March 2015 Updates: Firefox Hello, Open Source, and more!

Featured Activities This Month

Month of February was filled with love – FSA love that is! We had our FIRST ever FSA Bootcamp in India in addition to many amazing events hosted by students around the world. Check out these activities and get inspired to do one of your own!

Join Say Hello Challenge & win!

FSA Firefox Hello

From now until March 10th, participate in the Say Hello Challenge and win some Firefox swag!

  1. Invite a friend or family to start a conversation.
  2. Once on, smile and take a screenshot selfie together.
  3. Post your photo online (Facebook or Twitter) with caption: “Just chatted with @(insert your friend’s name) using #FirefoxHello!
  4. Grab the post url and submit here.
  5. Repeat the steps with someone new!

More photos = more chances to win.

Learn about open source this March Office Hour!

FSA Office HourDo you have questions about the FSA Program? Are you new to the program and need some guidance? Join our monthly Office Hour to get the help you need!

This month, we invited a Firefox engineer to teach you about open source and how you can contribute (fixing bugs, writing code,making builds, etc.). For those of you who already understand this topic, this is still a great opportunity to see how you can best explain open source to others.
Submit your questions here:

Develop in the App of the Month Contest.

mozilla-marketplace-logo-finalDevelop a HTML5 app according to the monthly theme and the best app will snag a Very Splendid Swag Pack! More info & how to submit on the wiki.
March Theme:  About your City /Nearest Tourist City
  • Develop an app about the city you live in or a popular tourist city in your region. Add things such as its history, best places to visit, photos, and anything you can think of.
April Theme: Bus/Train Routes in your City
  • Getting around a city can be hard. Help people out by developing an app that shows the bus, train, or even bike routes in your city. Make transportation easy.

Want to teach other Ambassadors?

We’re encouraging all Ambassadors, new and existing, to create Teaching Kits on events you’ve hosted, activities that worked, and anything you think may help another students out. Examples below:

  • Personal Contribution Diary: Learn how to keep track of all your contributions as a Firefox Student Ambassador. Made by Deepak Upendra.
  • Kidzilla: Kidzilla is an event aimed at education children about the basics of Computers, internet and other tech topics in a fun and interactive manner. Made by Sathyabama Firefox Club.

A section on our wiki will be created to share these teaching kits. E-mail firefoxstudents[at]mozilla[dot]com with subject “Teaching Kit: –insert your title-” to submit.

FSA & Firefox Club of the Month February 2015

FSA of the Month February – Prasad Seth

FSA of the Month

Prasad Seth is a Computer Engineering student from Pune, India who has been rocking the open Web through series of events and amazing contributions. Just recently, he hosted a WoMoz event educating 150+ aspiring women about Mozilla Mission and Firefox. Other events he conducted also dive into topics such as Firefox OS development, localization, Webmaker, Firefox Hello, and more. What an extremely talented evangelist and leader! He’s volunteered for App Day at VIIT, #FirefoxOSBus, CMDA IT EXPO, and contributed to the Marketplace with his two apps “Health Tracker” and “Easy Text to Speech”.

You can see all of his awesome contributions here. Congratulations Prasad on making an impact in the open source community and being a role model for all Ambassadors!

Club of the Month February – Firefox at AIUB

Firefox at AIUB has been connected to Mozilla for two and more years! They currently have 20 active students who are actively contributing to Firefox OS mobilization, Webmaker, Localization, SuMo, MDN, and more. They spread a significant amount of knowledge within their college and in their community through events such as FSA Training Day, Maker Party, Firefox OS App Challenge and MDN Localization. Firefox at AIUB is incredibly active in Bangladesh and truly encompass the boldness, leadership, and passion we seek in a Firefox Club.

Congratulations on becoming Firefox Club of the Month February 2015. This was a well-deserved recognition! Keep on contributing, keep on rocking Firefox at AIUB. You can join them here.

Apply to become the next FSA & Firefox Club of the Month!

February Updates: We’re only just getting started!

January was an awesome month surrounded around the topic of Privacy. We had lots of activities and conversations surrounding the topic. Thank you Ambassadors for being part of the experience. But don’t worry, we’re only just getting started this year! There are lots of new initiatives being planned for this program and for you. Stick around, it’s going to get even awesomer.

Featured Activities This Month

dsc04350Firefox OS AppDay

Have you tried Hello? is the easiest way to connect for free over video, with anyone.

Firefox Student Ambassador is hosting a Say Hello Challenge this month…but shhhh, we aren’t saying what it is yet until later this week! For now, head over here to figure out how to use Hello. Invite a friend to try out the feature with you. Hints for the challenge:

  • You’ll need to know how Hello works.
  • Start thinking of ways to demo Hello on your campus.

Learn about QA this February Office Hour!

The QA Team created One and Done as a platform to give users a variety of ways to contribute to Mozilla through manual testing, automation, bug verification, mobile testing and more. There are easy tasks…and bigger challenges.

We invited Rebecca Billings, WebQA Engineer, to join us in telling Ambassadors more about One and Done and how Firefox Student Ambassadors can get started on it! Following the talk, we’ll answer your program questions.

RSVP here:

Develop in the App of the Month Contest!

mozilla-marketplace-logo-finalCongratulations to our December & January App of the Month winner Anand Varanasi from BEC Firefox Club with his app:

  • FSA Kit: a must-have app for every Ambassador and aspiring Club Lead! Download and try it out for yourself.

This month we asked Ambassadors what they wanted to see as February theme…and they came up with:

  • February Theme: Technical Event Info App. Create an app that features, shows, lists, or allows signups to Technical Events around the world or in your community.

Deadline is February 25th! Winner will receive a Very Splendid Swag Pack. More info on wiki.

Time to get Smart on Privacy.

safe_image.phpAmbassadors, you all did a wonderful job this month spearheading the conversation on privacy. To keep it going, there’s now a brand NEW Smart on Privacy page with tools & insights on developing your personal privacy practices. Check it out!

Want to teach other Ambassadors?

As a FSA, we’re all about collaboration and being there to lend a helping hand. Part of this comes from spreading our knowledge so that other students can learn and spread that knowledge across the world.

We’re encouraging all Ambassadors, new and existing, to create Teaching Kits on events you’ve hosted, activities that worked, and anything you think may help another students out. Examples below:

  • Personal Contribution Diary: Learn how to keep track of all your contributions as a Firefox Student Ambassador. Made by Deepak Upendra.
  • Kidzilla: Kidzilla is an event aimed at education children about the basics of Computers, internet and other tech topics in a fun and interactive manner. Made by Sathyabama Firefox Club.

A section on our wiki will be created to share these teaching kits. E-mail firefoxstudents[at]mozilla[dot]com with subject “Teaching Kit: –insert your title-” to submit.

FSA & Firefox Club of the Month January 2015

Another round of great submissions for FSA & Firefox Club of the Month. Each and every single one of them were wonderful but one FSA and one Firefox Club stood out. Please congratulate Gautam Sharma as the FSA of the Month and MACE FIrefox Club as the Firefox Club of the Month!

FSA of the Month January – Gautam Sharma

Gautam Sharma is an open source enthusiast, an active blogger, a public speaker, and a diehard coder! His areas of contribution include Webmaker, Localization, Army of Awesome, QA, Community Development, and more. Gautam has played a huge role in planning events at his local community in Gwailor and has developed several apps for Firefox OS. He’s a Webmaker Super Mentor AND a Club Lead. His goal? To spread openness and bring awareness to the Mozilla mission.

You can see all of his contributions here. What a truly hardworking FSA and an inspiration to us all! Congratulations Gautam on becoming the Firefox Student Ambassador of the Month for January 2015!

Club of the Month January – MACE Firefox Club

FSAs at the Mar Athanasius College of Engineering blew us away with their desire to spread knowledge and do good for the open Web. Just after its inception, it hosted an incredibly successful Maker Party and continue to follow up with wonderful events. They join every Friday to discuss open source trends and Mozilla accomplishments, as well as help in localizing several documentations. To further demonstrate their passion, the club leaders raised complaints against recent government activity which heavily affected net neutrality. What a truly dedicated club with aspiring students!

Congratulations MACE Firefox Club on becoming the Firefox Club of the Month for January 2015! You guys deserve it.

Apply to become the next FSA & Firefox Club of the Month!

January Updates: Happy New Year!


We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and is well-rested. Here’s a little reflection on the month of December:

Featured Activities This Month

Now let’s kick start the year with even more awesomeness. Ready…set…GO!

Join the #PrivacyChat

Data Privacy Day is on January 28th. @Firefox is hosting an hour-long #PrivacyChat on Twitter. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Join the Facebook Event.
  • Step 2: Invite your friends & family to the Event.
  • Step 3: Follow @Firefox.
  • Step 4: On January 28th at 11am PT (2pm ET, 7pm UTC), join using #PrivacyChat.
  • Step 5: Visit the Community Wiki with more participation information.

Office Hour

Have questions about the program, how to host events, etc.? Tune in to our January Office Hour! We invited special guest Stacy Martin, Senior Manager of Privacy and Engagement at Mozilla, to give a talk on privacy. Watch & learn.

Submit to App of the Month Contest

Dec & Jan Contest Theme: Club Development

Many of you are involved in student clubs on campus. What kind of app would help your club out? Develop it! Winner receives a Very Splendid Swag Pack. More info on wiki. Deadline: January 25th.

New Year, New You

Keep your New Year’s resolutions on track with these handy apps from the Firefox Marketplace. Share with your friends & family!

FSA & Firefox Club of the Month December 2014

We received another round of impressive entries for FSA & Firefox Club of the Month. You guys are all amazing! One particular Ambassador and one Firefox Club stood out. Please congratulate Bhushan Dandgavhal as the FSA of the Month and NRI Mozillians Club as the Firefox Club of the Month!

FSA of the Month December – Bhushan Dandgavhal

Bhushan Dandgavhal studied in Computer Applications (MCA), is a software engineer by profession and a tech enthusiast at heart! He is the first to start the Clean India initiative in the Mozilla community, a participant of Nashik Firefox OS education challenge, and is now an active contributor to the Marathi localization team. He enjoys playing chess, football, and rocking out the dance floor. Being an Ambassador is all about starting new things in your community and finding new ways to contribute. Keep up the good work Bhushan!

I contribute to Open Source as much as I can and in all the ways I can :-)” – Bhushan

Club of the Month December – NRI Mozillians


FSAs from the Institute of Information Science and Technology, Bhopal show tremendous dedication and love for Mozilla. Their club, NRI Mozillians, has welcomed new students who knew nothing of the open Web and trained them to become now active contributors in the region. They recently hosted a successful AppDay with an introduction to the FSA Program, talks on OS Development, and an Appmaker session to wrap up. Their club members continue to support community events, including the latest Hour of Code @ Bhopal. NRI Mozillians have built an active team who are constantly doing good.

Congratulations on your achievements NRI Mozillians and continue to contribute passionately!


Apply to become the next FSA & Firefox Club of the Month!

FSA & Firefox Club of the Month November 2014

We had tons of entries for FSA & Firefox Club of the Month. Each and every single one of them were impressive but one FSA and one Firefox Club stood out. Please congratulate Deepak Upendra as the FSA of the Month and Firefox at SSUET as the Firefox Club of the Month!

FSA of the Month November – Deepak Upendra

Deepak Upendra is a first year B.C.A. at Nizam College, Hyderabad. He’s a computer geek interested in everything from design to app development to helping others out. His positive attitude and outside the box thinking has shown tremendously in his contributions to Mozilla. Deepak has mentored several students on Webmaker (he’s a Supermentor!), an active contributor to QA, Army of Awesome, and organized a series of events at his university and in his community.

You can see all of his contributions here and read about his first 6 months of becoming a Mozillian. Be prepare to be blown away! Congratulations Deepak on becoming the Firefox Student Ambassador of the Month for November 2014!

Club of the Month November – Firefox at SSUET

FSAs at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) in Karachi, Pakistan founded their Firefox Club in November. In just a month, they have shown incredible growth and potential. From hosting a Moz Meetup to throwing a fantastic Firefox 10th Anniversary event, Firefox at SSUET demonstrates how influential a group of students with common interest and passion can do when they come together in a mission to keep the Web open. Please continue the great work and strive to be the role models at your university!

Check out the Firefox 10th Anniversary meetup at SSUET here. Congratulations Firefox at SSUET on becoming the Firefox Club of the Month for November 2014!

Apply to become the next FSA & Firefox Club of the Month!

November Updates: Have you heard the news?


From now on, we’ll be providing monthly updates as sent out in the newsletter. Stay connected with us here!

We wrapped up another amazing month filled with FSA love. Since August, we have welcomed 3,000+ new Ambassadors from all over the world. Amazing. We can’t thank you enough. Keep up the great work. Here’s to changing the world, one student at a time.

Featured Activities This Month

Let’s Celebrate 10 Years of Firefox

Firefox 10th Anniversary is coming up and it’s time to tell the world. We’re celebrating this month and we want YOU to join in on the fun. Head over to the participation page for all the ways you can get involved.

We really want the FSAs to stand out from the crowd and take action in ensuring Firefox gets HEARD across the world. With every photo you take, be sure to add #firefoxstudents to your photos so we can find them and feature them on our social media channels.

You can also host Fx10 celebration events at your college including installation parties, Intro to Mozilla sessions, and more. Get creative and show Mozillians how FSAs celebrate!

App of the Month Contest

  • A winner has been announced for October’s theme Local Holiday. Congratulations to Maqbool ur Rahim Khan! Check out his HTML5 Pak Days.
  • An Appmaker app was submitted and it really stood out! Check out Deepak Krishnan P.R’s Appmaker Celebrate.
  • November’s theme is Firefox Browser. Develop an app about our favorite browser, Firefox, in celebration of Firefox 10th Anniversary! Showcase its features, teach someone how to use it, or think of something yourself. More info on development and submission on wiki. Deadline: November 25th.

Club Lead Training

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first wave of Club Lead Training! We have closed the October wave and will be reviewing submissions. We appreciate everyone’s patience on the first implementation of the revamped CLT! We will keep you posted when results are out.

Recognition Updates

  • Ambassador & Club of the Month: Starting now, we will be featuring one Firefox Student Ambassadors and one Firefox Club on our blog and social media channels. If you or your club is doing something amazing and belive you should be recognized – apply here!
  • Program Level Badges: New badges will be released in the next month, with chances for you to earn certificates and swag! Stay tuned.

Join Discourse

We’re now on Discourse, a platform for fellow Firefox Student Ambassadors and Mozillians to interact. Just sign up for a Persona account and you’re ready to go. Join in on FSA discussions today!

Take This Survey

Help Mozilla understand how to best support our new contributors! Take this quick survey, you’re awesome.

Program Updates You’ve Been Waiting For!



Hi there! We hope everyone had a GREAT month. As you all know, the FSA Program is back on track with new structure, new changes, and exciting updates. You may have received the October newsletter already. Here, we will go more into detail about what’s going on to keep everything transparent and to keep you in the loop. It’s a long blog post, but you will be updated!

New Beginner’s Guide

If you’ve recently became an Ambassador in the last 3-4 months, we’d love for you to complete the Beginner’s Guide. It’ll teach you about Mozilla, about our products, and about this program. Be sure not to skip any steps! After completion, you may receive your first FSA Open Badge.

FSA x Maker Party Badge

There’s now a special badge EXCLUSIVELY for Firefox Student Ambassadors! If you’ve planned and hosted a Maker Party at your university or in your local community, you can now apply to receive a FSA Maker Party Badge. But wait! Make sure you’ve filled out the event reporter and/or wrote a blog post (with photos) about what happened at your Maker Party. If you haven’t hosted a Maker Party yet, start planning with your friends or Firefox Club and #TeachtheWeb today!

Say Hello to FSA E-Board & Regional Ambassador Leads!

    • Student Working Group and Rep Advisers have merged to create the FSA Executive Board. Regional Marketing Ambassadors have been revamped to create one single body that include Reps called Regional Ambassador Leads.
    • FSA E-Board consists of dedicated contributors to the FSA community. They make decisions on the overall structure of the FSA Program. It’s a small team, but it’s doing big things for you!
    • RALs are Reps and experienced FSAs that help advise new and existing Firefox Clubs in their country. Say hello and thanks to your new mentors! Reach out to your respective RAL when you begin planning events in your region.
    • E-Board and RALs are selected based off of nomination. All of them have contributed tremendously to the Mozilla community before being chosen. A new round of election will start every 6 months. As you become an FSA, work hard and you can one day be given the opportunity to join!

App of the Month Contest

    • A winner has been announced for September’s theme Educational App. Congratulations to Siddharth Pharate from Firefox Club @ MITCOE! Check out his HTML5 Edu App.
    • For September, we allowed Appmaker apps to be submitted in celebration of the relaunch of the Contest. We want to thank everyone who entered! There was one that stood out: Chaitali Kulkarni from Mozillian’s Arena. Check out her Appmaker Correct It App.
    • October’s theme is Local Holiday. Make an app about a holiday in your country so we can celebrate together! Keep in mind that starting October, all submissions into the Contest must be a quality HTML5 app submitted into the Marketplace.

Official Firefox Student Ambassadors Group

    • Although only recently launched, we are receiving many requests to join and are slowly filtering through all the requests. To speed up the process, you may request for a current member that you know to add you, decorate your cover photo/profile pic with Firefox-related images to be easily identified, or change your work title to “Firefox Student Ambassador”.
    • Know that there are regional groups out there ran by the community that you may join too to receive support such as:
      1. Firefox Student Ambassadors India
      2. Firefox Student Ambassadors Indonesia
      3. Firefox Student Ambassadors Bangladesh
      4. Firefox Student Ambassadors Philippines
    • There’s also a way for you to chat with other Ambassadors through our IRC channel #firefoxstudents.

Official Hashtag!

    • Our official hashtag is #FirefoxStudents. Anytime you have something to share online relating to Firefox and the FSA Program, be sure to include the hashtag so others may find your post, like it, and share with their friends!

Club Lead Training

    • A new Club Lead Training process is being created by our E-Board’s VP of Club Development and will be launched this month.
    • What this means is all previous applicants who’ve applied to become a Club Lead will be notified. The training will be much more extensive to prepare an FSA to become the leader at their university. All existing Club Lead will also be asked to participate in the training.
    • Applicants who didn’t previously apply will have an opportunity to be entered in the new training as well.


    • If you are hosting an event in the upcoming months, we’d love for you to include it in our Events page on our wiki. It is currently under construction and will be relaunched this month.
    • In addition to the relaunch of our Events page, there will also be a way for you to request Swag for your event – but wait, before you get too excited, remember that there are limited gear to go around! It will be a strict process. But we’re always here to support you, swag or not.


    • There are so many of you doing GREAT work around the world. And don’t worry, we’ve noticed them all. A new recognition system is being put into place. We’re getting you new badges, certificates, and ways to be acknowledged by the whole FSA community. You love your job as an Ambassador and we love you back for it!
    • Look for the Recognition page on our wiki to be released.

Always Check the Wiki

With the Program going through exciting changes, new information will always be updated on the Wiki. When the new Club Lead Training, Events, and Recognition launch – they will first appear on the Wiki before anywhere else. The Wiki is our main FSA Portal and where you can access the things you need.

Thank you everyone for your continuous contributions to the FSA Program. Whether it’s a simple tweet about Firefox or a large Webmaker event to educate people about the Web, you are part of a global mission to keeping the power of the Web in the hands of users everywhere. And you are all doing GREAT. Keep rocking and always strive for more.


Top Videos of FSA Video Tutorials for the Month of March

Hello everyone!

Last month at the FSA Video Tutorials, we had our Ambassadors share, using Popcorn Maker, what they love about Firefox OS. Among the received entries after careful evaluation of the Student Working Group, the top two videos were determined. Congratulations to the following Firefox Student Ambassadors for their outstanding work this month!

Top selected tutorials are featured in this blog post.

Theme : What I love about Firefox OS

Saisharan, a fellow ambassador from India loves Firefox OS because:

  • Firefox OS allowed him to port web apps easily to mobile devices.

  • Application development for Firefox OS is very simple and easy.

  • App development just needs knowledge on HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

  • His app “World Swimmers” is now available on the Firefox Marketplace.

You can watch Saisharan’s video here :

Mohankumar, a fellow ambassador from India loves Firefox OS because of:

  • Adaptive Search which enables apps to make use of our location to customize the content they display.

  • Easy web app to mobile app porting just by using manifest.webapp file.

  • Creating apps is simple and easy because app development only involves HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

You can watch Mohankumar’s video here :

Among the two videos, the Video of the Month award goes to Mohankumar Duraisamy’s video!

Congratulations to Mohankumar for winning the Video Tutorial Contest for the month of March!

If you’d like to participate next month, the theme for April is – “What I love about the new Firefox”.
If you have any questions related with the project, contact Gauthamraj (SWG lead) on

Thanks for participating!