So, what’s a MozWeekend?

Tom Farrow

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Mozilla Weekend London is undergoing rapid planning, aimed at mid-July. Registration forms, for interested people, have been sent out, but the question has been risen, what is a Mozilla Weekend?

The words Mozilla Weekend mean exactly how they sound. A weekend of Mozilla. There are no limits to the usage of the term, but rather guidelines on principles they should follow, and that the event should not be limited to a single area of Mozilla.

Mozilla Weekend is a framework and toolkit for planning and running events. We noticed that although there are lots of resources out there explaining how to run an event, there are not many resources to be used during the planning and execution, only explanations on how to run the event. That’s what this project, ultimately, wants to change.

The branding, however, is completely optional. We don’t mind if you use our toolkit and framework (which are under development), at all, even without using the branding.

and Mozilla Weekend London?

Mozilla Weekend London is community engagement and building event. We don’t have any focus on growing our community with this event. Instead, we want to build the people in the UK into a much stronger, thus powerful group.

We’ll be fitting in talks from Mozillians from different areas, explaining their roles and viewpoints on Mozilla right now, these talks having a strong emphasis on how we can form a better and stronger community.

Firefox (OS) Workshops, webmaker mini-jams, and groups discussions will all be prominent features. We want to truly create bonding between people in our community, so creating smaller groups where people can truly hear the voice of one-another is important to us.

Besides that, there will be a lot of social time. Pizza, coke, and conversation is all on the agenda.

 

Wait, I’m confused?

The best way to contact us is via discourse. This will make our answers public and available for anyone else to see, and join in on the discussion. Simply sign up, hit new topic, and select London as the category.

If you need a faster response, or want to privately contact us, mozweekend@mozilla-community.org will route to myself and Elio who can answer most questions, or direct you in the right place if not.

Introducing Community IT Ops

Tom Farrow

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Community IT started years back as an idea posted by mrz in October 2011.

It’s meant lots of things to lots of people since then; to some people, it’s meant a liability, something extra for Mozilla IT to carefully sit and watch. To others, it’s meant that their community gets some help from Mozilla, and to others it’s meant nothing at all. None of these are the “correct” meaning of Community IT. That doesn’t mean the project failed, though, as mrz explains in his series of ‘Rebooting Community IT’ posts.

Introducing Community IT Ops

Today, I’d like you to meet the new Community IT; v1 beta, if you like.

The new Community IT Operations has a larger purpose than the old Community IT and has a different name – Operations, or Ops – to better reflect the focus of this group. Today’s Internet world is dominated by world class Technical Operations teams and we wanted to better reflect our purpose and goals through an updated name.

We have a larger purpose. We are here to empower everyone, not only the smaller communities which we supported with Community hosting, the only project of Community IT v1 aurora (the old Community IT).

The mission

Wikipedia defines a mission as “a statement of purpose of an organization… it’s reason for existing.”

As we started rebooting Community IT Ops, we worked and drafted a Mission Statement.

This is version 1.0 and will likely always continue to evolve as we grow.

Community IT Ops Mission Statement

Who we are

Mozilla Community IT Ops is a community of talented, volunteer Systems Administrators who devote their time and effort into supporting and managing community-based system infrastructure that support the Mozilla Project, while also learning and upgrading their skill sets in the progress.

What we are

We are a showcase for how to run the best of the best IT/Operations. We are open & transparent. We are a force multiplier, empowering the Community to promote Mozilla’s Mission & Manifesto.

How we do it

Teaching and education are core to our mission and values. We mentor and teach today’s skills and help put those skills to practical use by hosting and running production sites and services. We use OpenBadges to acknowledge skills and accomplishments.

The meaning of the mission

We look at our Mission as our guiding principles.

  • Does our work help further Mozilla’s Mission?
  • Does our work align with the Mozilla Manifesto?
  • Does our work help support the Open Web? Open Web technologies?
  • And importantly, does our work help the Community?

Teaching

At its core, this effort is about teaching new System Administrators (myself included!) the skills they need for today and tomorrow’s worlds.

At its core, it’s a talented group of mentors teaching.

At its core, it’s an awesome learning experience.

I’ve already done more systems administration in two weeks than the total of all my experience!

With those skills that people learn through helping us, they can then proceed to help the next person, which allows for unlimited contribution potential from pretty much anyone.

This is Community IT Operations. We will be fierce. No one will build into the Internet the kinds of things we want to build.

 

Pack your bags – 9 Days To Go!

Tom Farrow

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Hasn’t the time passed so quickly? It feels like just last week that I was registering myself for Summit 2013

In just 8 days and 1 hour from now, my Dad and I will be leaving to head for our local airport; first flight for both of us! It’s been a painful yet exciting experience applying for passports, working out baggage restrictions, reading up on customs but I know it will be worth it. That’ll show for itself in 8 days time.

SPOILER – This paragraph is pretty pointless – Feel free to skip to “My Expectations”

I’m still unsure what to take with me. Of course, I know the essentials, but what about tech? How much clothing should I take? Should I take snacks? So far, I’m planning to take my laptop, iPad and phone (providing that O2 have fixed it. Otherwise, I hope the summit app works with my temporary phone). We appear to be get t-shirts in our welcome pack (Woot Woot! More mozilla swag) so I’ll probably take one per day with me, in case I want to change. Looking at my hotel I’m kinda expecting something around/just above the 2 biscuits in a pack per day treatment, so I might take a pack of something for day one, but I’m pretty sure that Summit will have refreshments, so a tip to mardi and the organizers: Hide the biscuits. I am designed to immediately destroy any biscuit in site.

Whew! That was a long and pretty pointless paragraph, but oh well!

My Expectations

These are more about what I expect the atmosphere and outcomes of summit to be more than anything.

  • A deeper relationship with other community members (Community IT especially)
  • A better knowledge of the drives within Mozilla at this time.
  • A vaster insight to community driven projects in particular
  • Understanding of who is in the community

See – My goal is simple. This is my first Mozilla event after 4 years of contribution. I don’t want it to be my last, either. For now, I need to learn about our community members and their real persona, not their online one. A lot of people like to claim that they are the same person online as they are in real life but we all know that this isn’t always the case. Once I know the community for who they really are, maybe I’ll come to more events!

Let’s have an amazing summit. Let’s make summit awesome. Let’s continue to drive the open world.

We tried. We failed. We aren’t a failure though.

Tom Farrow

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GenOpen was an initiative from way back about this time last year. I’m a slightly newer contributor, from about march and onwards.

Sadly, GenOpen has fallen to crumbles recently. Only a small amount of ACTION happened, despite all the work put into creating action. Thankfully, that work truly was awesome, and to the guys who made that happen: You’re awesome!

Right now though, GenOpen just isn’t doing a lot. There were failures from our side and from the Foundation’s side. I really want this project to work. But a few things need to happen first.

What went wrong?

  • Lack of communication
  • Nobody communicated their ideas. We’re not even quite sure what the project is.

  • Crickets croaked at launch
  • Everyone was crazily excited to kick off genopen. Sadly though, silence bellowed on the day

  • The foundation backed out
  • Let’s face it. The foundation gave us a few months of support, stole a few ideas and left us. You may beg to differ with what I just said, but I doubt I’m wrong

    We can do better!

    With the right support, we can take the next 6 months to truly rebuild GenOpen from the bottom. No longer should we be a “Reps Initiative” but rather a “Community Project”

    I’d like to arrange a call for our relaunch. This will be something I do over the next week.

    Final words

    With the right support, we can have a clear goal, and clear the pathways there

    With the right support, we can give GenOpen her victory.

    GenOpen needs her victory. Will you support us?