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

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 :)

 

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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Mozilla Balkans – Sofia 2011 Meetup Recap

Two weekends ago it was time for our biannual Mozilla Balkans Meetup. The splendid tradition has started about a year ago in Skopje and it continued to Ljubljana. This time it was Sofia’s turn (and Mozilla Bulgaria community) to host the Mozilla Balkans Community for a two days event full of workshops and quality time between members.

We all arrived in Friday, and we used most of the day to get ourselves set up in the huge (yet old) Moskva Hotel in Sofia. I was traveling together with the Greek community representatives Kostas Antonakoglou and Fredy Damkalis (our rookie!) We spend most of Friday in catching up with the rest of the team and learning the new faces :)

Saturday was a community working day. We had great presentations by L10n team (Chofmann, Pike, Matjaz, Milos and Vito) and then we had a community working session around what has been good and bad on Balkans community lately.

The day ended with the Firefox 4 party of Sofia with many local people attending and having a long Q&A session with us all.

Sunday was kinda a wrap up day, as we sat down to our laptops and tried to fixed loose ends of the Balkans Community. Regional websites, L10n caveats, Sumo pushes and community health were covered as we worked throughout all day.

A week after the meeting we asked everyone to fill out their Individual Feedback on the Aftermath page.

Interesting quotes from that page:

  • everyone made it safely to the meetup and safely back home (yeap.. with taxi drivers of Sofia, that’s an accomplishment)
  • we need to have 2 full days of work so we have enough time to have presentations, discussions and hacking (+1 for me! 3 days event would be a better option from now on)
  • no wifi (the epical fail) (that was indeed kinda disturbing but Kostas hosted an adhoc network and we were fine)
  • The instructions Bogo prepared for printing were perfect, should be used as a template for future events. (Indeed pretty helpful handbook!)
  • Have an MC / responsible for every unit on the schedule and make sure he knows his rights & his responsibilities. (Important aspect of organization that should be taken care next time)

Next stop: Athens! (we still need to finalize it, but Greek team is getting pretty excited about that!)

Fosscomm 2011 & Fedora Activity Day

May was here again, and it was time for our annual Greek Meetup. Fosscomm is the (now-standard) annual meetup of Greek foss communities, and this year it was Patras time to host it. My good friend Vasilis and the rest of his gang have done extraordinary good organizational job (arranging our accommodation, creating custom web apps for the conference, providing extensive info and material etc), and in overall I can say safely that it was the best Fosscomm so far.

Fedora team, mature enough this time, was ready to step up its presence on the event. So we decided to have a Fedora Activity Day so we could focus for a whole day on Fedora specific talks, workshops and socializing. As expected Fosscomm organizing committee was more than welcoming to our initiative so we sat down with all the team and created a full schedule of activities. Fosscomm spans over the weekend, so on Saturday we gave a talk about Fedora 15 on the main room, advertising in parallel our Sunday FAD. Initial reception was great and that filled us with power for the long Sunday :)

On Sunday we woke up early (or at least tried for that) and headed to the venue. We had a room full of computers allocated to Fedora Activity Day and this is what we did:

Transifex and Fedora Translations
It would be a shame not to have the Indifex team joining us as they are based in Patras. They gave a thorough introduction to Transifex translation platform and then explained the l10n procedure of Fedora. In parallel 3 of our translators were working on translating Fedora, helping out with new translators as well.

Linux Color Management
I was next on the list of presenters, ready to amaze everyone with the ease of use of our new color management capabilities. ColorD and gnome color management were mixed with general introduction to Color Profiles and Color Spaces. Photographers, artists and color freaks were there and I really enjoyed sharing my color management experiences and getting feedback on the procedures and ease of use.

RPM Packaging Workshop
A much needed talk for the Greek audience, by a skilled new packager Nikos :) We went through the basic intro to spec files and build procedures and by the end of the talk we have all managed to package a streaming tool not packaged for Fedora yet!

Linux SSD Optimization
It was my time again to showcase the latest developments on storage devices (as SSDs get more and more popular) , how the work and why we need to optimize things. Garbage collection, TRIM, ext4 and btrfs support were covered and also we showcased live some operations and their results on our disks. It is interesting how many misconceptions are surrounding the SSDs nowadays, and I was more than happy to resolve some of them :) (yeap you CAN NOT overwrite directly data on SSDs!)

Surviving with Gnome 3
Nikos joined me on this one, as we presented and showcased Gnome 3.0 with Gnome Shell. The “wow” factor went up, and we detailed the basic and some extended features (try pressing Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R ;) ). We also focused on the “surviving” factor and debunked many myths concerning customization and fallback modes on our new desktop manager.

Greek Edu: Building your own Fedora Remix
Nikos and Christos were there to inform the Greek public about the recent compilation a Greek Education Remix. The highlight for this Remix is that it includes packaged all the educational material for the primary and secondary school in Greece, so you are ready to go as a student or teacher in Greece! Congrats guys!

Of course, in parallel with our talks/workshops we had people working on our forum, website and consolidating our outreach channels.

Our booth was continuously running thanks to Kostas, Anastasis, Evelina, Thalia, Ale, George and Dimitris. Excellent job by all the team! Once again, the Greek Fedora guys and girls were on their best and set the standard high for the communities to follow ;)

After this successful event, we all need some rest… And then we are back in track for our next goal. Just two words : “FUDCon Athens” (phew.. I said it!)

Photos can be found here (thanks Thalia!) and here (kudos to Dimitris)

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 ! “

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 :( :P )

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 :)

Firefox 4 – Athens Launch Party

Having the opportunity to spread Firefox 4 love face to face without getting : “when will it be released?” is something that I was looking forward for some months now!

Although most of the Firefox 4 parties will be held around 15 April, we decided to have our Athens one last Friday (being the first around the world!). Meetup page was created and many people signed-up. Alex and the rest of the team made sure to ship our party packs in time and I was armed and ready for some Firefox 4 awesomeness.

As we do with most of the foss events in Athens, we had our party at Egalite Cafe. 7pm has the starting time and by 8pm 20 people were there ready to hear more about their beloved browser.

We had a thorough presentation of new features and a long Q&A session. It still amazes me how many people are thrilled by our Sync feature :)

Like in every decent party we needed a cake. And we made sure to have a big one with Firefox logo on top of it. (Side story: The patisserie guy was so happy to make the Firefox cake that he documented it on his display album :P)

I was once again left with no swag. (there are *never* enough swag).

Overall it was once again an engaging and fun event for the Mozilla Greek community. I can’t wait to see the Nairobi party in 2 todays. (although I am pretty sure that they will have us outnumbered and outgunned, at least I am making sure for the latter)

More pictures can be found on Saliyath’s Picasa album. Thanks Thalia!

FOSDEM 2011 ~ Day 1

As expected, FOSDEM this year was so exciting and busy on the same time for me :)

Today we had our first day, and from the morning everything went great : we set up early the Fedora booth (full of swag and at last with a nice tablecloth) and we had a busy booth throughout the day! Special thanks to Zoltan, Cristoph, Jared, Marios, Gent and Max for making sure that our booth was rocking all the time! (You are stars guys!)

On devrooms side, I followed some interesting talks (especially the M.A.D. one and the keynote) and also did some time on the Mozilla one (fully packed as always)

After the end of today’s FOSDEM, we had our Mozilla Meeting to catch up with everyone and play some laser tag! Unfortunately I had to leave early (sorry Kadir) cause I needed to attend the Freedentity meeting, where we had nice chatting over Identity issues on the emerging globalization and how open web can be part of the solution (I guess a thorough post on that will be needed).

Tomorrow I will try to spend more time on Mozilla Booth, helping out Milos on keeping our booth perfect :)

ps. cannot write any more.. so tired and need some sleep to be in perfect shape tomorrow…
ps2. photos and more details just after FOSDEM :) (sorry mom :P )

FOSDEM 2011 ~ Day -2

Ha! How refreshing this can be? FOSDEM 2011 is only 3 days away :)

I am leaving tomorrow just to be in time at Brussels to catch up with as many guys as possible! Laptop – check, cellphone – check, cloths – check I guess I am ready :) But once again I had some swag to bring with me to enrich Fedora booth!

I did some initial testing on printing on cd sleeves and after a few tries I ended up with a quite acceptable result! Zoltan will fill them up with Lightscribe discs (thanks Zoltan!).

This year FOSDEM trip will be more than busy for me. I will help on both Mozilla’s and Fedora’s Booth, have a few meetings and try to attend as many talks as possible. Really looking forward to see the joined session by Fedora Project Leader and Debian Project Leader (our future sounds promising). There seem to be a lot that we can learn from each other and we could also share some practices in the future. For one thing, this connection can really work on technicalities of our projects.

On Mozilla side, we have a full schedule for our Dev room and many star contributors will present their latest work on SuMo, L10n, Jetpack and Firefox 4! Can’t wait to catch up with all guys :) On booth I am prepared to stand up to the standards Milos will set! In Mozilla, this year’s FOSDEM marks a turn on our approach to it. I believe we did the right thing by now shipping *everyone* to FOSDEM so we can save resources to have *everyone* attending our next MozCamp Europe. Besides FOSDEM is meant to be a meeting place among communities so we had to focus on our outreach and connection and not to our internal meetups.

Spoiler : we are baking some nice news for you so stay tuned… (one word : ReMo)

On personal side, 3 other people will occupy my room on a joined Fedora-Mozilla mission. Christos Bacharakis (senior Fedora Ambassador), George Fiotakis (long time Mozilla l10n contributor), and our crazy Fedora photographer Nicu! This is a sample of his everyday life in hostels:

ps. told ya!

ps2. as always expect daily updates from FOSDEM and many photos!