Reps taking the lead at FOSDEM
By William on Friday, February 10 2012, 16:26 - Permalink
For those who are unfamiliar with the event, FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting) is Europe's largest gathering of FOSS developers, which takes place annually in Brussels, Belgium, in February. Last weekend, I attended my fourth FOSDEM.
Participating at FOSDEM is a tradition for Mozilla and for the past couple of years, we've had our own conference room (also known as DevRoom) entirely dedicated to Mozilla-specific talks given by staff and volunteers and also a Mozilla booth manned by Mozillians from across Europe. I've been tasked to organize our presence at FOSDEM for the past 3 years but this year's edition was different and a particularly memorable one. In a way, it was a return to Mozilla's early days when our participation was entirely volunteer-driven : Benoit Leseul, veteran Mozilla volunteer and Mozilla Rep for Belgium, ran the show and led our participation this year, flanked by an awesome team of volunteer Mozillians who came out from the four corners of the continent to support him. Whether it was planning the devroom schedule, finding speakers, organizing logistics and coordinating booth rotations, Benoit and his crew ran things like clockwork (and making it look so easy!).
It was particularly humbling for me to see first hand a Rep at an event like FOSDEM, leveraging all the different tools and resources Mozilla Reps have built out since the launch of the Mozilla Reps program (ie. budget request tool, swag order form, SOPs etc...). As the Mozilla project grows in scope and scale, community needs to be empowered, and we need to push responsibility and authority to the edges of the community. This is the central aim of the Mozilla Reps program and FOSDEM was a perfect illustration of that.
A *huge* thank you Benoit and all the Mozillians who came to Brussels for a most excellent FOSDEM!