It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The ‘Mozilla Coincidental Work Week’ brings everyone at Mozilla together in the same city, at the same time for the opportunity of collaboration – this time in Orlando Florida (Dec 7 – 11) !
‘Mozlando’ is the next stop on our Participation Cohort’s journey – a perfect environment for goal-setting focused on building high impact participation opportunities with product teams. Truly – a beautiful opportunity to invest in, and with each other.
Over 100 volunteers will have the opportunity to work directly with teams helping design and strengthen goals which in many (and most) cases includes Participation. For those invited by the Participation Team, we will of course, be dedicating ourselves to that focus.
We have three distinct volunteer groups attending Orlando:
We will reach out with offers for 1:1 coaching for all in groups 1 & 2. And for the subset of the 3rd group, will reserve blocks of time for those interested in Participation.
The coaching this time around even more important recognizing that connecting volunteers with the project goals is a critical step to bringing sustained strategic advantage to Mozilla . We are asking our cohort to research and consider the following:
At the heart of everything of course is people, why we’re here, why we care, where we envision we can go individually, and with each other. I’m looking forward to all of it!
Feature Image Credit: Nasa on The Commons
As part of Mozilla Academy in Albania, a series of workshops focused on technical topics related to Mozilla, especially Firefox OS and Webmaker, we also had in mind to have a better cooperation with our fellow Mozillians from Kosova, to join forces for our next event held in Prishtina, Kosova: KosICT 2015.
With some other contributors from Open Labs, fellow Rep Kristi Progri and me travelled to Prishtina and met with Ardian Haxha, Rep from Kosova to get prepared for the event. KosICT is a non free conference ( paid entry) focused on new innovations in the ICT sector, concretely with a focus on Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and automation this year. Having said that, the conference is not alike with any open source conference most Mozillians are used to, it’s quite more corporate and “fancier” than the average tech conference, so that should be noted. In any case, we as Mozilla Albania were going to have a booth there, so it was something quite casual where we also had experience with. No presentations from us this year (although holding a dev session might have been interesting).
The conference went pretty smooth the first day, with a relaxed atmosphere (too relaxed for my taste) and we were able to take advantage of our booth at quite some points, especially the lunch break. The second day felt a bit empty, with a very few people in the sessions, at which point we slowly felt the need to kill time. I must say that the conference has an interesting viewpoint on technical topics, but fails to stay realistic. Attendants were almost exclusively industry leaders in the region, leaving out the young and enthusiastic startup folks outside its borders.
In overall, we had lots of fun and were able to talk to quite some people, local and regional and it was definitely a great event for touching base with many people at the same time and place. I would not consider Mozilla’s presence as a success at KosICT ’15, but we definitely left an impression and come home with a rewarding experience on how to handle conferences which are more “corporate style”.
The Berlin Mozilla Community would like to invite all of you to the Mozilla Tech Weekend on November 28th 2015. There will be tech talks on Saturday and workshops on Sunday.
Saarbrücker Str. 24, Haus C, Berlin
Sign up for free at http://www.meetup.com/Berlin-Mozilla-Meetup/events/226461969/
Schedule for Saturday 28th November:
After the talks there will be some food and time to get in touch with developers and each other.
On Sunday there will be workshops on similar topics to follow up or get you all set up if you would like to start contributing to Mozilla projects. Sign-up for the workshops will be on-site on Saturday.
The Berlin Mozilla Community
The Mozilla Festival took place this last past weekend! Mozfest is the first of three Global Leadership events we’re leveraging to empower a cohort of Participation Leaders in their goals for 2016. This first group of 30 represents those whose goals strongly focused on developing and delivering programs that build skills (leadership and otherwise) of Mozillians.
— Ioana Chiorean (@ioana_cis) November 7, 2015
Mozfest is the perfect place to meet kindred spirits, make new and valuable connections, and to experiment and get feedback in real time. Everything including sessions themselves, lend to hackability and spontaneous invention, the environment encourages a bravery to reach inside ourselves, and to recognize our potential to be the change we want to see in the world .
It was very very exciting to be a part of designing an experience for this group that included pre-event coaching, facilitator training, and leadership workshops led by George Roter. We also hosted the first ever ‘Participation Space’ at Mozfest which was filled with sessions and activities the entire weekend. I wanted to share a few moments that stood out for me, with a sneak peek into what’s next.
As the ‘space wrangler’ for Participation, I didn’t get out much :) but still managed these inspiring moments. Looking forward to reading the blog posts of our entire cohort on their Mozfest moments. Here are more photos of our caped cohort!
Next up, we’ll be holding our first call for those who attend Mozfest, and launching connective efforts to bring in those who have yet to attend an event, or who sadly missed this one because of Visa issues. Lots of goodness ahead!
In recent years, I would say the primary focus of my contribution to Mozilla has been an effort to create educational offerings and experiences with real world value, through open source participation. And this event proved that – not only do people really want learning opportunities like this, but we can make the world a better place, and tech a more diverse environment in the process.
Some highlights in our success on this day:Mentors
We had a group of incredible mentors – I would have been lost without them. Special mention to Paula (post main photo) who created virtual machine solution for those who struggled too long with their environments. Mentorship is absolutely key to an event like this, and the talented people that turned up has me dreaming of a mentorship team for all technical projects..Project
I chose the teach.mozilla.org website as a contribution project. Primarily because I had experience with the environment and codebase, and support from project team members: Mavis and Hannah who were kind enough to tag specific issues with ‘Grace Hopper’.
I also chose this project because I knew the technology was both easy to pickup, and had real world value in the job market. Finally, I knew the ‘Ready, Write, Participate’ message would resonate with a group of learners..learning to Participate :)Participants
Our group was brilliant. I worried that some issues with environment (and we had quite a few) would dampen spirits, or result in people leaving. The opposite happened. Our group emerged in the very best way – a community and a team. When one woman overcame an issue with a node version, she rose to help others reach their own success as well. Experts in environments and issues emerged to mentor others, and by afternoon I had run out of ‘Grace Hopper’ tasks.
I had to remind at least one person to eat, and another woman in the last 15 minutes of the event, was on her feet trying to fix one last issue before submitting her pull request. I was proud, and honoured to be part of a group so diverse (including a male mentor), that there was really no majority in the room. That is an amazing feeling.Demo
Our group demoed their work, and it was an zen moment, to see this group describe not only their work overcoming obstacles, but what they accomplished and why the project mattered. Hope to be back again next year!
“Participation doesn’t just happen, it’s built through great design & great leadership”
In three short weeks, the first of our Global Leadership Events: Mozfest 2015 will be upon us and with it increasing buzz of activity will be emerging as our cohort prepares for and travels to London. Mozfest is an opportunity unlike any other to learn, teach, practice and collaborate. We’ll use this journey to bring everyone closer to their personal goals for success at the event itself and as empowerment for our collective vision for Mozilla leadership in 2016.
This year’s Mozfest is a thoughtfully designed, energized mega-opportunity for learning to lead by – leading. New to Mozfest this year is the addition of Pathways, best explained as a connection of sessions under one or more themes. The most exciting part is not only that we’ve curated three pathways for Participation, but that in many cases they intersect other spaces at the festival for magnified opportunity and outreach. Our three pathways are:
Scaling participatory learning experiences This pathway is for participants with enthusiasm for teaching and facilitating, who want to take that passion to create resources and programs that teach others through participation.
Leading and building community through participation This pathway is for participants who want to deepen their practice on leading or building community, or who want to help people who are doing that.
New technologies for participation — challenge This pathway is for people who want to take a technology lens through MozFest and build new participatory experiences with these technologies.But wait, that’s not all!
We’re also excited to running many of these sessions, workshops, training and pop-up activities in our very own Participation Space. Think “learning, leading, making, and building” Participation all weekend – together in atmosphere intersecting every other space in the building through pathways.
And best of all – all of this is a backdrop for some pretty amazing personal goals we’ll be working with each of our cohort leaders to design through 1:1 coaching. The pathways are only the starting point in designing a Mozfest experience that brings our cohort closer to their vision for success at this event and for 2016, personal goals they’ll be sharing out in Discourse leading up to the event in November. Phew!
You can follow activities for this and other Global events on Discourse. And using hashtag #Mozfest #ParticipationSpace
Image Credit: Paul Clarke
The act of creating tasks in an open repository is not itself an invitation to get involved. Lets be honest about the ‘types of tasks’ we’re creating, and then just design properly for those we intend for participation.
In Whistler earlier this year, we gathered together a group of code contributors to better understand what barriers, frustrations, ambitions and successes they experienced contributing code to Mozilla projects. Above all other topics, the ‘task description’ was surfaced as the biggest reason for abandoning projects. This, the doorway for participation is given the least attention of all.
As a result, I’ve paid close attention recently to how projects use tasks to invite participation, and experimented a bit in our own Participation Github repository. Probably the best opportunity to understand what makes a task truly ‘open’ is to to witness in ‘real time’, how contributors navigate issue queues. I had such an opportunity this week at the ‘Codeathon for Humanity’ at Grace Hopper Open Source Day, and previously leading an Open Hatch Comes to Campus Day at the University of Victoria.
A quick overview of tasks I’ve noticed:
Meta Task: Meta, Parent or or ‘Feature Tasks’ are a great way to track the overall progress of an initiative or project goals. Unless identified as being this type of task though it can lead to a frustrating journey for someone interested in participation.
Project (Team Member) Tasks: Tasks that require whole or partial involvement of a team member (staff or core contributor) to be completed. There’s nothing wrong with this type of task, but calling them out as being dependent on specific individuals – saves time. Examples: ‘root access’ server tasks, or project management tasks.
The Garbage Tasks: A garbage task is one that appears to have no obvious purpose, deadline or clear outcome. A mystery to the rest of us, these tasks appear to be connected to the single moments in time for the author. These exist everywhere – and I witness the havoc they play on contributors. Often created in a rush or with only the author’s intentions in mind, many of these tasks linger in ‘open’ states. It takes a contributor a long time to discover the irrelevance of tasks like these.
Storytelling Task: Different than a meta-task, and not quite a project task, I’ve encountered quite a few ‘issues’ with a primary goal of storytelling or conversation with an extended opportunity to provide feedback through comments. These are great for transparency and inviting interest, but if there is no clear call to action, it’s probably better as a blog post.
Open or Contributor/Volunteer Task: Is a clear ‘ask’, with action items suitable for completion by an individual. Components of a good open task are:
Helping people filter to Open Issues is a huge win for project and contributor. We’ve been using a tag called ‘volunteer task’ for this purpose, although we may change the name based on feedback. It’s our most viewed tag.
Don’t use abbreviations in titles, and have a clear action reflected.
Referenced Meta/Parent Task
Creating and referencing a Meta Task Is a great way to connect open tasks to the impact of the work being done. They also help generate a sense of collaboration and community that makes work feel meaningful.
I use this in anticipation of questions, and often include reading documentation. Prerequisites are also a way to help people quickly identify which tasks are best suited to their personal goals and curiosity. I include basic skill levels needed as well – with room for learning.
Challenge yourself to bring the key points into the short description. Use Bullet points to break down points vrs writing long paragraphs of text. Link to longer documentation (and make sure your permissions allow anonymous view).
I’ve written a lot about designing participation in steps, and believe that breaking things down this way benefits contributor and project. I know this probably feels tedious especially for smaller bugs, but minimally this means linking to a template explaining ‘how to get started’. Example steps might be:
Value to Contributor
I sometimes include this, and my opinion is this is where ‘mentored bugs’ could plug in vrs a bug being only about mentoring. In the virtuous circle for participation, I think this reminds us to consider this perspective of contributors in all we design.
Although some of this might feel like a lot of work, it actually filters out a large number of questions, helps contributors connect more quickly to opportunity and helps build trust in the process.
Annually, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) arranges an event that introduce its student club to the freshmen that aims to recruit new member and facilitate every ITB students based on their interest. On this event, Mozilla Indonesia Community runs a booth to recruit more people who are interested in joining Firefox Student Ambassadors program, and also introducing the new Webmaker App for Android.
During the event, I was helped by Rep and FSAs: Fauzan Alfi (Mozilla Reps), Hanfie Vandanu (FSA, Institut Teknologi Bandung), Bimo Aryo (FSA, Institut Teknologi Bandung), and Irsyad Riandri (FSA, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia).
Mozilla Indonesia Community was presenting a variety of activities during the event. We have #MozBooth where visitors can find out more about Mozilla and its projects, especially FSA Programs and Webmaker App for Android, HTML Puzzle Box Challenge, where visitors can learn HTML by playing the puzzle box and winning some stickers, and Social Media Challenge, by tweeting their experience about Mozilla’s Product. We also introduce the newly released Webmaker App for Android to the visitors and demo-ing the app.
Our #Mozbooth mostly visited by the students who are curious with FSA Programs and HTML Puzzle Box challenges. We’ve got about 30 students who are interested to join the FSA Programs from this event. Our booth was also visited by radio club there. And they are so interested about our community and Mozilla’s mission. In the end of the event, we announce the winner of the Social Media Challenge and we’ve got one winner.
So in this post I had an idea to document what we are doing at the FSA program to engage Mozilla’s young people.
Last term (2014-15) I was part of the pioneer FSA Eboard whose focus was on revolutionizing the program. I handled Club Development and that was honestly one of the best things that I have done for Mozilla so far. Now, I am continuing my work on supporting the program by digging deeper from developing Firefox Clubs to focusing on the ambassadors themselves. Formally, the name of my position would be Ambassador Impact Lead. I am grateful to be serving another term with the eboard with the amazing #FSADREAMTEAM!
Compared to my role last term where I set-up a structure and a system to facilitate club formations, my work for Ambassador Impact would be very similar to doing a research, where I continuously find ways to understand the FSA population and target market to develop the needed support and resources for the ambassadors.
As of now my planned projects are as follows:
I plan to launch the survey by November to serve as valuable input at the workweek and at least release the beta of the portal by the end of this year.
Regarding my personal goals for this term and this role, TJ and I talked about my aim to improve my facilitation skills. Perhaps my biggest dream right now is to facilitate a conference/ summit for FSAs. I would really like to try to facilitate an event with participants from a different country!
SO, let us have another awesome year again with the FSA team!
Wissam is one of the most active Reps in middle East, located in Jordan, a mozillian with great ideas, someone who is eager to help the other fellow Reps and Mozillians. the last big event he took par to it was the Jordanian Task Force – Mozilla Jordan’s first RTL Bugs fixing training.
Hossain is the awesome leader of QA community Bangladesh. He created an awesome team of QA BugHunters in Bangladesh, organize regular Community calls to mentor new people and did the QA Marathon Dhaka. Together with the team , he attends the Bug Verification and Triage days, testdays dedicated to beta builds or major features. He also organized Maker Parties and several MozCoffees that help many new contributors to ramp up specially in fields like Mozilla QA, Firefox Os or Webmaker.
It’s publicly knowledgeable right now that at Mozilla we’re working on allowing even people with no little to no technical knowledge to have access to the Internet’s content through making what we call Smart Feature Phones that work with Firefox OS, those flip flop phones and ones with possibly no touch screens, added to them smart features that are still suitable for the audience and the users of such devices.
I am returning from a couple of weeks away: rested and super-energized about what’s coming next for the Participation Team and community leadership.
Based on research in the last two heartbeats we have now have an v.1 of Participation Leadership Framework, and we’re fired up and ready to go for the next three weeks developing and testing curriculum in line with that framework.
Volunteer sub-tasks volunteer for my heartbeat are: Curriculum QA and ‘Workshop Co-pilot’. The first is really just about staying connected to the work, and providing feedback and suggestions through review. The second is more of a role for this heartbeat, for someone interested in improving as a facilitator by co-piloting a couple of online workshops with me, and then running an offline version with local contributors in their region. Please reach out in the task comments if you are excited about doing something like this! As with previous volunteer tasks, there are more details in the issue.
Note: we also have ongoing development work on a fork of teach.mozilla.org in an effort to test the import and display external markdown files as content. Thanks to @asdofindia for his great work and recent Pull Request to help this along.
For more on contributing with the Participation Team and the Heartbeat process check out our contribute.md.
That’s it! Except as a final thing I thought I would share all the books that were recommended to me when I asked for suggestions for my time away. I highly recommend time away with books.
So this is the final post of this Weeks Of Contribution series. In previous two posts have been discussing about how it all started, and what are the syllabus we covered what we covered. This post is about who is contributing to which areas, here we will be mostly list the contributors in Tamilnadu region. When the Weeks of Contribution started the main aim was to bring new contributors. We would like to analyse how many contributors are started contributing newly.
Mozilla Location Services
Previously Contributing to MLS
New Contributors to MLS
Firefox OS app development
As a whole the new contributors are as follows who participated and Weeks of Contribution
The above people are actively contributing to any one of the project and spreading awareness in their places. We have left some of the contributors unfortunately sorry for that.
This was really a good growth having 15 new contributors is awesome. We will bring more active contributions in the upcoming days.
In my previous post I have shared what are the basic things we had for Weeks of Contribution program and what are short learnings in that. In this post you will be seeing what are the areas we covered and what we shared to participants.
Mozilla Location Services
We started with Mozilla Location services, in our region most of cells towers and wifi signals are not captured. I feel it is one of the most easy contribution to Mozilla, I have also previously written about MLS contribution how easy it is. The detailed wrap up about the event is also share in the blog.
The syllabus for area is very simple, how to capture the cell phone towers and wifi signals. Shared where it will be helpful to the community. In future we will be dealing about how to use the API’s.
For this we have created a small leaderboard which we will manually enter the scores, and updated it at the end of the 2 months to filed who got the maximum points.
We are seeing good contribution from contributors like Achyuth, Makilan who are helping to capture more tower and wifi signals.
One of the main reason why many people love to use Firefox web browser is because they can have it in their local language. We had introduction to pootle and Verbatim. We saw some new contributors started contributing. This area of contribution is done mainly by the contributors who love technology and love their language. Some of thoughts about this event is here.
Our mentor Khaleel is helping lot of new contributors.
This is one of the most important task for any software developer. He/ She has to write about what he has developed or what his module ll do in general. It is really a good learning when you contribute to Documentation projects like MDN. We had a session on MDN and maintain blog about your contribution. Before choosing this contribution path we had a small session on documentation contribution. You can learn about the documentation event here, the important achievement we have done is we created a small pilot project which will help share news to FSA bloggers.
One of the most active contributor for this project now in Tamilnadu is Adam, who is actively participating in Documentation projects.
Firefox OS app development
For past few days Firefox OS have gained lot of traction among developers and technologist. It is very important to bring more local applications to the Firefox Marketplace. We wanted everyone to show their code in github because we can find the bugs and report the developer.
We saw some of our contributors creating websites for their college FSA club Paarttipaabhalaji,Gowtham Venkat Craken sio and so on.
In future we have planned to share more about Firefox OS API’s in detail, all the source code will be available by contributors. My main aim is to write a small book so contributors can learn in offline at any time.
Add-ons is helping Firefox browser is customizing. The crazy of developing Add-ons are there with developers for very long time. This is another reason for using Firefox browser. We had very small learning about how to setup for developing Add-ons. In future we will be learning more about WebExtensions. Naresh is helping lot of community members to know more about this.
SUMO – Support Mozilla
Many of the Firefox Users know whenever they get problems in their browser they will tweet about it, and some contributors will be coming and helping you by sharing the articles in twitter. The contribution as of now focused in this local community is very low, hope in future it will increase.
We have missed some of the good contribution area in this post, but we will not miss it to teach. This post is very lengthy I know very well, it will surely help the community members to get ignited and help the new contributors.
The next step is building stronger community with new community members. Regarding this I have already mentioned in one of the post. It is really a cool beginning we had.
I have been writing more about Weeks of Contribution program. This program was first started by 4 contributors from Tamilnadu. Nareshkumar,Khaleel, Vignesh, Myself had some discussion when we meet and planned for some 1 month. Among us 3 (Nareshkumar, Khaleel, Viswaprasath)of us are Mozilla reps.
I remember when I wrote my first post about Weeks of Contribution I have mentioned the below line
Hope at the end of this program around 20 new contributors will start contributing to various contribution areas.
Still we plan lot of activities to bring lot of contributors who will contribute to Mozilla projects for long time and with Good impact to Mozilla and also to Community.
We had very good support from other community members also, especially vigneshwer who visited many FSA’s in different cities around Tamilnadu. One of our big support in our Firefox Student Ambassador-Regional Ambassador Lead karthik
At the Beginning we have got whopping 150 registration. We thought we are seriously going to make a very big impact. Seriously we are going to bring some more contributors to Tamilnadu, we were very excited to see this number. When we got this we know the only way to reach each and every one is web.
We had a plan to teach about the areas which we had learnt to some extent. Contribution is always a learning process, we learn when we teach to others with this motto we loved teaching. Below are the areas we have targeted.
But not all the activities we are able to do. Due to some other high priorities we had to skip 1 or 2 events.
Each week on Monday will be contacting the other contributors what area can be focused on the weekend. Then will be sending mails in google groups (we are not able to send in bcc to many, Gmail thinks we are spamming people ), and we made a events in Google+ with hangouts on Air, and Facebook events so many people who are eager to learn will be loving to join us.
Some of the learning I got on this is
What our Local community got
This is the first post in this series will be sharing who are the contributors newly joined community and how all the existing contributors got engaged more.
In the last few years I’ve learned a ton about what helps people learn, where they get stuck and how to customize learning for various ages, interests and attention-spans. When ‘teaching the web’ for kids as young as eight all the way up to university students there’s always some level of trouble-shooting and tinkering to do with tools I’ve tried so far (both on and offline). Mozilla’s Thimble had been one of those tools, but usually for the very early steps in learning. For more advanced lessons, I’ve tried a number of different solutions, all with some level of challenge. For example I turned more to codepen.io to show the separation of CSS/HTML & JS which was fun but only for super-short snippet-type learning. I also ventured offline with simple editors like Notepad ++ only to run into knowledge-blockers with students – around file-systems or computer permissions for installing new software.
And so, I was super-excited to see the latest version of Thimble released this week – especially after I did some testing. Here’s why I’m to go back to teaching with the (new) Thimble :Customizable UI
The new Thimble allows you to expand your code view, or your preview as you need. Seems small, but huge change from the previous version. With this, the brightness toggle, and text-size customization people will be able settle in to what works best for their learning. And thank you, thank you – the preview screen stays at the exact-scroll position for refreshes.Mobile View
Many kids ask to make ‘apps’ in my classes, when often what they really mean is “something I can make and share on my phone”. So while the mobile view is obviously great from the perspective of learning to design for mobile, it also helps students understand the web as a platform for their app ideas. I imagine there’s more opportunity to extend that idea well beyond this as well with FFOS app preview perhaps.File Management
A billion-times better. Students can now upload files they need vrs ‘all code in one page’, or link to external files, which with previous versions often resulted in mixed content errors. Yes, so much awesome, including the ability to re-name files names AND upload entire directories, which makes it easy ( I think ) for people to fork and upload projects. I managed to exceed the maximum file-size for upload, but at 5MB seems pretty reasonable. Having files lists also ‘bakes in’ an opportunity to teach file systems, best practices, naming conventions etc – which in the past was offline only. The only thing I couldn’t figure out, was how to download my project. Also next-wish : version control integration.
You can also take and upload ‘selfie’ images from your computer, which will be super-popular, especially for ‘photo booth’ type projects. Youth will love it, providing it passes the privacy agreements of students and schools – but then there’s a lesson to be made with this as well.Suggested Attributes & Files
One of the biggest challenges and frustrations of getting things working – especially with younger kids is spelling mistakes of file names, attribute names – open tags, poorly nested tags… And so I’m thrilled to see suggestions & auto-complete as part of the new Thimble. Also showing which line has errors (without overwhelming popups) will be a huge help. I think there is also a way to use a color-wheel to add in hex colors (also helpful for younger learners), but I didn’t have a chance to test that.Tutorial
Adding a tutorial.html file adds a ‘Tutorial’ view pane. I usually write my lessons in Google Docs, print and then give to students who are still learning to type, and so spend a lot of time looking from one to the other. Huge win that instructors can write tutorials as part of the lesson, and that students can keep their eyes on the screen instead of bothering with a second set of instructions. The only improvement I could ask for, would be the ability to assign specific tutorials, to files to create true lesson plans vrs one long file (also more value for sharing).
I’m sure there are a bunch of things I missed, but these are the wins for my classes.
Congratulations, and thank you to the Webmaker team, this is going to make things so so so much easier, and more rewarding for students and teachers.
On a separate note – I can’t help but think this would also help some of the curriculum development I’m working on – asking teams to develop content in Markdown. I see there is a Markdown extension for Brackets, and wonder if Thimble can take on a new file type ‘markdown’ to help educators submit curriculum without coding knowledge. Perhaps this is what that’s the potential for the tutorial file (and collaboration between educators and technologists)
As part of the plan for Global Gatherings the Participation team announced a new event called the “Leadership Summit”. We’re excited to have ReMoCamp be integrated at this event and to bring together a bigger set of leaders. Our initial plan was to have this event happen this year, just as we have done in the past with ReMoCamp, but we decided to move it to January to have more time to prepare a fantastic event.
The summit doesn’t stand alone, it is one part of broader initiative with MozFest and All Hands, with each gathering playing different roles in empowering communities. Learning more about your goals at Mozilla can help you understand which of these events is the best one for you.
The summit will be an opportunity for local and regional communities to work alongside Reps, and for all of us to define what leadership means in the context of Mozilla. We are fully aware that the the words “leadership” and “leader” spark some discussion in the context of Mozilla. And we are actively working toward a framework for investing in leadership within our communities. We need all of our current leaders to help us define and shape a leadership culture that is true to our values and will unleash the potential of our communities.
Historically Reps has been a platform for Mozillians to be empowered, and in many cases Reps empowered their communities. It evolved into a broader leadership platform for communities, and one of our more organized ones in Mozilla. We see everyday how the magic of great community leadership ignites people all around the world to join our cause. We are more than ever committed to supporting and elevating our leaders and Reps is an important program for doing so.
Because Mozilla values leadership that can come from all the edges and we believe that empowering individuals and communities is our secret weapon, we want to make sure that local communities and Reps are connected, that anyone, on any edge, can be empowered. Our goal is that the leadership summit will catalyze the energy from Reps and other leaders and ensure we are all working as a powerful team.
Apart from bringing a different (and a bigger!) group of leaders together, we also believe that thinking about leadership and impact in the bigger picture that includes local communities will ultimately help the Reps program evolve to serve much better our communities. We will get “outside of the Reps box” and think holistically how to organize ourselves to have more impact. And of course we need Reps mentors, but also new Reps and local leaders to be part of these conversations. And as you know we’ll be doing this in Singapore, a location close to where our most thriving communities are right now.
We hope to learn a lot from this first event to be able to bring that experience and learning to many, if not all, volunteer leaders. And as with all we do: the leadership summit is an initiative that is open and that you can help shape. If you feel strongly about leadership, about regional or local communities, about empowering others or if you have ideas on what we need, just drop me or the participation team a line. We are eager to hear your thoughts and understand how to make this leadership summit the catalyzer we all want to see.
In the last heartbeat, as part of our Q3 goals for leadership development, I interviewed a diverse set of people across Mozilla, asking what they think the skills, knowledge and attitudes of effective Participation Leadership at Mozilla are. Two things really stood out during this process. The first was how many people (staff, contributors and alumni) are truly, truly dedicated to the success of each other and Mozilla’s mission, which was really inspiring and helped inform the quality of this Framework. The second was how many opportunities and resources already exist (or are being created) for leadership development, that if bundled together, with more specifically targeted curriculum and focused outcomes will provide powerful learning by Participating experiences.
This Heartbeat iterated on themes that emerged during those interviews. I thank those who provided feedback on Discourse, and in Github, all of which brought us to this first 0.1 version.
Foundations of Participation Leadership are the core skills, knowledge and attitudes that lend to success on both personal goals, and goals for Participation at Mozilla.
Building Blocks of Participation Leadership are units of learning, that together provide a whole vision for leadership, but individually build skills, attitude and knowledge that inform specific learning outcomes as needed.
Examples of skills, leadership and knowledge for each:
Building for Action and Impact
Empowering Teams and People
We would love your comments, suggestions and ideas on where we are so far. In the next heartbeat we’ll begin building and running workshops with these as guide, and further iterating towards 1.0.
Image Credit: Lead Type by jm3
Mozilla Kerala organized a geolocation stumbling contest – Stumbling in a Box for the Mozilla Location Services from August 2, 2015 to August 22, 2015.
Similar geolocation stumbling events have been organized by other communities around the world. The main aim of the event was to bring more contributors who would contribute to Mozilla Location Services.
We had planned this contest for the mozillians in Kerala initially. But we had sign-ups from other parts of the country too. So, we decided to give them a chance to participate and we would consider them eligible for the final prize.
We called the contest Stumbling in God’s Own Country. We had a few new contributors signing up for the contest. We mentored them and showed them how to contribute to mozilla by stumbling their way. Faheem K (fhm) rocked the contest with a whopping 548250 points. Kumaresan C S (KUMARESAN.C.S) followed with 42677 points and Achyuth K P (Achyuth) with 42614 points. The contest contributed a total of 728252 points to Mozilla Location Services
The final points table is as follows :
|Name||Leaderboard Nick||Points Collected
|Total Points||Global Rank|
|Kumaresan C S||Kumaresan.C.S||42677||209001||289|
|Achyuth K P||Achyuth||42614||165021||365|
|Sreejith S Menon||sreejith-bit.ly/_HASH||18274||37679||1257|
|Shoble Thomas||Shoble Thomas||6358||22883||1644|
|Mehul Patel||Mehul Patel||5365||71176||793|
|Shahin N P||shahinnp||4372||10532||2371|
|Avin Varghese||Avin Varghese||3948||30463||1429|
|Vaibhav Bajaj||Vaibhav Bajaj||1943||32276||1391|
It is safe to say, that Firefox will not be Firefox anymore as far as extensions go, but instead will become yet another Chrome-clone.
A quote from a blog post I read about Firefox as a friend is going to die so I wanted to quickly echo an opinion I have off the top my head without being too technical:
I personally don’t see how implementing a common set of APIs or a spec that the rest of the browser vendors agreed on and implemented is turning Firefox into a chrome-clone.
WebExtensions’ concept is by far implemented everywhere else except in Firefox. So implementing that here is just as beneficial as when W3C publishes a spec about Flexbox or WebRTC or CSS Logical Properties (wink wink) and chrome implements that, and then Firefox implements it too: that. is. not. following. chrome, it’s called making the web and the web’s content more compatible, and if we are to sit in a corner and implement our own exclusive stuff we will only become another Microsoft of year 2000 with its ActiveX technology where the only way to have the luxury of accessing its features is if developers built their websites mainly for IE.
For past few days we had events in our MozillaTN (Mozilla Tamilnadu Community). We had Weeks Of Contribution program where we introduced. It is one of the first series of program and is more ambitious for our local contributors. We had a very big roadmap for next one year.
On July we had Documentation session by FSA-RAL Karthikeyan. Karthikeyan is one of the most active FSA, he has contributed very well and has helped to build community in his locality. He is one of the most inspiring guy around Tamilnadu who helps students.
You can watch the video here of his entire presentation here
And the slide used by him
We have seen good participation and the list of participants are as follows
One of the most important discussion which happened after this event is Pilot run for Documentation project.
Karthik was very supportive in framing this project structure and gave suggestion whenever needed. In long run this project will grow bigger and we can see lot of interesting students joining the project.
Karthik Says about his presentation here
For past few days we had events in our MozillaTN (Mozilla Tamilnadu Community). We had Weeks Of Contribution program where we introduced. It is one of the first series of program and is more ambitious for our local contributors. We had a very big roadmap for next one year.
Last week we had introduction to Add-ons development by Naresh kumar who have been contributing for very long time. To follow this, we had Firefox OS app development introduction alone.
The main agenda for this is as follows
The slide which is used for the Presentation is as follows
The whole video about regarding the presentation.
Some of our participants
We have planned to learn more about Firefox OS API’s in upcoming weeks. The journey of learning more about Firefox OS will be great. You can expect lot of post about this in upcoming series.
For this week we have a short website development task for attendees. Some of the works are listed below
more websites will be updated in future.
‘Webmaking with Mozilla’ – a Webmaker Workshop was conducted by me at Xavier’s Institute of Engineering, a prominent educational institute in Southern Mumbai, on Saturday, August 8, 2015.
The workshop saw a whooping participation of around 80 students, in spite of Saturday being a holiday for the institute. Most of the students were freshmen and were keen on learning about Open Source and the Web. The participants began filling in around 9:30am, and by 10:00am, we had a full house.
I started the workshop with a presentation introducing the concept of Free and Open Source Software to the students. I talked about the history of FOSS and the inception of Mozilla. Having briefed the students about Mozilla and its mission, I also touched upon the various Mozilla projects. Further I introduced the students to the Webmaker project and its tools – Thimble, X-Ray Goggles, Popcorn Maker and Appmaker.
The presentation was followed by the hands-on session starting with Thimble, followed by other Webmaker tools. Due to a limited number of laptops being available, groups of 10-12 students were formed, with each group working on a laptop.
Giving the students ample amount of time to explore each tool, I introduced all the 4 tools, one after another. The students, enthusiastically explored the tools and came up with some really cool makes by the end of the workshop.
I maintained a etherpad page for the event to keep track of all the makes, during the workshop.
The following are the makes that the students came up with, during the workshop:
X-Ray Goggles Makes:
Popcorn Maker Makes:
Appmaker App Makes:
I held pop quizzes throughout the workshop, awarding the participants with Mozilla buttons, lanyards and wristbands. After having worked with all the tools, I took a quick poll from the students on the tool they found most interesting. The popular opinion was X-Ray Goggles. At the end of the workshop, we had a group picture as a remembrance of this wonderful event.
I would like to thank Krishna Rohila, the Chairperson of Computer Society of India Student Chapter – XIE branch and his entire team, for helping me, during the course of the workshop. It was a great experience for me teaching webmaking to the students. Hoping to conduct more such events in the future!
For the past month lot of contributors around Tamilnadu are travelling with Mozilla Stumbler in their Android device. We have came to the end of the event. We have announced the contest on Jun 2015 after seeing many communities have the contest in their region to bring more MLS contributors. It is also like a small contest to give some introduction for the first time contributors. Very soon we will be expecting pan India level MLS contest.
We have also built the decided leaderboard to see share how much each and everyone are scoring. Around 30 contributors all over India have participated in the contest. And I have kindly informed top contributors like Rigin, Kumarasen and others in our country to mentor the upcoming new contributors, so it will be easier for new contributors to show their face as winners.
This is one of the first Geolocation Stumbling Event for contributors of Tamilnadu. All the training were given in online and blogposts. People were able to contribute well with this.
So the Final list of People who contributed (overall India)
List of Tamilnadu Contributors
So many have thoughts on what’s next step. As mentioned before in our Tamilnadu Community Roadmap the top contributors will be helping us in our future events and building the strong MLS community in India and in Tamilnadu.
Mozilla 2 School is an initiative of Mozilla Kerala exclusively for students of the schools of Kerala. Mozilla 2 School aims to empower school students to learn how to use the web and other technologies. Mozilla Kerala organized a 4-day back-to-back Mozilla 2 School events in 4 schools from August 3-6, 2015 in the districts of Malappuram and Palakkad in association with Kerala Startup Mission (KSM). Children of ages 13-17 enjoyed the introduction to the latest trends in technology and got a chance to play hands-on with a few of those technologies.
The schools that hosted the event are :
|Islahiya English Medium Higher Secondary School||Varangode||August 3, 2015|
|MSPHSS Malayalam Medium School||Malappuram||August 4, 2015|
|Government High School||Marayamangalam||August 5, 2015|
|Government Higher Secondary School||Marayamangalam||August 6, 2015|
The event was more of an introduction and a window to a new world. We could feel the passion and enthusiasm in the participants when we introduced the power of the open web, science and technology to them. We covered the following topics at the event :
We were able to provide an overview awareness about the technical community and government support we had in empowering school students. The government sponsors Raspberry Pis to the school students of Kerala who love tinkering with hardware. The government aims in developing a love for the technology and molding the student’s future to the trends of the industry.
The response from all the host schools were over-whelming. We were simply amazed by the enthusiasm such young children had towards technology. The most enlightening fact was that they even formed Mozilla Clubs the very next day to promote technology among their peers. We elected a core team as club leads. They even requested us for follow-up events already. This made us super-excited as well as delighted. We were very happy that the time and efforts we spent into the event was totally worth it.
Saying I’m excited about the Participation Team’s goals for the remainder of the year would be an understatement. And I’m especially excited about the emphasis on community leaders and the development of leadership curriculum that I’m working on. I thought I would write a quick post to provide insight into the work I’m starting this heartbeat, as well as some cool opportunities to get involved.
Goal: Launch the basics of a refreshed leadership program.
Participation at Mozilla has always been an opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, and ‘learning to lead’ is no exception . Being a part of Mozilla Reps program for a number of years now, it’s been incredible to see the transformation of people who arrive with ideas, and through the program’s empowerment, transform into leaders. These are people who’ve had (and continue to have) real impact, not only on Mozilla’s mission, but on their own personal goals for success. That last part is important to the theory I’m working with: when the personal development goals of a volunteer align with outcomes needed by Mozilla , there is a greater likelihood for sustainable impact; a base for scalable momentum.
So, when do we start being more deliberate about leadership development at Mozilla? Right now ! Our Heartbeat started this week, and you can follow the leadership tag for Github issues in coming months. I’m starting on the research phase for a Foundation of Mozilla curriculum will be the first step to connecting motivated, creative and goal-oriented individuals with events that can shape the future for Mozilla. As part of this, we’ll also be developing a standard for community education curriculum, which includes a centralized way to both find, and plug-in community education opportunities.
Both links (in the previous paragraph) point to Github tasks that can help you follow our progress, find planning documents and get involved. You’ll see that the curriculum task also links to ‘volunteer’ sub-tasks,should you want to get more involved in researching, developing curriculum standards, or bringing the Community Education Portal to Mozilla Design standards. I’m also looking for nominations of people who you think would be valuable to consult during this research phase – on which skills, attitude and knowledge should be built into this curriculum. You can nominate people here.
Please join us in congratulating Mohamed Hafez for being selected as Mozilla Rep of the Month for July 2015.
Mohamed Hafez is an incredible Rep with great capabilities from Egypt, he has being part of the big Mozilla tour in Egypt to spread the Mozilla love and mission all over his region.
His latest big event was Mozilla Egypt Iftar (Arabic: إفطار ) in which they talked about Firefox OS and ways to get involved with Mozilla and also a formal Mozilla Egypt meeting. Additionally, he is involved in the coordination of the local launch campaign for Firefox OS in Egypt.
From July 14-20th, I was in Mexico City for Wikimania 2015 with the MozillaWiki team. I’d been disengaged for a number of months and was excited to re-engage that week to help figure out our long-term plan.
The work done by the MozillaWiki Team this past year and a half has been a labor of love, but like so many things at Mozilla, love alone unfortunately isn’t enough to sustain forward momentum. The MozillaWiki is currently at a crossroads, and we want to ensure it has a chance at a strong future. Before I get into the details of what’s next, I’d like to share some recent history.
For a number of years, the MozillaWiki lacked stewardship. It fell into disrepair. Spam was rampant, the deployed version of MediaWiki was rapidly approaching end-of-life, integrations were beginning to break, and wiki gardening best practices around metadata and namespacing were non-existent. And yet it remained one of the most accessible comprehensive records of work at every level of Mozilla and a significant entry point for contributor participation.
While the former Community Building Team seems to have been swept under the historical rug as a failed effort, it did have a number of successes. The MozillaWiki is one of them. As the lead of CBT’s Education Working Group, Christie Koehler recognized that the MozillaWiki was a critical piece of participation infrastructure needing some serious TLC. In the past year and a half, she built a team of Mozilla staff and volunteers, established a product roadmap emphasizing collaboration and participation features, and brought the MozillaWiki into modern times.
Last year in August, the MozillaWiki team had a work week in London that coincided with Wikimania 2014. In attendance was Jennie Halperin, Joelle F, Gordon P. Hemsley, C Liang, Christie Koehler, and myself. We created and deployed a new sidebar nav and main page, planned and tested the upgrade from Mediawiki 1.19 to 1.23 (without any downtime!), and planned our roadmap through the beginning of 2015. This week was a major milestone because we were finally able to get past a lot of technical debt enabling us to concentrate on adding new features.
In the year since, the MozillaWiki team has: streamlined the deployment process, closed all open security bugs, audited and adjusted user group rights to improve security and usability, deployed widget capabilities which enable Google Doc embeds, added flowchart and diagram creation capabilities via the GraphViz extension, and added the ability to create pages from Etherpads.
In November 2014, Christie wrote a blog post celebrating the 10th year anniversary of MozillaWiki with screenshots showing its evolution.
At the outset of 2015, the following executive summary slide deck was created outlining MozillaWiki’s usage statistics across the org as well as the MozillaWiki Team’s accomplishments and long-term goals.
Recently, life changes have made continued progress difficult. Gordon Hemsley and I, both module peers for the Mozilla wiki, have been disengaged for a number of months as he found demanding work and I’ve been focused on personal development projects. Christie Koehler, module owner for MozillaWiki, joined the MDN team and has new staff responsibilities that don’t include stewardship of MozillaWiki. Other team members have had similar developments. We find ourselves facing the fact that there is no one able to commit to actively push things forward, nor passively maintain responsiveness.
Given the lack of resources and firm commitment on the part of staff and volunteers, the MozillaWiki team has decided it makes more sense to dissolve its current form and prepare for future stewards to take ownership of the MozillaWiki.
For our last hurrah in Mexico City, we launched a mobile interface for MozillaWiki! We also began taking steps to freeze active development, maintenance, and administration of the wiki. We are preparing a transition document so the next team of people, whoever they might be, can build upon the foundation we’ve established without having to start from scratch like we did.
We also visited the Teotihuacan pyramids outside of Mexico City.
I hope this development can help fuel discussion on the role of critical participation infrastructure (such as MozillaWiki, Mozillians, the Heartbeat dashboard, the Reps portal, etc) in Mozilla’s future and the critical need for it to be resourced and aligned/integrated with other Mozilla infrastructure.
There is so much opportunity for continued work on the MozillaWiki that would make it a better tool for participation and cross-team collaboration at Mozilla. Things like a mobile interface, real-time collaborative editing, and tighter integration with other Mozilla infrastructure are realistic opportunities for a small technical team. Additionally, there’s also plenty of work left undone that aligns with emerging Mozilla Participation and Learning strategies in the areas of leadership development, curricula+workshop dev, and building collaborative bridges between volunteers and staff.
This wiki page has a section, ‘How is the Wiki a critical resource to the Mozilla Project?‘ which succinctly explains what motivated my participation on the Wiki Team. My personal story with Mozilla started with years of lurking on MozillaWiki, and I know others feel as strongly about it as I. It holds so much of our history, and this is an active living history with a great many people relying upon it as their primary resource for understanding Mozilla, where it’s going, and how to get involved.
There are outstanding questions regarding who will do daily maintenance including handling account requests and content related tasks, as well as long-term upkeep so MozillaWiki doesn’t again fall into disrepair. If you’re interested in helping to steward the wiki, check out our in progress transition document and get in touch.
Last Thursday we had our weekly call about the Reps program, where we talk about what’s going on in the program and what Reps have been doing during the last week.Summary
Shoutouts to Flaki, Michael, all Webmaker party organizers, Ankit, Dian Ina, and Reps Portal devs.Participation Team: Q3 goals
Rosana and Ruben talked about the Participation Team and the goals for this quarter.
Currently there is a lot going on with the Participation team tooling and the Reps portal devs need help to fix bugs and add new features.
They can devote some time to mentor new people to get involved with the portal development.
The new bug triage tool is now live. The idea is that users sign up to get a list of untriaged bugs to move them to the proper category and make them actionable.
Give it a try and let them know what do you think.What’s up with Council this week
Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!
|Hand-made poster on the occasion of inaugural.|
|HTML Chalk Puzzle in streets.|
|Our Club Logo|
|Core team of Six.|
|Bunch of future stars of open web|
|Work flow of a computer system in a participatory and learn by make method.|
|Learning Journey we aim to walk our learners in.|
|Our old, sweet, little space|
In the end of June, totally 7 Taiwan Mozillians (5 reps, 2 core contributors) flew to Hong Kong to host a Mozilla booth at HKOSCon 2015 (Hong Kong Open Source Conference). The following are 2 blog posts from Yao Wei and Ernest.
Here I will add some of my own experience & observation.
(TW Mozillians with Sammy Fung, Bob & Ernest is not in this photo)
(台灣成員與香港的 Sammy，Bob 與 Ernest 不在這張照片中)
Create big banners from FoxYeah stickers to demostrate, is indeed good try on our booth. We can take chance to sharing ideas with people on those topics of banner (security, customize...), and ask people to choose their favorite one to take photo, has really positive feedback.
將 FoxYeah 標語製作成大扛棒在攤位上展示，並讓人拿著最喜歡的標語拍照，是一個準備簡單，卻非常有笑點的小活動。不但容易吸引目光，也成為與參觀者的交流話題。
(We even got a "Gandi love Firefox" big thumb up from Gandi.net's Asia COO Thomas)
(我們甚至獲得了 Gandi 的 Asia COO Thomas 的「Gandi Love Firefox」認證)
Hong Kong local mozillians were basically all workers for HKOSCon, so we had to self-help on organize booth. Carry those Firefox OS devices and Firefox souvenir were not easy - the stickers are so-heavy. We had to separate them to everyone to carry in luggage when flight. Printer big stickers and make slogan banner on sight is good idea.
香港當地的 Mozillians 都是 HKOSCon 的主辦成員，我們只好自力救濟。要把這麼多展示品（包含近十台 Firefox OS 裝置、與各類 Firefox 紀念品）從台灣帶到香港，的確是蠻麻煩的一件事，貼紙卡片又重又多，要讓大家平均分攤裝行李箱托運。印貼紙跟買瓦楞版當場製作，又快效果又好。
We also got 21 filled contribute forms at the booth. Hope that we can get some more contributors at Hong Kong. (BTW, on our contribute form, we had various contributed area for people to choose their prefer, and most of people select multiple area. We should improve our [online form](http://mozilla.org/contribute) to accepting multiple choices too.)
本次攤位上，我們亦收集到 21 名有意貢獻者的聯絡方式。希望未來在香港能有更多 Mozilla 貢獻者。Webmaker Workshop 工作坊
Host a Webmaker workshop is one of my main topic in HKOSCon. But the lecture room is under "speak" mode, and not too easy for workshop that it's hard to see how attendees' status. Fortunately that my content is half exercise and half lecture intro.
主講 Webmaker 工作坊，是這次參與 HKOSCon 的主要任務。可惜的是，雖然參加者大多都有攜帶電腦，但是演講形式的座位安排，不太好掌握台下參加者的參與狀況，還是不太適合工作坊。幸好我準備的內容是實作與演講兼具。
This is also my first time to connecting Keynote, iPad (remote control and viewing keynote speaker note), Firefox, iPhone (share internet to mac), Reflector 2 (receive Chrome Cast mirrow from Mi2S), and Mi2S Android phone all together on stage. Perhaps the environment is too complicated thus my Mac hang for twice and it tooks me 5 mins to reboot when in 2/3 of workshop. Too bad that it cost me too much time and I cannot play last video in slide. I'll need to simplified the environment next time.
這也是我第一次同時使用 Keynote、iPad（連動 Keynote 看講者備忘）、Firefox、iPhone（分享網路給 Mac，再作熱點給 iPad 與 Android 手機）、Reflector 2（用於接收 Chrome Cast Mirrow 展示 Android 手機的 Webmaker App）與一台小米 2S Android 手機等六項裝置與軟體，在進行到約 2/3 時，遭遇到電腦當機了兩次，浪費了約五分鐘，讓最後一片短片來不及播放。環境太複雜，下次最好還是精簡一點，避免再次發生。
Here is my workshop slide,
Our accommodation "Royal Park Hotel" is really really valuable! Locating in central Shatin, 10 mins walk from train station all inside mall (cool and easy for luggage!), half hour metro to downtown, 1 hour Airport bus directly to hotel door. The best is price, 4 star hotel with large room (twice as large as hotel room in Kowloon) equipment with bathtub, the price only about 130 USD per 4pax room per night. (Almost same price to 2pax room.)
這次我們的住宿「帝都酒店」真的非常超值！極力推薦給四人以上一起到香港的朋友。地點位於沙田市中心，沙田車站約只要走十分鐘，全程都是室內商場（又涼又好拉行李）。搭地鐵不用半小時就能進到九龍，且 A41 機場巴士一小時直達飯店門口。最棒的是，四星級飯店，兩間四人房共定七晚，稅前一晚不到一千港幣（跟兩人房價格差不多），而且房間是九龍飯店的兩倍大以上（甚至有浴缸！）
Being part of the Reps Council is a great experience, it is at the same time an honour and a challenge and it comes with a lot of responsibility, hard work, but also lessons and growth.
We want to thank and recognize our most recent former Reps Council members for serving their one year term bringing all the their passions, knowledge and dedication to the program and making it more powerful.Emma Irwin
Emma was a great inspiration not only for Reps, but specially for mentors and the Council. Her passion for education and empowering volunteers allowed her to push the program to be much more centered towards education and growth, marking a new era for Reps.
She was not only advocating for it, but also rolling up her sleeves and running different trainings, creating curriculum and working towards improving the mentorship culture. She was also extremely helpful helping us navigate some conflicts and getting Reps to grow and put aside differences.Arturo Martinez
Arturo’s unchallenged energy and drive were great additions to the Council. Specially during his term as Council Chair he set the standard for effectively driving initiatives, helping everyone to achieve their goals and pushing us to be excellent. Thank you for the productivity boost!Gauthamraj Elango
Raj’s passion for Web literacy and for empowering everyone to take part of the open web helped him lead Reps program to work more closely with Webmaker team, showcasing an example on how Reps can bring much more value to initiatives. He drove efforts to innovate our initiatives both in terms of local organization and funding.
These are just a few examples of their exemplary work as Council members, that not only helped Reps all around the world to step up and have more impact, but also inspired new Mozillians and all the Reps around the world on how to lead change for the open Web.
Once again, thank you so much for your time, effort and your passion, you left an outstanding mark in the program.
You can share your gratitude with them in this topic on Discourse.
This month’s #mozlove post is for April Morone.
I wrote this post with inspiration from the first version of ‘Participation Personas . Personas (V1) is a list of contributor profiles I use to design participation opportunities. For each persona I also suggest a series of ‘lenses’ which, I believe can help us design with, and for greater diversity and dimension.
A lens can be anything from gender identity and age, to what I called a ‘toxic rating’, which changes the flexibility and value of collaborating with someone. Another lens is what I have (so far) called ‘accessibility’, which encourages thinking about physical challenges of contribution. This could be anything from asking ourselves if resources are ‘screen reader friendly’, to building in a respect for periods of time people may ‘disappear’ to take care of their wellness.
In that light I would like to highlight the contributions, enthusiasm and dedication of April Morone. April describes herself as a ‘disabled contributor’ living with partial blindness, hearing loss and neuro-muscular problems . April is also advocate for helping other people living with disabilities contribute to the Mozilla project. April was kind enough to take time to answer my questions, the first of which was “What got you started contributing?”
“What got me contributing was this insatiable need to help and insatiable need to learn more in the IT field, as well as to DO more in the IT field. I’ve always been helping others, from my cousins, helping teach them at the age of twelve on up, to teaching and helping others.”
You will find April embedded in the project helping others, especially focused on new contributors people setting up local environments for bug-fixes. When I asked her what sustains her participation, she felt equally as motivated by people who ‘want to learn’, as her own interest in teaching and helping.
When listing the challenges to contribution, April identified the continual challenges posed by health issues which include the emotional effects of surviving domestic abuse. On the more predicable scale, April also listed issues with technology fails and limited time as worthy opponants. What’s I think is very inspiring about both April and the community around her is how she describes her continued involvement and the people making a difference for her:
Abishek Gupta, Gautam Sharma, David Walsh, Luke Crouch, Janet Swisher, Hagen Halbach, and Daniel Desira have kept me going. They have been contributors and now also friends who have supported me through difficult times when I might have otherwise have given up contributing. I had thought of dropping out of contributing and even just giving up. But they stood by me, listened, and gave support, which help. What also kept me going is my love of helping others, my love of Mozilla, and my love of IT and web development.
I think this is really, really special in that the community is as much a place to find ‘your people’, as it is a cause to contribute to. I know April is among a small group of volunteers at Mozilla with ambitions of creating a more supportive network for contributors living with disability through directed documentation and on-boarding – which I think is just amazing. I am grateful to be a part of a community that includes April and many of the people she listed who help her be successful.
Next month I hope to write a couple of these posts – we’ll see.
“Felt Heart” Image credit: Lauren Jong
Last Thursday we had our weekly call about the Reps program, where we talk about what’s going on in the program and what Reps have been doing during the last week.Summary
Shoutouts to Ahmed Nefzaoui and Yofie Setiawan (@yofiesetiawan) as the Reps of the Month!Firefox OS Foxfooding
The Foxfooding program started as an employee initiative but it will be expanded to mozillians soon.
A good way to contribute now is check the Foxfooding dashboard and help to triage bugs, we also have an app (Triagr) to help with this login with your bugzilla user, you can install or try it. Feel free to follow @foxfooding on Twitter.
There is also the B2gdroid initiative to be able to experience Gaia directly on an Android device.
Future for Firefox OS is very interesting, like NGA (New Gaia Architecture) and new features like stream apps, share apps, hack apps, share modifications (Hackerspace).Featured events
The launch is going to happen in August with the training help of WilliamQ, Bobby, Paul, Kevin.
The preparation is still in progress, including localization, planning for events content.
Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!
I am thrilled to share my experience during Mozilla’s Firefox Spring Campaign held at Bhopal & Indore. I’d like to thanks Chelsea Novak for encouragement and support to conduct this event.
FoxYeah Team Indore: Venue: Vatsana Technologies
FoxYeah Team Bhopal : Fresspresso Cafe
From the 23rd to 26th of June the Reps Council attended the Mozilla Work Week in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada to discuss the future plans with the rest of the Participation team. Unfortunately Bob Reyes couldn’t attend due to delays in the Visa process.
Human centered design workshop
At the beginning of the week Emma introduced us to “Human centered design” where the overall goal is to find solutions to a problem while keeping the individual in the focus. We split up in groups of two to do the exercises. We tried to come up with individual solutions for the problem statement “How might we improve the gift giving experience?”.
At first we interviewed our partner to get to the root of the problem they currently have with gift giving. This might either be that they don’t have ideas on what to give to a person, or maybe the person doesn’t want to get a gift, or something entirely different. All in all, we came up with a lot of different root causes to analyze.
After talking intensively to the partner, we came up with individual solution proposals which we then discussed with the partner and improved based on their feedback.
We think this was a valuable workshop for the following sessions with the functional area teams.
Sessions with other functional areas
With this knowledge Council members, as part of the Participation team, attended more than 27 meetings with other functional teams from all across Mozilla. The goal was to invite these teams to a session, where we analyze their issues they have with Participation.
During these meetings we provided feedback to the team’s plans for bringing more participation and enabling more community members into their projects. We also received a lot of insights on what functional teams think about the community and how valuable is the work of volunteer to them. In every session the goal was to come up with a solid problem statement and then find possible solutions for it. Due to the Council being volunteers each of us could give valuable input and ideas.
Some problem statements we tackled during the week (of course this is just a selection):
Our plans (along with the Participation team) are to continue working with most of these teams and the community in order to accomplish our common plans for bringing more participation into these functional areas.
Council meetings & Leadership workshop
During the week we also held council meetings where we prioritised tasks and worked on the most important ones. Mentor’s selection criteria 2.0, new budget SOPs, Reps recognition and Reps selection criteria for important events are some of these tasks. After completing these important tasks we would like to focus on Reps as leadership platform and set our goals for the next (at least) one year.
On that direction, Rosana Ardila run a highly interesting workshop on Friday around volunteer leadership and the current Organisation model within Mozilla. In three hours we tried to think outside the box and come up with solutions to make volunteer leadership more effective. We haven’t started any plans to incorporate this with the community, but in the coming weeks we will look at this and figure out which parts might work for community as well.
Radical Participation session
On Wednesday evening, a lot of volunteers and staff come together for the “Radical Participation” session. Mozilla invited several external experts on Participation to give a lightning talk to inspire us.
After these lightning talks we evaluated what resonated with us the most for our job and for Mozilla in general. It was good to get an outside view and tips so we can move forward with our plans as best prepared as we can be.
At the end, Mark and Mitchell gave us an update on what they think about Radical Participation. We think we’re on a good way planning for impact, but there is still a lot to do!
This was one of the most interesting sessions we had since we used a new and innovative post-it notes (more post-it notes!) method for framing the current status of Participation in Mozilla. Identifying in detail the current status and the structure of Participation, was the most important step towards having more impact within the project.
By re-ordering and evaluating the notes we managed to make statements on what we could change and come with a plan for the following months. We looked at an 18-month timeline. George Roter is currently in charge of getting the document which describes the 18-month plan in more detail finished. Stay tuned for this!
Unofficial meetings with other teams
During the social parts of the Work Week (arrival apero and dinners), we all had a chance to talk to other teams informally and discuss our pain points for projects we’re working on outside of Council. We had a lot of talks with different teams outside our Participation sessions, therefore we could move forward with several other, non-Reps related, projects as well. To give an example: Michael met Patrick Finch on Monday of the work week to discuss the Community Tile for the German-speaking community. Due to several talks during the week, the Community Tile went online around a week after the work week.
All in all it was crucial to sit together and work on future plans. We could get a good understand of what the Participation team has been working on and could share what we have been working on as a Council. We could set the next steps for future work. After a hard working Work Week we are all ready to tackle the next steps for Participation. Let’s help Mozilla move forward with Participation! You can find other blog posts from the Participation Team below.
More blog posts about the Work Week from the Participation Team
Ahmed has been involved in the Tunisia Community for 3 years now. He contributes fixes to the RTL (right-to-left) UI, various other user experience related issues and fixes bugs for Firefox OS. He’s also known as “the RTL guy” within the community. Additionally he helps out with the Arabic localization for several projects and Mozilla websites. He was also involved in the Firefox OS launch in Tunisia with the help of other awesome contributors, localizers and supporters.
Yofie has been involved in the Indonesian Community for more than 4 years. Passionate Mozillian and hard-working as a Rep. Based in Jakarta – Indonesia, Yofie has been actively spreading the word and getting people involved in the Mozilla project in schools, local communities, mobile shops and basically wherever he can. Within Reps Yofie is mostly known for his great work designing for several Mozilla projects and helping out growing the Mozilla Indonesia community. He recently was the lead for the launch of the new Indonesia community website at mozilla.or.id.
To celebrate the latest Firefox update we are creating a campaign that helps fans of Firefox invite the people in their networks to download Firefox. You can find events all around the world with hashtag #FoxYeah for this occasion.
In Indonesia, we did in 5 cities: Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Madura, and Sinjai. In this post, I will write about the #Foxyeah event in Jakarta. We have mozillians meetup regularly in Jakarta. Like once in two or three months, we organize #MozKopdarJKT event. And this time, #MozKopdarJKT felt so different with #FoxYeah.
For the first time, finally, we held our event at Jakarta Digital Valley, Menara Multimedia fl.6 – Kebon Sirih. Thanks to Jakarta Digital Valley (JakDiVa) and DBB Accelerator for the venue.
#MozKopdarJKT started with introduction with each attendees, and I start to explain about what’s new in Firefox 38, such as Pocket Integration and Firefox Hello with tab sharing.
A new integration with the popular save-it-for-later service Pocket will allow Firefox users to save articles, videos and more right from Firefox. A user can retrieve saved content by clicking on the Pocket icon in Firefox or by installing the Pocket app on their smartphone or tablet. You can access Pocket through your Firefox account.
We’ve also added tab sharing to Firefox Hello, our WebRTC based video communication platform that allows a user to converse without downloading software or creating an account. Just start a conversation, send your friend a link and ask them to click it. The addition of tab sharing provides users with the ability to share content while chatting on video.
After my presentation, Rizki Ariestiyansyah, our new Indonesian Rep, spoke about how Firefox gives you choice and control, also how Firefox gives you tools for transparency. And of course, along with the demonstration for duckduckgo, forget button, private browsing, Do Not Track, lightbeam, showing the open code and the process, etc.
The coolest thing that will be launch next month, Webmaker App for Android. Arief Bayu introduce a glimpse of Webmaker App for Android with some app demo.
At the end of the event, Yofie Setiawan launched our new community website. Yes, it is new and fresh! Please check it out at http://www.mozilla.or.id/ :) Thanks to Yofie for the big effort in redesigning and rebuilding our beloved community website :)
And of course, the group photo!
..and enjoy this! ;)
At the Community Meetup of the German-speaking community back in February we decided to organize a Mozilla Day or Mozilla Weekend in 2015 to get more visible in Berlin, tell people about Mozilla’s mission and projects, and recruit new Mozillians. We did this on July 11th and 12th. This is the post about Day 2. You can read about Day 1 in a previous blog post.
— Michael Kohler (@KohlerSolutions) July 12, 2015
Day 2 On Sunday we had several workshops going on in parallel in the Mozilla Office in Berlin. Around 30 attendees joined us and hacked on Firefox, Firefox OS and brainstormed about involved in the Community Creative Team. Since we had coders and designers there, we had a good balance of workshops to participate in.
— Brian King (@brianking) July 12, 2015
Work done (or started) in the workshops:
Florian will send out an invitation for a follow up in Berlin later this week. See below for more information.
Further Elio started the Community Design Creative in Germany. They will have their first meetup (physically with Vidyo participation) at the end of the month. This was a group of about 7 persons interested in design. Since we currently only have 2 designers in our German-speaking community I think this is a great addition and has great potential. Let’s keep focus on this and keep them engaged!
— Stefania Delprete (@physte3) July 12, 2015
Followup with potential new contributors
Florian, Markus and Mario will follow up with the code contributors in Berlin and organize regular meetups. We still have to figure out a few location questions, but we’re on the right track. We had 14 people from the workshops interesting in meeting up again and talk about Mozilla and writing some code. Like that we could also have a group that meets regularly to help out with contribution problems and talk about new things they’ve been working on. I think that at least 6 people will stick around long-term. This would basically be a 300% increase of volunteers in Berlin!
As already written, Elio will follow up with the designers to create amazing creative assets and improve UX.
Further I think it might be beneficial to organize another Mozilla Weekend style event next year. Let’s see how that turns out.
Feedback from participants
At the end of Day 1 we asked people to give feedback. Here’s the result (out of 14 responses):
What people liked:
What people would improve:
How the understanding of Mozilla and its mission changed:
For day 2 I think that all participants were involved enough and could do whatever they wanted to contribute to. We did not do a specific survey for the workshops though. Judged from the interest to follow up I think this was amazing!
Thanks again for everyone who made this possible! We achieved a lot, let’s keep the momentum going!
At the Community Meetup of the German-speaking community back in February we decided to organize a Mozilla Day or Mozilla Weekend in 2015 to get more visible in Berlin, tell people about Mozilla’s mission and projects, and recruit new Mozillians.
First we had a “Call for Speakers” which did not turn out as hoped, since we didn’t have a lot of proposal for talks. Further we were missing quite a few people to facilitate the workshops. Fortunately there was a Mozilla Leadership Meetup on July 10 in Berlin, so we contacted the Leadership team and asked, if they wanted to participate and have a few talks about Mozilla and its projects. This worked out really well and it was great to have part of the Leadership Team at the event as well. I think this helped to get contributors as well.
It was the first time we created a website for an event in the German-speaking community. We decided on mozweekend.de which we will be able to use also for future Mozilla Weekends in Germany. I think we need to do that as well for future, big events since we had quite a lot of visitors and registrations. Until one day before the event we had about 120 registrations.
Day 1 – July 11
For the first day, we had planned talks to introduce Mozilla, and dive deeper into the different projects. Since we had about 120 registrations we applied our standard 33% no-show rate and expected about 80 participants. In the end, we had around 55 participants, but nevertheless the attendees were very interested. This is a sign that quantity is not always the goal, quality is way more important.
|10:00||Welcome & Introduction to Mozilla||Elio Qoshi & Michael Kohler|
|10:15||What’s new in Firefox?||Michael Kohler|
|10:30||Speech Recognition at Mozilla||Kelly Davis|
|11:15||Ask us anything||Mitchell Baker, David Bryant, Axel Hecht|
|12:00||Lightning Talks||Elio Qoshi & André Fiedler & Axel Hecht & Mario Behling & Per Guth/td>|
|13:30||Firefox OS – Current status and the future||André Fiedler|
|14:00||Why I am at Mozilla||David Bryant|
|14:30||Shape of the Web||Mary Ellen Muckerman|
|15:00||WoMoz – Women at Mozilla||Kristi Progri|
|15:45||Leaving behind the designer ego in open source communities||Elio Qoshi|
|16:00||Opportunities to Contribute at Mozilla||George Roter & Michael Kohler/td>|
|16:45||Closing Session||Michael Kohler|
All these talks will be available on air.mozilla.org once their uploaded as well! I think we had quite a good mix of projects, even though Firefox was not represented as good as it could have been.
— Mario Behling (@mariobehling) July 11, 2015
— TheOne (@wagnerand) July 11, 2015
The “Ask us Anything” session was very important and it was great to have Mitchell Baker, Chairwomen of the Mozilla Foundation, and David Bryant (VP of Platform Engineering), and Axel Hecht (contributed since the beginning of Mozilla). We had a lot of interesting questions from the audience.
— Brian King (@brianking) July 11, 2015
You can find all the pictures and tweets with the hashtag #mozweekend.
— TheOne (@wagnerand) July 11, 2015
— ANIL KUMAR (@anilbms75) July 16, 2015
Go ahead and read about Day 2 as well!
A big thanks goes out to the organization team and the 10 speakers, you all did great work! And thanks to everyone who showed up even though it didn’t rain!
Back in the beginning of June Mozilla has released Firefox 38.0.5, together with a campaign to promote Firefox all over the world. This also included offline events, which we did in Zurich, Bern and Berlin.
On June 3rd we met in Zurich to talk about new Firefox features and why you should use Firefox. Unfortunately my planning wasn’t that good and we picked a date where there were 4 other meetups going on in Zurich. This is one thing we definitely need to keep an eye on for the next events. Nevertheless we could talk to a few people and have great discussions about Firefox and the Open Web. We basically hijacked a work session at liip.ch (amazing company which hosts us for our Zurich based meetups) and involved them in the discussion.
For this meetup I baked some cupcakes and tried to decorate them with a Firefox logo. I won’t share any pictures of this, since it was not really that good. Nevertheless the attendees liked them. But hey, I knew I had a second chance for the Bern meetup!
5 days later I organized the next event in Bern, my hometown, to talk about how Firefox and Mozilla impacts the Open Web. You can find the slides on my other website. We had about 10 attendees, most of them not familiar with Mozilla and Firefox. I thought that I can take this chance to begin an “Open Web Meetup” group in Bern. This is also how the event was promoted.
There were a lot of interesting questions, which I tried to answer to my knowledge. I’m sure we can have another Open Web Meetup after the summer break to discuss more on Open Web technologies and Mozilla.
For this event I had my second chance to bake cupcakes, this time I had some advice on how to improve from a professional. I took Marzipan, colored it and cut out the Firefox logo out of it. Since it was quite hot, the Marzipan was not easily cutable without breaking, so not all of the logos looked like a fox. Nevertheless it was still recognizable. This took about 4 hours in total, but it was totally worth the effort! But psst, let’s not show that to the Brand Engagement team ;)
Also many thanks to netcase.ch (my employer) for hosting us there!
Since I’m not based in Berlin, I delegated this event to Florian Merz, who did a great job on June . Here’s his recap:
After the talk we had some time left for discussion and some cold beer along with home made firefox cupcakes. Thanks for a great evening to all attendees. And also a great “Thanks” to Florian for pulling this off all by himself, great job!
Even though there are reports for #FoxYeah from other countries which were a lot more focused on #FoxYeah graphics, I still think that we had quite some impact in Switzerland and Berlin. If you would like to spread the world even though the #FoxYeah campaign is over, you can do this on friends.mozilla.org! Let’s keep rocking the free Web together!
Last Thursday we had our weekly call about the Reps program, where we talk about what’s going on in the program and what Reps have been doing during the last week.Summary
Shoutouts to the Uganda Community, all Moslem Mozillians and Nuke.Webmaker tools
Bobby (@secretrobotron) joined that call to remind that there are plans to take down Appmaker & Popcorn Maker, but simply “move” Thimble & Goggles. Don’t expect these to be accessible after August 31st.
They are building a way to users to access their old makes — they will all be stored indefinitely.
Reach out to Bobby if you have more questions.Featured events
Don’t forget to add your event to Discourse, and share some photos, so it can be shared on Reps Twitter account.
What’s up with Council this week?
These are some of the initiatives Council is working this week:
We have some videos and articles about this Work Week that we recommend to check.
More blog posts about Whistler:
Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!
As it is a trending topic at my Mozilla channels lately and with the Whistler Workweek buzzing with ‘going into space’, I thought it is just so timely to express my thoughts on participation. Participation-wise, here’s what I think we should really put a spotlight on: our young contributors. Okay I may be biased because I am with the Firefox Student Ambassadors team (LOL), but I’ve been actively involved with it for a reason. I believe that helping our young contributors grow with Mozilla is a way of investing on the organization’s future. I strongly believe that taking actions now to engage and develop them as the next leaders is a way of securing the opportunities that may come up in the future.
Empowering the youth as they are obviously ‘the world’s future’ may sound cliche, but I think by this time generations have proven that indeed, to have a more proactive and involved citizens you must nurture them when they’re young, during the time that they are still a sponge absorbing everything and still forming their own values. Same goes for Mozilla. I believe that by sharing our mission, the relevance of what we do and providing them opportunities to do something, we can have long-term contributors, who not just help improve the organization but also pass on what they have learned from their rich experiences with Mozilla.
Perhaps the Mozilla Philippines Community is one of those communities who witnessed the power of empowered young people. Most of our volunteers are either still students or young professionals. We have witnessed great transformations from being a shy volunteer to assuming a big sister/ brother role as a facilitator of our FSA Leaders Camp. We have Reps who started as Student Reps/ FSAs and come to think of it, I was a student when I joined the Reps program. Mozilla fascinated me years back and now I have set the Mozilla values as my own.
Alright great, exploring the youth’s potential looks like a promising strategy, now what?
I think we have two problems though, young people tend to be shy… and underrated. In some places it might be the seniority culture and for some, maybe we’re just not inclusive for them.
It is now our responsibility as the (errrr) older people of this community to assess if we are really trying to include participation on what we do, specifically with the generation younger than us. Do we activate the potential of our community members in what we do? Or do we just do things to get work done? Do we really acknowledge the fact that as a community with a diverse set of members, people have varying needs to fully participate? Do we give time (and some patience) guiding people as they start their Mozilla journey? Do we provide opportunities based on what our community members are capable of doing? Do we show enough support and encouragement?
These questions are the things that bug me when I think about participation at Mozilla. Are we youth-friendly enough?
Of course as a ~*passionate*~ Mozillian I tried to find answers to rest my case. To not sound too biased, let me just say that the FSA program is one of the answers that I have been looking for. Thousands of young people who are very motivated to leave their mark + a very dynamic team of creative thinkers who experienced the impact of the youth first-hand = a program that addresses youth participation head on. From support, training, activities, up to recognition, all of the things we do revolve around the profile of students, their needs and interests. I realized that this is the perfect way for me to give back to the community who nurtured me with skills, knowledge and experience.
I really believe that taking steps as what the FSA program does is one of the biggest steps to improve participation, as this addresses the inclusion in our community with a diverse age range. I’m not so sure how to address this to adults as it’s like requesting to babysit the younger generation (yeah actually, maybe), but I think if we want to go to space, we should nurture those who we will be with us by then, now.
(note to non-Mozillians: going to space is a metaphor)
I really look forward to the things that will come up from the things we realize as we make the community more participatory and inclusive. I think this is an extension of what was discussed in Whistler regarding ‘dating our users’. How about we ‘date’ the volunteers?
I think I could use this random brainfart to kick-off my series of blog posts to tell stories of what the FSA team does to engage Mozilla’s young people.
Oh, if you are interested to contribute to the Firefox Student Ambassadors program feel free to contact TJ Lee, the FSA Community Manager at tilee [at] mozilla.com. You can also check out this link for information on the FSA Regional Ambassador Leads. And oh! I blogged about our FSA Leaders Camp 2015 here and here.
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For a few months now, I’ve been slowly identifying, and compiling a set of Participation Personas to help me, and hopefully others build quality contribution experiences for people, representing various stages in their Participation journey at Mozilla. In addition to the Persona ‘stories’, I’m insisting that a number of ‘lenses’ need be applied if we are serious about improving dimension and diversity.Dimension & Diversity ‘Lenses’
Each Persona has the attributes:
These Personas were created with love and feedback of a number of people – you can see the ‘raw’ version here.
This really the first draft, and would be interested in what Personas you feel are missing, and especially how to dig into, and help people apply ‘diversity and dimension’ lenses. Yes you can suggest ‘name changes’, I know they’re a bit odd but it helped me start.
There’s probably a bit too much ‘story’ in each Persona, but I hoped that by making each a web-based it would be easier to digest, and also easier to give feedback. If you do have feedback, which I would LOVE, you can leave comments here or create an issue on the associated Github account.
Emma introduced the heartbeat process the Participation team is using to move forward.
Usually the process is each 3 weeks and the projects are based on the team quarterly goals, allowing to measure the success in an agile way.
At the end of the 3 weeks cycle demos of the most relevant project are presented.
The process is open to anyone to participate, simply add a comment on the project github issue you are interested in.Featured events
Don’t forget to add your event to Discourse, and share some photos, so it can be shared on Reps Twitter account.Help me with my project
Emma needs help turning Marketpulse four week course into a self-study resource, 90% there just need extra set of eyes to figure out what would be most intuitive. If you are interested in curriculum (qa, grammar, organization), please reach out to @emma_irwin or @Ioana.What’s Council up to this week?
This is a quick summary on what the Council is working this week.
Mozfest Planning happened in Anstruther Scotland, it was the first of it’s kind because usually Mozfest planning is done remotely between the teams and individuals involved.
They were there to think differently about how we can plan sessions and the experience through Personas and pathways.
Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!
In 2011, Mozilla launched a program called the Mozilla Reps (ReMo). The Mozilla Reps program aims to empower and support volunteer Mozillians who want to become official representatives of Mozilla in their region/locale. The program provides a simple framework and a specific set of tools to help Mozillians to organize and/or attend events, recruit and […]
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So, you wanna join us?
The Mozilla Reps program is open to all Mozillians who are 18 years of age and above. Before you become a Mozilla Rep, you must complete a short but rigorous application process in order to demonstrate your interest in and motivation for joining the program. Are you ready to take on the challenges and rewards of advancing your leadership to the next level in Mozilla? If your answer is YES, apply to become a Mozilla Rep today!
Not sure if you're ready for Mozilla Reps? There are many other ways to take the lead in the Mozilla Community. If you're a student, register for the Firefox Student Ambassadors program to gain experience leading projects at your school. And all of our contributor opportunities are available to you on the Get Involved homepage.
The Mozilla Reps application process involves three simple steps:
Fill out and submit the Mozilla Reps application form. A Mozilla Rep mentor will be in touch within 24 hours.
If your application is approved, you'll be invited to be interviewed by a member of the advisory council over IRC or IM that same week. The interview lasts about 15 minutes and you will be asked some simple questions about yourself, your experience contributing to the Mozilla project and, of course, your motivation for becoming a MozRep.
If you're accepted into the Mozilla Reps program, your mentor will get you started and familiar with the tools at your disposal to start organizing events, requesting budgets, swag, etc. And just like that, you could become a Mozilla Rep!
Thanks for your interest in making the Web better with Mozilla!×