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Mozilla Education Status Meeting - October 126, 2009

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  • Monday, October 26, 2009 11:00 am EDT, 8:00 Pacific, 1500 UTC (other time zones here)
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  • Discussion of possible new Mozilla Education activities we might undertake in connection with the new Women & Mozilla project.


Proposed participants:

  • Delphine Lebédel
  • Julia Buchner
  • Lukas Blakk
  • David Humphrey
  • Frank Hecker
  • Alina Mierlus


Ideas discussed:

  • setup some kind of tutoring / mentoring program in universities, dedicated to women, FLOSS & Mozilla. For example, based on the idea of something done "by women (& maybe men also, if interested and participating in project), for women"
  • Addons Workshops with a specific theme: for example, creating addons that can help NGOs, public benefit or humanitarian causes. Recalling a mail from organizers of the Dutch HAR event: they know of specific NGO's that are in fact very interested in dedicated addons. We should contact them again
  • "Girls & FLOSS" events / workshops, in tech-oriented universities. Possible topics to work on: Mozilla Technologies, Javascript, CSS, XUL, etc. These events / workshops could typically take place during a few days or a week. Or could be more of a mini GSOC format-like
  • looking at established programs in K-12 and post secondary education that are attempting to get young women involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). See below for University of Switzerland that has an Office for Equal Opportunities and includes an Engineering School (EPFL), that we could work with on this.
  • conferences in universities and schools: "women in FLOSS & Mozilla" presentations, and more Mozilla presentations in general given by women speakers
  • Framakey USB key: idea of distributing key in Universities. Key would contain various free software apps, Mozilla software, but can also contain documents, Mozilla tutorials (written and video), music... Sonny Piers, French Mozilla contributor and also involved in the WoMoz project, is working right now on improving the Framakey code with XULRunner. The key will soon integrate a better updating system. He is in direct contact with the Framakey people and can help us out with this
  • written and video Mozilla tutorials / courses online. WoMoz is actually going to start creating video tutorials, and tips & tricks to easily and quickly become a Mozilla contributor. We could work on these Mozilla tutorials together, especially for the video part


Ideas to discuss next time:

  • reach out to the "Women in Computer Science" groups that already exist at a lot of schools and talk to those women. Not so much a presentation as to why they should participate in open source, but more talking to them about open source: if they have thought about participating, what their impressions are, if they are involved, why or why not, etc. That's a group of women who are self-selected for technical interest