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