Firefox 29 Launch Cantinas!

May 27th, 2014 | Category: News and Events

On April 29, 2014 Mozilla launched Firefox 29!!

To celebrate the hard work and success of many teams, each of our spaces celebrated with a special Firefox 29 Launch Cantina! Following the new “hamburger menu” we served make your own sliders, french fries, and milkshakes.

Take a look at the photos from around the globe!

 

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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 ‚Äėopen source‚Äô 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‚Äôs 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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3,350 people visit the Paris MozSpace!

October 28th, 2013 | Category: News and Events

On the weekend of September 14, 3,350 people toured the Paris MozSpace as part of the European Heritage Days, which encourage Parisians to take interest in local historical buildings. Our Paris MozSpace is located in the former Hotel de Mercy-Argenteau, which was owned by the Austrian ambassador to Queen Marie-Antoinette.

Thousands of visitors walked through the Paris Space.

Thousands of visitors walked through the Paris Space.

Mozillians were on hand to demo our products and answer questions about Mozilla. 1,250 people showed up on Saturday, and more than 2,100 on Sunday. Another splendid example of Mozilla partnering with members of the community to create a hugely successful event that enriches everyone involved.

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Paris Grand Opening!

June 06th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

In the weeks since the move into the beautiful office at 16 Boulevard Montmartre, a bevy of checklist items and finishing touches have been completed, with a few more to go before our official public Grand Opening events during the week of June 10th.

Our Mozilla Paris employees are finally under one roof, able to entertain team meetups, workweeks, visitors and events in a space that is truly unique.

We’re looking forward to celebrating all the hard work and dedication that went into making this historic piece of Paris a part of Mozilla’s own history.

Hopefully you have seen the beautiful photographs of the Paris office that were published in the Journal du Net upon the office’s opening. A far cry from more traditional office spaces of yesterday.

We hope to see you in Paris soon!

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Mozilla Paris: Finally United

March 27th, 2013 | Category: Mozilla Spaces,News and Events

Mozilla is excited to announce our newest office opening in Paris!

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By doing so, we continue our mission of keeping the Web open and accessible to all by investing in our people, places, and leading products. All our Mozilla spaces are designed for use by our worldwide Mozilla Community (both paid staff and community volunteers) to hack, code, design, research, create, engage and contribute to the Mozilla mission.

Our new Mozilla Paris space combines working areas for up to 50 people and a vibrant community space designed to host up to 150 people for our Mozilla community events, meetups, and work weeks.¬†¬† We’ve incorporated the same leading technologies, amenities and designs as our other unique Mozilla Spaces around the world, all with a unique Paris feel.¬† After all, it is Paris!

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We found a historic building that first and foremost met our space needs and vision and also needed a unique tenant to care-take, preserve, and protect the original architecture.¬†¬† In fact, the building’s architectural details have remained untouched in this heritage building and Mozilla is proud to join the ranks of distinguished inhabitants leading back to Marie Antoinette herself.

Mozilla’s occupation of this space carries with it certain custodial preservation responsibilities which, in part, is how we were able to secure this heritage space at a very affordable market price versus other options in the area.

Mozilla Spaces Goals

Our overarching goals for all our Mozilla Spaces remain the same:

  • Increase participation by providing opportunities for interaction, learning and collaboration with Mozilla;

  • Attract, recruit, and retain paid staff and volunteers in region by extending Mozilla experience;

  • Increase Mozilla mind share and influence within local communities.

Paris Mozillians will finally be united under one (18th century!) roof beginning in April.¬† It’s a stunning and unique addition to our collection of MozSpaces around the Globe. (note: we didn’t need to paint or do anything to the gold leaf walls – that’s how the space came!).

We hope you find a chance to visit and help us create, collaborate, and contribute to the Mozilla mission……and, of course, enjoy everything Paris!

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Boxes have arrived, and the team is busy packing up our two former temporary offices in preparation for the move. Our space planning and support teams are in Paris this week as we set up and facilitate the move between the three sites. Working diligently this week and through the weekend, the WPR team (led by Rob Middleton, Lori Jashinsky, Lisa Gray, and Shannon Clayton), Desktop team (Tim F, Guillermo, and newest member Guillaume C), and IT teams (Zandr, Ravi P) will ready the new site for employees on Tuesday, April 2.

Work Area

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Community – Kitchen Area

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Key dates for Paris Office:

  • Move-in begins Friday, March 29th

  • 1st Day in Office – Tue, April 2nd;¬† Final construction details, polishing, and office bug fixing happening throughout remainder of April
  • Grand opening public event celebration – June 10th

Lots of Questions:

As a reminder, our office openings typically generate lots of questions, press and blogger attention.  If you are contacted by anyone interested in learning more about our new Paris office and plans for Mozilla in France, please forward inquiries to press@mozilla.com, per the usual media inquiry process.  We will be inviting local media, our community, and others to our scheduled June 10th grand opening soon.

We know many of you already have questions surrounding the opening and operating of this space.¬† A regular rolling set of communications has already begun with all our Paris Mozillians to help them plan, pack, and move in next week.¬†¬† We’ll also be communicating to our partners, vendors, press, and several others shortly.

We’ll also be posting lots of updated Paris Office information to answer most every other internal “how to” question in the next few days.

Thank You’s!

More huge thank you’s to our amazing Mozilla teams responsible for making these Mozilla Spaces possible including our extensive Mozilla Spaces team (Mozilla WPR, Rosen Realty Group, CRE Group, ISG, and several other external partners), Mozilla Desktop team, Mozilla’s IT and Networking teams, and of course our current Mozilla Paris community of employee and contributors.

Enjoy! and Have Fun!

Amusez-vous et profitez-en!

The Entire Mozilla Spaces Team!

Map:  http://goo.gl/maps/fFx8P

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