Over the last year our team (Participation), worked on several types of events with communities, this trend started on the last quarter of 2015 with the organisation of volunteers presence at key Mozilla events like Mozfest, and All Hands (Orlando in December that year). On 2016 we started working and developing new ways of work and align communities so we’ve started the year with the Leadership Summit in Singapore, an event that gathers 130 volunteers from all over the world to connect and sync with the latest Mozilla goals and initiatives.

To sync and explain those goals become very important over the last years after some changes and the new ongoing projects in Mozilla. It helps communities to understand where are we heading, and why we are focusing on some initiatives over others.

So starting on last May we initiated the Community Gatherings, focusing on communities where we think we are relevant and where we want to share more information. The first one was in Brazil, where our community had some struggles to organise and work together as a team. We approach that meetup trying to test new things, including new content on the agenda (focusing on community guidelines), and taking the lead on the logistics side. The goal was not only to align them with Mozilla goals, but also to smooth the rough edges within the community. There was a focus on how the Community Guidelines should apply in case of conflict and how to share feedback in a more constructive way.

The second gathering in India (August), was organised mainly by the community, to restructure and think their community and sub-communities. India is our largest volunteer community by far, and there are a some posts shared by the community that can throw more light about the outcome of that first gathering. In this event our team acted more as a consultant, helping with some content, although there was some staff presence like George Roter, Konstantina Papadeas and Rina Jensen.

On the last semester we had 3 gatherings, where we organised in a more structured way the content and the logistics. European gathering (in Berlin, September), Arabic (Casablanca, October), and Mexico (Mexico City, November). We tried not only to have a consistent message, but also a consistent way to organise those events, with better documentation, we found out that we could use these learnings to systematise and create a series of documents to help communities organise their own events/gatherings, perhaps on a different budget approach, but with the same basis for content and logistics.


The outcome of those three gatherings was pretty positive, since we discover new skills in our communities (Arabic proved to be very interested on initiatives like Rust, while European showed more connection with privacy concerns), or we could re-engage members that we thought were dormant (like in Mexico). Aside all this we gave an important role to the Guidelines and the diversity in our communities.

While Guillermo and Emma were focused more on the content, giving some consistency and coherency with what we wanted to achieve for our communities, I was involved in the logistics part, which can be consider more easy to automatise, since content can vary from event to event, but logistics usually remains the same.

Those learnings are now accessible for all our communities, open to hack/fork/feedback. The learnings from the 5 events can be found in the playbooks we’ve created, with some tips and tricks. The events proved to be a good way to connect with Communities, sense the temperature, and revitalise communities with the simple fact of having a couple of staff leading the event.

October 30, 2015 | In: En, Mozilla

[Participation] Events ongoing


The last 2 weeks has been intense, for saying in a way. Since I promised myself to write every 2 weeks, here’s the “report” from what I’ve been doing on these days:

  • Global Gatherings:
    • Mozfest is almost just around the corner. Next week around 38 volunteers from different communities will be attending the event sponsored by the Participation team. This means that logistics and coordination are a key part of this. We were working on solve some issues with hotels, visas, and travels. Hopefully we don’t have to solve any last minute issue.
    • Orlando (or Mozlando) is also underway. We have more time to prepare this, but nowadays, I can say that we are in the last steps of the preparation for volunteers. Visa letters and hotel confirmation has been sent. If you don’t receive this, please get in contact with me. More information will be soon communicated to the volunteers that will be attending.
    • Leadership Summit is the last but not the less important. We are finalising the logistics details, we have the hotel, and we are securing the venue. Hopefully we will communicate all this next week. In any case, we are still working on how we will proceed with the second round for the selection process, since we still have some seats available. If you want to know about the options, please take a look in the Discourse topic.
  • OSCON Europe: I’ve participated in this event that was held in Amsterdam from October 26th to 28th. While has a great name in US, the European edition was smaller. We had a Mozilla booth in the non-profit area, and we connect with several people. Demoed the Firefox OS devices, and talk with other projects. We surely see some familiar faces in FOSDEM.
  • FOSDEM: We just open the call for papers for the Mozilla DevRoom. We are starting to evaluate our presence for next edition, and we are waiting for the organisers that will be publishing the Code of Conduct of the event, which we think is necessary to make the event even more open and inclusive. Probably next week we will be publishing the call for volunteers. The criteria will be similar to previous year, but with some additions.
  • Codemotion Madrid: We are planning the Mozilla presence in this event, that will be take place at the end of next month, so the idea is to test a new approach for events where we have a booth, and we are trying to promote the community.

Aside this, more stuff will come, so hopefully I will be able to comment and write it here… which is becoming like a journal actually.

Feel free to reach me in the comments for this topic, or on my twitter, email, or other communications channel.

Participation team working at whistler

I will start this post saying that it was my intention to write more regularly than this… in the end, work, lack of time and several other reasons (who says procrastination?), made that idea kinda impossible. So here I am, trying to justify why I’m back to the writing.

Back in February I’ve made my transition to the Participation Team, and the way that I used to work had changed a little. While we always work on the open (we are Mozilla), we don’t have always the chance to show what we do in our day to day basis. That’s why our team decided to work based on Heartbeats, which are basically Github issues with goals or objectives to be achieved in 3 weeks. Every 3 weeks we review the current issues and explain what we did, and if we succeed. Those issues can be seeing by anyone, and it’s easy to see the steps we followed.

A couple of Heartbeats ago, we decided to review the way we select/nominate/invite mozillians to Mozilla events, and we define 3 big events from November to January to improve the impact that our contributor/volunteers participate. The Global Gatherings are a new way of community involvement in events like the All Hands, and we expect to see some results in short and medium term.

So over the last 2 weeks, I was helping to coordinate, assist and organise volunteers presence for Mozfest (in November) and All Hands (in December). The whole process is not easy, and involves a lot of time. Also, I’ve started the process to coordinate the logistics for the Leadership Summit (in January).

And to add more stuff to do, I was busy with other stuff like secure our presence in OSCON Europe (to be held in Amsterdam at the end of October), and started to confirm our presence in FOSDEM next year.

But obviously I’m not alone in all this, the community is key part of the presence for those events, and the team is working very hard in finalise the content, objectives and all the things you can imagine to have a great event. The Global Gatherings are a big challenge for our team, and we want to show that we can improve and boost our community. I will keep posting the progress in the following weeks, so hopefully I will have a reason to post more often here.

Mozilla Summit 2010

Next week I will be traveling to attend a new Mozilla Workweek, or an All-Hands meeting if you prefer to name it that way. It will take place in Whistler, Canada, from the 22nd till the 27th. And while it will be my second workweek, this time it feels like completely new.

In case that you don’t know what a workweek is, I suggest to check this FAQ in Discourse, where we cover the most “conflicting” topics that you may raise, or you may ask to yourself. But basically, a workweek is for teams that usually work on remote, to get together and advance with their goals for the rest of the year, define objectives, and get to know each other better.

From the participation team, we are working to be sure that the volunteers has all the information, and are aware of what their teams expect from them, working also with the teams to sync with the volunteers about what they want to achieve during this week.

We are expecting around 85 volunteers from all over the world, and that means a lot of logistics, so we need to be sure that everything is under control. We recently sent an email with some tips and advises, and we will be working until last minute to assure that everyone arrives safe and in one piece (and with the luggage included).

One of the outcomes that we expect is that the other teams improve the way that they work with volunteers (specially during the event), and that other teams knows what our team is trying to accomplish, and what Participation means for them.

We will have also time for some fun, but basically it’s a 4 day work week, where we will be a lot of new things to work on, and we hope that this time, volunteers will have an important role working with the teams that invites them, and that for further workweeks, we can connect better between mozillians.

If you are going to Whistler and need more info, help, support, or confirm that everything is in order, don’t hesitate to drop me some lines in an email.

Mozbalkans communities

Last weekend (22nd to 24th), I had the pleasure to attend the Balkans Meetup in Bucharest. Another community meetup, where communities from the region get together to work on their issues, try to solve them, and align with Mozilla goals for the year.

Coordinated and arranged by Ioana Chiorean and Konstantina Papadea (I only help on little stuff, so all the credits belongs to those two ladies), the two day event was perfect to show what the communities are doing, and sync with the functional teams invited (L10n, SUMO, Participation and QA). Since I was some kind of outsider it was nice to realize that there are many similarities with the way that other communities work, and the issues that we face in our day to day basis.

The local communities represented were (like in the wiki):

  • Albania: Kristi Progri, Redon Skikuli
  • Bulgary: Pavel Ivanov, Miroslav Yovchev
  • Croatia: Nikola Henezi, Ana-Maria Antolović
  • Greece: Alfredos-Panagiotis Damkalis, Giannis Konstantinidis, Christos Bacharakis, Konstantina Papadea
  • Macedonia: Novica Nakov, Goce Mitevski
  • Romania: Florin Bogdan Strugariu, Cristian Silaghi, Marcela Oniga, Alexandra Lucinet, Stefania Ioana Chiorean
  • Serbia: Aleksandra Uzelac, Marko Andrejić, Vanja Tumbas
  • Slovenia: Gašper Deržanič, Nino Vranešič, Goran Kohek

On the first day we had presentations from the teams (recordings will be uploaded soon to AirMozilla), I have the opportunity to show what are the Mozilla goals for 2015, and try to motivate the contributors to continue collaborating and think on ways to attract new volunteers (I don’t know if I’m a good motivator, but I think that the message was delivered). Then the other teams made their up to date introduction and basically explained what they wanted from the event.

We worked on a SWOT analysis that was very enlightening for me, since I saw the same strengths, weakness and threats that we have at Mozilla Hispano (for example). The main concern that they have is the size of the communities. I think that if they work more in connections between countries, they will feel more empowered and supported by their fellow mozillians. We ended that first day trying to work on solutions for the Weakness and Threats, and hopefully the people will find new ways to reinforce the communities.

During the second day we had more space for work with the functional teams, and we tried to not extend the meeting too much, since the first day was pretty intense. I think that they achieved many things and at least on QA and SUMO they find new ways to collaborate, which is one of the purposes of the meetup too.

All in all, the event was a pretty solid one, I can’t complain about Romanian food (however, I didn’t take any risk), Ioana find the places where all of us will feel comfortable, and the venue selected was a very nice place. I hope to be on the next meetup, since I like the enthusiasm that I felt there, and I can’t wait to see the outcomes of this meeting.

In case that you want to see how it was, videos will be uploaded soon, but you can see some pictures in the Flickr group.

February 11, 2015 | In: En, Mozilla

FOSDEM 2015, a brief recap

Another year, another FOSDEM, and yet there is a lot of excitment in our presence there. Mozilla participated again in the most important Open Source event in Europe. For 2 days Brussels become the center of the Free Software movement, and all the projects with their communities meet together in the ULB for one weekend of talks, coding, and some beer.

This year we’ve been also part of a Metrics event on Friday, organized by the people of Bitergia, where we can learn about how other communities measure their success and their failures. Different ways to understand where we need to focus our efforts, and where we are succeeding.

But the main event started on Saturday 31st, where we have presence with a packed booth (as usual). A lot of mozillians and Reps were there helping spreading the Mozilla word, and evangelizing people. This year we had several Firefox OS devices, and a APC Rock too. Our idea this year was to do some activities like a bug sprint challenge, to engage with some developers, and to promote upload a webapp to the market place.

While doing activities in a crowded event like this might seems impossible, we managed to have some people interested in solve and work on some of the bugs. We will definitely going to improve this tool for future events, and think in other ways to engage with attendees in events of more than 3.000 people.

Sunday was another challenging day, since we have a DevRoom with 15 talks in 8 hours. Thanks to the efforts and the hard work of the Mozillians (again, a huge thank you to all of the Reps and Mozillians that were there helping at the booth and at the devroom), we managed to have a nice track, with some talks packed or almost packed.

If you are curious and wants to see some pictures, you can check our wiki page, and for the list of the attendees from Mozilla, you can check our Reps event page. We also have a Discourse topic to collect blogs and other stuff.

I have no words to thank all the Reps that were helping there (sponsored or not), and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be part of an event like this.

November 25, 2014 | In: En, Mozilla

Codemotion: becoming a reference

2014-11-22 11.35.37Over the last weekend (November 21st and 22nd), it took place the third edition of Codemotion in Madrid. An event that aims to be a reference for developers events in Madrid, and in Spain specifically. While the format is kinda “imported” from Italy, we can surely say that it has its own place, and it becomes a reference on technological events nowadays.

That implies that is interesting to participate, be there and be part of it. Although this year, they tried to open the participation scope, I think that for next year, it would be ideal to keep the spirit from the first edition. Focus only on development, and bring more people from outside so they can share their experience, or talk about their work. In any case, I would suggest to include an intermedium level in the talks, since the program has begginer talks (even though, I can’t say which kind of basic skills they thought), or advanced. If your audience has already a good knowledge, you can have the risk of setting the bar too high.

Regarding our community, we have decided the participation since they’ve invited us to the first event planning. That meeting was more intended to bring together all the communities, and have some feedback previous to the actual planning of the event. And I think it went very well. Communities had the opportunity to present in some talks at the event, so people can know that behind those projects, there is a group of people fighting for moving that forward, or at least to let them know that there is passionate people behind those projects.

In this opportunity, we had 2 talks and a booth, where people could see and test some Firefox OS devices, get stickers, buttons, and other surprises. For this time we’d thought that a good way to connect with the audience would be having a contest to upload their apps to the marketplace, so they could have the chance to win a Firefox T-shirt. In one of the talks we proposed this idea: create an app from a webpage already made. With a few simple steps, create an app, with a manifest included.

Along the event, around 5 to 7 people came by and won a Firefox T-shirt, only for uploading their web to the marketplace (to name a few: a productivity timer, and a local newspaper). Only this proved the power of the web, that allows to easily create an app for Firefox OS.

All in all, we connect with the people thanks to that idea, we also met with old friends, and we’ve enjoyed an event that is creating its own space in the tech events ambience. We hope that in its next edition they maintain the level, so we can definitely say that Codemotion is a reference in Spain.

November 24, 2014 | In: Es, Mozilla

Codemotion: Buscando afianzarse

2014-11-22 11.35.37El pasado fin de semana (21 y 22 de Noviembre), tuvo lugar el tercer Codemotion en Madrid, un evento que busca ser la referencia de los eventos para desarrolladores en Madrid y en España principalmente. Si bien el formato y el tipo de evento viene “importado” desde Italia, ya podemos decir que en Madrid se está haciendo un lugar y se está convirtiendo en referencia en cuanto a eventos tecnológicos.

Eso implica que es interesante el participar, el estar ahí y ser parte del mismo. Si bien este año se intentó ampliar un poco la base de participantes, creo que para el próximo año se debería seguir con el espíritu que hubo en la primera edición. Orientarlo a lo técnico y traer gente de fuera para que comparta su experiencia, o bien cuente en lo que está trabajando. O en todo caso habría que poner un nivel Intermedio en las charlas, ya que en el programa, las charlas aparecían como nivel principiantes (aunque no sabría decir qué tipo de principiantes tenían pensado), o bien Avanzado. Y si tu audiencia tiene nivel, puedes correr el riesgo de poner el listón muy alto.

En lo que respecta a nuestra comunidad, teníamos decidido la participación desde que nos invitaron a ser parte del planeamiento del evento. Más que nada eso fue para un acercamiento entre las comunidades y tener algo de feedback previo a la organización en firme del evento. Y creo que resultó bastante bien. Se dio a las comunidades la posibilidad de presentarse 5 minutos antes de las charlas, para que la gente supiera que detrás de esos proyectos hay una comunidad que esta luchando por sacarlo adelante, o bien que tiene una pasión y quiere compartirla.

En esta edición tuvimos presencia en 2 charlas y un Stand por el cual la gente pasaba y podía ver dispositivos con Firefox OS y conseguir pegatinas, chapas y alguna otra cosilla más. Esta vez se nos ocurrió que una buena forma de conectar con la gente era proponer una especie de concurso en la cual había que subir una aplicación al marketplace de Firefox OS. En la charla que dio Guillermo, se mostró lo fácil que era crear una aplicación desde una página web ya hecha. Sólo con un par de pasos ya se podía crear la app, con su manifiesto incluido.

A lo largo del evento alrededor de unas 6 personas se llevaron su camiseta de Firefox, gracias a haber subido su aplicación al marketplace (por nombrar un par, había una que era un timer de productividad, otra de una web de poker, y una de un periódico local). Lo que demuestra que el poder de la web permite fácilmente crear una aplicación para Firefox OS.

Dentro de todo logramos conectar con la gente gracias a eso, nos encontramos con viejos conocidos y disfrutamos de un evento que está afianzandose en el panorama de los eventos tecnológicos. Esperemos que en su próxima edición se mantenga el nivel y podamos decir definitivamente que se ha convertido en una referencia.

November 21, 2014 | In: En, Mozilla

A little contribution

Thanks to Mozilla, I had the pleasure to participate in Øredev. An event that took place in Malmö (Sweden), on November 4th to 7th. And not only that, I also had the opportunity to be at the same event with Soumya Chakraborty and Oliver Propst, the most active members of the nordic communities nowadays.

It was interesting to realize that events that are intended for the same type of audience, people asking almost the same questions everywhere. Happened on Mobile World Congress, and in Øredev too. As occured to me at every spanish event tech oriented (or web-developer oriented), people were curious about Firefox OS and its road map, express their interest in know a little more about the project, and what Mozilla is doing.

On Wednesday 5th, I’ve been requested to go to help the swedish community for this event, and after a long trip of 9 hours, and 2 layovers, I finally arrived to Malmö, a nice city, with a vibrant activity, and this event proves that there is a lot of interest for new technologies in Sweden.

I was helping at the booth with Soumya and Oliver, shared some stories about my experience at other events in Spain, and tried to help them as much as possible with the amount of people that stepped at the booth.

2014-11-07 13.34.24The booth looked pretty awesome and it was one of the busiest stands at the event. We had a TV monitor that leaks the new features of the Developer Browser edition, which also caught the attention of many of the people that ask for a button or sticker. Or simply look the Flame devices that we have there.

All in all, a good experience for me, for the travel, and the experience of having the opportunity to attend an event in another country. I also had to thanks Soumya and Oliver for being such awesome reps, and for make me feel like I’m at home 😉

I probably go back to Malmö to visit the castle, and taste swedish food, but that’s for the next time.

November 20, 2014 | In: En, Mozilla

10 years of freedom of choice

For those who didn’t realized yet, on November 9th, we celebrated 10 years of Firefox. A browser that brought a fresh air to the web and the prevailing monopoly at that time.

After 10 years, Firefox is still there, moving, fighting against monopolies, surveillance and closed ecosystems. Throwing light about net neutrality, thinking on users first. And giving the most important tool: A freedom of choice.

I still remember using Mozilla Suite 0.9.3, and the change to Phoenix, Firebird and then Firefox. Those were exciting years, where the enemy was Microsoft and IE with its 95% of market share. Now there are other battles, but users have more options available to choice. We need to look to the future and think on the next adventure for Mozilla.

To face this new challenges, yesterday it was announced a new agreement with Yahoo! for the search engine. Things are still exciting and the web is still a place that we should take care of.