Today we would like to share a guest post with you from our Mozilla Brasil friend, Mariana! I’m passing the keyboard over to her now:
The Campus Party Brazil (CPBR) is the major party of technology held annually in Brazil. There are treated topics related to Internet, bringing together a large number of communities and users of the global network of computers involved with technology and digital culture. It takes place in Brazil since 2008 in São Paulo and since 2012 in Recife.
The people who participate in the CPBR are called “campuseiros”. This edition, the CPBR8, had 8000 campuseiros that were accommodated during the event at tables where they, as usual, are installing their PCs, laptops, routers and other technological equipment. The internet was provided by CPBR and had a speed of 50 gigas distributed by about 50 kilometres of network cables and 30 kilometres of fiber optics.
People came to São Paulo from all over the world. There were campuseiros from 21 different countries including Colombia, Spain, United States, and Mexico.
The CPBR8 had about 600 activities, over 700 speakers, totalling more than 700 hours of content, in the official agenda. Our community had some speakers there as well. Separate communities offered many additional activities in their own agendas.
The Mozilla Brasil group was allocated at one of the tables available and was present from the very first day of the event, offering activities such as:
- Presentations of the volunteers of Mozilla Brasil
- Presentations of Mozilla projects: Webmaker, WoMoz, SUMO, WebDev and many others
- Practical workshops for Webmaker, SUMO, and WebDev
- Explanation of ways to participate in Mozilla’s mission and the tools that Mozillians have developed
- An App Development Hackathon for Firefox OS
- New member sign-up
SUMO activities took place at the Mozilla Community table. Some people came wanting to know more about the ways to contribute and they were introduced to SUMO first.
Workshops presenting the role and importance of SUMO focused on the help contributors provide in the forums and the number of people positively affected when a contributor localizes a page into their language. We demonstrated how to translate and update articles to people who spoke English and wanted to contribute to the translation of articles into Portuguese. Twitter presence and the Army of Awesome were also given the spotlight.
The CPBR8 is a place where you can meet all kinds of technologically conscious people, and many of them still do not know how to contribute or help the open web to grow. That’s what we were focused on, to open the doors for these people.
You can find the Mozilla Community Page for CPBR8 here. For more photos, click here.
…thank you Mariana for this great report! Huge thanks to all Mozillian campuseiros for their time and effort invested in opening the web up to internet users in the region.