Representatives of seven WebFWD teams arrived in Mountain View late last week to participate in an intensive four days of learning, sharing and collaboration. They’ve come from as far away as India and Ecuador; from the UK, Belgium, Germany, and Canada; from Brooklyn, NY; Portland, Oregon; and from San Francisco and the Bay Area. Like Mozilla, many of the teams are geo-distributed, and a couple teams include founders from more than one country.
On Friday, the teams spent a day in workshops with expert Mozillians like Diane Bisgeier and Jane Finette (engagement); Jennifer Morrow aka Boriss and Brian Dils (user experience); Myk Melez, Anant Narayanan and Fred Wenzel (software development), Jim Cook (finance), and Pascal Finette, the wizard of WebFWD – diving into all the elements of product development: from design and code to marketing and business strategy.
Day 1 ended with an evening mixer in Ten Forward (where else?) and the following morning the teams were back for a long day’s hacking, an open work day that included drop-in participation from dozens of friends of WebFWD and a variety of Mozillians who came by to co-work. That was Day 2, fueled by coffee and bagels, pizza, sweets and caffeinated beverages — and livestreamed via WebM over Air Mozilla.
Sunday, Day 3, began in Mountain View and ended with an outing in San Francisco and a sundown stroll on the Embarcadero. The teams focused on preparing 30-second pitches. They rehearsed and took feedback and questions from each other.
You can hear their pitches today at Mozilla’s weekly all-hands meeting via dial-in or live-stream. Hope you can make it!