Novzilla (my month of Mozilla!)

On Wednesday I organised the latest Bathcamp meetup where Martin and Stuart gave great talks on Wikipedia and Open Design respectively and then I closed the show with a bit of a quickfire and off the cuff presentation about Mozilla Drumbeat and some of the great projects that have come out of it and also a quick intro to WebFWD.

It turned out to be a timely talk in many ways as earlier that day I had been lucky enough to be invited to attend MozCamp Europe in Berlin in November (12th and 13th). If I’m honest I really wasn’t expecting this. I’d only been vaguely aware of MozCamp and the fact that it was running so close to MozFest (it is the following weekend) had meant that I had rather combined them in my head!

Spurred to do a little research based on the invite I was immediately impressed with the scale and the scope of the event and have even volunteered to lead a session about collaboration with other ‘open’ organisations. I’m also hoping to tune into some talks and sessions expanding on the recent spate of blogposts from Mark Surman about Mozilla ‘going big’ in education and the idea of a ‘web literate planet’.

I think it will be a nice opportunity to meet other Mozillians and to learn more about the direction of the Foundation and where I might be able to help out.

Today I also had the pleasure to be asked to be one of the Mozilla Reps volunteering at Mozfest (4th-6th November) the week before Mozcamp. I think I’ll be a bit more ‘staff’ like at the Festival – working on registration, the info desks and maybe monitoring the tag to offer online support (something I do enjoy at events weirdly!). I think I created the original Lanyrd page for the event and I retain my interest in ‘amplifying‘ and analysing events using the social web so hopefully I’ll get to do a little of that.

All in all it should make for a very interesting couple of weekends (and certainly give me plenty to blog about!). I learned a huge amount at the Festival last year and made some great connections and can only hope for more of the same at both these events.