Mozilla Open Leaders

Mozilla Open Leaders

Projects - Cohort E

These are all the projects and open leaders in Cohort E, the pilot culture track. See all other Cohorts in OL6.

OL6 Cohort E

Building Female-Friendly Communities

As the social media manager at Wikimedia Foundation, I work on building communities of Wikimedia/Wikimedia contributors, and helping leading contributors do the same. I’m searching for ways to make women- and female-identified contributors feel safer, welcome, and empowered to add citations and knowledge to Wikipedia. This is being done in several WikiProjects from the inside out, but I’d like to do my part from the outside-in, through social media and off-wiki communities.

Aubrie Johnson

San Francisco
I manage the social media accounts for Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation. Learning new ways to use social platforms to improve society. Education, critical thinking, inclusivity…let’s talk about it!
Twitter: @daughterphoenix
GitHub: @aubriejohnson

Design Responsibly - create a healthy internet for our children and young people

In my latest project with Barnardo’s - the largest children charity in the UK, we have done a research piece on Safe Spaces Online for LBGTQ youth. We have learnt from our research that there is no simple solution to tackle the challenge of online safety for vulnerable young people, and doing so requires more than collaboration between tech companies, government and the charity sector. We came up with the idea called Design Responsibly - it is a set of guiding principles to design safe online product and service. Through these principles, we hope to influence people/organisation who are creating product and service taking responsibility on digital inclusion and children online safety. We have seen the awareness of personal data and online security increased in the recent years, especially after the scandal of Cambridge Analytica. There is still a lack of practical change made to help children and young people understand online and personal data risks. From the research we have done in LGBTQ youth Safe Spaces, I have seen children and young people often trade off their personal information without fully aware of the consequences. None of them understands their rights, all of them have not read the terms and conditions, privacy policy. Children and young people do not have the literacy and ability to protect themselves online. Industry and government have been reactive to online bullying, child sexual exploitation on the internet. Tom Norman wrote in his recent article Why bad technology dominates our live, he said ‘We were addressing the symptoms, not the core, fundamental issues. The phrase “man conforms” is technology-centred, rather than people-centred.’ My internetion on ‘Design Responsibly’ is here to challenges everyone, especially service provider’s responsibilities to protect children and young people online safety. Making service and information accessible to many, not just some. Data ownership and how companies use personal information need to be transparent and accessible to children and young people, including those with additional needs. Digital inclusion needs to be the new normal. I believe if everyone in the industry can share the responsibility, we can make a significant difference and build towards a healthy internet for our future generation.

Veron Lai

Born in Hong Kong, studied in Australia and moved to London 9 years ago. I am a Service Designer specialising in healthcare and the public sector. I love sharing and collaborating with others on social good projects. Outside work, I am also teaching service design and innovation in University of the Arts London.
Twitter: @Norev517
GitHub: @veronwklai

digital skills to Leverage smart phones and adopt new products

information from the digital skill observatory research, conducted in 2016 in Kenya, indicates a skill which identifies that people will need as a snap shot of their learning curve as they start their digital journey.
From the research skills are

Managing data usage and costs, 2. ethics on the internet, understanding web etiquette 3.understanding Smartphone’s as tools to learn, communicate and create, 4.understanding the open nature of the internet,
I will have participants in the session discuss their encounter with any skills that are some show in the above list. While providing the descriptions of their skills, participants will engage in a bingo game that will involve them picking section of which place they feel comfortable in while learning.

Faith Zuma

My name is Faith Zuma and l am currently living in Kenya in the County of Mombasa. I am a Mozilla contributor through the Mombasa Technology Community. I’m based in Mombasa. I currently work on some IT support, and I also do an open research to our tech community.
Twitter: @zumaluvush
GitHub: @zuma1

Dynamic governance model

Looking to adopt a dynamic governance model with inspiration from the Holacracy movement. Radiant IRIS is embarking on an effort to create an open tokenized model using blockchain technology to embrace an open culture for fair compensation, credit and equity. Radiant IRIS would create and adopt a fair model that would spread the risk and reward fairly among all contributors. The algorithm will take into consideration the total contribution of each person based on their skill levels and experiences. Based on the total value generated by the community, compensation would be allocated based on context-based individual contribution. This will be setup in a smart contract platform.

Niraj Mendis

Houston, Texas
My background is in leadership management and operations. Currently, I serve as the Chief Operating Officer at Radiant IRIS, where I’m setting up the necessary infrastructure in establishing a storytelling culture and new forms of governance using principles of Holacracy. My journey into personal development and helping others unlock their true potential is firmly grounded in ancient wisdom for modern times. Passions include travel, trekking, mindfulness, and just BEING. Favorite morning routines would be to do yoga and meditation, which grounds me and provides sustained energy for the day ahead.
Twitter: @NirajMendis
GitHub: @nirajmendis


ECSA is an umbrella organisation for people and organisations that do citizen science in Europe. Citizen science, in our definition, refers to various kinds of participatory research, from crowdsourcing video annotations to participatory environmental sensing, co-creating sustainability research projects and DIY science. Members of the network are universities, museums, civil society organisations, cultural institutes, small enterprises, some public policy bodies and individuals working at these. The idea is to connect stakeholders and existing projects to share experiences, tools and good practice, stimulate cooperation between them and address topics of joint interest together. We work together through third-party funded projects, working groups led by members and annual events. A small headquarter of 5 part-time staff supports this while becoming increasingly distributed.Last year, I helped start a working group on Open Science and Citizen Science that allowed me to map connections between these approaches and start setting precedents for working more openly in the working groups and at the organisation headquarter. Through this work and inspired by the work on digital inclusion and equity in the Open Leadership series, I co-founded a working group on Inclusiveness, Equity and Empowerment and I would love to apply what I learn as part of the fellowship to the activities of the working group and create a guideline for the organisation to replicate this.Not only is it essential for the credibility and success of ECSA to become more open, and not only does the organisation have the potential to put openness as topic on the agenda, I also believe that in how we do the practical work has to power to inspire many people who are part of the working groups and members of the association.

Claudia Göbel

I’m project manager at the European Citizen Science Association and guest researcher at the natural history museum Berlin. I’m fascinated by action research and work on linking scientific reflection from a science and technology studies perspective with making things happen at ECSA and elsewhere. Main topics of my work are the organisation and diversity of participatory research, relations between citizen science and open science, equity and empowerment in participatory research.
Twitter: @claugobel
GitHub: @claugoe


The project consists of creating a space for maths students where they can find educational resources needed, to learn about recent trends and new discoveries in mathematics.

Rim Abid

With a background in mathematics, I am currently working as a math teacher and researcher in Tunis, Tunisia.
I am passionate about knowledge transfer and I seek to empower the young generation through open education.
GitHub: @RimABID

Internet, Youth and Civic engagement

Centre for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD) Uganda and Zimbabwe Centre for Media and Information Literacy (ZCMIL) are engaged in a youth exchange program dubbed Fostering Youth Participation for Civic Transformation (FOYOPACT) meant to expand opportunities for young people to participate in decision making processes and public life and empower them to transition from a culture of exclusion, silence and limitation to one of inclusion and effective participation in matters of development and community transformation. The challenge faced by youth, especially in Africa is that they are not given space to make decisions even on matters that affect them. This happens in all aspects of life. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have not been spared this affliction either. This youth exchange opportunity is thus alive to this challenge and realizes that by not embracing youth active participation in decision making at organization as well as at community level, so much potential is not harvested since youth constitute the biggest group in our respective countries’ population. If youth are given opportunities to make decisions on such aspects as programming, they can come up with new innovation that can help address some of the challenges we face as organizations, communities and countries. By recognizing youths as dynamic agents of change and capable of finding diverse and innovative responses to community challenges, spaces of youth interaction like this one can provide opportunities and best practice for direct youth participation in decision making at various levels as well as facilitate improved intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue to allow for sharing of locally relevant ideas and youths’ capacity building for the future. In this way, youths will be strategically positioned to contribute towards sustainable community solutions to community challenges at all levels, from grass root community power structures to national policy development as well as regional integration.
As we scale the project up, our focus is on Internet, youth and civic engagement, which is the focus of this project The Internet has immense potential to be used for governance purposes as well as address social exclusion or increase citizen engagement in service delivery. However, most governments are simply disseminating information without necessarily soliciting citizen feedback. Access to and sharing of Information is central to good governance and civic engagement. Joseph Stiglitz asserts that “there is a natural asymmetry of information between those who govern and those whom they are supposed to serve” The provision of information about the state and its activities is a means to overcome this asymmetry and thus empower citizens, to support them in holding their government to account, to better prevent corruption and to improve the ability of citizens to access and to dictate the shape of services and the responsiveness of government. It is thus important for citizens, especially youth to have space and voice on matters of governance through innovative civic engagement strategies. New media and Internet are thus strategic and innovative spaces that give youth a voice through e-participation or m-participation which involve “the extension and transformation of participation in societal democratic and consultative processes, mediated by digital and social media”

Thomas Sithole

Thomas Sithole lives in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and works with Zimbabwe Centre for Media and Information Literacy(ZCMIL) where he is the Executive Director. He also coordinates a youth exchange program, Fostering Youth Participation in Civic Transformation (FOYOPACT) between his organisation and Centre for Media Literacy and Communitity Development(CEMCOD) from Uganda. Thomas is a success and results driven visionary with expertise experience in facilitating positive social change. He is a fearless campaigner for freedom of expression and communication rights including advocating for open and healthy internet. He is a social justice, good governance and human rights advocate adept at multi stakeholder engagement and partnership management. Thomas is an innovative and resourceful problem solver and team player able to implement game changing and transformative community solutions.
Twitter: @thomysithole
GitHub: @Thompro


kampala, Uganda
Prossy Kawala is a media and community solutions professional with profound knowledge and skills in developing and promoting meaningful initiatives for community transformation and development. She co-found Center for Media Literacy and community Development -CEMCOD, a Uganda-based non profit organization that uses media to strengthen youth and community voices in decision making processes.
Among other things Prossy has actively participated and coordinated trainings for local government officials in Uganda in the effective use of social media for civic engagement, in addition to a youth exchange program; Fostering Youth Participation in Community Transformation (FOYOPACT) between Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Twitter: @ProssyKawala

Libre Graphics Community Print Shoppe

A community owned and run cooperative maker space for Free software visual communication digital skill development.

Larisa Blazic

Media artist based in London.
Twitter: @wheel_o_values
GitHub: @barbarogenius


Openscapes will help increase the value and practice of open data science in environmental science. Building off of five years of work with the Ocean Health Index (, Openscapes will focus on engagement and guidance, to excite and connect researchers to existing open tools and communities that can amplify their research.

Julia Stewart Lowndes

Santa Barbara, California, USA
I am working to increase the value and practice of open environmental science by empowering researchers with existing open tools and communities. I have been working in this space for over five years at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), helping the Ocean Health Index become a visible leader of open, reproducible, and collaborative practices for science and management by building a community of practice and communicating our team’s path to better science in less time. I earned my PhD studying meter-long squid at Stanford University, am a Carpentries instructor, and am a co-founder of Eco-Data-Science and R-Ladies Santa Barbara.
Twitter: @juliesquid
GitHub: @jules32


This project seeks to sensitize and promote open and reproducible Bioinformatics research within Nairobi, Kenya. The current stage of the project involves collaborative writing and community building.

Caleb Kibet

Nairobi, Kenya
A Bioinformatics researcher from Nairobi, Kenya, currently working at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. Interested in teaching, open science, reproducible research, regulatory genomics and machine learning.
Twitter: @calkibet
GitHub: @kipkurui

Out in the Open!

Out in the Open! is an open space process aiming to build a healthier internet for LGBTQI+ communities by crafting solutions bringing together technologists, activists, tech companies, and organizations working on LGBTQI+ and digital rights.

Pablo Aguilera

Mexico City
Pablo is a poz-queer activist developing mechanisms to defend LGBTQI+ rights in the digital environment.
Currently, he works at R3D, a Mexican non-profit working to defend human rights in the digital environment.
In the past, he was Executive Director of the HIV Young Leaders Fund and a board member of the communities delegation of the Global Fund.
Previous collaborations include the Kofi Annan Foundation, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA among others.
Pablo strongly believes in the power of open collaborative networks and the collective leadership of underserved communities.
Twitter: @ptaguilera
GitHub: @TecnoQueers


OvioHub is a social engagement platform for the software world: it makes online tech volunteering as frictionless as possible and aligns the incentives between for-impact organizations, volunteers and their employers. Our hub for social impact projects focuses on open-source projects to leverage the collaboration tools developers use every day. We create a much more efficient way to volunteer and we are solving for sourcing and streamlining the volunteering process.

Eric Boucher

San Francisco
Data-scientist and entrepreneur, Eric is passionate about applying technology for social impact and humanitarian aid. He co-founded OvioHub to help connect impact and skills at scale.
GitHub: @ericboucher


Praxis (defined as: practice, as distinguished from theory) is an engineering starter app for Target, written in React. Any internal user interfaces at Target should start with Praxis. It contains as a product many of the Sprint 0 tasks needed to setup a modern JavaScript application. Webpack / Babel / Linting / Testing / Styling / Components / Authorization, etc. We have all that and then some. Praxis is more than a product, however. It’s also a set of processes put into practices to build software better.We onboard teams onto Praxis, and often times also JavaScript and React at the same time. It’s a lot for some to take on, but we have an ever increasing community of adopters that help. Target looks to the Praxis team and community to have an opinion on how development should be done at Target. This expectation leads to a lot of touch points across segments of the business.

Brian Muenzenmeyer

Front End Engineer by day. I believe in the power of Open Source. Maintain When not online, I am trying to keep up with my warm, witty, enigmatic wife—corralling our two sons, digging up the yard, wearing wool socks with something gray, and drinking lots of coffee.
Twitter: @bmuenzenmeyer
GitHub: @bmuenzenmeyer

Project Jupyter

Project Jupyter creates open source tools to facilitate the use of other open tools for data science. It primarily focuses on interactive computing, but interfaces with many non-interactive (e.g. production-level) workflows as well. Jupyter’s goal is to be the “”connective tissue”” in the open source data analytics world that enables the adoption and use of tools across many domains. Its primary projects are Jupyter Notebooks, an open format for interweaving code with narrative, Jupyter Lab, a composable and extensible development environment that is browser-native, and Jupyter Hub, a platform for providing access to data analytics sessions (e.g. Jupyter, RStudio, OpenRefine, etc) on a shared cloud resource (e.g. for teaching classes). All of these pieces are 100% open source.

Chris Holdgraf

Berkeley, CA
I’m a fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, where I work at the intersection of open source tools and communities, scientific research, and education. I do a lot of work with the Jupyter community, particularly around teaching and education, and also work more broadly in the scientific open-source community to help scientists build open practices around their work. My background is in cognitive neuroscience, where I learned most of my scientific Python skills, though these days I work with a broader set of communities.
Twitter: @choldgraf
GitHub: @choldgraf

Matthias Bussonnier

I am a research Facilitator at UC Merced, and one of the core contributor, and founder to the Jupyter and IPython Project. I am interested in empowering the community on open source project and moslty expert in Python.
Twitter: @mbussonn
GitHub: @Carreau

U.S. Forms System

The U.S. Forms System is being created by the U.S. Digital Service – a group of technologists trying to solve problems in federal government through private sector best practices and bureaucracy hacking – to create a tool for the faster creation of digital forms across government agencies.

Ju-Lie McReynolds

Washington DC
Ju-Lie is product manager and user experience nerd, who has brought years of hard won skills from the private sector to bear for the U.S. Digital Service in an attempt to shift the definition, design, and culture of technology in the federal government, in hopes of building and delivering better services to the public.
Twitter: @dex
GitHub: @ju-liem

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