By partnering with Telefonica and their Open Web Device initiative the reception was that much that the organisers had to double the amount of seats for the keynote and seeing that Brazil was facing Belarus in the olympic football challenge at the same time that is saying quite a lot!
Led by Chris with some added points on the APIs themselves from me, the presentation started with a short bit about Mozilla’s history and open values and traced the very fast evolution of our Web APIs toward a hardware-accessible web.
In the same spirit with which we handled the browser wars before, Mozilla are taking on the Mobile OS lockout developing countries like Brazil are facing right now.
Simply put, if you can’t afford it, you can’t have it! And an Android phone is alot more expensive for a consumer in a developing country like Brazil than it is for North Americans or Europeans.
During the Question and Answer session typical questions centered around “How will this shake up the existing market?” and “Will this run on my device?” While we’re currently limited by the practical and proprietary limitations of porting hardware abstraction layers, we hope that, for starters, by driving a critical mass of developers toward Open Web Apps and Firefox OS, that we can affect the current of change in this space.
As with all things Mozilla, this followed up with an appeal for community. Yes, we need YOU, to help us test, to help us develop, to help us translate, and to evangelize in your language.
To this end we finished with an appeal to join the Evangelism Reps program (which yours truly is test driving at the moment!)