18th September MozCoffee (The Mashujaa Edition)

bryan opiyo

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The long Mashujaa weekend began and in itself presented a great opportunity for the MozCoffee meetup. Mozillian Shujaas, from various institutions in Mombasa came together to discuss issues that involved improving the Mozilla Mombasa Community, Students and Reps as far as from JKUAT VOI and within Mombasa came to represent their various institutions, we also had the privilege of Mr.Abdulrahman lecturer from JKUAT Mombasa. So after a light banter and moments of acquaintance the meeting commenced.

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The agenda was as follows

*An update on the efforts that have been made in reaching various learning Institutions in Mombasa

*Recruiting Reps from the Institutions that have come on board.

*Prospects of engaging with Taita Campus

*Social Media Engagement

*Blogging

 *Planning events for the next quarter of the year

Alifya kicked in by informing us on the progress on reaching institutions of learning in Mombasa and having wider outreach across Mombasa. The team is constantly reaching out to institutions and so far a good number of the institutions are on board, as depicted in the community run events. However theirs still more institutions that need to come on board.

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Said also pointed out that the online presence of the community needed to be felt more, and that the Mozilla community members (you and I) need to have a collaborative effort in pushing the message of Mozilla Mombasa; sharing blog posts to friends and peers out there, asking questions on the forum among others. Engaging in social media enables the community to reach a majority numbers of people and spread its wings on the Inter webs. It just takes that one tweet tag to a friend. However this should not only be online but offline as well.

Said

Said

Having said that, in order for the presence of Mozilla to be felt in various Institutions. It was deemed important to recruit a representative from the institutions who would be the “Go To” person when Mozilla Mombasa Community would want to partner with the institution. Besides that the representative will also be in charge of starting a Firefox Club and churning out future reps in their campus that would later carry on the mantle when their time in the institution has elapsed. Musa Alfan offered to be a mentor for the reps.

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Musa Alfan and Swaleh Abubakar consulting.

The following attendants that were present at the Moz Coffee volunteered to be representatives for their institution:

  • Kizzi Dimira represantative of The Kenya Methodist University

  • Fauzia rep for Mount Kenya University
  • Magambo rep Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Festus rep from Taita Taveta University College

We look forward to having reps from Technical University of Mombasa, Kenyatta University and Moi University.

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Murad Swaleh airing his views.

Festus Langat from JKUAT- Taita Taveta Campus did share with us how Tech enthusiasts from the institutions have gone out into starting a Tech Hub.  They hold Math competitions for high school students in order to get students be involved in the science & technology field. In being the change you’d want to see in the world; Taita Taveta is shaping up to be another avenue which will churn out future Technology and Science enthusiast.

Festus Langat from JKUAT Taita Taveta

Festus Langat from JKUAT Taita Taveta

In regard to blogging about the Mozilla Mombasa, we couldn’t go without notice the efforts that have been put out by Bryan who volunteered as a blogger earlier this year, being consistent on updating and spreading the message of the community and various discussions/ events that the community has had. Blogging on both the Community hub website and the Mozilla Kenya Community website has been an effort that we do appreciate. It was also proposed that members be active on sharing the blog posts and feel free to critique. For the coming year Magambo Gatobu volunteered to take on the mantle from Bryan and he will be the next Mozilla Mombasa blogger 2015.

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Magambo takes up bloging for Mozilla Mombasa in 2015 :)

 Then a brainstorming session followed in conclusion for plans on the next quarter of the year, we came up with different ideas of events centered on Mozilla, from Toto Web, Cryptography, Web developer tools just to mention a few.

Harris sharing his ideas.

Harris sharing his ideas.

Of course towards the end after informative discussions, there was time to make merry light banters and have a bite of the assortments of the Pizzas Inn. While at it Take selfies; Food Selfies included. :)

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Belle and Jamila sharing a meal.

Mozillians do share too :) .Check out the photos, we are now on Instagram here.It was a succesfull meeting and a big thank you to the Mozillian Shujaas who showed up for the Moz Coffee, and Happy Mashujaa’s Day fellow Mozillians.

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WoMoz at AdaCamp Berlin

Ednah Kiome

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Last weekend October 11-12, AdaCamp conference took place in Berlin, Germany at the Wikipedia Deutschland offices. AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia and other wiki-related projects, open knowledge and education, open government and open data, open hardware and appropriate technology, library technology, creative fan culture, remix culture,translation/localization/internationalization, and more.

Courtesy: AdaCamp

Courtesy: AdaCamp

WoMoz was represented by Stefania Ioana Chiorean from Romania, Dian Ina Mahendra from Indonesia, Kristi Progri from Albania and Ednah Kiome from Kenya.

AdaCamp runs different concurrently sessions/discussions in which attendees decide on the session to attend. The greatest thing about this conference is the fellow adacampers(the attendees),You get to meet women who are doing great work, are passionate about what they do and from different countries, not to add you get to make life time friends.

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Women & Mozilla

Some of the discussions we had included:

  • Non Coders and how to participate in open source.
  • Mozilla and Web Maker tools
  • Civic engagement and activism
  • How to create safer space/ communities
  • Introduction to Hardware
  • Feminism/ Talking to other women about feminism
  • Introduction to GPG and other privacy tools
  • Privacy and security-Debunking the nothing to hide myth
  • Sexism and diversity in open source
  • Fan culture as a gateway to open culture
  • Job satisfaction and negotiating pay
  • Bridging a gender gap to Wikipedia Contributors/Editing Wikipedia

Apart from attending the AdaCamp, I spared some time to visit some of Berlin’s attractions. Some of the places I visited included:

Berlin Wall Art

Berlin Wall Art

 

 

 

 



I had a great time, learnt a lot from the conference and made friends. All women in open source Technology should strive to attend AdaCamp Conference.

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Berlin Radio Tower

Berlin Radio Tower

 

 

 

Firefox OS Expo

bryan opiyo

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The weekend was here and undoubtedly this was going to be the Firefox OS Apps Expo. With tickets sold out, the turnout as expected was really impressive. Techies/Students from various learning institutions, KEMU, MKU, TUM, KU and the very host themselves JKUAT Mombasa came in droves to attend the Expo. The expo hosted a panel of business people from Mombasa’s various reputable businesses; Coastal Image Technologies, Branding Concepts, Zevan Limited and Crablinks Interactive to engage with students & tech enthusiasts and share knowledge whilst reviewing some of the excellent applications from these students who had been working on building apps for the Firefox OS. Continue reading …

13th Sep Nairobi Mozcoffee (The Debonair Affair)

kelvin munene

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Saturday afternoon and the turnout was great .The Mozilla meeting began with a bang, and off course, a slice of the Debonair pizza. Who could resist? Truth be told, the pizza incentive was a good start to the Month of September but in as much as it was on the table, so was the agenda of the day.

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For those who missed out on the meeting, the list looked like this:
• Web Maker Training updates and NairoBits
• JamLab Progress
• Marker party
• Kisumu Community Development Updates
• Brainstorm on new ideas
• FSA Program
• Localization

The Inside scope
NairoBits agreed to partner with MozillaKE on the Web maker training program that seeks to widen our reach in the community. With a vast community presence rivaling our own, it was seen as a step up idea and a good avenue to introduce the community to Web Maker tools. Previous Meet ups saw us discuss the importance of collaborating with the surrounding community. Talk about killing two birds with one stone. 2 birds 1 stone
The Jam Lab idea is still in progress as Alex sent out an email expressing our desire to partner with them concerning Mozilla web development tools. In order to fully dive in the spirit of collaboration, we discussed the need to come up with content useful for the web maker training exercise .Additionally, we had to identify contributors willing to volunteer fully and take on Mozilla Program that involve organizing of events and trainings. Follow up events will be necessary upon the completion of each planned event.
In regard to the Maseno Web maker party to be hosted by our very own Newton, a budding FSA, MozillaKe contributors in Nairobi offered to provide support on the upcoming event. Mozilla contributors who agreed to attend included Steve, Kev, Maryanne, Eugene and Vicky Alex made an important point about the growth of MozillaKe stating that each individual has the capacity to make direct contribution to the community.
Steve gave us an update on Mozilla Localization Project providing submission rights to any Mozilla contributor interested in being part of the admin. In order to prevent delayed development of this particular project, that any contributor with submission rights can push the code for scrutiny by all members.
Debonair affair
On a lighter Note
As a random act of kindness, members attending the meet-up gave support to a young boy in need of medical assistance. In conclusion, “We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history” Sonia Johnson

Firefox OS Apps Expo

bryan opiyo

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In keeping up with Maker Party 2014 series slogan “Teach Learn & Make”, Mozilla Mombasa proudly brings to you the Firefox OS Apps Expo that is to be held on Saturday, 27th September 2014 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Mombasa Campus from 8.00AM to 1.00PM. With the unveiling of Firefox Keon mobile phone last year by Mozilla, it has raised a need for Apps on the Marketplace, functionality driven apps that could run on the Firefox OS and also help users of the phone with their day to day activities. So over the past 1 month +, we have had a few people who have been working on applications that revolve around doing just that, and we would love to see the great work they have been doing!

The attendants would get the chance to showcase their apps for the first time to Business people from reputable companies from Mombasa, IT professionals, students and fellow Mozillians and pitch their app and also talk about how they intend to monetize their app. The event will also involve a panel discussion on commercialization of mobile apps. This is also a chance for them to get together with other developers, open web advocates and people passionate about mobile to talk about how Firefox OS, HTML5, JS, contributes to the open web and how we can keep the web free, share best practices and much more. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced coder or just want to learn more on building apps and more, everyone is welcome.

All apps presented will be reviewed by a professional team of judges and voting will be based on business panelists reviews, judge’s reviews and public reviews. The best application will win a great prize.

All attendants will go home with some goodies courtesy of Mozilla and of course, besides the learning part, we shall have fun too!

Registration is FREE!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/firefox-os-apps-expo-tickets-12284418025

Hashtags for the event:  #firefoxOSApps #FirefoxOSAppsExpo #mozillamombasa #makerparty

Let us take advantage of great such great opportunities :)

See you on 27th!

16 August MozCoffee Nairobi

Ednah Kiome

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A Saturday afternoon and again it’s time to catch up as Mozilla Kenya community. We all gathered at the Steers along Muindi Mbingu. The members who arrived early had a chit chat as we awaited the rest of the members to get there.

Mozilla Kenya community

Mozilla Kenya community

 

The Agenda for the meeting was as follows:

  • Community members to catch up
  • Web Maker party
  • Recruitment of new Mozillians
  • Developers engagement-(Nairobi devs school)
  • L10n
  • Web Maker for high school (proposed by Simeon)
  •  Running sessions for MozCamp Tunisia https://wiki.mozilla.org/MozCamps_2014#Grow_Tunisia
  • Using Pursuitery (formerly HOMAGO) to run online sessions (Geekouts) & follow-up challenges
  •  Brainstorm on new ideas

The members noted that we do not need to have a big web maker event, one can teach the web anywhere and to anyone including the children on holiday within the estates where we reside. Meanwhile Newton Mawira who is a Firefox student ambassador with the help of the Mozilla Kenya community members will hold a Webmaker event in October at Maseno University.

On recruitment of new Mozillians, it was proposed that we focus on the students in the university and ensure the existing Mozillians mentor the recruited Mozillians to ensure they understand the core values and vision of Mozilla and ways in which they can contribute.

Women & Mozilla

Women & Mozilla

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The members who are involved in different project gave feedback and progress of the various project:

  • L10N-Steve Wanjau. There are Firefox OS bugs which need to be fixed. Some of the members who have tried to fix the bugs were not successful. Steve clarified that while translating, we ensure that the strings don’t have spaces at the end, as this will fail validation. Members decided to have monthly meet ups to translate new strings. Steve was tasked to host a geekout on Pursuitery to do some translations
  • On Vicky and Cliff who had been tasked on talking to Nairobi devs school regarding partnering with them so that we can hold events and help teach the web. Vicky informed the members that he is yet to get feedback however he was going to follow up on it.
  • Alex was also tasked to follow up with Simeon who had suggested that we have web maker events for high school students.

Hezron was to organize a session on Pursuitery on Friday 22 to show members how to create geekout and challenges in Pursuitery.

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As the event was coming to a close we didn’t forget to take selfies, enjoy pizza and look forward to the pursuitery hangout the coming Friday.

Building for the future with Appmaker

bryan opiyo

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Mozilla Mombasa held this event with an aim of introducing fellow tech enthusiasts to Mozilla Appmaker; a free, open source app authoring tool that lets you drag and drop individual components to build and share custom mobile apps right into your web browser. The event was held in the spacious on the 6th floor the JKUAT Mombasa Campus.  Participants started coming in early minutes before the event and settled. Continue reading …

Mash-Up the Web

bryan opiyo

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So with the date set and people registering for the event, Mash-up the web was finally here! Despite experiencing some slight rains in the wake of the event this didn’t deter attendees from showing up to the event with some like Gilbert showing up at the exact time 8:00am sharp. It was very commendable and we hope this spirals down to the community members, punctuality is the soul of business. The venue was really outdone, kudos to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) fraternity for providing the space, facilities and for their valuable support of course without which this event would not have been possible.

The event had a great turn out with an attendance of about forty members. We kicked off with Alifiyah briefing the members about the Mozilla events that are under Maker Party 2014 and which are currently being run worldwide, and Mombasa having the privilege to host 5 among the 2098 events running is indeed in itself an achievement, and a recognition that there is potential here within Mombasa. It’s also a sign of the great efforts being put out by the Mozilla Mombasa Leads into organizing these events here. She also provided an overview of Maker Party and the what’s and why’s and briefly highlighted the Mozilla Webmaker project.

Next we had Murad Swaleh, Owner at Crablinks Interactive and a credited web designer who has designed websites for companies around Mombasa and whose previous works are quite evident. He was undoubtedly the one fit to take us through using the Mozilla Thimble; a tool that makes it incredibly simple for anyone to create and share their own web pages and other projects in minutes. First off he started with a brief open discussion when it came to building a website, what steps to follow when one is told to build a website. This was really an eye opener for upcoming web developers. Attendees also had the chance to create a web page(s) using Mozilla thimble some of the samples can be found here.

Magambo Gatobu: https://magambojnr.makes.org/thimble/LTEzNTc4NDAxMjg=/lets-make-the-web-created-on-wed-aug-6-2014-726-am

Harris Mwashalo: https://vharris.makes.org/thimble/LTEwMzkwNzMwMjQ=/maker-party-event-report

We also had one of the leads Said Fuad educating the attendees on Popcorn maker. He had a video which he had first worked on, so as to show how the attendees how to go about it. Remixing web video, audio and images into cool mash-ups that you can embed on other websites. This had most attendees creating awesome videos with the popcorn maker here is a sample of one of the videos. Check out samples of the videos.

Ruth Kaveke: https://kaveke.makes.org/popcorn/2700

Opportuna Marura: https://ops.makes.org/popcorn/26zs

With the 3hrs of intense hacking guys were famished and lunch was indeed well taken care of. A word to describe that lunch, tantalizing!

After lunch just Alifiyah took over by having an interactive discussion on the concept of Digital/Web Literacy and its importance in today’s life.  Defining it as a map of the skills and competencies people need to read, write and participate effectively on the web. Attendees were divided into groups and given a trivia into fitting where each tool goes where on the web literacy map. This was also an interactive session since the groups got the chance to support the answers they gave by pitching it to others. Shown below is the Web literacy map

web literacy

In conclusion Swaleh Abubakar, Owner at Crablinks Interactive and Lecturer at JKUAT Mombasa had a heart to heart talk with participants. He encouraged them to actively engage with the community and also focus on one niche. It is important for one to focus on what you are good at and work on bettering yourself. Many thanks to them all!

Generally the event was a success and with App-Maker just hours away we encourage you on to take up the opportunity of getting involved with Maker Party 2014. Many thanks to the Mozillians and the Community members (Magambo Gatobu, Bryan Opiyo, Harris Mwashalo, Fauzia Ismail and Ruth Kaveke) who have contributed so far.

1 event down 4 more to go, see you in the next event.

MAKER PARTY 2014

bryan opiyo

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Teach Learn & Make. This undoubtedly describes the series of events that Mozilla Mombasa is about to roll out in the coming weeks in Partnership with Mozilla, we will be spearheading this series of events under Mozilla’s Global Campaign dubbed Maker Party 2014.

Maker Party is Mozilla’s global campaign to teach the web through thousands of community-run events around the world, it unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic web users with hands-on learning and making.

Mozilla Mombasa is holding not one, not two, but 5 series of events under this campaign and we would like to invite you all to these events, so mark these dates on your calendar as you get prepared to be indulged in a knowledge frenzy of activities. To start off here is a gist of the first two events that are proudly facilitated by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology Mombasa Campus, located at the heart of the coastal city of Mombasa in the stylish Mombasa Trade Centre (formerly Ambalal building) along Nkrumah road.

 

Let’s Meet, Make and Mash-up the Web

Being the first Webmaker Party in 2014 in Mombasa this will definitely set precedent for future Webmaker Parties. This event is targeted to University Students and Web Professionals who will come under one roof to learn, play, and remix the Webmaker tools. We shall also be introducing the concept of Digital/Web Literacy and its importance in today’s life. We will also get to brainstorm on ways in which these concepts can be applied in various sectors of the industry especially the Education Industry. Lastly, we will have a brainstorming session on Internet, Web & Security.

Wednesday, 6th August 2014 from 8.00AM to 2.30PM

Venue: JKUAT Mombasa, 6th Floor, Room 601

Register Now: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-meet-make-mash-up-the-web-tickets-12268859489

Hashtags for this event:  #TeachTheWeb #makerparty #mozillamombasa

 

 Building for the future with Appmaker

This event is aimed at introducing Mozilla App Maker; App Maker is a free, open source app authoring tool that lets you drag and drop individual components to build and share custom mobile apps right in your web browser. Thereafter encourage participants to develop a prototype application using Appmaker. Through this, participants will be led through some of the best practices of Mobile Apps Development and UI/UX Design.

Friday, 8th August 2014 from 9.00AM to 3.00PM -

Venue: JKUAT Mombasa, 6th Floor, Room 601

Register Now: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-for-the-future-with-appmaker-tickets-12280881447

Hashtags for this event: #appmaker #mobileapps #mozillamombasa #makerparty

 

 

Remember a miss is as good as a mile, so help spread the word and invite a friend to attend. We hope to see you all there.

MOZCOFFEE @ STEERS

Brenda Nyokabi

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This Month is off to a great start with the  Mozcoffee  that took place on the 5th of July at Steers  prior to the anticipated  MozFestEA  happening in Uganda. As expected ,Mozilla Kenya  came together to discuss their contribution to this amazing event. Of course, being the First Mozcoffee  in weeks  ,we had a variety of issues to address . However, the  purpose of the meet was to focus on the two most important agendas of the day: The Maker party and the MozFestEA2014

 MAKER PARTY

First Things First

Since the aim of the Maker  party is to teach the web  around the  Kenyan community, our first task was to identify  our type of audience .This, we concluded  will include any  interested persons ,schools and organizations. Given the different  audiences  we anticipate  in the program ,we sought out different ways to reach  them. One major idea was to partner with organizations in and around Nairobi such as Nairobi Dev School and NairoBits. As seen in previous  endeavors ,forming partnerships with  organizations that share the same goal can make any program stronger and better known in the community. Creating online activities to target  online audience will ensure the online community participates in the Maker Party. This will require use of online platforms such as HOMAGO; where we will create an online  teaching  network.

Who takes what

The Planning process for the maker party involved delegation of activities to different MozReps

  • Organizing Online activities (HOMAGO) – Hezzi
  • Partnership with Nairobi Dev School – Ash
  • Partnership with NAIROBITS – Cliff & Vicky
  • Mozilla Blogger – Brie

MozFestEA

Regarding the most anticipated event in East Africa, the Mozilla Kenya  community expressed its enthusiasm  to  help out with some of the Mozilla Reps  taking notable  sessions during the three day event. The  Mozilla Kenya community in Uganda  will be represented by  Ash, Vicky Cliff, Boss, Steve and Brie. As such ,different reps were  required to choose a topic to talk about. The sessions in the program include:

  • Firefox OS Marketplace – Vicky
  • Firefox OS Development -Vicky
  • BUGZILLA – Alex
  • Tips on Building JavaScript Apps – Hezzi, Boss
  • Introduction to Gaming  - Ash
  • WebMaker – Cliff
  • MVC  Vs Traditional Coding Methods – Hezzi, Boss
  • Q&A – Alex
  • Army of Awesome – Steve
  •  L10n – Steve

In-house matters

It was noted there was a lack of initiative to follow through with planned Mozilla events. This being the key factor in ensuring successful  participation, it was decided that frequent Mozcoffee  meet ups will be held  once a month to keep track of the Mozilla events and contribution. Additionally, a team was set up to discuss better ways to revive the community spirit by coming up with a  better approach to organizing Mozilla events. Subsequently, Mozilla Kenya will be required to recruit new enthusiasts to its cause. This task was assigned to Brie

Overall, the meet up was successful with all major issues being addressed fully. My only hope is that the next meeting will have  more members showing up …..we could use more great minds

Cheers!