The Mozilla Tech Speakers team is pleased to announce that the application period for a new onboarding cohort in 2020 is now open!
Mozilla Tech Speakers is a program aimed at creating a community of technical specialists interested in promoting the open web by speaking in public, giving demos, and delivering workshops.
Most of our Tech Speakers already have experience serving in their communities as technical evangelists and/or educators before they join the program. Many, but not all, also contribute to Mozilla. All support the open web.
Who: Anybody interested in becoming a Mozilla Tech Speaker is welcome to apply. We are looking for people who are interested in technical communication and who are speaking about issues and technologies that align with Mozilla’s mission and values. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, speaking about Mozilla or Mozilla Products.
The Tech Speakers program is a diverse, global community of passionate contributors. As such, we encourage individuals from all over the world to apply and participate. This year we aim to continue improving our program’s diversity and to identify qualified candidates from locations where we have less representation, including Eastern and Central Asia, South and Central America, and Africa.
When: All applicants will receive and official reply from the Tech Speakers team by January 15, 2020, informing them if they have been selected to continue onboarding into the program. The onboarding itself will take place from late January through March, 2020. The detailed schedule will be communicated to all accepted applicants.
Deadline: Applications will close on December 15th, 2019 at 11 pm Pacific Time
What to do: to apply, you need to fill the application form. In this application form, we will ask for some information about you, your online presence, your speaking experience, about your goals & motivations, and the topics you hope to present on. If you do not already have one, you may wish to create a Mozillians account before you begin your application.
Every applicant is required to provide a url to a video that shows them speaking about Firefox, Mozilla, or the open web from a technical perspective. This should be a published video on any website or video hosting platform; as you will not be able to upload your recording via the application form. This video doesn’t have to be long or fancy. It can be a 60-second pitch recorded on your mobile phone while sitting at the bus stop about why we should select your talk, or a simple description of who you are and why you are qualified to be a Tech Speaker. Or, you can share a link to a recorded talk you’ve already delivered. We want to know that you are comfortable speaking publicly, since that’s what this program is all about! If we can’t see you on video, we can’t admit you to the program.
To get the full benefit of the experience, participants in this program should expect to commit roughly 3-4 hours weekly during the onboarding period. This includes active real-time participation in scheduled group sessions (Labs), viewing of all the relevant “Masterclass” videos associated with the 6-part program; and completing weekly assignments designed to stretch your skills as a presenter and move you closer to your personal speaking goals.
All completed applications will be evaluated and considered; we will select candidates that show potential, talent, expertise, and an ability to advocate on behalf of Mozilla & the open web.
Best of luck,
The Mozilla Tech Speakers Team