Unboxing Web Literacy

Maybe I am excited but I am also extremely inspired right now!

I just had a call with Ake Nygren, a librarian and fellow Mozilla Rep from Sweden. Ake is trying to raise the awareness of Web Literacy in his library by mainly organizing cryptoparties in libraries.

Swedish library system is a close digital environment which needs a lot and fundamental changes in it’s roots for Ake’s (and other fellows) efforts to start having impact.

The purpose of this blogpost though is to talk about his side project, putting Web literacy in a box. Oh yes, he wants to transform the digital world to a physical one.

He is building physical boxes equipped with remixable material and gamified recipes for mobile maker workshop activities anywhere, e.g. a library, a school, a youth center, an NGO etc. The idea is to build a mobile makerspace which can be run literally everywhere. The interaction with the boxes should spark discussions and reflections on maker culture, digital literacies and the world we’re living in.

You can read the complete description of his initiative here and check his activity in tumblr.

This is the kind of people we need, this is the kind of people we should be! Curious, who are never afraid to challenge themselves and people who never settle. And this is the way we need to start thinking, by having a broader vision, adapting the “hacking” culture and looking for opportunities which will help us implement our vision.

 

You should start a hackerspace, TODAY! – part 1

Six months ago, along with some crazy friends we started discussing the idea of creating a hackerspace in my hometown, Thessaloniki.

After a lot of planning where more people joined, we managed to build from SCRATCH, the Tech Ministry – Thessaloniki’s Hackerspace. “The how” I am going to describe it with details in another post.

Since day 1, a lot of people were mocking us because we were dedicating a lot of money and effort in transforming an empty basement into a hackerspace. These people believed that we should – somehow – get our money back instead of “wasting” them for an empty space. Today – after 2 months and after a lot of effort, the space is almost complete and fully equipped so I would like to share with you how I am planning to get the earnings of my investment.

Today I had the opportunity to spend more than 14 hours in the space with some brilliant people working on a variety of projects.

  • We worked and managed to transform our outdoor into an RFID featured door (had to hack the door’s metal case in order to install the electric strike).
  • Brainstormed on techniques for transforming solar energy into electric energy and aquaponics.
  • Brainstormed on upcoming events and planned 2 new ones.
  • Had a short docker hands-on session.
  • Learned more about apache’s configuration.
  • Worked on installing, configuring and using owncloud’s API.

It’s 1:55am (woke up at 7:30am) and after this exhausting day I am still FULL of energy, writing this blogpost and ready to continue working on my favorite projects!

Can you now understand why I am so passionate and thrilled about this place? Because anyone can do amazing things without any previous experience, by simply spending his time with some brilliant people. This is the earning of my investment, gaining experience on doing amazing stuff with amazing people!

Have I also told you that a hackerspace is not only a space but it is actually a community? Yes! More on part 2. 😉

So what’s your excuse for not joining a hackerspace or starting one?

 

MozCoffee Thessaloniki #3

Η κοινότητα του Mozilla σας εύχεται καλή χρονιά με ένα από τα ενδιαφέροντα Mozilla Coffee στην πόλη της Θεσσαλονίκης.

Τα λέμε λοιπόν το ερχόμενο Σάββατο στις 12 το μεσημέρι στον χώρο του Coho.

Θα συζητήσουμε τις τελευταίες εξελίξεις γύρω από το Firefox OS στα πλαίσια των ανακοινώσεων της φετινή CES 2015. Επίσης θα μιλήσουμε για τον Firefox Developer Edition. Ένας Firefox απευθυνόμενος κυρίως σε Web developers! Θα αναλύσουμε τα μοναδικά Firefox developer tools με τα οποία είναι εξοπλισμένος και κάνουν την καθημερινότητα του εκάστοτε web developer ευκολότερη.

Τέλος θα δούμε πόσο εύκολο είναι να βοηθήσεις και εσύ στην μετάφραση του Firefox στα ελληνικά καθώς και το πως να συνεισφέρεις στη νέα υπηρεσία τοποθεσίας: Mozilla Location Service.

Η συμμετοχή είναι δωρεάν και οι παρουσιάσεις αφορούν αρχάριους αλλά και προχωρημένους.

Σας περιμένουμε! Μην ξεχάσετε να κάνετε attend στο facebook event μας 😉

Mozilla Greece

MozCoffee Thessaloniki #2

Σας καλούμε στο δεύτερο MozCoffee της κοινότητας του Mozilla στη Θεσσαλονίκη.
Πρόκειται  για μία χαλαρή συνάντηση και συζήτηση γύρω από όλες τις  τελευταίες εξελίξεις του Project. Δεν θα λείπουν συζητήσεις σχετικά με το  Firefox OS, τα τελευταία features του Firefox καθώς και ο σχεδιασμός των δράσεων της κοινότητας μας στα πλαίσια του παγκόσμιου MakerParty που  λαμβάνει χώρα όλο το καλοκαίρι και μέχρι τα τέλη Σεπτέμβρη.
 
Σας  περιμένουμε λοιπόν την Τετάρτη 30 Ιουλίου στις 18:00 το απόγευμα στο  καφέ Tre Marie επί της οδού εθνικής αμύνης στο κέντρο της Θεσσαλονίκης.
Εάν δε μπορέσετε να παρευρεθείτε, stay tuned στα social media προφίλ μας (Twitter, Facebook) καθώς και στην mailing list μας.

Mozilla Greece

Εδώ και μερικές μέρες και έπειτα από ένα πρόβλημα που εντοπίσαμε στη υποδομή, βρισκόμαστε στο στάδιο της επίλυσης και ανασχεδιασμού της κεντρικής ιστοσελίδας μας.

Για αυτόν ακρίβως το λόγο μέσα από αυτό το blogpost θέλω να αναφέρω όλους τους τρόπους επικοινωνίας και συμμετοχής στην ομάδα μας.

Μπορείτε να επικοινωνήσετε μαζί μας κάνoντας εγγραφή στην κεντρική mailing list μέσο της οποίας οργανωνόμαστε, να μας στείλετε ένα tweet ή και να μας μιλήσετε στο Facebook. Για εσάς που ενδιαφέρεστε περισσότερο για το Firefox OS, υπάρχει μία ξεχωριστή σελίδα στο Facebook για τη διάδοση αυτού.

Τέλος μπορείτε να δείτε όλα τα επερχόμενα event τα οποία oργανώνει ή συμμετέχει η ελληνική κοινότητα στην εξής σελίδα.

Αν θέλετε να βοηθήσετε ή να συμμετέχετε ενεργά δεν έχετε πάρα να μας στείλετε ένα email ή να συμπληρώσετε την αντίστοιχη φόρμα ενδιαφέροντος στην κεντρική σελίδα του Mozilla.

Και μην ξεχνάτε,

Blaze your own path.

Introduction to Firefox OS – Create your first Open Web App Workshop

This workshop will walk you through  the most exciting new platform in mobile, Firefox OS.

You will have the opportunity to take a look under the hood of Firefox OS, the web technologies adopted and how open web applications work. In addition we are going to build our own first open web application using HTML5, Javascript and CSS using Firefox’s innovative developer tools.

Join us the upcoming Tuesday 29/4 at 13:00 at the International Hellenic University.

Registrations at: http://bit.ly/1epbDJ5

Location directions

#MozWeekend Albania 2014

This weekend I had the pleasure to experience the first Mozilla Weekend event in Tirana, Albania. They were two days dedicate to Mozilla, it’s products, the community and of course the Open Web.

It was my first time in Tirana and the first time I was meeting the Albanian community in general. From the early beginnings, when Elio Qoshi first contacted me and invited me to the event I was able to see his passion. After I had the chance to meet the rest of the Albanian community I have to say that they all share the same passion. The passion of doing great things, the passion for knowledge and of course sharing their knowledge with other people as well. Let me try to describe the Albanian community with 3 words: passion, professionalism and hard working people.

So yes, the #MozWeekend was a blast! The event was well organized in an amazing venue with a great content. The attendant had the chance to learn about Mozilla’s vision about the open web, some of our amazing products such as Firefox, Firefox OS, developer tools and conquer the knowledge on how to create his first Open Web Application. And after creating his first Open Web Application he learned how Mozilla can help him on how to turn his idea to a product or a startup by signing up to WebFWD. He also leaned how is it to be part of an amazing community such as Mozilla’s, how to join and how can he help on keeping the web open and accessible for everyone.

I am really glad that I was part of the MozWeekend in Tirana because I saw the impact of the event in the attendees. I saw people’s hunger for writing Open Web Apps and contributing to our mission. It was really amazing!
Thank you #MozWeekend, thank you #MozAlb!
Hope to see you soon

Here is my Flickr album of the event

and my presentations files from the three sessions I run.

  1. Mozilla Persona and Lightbeam
  2. Introduction to Firefox OS
  3. Mozilla WebFWD

Do you want to learn Python and Django?

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me on facebook for guides and tutorials on how to learn Python.

When I was looking for resources for my self some years ago I ended up buying the Learning Python from O’Really which I found really poor. I spend some hours reading the first 100 pages and learning only for variables in Python.

I wanted something more advanced, more fast learning, so I bought the Python Cookbook from O’Really as well. Yes (!) that was the book that I was looking for but still.

So then after a conversation we had with my good friend Diego he proposed me to read a tutorial regarding Django.

That was it! The Django Book was the best resource so far for learning Django and Python. The book is diving you in to Python and Django from the first 5′ minutes but with a great explanatory way. As a result you can set up your own Django instance in the first hour understanding every step on the way.

Other really helpful resources regarding Python for beginners as proposed from the Greek Python community can be found in the following links:

And for my Greek friends there an awesome guide for developing games in Python written by my friend Manolis.

Other resources proposed from readers, comments, social media.

So don’t be afraid and DIVE in to Python or Django!

If you are aware of more Python and Django resources for beginners don’t hesitate to leave a comment in order to update the blogpost.

 

 

Mozilla Webmaker and Webvistas community go to public libraries

Photo by Thalia Papoutsaki

I am really happy to announce you a series of workshops regarding the web in our lives.

Mozilla’s and Webvistas‘ communities are co-organizing along with the municipality of Thessaloniki a series of workshops in the central public library of the city.

Our meeting is around every second Wednesday at 6pm in the first floor of Thessaloniki’s central public library. You can check the map here for directions.

Below you can find a detailed schedule of our workshops:

  • 1.    16/10 2013 – Christos Bacharakis, Mozilla – Create your own videos simple, easy and fast using the popcorn tool.
  • 2.     30/10 2013 – Giannis Kaskamanidis, Psychologist – The web and the children. Pros and cos of the usage of the internet
  • 3.     13/11 2013 – Maria Filipopoulou, Mathematician  – Scratch 2.0: Programming while playing or playing while programming?
  • 4.     4/12 2013 – Christos Bacharakis, Mozilla – Create your own web page in HTML using thimble. First part.
  • 5.     11/12 2013 – Christos Bacharakis, Mozilla – Create your own web page in HTML using thimble. Second part.
  • 6.     18/12 2013 – Dimitris Alvanos, lawyer – Online transactions
  • 7.     8/1 2014 – Despoina Drivakou, Psychologist – Social interaction on the web
  • 8.     22/1 2014 – Christos Bacharakis, Mozilla – Create your first  Open Web Application.

 

Ανακοίνωση και στα Ελληνικά από την κοινότητα των Webvistas.

Το πρόγραμμα και στα ελληνικά – the schedule in Greek

  • 1.    Τετάρτη16 Οκτωβρίου 2013 – Χρήστος Μπαχαράκης Mozilla – Δημιουργώντας βίντεο εύκολα, γρήγορα και απλά.
  • 2.    Τετάρτη 30 Οκτωβρίου 2013 – Γιάννης Κασκαμανίδης Ψυχολόγος – Διαδίκτυο και ανήλικοι: θετικές και αρνητικές συνέπειες της χρήσης του.
  • 3.    Τετάρτη 13 Νοεμβρίου 2013 – Μαρία Φιλιπποπούλου  Μαθηματικός – Scratch 2.0: Προγραμματίζω παίζοντας ή παίζω προγραμματίζοντας;
  • 4.    Τετάρτη 4 Δεκεμβρίου 2013 – Χρήστος Μπαχαράκης Mozilla – Μαθαίνοντας να φτιάχνουμε ιστοσελίδες σε HTML μέρος 1ο.
  • 5.    Τετάρτη 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2013 – Χρήστος Μπαχαράκης Mozilla – Μαθαίνοντας να φτιάχνουμε ιστοσελίδες σε HTML και CSS μέρος 2ο.
  • 6.    Τετάρτη 18 Δεκεμβρίου 2013 – Δημήτρης Αλβανός  Δικηγόρος – Διαδικτυακές τραπεζικές συναλλαγές.
  • 7.    Τετάρτη 8 Ιανουαρίου 2014 – Δέσποινα Δριβάκου  Ψυχολόγος – Κοινωνική διάδραση στο διαδίκτυο
  • 8.    Τετάρτη 22 Ιανουαρίου 2014 – Χρήστος Μπαχαράκης Mozilla – Μαθαίνοντας να γράφουμε ανοιχτές διαδικτυακές εφαρμογές – Open Web Applications.

Τα λέμε εκεί! – See you there!

FOSDEM 2013 – review

The first weekend of February of every year is always dedicated to FOSS Developers Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels.

FOSDEM is always a great opportunity to meet all my old Fedora and Mozilla friends from around the world. Unfortunately I didn’t get in time in Brussels in order to attend Fedora community’s dinner but I met them afterwords in the Delirium Cafe enjoying a large variety of beers. Right Christoph 😉

Saturday morning wake up is always tricky but along we Nikos we managed to get in time in order to prepare the Fedora booth along with Jiri where there was a surprising waiting for us as you can see in the picture above. Generally the most of my time I spend it in attending sessions but I did some contribution in Mozilla’s and Fedora’s booths too. This year’s Mozilla and Fedora booths where better than any other year with a lot of new and passionate people spreading the word of their favourite open source project and seeking more and more contributors.

It was another great year with a lot of enlightening presentations, a lot of awesome and brainstorming conversations with hackers from all over the world and of course a lot of hacking. The discussions you have outside dev rooms with amazing hackers, the brainstorming and all this energy can’t be compared with anything in the world. I want to give an extra credit to flash Fredy and Panos for having a live demo session in Mozilla’s booth, presenting Firefox OS devices the whole weekend! You were amazing guys, thank you! Finally I want to thank all the Reps who spend some time in booth talking with people, answering questions and solving problems.

As I blog posted before, more than 40 Greek hackers took over Brussels and FOSDEM where some of them run 8 sessions regarding open source software, open source hardware, their awesome projects or the project where they contribute in.

But this year was special for me too because it was my first time attending FOSDEM as a speaker. At Sunday noon I had a session in Mozilla’s dev room regarding debugging Firefox OS and open web apps as well as Gaia apps too. Thank you Clarista and Benoit for the excellent organization of the Mozilla presence. In general I think my presentation was a success despite the stress I had on stage. You can find my presentation online and you can always mail me for anything regarding debugging Firefox OS and Gaia.

World, watch out! Firefox OS is coming and it’s going to be astonishing!

FOSDEM 2013 is over and I cant wait a year for the next one! I am really glad for having a lot and great time with my old and new friends.

You can check FOSDEM’s 2013 photo album here.