MozCamp Run-Up

The latest MozCamp, this time in Warsaw, is approaching fast and it will be the best ever. I want to get the word out about a few things:

  1. Will you be in Warsaw on Thursday 6th before MozCamp? If so, come and join us at an event at Reaktor. We’ll be talking about Firefox OS, WebFWD, and all the goodness of the Open Web. Sign up here.
  2. I have started my Mozilla Mission. If you are attending, you should too! More details about the Buddy Program.
  3. I’ll be contributing to a WebFWD session. Curious? Sign up here (see bottom of the page) if you are interested and pre-submit your questions.
  4. The schedule will action packed, with some fantastic talks and speakers. It is going to be completed this week, so continue to check in and find out what sessions you want to attend.

That’s it for now. Make sure to join #mozcamp on IRC, and keep checking the wiki for the latest developments.

UPDATE 1 : The schedule is now (mostly) filled out. Have a look to see what sessions you want to attend.

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Goings On – 2012 So Far

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So far this year it has been busy and exciting for me. So in reverse chronological order, here are some things I have been up to recently.

Briks Is 6

I meant to call out the 5 year anniversary last year but it slipped by as I was too busy. Six is better, it rhymes! I set up Briks Software this month 6 years ago. Briks is a Web Consultancy that specialises in all things Mozilla and sometimes beyond. We do Add-ons, XULRunner apps, bug fixes, mobile work, and more. We’ve worked on projects large and small, with big companies and startups. Briks is not a 1-person show, I like to call it a Mozilla Development Collective. I’ve had various folks come on board per-project over the 6 years and quite frankly Briks would not have been so successful without them. There are 2 people that I would like to give a special shout-out to. Chris Neale is the glue that keeps everything together, from the web site to design to graphics to listening to me ramble on Skype all day. David McNamara is a coder who can whip something up before you can say ‘digital drifter’. See his recent profile on Bonjour Mozilla!.

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On Startup Culture

I admit to being skeptical before about startup culture in the technology sector, for a few reasons:

  • It smells of a gold-rush, a way to make a quick buck. I was brought up with an ethic to go and do your day’s work, work hard, get paid, and play your part.
  • This is inter-twined with rush to commercialise the Internet. This is not new, but it is eroding into the idealism of the early days of the Web when it was supposed to be the great equaliser in society, the open information platform.
  • To scale, you really need to get investment, which means compromising and handing over rights to your business and ideas.
  • I’m a software engineer, and solve problems presented by others. I don’t see myself as an ideas person, or at least don’t have the urge to act on ones I do have.

To make an analogy, startups to me are like young footballers who dream of playing for Manchester United or AC Milan or Real Madrid. Or indeed, even to play professional football at any level. How many make it? I don’t know, but I’d say less than 1%. I suspect the number of startups who are successful comes in at around the same percentage.

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Web Hour + Zemanta + Mozilla = Success

Last week saw Firefox updated to version 7. I’m not sure if other communities party any more with the rapid release cycle, but we used it as an excuse not only to party but to talk about the latest happenings with Mozilla. Web Hour (Spletne urice in Slovene), our beloved technology meetup that happens every Wednesday, was hijacked for this purpose. We moved location for once to try something different, and were graciously welcomed by our hosts Zemanta in their fancy new offices in the middle of Ljubljana. Big shout out to Rok and Gasper for going the extra mile in organisation.

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