Mozillian profile: Jayesh

Michał

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Hello, SUMO Nation!

Do you still remember Dinesh? Turns out he’s not the only Mozillian out there who’s happy to share his story with us. Today, I have the pleasure of introducing Jayesh, one of the many SUMOzillians among you, with a really inspiring story of his engagement in the community to share. Read on!

Jayesh

I’m Jayesh from India. I’ve been contributing to Mozilla as a Firefox Student Ambassador since 2014. I’m a self-made entrepreneur, tech lover, and passionate traveller. I am also an undergraduate with a Computer Science background.

During my university days I used to waste a lot of time playing games as I did not have a platform to showcase my technical skills. I thought working was only useful when you had a “real” job. I only heard about open source, but in my third year I came to know about open source contributors – through my friend Dinesh, who told me about the FSA program – this inspired me a lot. I thought it was the perfect platform for me to kickstart my career as a Mozillian and build a strong, bright future.

Being a techie, I could identify with Mozilla and its efforts to keep the web open. I registered for the FSA program with the guidance of my friend, and found a lot of students and open source enthusiasts from India contributing to Mozilla in many ways. I was very happy to join the Mozilla India Community.

Around 90% of Computer Science students at the university learn the technology but don’t actually try to implement working prototypes using their knowledge, as they don’t know about the possibility of open source contributions – they just believe that showcasing counts only during professional internships and work training. Thus, I thought of sharing my knowledge about open source contributors through the Mozilla community.

I gained experience conducting events for Mozilla in the Tirupati Community, where my friend was seeking help in conducting events as he was the only Firefox Student Ambassador in that region. Later, to learn more, we travelled to many places and attend various events in Bengaluru and Hyderabad , where we met a very well developed Mozilla community in southern India. We met many Mozilla Representatives and sought help from them. Vineel and Galaxy helped us a lot, guiding us through our first steps.

Later, I found that I was the only Mozillian in my region – Kumbakonam, where I do my undergrad studies – within a 200 miles radius. This motivated me to personally build a new university club – SRCMozillians. I inaugurated the club at my university with the help of the management.

More than 450 students in the university registered for the FSA program in the span of two days, and we have organized more than ten events, including FFOS App days, Moz-Quiz, Web-Development-Learning, Connected Devices-Learning, Moz-Stall, a ponsored fun event, community meet-ups – and more! All this in half a year. For my efforts, I was recognized as FSA of the month, August 2015 & FSA Senior.

The biggest problems we faced while building our club were the studying times, when we’d be having lots of assignments, cycle tests, lab internals, and more – with everyone really busy and working hard, it took time to bridge the gap and realise grades alone are not the key factor to build a bright future.

My contributions to the functional areas in Mozilla varied from time to time. I started with Webmaker by creating educational makes about X-Ray Goggles, App-Maker and Thimble. I’m proud of being recognized as a Webmaker Mentor for that. Later, I focused on Army of Awesome (AoA) by tweeting and helping Firefox users. I even developed two Firefox OS applications (Asteroids – a game and a community application for SRCMozillians), which were available in the Marketplace. After that, I turned my attention to Quality Assurance, as Software Testing was one of the subject in my curriculum. I started testing tasks in One And Done – this helped me understand the key concepts of software testing easily – especially checking the test conditions and triaging bugs. My name was even mentioned on the Mozilla blog about the Firefox 42.0 Beta 3 Test day for successfully testing and passing all the test cases.

I moved on to start localization for Telugu, my native language. I started translating KB articles – with time, my efforts were recognized, and I became a Reviewer for Telugu. This area of contribution proved to be very interesting, and I even started translating projects in Pontoon.

As you can see from my Mozillian story above, it’s easy to get started with something you like. I guarantee that every individual student with passion to contribute and build a bright career within the Mozilla community, can discover that this is the right platform to start with. The experience you gain here will help you a lot in building your future. I personally think that the best aspect of it is the global connection with many great people who are always happy to support and guide you.

– Jayesh , a proud Mozillian

Thank you, Jayesh! A great example of turning one’s passion into a great initiative that enables many people around you understand and use technology better. We’re looking forward to more open source awesomeness from you!

SUMO Blog readers – are you interested in posting on our blog about your open source projects and adventures? Let us know!

What’s Up with SUMO – 28th April

Michał

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Hello, SUMO Nation!

Did you know that in Japanese mythology, foxes with nine tails are over a 100 years old and have the power of omniscience? I think we could get the same result if we put a handful of SUMO contributors in one room – maybe except for the tails ;-)

Here are the news from the world of SUMO!

Welcome, new contributors!

If you just joined us, don’t hesitate – come over and say “hi” in the forums!

Contributors of the week

Don’t forget that if you are new to SUMO and someone helped you get started in a nice way you can nominate them for the Buddy of the Month!

Most recent SUMO Community meeting

The next SUMO Community meeting

  • …is happening on WEDNESDAY the 4th of May – join us!
  • Reminder: if you want to add a discussion topic to the upcoming meeting agenda:
    • Start a thread in the Community Forums, so that everyone in the community can see what will be discussed and voice their opinion here before Wednesday (this will make it easier to have an efficient meeting).
    • Please do so as soon as you can before the meeting, so that people have time to read, think, and reply (and also add it to the agenda).
    • If you can, please attend the meeting in person (or via IRC), so we can follow up on your discussion topic during the meeting with your feedback.

Community

Social

Support Forum

Knowledge Base & L10n

  • Hackathons everywhere! Find your people and get organized!
  • We have three upcoming iOS articles that will need localization. Their drafts are still in progress (pending review from the product team). Coming your way real soon – watch your dashboards!
  • New l10n milestones coming to your dashboards soon, as well.

Firefox – RELEEEEAAAAASE WEEEEEEK ;-)

What’s your experience of release week? Share with us in the comments or our forums! We are looking forward to seeing you all around SUMO – KEEP ROCKING THE HELPFUL WEB!

Get inspired! Reaching 100% SUMO Localization with the Czech team

Michał

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Hey there, SUMO Nation! We’re back to sharing more awesomeness from you, by you, for all the users. This time I have the pleasure of passing the screen over to Michal, our Czech locale leader. Michal and his trusted team of Czech l10ns reached all the possible KB milestones ever and are maintaining the Czech KB with grace and ease. Learn how they did it and get inspired!

The years 2015 and 2016 were a great success for our Czech localization team. We have grown in number, improved our suggestion & reviewing workflow, moved all projects to a single place (Pontoon) and finished all milestones for SUMO l10n – both for UI and articles. But there is much more that we gained when making all dashboards green than just “getting the work done”.

But who is the Czech team?

That’s a very good question. The Czech team has not been involved much in the global SUMO life. So, if you do not know us, let me introduce everyone.

  • First there is me ;) – Michal. I primarily focus on product localization, but “as a hobby” I am trying to help the SUMO heroes too.
  • Our biggest hero and record breaker Jiří! If you open any Czech article, he worked on it directly, or reviewed and polished it to perfection. His counter recently exceeded the number of 730 articles updated.
  • Miroslav is our long-time contributor and his updates and translations are considered approved in advance.
  • Tomáš does irreplaceable work keeping Kitsune UI localization in great shape, and he started that in the old ages of Verbatim.
  • I almost forgot our former leader Pavel. Many thanks to him for the outstanding work on both Kitsune UI l10n and the very first help articles as well.
  • I also want to highlight the contributions of other brave volunteers. Their updates and translation even a few articles helped us conquer our dashboard.

Nice to meet all of you, guys.

Thank you, SUMO! So, the story… At the end of last year, Michał looked closely on the locale statuses and assigned the milestones we should smash this year. Our milestone was to localize all articles globally. That was something I didn’t believe we can do easily. Even in February or March a new set of milestones appeared and the updated one for Czech reduced the “requirement” to localize 700 articles. Well, from that point in time, we cheated a little. ;)

As you may notice only 697 articles now. During the localization we noticed some articles were pretty outdated, containing links to pages that no longer exist, etc. So we’ve got in touch with the team, reported them and… they were magically archived. But do not think we are just bloody cheaters achieving milestones through asking for content deletion. No, we made almost 400 updates to all articles this year (50% of the total we’ve done in the whole 2015)!

The cooperation between us (localizers) and the SUMO team (Michał, Joni, Madalina, and others), I personally have found very beneficial. One one side, they put a huge effort in our support, introducing a new tool or explaining article content, as well as Firefox release notes and news. During the localization we read each article whole at least once or twice, so giving them feedback or suggesting updates is the smallest thing we can offer from our side.

Amazing! But you mentioned you learned something new too?

True. We learned that communication is very important. In the team, we learned to share new ideas on terminology and also opened a discussion on the theme of screenshots, which are our next target. Did you notice, there is no dedicated way to mark that your localization revision is missing localized screenshots? Oh, it’s quite simple in fact. We are adding a “[scr]” tag into the revision comment each time we have not had enough time to take localized screenshots, and only translated the article content. It’s very easy to filter them out in the “Recent revisions” list, once you have time and mood for some “screenshotting”.

Equally important is the communication outside the localization team. A lot of strings in the Kitsune UI would have been translated blindly without any consultation. Especially in the support forum areas, we haven’t been using those pages ourselves until the beginning of April (yes, we did forum support, too!).

In the light of our success, we do not want to rest on the laurels. It’s time to look forward – our screenshots are not perfect, and we are still dividing our efforts between articles and the Kitsune UI. I hope that Kitsune can support us in both areas a little more, e.g. there are no tools for finding the actual location of the strings, but that’s something we can help fix. We are actually quite new to Kitsune. But as it’s great to help people by bringing knowledge into your language, it’s also quite important to start a discussion, even if we might think the questions we have are trivial. Just do not be afraid to say what you think is important for the project.

What’s Up with SUMO – 21st April

Michał

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Hello, SUMO Nation!

Let’s get the big things out of the way – we met last week in Berlin to talk about where we are and what’s ahead of us. While you will see changes and updates appearing here and there around SUMO, the most crucial result is the start of a discussion about the future of our platform – a discussion about the technical future of SUMO. We need your feedback about it as soon as possible. Read more details here – and tell us what you think.

This is just the beginning of a discussion about one aspect of sumo, so please – don’t panic and remember: we are not going away, no content will be lost (but we may be archiving some obsolete stuff), no user will be left behind, and (on a less serious note) no chickens will have to cross the road – we swear!

Now, let’s get to the updates…

A glimpse of Berlin, courtesy of Roland

Welcome, new contributors!

If you just joined us, don’t hesitate – come over and say “hi” in the forums!

Contributors of the week

Don’t forget that if you are new to SUMO and someone helped you get started in a nice way you can nominate them for the Buddy of the Month!

Most recent SUMO Community meeting

The next SUMO Community meeting

  • …is happening on WEDNESDAY the 27th of April – join us!
  • Reminder: if you want to add a discussion topic to the upcoming meeting agenda:
    • Start a thread in the Community Forums, so that everyone in the community can see what will be discussed and voice their opinion here before Wednesday (this will make it easier to have an efficient meeting).
    • Please do so as soon as you can before the meeting, so that people have time to read, think, and reply (and also add it to the agenda).
    • If you can, please attend the meeting in person (or via IRC), so we can follow up on your discussion topic during the meeting with your feedback.

Community

Social

Support Forum

Knowledge Base & L10n

  • Hackathons everywhere! Well, at least in Stockholm, Sweden (this Friday) and Prague, Czech Republic (next Friday). Contact information in the meeting notes!
  • A guest post all about a certain group of our legendary l10ns coming your way – it will be a great read, I guarantee!
  • An update post about SUMO l10n coming over the weekend, because there ain’t no rest for the wicked.

Firefox

…and that’s it for today! We hope you enjoyed the update and will stick around for more news this (and next) week. We are looking forward to seeing you all around SUMO – KEEP ROCKING THE HELPFUL WEB!

Trip report: Tech + Women + Kazakhstan!

Michał

Greetings, SUMO Nation! At the moment, we are meeting in Berlin to talk about SUMO and our involvement in Mozilla’s mission. Therefore, we have no major news or updates to report this week (but there will be more of that soon, worry not!). Then again, we can’t leave you without something nice and inspiring to read, right?

As you can imagine, even if we spend a lot of time on SUMO-related activities, it’s not the only thing we do. Just like any Mozillian, our activities span many different fields. Thus, it is with great pleasure that I share with you our own Rachel’s trip report from her recent visit to Kazakhstan as a member of the Tech Women organization.

How would YOU inspire women & girls?

To promote STEM learning and diversity in the workplace, Tech Women organizes three delegation trips each year. The trip opens leadership opportunities to women on the international scene of professional employment. Over four weeks, women in STEM become emerging leaders and develop business plans, learning about one of the fields of knowledge in an in-depth manner.

I feel fortunate to mentor through Tech Women and get the opportunity to visit Kazakhstan on a delegation last month. In addition to sightseeing and experience the local culture, we gathered for Technovation events at hackerspaces, middle school and university campuses.

A postcard from the road

We visited the old and new capital of Kazakhstan, Astana and Almaty. Many of the building are still influenced by the Soviet style. Kazakhstan is also known for being the place of origin for apples, and the people’s love for their horses.

On the third day of our visit, while staying at the Doysk Hotel, we were greeted by three US Consulate representatives. One of them, who previously worked at NASA, and had an inspiring career in science (also studying Soviet sciences) was dressed in green and had hair dyed red for the festive March 17 holiday.

They answered our questions about the pollution in the area, as well as many cultural questions that occupied our minds after running around in the snow for a few days.

We visited the National University that day and had two panels talking about women in the workforce, interview processes, and ways of progressing careers in STEM fields. The university impressed some of us with over an acre of planned solar panel space. The mechanical engineers among us got to interact with an equally impressive robot that recognized sign language.

On the trip, our delegation group participated in projects related to application development, Technovation groups and spoke on several discussion panels.

The Technovation groups themes varied from design thinking and learning parts of computer hard drives to pitching Android apps. It was surprising that even in a place located quite remotely in the mountains, between two of the largest countries on the planet (in several respects), there is a lot of access and will to seize to the opportunity to learn and develop on an open web.

Digital literacy develops these women as users of the web, as well as makers just thanks to the basic web access they get in the hacker spaces and schools we visited. During our visit, we learned that development opportunities for young girls in schools were rather limited outside of those options.

Technovation workshop – identifying hard drive parts

The speaking panels addressed career development skills such as interviewing, networking at events, and resume building. However, some of the questions were more directed around Human Resource issues like maternity leave and securing funding for a business idea. In the United States, there is legal action that can be taken for many of the questions that the Kazakh women had, so there is definitely room for improvement there.

Conducting a mock interview with career developing skills for women interested in working in the US

For the next generation of people in Kazakhstan, particularly young women, open access to communication plays a key role. However, the challenge of funding and lack of guided direction towards STEM careers discourages women from fully optimizing the potential of digital growth.

Emerging leaders and women from Yahoo speaking about being a woman in the modern workplace. Talking to girls choosing where to go for university and what to study. Bottom right: Pitching an app idea for volunteers.

Sig Space motivational chalk board. The event invited 10 men from various professions and included technical industry women speaking about increasing the number of women active in that field. A National University representative looking to start a training program for girls focused on Data Center and Cisco certifications. He also wanted to learn more about Mozilla and our mission.

Thank you for your awesome report, Rachel! It’s great to see more women getting into tech every day, everywhere around the world :-).