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MozFest 2017

It is such a good feeling every time I am being in a Mozilla event.
For the 8th edition Mozfest was organized and was so awesome.
Before the official start I had the chance to socialize with other people from different communities and it is one of the best ways to gain knowledge of the most interesting project going on by different people.
It was interesting since, there wasn’t everyone from Mozilla or Mozilla contributor but also people who were engaged in a total different thing but still had something unique to share with others.

On Saturday afternoon I had a talk at decentralized session about: “Mozilla as a role model for online diplomacy.”

It was a good opportunity also to catch up with other people from different work groups. We had a Mozilla Reps photo, which was go nice getting all in the same place after a long time no see, and definitely we couldn’t miss a group photo with all Tech Speakers <3

The event was structured in a very nice way, there were 5 sessions and each of them had a different talks or workshops going at the same time and people had a LOT of choices and could go in every session they wanted. Decentralization, Security and Privacy, Digital Inclusion, Open Innovation and Web Literacy.

MozFest was really a unique experience for me and would definitely love to get back there.

PS: It was the first time for me in London as well, and it was exactly I was told it was, no surprises at all.

See you all hopefully at the next MozFest.

Till then enjoy Firefox Quantum 😀

MiniDebConf Prishtina 2017

On 7th of October in Prishtina, Kosova’s capital, was hosted the first mini deb conference.
The MiniDebConf Prishtina was an event open to everyone, regardless of their level of knowledge about Debian or other free and open source projects. At MiniDebConf Prishtina there were organized a range of topics incidental to Debian and free software, including any free software project, Outreachy internship, privacy, security, digital rights and diversity in IT.

I was happy to be the first speaker and open the presentations with my talk: “Outreachy”

It was the first MiniDeb conf where naturally 50% of talks were held by women(without having any goals for that number) and it feels always so good when diversity in Free Software events are diverse in any perspective and happens by default.
Part of the event were also a group of women from Prizren (codergals.com). In August they successfully organized a hackathon with more then 25 women involved. The Mini DebConf was a great environment and opportunity to spread the word for Outreachy and other internships opportunities for women and people from underrepresented groups.
I was not the only one Outreachy alumni in the audience, Renata Gega was also part of the audience and speaker.
We both shared our experience and gave tips on how to make a successful application and how to explore which project was best for them and fit their level of knowledge.
I presented also the work that I did with my mentors and other Mozilla interns in my round, working for the “Diversity and Inclusion” team, how our work was structured and the product we came out with after 3 months and how it is going now.
Personally, I thought that a presentation with this topic would be with a high interest since the call for applications in Outreachy are still open and giving a hand in this moment would be helpful for everyone who aspired to have a spot.

It is definitely one of the talks that I have enjoyed the most, talking about something for which you have been working to improve and empower for the last 4 years is always a wonderful experience, where words can hardly describe the feelings I have when I see women inspired after watching examples that WOMAN CAN DO IT TOO!

See you in the next “Outreachy”  experiences( hopefully next time as a mentor)

#FreeasinFreeSoftware.

FSFE Identity process!

One of the most recent projects that FSFE is undertaking is to help the community define itself and for everyone to come on a common understanding of what are the values and what are it’s mission and goals.

Since its founding in 2001, individuals engaged in the FSFE, from coordinators and volunteers to full-time employees, have come to develop their understanding of what FSFE is and what our shared values are. Sometimes the views expressed by individuals have been similar to one another, sometimes they have diverged. That’s all fine, since people’s thoughts and perceptions are constantly changing.

A strategy review in 2014 identified at least seven different ways that people describe and communicate what FSFE is. This phenomenon is a result of the process of evolution and is fine. Moving forward, we see a need for us to come together under a common identity; a shared understanding of what FSFE is, what’s important in our work, what values we have and share, and how this shapes FSFE for the future.

With the FSFE in 2020 project, we are looking to define and renew the identity of FSFE, a process similar to one we undertook when founding the organisation.

Now, 15 years later, we will be able to reflect on our work over the years and come to an understanding of what aspects of our identity have remained genuine and guided the organisation through these 15 years.

Our primary focus will be on taking interviews from volunteers, coordinators, employees and others who feel that they have a connection with FSFE. We will also talk to people outside of the FSFE who have come in contact with our work and will be able to reflect not only on how we perceive the FSFE inside of it, but how we’ve managed to convey our identity to the public over the years.

We will ask individuals to participate in interviews, sometimes directly, sometimes by asking for people who are interested in participating. We’ll conduct surveys circulated through our community and newsletter, and we will share our findings regularly, on our web pages, and on our team wiki (https://wiki.fsfe.org/Teams/FSFE-in-2020)

Click here if you would like to take part in the survey.

We’re starting on an exciting adventure, and we hope you will join us on our way forward!

Debian Meet-up Tirana!

Yayyy! For the first time we had a meeting in OpenLabs and a presentation dedicated to Debian.
In our hackerspace we have various GNU/Linux communities that are quite active such as Fedora,Redhat, OpenSuse and we were only missing Debian.

As soon as we got to know that Daniel Pocock (Debian Contributer and a big supporter of OpenLabs)  wanted to organize a presentation: “Intro to Debian”, we immediately proceeded with creating the event and promoting it.
Even though it was summer and  people usually go at the beach, a considerable number of people were highly interested to get to know how things really work in Debian and how their community is built. We were so happy to have someone who was willing  to share with us his experience in this community.
I was fascinated by the way that the community was build: the inner structure was very horizontal, and in my opinion it’s quite unique on it’s own way.

We also had the chance to listen that people can contribute in such a variety number of fields, for those who come from technical background who can contribute at coding and those who come from social science fields who can very well start building communities or any other activity that they feel like they do best. This meetup was very constructive and we are sure that this won’t be the last one, other Debian presentations will soon start in our hackerspace from new contributors.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Outreachy Diary Update #3

I must say that this week has been quite intensive, productive and rewarding, especially when you see that things are starting to take shape and you start getting into the flow of things.

You can see this quote unfolding its truth especially during focus groups, which we had a couple of during the last week. Being faced with different prespectives and views is a pleasant process since its a big contribution for our research but also us in terms of increased empathy towards others.

After reviewing the materials on “How to conduct a focus group” I am starting to shape the idea on holding some of them in our local hackerspace with fellow local Mozillians. That is something quite special in my daily work, as it will be held in our native language. This might require a different approach for obvious reasons.

I also got the chance to read some helpful material related to our case study work lately. ”Interviewing for Mozilla”made a huge difference in how we perceive the interview, the interviewer and the interviewee. It proved to be an outstanding guideline on how to build a successful framework for interviewing, conducting the interviews and establishing them.

During the call we also discussed the main points of it and exchanged our thoughts on how to make the implementation in different Mozilla communities successful.
Last but not least, if you are reading this blogpost and think that you or someone you know has interesting perspectiv to share about diversity and inclusion, please do not hesitate to nominate them (or yourself). Every opinion counts, yours too! Help us make Mozilla a champion of Diversity & Inclusion in the digital era!

 

Having said that, our team is currently working on “Building the library of case studies“. Stayed tuned if you want to be updated in the upcoming weeks!

Outreachy Diary Update #1

Update from my first week at Outreachy

I am extremely happy and excited about being accepted to the Outreachy Program organized by GNOME (formerly known as Outreachy Program for Women), where I will be working closer with Mozilla projects in the next 3 months (aside from my usual Mozilla activities). In the following are some quick thoughts and updates from me about the program and my upcoming involvement.

Outreachy connects and helps people from underrepresented groups with equal opportunities to participate and get involved in various free and open source software projects.It’s organized by GNOME and many Open Source Projects take part to mentor interns as part of their organization in these 3 months, twice a year.

I was hooked to find out I was accepted to the program from December 6, 2016 to March 6, 2017. With so many applicants I’m humbled to have the privilege to work on”Build a Library of Inclusion Best Practices and Case Studies” throughout my internship at Mozilla.

The project consists of identifying and documenting examples of successful inclusive teams and communities within Mozilla. In this endeavour, we highlight our strongest points regarding Diversity & Inclusion at Mozilla and point out where we can improve.

As a Rep and Tech Speaker I have been involved at Mozilla for several years. However, it was good to refresh my knowledge by rereading the manifesto and Mozilla mission in a different light, now as an existing contributor. The best part is that besides being able to participate in the internship, I am also volunteering with Mozilla on different tracks and I consider myself lucky to get the best of both the worlds.

I had the chance to watch a couple of townhall meetings related to some of the major initiatives at Mozilla, which was refreshing and helfpul to understand multiple perspectives of fellow Mozillians. During times of confusion on how and where one should get involved with, it brings quite some clarity.

I am waiting impatiently for the upcoming weeks (apart 2016 being finally over).

Stay tuned!
#spreadlove