JT and I have just wrapped up 8 days of community development in Brazil.
We started our community outreach in Rio de Janeiro with a visit to the Center for Technology and Society at the FGV School of Law where we met an amazing team of lawyers and learned a ridiculous amount about how people use the internet in Brazil. See JT's post here.
Next in Rio, we met with a large gathering of grad students at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. A number of students and professors are very interested in making Firefox and Mozilla projects part of their coursework. That night, we met with about 20 students who wanted to talk in more depth about how to spread Firefox in Brazil. They came up with some great ideas and made commitments to help in the lead-up to Firefox 3. On Saturday and Sunday, we met with an employee from a major media outlet in Brazil and participated in an interview with a local Rio newspaper/website. Once again, JT had the earlier and better post on this.
After Rio, we traveled to Sao Carlos, Marcio Galli's home and the home of Federal University of Sao Carlos and the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Carlos. Once again, the students and professors were amazing. The enthusiasm for Firefox and open source at schools here in Brazil gives me a lot of hope. JT has the photos
Next, we made our way to Sao Paulo and Campinas, where we met with the top web companies in Brazil, students at Unicamp and University of Sao Paulo main campus, some huge Firefox fans, and members of our Firefox translation team. This was a full but amazing two days. See JT's wrap-up for the details and pics.
I'll have a lot more to say about this trip in the coming weeks. I'll close here by thanking all of the wonderful "friends of Firefox" who helped make this trip possible and who came out to teach us about Brazil, learn more about Firefox, and spread the Mozilla vision.