The Mozilla Reps Council and module Peers met for 2 days over this weekend to solidify plans for 2014 and re-calibrate the vision and goals of Reps in general to align with our ambitious organisational goals around growing community. Traditionally billed as Council meetings, these bi-yearly sessions are designed to get the project leaders together to work on planning and strategy for the program. The program has made a huge impact, but to ensure continued impact we have to continually assess the program to make improvements and work on future strategy. The Council provides the general vision of the program and oversees day-to-day operations globally. The Peers oversee the Council and provide input and vision on the program in general. Also at the meeting were guests William Reynolds (Community Tools, including reps.mozilla.org), Konstantina Papadea (Budget and Swag), Michelle Thorne (Foundation), Marcia Knous (QA), and Rosana Ardila (SUMO).
Like each year since 2003, Mozilla will have a Developer Room at Fosdem. Fosdem (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting) is simply one of the greatest events in Europe around free and open source software development: it is THE place to be, to know everything is happening about FLOSS, to meet people… and to have fun! Fosdem is held, during the first weekend of February, in Brussels (Belgium), a very nice city, with the best fries you could ever eat ;-)
A couple of weeks ago I visited one of my favourite cities, Sarajevo, to represent Mozilla at Web Day. The day was split in two. The morning and afternoon was dedicated to a Web Day mini-conference with talks from partners of Google, Microsoft, and Apple as well as other speakers. So I was in good company for giving my talk. It was entitled ‘Mozilla and the New Web Challenge’ [slides]. I pulled it together from slides created by Christian Heilmann and Altin Ukshini. I’m thankful for the Evangelism Reps training program, it make my life so much easier. The evening event was the Web Awards, recognising the best of the Web in BiH across different categories.
A few weeks ago the first version of the Mozilla Reps Companion (install page) add-on was released. The Companion is built using the Add-ons SDK. The source code is on github, so contributions are welcome. The add-on is mostly targeted at Reps right now, but we’ll be adding more features based on different roles in the program, e.g. for mentors, as well as making it useful for a broader audience. If you have ideas or find bugs, please get in contact with me or file a bug (Product: Mozilla Reps, Component: Add-on).
A few weeks ago I attended the Aviary.pl Mozilla community meetup in the beautiful city of Gdansk in Poland. Big thanks to the community for the welcome and organisation. I was there on behalf of the Mozilla Reps Council to observe and report back on how this successful community is running and to run some new ideas by them and inform about how the Reps program fits into the new Mozilla universe.