Emma Irwin

Community : What I’m Learning

Posted by in community, contribution, pathways, remo, women in technology

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 much better the end-result can be when people work on something together. Open source contribution, can actually be a very simple path, but it gets more complex in practice as background, skill-set, values, and environment…read more

With Gratitude for Rahid

Posted by in Inspiration, remo

Today was a really hard day. Today I learned that someone really wonderful, someone important and special in the Mozilla Reps community has tragically passed away. His name was Rahid Hasan. Rahid was a gentle soul, a bright bright smile, a treasured mentor, and a respected community leader . He was  also way more than these,  or any words can describe.  The genuineness of Rahid’s intentions was profound, and something to be witnessed.  I feel grateful to have just recently spent time with him, as part of the Mozilla Engagement…read more

Adventures in Portland (CLS & OSCON)

Posted by in remo, Teaching Kids, women in technology

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 contribute in the Open Source and Open Education spaces, which means that learning I do for one, benefits the other.  This was very true of this week where my role as Mozilla Rep merged with…read more

EduCask: A Social Media Network for Schools

Posted by in remo, Teaching Kids, Webmaker

Today, I had the great opportunity to learn about an open source project being developed locally by Camosun graduates called ‘EduCask‘: a Social Media Sandbox for students, teachers and parents. Why am I so excited?  Because schools in British Columbia have nothing like this AT ALL (except perhaps the private schools, but that’s another topic).  Students at my daughter’s school work primarily with Microsoft documents or with Moodle for Q&A exercises; computers are loaded with one browser: Internet Explorer.  Many of these same kids go home, login to Facebook, Askme and…read more

Council Q&A + Video

Posted by in remo

I’m hoping to help with the Mozilla Reps council this year.   I’ve actually wanted to for a while, but my schedule really hasn’t allowed me to consider it until  recently.  I’m not comfortable with the term ‘campaigning’, because I really do – just want to help.  Reps, and indeed Mozilla is in a really unique and important stage of growth, and I have a lot of ideas, energy and passion for a community which has given me so, so so much.  More than anything I want to hear from Reps…read more

North America Reps Meetup – Portland

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It was with great comfort,   after a difficult week for Mozilla that I joined the North America Reps  (USA and Canada) in Portland for a weekend of community building planning ( and hugs ). This was our second meetup, with some new faces, and new energy.  Exciting to see our tiny community starting to grow and strategize.   When I first became a Rep in early 2012 there were roughly  7 Reps in total between our two countries, while I counted 22 today.  I also suspect that number is…read more

Webmaker at the Open Data Summit 2014

Posted by in mozparty, remo, Teaching Kids, Webmaker

I was extremely honoured to present ‘Integrate Web Literacy with Mozilla Webmaker’ , at the Canadian Open Data this past February 20th, one day before Open Data Day.  The Open Data community has  been a collaborative partner of Mozilla in British Columbia for a couple of years now, and definitely kindred spirits in promoting openness and digital literacy. In 2013 our Mozilla community joined in for Open Data day at City Hall in Victoria BC.   Herb Lainchbury organized the adult hackathon, and we brought a group of youth to hack on…read more

#Webmaker Club – So far

Posted by in remo, Teaching Kids, teachtheweb, Uncategorized, Webmaker

      After close to two years  – and thanks to a visionary principle – I was able to start a Webmaker club in my daughter’s school. Web literacy is not a part of British Columbia’s curriculum.  I’ve learned a lot, here’s the Cole’s Notes: Lunch Club The only window for our club is between 12:25 and 1:00 – lunch break.   Our first class was about 28 kids, but as weather got better (and more kids opted to play outside) that slowly declined leaving a core group of…read more

Hug a Drupalista this Valentine’s Day

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I’ve had this post percolating in my head, since attending a JavaScript/HTML5 hackathon last year.  An event where the host made a  made a joke about ‘Drupal development’  implying a project and community working in ‘innovation past’.  I  apologetically sank into my seat. Not only was I one of only 3 women in a room of 80 hackers, I was also a PHP Drupal developer –  double-shot of isolation. I get it though – I’ve participated in my own share of code-snobbery it’s entertaining, it lets us vent coding horrors…read more

Through the Keyhole – Contributing to Open Projects

Posted by in drupal, Mozilla, remo, women in technology

  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, or change direction. ‘Open’ is all about people, and I have met so many inspiring, courageous, brilliant and humble people from all over the world – changing the world.  This post is in gratitude of…read more