Thanks to all of you for your overwhelming interest in speaking for Mozilla in your communities. I sincerely regret that I can’t reply to each inquiry individually, but I’m really proud and excited that you’re activating Tech Speakers programs in your regions. Feel free to share your questions and experiences here:
Here are some general guidelines to point you in the right direction:
UPDATE I wrote some wrong information about processes when I posted this earlier, and I am correcting that now.
DEVELOPER EVENTS: Speakers, swag, funding: If you are a Mozilla Rep or a Firefox Student ambassador, please use the processes you’ve been shown for those programs to list your event and request budget. We are working to get some developer edition swag available for reps swag requests. Stay tuned.
If you are looking for a Mozillian to give a technical talk, let’s start using this Discourse topic to post requests for speakers in your region. I’m not sure how this will scale but maybe those speakers can give you some advice or links to content kits and presentations that you can use to present at your meetups, campus events and training. If you have questions about
For larger-scale regional developer events and tech conferences beyond the scale of a Reps event or Campus meetup, the Mozilla Developer Marketing/DevRel event team reviews requests for support via this bugzilla form.
File a bug to request swag, speakers, funding, any kind of support, including funding to travel to give a technical workshop or presentation within in your country or local region. All funding requests are reviewed by the dev events committee. Provide as much info as you can find. Please understand that we will not be able to support all requests.
If this is for a Mozilla Reps event that’s been ongoing and funded by Mozilla Reps, please do not file a dev-event bug . USE THE REPS REQUEST PROCESS. (I should have said this the first time)
Please tag it “tech speakers” if you are running a Reps event for developers where you discuss Mozilla technologies and the open web platform.
All this will help us learn from your work and recognize your efforts. We are working with Participation to make processes simpler and more streamlined, please bear with us and follow the processes. We respond best through bugzilla.
DevRel supports events focused on an audience of developers, especially web developers, or engineering and technology students. If your event is serving a different audience – you’ll need to find another source of funding via Participation or Marketing budgets.
Thanks for understanding!
TECH SPEAKERS PROGRAM: PHASE 2: We are working on the next phase of the Mozilla Tech Speakers program right now.
Meeting many of you in Singapore was a huge help in getting this plan off the ground, and I’ll be asking for feedback when we share the new framework and announce the new program this quarter. Stay tuned for timeline and next steps. I will be talking to Participation Leaders as this unfolds.
TECH SPEAKING WORKSHOPS: At the heart of the Tech Speakers’ program is a simple exercise that you can practice with a small group of friends, colleagues, fellow students, other Participation Leaders or community members - in real life or via online group call or hangout.
If you came to the Public Speaking workshop in Singapore, you saw it in action. Think of Public Speaking as a Service. Organize a “Speaking circle” in your community. The secret sauce is practice, practice, practice and a commitment to attend and be present. Give the ‘audience’ something they can use, something they can act on right away, and you’ll have their attention and support.
Many resources are here, you are welcome to add some of your own. Get in touch with a Tech Speaker in your community or region who has time to share their experience or walk you through it. Or, just get started:
Thanks again for your contributions and for stepping up.
Keep on rockin’ the free web! And watch this space…