On the Road: Spain, New York, and Mountain View
Food coma in Madrid & Barcelona, returning to Mozilla HQ in MTV, and Stella derails our East Coast plans
Mozilla Developer Roadshow completes 11 events in our series!
I have included several links for better, detailed blog posts on tech topics mentioned. Read on as I share with you my travel failures, food coma, language barriers, and realizing that cancelled flights may actually be a good thing.
It was 5am at PDX. I had no coffee. And I was told that the first leg of my flight was cancelled. I dragged around my suitcase and a very heavy webVR kit going from counter to counter, and finally got a seat out to MAD at 9:30am. Every single DevRel person has been through a version of this experience, multiple times.
Well, I made it to Madrid. The team delivered one full day of talks and demos on web games and webV. Students and staff at the University created virtual landscapes with A-Painter and danced to A-Saturday Night. And we woke bright and early Saturday morning for the WebAssembly workshop with the MadridJS community.
Afterwards, we hopped on a train to Barcelona to be at the Smashing Conference work space for the evening! This was our first Roadshow segment where we debated on which language, English or Spanish, or both, to be spoken during presentations. And we learned a few things from our hits and misses:
- Local language is always preferred by the live audience
- But this may not be ideal for syndication if the sessions are recorded
- And post production translation cost and time can add up
And sometimes, a talk can be totally different depending on the selected spoken language!
The team wrapped up our Spain series, and I was getting ready for my morning flight out to JFK for our NYC segment. Or, so I thought. Once again, my flight was cancelled (along with everyone else headed to the east coast!) due to Snowstorm Stella this time. So, I swapped plans to fly further west to San Francisco instead to join our MTV Roadshow with Lin Clark and Potch, and head home early to see my family.
The good news is, everything worked out. Our NYC team was already on site for the upcoming CSS Grid workshop at NY Times with Jen Simmons, and Aurelia Moser delivered the Security and Privacy workshop for the Girl Develop It community the next evening at our Mozilla Foundation space.
Find out more about CSS Grid and Layout from Jen Simmons
And although I would have loved to be in NY, it was also a great opportunity to join our Roadshow crew at Mozilla’s Mountain View common space. Sometimes I get a little sad to be missing out, but Stella will do that.
Oh, did I mention the deliciousness of Spanish tapas, again?
As expected, we had a pretty full house of diverse attendees curious to hear the WebAssembly talk — this time it was delivered in a very different style by Lin, through cartoons! And some probing questions followed afterwards that was fielded by some additional Mozillians in the audience, including Dan Gohman.
Here’s 5 things I’ve learned so far from the 11 events on the Road:
- Roadshow attendees are busy listening and asking questions — it’s time to remove social media activity as a metric for the Roadshow.
- We’re creating welcoming and inclusive events to attract diverse attendees.
- Weather happens, so having checklists and templates to share with the team in case of flight cancellations is a must.
- Taking some time to share a meal together and socialize can reveal better insight than from survey replies.
- Being on the road, in person, to shake hands and say hello creates relationships that emails and video calls can never, ever replace.
And finally, having family waiting for you to come home is the best!
And we’re back in NY March 25th and Austin March 27th: