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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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The Firefox Flicks Winners Are In, Making the Web at Campus Party and more…

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

Mozilla Is My Dinosaur
Dinosaur
Sean Martell is the Lead Visual Designer for Mozilla and apparently also a great poet. Chances are that if you see a logo on a Mozilla website, it was probably him who has drawn the lines and added the colors. His latest works include the updated logos for Nightly and Aurora (apart from the dozens of other awesome-looking logos).

But the newest work by him is the poem “Mozilla Is My Dinosaur” written for his kids. To top it off and make it the cutest thing you’ll see today, it’s accompanied by a drawing.

Make sure to read his poem or check out his blog.

Share Your Favorite Website with Firefox for Android

Firefox for Android
Firefox for Android is definitely the best browser for your phone and now it just got even better: The new quickshare feature allows you to share favorite websites with a single tap with Facebook, Twitter or via email. To make it even simpler, you can just bump your phone against your friend’s phone to share open tabs, a recipe or an article. To make it even easier to read those things on a small screen, we also added new updates to Reader: You can now change the font on your preference and depending on the level of light in the room, Firefox for Android will switch between the light and the dark mode. So what are you waiting for?

Go ahead and download it now or find out more about the update.

Firefox OS Devices Are Back on Ebay

Firefox OS
Firefox OS is our brand new and open operating system for mobile phones which will forever change the way you interact with the Web on the go. It literally changes and transforms with you to meet your needs – no matter if you want to look for a movie, watch it or even buy cinema tickets, with Firefox OS everything is just a few taps away.

Roughly a month after the initial launch, ZTE made the ZTE Open phone available for you to get on eBay for just $79. Within just two days, it was completely sold out, but now the ZTE Open is back again and waiting just for you.

Go through the official announcement or get your hands on a device.

The Firefox Flicks Winners Are In

Firefox Flicks
A few months ago, we announced the 2013 Firefox Flicks Competition and put you to a challenge: Create a video which shows people how the power of the Web can change people’s lives. Now, after having received over 400 entries, our celebrity judges have picked the best flicks. The grand prize winning motion picture “Spot the Difference” shows in a humorous way how to discover, enjoy and share content on the go. To celebrate all the six winning films, we held a premiere party at the Toronto International Film Festival – now it’s your turn to congratulate them!

Check out the winning flicks or get to know more about the competition.

Making the Web @ Campus Party

Campus Party
Two weeks ago, the O2 in London was filled with hackers, developers, gamers and technophiles and most importantly, Mozillians like you. While our Firefox Student Ambassadors handed out t-shirts and showed how to get involved with Mozilla, you also had the opportunity to make the Web while drinking smoothies: One of the main focuses was on teaching the web using the Webmaker tools during our fun contests. Whether you were challenged to pit pacman against space invaders or even pirates versus ninjas, the results are truly creative.

Check out the best creations and take a look at some photos from the event.

Photo of the Week

Mozilla Philippines at Y4IT

Mozilla Philippines at Y4IT. Find more pictures of the event on Flickr.

Upcoming events
* September 26 – Mombasa, Kenya: MozCafe Mombasa
* September 27 & 28 – Albacete, Spain: Open Source Software Congress
* September 28 – Mexico City, Mexico: Super Happy Dev House
* September 28 & 29 – Ouragla, Algeria: TechCamp Algeria
* September 28 & 29 – Montreal, Canada: Firefox OS Hackathon
* 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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