Everything is redefined when it’s done the Mozilla way: Browser, community, innovation, engagement. And now it turns out “business travel” is no exception.
When WebFWD touched down in Jakarta two days ago, it was 7:30am on a Sunday. Was there a shuttle to transport us from the airport? Nope: faithful Mozillians Yofie Setiawan and (WebFWD Scout) Viking Karwur came to pick us up. No cab needed!
The next day, with the help of student Fauzan Alfi, we hit the road to Bandung, location of ITB. ITB is a very selective state university town 2.5 hours from Jakarta, where the president of the Computer Science group arranged for an entire class to play hooky to learn about WebFWD. A professor even sat in and later blogged about us! We were encouraged by the barrage of questions from the students. A great orientation to a country we’re fast learning is on an accelerated growth track.
Next came a meetup of web developers where we shared more and even made a cameo video appearance with the Daily Social tech blog (scroll to bottom for video). By the time we got back to Jakarta, it was past 10pm.
No complaints from our fearless Mozillians-on-the-ground: we were back at it the next day, assembling two separate groups at Anomali Coffee, home of some really authentic Java. We had our own space to eat, present and chat - partly thanks to Viking’s mom, who lent us her large screen monitor. #ForTheCause. Nearly 60 Mozillians showed up that evening, drinking in the brew and the WebFWD story.
The interest in WebFWD and what we’re doing to advance the open web is impressive. The team on the ground here is beyond awesome. We have high hopes for Indonesia’s burgeoning entrepreneurial community.