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Firefox OS Launches in Brazil & Germany, Your Name on the Mozillians Monument and more…

about:mozilla is a round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.

Firefox OS Launches in Brazil and Germany
Firefox OS
In the last few weeks, we have successfully launched the very first Firefox OS smartphones in Spain, Colombia, Venezuela and in Poland. Now, shortly after the release of a major update with new features, we have kicked off the launch in the next two countries, Brazil and Germany.

We are happy to announce that Congstar now offers the Alcatel One Touch Fire in Germany. Being the very first smartphone in Germany that exclusively relies upon open web technologies, it combines all features that you would expect: being able to make phone calls, send text messages, e-mails, take photos and more. Those are the exact same things the new LG Fireweb can do – it’s sold by Vivo in Brazil and comes with a 4 inch screen, a camera and the much-praised Firefox Marketplace where you can not only just download useful apps and games, but also Portuguese newspapers, dictionaries and magazines.

Find out more about the launch in Brazil and the upcoming countries or read the press release in German.

Your Name on the Mozillians Monument in San Francisco

Concept photo of the Mozillians monument
Since 1998, when Mozilla was brought to life, hundreds of people have helped us in making the web more open. Back then, you were able to write down the names of all contributors onto a single sheet of paper. about:credits, an online list of people who have contributed to this project, has collected thousands of names over the last few years and now it’s time to show it to the world.

We’re working on constructing a 14 foot (4m) monument in front of our new space in San Francisco. On this structure, we want to have the names of every Mozillian including you. If you are a current or past contributor and want your name to be on it as well, let us know!

Check out the concept photos and get to know how to have your name etched on the structure.

Highlights From the Mozilla Summit 2013

Hockey game during the Mozilla Summit 2013 in Toronto
The Mozilla Summit 2013 was an assembly of all Mozillians coming together for three days in three different locations to connect and get inspired. One of the highlights of the was definitely the dinner party on Friday, followed by our lovely mascot doing some crowd surfing. While the Mozillians in Santa Clara were jamming to the probably best song ever and showing off their dancing skills, the Mozillians in Brussels proved that they were just as good when it comes to singing:

When the karaoke party reached its peak, more than twenty people were jumping around on stage singing Nirvana’s song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as the others cheered. The coolest (pun intended) activity however was the hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto – where the desktop team played against the mobile team in an exciting match.

Discover more great moments on Flickr or, if you attended the Summit, tell us about your experiences.

Helping 58,000 People Teach and Learn the Web in Three Months

Helping people teach and learn the Web
About four months ago, we kicked off our global Maker Party that invited you to make something amazing on the Web. Nearly 60,000 people met up at over 1,600 events around the world to share their skills, make and break things on the Internet. Using helpful tools like Thimble, which allows you to create and remix websites as easy as possible, and the most popular tool Popcorn Maker, they have created tens of thousands webpages and videos. But although this year’s Maker Party is over, it’s never too late to connect with other Web enthusiasts to collaborate and have fun – regardless of your skill levels.

Be a Webmaker too and how joyful the Maker Party was.

Where is Mozilla?

Showcasing your local Mozilla community
Exploring Mozilla Spaces near you is quite easy – you simply go to our contact page. Unfortunately, design-wise it’s quite outdated. Thanks to our awesome design team, this is about to change with a new overview of our local communities and spaces. Apart from different communities, you will also be able to find a lot of pictures, links and relevant content on the redesigned page. This is where we need you – tell us about your local Mozilla community and share photos of them with us.

Take a sneak peek at the new design and help us showcasing your community.

Photo of the Week

Mozilla Webmaker Hive India

Young webmakers at Hive India. Check out some pictures of the event or find even more Webmaker photos.

Upcoming events
* October 25-27 – London, UK: Mozilla Festival 2013
* October 26 – Torino, Italy: Linux Day 2013
* October 26 – Kalyani, India: Kalyani Hackathon
* October 29 & 30 – The Web: Reddit IAmA 2
* October 31 – Mombasa, Kenya: MozCafe Mombasa
* Find even more near you on the Events Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved and find other Mozillians in our community who share your interests.

About about:mozilla
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s Community Engagement team. For more on what has been happening this week also checkout the Mozilla Project Meeting. If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue, please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla[dot]com or send us a tweet @aboutmozilla. You can also subscribe to the email version.

Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!

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One Mozilla. Three locations. 1146 people.

about:mozilla is a round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.

One Mozilla. Three locations. 1146 people.
Ice Ice Baby
The Mozilla Summit is an event where all Mozillians come together to connect (in some cases even find the love of your life), get inspired and set the direction Mozilla is heading to.

Back then in 2010, a bit over 600 Mozillians and a few brown bears were invited to the Summit in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, Whistler. In the last three years however, our community has grown a lot and we ended up having over 2,000 people on our list.

The only solution was to spread them across three different cities: Brussels, Toronto and Santa Clara. Yet, the agenda was almost the same in all of the locations, thanks to our careful planning.

12 Months of Planning for 3 Days of Awesomeness

The Mozilla Summit 2013
How do you plan an event that is supposed to run at the same time for three days in three cities? How do you split up 800 paid employees and 1,400 volunteers equally? In order to make the summit the best so far, our team around Mardi Douglass and Katherine Naszradi had to start planning almost one year ago.

One of the biggest challenges was securing venues in each city – originally, we wanted Paris to be one of the three Summit cities. But in the end we had to choose Brussels instead (and we don’t regret it). The very last obstacle was securing visas for those who had to travel to another country. Because this didn’t work out for everyone, we kept those who couldn’t come in our minds.

Spotlight on: Shumway, Appmaker and Together.JS

Shumway
One of the main purposes of the Summit was to shape the future of the web. Now it’s time to show off what it looks like:

One of the three technologies that will revolutionize the Web is Shumway. It converts Adobe Flash content to blazing-fast HTML5 without the need of any third-party-software and you can already test it in the latest Nightly built of Firefox.

The second tool is called Appmaker and it makes creating HTML5 cross-platform apps easy as pie. By dragging and dropping elements like buttons and sliders onto a canvas, you can create your very own app that can run on any device that supports the Web, including mobile phones.

Last but not least, Together.js is two lines of code you can add to any website to enable realtime collaboration.

Firefox OS 1.1 launch

Firefox OS
We also took the chance to kick off the second round of Firefox OS launches in even more markets around the world at the summit. Just weeks after we successfully launched the first Firefox OS smartphones, we are glad to tell you that they will soon come to Germany, Brazil and three other Latin America markets as well.

If you already have a device, we are happy to announce the next version of Firefox OS, which adds MMS support, a push notifications API for developers, an enhanced app search and support for even more languages.

Photo of the Week

What does the fox say?

What does the fox say? We’ll never know for sure, but when it was surfing on our crowd of Mozillians in Brussels, it definitely yelled “wheee”! Find more pictures of the Mozilla Summit 2013 on Flickr or browse through all of our social activity on our Postano site. (Photos by Carmen Collins, Brian King, Jan Bambach, Yofie Setiawan and Marcia Knous)

Upcoming events
* October 12-15 – Dublin, Ireland: PyCon Ireland
* October 13 – Semarang, Indonesia: Udinus Webmaker Party
* October 16 – Provo, Utah (US): International Firefox Localization Sprint
* October 16-18 – Fóz do Iguaçú, Brazil: Latinoware 2013
* October 29 & 30 – The Web: Reddit IAmA 2
* Find even more near you on the Events Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved and find other Mozillians in our community who share your interests.

About about:mozilla
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s Community Engagement team. For more on what has been happening this week also checkout the Mozilla Project Meeting. If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue, please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla[dot]com or send us a tweet @aboutmozilla. You can also subscribe to the email version.

Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!

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