Rep of the Month – April 2018

Please join us in congratulating David Ross, our Rep of the Month for April 2018!

David is a Mozillian living the UK and active in a lot of different Mozilla projects. In his day job he is building an Open Source Fitness platform. You might have seen him at the past few MozFests in London. Last year he did a great job wrangling the Privacy&Security space.

In the past few months David has organized several MozCoffees in London as well as online meetings for the London community. This is part of an effort to re-activate the UK
community he took on. David likes to plan ahead and he already has 7 upcoming activities he is going to participate at, including an event in summer of 2019 (that’s not a typo)! Last but not least he was a nominee for the recent Council election.

Thanks David, keep rocking the Open Web!

Head over to discourse to congratulate him!

Rep of the Month – March 2018

Please join us in congratulating Md Shahbaz Alam, our Rep of the Month for March 2018!

Shahbaz is a Full Stack Developer and Tech Evangelist by profession. He loves to talk about WebVR and auth0, he single-handedly created a Mozilla community in his home town Ranchi once he moved there. He is a Reps Mentor, Reps Resource member and community builder and loves traveling, cooking, organizing/speaking at events/conferences.

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Recently Shahbaz has been speaking at Virtual Reality @ Hackfest in Dhanbad as well as at FootPrintsX8. He also organized Rust hack MITS. You can also read more about his contributions in 2017 in his blog post.

Thank you Shahbaz, keep rocking the open Web! :tada: :tada:

Head over to Discourse to congratulate him!

Reps of the Month – February 2018

Please join us in congratulating Ziggy Maes and Anthony Maton, our Reps of the Month for February 2018!

Ziggy

Ziggy is a long time Mozillian that is involved in organizing our presence at FOSDEM or managing the volunteers at the Mozilla Festival. Together with Anthony he started working on both finding speakers for the DevRoom but also to be sure we have a good presence at the booth too. This work was spread around 3 months so we are definitely grateful for their effort.

Anthony

Anthony is pretty fresh in the Reps role but he has been a Mozillian for a long time now. Part of he Belgium community, he engages with the Francophone community at the same. His latest big effort was organizing Mozilla’s activities at FOSDEM together with Ziggy, both the call for speakers for the DevRoom and our presence at the booth during those two days.

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Thank you Ziggy and Anthony, keep rocking the open Web!

Join us in congratulating them on Discourse!

New Review Team Member 2018

Hi amazing Reps!

We’re so very happy to announce the new Review Team members who have just been officially on boarded. Welcome Michael, Pushpita, Jason, and Arturo to the team!

Review Team 2018The Review Team is a specialized group responsible in reviewing and approving or rejecting every budget requests made by Mozilla Reps. This team is working in close coordination and supervision of Reps Council. The new Review Team will replace the old members and team up with the 3 remaining members to continue the work for a year. You can check more information about The Review Team in this wiki page.

Last but not least, I would also like to thank and appreciate the previous Review Team members Dian Ina, Priyanka, Faisal, and Flore for all their contribution for the past year in the Review Team. Your contribution & dedication has been a great help for the program so far. We can’t thank you enough for that.

Please join me to congratulate all of them on the Discourse topic!

Reps On-boarding Team

As you already know from our discourse topic, we have created an Onboarding Screening Team.

The scope of this team is to help on evaluating the new applications to the Reps program by helping the Reps Council on this process.

In January we opened a call for the new team members on https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/do-you-want-join-the-onboarding-screening-team/24497

We were happily surprised with the number of applications we’ve got.

After a month the Reps Council has voted and has chosen the new members. Those are:

On behalf of the Reps Council (and part of this team) I want to say thank you to the previous team that worked on 9 rounds of screening with evaluation of 39 applications.

These amazing people are:

The new team will start to work soon (we have about 10 applications in queue) with the help of a Reps Council Member that will be focused on communications between applicants and the evaluation of this team.

If you want to congratulate your fellows Reps you can do it in this thread:

https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/welcome-to-the-new-onboarding-screening-team-2018-1/25665

More updates are coming so stay tuned!

Rep of the Month – January 2018

Please join us in congratulating Cynthia Pereira, our Reps of the Month for January 2018!

Cynthia is digital communications strategist and front-end developer with expertise on technical consulting, user and staff training and customer service in IT and Telecom segments. She has been a part of the Mozilla community for a long time and and her work has made a big push into Mozilla’s mission through local community efforts.

Cynthia’s main work around Mozilla is in the L10n as manager for pt-BR language, Mozilla Community Web Services, Social Media for Firefox Brazil and as a Mozilla Rep in Brazil. She loves empower, motivate and hear people to design goals and reach metrics that help to build a better community to all. Currently she is conducting a QA project within the l10n project and in the coming months she will invest her time and talent to help projects like the Internet Health Report, WoMoz (D & I) and the Glass Room Experience.

Thank you Cynthia, keep rocking the open Web! :tada: :tada:

Join us in congratulating her on Discourse.

Rep of the Month – December 2017

Please join us in congratulating Bala Subramaniyan and Jayesh Katta Ramalingaiah, our Reps of the Month for December 2017!

Bala

Bala, a Rep in Warangal, India, has been contributing to Mozilla for more than 5 years.

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He has been committed as Regional Ambassador and Mentee in the Campus Club and Firefox Student Ambassador programs for the past few years, helping bring in many students into the Mozilla world. He focused his effort on L10n projects in the last couple months for the Tamil language, joining a L10n workshop, contributing to Warangal meetup and the Add-ons hack sprint.

Check out Bala’s blog post about the L10n workshop.

Jayesh

Jayesh is a full stack Software developer by profession and a tech speaker, Reps Mentor in the Mozilla Community.

During the last months, Jayesh has been highly involved as a tech speaker at many events evangelising about Rust throughout India. He is playing a key role in the region of Mumbai and has organized a Rust Meetup With Mozilla Staff Member Nicholas and Aadhar – Right to Privacy in India with Jochai Ben-Avie. He is highly supportive in bringing in new people and guiding them into the community.

Thank you Bala and Jayesh, keep rocking the open Web! :tada: :tada:

Join us on Discourse to congratulate them!

Reps Council at Austin

TL;DR

The All Hands is a special time of the year where Mozilla employees along with core volunteers gather for a week of many meetings and brainstorming. The All Hands Wiki page has more information about the general setting. During the All Hands, the Reps Council participated in the Open Innovation meetings as well as had meetings about what 2018 planning. One of our main topics was about the Mission Driven Mozillians proposal.

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As you already know, we asked in the past for your input on discourse (if you’re not already subscribed to the Reps category, maybe now it’s the right moment)

Before we start with the recap of the week, we would like to say thank you to the Reps that left feedbacks on that thread (Felipe, Edoardo and André) but also all to the Mozillians on https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/mission-driven-mozillians-volunteer-leadership-principles-practices/22386/ that left their feedbacks too.

These suggestions were very important and on shaping the document that will be available soon (we had more discussions during the All Hands so the new revised version is not yet ready).

Mission Driven Mozillians was the major topic on the Reps Council meetings. After consulting the results of Communities and Contributors Qualitative Survey we shaped the following questions. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1whJ6cyR-zozeMdEjtuvQTitSpz5T6bsy44AP0I7f6Y4/edit):

  • Is the Reps program really a representative of all the mozillian communities?
  • How does the program need to evolve to engage more with our members?
  • How can we get new Reps to join the new Coach and Resources initiatives?
  • How can we improve the use of the report tool by our Reps?

Plans for 2018

 

A photo with: Reps Peers, Reps Council (missing Prathamesh and Elio), Kiki (the awesome girl that manage all our budget/swag requests) and Manel (an unexpected guest during the photo shoot)

 

Moving forward, our plan is to deep dive into those because and also start acting on them.

The council also highly engaged with the Leadership proposal (that had a high priority) since it will be the base on how Mozilla communities will be shaped in the near future and will of course influence our program.

Open by Design was the motto of this All Hands during all the meetings inside Open Innovation, but also across the organization. You see Mozilla has a strong value that the other IT companies don’t have: the community.

Mozilla is more than a Silicon Valley IT company

One of the most curious and interesting, for the purpose of openness, thing is the ability to access  official Mozilla Slack channels for all the mozillians with NDA to. This support enables the volunteers to be able to communicate directly with the employees. And Yes, as Reps you have already signed the NDA so you can access without problems the various channels!

New Council Members – Autumn 2017

We are very happy to announce our 2 new council members Prathamesh Chavan and Mayur Patil are fully onboarded and already working moving the Mozilla Reps program forward.

Of course we would like to thank a lot the 2 outcoming members: Michael Kohler and Alex Lakatos.

Michael and Alex: you have worked extremely hard to move the program forward and your input and strategic thinking have inspired the rest of the Reps.

Prathamesh and Mayur: a warm welcome. We we are very excited to have you and can’t wait to build the program together.

The Mozilla Reps Council is the governing body of the Mozilla Reps Program. It provides the general vision of the program and oversees day-to-day operations globally. Currently, 7 volunteers and 2 paid staff sit on the council. Find out more on the Reps wiki.

Don’t forget to congratulate the new Council members on the Discourse topic!

 

Resources Reps, what’s next?

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In the previous blog post, I wrote about the learnings that we got from the initial training session. And last Friday, we just announced the new graduates from the final phase of Resources Rep training. The assessment was made during the 3 weeks of the training (whether group or individual exercises) that started on the 2nd of October until 21st of October 2017. You can also see the full list of the Rep Resources graduates in the Reps portal. But I would like to quickly take you back on the initial purpose of Resources Reps.

What is a Resources Rep?

The idea behind the Resources Reps  is to have specialized Reps who are trained to help communities and other fellow Reps to plan strategically how they use the resources that the Reps program offers. This will ensures that resources of the program are used in the most impactful way and according to the guidance provided by Mozilla’s strategy and the Council.

When did the training happened?

The training sessions happened in 3 phases. The first one, which was the trial training, happened during 24th of July – 12th of August 2017. We asked  6 Reps to participate on this trial session to help us improve the training. After the trial training, we then opened the application for the rest of the Reps and decided to carry on with the first phase of the training with the India applicants during 11th of September – 1st of October. Finally, the last phase happened on the 2nd of October – 21st of October.

During the 3 weeks of the training, the candidates were asked to go through the training material and complete the quiz every  week. And in the end of each week (we decided to have the meeting on the weekend), we scheduled a video meeting for an hour in order to have work and discuss on the subject together.

What did we learn from the overall training?

On the trial training, the participants helped  a lot in terms of improving the content of the training. Thanks to them, now we have the receipt guideline to help the Rep identify which receipts are acceptable and which are not.

On the first phase of the training with Reps from India, we were experimenting with a new video conference tool, which surprisingly performed so much better than the tool that we usually use.

And on the second phase, I learned a lot about accessibility issues. Since we need to accommodate so many time zones, I decided to break the meeting into 2 sessions in each weekend. The first session is for the Asia, Europe, and Africa, and the other session is for the Pacific people who lived in North or South America.

The first meeting was rather challenging since we had people with problems on communication (more specifically a deaf participant and a person that was not able to follow up in English). This came to me as a shock, because that was something I was not prepared for. But fortunately, with some love of the local community, we were able to have an effective meeting. It’s super amazing to see how people were willing to help each other in the training. It was also a reminder for me to think about accessibility in advance for our future activities. For example like providing dial in details for a meeting could be so much beneficial for some people who don’t have access to a PC and can only join via phone. Or checking on the participants before the meeting in case there’s somebody who need special support. Because if we want to excel on diversity and inclusion, then we need to take further action to accommodate everyone.

How can I apply to be a Resources Rep?

For now we’re in the process of evaluating our current graduates. So in the meantime, we are not accepting more applications. But there’s a possibility we will reopen the application in the future. We’ll let you know for sure.

What’s next?

New Reps that  don’t have access to the budget and swag, can now ask for help from these Resources Rep. We will no longer need to assign the bug to the mentor if the request was made by a Resources Rep. And instead it will go directly to the review team. And ideally, the new Reps should choose Resources Rep who’s close to their region. So, for example if I’m a new Rep from the US, I will ask for help from Jason who in this case is the Resources Rep who live the closest to me. You can also see the group on the reps portal.

We’re also going to reshuffle the Review Team members in the near future. The Review Team is now discussing the recommendation list from the current Resources Rep to be sent to the council for the future candidates of the Review team. We’ll keep you updated for the process.

I also would like to thank the participants of the Resources Rep training. And especially for those who always make the time on their weekend to join the meeting in each week. Congratulations!