Mozilla Web Literacy workshop at Darbar College

Almost a year ago, Mr.Praveen, an assistant professor at Darbar college reached out to me to guide his students to contribute to Mozilla. We did the very first Mozilla event in the whole of Bijapur last year.

It was amazing to receive an invite from Darbar college for the second time to conduct a follow-up workshop. The best part was to see the contributors grow in such a short span of time.

Some observations over time

  • Students had more awareness about Mozilla, what we do for web literacy, about Firefox being open source and even some of the contribution pathways.
  • The teachers and management was more welcoming because of the leadership opportunity they see in associating with such workshops.
  • For them , this is also an opportunity to add this to their showcase of events during admissions. Events like this give them an edge over other colleges in the city.
  • Mr.Praveen, the assistant professor who’s our point of contact from the college, is now doing a research paper including Mozilla Firefox in his test cases on  open source.
  • He is also working hard in spreading the adoption of open source and volunteers his time educating his colleagues on various internet related issues.

The session started at around 10 am with a quick overview about what happened during last year’s session(for the students attending this for the first time). The entire session was divided into two parts

  1. A brief idea about Mozilla, MLN and Mozilla Clubs.
  2. Prototyping and presenting teaching activities.

During the first session, we discussed about various topics trending on the internet such as privacy, surveillance and sharing personal data on the internet like Apple vs FBI, FreeBasics etc. The students agreed that there are lot of issues they are ignorant about, but need to build better awareness so that they can be vocal about these.

During the second half, we started prototyping and presenting concepts in a fun manner. The idea was to explain about technology and computer related topics in a fun and participatory manner to a 5th grade student.

Absolutely loved the energy in the entire room when they started ideating. I’ve tried to capture some of the ideas generated out of these sesssions below.

  1. Team 1:
    Members: Shanwaz, Vaibhavlaxmi, Sujuta, Ashwini, Sushma
    Idea:
    Explaining the concept of networking with the help of hoomans!<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747229754/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6409″><img src=”https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8592/27747229754_c2f9a1b067_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6409″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsDetails:
    The team explained the basic idea of networking along with the types (LAN, MAN, WAN) with the help of people standing inside a circle.
    First, they formed a small circle with a PC who would be inside the circle. This mean the PC is in the Local Area Network. After this, the PC moves out of the circle demonstrating that it’s no longer a part of the LAN. The circle then extends to form the MAN and the similar excercise is carried out to show WAN. This was a quick and easy way to show the different types of networks as well as the concept of networking to a 5th grade students.
  2. Team 2:
    Members: Pradeep, Anand, Vinod, Riyan, Madesh, Siddarth, Karthick and Manju

     

    Idea:
    A skit on ordering a custom assembled PC online.<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/28259755122/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6414″><img src=”https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8699/28259755122_0d4e4c323b_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6414″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

    Details:
    The team did a short skit on a website where you can order a custom PC with your own configuration and the process behind it. Everyone is aware that assembled PC’s are expensive. This offers a platform to order custom built versions. They demonstrated this by showing different students as different components like- PC, website, monitor, CPU, keyboard etc. in a very funny and interactive manner. Especially loved the way they showed Google loading the search results.

  3. Team 3:
    Members:Akshata, Rohini, Asharani, Jyoti, Pooja
    Idea:
    A skit on the contrast between an internet enabled teaching environment and one without internet.<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747610813/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6416″><img src=”https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8657/27747610813_ddf5e54003_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6416″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

    Details:
    The team did a skit in a government school setup with a teacher and two students. The teacher explains the students about the various generations of computers and the students ask questions on how it looks, why is it called that etc. This is when the teacher with internet enabled smart phones comes to the class and teaches her colleague to use the internet on her smart phone and that too in her local language. This impacted the students in a large way and they were now able to understand much better.

  4. Team 4:
    Members: Nasira, Amruta, Shreya, Arun, Pradeep, Akash, Varun, Shashikani
    Idea:
    A skit on how Online Shopping works.<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747597784/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6419″><img src=”https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8598/27747597784_db851b6c2d_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6419″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

    Details:
    The team did a skit on how online shopping works. Right from the placing of order, to dispatching the same by the courier service. They also showed the availability or returning an order. This is used by ecommerce services like Amazon, Flipkart etc.

  5. Team 5:
    Members: Mahadev, Vishwanath , Akash , Anand , Varunkumar , Vishal, Ravikiran
    Idea:
    A detailed explanation on what happens during software installation.<a data-flickr-embed=”true”  href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747546123/in/album-72157670469998381/&#8221; title=”DSC_6420″><img src=”https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8636/27747546123_b3e909e528_c.jpg&#8221; width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6420″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

    Details:
    This team gave a detailed step by step process of installing a software. From browsing, to installing to setup to packaged installer to admin permissions to files in the registry.

    Press Report:

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    My day in Bijapur:

    Flickr link

Mozilla Learning Networks

As I was writing my previous blogpost and checking out images from the Whistler Work week, I came across this one:
Mozilla learning Networks
I thought to add this in my previous post, but then I figured this is more important and needs a blogpost for itself.
If you’re reading this, you probably know that there’s been a lot going on with Mozilla Webmaker. Mozilla Webmaker previously acted as an important entry point to Mozilla contribution. The Webmaker project aimed at imparting Web literacy and education in a very hands on and participatory way. But the vision for this was is really huge! Like SUPER HUGE(in terms of Potential and Impact)!

This very much relates to Mark Surman’s blogpost on Mozilla Academy.

“Okay, cool! So what’s all this about? What is the end goal?”

All efforts of the Mozilla Learning Networks team funnels into the end goal of Universal Web Literacy.

So let’s dig deeper into the Mozilla Learning by splitting this into 3:

  1. Networks
  2. Groups
  3. Convening

1.Networks:

Hive is an example of a Learning Network. It’s a constellation of communities around the globe that are championing digital skills and web literacy through connected learning.
It’s a peer to peer professional development network.
It catalyzes innovation through:

  • Curriculum
  • Practices
  • Projects
  • Collaboration
  • Funding


2. Groups:

A Mozilla Club is an example of a group. A Mozilla Club meets in person regularly to learn how to Read, Write and Participate on the Web through informal participatory activities & peer to peer mentorship. Interested in running a club? Sign up here.

We activate Regional Coordinators to recruit and support Club captains to successfully run their clubs.

3. Convenings:

There’s no explanation required here to say that Mozilla Festival is the biggest convening of educators, makers, hackers and technology enthusiasts. Mozilla Festival this year is from the 6th-8th of November.
It’s a platform and opportunity to network. It’s a converging of network leaders motivating educators to become regional leaders.

Maker Party(July 15-31,2015):
Maker Party serves learning by connecting with Mozilla Learning Network. Working with clubs by conducting learning events to identify and promote leadership and spreading Universal Web Literacy.

Interested in learning more about Mozilla Learning? Follow the wiki and watch the video below:

[Day 1]Makerparty Chennai-Train the Trainer event

13th September, 2014-Train the Trainer event.

I woke up early in the morning at around 5 am! Partially due to the fear of something going wrong at the event and also due to the excitement. I remember lying down on the bed the previous night and on 13th morning I wake up noticing that I’ve got a laptop near my bed with the Makerparty slides just under construction! I somehow managed to complete it before we started to MIT. We had a lot of swags and banners, so we had to go in a cab, in which it was easy to manage and work on the slides final design.

As soon as we reached MIT, we had the organizations coming in one after the other. As soon as everyone reached, we started the session.

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I started the session with an introduction about Mozilla, Webmaker and Hive.

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I then told them about the Hive events in the past, including the one that happened last week in Pune.

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Below given is the presentation that I’ve used.

Once this was done, the station super mentors were requested to come to the stage and give a brief about their station to the volunteers so that those interested in helping the particular station, may do so.

This was started by Jeyanthan and Muthu from Google Developers Group, Chennai. Jey told us about the GDG stations and talks like App Inventor, Google glass, Google Cardboad and Material design.

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Muthu told us about Android Wear and smart watch.

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After this, we had Mr.Pavanaja, from CIS to talk about contributing to Wikipedia. He told us about the importance of language and the reasons why we should spread the awareness about it to sustain cultural and linguistic diversity.

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This was followed by a session on Game Design and development by Cerlyn, Arun and Varun. They told us that the game design station would be split into three phases- Concept, Design and Code, where the attendees could give suggestions for a game and at the end of the day they would choose one game idea and develop it into a game and give credits to the person.

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Next we had Achyuth and Shashank taking care of the Webmaker station for Mozilla. They gave us insights on the different tools in Webmaker and the importance of Web literacy.

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After this, we had Nikil, from the Appmaker station by Mozilla, on the stage. He was also handling Firefox OS with many devices to display.

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We then had Greema, from the Vibrant Hue station, to talk about the Art station. She told us a lot about the significance of colours by pointing out the designs and patterns on our dress.

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Next, we had Damini, Satya and Jerald from the FSA station for Mozilla. The FSA station was an experimental station that we came up with, in order to follow up with the participants who would be interested in contributing to Mozilla after the Makerparty.
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Then we had Surendranath Reddy from Redd robotics, to brief us about the hardware stations like 3D printing, Arduino, Augmented Reality, MindBot etc.

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We then heard from the Null community on how you can stay safe on the internet, about user privacy, hacking, malwares and network protocols.

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Lastly, we had Himanshu, telling us about his Chain reaction station, which was based on Goldbergs machine used for printing.

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After all the sessions were done, we had volunteers pick the stations they are interested in. We then had lunch.

Post lunch, we had breakout sessions where these volunteers interacted with their station super mentors to discuss their plan of action for the next day.

Wikimedians busy editing the wiki and making it better for us:

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Null hackers and security enthusiasts hacking their way:

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Game designers developing games:

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Our awesome Google Developers community discussing on how they can plan for their sessions:
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The Chain reaction team were quick to start work with their volunteers as soon as the talking was done.
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All the teams were done with their discussions and everyone dispersed. The organizers and the Chain reaction team stood back to set things at the venue and to decorate it. The stalls were set up and the chain reaction machine was tested to perfection despite flaws.

Tired, exhausted, sleepy-everyone went back with much hopes and expectations for the big day!

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Initiating a club at SSN College of Engineering

SSN! The name sure might ring some bells to the long time Mozillians.
The college that had given many awesome Mozilla Reps- Dwaraka Nath and Harvish Sekar. Indeed, I must admit, the first person that I approached to get involved with Mozilla was Dwaraka and it was a proud moment to plant water the seeds of Mozilla in their college.
Having expressed his interest in contributing to Mozilla, Vaikkunth had approached me over facebook. I invited him for our event at MIT after which he was totally enthusiastic about starting a club in SSN. I still remember Bharath from SSN, who joined us for our very first event-MozMania. It was so good to know that he was guiding Vaikkunth.
Earlier that day, I was introduced to Farina, their club lead. It was the second club in 2 weeks and this one also lead by a girl! Oh how proud I was! GO WOMOZ!
We reached early around 10 am at SSN and started with the event soon. I started the ever awesome Spectrogram ice breaker!
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I must say, this was very different from the one at MIT. There were some really good and strong arguments over some points. It was great to see the crowd warming up so fast.
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I was informed that there were two sessions the same day of 2 hours each.
After the spectrogram, Naresh took over the session with a session on Firefox OS and how to contribute to Mozilla through code.
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After this session, I gave a talk on what exactly is Mozilla as a community and the ways in which you could contribute. There was a demo of the Firefox OS devices too.
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This marked the end of the very energetic first session. Post lunch, we had another session.
In this one, there was a new crowd of students and for them, the spectrogram was conducted by Damini, Achyuth and Shashank.
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Sure they did get the wave and it went really well. Time was running short now for the last session so we had to hurry things a bit.
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Damini started off the session since she couldn’t contain her excitement seeing more girls than boys in an event. She told them all about WoMoz-the who, why and how part of it!
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Wonderful it was to see all the hands go up when she asked-“So how many WoMoz can I expect after this event?”
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Achyuth then gave a talk on Webmaker and our very own Makerparty!
It was nice to link the Web literacy question from Spectrogram to this session. Now they began to realize the importance of Web literacy-Users to makers of the web, indeed!
Shashank took the next session on SuMo and helping people on the forums as well Localization. How easy it is to translate articles from English to your local language.
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Nikhil gave them insights on how to create apps using the Appmaker. Students really liked it since there was less of code and more of design.
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Satya talked to the students about our initiative called KidZilla, which really impressed the students and many approached us asking how they could be a part of this.
The event signed off with Makerparty, Hive and Firefox OS discussions with groups of interested students into breakout sessions.
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Cors, this wouldn’t have been possible if not for the excellent team and their efforts.
Well done Farina and team!
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Event link on reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/inauguration-of-ssn-firefox-club/
Flickr link to images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/sets/72157645968805605/
Blog post by Bharath: http://www.quora.com/Bharath-Arjun/Posts/SSN-Mozilla-Club-Inauguration
Blog post by Vedanth and Vaikkunth: http://www.ssnmoz.blogspot.in/

Mozilla comes to MIT

When people hear the name MIT, they often tend to think of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But for the ones in Chennai, it’s always Madras Institute of Technology. Such green, much wow!
The last time I went to MIT was again for a hackathon that we organized(https://dunebuggie.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/mit-firefox-os-hackathon/). Indeed, it was a proud moment for me because I still remember, the last time we were leaving MIT, Naresh pointed at me and told the boys-“See this guy, he’ll be the Mozilla Rep from Chennai who would be coming for your next event.”
And I was!Their first event after the hackathon was this one-Initiating a Firefox Club at MIT.
Although Naresh and Viswa could not make it, I promised to myself that I’d go for this one no matter how sick I was(Yes, I was sick). At around 10 in the morning, I got a call from Anna, the organizer and Club lead of MIT.
I told her that I was right outside the college, although the evil intention of telling her that I can’t come, crept into my mind multiple times. We got the whole team inside by 10:15 am and started the event soon.
I started off with a Spectrogram– A wonderful ice breaker activity.
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It was really nice to interact with the students and get to learn and know what the think about different issues like Privacy and sharing their data on the internet to Using Open source over proprietary software.
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The Spectrogram sure did make the attendees more inquisitive about how the entire session is gonna be.
The session started soon after the spectrogram. Being part of CSMIT , they were all pretty much aware of what Mozilla is, as an organization and as a community.
I told them about the various products, projects and contribution pathways within Mozilla.
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A demo on Firefox OS was given with the tablet from the TCP. There was a mixed feedback from the students about Firefox OS.
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After my session, Achyuth took over the session by going deeper into Webmaker. He showed a Demo of Popcornmaker and X-Ray Goggles and also told about the Makerparty.
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Shashank took over by explaining about SuMo, Localization and Thimble with the help of his teaching kit for Localization.
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After Shashank was done, Nikhil then took a session on Firefox OS and Appmaker. He explained how to create a simple application using Appmaker and it’s in-built templates.
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The last session was handled by Vikneshwar on Bug fixing. He gave us more insights on the best practices to get started with fixing bugs by showing his own first bug and how he got started. Having fixed many bugs over time, it was really good to have him with us to share his knowledge with the students of MIT.
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I would not do justice if I fail to mention that the help extended by the FSA’s from Sathyabama University, is worth a shout!
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It feels really good when you have many clubs and FSA’s together for initiating a new club. A true sense of a Community.
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We talked to the Chairman of CSMIT who was really interested in the idea of Hive and told us that he would definitely talk to the management to try to organize a Hive makerparty in MIT. Surely, one of the reasons I love what I do is the Networking part.
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Wonderful job! to all the organizers- Anna and team, wishing you all the best and good luck for the club 🙂
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Event link on reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/initiating-firefox-club-in-mit/
Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122049104@N07/sets/72157645254512938/
Event blogpost by Anna: http://jodanna.org/blog/2014/07/15/mozmit-makes-its-debut/

MozCafe Chennai

The day started off in a rush. We hurriedly dressed up 6th July, a Sunday morning, to make it to the venue on time just because I promised chocolates for the ones who reach early. Myself, Sujith and Jerald went to Achyuth’s house to pick him up. Yes, the kid needs to be picked up.
We went to his house since it was really close to our meeting venue- Cafe Coffee Day.
Fortunately, his mom gave us chocolates, by word was kept that there would be chocolates for the ones who reach early. We then came to know that Damini and Naresh reached, so we moved to pick them. Naresh was totally surprised to see Sujith along with us because THAT was a surprise!
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We then moved to CCD to see Franklin, Subhash & Bharat were already there. Soon Daniel, Shashank and Jayanth also joined us and we started the session.
We started with a round table introduction of each of the members present. Without wasting much time, we discussed over the plans to get the Chennai community more active. We planned for the Hive Makerparty and the discussions were already underway. The planning had already begun.
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Sujith shared his experience on Community Building and the new FSA’s were totally excited to hear more about it.
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Naresh told us about Firefox OS and app development. He told us his plans for Mozilla Chennai as a community which is growing day by day. And then the boys started playing and posing.
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I showed them the Super awesome Firefox OS tablet that I had received from the TCP and also told them to watch out for the next phase of the giveaway and encouraged them to contribute more and perhaps apply for the tablet.
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Damini told us more about conducting more events focusing on WoMoz(Women in Mozilla) and her plans on Women centric events.
Achyuth and Shashank, the super awesome webmakers from the community, told the FSA’s more about Makerparty and the general idea behind it and also encouraged them to do more stuff and earn the super cool badges.
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I added on somethings about One and Done and testing so that the FSA’s got an idea about what it is and how it’s done.
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Indeed a resourceful meet over coffee, chocolates and more.
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Thanks a lot people-Super Sunday with a super selfie
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Group pic posing


Reps portal link: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozcafe-chennai-4/
Flickr link to images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122049104@N07/sets/72157645611604854/
Franklin’s blog: http://geekzune.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/mozcafe-chennai/

Community Speaks #3- Konstantina Papadea speaks

We’re really happy to see the Community Speaks initiative picking up really soon. Breaking the stereotypes have indeed succeeded in getting the attention of many community members as well as new contributors.

If you’ve missed out on the last issue of community speaks, here is the link.

Today, we have Konstantina Papadea with us to share her thoughts.
Konstantina Papadea is the Mozilla Reps Co-ordinator. Her responsibilities include developing and managing the reps global volunteer reimbursement framework for events, enforce budget standard operating procedures (SOPs) and oversee the overall program finances, including auditing and forecasting.
In addition she supports the Mozilla Reps Council with day-to-day operations, including gear requests, budget requests, and liasing with Mozilla’s accounting department.

 


 

Hello Konstantina, we’re sure that many, on reading your profile, would be interested in knowing more about your link with Geology. Could you tell us more about this?

Konstantina: Geology is one of my passions in this life, for me it is exciting to know how everything around has been formed long before people existed. What is more fascinating is that Earth is somehow a living creature which means we can see geology on the making at this moment. Being a geologist enables you to understand how small we are compared with the glory of Earth.
I’ve recently received my bachelor in Geology and one day I would like to continue my studies on the field especially in mining, since I have a soft spot for ore deposits.

How would you describe your journey from being a Geology student to a Mozillian?

K: Well it has been a fun ride. Geology is all about the earth and we don’t use hight tech technology unless it is needed. Since I consider myself a geek. I’ve always wanted to put the technological side into my studies and Mozilla gave me an excuse to spend more time with my computer 🙂 I have to say I needed to find a balance between spending time in the field and in front my computer, but I managed to have a schedule and have time for my both passions.

Were there any difficulties when you first started contributing? If yes, how did you overcome those?

K: In the beginning it took me some time to understand how the community works and all the different cultural backgrounds. But after I came to know the people and how passionate they are about Mozilla, everything made sense and I fell in love with our mission

Do you find time to keep up with your passion towards Geology while contributing to Mozilla?

K: Yes, I am a passionate caver and I try to go caving with my friends almost every weekend. I also try to attend geological lectures in my old university when I have the time or even spend sometime in the field.

What is the status of the projects you are working on and what more could we expect from Mozilla under your project in the near future?

K: Right now I’m fully dedicated to the Reps program, working on policies and features related with the program finances and gear procedures. Since our main goal right now is to reach the 1 million mozillians, I’m working on automating and making the reimbursements and gear procedures easier for our reps so they can dedicate their time to the million Mozillians goal. I hope that what I’m working will be able to help them.

Being with a community like Mozilla would certainly have its perks. Could you List out 5 things that you like at Mozilla?

I have to say there are a lot of them. My top 5 are:

the community, it is amazing to see people from different backgrounds come together for one cause

travelling, I love to travel and meet the people of Mozilla, get to know them and understand them

my colleagues, without whom I wouldn’t be able to achieve anything

the mozilla reps. I know I’ve mentioned the community before but those 500 hard core dedicated Mozillians are just amazing, every single one of them

the friendship. I consider myself lucky that I work with people that I can call my friends, both employees and volunteers.

We’re sure that you would serve as one of the best examples of contributors who don’t contribute to code. How important do you think is the role of such contributors to Mozilla?

K: I think it is very important. To be honest, before I started contributing I believed too that the only way to contribute was via coding, but Mozilla proved me wrong. We are a global community with the same passion, the open web, and in order to make it work we need all the help we can get. Mozilla is all about the diversity and equality and this is what makes us unique

Do you think it is important to show that Mozilla is not all about coding? What would be your advice to such Mozillians?

K: Mozilla *not* being all about coding is one of the aspects that makes us unique.I would tell them that being part of Mozilla is being part of a global community. Their work and contribution is as important to us as writing codes. It doesn’t matter if you write code, translating articles or teaching webmaking, what it matters is making an impact. So my advice is keep rocking and let the people know what Mozilla is and how we can change the web.

Thanks a lot Konstantina for taking time to answer our questions. We’re really happy to have you with us

K: Thanks a lot too for inviting me, I truly love this initiative 🙂

 


Thanks Konstantina, we really appreciate your thoughts.

If you have any suggestions for Community Speaks, please let us know by tweeting @dun3buggi3 or dropping a mail at dun3buggi3@gmail.com