I’m Havi Hoffman, a Mozillian on staff within the Developer Relations team, working out of Mountain View, CA.
I’m preparing to travel to London for my first MozFest. I’m looking forward to meeting old and new friends there and I’m very excited. And, just a little nervous, as always before a big trip and a long flight.
I remember the joyous launch of the Firefox browser all those years ago, the pride I felt being a Firefox user and unofficial advocate, and finally the thrill of joining Mozilla as a “content wrangler & cat herder” about 4.5 years ago. These days I manage Mozilla Hacks, where we write and share technical knowledge about Mozilla and the open web for web developers around the world. I also get to work with bright passionate Mozillians all over the world through programs and events focused on our developer audience. Mozilla’s mission and our global community give us a unique opportunity to influence the future of web and thus the future of humanity, our culture and civil society.
Late last year, the devrel team was invited to work on a program to reach and support technical contributors and developers who are out and about in their regional and technical communities speaking to other technologists about the open web. Inspired by the evangelism reps program that came before, we decided to take an experimental approach that would align well with the participation strategy articulated by Mark Surman, Mitchell, and then activated by George and the new Participation team. An essential piece was reciprocity - we wanted to contribute back to contributors like you and help in your reach to personal and professional goals that in turn will help us activate change together.
Because it was an experiment, we began the Mozilla Tech Speakers program by inviting Mozillians we knew and trusted to try things and give us honest feedback. Some of them will be coming to Mozfest, as guests, presenters and Participation Leaders.
Dietrich Ayala and I, along with Kaustav Das Modak, Szmozsánszky 'Flaki' István, and some Mozillians you may know, will facilitate a Sunday session called "Scaling Tech Speakers" in the Participation Space at 2:45. We’ll demo some techniques you can use to amp up your presentation and public speaking skills. We’ve been focused on talking to developers, but this session will be useful for anyone who wants to work on their storytelling in order to activate and teach others as a speaker presenter at workshops, meetups and other events.
Why not?! It’s Q4 and I’m not getting any younger. And I can't wait to see you!