Planet Mozilla Reps

MozAarambh Jharkhand RAI University
Md Shahbaz Alam on October 17, 2017 03:52 PM

I started my journey in Mozilla as a contributor to Mozilla Community Rajasthan and met many enthusiasts who inspired me to do  every possible contributions i could do to Mozilla and Open source in general. I am from Jharkhand , after returning from Rajasthan, I met a mozillian from Jharkhand community, Amit Singh , he is very passionate about learning new things and very much like the idea of working in open.

I got to know many problems of the people wanted to contribute. Major problem is the availability of support from Mozilla and Mozilla Reps in general. There are many Reps from this region , but unfortunatly they are working outside this state. They are very helpful in arranging things, but… But they want their presence, they want to hear them in person and want to know their success story, how they came to mozilla and why….. There are many more questions asked by few contributors who wanted to continue the same. I listed their questions and figured out many possible things we could do together to improve the contributions from this region.

I moved to Ranchi officially , it was the time when i was very busy with my work. A phone call rang, it was Amit , wanted to know if i can organize an event in Jharkhand Rai University. I said yes, definitely . He introduced me to Prof. Shudhanshu, after meeting him we fixed the date, 6th Oct. 2017. Made a poster , promoted in Jharkahnd Rai University.

Event day, we reached the venue on time, we received a warm welcome. Prof. Shudhanshu introduced us infornt of students. I see a hall, full pacekd with students almost 200+ . I introduced myself  and why I choose to contribute to Mozilla and Open source. Students were listening this as if they were sitting in a lecture room. It was the tme to bring out few swags , in a minute everyone was answering questions, asking interesting questions. Swag has some power!!!!!

I started with introduction of Mozilla, Firefox and Open Source. To my surprise everyone knows about these things. Then I got to know that they had one introduction event of mozilla but after that never heard back from that mozillian. Then I introduced them about the mozilla’s products and projects, what actually matters. People were very excited to know about WebVR, Rust and WebCompat .

I forgot to introduce the speakers, I had Amit and Mahtab with me who was sharing the stage. Amit gave session on WebCompat and even showed a demo on how to file a report. Mahtab gave session on L10n and how a non-coder students still contribute to open source.

Event concluded with a group picture. A mozilla style of conclusion!!

Actual thing happend after the event , there were 80 students who wanted to know the possibilities and ways to involve with Mozilla and it’s projects. We get back to the hall ,selected few students who have shown their interest in making a club. I introduced Mozilla Campus Club to them. We formed a team and created Telegram groups so that we stay in loop.

Mozilla Jharkhand has a facebook group and after the event people joined this group in hige number, from 170 we reached to 246 in a single day. Not only they joined in this group, they have introduced themself to this group, which i never seen in other community as this scale. This shows they are very active and only need a correct Mentor to guide them.

I will love to do the role of Mentor to them. And next day we were rocking on local newspaper. Planning a series of events in this college to educate them and make a good contributor.

“Doing good is a part of our code.” – Mozilla

“Learn , Teach n be Innovative” – Shahbaz

Event Link : https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozaarambh-rai-university/

 



Firefox et sécurité vendredi à Associalibre à Bruxelles
Villeneuve Christophe on October 15, 2017 11:14 AM

La semaine numérique est un rendez-vous incontournable en Belgique qui se déroulera du 16 au 27 octobre 2017. À cette occasion, pour la troisième année consécutive, Associalibre participera à ce rendez-vous et vous invite les 19 et 20 octobre prochain à l’ISIB à Bruxelles (Belgique).

Comme pour les éditions précédentes, le programme d’Associalibre sera de qualité avec de nombreuses conférences, des ateliers, la présentation d’outils accessibles et destinés à une utilisation dans le monde associatif et enseignant.

L’événement ouvre ses portes le jeudi 19 octobre avec une conférence-débat inaugurale sur la thématique : du respect des données en réseaux sociaux. Tout au long de la journée du 20 octobre seront ensuite proposés des conférences, des ateliers pratiques, des présentations d’outils accessibles, etc.

Bien que focalisés sur les sujets du Libre et des solutions alternatives, les domaines abordés pourront concerner tout le monde, à commencer par tous les utilisateurs d’Internet. Vous pourrez ainsi trouver des conférences ou des ateliers relatifs à la protection de la vie privée, aux hébergements alternatifs, à la suite LibreOffice, à Framasoft, à la cartographie libre OpenStreetMap, à l’autodéfense numérique, etc.

Mozilla

Du côté de Mozilla, notre Mozilien Benoit Leseul interviendra le vendredi 20 octobre pour :

Vous pouvez consulter le programme complet sur le site de l’événement.

Enfin, pour vous rendre à ce rendez-vous gratuit et ouvert à tous, une page d’infos pratiques est disponible. Et nous vous y attendons nombreux.

Programme

L’affiche

S’y rendre

ISIB – Institut Supérieur Industriel de Bruxelles
Rue Royale, 150
1000 Bruxelles
Belgique

Accès en transport en commun pour la rue Royale 150
SNCB
Gare de Bruxelles – Congrès
STIB
Tram 92 et 93 – Arrêt Congrès
Métro : station Madou, Parc ou Botanique


@hellosct1

Précédent événement : Introduction aux WebExtensions lundi prochain chez Mozilla Paris

Crédit photo : Album Associalibre 2015. Tous droits réservés.


Introduction aux WebExtensions lundi prochain chez Mozilla Paris
Villeneuve Christophe on October 13, 2017 06:47 AM

Le prochain Firefox – Firefox Quantum – verra de nombreuses et radicales nouveautés arriver jusqu’au grand public. Un de ces changements sera que Firefox n’acceptera plus que les WebExtensions.

(Re)lire : Allumez vos moteurs – Firefox Quantum passe en bêta et en Developer Edition et Firefox 57 : chacun peut contribuer à son succès


Les WebExtensions, initiées par Google pour Chrome et adoptées par Microsoft pour Edge, sont la solution qui va permettre de développer aisément des extensions multinavigateurs.

Le rendez-vous d’aujourd’hui est destiné à toutes les personnes intéressées par cette mutation dans leur navigateur préféré, mais aussi aux personnes curieuses en matière de développements web.

Le programme de la soirée se composera :

Tout d’abord, notre Mozillien Christophe Villeneuve (Mozilla Rep), contributeur aux WebExtensions, parlera :

Une présentation de Christophe Villeneuve pour mieux appréhender ce nouveau type d’extensions, les impacts et les possibilités offertes dans le navigateur, ainsi que les endroits disponibles dans le navigateur pour ajouter vos fonctionnalités, le tout cadencé d’exemples.

Ensuite, les développeurs Christophe Fernandes et Athanase Kalantzakis apporteront leurs expériences utilisateur dans le milieu professionnel en présentant l’application concrètes des API WebExtensions et la problématique du développement cross browser :

Une présentation de Christophe Fernandes et Athanase Kalantzakis proposeront un regard dans le milieu de l’entreprise avec les points suivants :

  • iGraal et son extension ;
  • présentation d’API intéressantes utilisées au sein de leur extension ;
  • la problématique du cross browser avec les WebExtensions : notamment via l’utilisation du polyfill webextension.

Enfin, pour terminer la soirée, il sera possible d’échanger de manière informelle autour de ces deux sujets, mais aussi sur Firefox.

L’événement est gratuit, mais sur inscription sur sa page Meetup.

Lundi 16 octobre 2017 à 19 h 00
Fondation Mozilla
16 bis, boulevard Montmartre, Paris 9ᵉ (plan libre)
Accès handicapé

Métro : préférez Grands Boulevards
(sortie Musée Grévin)

Se rendre à Mozilla Paris sur notre wiki.


@hellosct1

Précédent événement : Firefox Quantum 57 Sprint, à vous de jouer !

Crédit photo : Meetup Debian juin 2014.


Firefox Quantum 57 Sprint, à vous de jouer !
Villeneuve Christophe on October 07, 2017 03:15 PM

Après le sprint pour Firefox Quantum 57 couru en personne chez Mozilla Paris, nous vous passons le relais pour continuer le sprint de chez vous et vous pouvez courir jusqu’au 8 octobre prochain.

Pour cela, nous mettons à votre disposition la vidéo de présentation et les diapos (slides).

Présentation par Pascal Chevrel (Mozilla) et Christophe Villeneuve (Mozilla Rep)
du Firefox Quantum Sprint de Paris (22 min 28) sur sur YouTube

Si vous rencontrez des problèmes ou avez besoin d’échanger avec nous, vous pouvez nous solliciter sur notre canal IRC : #mozfr. N’hésitez pas. Il n’y a pas de question bête et vous y serez bien accueilli·e.


Votre participation peut vraiment faire la différence.


@hellosct1 et @Mozinet

Précédent événement : La vie privée comme avantage compétitif – Gry Hasselbalch – 18 octobre à Mozilla Paris

Crédit photo : Mozinet sous licence CC By-NC-SA 2.0.


Sprintons pour Firefox Quantum 57 le 4 octobre à Paris
Villeneuve Christophe on October 05, 2017 12:56 PM

Dans notre précédent article, nous vous proposions de découvrir Firefox 57 pour que chacun puisse contribuer à son succès. Aujourd’hui, nous vous proposons de passer à une nouvelle étape en participant à la campagne mondiale qui se déroulera du 2 au 8 octobre 2017 pour tester, depuis chez vous, vos sites préférés avec Firefox 57.

Pour garantir son succès, il est nécessaire de tester cette version 57 (nom de code Quantum) en regard des versions précédentes du navigateur Firefox. Vu la diversité des sites de par le monde et leurs moyens d’accès, Mozilla ne pourrait pas tester toutes les possibilités. C’est là que votre participation peut vraiment faire la différence.

À cette occasion, nous vous proposons de nous retrouver lors d’une soirée dans les locaux de Mozilla à Paris le mercredi 4 octobre dès 19 h 00, uniquement équipé de votre ordinateur portable. Après l’installation des différentes versions de Firefox (bêta 57, Nightly 58), nous vous expliquerons la procédure à effectuer pour réaliser ces fameux tests le plus efficacement possible.

Le 14 novembre prochain, une version majeure de Firefox sera diffusée auprès du grand public. Surnommée Firefox Quantum, la version 57 de Firefox, outre une interface entièrement rénovée, sera motorisée par un moteur de rendu véloce et très modernisé sur lequel Mozilla travaille depuis plus d’un an. Afin de s’assurer que cette nouvelle version de Firefox et que les changements importants apportés à son moteur ne posent aucun problème pour l’affichage du Web, nous vous proposons de nous retrouver le soir du 4 octobre dans les bureaux parisiens de Mozilla et de nous aider à tester la compatibilité de ce Firefox de nouvelle génération avec la majorité du Web francophone. Lire la suite sur Meetup.

L’événement est gratuit, mais sur inscription sur la page Meetup Firefox 57 Sprint.

Nous vous expliquerons bientôt comment participer de chez vous si vous ne pouvez nous rejoindre à Paris.

Mercredi 4 octobre 2017 à 19 h 00
Fondation Mozilla
16 bis, boulevard Montmartre, Paris 9ᵉ (plan libre)
Accès handicapé

Métro : préférez Grands Boulevards
(sortie Musée Grévin)

Se rendre à Mozilla Paris sur le wiki.


@hellosct1

Crédit illustrations : Mozilla.


Rep of the Month – September 2017
mkohler on October 03, 2017 09:14 AM

Please join us in congratulating Kushagra Varade, our Rep of the Month for September 2017!

Kushagra is a web developer from Bhopal, India and has joined the Reps program in the first Webinar we ever organized back in April.

Since joining the Reps program, he has attended several events in his region. Most of these events focused on WebVR such as the Geek Night in Hyderabad. He organized a WebVR event in July. Right after joining Reps he attended a MozCoffee to discuss onboarding strategies and MozActivate.

Thank you Kushagra, keep rocking the open Web!

Join us on Discourse to congratulate him!


Weeks of Contribution- WebExtension Session7
on October 02, 2017 12:54 AM

Date : 29th August 2017


Weeks of Contribution- WebExtension Session6
on October 02, 2017 12:34 AM

Date : 22nd August 2017


Weeks of Contribution- WebExtension Session5
on October 02, 2017 12:04 AM

Date : 4th August 2017


Weeks of Contribution- WebExtension Session4
on October 01, 2017 11:34 PM

Date : 2nd August 2017


MozillaTN SFDHack WebExtension Workshop
on September 29, 2017 01:34 AM

We wanted to make a strong community in Chennai. We got this wonderful place KCG E-cell. Lot of planning went around this event, and we planned event month before.


Alternatiba, le week-end prochain à Paris
Villeneuve Christophe on September 28, 2017 02:10 PM

Après deux années de patience, Alternatiba Paris fait son grand retour avec comme mot d’ordre Ensemble, nous sommes une force immense ! Il s’agit de l’important événement citoyen où les solutions alternatives sont abordées.

Nous étions présents en 2015 à la dernière édition et nous serons aussi là cette année les 30 septembre et 1er octobre prochains, place Stalingrad, quai de Seine.

Cette édition 2017 reste au cœur du grand défi climatique et des défis des alternatives.

À cette occasion vous pourrez retrouver : une scène ouverte, place Stalingrad, des conférences et débats, des projections de films, un espace numérique et de nombreux espaces alternatifs appelés quartiers.

Ce sera l’occasion de (re)découvrir les solutions pour mieux se déplacer, manger, se chauffer, etc. avec les thèmes suivants :

  • vivre ensemble
  • consommer responsable
  • s’informer
  • se divertir
  • se déplacer
  • se loger…

… à découvrir dans le programme complet.

De notre côté, vous pourrez nous retrouver au sein du village du numérique, pour parler de solutions libres comme le navigateur Firefox ou de messagerie comme Thunderbird. Nous serons aux côtés des autres associations du Libre : April, Parinux, Framasoft, Ubuntu, etc.

Du côté des conférences, nous serons présents à une table ronde le 1er octobre pour parler de l’obsolescence programmée, des alternatives numériques (Les Canaux) de 10 h 00 à 12 h 00 aux côtés de l’April, Parinux et M2.

Informations utiles

Village numérique

Quartier « S’informer et se divertir »
à hauteur de la péniche Antipode
face au 55 quai de la Seine, Paris 19ᵉ [plan libre]

Métro : Riquet – sortie rue de Flandre (ligne 7) ou Jaurès (lignes 2, 5 et 7)

Horaires d’ouverture :

  • samedi de 13 h à 18 h
  • dimanche de 10 h à 18 h


Alors, nous comptons sur vous pour venir à cet événement et par la même occasion nous faire un petit coucou.


@hellosct1

Crédit photos :

Alternativa 2015, Christophe Villeneuve. Tous droits réservés.

LeMonde. Tous droits réservés.

Notre précédent événement : Mozilla à la UbuCon Paris de cette semaine


Dive Into Rust at ORDINATEUR’17
Mehul Patel on September 23, 2017 11:37 PM

The event is focused on introducing and teaching the state of art system programming language Rust to local programmers and Mozillians in Gujarat.  This is the first time Mozilla will participate at ORDINATEUR’17! The summit will involve students and tech enthusiasts from the university. I gave a talk on Rust programming which is one of emerging technologies and one of the major focus of Mozilla.

About ORDINATEUR’17 :

ORDINATEUR’17 is a one of a kind flagship event organized by IEEE GCET Computer Society Student Chapter under the them “Tech Trend & Innovate

Before, I shared my experience with this talk, so let me tell you one thing that this was my one of the best intellectual programming debate talk. Yes, it is!

I have started with Introduction to Mozilla and “Who am I”. Adding to that, I have also shared about Mozilla projects and Rust is one of them. So now, Lets Dive Into Rust!


According to me, Rust is a good choice when you’d choose C++. You can also say, “Rust is a systems programming language that pursuing the trifecta: safe, concurrent, and fast.” I would say, Rust is an ownership-oriented programming language.

Why should I use Rust? I am always expecting this question whenever I talk about Rust and here as well one language enthusiast asked me the same questions.

Firstly, I have shared the reason that I’ve looked into Rust at first and then I have explained and discussed each point with participants. 

  • Rust is new enough that you can write useful stuff that would have already existed in other languages
  • It is low-level enough that you take account of most resources.
  • It’s more like C++ and Go, less like Node and Ruby
  • cargo is awesome. Managing crates just works as intended, which makes a whole lot of troubles you may have in other languages just vanish with a satisfying poof.

Please read the full story here, this may explain you, why you should use Rust?

Then, we move ahead did some practicals where I have shown them small demos from our Rust Kits

It was always fun to play with Rust and glad that participants also enjoyed while rusty their hand.

                                             Thanks, ORDINATEUR’17 Team for this memento.

Reps link: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozconnect-with-ordinateur-17/

Presentation link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SatJ6G_Um9cRbV7PjqRrjwf68Ku7kSYG9vGJI_Zy40M/edit?usp=sharing

Google Drive (Photos) link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9Vs6T2Sp2LAWV9KLWhPYktPOVU

What Next?
  • I am looking for more such collaboration with such organizations to spread the Mozilla mission & Rust.
  • Next series of full-day intense workshop on Rust at G H Patel College of Engineering & Technology with IEEE GCET Computer Society and nearby university campuses.

Hope you enjoyed my blog!


Why Open Source ?
Mehul Patel on September 23, 2017 10:25 PM

Firstly, let me extend the thanks to Yuvalay Electronics Lab for inviting me as Speaker to give a talk on Open Source. Moreover, kudos to you to arrange a talk on Open source first time ever in Vadodara city.

About Yuvalay Electronics Lab

Yuvalay Electronics Lab offers a platform and eco-system to the students, hobbyists, and professionals to understand and apply the theoretical knowledge of the subjects in the field of Electronics. It helps to convert the interest into the passion by providing a conducive environment to learn-explore-innovate under the guidance of experts. More

This is the first time ever I have not presented any presentation, this time it’s gonna be a pure talk where people can ask me anything about open source. I have started my talk with, what I am thinking or believing about open source.

For me, contributing to open source can be a rewarding way to learn, teach, and gain experience. No matter which skills you have, everything can be made useful. In this talk, I have shared the following points which can help you to get started with an open source contribution.

  1. Why contribute to open source?
  2. What it means to contribute
  3. Boost yourself to a new project; best example: Github
  4. How to find a project to contribute to? : some sources Github, Your First PR, and so on.
  5. How to submit a contribution?
  6. What happens once you contributed?

I am always asking these questions to my self and trying to find out the answer, and guess what while finding the answer to these questions my contribution to open source automatically done.

A common misconception about contributing to open source is that you need to contribute code. For me, contributions don’t have to be tech related as open source projects also need people who have non-tech skills, like documentation, localization, marketing, testing and much more.

For instance, What can I do for Mozilla? is a resource that helps pair people with the organization’s technical and non-technical needs.

Why do people contribute to open source?

To, improve existing skills
To, meet people who are having similar interests
To, find mentors and teach others
To, build public artifacts that help to build your profile

Here are  few of my personal favorites Open Source Platforms;

  • Linux <3
  • WordPress
  • Python & Rust
  • VLC Media Player <3
  • Web Browsers:
    • Firefox <3
    • Chromium (the basis for Chrome)
  • GIMP

I bet on you, within these kinds of projects exist more undetected bugs, probable improvements, and documentation deficiency. Therefore, even if you don’t want to learn how to code inside, still you can find ways to take part in the open source world.

There was a very healthy discussion between me and all the participants where they asking back to back questions and I am thus thoroughly enjoying to answer those questions.

Our goal via this talk is to make people understand that open source contribution have no explicit literal like hard-earned cash value. But, the implicit value, i.e. the opportunity to contribute to open source widely outweighs any literal cash value you might gain by giving your time over to a project. e.g. Guess how much money I got paid for contributing to Linux package? $0. Yep, it was $0.

Our aim is to people believe that if they don’t file bugs and make steps to reproduce them, or on ways to reproduce expected and unexpected behaviors, so coders/techs have no way of knowing how software gets used and what they should do get resolved.

At last, we also had round discussion of what participants thinking about open source and what their passion about open source.Everyone has shared their views and all an all it was great to hear their views on it.

Even if you like to write code, other types of contributions are a great way to get involved with a project and meet other community members. Building those relationships will give you opportunities to work on other parts of the project. This is the way community builds with better engagement.


Thank you, everyone, who joined our talk! Hope you enjoyed reading my blog. 


MozillaTN SNSCT WebExtension Workshop
on September 19, 2017 01:34 AM

Coimbatore is one of the amazing city in Tamilnadu, and its so special for MozillaTN community as we have more amazing student contributors. SNSCT college at Coimbatore is so special and is best known for QA activities.


Internet Health @Software Freedom Day 2017 São Carlos
Geraldo Barros on September 17, 2017 06:36 PM

Yesterday I was in one of the editions of Software Freedom Day 2017 in the city of São Carlos to talk about the Internet Health. Here we have a little draft of what we talked!

The 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. At São Carlos city (Brazil) edition, I pushed a conversation about #InternetHealthy! By engaging a community of key thinkers on defining Internet health, we want to generate better understanding of what the world can do to make the Internet healthier.

Conversation

Our conversation is guided directly on concept of the Internet Health, the importance of measuring the health of the Internet, then we talk about the history of the Internet Health report created by Mozilla and the importance of the initiative, we show some of the relevant data in the report about the 5 key topics of Internet health, we take the topics and data to be discussed in depth, and ultimately we guide people to give feedback about the report directly on the official website.

Download slide decks

Let’s take a note of what we discussed

  • The concept of the Internet Health is generally not known, but it is related to the way governments are attacking the Internet through censorship and network control policies.
  • Decentralization is one of the most discussed topics, on what way can break the monopoly of big companies like Google and Microsoft.
  • Web Literacy is the key to solve most of the issues reported in the report, in particular issues of decentralization and privacy and security.
  • Digital Inclusion is important, but it is important to reach the other half of the world along with web literacy.

 

Thank you all SFD for the opportunity to us talk about Internet Health so important to FOSS software!

The post Internet Health @Software Freedom Day 2017 São Carlos appeared first on Geraldo Barros.


Mozilla vous attend aux Journées du patrimoine les 16 et 17 septembre
Villeneuve Christophe on September 15, 2017 07:27 PM

Les Journées européennes du patrimoine 2017 se dérouleront le 16 et 17 septembre. Le thème de cette année en France est : Jeunesse et Patrimoine, avec de nombreux lieux ouverts gratuitement ou à tarifs réduits.



Les bureaux de Mozilla Paris (18 s) sur YouTube

Depuis 2013, les bureaux parisiens de Mozilla sont installés dans un monument historique classé qui ouvrira ses portes les 2 jours pour vous recevoir pendant ces Journées du patrimoine 2017.

Mozilla Paris est installé dans le 9ᵉ arrondissement de la capitale au cœur de l’hôtel de Mercy-Argenteau, au 16 bis, boulevard Montmartre. Bâti en 1778 par l’architecte Firmin Perlin dans un style Louis XVI, cet hôtel devint rapidement la propriété du comte de Mercy-Argenteau, ambassadeur d’Autriche à Paris de 1783 à 1790 et qui avait été précepteur de la future reine Marie-Antoinette.

Des bénévoles de la fondation qui développe le célèbre navigateur web Firefox seront là tout le week-end pour vous faire découvrir les enjeux du Web d’aujourd’hui : vie privée, logiciel libres, standardisation… il sera aussi possible de découvrir et tester les futures évolutions de Firefox dont la nouvelle interface qui arrivera deux mois après.

Fondation Mozilla
16 bis, boulevard Montmartre – 9ᵉ arrondissement de Paris
Ouverture : samedi de 10 h à 18 h
et dimanche de 10 h à 17 h
Gratuit
Accès handicapé

Se rendre à Mozilla Paris

Restez branché sur nos réseaux sociaux (Facebook, Twitter et Mastodon) pour les dernières nouvelles.

Liens utiles :

Pour préparer votre visite :


@hellosct1 et @Mozinet

Notre précédent événement : RMLL 2017, notre présence


Mozilla Campus Club Inauguration @ BITS,Warangal
Ajay Kumar Jogawath on September 11, 2017 06:07 AM

Hello everyone,

It has been a long time, I have been writing here. This blog post will be about sharing my personal experience during the Mozilla Campus Club Inauguration at Balaji Institute of Technology and Science, Warangal, Telangana, India.

I have started contributing to Mozilla way back in 2012 and I am really elated that I have come a long way. All it started when a student from BITS contacted me on Facebook asking about the activities and opportunities that a student can be benefited. I told him about the Mozilla Campus Club Program to him and he got excited about it.

In the next few days, I explained him about Mozilla, its mission, vision, Campus Club Program, activities and how he can be a part of a global community. And then things went fast, we decided to inaugurate a Mozilla Campus Club in their college.

So, it was decided that we will be inaugurating a Mozilla Club on September 1st, 2017.

[1] Club Launch of Mozilla Campus Club BITS

[2] Addressed the audience on Mozilla, Communities and Opportunities

 

[3] The amazing crowd at Balaji Institute of Technology and Science.

[4] Press Coverage of the event.

Overall, it was an amazing experience talking to students. I have talked on Mozilla, products, Mozilla Campus Club Program, Activate Mozilla Campaign, Rust, WebVR and Firefox Nightly Campaign. Looking forward to organizing more events in future.

 

Best Regards,

Ajay Kumar Jogawath

Mozilla Representative

 



Mozilla Latest Version - my first project dedicated to Mozilla
Michal Stanke on September 07, 2017 12:00 AM

Mozilla Latest Version (shortly Mozlv) was my first project I have written entirely because of Mozilla. It’s a WordPress plugin to get the latest version number of Firefox/Thunderbird/SeaMonkey and the corresponding links for download or release notes. Currently it loads data from ship-it (product-details.mozilla.org), but it existed even before ship-it started to export this data to public. And at this moment, I am giving Mozlv some love again. ;)

It all started at the beginning of 2015, few months after Pavel Cvrček (JasnaPaka) outlined and kicked off the so called “Mozilla.cz restart”. We have reviewed all the content on the Mozilla.cz website (OK, it was mainly done by Pavel), reduced it and redirected outdated pages to SUMO articles and other appropriate sites, that were update regularly. We have also replaced the old Mozilla Europe like looking theme for customized One Mozilla design. But despite making the whole website look new and shiny, we were still left with one big problem under the hood. The problem was in new Firefox versions being release every ~6 weeks. Each time a new version of Firefox or Thunderbird had been released, we needed to put it into WordPress. Of course, we had some plugin to update all the download links and version numbers across all pages, but we needed to watch the new releases on our own and paste them into the fields in administration.

Luckily we have realized soon there are several JSON files on mozilla.org and svn.mozilla.org containing exactly the information we needed. March 2015 was the month when Mozlv was born. It took me actually many hours, because PHP was my greatest enemy back then. :D After I have finished the plugin, there were no earth-shaking changes there. Yes, Firefox for Android and iOS were added, yes, ship-it replaced files placed on the svn server, but there were no bigger features, not even needed. Most of my commits were about fixing breakages.

About a week ago, you may have noticed, that I have added few commits and released version 2.0. “Oh, new major version! There must be plenty of new stuff there, right?” No, there is not, but I have been pretty lazy in bumping the versions in the past, deploying individual commits to Mozilla.cz. Making 2.0 sounds appropriate to me when there is a version actually working after so long. And this time Mozlv will hopefully serve another “community restart” - Mozilla.sk. In Czech Republic we see Slovakia like our brothers. I am helping for some time to revise the content and soon we want to pick a new Mozilla theme too. But there will be one more thing… you are right… updates of Firefox download links. The difference from Mozilla.cz is, that on Mozilla.sk we want to not just switch to Mozlv, but also display an archive of previous Firefox releases. That’s something not implemented in the plugin and I hope to find some time to do it this autumn. And as a bonus, I have discovered there is an AMO JSON API, that would allow us to display information about features extensions from AMO too!

Mozlv is my first project and after more than two years, I am surprised the code is still used somewhere, even more it seems to get extended by two quite big features soon and be deployed to a new website. If you run a community website on WordPress and deal with updating Firefox versions manually, try Mozilla Latest Version. The code is available on GitHub and if you encounter any issues with deployment, feel free to get in touch.


Highlights from Netherlands HackerCamp – SHA2017!
Ram on September 04, 2017 08:32 PM
SHA, aka Still Hacking Anyways, is part of international non profit outdoor hacker camp series organized once in 4 years in The Netherlands. This year it was organized in Zeewolde on August 4th to 8th and I was honored to be one of speakers at SHA for my WebVR talk. Read my blogpost ‘SHA Hacker … Continue reading

MozConnect with IEEE R10 Sectional Leadership Summit
Mehul Patel on August 22, 2017 05:18 PM

While wrapping up with RainOfRust campaigns I was working on reports and gathering feedbacks from the community about our recent initiative and we got an overwhelmed responses from the all around. The participation with IEEE R10 Sectional Leadership Summit was one of the feedback of our recent work for the community.

Here IEEE Gujarat Section and IEEE GCET Student Branch invited me to join at IEEE R10 Sectional Leadership Summit which was organized on 3rd & 4th August at G H Patel College of Engineering & Technology, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat.

I was very excited and I accepted their invitation as this was the 1st time Mozilla’s presence at IEEE summit.

About the summit:

The Leadership Summit aims to convene student members of the IEEE to enable them to discuss the growth and development of IEEE student activities in societies, not only within the Section but also in Region 10 (Asia- Pacific) as a whole.

The theme of the summit was Innovation and Empowerment.

The students will be from all levels of UG and PG programs will be benefitting from the summit. The given theme will encourage and motivate the students on how can they have a way to innovation. There will be discussions and parallel sessions, conducted by Industrialists and professionals, which will focus on the recent trends and upcoming technologies.

This event has definitely uplifted the Section as a whole and created a benchmark for other events taking place across India as well

This was my first visit to this City and university so I was really excited to talk with participants and experts who came to attend this summit.

My session was second last and here I started addressing the audience by sharing about Mozilla and its mission before I moved on to my actual talk i.e. Open Innovation.

Here we have discussed How open is it for everyone? Many students shared their thoughts during the talk and it was great to hear their thoughts.

“Open” means that anyone can publish or invent online without asking for permission, and that the technologies used to run the Web are transparent and understandable.

Then after I have talked about the Open Innovation Toolkit, The Open Innovation Toolkit is a community sourced set of best practices and principles to help you incorporate human-centered design into your product development process. Whether you have a new idea or a working prototype to test, the Open Innovation Toolkit can help.

Mozilla Innovation team have designed best 3 methods,

  1. Gather Insights
  2. Ideate
  3. Prototype& Test

More details, click here.

Due to limited time, I go ahead with “Ideate” method to discuss more by running 2 activities among participants.

1st Activity :

5 “Whys”

Purpose of this activity to get to the root cause of the problem with the goal of thinking differently and as a result you will analyse the root cause which is great at making sure you are solving the right problem at first.

2nd Activity :

Mind map

A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain.

This activity helps when you are facing complex problem. They are organic in their structure and allows us to, via a visual representation, explain how a system or concept is complement each other.

Just to understand better we have run this activity with all the participants present there, I have already informed organizing team to put some bank papers and pen to participants kit.

I have explained to them how this works and what they need to follow to be part of this activity: so here are the steps :

  1. Start in the center of your page with the subject you want to mind map around. For example “Security”

2. Break down the main concept into the areas it relates to. Like “Cyber Security”, “tracking”, gadgets”, “tools”, “threats” “precautions” etc.

3. Further, continue branching those streams out and thinking about what is related until your entire paper is filled out.

4. The end result should be having complete overview of the branches of ideas or concepts that came from your starting point.

At the end of this activity, some students shared an overview of the branches of their ideas and that was an amazing experience.

Thanks, IEEE Team for this memento.

Reps link: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozconnect-with-ieee-r10-sectional-leadership-summit/

Presentation link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VH9dwWivvv3VtluOySk1hK7G9f6gC-Z93n3xeAwx_fs/edit?usp=sharing

Google Drive (Photos) link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3XrTbfRbskSaW1wemlPRlhsV1U?usp=sharing

What Next?
  • I am looking for more such collaboration with such organizations to spread the Mozilla mission.
  • Helping them to start Campus Club in their university.
  • Next series of Rust talk at G H Patel College of Engineering & Technology with IEEE GCET Computer Society

Hope you enjoyed my blog!


It’s raining Rust at Red Hat
Abhiram on August 20, 2017 02:21 PM

I know it’s been a while since I’ve put out a post and mostly because I’m trying to learn amazing things and get my hands dirty, trying to build solutions that actually make sense.

One such pet-project has been Rust, probably the fastest growing systems level programming language today. Hitherto, I’ve always looked at Rust from the outside, never got my hands dirty, mostly because I was under the assumption that it had nothing to do with web development. Turns out, I was completely wrong!

This year’s Rain of Rust campaign gave me an opportunity to revisit the programming language and the reason why it’s been garnering interests at astronomical pace. For a nascent programming language which is in the 1.19th version of its release, it’s challenging the big guns – C and C++. Yes, you heard it right.

On to the campaign

The campaign, although initiated and led by volunteers from the Mozilla India community at first was later adopted by the larger Mozilla community with contributions from all over the world like these events in Mexico and Brazil. The main goal of the event was to increase outreach about the language and train developers to contribute in the rust ecosystem.

At Bangalore

As one of the crucial aspects of the campaign was to organize on-the-ground events and so, with the gracious support of our host Sumantro at Red Hat, we managed to pull of a small event consisting of rust enthusiasts and Mozilla Tech Speakers.

We had our very own Vigneshwer leading the introduction to rust and hands-on session. This was well taken by the participants who had just installed rust and exploring what they could do with the language.

With witty remarks, use cases and insights of the language, Vigneshwer kept the participants interested. During the hands-on he introduced the kits built by the Rust India community and explained how participants could use them to learn the language. On the whole, it was a well-rounded session and helped the participants understand why rust is important and how they could contribute.

We then had a talk by Ravi from Ather energy which has used rust components to send  location data packets from its two-wheeler vehicles to the cloud in a secure and reliable fashion. His talk was inspirational as the participants were able to visualize how rust could be used in a production scenario.

For the last talk of the day, we had our own ReMo and host Sumantro show a demo on Rocket, a simple web framework for rust developers. This was in particular interest to me as a web developer, hitherto I was under the impression that rust could only be used for parallel computing and system level programming scenarios.  Now that I know rust has a fast and safe web framework, watch out JavaScript! Here’s Sumantro’s post on how to set it up on Fedora.

 

Last word

On the whole it was personally fulfilling that we pulled off a workshop in ~1 week of planning and what was comforting was that the feedback we received through the new ReMo feedback form was a 6+ on a scale of 0-7. Yay!

Finishing off with a mighty group photo. A round of shout-outs to Bhumika and Ra Fey for helping us out with the posters and social media calls to action! You guys are wonderful. ^_^

 

Rust Workshop | June 2017 | Bangalore

 

Fin.


Setting up the success of Dive Into Rust workshops at São Paulo
Geraldo Barros on August 15, 2017 06:14 PM

The first Dive Into Rust workshop at São Paulo, the connection of Mozilla communities with Rust brazilian community, the people who were with us, our learnings, workshop flow, resources, follow up and the next steps.

Last Saturday was our first Rust workshop in São Paulo, an initiative that is part of the Mozilla Activate campaign to introduce Rust to programmers and advance a more secure web with the programming language of the future.

Recruiting speakers

The beginning of our journey was to find programmers who love to teach Rust and have readiness to lead training with our Brazilian community. We found Rust programmers after an open call in the Rust forum! It was the first connection to the Mozilla and Rust community.

And as much as you can understand Rust and perform simple tasks, meeting someone who programs and has experience is essential to a highly impactful and inspiring workshop for new rustceans!

Workshop

The Mozilla Activate campaign has a workshop flow suggestion for our activities but we dare to go further, we did a combo flow with the suggestion of Dive Into Rust + India’s Rain Of Rust + activities created by ourselves.

The result is a workshop that goes beyond testing Rust, but has practical and realistic activities for a developer’s everyday life.

Workshop Flow
  1. Welcome, agenda and offline icebreakers. 10m
  2. Rust and the Future of Systems Programming’s movie. 6m
  3. Introducing Rust: What is it? Benefits? Use in the real world. 15m
  4. Introducing language using the Rust Book V2. 15m
  5. Introducing rustup, Cargo, crates.io, rustdoc, playground and quickly activities to test the Rust install and become familiar with Rust. 15m
  6. Exercises with the Exercism, an exercise together and in a group. 30m
  7. Introducing to the Ownership and exercise: move semantics of Rustlings. 30m
  8. Structs and enums exercises. 30m
  9. Exercise about parallelism: A parallel bitcoin miner. 30m
  10. Free Rust Hackathon  attendees will choose and develop a project with Rust. 100m
    1. Continue Exercising Exercism
    2. Client and chat server for terminal
    3. Web client (API access or scraping)
    4. Web server with JSON API
    5. Access a database
    6. Make a graphical interface
    7. Use a Rust library through your favorite language (Python)
    8. Rust-python binding
      1. Creating a python module in Rust which focusses on delivering high performance
      2. Code
      3. Read the documentation here
  11. Open feedback e feedback for Mozilla using https://mzl.la/howwasit. 5m
Photos

Learnings
Who wants to learn Rust?
  • People who already coding are interested in learning Rust;
  • People who coding and work in big companies who are looking for great solutions to improve their applications;
  • People in the interior of the state of São Paulo are extremely interested
What is the ideal format?
  • A diverse, hands-on workshop focused on day-to-day activities ensures that developers understand Rust’s way of programming and operating;
  • Activities that work with other languages like Python are a plus and shows the power of Rust language;
Marketing?
  • Facebook is a powerful network to promote the workshop, in only 2 hours our tickets sold out;
  • Workshops with 20-25 people is ideal for highly impactful activities using Rust;
  • We need to organize more workshops because we have a waiting list of around 60 people and more people want to learn Rust every day.
Follow up

The participants connected to the Brazilian community of Rust in the Telegram, which is extremely active, and guided to join the official channels of communication and resources.

Next steps Thank You

A big #MozLove to

  • Cybelle, our aweeesome workshop organizer!
  • Leonardo from Unicamp, our aweeeesome and expert Rust Speaker!
  • Matheus, Alda and team player & SENAI for big support with place and infra!
  • Also for all attendees and newcomers at Rust brazilian community!

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Reps Program Objectives – Q3 2017
mkohler on August 15, 2017 08:16 AM

As with every quarter, we define Objectives and Key Results for the Reps Program. We are happy to announce the Objectives for the current quarter.

Objective 1: The Reps program continues to grow its process maturity
KR1: 20 Reps have been trained with the Resource training
KR2: 100% of the budget requests of new Reps are filed by Resource Track Reps
KR3: 30 Reps complete the coaching training
KR4: The amount of mentor-less Reps is reduced by 50%
KR5: Increase number of authors for Reps tweets to 10 people

Objective 2: The Reps program is the backbone for any mobilizing needs
KR1: We documented what mobilizing Reps are focusing on
KR2: An implementation roadmap for mobilizers’ recommendations is in place.
KR3: Identified 1 key measures that is defining how our Mobilizers add value to the coding and Non-Coding/Enthusiast communities

Objective 3: The Activate Portal is improved for Mobilizer Reps and Functional Areas
KR1: The Rust activity is updated
KR2: The WebExtensions activity update has been tested in 3 pilot events in 3 different countries
KR3: 60 unique Reps have run a MozActivate event
KR4: The website is updated to the new branding

We will work closely with the Community Development Team to achieve our goals. You can follow the progress of these tasks in the Reps Issue Tracker. We also have a dashboard to track the status of each objective.

Which of the above objectives are you most interested in? What key result would you like to hear more about? What do you find intriguing? Which thoughts cross your mind upon reading this? Where would you like to help out? Let’s keep the conversation going! Join the discussion on Discourse.


First Time at COSCUP Taiwan
Bob on August 07, 2017 02:35 AM

I had the opportunity to represent Mozilla (and my country) in COSCUP 2017 over the weekend. COSCUP is an annual conference held by Taiwanese Open source community participants since 2006. It’s a major force of Free software movement advocacy in Taiwan. The event is often held with talks, sponsor and communities booths, and Birds of […]

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Création de MoCo – 3 août 2005 – Coup d'œil dans le rétro
Mozinet on August 04, 2017 03:01 PM

Firefox n’est pas né de nulle part. Il est le fruit d’une riche histoire. Découvrons-en un événement marquant.

Le 3 août 2005, la Mozilla Foundation, l’organisation d’intérêt général sans but lucratif de développement de logiciels et chargée du pilotage du projet Mozilla, a fondé une filiale à 100 %, la Mozilla Corporation. Couramment abrégée en MoCo, l’entreprise est une filiale soumise à l’impôt, servant les mêmes objectifs sans but lucratif et d’intérêt public que l’organisation mère, la fondation Mozilla. La Mozilla Corporation est depuis lors responsable du développement, du marketing et de la distribution des produits Mozilla.

À cette époque, les contrats de partage des revenus issus des recherches dans Firefox rapportaient de plus en plus d’argent à mesure que les parts de marché de Firefox augmentaient. En créant une division commerciale, les activités générant des revenus de la nouvelle entité peuvent fournir des fonds pour soutenir le développement, les tests et la production de divers technologies open source issues du projet Mozilla. La gestion des activités génératrices de revenus associées avec ces produits permet aussi à la fondation de rester une organisation exonérée d’impôts. MoCo n’est pas une société commerciale comme les autres. Elle ne distribue pas de dividendes à divers actionnaires, ni ne propose de stock-options ou d’intéressement à ses employés.

Le rôle principal de la fondation est de superviser, diriger et promouvoir le projet open source Mozilla. La fondation n’est pas chargée du développement du code de Mozilla, mais laisse cette responsabilité à d’autres organisations et à des individus participant au projet Mozilla dont Mozilla Corporation. Firefox est développé, distribué et promu par des employés de la MoCo avec les bénévoles participant au projet dans ces domaines.

La Mozilla Foundation a pour but de promouvoir l’ouverture, l’innovation et la participation sur l’internet. Elle promeut les valeurs de l’internet ouvert pour le monde entier. MoFo fait progresser sa mission grâce à d’autres projets logiciels que les Firefox et par des subventions à des organisations dans les milieux de l’éducation et de la création web, des technologies open source, de la souveraineté des utilisateurs, et de la culture libre et communautaire, ainsi que par des engagements et des efforts éducatifs tels que Learning dans l’éducation ou Open Badges. La fondation reçoit et collecte des dons pour ses propres activités.

Partie de 36 employés en 2005, Mozilla Corporation emploie 1 200 personnes actuellement, alors que la fondation Mozilla n’a toujours qu’une poignée d’employés (3 en 2005).

La gouvernance chez Mozilla, établie par la fondation, est complexe. En plus de répondre à leur hiérarchie chez MoCo ou MoFo des employés peuvent, aux côtés de bénévoles ou d’employés d’autres entreprises parties prenantes, faire partie de l’organisation de mozilla.org : staff, drivers, modules owners, etc. La page leadership de Mozilla comporte les équipes de direction avec pour la MoCo Mitchell Baker (dirigeante historique du projet) comme présidente exécutive et Chris Beard comme CEO (directeur général) et pour la MoFo Mark Surman président et directeur exécutif. Avant les conseils d’administration des deux Mo, la page liste le conseil des Reps de Mozilla qui est composé de Mozilliens volontaires qui font office de représentants officiels de Mozilla dans leur région ou pour leur communauté locale. Le conseil fournit une vision générale pour le programme Mozilla Reps et supervise les opérations quotidiennes au niveau mondial.

L’équipe de cadres seniors de MoCo appelée Steering Committee (comité de pilotage) est responsable du leadership, de la coordination des divers groupes travaillant ensemble pour produire les produits Mozilla. Le comité se tient au courant des conditions du marché, trace le chemin de Mozilla dans cet environnement et fixe la direction général des offres des produits de consommation de Mozilla. Le comité effectue aussi des tâches comme les embauches, la planification et l’allocation des ressources. Il le fait d’une manière qui s’aligne avec l’identité de Mozilla en tant qu’organisation à but non lucratif, open source et basée sur la communauté. Le comité cherche à absorber, distiller et refléter les valeurs de la communauté Mozilla dans l’exercice de ses responsabilités.

(Re)lire : MoFo – le mois Mots-zilla


Mozinet

Lien vers le précédent coup d’œil dans le rétro : Création de la Mozilla Foundation – 15 juillet 2003

Article issu d’une première version publiée pour feu Firefox OS.


Weeks of Contribution- WebExtension Session3
on July 28, 2017 11:34 PM

Date : 28th July 2017


Weeks of Contribution- WebExtension Session1
on July 28, 2017 11:34 PM

Date : 24th July 2017


Rep of the Month – July 2017
mkohler on July 28, 2017 11:12 AM

Please join us in congratulating Vigneshwer Dhinakaran, our Rep of the Month for July 2017!

Vigneshwer is a data scientist working on realtime data and a tech enthusiast coming from India.

During the last months, Vigneshwer (or Viki as most of his friends call him) has been heavily involved on helping building the Rust community in India. His efforts, along with other awesome Reps, have resulted to the RainofRust Campaign, a campaign with the purpose to spread the Rust language in India and to create early adapters of the language. During the campaign Viki wrote a new event flow while he was leading a lot of the offline and online events. But his work doesn’t stop there. Since the campaign has finished, Viki is leading the efforts to help those early adopters to become Rust contributors in order to strengthen the community in India. Moreover, Viki has participated in the mobilizers experiment where he was leading the efforts on understanding how to mobilize the Rust community and unlock the challenges they are facing.

Thank you Vigneshwer for being awesome, keep rocking the open Web!

Join us in congratulating him on Discourse.


Council at the All Hands in San Francisco
mkohler on July 25, 2017 11:05 AM

The All Hands is a special time of the year where Mozilla employees along with core volunteers gather for a week of many meetings and brainstorming. The All Hands Wiki page has more information about the general setting. During the All Hands, the Reps Council participated in the Open Innovation meetings as well as had meetings about what we’ve accomplished in Q2 and the future of the program. One of our main topics was on how to get new developers involved as contributors in Mozilla projects.

Top topics

For that reason it was crucial to understand and discuss the mobilizers experiment and their outcomes with Srushtika, Daniele and Vigneshwer, in order to understand what are the issues and needs for Add-ons, Rust and WebVR and how we can create communities around those projects and attract new developers.

The idea “Open by Design” was discussed extensively while we’ve tried to understand how Reps program can contribute to the Strategy project. We also had a meeting with Patrick Finch to discuss a few strategy questions and to start the discussion on how the Reps program can help in the next few months.

Other meetings and sessions

We had other sessions as well. Also we did a lot of administrative tasks as well:

  • Participated in the Q&A Session with Chris Beard
  • Gave feedback on the World View project
  • We reviewed our Q2 OKRs and opened issues where necessary to continue in Q3
  • Updated the Wiki header of Reps pages with a link to the Leadership page
  • Moved the Council Chair from Konstantina to Flore
  • Started to document new criteria for Reps applications
  • Further documented the mobilizers initiative and discussed common topics that were raised around those
  • Had a meeting with Module Owner and Peers

MozActivate

Activate holds a special place at Reps activities. During the All Hands we held meetings about the website, the content of the activities and the future of the project. From the Council side Alex Lakatos with Michael Kohler are involved in the website building, while Konstantina Papadea and Ankit Gadgil are working with a focus on the content.

While in San Francisco we launched a new activity about Nightly which now is available on the website. Firefox Nightly is one of the most important projects happening right now in the Mozilla world and it’s crucial for us. We need to get new Firefox Nightly users.

We also joined discussions with the Rust and the Add-ons teams in order to better understand how the Reps Program can help to build their community or improve the promotion of those technologies.

On the feedback form front we are working on the dashboard to simplify the access to feedback of Activate events.


WebVR/A-Frame Hackathon in Lausanne
Michael Kohler on July 24, 2017 08:49 PM

Last Saturday the Mozilla Switzerland community, together with Liip, has organized a WebVR/A-Frame Hackathon in Lausanne, Switzerland. As always (also in Zurich), we turned to Liip for support regarding a venue, and as always they were happy to host us in Lausanne. At this point, a big “thank you” to them! Without their support we couldn’t organize events as easy as we can now.

A-Frame is a framework for WebVR, making it easy to create scenes and components that can be viewed in the browser, with Cardboard, the HTC Vive and other VR devices. A-Frame even includes an Inspector that makes it easy to develop VR applications in the browser without having to test it constantly on a real VR device.

About the event

We gathered at 10 o’clock to have some initial talks and a light breakfast. It also took some time to set up the Vive and making sure we can demo A-Painter and other VR applications. At around 10:30 we started with a quick intro by Geoffroy and me. We explained the agenda and some general information about Mozilla. After that, Ben gave an intro to WebVR and how they are using A-Frame at Archilogic. It’s amazing to see how it is being used in the wild for really amazing and helpful projects! Thank you for your time to come to Lausanne and present to us!

Then we did some demos with our gadgets and started hacking. With the help of Ben it was easy to create our own first projects. What struck me most is that my creativity and design skills came to end quite quickly, but nevertheless I could easily create a good Proof of Concept for a future iteration (through skilled people and Pull Requests). :)

Here are some projects that were created/started during this hackathon (click on the images to see it live in your browser):

Another thank you – our preparation hero

A big “thank you” goes to Geoffroy, who has helped us out with the whole coordination with the venue and did an amazing job promoting the event to his network. We are so happy to have people like Geoffroy who are helping us keep the Open Web public and accessible to all!

Honestly, the only thing I did was the administration parts of creating event pages on the Reps portal and Meetup, coordinate for having a speaker and giving a short intro talk about the agenda (with his help). Everything about the venue, food, gadgets was organized by him. He even went as far as traveling to Zurich to get an HTC Vive so we can show case that as well!

Conclusion

We had a lot of fun, and we hope our attendees did too! The verbal feedback was good, however we couldn’t get a lot of responses through the feedback form, even though I reminded all participants after the event through email to please fill out the feedback form. Additionally we need to do better in terms of diversity!

All photos are used with permission by Liip or their respective owners if linked to a tweet.


Rain Of Rust – How we did it?
Mehul Patel on July 18, 2017 10:35 AM

Growing up I was a tech geek, always kept myself updated with the latest ongoing in the language world. It always excited me to explore the tiny bits of these platforms and constantly kept myself updated with brushing my knowledge.

About 9 months ago I met Manish Goregaokar, who works in Mozilla as a Rust/Servo Contributor met me at Mozilla India meetup which was organized by Mozilla India team and I was one of the core team member organizing that event. He introduced me this programming language and gradually I became very fond of it, finding it very interesting and exciting to explore this language.

Eventually after spending some time, analyzing and exploring this programme, I discovered that masses including students, startups, developers are not completely aware, very few users actually being aware about Rust. Even after spending a quality time on this programming language, I still feel I have a whole new world to be discovered up in front of me. Simultaneously I thought it would be wise to educate users regarding Rust language. I seeked help from my mentors,friends and staff from Mozilla in setting up a campaign to spread awareness about Rust. This is how we came up with Rain Of Rust campaigns.

About Rain Of Rust :

Rain of Rust Campaign, a month-long global campaign in which would be specifically focused on the Rust language. It has taken place in June 2017 in collaboration with the Rust community.

Key stats of RainOfRust campaign June 2017:

  • 19 offline events across 10 regions globally. Ref
  • 4 online meeting which is recorded in Air Mozilla. Ref
  • As part of the campaign the RainOfRust has Rust teaching kits which currently has 3 application-oriented activities
  • The Github repo has received more than 500+ views in the within 1 month, Read more

I contributed in Rust community by travelling across 8 cities in India through spreading awareness, educating and promoting Rust  amongst students, developers, entrepreneurs & young aspirants.

Here are few glimpses of Rain Of Rust,

                Rain Of Rust at Vadodara

         Rain Of Rust at Patan

 

I was interviewed by the reporters who were dedicated to the newspaper called “Divya Bhaskar“.

Meet our sensational trio

Here are detailed results of campaign statistics : https://goo.gl/V4mdgk

Still confused about switching to rust? Check this out… Why should I use Rust?
What next?
  1. More collaboration with the Rust team to build better nodes
  2. Mentor-ship sessions to support mobilizers across different countries or regions.
  3. Create better communication channel so we don’t miss the numbers
  4. Needs to share and create more teaching kits, video tutorials
  5. Designing Rust curriculum activities for university students, Like C,C++,Python, etc
  6. Encouraging more womoz participation
  7. Target startups to adopt Rust in production; how? That’s where we need to work on!
  8. Bring more awesome people to be part of the Rust mobilizers to team
  9. Setting up Rust Regional Communities across global

I would like to applaud the hardwork and determination put in by Rain Of Rust team (Konstantina, KelimutuUmesh Agrawal, Prathamesh Chavan & Vigneshwar).

Hope you enjoyed my blog. Don’t Forget To Share It With Your All Tech Friends..!!

 


Why should I use Rust?
Mehul Patel on July 15, 2017 09:03 PM

With respect to subject of my blog, this might be the questions of all who heard about this programming language or who have attended any rust session/workshops very first time. Recently when I was traveling to some cities in India for Rust campaign called RainOfRust, that time one 2nd year engineering student who attended one of my session asked me this question, “Why should I use Rust?” when my session got over.

Well, this was the best questions so far anyone asked me during this campaign and I loved to shared how I answered that.

You might thought that I have started my conversation with this general definition that,

Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety.

This the common definition which everybody knows. I always believe that you should share your things the way you understand or the you adopt it. This way your thoughts spread better among all who listened to you.

Rust is a good choice when you’d choose C++. You can also say, “Rust is a systems programming language that pursuing the trifecta: safe, concurrent, and fast.” I would say, Rust is an ownership-oriented programming language.

Here is my definition and from here I started to explained him, after sometime some more students joined the conversation and it became more interesting.

Firstly, the reason that I’ve looked into Rust at first.

  • Rust is new enough that you can write useful stuff that would have already existed in other languages
  • It gives a relatively familiar tool to the modern C++ developers, but in the much more consistent and reliable ways.
  • It is low-level enough that you take account of most resources.
  • Its more like C++ and Go, less like Node and Ruby
  • cargo is awesome. Managing crates just works as intended, which makes a whole lot of troubles you may have in other languages just vanish with a satisfying poof.

Second, According to recent The Stack Overflow survey Rust is the most beloved among developers of all programming languages and frameworks.

Credits : https://insights.stackoverflow.com

Last, explained them that how we working in community and get a chance to learn and work with some expert community leaders. Growing the Rust Community is one of the focused goal of Rust team and this is the reason we have taken the initiative to run Rust campaign and Thanks Carol Nichols from Rust team who helped all her best during this campaign. Here, I would like all of you to see her recent interview at Codemash 2017 where she shared some of the awesome things about Rust.

Video Credits : https://channel9.msdn.com

Rust will be the language of the future. I bet on it. And I hope now you may convinced that why you should use Rust! If so, then what you are you waiting for, Its time to get Rusty!

Hope you enjoyed my blog. Don’t Forget To Share It With Your All Tech Friends..!!

Reps Mobilizer Experiment
Ruben Martin [:Nukeador] on July 10, 2017 01:25 PM

During the second quarter of 2017, and in order to understand how to better identify, recruit and support mobilizers, we decided to run a small experiment with a reduced set of existing “best in class” mobilizers and walk with them during their work supporting technical communities.

Why

Reps program is a program for core mobilizers, who create, grow, sustain and engage communities around Mozilla projects. There are still improvement areas in order to become  a state of the art mobilizer program, so we wanted to identify which are these areas and which are the changes we can implement.

Participants

Bob Chao (Taiwan) – WebVR

Long time contributors, Bob has been empowering and growing different Mozilla related communities in Taiwan, more recently Rust and WebVR.

Full Report

 

Srushtika Neelakantam (India) – WebVR

Deeply involved with the WebVR community since its formation, Srushtika has been empowering the local community in India for a few years now. She has even wrote a book about WebVR.

Full Report

 

Daniele Scasciafratte (Italy) – WebExtensions

Extremely involved contributors, Daniele has been supporting the community in Italy for many years. He has been key to develop the first Addons activity for the MozActivate campaign.

Full Report

Vigneshwer Dhinakaran (India) – Rust

He has been key for the formation and growth of the Rust community in India, he is author of a book about the technology.

Full Report

 

Process Overview

We decided to use a human centered design approach to test this hypothesis. Each project started with a research phase followed by multiple iterations of potential solutions. Each iteration involved testing, reflecting on the learnings and iterating on the approach.

Overall main learnings
  1. A certain degree of understanding of the technology is needed for the mobilizer to be truly effective and understand the communities.
  2. It’s key to devote enough time to do research and understand the local environment and the potential contributors needs
    1. After a solid research, we can start thinking on which are and implement the best channels for communications between the community (sync and async) as well as information distribution (announces, materials…)
  3. There are two important areas when working with technical communities:
    1. Getting people excited about the tech and the community
    2. Keeping people engaged after the main activities take place. The top priority should be designing for the follow-up instead of the activity.
  4. Establishing a direct conversation between mobilizers and the functional area staff is key for having a correct direction and impactful outputs.
    1. Teams that work with more closed tools (slack) presented a bigger challenge

As a result of these learnings we will evaluate a set of recommendations to improve the Reps program and we will share with some early ideas soon on the Reps discourse.

Thank you Vigneshwer, Daniele, Srushtika and Bob, your work is an inspiration to all Reps and to the rest of Mozilla, you have demostrated strong leadership and an impact-oriented strategy thinking that will help others to follow your steps.


Weeks of Contribution-WebExtension
on July 05, 2017 11:34 PM

Weeks of Contribution is one of the amazing series of online event where first time contributors get started contributing to Mozilla Community. It was started in 2015 by set of contributors aiming to bring contributors around Tamilnadu in various areas of Mozilla contribution like Localization, Doocmentation, Firefox OS app development, Add-ons development for Firefox and so on.


Weeks of Contribution-WebExtension
on July 05, 2017 11:34 PM

Weeks of Contribution is one of the amazing series of online event where first time contributors get started contributing to Mozilla Community. It was started in 2015 by set of contributors aiming to bring contributors around Tamilnadu in various areas of Mozilla contribution like Localization, Doocmentation, Firefox OS app development, Add-ons development for Firefox and so on.


Let’s increase Firefox Market share
Md Shahbaz Alam on July 02, 2017 06:40 AM

With the Andreas Gal’s latest post it is quite clear that we are losing our market share and same can be seen on Wikipedia’s Usage Share Page.

I am a Mozilla Rep. When I joined Mozilla 4 years back, I was literally knowing only three browsers Internet Explorer(thanks to Microsoft), Google Chrome(here due to Android) and Opera Mini(Only browser which uses less data then).
But thanks to the community in Rajasthan which was so much active then, promoting Mozilla and it’s Mission. That was the first time when I get to know about Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is a product which is the core of Mozilla, this is what I believe and assume other volunteers,mozillians and Reps Share the same.

Today, Firefox is mainly used by Mozilla volunteers and few engineers that to are losing faith in it due to compatibility issue and other problems.To name a few, Hangout call is not supported by Firefox, which we use more often for our monthly meeting in India. So what we could do is, create a campaign just like Firefox Nightly and Rain of Rust to promote the use of Firefox, where we will introduce this browser to the students which are still unaware of the browser, which you may agree too.

We are a country with a population of over 1.311 billion where 315 million are students, if we could target those and industry people. This will definitely increase our market share.

I agree that Firefox sometimes doesn’t behave well and we lack other support too which is available in other browsers. I also see a great opportunity for us to make this browser more advanced and easy to use.We want a browser which we love. During this campaign, we will be collecting lots of feedback and suggestions and how you want this browser for yourself. Then we will share these reports with Mozilla staff and help them to create a browser which people love.

I would love to know your feedback and suggestion regarding this campaign as well as any correction will be appreciatable.

Please follow this topic on discourse for more updates

Cheers,
Shahbaz
Mozilla Rep
Mozilla Firefox User



Rep of the Month – June 2017
mkohler on June 30, 2017 09:45 PM

Please join us in congratulating Mehul Patel, our Rep of the Month for June 2017!

Mehul is an highly motivated Rep from India supporting and enabling many Mozillians in the region of Pune, Nashik and Gujrat.

He is also a campus club advisory board member helping shaping the new activities for students. His recent activities include conducting the first phase of the Rain of Rust campaign which mobilized Mozillians around Rust across various parts of India.

Mehul, keep rocking the open web!


WebVR with A-Frame @Circuito SENAI
Geraldo Barros on June 29, 2017 11:17 PM

The Circuito SENAI is a technology event of the National Industrial Learning Service in São Paulo that spreaded modern technologies, we worked in this event to ensure that more web developers are introduced on WebVR, 3D and A-Frame to begin creating virtual reality experiences in the Web.

I’ve been at the event to talk about WebVR and A-Frame, encourage more people to join in developing new virtual reality experiences on the Web and invite everyone to attend our hands on A-Frame Workshop that will happen next month.

It was so important to talk about VR, WebVR and 3D and tell the history of the development of these technologies and show what they have in common, and most importantly, show how Mozilla is working to ensure that this technology reaches more people and is accessible to everyone on the Web, our talk included topics such as:

  • VR/3D
  • Headsets
  • Friction of VR Ecosystems
  • WebVR
  • WebGL
  • Supported browsers
  • Metaverse
  • A-Frame (how setup, how start coding, docs, examples…)

Many developers believe that virtual reality is just a dream or utopia, or something extremely difficult to develop, this talk is important to show otherwise, that virtual reality is on the web and that we can all begin to create with open and modern technologies that Mozilla and other organizations around the world are developing.

After our talk many people joined us to talk, test and meet A-Frame demonstration, and everyone was invited to join us next month at our WebVR Camp to learn and develop practical things with A-Frame along with our awesome Mozilla volunteers team, this invitation was so important and necessary that in just a few hours the tickets sold out!

Get your tickets to our WebVR Camp at Eventbrite
See my slides for this talk at A-Frame presentation slide decks

Simplesmente muito obrigada todos os palestrantes por terem ajudado a fazer esse evento lindo #circuitosenai Até os próximos

Uma publicação compartilhada por Alda Rocha (@mjcoffeeholick) em

Retomando o evento #circuitosenai agora com @geraldo_barros falando sobre VR e criando cenas e ambientes em@realidades virtual

Uma publicação compartilhada por Alda Rocha (@mjcoffeeholick) em

Hooooray!!! See you at our WebVR Camp in July!

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Why you should contribute to Open Source
Sanyam Khurana on June 26, 2017 11:41 AM

My first step with FOSS was during the summer of 2014, where I got introduced to DGPLUG (Durgapur Linux Users Group). Every year, they conduct a training over IRC covering a wide range of topics. Since then, I've been contributing to different projects, primarily to Mozilla's Gecko Engine. Recently I also started contributing to CPython.

Over this journey as CuriousLearner over the past few years, I've been fortunate enough to collaborate with some of the best engineers, learnt a lot of skills & gained some nice perspective on different technologies by just contributing to Open Source. I owe my learning to them.

I've been always asked this question by my friends, colleagues, and strangers whom I often run into in local meet-ups and conferences.

  • Why should I contribute to Open Source
  • What's in it for me

So, I thought I would cover this topic from the perspective of a student as well as the perspective of a working professional.

Learn new skills

When I say skills, I'm not referring to just coding skills or learning yet another framework. There are tons of skills to be learnt. These include coding, debugging, testing, writing docs, collaboration, participating in meetings etc. In FOSS, you won't just learn technical skills, but soft skills as well. That means you'll learn how to communicate effectively over different mediums and making sense to other people who might be from different backgrounds.

I've seen many engineers are hesitant when it comes to communication. They can think and write really nice code, but when it comes to explaining themselves, they lack the communication skills, which is vital to be a better professional.

Improve existing skills

It's not always about learning a new tech that you heard about. It's important to improve on things you think you might already know. Contributing to a FOSS project would make you learn intricate details that your mentors have gained working as a software craftsmen for several years.

Meet like-minded people

Many organizations do stand-up / all-hands meetings where everyone comes together and explains what are they're working on, what they plan to do next and if they face any blocker. So, students, there is a high possibility that when you graduate, you'll do this in your organization :) You'll meet a lot of people having similar interests and you'll learn a lot of things just by hanging out with them (most of the time on IRC).

Learn people skills

Learn team management, resolving internal conflicts, brainstorming on a new feature, public-speaking, time-management, conducting meet-ups & learn to prioritize your work. You will just expand your horizons.

Learn to READ

One of the best things I've been ever taught is to "READ". (And those who've met me personally knows how many times I've been repeating this thing :)).

When I say read, I mean you'll read the documentation, development guide and most importantly the source code.

Always remember that code is meant to be read more times than it is written. When you contribute to any FOSS project, one of the important skill you add to your skill-set is to make your brain make sense out of the code that may look gibberish to many people.

This is a very important skill. Once you're in a company, you'll be given the responsibility of maintaining huge code base and constantly adding features to it. There won't be someone who would spoon-feed you by explaining what every line of code means.

I've seen many people struggling hard in their jobs to figure out what a particular piece of code does. But if you've already worked with humongous code bases, this shall be a cake-walk for you. You would already know how to scrutinize bugs, debug errors and most importantly, would have already taught your brain to think and READ.

Find mentors

FOSS is all about mentors & mentees. There are people just like me and you who volunteer their time and skill to do good for the community. You'll find a lot of mentors who would be willing to teach you different skills. Remember, that you've got this opportunity to learn from domain experts :)

And no matter what, always respect everyone's time.

Teach others

While it is important to get your code reviewed, it is much more important to review other's code. This would help you in learning different coding style and also about how someone approached a particular problem. This would help in expanding your logical skills & as always you'll be learning a lot yourself along the way with having healthy discussions in code reviews.

It feels great to make (small) changes

You don't necessarily need to work on big features in a project or become a life-long contributor. Contribute to a project that you use on daily basis (like Mozilla Firefox) and I promise you that it would be gratifying when you see the whole world rely on the small code changes you did.

A small change in the documentation means you might save someone countless hours of debugging and scratching their head on how to use a particular piece of code. Always remember, documentation bugs are not something inferior; you'll learn a lot in writing documentation, right from the tools such as Sphinx and rST to expanding your domain knowledge about the project.

Building your reputation (& career) along the way

All the code you'll write in Open Source projects would be public and can be taken as a demonstration of how you write code & what you can do. It depicts how you work with others and most importantly give you an enormous amount of experience in working with people having diversified skill-set.

Once you get acquainted with the code base, you'll be invited to develop stand-alone features and who knows you might get that commit bit turned on when you've developed enough reputation in the community ;)

Apart from all the things mentioned above, I think Mozilla's mission says a lot about why I contribute to FOSS

Doing good is part of our code

Alright, I didn't realize, I'll be able to write this much. Hopefully, this would help & motivate people to get involved in contributing to Open Source. As always, if you have any queries, or want help in contributing to any project, feel free to mail me on Sanyam [at] SanyamKhurana [dot] com.


New Council Members – Spring 2017
kpapadea on June 23, 2017 09:39 AM

We are very happy to announce that our new council members are already onboarded and working on their focus areas.

We are also extremely happy with the participation we had for these elections as for the first time we had the record number of 12 nominees and 215 (75% of the body)  have voted.

 

Welcome Ankit, Daniele, Elio, Faye, and Flore, we are very excited to have you onboard.

Here are the areas that each of the new council members will work on:

  • Flore – Resources
  • Faye – Coaching
  • Ankit  -Activate
  • Elio – Communications
  • Daniele – onboarding

Of course they will also all co-work with the old council members on the program’s strategy and implementation bringing the Reps Program forward.

Also I would like to thank and send #mozlove to Adriano, Ioana, Rara and Faisal for all their hard work during their term as Reps Councils Members. Your work has been impactful and appreciated and we can’t thank you enough.

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

Don’t forget to congratulate the new Council members on the Discourse topic!

 


RepsNext – Status Update June 2017
mkohler on June 22, 2017 10:19 AM

In the past few months we have kept working on the implementation of our RepsNext initiative. The RepsNext initiative has started more than a year ago with the goal to bring the Mozilla Reps program to the next level. Back in January we wrote a status update. Almost half a year later, we want to provide a further update. We have also published our OKRs for the current quarter with goals to further the implementation of RepsNext.

Resources

The Resources training is finalized. It’s still a little bit text-heavy, but we want to move forward with the training and iterate based on feedback. For this, we have reached out to a few selected Reps based on the past 6 months to ask them to test the training and give initial feedback about the process and content. Once we have this feedback, we will adjust the training if needed and then open up the Resources track for applications. Applications will most probably be done in a Google Form and will include general info about the Rep as well as a free-text input field where the Rep can explain why they are fitted for the track as well as provide some links to previous, good budget requests they filed. You can learn more about the Resources Track on the Resources Wiki page.

Onboarding Process

We have simplified and streamlined the on-boarding process for new Reps. Until April we had a lot of applications that were open for more than 6 months. We are happy to report that we have started to on-board 20 new Reps between April and now. Further 10 Reps are in the administrative process of signing the agreement and creating profiles on the Portal. All of this is thanks to a new Webinar. The Webinar allows us to give Reps the very needed first information about Reps and what to expect being a Rep.

Participation Alignment

The Council is working with the Participation team in order to co-create the quarterly and yearly goals and OKRs for 2017. This happened twice already this year and we will continue to give our valuable input and feedback for the quarters to come. The program’s goals are also being created based the team’s goals and priorities. We are also attending the monthly Open Innovation Team calls. Of course this is an ongoing work that will continue. The Reps Council is also involved in strategic and operational discussions as representatives for the broader community, giving feedback on the currently ongoing strategic projects. All of this work will continue at the All Hands in San Francisco later this month.

Leadership

At the beginning of our work on RepsNext, we wanted to do a specific Leadership Track Reps can apply for as a specialization. Throughout the past months it became clear that we want all Reps to improve their leadership skills to help out other Reps as well as their communities. Therefore we created an initial list of good leadership resources for everyone to access and learn. At first this is a basic list of resources which will be improved on in the future. We want all Reps to be able to improve their leadership skills as soon as possible and later build on top of this knowledge with further resources. Please provide your feedback in the Discourse topic!

Coaching

Previously known as Regional Coaches, Community Coaches will continue to support local communities. Additionally to that we are currently creating a Coaches Training to train new Reps on coaching skills as well as existing mentors to improve their skills. These coaches will be able to coach Reps in regards to personal development. The idea is to have the Coaches Training on a self-serve basis, so everyone can take the training and complete a narrative which will be evaluated at the end to graduate from the training. This will help us to increase the quality of coaching/mentoring in the Reps program as well as in local communities. Additionally it will decrease the current bottleneck we have onboarding new Reps and we will be able to assign a coach to every Rep on a one year commitment basis with the option to switch the coach after this period. We are currently reviewing the implementation proposal so we can add the training to Teachable and publish it for all Reps.

Functional areas

We recently asked all Reps to choose their path for the future. This gives us a valuable basis to argue around functional doers in the Reps program. We will further build out the exact details about functional doers and their interest. The ongoing strategy projects will additionally give us valuable guidance in coming up with the perfect opportunities for functional doers. If you are interested in statistics about this survey, join our discussion on Discourse.

Upcoming work

We are in the last steps to finish our work on the Resources track and the Coaching training. This allows us to start talks on further improvements in the third quarter of this year. We are also going to the All Hands to discuss Reps, Strategy, Mobilizers and more with the Open Innovation team. We will update you about the outcomes of that after the All Hands.

You can follow all the Reps program’s goals and progress in the Reps Issue Tracker.

Which thoughts cross your mind upon reading this? Where would you like to help out? Let’s keep the conversation going! Join the discussion on Discourse.


A-frame Bug Fixing Contest
Md Shahbaz Alam on June 10, 2017 06:43 AM
Hello Mozilla India!
We are inviting all the new developers as well as everyone else interested in contributing,  to take part in the A-Frame bug fixing contest. A quick description for those who don’t know, A-Frame is an open-source web framework for building virtual reality experiences for the web[1]. Your tasks will involve checking the open good-first-bugs in the A-Frame framework[2] as well as the A-Frame official website[3]. Bonus points for fixing advanced bugs! [4]
Steps to get started:
  • Visit the links [2] and [3] and comment  “I want to work on this”  on the issue you decide to work upon.
  • Ask for help if you need. You will get enough help from the A-Frame team as well as the WebVR-India team.
  • Fork the repository on GitHub.
  • Run npm install and npm run dev to serve the test examples.
  • Make changes to your fork of the repository.
  • If necessary, write unit tests and run with npm test.
  • Submit a pull request to the master branch.
  • Address review comments if any.
  • Once you have fixed the issue, report it to the community as well, using the issue 33 under volunteer-contributions[5].
 
What’s in it for you?
  • Contributors who resolve the maximum number of bugs (Top 5), will get a Sony Xperia Z3C to hack and explore!
  • Amongst the remaining ones, the contributors who have fixed a minimum of three bugs will get a special T-shirt from WebVR India! 
And this doesn’t just end here! While fixing these bugs you will get more familiar with the codebase of A-frame, which will enhance your skills as well as be a great help for the exciting open-source project. As you continue, you will be able to fix a lot more bugs for A-Frame as well as develop for awesome features for the framework. And eventually you become a ‘WebVR Hack Star‘, who can guide others to become like them!
So what are you waiting for, jump on the links right away and get started! 
For any queries whatsoever, contact @shaguftamethwani or @mdsbzalam on Telegram


Rep of the Month – May 2017
mkohler on May 29, 2017 03:46 PM

Please join us in congratulating Vaibhav Bajaj, our Rep of the Month for May 2017!

Vaibhav is a Reps Mentor from Bhopal, India. He has been contributing as a Mozilla Rep since October 2014.

During the past few months, Vaibhav has organized a WebVR Camp in Bhopal, and attended the WebVR Camp in Indore. Additionally he took part in the Hindi & Marathi localization community meetup and participated in the A-Frame Hack Night India which had the goal to create training material about WebVR. To help increase the Nightly usage in India, he is also part of the India uses Firefox Nightly initiative.

Vaibhav, Keep rocking the open web!


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2017 Mozilla Global Sprint – São Paulo – BRA
Geraldo Barros on May 25, 2017 11:16 PM

We’re hosting a site here at São Paulo for the Mozilla Global Sprint on June 1-2, 2017. The Global Sprint is a fun, two-day community event bringing people from around the world together to collaborate on open projects, such as developing open source software, building open tools, writing curriculum, planning events, and more.

We’d like to invite you to join us on the 1st and 2nd at Campus São Paulo, from 9AM.You can join in and participate, no matter your skill set or level. We’re looking for coders, designers, artists, writers, educators, students— anyone who’s passionate about the open web. We’ve got a terrific list of projects that need help— all that’s missing is you!

For more on how you’d participate at the event, see our info page for Participants. To browse all the amazing projects you can work on during the Sprint, see our Featured Projects, and our full list of all Sprint Projects.

If you’re interested in attending, please register. If you have any questions about our local event, feel free to get in touch!

I hope you’ll join us for the Sprint!

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Kashmir Uses Firefox Nightly
Tanzeel Khan on May 25, 2017 03:55 PM

The event was a part of PAN India pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly aimed to create a strong technical community who will be using and testing Nightly on a regular basis. Besides, it was a meetup for community members in the region. The event Kashmir Uses Firefox Nightly was organised at Bangs, Srinagar on 25th May, 2017.

 

We started with the brief Introduction about Mozilla, its projects and programs and its local community in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We then introduced the attendees to Firefox Nightly, why do we have this version of firefox, why should we use it and what are the benefits. Then the steps to download, install and the filing of bug was shown. Few attendees installed the browser and also signed up for an account on Bugzilla.

  

We also discussed WebCompat and how to contribute to it.

Besides, the attendees were introduced to the projects and programs of Mozilla that are currently in focus. WebVR, Rust, WebCompat to name a few. We also devised a plan for the local community as to what activities to take out in the coming months.

    

The attendees shared content about the event and the Firefox Nightly Browser online with the hashtag #INUsesFxNightly.

For more event pictures, visit our Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmozillajandk%2Fposts%2F1964781080423388&width=500

For more information, mail us at mozillajk@gmail.com



My first WebVR Camp roadshow with local projects based in São Paulo and Campinas
Geraldo Barros on May 25, 2017 12:52 AM

In recent weeks I’ve taken my time to dive into WebVR with A-Frame and teach people from technology projects to create new things using A-Frame, the result is that I teach WebVR/A-Frame to developers, creators, educators, clubbers, Mozilla volunteers and people working or not with technology, the workshops were part of the Mozilla Activate campaign.

And to start the journey, we have partnered with 3 local projects based in Campinas and São Paulo, which are:

  • Reprograma, a project based in São Paulo focused on the professional development of women in technology that work with National Service of Industrial Learning in São Paulo at Santa Cecília.
  • Programa Juventude Conectada, a Campinas municipal government initiative to promote digital and social inclusion, through free access to information technology in community telecentres implemented in the different territories of the city.
  • Leão Mozilla Clubs, a Mozilla Club based on Campinas focused on digital inclusion, web literacy and 21 century skills, that I lead as captain.

In this report I will quickly tell you the steps for you to prepare this workshop, our experiences, tips and tricks.

#1 Roadshow’s Organizing #2 Event’s Flow

This is our event flow, it is based on the Mozilla Activate template, with only a few modifications and more details.

Getting Started

A-Frame Concepts

  • Demo of basic A-Frame scenes & apps
  • Creating account and overview in GitHub and Glitch
  • Introduce A-Frame HTML tags
  • Building scenes with exercises using:
    • Primitives
    • Inspector
    • Position
    • Rotation
    • Radius
    • Others primitives
    • Loading resources (images using A-Frame CDN)
    • Entity-component

Hacking

  • Time to create/remix a scene
  • Push the projects to GitHub account

Review & Plan

#3 The experience Reprograma

WebVR Reprograma Learning Team

It was my first experience teaching A-Frame and happened to students of the web development course of Reprograma and other guests who participated in our workshop, this was certainly one of the best workshops because I and Mozilla volunteers learned a lot about methodology to teach A-Frame and the organization of this type of workshop. Participants are developers in the process of learning and professional development, already familiar with HTML, CSS, Javascript and GitHub, not yet very familiar with Glitch.

Our learning this first workshop were:

  • It is necessary to think of a new teaching methodology, including finding other platforms that can help facilitators such as Dontpad, Glitch is a good tool, but maybe not the best for learning.
  • WebVR and related workshops need much longer than expected, including for organization.
  • Coffee, break and time for networking is important to keep participants active and unwind.
  • Tag name are important to identify everyone who is attending the event, to know their names at all times and to improve empathy – in this case, two events were happening in the same place.
  • Swag is very cool, fun and allows participants to take the Mozilla brand, A-Frame and WebVR to every corner of the city, marketing allied to things people like = match.
  • Invite Mozilla volunteers around to learn and develop the upcoming workshops.
  • Invite volunteers to join local Mozilla community groups, they may be interested in other areas and ways of contributing.

Participants were very excited for more workshops that teach more about A-Frame, others have started creating their own projects using A-Frame!

Leão Mozilla Clubs

WebVR Workshop on Leão Mozilla Clubs

WebVR Workshop on Leão Mozilla Clubs

WebVR Workshop on Leão Mozilla Clubs

This was my second experience teaching A-Frame, the participants are teenagers and some adults including seniors who are developing essential 21st century skills weekly at the club, most of them future technology professionals and content creators such as musicians, artists and youtubers.

Teaching WebVR/A-Frame has taken 2 sessions to learn basics of WebVR and A-Frame, here you also need something fun to motivate this specific audience, we teach basic concepts of VR, we try the examples and we begin to make a remix of examples of the A-Frame directly in the Inspector to learn notions of trigonometry such as position, rotation and radius, in addition to familiarizing with the primitives and entities, after the playful experiment with cardboards and A-Frame Inspector we started development activities using only the HTML tags of the A-Frame using Atom that is already installed on telecentre computers.

Our learning this second workshop were:

  • Activities in Mozilla Clubs need 2-3 facilitators to help with the activity, it’s something very new to them.

We already have scheduled activities to continue teaching and developing cool things with A-Frame.

Programa Juventude Conectada

WebVR Workshops on Programa Juventude Conectada

WebVR Workshops on Programa Juventude Conectada

WebVR Workshops on Programa Juventude Conectada

WebVR Workshops on Programa Juventude Conectada

We have already worked with other workshops of Mozilla together with the Programa Juventude Conectada, is a digital culture program of the city of Campinas, here we developed 4 workshops for 68 educators of digital culture, we divided them into 4 different groups in 2 full days of workshops . The educators of digital culture work promoting digital culture that include digital inclusion, web development, photography and video in all the telecenters of the city of Campinas.

The teams of educators have multiple skills, including web development, so it was easy to develop the activity for all of them, the prediction is that this group can take A-Frame/WebVR to activities in telecenters of the city and many projects begin to be developed with the framework.

Our learnings in this third workshop were:

  • Get WiFi passwords and administrator users of the operating systems of lab computers.
  • Take HDMI/VGA cables/adapters to connect your laptop to the projector.
  • Many people do not use GitHub!
#4 …and then?

Work continues! Here are some ideas we’ll be working on in the coming months:

  • More and more workshops on web development projects, hackerspaces and FLOSS events.
  • Start an A-Frame meetup in São Paulo to focus on new continuous sessions, hackathons and build a local community of contributors.
  • Start a local group on Facebook.
  • Create a video course on YouTube or Teachable for more people learning A-Frame in every corner of our country.
  • Create a teaching activity focused on Mozilla Clubs or start an experiment and issue a badge through the OBA for this WebVR activity.

Do you want to help us develop some of these challenges? Start a topic in our forum!

#5 Thankfulness

Thanks to everyone who participated in our workshops, it was a privilege to teach A-Frame! More news is coming, I’ll see you soon! Thanks to all local projects and partners who have made room for activities, including facilitators of local projects! And a super, mega and big thank you to Cynthia Pereira, Airton Zanon, Francisco Picolini and Rizki Kelimutu from Mozilla for the resources, time and support!!!

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Jaipur Uses Firefox Nightly
Md Shahbaz Alam on May 16, 2017 04:31 AM

It was an initiative to run a pilot campaign for Firefox Nightly in Jaipur as it is happening throughout India. Through this event we wanted be building strong technical community in Jaipur which will be using and testing Nightly on a regular basic which is a great way to get involved to a Mozilla project.

Event started with a brief introduction of Mozilla and What is Firefox Nightly? And then we have shared the nightly file so that everyone has nightly browser to explore and use on a daily basis. As they were installing on their computer I talked about importance of nightly user and what great impact it gives back to community when we use this browser and file a bug if any in nightly browser.

After the installation we have discussed about two methods of filing bug. One for the browser specific , use bugzilla and for website which are not compatible in nightly, use webcompat . Also gave a demo of Nightly Tester Tools extension and how they an use it in the browser.

During the event we shared pictures on social media and used profile changer and shared the details of campaign and nightly on twitter. Also one of the participant filed two bugs, one on bugzilla and one on webcompat . Everyone will be using this browser on a daily basis and we are looking forward for more bugs to be filed .



Let’s focus on privacy and get rid of the clutter
on May 10, 2017 07:49 PM
We live in Information Society in which the creation and distribution of information has become the...

[Mozilla at] CryptoRave 2017 — 24 hours for privacy and freedom in the network
Geraldo Barros on May 08, 2017 03:31 AM

The CryptoRave is the biggest open and free event of its kind in the world. The last edition attracted more than 3000 people (!!!): hackers, activists and cypherpunks from different parts of the world and people interested in learning more about safety practices and personal data protection. We were at CryptoRave 2017 yesterday representing Mozilla and talking about the Internet health.

The Internet Health Report

I and Cynthia Pereira talked about Internet Health Report and especially on the topic of privacy and security, the focus of the talk was to present Internet Health Report, a Mozilla’s new open source initiative to document and explain what’s happening to the health of the Internet combining research from multiple sources, and of course get feedback, inform people about the status of privacy and security health and discuss the Internet health in Brazil.

We started talking about Mozilla, a healthy ecosystem, healthy Internet, the attacks that are decreasing the health of the Internet in Brazil and then we introduced the Internet Health Report and then we start by talking about all the key topics in the report, including healthy and unhealthy points for each topic.

After the presentation we started a discussion with the participants about what they think about healthy and unhealthy points of the report, what they think most expressive and any other comment for discussion. Based on open discussion, some comments were important and the keys to a discussion:

  • The web literacy it is one of the most important topics, the Internet is in the hands of many, but people are not know to understand, explore, build and participate, web literacy should include etiquette on the Internet, few tools let you express what people are feeling and the tone of conversation in the social networks.
  • The policy of conduct in social networks does not respect all cultures.
  • Brazilian legislation is a gatekeeper for product innovation across all industry sectors.
  • The Internet is being monopolized by large Internet companies.

Another plus point is that people wanted to get help in something to improve the Internet health, as in the case of two participants who wants to start a Mozilla Club now in their region, I’ll reach him to help on Mozilla Clubs leader training.

Finally, we encourage you to participate in giving feedback through the Internet Health Report feedback session. You can also see our slides deck bellow (thanks Solana for the slides!).

Overall, It was awesome to have the opportunity to talk about the Internet health and have a relevant and open conversation with all. I wanted more 50 minutes to discuss in depth all the topics.

Install Fest

The Install Fest was the perfect space to connect with the people of the event! It was awesome!

We Mozillians (Me, Cynthia and Airton) get together at a single table, we distribute our famous Firefox swags and expect people to reach us, the result was awesome, many people came to us because they recognize Mozilla and its products as a open web advocate and a technology leader, we talk about web compatibility, emerging technologies, Rust, WebVR, Let’s Encrypt, Internet Health Report, Firefox, Mozilla Support and Pocket.

Firefox swag, get yours before you go home, it’s free!

Mozilla at Install Fest (CryptoRave Sao Paulo)

The producer of the event came to meet us and receive feedback, I said that I loved the event because it is an open, accessible, relevant and contagious content, in Brazil it is very rare to have events focused on privacy and security. Another important point that we understand the quality of the event is that sponsorships are not accepted in exchange for favors, sales, slots for talks and anything else, this really has guaranteed the great quality of the event.

The event is open and free to allow all people to participate, and the content is divided by levels of knowledge, so everyone can participate, food is vegetarian and vegan so everyone can eat, transportation is easy and fast by tube/bus. This cryptoparty is sponsored by people who donate by crowdfunding.

Text credit: CryptoRave 2017 
Slide decks: Solana Larsen (Mozilla)
Image head:  Douglas Esteves

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Simple Tab Closing Addon using WebExtension API
on May 05, 2017 11:34 PM

Before reading this post setup your Firefox so you can run WebExtensions in your browser.


The Internet Health Report at CryptoRave 2017
Geraldo Barros on May 05, 2017 02:45 PM

The Internet is an ecosystem. A living entity that billions of people depend on for knowledge, livelihood, self-expression, love…. The health of this system relies on – and influences – everyone it touches. Signs of poor health in any part impacts the whole. We’re all connected.

How healthy is our Internet? How might we understand and diagnose it? We believe this is a timely and necessary conversation.

Our individual actions shape the health of the Internet ecosystem. Only by recognizing where the system is healthy can we take positive steps to make it stronger. Only by understanding where it’s at risk can we avoid actions that weaken it.

I’ll be at CryptoRave 2017 tomorrow to talk about Internet Health Report, and especially about the health of Internet security and privacy. Let’s discuss! I hope you’ll join in!

Come to us in our talk
5 topics on Internet Health in the World
Day: 05/06/2017
Start time: 09:00
Duration: 00:50
Room: Chelsea Manning
Track: Politics
Language: Portuguese
More info: talk link.

CryptoRave
CryptoRave is the biggest open and free event of its kind in the world. The last edition attracted more than 3000 people (!!!): hackers, activists and cypherpunks from different parts of the world and people interested in learning more about safety practices and personal data protection.

Text credit: Internet Health Report website, CryptoRave 2017 
Image:  Step into the “Internet Health Clinic” @ re:publica 17

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Rep of the Month – March 2017
mkohler on May 04, 2017 09:28 AM

Please join us in congratulating Rizki Kelimutu, our Rep of the Month for March 2017!

Kiki is an awesome Rep from Indonesia based in Jakarta. You might have met her in Bugzilla since her daily job is handling seamlessly all the Reps budget and swag requests. But Kiki is restless! So after the endless hours of Bugzilla she volunteers her time on building and developing the community in Indonesia.

During the past few months Kiki has worked on expanding the Aurora community and organizing SUMO days. She has also been advocating to local audiences about online privacy. Further, she has been advocating for Mozilla and has been building a community in Kopdar. Lately she has also represented Mozilla along with other volunteers Mozilla in WikuFest. Kiki has also recently joined the Tech Speakers program, expanding her skills even further. And she has done all this while being one of the space wrangles of the amazing Jakarta space.

Thank you Kiki for being awesome, keep rocking the free web! Please join us in congratulating her on Discourse!


Welcome A-Frame to São Paulo and Campinas cities
Geraldo Barros on April 29, 2017 04:56 PM

A-Frame is a web framework for building virtual reality experiences, making it easy for anyone to get involved with virtual reality. Having more developers and content creators playing with WebVR is important for the future of virtual reality to help build towards a free and open virtual reality platform not owned by any individual entity.

Now we’re working together with the Mozilla Activate campaign to onboard now developers from São Paulo and Campinas cities into 3D and advance WebVR, an open platform for virtual reality that leverages the Web. A-Frame is used extensively by the Mozilla VR team to prototype and experiment with WebVR. Having more contributors know A-Frame will give them a chance to get involved in one of the most exciting revolutions in the field of technology.

Learning Workshops

We’ll run 7-10 workshops in the coming months to different audiences engage in WebVR, but primarily focused on developers.

What you can expect?
You’ll have fun! You will have the opportunity to meet Mozilla volunteers and know what Mozilla is doing to keep a healthy Internet, open and accessible to all.

And of course you’re going to learn, experiment and explore, we’ll explain what is WebVR and A-Frame framework, experience awesome projects already created by the community and participate in an interactive course where you’ll learn how to create your own virtual reality experiences and test it!

Agenda

WebVR Camp @Reprograma
13 May – 1PM-5PM
Alameda Barão de Limeira, 539 – Santa Cecilia, São Paulo – SP

WebVR Camp @JuventudeConectada Campinas
22-23 May – 9AM-5PM
Avenida Francisco Glicério, 1269 – 5º andar – Centro, Campinas – SP

WebVR Camp @CEU Campinas
24 May – 10AM-3:30PM
R. Lasar Segal, 617-779 – Jardim Florence, Campinas – SP

Hangry for more? New activities are being planned with local partners, follow us on Discourse topic to know where is the next workshop.

Mozilla Activate
Activate Mozilla is a campaign for Mozillians around the world to have impact in areas key to Mozilla’s mission. We want to bring more clarity on what are the most important areas to contribute to at Mozilla right now, and provide clear steps on how to get involved right away. These will be presented in the form of activities.

See you at one of our workshops!

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India uses Firefox Nightly: Kick off on May 1, 2017
birajkarmakar on April 25, 2017 01:02 PM

In my last blog, I have announced that Mozilla India is going to organize a special campaign on Firefox Nightly Usage in India. RSVP here.

Everything is set. Gearing up for the campaign.

 

 

 

BTW Recently we have organized one community call on this campaign. You can watch it to know more about how to organize events and technical things.

  • How to get involved:
    • Online Activities
      • Telling and inviting friends!
      • Create the event in social media!
      • Writing about it on Facebook & Twitter.
      • Posting updates on social media when the event is running.
      • Running an online event like webinar for this campaign. Please, check the event flow.
      • Blog posting regarding Firefox Nightly technical things, features and events.
    • Offline Activities
      • Introduction to Mozilla
      • Introduction to Firefox Nightly Release cycle details
      • Why we need Firefox Nightly users?
      • Showing various stats regarding firefox
      • Installing Nightly on participant’s PC
      • WebCompat on Firefox Nightly
      • How they can contribute in Nightly (QA and Promotion)
      • Swag Distribution
  • Duration of Campaign: 2 months
  • Total Number of offline events: 15 only. 
  • Hashtag: #INUsesFxNightly
  • Duration of each event: 3-5 hours

Swag is ready! 

 

Swag for offline events

For requesting swag, please read here.

Also, we have the budget for these events. You can request it. Know more here .

Other than that if you want to know more about activity format, event flow, resource and more thing, please read the wiki.

If you have a special query, please send a mail to Biraj Karmakar [brnet00 AT gmail DOT com]. Don’t forget to join our telegram group for a realtime chat. 

 

 


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Pinoy Mozillians at the 2017 Asian L10n Workshop in Taipei
Bob on April 24, 2017 02:55 PM

A delegation of four (04) Pinoy Mozillians participated in the weekend-long workshop for Mozilla Localization (L10n) at Mozilla Taiwan office. Heading the delegation was your’s truly, with fellow Mozilla Rep Frederick Villaluna, and Localizers Richmond Lacanlalay and Michelle Manlogon. Bye, Manila! Hello, Taipei! The team’s journey began at the NAIA Terminal 2 (MNL) early morning […]

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We need diversity and polymorphism to secure future of the Web
on April 20, 2017 10:41 PM
The digital revolution is now part of our everyday life. Much of the digital change has happened at...

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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:

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