Apr 09

Exploring the Mozilla Universe

Seth Bindernagel (l10n community lead) and Rishi Mallik (one of our interns) started a CRM project back in 2007 to build a database of Mozilla contributors.  They evaluated a number of CRM solutions and developed a proof of concept built on Durpal + CiviCRM.  After their demo and some discussion around how we might use it, the project lost traction and was shelved.   I’ve spent the past few months reviving the Mozilla CRM project and we’re just getting started with development now.

I gave a quick presentation on the project at the Mozilla All-Hands today and we had good discussion around the scope of the tool and the value it will bring to various groups within the Mozilla community.  Check out the slide deck for more info:

View more presentations from Jay Patel.

As development gets underway, I hope key stakeholders and community members will share their ideas and provide feedback so we can continue to refine the features and functionality to create a tool that will help us all work better together.

I think a lot of folks understand the need for a centralized database of our community, and I hope the Mozilla CRM project will finally give us a way to not only bring together our community, but also give everyone a chance to explore the entire Mozilla Universe.

Mar 09

Open Art Project: Firefox

"Marker on Paper"

“Marker on Paper”

Zach Carter, one of our Campus Reps, attended the Engineering Expo 2009 at the University of South Florida a couple of weeks ago. As many of our reps do, he decided to setup a booth to spread Firefox on his campus.

The College of Engineering was hosting the expo and Zach decribed it as “a college level science fair, including tons of robots, cars, Tesla coils and other engineered eye candy”. However, he decided to skip the robots and focus on art.

You might be thinking, “Art at a science fair?”… yes, that’s right. Many attendees knew about Firefox, but very few knew that it was an open source product.  Some of them didn’t understand what “open source” meant, so Zach took the creative approach to educate them through his “Open Art Project”.

In the absence of robots, I wanted to present something that could capture the attention of the kids and be accessible to them, but also teach something valuable. The idea for them to collaborate on art rather than source code formed from this. – Zach

What a simple, yet effective way to tackle one of challenges many of us in the Mozilla community have from time to time… explaining what “open source” really means.

Thanks Zach for the inspiration!

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