Contributing to different Open Source projects, most noteably Mozilla

Date Type Description
2024-05-15 Created PR Update Sentence Collector references to point to actual CV website
2024-05-15 GitHub Commit common-voice/community-playbook: Update Sentence Collector references to point to actual CV website
2024-05-15 Wiki Edit Edited Webdev/GetInvolved/
2024-05-15 Wiki Edit Edited Webdev/GetInvolved/
2024-05-15 Wiki Edit Edited Webdev/GetInvolved
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Why Mozilla?

I've always been interested in the Open Web since I started creating my first websites. Mozilla’s mission is ​to "ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all". This resonates with me very well because a lot of my knowledge comes from research on the internet.

I started to use Firefox around version 1 and never have switched since then. In the beginning I was using the release channel. After my math teacher in high school introduced us to Mozilla and what he is working on for Firefox (he wrote the initial code for Session Restore) I was hooked and started to use the nightly build and report bugs. Soon after that I wrote my first patch to improve the sorting the bookmarks backup menu. Since then I have written patches, started to bring Swiss Mozillians together, went as far as Germany and Austria to help build the German speaking community and nowadays I'm also involved in the Mozilla Reps (Representative) program.



2008 - now

Michael hugging the fox
  • Using Firefox Nightly on a daily basis to test new features and look out for regressions
  • Filed more than 130 bugs
  • Submitted more than 250 patches for several different Firefox components

Common Voice

2018 - 2024

Michael listening at a conference

Community Building

2010 - now

Michael in front of the Brandenburger Tor with a group of Mozillians
  • Started with another Mozillian in Switzerland to build the community
  • Organized (almost) monthly meetups in Zurich
  • Lead Participation in Switzerland
  • In 2013, 2014 and 2015 I helped develop the German-speaking community (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • I've spoken about Mozilla at several conferences
  • Organized Firefox hackathons around Switzerland to share my knowledge
  • Hosted bi-weekly Meetups in Berlin from April 2018 to early 2020, and organizing other events

Mozilla Reps

2012 - 2023

Michael and the rest of the Reps Council and Peers in Berlin in April 2016
  • Started as Mozilla Rep in 2012 and was a member of the program until its sunset in 2023
  • Officially represented Mozilla in Switzerland and supporting Community Development
  • Reps Mentor from 2014 onwards to coach other Mozilla Reps
  • I was voted to be a Reps Council member from May 2015 to November 2017 to bring the Reps program to the next phase and take care of operational and strategic responsibilities of the Reps program
  • From December 2017 in the leadership body (Module Peers) of the Reps Program
  • Organized Mozilla's virtual presence at FOSDEM 2022, hosting a developer room with talks.