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.

ReMo ~ Structure

Following last weeks brownbag presentation of MozillaReps program (thanks all for attending!) we are willing to go into details about our upcoming program structure so we can have as much feedback as possible on this. Before starting I want to emphasize that this is a draft structure that is most probably going to be followed during the early stages of ReMo and can be adapted to meet our needs as our program evolves.

Possible Mozilla Contributors
This is actually not a ReMo element, but still it will be our main scope. MozReps will be called to recruit and mentor new Mozilla contributors, facilitating them while joining various Mozilla projects.
Mozilla Reps
MozReps will of course be the core of the ReMo program. They will organize or participate in Mozilla community events, represent Mozilla at conferences and speak on Mozilla’s behalf. They will also have the privilege to manage local PR relations (PR workshops will help them on that) Leading local training workshops will also be an activity of MozReps. While MozReps engage on all those activities they will be asked to communicate, blog and document all activities. Finally they will act as liaisons with Mozilla project teams.
Regional Coordinators
Regional Coordinators will a designated team of people (5-15 as the program evolves) by MozReps to coordinate regional activities, coordinate and manage applications (new MozReps), manage swag requests and oversee regional inventory. In general they will mentor and help regionally MozReps enabling them to engage in their various activities smoothly. Finally they will provide budget oversight for ReMo Council.

ReMo Council
The Remo Council (or Jedi Council as we like to call it :) ) will be 7 elected MozReps plus two Mozilla Stuff (William and me for now). They will provide governance and support to assist Mozilla Reps worldwide, coordinating global ReMo activities. Budget handling will also be one of their main tasks. They will also regularly inform and update Mozilla project teams about contributor activity. Finally they will act as the ultimate dispute resolution organ. For kickstarting we will have a provisional council (until elections) formed by experienced Mozilla Contributors willing to help on our kickstarting phase.

This was a quick overview of the ReMo structure as we envision it right now. Stay tuned for more detailed updates and as always check our wiki regularly!

ReMo ~ You have mail!

… well actually you are going to have more than one :) After a successful first round of open IRC planning meetings about ReMo, we are happy to announce that we created two new mailing lists to help us coordinate our efforts communicating updates about the program and gather feedback (in combination with our bi-weekly calls) :

The mailing list will be reps-general@lists.mozilla.org and the associated newsgroup will be mozilla.reps.general . This mailing list will help us communicate for day to day operations and general announcement for the project.
The mailing list will be reps-webdev@lists.mozilla.org and the associated newsgroup will be mozilla.reps.webdev . This mailing list will act as the coordination channel for planning, deploying and administering the Infrastructure for ReMo. (before and after launch)

Of course these mailing lists are open to public and we would love to see more people getting subscribing to them and involved into forming and driving the project, so feel free to join us!

Also, a reminder, we already have the corresponding IRC Channels #remo and #remo-dev in irc.mozilla.org . Drop by to say hi!

Stay tuned for more updates and as always make sure you frequently check the ReMo wiki :)

ReMo empowering Mozillians

Following up on William’s recent blog post introducing the ReMo program (aka Mozilla Reps), I’d like to elaborate a bit on what the responsibilities of a Mozilla Rep will be and how we are going to empower the Mozillians throughout the world. Let’s examine a few situations a Mozilla Rep will typically encounter.
Hosting an Event
Let’s say you are a passionate free culture advocate and supporter of the Open Web. You are in direct contact with many everyday users and developers in your region, and you want to pass on the spirit of Open Web, the spirit of Mozilla! Would it be nice if you could have direct access to resources in order to plan and host an awesome Mozilla promotional event?
Here comes ReMo. Enter the ReMo website, exchange ideas on hosting events and use the ReMo infrastructure to plan the actual event. This will entail requesting for swag, budget, having a planning page, preparing a presentation and asking for guidance. Then you go ahead and host the actual event (we are sure it will be awesome!). Finally you will post your experience on the ReMo planet so you can be praised (and get rewarded) by all the ReMos around the globe!
We are working hard on making sure this process will be steamlined and easy to follow :)
Participating in an Event
You know that there is an upcoming major technological (or not) event in your region and you know that Mozilla should be there!  As the official Mozilla Representative you are proud to take part in this event by holding a booth, or even giving a talk :)
To prepare for that you can go on the ReMo website, create a planning page for your event, coordinate you efforts with other regional Reps and request swag and/or budget. Also you might want to go through the talking points of the latest Firefox once again, and see who else can help you in the region.
All these and much more will be the functionality of the ReMo portal. A Hub for Mozilla core Enthusiasts, ready to spread the word around the globe :)
Mentor new contributors
A friend of yours, is inspired by your talk about Mozilla and wants to help in the project! As a Mozilla Rep you are familiar with the joining procedures of all the subprojects of Mozilla, and you will guide him through the whole process. You will know what suits him best and know key people in the project to get your friend started within Mozilla :)
Regular meetings keep you updated on the various projects within Mozilla and you are always the person-to-go for anything about Mozilla in your region!
Customizable Designs
You are an active contributor for Mozilla for a long time now, and you want to have your own ways to prove it! You log in on the swag-design creation website with your ReMo account and customize to your needs (name, event, locale) swag and material! (t-shirts, business cards etc)
These were some case scenarios of the everyday tasks of a future Mozilla Representative. Some of these are already here as functions, but we need to make sure that they are accessible and easy to use for every contributor willing to become a ReMo. Of course we are still drafting the whole processes and waiting for your feedback on this or other aspect of our project. You can see more planning information on our wiki page
Stay tuned for more ReMo updates and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask away!