Mozilla Festival (#mozfest) 2013

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The Mozilla Festival (#MozFest), is an annual gathering of passionate thinkers and inventors from around the world who meet to learn from each other and help forge the future of the web. This year, 2013, over 1500 people both Mozillians and friends of Mozilla gathered together at Ravensbourne College in London to celebrate the festival.

As a sponsored rep, I was privileged to be a part of this awesome group of people. I arrived in London on the morning of Thursday 23rd, the eve of the event commencement. Unlike other Mozilla events I had attended before with airport pickup, this time we had to make way to the hotel but foturnately, we met with two previous year MozFest Attendees, Deb and Sayak who were very handy. Check in to the hotel was after Midday so we decided to take some time moving around London. Checked out parks and Buckingham palace then went out for our first lunch together. We returned to the hotel to check in and then headed off to the Webmaker Mentor monthly call at the Mozilla Space in London. The call was exciting because it was the first time that we were all in one place with just a few people in San Francisco and other parts of the world. After the call we went in for an orientation meeting chaired by Gunner. One highlight of the meeting was when previous attendees were separated from first time attendees and each previous attendee had to find one attendee and tell them about what to expect and answer their questions about MozFest. In five minutes, everyone was upto speed as regards what to expect in the next three days. After the meeting, there was another short reps debrief by Christos and then lots of eats, drinks and music till about 10pm when everyone departed to their hotel rooms.

The next day, Friday 24th, MozFest kicked off with an orientation by Gunner. We arrived to a full room on floor six of volunteers and reps. The next session was a series of keynotes by Mark Surman, Mitchel Baker and others then an introduction of upcoming sessions by Allen Gunner. After that everyone released to go to the floor with the sessions of their choice. The sessions included; Badges, Open data, Journalism, Mobile, Build+teach the web, Science, Privacy, Physical web and connect your city. I headed off to the 6th Floor to build and teach the web lead by Laura. What we did most of the day was preparing for the next day and in the evening had a science fair. It was amazing to see what people had done. I was most touched by a daughter and father who worked together to build a painting robot in just less than six months. The girl was not more than 12 years old. The science fair helped build momentum for the next two days of thinking and making. We concluded the day with a reps dinner at the 02 arena and retired to the hotel.

On Saturday 24th, the day opened with another series of keynotes. There after the making begun. I had the opportunity to visit other sessions like tools for researchers, open data and making a spectrometer. I also took some time to talking about the Reps program with various participants and making friends.

Finally, on Sunday the 26th, a few more key notes in the morning then final touches made on the makes on Saturday and presentation of best ideas generated. During the keynotes, I was particularly touched by the inspirational quote from Elon Musk, “Shall we be able to learn as fast as technology is growing”.

In conclusion, MozFest was a great experience for me; it’s been my longing to organize MozFest or a major maker party in East Africa. I believe that the experience has enlightened me as well as given me a starting point to organize one. I also had the opportunity meet amazing people from all over the world to collaborate with them. I hope I can participate in more forthcoming MozFests, My heart goes out to the Michelle Thorne, the MozFest team and the REPs program. Thank you all for the opportunity to participate in MozFest 2013 and for making it a worthwhile experience.

P.S. There’s lots more about the Mozilla Festival here:

FirefoxOS Hackathon

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FirefoxOS hackathon started with remarks from the Vice Chancellor of UTAMU professor Jude Lubega welcoming us all and encouraging the attendees to be keen on what we had for them and to always adapt to new technologies, San James the Mozilla-Uganda community lead then went on and talked about the community, Mozilla’s projects and how to participate.

We started with an awesome number of around 60 attendees who couldn’t wait to hear what we had for them and the number kept growing till we had a full house.

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After a short break,with all attendees listening so attentively, JB took them through the components behind FirefoxOS(Gonk,Gaia and Gecko), the different open web API’s  and the opportunities developers have with the power behind HTML5 and the other web technologies.

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Victor Karanja our visiting rep from kenya took over and and gave a recap about the FirefoxOS device and its technologies. He took guys through how to develop web apps for the new open web Operating System. He demoed one of his apps, the Kenyan election app that is on the market place, He later went through sample codes of an app with emphasis on using the manifest file, local storage within the device and how to package the applications developed.

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We later had a Q&A session where guys asked different questions mostly about the FirefoxOS market place, we took the questions and also heard suggestions from the attendees,One of which suggested FirefoxOS apps not to only be available on the FirefoxOS market place but also on other stores.

After the presentations we started the hacking part of the hackathon Day. Based on the QuickNote app that victor had taken them through on, people started to work on their apps right away.

After three hours we wrapped things up with everybody presenting their apps. We had a total of eight apps created. All the apps demoed were really great and we had a hard time deciding on the best three apps to award.

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Some of the apps demoed included!

  1. Q-game: an application that allows  you set questions for an child and they answer the questions and the app awards grades
  2. Mozillamashup: an app that lists Mozilla events according to the selected country and also has a community of developers whom  you can get in contact with in-case you need help.
  3. Edema Control Adviser: app that advices on edema and provides tips on how to control edema
  4. Yaka: an app that calculates power usage in homes
  5. Excel:Application that prepares Primary Seven, Senior Four and Senior Six candidates for their final exams by providing practice questions in the form of quizzes
  6. Pocket tracer: Helps manage daily expenses
  7. Help Me: an app that gives first aid tips
  8. I-cycle: an app that helps you calculate safe days of your spouse
  9. Condom-Sniper: App that helps locate nearest place to find condoms around you
  10. SMS-mobile: for sending bulk sms messages

The best three apps were awarded with awesome swag from Mozilla which marked the end of the day

I would like to thank all those who made this event a success,with efforts from Reps Council Victor, James and the whole community for helping with the event, and of course UTAMU for giving us space for the event.

Event photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jb-ochieng/

Links to blogs:

http://nexapost.com/2013/09/firefox-os-makes-crucial-footprint-in-uganda/

http://guru8.net/2013/09/a-look-at-the-firefox-os-hackathon-uganda/

Device review blog: http://guru8.net/2013/09/firefox-os-review-video/

Event link: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/firefoxos-app-hackathon-uganda/

Twitter hashtag: #FFOShackathornug

Mozilla Uganda Localization (L10n) Sprint

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The Mozilla Firefox localization sprint went well, with over 40 participants turning up for the event. As a community we are very grateful for having had Arky1  from Hanoi, Vietnam join us.

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First I had a chance to meet Vinicius Andrade, from Thought Workstogether with Arky and shared a lot about the Mozilla Community in Uganda. He was very thrilled about what we are doing and is eager to engage Thought Works in our future activities to every way possible.

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The next day, the community leads had a chance to meet with Arky to share their experiences and learn from him especially about community building. The discussions where mainly centered on building sustainable communities. The key lesson learned was that, it will help to hold very small and focused meetings that only concentrate on people who are active. Those then go ahead to recruit others slow over time and the community keeps growing. He also emphasized that, building a sizable, sustainable community, takes time and therefore requires patience. He was very impressed with work already on ground and encouraged us to continue with it.

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Finally, on the 13th of July, we held the localization sprint. The event was held at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU)4. We were welcomed by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Venacius Baryamureeba  and Manager of Spaces, Mr. Drake Mirembe. They opened up the event and then Arky carried on with introductory talks on localization and his experience. He enlightened the participants about the release cycles and phases such as nightly builds, aurora and then final builds as well as why we need to localize software. I shared with the management of UTAMU what we are doing as a community and they expressed interest in supporting us and asked that I draft a concept on how they support the community especially with a space to hold events which has been a major challenge for the community since its inception.

After the talks, we had everyone get their hands dirty, with localization. Originally we were targeting Acholi, Luganda, Chiga and Soga. But because, of the nature of turn up, we had expressions of interest for other languages. New localizations for Langi, Lugbara and Ateso were also started. We selected team leads for the new and old localizations who we will work with to ensure continuity.  It was exciting to see the energy with which the participants were doing the translations.

A highlight in the translation session was when one person, asked “how to you translate Oops! to Luganda?”. Several responses to the tweet about this question by Arky, begun to came in. The event was well publicized on Twitter, facebook and other platforms.

I would like to thank, everyone who helped make this event come to pass. Of course it was a combined effort from the Reps Council, Arky, local community members and UTAMU. I must say, without y’all, this event would not have come through the way it did.

Below are links relevant to the event.

1 https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/arky/

2 https://www.rebelmouse.com/vbandrade/

3 http://join.thoughtworks.com/

4 http://utamu.ac.ug/

Link to photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/99036746@N08/

Twitter #tags: #mozcomug, #playingwithsid, #l10nug

Etherpads: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/firefoxL10ntranslationUg,

 

 

 

Webmaker Mentor Training Kampala

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The Webmaker Mentor Training was an awesome event. Organized by Denis, San James, JB and Lawrence (me) helped by Martin Kasirye, Echodu and Louisa on 15th June, 2013 at Hive Colab, Kanjokya House, and the same day when the Global Mozilla Maker Parties were launching.

The Maker parties formerly known as “The Summer code Parties,” are being held to teach several people around the world how to make things on the web other than being mere consumers after all, “Making is Learning”. They also look to get more Webmaker mentors who can also help teach others after this learning.

Mozilla Uganda Organized the first ever Webmaker mentor training in Uganda at Hive Colab and taught people Webmaker tools like Thimble, Popcorn and Xray Goggles; how to join Mozilla, Webmaker, using etherpad, setting up an event, etc. We had over fifty attendants. We met with several new enthusiastic and passionate contributors, Martin, Baggio, Louisa, James, Ancel, Kelvin, Patricia, Carl and many others.

The training officially begun with me taking people through briefly what Mozilla Foundation is, it’s major objectives and how Mozillians help to spread the word and create several open source project, products under it. I gave the guests a brief insight on what it means to be a true Mozillian, the passion that defines us. Many raised interest in being Mozillians as I was still addressing through the introduction so I guided them through the most important Mozilla registration channels such as Mozilla Contribute page, mozillians.org, using persona and the community lists.

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San James, the community lead took over and went through the session of how to use Thimble, create a page on Webmaker.org for your Webmaker event and using X-ray Goggles (Hackasaurus). This was mostly done through our popular “Hack the Dance” technique where someone comes up with a stroke matching to a track being played, in this case me and then taps another person who begins with my stroke and adds his own then taps another and it goes on. This watching, understanding then adopting and changing the predecessor’s stroke is quite similar to the web where you look at code, understand it, and change it thus hacking and bringing about something new. It is a great way to easily convey the message as everyone understands it practically.

JB held a session on how to use etherpad and the Mozilla wiki. The most interesting thing is, people loved the etherpad more than most of the tools we showed them how to use. They quickly grasped how to use and jumped right in to its chat feature. I think the reason why etherpad caught on was because of its multi-user capability, being lite, fast to load on the network and real time editing, they saw this as a great feature to chat together in real time, somewhat similar to the chat app whatsapp. We later provided them with the links to the brief survey, official event etherpad and other links that required their attention.

There was the hands-on group session where we left the participants to practice and take in all they had learned. They tried out Thimble and Hackasaurus, and they were later to post their links to etherpad and share with others all over the world having similar events.

We broke off for a lunch break during which time we tried to bond with the attendees.

We came back for the last session. I led the session on Event planning and management. I tried to engage the participants on what an event is, a successful event, objectives, naming, venue, location, time, target audience, how to setup one, resources, planning, SOPs (Standard Operation Procedures), expectations, metrics, reporting, blogging and so many others. The net had been slow at the time when we tried to teach Popcorn so we just gave them the links and how to go about it. I asked them to come up with any event idea, create an etherpad and apply all that they had learned about managing and setting up an event then link their etherpads too our official etherpad and we would look at them then award them badges. Time fitted in perfectly and event was done by 1700hrs.

So many participants turned up and they got to know through Facebook, Eventbrite, Brian and Lynn (Hive Colab) and many of them were interested in joining Mozilla. There was even a group of students from Kyambogo University who approached me about joining and representing our community in their university, I think this was really a great initiative and look forward to working with them. We got over thirty eight sign ups through our Google form alone and others on Mozillians.org. We collected several ideas through the Brief Survey for the Webmaker Mentor Training. This was really an awesome and fun event, can’t wait to dive into the Firefox Flicks Official Launch Event at Hive this Saturday.

 

-Lawk

15 Years of Mozilla Awesomeness Kampala

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It has been 15 years since Mozilla launched the first Firefox code on March 31st and because of the great impact it has done down the road to keep an open web and allow open internet access for everyone, Mozilla decided to celebrate these achievements from April 1st – 15th this year.

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The Mozilla Uganda community launched up this event, we called it the “15 years of Mozilla Awesomeness at Alleygators Lounge from around 4p.m to 10p.m though I will be some people went past that time. The number of people who called in to come was way bigger than what we could have accommodated since most of the Makerere University I.C.T students wanted to be there, several people from Technology companies around Uganda and Media Houses had also been invited to attend.

 

People trickled in but at a slow pace. We had to start by 4.30p.m so as to keep up with time. We had a small crowd at first of around forty people and many of seemed nervous and expectant. So we kicked off the event, the great thing is that by around 7.40p.m the lounge was so full and buzzy we barely had enough seats or space to pass, people were chattering and socializing after the main speecehes.

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San James told the guests about Mozilla, when it was formed, how it begun and shaped up to include volunteer contributors to help build most of the Open Source Code and programs we have today.

 

He also told them about Netscape, a browser many people here in Uganda had never heard of and I will suppose that night was the first time.

 

He went on with the achievements Mozilla has made in the last 15 years such as managing to break the barrier for Open browsing in computers, remembering that in the olden days Microsoft and other companies had monopolized the whole chain even down to browser experience. In his own words he stated that the creation of Firefox as an Open Browser allowed people to have choice and free access to all content on the web while in comfort of the secure browser with its superb user privacy. This was well received since majority of our guests new Mozilla for only the Firefox Browser.

 

That’s why James went deeper to tell them about other products Mozilla has like Thunderbird, Aurora the developer’s nightly version, the several add-ons that can enhance the browsing feel. Most didn’t even know that Firefox has probably Open Source add-ons than chrome has so I guess we will have to throw a Firefox Clinic like event to teach people how to utilize this power.

 

San James was keen on letting people know more about Mozilla, its mission and most of its achievements spanning those 50 years such as the fact that Mozilla Foundation has shifted from having only the Firefox browser to hosting and promoting several other innovative projects and activities like Webmaker, WebFWD, Firefox Clinic, MDN Hack Jams.

He hinted that Mozilla has been able to achieve most of these things with the support and help of several contributors around the world, at this point he asked all those in their capacity to help foster the Mozilla mission in anyway to become Mozillians. He briefly took them through steps on how to join and who to reach in the community to help them know and fit into Mozilla. He also shared some of Mozilla’s ideas for the next 15 year Road map and that we needed them to help us hack and perfect it.

 

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I later took on from San James. I briefly went into a few things I expected some people to know and remember about Mozilla such as where its first Head quarters were and where they are now. I also opted to answer any queries that they had from the former speech or general questions.

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I tried to make the learning fun, I asked everyone to stand up. There was some music in the background, I made a dance stroke and asked them to change it. They all tried and kept on changing it and I taught them about hacking and that in Mozilla we hack things and the web, we innovate them to make a better internet and world. I also asked them questions in relation to what James had told them and the core areas of Mozilla like webmaker, by the time I was done they all had a clear picture of Mozilla. They would chime out load, “Mo – Mo – Mo – Zilla”

 

Pizzas, it was time for pizza!! People all shared in groups.

 

This guy had a lot of the firefox Passion, when our Merry go round music and dance game caught him and we asked him to make a Firefox and Mozilla freestyle, he unleashed a deadly reggae vibe. It was Awesome, we later got to know he is an aspiring upcoming musician though and would love to help support Mozilla with Mozilla themed music if possible. Too bad we didn’t have a recorder, but next time I promise to share the audio.

 

When it came to the cake, the old community Mozillians nearly shed a tear because cutting this cake reminded them about our own community and how it begun. Cake was amazing, especially the Firefox logo.It was a nice big cake and we made sure at least every one got a piece of the Mozilla awesomeness. That guy in the middle with the mic, he sung for us a great happy Birthday Mozilla tune and we chimed in. There was a lot of togetherness in this moment. After that some guests tried their shot at Karaoke, it was fun and amazing.

We went through all corners of the crowd so that we get feedback from them, personally answer their questions, go more in depth about Mozilla and get hear some ideas from them. It was a mind blowing experience, people had so much in mind.

 

We got a lot of positive feedback and we were being asked by interested guests on how to join Mozilla, many signed and commented in our guest book,  they loved the party and have since then asked us when the next event is and how they can help us organize it. We shall help them blend into the community most especially during the training.

 

Can’t wait to organize another great Mozilla event, The “Webmaker Mentor Training Kampala” on 15th, June, 2013.

Other photos are on Flickr that our friend friend took on his phone in the beginning.

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-Lawrence.

MozCafe kampala

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Mozilla MozCafe event

VENUE: Faculty of Computing and Information Technology

Makerere University

About event:

The event started at around 2:30 Uganda Time with jb starting the introductions of what the event is about and a brief about the community. It was then followed by introductions where people gave brief introductions about themselves and what they do. San James took over and posed some questions and passed out some papers to collect feedback from the audience, some of the questions he posed were what guys expect from the event, what they know about Mozilla and any projects they have been involved in.

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San James addressing the audience

He chose some four random guys who gave their opinions and answers about the questions he had posed and the winner was to get some swag. The winner was awarded with a t-shirt. He went ahead and talked about the community and the achievements it has got, more about Mozilla and all its projects and how people can get involved, he also talked about the reps program, the council and how the mentors do their job for the Mozilla reps. He also motivated the mozillians so that they can contribute more in open source web. Lawrence took over and talked about the different opportunities Mozilla gives and the different projects including popcorn, web maker, flicks, and robotics.

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Some questions were posed and he went ahead and answered them relating to the different areas he had talked about. I took up (jb) and talked about the firefoxOS and how to get involved and later opened up for ideas and questions where a lot of suggestions were made

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The event was attended by 34 people involving mozillians and some other Mozilla enthusiasts plus the 3 mozilla-uganda reps

Some of the suggestions that were made were:making more noise about Mozilla, creating developer challenges, helping the feminine sex and many more.

After guys had given their questions, ideas and opinions it was time to have some refreshments. There was ongoing interaction during the refreshments session. San James, Lawrence kisuuki and ochieng jb the Mozilla reps were meanwhile busy answering questions from different Mozilla enthusiasts. After the refreshments, we took a group photo of the mozilla-uganda March event which was fun time. We met up after the event and talked about how to organize the next events which marked the end of the mozcafe event. The event metrics were all successful where: We signed up more than 6 new contributors,we got 5 new Firefox OS developers and finally 7 new members to the web maker projects. unfortunately the blogger we had contacted did not make it due to some unavoidable circumstances but thanks to our own blog. DSC07991

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Thanks to all that attended and all that made it worth it. A big thank you to Mozilla. DSC08036 DSC07990 DSC08038 DSC08037 DSC07997 DSC07996 DSC07995 DSC07992 DSC08004 DSC08018 DSC07991

Twitter hash tag: #MozCafeUG

community Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mozillauganda

Kind regards,

Jb ochieng

Interview: Mozilla Uganda translates Firefox into Acholi

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In 2011, with the launch of Mozilla Firefox in Luganda, the Mozilla community in Uganda was also born. The community brings together key contributors in Uganda from all fields in order to consolidate their efforts and make them more significant. They inspire and give an opportunity for people to innovate and make the web they once dreamt of. They are doing this through activities intended towards development of add-ons that simplify their daily web activities, localization to enable everyone access the internet in the language they understand best and developing components of the browser and third party software the enhances the internet experience.

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The community just released the Acholi version of Firefox. I caught with San James, the community leader about the innovation in the interview below.

How did you do the translation of the browser into Acholi?

We shared the work of translating the browser into Acholi with the Mozilla Uganda community localizers and with warchild that supported the translations.

What was the motivation of translating Firefox in Acholi?

We are targeting the education of children in the north troubled by war . We think that they need to be able to access technology in the language they understand as this is what most of them are used to according to Ernst from warchild. Translating a popular software like Firefox also helps preserve culture and language.

What other sort of customisation have you done with the browser other than language?

For now its just the language.

Do you have any plans beyond just language translation?

Yes.  We are working on plans to have fully localized desktops in a couple of languages Luganda, Acholi, Runyankole.

Is there any arm of government involved in this project like UCC or ministry of ICT?

Recently we had a chat with the minister of ICT on how to expand the localization its still in progress but currently no arm of government.

Where can i download it?

Please this link  http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

 

FirefoxOSAppDays In Nairobi

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There were a series of over 28 global events promoted by Mozilla tagged, “FirefoxOSAppDays” organized specifically to tell people and developers about FirefoxOS, Mozilla’s new mobile operating system. To tell them how it works, how to access it, how to develop apps for it and to publish them on the Firefox Market Place.

 
FirefoxOS is an open source mobile Operating system engineered by Mozilla that is based on HTML5, CSS and Javascript. The OS is capable of running web applications and Web APIs that can send instructions to the phone’s hardware like the camera, microphone. This means that web developers are at home and can easily build apps for the phone.

 

The best part is that all the web apps developed for FirefoxOS can run across most of the other phone platforms like iOS and Android. You just go to the Firefox Marketplace and download your apps, this reduces the previous developer and leading platform restrictions.

We even tested out the Firefox Marketplace Aurora app for Android it worked just fine. Some of the apps are even built to run offline, meaning you  can access and use them without internet and I think this is a great resource for Africa where reliable internet access still has hiccups. Go deeper into the OS and Marketplace on the products page on our site. You can reach any Mozilla Rep or contributor and we will help you with more information or resources on this. You can contact us or send us an email on our mailing lists.

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The FirefoxOSAppDay event organized by Mozilla Kenya Community hosted on Saturday, 26th January, 2013 in Nairobi was really awesome. Mozilla Uganda Community was represented by two members; Lawrence Kisuuki and JB Ochieng who left Uganda for Kenya on Thursday, 24th January, 2013 so as to help out with the preparations and get familiar with the tools they would need to help out the 150 developers that attended the event on the D-Day.

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The representatives’ transportation, accommodation and welfare was catered for thanks to Alex, the Mozilla Kenya Community Lead. They were picked up at the station by Steve Wanjau, a Kenyan Mozilla Rep, he was very friendly, helpful and hospitable. The Reps stayed at Kenya Comfort Hotel in Nairobi, the rooms had already been reserved. The interior wasn’t bad, though the WiFi was slow and the location was the best since on exit it was surrounded by several essential stores and restaurants. Steers and Debonairs, our home favorites where just a few centimeters and Nakumatt was just around the corner, it was like home. The streets were really beautiful, clean and quiet.

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The next day the Reps were picked up early in the morning and taken to the venue for the event, that is 88MPH located on Ngong Road in Nairobi. It was on something like the fifth floor. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we were hit with the gorgeous well planned interior. We took time to look at the graffiti and vector art, the couches and incubator offices. There was a D.J playing dancehall and billboard music as the guest developers we were waiting for flocked in. Meanwhile J.B and I were hacking away and doing last minute touches on our prototype apps in the same room with Vicky, the Kenyan Mozilla Rep and developer who made a Daily Nation App that generates Kenyan election updates.

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The event begun with a talk from Didem, a Mozilla employee from Mozilla HQ in San Francisco, CA in charge of WebFWD.  She gave a history of how Mozilla and Firefox begun and a brief on Firefox OS and some Firefox products. Raymond, a software Engineer from Mozilla HQ too gave a talk as well and also sampled on how to use Gaia to test the different features on the FirefoxOS mobile devices. Victor (Vicky Jr) and Hezron (Hezy) talked about the development environment and Web APIs. Vicky also demoed his election update retrieval app and how he built it with emphasis on how to code manifest files.

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We broke off for coffee which was in plenty and there since the beginning and until the end of the event, and we also had lunch. It was great that the food was in plenty to the extent that however much the people went back for it, they failed to finish. The food was great, especially the cake and Ice cream for dessert, I think I gained a pound or two.

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After lunch there was the Hacking session where the developers formed groups of about 5 and scattered all over the space, brain stormed on ideas, built prototype apps and called on any of us (Mozilla Reps) to help them out with any problem they had with the code, ideas and probably the FirefoxOS Simulator (which is available for download free online to your desktop test apps). The commonest problem was with the manifest file which enables the app to be read and installed on a device.

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We then went into the demo session which was opened by Alex. The developers were told that those that built the best app solving a great problem would be given a voucher that would offer them access to get a free FirefoxOS Developer phone when it is released. There were about 8 demos and they were all great, though there were those that were really great like the app that helps you budget and track your finances in a simple way (it was actually the best), the traffic tracking and updates app, an animal identification and naming app database, and so many others. You can check them out at https://etherpad.mozilla.org/appday-nairobi-demos

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The event was concluded with Moz-Beer. Those who wanted where free to get large long beer mugs which where filled with brewed beer from the large kegs to the great music in the background. Several people took up the beer that they emptied the several kegs….wow! We left in the night with some people intensively tipsy, that made it all the more fun and we were driven back to the hotel.

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Sunday was our last day in Nairobi so we were taken on a tour around Nairobi town, there were very many amazing and tall buildings. We drove to Thika road, a really huge express way with over 10 lanes, it looked really retro and great. We went to Nairobi national park, this is where we had the most fun. On entrance we met a really huge lion trotting around and it was really close to the car, it was really thrilling. We could see planes taking off and landing to Kenyatta International airport and the Nairobi city landscape with all the buildings. We found Zebras, giraffes, impalas, antelopes, crazy baboons at a rest area, guinea fowls, buffaloes, rhinos, hippos, a castle. We went through a really beautiful cool forest with such great flora and fauna.

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The Brookhouse School, damn I can not even describe. It just looked too elite, large, covered by several country flags, it really looked like an expensive and high quality education school. We later passed by the architectural retro large UN and US embassy, they were located on a street for mostly diplomatic missions such as the Rwandan Embassy. Too bad photos aren’t allowed for security reasons, would have made really great wall papers.
All the photos can be accessed in our website gallery, on our Mozilla Uganda Facebook page here and the Mozilla Kenya facebook page here. You really need to take a peek, they are really a spectacle. Let’s look forward for the next Mozilla event, just keep checking on our site for more updates.

 
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-Lawk