Mozilla Campus Clubs @ Grace Hopper Open Source Day

Mozilla Campus Clubs @ Grace Hopper Open Source Day Open Source Day at Grace Hopper was my absolute, most favourite, ‘conference thing’ I did last year, and it was with little hesitation that I got involved again for the 2016 version. Before I say anymore I want to acknowledge the amazing work of two volunteers in[…]

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Mozilla at Grace Hopper Open Source Day

This past October, thanks to Larissa Shapiro, I had the incredible opportunity of teaching Open Source Participation at Grace Hopper Open Source Day. In recent years, I would say the primary focus of my contribution to Mozilla has been an effort to create educational offerings and experiences with real world value, through open source participation. […]

Kindness in (Open Source and Online) Communities

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain I’ve had this post swirling around in my head for a while.  A post on my experiences and preference to lead, participate and negotiate conflict in online communities through kindness. I might  be writing it as a proposal to[…]

Open Hatch & Mozilla

In recent years, I’ve organized loads of Webmaker events for youth.  And on the opposite end, I’ve also run  many hackathons for experienced engineers interested in contributing to open source, through my work at SocialCoding4Good. For just as long, I’ve noticed the absence of opportunity for higher education students to get involved, which is why[…]

Community : What I’m Learning

As long as I’ve  been an open source participant (since 2005), I’ve  rather tirelessly (and some might say annoyingly) encouraged others to also ‘get involved‘.   In the beginning this talk was straight forward:  I simply spoke a lot about learning, how much you can learn!  Who you can learn from,  who you can mentor, how[…]

Through the Keyhole – Contributing to Open Projects

  I have been contributing to a variety of open projects for about 8 years now- a life changing experience in more ways than I can list.  I’ve learned so much collaboratively building, fixing, documenting, testing, and leading projects I believe in.   Admittedly, some of the best lessons have also been in learning to fail,[…]

Webmaker School Club

I’ve wanted to run a Webmaker school club  for quite a while, and met with resistance for just as long. Thanks to our amazing principle, I am completely thrilled to finally… have the initiative accepted in my daughter’s school starting Monday. Currently working hard on a lesson plan, that includes  online and offline activities +[…]