Mozilla in August Penguin 2009

Last Friday we held the annual August Penguin event in Israel. August Penguin is a one-day conference about Linux and Open-Source that is taking place in Israel for the 8th time this year. The event is planned and organized by the community and the Open Source organization Hamakor ("The Source" in Hebrew).

This year, for the First time, we got a stand and gave away some Mozilla freebies (thanks to Mozilla Marketing!). Our stand became a big success and attendees were around us for most of the time. We exchanged ideas about the future of Firefox, explained the Mozilla mission and the Mozilla project, and so on.

We have translated some ways for the visitors to get involved in Mozilla, and invited them to visit our community website, where they can find more information about the project and ways to contribute. We hope to get some of them to actually join us in the near future.

In the main conference room I gave a presentation about HTML5 and the open web. The presentation was on a basic level, summarizing what changed recently on the web, and how we expect the web to be in a few years from now. Some of the attendees told me right after the presentation that they did not thought the web can be so dynamic. Before my talk some even thought that the future of the web should be controlled by Flash/Flex and .NET.

At the end of the conference, the organizers announced the winners of this year Hamakor awards. I am happy to say that I won an award for leading our team of Mozilla Hebrew localization. Thank you everyone for choosing us!

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