This is an archive of all past "Reps of the Month". This special recognition is given each month by the Mozilla Reps Council to a Rep who has gone above and beyond to help push the Mozilla project forward in his/her region.
|Rep Name||Featured text||Date featured|
This month's Rep is Michael Kohler from Berne in Switzerland. He started contributing Firefox patches as a teenager in 2008. Four years later he became a Mozilla Rep. Michael is continuously firing up the Swiss community. Most recently he organized swag for an event in Zurich which was all about Rust. Since Michael is super-charged with organization superpowers, he also started to set up events in Germany and Austria. Among his 2014 achievements is the successful organization of the German-speaking Community Meeting in Berlin in early February. This makes Michael one of the few people who manage to pull off events in three different countries within a couple of months. Further broadening our community growth Michael is reaching out a wide range of Mozillians covering areas such as L10N, hacking and Webmaker. Please join us in wishing Michael all the best for his future Mozilla endeavors!
A Computer Science student pursuing B.tech from Dr.B.C.Roy Engineering College in Durgapur, India, Umesh was accepted into the Mozilla Reps program just six months back. However, his exceptional contributions to the program in the last few months, along with his polite and helpful character nature, has made him a very recognized name in the community already.
From organizing over 6 major events, participating in more the 12 events in all and recruiting 6+ Mozillians within his short tenure of becoming a rep, he's been an absolute trailblazer from the Mozilla India community. With a particular knack for Webmaking, he has been actively collaborating with schools and libraries to teach the Web to all kids in his region.
Congratulations Umesh on doing such a phenomenal work as a Rep! Here's to the awesomeness that you will bring to the program in the days ahead! Keep rocking! :-)
If you've been closely following Firefox OS launches around Europe, you've probably noticed Kálmán's wonderful job leading Firefox OS launch events in Hungary, sparing no effort to make them a huge success! From very specific developer workshops to large conferences converge, nothing was left to chance! Ever-motivated, with his big smile and fluffy costumes, Kálmán is the soul of the Hungarian community, inspiring everyone to give their best and working tirelessly with partners and stakeholders. Thank you Kálmán, and congratulations for being our outstanding Rep of the Month for December 2013!
A language passionate at heart, Jeff is the absolute L10n guru!
Never hesitant to land a helping hand, he has done an outstanding job supporting communities around the world in their localization efforts! From his hometown in Utah (United States) down to Mexico and all over to chilly Scandinavia, Jeff can't help but spread the L10n love around him through sprints, one-on-one mentoring, events and much more! His work lays the foundation for a better communication between the community and the Mozilla corporation, bridging any gap one brick at a time. Naturally, Jeff is the localization SIG leader, and organizes meetings to help Reps in this regard. Congratulations Jeff for being our stellar Rep of the Month for November 2013!
Her real name is Irayani Queencyputri, but she's better known as Rara. A dentist by day, and a blogger by night, Rara has been contributing to the Mozilla project for several years, joining the Mozilla Indonesia from her base in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
One of the first Mozillians to sign up to the Mozilla Rep program, Rara has since traveled across her country to participate in and organize meetups, workshops, conferences to share her passion for an open web and encourage students, educators, bloggers, journalists, developers alike to join forces with her and help push the Mozilla project forward.
More recently, she managed Mozilla's at the National Computer expo in Makassar. And as this was being typed, Rara was about to embark on a grueling (but exciting!) 3-city tour for Mozilla as part of the Festival Komputer Indonesia 2012.
Selamat Rara and keep on rocking!
A long-time contributor to the Mozilla project, Matjaz has worked on lots of areas of the project: localization, jetpack, marketing, community building, to name a few.
Last week, Matjaz who is based in Slovenia and a founding member of the Slovenia community, took part in an open discussion on ACTA in his country's national parliament. Check out the video on his blog post - you'll see him talking to policymakers about Mozilla's values and the importance of user sovereignty on the web. He seems so cool at the pulpit, it looks like he does this all the time :)
Here's his blog post!
Ask any Rep who went to the Mozilla Festival in London last month, and it will be impossible for anyone not to know who Christos is. Joining the Mozilla Reps Program little over a year ago, Christos displayed exemplary leadership skills in coordinating with the ReMo attendees for the Mozilla Festival. Before that, he has been very busy leading several Webmaking events in collaboration with cultural and educational organizations in his homeland Greece (specifically in SKG). He is also part of the Greek Firefox OS Launch Team. Christos has been voted as the awesomest Rep of the Month for October 2013. Congratulations!
Superstar Rep' mentor, and first of his name - Galaxy Kadiyala is better known as the Santa Claus of the Mozilla India community - distributing gear to fans of Mozilla. What's more, he's the principal logistics manager for most of the heavyweight national-events the community attends- far from being an easy task.
A Webmaker, a Firefox Flicks fan, a SuMo veteran - Galaxy is a true Mozillian at heart. He has successfully managed two big domestic events just this last month, and has been voted to be the awesomest Rep of the Month - September, 2013.
A proud Mozillian, a hardcore FOSS enthusiast, blogger & a lover of the Open Web - Jaipradeesh is always ready with one step forward to speak about Firefox OS & Open Web Apps at the Mozilla India events. In August 2013 itself, he has spoken & facilitated at two App Days & at a local JS meetup - no wonder, he has been selected as a App Reviewer of Firefox Apps' Marketplace!
Congratulations, Jai... You're the Rep of the Month, August 2013. Mozilla is proud of having you as a representative & being awesome in you region!
Faye, the first female Mozilla Rep in the Philippines, is playing an instrumental role in connecting the Philippine community to local schools and colleges by means of coordinating events. She is also part of the [Webmaker effort] (https://reps.mozilla.org/e/womoz-2013-maker-party/ by leading Maker Parties all over the Philippines after hosting last year the biggest Webmaker Party in Asia (with videocon to several countries). She has been providing great input into the WoMoz Community, especially in Philippines, where she organized a kick-off event and she represented the Mozilla local community in the very first Web Chixies Philippines meetup. You can check out the interview she gave to the nationwide TV. regarding WoMoz efforts. Congrats Faye for this outstanding work!
A rep, a mentor, a webmaker, a Mozillian, a passionate community builder is what defines best Henrik Mitsch. Sharing his time between the Swiss, Austrian and German communities (all of them are now part of the broader German-speaking community) Henrik has done a stellar job supporting these communities since joining the program two years ago. Lately, he has been doing outstanding work around Firefox OS and supporting local developer communities in the above-mentioned countries to organize several App Days in Vienna and Zurich , successfully spurring local developers to create new web apps for Firefox OS. As if Henrik was not busy enough, he recently participated in Mozilla's Summit 2013 Planning Assembly in Paris as an official delegate, providing valuable insights and input, but also driving a brainstorm to prepare for Mozilla Reps sessions at the Summit. Please join the Council in congratulating Henrik for being Rep of Month for June 2013 !
It was impossible to miss his incredible activity to promote Firefox OS in Southern Europe and more specifically in Serbia and Montenegro.
This last month, Alex was one of the amazing Firefox OS ambassador in his region where he was on all fronts: Presenting the Operating System, demoing app building, reviewing apps, helping in QA and MDN.
Active community member, he participated or/and organized during the last two months different community meetups and IT events. We note with pleasure the long list of events where he was involved on his reps profile. His love for Mozilla and open technologies have also led him to become a Super Mentor in the Webmaker project.
As we say in Serbian Све наше искрене честитке Алек :)
What would be Mozilla Hispano without him? Since 2003, he has been doing phenomenal work. From QA to Marketing with an amazing contribution to the Mozilla Developer Network l10n and Firefox OS, he has more than one string in his bow. Rep and mentor in Spain since June 2011, he has led Mozilla Hispano's events strategy and has helped organise many events in Spain but also overseas, with a particular focus in 2013 on Fx OS activities, naturally :). In the past months, he has has done particularly phenomenal work coordinating Mozilla's presence in Spain like the EBE conference in Sevilla, the Firefox OS Team Workshop in Madrid or Sherpa Summit Bilbao with Mitchell Baker.
Congrats to Francisco Picolini for being selected the Rep of the Month for April 2013 :)
|MWC Fantastic Five||
In the Mozilla Reps program, exceptional times lead to exceptional accomplishments which in turn lead to exceptional recognition :)
The Mozilla Reps Council decided to skip the standard procedure for selecting the "Rep of the month" for February and March, and agreed that we should give a special "Reps of the Month" award to all 5 Reps who represented our volunteer community at MWC 2013 and for their post-event work.
Arturo Martinez (Venezuela), Guillermo Lopez (Spain), Rubén Martín (Spain), Gloria Meneses (Colombia), and Ricardo Pontes (Brazil) were present at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. All received amazing reviews from media, event visitors, and Mozillians alike, as they demonstrated how volunteers and Reps can bring energy and enthusiasm even in huge undertakings like the Firefox OS global launch. Despite spreading Fx OS love around the clock for 5 days straight, the group still found the energy to create a great recap video for the broader community. Please join the Mozilla Reps Council in congratulating the "fantastic five" for their stellar work at MWC and being recognised as "Reps of the Month" for February and March 2013.
Ricardo, flanked by Guillermo Lopez (Spain), Rubén Martín (Spain), Arturo Martinez (Venezuela) and Gloria Meneses (Colombia), all represented Mozilla's volunteer community at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. All received amazing reviews from media, event visitors, and Mozillians alike, as they demonstrated how volunteers and Reps can bring energy and enthusiasm even in huge undertakings like the Firefox OS global launch. Despite spreading Fx OS love around the clock for 5 days straight, the group even found time to create a great recap video for the broader community.
Arturo, flanked by Guillermo Lopez (Spain), Rubén Martín (Spain), Gloria Meneses (Colombia), and Ricardo Pontes (Brazil) all represented Mozilla's volunteer community at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. All received amazing reviews from media, event visitors, and Mozillians alike, as they demonstrated how volunteers and Reps can bring energy and enthusiasm even in huge undertakings like the Firefox OS global launch. Despite spreading Fx OS love around the clock for 5 days straight, the group even found time to create a great recap video for the broader community.
Gloria, flanked by Guillermo Lopez (Spain), Rubén Martín (Spain), Arturo Martinez (Venezuela) and Ricardo Pontes (Brazil) all represented Mozilla's volunteer community at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. All received amazing reviews from media, event visitors, and Mozillians alike, as they demonstrated how volunteers and Reps can bring energy and enthusiasm even in huge undertakings like the Firefox OS global launch. Despite spreading Fx OS love around the clock for 5 days straight, the group even found time to create a great recap video for the broader community.
|Guillermo Lopez Leal||
Guillermo, flanked by Rubén Martín (Spain), Arturo Martinez (Venezuela), Gloria Meneses (Colombia), and Ricardo Pontes (Brazil) all represented Mozilla's volunteer community at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. All received amazing reviews from media, event visitors, and Mozillians alike, as they demonstrated how volunteers and Reps can bring energy and enthusiasm even in huge undertakings like the Firefox OS global launch. Despite spreading Fx OS love around the clock for 5 days straight, the group even found time to create a great recap video for the broader community.
Nukeador, flanked by Guillermo Lopez (Spain), Arturo Martinez (Venezuela), Gloria Meneses (Colombia), and Ricardo Pontes (Brazil) all represented Mozilla's volunteer community at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. All received amazing reviews from media, event visitors, and Mozillians alike, as they demonstrated how volunteers and Reps can bring energy and enthusiasm even in huge undertakings like the Firefox OS global launch. Despite spreading Fx OS love around the clock for 5 days straight, the group even found time to create a great recap video for the broader community.
|Clarista Bonjour Mozilla||
Paris-based journalist by day, hard core Mozillian by night (and on weekends!), Claire (aka Clarista) has been doing phenomenal work for Mozilla since 2009. Claire is probably best known for Bonjour Mozilla, the website she updates daily to showcase Mozillians from all over the world. But BM is only one of many of her activites for Mozilla. From localization, to marketing, to WoMoz, to event organization to FOSS activism, Claire has been helping push the Mozilla project forward in a variety of ways across dozens of countries in Europe and Africa. More recently, Claire went above and beyond to help organize Mozilla's Paris Firefox OS App Day and our participation at FOSDEM! In light of this Rep awesomeness, the Mozilla Reps Council is thrilled to name her Rep of the Month for January 2013. Félicitations Claire!
|Eduardo Urcullu Madrid||
Eduardo has been fantastic job, organizing and participating in different events in Paraguay and Brazil, talking about Mozilla projects, looking for new local members, giving radio interviews, and working not only around his community (Mozilla Paraguay) but also to benefit other ones like the Brazilian and Bolivian Mozilla Communities. This month alone, here are his activities:
As Rep Attendee
He has also been working in Firefox Guaraní project (L10n) a native language spoken in Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. More info
The Mozilla Reps Council is excited to announce the first EU-based Rep to achieve the Rep of the Month honors: Thomas Bassetto
Thomas had a very busy September, where he was able to accomplish major activities in both his personal life and Mozilla-related activities. He was in his honeymoon last month and he was still able to do the following activities as a Mozilla Rep:
Thomas was exemplary in his balancing of his responsibilities in both life and work, and his key achievements has earned deserving of the Rep of the Month honors.
Based in Erode, Tamilnadu, India, Gauthamraj has been actively spreading the word and getting people involved in the Mozilla project in schools, internet cafés, mobile shops and basically wherever he can.
Lately, Gauthamraj has been particularly interested in webmaker tools and has hosted many training workshops of popcorn, thimble and x-ray goggle in local schools. Recently, he created a Web Page for Mozilla Community Erode using the Hackasaurus Tool kit. He says on his blog: "I hacked this page to illustrate the freedom given by Mozilla to people on using the Internet."
When not getting his hands dirty hacking webmaker tools, Gauthamraj leads the localization effort of SUMO in Tamil language( ta-IN). He's also a regional localization lead for Tamil for the reps community project NeMo.
Perhaps Gauthamraj's most recent accomplishment was to be featured in a great blog post by fellow Mozillian Laura Hilliger, where she shows just how amazing Gauthamraj' contribution to the project has been and how it has affected an entire network of people in India. Check out the blog post, it makes for a great read.
Keep up the great work Gauthamraj and congrats on being selected as the Rep of the Month for September 2012!
One of the first Mozilla Reps in North America, Benjamin is passionate about FOSS and has been helping to spread Mozilla's mission throughout the region.
He recently gave a talk in OSCON with Mozilla Reps council member Brian King on "How to multiply your community by a factor of X", a topic he knows very well, having been a community manager for a variety of different FOSS projects and having successfully on-boarded many new contributors to these projects. Helping to build a vibrant Mozilla community in North America is his ambition and so if you're in this part of the world, make sure to get in touch with Benjamin, he'll most certainly be able to point you to a great conference or Foss happening in your area you should check out.
Congrats Benjamin on being the Rep of the month for August 2012!
Whether it's a localization sprint, a MozCafé, a B2G workshop or a regional Mozilla tour, you can be sure Robert "Bob" Reyes is either leading the way or heavily involved in the event one way or the other.
One of the first Mozillians to sign up to the Reps program in the Philippines, Bob has been doing outstanding work to educate Filipinos about Mozilla's mission and open web technologies. Just last month, he was involved in five events in different corners of the country. It's also safe to say that Bob has perfected the art of "ReMo reporting". A good illustration of this is his blog post after returning from a Moz Tour in the town of Zamboanga.
More recently, Bob has been planning what he calls an HTML5 & B2G roadshow in Manila's Makati district. Promises to be an exciting event!
Congrats Bob on being the Rep of the month for July 2012!
|Muhammad Syafiq Mazli||
Self-described as a "simple, geek, friendly and a FOSS & Android Lover" Muhammad Syafiq Mazli of Malaysia is the Rep of the month for May 2012. Syafiq has been doing outstanding work as a Rep for his country, organizing a series of successful Mozilla events and meetups, all well documented on his blog: http://blog.f1q.my/.
More recently, Syafiq organized the Mozilla MY Campus Tour 2012 at the School of Computing of the Universiti Utara Malaysia where he and fellow Mozillians gave a series of presentations to educate hundreds of students and tech enthusiasts about Mozilla products and mission. A set of colorful photos can be found here: http://goo.gl/RZSBI.
Congrats Syafiq and keep up the excellent work!
Although he prefers being called as his last name "Deb", most Mozillians know him as Debloper. His interests lie in open-source projects, such as Mozilla, Wikimedia, Fedora, KDE, Kernel, Videolan, LibPurple, Diaspora etc. in a descending order of priority. Deb has been a web aficionado and tech evangelist for some time now.
Deb recently organized a most excellent Firefox add-ons workshop at the Madras Institue of Technology, in Chennai, India. The room was packed and participants walked away with a much deeper understanding of add-ons development, many of whom are now on their way to becoming awesome add-ons developers. Not only was the event a great success, but Soumya did a fantastic job documenting through a great blog post, flickr, notes, slideshare, all for the benefit of the broader community. Documentation is a pillar of the Mozilla Reps program, and Soumya did an great job bringing his add-ons workshop across Mozilla universe. Read all about it here: http://debloper.blogspot.fr/2012/03/restartless-firefox-add-on-workshop.html