Attending Your First Mozilla Event
Congratulations on your invite to attend a Mozilla event! This a guide to help you prepare and get the most from the event as well as some tips to help you make the most of it on your return home.
Before the event
- Establish your personal goals. Think about how you can make the most of this opportunity.
- Plan meetings with people and teams in advance. When you are there, the time will go very quickly and organising in advance is courteous to the people you want to meet.
- Make sure you plan in a little downtime. Attending a Mozilla event is very exciting and there are lots and to see and do, but give yourself the chance to rest and gather your thoughts.
- Watch video footage from previous events on Air Mozilla and try to catch the most recent Monthly Internal Call before you go. It will give you the background of the event and will make sure you are up to date with recent project announcements.
- Do not worry if you do not have stickers on your laptop or a Mozilla t-shirt. Chances are this may change by the end of the event and chances are you are not the only person going to their first event.
- There is no dress code. You are being invited for how you think, what you have done and what you may be able to do – not for your wardrobe.
- Be respectful towards staff – this is their day job.
- Read the Community Participation Guidelines.
- Read the Community Participation Guidelines again.
- Make sure you have (and contribute to) your team’s schedule.
- You will not be a tourist, but read a little about the host location for the event. Understanding local customs and laws, as well as foods and drink, will help remove any concerns as will looking at maps of the local area.
- Plan your travel, make sure you have all the documents you need. Make sure you have your passport, identification, flight itinerary, hotel confirmation and any additional ESTA or visa requirements.
During the event
- Attend meetings you are invited to, are mandatory for you or are related to your teams goals.
- Arrive at meetings on time. You do not want to miss anything, but it is also disruptive to others if you come into a room late.
- Try to attend something random. If you are non-technical, speak to the technical people. If you are happy looking at code speak to people that are not. You will learn so much and even if you do not agree with them, you will come away with new opinions and views.
- Do not keep silent all week or stay at the back of the room – participate! Don’t be the person who does not do or say anything all week.
- Say thank you.
- Nothing wrong with taking a little time out to be quiet or get some fresh air. Don’t let stress or a disagreement ruin your event, take a step back, chill out a little and go back in refreshed and with a clear mind.
- Drink plenty of water.
- During week-long events, watch out for Thursdays – at this point in an event, tiredness can creep up on you.
- Try to keep a balanced diet, do try to eat some chocolate or sugar to balance out the savoury food.
- Do not go round taking all the stickers – share and make new friends.
- Make sure you get some sleep.
After the event
- You may feel a bit down or exhausted, that is completely natural after working with great people and something you care about.
- Keep in touch with people you met at the event. Work with them and follow up on meetings.
- Work on the goals you set out beforehand or modify them to focus on what you are bringing back with you.
- Look at the event pictures and any video footage, it will bring back good memories.
- Pass on what what you have learned (subject to any material that is covered by your NDA) to your functional or regional community.
- Check your email for a post-event survey, and provide honest feedback