Announcing Firefox OS App Workshops

Madrid, Bogotá, Warsaw & Beyond

blaze_your_fxosFirefox OS phones will be available to consumers in several countries this summer, and they will be looking for great apps to install from Firefox Marketplace. If you know how to build mobile app experiences with HTML5 and JavaScript, we’re looking for you—especially if you’d like to develop apps in Spanish, Polish or Portuguese! If you’re fast and focused, this is the time to take first-mover advantage.

Our first three hands-on technical workshops for skilled web app developers take place in Madrid, Spain, on Saturday, April 20; in Bogotá, Colombia on Saturday, May 18; and in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, June 1. We hope to announce more workshops in more locales later in the season.

You must apply to attend: We’ll ask you to show us your JavaScript expertise and/or past experience building web apps and working with web APIs.

Who Should Apply

We’re looking for small teams or solo developers with solid ideas and strong web development skills. If you’ve already built a successful PhoneGap, Chrome, webOS, Blackberry WebWorks app, or other open web app for mobile or desktop, we’d love to work with you on migrating your existing app or building a new one. Mozilla engineers and tech evangelists will help participants complete an app or port an existing one to the Firefox OS phone and into the Firefox Marketplace.

Please apply now if you’d like to attend any of these workshops. We’ll be reviewing applications as they come in, with a focus on our first locations. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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What We’ll Offer

  • A great place to hack.
  • Hands-on help from Firefox OS developers.
  • Food, drink and demos. And t-shirts, of course.
  • More code, less talk.
  • Firefox OS Developer Preview phones, really!

How to Prepare

There’s more than one way to start building Firefox apps. Here are a few resources to get you started:

Firefox OS Workshop application form.

About Havi Hoffman [Editor]

Developer Relations team content wrangler & writer, Hacks blog editor, creator of programs and events for developers designed to inform, inspire and extend the open web. Lately, Mozilla Tech Speakers. And a garden in Silicon Valley.

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12 comments

  1. Andrei

    I do not know how in Poland and Brazil, but also in Russia launched projects to promote Firefox OS with web app like on Russian language.Site is still in test – beta mode ))) try it http://fireos.ru/products/category/198982

    March 25th, 2013 at 10:01

  2. Antonio

    Hi!

    I have completed the registration for technical workshop in Madrid. Registration form has failed several times before success. I have not received any email confirmation yet; could you verify that you have received my registration using my “not published” email of this comment?

    Thanks in advance.

    March 27th, 2013 at 01:31

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      We’ll look into it.

      March 27th, 2013 at 02:06

  3. Alejandro

    I wish good night mate contact you for Workshops but in Venezuela, it would be something interesting to talk.

    March 27th, 2013 at 20:05

    1. Havi Hoffman

      Thank you. We’d love to hear from developers in Venezuela who want to apply to participate in future App Workshops. Please apply at : http://bit.ly/FxOSAppWorkshop-apply

      You can contact me on twitter: @freshelectrons or email: havi at mozilla

      March 28th, 2013 at 07:31

  4. Gaurav Chugh

    It’s great to hear that FF OS workshops have been announced, waiting for the workshop to be held in India.

    March 29th, 2013 at 10:02

    1. Havi Hoffman

      @Gaurav – We hear you and we really appreciate your passion for FxOS! In the near term, there are many events: https://reps.mozilla.org/events/#/period/future/
      And I’m sure we’ll be announcing more workshops as the year advances.

      March 29th, 2013 at 10:15

  5. Francisco

    Hi!
    Like Antonio here, I’ve applied for the Madrid workshop the last week and I didn’t receive any response at all on my email.

    Can you guys check if you receive it, and tell me when I will receive a reply for the apply? I leave also my email here

    Thank you ;)

    April 1st, 2013 at 10:03

    1. Havi Hoffman

      Folks, There is **no confirmation email** After you submit the form, you will arrive at a landing page that says “Thank you” for your participation. We will be getting back to everyone as quickly as possible, beginning later this week. So, please don’t worry, and please don’t look for a confirmation email.

      Thanks again for your interest and support for Firefox OS. Look forward to seeing your apps!

      April 1st, 2013 at 10:18

  6. Xavi Selvi

    Hi Havi, I sent the application form weeks ago, and I suposse that I dont’t have to wait more because I have no news from you. I was excited with the possibility to be a part of this workshop, but I suposse many other people too.

    So, can I follow the workshop in another way?

    Thank you for your important contribution.
    Xavi

    April 14th, 2013 at 00:25

    1. Havi Hoffman

      Hi Xavi – Thank you for your comment and for your excitement about Firefox OS. My apologies, the team has fallen a little behind in replying to all the applicants as we’ve been collecting RSVPs. We regret that we can’t accept all the great developers who’ve applied for the Workshops, but hope to extend the program in upcoming quarters.

      Meantime, the best way to follow along is to start building a Firefox App using tools and resources that are all available online 24×7. Here are the resources all attendees will be working with (also described above in the post):

      Previewing Firefox version 3.0: https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/03/firefox-os-simulator-previewing-version-3-0/

      Install the Simulator: https://github.com/mozilla/r2d2b2g

      Learn about Open Web Apps:

      https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/02/getting-started-with-open-web-apps-why-and-how/

      https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Apps/Getting_Started

      https://marketplace.firefox.com/developers/

      https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/02/using-webapis-to-make-the-web-layer-more-capable/

      https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI

      Permission model/ Packaged or hosted apps

      https://marketplace.firefox.com/developers/docs/quick_start

      https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/03/how-to-install-packaged-apps-in-firefox-os-options-and-tools/

      https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Apps/Packaged_apps

      Thank you again, and tell us how it goes as you build your app.

      April 15th, 2013 at 11:19

  7. Jose

    Will we get a phone or is just for that day, It would be really cool to be able to keep developing after that

    April 20th, 2013 at 13:07

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