Kenya Trip Day 3-4-5

After the Firefox 4 party (more here) Mozilla Kenya team was unstoppable! Early morning the day after, most of the members of the community showed up on the Kenya Mozilla meetup to review actions made, and set goals for the next quarters to come. The meeting minutes can be found here. Dietrich and I were more than happy to be present and advise when needed, enabling actions to happen as soon as possible.

Sunday was a day off for the team (at least its morning). Dietrich, Cliff, Vicky and I woke up 5am to head to the “Nairobi National Park” just outside Nairobi, for a much needed Safari :) Lion was only the start as we ended up enjoying the whole spectrum of animal kingdom in the wild. Photos can be found in this album.

During the afternoon of the same day we had the chance to catch up with Kennedy Kasina (Fedora Ambassador in Kenya) and we laid down and start working on some ambitious plans: Having a Fedora Activity Day (with Mozilla presence) in Kenya during the summer. Kennedy is a great contributor -true doer- so I am pretty sure that Kenya FAD will be soon true :)

For Monday, Alex has booked our schedule for the whole day! 3 different presentations about Mozilla and Firefox 4 :)

We started with AkiraChix (an women-only webdev group) where Dietrich demonstrated the usage of our new integrated Web Console. Akira girls were impressed by the ease of use and the added functionality it provides. (well done for those who built that!)

Then it was time for Nairobits. NairoBits is a Digital Design School that provides education to the Nairobi slum youth. The concept is more than interesting and inspiring, and being able to be among so many cool kids building the future web was our privilege. While questions about firefox 4 were fired we also showcased a lot of HTLM5 awesomeness :)

For the end of the day we had Kenya University, where we had a group of graduate students on CS attending our talk. Unfortunately Dietrich was on his way to the airport so I was alone in the wild :) And it was wild! We had over one hour of Q&A for topics ranging from mozilla in general to quite technical things about XUL and JS. Alex was always there to give the latest updates from the local community side (thanks Alex!) and I am pretty sure that the ml subscribers of the local list doubled after our tours… More fresh blood to the already hyper-active Mozilla Kenya!

Overall, our trip in Kenya has been a super productive week full of Mozilla and Firefox 4 goodness :) Mozilla Kenya has a firm base that within Mozilla we need to take as example and replicate that to neighboring countries (that’s next item on the list!) Congratulations to all the local guys for setting all these up. On a personal level, although exhausting, last week was a life experience for me (foss, mozilla, fedora, events, socializing, safari, africa, nairobi and the list goes on…)

Africa is up and coming, and Mozilla will be there!

ps. pressing “Publish” and heading to the airport now… last action items tackled with Alex here. Till next time : ” Tuonane Afrika ! “