MozFest 2013

Joseph Bosire

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This year’s Mozilla Festival is probably one of the best events I’ve ever attended as a Mozillian and as Rep. Maybe I feel this way because I’ve really been yawning to attend Mozfest since the first one was held three years ago in Barcelona. Also being the biggest Webmaker event under Mozilla, me being part of it was just a dream come true, no doubt about that. I’d had of stories from the previous Mozfests and I’d really feel sorry for myself that I hadn’t attended and taken part in the past events. In 2012 we came close to having one of us (Mozilla Kenya) attend the 2nd Mozilla Festival but he couldn’t due to visa denial at the British embassy.

Well preparing for this year’s event wasn’t all that smooth for us here in Kenya. And as usual visa processing is the hardest thing ever for a rep, especially when you are planning to attend an event hosted in a first world country and you are applying for your visa from any of the developing nations, trust me, it isn’t a nice experience, not even for one second !

Two of us (Hezron and I) were invited through the Mozilla Reps program to attend this year’s event but like I said, Visa… visa… issues! Hezron was not lucky enough to attend the event as his visa was denied and to my surprise, they couldn’t trace the credibility of his invitation letter despite the fact that my invitation letter was similar to his, let alone both of them having been signed by Michelle Thorne!

But then at least I was lucky to get the chance to attend this year’s event (I’m pausing to smile, just to reminisce on how happy I was when I saw the visa stamp on my passport). I remember I’d actually lost hope when Hezron’s was denied and I even went to collect my passport just a few hour before the embassy closed for the day only get such the big surprise! But I learned quite a lot from this experience with one of the strictest embassies, the British embassy!

My flight was scheduled on the same date I collected my visa and I had to rush back home, throw everything that I needed into my bag and start my journey to the airport which is a bit far from where I live with my family. I landed in Heathrow the next morning after 8 hours in the air, not so tiring but quite a long one as well. I was lucky enough to meet two other reps from India (Sayak and Soumya) who had attended the last Mozfest and so I had nothing to worry about getting lost when connecting the trains to the Hotel, yay!

I spent most of day one just walking around London with fellow Reps, that’s after checking into our rooms. The opening session would be that evening when we would all gather for dinner with all the other reps, most of whom were still on their way coming. We strolled around taking photos and catching up with on what each one of us had been up to in their home countries and obviously Mozilla Summit which was held two weeks ago dominated most of our stories. After around four hours walk around London, we went back to the hotel to rest a bit and prepare for dinner later on.

The dinner that night was full of excitement. Meeting people whom you met probably two years back and now here you are together again, nothing feels sweeter than this. I was way too excited myself and I made sure I spoke to each and every Rep who made it and even other Mozillians whom we’ve talked before and even those whom we haven’t met before. This is usually my most favorite parts of any Mozilla events, meeting new faces and hearing from different people, how things are wherever they come from, what they do as Mozillians and even what they do as individuals aside from contributing to Mozilla, I get to learn a lot from people during such moments. Day one ended with briefings on what the program was going to be like for the next day and what to expect for the rest of the days at Mozfest 2013.

Day two started quite early with breakfast at 8am and then we’d proceed to Ravensbourne college by 9am. This was definitely going to be quite a busy day as we were to use it to lay foundation for the coming two days of the festival. So it all begun with introductions on what to expect from there henceforth. Keynotes from the main hosts and organizers followed. We also got to hear from the space wranglers and session hosts just as a buildup and for us to know where each and every session was going to be conducted.

What followed next was setting-up for session hosts. Where everyone who had volunteered to host a session was introduced to their hacking area and they’d setup their space in wait for the next two days. I was involved in two booths myself, the Students Ambassadors stand and the Mozilla Reps corner as well! With the intros done, we all moved downstairs, where we had the showcase stands. We had a lot of amazing makes from different makers from all over the world. The most memorable one for me was the a creation by Mozilla Japan which was able to transmit the same vibration effect one feels on a plastic can when marbles are shaken in it on a different can connected to the former with a string! This was just off the hook, amazing indeed! There were lots of amazing makes of course, lots of them!

The second day at Mozfest was a big day! It was the first open day for the public to participate. And I can bet everyone looked forward to it. I couldn’t help wait to take part on the maker party and learn from it. We spent the better part of day two attending different sessions up and down the college premises. All of them interesting and tantalizing where you’d wish to attend some sessions but unable because their timings collided with others which were more interesting. But yes, great sessions they all were!

And finally the maker party was here that afternoon. The room was completely electrified with the numerous activities going on in every corner. Everyone seemed to smile from ear to ear enjoying the fun moments. I never expected such a big maker party, completely off the hook. And the number of volunteers who’d come from all over the world just to share their knowledge with everyone was just amazing. I’m literally smiling while writing about the maker party. I wonder how much time was used in planning for it. Thumbs up for Chris and his Hive team! Couldn’t be any better if you ask me; I still stand amazed a month later!

Day three at Mozfest wasn’t as action packed compared to day two. I spent most of it attending sessions revolving around Webmaking, for the better part of the day. That afternoon we ganged up with a few more Reps and wen to tour the famous London Bridge and the Tower Bridge as well.

I must say that I learnt so much from Mozfest, first as a rep and even more importantly as a Webmaker! I’m sure our Webmaking initiatives here in Kenya as a community will now be better from now on. I’ve gained quite a lot from other webmakers and creators from different countries and I feel so inspired!

I’m proud to be a Mozillian!

ReMo Camp 2013

Joseph Bosire

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More than 2 years on and there never siezes to be something new for me in Mozilla.. there’s always a new experience for me to live and remember, a new challenge to face or a new thing to learn altogether. In my 2 years as a Mozilla Rep one thing seems to be recurring, community building. No matter how many ways I decide to contribute and projects I decide to zero in and focus on one thing always comes out in the end.. the urge and self drive to expand the reach of Mozilla within and around my local community and region and support current contributors wherever possible.

Recently I became a Mozilla Reps mentor and finally got to take up mentoring on a more official capacity than what I was doing locally. There’s no better way for a new mentor to start learning than for that mentor to be exposed to all other mentors at the same time and get to share their experiences with him. I got to attend this year’s ReMo Camp which was held in Madrid, Spain at the Madrid Hub from 30th August to 1st September 2013. In case you don’t know what ReMo Camp is, it’s an annual event that brings together the entire leadership of the Mozilla Reps programme in one place to crunch all the boring numbers and look for ways to crunch less numbers :-) Just kidding, it is an awesome 2-day experience that brings together the entire Mozilla leadership to review the current status of the programme, evaluate the past year and plan for the next year. Sounds like a AGM but it’s definitely far from that… perhaps photos can best explain what it is;

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C’mon!!! Relax, it’s definitely not a fake superhero convention or a costume party for superhero wannabe’s.

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Well, this may be close but it’s not really that either :-)

It’s more like..

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..intensive warm up activities and brainstorming sessions

And as the days progress towards the end..

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But on a serious note..

All major Mozilla events I’ve attended tend to be intense and involve all participants and this wasn’t any different. The level of involvement each attendee is granted is high and allows for collection of concrete and practical feedback from the participants. We had intense discussions touching on several areas concerning ReMo such as tools and how to increase our productivity and make some tasks easier, Webmakers and Reps, resource sharing, Firefox Student Amabassadors (FSA’s) and how ReMo can work with FSA’s, increasing the visibility of reps across Mozilla and outside, recognition and many more.

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And just to illustrate how ReMo camp needs to be held more often, within an hour or two we also managed to setup the Mozilla WebDev SIG which will be focusing on getting contributors to help with development of our Mozilla sites, the reps portal for starters and more later on. Without such collaborative and inclusive meetups we wouldn’t be able to come up with and do the amazing things we did there. A big thumbs up to the entire ReMo camp organizing team and all attendees who hacked and executed the agenda as well.

There are good things to come this year and the years to come for ReMo thanks to ReMo camp and the awesome ReMo leadership that I got a chance to share 2 wonderful and memorable days of my life with and I’m proud to be a part of ReMo and the Mozilla Reps Mentors.

A picture can tell so much more than a thousand words so why not go ahead and check out the entire story on flickr and also from our awesome memes.

Firefox OS devices are now in Kenya

Joseph Bosire

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It was in mid January when I laid my hands on the first Unagis in Kenya ( Firefox OS developer phones ). The phones were delivered by Didem the lead of Mozilla WFD program and a friend I made when I attended my first MozCamp in singapore Asia. Didem was on a mission to attend Nairobi Apps Day a mega event that we staged in the capital city of Kenya attracting a attendance of about one hundred and fifty web developer.

After the very successful  event I was one of the lucky reps that were allowed to take the phones with us, there other one was Bosire, both of us having shown the interest to test the device, develop apps and hack the OS. This got me so inspired thatI dived right away into developing apps for the Firefox marketplace. I am glad to report that I was the first Kenya and perhaps African to submit an app the Firefox marketplace. The app passed all the requirements and it was listed on the marketplace.

The app I build was a news reader for the just concluded general elections that were held in Kenya in the month of june. The app works well both on Firefox OS and Android devices.  The app is called Kenya Elections and it can be found here https://marketplace.firefox.com/app/kenya-election?src=search

I have had a number for sessions where I show developers how to package their open web apps for the Firefox market place. The sessions are mostly intaractive and we offen end up with a few prototype apps. In the near future I believe more Kenyans will be able to post apps into the firefox market place.

Many locals have had a chance to interact with the Firefox OS device when the attend events organized by the local Mozilla community and they give very positive feedback though the OS is quite unfinished. I will soon together with other reps receive the Keon which is the current developer phone Firefox OS for testing. I will be able to share my other device with someone else from the local community and I believe the same goes for Bosire who is the holder of the other Unagi. I will be able to share a review of the Keon once I have it and also showcase it in events.

Reps Training – Athens, Greece

Joseph Bosire

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The much awaited Reps Training in Athens finally came and we all focussed on making sure everything we (Hezron, Alex and I (Cliff)) needed was in place a head of our visit to the Greek embassy for our visas and after a week of waiting for the embassy to process our travel visas, two of us, Hezron and I were lucky to be granted our visas, Alex had a tough luck getting his, the Greek embassy siting new rules by EU blocking foreign students without employment from travelling to any of the schengen countries, that was really tough for him as he’d put in a lot of effort and time in arranging for our travel.

The D-day was finally here, the 1st of March, we were all set for our trip to Athens that early morning. And after 5 hours on board a turkish airliner, we arrived at Istanbul around midday on transit to Atina (Athens) and while here at the airport in Istanbul we met San James and Lawrence from Uganda whom we were coincedentally to take the same flight with them to Athens. Our flight from Istanbul to Athenstook approximately 2hrs or less… And we finally arrived at the Atina International Airport, the chilly breeze, the mountainous view from a far, everything quite different and interesting.
Here again we met a couple of Mozillians waiting for us and it was here that we finally met Michelle Thorne, that was really great for us! We the took the train to ‘Monastiraki’, where our hotel was located, quite far from the airport, say a 45 minutes ride.

On our first day in Athens we didn’t do much, just meeting fellow Mozillians who had already arrived and those who were still arriving. We checked in our hotel room and rested after the  long day of travelling. We then met 4 hours later for our first dinner, with almost all the Reps attending the training having arrived.

On our 2nd day after breakfast, we all gathered at the Monastiraki Square for briefings on the day’s schedule. We went to ‘Technopolis’ where  we would be working from for the rest of training period. Hive Athens were also to host a training session at the same venue the following day and it was such an awesome learning experience seeing how youths were organized and helping in setting up the hackspace making sure everything would workout as they should. I was also amazed by the number of volunteering youths had come to assist Hive Athens in planning for the event.

We spent a better part of the 2nd day at the Technopolis mainly farmiliarising with the venue for most the activities we’d engage in. Meeting fellow Reps whom we’d not met since their arrival as some of us arrived a bit late the previous night from their various countries. We also had a chance to visit the main whole where we’d have the Reps training sessions hosted, such a beautiful venue with a lot of history behind it, dating back to the 1920s, maybe even beyond that!

The Hive Athens hackathon event was quite a remarkable one. One thing that really amazed me was the level of organization shown by the organizers. I got a chance of speeking to one of the volunteer planners for event and he told me that the key to having such a big number of volunteers willing to help in hosting such events is to first let them own the event, doing it out of the usual and making it less formal and ensuring it’s full of fun. And true to this, the event commenced with some sort of a randomn volley ball, where everyone played from anywhere so long as the ball didn’t touch the ground and people would really cheer if someone bent over backwards just to save the ball from touching the ground. This was really fun if you ask me. I remember at times I’d be carried away when the game became more interesting and I’d find myself watching as the youths played from my camera and you’d think that I was taking a lot of photos, well that’s how fun it was. That was really an awesome ice breaker for a hackathon like this, a great way kickstart!

I also noticed how smoothly the whole event was run. Want to know why? Well, it’s pretty simple. Every table had something different to teach or let me make it sound more webmaker like, each table had a different hactivity and well equiped with enough facilitators who were there to ensure everyone read from the same page and that no one was left behind in the learning process. Having enough facilitators was key to this event.

That following week was the most important bit for the Reps training, the Hive event was a good eye opener on how to hold a successfull webmaker event. The training session kicked off with us identifying the common problems we experience when we host local events in our various countries and wrote them on sticky notepads. We later on grouped similar problems and it was amazing how we all experienced similar problems while hosting events but maybe just on different levels. After all these we all gathered to discuss the possible solutions to some of the problems we do face while hosting events. Quite an interesting session hosted by Gardner and Michelle Thorne.

Also worth remembering was practical Reps event we hosted at the British Council. The main aim for this was to put into action all that we’d learnt in the past few days. This seemed like a big challenge for us, teachings kids and teenagers from a totally different culture. The whole session was fucussed on the popcorn maker. And contrary to fears of having a hard time with the teenegers, we all enjoyed teaching the kids how to remix videos using the popcorn maker tool. This was practically the last important session we had in Athens.

L10N(Translating Mozilla Products into Swahili)

Joseph Bosire

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Sunday the 19th May 2013, the Mozilla Kenya community Localizers gathered at Naked pizza in Westlands to continue with the journey of ensuring the mozilla products including their favourite browser is available in swahili language; a language that is widely used in East Africa region.This would enable the people in the region to access technology in the language they understand best,preserve the swahili language and also improve customer acceptance and usage of the products.

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Everyone had arrived by 1.30 P.M 15 people who availed themselves for the localization were all set with their laptops ready to start. After introductions and catching up a bit as we placed orders for pizza, Steve being the lead of the event guided us on how to translate and gave us additional materials to assist us in the translation.We had to reming ourselves of our goals which inluded;

  • Shipping A Swahili Firefox Version in 2013
  • Having translations of Mozilla websites
  • Shipping a Swahili version of the Firefox OS
  • Having a swahili version of the manifest

Having all this in mind,we all started on the days activity and we set a goal of translating 1000 words within 4 hours. We need to encourage each other so as to meet a target and therefore decided the one who gathered majority translations gets the TShirt.

All you could here is people discussing the new words they are learning and trying to consult for any new words they came across. For the words we were not able to translate we had to write them down so that we could research further and consult so as to give the best translation for the words.

The Pizzas arrived and this did not deter us with the translation, people took bites of pizza as we continued with the days agenda of ensuring the dream of having Mozilla products in Swahili language being realized.

By the end of the event which was around 5.30 P.M we had made over 300 translations. Fabian Kithusi had the most translated words hence getting the Tshirt. It was an interesting and successful event which made us to to talk on the way forward so as to reach our goals on the localization. Ever localizer was to continue translating and we decided to check on the number of translations one will have by the time we will have our next meeting.

 

Nairobits Class 2013 webmakers

Joseph Bosire

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The aim of the event Nairobits Class 2013 webmakers that happened on 23rd of April at Nairobits school of Digital Design was to introduce the students to Firefox OS platform and Open Web Apps development. The students are currently learning web development so it was easy to lure them into mobile apps development using web technologies that they know and on the process of mastering them. By the fact that the students do not need to learn any other new programing language other than what they already know they were very willing to venture into the business of developing web apps.

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To start of the event I introduce Firefox OS, the technologies used and needed for app development, the opportunities that it presents and how web developers can tap into them. We had a chance of discussing a few APIs that have been expossed by Firefox OS to the developers and explored the possibility of developing apps that target the local market.

In the third hour of the event we were ready to dive in to code, so I showed the students how to set up their development environment, demonstrated web developer tools provided by Firefox and the Firefox OS simulator. Now it was for me to launch my Aptana Studio and start putting together a simple app for illustration purpose. In about an hour and a half we had a simple web app up and running.

Through the highly interactive session the students had a chance of learning what they need to be able come up with working web apps that can be deployed on the Firefox OS market place.

Mombasa MozCafe

Joseph Bosire

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On 12th April 2013, the Mozilla Mombasa Community had their first MozCafe meet up at the splendid Cafe Aroma. The scrumptious coffee and yummy cookies was just more than enough to get us started.Guess what? 15 people from different universities who are the leads of different IT clubs in Mombasa attended the meet-up.

We mainly discussed about the past and future events of the Mozilla Mombasa community specifically highlighting the HTML5 Hackathon and Firefox Flicks event. The meeting started off with the attendants giving brief introductions about themselves, what they do and their views about the Mozilla Mombasa Community. We also discussed about the various challenges facing most students when it comes to tech related events and projects and yes this was really interesting…so, the conclusion was, many think “Mozilla is just the browser” and “coding is difficult, it’s only for the professional programmers”And that is why we were there to discuss on ways to motivate people and encourage them to actively participate on development and also further establish the growth of the community.

Said Fuad and Alifiyah Ganijee warmly welcomed 4 new recruits to the Community who have been actively participating in the planning and organizing of events; Musa Alfan, Andrew Mwangi, Taqqiya Hamada and Zahra Jalalkhan…Keep it up guys!

…HTML5 Hackathon and Firefox Flicks was the next and most interesting part of the agenda, we brainstormed for ideas on making these events really successful and planned for dates and venues to host them.And we could not just end the meeting without mentioning the Mozilla’s 15th Anniversary party, well yeah, I personally can’t wait for it, this will be a mega party of the two most active and vibrant sub communities of Mozilla Kenya; The Mozilla Community in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Lastly, we also emphasized the use of our social network channels and the importance of keeping them alive…and yes, please do join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mozillamombasa and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/mozillamombasa

Some of the attendants suggested that we should have a token of appreciation (Could be a Certificate, a phone, a T-shirt or even a round of applause) for the team/person that develops the best App for the Firefox OS …Around 4 members of the Mozilla Mombasa Community are working on their apps, interestingly keeping it a secret between their groups so as to motivate each other to produce the best apps, let’s wait for results…

In a nutshell, the day couldn’t have been any better, everything was just WOW!

Twitter hashtag: #mozillamombasa #mozcafemombasa

Mozcoffee at Naked Pizza

Joseph Bosire

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NAIROBI MOZCOFFEE EVENT.

The event was pushed forward to Sunday 14th April after guys requested that it be held on the weekend instead of a weekday. The event kicked off at around 1:30pm at Naked Pizza in Westlands with a total of 14 people present of which 6 were Mozilla Reps and the other 8 recruits under the mentorship of the reps. We started with introductions and catching up with what other people in the group were up to while we waited for the pizzas.
After the first pizzas arrived and everyone had a slice we started discussing the Agenda of the day. The following is a summary of what was discussed.

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Firefox Flicks – Led by Alex (My Mentor) he started off with a brief introduction of what Firefox flicks is. He went over the requirements for the competition, the theme for this year’s competition and one of the videos we submitted last years. He was able to get some volunteers onto his team to aid with spreading information about the competition throughout the country with the aim of getting more videos from Kenya submitted to the competition this year.

Webmaker training and 2013 – this discussion was led by Hezron and Cliff, two of our dedicated reps who were recently in Europe for Mozcamp where they were able to interact with staff from the webmaker project and learn more about it and how they could effectively contribute to it. They shared all the information they had learnt and as a result we were able to get two of the recruits to jump onto their team and plan for two events that will be held later on this year.

Open Game Development – led by Alex and John Amba (new recruit). Alex talked about some of the open platforms available for creating games for html5 and the importance of trying to grow this field which is largely non-existent here in Kenya. Amba the new recruit a game developer enthusiast talked about his experience with one of the JavaScript game development platforms and committed to finishing a demo game that could be used to teach other how to develop games.

MozTour 2013 – Led by Kelvin and George (new recruits). They shared their idea to have a series of events that toured the country spreading the Mozilla message and why Firefox is the best browser. Stephen a rep joined them and committed to helping them to ensure the success of their events.

L10N – led by Stephen. He reiterated the importance of having a Swahili version of Firefox by the end of the year. He indicated that with nine thousand words already translated and only 6 thousand remaining it is a realistic goal. He managed to get three of the new recruits Maria, Morine and Jane Rose to help him out with translating the rest of the words

15 Years of Mozilla – Led by Alex. Alex pointed out that it was Mozilla’s 15th birthday and we were to celebrate all that Mozilla has managed to achieve to date together with all our community members. Several ideas were thrown out for the event and more is to come later once the details have been finalized.

The event was a success and we managed to talk a lot and make good plans for the rest of the year. Special thanks to all the local reps who brought their mentees/recruits to the meet up and participated to making it a success.

Mozilla FirefoxOS Mombasa Apps Day

Joseph Bosire

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Finally! It certainly was long overdue. The Firefox Apps Event Mombasa was held on 23rd March 2013. With their successful event in Nairobi a month ago, Mombasa Techies were clearly excited to bring the renowned, exhilarating and educational Firefox event home.

The event was held at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Mombasa CBD Campus, for the better part of the day with participants showing no signs of leaving by the time the sun was setting! Turn over? Close to 120 plus participants was a major achievement for organizers. Local web developers, students from various Universities from across the city as well as respectable lecturers were part of the attendees. Of course where would the event be without the Mozilla Gurus themselves? A big ditto to Alex, Victor (Vicky), Hezron (Hezy), Joseph and Sharon who managed to fly in from Nairobi especially for the day.

A big thank you to the organization team is certainly due as well; Ms. Zahra, Musa and Andrew for their exceptional voluntary contribution to keep the herd in check at the registration desk; Alifyah Ganijee and Said Fuad, the Mombasa Mozilla Representatives for ensuring all nitti-grit-ties were well ironed out and proving the event to be an admirable success; A blessed‘Asante’ to Anthony for that delightful Prayer that got the event kicked off; The short and sweet welcome gesture by the Director Mrs. Fridah Theuri; The head of the ICT program JKUAT, Mr. Ondago for his encouraging words that left every participant in the room feeling like the next ‘Einstein’ of the technology age; Alifyah and Said for introducing the Mombasa Tech Community and what it’s all about; Alex Wafula, the Mozilla Lead Rep for highlighting the role Mozilla as a non-profit organization plays in the community as well as briefing everyone on the various Mozilla projects that are on-going; Joseph together with Hezron, both Mozilla Reps, finally got the ball rolling, introducing the Firefox OS and what it entailed. And how would I end this without giving a humbled bow to the team of John, Richard, Tabitha, Peter, Harry and Joyce for serving us a most fulfilling lunch.

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Mombasa B2G Tour

Joseph Bosire

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So picking up a week later fresh from the Kampala B2G Tour we first headed to JKUAT University taking advantage of the JKUAT TEch Expo to hold a booth and talk about Firefox OS, the Firefox Marketplace and how to deploy apps there. As usual, our booth generated tonnes of traffic with some guys already aware of B2G’s developement while otheres heard of ti for the first time. I gave a taklk as well about Mozilla communities in Africa and plans for 2013…more on a differnt blog post on that.

So, moving on to Mombasa. This was the final desitination for our Community B2G Tour. We were here back in March where we met with the Mombasa Tech Community lead by Alifiyah Ganijee, Saeed Faud and Ahmed Maawy  who took up the responsibility of organizing Mozilla activities in the region. Since then, they’ve held a Mozilla Summer Code Party and now did all the ground preparations for the Mozilla Tour.

The Mombasa Tech Community is a group of tech enthusiasts based of the Coast of Kenya with a goal of exposing individuals in the region to various tech advancements. You can find the here:

Google Group mailing list
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/msa-tech
Google +
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/105153400962376532068/105153400962376532068/about
Twitter

@MombasaTech
https://twitter.com/#!/MombasaTech
Facebook

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OK, back to the tour, venue: MEWA IT Center. We had an attendance of around 60 guys mainily from the Mombasa Tech Community and Camara who were gracious enough in providing a venue for the event. Hezron, our hacking guru was sick and sadly absent for this but Vicky and Steve were upto task in taking up his presentations on Mozilla’s QA (Qaulity Assurance Talks) and HTML5 apps development.

We started off with Alifiyah talking about the Mombasa Tech Community and their future plans with calls for volunteers to assist in developing their website as well as join the community. I picked up from there with my talk focusing on the mentorship methods (ReMo, Student Reps) we use to involve people in our projects and touched in detail over various Mozilla contribute areas with Vicky backing me up on a couple of questions that popped up from the audience upto a break session for lunch.

This was quite a mixed group as we came to realize over chats we had during our lunch break, with a game developer in the house to system developers, network technicians, students and even tonnes of guys who had quite minimal IT skills and were asking for programs that would teach the real basics when it comes to web making. Actually turned up to be a perfect crowd for peer review and mentoring. So we settled on a plan to have Webmaker events at the same space being lead by the Msa Tech team.

After lunch… Steve spoke, lights were out :( so he briefly covered Mozilla’s QA (Qaulity Assurance) contribute areas and the tools used for this. Ali, from Camara was up next speaking about their volunteer program where they train volunteers on all that’s required in refurbishing and fixing computers who in turn help Camara in refurbishing used computers that are distributed in schools all over Kenya. Along with the Msa Tech Community, we plan to host a series of Webmaker events at Camara’s MEWA IT Center in 2013

We ended the day chatting with Alifiyah and team about the future plans of the Msa Tech community and how Mozilla can be part of that right from building their website to Webmaker, Firefox Os and Flicks events in 2013

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