May 29, 2015 | El: En, Mozilla

MozBalkans 2015, keep on rocking!

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.

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