Kenya Trip Day 1-2 and Firefox 4 Party

After a long flight via Istanbul, I finally landed to Nairobi well after midnight. Straight to the hotel downtown and tried to get some sleep.

Waking up next day, I had the pleasure to catch up with Dietrich Ayala (my fellow tripster), Alex Wafula and the rest of his team, shortly before hoping in a bus and head 4 hours North from Nairobi to give a talk about Firefox 4 and Mozilla to Egerton University at Njoro.

The atmosphere there was great and we had the chance to amaze and inform people about Firefox 4 :) Dietrich did an excellent job presenting all the new cool feature of Firefox and Alex closed the presentation with a brief introduction of Mozilla Kenya community.

Overall first day was exhausting in terms of travelling (~8 hours in a bus crossing Kenya, but with 3G in the middle of nowhere!) but it was rewarding to say the least, having the chance to be with more than 100 people talking about Firefox 4 :)

We went to sleep early because Day 2 would be Firefox 4 Party day!

Some meetings we had early morning where moved so we headed to iHub from early morning. iHub is an awesome hackerspace/co-working place in Nairobi and certainly a place to be if you are a geek traveling in Kenya :) Cool place, internet, and great people to meet!

That was the venue of our party so we stayed there to help with the preparations, although there were not many things to do as Alex and Linnet (our local Mozilla stars) had took care of almost everything! The place gradually got dressed up in Firefox colors and restructured so it could fit our needs. Projectors, invite list, tables, food were in place so we are about to start:

Although we were expecting 100 people to show up, we ended up having more than 200 people! Linnet was the MC for the night, while Alex was taking care that everything was in place :) Big team doing great stuff! We started with a presentation of the new Mozilla Kenya Website and then moved into a summary of Mozilla Kenya activities. Time for Dietrich and me to give our Firefox 4 and generic Mozilla talk! The room was full and we had the chance to amaze once again everyone that didn’t know things about Firefox 4. Short Q&A followed and then we split up into groups spending the rest of the night answering questions and getting feedback for Firefox 4. (we also had some awesome cake! at least everyone had some except from me :( 😛 )

Overall, the event was a total success, engaging people around Mozilla Kenya community. Congratulations once again to the Mozilla Kenya team! They certainly set the bar high for all the communities around the world!

You can find the photos from first two days here.

Stay tuned for updates and photos for the upcoming days :)