Mozilla Tech Speakers in Tirana 1

Tech communities are usually focused in one thing, they look after their own ‘garden’ mainly, their app, or their platform. This is not always a bad thing, but in my opinion it comes with the risk of you getting bored after a certain time. This doesn’t happen at Mozilla, mainly due to the fact that the Mozilla manifesto allows any kind of project as long as they respect the main principles that promote an open web, which leads to creative projects. Having said this, I got really excited when I heard about a programme such as Mozilla Tech Speakers, which aims to increase developer awareness and adoption of the Web, Firefox, and Mozilla through a strong community-driven speaker development program. MozTech Speakers logoThe goal of the trainings is to bring Tech Speaker lessons, mentors and Mozillians to the local Albanian free open source community, offering great insight and experiences to newcomers and late arrivals. The idea is to host workshops that consist of short lightning talk sessions, followed by feedback, tips on how to stand, non verbal communication, slides creation and much more. The Albanian Mozilla community, with coordination from Elio,  decided to bring the program in Tirana with the first event hosted at Open Labs Hackerspace (2.04.2016) in Tirana that featured Albanian mozillians (Elio, Kristi and myself) and special guests Elvis Plaku and Ardian Haxha from Prishtina. Although it lasted more than 4 hours, it was really inspiring for me to see the participants learn some basic presentation skills for technical evangelism and in the end make their own first  presentations in public. See you in the next #MozTechSpeakers session. Until then have a look also at the blog post of Elio aboui the same event.
Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

Open Labs Hackerspace hosted the first #MozTechSpeakers event in Albania

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

Elio presenting the concept of #MozTechSpeakers and the agenda of the event.

Kristi Progri at Mozilla Tech Speakers in Tirana

Kristi showing some of the ways of being part of the Mozilla community.

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

Special guest Elvis plaku presenting some of the main tips for the ideal presentation.

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

We also had a non official visit from the Minister of Innovation and Public Administration.

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

Team work time, where participants practices their presentation skills and shared tips with each other. Really enjoyed this part.

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

My presentation was trying to find an answer to the question ‘does it matter to have presentation skills if you are promoting something that is wrong and doesn’t bring positive social change?’.

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

Me again presenting

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

I want you to promote free open source culture.

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

Ardian, a fellow mozillian, showed us how to present hardware and virtual reality platforms in a creative way using ‘demo-ing’ as a main tool.

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

In the end: presentation time with a limit of 90 seconds.

Mozilla Tech Speakers Tirana 1

During the presentations participants showed what they learned. They were really good!

Mozilla Tech speakers in Tirana

in general it was a very inspiring event: I’m confident we will meet with some of the participants in the next Mozilla Tech Speakers session.

Photos: Andis Rado
License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
More fotos: openlabs.cc/mozilla-tech-speakers-tirana-training-1

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