Mozilla Festival 2013, Share Your Firefox With Friends, and more…

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

3… 2… 1… MozFest!
Say hello to our 1,400 Webmakers!
What happens when 1,400 people who want to shape the future of the Internet meet up? That was one of the questions we asked ourselves before our fourth annual Mozilla Festival in London. During this awesome three-day event filled with learning, making and teaching a huge group of brilliant people tackled a big challenge: How do we help passive consumers become active makers and creators? The outcome is truly stunning. 12-year old Sylvia from California built a robot that can paint with water color. It’s completely open source, which means that you can learn from it and even build one on your own. This is one of the dozens of other projects like the 3D papercraft creator, the Emergency Hacklab and KettleCorn.

Discover more things people like you made at MozFest or take a look at some pictures of the festival.

Share Your Firefox with Friends using Guest Browsing

Sharing is caring
Firefox for Android is definitely the most customizable browser for your mobile device. Thanks to a new feature, you can share its power with your friends and family without having to worry about them looking at your browsing history, passwords or open tabs. With just a few taps you can quickly lock your personal data and give your guest a fresh browsing experience. This means that you can let your friends borrow your phone to browse the Web while your personal data remains personal. Apart from that, you can now easily set a picture on the Internet as your device’s wallpaper or add it to a contact just by pressing and holding the image.

Download Firefox for Android or explore the new features.

Leading the Way to Preserving Our Freedoms, Minimizing Surveillance

Privacy by design
Privacy is something that has played a huge role since Mozilla was created – and it’s definitely one of the most important things on the Web. However, when it comes to technology, most people feel that they have little control over their security. So how exactly do you give users more privacy? By creating a virtuous cycle between trust and control? These and many more questions will be answered by Dr. Ann Cavoukian on Friday, November 15th. Her presentation called “Privacy by Design” will help you understand the seven foundational principles to ensure that privacy and data protection are embedded throughout the entire technology life cycle.

You’ll be able to watch the presentation live on Air Mozilla on November 15th at 1pm PST or check out the recorded version later.

MozBus – A Nomadic Web Factory

The open Web on eight wheels
How can we deliver the Web to all people at any time, anywhere and under any circumstances? If people can’t go to the Web, it simply comes to them! Last month we introduced the start of the Mozilla Bus project in Japan which is equipped with everything you need to conduct roving workshops, teach the Web or explore new possibilities for using, experiencing and building it. The bus can be used regardless of the location and even in the case of a disaster, in which it will use its own on-board network. This will be expanded into an Asia-wide disaster prevention project infrastructure.

Learn more about the bus that will help everyone to experience and understand the Internet.

A Million Mozilla Voices

1,000,000 Voices
What does it sound like when a global community builds the Internet that the world needs and deserves? During the Mozilla Summit 2013 we unveiled MozillaVoices.com, which lets you add your sound by clicking on a globe. So far, over 640,000 Mozillians added their “voice” and our goal is to reach the 1,000,000 mark. But to show the world how big and alive our community really is, we need your help – and your voice!

Go to the website and help us collect a million sounds.

Photo of the Week

Picture of the week

Probably the youngest Webmaker at the Mozilla Festival 2013. Check out some pictures of the event.

Upcoming events
* October 30 – San Francisco, California: Mozilla WebFWD Graduation Day (Recording on Air Mozilla)
* November 2 – Bordeaux, France: Code of war
* November 2 & 3 – Brno, Czech Republic: LinuxAlt 2013
* November 5 – Provo, Utah: Terms and Conditions May Apply
* November 6 & 7 – Caracas, Venezuela: Internet Caracas 2013
* 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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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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