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WSOH - We have the winners! :)

2011-07-29T14:50:36.923-07:00

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Last Friday (7/22), Mozilla was hosting its first WSOH (World Series of Hack) -- an all-night hacking session designed for students currently interning in the Valley. The idea was to have a broad representation of companies on-site (the event was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA), from top tech giants all the way to small startups. We had no less than 11 organizations joining us (10gen/MongoDB, Box,
Dropbox, Flotype (now), Github, Google, Meebo, Ning, Scribd, and Yahoo!). Oh, and 5 HOUR ENERGY supplied the liquid fuel for our brains!

Approximately 200 students started 50 new projects as we began WSOH. Teams of up to 4 students were allowed for each project and all the project code is Open Sourced and available on Github. After twelve hours of hacking and caffeination, no less than 32 projects were lined up to compete for first place on the podium.

Our panel of judges, composed of Ben Keighran (Chomp Inc, CEO & Co-Founder), Brad Kellett (Chomp Inc, Lead Search Engineer), Pascal Finette (Director of Mozilla's Web FWD Accelerator Program), Chris Heilmann (Mozilla, Principal Developer Evangelist), and Todd Simpson (Mozilla, Chief of Innovation), had the difficult but enviable task of picking up the top three projects.

There were four main judging criteria:
1. Technology (does the demo showcase the power of open Web technologies?)
2. Originality (how innovative and unique is the demo?)
3. Aesthetics (how good is the visual design and interaction experience?)
4. Practicality (how useful is this demo in enhancing the Web today?).

The maximum of points allocated to a project was 40 (10 points each).


Today, I'm happy to announce the winning projects:

- First Place: FuzzyPeach -- A Firefox addon that provides users with
analytics about their productivity on the web. Includes functionality to
block/limit access to unproductive websites.
To be uploaded soon on AMO (https://addons.mozilla.org/)

- Second Place: Munchy Lunchy -- A super-easy way to find out where to
go to lunch, whether alone or in a group. Powered by Django, Tornado,
BrowserID, and magic.
Link: http://munchylunchy.com/

- Third Place: Pigeon Carrier -- An integrated Twitter attachment system
using Dropbox, Scribd, and new HTML 5 APIs
Link: http://pigeoncarrier.com/


The three winning teams will be at Mozilla HQ on Friday (8/5) to give a live demo of their projects at 3pm PDT. Please join us on Air Mozilla (http://air.mozilla.org/) and IRC (irc.mozilla.org (#wsoh)) on August 5th, but for now, let's give a big round of applause to our winners and all the participants!!! Well done, guys!

And given how successful this event was, you can definitely count on another WSOH next summer. We may even hold a few local WSOH around the world... Ping me (julie@mozilla.com) if you're a student interested in hosting a local World Series of Hack at your university. I'd love to chat with you :)

Until then, happy hacking...

A special thanks to all the Mozillians behind this event, as well as all the company reps who took the time to come hang out with us last Friday!!!



WSOH - A few updates (and a new date! 7/22-23)

2011-06-28T10:08:03.639-07:00

As some of you may already know, Mozilla is organizing its very first WSOH (World Series of Hack) this summer. Originally scheduled for Thursday 22nd/Friday 23rd, we decided to push it to Friday night instead to accommodate the vast majority of interns.

It will still be held at the Computer History Museum, and we now have a vast panel of participating companies like Facebook, Github, Dropbox, 10gen/MongoDB, Inkling, Flotype (now), TuneIn, and a few more to come.

Each participating company is submitting a theme/API and we will be releasing the full list on Github on July 10th. There will also be an "open category", which will be judged mostly on creativity and overall technical difficulty. Teams of 3-4 will be formed onsite.

There will be food, music, caffeine, snacks, games, and internet-famous engineers from across land to guide you along the way. We will also release the list of prizes on July 10th -- no matter what, it will be worth your hard labor! ;)

==> We have a limited number of spots (300), and we've already went through over one third of our available tickets since last Thursday!

There are 2 ways you can participate:
1. If you're a student interning in the Valley, please register yourself as an "intern"
2. If your company would like to be represented at WSOH, please email me at julie@mozilla.com

To register, please use http://wsoh.eventbrite.com

Disclaimer: We have a limited number of tickets so priority will be given to *interns* who've RSVP'd to the event.

Any questions? Please email julie@mozilla.com

We're looking forward to sharing such a great event with you!!!



Mozilla - WSOH (World Series of Hack)

2011-06-23T11:06:46.221-07:00

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Come join Mozilla and over 300 interns and engineers from the Silicon Valley for a memorable hacking session at the Computer History Museum. Mozilla's first annual WSOH (World Series of Hack) will take place on July 21st-22nd!

Why WSOH? Well, our interns asked for a hacking session, we listened, and decided to go big. Why? Because it's a unique opportunity for interns from different universities, countries, and cultural backgrounds to work together to build something awesome. It's summer in The Valley, might as well be hacking.

We have a few ideas for themes ranging from building your own browser extension, to experimenting with HTML5 , or perhaps building data visualizations. Mozilla's mission is all about making the Web better, and we want you to be part of it. Final themes will be available on Github by July 10th and we will be sending updates to those who've registered.


Sounds exciting to you? Can't wait to get started? Well, RSVP today and come join us for an awesome hacking night. As always, we'll provide plenty of food, caffeine, snacks, music, prizes, entertainment, games, and internet-famous engineers from across the land to guide you along the way.

Oh, and the chance to show off your project in front of a great panel of judges!


Agenda:
6:30pm - Museum doors open (START)
6:30pm - 7:00pm - Team Forming (3-4 interns per team)
7:30pm - So it Begins
7:30am - Pencils Up
8:00am - Projects Show & Tell


For now: spread the word, invite your friends and come build your own piece of Computer History!


Twitter: On July 21st, join Mozilla at the Computer History Museum and be ready to hack. More info here: http://wsoh.eventbrite.com #WSOH

Facebook event page: http://on.fb.me/mozwsoh

RSVP on eventbrite @ http://wsoh.eventbrite.com/


Any questions? Please email julie@mozilla.com



Mozilla @Stanford University for an Open Source Bootcamp - April 23, 2011

2011-04-21T22:27:43.550-07:00

Mozilla will be participating in Stanford Open Source Bootcamp on April 23, 2011. The event is organized by ACM and has for objective to initiate the students with open source projects. Mozilla will have 4 workshops, 2 Q&A sessions and 1 keynote. The event will kick off at 1pm PST and will continue until the early evening (7.30pm).Below is a summary of the workshops offered by Mozilla. The goal is to truly engage with the students and make those workshops as interactive as possible (hence the pre-requisites for each session). We'll monitor and answer questions on Twitter using #MozStanford starting Friday morning (PST). We have a Facebook event page for the occasion so feel free to check it out and leave comments there too.Agenda for Saturday:* Keynote - 7 Lessons from Mozilla - Pascal Finette & Todd Simpson, Mozilla Labs* Workshop #1 - Scaling a Web Application, Jeff BaloghSynopsis:“We'll take a naïvely built web app and turn it into something that can handle millions of users. Initial code will be provided and we'll evolve the design into something that scales using Amazon's EC2 for deployment and load testing.We'll be working on a webapp with Python and Django. Experience helpsbut isn't necessary. The code is simple.”Requirements:• You'll need git if you want to check out the code locally.• Jeff will provide cloud servers with everything loaded up, so students should be comfortable working the command line if they want to write code.• Writing code is optional. Jeff can drive with suggestions from participants or they can send patches.Workshop #2 - Frontend Development Foundations, Matthew ClaypotchSynopsis:“Every great web site needs a public face. Structuring your pages correctly will win you points in accessibility and maintainability, and win you points with search engines, In this session, we'll turn your resume from a PDF to a Pretty Dang Fine webpage. Learn to appreciate beautiful (and semantic!) HTML, classy CSS, and a splash of JavaScript.”Requirements:NoneWorkshop #3 – Web Security, Hands on Learning, Michael Coates**************Synopsis:“The web is a dangerous place with talented criminals looking to destroy the apps that you spent so much time and effort creating. This workshop will be a hands on learning experience covering current threats to web applications. We'll use a vulnerable test application and perform hands on testing to understand these attacks and how to properly defend against them in our applications.”Notes: Students can listen and follow along to Michael’s presentation or they can participate in hands-on learning on their own workstations while Michael works through some exercises. Issues are discussed at both a high level to cover overall impacts and also a detailed technical level for those interested.Requirements (for hands-on exercises)• Windows or Mac OS• Download VMware player (free for Windows, vmfusion is available for mac but not free)• Download vulnerable web demoo http://sourceforge.net/projects/owaspbwa/files/0.93rc1/o This is nearly 1 gig and must be downloaded ahead of time (we will have the demo on flash drives too on Saturday)o More info here: http://people.mozilla.org/~mcoates/stanford.htmlWorkshop #4 – Hacking the Firefox UI, Shawn Wilsher & Frank YanSynopsis:“The firefox team will be providing a set of bugs, and will help the students implement them. Come contribute to the release of Firefox 6.0!”Requirements:1. Skills needed (this is an or list, not an and)- basic JS (JavaScript)- CSS/HTML- C++2. Things to have before you arrive- Have a bugzilla account already created so you can upload your patch. You can create one here: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/createaccount.cgi- To ensure you get the most time possible to work with an engineer on a patch, please have successfully completed a build (https://developer.mozilla.org/En/Simple_Firefox_build).- We’ll be have 2 or 3 laptops setup as backups, but students should have their build and bugzilla account set [...]



HTML5 Game Programming Course with Mozilla

2011-03-15T13:36:40.931-07:00

Back in January, Mozilla was at MIT during its IAP to teach an HTML5 Gaming class. The course was spread out over a 5 day period and open to any student within the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. The idea was to bring some of our Mozilla engineers and community members in front of the students for some hands-on experience with new web technologies. We covered various topics, such as JS, DOM (Document Object Model), the canvas element, WebGL, multimedia element (audio and video), and optimization and performance of JS. For the detailed schedule, please click here.

The class was very well received by the students and reinforced the fact that more of those "organic" courses need to happen between Mozilla and CS students. Another neat fact was that some students actually developed a few games to demonstrate what they had learn in the class.

Now, we want to reward the team that developed the best game, and this is where we need your help. Please check out each of the games (3) and let us know which one is your favorite by filling up this very quick survey. We'll invite the winning team to present at Mozilla HQ in Mountain View (CA) and we'll also broadcast it live on Air Mozilla.

Also, if you're part of a CS students-run organization and would like to find out more about how you can collaborate with Mozilla, please email us. We'd love to hear from you and come up with more awesome projects!



Mozilla Fall College Recruiting to start on September 15, 2010

2010-09-15T03:17:54.793-07:00

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This year, Mozilla will be kicking off its college recruiting efforts on September 15, 2010 with the following schedule:

CMU, September 15, 2010
8.15 - 9.30am: HCII Alumni Breakfast panel in Gates Hillman Center, Room 6115
10am - 5pm: TOC Fair in University Center, Wiegand Gym, Booth #162
6.30 – 8pm: Mozilla Tech Talk in Gates Hillman Center, Room 4303

UIUC, September 16, 2010
10am – 3pm: ECS Engineering Career Fair in the Illini Union
6.30 – 8pm: Mozilla Tech Talk in the Illini Union, Room 209

Waterloo, September 16, 2010
7.30 - 9pm: Mozilla Tech Talk at the Davis Centre- Room 1304

MIT
September 23, 2010
11am – 5pm: MIT Career Fair in the Johnson Athletic Center
September 27, 2010
6 – 7.30pm: Mozilla Tech Talk in Building 24

Brown University
September 29, 2010
12 – 4pm: Career Fair at Sayles Hall
September 30, 2010
12 – 1pm: Lunch Tech Talk (location TBD)

Stanford, October 5, 2010
11am – 3pm: Fall Career Fair
Stanford Tech Talk to be announced as well soon

We encourage you to stop by our booth, attend our Tech Talks, and don't forget to drop off your resume. We have more dates saved up, especially in Europe and we will have all of these details available on our College Recruiting website (www.college.mozilla.com) in the upcoming days.

Also, please note that we're currently working on redesigning our college website and we should have all of our summer interns' presentations available by October 15th at the very latest. For now, you can however check out air.mozilla.com on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week (09/15-16-17) at 1pm PST to watch some live presentations of our interns (yes, we still do have interns in our office!).



Mozilla's internship program

2010-01-28T15:14:00.158-08:00

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Over the years, Mozilla went from hiring only a handful of interns to now having over 30 students during the summer. They come from different academic backgrounds and different countries, with the shared objective of improving the web.
At Mozilla, our goal is to expose the students to our open source environment, and therefore demonstrate the importance of a community driven project.
What Mozilla offers is more than a summer internship: it's an open invitation to becoming a meaningful contributor to the project. And when we say that your work matters, we actually mean it. Let's take the recent release of Firefox 3.6 for example. All of our 2009 engineering interns actually committed code that became part of Firefox 3.6! Where else can you say that your work positively impacted more than 350 million users?

But don't take my words for it, go to our interns website and check out our interns presentations.

We also have both full-time and internship positions available on our careers page. Don't be shy, check it out and send us your resume!

Starting next week, we'll be attending a few career fairs and also hosting some info sessions, and we hope to meet you then! For more information regarding our program, you can always drop by #interns on IRC (irc.mozilla.org).



The Mozilla interns now have their own website

2009-09-14T00:45:06.670-07:00

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The interns website is now live! What is this, shall you ask?

Well, Mozilla has a strong internship program. Period. Over the length of their stay with us, our interns work on highly visible projects and are immersed in our amazing community from day one. The question was how do we share our interns experience with people outside Mozilla ; that is students that would be interested in interning with us in the future.

The solution was interns.mozilla.com

You will be able to browse through all the projects our interns have worked on, find out more about our internship program (co-op opportunities are available too), figure out what schools Mozilla will be visiting, and much more. We're also in the process of adding videos from our interns presentations (coming soon).

A huge thanks to Morgamic for his amazing patience and all his technical expertise. Chris Howse, Sean Martell, Bret Reckard, Erica McClure, and Dan Portillo have been amazing, as usual.

But none of this would have been possible without our 2009 interns who have provided helpful feedback along the way, and played by the rules for the creation of this site. Thank you guys, and it's been a true pleasure having you in our office!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me



Interns Presentations -- Schedule

2009-08-25T13:02:06.826-07:00

Did you ever wonder what types of projects interns work on during their internship at Mozilla? If so, you've now got the chance to be in the front row and watch the interns chat live about their projects on Air Mozilla. We'll be having the following interns presenting this week:

* 08/25 at 1pm PST
Aaron Train(QA)
RJ Walsh (Web Dev)
David Tran (IT)
Anant Narayanan (Labs)

* 08/27 at 2pm PST
Jeremy Hiatt (L10n)
Matthew Noorenberghe (Firefox)
Irina Calciu (platform)

Can't make it? Don't worry, we're also going to have the videos available on the interns website in a few weeks.



College Recruiting for '10 season...

2009-09-21T11:11:45.475-07:00

This Fall, Mozilla will be attending the following career fairs:
- CMU on Sept. 15, 2009
- MIT on Sept. 17, 2009
- UT Austin on Sept. 23, 2009
- Stanford on Oct. 6, 2009
- University of Washington on Oct. 29, 2009

The schedule will also be posted on our interns website that should go live by the end of August. The website will provide information on what one can expect by getting an internship at Mozilla, and the type of projects available.

If you're passionate about the web in general and would like to make it a better and safer place, then we definitely want to hear from you. This year, we've hired students in all of our groups: platform (backend development), l10n (Localization), Labs, Firefox (focusing on frontend development for the chrome of the browser), QA, Build, IT, Marketing, AMO (Add-ons), Web Dev, and even Mobile!

You'll get a chance to also watch the presentations of our current interns in a few weeks. They've done an awesome job!

For more info, please feel free to email me!
Until then, we hope you'd stop by our booth and say "hi".



Interns Website

2009-07-20T10:35:26.426-07:00

In our willingness to always remain open and share as much info as possible with folks who aren't part of Mozilla, we've decided to create a website for our interns classes this year. The idea is to provide upcoming interns with additional details about our internship program, and therefore create a portal where past and new students can interact. The project is just starting and it's kind of fun to collaborate closely with our interns 09 on this stuff.

The website will include some general info about our internship program, what to expect from Mozilla, but also the possibility to interact with past interns. We'll also have a schedule of the career fairs will be attending in the Fall and the Winter. More importantly, interested students will be able to check out what cool projects our past interns have worked on.

While the project is still in "phase I", we should have a finished product before the end of the summer. Stay tuned for more info!



Monte Carlo Night - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

2009-05-14T15:26:06.042-07:00

I can hardly believe that Monte Carlo Night is actually starting in a few hours!
To rewind a bit, this whole journey started when my friend - Dan Portillo - got nominated for the Man & Woman of the Year title with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Read more info about this program here.

We've all been working very hard for this event and we're now all anxious to see how the night is going to turn out. But given the efforts we've put into it, Monte Carlo Night won't be anything less than marvelous!

Hope to see many of you there!



Has it been a year already?

2009-04-28T08:24:41.831-07:00

Time always seems to fly by when you're having a great time, and I can still vividly remember the first day the interns stepped one foot onto Mozilla Land. Based on my experience as a CF (i.e. Community Facilitator; aka an RA (Resident Assistant)) during my time at SCU, I was asked to take over our internship program. What a blast it was! The level of passion and excitement of the students was highly contagious!
This year, we're kicking our program off next Monday (May 4th), and we'll have 30 interns joining us for a few months in almost every groups: platform, labs, firefox, marketing, QA, AMO, marketing, legal, IT, build, L10n, security, mobile, metrics, and web dev!

If you're considering joining us next summer, please feel free to contact me at julie[at]mozilla[dot]com. Bret and I will take a little break for now and we'll resume college recruiting (for internships) in September/October. We're however continuously accepting applications for entry level positions. For more info, check out our career page.

Have a great summer, and we look forward to receiving your application for summer '10.



Mozilla in Cannes (Palais des Festivals) - January 10, 2009

2009-01-08T09:09:09.219-08:00

Mozilla will be at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes this coming Saturday (01/10) to sponsor a Breakdancing event! This is a first for Mozilla and we are thrilled to be present at Break The Floor and cheer up 8 talented teams during the competition.
If interested in watching the show, please send me an email ASAP to obtain a ticket. The show is *almost* sold out so hurry up! As usual, we would love to have some Mozilla fans around! It's always a pleasure to meet community members.

Mozilla sera au Palais des Festivals a Cannes ce samedi soir (10/01) pour sponsoriser un evenement de Breakdancing. C'est une premiere pour Mozilla et nous sommes super contents d'etre present a Break The Floor et d'aller encourager 8 equipes, toutes les plus talentueuses les unes des autres.
Si vous etes de la region PACA et interesses a venir nous rejoindre, merci de m'envoyer un email au plus vite a julie@mozilla.com. Cet evenement est *presque* complet donc depechez vous! Comme d'habitude, c'est toujours un grand plaisir de rencontrer des fans de Mozilla.




Why I should never fly with American Airlines again...

2008-12-27T06:05:13.576-08:00

Each time I head back home, I always look for good deals online regarding my flight. It's not because of the price itself, but I simply find it fun to do. When you look at your variables -- price and overall comfort -- I must admit this year has been a complete flop! My (poor) choice? American Airlines!

What's wrong with AA? Below is a brief overview:
- an agent at the check-in counter who *yells* at a customer!!!!!!!
- you have to pay for your own snack (I kind of understand that one, but still)
- the space allocated for the carry-on luggage isn't big enough! What?!?
- where is my individual screen?
- since when stewardesses hide behind a curtain to avoid passengers' requests? I'm sorry, but are they enjoying some PTO during their flight?
- the flush button in the toilet is actually hidden on the wall. I don't feel like I should comment anymore on that one...

Conclusion of the story: I'm never flying with AA again! [expect for my flight back to SF... ;)]



College recruiting has kicked in again...

2008-09-29T20:20:53.243-07:00

It seems like college recruiting never ends... From the time our last wave of interns leaves Mozilla to the first day new interns walk into our door, we're in our continuous "hunt" for smart students. It' a lot of fun to go to college career fairs and meet so many people passionate about Mozilla.
As of now, our little crew (Bret, Dan, and myself) has just started our first round of career fairs and we've already gathered a lot of interesting resumes...It will be exciting to see what comes out of it...Stay tuned!
For those of you interested in interning with us, feel free to contact me at julie [AT] mozilla [DOT] com
Until then, best of luck with school!



Career Fairs are about to start

2008-08-25T13:51:18.011-07:00

As some of you might have read it on my profile, one of my main tasks this summer was to work on our internship program. From the feedback I've received so far, everybody really enjoyed their internship: great projects to work on, great cultural environment and an awesome team and community!
With that being said, it is now time to start again our search for fresh talent to join Mozilla next summer. We will have a booth at the following career fairs: CMU and MIT (they both fall on the same day - 09/18).
If you're interested in finding out more about what Mozilla has to offer, please come by and say hello...! And make sure to hand us out your shinny resume :) Cheers!



What it means to work at Mozilla...

2009-01-08T09:11:21.244-08:00

When your job is to recruit people, the ability of "selling" your company is usually crucial. Since I've been at Mozilla, I feel like this part of my role has vanished... People simply get excited about the potential idea of working at Mozilla. And with the recent release of Firefox 3, people have gotten even more excited.
So what is it then that makes Mozilla so special? Is it the mission of the Mozilla project? The great products/projects that have emerged from collaborative work between employees and community members? Passion? Devotion? The effectiveness of our "business model"? Our culture?
I would simply say: all of the above!

I will ask that same question to our interns once the summer is over. I'm interested to see how new eyes capture all of what Mozilla has to offer! To be followed in a couple of months...