to 2016

With the changes to the Reps program, the new support for regional communities and the intention to work much more closer with the FSA program, we’re ready to welcome 2016 and accelerate the power of the Mozilla community. Apart from all the work we did this year in 2015 we’re bringing additional focus. I like to say that in 2015 Mozilla felt a bit like a buffet of left overs for volunteers, we had initiatives that had been going on for a while, but we weren’t focusing all our communities in one direction. In 2016 we will start focusing on two main initiatives around a privacy campaign on campuses and the experimentation around connected devices, and we are sure that that will help Reps, regional communities, FSA and all Mozillians to reach their full potential. 2016, here we come!


Surfacing Teachable Moments in Community
Emma on December 20, 2015 03:46 AM

I’m still figuring out how to cross-post well with Medium .  And if I want to, trying embed for fund.

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Mozlando preparation
Vitchu on December 18, 2015 09:56 PM

From the day I got mail from George the excitement started. I was invited by “Add-ons and Marketplace Management Operation” , have been contributing to Firefox OS apps from May 2014, one of the most excited Team in Mozilla.

I am basically staying at Chennai, my visa interviews are cleared and tickets are booked. Many thanks to Fransisco and Brianna for helping a lot and solving lot of queries.

My flight ticket was booked as following from Chennai to Bangalore , then Bangalore to Frankfurt and then Frankfurt to Orlando. But for past 1 month almost full of November we had rain in Chennai, and it is biggest in last 100 years.

A week before my trip lot of exciting, the first international trip and a invitation from Mozilla for its one of the biggest event in the year. November 30th is Monday and the week started and its my birthday. Was celebrating with my friends in office and in my room. At the late evening we went for dinner and heavy rain started. I thought it will be normal and come to minimum in a day or two.

On December 1st got up as usual, saw heavy continuous rain from last night which didn’t stop for very long time. Didn’t except lot of plans in that week will collapse.

Actually in our apartment we didn’t get rain water a week back. But due to continuous rain for more than 12 hours almost we had water and almost many bikes got damaged. And outside our apartment we had almost upto hip level. With lot of difficulty myself and my friend reached our office. Even in entrance we had water.

Our office management (Zoho) was very kind they cared all of us. Almost all in top management came to help us. We stayed in our office and all of us were safe. Many faced problems who tried to went out and tried to walk in water. All are safe to my knowledge and our office had rescue team those who struggled outside.

For almost two days I stayed in our office and then finally decided to goto my home town.
So the airport in Chennai is closed due to heavy water there. I had my flight from Chennai on 6th night in jetairways. Even 5th Evening jetairways saying they had flight. It was very difficult to contact their customer care. I was constantly mailing Lufthansa people, who were very helpful.

Finally reached Bangalore my friend who is in Bangalore helped me to reach airport. It is seriously a very big journey from Salem to Bangalore. Finally reached airport.

It was great to reach airport and from there I have to reach Frankfurt. On seeing that airport I was mesmerized. It was very big, have never seen such a big airport. Was awesome.

The excitement is get increased since I had another 11 hours to reach Orlando. At same time I felt lonely no one (Mozillians) came from Bangalore. But in Frankfurt I had surprise waited. Our AMMO team biggest contributor and awesome leader Nino was there. Ha finally I got one company. Then Brain king came and joined us, along with Elio came. At the time of flight almost 1/3 of the flight bad Mozillians I guess. I saw one of the eldest add-ons contributor. I hope he should be 50+.

I was shocked and realized there is no age limit to do contribution.  And we all went and reached Orlando finally.

Had some simple questions there in customs and entered US. Then we all contributors went inside big bus to reach swam and dolphin hotel. That was a AC bus and is big.

Finally reached hotel, but due to this long journey I wanted to sleep well. But after getting fresh up, I went for pre event dinner. I had chance to many new Mozillians and finally our community manager Amy. She is awesome introduced her two little daughters and we had some good chat.

Then after all chat with Mozillians I called my  cousin, and all relatives. Ya this is first visit to US and I am first one who is sponsored by Mozilla to visit and discuss about lot of upcoming projects and strengthen my contribution path and help new contributors contribution path.

Finally Reached US and had some sleep. In next post you can learn more about what I did in Mozlando.



Leadership Summit Planning
Emma on December 18, 2015 07:53 PM

With a successful Mozlando for the Participation Cohort still in our rear-view mirror, we are excited to begin the launch process for the Leadership Summit, happening next month in Singapore

What is the Leadership Summit?

As part of the Participation Team’s Global Gatherings application process for this event,  we asked people to commit to developing and being accountable to recruit and organize contributors in order grow the size and impact of their community in 2016.  We ran also ran a second application process this month, to identify new and emerging leaders – bringing our invited total to 136.

The Leadership Summit will bring together this group for two days of sessions and experiences that will:

Help Participation Leaders will feel prepared (skills, mindsets, network) and understand their role as leaders/mobilizers who can unleash a wave of growth in our communities, in impact and in numbers.

Help Participation Leaders leave with action plans and commitments, specific to growing/evolving their communities and having impact on Connected Devices and a Global Campus Campaign.

Help everyone leave feeling that “we’re doing this together.” Everyone attending (volunteer and staff Mozillians) will feel like a community that is aligned with Mozilla’s overall direction, and who now trust one another and have each others back.

 

“You mentioned Connected Devices and a Global Campus Campaign?  Say more…”

Sure! In setting goals for 2016, we realized that focusing on one or two truly impactful initiatives, will bring us closer to unleashing the Participation Mozilla needs, while providing opportunity for individuals to connect their ideas, energy and skills in the way that feels valued and rewarding.

To that end, we are currently developing a list of sessions and experiences for the Leadership Summit that will set us up for success in 2016 as community leaders, and on each of our three focus areas:

  • Connected Devices
  • Campus  Campaign
  • Regional / Local / Grassroots

We will say more about each as we get closer to the Summit, as well as including the opportunity to connect personal goals through 1:1 coaching for all attending.

“What about Reps and other functional areas?”

Fear not!  Sessions and experiences will include:

Alignment for Reps around changes in the program, what’s expected of them, and what they can expect from Council and staff in 2016

Opportunity for volunteers in specific functional areas to build relationships with staff in those areas

This event will complete the process of merging participants from three events into one activated cohort – this is our beginning, and I am excited, I hope you are too!


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My first Mozilla localization sprint
Abhiram on December 13, 2015 02:02 PM

That’s right. After 2 and a half years of being in the Mozilla community, I had a chance to attend my first localization sprint. L10n has always been a distant non explored territory, maybe for the very reason that I stay in Bangalore – which is a tech hub of sorts and discussions here take you to what Python libraries you use or what’s the latest JavaScript framework over filter coffee, but not about how farmers in rural Karnataka are going to use the Firefox browser.

Fortunately, a couple of phone calls and some mails from Khaleel gave me an opportunity to check out what exactly goes into localizing great products into Indic languages. Of all the places in the world, this was about to take me to Pondicherry  (a historical French settlement town along the Bay of Bengal coast) and I immediately said YES! I was supposedly invited to give a talk on Mozilla’s flagship FSA program and conduct a recruitment drive at Dr Pauls Engineering College in the area.

The moment I set foot in Pondy, the striking French influences struck a chord with me!

After a quick shower at a friend’s home I was ready to hit the road to reach our destination – Dr Pauls Engineering College. The efforts of the college’s dean needs a noteworthy mention, he was the sole reason we could organize an event there. Session took off to a great start with Adam briefing the 40 odd participants with fundamentals of open source software and its philosophy. The session was well received and a great effort, putting up this slideshow for the event, Adam!

This followed by our presence organizer Khaleel giving a talk and demo on how to get started with Pootle. He first described the importance of localization in a very creative and catchy manner that I’m sure struck a cord with all the participants there with me included! I made my very own Pootle account too! The mentor thus became a participant himself. Khaleel then gave a demo of how to get started with translating the strings. He gave specific emphasis about what to do and what not to do!

This was followed by a delicious and homely lunch organized by the college at their premises. After lunch, I started an ice-breaker to help everyone know each other better.
This is what I did –

  • Split everyone into 6 groups of 6-7 each
  • Introduce oneself to group members
  • Gave them a time slot of 5 minutes, within which they had to jot  all the new words they learnt from the morning’s session
  • Whichever group has the highest number of buzz words, wins!

This activity helped the participants bond well with each other and it helped them activate their grey cells after a heavy lunch!

Breaking the ice!

We then moved on to the FSA slideshow, where I explained what one can do as a part of the program! This was followed by a open source overview and then a FSA recruitment activity where 40+ participants signed up as proud ambassadors of the open web!

The evening included a blissful hitch, discussion about life and philosophy with Khaleel and Vignesh – local FOSS enthusiasts. Beach was a welcome relief, after an intense discussion and a heavy heart, I bid goodbye to the lovely city of Pondy!

 

Until next time, Pondy! Ciao. <3

MozFace ON – Customary group pic

PS: @khaleeljageer and @AdamSwartz , you guys are doing amazing work in the region, please continue to do so! Pure respect. நன்றி தலைவா!


Rep of the Month – November 2015
mkohler on December 03, 2015 12:00 PM

Please join us in congratulating Dorothee Danedjo Fouba as Rep of the Month for November!

Dorothee has shown amazing leadership in Cameroon – growing that community from zero to over fifty in just one year. By organizing of a series of events and empowering emerging leaders, Dorothee has shown great talent for bringing people together to learn and understand the potential of Mozilla to improve their world. As Tech Women alumni Dorothee also speaks to, and inspires other women technical leaders in their goals for building Mozilla communities across the world.

Don’t forget to congratulate her on Discourse!


Revisiting the Word ‘Recognition’ in #FOSS and the Dream of Open Credentials
Emma on November 30, 2015 01:38 AM

I think a lot about ways we can better surface Participation as real-world offering for professional and personal development.

And this tweet from Laura  triggered all kinds of thinking.

Most thinking was reminiscent at first. 

Working on open projects teaches relevant skills, helps establish mentorship relationships and surfaces hidden strengths and talents. It’s my own story.

And then reflective..

The reason we’ve struggled to make participation a universally recognized opportunity for credential building, is our confusion over the term ‘recognition’. In Open Source we use this term to mean of similar, yet entirely different meanings:

* Gratitude (“hey thanks for that !”)

* You’re making progress (“great work, keep going! “)

* Appreciation (“we value you”)

* You completed or finished something (congratulations you did it!)

In my opinion, many experiments with badges for FOSS participation have actually compounded the problem: If I am issued a badge I didn’t request( and I have many of these) , or don’t value ( I have many of these too) we’re using the process as a prod and not as a genuine acknowledgement of accomplishment.  That’s OK, gamification is OK – but it’s not credential building in the real-world sense, we need to separate these two ‘use cases’ to move forward with open credentials. 

And I kept thinking…

The Drupal community already does a good job at helping people surface real-world credentials.  Drupal.org member profiles expose contribution and community leadership, while  business profiles  demonstrate (and advertise) their commitment through project sponsorship, and contribution.  Drupal also has this fantastic series of project ladders which I’ve always thought would be a great way to experiment with badges, designing connected learning experiences through participation.  Drupal ladders definitely inspired my own work with around a ‘Participation Standard‘ , and I wonder how projects can work together a bit more on defining a standard for  ‘Distributed Recognition’ even between projects like Mozilla, Drupal and Fedora.  

And the relentless thinking continued…

I then posed the question in our Discourse — asking what ‘Open Credentials’ could look like for Participation at Mozilla . And there are some great responses so far, including solutions like Makerbase and   reminder of of how hard it current is to be ‘seen’ in the Mozilla community, and thus how important this topic actually is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the thinking will continue, hopefully as a growing group ….

What I do know is that we have to stop using the word recognition as the catch all, and that there is huge opportunity to build Open Credentials through Participation and leadership framework might be a way to test what that looks like.

If you have opinions – would love to have you join our discussion thread!

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Backup app now supports Firefox OS 1.1
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The Journey Continues – Mozlando is Coming!
Emma on November 18, 2015 10:54 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The ‘Mozilla Coincidental Work Week’ brings everyone at Mozilla together in the same city, at the same time for the opportunity of collaboration – this time in Orlando Florida (Dec 7 – 11) !

‘Mozlando’ is the next stop on our Participation Cohort’s journey –  a perfect environment for goal-setting focused on building high impact participation opportunities with product teams.  Truly – a  beautiful opportunity to invest in, and with each other.

Over 100 volunteers will have the opportunity to work directly with teams helping design and strengthen goals which in many (and most)  cases includes Participation.  For those invited by the Participation Team, we will of course, be dedicating ourselves to that focus.

 

We have three distinct volunteer groups attending Orlando:

  1. Those invited by the Participation Team.
  2. Those invited by another functional area, but who are also part of the Participation Cohort.
  3. Those who were invited by another functional area, but currently have no Participation connection.
    1. Subset: those in this group who may, informally, have Participation goals in their work.

We will reach out with offers for 1:1 coaching for all in groups 1 & 2.  And for the subset of the 3rd group, will reserve blocks of time for those interested in Participation.

The coaching this time around even more important recognizing that connecting volunteers with the project goals is a critical step to bringing sustained strategic advantage to Mozilla . We are asking our cohort to research and consider the following:

  1. What are my participation goals for 2016?
  2. What are the goals in 2016 of the product team I will be working with?
  3. How do these align with my own goals for 2016?  What adjustments do I need to make?  What questions do I need to ask?
  4. How can I share what I learn, and bring others in who want to contribute to the same area of the project?

CC by-nc-sa 2.0 by Christos Bacharakis

At the heart of everything of course is people, why we’re here, why we care,  where we envision we can go individually, and with each other.  I’m looking forward to all of it!

For those who think of Orlando as ‘Disney’ and for those who think of Orlando as ‘Space ‘ I give you an image for everyone. ‘Mickey Mouse on Mercury’ CC by 2.0 Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center


Feature Image Credit:  Nasa on The Commons

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KosICT 2015 – Report
elioqoshi on November 15, 2015 11:41 AM

As part of Mozilla Academy in Albania, a series of workshops focused on technical topics related to Mozilla, especially Firefox OS and Webmaker, we also had in mind to have a better cooperation with our fellow Mozillians from Kosova, to join forces for our next event held in Prishtina, Kosova: KosICT 2015.

With some other contributors from Open Labs, fellow Rep Kristi Progri and me travelled to Prishtina and met with Ardian Haxha, Rep from Kosova to get prepared for the event. KosICT is a non free conference ( paid entry) focused on new innovations in the ICT sector, concretely with a focus on Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and automation this year. Having said that,  the conference is not alike with any open source conference most Mozillians are used to, it’s quite more corporate and “fancier” than the average tech conference, so that should be noted. In any case, we as Mozilla Albania were going to have a booth there, so it was something quite casual where we also had experience with. No presentations from us this year (although holding a dev session might have been interesting).

The conference went pretty smooth the first day, with a relaxed atmosphere (too relaxed for my taste) and we were able to take advantage of our booth at quite some points, especially the lunch break. The second day felt a bit empty, with a very few people in the sessions, at which point we slowly felt the need to kill time. I must say that the conference has an interesting viewpoint on technical topics, but fails to stay realistic. Attendants were almost exclusively industry leaders in the region, leaving out the young and enthusiastic startup folks outside its borders.

In overall, we had lots of fun and were able to talk to quite some people, local and regional and it was definitely a great event for touching base with many people at the same time and place. I would not consider Mozilla’s presence as a success at KosICT ’15, but we definitely left an impression and come home with a rewarding experience on how to handle conferences which are more “corporate style”.

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Mozilla Tech Weekend in Berlin – November 28th & 29th
Michael Kohler on November 14, 2015 02:02 PM

The Berlin Mozilla Community would like to invite all of you to the Mozilla Tech Weekend on November 28th 2015. There will be tech talks on Saturday and workshops on Sunday.

Location:

Kulturkantine
Saarbrücker Str. 24, Haus C, Berlin
http://www.kuka-berlin.de/lageskizze/

Sign up for free at http://www.meetup.com/Berlin-Mozilla-Meetup/events/226461969/

Schedule for Saturday 28th November:

  • Servo: Mozilla’s Parallel & Safe Next-Generation Browser Engine
  • Data reporting at Mozilla
  • Firefox OS: Why we exist
  • What’s new in Firefox

After the talks there will be some food and time to get in touch with developers and each other.

On Sunday there will be workshops on similar topics to follow up or get you all set up if you would like to start contributing to Mozilla projects. Sign-up for the workshops will be on-site on Saturday.

Cheers,
The Berlin Mozilla Community
https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/community-berlin


#MyMozfest 2015
Emma on November 13, 2015 10:32 PM

The Mozilla Festival took place this last past weekend!   Mozfest is the first of three Global Leadership events we’re leveraging to empower a cohort of Participation Leaders in their goals for 2016.  This first group of 30  represents those whose goals strongly focused on developing and delivering programs that build skills (leadership and otherwise) of Mozillians.

 


 

Mozfest is the perfect place to meet kindred spirits, make new and valuable connections, and to experiment and get feedback  in real time.  Everything including sessions themselves, lend to hackability and spontaneous invention, the environment encourages a bravery to reach inside ourselves, and to recognize our potential to be the change we want to see in the world .

It was  very very exciting to be a part of designing an experience for this group that  included pre-event coaching, facilitator training, and leadership workshops led by George Roter.   We also hosted the first ever ‘Participation Space’ at Mozfest which was filled with sessions and activities the entire weekend. I wanted to share a few moments that stood out for me, with a sneak peek into what’s next.

 

  1. Adriano Capello’s Workshop “Leadership Games” , saw people sitting around a table with bags on their heads laughing and learning about leadership while making things.  This session would have continued long past the end-time if participants had their way.
  2. Gloria Dwomoh’s ‘Getting Started with Open Source‘ session.  This was her first-ever facilitation session, she did a great job.  The smile on her face made my day  – a facilitator was born :)
  3. Watching Christos mentor Gloria in a session on Scaling the Learning and Leading program at Mozilla.  Helping her find that thing she was good at, and could teach.  Huge talent.
  4. Saran Mansouri – Hacking Flexigons, took place in the Youth Zone, and by all accounts her session engaged a tricky group of learners in a big way.
  5. Tools for Growing an Inclusive Diverse Community by Larissa Shaprio was one of our best attended sessions in the Participation Space – thrilled to see this topic as part of our leadership focus.
  6. George Roter’s Leadership Kickoff story about Farmers and Farming, ask him to tell it to you in the context of community leadership.  Super inspiring.
  7. ‘The Internet Box’ a quick design by one of our cohort during the kickoff that showed the Internet as a box, with two doors. One door is Mozilla, one was through proprietary, privacy threatening orgs. Same technology, same box two doors, which would you choose?  Brilliant.
  8. Firefox OS App Building session by Errietta Kostala , saw engagement of new developers wanting to contribute to FFOS, and for the win – they were connected with project leads for Firefox OS Smart TVs.
  9. Ioana, Michael and Henrik who joined us on their own time  – ran sessions or otherwise made the space much more amazing because they were there.  Special thanks to Ioana, and Flore for help with space setup.  Also cheese and chocolate from Flore ;)
  10. The Participation Museum!  A collection of items
  11. The leadership wrap up!  By far my favorite moment as everyone sharpened their goals for 2016 and wore the Participation ‘cape’ to share their first milestone.

As the ‘space wrangler’ for Participation, I didn’t get out much :) but still managed these inspiring moments.  Looking forward to reading the blog posts of our entire cohort on their Mozfest moments.  Here are more photos of our caped cohort!

Next up, we’ll be holding our first call for those who attend Mozfest, and launching connective efforts to bring in  those who have yet to attend an event, or who sadly missed this one because of Visa issues.  Lots of goodness ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mozilla at Grace Hopper Open Source Day
Emma on November 12, 2015 09:58 PM

This past October, thanks to Larissa Shapiro, I had the incredible opportunity of teaching Open Source Participation at Grace Hopper Open Source Day.

In recent years, I would say the primary focus of my contribution to Mozilla has been an effort to create educational offerings and experiences with real world value, through open source participation.  And this event proved  that –  not only do people really want learning opportunities like this, but we can make the world a better place, and tech a more diverse environment in the process.

Some highlights in our success on this day:

Mentors

We had a group of incredible mentors – I would have been lost without them.  Special mention to Paula (post main photo) who created virtual machine solution for those who struggled too long with their environments.  Mentorship is absolutely key to an event like this, and the talented people that turned up has me dreaming of a mentorship team for all technical projects..

Project

I chose the teach.mozilla.org website as a contribution project.  Primarily because I had experience with the environment and codebase,  and support from project team members:  Mavis and Hannah who were kind enough to tag specific issues with ‘Grace Hopper’.

I also chose this project because I knew the technology was both easy to pickup, and had real world value in the job market.   Finally, I knew  the ‘Ready, Write, Participate’ message would resonate with a group of learners..learning to Participate :)

Participants

 

Our group was brilliant. I worried that some issues with environment  (and we had quite a few) would dampen spirits, or result in people leaving.  The opposite happened.  Our group emerged in the very best way – a community and a team.  When one woman overcame an issue with a node version, she rose to help others reach their own success as well.  Experts in environments and issues emerged to mentor others, and by afternoon I had run out of ‘Grace Hopper’ tasks.

I had to remind at least one person to eat, and another woman in the last 15 minutes of the event, was on her feet trying to fix one last issue before submitting her pull request.  I was proud, and honoured to be part of a group so diverse (including a male mentor), that there was really no majority in the room.  That is an amazing feeling.

Demo

 

Our group demoed their work, and it was an zen moment, to see this group describe not only their work overcoming obstacles,  but what they accomplished and why the project mattered.  Hope to be back again next year!

 

 

 

 

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Software Freedom Day 2015
amodnn [:amoz] on November 11, 2015 05:02 PM
Even though it’s late to post about the event, events like SFD can never go unnoticed. I have never seen any Open Source event in Mumbai as well planned as SFD 2015. Many dignitaries within India and abroad extended their support in terms of sessions and/or sponsorships to the event. Mozilla was a part of […]

The Journey Begins! Participation @ #Mozfest 2015
Emma on October 20, 2015 04:42 PM

“Participation doesn’t just happen, it’s built through great design & great leadership”

In three short weeks, the first of our Global Leadership Events: Mozfest 2015 will be upon us and with it increasing buzz of activity will be emerging as our cohort prepares for and travels to London.  Mozfest is an opportunity unlike any other to learn, teach, practice and collaborate.  We’ll use this journey to bring everyone closer to their personal goals for success at the event itself and as empowerment for our collective vision for Mozilla leadership in 2016.

This year’s Mozfest is a thoughtfully designed, energized mega-opportunity for learning to lead by – leading.  New to Mozfest this year is the addition of Pathways, best explained as a connection of sessions under one or more themes.  The most exciting part is not only that we’ve curated three pathways for Participation, but that in many cases they intersect other spaces at the festival for magnified opportunity and outreach.  Our three pathways are:

 Scaling participatory learning experiences This pathway is for participants with enthusiasm for teaching and facilitating, who want to take that passion to create resources and programs that teach others through participation.

Leading and building community through participation This pathway is for participants who want to deepen their practice on leading or building community, or who want to help people who are doing that.

New technologies for participation — challenge  This pathway is for people who want to take a technology lens through MozFest and build new participatory experiences with these technologies.

But wait, that’s not all!

We’re also excited to running many of these sessions, workshops, training and pop-up activities in our very own Participation Space.  Think  “learning, leading, making, and building” Participation all weekend – together in atmosphere intersecting  every other space in the building through pathways.

And best of all  –  all of this is a backdrop for some pretty amazing personal goals we’ll be working with each of our cohort leaders to design through 1:1 coaching.  The pathways are only the starting point in designing a Mozfest experience that brings our cohort closer to their vision for success at this event and for 2016,  personal goals they’ll be sharing out in Discourse leading up to the event in November.  Phew!

You can follow activities for this and other Global events on Discourse.  And using hashtag #Mozfest #ParticipationSpace

 


Image Credit:  Paul Clarke

 

 

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How to Write a Good ‘Open’ Task
Emma on October 19, 2015 05:44 PM

The act of creating tasks in an open repository is not itself an invitation to get involved. Lets be honest about the ‘types of tasks’ we’re creating, and then just design properly for those we intend for participation.

In Whistler earlier this year, we gathered together a group of code contributors to better understand what barriers, frustrations, ambitions and successes they experienced contributing code to Mozilla projects. Above all other topics, the ‘task description’ was surfaced as the biggest reason for abandoning projects.  This, the doorway for participation is given the least attention of all.

As a result, I’ve paid close attention recently to how projects use tasks to invite participation, and experimented a bit in our own Participation Github repository.  Probably the best opportunity to understand what makes a task truly ‘open’ is to  to witness in ‘real time’,  how contributors navigate issue queues.   I had such an opportunity this week at the ‘Codeathon for Humanity’ at Grace Hopper Open Source Day, and previously leading an Open Hatch Comes to Campus Day at the University of Victoria.

A quick overview of tasks I’ve noticed:

Meta Task: Meta, Parent or or ‘Feature Tasks’ are a great way to track  the overall progress of an initiative or project goals. Unless identified as being this type of task though it can lead to a frustrating journey for someone interested in participation.

Project (Team Member) Tasks:  Tasks that require whole or partial involvement of a team member (staff or core contributor) to be completed.  There’s nothing wrong with this type of task, but calling them out as  being dependent on specific individuals  – saves time. Examples: ‘root access’ server tasks, or project management tasks.

The Garbage TasksA garbage task is one that appears to have no obvious purpose,  deadline or clear outcome. A mystery to the rest of us, these tasks appear to be connected to the single moments in time for the author.  These exist everywhere – and I witness the havoc they play on contributors.  Often created in a rush or with only the author’s intentions in mind, many of these tasks linger in ‘open’ states.  It takes a contributor a long time to discover the irrelevance of tasks like these.

Storytelling Task:  Different than a meta-task,  and not quite a project task, I’ve encountered quite a few ‘issues’ with a primary goal of storytelling or conversation with an extended opportunity to provide feedback through comments.  These are great for transparency and inviting interest, but if there is no clear call to action, it’s probably better as a blog post.

Open or Contributor/Volunteer Task:  Is a clear ‘ask’, with action items suitable for completion by an individual.   Components of a good open task are:

Appropriate Tag(s)

Helping people filter to Open Issues is a huge win for project and contributor.  We’ve been using a  tag called ‘volunteer task’ for this purpose, although we may change the name based on feedback.  It’s our most viewed tag.

Clear Title

Don’t use abbreviations in titles, and have a clear action reflected.

Referenced Meta/Parent Task

Creating and referencing a Meta Task Is a great way to connect open tasks to the impact of the work being done. They also help generate a sense of collaboration and community that makes work feel meaningful.

Prerequisite

I use this in anticipation of questions, and often include reading documentation.  Prerequisites are also a way to help people quickly  identify which tasks are best suited to their personal goals and curiosity.  I include basic skill levels needed as well – with room for learning.

Short Description

Challenge yourself to bring the key points into the short description.  Use Bullet points to break down points vrs writing long paragraphs of text.  Link to longer documentation  (and make sure your permissions allow anonymous view).

Participation Steps

I’ve written a lot about designing participation in steps, and believe that breaking things down this way benefits contributor and project.  I know this probably feels tedious especially for smaller bugs, but minimally this means linking to a template explaining ‘how to get started’. Example steps might be:

  • Read Documentation
  • Build your local environment
  • Update the README with any issues you found during the build
  • Introduce yourself on Discourse
  • Self-Assign yourself this task and leave a comment.

Value to Contributor

I sometimes include this, and my opinion is this is where ‘mentored bugs’ could plug in vrs a bug being only about mentoring.  In the virtuous circle for participation, I think this reminds us to consider this perspective of contributors in all we design.

Although some of this might feel like a lot of work, it actually filters out a large number of questions, helps contributors connect more quickly to opportunity and helps build trust in the process.

Here’s one I used last heartbeat
I also consider Participation Personas when I design in case they help you as well.


Image Credit: Welcome by Stav

 

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#MozBooth at Open House Unit ITB 2015
mfadhil on October 14, 2015 02:01 AM

Annually, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) arranges an event that introduce its student club to the freshmen that aims to recruit new member and facilitate every ITB students based on their interest. On this event, Mozilla Indonesia Community runs a booth to recruit more people who are interested in joining Firefox Student Ambassadors program, and also introducing the new Webmaker App for Android.

Bimo (FSA ITB) promoting the Firefox Student Ambassadors Program. Photo by Irsyad

During the event, I was helped by Rep and FSAs: Fauzan Alfi (Mozilla Reps), Hanfie Vandanu (FSA, Institut Teknologi Bandung), Bimo Aryo (FSA, Institut Teknologi Bandung), and Irsyad Riandri (FSA, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia).

Arrange the Puzzlebox into HTML Tag in a minute! Photo by Irsyad

Mozilla Indonesia Community was presenting a variety of activities during the event. We have #MozBooth where visitors can find out more about Mozilla and its projects, especially FSA Programs and Webmaker App for Android, HTML Puzzle Box Challenge, where visitors can learn HTML by playing the puzzle box and winning some stickers, and Social Media Challenge, by tweeting their experience about Mozilla’s Product. We also introduce the newly released Webmaker App for Android to the visitors and demo-ing the app.

Arranging HTML Puzzlebox. Photo by Irsyad

Our #Mozbooth mostly visited by the students who are curious with FSA Programs and HTML Puzzle Box challenges. We’ve got about 30 students who are interested to join the FSA Programs from this event. Our booth was also visited by radio club there. And they are so interested about our community and Mozilla’s mission. In the end of the event, we announce the winner of the Social Media Challenge and we’ve got one winner.

Social Media Challenge Winner. Photo by me

I would like to say thanks to my mentor Irayani Queencyputri for all the advises to prepare this event and Fauzan, also fellow FSAs: Hanfie, Bimo, and Irsyad, that helps me to organize this event.

Thank you!



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Moving on to 2015-16 with the FSA program
Faye on October 08, 2015 11:08 AM

So in this post I had an idea to document what we are doing at the FSA program to engage Mozilla’s young  people.

Last term (2014-15) I was part of the pioneer FSA Eboard whose focus was on revolutionizing the program. I handled Club Development and that was honestly one of the best things that I have done for Mozilla so far. Now, I am continuing my work on supporting the program by digging deeper from developing Firefox Clubs to focusing on the ambassadors themselves. Formally, the name of my position would be Ambassador Impact Lead. I am grateful to be serving another term with the eboard with the amazing #FSADREAMTEAM!

Compared to my role last term where I set-up a structure and a system to facilitate club formations, my work for Ambassador Impact would be very similar to doing a research, where I continuously find ways to understand the FSA population and target market to develop the needed support and resources for the ambassadors.

As of now my planned projects are as follows:

I plan to launch the survey by November to serve as valuable input at the workweek and at least release the beta of the portal by the end of this year.

Regarding my personal goals for this term and this role, TJ and I talked about my aim to improve my facilitation skills. Perhaps my biggest dream right now is to facilitate a conference/ summit for FSAs. I would really like to try to facilitate an event with participants from a different country!

SO, let us have another awesome year again with the FSA team!

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Using Mercurial (hg) through a proxy
amodnn [:amoz] on October 01, 2015 02:53 PM
I had been searching and researching  on how to use mercurial through proxy. Even updating Ubuntu is not straightforward if you are lying behind the proxy. If you google it out, you will come across many forums that suggests proper command to be used. But I think there are some restrictions that I discovered today. […]

FOSS- a pathway towards good career.
amodnn [:amoz] on September 28, 2015 05:48 AM
I was invited to give a session on importance of Open Source for students seeking for a good career. The entire program was scheduled for two days, organized by Rahul Kanojia (Diplomads) and sponsored by MSBTE and BOAT. The audience of the program were engineering and diploma students, Training and placement Officers of various institutes. […]

Rep of the Month – August 2015
Ruben Martin [:Nukeador] on September 24, 2015 02:31 PM

Please join us in congratulating Wissam Alazzam and Hossain Al Ikram for being selected as Mozilla Reps of the Month for August 2015.

Wissam is one of the most active Reps in middle East, located in Jordan, a mozillian with great ideas, someone who is eager to help the other fellow Reps and Mozillians. the last big event he took par to it was the Jordanian Task Force – Mozilla Jordan’s first RTL Bugs fixing training.

Hossain is the awesome leader of QA community Bangladesh. He created an awesome team of QA BugHunters in Bangladesh, organize regular Community calls to mentor new people and did the QA Marathon Dhaka. Together with the team , he attends the Bug Verification and Triage days, testdays dedicated to beta builds or major features. He also organized Maker Parties and several MozCoffees that help many new contributors to ramp up specially in fields like Mozilla QA, Firefox Os or Webmaker.

Don’t forget to congratulate them on Discourse!


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My Volunteer Opportunities this Heartbeat
Emma on September 15, 2015 01:26 AM

I am returning from a couple of weeks away: rested and super-energized about what’s coming next for the Participation Team and community leadership.

Based on research in the last two heartbeats we have now have an v.1 of Participation Leadership Framework, and we’re fired up and ready to go for the next three weeks developing and testing curriculum in line with that framework.

Volunteer sub-tasks volunteer for my heartbeat are: Curriculum QA  and ‘Workshop Co-pilot’. The first is really just about staying connected to the work, and providing feedback and suggestions through review.  The second is more of a role for this heartbeat, for someone interested in improving as a facilitator by co-piloting a couple of online workshops with me, and then running an offline version with local contributors in their region.  Please reach out in the task comments if you are excited about doing something like this!  As with previous volunteer tasks, there are more details in the issue.

Note: we also have ongoing development work on a fork of teach.mozilla.org  in an effort to test the import and display external markdown files as content.  Thanks to @asdofindia for his great work and recent Pull Request to help this along.

For more on contributing with the Participation Team and the Heartbeat process check out our contribute.md.


 

That’s it!  Except as a final thing I thought I would share all the books that were recommended to me when I asked for suggestions for my time away. I highly recommend time away with books.

  • Mémoires d’Hadrien
  • Baron of the Trees
  • Confederacy of Dunces (Reading next)
  • The Circle
  • The Martian  (reading)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacaks
  • The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
  • All the Light We Cannot See (recommend for sure)
  • And the Mountains Echoed (recommend)
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

 

 

 

 

 

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Weeks of Contribution – Impact on me & community part-3
Vitchu on September 06, 2015 08:18 PM

So this is the final post of this Weeks Of Contribution series. In previous two posts have been discussing about how it all started, and what are the syllabus we covered what we covered. This post is about who is contributing to which areas, here we will be mostly list the contributors in Tamilnadu region. When the Weeks of Contribution started the main aim was to bring new contributors. We would like to analyse how many contributors are started contributing newly.

Mozilla Location Services

Previously Contributing to MLS

New Contributors to MLS

  • prathik
  • Makilan
  • Vishnu
  • amaneight
  • gowthamvenkat
  • balatechone
  • venkatselva8
  • dvigneshwer
  • Manikanta
  • Silenced
  • krispokkuluri
  • arjunmayilvaganan

Localisation

Previously Contributing

New Contributors

New Signups

Documentation

  • Adam (New)
  • Sayan (New)
  • Subhash (New)
  • Viswaprasth
  • krishna (New)
  • Khaleel Jageer (New)
  • Karthic (New)

Firefox OS app development

  • Paarttipaabhalaji
  • Gowtham Venkat
  • Craken sio
  • Adam
  • Makilan

Evangelism

  • Vigneshwer Dhinakaran

Social Media

  • Manivannan

As a whole the new contributors are as follows who participated and Weeks of Contribution

  1. Manivannan
  2. Paarttipaabhalaji
  3. Gowtham Venkat
  4. Craken sio
  5. Adam
  6. Makilan
  7. Subhash
  8. Makilan
  9. Vishnu
  10. amaneight
  11. balatechone
  12. venkatselva8
  13. Manikanta
  14. Silenced
  15. krispokkuluri
  16. arjunmayilvaganan

The above people are actively contributing to any one of the project and spreading awareness in their places. We have left some of the contributors unfortunately sorry for that.

This was really a good growth having 15 new contributors is awesome. We will bring more active contributions in the upcoming days.



Weeks of Contribution – Impact on me & community part-2
Vitchu on September 06, 2015 07:40 PM

In my previous post I have shared what are the basic things we had for Weeks of Contribution program and what are short learnings in that. In this post you will be seeing what are the areas we covered and what we shared to participants.

Mozilla Location Services

We started with Mozilla Location services, in our region most of cells towers and wifi signals are not captured. I feel it is one of the most easy contribution to Mozilla, I have also previously written about MLS contribution how easy it is. The detailed wrap up about the event is also share in the blog.

The syllabus for area is very simple, how to capture the cell phone towers and wifi signals. Shared where it will be helpful to the community. In future we will be dealing about how to use the API’s.

For this we have created a small leaderboard which we will manually enter the scores, and updated it at the end of the 2 months to filed who got the maximum points.

We are seeing good contribution from contributors like Achyuth, Makilan who are helping to capture more tower and wifi signals.

Localisation

One of the main reason why many people love to use Firefox web browser is because they can have it in their local language. We had introduction to pootle and Verbatim. We saw some new contributors started contributing. This area of contribution is done mainly by the contributors who love technology and love their language. Some of thoughts about this event is here.

Our mentor Khaleel is helping lot of new contributors.

Documentation

This is one of the most important task for any software developer. He/ She has to write about what he has developed or what his module ll do in general. It is really a good learning when you contribute to Documentation projects like MDN. We had a session on MDN and maintain blog about your contribution. Before choosing this contribution path we had a small session on documentation contribution. You can learn about the documentation event here, the important achievement we have done is we created a small pilot project which will help share news to FSA bloggers.

One of the most active contributor for this project now in Tamilnadu is Adam, who is actively participating in Documentation projects.

Firefox OS app development

For past few days Firefox OS have gained lot of traction among developers and technologist. It is very important to bring more local applications to the Firefox Marketplace. We wanted everyone to show their code in github because we can find the bugs and report the developer.

Our syllabus is very simple,  Creating a github account then creating a responsive website then Making the github page website to Firefox OS app.

We saw some of our contributors creating websites for their college FSA club Paarttipaabhalaji,Gowtham Venkat Craken sio and so on.

In future we have planned to share more about Firefox OS API’s in detail, all the source code will be available by contributors. My main aim is to write a small book so contributors can learn in offline at any time.

Add-ons Development

Add-ons is helping Firefox browser is customizing. The crazy of developing Add-ons are there with developers for very long time. This is another reason for using Firefox browser. We had very small learning about how to setup for developing Add-ons. In future we will be learning more about WebExtensions. Naresh is helping lot of community members to know more about this.

SUMO – Support Mozilla

Many of the Firefox Users know whenever they get problems in their browser they will tweet about it, and some contributors will be coming and helping you by sharing the articles in twitter. The contribution as of now focused in this local community is very low, hope in future it will increase.

We have missed some of the good contribution area in this post, but we will not miss it to teach. This post is very lengthy I know very well, it will surely help the community members to get ignited and help the new contributors.

The next step is building stronger community with new community members. Regarding this I have already mentioned in one of the post. It is really a cool beginning we had.



Weeks of Contribution – Impact on me & community part-1
Vitchu on September 06, 2015 05:22 PM

I have been writing more about Weeks of Contribution program.  This program was first started by 4 contributors from Tamilnadu. Nareshkumar,Khaleel, Vignesh, Myself had some discussion when we meet and planned for some 1 month. Among us 3 (Nareshkumar, Khaleel, Viswaprasath)of us are Mozilla reps.

For first few days we had some basics works like website creation, common mailing group, Social media accounts in Facebook, twitter and so on.

I remember when I wrote my first post about Weeks of Contribution I have mentioned the below line

Hope at the end of this program around 20 new contributors will start contributing to various contribution areas.

Still we plan lot of activities to bring lot of contributors who will contribute to Mozilla projects for long time and with Good impact to Mozilla and also to Community.

We had very good support from other community members also, especially  vigneshwer who visited many FSA’s in different cities around Tamilnadu. One of our big support in our Firefox Student Ambassador-Regional Ambassador Lead karthik

Registration

At the Beginning we have got whopping 150 registration. We thought we are seriously going to make a very big impact. Seriously we are going to bring some more contributors to Tamilnadu, we were very excited to see this number. When we got this we know the only way to reach each and every one is web.

Planning

We had a plan to teach about the areas which we had learnt to some extent. Contribution is always a  learning process, we learn when we teach to others with this motto we loved teaching. Below are the areas we have targeted.

  • Mozilla Location Services
  • Bug fixing
  • One and Done
  • Documentation
  • Firefox OS app development
  • Add-ons Development
  • Localisation
  • SUMO
  • WoMoz

But not all the activities we are able to do. Due to  some other high priorities we had to skip 1 or 2 events.

Publicising Events

Each week on Monday will be contacting the other contributors what area can be focused on the weekend. Then will be sending mails in google groups (we are not able to send in bcc to many, Gmail thinks we are spamming people ), and we made a events in Google+ with hangouts on Air, and Facebook events so many people who are eager to learn will be loving to join us.

Some of the learning I got on this is

  • I learned well how to publicise the event
  • How to engage more with people both in online personal & group chat and offline.
  • Managing and planing online events.
  • How to teach people and planning a curriculum for continuous learning

What our Local community got

  • We after a long time, got many new contributors who are willing to learn.
  • A good Facebook group then page, active telegram group.
  • Lot of discussions and learning

This is the first post in this series will be sharing who are the contributors newly joined community and how all the existing contributors got engaged more.



Mozilla Thimble – Test Drive of Happiness
Emma on September 03, 2015 12:16 AM

In the last few years I’ve learned a ton about what helps people learn, where they get stuck and how to customize learning for various ages, interests and attention-spans. When ‘teaching the web’ for kids as young as eight all the way up to university students there’s always some level of trouble-shooting and  tinkering to do with tools I’ve tried so far (both on and offline). Mozilla’s Thimble had been one of those tools, but usually for the very early steps in learning.  For more advanced lessons,  I’ve tried a number of different solutions, all with some level of challenge.  For example I turned more to codepen.io to show the separation of CSS/HTML & JS which was fun but only for super-short snippet-type learning.  I also ventured offline with simple editors like Notepad ++ only to run into knowledge-blockers with students – around file-systems or computer permissions for installing new software.

And so, I was super-excited to see the latest version of Thimble released this week – especially after I did some testing. Here’s why I’m  to go back to teaching with the (new) Thimble :

Customizable UI

The new Thimble allows you to expand your code view, or your preview as you need. Seems small, but huge change from the previous version.  With this, the brightness toggle, and text-size customization people will be able settle in to what works best for their learning.  And thank you, thank you – the preview screen stays at the exact-scroll position for refreshes.

Mobile View

Many kids  ask to make ‘apps’ in my classes,  when often what they really mean is “something  I can make and share on my phone”.  So while the mobile view is obviously great from the perspective of learning to design for mobile, it also helps students understand the web as a platform for their app ideas.  I imagine there’s more opportunity to extend that idea well beyond this as well with FFOS app preview perhaps.

File Management

A billion-times better.  Students can  now upload files they need vrs  ‘all code in one page’, or link to external files, which with  previous versions often resulted in mixed content errors.  Yes, so much awesome, including the ability to re-name files names AND upload entire directories, which makes it easy ( I think ) for people to fork and upload projects. I managed to exceed the maximum file-size for upload, but at 5MB seems pretty reasonable.  Having files lists also ‘bakes in’ an opportunity to teach file systems, best practices, naming conventions etc   – which in the past was offline only.  The only thing I couldn’t figure out, was how to download my project. Also next-wish : version control integration.

You can also take and upload ‘selfie’ images from your computer, which will be super-popular, especially for ‘photo booth’ type projects. Youth will love it, providing it passes the privacy agreements of students and schools – but then there’s a lesson to be made with this as well.

Suggested Attributes & Files

One of the biggest challenges and frustrations  of getting things working –  especially with younger kids is spelling mistakes of file names, attribute names – open tags, poorly nested tags… And so I’m thrilled to see suggestions & auto-complete as part of the new Thimble. Also showing which line has errors (without overwhelming popups) will be a huge help. I think there is also a way to use a color-wheel to add in hex colors (also helpful for younger learners), but I didn’t have a chance to test that.

Tutorial

Adding a tutorial.html file adds a ‘Tutorial’ view pane. I usually write my lessons in Google Docs, print and then give to students who are still learning to type, and so spend a lot of time looking from one to the other.   Huge win that instructors can write tutorials as part of the lesson, and that students can keep their eyes on the screen instead of bothering with a second set of instructions.  The only improvement I could ask for, would be the ability to assign specific tutorials, to files to create true lesson plans vrs one long file (also more value for sharing).

I’m sure there are a bunch of things I missed, but these are the wins for my classes.

Congratulations, and thank you to the Webmaker team, this is going to make things so so so much easier, and more rewarding for students and teachers.

On a separate note – I can’t help but think this would also help some of the curriculum development I’m working on – asking teams to develop content in Markdown.  I see there is a Markdown extension for Brackets, and wonder if Thimble can take on a new file type ‘markdown’ to help educators submit curriculum without coding knowledge.  Perhaps this is what that’s the potential for the tutorial file (and collaboration between educators and technologists)

 

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ReMoCamp and the Leadership Summit
Rosana on September 02, 2015 10:50 PM

As part of the plan for Global Gatherings the Participation team announced a new event called the “Leadership Summit”. We’re excited to have ReMoCamp be integrated at this event and to bring together a bigger set of leaders. Our initial plan was to have this event happen this year, just as we have done in the past with ReMoCamp, but we decided to move it to January to have more time to prepare a fantastic event.

The summit doesn’t stand alone, it is one part of broader initiative with MozFest and All Hands, with each gathering playing different roles in empowering communities. Learning more about your goals at Mozilla can help you understand which of these events is the best one for you.

The summit will be an opportunity for local and regional communities to work alongside Reps, and for all of us to define what leadership means in the context of Mozilla.  We are fully aware that the the words “leadership” and “leader” spark some discussion in the context of Mozilla. And we are actively working toward a framework for investing in leadership within our communities. We need all of our current leaders to help us define and shape a leadership culture that is true to our values and will unleash the potential of our communities.

Historically Reps has been a platform for Mozillians to be empowered, and in many cases Reps empowered their communities. It evolved into a broader leadership platform for communities, and one of our more organized ones in Mozilla. We see everyday how the magic of great community leadership ignites people all around the world to join our cause. We are more than ever committed to supporting and elevating our leaders and Reps is an important program for doing so.

Because Mozilla values leadership that can come from all the edges and we believe that empowering individuals and communities is our secret weapon, we want to make sure that local communities and Reps are connected, that anyone, on any edge, can be empowered. Our goal is that the leadership summit will catalyze the energy from Reps and other leaders and ensure we are all working as a powerful team.

Apart from bringing a different (and a bigger!) group of leaders together, we also believe that thinking about leadership and impact in the bigger picture that includes local communities will ultimately help the Reps program evolve to serve much better our communities. We will get “outside of the Reps box” and think holistically how to organize ourselves to have more impact. And of course we need Reps mentors, but also new Reps and local leaders to be part of these conversations. And as you know we’ll be doing this in Singapore, a location close to where our most thriving communities are right now.

We hope to learn a lot from this first event to be able to bring that experience and learning to many, if not all, volunteer leaders. And as with all we do: the leadership summit is an initiative that is open and that you can help shape. If you feel strongly about leadership, about regional or local communities, about empowering others or if you have ideas on what we need, just drop me or the participation team a line. We are eager to hear your thoughts and understand how to make this leadership summit the catalyzer we all want to see.


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Participation Leadership Framework 0.1
Emma on August 28, 2015 10:52 PM

In the last heartbeat, as part of our Q3 goals for leadership development,  I interviewed a diverse set of people across Mozilla, asking what they think the skills, knowledge and attitudes of effective Participation Leadership at Mozilla are.  Two things really stood out during this process.  The first was how many people (staff, contributors and alumni) are truly, truly dedicated to the success of each other and Mozilla’s mission, which was really inspiring and helped inform the quality of this Framework. The second was how many opportunities and resources already exist (or are being created) for leadership development, that if bundled together,  with more specifically targeted curriculum and focused outcomes will provide powerful learning by Participating experiences.

This Heartbeat iterated on themes that emerged during those interviews.  I thank those who provided feedback on Discourse, and in Github, all  of which brought us to this  first  0.1 version.

Foundations of Participation Leadership are the  core skills, knowledge and attitudes that lend to success on both personal goals, and goals for Participation at Mozilla.

Building Blocks of Participation Leadership are units of learning, that together provide a whole vision for leadership, but individually build skills, attitude and knowledge that inform specific learning outcomes as needed.

Examples of skills, leadership and knowledge for each:

Personal Leadership

  • Accountability
  • Decision Making
  • Introspective, Authentic Leadership
  • “My Leadership Identity at Mozilla”

Essential Mozilla

  • Mozilla’s Timeline & History
  • Advocacy
  • Mozilla’s Mission
  • “Why Mozilla, Why Now, Why Me?”

Building for Action and Impact

  • Community Building
  • Agile for Participation Projects
  • Designing with Participation Hooks & Triggers
  • Building Bridges to Mozilla

Empowering Teams and People

  • Uncovering Unconscious Bias
  • Mentoring & Finding Mentorship
  • Teach & Facilitate Like Mozilla
  • Distributed Leadership

Working Open

  • Open Practices
  • Writing in the Open
  • Sharing & Licensing
  • Activism in the Open

Developing Specialization

  • Creating Automated Tests for Firefox OS
  • Inviting Skilled Participation to Fennec
  • Web Literacy Leadership

We would love your comments, suggestions and ideas on where we are so far. In the next heartbeat we’ll begin building and running workshops with these as guide, and further iterating towards 1.0.

 


Image Credit: Lead Type by jm3

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Stumbling in God’s Own Country
KUMARESAN C.S on August 23, 2015 01:46 PM

Mozilla Kerala organized a geolocation stumbling contest – Stumbling in a Box for the Mozilla Location Services from August 2, 2015 to August 22, 2015.

Similar geolocation stumbling events have been organized by other communities around the world. The main aim of the event was to bring more contributors who would contribute to Mozilla Location Services.

We had planned this contest for the mozillians in Kerala initially. But we had sign-ups from other parts of the country too. So, we decided to give them a chance to participate and we would consider them eligible for the final prize.

We called the contest Stumbling in God’s Own Country. We had a few new contributors signing up for the contest. We mentored them and showed them how to contribute to mozilla by stumbling their way. Faheem K (fhm) rocked the contest with a whopping 548250 points. Kumaresan C S (KUMARESAN.C.S) followed with 42677 points and Achyuth K P (Achyuth) with 42614 points. The contest contributed a total of 728252 points to Mozilla Location Services

The final points table is as follows :

Name Leaderboard Nick Points Collected
during Contest
Total Points Global Rank
Faheem K fhm 548250 2033723 18
Kumaresan C S Kumaresan.C.S 42677 209001 289
Achyuth K P Achyuth 42614 165021 365
Nadeem Ahmed nadeem 23336 29642 1447
Sreejith S Menon sreejith-bit.ly/_HASH 18274 37679 1257
Salman Faris Salmanfarisnbr 13111 13175 2142
shine shine 12577 90462 656
Shoble Thomas Shoble Thomas 6358 22883 1644
Mehul Patel Mehul Patel 5365 71176 793
Aman Sehgal amaneight 5240 68903 817
Shahin N P shahinnp 4372 10532 2371
Avin Varghese Avin Varghese 3948 30463 1429
Vaibhav Bajaj Vaibhav Bajaj 1943 32276 1391
Abin Abraham abin 187 287 5640

A few contributors on a stumble

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Marketplace Day Events & Outcomes
Ram on August 20, 2015 08:09 PM
I am very happy to share updates from Hyderabad 2.0 & Jaipur versions of Marketplace Day & the impact of these events till now. Marketplace Day Hyderabad 2.0 This was nice to see the collab house again full of energy the night after the first version of this series. In discussion with the marketplace team … Continue reading

Weeks of Contribution – Documentation week
Vitchu on August 19, 2015 09:07 PM

For past few days we had events in our MozillaTN (Mozilla Tamilnadu Community). We had Weeks Of Contribution program where we introduced. It is one of the first series of program and is more ambitious for our local contributors. We had a very big roadmap for next one year.

On July we had Documentation session by FSA-RAL Karthikeyan. Karthikeyan is one of the most active FSA, he has contributed very well and has helped to build community in his locality. He is one of the most inspiring guy around Tamilnadu who helps students.

You can watch the video here of his entire presentation here  

And the slide used by him

We have seen good participation and the list of participants are as follows

  1. Karthickeyan 
  2. Rigin Oommen
  3. Mohammed Adam
  4. Bharath Vijay
  5. Kavitha Rani
  6. Viswaprasath
  7. Vikneshwar
  8. Venkat Raman
  9. Sarathkumar
  10. Faheem K

One of the most important discussion which happened after this event is Pilot run for Documentation project.

Karthik was very supportive in framing this project structure and gave suggestion whenever needed. In long run this project will grow bigger and we can see lot of interesting students joining the project.

Karthik Says about his presentation here



Online Firefox OS app development Introduction
Vitchu on August 16, 2015 12:25 PM

For past few days we had events in our MozillaTN (Mozilla Tamilnadu Community). We had Weeks Of Contribution program where we introduced. It is one of the first series of program and is more ambitious for our local contributors. We had a very big roadmap for next one year.

Last week we had introduction to Add-ons development by Naresh kumar who have been contributing for very long time. To follow this, we had Firefox OS app development introduction alone.

The main agenda for this is as follows

  1. Introduction to Firefox 
  2. Introduction about WebIDE.
  3. Introduction to Marketplace

The slide which is used for the Presentation is as follows

The whole video about regarding the presentation.

Some of our participants

  1. Mohammed Adam
  2. Arvind Srinivas
  3. Karthickeyan
  4. Nandha
  5. Anuraag
  6. Venkat Raman
  7. Indhumathi  
  8. Jayesh KR

We have planned to learn more about Firefox OS API’s in upcoming weeks. The journey of learning more about Firefox OS will be great. You can expect lot of post about this in upcoming series.

For this week we have a short website development task for attendees.  Some of the works are listed below

more websites will be updated in future.



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SFD Mumbai (Event Announcement)
amodnn [:amoz] on August 13, 2015 05:39 PM
Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free Software. SFD is a public education effort with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and encouraging its use. Open Source Communities from Mumbai have been actively involved in SFD since its formation in the city. Every year, SFD, Mumbai […]

MLS Tamilnadu Wrapup
Vitchu on August 07, 2015 09:43 PM

For the past month lot of contributors around Tamilnadu are travelling with Mozilla Stumbler in their Android device. We have came to the end of the event. We have announced the contest on Jun 2015 after seeing many communities have the contest in their region to bring more MLS contributors. It is also like a small contest to give some introduction for the first time contributors. Very soon we will be expecting pan India level MLS contest.

We have also built the decided leaderboard to see share how much each and everyone are scoring. Around 30 contributors all over India have participated in the contest.  And I have kindly informed top contributors like Rigin, Kumarasen and others in our country to mentor the upcoming new contributors, so it will be easier for new contributors to show their face as winners.

This is one of the first Geolocation Stumbling Event for contributors of Tamilnadu. All the training were given in online and blogposts. People were able to contribute well with this.

So the Final list of People who contributed (overall India)

List of Tamilnadu Contributors 

So many have thoughts on what’s next step. As mentioned before in our Tamilnadu Community Roadmap the top contributors will be helping us in our  future events and building the strong MLS community in India and in Tamilnadu.



Introducing FOSS to Undergraduates !
amodnn [:amoz] on August 07, 2015 02:56 PM
I received a call from an entrepreneur and a very good friend of mine named Rahul Kanojia, who invented Diplomads, a startup aimed to provide training to undergraduates about the upcoming and trending technologies. He invited me to give a talk on Open Source Technologies to the students of Thakur College of Engineering and Technology. […]

Mozilla 2 School – Malappuram & Palakkad
KUMARESAN C.S on August 07, 2015 08:41 AM

Mozilla 2 School is an initiative of Mozilla Kerala exclusively for students of the schools of Kerala. Mozilla 2 School aims to empower school students to learn how to use the web and other technologies. Mozilla Kerala organized a 4-day back-to-back Mozilla 2 School events in 4 schools from August 3-6, 2015 in the districts of Malappuram and Palakkad in association with Kerala Startup Mission (KSM). Children of ages 13-17 enjoyed the introduction to the latest trends in technology and got a chance to play hands-on with a few of those technologies.

The schools that hosted the event are :

School Place Date
Islahiya English Medium Higher Secondary School Varangode August 3, 2015
MSPHSS Malayalam Medium School Malappuram August 4, 2015
Government High School Marayamangalam August 5, 2015
Government Higher Secondary School Marayamangalam August 6, 2015

The event was more of an introduction and a window to a new world. We could feel the passion and enthusiasm in the participants when we introduced the power of the open web, science and technology to them. We covered the following topics at the event :

  • Mozilla and its mission
  • Introduction to programming
  • Webmaker
  • Hands-on Thimble and Popcorn
  • Web design using HTML
  • Inspirational personalities
  • Trendy tech beats
  • Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Robotics
  • Simple game development
  • Playing with drones

We were able to provide an overview awareness about the technical community and government support we had in empowering school students. The government sponsors Raspberry Pis to the school students of Kerala who love tinkering with hardware. The government aims in developing a love for the technology and molding the student’s future to the trends of the industry.

The response from all the host schools were over-whelming. We were simply amazed by the enthusiasm such young children had towards technology. The most enlightening fact was that they even formed Mozilla Clubs the very next day to promote technology among their peers. We elected a core team as club leads. They even requested us for follow-up events already. This made us super-excited as well as delighted. We were very happy that the time and efforts we spent into the event was totally worth it.

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Foundations of Mozilla – My Heartbeat Update & Volunteer Opportunities
Emma on August 04, 2015 08:59 PM

Saying I’m excited about the Participation Team’s goals for the remainder of the year would be an understatement.  And I’m especially excited about the emphasis on community leaders and the development of leadership curriculum that I’m working on. I thought I would write a quick post to provide insight into the work I’m starting this heartbeat, as well as some cool opportunities to get involved.

Goal: Launch the basics of a refreshed leadership program.

Participation at Mozilla has always been an opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, and ‘learning to lead’ is no exception .  Being a part of Mozilla Reps program for a number of years now, it’s been incredible to see the transformation of  people who arrive with ideas, and through the program’s empowerment, transform into leaders.  These are people who’ve had (and continue to have) real impact, not only on Mozilla’s mission, but on their own personal goals for success. That last part is important to the theory I’m working with:  when the personal development goals of a volunteer align with outcomes needed by Mozilla , there is a greater likelihood for sustainable impact; a base for scalable momentum.

So, when do we start being more deliberate about leadership development at Mozilla?  Right now ! Our Heartbeat started this week, and you can follow the leadership tag for Github issues in coming months.  I’m starting on the research phase for a Foundation of Mozilla curriculum will be the first step to connecting motivated, creative and goal-oriented individuals with events that can shape the future for Mozilla.  As part of this, we’ll also be developing a standard for community education curriculum, which includes a centralized way to both find, and plug-in community education opportunities.

 

Both links (in the previous paragraph) point to Github tasks that can help you follow our progress, find planning documents and get involved.  You’ll see that the curriculum task also links to ‘volunteer’ sub-tasks,should you want to get more involved in  researching, developing curriculum standards, or bringing the Community Education Portal to Mozilla Design standards.  I’m also looking for nominations of  people who you think would be valuable to consult during this research phase – on which skills, attitude and knowledge should be built into this curriculum. You can nominate people here.

 

 

‘Arrow’ credit: Daniel Kulinski / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

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Rep of the Month – July 2015
mkohler on August 04, 2015 10:10 AM

Please join us in congratulating Mohamed Hafez for being selected as Mozilla Rep of the Month for July 2015.

Mohamed Hafez is an incredible Rep with great capabilities from Egypt, he has being part of the big Mozilla tour in Egypt to spread the Mozilla love and mission all over his region.
His latest big event was Mozilla Egypt Iftar (Arabic: إفطار‎ ) in which they talked about Firefox OS and ways to get involved with Mozilla and also a formal Mozilla Egypt meeting. Additionally, he is involved in the coordination of the local launch campaign for Firefox OS in Egypt.

Don’t forget to congratulate him on Discourse!


MozillaWiki team update, call for new leadership
Lyre Calliope on August 03, 2015 05:02 PM

From July 14-20th, I was in Mexico City for Wikimania 2015 with the MozillaWiki team. I’d been disengaged for a number of months and was excited to re-engage that week to help figure out our long-term plan.

The work done by the MozillaWiki Team this past year and a half has been a labor of love, but like so many things at Mozilla, love alone unfortunately isn’t enough to sustain forward momentum. The MozillaWiki is currently at a crossroads, and we want to ensure it has a chance at a strong future. Before I get into the details of what’s next, I’d like to share some recent history.

For a number of years, the MozillaWiki lacked stewardship. It fell into disrepair. Spam was rampant, the deployed version of MediaWiki was rapidly approaching end-of-life, integrations were beginning to break, and wiki gardening best practices around metadata and namespacing were non-existent. And yet it remained one of the most accessible comprehensive records of work at every level of Mozilla and a significant entry point for contributor participation.

While the former Community Building Team seems to have been swept under the historical rug as a failed effort, it did have a number of successes. The MozillaWiki is one of them. As the lead of CBT’s Education Working Group, Christie Koehler recognized that the MozillaWiki was a critical piece of participation infrastructure needing some serious TLC. In the past year and a half, she built a team of Mozilla staff and volunteers, established a product roadmap emphasizing collaboration and participation features, and brought the MozillaWiki into modern times.

Last year in August, the MozillaWiki team had a work week in London that coincided with Wikimania 2014. In attendance was Jennie Halperin, Joelle F, Gordon P. Hemsley, C Liang, Christie Koehler, and myself. We created and deployed a new sidebar nav and main page, planned and tested the upgrade from Mediawiki 1.19 to 1.23 (without any downtime!), and planned our roadmap through the beginning of 2015. This week was a major milestone because we were finally able to get past a lot of technical debt enabling us to concentrate on adding new features.

In the year since, the MozillaWiki team has: streamlined the deployment process, closed all open security bugs, audited and adjusted user group rights to improve security and usability, deployed widget capabilities which enable Google Doc embeds, added flowchart and diagram creation capabilities via the GraphViz extension, and added the ability to create pages from Etherpads.

In November 2014, Christie wrote a blog post celebrating the 10th year anniversary of MozillaWiki with screenshots showing its evolution.

At the outset of 2015, the following executive summary slide deck was created outlining MozillaWiki’s usage statistics across the org as well as the MozillaWiki Team’s accomplishments and long-term goals.

Fast forward to this year’s Wikimania. MozillaWiki team members in attendance were Christie Koehler, Gordon Hemsley, Jason Crowe, Janet Swisher, and myself.

Recently, life changes have made continued progress difficult. Gordon Hemsley and I, both module peers for the Mozilla wiki, have been disengaged for a number of months as he found demanding work and I’ve been focused on personal development projects. Christie Koehler, module owner for MozillaWiki, joined the MDN team and has new staff responsibilities that don’t include stewardship of MozillaWiki. Other team members have had similar developments. We find ourselves facing the fact that there is no one able to commit to actively push things forward, nor passively maintain responsiveness.

Given the lack of resources and firm commitment on the part of staff and volunteers, the MozillaWiki team has decided it makes more sense to dissolve its current form and prepare for future stewards to take ownership of the MozillaWiki.

For our last hurrah in Mexico City, we launched a mobile interface for MozillaWiki! We also began taking steps to freeze active development, maintenance, and administration of the wiki. We are preparing a transition document so the next team of people, whoever they might be, can build upon the foundation we’ve established without having to start from scratch like we did.

We also visited the Teotihuacan pyramids outside of Mexico City.

I hope this development can help fuel discussion on the role of critical participation infrastructure (such as MozillaWiki, Mozillians, the Heartbeat dashboard, the Reps portal, etc) in Mozilla’s future and the critical need for it to be resourced and aligned/integrated with other Mozilla infrastructure.

There is so much opportunity for continued work on the MozillaWiki that would make it a better tool for participation and cross-team collaboration at Mozilla. Things like a mobile interface, real-time collaborative editing, and tighter integration with other Mozilla infrastructure are realistic opportunities for a small technical team. Additionally, there’s also plenty of work left undone that aligns with emerging Mozilla Participation and Learning strategies in the areas of leadership development, curricula+workshop dev, and building collaborative bridges between volunteers and staff.

This wiki page has a section, ‘How is the Wiki a critical resource to the Mozilla Project?‘ which succinctly explains what motivated my participation on the Wiki Team. My personal story with Mozilla started with years of lurking on MozillaWiki, and I know others feel as strongly about it as I. It holds so much of our history, and this is an active living history with a great many people relying upon it as their primary resource for understanding Mozilla, where it’s going, and how to get involved.

There are outstanding questions regarding who will do daily maintenance including handling account requests and content related tasks, as well as long-term upkeep so MozillaWiki doesn’t again fall into disrepair. If you’re interested in helping to steward the wiki, check out our in progress transition document and get in touch.


Reps Weekly Call – July 30th 2015
Ruben Martin [:Nukeador] on August 03, 2015 10:23 AM

Last Thursday we had our weekly call about the Reps program, where we talk about what’s going on in the program and what Reps have been doing during the last week.

Summary
  • Participation team Q3 goals.
  • Featured events.
  • Help me with my project.
  • What’s up with Council this week.
AirMozilla video

Detailed notes

Shoutouts to Flaki, Michael, all Webmaker party organizers, Ankit, Dian Ina, and Reps Portal devs.

Participation Team: Q3 goals

Rosana and Ruben talked about the Participation Team and the goals for this quarter.

Some highlights:

  • George is here to stay and will be leading the team in the long term.
  • The team will work with partners in the functional areas to develop relevant initiatives volunteers can chime in. WilliamQ and Brian will focus on this.
  • Global-local work will focus on supporting Reps and regional communities working together, supporting and coaching volunteers to be able to work in top initiatives. Rosana, Rubén, Guillermo, Konstantina and Francisco will focus on this.
  • Special focus on developing leaders to have more impact, running workshops around this. Emma will be leading these efforts.
  • To support more technical opportunities the Participation Tech Platform will work on this front, with Pierros leading and with the help of Tasos, Nemo, Nikos and Emma.
  • In order to be more effective there will be more focus on 10 specific countries to enable more impact.
  • The main initiatives will be: Firefox OS Ignite, Brand building in Germany, Firefox for Android in India, Midterm plan for 3 communities, Leadership program and Technology group.
  • The team will keep working using Hearthbeats.

Check the presentation and the team’s github.

Featured events
  • Maker Parties/Webmaker events
    • Dehli: From July 31st to August 15th.
    • Bacolod, Philippines: July 31st.
  • WebAssembly for humans. PereiraJS. Pereira, Colombia. July 30th.
  • Firefox OS introduction in Maseno University. Kisumu, Kenya. July 31st.
  • Firefox OS Africa Workshop. Paris, France. July 31st, August 2nd.
  • Weekly MozTW Lab, Taipei. Community space Taipei. July 31st.
  • Stumbling in a box, Kerala. Kerala, India. August 2nd to 22nd.
Help me with my project!

Reps portal

Currently there is a lot going on with the Participation team tooling and the Reps portal devs need help to fix bugs and add new features.

They can devote some time to mentor new people to get involved with the portal development.

Check the repository and current bugs.

QA

The new bug triage tool is now live. The idea is that users sign up to get a list of untriaged bugs to move them to the proper category and make them actionable.

Give it a try and let them know what do you think.

What’s up with Council this week
  • Mentor selection criteria: The feedback has been discussed and a final draft will be shared soon.
  • Update of the Budget SOP to make it clearer and easier to read it
  • Blog post for ROM of July.
  • Working together with Francisco to be updated about future, important events and get more background from him
  • Helping out with the Participation Team Goals for Q3

Raw etherpad notes.

Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!

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So, you wanna join us?

Cool!

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:

Thanks for your interest in making the Web better with Mozilla!

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