I am Ruwan Ranganath, a Mozilla Rep from Sri Lanka, A Resource Rep and NewsLetter Team member.
As my career I work as Lead - DevOps and Cloud Security where I worked in various such as platform connecting more than 100 telcos worldwide, Financial platforms, Manufacturing as well as Fortune 100 companies.
From my education, I’m a Computer Security graduate, and Security Engineering Postgrad,
I have been an Open-Source Advocate for almost a decade from my University time and Actively Joined Mozilla around 2014 with the Firefox 29 release as an Organizer and Speaker on Mozilla Projects, Same time we’ve re-established the Mozilla Sri Lanka community with Reps,
Then, I have joined the Firefox Student Ambassador Program as Regional Ambassador Lead to enable Firefox Clubs Programs, as well as SUMO L10n to,
With the Firefox Student program, I’ve enabled more than initially 10 Major Universities in LK, and Also become Mozilla Rep around mid of 2016.
Since then with numerous events, Grooming new Mozilla Reps In the Community, and
Also, Bring back foss.lk ( Free and OpenSource Community LK ) , Joining as a part of Mozilla.lk ,
We have almost all the major universities established Mozilla Campus Clubs which they organize more than 10 university-level events every week, Build an eco-system community to run it a long time as a sustainable community even without Reps Involvement, Today we are one of the most expanded, self-sustained, largest community network in Sri Lanka which I see as one of greatest achievement I have dedicated my time into along with other LK Reps,
Given my experience in the past building a large network, What I think is continuous connecting , Recognizing work, Share Open Goals with them, Provide Clear explanations in what need to achieve , and Understanding how much capacity an individual can put vs a team can achieve, as major key points when involving contributors with the community, Swags / Budgets should not mandatory to in each step, a sort of Onion Layer model by phases.
Reps need to understand what is Mozilla goals and should be mentoring, guiding, and designing programs that reach local communities strategically, many people would love to contribute to OpenWeb, OpenSource programs, Reps will need to play a major role of build this into functional contributions with all the support they can have. because when people understand the true potential of what they do they will contribute will so much effort.
again, What I usually think is “How this program sustains without me or Reps” and build the path on it.
In my opinion, one of the key Point is Proper Sync and Evaluation of the Reps Program, As we all aware Reps plays a major role in building the community and contributions, I’d say the majority of Reps need guidance in sense of sharing their updates and giving feedback to them, at least once a while if not regularly, We expect Reps to work there on own,
but it is nice to have a portal updated with something like sprint planning for Reps, become a contributor is one thing, but applying for becoming a Rep needs to take as a bit serious work even though volunteering.
mentors can plan with their assigned Reps for the next sprint giving attention to how their local community behaving and maybe provide better support with program ideas, online workshops, or other things,
continuous communication, and regular updates are key points to take away, plus we have a lot of inactive reps now, I suggest this is a good time to governance ,
Given my experience from building communities, I possess a severe understanding of People, Processes and Programs,
What I will bring into the Council is , Building Strategic Initiatives , empathize leadership to programs, sharing my view of process flows improvements, the Research capacity of Mozilla Goals and how to achieve them, as well as Mozilla Reps other functional areas, Help enabling global Rep activities , Strategic budget /swag management planings ideas for current situations. along with Trend analysis to see where we can connect and what needs to prioritize attention.
By 2021, We were able to Build more 20+ Major University Mozilla Campus Network along with FOSS Communities with it, Build Teams to overlook multiple areas, from Social Media and Blogs, Event Planning, Mozilla Clubs Initiative teams to Program design teams, By today Mozilla.lk / foss.lk and its network host many events from 50 - 1000 people events including Software Freedom Day (more than 1000 viewers this year) , Hacktomberfest, Mozilla Events,
There are hundreds of Undergraduates and other contributors who put their time to shape up MozillaLK at the moment without expecting any advantages but sharing their contributions, because they have seen how their work impacting others, and the recognization they are receiving. With a well-established community, I am now again planning to groom and bringing new faces to Reps to taking up charge and leadership for the community.
Be a Resource Rep and NewsLetter Team, which feels more involved with Mozilla, I can take part in global scale,
Event Speaker for Wider Community
Event at University
Localization Event with Mozilla Staff
Arky on Twitter: "Let’s translate now! Mozilla Localization event in Columbo, Sri Lanka
Firefox 29 release event
Firefox launch party and Mozilla Sri Lanka community reestablishment - YouTube
NSBM-Mozilla Firefox Maker Party 2015 - YouTube
presentation at Software Freedom Day
SFD-2021 - Ruwan Ranganath
And Most Importantly, Revamping Mozilla Community in Sri Lanka, Building a large network of communities which took years of dedication but well sustained.
Thank you, everyone, took the time to read my reply, and I’m more than happy to share my insights on specific areas if anyone has questions,