I am a Mozilla Community Volunteer from the United Kingdom who has been helping out since 2005. The bulk of what I do for Mozilla consists of engagement (what was called marketing) by helping with the running of events that I am invited to attend, spreading the word of Mozilla whenever and wherever, creating fun activities for the community to partake in, etc, etc…
All of this considered I am only 18 years old, that means that I have been with the community since the ripe old age of just 13!
I manage, amongst all the learning I do at college, to have a social life. Which, coincidentally, reinforces my Mozilla work. This social life is predominantly centered around my work with the Mozilla community. I have been with this community for just over 5 years and have gained experience at creating web applications, as well as running marketing campaigns. In late 2009 Mozilla sent me to their European conference in Prague where I solidified in my own mind, my place in the community. I have since been sent to Brussels for the infamous FOSDEM event. This summer I was also sent to attend their summit in Canada, where, I had the unfortunate experience of lung collapse.
All these trips, and interactions (including having a lung collapse) have provided me with more motivation than most people will ever have. It has taught me about organisation, making friends, note taking at formal lectures, and most of all it has turned me into an adult who cares not only about himself, but the responsibilities put on him by others, and the responsibilities he has to himself and his education.
As a result of my involvement with Mozilla I have gained a strong interest in the way the Internet works, and allows for global communication.
I am not only about Mozilla though. I do enjoy cycling and computing and physics (yes that was bad grammar… but it was intended so shh! ). I plan on leaving college at the end of this academic year to move on to university to study computer science. From there my plan is to become a full time open web advocate using my degree level knowledge and my previous experiences to create tools that help people to use the open web and to make the open web better. No matter what it takes.
Okay… so maybe I am all about Mozilla, but what are you going to do about it?!
There is one more thing however that should be noted, as it has a rather large influence on a third of my year. This “thing” is a little something called ‘Lewes Bonfire’.
During Lewes Bonfire the crowds are often in the the region of 60,000 people. Not forgetting around 10,000 people in the parades.
I live just outsite the small town of Lewes in the heart of Sussex, England. This town has a history of being a bridging point and market town. It is now considered to be a communications hub with a population of about 16,000 people.
Arguably the town’s most important annual event is Lewes Bonfire, or Bonfire Night. This is the towns Guy Fawkes Night celebrations on the 5th of November.
In Lewes this event not only marks the date of the uncovering of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, but also commemorates the memory of the seventeen Protestant martyrs who were burnt at the stake, here in this sleepy, unimportant little town. These celebrations are the largest and most famous Bonfire Night celebrations in the country, if not the world.
Another unimportant event that Lewes is responsible for, is the idea of “modern parliament”, which was concieved at the gates of Lewes Castle… “Sorry about that…”