1. Welcome to Mozilla University!
Mozilla University is a virtual institution dedicated to building and educating a strong Mozilla
community through collaboration and innovation.
Millions of people have heard of Firefox, and for most of them it's their favorite Web browser.
However, a lot of people still don't know what Mozilla really is. That's because Mozilla has been
many things to many people over the years, including a Web browser and a few different types of
• The Mozilla Project: An open source project that began at Netscape in 1998, with the mozilla.org
announcement in February, followed by the public release of the source code in March.
• The Mozilla Foundation: An independent, non-profit organization established in July 2003 with
some funding from AOL to help carry on the mission of the Mozilla Project.
• The Mozilla Corporation: A wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation was created
during a reorganization in August 2005.
It's important to know Mozilla's history to fully appreciate what Firefox is and to better understand
Mozilla in its many forms. There are plenty of great articles on the Web, so do a bit of research to
One of the best ways to get started with Mozilla is to meet people online and stay connected. We use
a number of communication channels to maintain a vibrant global open source community,
including two very important ones.
• Join the Mozilla IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Network, where the community is active 24 hours a day.
People from all over the world stay connected to chat and work together. We recommend starting
in #firefox or#thunderbird for general discussion, but you can pick any channel and jump right in!
Be sure to say hello, participate in the discussions, and ask lots of questions.
• Follow the Mozilla newsgroups to discuss all aspects of the Mozilla project. They are a great place to
keep up with what's happening with the community and our products, including the latest
information on Firefoxplanning, development, quality assurance, and support.
Testing is the easiest way to get involved with Mozilla and to help make Firefox better. Whether you
log a new bug or run through a set of tests, every bit of feedback helps. We have a growing QA
community at QMO (quality.mozilla.org), so head on over and sign up today!
2. • Work with bugs in Bugzilla, the Mozilla bug database. Understand what issues our users are having
and what the community is doing to fix them. Find out about exciting new features being developed
for the next version of Firefox.
• Run user tests with Litmus, our testcase repository and online test tracker. Whether you are
interested in working with a specific feature in Firefox or want to run a complete suite of tests, you
can do it through this tool.
• Try out nightly "Trunk builds" to help us test the latest Firefox features and bug fixes. Thousands of
people take a chance with these often buggy and unstable test versions to get a sneak peek of the next
generation Firefox browser. Use at your own risk!
Anyone can be a tester, so give it a shot! Don't just be a Firefox user, help us make it even better by
joining theMozilla QA community. You can contact the Mozilla QA team on IRC in #qa or through
the forums on QMO.
If you're interested in open source software development and want to challenge yourself, check out
theMozilla Developer Center (developer.mozilla.org). You'll find plenty of documentation to
familiarize yourself with the Mozilla codebase and should be ready to start hacking in no time!
• Create a Firefox Extension. Have an idea to improve the Web experience? With very little code you
can completely change the Firefox experience by creating cool new functionality to help users do
anything you can imagine on the Web.
• Design a Firefox Theme. Wish you could make Firefox look even better? Get creative to customize
the Firefox user interface with a unique look and feel and share it with the world.
• Hack on the Mozilla codebase. Want to show off your programming skills? Gain valuable real-world
software engineering experience as you work with talented open source hackers from around the
Remember, the Mozilla community is always there to help you out, so don't be afraid to ask
questions! Hang out on IRC in #seneca and follow the mozilla.dev.* newsgroups.
One of the greatest perks of being a part of the Mozilla community is that you can represent Firefox
everywhere you go. What better way to get involved than to tell others about Firefox and inspire
them to join the Mozilla community.
• Be a Mozilla Campus Rep. Work with the Mozilla community to organize events both on and off
campus tospread Firefox and educate people about Mozilla and open source.
• Start a Mozilla Club. Bring together other students and faculty that share a love of Firefox and a
passion for open source. Empower them to become active members of the Mozilla community. Check
out Club Moz atSeneca College for inspiration.
• Provide Firefox Support. Learn about common Firefox issues to help friends and family with their
problems. Recommend Firefox to people that are frustrated with other browsers. Help everyone have
a better Web experience.
3. Be the bridge between Mozilla and millions of Firefox fans out there that want to get involved. There
are Mozilla community projects for people of various skill levels and interests. It's up to you to lead
them in the right direction.
WHAT IS A MOZILLA CAMPUS REP?
Any student that is committed to helping the Mozilla marketing team spread Firefox and the Mozilla
mission through active participation in various campaigns and projects, both on campus and in their local
Our campus reps are passionate, resourceful and creative in their approach to educating people about
open source software, demonstrating the many benefits of Firefox vs other browsers, and living by the
core values that help the Mozilla community accomplish great things together.
DO I GET PAID FOR BEING A CAMPUS REP?
The Mozilla Campus Reps program is 100% volunteer based. Just like other functional areas of the
Mozilla project, we rely on the support and energy of people all around the world to make our open source
model work. While we do not offer paid positions for participating in the program, we do provide access to
people and resources that you won't find anywhere else and the opportunity to represent Mozilla brings
with it a lot of great experience and recognition.
DO I NEED TO HAVE A LOT OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE TO BE A
Yes and no. While having programming experience or being Web savvy will definitely help you get the
most out of the program, you can still be a successful campus rep if you don't have an engineering
background. Planning events and promoting Firefox doesn't take a lot of technical knowledge, but you
should be comfortable answering basic questions about Web browsers and Firefox features.
If you don't think you know enough about Firefox, you can always make it your personal goal to educate
yourself about Web technology while you participate in the Campus Reps program.
WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MOZILLA PROJECT?
You can learn more about the Mozilla project at mozilla.org.
WHAT ARE THE INCENTIVES FOR BEING A CAMPUS REP?
There are a many reasons to join the Campus Reps program, but here are just a few:
• Opportunity to experience grassroots marketing at its finest
• Develop your skills in communications and technology
• Gain knowledge about open source software and the Web
• Become a community leader and work with other students and faculty around the world to build your
• Get a reference letter from Mozilla and enhance your resume
• An opportunity to apply for a Mozilla marketing internship
4. • And there's always the free Firefox swag and popularity that comes with being a Mozilla Campus Rep!
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?
While some reps will be more active than others, we want everyone to feel like they are a part of the same
network of students, so we don't have an interview or selection process. However, we will reward students
that show us that they can be exceptional campus reps.
By providing our best reps with opportunities to become community leaders, collaborate with us on
marketing campaigns, and apply for Mozilla internships, we hope that you will all challenge each other to
be the best!
WHERE CAN I GO TO MEET OTHER CAMPUS REPS?
Our main communication channel is the Mozilla Campus Reps group on SpreadFirefox.com. You can
participate in discussions or start your own thread in the forums there. However, we also have groups on
popular social networks like Facebook and Orkut, so you can get involved there as well.
HOW CAN I GET FIREFOX SWAG?
There will be opportunities throughout the year to signup for a Firefox "swag pack", usually around major
marketing campaigns like the Firefox launch and Back to School. We will let you know when it's time to
submit your requests, so please wait for the right times before asking.
Beyond the Firefox swag we will provide, you can always make your own! As long as you follow our
Firefox logo guidelines, you are free to create anything from posters to t-shirts on your own and give them
out to your community (you just can't sell them for money/profit).
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A REGIONAL LEADER?
• Networking opportunities
• Valuable leadership experience
• Increased visibility within the Mozilla community
• Certificate recognizing your leadership role and contribution
WHAT'S THE REASON BEHIND THE CAMPUS REPS NETWORK
• Better networking: The Campus Reps Network provides a private forum for students to discuss their
ideas for events and promotions. It's also a place to network with other Campus Reps and find people
nearby in your region.
• More behind the scenes content: Post pics and videos of your events so others can learn from your
experiences. Talk about ideas and designs under development that aren't ready for public yet.
• Private brainstorming: Think of the Campus Reps Network as your think tank and testing stage.
Spread Firefox is still the place to share your accomplishments. We hope that a private space will give
you an opportunity to throw crazy ideas out there and get feedback from others.