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End of the Year Holiday Cantinas & International Privacy Day

February 20th, 2014 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

Mozillians all over the globe celebrated the holidays with an end of the year Cantina.  These gatherings gave Mozillians a chance to toast the many accomplishments of 2013 and look forward to the future of Mozilla. Each office had a wide array of food, drinks and activities making for a wonderful party.

 

Mozilians in Paris holding up their gifts from the holiday exchange!

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MozPDX sharing a holiday meal together!

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MTVers enjoying their Cantina

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Londoners played many games of Firefox fusbol before heading out for a night of ice skating!

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Mozillians in Vancouver enjoying the night!

SF Mozillians celebrating the end of the year

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MoTo’s toasting to a wonderful 2013 finale

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Similarly, our Mozillians all across the globe celebrated International Privacy Day with somewhat eerie eyeball cupcakes that represent our concern over the lack of privacy on the web and how someone is always watching you! Take a look at the photos of the delicious cupcakes below.

Paris cupcakes

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Mountain View cupcakes

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London cupcakes

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San Francisco cupcakes

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Portland cupcakes

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Toronto cupcakes

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2013 Year in Review: MozSpaces and WPR

January 10th, 2014 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

2013 Year in Review

2013 was another “monumental” year for WPR, the MozSpaces extended team, and Mozillians around the world.   We continued to execute on our overall MozSpace Strategy (established in early 2011) with grand openings of 3 new MozSpaces (Paris, SF 1&2 and Portland). We locked and loaded a huge collaborative planning and construction effort on our largest project to date (New Mountain View – 331 Evelyn).

Through it all, we executed pretty flawlessly on our plans and our budget (hitting our construction target dates and move-in dates for these 3 spaces).  Most importantly, we produced minimal disruption for the nearly 300 Mozillians who received a new space in 2013!   However, not everything was perfect per our master plans. We encountered an extremely long delay in our planned Berlin location (The Factory) due to construction hold-ups by the Berlin developer (landlord) which forced Mozilla to wait for its completion.   Once this building is complete in 2014, we are still planning on executing our MozBerlin interior construction plans.   All in all, 2013 was one of our most exciting and best years yet in the WPR and MozSpace world.

PARIS

On April 2nd, MozParis opened in the beautiful 9th Arrondissement. This historic building (built in 1778) mixes the striking architecture of the 18th century with modern day luxuries. It is said that Marie Antoinette herself once inhabited this beautiful building. The space combines work stations for up to 50 people and a large community hall that can host up to 150 for events, meet-ups and work weeks.

 

SAN FRANCISCO

After months of competitive bidding, behind-the-scenes planning and unlimited hours of construction, MozSF expanded onto the 1st and 2nd floors formerly known as the Gordon-Biersch restaurant.  On June 10th the floors officially opened to accommodate our planned Mozillian growth and team requirements.   We could almost hear the huge collective sigh of relief from the packed 7th and 3rd floors!  In addition we now have many more new conference rooms with Vidyo capabilities and new Event, SF Commons, and Mozilla Community (public) spaces.  We’ll continue our tradition of “open planning” for the “Mozilla Community Space” as we begin to focus on  an intended use for this “old Starbucks area” so we can fulfill our commitments to Mozillians, SF and our global MozSpace vision and strategy.

 We removed the old Gordon Biersch sign……

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….and constructed our new Mozilla monument to celebrate our amazing history and the efforts of all Mozillians past, present, and future!  Sneak peek (Our official celebration of this monument is being scheduled for February 4, 2014)

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PORTLAND:

Our intense 2013 build-out efforts continued into the summer of 2013 as we proudly opened MozPortland in the Pearl District on July 22nd.  This MozSpace, which can house ~45 Mozillians is in the restored Brewery Block building and has a vibrant and diversely talented group of Mozillians working there and having fun in the space.  The office is located blocks away from Powell’s, breweries (it is Portland after all) and the iconic food trucks.

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BERLIN

We will literally touch history in Berlin.  The Factory, where part of the Berlin wall once stood, will be a new tech hub.  Some of the soon-to-be neighbors will be: SoundCloud, 6Wunderkinder, Four Sektor, Toast, Urge iO, Views, and Silicon Allee. Aligning with the Mozilla mission and history, the building will have an ‘open source’ look and feel with a restaurant, basketball courts, and shared spaces (all to be built by the landlord).  The building design was conceived to foster relationships within the Berlin technical community. Construction is planned to begin in Q1 2014 with an expected grand opening in Q4 2014. Stay tuned for updates. We are excited about our final “MozSpace” of MozBerlin.

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Looking ahead to 2014 … Finishing our Original 2011 MozSpaces Strategic Plan:

In 2014, we’ll be putting the finishing touches on our 3-year journey and completing our original 2011 MozSpace Strategic Plan to provide a global footprint of  highly effective and productive collaboration and community areas for our global and highly distributed Mozillians.   What began as only 1 real “Mozilla Space” in 2011 will have blossomed to nearly a dozen “Moz Spaces” of various sizes, each with their distinct localized culture, and anchored by familiar Mozilla “basics” of workspace, collaboration space, communication technologies, and overall logistics (food, drinks, events, shipping).

The grand openings of our new Mountain View space for ~300 Mozillians (our 4th generation of a Mountain View MozSpace) and our Berlin MozSpace will be highlights in 2014.  We will continue our active communication and collaborative planning to be fully transparent so we create the spaces together as Mozillians.

Just as our online surveys, focus groups, Wiki info, and Brown Bag presentations contributed to the future of MV2014 and our prior 2012 and 2013 spaces, we will turn our collective and collaborative focus on how to make the spaces we’ve built HUM in order to maximize our potential and our opportunities.

Here’s a link to the Mana page where you can see LIVE footage of construction and check in for all the latest updates. Watch as the place beings to really take true MozSpace shape… https://mana.mozilla.org/wiki/display/INTRANET/MV2014%3A+331+E+Evelyn+Ave+-+New+Office+Space

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Loved Reading This?  Check Out Last Year’s Review!

2012 Year in Review:  https://blog.mozilla.org/places/2013/01/23/workplace-resources-year-in-review/

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Re-sponsor-bilities

October 28th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces

It is always so exciting to see our MozSpaces buzzing with with contributors and hackers! Active areas that support our huge open source community world wide are a key part of Mozilla’s modus operandi. WPR works with event sponsors to make sure that we remain welcoming to the community, as well as for Mozillians all over the world.

Here are the re-sponsor-bilities of an event sponsor:
– Make an event request in ServiceNow. This ensures your event does not conflict with any other events in the space. It also helps WPR coordinate with caterers, janitorial, building staff, etc.
– Schedule your room on Zimbra.
– Stay with your event! You are the line of communication between WPR and our visitors. Please do not leave before the event is over.
– Return the space to a clean and welcoming state after your event.

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MozSpaces are designed to be welcoming to the community.

Here is the link to our MozSpace guildlines for reference: https://wiki.mozilla.org/People:MozSpaces_Guidelines

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Mountain View’s Fancy New Digs

October 28th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces

Mozilla’s new space in Mountain View at 331 E Evelyn Avenue is developing at an exciting rate! 110 days of demolition, reconstruction and reorganization started on August 12. We are aiming for a February 2014 move-in date.

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The chaos before the creation

The new space is being designed around employee feedback, with an emphasis on workspace useability. Acoustic privacy around individual work spaces, as well as more conference rooms with Vidyo will make the MV2014 a haven for individual as well as collaborative projects.

Further updates are posted at the MV2014 Evelyn Avenue mana page

  • Thanks to our general contractor and our fantastic IT team you can now view the on-site construction as it happens on live webcams:
    • This is a view from the new Commons area towards the lobby.
    • Here’s a view of phone booths.
    • And this is the entry walkway from the lobby.
  • Updated plans (1st & 2nd floors + outdoor site plan) have also been posted to the mana page.
The MV2014 team loves hearing from you!  Please continue to email feedback, suggestions, questions to: mv2014@mozilla.com

 

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MozPDX opens in the Pearl

August 26th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

IMG_6998Our newest MozSpace opened on July 22 in Portland. The city’s 27 employees now have a roomy space to call their own.

Built in the lovingly restored Brewery Block building in the Pearl District, this MozSpace, like our others, is centrally located  and easy to get to by transit or bike.  Iconic Powell’s City of Books is located one block away, as well as dozens of restaurants, retail stores and breweries within a short walk.  The office is an easy 5 minute stroll to a massive cluster of food trucks. Suffice it to say that lunch and happy hour options will not be a problem for Portlandians.

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The Portland space has 39 workstations and 9 conference rooms as well as a large community area for events and workweeks. It also boasts a groovy bike shed area, shower and plenty of storage space.IMG_7018

WPR’s newest team member, Samantha Verbeck, is keeping Portlanders content with a plethora of healthy snacks and drinks. And of course there is the the classic Mozilla coffee bar with beans hand delivered by active Mozilla contributor and owner of BrewPony coffee, Jonathan “Duke” Leto.

Mozilla has deep roots in Portland’s leading open source community.  We are excited to double down in the heart of the fastest growing technology community of startups on the west coast.   There’s an amazing energy happening here in this intersection of technology, mobile, startups, and open source.  Come visit us whenever you are in the area.

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For even more reading pleasure, we received an incredible amount of positive news coverage since our launch.  Check it out below:

GeekWire Here’s why Mozilla picked Portland to open its first offices outside Silicon Valley  7/22/13

Silicon Forest Mozilla plans to mosey into new digs 7/19/13

Portland Business Journal Mozilla CFO: Portland is a key market 7/19/13

Portland Business Journal Mozilla, maker of Firefox, to open Portland office 7/18/13

Oregonian Mozilla will expand Portland office, expand staff and lease space 7/18/13 (article also picked up on local TV news websites KATU.com and KOIN.com)

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San Francisco’s First and Second floor expansion

August 26th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

Doors to our first and second floor spaces opened in early June after completing our biggest office move to date.20130608_180046After several iterations and feedback from over 100 employees, the San Francisco seating plan materialized. We successfully boxed up and moved 166 Mozillians as WPR and Service Desk teams worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to a flawless Monday opening.

Set in the remodeled and Mozillafied former Gordon Biersch restaurant, the two new floors are a welcoming space for employees and guests alike. Reception has been transferred to the first floor, and a new community space has opened for events, BrownBags and collaboration.

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