Few weeks ago I attended MozFest (Mozilla Festival) UK. I had an awesome time for the most part. I really liked London. I liked how multicultural it was, and how a lot of people at MozFest were so nice.
This was my first time traveling out of Greece. Yup my first time. I thought traveling would be scarier than what it actually was. I enjoyed my flight and the whole traveling experience went smoothly. I was really proud of this whole… ‘Traveling on your own’ successful experience.
I went to MozFest as part of the participation leaders’ team so the first day involved a dinner with the team. I got to meet a lot of great people from around the world and get to know them. Some were to do sessions at MozFest, others came to support or just participate and learn skills they could use in the future.
What I absolutely loved about going to MozFest was that I was able to see some super amazing people! People that I spoke to on IRC while working on Air Mozilla. I got to see the awesome Air Mozilla airship which I admire and saw the people that made it happen! I was super happy to see part of the team.
Seeing the people I worked with on the summer was very special to me because I always wanted to get to know them. Unfortunately my mentor wasn’t there but I was super happy seeing a large amount of the team I worked with. It was just AWESOME! Also do you remember the hacks post I did? Well, I also got to see the lady that helped me, together with my mentor, draft that post for Hacks Mozilla. That was also something I was super happy about. Seeing people that are very supportive of me is encouraging.
While I was interning I always wanted to see a Mozilla office. I wasn’t able to, but I got the chance to do so with the participation team! I felt so happy to finally be able to see a Mozilla Office in real life. I visited the London office, my team worked at Mountain View office so these are different places. I didn’t fully see the whole of it but the fact that I visited one was special to me. Other special things happened in my visit there of which I am also grateful for.
AT MOZFEST I….
MozFest is truly a very intense festival. Ravensbourne college is really big. Walking into it and seeing the whole atmosphere of it was impressive. It is intense and exciting at the same time. You see a lot of great people, people that are interested to get to know you and talk to you. I was surprised that at some point I happened to be speaking to a lady I didn’t know and I later on figured out she is the Co-founder of Mozilla! Later on one of my friends said he sees a lot of “famous” people in tech walking around or sitting next him. I thought that is awesome! From that conversation it made me think about how we never know whom we are to meet at such large global events so it is better to be ready. From day 1-3 it was a packed day! It was so intensive that I could barely do anything else hehe. On Saturday night there was a party. I am not a night life person to be honest. Greece is full of places to enjoy for night life if you like. I never step there! I instead like adventurous and interesting things. Now I am not saying that, that isn’t interesting. I just don’t find it interesting. But this party was the right fit for me… it had games, like stationary kart, ping pong, air hockey, bowling, stationary motocross, table football game, karaoke and music for those who wanted or drinks. There were various of drinks also various type of snacks. I liked how Mozilla tried to accommodate various diets. Whenever someone asked me “Is there vegetarian meal too”? I was like “sure, yeah!” haha.
At MozFest I happened to do a session called “Getting started with opensource contributions”. Which is relevant to Mozilla because Mozilla because it reflects part of Mozilla’s mission “Our mission is to promote openness, innovation & opportunity on the Web.” My summer colleague Mike Nolan that also attended the event was very supportive in accepting my offer to co-facilitate it with me. I asked people of how it went, everyone seemed pleased. I was very happy because this was my first technical session and it went very well. I was honestly afraid of this. The event was so big, the people were so many and having to do a technical session around people who might be years ahead of you in tech can often be intimidating. I noticed though, that a lot of people wanted me to succeed. It was really nice to see people doing research in opensource or leading projects that have to do with that come to attend my session. I was humbled and I left my session with a huge smile. It was a success. My call to action is to figure out ways to hone my skills, so I can be able to have something that could be of value to others. In specific I am talking of my technical skills. I want to be able to help others but sometimes I feel I need to improve my skill set when it comes to programming or other similar technical things, before I can actually be able to tackle more complex technical procedures. I really want to become a better engineer and I am actively looking forward to that.
Now I wonder what’s next? This was an awesome experience but I’m really looking forward to what’s next. I think huge tech conferences can be really cool and fun.
Have you ever attended MozFest? Would you Like to?