Covid-19 & Community

Hi Mozillians,

We are in an odd and difficult period, unprecedented for most of us. We are thinking about all of the members of our communities and how we can stay connected and support one another as things progress.

Staying safe:

We continue to encourage you to follow local guidance and to avoid unnecessary travel or meet-ups. If you want to cancel an event or postpone it because of the virus, that is absolutely ok. If you have already received resources for that event (swag, budget or both) you can keep those resources for now and use them for a future event.

Staying connected:

We will continue to run campaigns, and encourage you to have virtual events (you can find more resources on how to accommodate that here). Beyond regular contribution events we encourage everyone to self-organize in virtual coffees, lunches, water coolers, even yoga, to stay connected.

To keep in touch with other Mozillians -

  • Create and find virtual events, activities and communities to join on the community portal.
  • Chat with staff and volunteers on Matrix.
  • Share discussions and explore projects on Discourse.
  • Make sure you hear about interesting new activities and campaigns by subscribing to the campaigns newsletter.

Staying centered:

Please take the time to help each other as we need it. One measure of what success for Mozilla communities looks like in a time like this is how much we elevate our confidence and trust in each other. So reach out to someone new and say hi, try out a new activity or event with people you haven’t connected with before, host a virtual meet-up event. The #QuarantineTips room on Matrix is a place where sharing tips is happening, and I imagine we’ll learn more tips as we go forward.

If you’re working from home for the first time check out these articles about how staff work from home and share your tips, ideas, and plans here, on Matrix, or anywhere Mozillians are found.

We’ll continue to share updates, tips and feedback periodically. Make sure you’re “watching” this discourse channel to stay informed.


Hey All,

Hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. A big thank you to all Mozillians who are still contributing to activities and your communities during this ever changing situation. Especially appreciative of the way you look after each other.

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We launched 3 initiatives this week that directly or indirectly relate to coronavirus.

Hunt from Home! - A community contribution campaign inviting everyone to help tell us about and test the tools people are most dependent during the pandemic to make sure they’re working with Firefox.
Learn more.
Get started.

Fix The Internet Spring Lab - An 8 week long incubator program to support products and technologies that enable everyone to connect and build a better society.
Learn More.

Covid-19 Solutions Fund - MOSS opened up a new track to provide funding for open source applications that are hardware (e.g., an open source ventilator), software (e.g., a platform that connects hospitals with people who have 3D printers who can print parts for that open source ventilator), as well as software that solves for secondary effects of COVID-19 (e.g., a browser plugin that combats COVID related misinformation).
Learn more.

We’ve also put together some options for online events in this post: On-line meetings for communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person meetings and events have become impossible or unadvisable in many parts of the world. As social distancing becomes the norm, members of our communities might be experiencing isolation, loneliness or even just difficulties in contributing as they wish, to the Mozilla mission. We hope that our Matrix channels and other channels of communication help you to keep in touch with your fellow Mozillians. However, you might wish to also have face-to-face interactions to discuss community issues or have virtual events with numerous participants.

If you have questions please add them here or reach out on Chat.Mozilla.

Stay safe!