Mozilla App Day

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If you’re a developer interested in web technologies, you should plan to attend and participate in the Nairobi Firefox OS App Day. The Nairobi Firefox OS App Day is part of global Firefox OS App Days; a worldwide set of 20+ hack days organized by Mozilla to help you get started developing apps for Firefox OS.
At each App Day event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, hack and celebrate Firefox OS, Mozilla’s open source operating system for the mobile web. Technologists and developers from Mozilla will present tools and technology built to extend and support the Web platform, including mobile Web APIs to access device hardware features such as the accelerometer.
Interested participants will also be shown how to use the browser-based Firefox OS Simulator to view and test mobile apps on the desktop.
Firefox OS App Days are a chance to kick start creation of apps for the Firefox Marketplace, and represent a great opportunity to build new apps or optimize existing HTML5 apps for Firefox OS, as well as demo your projects to an audience of peers, tech leaders and innovators.
This event has been organized by exciting local Mozilla Reps who are helping organize these events in partnership with Deutsche Telecom and Telefónica, who are supporting a number of them across the World.
How to Sign Up
Firefox OS App Days launch on 19th January 2013 and continue all through up to 2nd February 2013, with the majority of the events taking place on 26th January 2013 globally.
This wiki page  has a master list of all the events and their registration forms, from Sao Paulo to Warsaw to Nairobi to Wellington — and a host of others.
Find the App Day nearest you and register. Venue capacities vary across the world but most are limited to 100 attendees with invites being served on a first come first served basis. This is not an opportunity you want to miss.

Getting Ready
To participate, one only needs to come with the following:
1.    A laptop which you will be working on during the event
2.    An idea for an app you’d like to develop for the Firefox Marketplace
If you have an Android device, bring that along with you too. You can see the Firefox Marketplace in action on the Aurora version of Firefox for Android.

For anyone interested in getting started before the event, below are some useful resources that will help you start off.
1.    Hacking Firefox OS
2.    Firefox OS Docs
3.    Firefox Apps Docs
4.    Firefox Marketplace Developer Hub
5.    Firefox OS Simulator

Alternatively bring a HTML5 app that you’ve begun and want to continue, get feedback on or recruit co-developers for.

About Mozilla:
Mozilla is a global community dedicated to building free, open source products and technologies that improve the online experience for people everywhere. We work in the open with a highly disciplined, transparent and cooperative development process, under the umbrella of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. As a wholly owned subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation organizes the development and marketing of Mozilla products. This unique structure has enabled Mozilla to financially support and cultivate competitive, viable community innovation. For more information, visit http://www.mozilla.org

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First day at the Asian tiger, Singapore

It was my first time in Singapore and the thing I wanted to see the most is the status of this Asian tiger since I hear that Kenya was at par economically with Singapore in the 60s. To set the record straight, it is abusive to compare Singapore with Kenya even from the air you breathe while you arrive at the airport let alone the airport itself which is a 13km2 monster. Anyway, we possibly will enlarge our own  JKIA but the land grabbers would not let us do it. Just before we land the pilot does his usual thing of briefing us about the weather outside but this one was a modified edition strictly for Singapore since it had the ‘chilling’ statement; “Ladies and gentlemen, drugs in Singapore are illegal and if you are caught with any, capital punishment shall be administered”

To hell with that, I am not the Kabogos and Mwaus. As I proceed to the V hotel Lavender I meet with the Mozilla chairlady Mitchel Baker at the metro station and she shows us our way to there. Yes that is how Mozillians role! I freshen up and head to the Youth Park where the reception of the ~ 200 Mozillians is done. On my way there, I could notice other Mozillians along the way at least from their T-shirts.

The first item in the wait in line was the country faire where all countries present what they have been doing at their respective geographies. From Mozilla stuff to cultural stuff and other awesome stuff. The most memorable part of the night is the Gangnam style dance by some random Mozillians and trust me they can dance. Our choreographer Rowe was awesome and the Gangnam style sinks home within few minutes.