Firefox OS Workshop August 24th in Porto Alegre, Brazil – sign up now!

We’re very happy that Firefox OS phones are officially released and we’re working hard on making this an interesting platform for developers using open standardized technologies – HTML5 and JavaScript – to offer great mobile experiences.

Organizing workshops

As part of helping developers we have organized Firefox OS App Workshops in various locations before – Mountain View, London, Madrid, Bogotá, Warsaw – and now we’re coming to Porto Alegre in Brazil! It will be held August 24th, and is an invite-only event.

The idea with the workshop is to port existing web apps, or create new ones, and make sure they run on Firefox OS. Since apps are built on web technologies, porting should be easy – Open Web Apps are described more in detail in Getting started with Open Web Apps – why and how – and then you can spend time testing a number of the WebAPIs available, to give a richer experience for your app.

Applying to attend

We’re looking for developers with a strong interest in open standards and existing web development skills. If you match any of these, you’re the person/team we’re looking for!

  • Built any HTML5 mobile web site before
  • Have been working with hybrid apps through PhoneGap or similar solutions
  • Built something for webOS
  • or in general have a good experience working with web apps.

We’ll treat you to a great day of hacking and learning, and hands-on help from Mozilla people. The focus is on coding and trying things out, and naturally we’ll offer foods, drinks and such throughout the day.

And, as an extra perk, you get to test your web app on a Firefox OS phone – a Geeksphone Keon – that you get to keep at the end of the day!

So what are you waiting for? Apply now!

When choosing which applicants will be accepted, a strong preference will be given to developers porting existing apps.

And at the end of the day, we hope you will be interested in submitting your app to the Firefox Marketplace, where you can get your app featured, have users find it, sell it you are interested in that and also get a good opportunity to be among the first app creators for a brand new mobile platform.

Getting ready

To be well prepared for the workshop, we recommend that you install the Firefox OS Simulator and browse through our Simulator documentation on MDN on how to use it.

In addition to that, if you want to delve deeper, we have had a lot of articles here on Mozilla Hacks about Firefox OS in which you can find a lot more useful information.

Looking forward to seeing you in Brazil!

About Robert Nyman [Editor emeritus]

Technical Evangelist & Editor of Mozilla Hacks. Gives talks & blogs about HTML5, JavaScript & the Open Web. Robert is a strong believer in HTML5 and the Open Web and has been working since 1999 with Front End development for the web - in Sweden and in New York City. He regularly also blogs at and loves to travel and meet people.

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  1. Andrei Eichler

    Nice, hope to see one of those workshop here in Florianopolis, about 600km from Porto Alegre =D

    July 25th, 2013 at 10:25

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Well, at least we’re in the same country. :-)

      July 25th, 2013 at 14:46

  2. Jaydson Gomes

    Can’t wait Robert!

    July 25th, 2013 at 10:44

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Me neither!

      July 25th, 2013 at 14:46

  3. Clauber Stipkovic

    Great o/

    Sorry about the question, but who, fro Mozilla, willl be in Porto Alegre?!


    July 25th, 2013 at 10:58

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Thanks! Angelina Fabbro, Havi Hoffman, Robyn Chau, Fábio Magnoni and me.

      July 25th, 2013 at 14:48

      1. Clauber Stipkovic

        Awesome! o/

        August 5th, 2013 at 11:44

  4. Felipe N. Moura

    That’s great.
    The day after BrazilJS will also be awesome :)
    I already subscribed! Am now thinking about what cool things I can do around there!
    See you there!

    July 25th, 2013 at 16:09

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Sounds great! Welcome!

      July 26th, 2013 at 12:01

  5. Paulo Pereira Jr.

    It will be a great event!

    Do you know where in Porto Alegre, this event going to happen?


    August 2nd, 2013 at 11:06

  6. Mark Coggins

    Paulo, it looks like we will be in the ThoughtWorks office.

    August 2nd, 2013 at 14:05

    1. Paulo Pereira Jr.

      Thanks, Mark!

      The ThoughtWorks office is in the technology park of the university I study (PUC-RS)! :-D

      August 5th, 2013 at 12:23

  7. Gianpaulo M. Soares

    Will have hackathon in São Paulo?

    August 13th, 2013 at 15:25

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