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.