Mozilla at SkyHub

Vuyisile

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On Friday April 1 2016 we visited SkyHub, a local tech hub in Bulawayo for a talk/presentation on the contribution opportunities available at Mozilla and the exciting projects we’re working on.

Martin, from SkyHub started us off by introducing the attendees to SkyHub and telling them about the Tech Hub.  I presented on the mozilla story, what we’re working on and our mission. Christabel presented on the various contribution opportunities that Mozilla has to offer. Pictures below:
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Martin, introducing everyone to the SkyHub

Martin, introducing everyone to the SkyHub

Christabel, on contribution opportunities

Christabel, on contribution opportunities

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March Privacy Month Campaign

Christabel Khumalo

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privacy-month-coverWith the popularity of smartphones and use of online services on the rise it is important to know what privacy settings are available and help keep internet users safe and informed. As a part of the International Data Privacy day, Mozilla Zimbabwe launched a privacy campaign (1 March 2016 – 31 March 2016) with the mission to raise awareness for privacy issues. The campaign is in 2 sections: the online campaign followed by an offline event.

Online campaign – The goal of the online campaign is to post a privacy tip per day. These tips will be shared throughout the month of March via social media ( Facebook and Twitter) These hashtags have been used to increase engagement #PrivacyMonth #Advocate4Privacy #PrivacyAwareness.

Offline event – The Mozilla Zimbabwe community will host an event to teach about privacy.

Help us spread the privacy message by retweeting and sharing posts on Facebook / Twitter.

Maker Party Bulawayo

Vuyisile

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On the 27th of August 2014, we will be hosting a maker party.  Maker Party is Mozilla’s Global campaign to teach the web.

The Web we know and love is not scary. The Web is a magical collaborative space where the possibilities for invention are endless; where problems are solved, and really human-experiences and kindness are magnified to inspire millions.

The Web can also be a dangerous place for people who share things online. This event will help participants learn basic privacy practices through hands on sessions and digital remix. Participants will be introduced to learning resources designed to help people think about their own privacy and be able to describe why privacy is important.

Using a free and open source tool called Mozilla Lightbeam, you will be visually shown how cookies and third-party trackers are monitoring you as you perform your own everyday tasks on the web. Lightbeam paints a personalized picture of each participant’s own data trail, and what can be done to help manage and protect it.

Agenda here:

Join US!

If you would like to attend or get more details, please register on eventbrite here:

 

May 27 L10n MozCoffee

Vuyisile

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On Tuesday, the L10n team met for a MozCoffee. We didn’t really have coffee however but had fizzy drinks instead(MozSoda :)).
The goal was to plan and prepare activities for the next three months. Progress on the L10n project has stalled in the last few months, this was addressed and it will be back up shortly.

Other things we discussed included preparations for the Webmaker Maker party that is due to start in July, progress on the Firefox Club in Harare, and strategies to grow the contributor base.

Pictures below:

Photo By Vuyisile Ndlovu

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January 30 L10n Meetup

Vuyisile

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On the 30th of January, the Ndebele translation team met for the first time to discuss, project progress, team roles and establish termbases to be used in future translations.

I wrote a blog post about the event on my personal blog here .

We are Mozilla Zimbabwe

Vuyisile

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Mozilla Zimbabwe

We are a group of volunteers working on supporting the Mozilla Project in as many ways as we can. There are a few contributors contributing to the Mozilla project from Zimbabwe.It is our opinion however that there are lots of passionate,capable and interested people in Zimbabwe. People who would find the Mozilla Project interesting, people who could contribute to it and most importantly, people who can learn from it. Our main oblective is to gather such ones and help them get involved.Our second objective is to contribute to the Mozilla Project as a team, as Mozilla Zimbabwe, instead of individual contributions. Our third objective is to support Open Standards and FOSS.

Who can join Mozilla Zimbabwe?

The simple answer is ANYONE can,well not really.There are conditions.We is a community of volunteers, so all the work we do is non-paid. If you can live with that, then do join us. This means you have to be willing to dedicate (some of)your time and energy to support us. We also love working with passionate people. So if you love the Web,love to Code, Design, helping out or just talking about tech, you will feel at home here.

Lastly we need to see your interest in joining. We will not force you to join the group or make you work under compulsion once you join. Just be interested and pitch in whenever you can!!!

Why should you contribute to the Mozilla Project?

1. You get to be part of a Global Community supporting a common cause: – making the Internet better place for everyone.

2. Acquire skills(it can be in any functional area)- Mozillians are good at what they do and they are willing to share their knowledge with you(usually). All you have to do is ask. This is great because you get the opportunity to work directly with professionals in the field.

3. You have the freedom to work on almost anything and everything (seriously).It could be the next big idea,a new feature for the Firefox browser,an add-on, an event, a poster design, a creative project …anything!!

4. Get to meet like minded people from around the world and develop friendship.

5. Get a Letter of recommendation, wouldn’t this look cool on your C.V/resume?

6. Chance to do internship at Mozilla Headqurters.

7. Get invited to the International meetings

8. And of course, be involved in shaping the future of the web.


Ok, I am interested. So, What’s Next??

Well,we are happy to hear that :) There are lot’s of different fields that you can contribute to. Your contributions depend on what interests you, your skill set or the amount of time you have at your disposal. There’s always lot’s to do. Listed below are some of the areas you can get involved in.

Area of Interest
You can build a better Internet by getting involved with Mozilla. You don’t have to be a C++ guru (or even know what that means!) and you don’t need to spend lots of time. Take a look at the opportunities below and feel free to ask if you have any questions.
Browse contribution opportunities by area of interest.
Helping Users
Interested in helping others get the most out of using Firefox and other Mozilla projects? Our support process relies on enthusiastic contributors like you. Find out more about supporting Firefox and Thunderbird users. You can also join our Army of Awesome by helping users on Twitter.

Testing and Quality Assurance
QA is one of the easiest ways to get started with Mozilla and is a great way to get familiar with our code and tools. Help us hunt down bugs in Firefox, test Mozilla web sites or learn more about other testing opportunities.

Coding
Developers can help Mozilla by adding new features, making our technology smaller and faster and making development easier for others. You can find many developers on IRC so stop by and ask questions to learn more. Our web sites are open for web ninjas to hack on too.

Marketing and Evangelism
Help us spread the word about how Firefox and other Mozilla projects are building a better Internet. Share Firefox with the world by becoming an Affiliate and then check out our Marketing Guide for more ways to get involved.

Localization
Get involved with Mozilla by making Firefox, Thunderbird and other projects available in your language. Also help us tell the world about how Mozilla is building a better Internet by translating content on our web sites.

Add-ons
Firefox and other Mozilla-based applications have a powerful extension system that allow you to make small tweaks or make major additions to your programs. If you’re new to this technology, learn how to build an add-on. For experienced developers, find out how to become an AMO editor.

Visual Design
We believe in the power of well-made and widely distributed art, and want to make it possible for artists to cover the web and people with designs inspired by Mozilla. Take part in a Creative Collective challenge or add a t-shirt design to our Community Store.

Developer Documentation
The Mozilla Developer Network is the hub for information about Mozilla technologies. Help make our documentation better by writing new content, correcting existing material or translating content into new languages.

Accessibility
Accessibility is about making things work for everyone. Help create tools and resources for Firefox end users with disabilities and help make web content available to non visual agents such as screen readers.

Systems Administration
Do you see yourself as someone who looks at the world a little different? Are ones and zeros constantly flying through your head? What we do as systems admins is we get to sit behind the scenes of the biggest entity in the world and keep the lights on. Join our mirror network or find out other ways to get involved.

User Research
Be part of the research team—whether you want to be a participant in an upcoming study, conduct usability tests on your own or analyze Test Pilot data—we’d love to have you join us!

Education
Help build a generation of webmakers—moving people from using the web making the web—by teaching others how to code and how the web works. Explore what the Mozilla Webmaker project is all about or get started teaching others by setting up an event in your community today.

Things we are curretly involved in:

Gathering as many dedicated volunteers as we can is our primary target.

Educating people about the web; how it works and how to develop for it.

Some of the contributors in our team are working with the QA team to ensure that Mozilla sites are of the best quality.

We are actively translating the Firefox browser into Ndebele and Shona will follow soon. Join us and support us in our endevours.

Mozilla and the Open Web Challenge

Vuyisile

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The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) held an Open Day on the 28th of March 2013 to showcase the final year projects that their student’s are working on. I had the privilege of being invited as a speaker at this event.

Full blog here:
http://terrameijar.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/event-debrief-mozilla-and-the-open-web-challenge/

Software Freedom Day

Vuyisile

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Saturday the 15th was Software Freedom Day and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) hosted the Bulawayo event.I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of Mozilla.

The event started at 10am. The keynote address was delivered by the NUST Vice Chancellor and he talked about the importance of using Open Technologies and forming open source communities.

The SFD was covered in the local paper(Sunday News). The post has since been taken down unfortunately and I cannot share the link. I blogged about the event here