Last week, Patrick, William and I drove down to Skövde for the Open Source Systems 2009 conference and OSCOMM 2009 (the “First International Workshop on Building Sustainable Open Source Communities”). From Eskilstuna, Skövde is a three-hour drive best accompanied with the deep base acoustics of a Citroën playing James Brown, The Beatles, random hip hop, and any other classics you can find in Patrick’s freestyle music collection.
OSS 2009 was a very interesting conference with two engaging keynotes by Stormy Peters and Brian Behlendorf. Aside from these keynotes, the focus of the conference was on analyzing community dynamics and applying models to explain observations. I sometimes felt that there was too much focus on academics (e.g. making a presentation look smarter by using complicated terms, graphs, and models) and too little emphasis on actually presenting a concrete insight or conclusion. As a result, I definitely enjoyed the ten minutes of open questions at the end of each presentation more than the presentations themselves.
The OSCOMM 2009 workshop last Saturday was a lot more hands-on, where we had very interesting discussions about building and sustaining communities. Patrick wrote a more in-depth summary of the event.
Pictures from OSS/OSCOMM 2009 are tagged with oss2009.
After arriving safely in Skövde for The 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems (more on that later), I finally had some time to reflect on the Swedish Mozilla Meetup event in Stockholm last Tuesday, which was a fantastic opportunity to meet with enthusiastic Swedish Mozilla community members and others that were still just curious about our project and what we do to help promote the open web.
There were four presentations during the event, where I was one of the presenters. I talked about community-powered support and SUMO, including the unique challenges Mozilla has with user support of a very popular open source product, and the importance of localization.
The artist currently known as Tomcat gave a presentation about Mozilla QA and the many opportunities that exist for people to participate. One of our Swedish community members — incidentally also a Bruce Willis clone — Robert Nyman walked us through the process of creating an extension for Firefox that replaced all headings on web pages with the titles of the popular Die Hard movies. Finally, Mozilla’s European community marketing star William increased everyone’s excitement of the imminent launch of Firefox 3.5 by demonstrating various ways we can all help with community marketing to further promote Firefox, open standards, Mozilla, and our mission. Interestingly, some people in the audience didn’t even know that Mozilla had a marketing team in the first place!
The slides of all presentations can be found on the meetup wiki page. I rarely put a lot of text on my slides anymore and instead use images and illustrations as a compliment to the actual “verbal delivery” of the presentation, so my deck may or may not be very useful in itself.
A big, big thanks goes to our favorite Liverpool native and Eskilstuna resident Patrick Finch for organizing this first Mozilla Sweden meetup event. Although I offered to work with him on it from the very beginning, being the hard-working, independent, and professional person that he is, he just took the project and ran with it — and as usual, it turned out incredibly well.
Photos from the event can be found on Flickr under the stomozcom tag.
Är du intresserad av Mozilla och planerar att bli (eller kanske redan är!) mer involverad i Mozillas community? Kom till Stockholm imorgon kväll, tisdagen den 2 juni kl 18:00 och träffa några av oss för att lära dig mer! Eventet är fritt för alla, men vi har dock en gräns på 50 personer som kan komma.
Vi hoppas att vi kan lära oss mer av hur den svenska Mozilla-communityn ser ut idag och vad vi kan göra för att få den att växa. Jag kommer att hålla en kort presentation om projektet jag ansvarar för — SUMO, eller support.mozilla.com, eller Firefox Support om du så vill. Det finns massor av sätt att bli involverad i SUMO-projektet så om du är intresserad av det ska du definitivt komma!
Från min kära vän och väldigt lokala Eskilstunakollega Patricks blog:
I am very excited to announce that we will hold a Mozilla get-together on the evening of June 2nd, starting at 6pm at the delightful offices of bwin games in Stockholm. You can register here.
We will be at the offices of bwin games, Klarabergsviadukten 82, Stockholm.
Hi! I’m David Tenser, and I live in Sweden (a beautiful country in northern Europe) in a small city called Eskilstuna. I live quite near the center of the city, close to the Tuna Park shopping center. I work for a global company/community called Mozilla, where I’m part of the marketing team. This map gives you an approximation of where I live:
The reason why I blog today is because I’d like to introduce you all to a guy I recently got to know. His name is Patrick Finch, and he also lives in Sweden (a beautiful country in northern Europe) in the same small city called Eskilstuna. Just like me, he lives quite near the center of the city, close to the Tuna Park shopping center. Intriguingly, he works for the same global company/community as I do — Mozilla. Finally, he’s part of (you guessed it!) the marketing team.
Bizarre coincidences aside, I’m truly excited about having Patrick working for Mozilla, and so close to where I live and work. The following picture gives you an idea of just how close to each other we live (I’m A, he’s B):
That’s just one mile between us! This morning my internet connection wasn’t working properly, so I took a five minute bike ride and worked from Patrick’s home office instead. When most of my colleagues and community friends are on the other side of the globe, having an IRL colleague just five minutes away is an amazing contrast.
Say hello to Patrick and pay his new blog Tuna Park a visit!