Reporting Your Activities
With our new reporting system, you can document your activities as they happen. Each time you make a contribution as a Rep, go to the Dashboard and click 'Add new report'. Select your activity and add any additional information.
If you want to report that you have recruited a new contributor to the project, please follow this SOP.
Some activities will automatically be reported as you contribute as a Rep. At the moment, the Reps Portal documents when you create an event or indicate that you will attend an event. You will find these activities listed on your profile.
In the future, we are looking to document when you write blog posts or share social media messages about Mozilla.
Reporting during and after an event
- A Mozilla Rep sponsored to attend or organize an event is responsible for blog posts about that event. The number of blog posts is based on the length of the event, and the posts should be spread throughout the event.
- 1 or 2 days = at least 1 blog post.
- 3 days = at least 2 blog posts.
- 4 days = at least 3 blog posts.
- N days = at least N-1 blog posts.
NB: here is awesome example of a blog post written after an event: http://i-sarr.ibrahima-sarr.com/?p=204
- The Mozilla Rep who is owner of an event should encourage all the other Mozillians participating in this event blog, tweet and publish photos of the event.
- The blog must be aggregated on Planet Mozilla.
- A brief summary of event should be sent to Events category on Reps discourse at the end of the event that provides links to all the blog posts, both by the event leader and by other community members at the event.
Content Suggestions for reporting
The following are some general questions to think about when reporting back about an event and/or blogging about it.
- How many people were at the event? Was the Mozilla booth busy?
- What kind of comments did you receive about Mozilla? What were the most recurrent questions?
- What were the biggest complains about Mozilla? And the most common words of praise?
- Were there any questions that were asked many times?
- Were there repeated suggestions for improvement in a particular area for Mozilla?
- Did you meet anyone using Mozilla in an interesting way or on a large scale?
- Did you give any talks or lead any sessions? What did you cover? How many people attended?
- How much swag did you give away? What swag was popular? What swag was not so popular?
- Did you sign up any new Mozilla contributors? If so, to which projects?
- Include pictures in your blog post if at all possible.
- What other open source projects or like-minded organizations participated at the event? Did you learn anything interesting from these organizations/projects? Did you make any interesting contacts?
Event Debrief on Discourse
Sharing a short debrief of an event you attended with other Mozilla Reps through Reps Events Discourse is also a very effective way at helping others learn through your experience and replicate your successes.
Here's an example of simple event debrief format that you can use:
Topic name: [NAME OF EVENT] - [CITY], [COUNTRY]
[BRIEF SUMMARY in max 3 sentences]
- Audience type and size
- Mozilla's participation at this event
- Audience reactions
- Evening event/party
- Materials (eg. slides, presentations, audio clips, photos etc…)
- Other notable presentations
- Other open projects attending (if applicable)
- Organization rating (1: bad - 10: excellent)
- Overall feel of the event
- This event helped us...
- Was it worth it?
- Should we participate again?
Here's an example of a event debrief you could send to Reps Events Discourse:
Debrief: Super VanJS, Vancouver, Canada Christian Heilmann and I spoke at the Super VanJS conference (http://supervanjs.eventbrite.com/) in Vancouver January 14th, right after our work week. -= Audience and size =- I was told there were close to 200 people who had signed up for the event, consisting of mostly local web developers. Overall, they seemed to have good work experience and interested in open source and building things for everyone. -= Our participation =- Among the five presentations, I and Christian gave one presentation each. I was first out talking about Mozilla's Web Apps initative, introducing them to what the project is about and how you can start building Web Apps. Christian then spoke about reclaiming HTML5 for building good things everyone can benefit from and also to show how easy it is to build powerful web sites with all the APIs we have at hand today. -= Audience reactions =- My goal was mainly to make people aware about Mozilla's Web Apps and get them interested in learning more, and from the feedback after, it seems like it went well. Second to that was going through technical possibilities, and I hope it made them realize how they can utilize their already existing skills to build Web Apps. Christian wanted to get developers more aware how we can use new technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 for every web site, and not just build shiny demos that go away/become useless after the first hype. From talking to people, they were very happy with his talk and walk- through of various tools web developers have. -= Evening event =- After the conference there was a organized meetup where the speakers and attendees could mingle, discuss more and exchange experiences. It was a down-to-earth context and a good way to talk more. -= Materials =- Slides from my presentation are available at http://www.slideshare.net/robnyman/mozilla- web-apps-supervanjs and the audio and content from Christian's presentation is available at http://christianheilmann.com/2012/01/15/reclaim-html5-at-super-vanjs-in-vancouver-canada/. All the talks were also filmed by our very own Jeff Griffiths (http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertnyman/6720263725/in/set-72157628926080799), and we hope to be available to share the videos further on. -= Other presentations =- Rebecca Murphey - Spoke about Toura Mulberry (http://mulberry.toura.com/) and mobile development Preet Jassi - Gave a presentation on YUI Jim Andrews - Delivered a different kind of presentation, arguing for how we can use HTML5 canvas to create art, through the help of Math -= Direct competition =- No competition, just a bunch of speakers talking about how we can create things with technology. :-) -= Organization =- To my knowledge, this was the first time this local meetup was arranged with that many attendees, and I think it all worked well. Everything was in place, and we just showed up and did what we are supposed to do. -= Overall feel =- Good interest from the audience in an exciting scene that has spurred PhoneGap and other interesting projects. -= Leads =- Getting in touch with local web developers, and establish/improve their relationship to Mozilla. -= Was it worth it? =- I think so. People were happy to see us and discuss and learn more. -= Should we go again? =- Yes. It's a local event with good outreach, and we both have local presence and close proximity to San Francisco/Mountain View. We also sponsored this event, and my feeling is that it's worth that investment. Best regards, Robert