Contributions

I'm a passionate Mozillian volunteering in different areas of Mozilla.

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.

Profiles

Firefox

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 - now

Michael listening at a conference
  • Working on different tooling for the Common Voice project mostly around sentence collections
  • Improving and maintaining the Common Voice Sentence Collector
  • Improving and maintaining the Common Voice Sentence Extractor
  • Answering questions about Common Voice in the forums

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 mozilla.ch community
  • Organized (almost) monthly meetups in Zurich
  • Nurturing 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
  • Since April 2018 hosting bi-weekly Meetups in Berlin and organizing other events

Mozilla Reps

2012 - now

Michael and the rest of the Reps Council and Peers in Berlin in April 2016
  • Started as Mozilla Rep in 2012
  • Officially represented Mozilla in Switzerland and supporting Community Development
  • Reps Mentor since 2014 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
  • Since December 2017 in the leadership body (Module Peers) of the Reps Program