Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Behind the Scenes of Mozfest

I was asked back in July to come back as one of the Volunteer Coordinators for Mozfest 2014.  So what does the Volunteer Coordinator do during Mozfest? Here we go; I arrived in London from Chicago on Wednesday, first heading to MozLDN office to meet the remaining of the team to get a briefing about the production schedule. Sarah Allen, Mozilla Festival Production Director, who did an excellent job on getting everything in place.  She worked countless hours with a team of experts, such as Marc, Ben, Dan and Chris. This year, I would be organizing volunteers and making sure we have the appropriate staffing to man the operations during the entire Festival.  With that been said, I was responsible for having volunteers at the Registration table, setting up Information Booths, Science Fair, keynote sessions, Catering Food and Drinks around the festival.  It was an enormous task, but I knew from my leadership abilities, I was the right person getting the job done.  This year, which was my second year, so I am now a veteran (smiles), I was prepare to move up and down the nine levels of Ravesbourne College.  Yes, I even lost weight (smiles), even though, it was challenging with my jetlag and lack of sleep, I manage to make it through the day with positive energy.  I had a great time and if I had to do it all again, I would do it in a heartbeat.  This year, when someone needed help, we used the hashtag #mozhelp and we were there to rescue that person.  We had over 120 volunteers, we couldn't have done it without them.   I couldn't be more prouder to be a part of the Mozilla Festival team.  I look forward on many years to come to be the one on the Radio, saying "Robert to XXXX, what's your location."  Well, we did it and we survived another Mozfest and job well done Mozilla!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vancouver Hive Pop-Up

I had the opportunity to attend Vancouver's Hive Pop-Up on October 5 in British Columbia.  Vancouver community recently joined the Hive Learning network, which is a global constellation of communities championing digital skills and web literacy through connected learning. It was Vancouver's first ever Hive Pop-up, celebrating hands on digital literacy for makers all ages. The 3-hour event featured five activity stations.  The stations among the Pop-Up was Museum of Vancouver, Open Media, Vancouver Public Library, Mozilla Webmaker and Vancouver Community Laboratory.  The participants were able to try virtually on garments from their latest exhibition from the Museum of Vancouver station. At our Mozilla Webmaker station, you learned how to make your home webpage, interactive videos, remixes, mobile apps.
  Now, speaking on Mobile Apps, when we first arrived on Friday night, we attended a training session with Mozilla Webmaker Appmaker.  During the training session, we learned how to be creative on making apps and publishing them online. It was a great learning trip to Vancouver; I certainly learned a lot and I appreciate Mozilla for allowing to me learn in the process of helping others along the way

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy 9th Birthday Firefox!

Mozilla Firefox is 9 years old today. Firefox 1.0 was released on 9 November 2004. The browser quickly gained the adoration of web developers and their enthusiasm spread throughout the world. Firefox has been downloaded more than one billion times and is the world’s.   Happy Birthday, Firefox!! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

My Volunteer Experience at Mozilla Festival 2013

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to work with the finest at Mozilla Foundation "Mozilla Festival".   One of the greatest strengths at Mozilla Festival known as "MozFest" were the volunteers, who worked countless hours on making sure the event went smoothly.  I was amongst the volunteers at the 2013 Mozilla Festival in London this past weekend.  I was so honored and excited to be part of such a great success at MozFest.  I decided back in the summer of 2013 to volunteer at this mega event, because I felted, it would be important to Mozilla.  I want to thank Michelle, Amira and Spike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this momentum at Mozilla.   As a Mozilla Rep, it’s one of our duties to represent Mozilla in the community such as conferences and other venues.  I attended the Mozilla Festival Volunteer meet up and briefing a week prior.  The meeting consisted of getting to know all of the volunteers and a brief description on volunteer roles.   You can view below a live recorded clip of the Volunteer Briefing via Air Mozilla:  

As the journey started at MozFest ,  I reported to duty on Wednesday, few days before the festival would official begin.  I met so many nice and warming local Mozilla staff members from the London Office, especially, Paula, William (FuzzyFox) and Shannon.   They were the most accommodating among them all, their compassion was just amazing.   We had the opportunity to tour Ravensbourne, where the event will take place.  After the tour, I was really hoping to reinvent my own “magic carpet”, due the mega size of the facilities .  The college has 9  Floor/Levels and lots of stairs, meaning our weekend will consist of walking and walking.  

Our next task on the list at Mozfest, "Media Relations", we had to get ready for the live press conference with local Media regarding the Mozilla Festival.  Wow, what a great experience and I felted privilege to be around to participate. 

Now, the big day has come and it was time to get the show on the road.   Off we head to Ravensbourne, where we will start setting up 9 levels of innovation and new web ideas.  It was a quite adventurous weekend, even though; I did many behind the scenes work.  I witnessed so many exploring, creative and innovative things at the Festival.  I really enjoyed the different conversations; I had with many of the participants at the MozFest.    As, we move forward to better position ourselves with the openness of the web.  I look forward to many more of these types of events to come. Thank you, Mozilla!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mozilla Summit 2013

Traveling to Toronto this past weekend was so epic and amazing.  I had the opportunity to meet so many awesome mozillians from across the globe.   Even though, it was my first summit, I was amazed on the positive energy among the participants.  I learned a lot about the Firefox OS phone, which it recently launched earlier of 2013. I attended a session with the Mozilla Rep, which helped explained the program in details and provided future guidance.  I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me at the summit and hope I can do it again in the near future.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Safe Travels to Summit

Safe travels to all of the Mozillians in transit to SF, Toronto and Brussels for the 2013 Summit. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Mozilla Rep

Hello, it's been a while since I posted. Did you know, I was accepted in the Mozilla Rep Program? YaY, so its official. Nice, huh? So, you may be wondering, what's next for me?  The next step as a new rep will be like a "hand holding" phase.  I have been assigned a mentor, name Regnard from Canada, who will be monitoring my progress and track. Now, I will be creating local events, such as Web Maker classes for my local community.  I also will be signing up for a few specific tasks or focus committees. I will also represent Mozilla locally in my area for events and etc. I will post more information regarding my goals in details soon. But for now, I will be getting familiarize with the program and helping out on what I can.