Being part of All Hands Hawaii !

Recently I traveled across the Pacific Ocean all the way to Hawaii to participant the coolest group of people, the Mozillians. It was the last All Hands happened during early December just before the Holiday eve. It was a whole week of Moz-awesomeness and more amazing for the participants like me who experienced it for the first time!

All Hands is the bi-yearly gathering of Mozillians including contributors and Mozilla employed people to reflect on the past activities and set goals for the further. There were more than a thousand Mozillians in the resort where the event took place.

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What I have experienced in this All Hands is quite a bit interesting for me! I was invited by the Connected Device Team (In case you are not familiar with what this team is about, why not let’s have a look). This team is concerned of several projects and I was invited by the Sensor Web project team. Mobilizing the community and get involved with the API of Sensor Web project was my primary concern as far I can disclose (NDA!!!). The project Sensor Web is concerned and built to sense the environment and air quality around the sensor device installed at and a web interface will hold the analysed data for remote representation (Know the detailed architecture here).

By the time I’m done with this article there is already Mozilla’s very own development board for Sensor Web Project.

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See the development board for  Sensor Web project..

Back to what happened at the All Hands; I was mentored to prepare for the All Hands by Michael and at the first morning of the work week he introduced me with the rest of the team working on the project. First I met Dave and later Cindy, Jean, Dylan, Fernando and all the team member.

That morning we had very inspiring plenary session. I really loved the talk about diversity and inclusion, about need for community in the growth of any technology and most attractive one was the plenary video.

From the very first day there have been many specific plenary sessions, talks, teamwork sessions happening throughout the day. Hence, I could hardly go catch all the amazing ones. But I did try the Mozilla VR and A-frame demo session.

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The Connected Device team room was full of surprises for me. Sometimes there were parallel team pitching, sometimes amazing award session. All the teams with different project were indulged with their work throughout the week in a fun way which reminded me the Mozilla way of doing things.

Meanwhile, Michael and I had fruitful conversation on our next quarter agenda on how we can contribute in Connected Device project (Sensor Web) from the community perspective. As a part of participation team, we will be coming up with updates on Sensor community involvement in this early 2017. For 2017, our goal is to get involved in hacking Sensor kit and raising awareness around targeted communities about Sensor Web Project. I will be writing up soon on hacking the newly made Mozilla Sensor board, Sensor Web web interface sensorweb.io and the API of the project.

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Team plenary #mozaloha #connecteddevices

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The whole week passed by through excitement and planning for the next year. Though I had very little task to do I did have felt the enthusiasm and work-amusement in the air. There were new work and agenda updates on every projects, product and strategies. The very last day ended with wrap up session reflecting the key goals for next quarter and the team was very focused on project update. That was best staying in Hilton in Hawaii. We all enjoyed traditional Luau Performance. Fireplay was heart throbbing and the late night dancing and karaoke was real fun thing to have at the very end of All Hands Hawaii.

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This guys are super crazy skillful #luauparty

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Being in this All Hands was true pleasure and motivation for a Mozillian like myself. I would suggest you read our another Mozillian Daniele’s write-up to know about different session and update.

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Let’s all work for the better web experience and happy contribution Mozillians!

Get a look inside

  • Air Mozilla: https://air.mozilla.org/mozilla-all-hands-hawaii-2016-retro-video-20161229/
  • Wiki: https://wiki.mozilla.org/All_Hands/2016_Hawaii
  • Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mozillaallhands/albums/72157673850712094
  • Event tag #MozAloha
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