Mozilla Open Leaders

Mozilla Open Leaders

Projects - Cohort A

These are all the projects and open leaders in Cohort A. See all other Cohorts in OL6.

OL6 Cohort A Some of the open leaders in Cohort A

Ada. National College for Digital Skills

We are a further education college in Tottenham Hale, London, named after Ada Lovelace and opened in September 2016. Our mission is to work with industry to design and deliver an education that empowers all its students, especially women and those from low-income backgrounds, to progress into highly skilled digital roles and lead flourishing lives.

Alex Hemming

In a previous life I was a software implementation consultant but was inspired to join the education sector after witnessing the skills gap that currently exists in the digital industry. Now I’m a Computer Science teacher at Ada. National College for Digital Skills, teaching 16 to 19 year olds. In my spare time I enjoy Star Trek, anime, baking, board games and embroidery.
Twitter: @GeekInTechland
GitHub: @alexhemming

Alerta Machitroll

Alerta Machitroll ( is a digital campaign that seeks to deconstruct cyber-chauvinism experienced by women and gender dissidents through a humor-based counter-speech.

Amalia Toledo

Amalia Toledo is a historian and lawyer from Puerto Rico. She currently works as a project coordinator at the Karisma Foundation, a Colombian organization that seeks to respond to the threats and opportunities posed by “”technology for development”” to the exercise of human rights. In this role, she works on Internet freedom issues and leads the organization’s work on gender and technology.
Twitter: @amalia_toledo
GitHub: @amatod

Beware of your privacy!

Our online lives have become our real life to a larger extent and no matter how much we want, we can’t escape it leaving our personal data vulnerable to people who can use it for their benefit or even against us.
Every other day we hear about major privacy breaches or related scam but not much we do about it. It’s not that people aren’t concerned about their privacy but either unaware about the risks or multiple options they can use to minimise the vulnerability and grow with the current technologies at the same time.

Since a long time now, we have been discussing, teaching, advocating, creating resources, writing articles about privacy for people. The major problem is that this valuable information is scattered all over the web and not every person wouldn’t prefer to invest their time in researching all these resources.

What if we provide them with a tool which has all the privacy related resources which user can easily browse through and get the relevant information from multiple sources in a single place.

The Idea:
Is to develop a tool with an user friendly interface that has privacy scenarios that can be selected by the user and gets them the risks and open source tools/extensions they can use in that scenario. These scenarios and associated risks and solutions can be submitted by anyone on github as issues/PRs and reviewed by the privacy enthusiasts and experts in the community.

Diwanshi Pandey

Pune, India
Diwanshi is a Mozilla Tech Speaker and works for Red Hat as a Full Stack Developer. She talks about Javascript, Privacy and Security over the web, Open Source. She extensively works on Angular, React, Node js and DevOps. She loves to learn about different kinds of cuisines and would love to talk about it more with diverse group of people.
Twitter: @diwanship
GitHub: @diwanshi

Body & Data

Body & Data is focused on creating a free, open and just Internet that respects autonomy of individuals and upholds their dignity. Our aim is to increase participation and visibility of women and queer people online by supporting adoption of suitable technologies in campaigns and expression and to support women and queer people to exercise their agency and autonomy while participating in the internet through secure digital strategies.


I am a feminist and a sexual right activist from Nepal. I work in the intersection of gender, sexuality and technology at Body & Data which aims in creating free, open and just internet for women and queer people.
Twitter: @shubha_a
GitHub: @mamahtar


Market-Driven Development for your OpenSource Software

Andy Leak

Palo Alto CA
Lead developer for Bugmark ( Live in California. Ruby/Elixir/Blockchain/Finance/Markets/OpenSource
Twitter: @akleak
GitHub: @andyl

CHAOSS Project

CHAOSS stands for Community Health Analytics Open Source Software. We like the name because of the play on words. Have you never felt that open source development is a chaos? CHAOSS is here to help make sense of this chaos. CHAOSS is a Linux Foundation project focused on creating analytics and metrics to help define community health.

Georg Link

Omaha, NE, USA
Hi, I am Georg Link. I am a PhD Student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. My research interest is in Open Source and how organizations engage in communities. I actively participate in the CHAOSS and Bugmark open source projects and speak at conferences.
Twitter: @georglink
GitHub: @GeorgLink

Equity Unbound: Equity-Focused, Open, Connected, Intercultural Learning

Three educators from Egypt, Ireland, US are co-designing a curriculum, creating equity-focused open, connected intercultural learning experiences across three classes in our three different countries and contexts. In addition, the connected course will be open to participation by anyone with an internet connection. The co-located courses teach critical digital literacies and all participants will collaborate in a series of open online activities including: collaborative annotation using the open-source, social network conversations, live studio visits, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, blogging, collaborative multimedia making and creating their own new learning activities (inspired by DS106 assignment bank). Activities will seek to develop critical digital literacies and intercultural collaboration while raising and discussing questions of equity issues, such as equity in web representation, digital colonialism, safety and security risks on the web and how these differ across contexts.

Maha Bali

Cairo, Egypt
I’m an open and connected educator. I work at the American University in Cairo as an associate professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching and I also teach a liberal arts course these days on digital literacies and intercultural learning. I am the co-founder of Virtually Connecting, a grassroots open, connected movement that challenges academic Gatekeeping at conferences by bringing in voices of those traditionally excluded from conferences into hybrid conversations with those onsite.
Twitter: @Bali_maha
GitHub: @BaliMaha

Catherine Cronin

Galway, Ireland
As an open educator and open researcher, my work focuses on open educational practices (OEP), critical approaches to openness, digital identity and digital literacies, and exploring the interplay between formal and informal learning. My background includes engineering, IT, and women’s studies. I’ve been involved in teaching, research and advocacy in higher education and different community settings for over 25 years.
Twitter: @catherinecronin
GitHub: @catherinecronin

Mia Zamora

I am Associate Professor in the School of English Studies at Kean University in NJ, USA. As a scholar of Electronic Literature and a digital humanist, I am an educator who advocates for #ConnectedLearning and open networked education. I have co-created “Networked Narratives” @NetNarr - a global open online connected course. #NetNarr is a journey into the worlds of digital art, video games, and electronic literature - seeking to understand the transformative magic that resides in collaborative making, composing, and writing on the open web. I have also co-facilitated connected learning collaborations such as “”Connected Courses”” and #CLMOOC.
Twitter: @miazamoraphd
GitHub: @miazamoraphd

Firefox Browser to Browser Radio communication for Internet access

Establishing the Radio communication between two or more systems by establishing communication between two or more open browsers within the Radiofrequency range.


Praveen is a currently pursuing his Masters in Telecommunication Engineering after his bachelors in Electronics and Comm Engg. His interest includes FOSS(software and Hardware) contributions, communication Networks, Machine Learning, Open Hardware Spokesperson, CC License, Open Internet and Open access rights. He is also youth fellow at AprIGF 2017 and member of Open access India and open access
Twitter: @gorlapraveen
GitHub: @gorlapraveen


Pathum Thani, Thailand.
From India. Now, doing Masters (Information and Communication Technology) at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. A FOSS activist. Interested towards cognitive science. Usually a coder.
Twitter: @raja_anonymous
GitHub: @rajasekharponakala

Tejasri Nampally

Bangkok, Thailand
I’m pursuing Masters in Microelectronics & Embedded systems in Asian Institute of Technology. My area of Interests are Artificial Intelligence, History, Open web etc.,.
Twitter: @tejasri19
GitHub: @tejasri19

Galaxy Training Material

The development of genome sequencing has lead to an explosion of biological datasets. The primary problem with these datasets is not the data itself, not computational resources, and not the required storage space, but the lack of trained and skilled researchers to manipulate and analyze this data. Solving this problem requires the development of comprehensive educational resources and the training of researchers. In the summer of 2016, with the support of Galaxy community, we launched a project to develop a community-driven framework that enables modern, interactive teaching of data analytics in life sciences and facilitates the development of training materials. The result was the Galaxy Training Material (, a collection of online training materials (>80 tutorials, 77 example workflows, 33 interactive tours), developed and maintained by the worldwide Galaxy community (>80 contributors). These materials are used to support both self-directed learning and giving training courses on bioinformatics analyses using Galaxy, an open data integration and analysis platform for the life sciences. Now that the infrastructure behind this project is quite stable, we have refocused our efforts on the community building, management, and support. For the community of contributors, tutorials and workshops have been developed to teach how to create new materials and regular contribution fests are organized either online or on site at larger events. For the community of users, more effort will be placed on developing more tutorials and curriculum and internationalizing the existing materials. Instructors are also the last important, but currently underserved, target in our community. I would like to use the Open Leader program to work on building an inclusive community for the instructors. First, the instructors should get more credit for their involvement in the community. I will add an aggregator to display the training events on the website and a skeleton to help instructors to create a webpage to advertise each of their training events. I will also create a section on the website dedicated to instructors with both pedagogical and technical recommendations about training and running workshops using Galaxy. Developing an instructor mentorship program is the main task I would like to focus on during the program, specifically to support instructors. The idea would be to start regular online meetings (once per month with two time zones) in small groups with and one or two mentors and no more than five mentees. These meetings, with the support of mentors, will help mentees to gain the confidence, the technical skills, and teaching skills they need to teach a first workshop, to launch workshops in a new community, or develop new content. During the Open Leader program, I will work on the process of growing a mentor community and the technical aspects of maintaining such a mentorship program (tools to communicate, etc).

Bérénice Batut

Postdoc in the Galaxy Team (Bioinformatics lab) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Co-lead the Galaxy Training Material, a collection of tutorials developed and maintained by a scientific community. Interested in photography, cooking, DIY
Twitter: @bebatut
GitHub: @bebatut

Good Enough Open Source Practices for Data Analysis in Python

I aim to build educational materials and project template resources that facilitate researchers, including novice programmer and researchers rushing toward a prototype tools to take steps toward open source best practices. This is motivated both by my own experiences struggling to get my code to a ‘good enough’ point for release and teaching my research assistants to do so and questions from learners at Carpentries workshops I’ve taught on what to do next. Often people learn the fundamentals of programming, but not of packaging or documenting code. This python and ML/data science catered curriculum and templates will facilitate that. (a better name may happen)

Sarah Brown

Providence, RI
Sarah Brown is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Data Science Initiative at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In her research, she builds machine learning methods to enable data driven discovery in domains where most current knowledge is qualitative and analyzes machine learning techniques with respect to social values. Her other professional activities include teaching computational data analysis skills to researchers with The Carpentries and STEM diversity efforts such as Women in Machine Learning and the National Society of Black Engineers.
Twitter: @brownsarham
GitHub: @brownsarahm

Internet Yetu

Internet Yetu is a network of Enterprising Youth Leaders comprised of Technologists, Data Scientists, Creatives and Academics.We work with Governments, Civil Societies, NGOs and the Private Sector to ensure the Internet remains trusted as a common global resource: open, affordable, unfettered and available to all as a safe medium for further innovation. We actively advocate for Internet Freedom, Digital Rights, Digital Inclusion & Equality and Digital Privacy. You can find out more at our website

Brian Obilo

Nairobi, Kenya
Brian Obilo is a Full Stack Web developer based in Nairobi, Kenya. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He’s a Certified Blockchain Solutions Developer and an IBM Certified Artificial Intelligence Analyst. He’s passionate about Policy and Activism, and how we can leverage Emerging Technologies such as Blockchain, AI & Machine Learning to advance Digital Rights and Internet Freedom. He is the Founder and current President of Internet Yetu.
Twitter: @brian_obilo
GitHub: @BrianObilo


Cassandra is the V.P of Internet Yetu .She is a Law graduate who is passionate about internet governance issues.
Twitter: @wannabsommelier
GitHub: @wannabsommelier

Mozilla Festival communications

Communications around MozFest – how we describe it, who we describe it to, and more.

Kevin Zawacki

Metro New York
Kevin Zawacki is editorial lead at the Mozilla Foundation, where he does all sorts of writing – copy writing, ghostwriting, speech writing, and more. He’s also the Foundation’s chief publicist. Prior to joining Mozilla, Kevin was a technology journalist.
Twitter: @kevinzawacki
GitHub: @kevzawacki

Not Anymore

This project is a browser plugin that filters out the most important clauses from a list of Terms and Conditions (or something alike) and displays to the user.It is powered by a classifier inspired by Machine Learning techniques.The data-set used to train the classifier is built openly by the community.

Shreevari SP

Mysuru, Karnataka, India
I live in Mysuru, India. I’m interested in open learning and how privacy and control co-exist with openness. I currently work with programming for the web (open web).
GitHub: @shreevari

Madhurish Katta

I’m an undergrad Student in computer science and engineering. I love to code and build stuff. I’m really passionate about the power of open source and empowering people with it.
Twitter: @MadhurishKatta
GitHub: @madhurish

Org: Te Hiku Media, Proj: Kōrero Māori

Te Reo Irirangi o Te Hiku o Te Ika (Te Hiku Media) started out some 27 years ago as an indigenous radio station whose mission was to document and broadcast the Māori language unique to the five tribes of the Far North of New Zealand. Since then, we’ve collected thousands of hours of audio and video archives of our tupuna (ancestors) sharing the stories and knowledge of our culture.In the last five years, we’ve gone from radio and tv broadcasting to live streaming and technology innovation. We built our own digital platform, using open source tools, to help us streamline content management from broadcast and live streaming all the way to archival for the purpose of culture and language documentation. This platform is Django based and available at that work has led us to where we are today - we’re creating natural language processing tools for te reo Māori. Specifically, we want to create machine models to do text to speech, speech to text, and to measure pronunciation. These speech tools are critical to the future and revival of our endangered language. We can also enhance access to the archives in our digital platform using automatic speech transcription and NLP.We thought no one else would care to make these NLP tools for such a minority language, which is why we set out to do it ourselves–we’ve since learned that Lionbridge has been soliciting indigenous peoples to speak their languages for the purpose of reselling localisation services, and this is very concerning for us.We created an open source app (part of our Kōrero Māori project ) to streamline the collection of corpus, much like Mozillas open voice project (I think we started about the same time) The goal of open sourcing this app is to allow other indigenous peoples to embark on the same journey as us so that they may retain their sovereignty over the future of their languages rather than allowing large, for-profit corporates to gain the ability to sell indigenous languages as a service. But what we learned is that not all indigenous groups have the capacity to do what we’ve done. And some have asked us to help them as they want to do the same thing for their language.And in this context, when we talk about open data, we might want our indigenous data to be open to other indigenous peoples or perhaps to researchers who follow a tikanga (cultural protocol) around how to handle our data and what they may or may not do with it. But this is new territory for our people, and we’re figuring it out as we move forward. You’ll see that we’ve started what we’re calling our Kaitiakitanga License (, and since then one other group in New Zealand is embracing this ( We haven’t a clue how to write an open source license. We think we want to open source our corpora project, but we want to do it in a way that ensures equal opportunity for indigenous peoples. Currently, posting something on GitHub doesn’t ensure equal opportunity because our people are already behind.There’s no limit here but perhaps I should stop. So you’ll see above how we’ve got treasure troves of data, we’ve embarked on creating software (some open source) that will help us to create innovative tools to help preserve and promote indigenous languages, and we’ve come across a very important issue that is ensuring sovereignty over indigenous data and knowledge while still trying to embrace the values of open source.

Keoni Mahelona

I live in the Far North of New Zealand with my whānau. I’m a Hawaiian from a Anahola. I work with an indegenous organization to revitalize and promote Te Reo Māori content through technology.
Twitter: @mahelona
GitHub: @kmahelona

Password parties

Data hacks are regularly in the news and come with stark warnings about how they endanger the health of online consumers and the wider internet. A report last year suggested 95 passwords were stolen every second and that is expected to increase significantly as more devices become connected to the web. Despite that, few people take password security seriously. Annual surveys show people use the same passwords across services and regularly use ones that are easily guessable. Those that are aware they need smarter passwords view it as a technology problem and one that isn’t urgent for them to address. I see it differently. Internet security starts and ends with people. It relies on individuals knowing what good security looks like, how they can manage it and what they can to do if something goes wrong.That’s why I’d like to pilot a series of password parties — inclusive, fun and participatory events where people of all ages and expertise can come along in their community to learn about creating strong passwords and storing them safely. The parties would use simple language and concepts to teach people how to use two factor authentication and password managers and introduce related key concepts like encryption. Mostly though, they would combat the idea that internet security is boring, time consuming or a one-on-one endeavour where someone technical teaches a friend or family member. They will be lively and inclusive with music and food provided as an incentive to come along. At the end, the attendees, as well as having improved their knowledge, will have met others just like them who they can help and support to avoid further hacks.

Ben Whitelaw

I’m a journalist currently working at the European Journalism Centre, a non-profit that supports European media organisations through grants, training and events. Professionally,
I think a lot about media sustainability, content moderation and culture change in big organisations. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking Middle Eastern food, running and playing football/soccer.
Twitter: @benwhitelaw
GitHub: @benwhitelaw


Peblio is an instructional tool and lesson sharing platform for computer science education. Our goal is to make it easy to teach and write about CS and create an online community where teachers can find instructional materials in a usable format that can be easily adapted to fit the needs and interests of their students. Peblio aims to build a community in which educators and content creators create value for each other by sharing resources, feedback, and pedagogical approaches. There is a tremendous amount of unlocked creative potential in this community. Teachers are often taking a project-based approach to their classes and creating their own content to meet the diverse needs and interests of their students. While the curriculum developers know CS, teachers know how to teach their students and there is no environment where the two can cross-fertilize. Peblio will build a community around the content. We’ll highlight resources that have been reviewed well by teachers and, teachers profiles who create quality lessons. We’ll provide data for curriculum developers on the usage and adaptations of their content to create a feedback loop for improvement. Following the model of Wikipedia, or Github, Peblio will crowdsource CS education to ensure that teachers have access to a range of class materials that can be easily adapted to better fit the needs of their class, and a community of teachers and professionals to support them in their development as CS educators.

Esther Hersh

New York
I am a designer/developer working on tools and resources to help teachers teach computing. I currently work on CS curricula with the CS4All team at the New York City Department of Education after interning in a South Bronx CS classroom while pursuing my Masters at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
GitHub: @estherhersh

Mathura Govindarajan

Bangalore, India
Mathura Govindarajan is a software engineer and creative technologist from Bangalore, India. She works on making educational experiences and tools for children and adults alike.
Twitter: @mathuramg
GitHub: @MathuraMG


The Rust project produces the Rust programming language. The project prides in being an open and diverse. We try to improve collaboration in all aspects.

Florian Gilcher

Florian is a founding member of the Rust community team and all-around community organiser. He runs meetups, conferences and online events.

He programs for a living and practices archery for sport.
Twitter: @argorak
GitHub: @skade

Claus Matzinger

As a developer, writer, and speaker Claus strives after building a great atmosphere and culture. Claus is based out of Berlin, he travels a lot and in his free time is part of the Rust community team.
Twitter: @0x5ff
GitHub: @celaus

Sebastián Ramírez Magrí

Como, Italy
I’m a Software Developer and Open Source enthusiast that fell in love with Rust and tries to help pushing it forward to the extent of my possibilities.
Twitter: @sebasmagri
GitHub: @sebasmagri

Matthew Gathu

Matt is an engineer at, in Paris, where he uses rust to make technology disappear. He’s passionate about tech communities and spends his spare time as an organiser of Rust Nairobi.
Twitter: @swissgathu
GitHub: @mattgathu

The African Art of Social Engineering

Showcase and discuss social engineering as a tool for cyber attacks and how it applies in Africa

Brenda Nyokabi

My name is Brenda and I am a technologist at Code for Africa. I am a tech enthusiast, egalitarian, bibliophile, lover of art, beauty and all things nature.
Twitter: @The_nerdlet
GitHub: @nerdlet

Khadija Mahanga

A technologist from Tanzania working at Code for Africa’s Dar-es-salaam Lab. Khadija is passionate about empowering people and technology for public good.
Twitter: @B_Khadijat
GitHub: @KhadijaMahanga

Laura Tich

My name is Laura Tich, Technical Evangelist and Code for Africa and Founder at SheHacks KE. I am passionate about Cyber Security and Digital Inclusion.
Twitter: @71cH_
GitHub: @LauraTich

The Dataset Nutrition Label Project

The Dataset Nutrition Label Project ( aims to create a standard for interrogating datasets in order to ultimately drive ‘healthier’ datasets, which in turn will drive the creation of better, more inclusive artificial intelligence. Similar to a nutrition label on food, our label aims to highlight the key ingredients in a dataset, from metadata about the data collection processes, to unique or anomalous features regarding distributions, missing data, and comparisons to other ‘ground truth’ datasets. Since starting in early 2018, we have authored a paper and designed a prototype that utilizes a modular framework for different types of datasets. We are also in conversations with standards-bodies (e.g. IEEE) about how our conceptual work can inform data transparency and data health standards globally.

Kasia Chmielinski

New York, NY
Kasia Chmielinski is a creative technologist committed to challenging the status quo through direct and scalable work. Most recently, Kasia was a Digital Services Expert at the U.S. Digital Service working on improving government technology around the opioid and national food crises, the Product Lead for Scratch at the MIT Media Lab, and a founder of the Dataset Nutrition Label Project, a collective focused on ethical artificial intelligence. When not in front of a whiteboard or a computer, Kasia can be found tangled up in sound equipment or upon a bicycle, cycling uncomfortably-long distances.
Twitter: @kaschm
GitHub: @kaschm

Web Literacy for the Deaf

Kual Machtli (beautiful Embroidery, in Nahuatl language), is an inclusive enterprise project of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired group of Mexican Students in collaboration with different indigenous craft work groups of Mexico. We created a partnership and make our own craft products, which are the result of our hard work, love and respect of our origins and our way of life. We believe in collaborative work. For example, each of the communities that are part of this project participates at different times in the manufacture of an individual tablecloth, a piece of craft with unique quality characteristics that go from the selection of the individual threads up to the final production of the piece. I want to create workshops for the deaf on internet. In the other hand, my PhD. thesis is about the study of the work training program for the deaf in Mexico. We propose some targets to improve, like the inclusion of technology. Available in:


Mexico City
To enhance interpersonal skills to assist deaf people in the Latin American area so they can achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency & success in their schools and communities.

Twitter: @Itze2014
GitHub: @itzelmv

Wikimedia UK

Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of the global Wikimedia movement which supports Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. We are a small non-profit organisation funded largely by the Wikimedia Foundation in the US, but with a concentration on encouraging the development of open knowledge in the UK, especially by working with UK cultural institutions to make more of their content Open by default. Wikimedia UK would like to be recognised as one of the leading organisations promoting open knowledge in the UK, and to work with higher education to make Wikimedia projects a generally accepted part of any academic skillset. We would also like to expand our ability to work with computer science departments, and any STEM disciplines who work with data who could profit from using Wikidata, Wikimedia's big data project. Of course, it is not easy to do all of this, and promote the fifth biggest website online with a limited staff and budget capacity. We would like to build links and engage with other Open organisations who we may be able to run joint projects with, and engaging with Mozfest and the Mozilla community is a way that we can get peer support from others in a similar field.

John Lubbock

I am the Communications Coordinator for Wikimedia UK, the charity that promotes Wikipedia in the UK. I am a video maker and editor and enjoy finding ways to communicate the importance of Open projects to a wider audience.
Twitter: @jwsal
GitHub: @jwsl85

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