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.


El pasado 11 y 12 de Noviembre, tuvimos la oportunidad de participar desde la comunidad, en el evento LibreCon, que se celebró en Bilbao. Un evento para mostrar que el Software Libre también tiene su lugar en las empresas, gobiernos y que hay más oportunidades de trabajo de las que se suele pensar. Las charlas abarcaron desde casos de éxito como el del gobierno de Munich, a proyectos nuevos como Tumaker (Impresoras 3D de código abierto).

Desde Mozilla Hispano tuvimos la oportunidad de participar con 2 charlas. Una a cargo de Pablo Bernardo, que trató sobre Firefox OS y como es posible hacer un Sistema operativo libre para dispositivos móviles, y la segunda fue una retrospectiva de los últimos 10 años de Firefox y hacia dónde vamos, presentada por quien les escribe.

Si bien el evento era más orientado a demostrar casos de éxito y cómo era posible introducir el Software Libre en los organismos públicos, con el ahorro que ello conlleva, se presentaron también varios proyectos nuevos basados en la filosofía de que otra realidad es posible y que no hace falta depender de Software privativo para llevar adelante una administración.


Tuvimos la suerte de que ambas charlas tuvieron bastante buena aceptación, con gente escuchándonos de pie, buenas preguntas y gente interesada por saber más sobre Firefox OS y Mozilla en general. El nivel de la audiencia también permitía esa convocatoria, ya que encajábamos fácilmente en la temática del evento.

Definitivamente necesitamos más eventos como estos en España, que den a conocer los beneficios del software libre, y echen por tierra el mito que una migración en un organismo público es más costoso, o difícil por el nivel técnico que se requiere. Teniendo en cuenta que Microsoft poco a poco está cambiando su filosofía, quizás dejemos de ver tanto lobby en las administraciones públicas y comencemos a ver un poco de sentido común y buenas prácticas.

Próximamente estaré escribiendo más sobre eventos, ya que tenemos el Codemotion a la vuelta de la esquina (este próximo viernes y sábado más específicamente).

October 28, 2014 | In: En, Mozilla

Mozilla Hispano in Valencia again

On October 18th we’ve been once again in Valencia to present the new features that brings Firefox OS, and to talk a little about our community. The venue that we choose this time was Las Naves, a co-working space with a lot of activities and many events nowadays.

While this time the event was shorter than we used to have, we didn’t missed the opportunity to talk about what is Mozilla, how to contribute in the Mozilla Hispano community, and the development of Firefox OS. We had also the opportunity to demo how marketplace works, and the new version 2.0 of the mobile OS.


As always, we had the priceless help from Angel and Fernando, our local mozillians, who made the arrangements to get the venue, and Adrián Crespo, a Rep that will be mentioned several times from now on.

While the attendees weren’t so many, Adrian and Fernando could explain them where is the development of Firefox OS at this moments, and the new features that includes, and will be included in next releases. The audience were primary web-developers, so we didn’t have to dig too much in the details, or be careful for using tech language.

At the end we had time for networking, and we could talk more with the attendees in a 1:1 way. We’ve found that some of them were working on providing apps that runs on several platforms, and they would like to know how Firefox OS will fit in their development ideas.


So all in all a good event again, we found new opportunities to have presence in Valencia, people are excited to know better about the new projects by Mozilla, and we had the opportunity to show how our community works.

Hopefully we will return to Valencia pretty soon.

September 3, 2014 | In: Es, Mozilla

Mi nuevo rol en Mozilla

Luego de mucho tiempo sin escribir por aquí, creo que ha tocado la hora de hacerlo y he encontrado la excusa perfecta para hacerlo más seguido.

Desde el pasado día 11 de Agosto, he empezado a trabajar en Mozilla. Al final, luego de unos 10 años de estar como colaborador, y ayudar en la coordinación de eventos, he entrado en el equipo de eventos como Community Events Manager (algo así como gestor de eventos comunitarios). Mi tarea está centrada en los eventos donde la comunidad está involucrada, en ayudar a realizarlos, coordinar la logística y también en buscar oportunidades para que la comunidad participe más dentro de los eventos mozilleros.

Si bien en un principio iba a centrar todos mis esfuerzos en los eventos de Grow, luego de ciertos cambios (ver post de Mozilla en inglés), voy a estar trabajando en ayudar a las comunidades en lo que pueda. Espero que mi rol dentro de la comunidad de Mozilla Hispano no se vea afectado (de momento no, ya que sigo coordinando los eventos dentro de España y espero poder trabajar mejor ahora que todos mis esfuerzos están focalizados en Mozilla).

Afortunadamente no soy la única persona de la comunidad que ha entrado a trabajar en Mozilla, y espero no ser la última. Siempre es buena señal cuando Mozilla se fija en la comunidad, ya que creo que solo pueden salir cosas buenas de gente que viene trabajando desde hace años para difundir la misión de Mozilla y que tiene la experiencia suficiente como para llevar adelante un trabajo, que en el fondo no es tan fácil como parece.

Espero escribir más seguido, probablemente lo empiece a hacer en inglés, por lo que intentaré categorizar mejor para facilitar su lectura.