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The Reps' participation at Mozfest, Mozilla's largest public-facing event, continued to evolve. [https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozilla-festival-2013/ Nearly 40 Reps] participated
The Reps' participation at Mozfest, Mozilla's largest public-facing event, continued to evolve. [https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozilla-festival-2013/ Nearly 40 Reps] participatedfacilitating sessions, hosting a "Contributor Garage", and helping with event production. They volunteered on the kinds of activities they cared most about. They were celebrated as key drivers of Webmakerand joined sessions to shape the future of the program. The Reps' involved was coordinated by [https://reps.mozilla.org/u/bacharakis/ Christos Bacharakis].
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Webmaker Special Interest Group with Reps: A Case Study
Webmaker and Reps have been longtime collaborators. The Webmaker team benefits greatly from the Reps' expertise as contribution "consultants", helping to understand how contributors find and engage with the Webmaker program.
Furthermore, Reps are strategists, early testers, and otherwise give guidance to the development of Webmaker's global contributor community. Webmaker also frequently leverages Reps' swag and budget system to give resources to local communities, especially during event campaigns like Maker Party.
The Reps program benefits from Webmaker's focus on engaging new kinds of communities, such as journalists, librarians, teachers and others who want to teach the web. Also Webmaker offerings like the train the trainer program helps Reps level up their facilitation and teaching skills. In some locales, it's been shared that the Webmaker program has given new energy and activity to the region.
This wiki page provides a summary of the impact, history, lessons learned and next steps with the Webmaker and Reps collaboration. The goal of this documentation is to a case study for SIGs and for better understanding how other collaborations could develop.
Approximately 149 Reps have listed Webmaker as a key interest. Hundreds of events on the Reps platform list Webmaker as a key focus. Out of Webmaker's community of mentors, some of the most active and visible members are Reps. Webmaker localization benefited greatly from Reps' involvement, as well as event organizing.
Through events like Mozilla Festival and MozCamp Berlin, Reps were involved as event volunteers and participants. Through workshops like Global Melt in Berlin and at Wikimania Haifa (video!), opportunities for collaboration, especially around events, emerged between the Mozilla Foundation and Reps.
Reps were active contributors in early Foundation projects, such as Hackasaurus events and localizing the X-Ray Goggles. Reps were lead users and testers, showing the Foundation how and where our projects could develop and grow.
Encouragement from the Reps team, William Quiviger and Pierros Papadeas, with Webmaker's Michelle Thorne and Laura Hilliger, was very influence in setting the stage for future collaboration. Numerous Reps, many who went on to leadership positions in ReMo, were also essential in early collaboration discussions.
1. Summer Code Party participation
One of the strongest indications towards a Webmaker SIG was the leadership and participation by Reps during the Summer Code Party (now called Maker Party). The Webmaker team ran an event campaign, encouraging people to grab their friends and a laptop and hack together over the summer.
44 Reps organized events, and they were by far and away some of the most inspiring and impressive events around the globe. From Argentina to Switzerland, Romania, India, the Philippines, Kenya, Nigeria, and beyond, Reps led the way with some of the best documentation and turnouts at Summer Code Parties.
What’s more, they were also involved in shaping the campaign from the beginning, betatesting the event formats and even building Thimble projects (thanks, Fuzzy, for the zombies!). It was clear that Reps operate at a profound level of participation, knowledge and willingness to experiment.
2. Conversations with Reps
Building on the momentum from the Summer Code Party, the Webmaker team chatted with Reps about the ways to weave together the ReMo program with Webmaker projects and methods.
Some of these ideas were shared on the Webmaker and Reps-General mailing list, and other came about on community calls or quick IRC chats. The ReMoCamp2012 kindly invited Webmaker's Michelle Thorne to discuss the latest initiatives and invite Reps to get involved.
3. Mozcamp Europe session
From there, it seemed there was enough general interest from the Reps community to pursue the Webmaker SIG more fully. We put in a proposal at Mozcamp Europe to run a session with Reps to hear about what they want out of this program and how it could take shape.
About 40 Reps joined in the conversation at Mozcamp, with many more saying online they’d participate if they had been in Warsaw. The feedback was incredibly positive.
In 2013, the collaboration between Webmaker and Reps really hit its stride. With a tailored training, a more impactful campaign and a successful Mozfest, the Reps were exceptional leaders and drivers of the Webmaker project.
Reps Training Days
In March, we kicked off the first in a series of train-the-trainer events. Reps piloted this training, bringing 40 active Reps to Athens to learn how to grow local Webmaker communities and how to mentor makers and educators to run their own webmaking events.
Reps were essential to developing and testing this training, including how we teach and practice an open and participatory ethos, adapting lesson plans, and facilitating events.
In Webmaker's biggest campaign to date, Maker Party celebrated nearly 1,700 events reaching 50,000 participants.
Reps were important leaders, mentors and event organizers for these events. For example, Benny is a dedicated Mozilla volunteers who live in Surabaya. He doesn’t just work on Webmaker. But he's been incredibly active. He organized the Maker Party and Hive Pop Up in Surabaya. And, more importantly, started to build relationships with dozens of schools and local government to create interest in Webmaker. He and his team are ‘Super Mentors’ in our parlance: people who have the skills to teach but also want to help us bring in and train more mentors. Obviously, these people are absolutely key to the success of our Webmaker effort.
Read more about the kinds of people, especially Reps, who made Maker Party 2013 happen.
The Reps' participation at Mozfest, Mozilla's largest public-facing event, continued to evolve. Nearly 40 Reps participated by facilitating sessions, hosting a "Contributor Garage", and helping with event production. They volunteered on the kinds of activities they cared most about. They were celebrated as key drivers of Webmaker and joined sessions to shape the future of the program. The Reps' involved was coordinated by Christos Bacharakis.
- Not formally a SIG! Not on the wiki.
The partnership is working. More and more Reps care about and engage in Webmaker. More and more of Webmaker is developing in response to the activities and input from Reps. In the ReMo Camp alone, over half the Reps said that Webmaker was an initiative they are involved with the most.
Webmaker is a great starter activity for Reps. From newbies to seasoned Reps, the flexibility and hands-on nature of Webmaker is a great way to contribute right away, following one’s own interests and capacity. To get started, Webmaker doesn’t require any budgets, any major event planning, or even any technical expertise. All that’s needed is a desire to empower others to make the web. Which can be as simple as opening a laptop with a friend or family member and inviting them to remix a website using the X-Ray Goggles.
Reps are excellent allies in global engagement around Webmaking. With an impressive geographic spread, deep connections to local communities, and the dedication to seeing engagement on the ground at home, Reps have been and will be one of Webmaker’s greatest collaborators in fostering web literacy around the globe.
Reps bring diversity, originality and resourcefulness to the Webmaker program. From the above-mentioned geographic and linguistic diversity, to the creativity to experiment with webmaking in all sorts of ways (in indigenous languages, in orphanages and shops, with nannies and the elderly and bakers), Reps are demonstrating how webmaking can happen anywhere.
And perhaps most importantly, Webmaker is seeing an emerging leadership circle with prominent participation from Reps. A large number of our “Super Mentors”, aka the people who mentor Webmaker Mentors, are Reps. There are interesting parallels with Reps’ own mentoring structure. And there’s an opportunity to collaborate even more closely at the Super Mentor level to design, test and forge new plans for Reps + Webmaker.
Train the trainers