At Mozilla, we’re a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web.
Our mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. An Internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.
We believe that students are uniquely positioned to make a difference in the world and that by bringing together local groups who care about the internet we can achieve great things.
Why Mozilla Clubs
A Mozilla Club brings people together locally to build the open web on University and College campuses worldwide.
The Internet is more than computers and code. The Internet is about people. And this is what Mozilla Clubs are all about: interacting with others to share, learn, teach, protect and build upon platforms, to make things that matter. Our Clubs are human structures that make the web real.
Mozilla Campus Clubs are Mozilla Clubs that take place at a University or College - These clubs take advantage of the unique learning environments of Universities and Colleges to bring students with a passion for technology together to build and innovate on open source projects that build the open web.
Campus Clubs Vision
Imagine the highest quality university student programs you’ve ever heard of. Programs that incite invention, inspire innovation, and foster global change.
Now imagine a Mozilla program that engaged students all over the world, building campus groups that each have hundreds of passionate volunteers contributing to Mozilla as advocates, technologists, and innovators. Now imagine that these groups were on thousands of University campuses in hundreds of countries.
That is the vision for Campus Clubs. To spark a movement -- a loud voice, a breeding ground for new ideas, a massive force, a deep talent pool -- that powers the open web to new heights.
At the start of each year, Campus Clubs plan the impact they want to have for the open web and then hack and build on a combination of recommended activities and their own open source projects to make a difference for the web, their campuses and communities.
Roles in Campus Clubs
Regional Coordinator are people with strong leadership skills and proven experience with mentoring, especially on campuses. They work closely with staff to mentor and support Club Captains. A Regional Coordinator is responsible for making sure the campus program is successfully running in their local region.
Club Captains are people with a passion for technology, leadership skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. With their team the Club Captain launches, builds and runs their Campus’ Mozilla Club. The Club Captain is responsible for making sure their Club is running successfully on their Campus, and is operating as an official Mozilla Club.
Officially recognized Campus Clubs will be:
- listed on the website
- given an official Clubs logo
- have access to special training and skills building opportunities
In order for a Club to be recognized as an official Mozilla Campus Club a Club must show consistent activity during the academic year - by participating in activities, submitting reports, and meeting with their Regional Coordinator. If a Club is inactive for 3 they will be considered inactive.
Read the full Roles & Responsibilities of a Club Captain here.
What’s a Club with no participants? Members are the heart of Campus Clubs, they attend meetings, participate in activities and grow their skills and connect with others through the Campus Clubs framework.
Looking to join a club? Find your campus on the map here.
Executive Teams are not a required part of Campus Clubs, but may be useful structure in larger Clubs. Club Executive Members are people with excellent leadership and executional skills. They support Club Captains by ensuring that there is a constant program of engaging, meaningful, activities for Club Members to participate in.
Read the full Roles & Responsibilities of the Executive Team here.
History of Mozilla on Campus
Long before Mozilla’s first formal student program, “Campus Reps”, opened its doors in 2008, students have been playing a crucial role in the development of Mozilla and the web itself.
The student-built Lynx browser was one of the first and Mosaic (Firefox’s distant ancestor!), pioneered by students and staff, opened the graphical web to millions. Many of the original community members who worked on the first firefox in 2002 were students just like you.
A lot has happened on Campuses since then:
- In 2012 the Firefox Student Ambassador Program opened it’s doors to bring together individuals with a passion for Mozilla who wanted to raise awareness about the many benefits of Firefox & other Mozilla products.
- In 2013 the first Maker Party moved students all around the world to come together to teach the web.
- In 2015 the Clubs program started with a mandate to engage people around the world in ongoing web literacy programs.
- In 2015 Mozilla Science started offering Study Groups for graduate students, researchers, and scientists looking to learn together.
- In 2016 hundreds of students around the world led the Take Back the Web Campaign on their campuses to shift attitudes and change behavior around privacy and security online.
- In late 2016 Campus Clubs was created to carry the work of the Take Back The Web campaign forward but now with an even stronger focus on open source and engaging students in building open web technologies.