This is our second year running the Mozilla Campus Reps program and we have already signed up 550 reps…with even more on the “waitlist” to get on our official roster. We’ve come a long way since working with about 50-60 students last year… and the community is growing quickly! A program that kicked off with the release of the Firefox Campus Edition and a small “Back to School” program in 2007 is now one of the fastest growing Mozilla communities in 2008.
We’re building a strong network of students and faculty around the world to help promote Firefox and educate folks about Mozilla and our mission. In order to help me better plan campaigns and projects for them to participate in I included a short survey during the registration process that ran from August – October 2008.
I’m starting a series of blog posts about our Campus Reps community to share some interesting numbers that have emerged from the responses we received. First, I will break down where our Campus Reps are, including the countries (61 and counting) they represent and some of the colleges and universities they cover. Then I’ll look into what they’re doing on the Web and some of their favorite social networks (Facebook was popular) and Firefox Add-ons. And finally, I wanted to share some of the great feedback and ideas they have shared with me about how they represent Mozilla and promote Firefox with colleagues, family, and friends. Here’s what one rep had to say:
“Working at the computer help center on campus, dealing with students who are having severe connectivity or popup issues, it’s easy converting to something that JUST WORKS! Speed, open source, works the same as what you already have just better!”
Please join me in welcoming our Mozilla Campus Reps for 2008-09 and look forward to learning more about them in my upcoming posts. Thanks!