BrazilJS booth experience for Mozilla Community

This post covers my thoughts on our BrazilJS booth experience. Our booth is always one of the most popular ones at BrazilJS, not only because it has free coffee but also because it has a really engaging team and activities, in this brief post I will list some of the sucessful actions that the community team present at the event took that could be replicated elsewhere.

What is your dream for the Web?

Our booth rear (and only) wall was made of glass panes that formed the Firefox logo. Juliana from the Altos Eventos crew had an idea to bring bright permanent markers and decorate the glass. This idea evolved into an call to action for the conference attendees: “What is your dream for the Web?”.

our wall

our wall

This call to action was spread on our social networks and also word of mouth as attendees visited our booth. It was pretty sucessful and in the end we had a very livelly wall with different languages and messages. This action brought attendees and Mozilla together in their shared dreams for the Web. I believe this should be replicated in community oriented events as it brings a playful tone to otherwise boring corporate booths.

young dreamer

young dreamer

Rio Web Fest

Vista do Rio

Vista do Rio

What it is

Rio Web Fest is a full day of practical activities focused on digital skills and technological exploration.

Why it is important

There is a lack of events focused on new digital skills and exploring creativity in Rio. There are a lot of events for professional development and web technology but nothing that caters to this underrepresented group of new digital citizens. People who are just learning new digital skills have no way to network with each other and not many places to connect with mentors and facilitators.

Instead of throwing an event focused on acquiring new digital skills, we decided to run an event focused on producing new original content (through remixing, interventions or exploratory methods). Our one rule was that all activities must be hands-on and practical, learners and facilitators would focus on experimentation and having fun. This was not only a celebration of Rio Mozilla Club, but also an opportunity for learners from different venues to connect to one another and establish new positive relationships.

Planning a Privacy Day for a Mozilla Club

In this post we’ll share how we organized our Privacy Day here at Rio Mozilla Club, you can use, remix and adapt this to your own setting.

We have two types of activities going on during one of our club meetings.

  • Micro-activities: these are quite simple and only require a flip-chart, sharpie pens or similar and post-it notes. They usually take about 5 minutes to complete.
  • Activities: these are the same activities you find at the Web Literacy Basics curriculum. Most activities take about 1 hour to complete. For the Privacy Day we used activities from the Expanded Privacy Curriculum that is currently in testing phase.

In our events we tend to do a little roller-coaster ride oscillating between micro-activities and full activities to keep the pace cool.

Sobre TypeScript, JS e flamewars

js, Portugues

Recentemente li um artigo no tableless sobre TypeScript chamado Diga olá ao TypeScript e adeus ao JavaScript e fiquei meio noiado tanto com o que estava escrito quanto com os comentários que eu li sobre a peça.

Eu, assim como o autor do artigo, também sou super fã de TypeScript e acho uma iniciativa mega legal da Microsoft. A linguagem começou a ficar mais famosa aqui no Brasil ao ser adotada pelos desenvolvedores do Angular 2 e assim como tudo mais que acontece no nosso país esse assunto virou briga de torcida organizada onde algumas pessoas parecem acreditar que para gostar de TypeScript é necessário não gostar de JS e vice versa, isso não faz sentido nenhum. Existem vários pontos no artigo e nos comentários que são más interpretações do JS e seu ecosistema. Pretendo falar a respeito de alguns desses pontos.

Ferramentas para causar impacto

post, pt
Uma matriz de planejamento zoada

Uma matriz de planejamento zoada

Planejando para causar impacto

Todo mundo deseja causar mais impacto com suas ações porém as vezes nós não possuímos as ferramentas necessárias para gerenciarmos esses processos. Os Mozillians são muito bons em causar impacto como pode ser visto em nossas ações ao redor do mundo. Neste breve post vamos adicionar uma ferramenta extra na nossa coleção. Ela servirá para desmembrar nosso desejo de causar impacto em pedacinhos pequenos, mensuráveis e metrificáveis. Existem inúmeras metodologías e ferramentas que podemos utilizar, essa é apenas mais uma que você pode adaptar para o seu uso pessoal.

A vantagem principal de utilizar essa ferramenta é que além dela te ajudar a planejar as ações com o foco no impacto que você deseja causar, ela também te ajuda a entender se você conseguiu ou não atingir o seu objetivo. Neste sentido, ela não é boa somente para suas ações futuras mas também para suas métricas. O time de participação utiliza OKRs para o seu planejamento e esses podem ser facilmente extraídos a partir dessas matrizes :-)

Tools for causing impact

One silly badly written planning matrix

One silly badly written planning matrix

More impact through coordinated planning

We all want to cause impact with our actions but sometimes we don’t have the experience or tools needed to manage our actions. Mozillians are very good at causing impact as can be seen by our actions around the world. In this brief post we’ll add one extra tool to our repository with which we’ll break our desire to make impact into manageable and mensurable bits. There are many tools and workflows we can use, this is just a tool that you can adapt to your own usage.

The main advantage of using this tool is that it allows you to plan for the impact you want to promote and also to be sure you achieved it. In this sense this is not only good for your future actions but also for metrics. The Participation Team uses OKRs for its planning which can be easily extracted from these matrices :-)