On the 27th of October, the Mozilla Community in
Uganda held celebrations of its one year anniversary, please find the highlights of the event,
It all begun with a tech meeting at Makerere University on
Friday, 26th in the morning attended by over 500 computing and IT
students who were eager to learn more about Mozilla and its technologies. Alex
talked to them about webmaker initiatives, I spoke to them about localization
and Hezron spoke to them about B2G Firefox OS and HTML5. We then went on to
Newvision where we had a series of interviews upto 5PM. Unfortunately my
Blackberry phone which had been used to take pictures of Fridays events got
lost that day with all the pictures.
The next day was the anniversary celebration that was
attended by over 100 people including the prime minister of Buganda, Engineer
JB Kigundu who was the chief guest as well as other key players in technology.
Also present at the event were Mozillians Alex Wafula and Hezron Obuchele from
the Kenyan community who officiated the event.
The event, which was a great success begun at 11 AM with
lightning talks from Matovu Moses of the Ugandan Community. There after we had
speeches from Alex Wafula on about Mozilla’s efforts in Africa and globally,
then Matovu Moses about Mozilla Uganda and what we have been doing in the last
one year, Myself (San James) on Software Localization and African Languages,
then our invited guests, the Prime Ministers and other officials like Keith
Kuyoh from the New Vision and James Wire, the guy who did the first
localization of Mozilla Firefox in 2003. There after we had a booths session to
show case Mozilla innovations and products. We also had Kizito Birabwa from the
UK who had developed a localized version of Linux to Luganda join us at the
event and shared with us his localization experience.
We had a tea and lunch break during the event and also gave
out Mozilla swag to participants at the event. The event ended at 4 PM with a
networking session and also giving time for folks to sign up at the mailing
Thereafter, the core contributing team had a meeting with
Alex and Hezron where they got to learn more about contributing to Mozilla and
discussing challenges and laying strategies for growth.
The meeting went well and we are still receiving emails and
contact from the participants who would like to participate in the community.
We had a number of media houses including NTV, New Vision, Urban TV, Bukedde TV
and CBS Radio who covered the event and aired on the respective networks..
One of the people who attended went on to write a blog post
about the event and is eager to become a tech evangelist for Mozilla. The tech
post can be found here: http://www.techpost.ug/2012/10/mozilla-uganda-and-dream-of-localized.htmlalso
mirrored here: http://wougnet.org/2012/10/mozilla-uganda-and-the-dream-of-a-localized-web/ another post about the event can be found here: http://www.buganda.or.ug/index.php/news-archives-/503-mozilla-firefox-luganda-browser-marks-1-year pictures of the anniversary are here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.364266303663471.84779.173150682775035&type=1
San Emmanuel James,
Mob: +256775955559, +256751938608
"HAB 3:17 - 19 though the fig tree shant blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places."