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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 😀

The final goodbye to Outreachy.

I knew that we would arrive here at some point. While I was was worried 3 months ago if I had what it takes to deliver good work during my upcoming Outreachy internship, the empty feeling on how my daily routine would look like without all this, has started to overwhelm me. What if this was a one-off thing? Maybe I was just lucky to have this and might not have the needed ingredients to continue such work in other environments. While I don’t think that any sign of an imposter syndrome might have caught up to me, doubts start to arise frequently when you have to think about “what do I do next?”.

So here I am, 3 months later, but the amount of experiences and skills I gained during this 3 months, would sum up to a much higher timeframe, would I not be part of Outreachy. And I am really grateful for this. Sometimes a small opportunity to get stuff done is all what it takes to have some impact on your life. While I do think that the world doesn’t revolve around Outreachy, the program has a special place in my heart, as it was encouraging to be working with likeminded people, where everyone is more or less on the same page.

Admittedly, my work at Diversity & Inclusion at Mozilla is rather unique, compared to the mostly technical positions most other Outreachy projects have. I do however feel that this was a refreshing change, which offers more Inclusivity for non-programmers contributing in open source project. I hope to see more of that in the upcoming editions, especially from Mozilla, which reflects a diverse culture of contribution opportunities. It would be great to see such culture adopted by more open source projects in the future. Judging from my own experience, there are a lot of non-technical people who are already contributing in open source, whose value is often not lesser than the one of a programmer. I’m looking forward to see projects coming closer to this mindset.

I hope to see Outreachy doing more efforts in the transition phase after the internship though. Mentoring interns in what they can do in their upcoming endeavours would be something which would have a great impact on them. In my example, I already had a few years of background in the Mozilla communities. Someone else might not be that privileged however. This is where mentoring would make a rather big difference.

I want to thank everyone who has helped me during the past months, regardless if it was for a Focus group, or actually a few nice reassuring words which are always great to hear on an adventure like this. I hope you will stick around, as I definitely will.

Outreachy Diary Update #4

I must say that the start of February was quite intense. After finishing some tasks in outreachy, FOSDEM was waiting for a full weekend. This year I was lucky enough to be a speaker at Mozilla Dev Room, talking about Women in Open Source and Outreachy, together with Gloria Dwomoh who presented “Diversity user research, how to become a better listener”. FOSDEM is a also a great place to gather and meet with mozillians from all over Europe. I got a really positive feedback and also gained some valuable contacts from people with whom I met after the talk. I also helped at the Mozilla booth which is a fun experience since you talk, share and educate people about mozilla’s mission on a large scale.

AS FOSDEM was coming to an end, I also prepared myself for a very busy week that would be waiting for me. I had a great focus group with women who are also part of the local community. I gained some interesting insights and experiences from them and also three other 1:1 interviews from women who are part of other FLOSS communities like Wikipedia and Fedora. Other interviews and focus groups will also be conducted within a couple of weeks.

Soon we will have also the FAQ on First Language Interviews and how to make them successful.

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!