Aloha is a Hawaiian word used when greeting or parting from someone. It is an integral part of Hawaiian culture. I was honored to be invited at All Hands meeting as a part of Emerging Technologies group under WebVR team as a volunteer from 5th of December to 11th of December 2016 at Hawaii, USA. It was my first All Hands meeting and that is exactly why I was super excited. As cited in the wiki –
All Hands are a unique and special opportunity for all paid staff and our most impactful volunteers to come together, in person, to share experiences and interact with people they may not normally work with (or just see over Vidyo). Given our size, work weeks are a key differentiator for us (larger organizations just can’t do this sort of thing in a meaningful way). Being able to come together as a whole organization, 2x each year, exposes each of us to interactions that may spark new ideas and/or lead to new solutions. They are a core part of our annual planning process.
After a long journey of 26 hours this is how we were welcomed at Kona International Airport with delicious Butter Shortbread.
It all started with All Hands Volunteer Orientation. Volunteers of 29 countries of origin were invited to this All Hands.
Time for Plenary session. Let the Plenarying begin!
For the interested: that screen is made up of 6.7 million LEDs. Woot!
Mardi Douglass, Chris Beard, Mitchell Baker, Sean White, Mark Surman, Mark Mayo and Denelle Dixon marked their presence on stage and talked about where we are today, future plans and actions.
- Technology for social benefit is a real thing
- Sometimes life knocks you down, but you have to find your strength and get back up.
- It’s not that everything is perfect, but we we’re in a good shape now.
- Open innovation is about community engagement.
- We are the last standing independent browser – that is the source of our power.
- Not in service of a protected non-web business model.
- We’re not just problem-solvers, we’re problem-finders.
- Don’t Settle.
- We can’t, we don’t and we won’t stop.
- Exploring the next 5 years in Machine Learning, VR/AR, Rust and Servo
- Emerging technologies will help make Mozilla’s new paths forward
Time for some MozLove!
In the following days I was able to participate in meetings across various teams such as Emerging Technologies, Web Extensions, The Coral Project and Firefox Dev Tools. Due to the jam packed schedule I had to deal with ‘The inner developer dilemma’.
Emerging Technologies homeroom was assigned to the MozVR team where we discussed –
- VR/AR – Having to plan years in advance without established metrics.
- Price is still a problem to solve.
- Optimization required for all levels of stack. (CSS, WebGL)
- DevTools are required for WebVR. (Coming up in next version of A-Frame inspector)
- Quality content creation required.
- More components expected in registry before the end of the year.
- Asset store needed.
- WebVR is providing a stepping stone for WebAR.
- UX in will be evolving in the next 2 years.
Had some crazy time with A-Blaster and A-Painter.
Well, I spent an amazing week at All Hands, meeting a lot of core contributors and Mozilla employees. I will be surely be applying those learnings in 2017 and beyond.
Time for some MozMagic!