Community India meetup summary & next steps 2012
The first ever Mozilla India Community meetup was held at Pune on February 12, 2012.
Gen Kanai & Arky from Mozilla team joined us for the meetup. There were around 35 attendees that include, Mozilla India core contributors(Localization team, Mozilla reps & Studnt reps) and who are new to Mozilla community and interested in getting involved.
The day started with a general introductions of the regional community members by sharing their work. Gen & Arky talked about the various projects within Mozilla and showed a couple of them on screen.
Topics that were discussed at the meetup are(may not be in a order):
- Local Mozilla representation
- Mobile/ testing/ feedback
- Addons/ developer interest groups for Mozilla in India
- Download option of Firefox in various available languages in India for regular users. (some ideas from the meetup: scroll menu, website redirection based on geo-location, feature the 11 Indian language Firefox versions at mozillaindia.org)
- Local information on events/ meetups/ who is working on what/ regular posts in Mozillaindia.org/ calender update/ who is doing what.
- Women in Mozilla & Open Source
- *please feel free to mention if i forgot anything.., A detailed blogpost by one of the attendee about the meetup can be found here)
1. Mozilla India website(mozillaindia.org) next steps:
- Discuss goals for the regional website
- Develop mozillaindia.org website as part of the MCS-drupal module and make the theme code available publicly(like what has been done for the Mozilla Antarctica wordpress theme)
- Get hosting and domain support for our website from Mozilla(bug's are already filed)
- Create Mozilla India git hub account
- Invite web developers/drupal contributors
- (a separate post to discuss more on regional website)
2. Local Mozilla Representation:
Mozilla is a fun, diverse community of people from around the world. You can build a better Internet by getting involved with Mozilla. Getting started:
* The Mozilla Student reps program is aimed for people who are of eighteen years of age or older and currently enrolled in school/college.
* Whereas, the Mozilla reps(ReMo) program is for anyone who is passionate and knowledgeable about Mozilla and who is ready to dive deeper into the project can sign-up to the ReMo program. There is a simple selection criteria/ interview process for this. For more details please read though the remo wiki 
To keep posted with the latest happenings in the Mozilla India regional community:
- Join the mailing list: https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/community-india
If you use Twitter, you may want to follow the following accounts
- @mozillain at http://twitter.com/Mozillain
If you are on Facebook,
- 'Like' Mozilla India facebook page
Most of the attendees have shown interest in localization of Mozilla projects. We had some of our experianced Mozilla Localizers who came forward to guide the new comers. :)
If interested please join: India l10n(localization) mailing list: https://lists.mozilla.org/
- We hosted Localization sprints in Bangalore(Feb 18) & Chennai(Feb 19) after the meetup and plan to do more such in the coming days. If you are interested in hosting one in your region, let us know!
- All the things related to Mozilla Localization can be found here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/L10n
- To learn more contact us directly or comment below.
4.Mobile/ Testing/ Feedback:
- Be the first to try out the latest enhancements
- Refine & polish the next release
- Have an impact on 450 million users
You can find more informatio here: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/channel/ & here http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/b2g/
Don't forget to signup for the newsletter for latest updates and join the meetings.
5. Interest groups(Addons, Developer, Localization, Marketing, PR etc) for Mozilla in India:
At the meeting and the mailing list, there is a lot of interest shown for special interest groups networking. We would be happy to create a seperate tab/ group on the website. Let us know the ideas and suggestions that you have. Another idea that was discussed was, for someone to take the responsibility and create a Wiki page something like: https://wiki.mozilla.org/India/groups/addons
6. Download option of Firefox in various available languages in India for regular users.
This one may come under the Website goals, we'll be working with each of you closely to collect feedback during the design process.
7. Local information on events/ meetups:
The good news is, we already have an events calender at our website: http://mozillaindia.org/event
We encourage you to add any upcoming events to the calender that might be of similar interest to regional community, so that others can see & participate. If you think there is a major event where it might be good for Mozilla team to participate, please drop an email at mailing list or contact one of us. Please note Mozilla do not have an office in India.
We plan to do more developer engagement events in the coming days at various cities in India.
8. Women & Mozilla(WoMoz):
If you have worked in IT teams before, then you have probably already realized how very few women are directly implicated in developing and coding processes. Above all, women's presence is even more scarce among Open Source projects.
In the development field, numbers are even lower: the percentage of women developers in Open Source falls down to almost 1%.
Why? What are the reasons for this? And what can Mozilla do about this?
Contribution in open source projects is not limited to development. It also involves a large variety of fields and subjects: community work, localization (translation), community marketing, organizing events,… and of course coding.
There is therefore no reason that women should not find their place in open source contribution.
The aim of the WoMoz project is to promote the implication of women in the FLOSS world in general - and in Mozilla's teams more particularly - as well as increase awareness around this issue.
Anyone can participate - women, men, members of existing women's groups,… united in this common goal. We have mentors who will be happy to get you started.
The WoMoz Website: www.womoz.org
For more direct access:
"Internet By The People, Internet For The People" - Mitchell Baker, Chairperson at Mozilla Foundation & Former CEO at Mozilla Corporation.
I am sure, i have missed a point here and there. Please drop in your thoughts below. Questions and Comments are welcome.
Photos from the Mozilla India Meetup can be found here.