1000 events and counting…

When we embarked on our journey with Mozilla Reps almost two years ago we knew that the Mozilla Community was a vibrant and energetic ecosystem of contributors, full of activities and events. We set ourselves the goal to further empower the community, to help Reps grow their local communities, to raise visibility of activities and to document their achievements thoroughly.
 

Last week we hit an important milestone. On 14th of April 2013 we hit the 1,000 mark.  One thousand events that Mozilla Reps organized or have participated in more than 80 countries.

 

The increasing amount of Firefox OS related events organized by Reps in recent months  reflects the incredible momentum that the project is gaining. Reps are ready to play a critical role in our launch markets later this year, actively raising awareness about the project and inspiring new contributors to get involved.

Some “damned lies” for all the statistic lovers out there:

Total events: 1154

Rate of events so far: 1.93 events per day

Rate of events last 3 months: 3.18 events per day

Total Reps: 407

Special thanks to the previous and current council members for all their hard day to day work on the program, and their visionary inputs for the ways forward.

Onwards we go, Jedis!

Leading

 

photo credits: ashish0105, bobreyes, deimidis

Sweet new functionality in reps.mozilla.org

Over the past 4 weeks, the Mozilla Reps Web Development team has been
focused on delivering new discoverability features to enhance our
portal. Last night we landed what we believe to be the most awesome
version of Mozilla Reps portal ever!New features include:New timeline vizualization of events
Having a map to visualize all our events and better document and
manage our events throughout Mozilla was a breakthrough 6 months ago,
on how we . But we wanted to take it one step further. We envisioned
and implemented a timeline visualization for events that works with
our search bar in events. You can now visually identify and scroll
through community events worldwide and through different time periods
(!)


Vouched mozillians login
In true spirit of pioneering the integration between Mozilla services,
you now have the ability to login into our portal if you are a vouched
Mozillian (with persona) even if you are not a Rep! You can then
customize a dashboard based on the interest areas of Mozilla you want
to track, and get activities and metrics from Reps that are working on
those areas.

This new functionality raises the awareness around the countless
activities that Reps are driving across all functional areas and
delivers easy discoverability of Reps working on those areas, so that
you can communicate with them. As always we already have in the
pipeline the enhancement of functionalities around this new feature,
like email abilities, unification of dashboards between Mozillians and
Reps and other cool new dashboard functionalities.

and many more features…
..including the ability to email all participants of an event via a
mail modal in event pages, ability to extract people info and emails
if logged in the site in /people page, ability to search in events
based on date range and enhancing the email notification
functionalities.

As those lines are written our web developers together with our webdev
volunteers are working on a Voting system and new commenting system
and categories for events. You can find all about what is in the works
in our current dev sprint.

Special thanks to our devs Tasos and Nemo, our code reviewer Giorgos,
our production manager Ben and all the Reps for the countless
countinous feedback and improvement pointers.

Updates on reps.mozilla.org – Mails please!

Over the past 6 weeks reps.mozilla.org went under a new development sprint!

I would like to take this opportunity and welcome our two new webdevs Tasos Katsoulas and Yiannis “Nemo”Giannelos both django-ninjas at day and beer lovers at night! An obvious fit to our team they worked tirelessly on imporving the functionality of the portal and adding new features. In particular:

Mailing enhancements

  • Implementing a new ‘Settings’ page for opting in and out mailing features (bug 818036)
  • Send an email to the owner of a report after each comment (bug 758603)
  • Enhancements in “mail my mentees” form (bug 763490)
  • Send email to mentor when a mentee files a new report (bug 762418)
  • Monthly reminder for new reps to mentors list (bug 774247)

The new mailing features will enable Reps to communicate more efficiently among their activities and streamline the reporting procedure more. Over the past 1.5 years Mozilla Reps have filled over 3000 reports! Feel free to browse through reps and check out their reports and activities!

Other features included:

  • Custom planning pad urls for events (bug 794008)
  • iCalendar export for single event (bug 761544)
  • Show rep of the month on their profile page (bug 784281)

And also some regular Bugfixes:

  • CSV export is now working fully(bug 815766)
  • Date reset when event save fails is fixed(bug 778865)
  • Fix duplicate results in API queries on “People” page (bug 824892)
  • General housekeeping and many minor improvements.

For our next 3 week sprint we will be working on adding cool new features on our portal with a focus on discoverability and vizualization! Timeline vizualization of the events, communication to event attendees, ability to login to our portal given a vouched mozillians.org account, are just some of the
things to come.

As always you can leave feedback in our etherpad, or subscribe to our reps-webdev list to help us out!

Special thanks to our tireless web productions manager Ben Sternthal and our new QA person, Ioana Chiorean (our well known Romanian Reps Mentor) :)

Onwards we go!

More metrics on events please!

On our year-long journey to deploy the Mozilla Reps program we have always been fascinated and driven by metrics.

Mozilla Reps have already organized over 700 events around the world and the current rate is 2.1 events per day (!). We need better ways to capture the momentum analyze it and evaluate the huge impact those events have.

One of the main focuses of Mozilla Reps is to get new contributors in Mozilla. The central way to do that is to get people to signup in http://mozilla.org/contribute/ page (which is now localizable!). So we needed a way to tell how many signups happened as a direct result of an event.

Giorgos Logiotatids (our webdev) worked closely with the awesome Bedrock team to deliver a Signup Counter for each event. This is how it works:

– Once a Rep is in an event, she logs in to our portal and goes to the event page.
– By clicking on the “Get Involved” button bottom right she gets a unique URL (per event) for the “Get Involved” page.
– She uses this page (or the link to it) to get people to sign up for
contributor opportunities in Mozilla.
– Once someone signs up, the counter next to the button will increase by one!
– By the end of the event we can see how many sign ups the event had :)

Moving forward we have plans to integrate more metrics around the signups like: How many people actually ended up being contributors, signups per region or functional area, total signups per Rep, signups Frequency (per type of events) etc..

Finally, special thanks to David Boswell and all the functional owners of the “Get Involved” page, for their fantastic long time effort to engage with new contributors and get them involved daily.

ps. We are working on a way for all Mozillians to log in our portal and have access to those metrics. Stay tuned! In the meantime check all our upcoming events :)

 

ReMo Portal testing and way forward

ReMo team has been quiet recently, and this is our comeback-update :)

The story so far

Over the past two months we developed from scratch and deployed the version 0.1 of Mozilla Reps portal.

We have been planning for this since the start of the program 10 months ago, but we finally got the resources and momentum to build it starting in January, when Giorgos joined the team :)

Version 0.1 codenamed Solkar was a ground-laying version with its scope limited in implementing a profile system so we can manage the Reps profiles better. We knew we had hundreds of Reps but visualization is a game-changer:

People page in Solkar

Version 0.2 codenamed Skon is bringing cool new features :) New looks, reports, enhancements on profiling and cool discovery features.

Skon new looks

Skon new looks

Dashboard in Skon

But in order for us to build the best website for Reps, we need your help testing it and suggesting new features!

Come test with us!

Tomorrow we are doing a test day on our yet-to-be-realeased 0.2. We will be in IRC, in #remo-dev channel (irc.mozilla.org) testing various scenarios with the help of our awesome QA team!

Join us for 24 hours of testing on our new portal!

Mozilla Reps Documentation Sprint this weekend!

This weekend (in 2 days!) Mozilla Reps will be running a documentation sprint in a collaborative effort to make our Documents and SOPs even better!
We need your documentation, writing, wiki-ninja skills for 3 days starting this Friday 25th Nov till Sunday 27th Nov.

You don’t have to be a master in documentation, devote 3 full days or even be a Rep to join us.

We will be coordinating our efforts in #remo IRC channel and in this EtherPad
Finishing and polishing some SOPs will be our primary focus (more info on the EtherPad). We will make sure to have people on IRC all the time to coordinate efforts and we are expected to hold some calls and IRC chats.

If you plan on joining us, please write your name on the Etherpad and drop by IRC to discuss on what we should focus those 3 days!
We will shortly announce a kick-off 3 hours long call/meeting for Friday (afternoon for GMT)

Let’s write and shine!

OMG! Lets document!

"OMG! Let's document!"

ps. We will have gifts for all participants :)

How about some Antarctica?

If you have a question stuck in your head, you need to get an answer.

“Which is the place in the world with biggest Firefox share?”

Antarctica!

Antarctica has consistently Firefox share of 80+ % for years now! (Based on all stat/market share agencies that I could dig into). This could come as a surprise to some people, but think about it! It is totally logical. Antarctica is packed with scientists/pioneers/engineers/brilliant minds that can settle for nothing less that bleeding edge technology, and this is Firefox!

Now how about leveraging this power and recognizing this fact? How about a Mozilla Antarctica Community?

Let’s kick this off! Over the next weeks David Boswell, Robert Nyman, Anthony Ricaud and me will reach out to those people, establishing a community where no browser has gone before.

Mozilla Reps welcome packs arrived!

The usual suspect, a brown van arrived once again in my doorstep. This time the package was kinda lightweight. But I should not judge by the weight.

I quickly opened the white wrapping and I had a mysterious grey bag in front of me.

Looking a bit closer, on the tag, my heart jumped :)Mozilla ReMo PackXLarge

Finally, it was party time! I cannot remember the moments between the grey bag and having all those super-uber-cool goodies laying on my desk :)

The bag includes:

  • 10x – Firefox standard-issue buttons
  • 2x – Firefox old-time-classics lanyards
  • 2x – Mozilla Reps the-little-awesome buttons (white)
  • 2x – Mozilla Reps the-little-awesome buttons (black)
  • 5x – Mozilla the-proud-ones transparent stickers (white)
  • 5x – Mozilla the-proud-ones transparent stickers (black)
  • 2x – Mozilla Reps flagship transparent stickers (white)
  • 2x – Mozilla Reps flagship transparent stickers (black)
  • 1x – Mozilla Reps awesome-ready polo shirt
  • 1x – A6 bonus welcome note

When we kickstarted Mozilla Reps back in June, we wanted to make sure that every single Mozilla Rep will be equipped with the finest set of swag to be identified and spread the love. Now we are able to provide it!

Rep mentors will be contacting their mentorees for delivery of those cant-wait-to-have packs :)

More info can be found in the Swag wiki page and you can find more pictures on this album.

Mozilla Arabic Meetup – Amman

It’s not everyday that you have to wait 2 weeks to be able to gather all updates after a meetup, due to their volume…

Two weeks ago, I was more than lucky to be able to join Arabic Community for their first Inter-Community Meetup. The hosting community was Mozilla Jordan and we were happy to have Majda and Moncef from Algeria, Melek and Sahar from Tunisia, Haitham Sinar and Ahmed from Egypt, Firas and Hatem from Palestine.

Arriving on Thursday, it was pretty obvious that this was going to be a fantastic meetup. The hosts have done excellent job on arranging travels, accommodation and meeting place. Thanks Rami, Rami, and Jordanian team! (Issa, Addy, Abdulrahman e.a). By Friday everyone has arrived and the advantage of no-language barrier (everyone was speaking Arabic) was quickly noticeable. Socializing between the team and sharing best practices started even before the official start of the event.

The First day (after a long breakfast with Egyptian team raiding the place) we focused on presenting the teams and making sure that everyone knows each other. We were lucky enough and more than happy to have Mitchell Baker with us (Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation), who was touring Middle East visiting the local communities.

Eman from Mozilla Jordan

Eman from Mozilla Jordan

After a long reality check session, were we identified Pros, Cons and Ideas for the Community we broke for lunch, and returned having a session on grouping and discussing about individual items that were raised in Reality Check. As night approached, everyone was so engaged in discussions around Mozilla’s presence in Arabic region, that we almost forgot the Amman-by-night walk we have arranged.

Amman is a city of 7 hills, inhabited by several civilizations over the past several thousand years. The multicultural spirit can be seen all around this wonderful city, and was the perfect setting for a Mozilla Arabic meetup!

Second day started with a goal setting session, and task management over specific goals. Cool ideas were examined and are on track :) (Country wide tours, parallel events within Arab region, common portal expansion and aggregation of Arabic content). Also we did a series of mini presentations about Mozilla projects (REMO, AMO, SUMO etc)

Haitham, Soliman and Mitchell

Haitham, Soliman and Mitchell

As promised Sunday afternoon, we had a much-needed hands-on hacking session, were we examined specific projects of Mozilla and ways to contribute on them. Bugzilla introduction, Firefox hacking and add-ons 101 were in the schedule and unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to expand on other aspects of Mozilla. Next time more hacking time! (promise!)

Sunday night was the time for out public event. We arrived in the university right on time (speeding through Amman’s heavy traffic) and although the attendance was not as high as expected, the viewers of the live stream picked at 400 people J Egyptian and Tunisian team did their magic, using social media channels and the event was covered fantastically. Mitchell gave a talk on Mozilla in general, Ahmed fascinated us about Arabic Fonts and Content and their challenges on the web and Melek with Majda gave an excellent introduction to the Open Web in Arabic :) (and partially French)

Firas, Sahar, Melek and Hatem in the public Event

Firas, Sahar, Melek and Hatem in the public Event

The impact of the event was huge. Here are some of the posts about the event and some quotes from social media:

Interviews were recoreded during the project (courtesy of Egyptian team):

Interview with Mitchell Baker, also interviews with Issa Mahasna, Rami Khader, Melek Jebnoun and myslef
More pictures from the event can be found in Ahmed’s Flickr Set
and in uStream you can find recorded the Public Event

Finally you can find all the notes, goals, minutes of the meeting in this Etherpad

Huge thanks to all the arabic team that made this event possible! Exciting times ahead of us :)

Until next time : Halas and Masalam!

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