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

Adventures in Portland (CLS & OSCON)

I recently spent a week in Portland, attending the Community Leadership Summit, and OSCON .  Although a week is a bit long away from my family, it was  definitely well-spent investment in learning.  Most cherished, as always, was the opportunity meet and chat with so many inspiring people; I am fortunate to both work and

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,