Hi Mozilla Ignite community!
This community list has been pretty quiet so far but the Mozilla Ignite Challenge is now several weeks under way in the brainstorming phase so it's time to change that. Things are heating up in the idea phase of the challenge which ends Aug. 23, leading into the app development phase in September.
For this first email, I really just want to say hi and introduce myself to the list -- and ask you all to do the same.
I'm Will Barkis; for those of you who don't know me or haven't met or spoken to me, I'm a "Gigabit Developer Evangelist" at Mozilla and Project Manager for the Mozilla Ignite Challenge. Katrin Lepik, formerly the Project Manager, is on maternity leave for some time so I'll be in taking over her roles and responsibilities.
I look at my role as multifaceted and not just because I'm both evangelizing and project managing. The broadest vision of what I'm trying to do really mirrors what Mozilla Ignite is trying to do: that is, we are trying to create community to create killer apps on ultra high speed, deeply programmable networks like US Ignite. Evangelizing is actually a great metaphor to describe how one might go about this process, because it entails community building, spreading the word, influencing others to use this platform and these technologies, convincing other people that the things possible on these networks really have significant impact in peoples' lives, etc., etc.
Just to give you a little more background on who I am, where I come from, and how I fit into the community, I come to Mozilla Ignite having worked at the National Science Foundation in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate for the last couple of years helping organize US Ignite and GENI, a program on health IT policy, a program in computational neuroscience, and a few other things. So I come to the Mozilla and the Mozilla Ignite Challenge most immediately from the policy world. My scientific/technical background is actually more in neuroscience than networking/computer science -- so a very different kind of networking :) -- though I do have some background in coding, too.
So, hi, Mozilla Ignite community! I'd like to get to know who's out there on our list and start to build some community through it. If you and I haven't been in touch and you feel comfortable with it, drop the list a quick note saying what brings you to Ignite: who you are, where you're coming from, and why you're interested. If you're too shy to reply all to the list, I'd love for you to drop just me a note saying the same.
Lastly, I just want to reiterate our goal here, which is both to create a community around these technologies that can create apps with real impact in peoples' lives and also to actually catalyze the creation of those killer apps.
So let's create some community, folks! :D I hope this finds you all well out there.
Will Barkis, PhD
Gigabit Developer Evangelist &
Project Manager Mozilla Ignite Challenge