Bug tracking month for Bulgarian web L18n

We’ve started a campaign to make our locale better. More than 500 000 Bulgarian every day using localized content from Mozilla and we think they deserve a better quality. We cannot afford to pay big numbers as Google does for localization, but for every confirmed bug  you will get a @mozilla.bg email address and maybe something else, if the bug is very nasty one :)))

If you read/understand Bulgarian, Join our effort now., if not, why don’t you start similar action for your own locale – we can help you with some advices.

Bulgarian Mozilla community Rocks!

P.S If you will go to FOSDEM, feel free to attend my talk about communities and to eat some Belgian chocolate at the same time.


OpenCamp Sofia 2011

In June a 2 day event will take place in will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, under the title ‘OpenCamp Sofia‘, addressing open government, PSI re-use, Open Web, Free Software and Open Source, Open Knowledge and other important topics.

On the first day a workshop/camp will be held. Both presentations (a growing list of presenters is on the site) and discussions are planned on topics such as Open Web, Open Government, Open Knowledge, and Open source software. In that context PSI re-use is sure to be part of the discussion as well.

On the second day a Mozilla-related event will be held. At the same time in Sofia will be next Balkan’s Meeting of Mozilla Communities.

website: http://opencamp.talkweb.eu

hashtag: #opensofia

Make my birthday open wish comes true.

Every year at December 22th I have a birthday. Strange isn’t it :) Every year I am asking my friend and colleagues to donate money to a great cause instead of buying me some ordinary presents. Two years ago we together have made a great KIVA campaign and we are still helping businesses in Africa with almost 5000 USD. I am really proud with my friends.

So my next birthday is approaching. Do you want to make me happy? Here is my birthday wish. Please donate 10$ (or any other amount) to Mozilla from here.

Mozilla is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.We are focused on building communities and enriching people’s lives rather than financial gain.

Get a gift from me.
Please let me know your postal address and I will send you something cool via snail mail. You can send me your address to shopov.bogomil at gmail.com

Thank you and Happy Holidays !

Bulgaria Web Summit 2011

Having in mind the development of technology and the clear fact that the WebTech and P2P conferences’ format is completely exhausted, our team decided to create a new type of event, which could give to all its fans, participants, sponsors and speakers the desired information and could follow all the new web trends.
Just like the past conferences, the event will be held in two days and besides the several longer lectures, there will be a lot of “lightning talks” and everyone will have the opportunity to present a project, idea, concept or anything else considered interesting in a special room in the BOF-principle.

Also, everyone will be able to vote through this website, which lectures to be included in the agenda and which not.

When and Where

9th and 10th April 2011- Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria


Bulgaria Web Summit is the new name of the conference, which started back in 2004 under the name WebTech and then was renamed to P2P Conference.

We started WebTech in 2004. The aim was to provide a forum, where people, interested in web programming, development, Internet entrepreneurship and so on, could meet and exchange ideas.

Our main purpose is to show the innovations, to promote technology and to find a way to cooperate. So far our guests include Richard Stallman, Derik Rethans, Landon Bradshaw, Marko Hassinen, Kai Arno, Michael Widenius, Robert Niman, Patrick Finch and many other foreign and Bulgarian experts.

Some facts:

  • So far the conferences have been visited by more than 6000 people, a fact in big favour of the quality; The conferences have been held in 3 majour Bulgarian cities: Sofia, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo;
  • Several business deals for Web 2.0 projects were concluded at the conferences, which demonstrates that our events are a useful meeting ground for investors, starting enterprises and people with ideas;
  • We have been supported by many sponsors through the years, which shows another useful aspect of the conference;
  • Many famous names from Bulgaria and abroad have spoken at our conferences – we are very serious and we help our audience;
  • We provide a forum for visionaries – we are the first place where their concepts are presented;
  • The events are visited by whole corporate teams, which apart from the conference agenda, can have a great team building;
  • All the web and IT people know our events and have positive opinion about them. This is evident and from the fact that more than 20% of the participants have come more than 3 times to our events;
  • The organizing team has held more than 20 events in Bulgaria and on the Balkans, another factor contributing to the comfort during the event.


Join us @LanYrd

Our new community website is ready

We have a new community site. It is based on WordPress 3.0.1 and Budypress. What are the features:

1. We have community. Anyone can:
– register;
– share information to the website activity wall;
– write to his/her own blog;
– join groups by topic (SUMO, Thunderbird, Firefox, L10n, Development and others);
– join and create events;
– read the information from other members;
– use the usable control panel to manage an account and to connect with other mozillians.

2. We have a cute and simple design:

3. We are ready to extend with web 2.0 services like twitter and other (no Facebook sorry);
4. The platform (WordPress and Budypress) is very easy to install and run a community website. If you want we can help you to create a Mozilla community website. We will do it together, just send us a note (and a beer).

The champagne will be open on your next community meeting. We have some improvements in our roadmap.

Help needed

We are searching for a good SUMO forum for our community. Any suggestions?

It will be very cool if we have a global Mozilla network, not only hundreds of community sites. Something like a profile in a server with OpenID or Oauth support. I would like to use our website like an interface to this service only and to be able to connect with a lot of mozillians, not only registered in my country.

Firefox 4 Business Conference

We are launching Firefox 4 Business conference in late September in Bulgaria. This will be one day event full of case-studies, presentations and Q&A sessions, brought to you by Mozilla Bulgaria crew.

If you are a SME based in Bulgaria you can register for free very soon.

I will give more information soon, stay tuned :)

P.S If you have any ideas, please share them with me. Let’s make the event better !

Pirates, me and Mozilla

This weekend from April 16 to 18 delegates of Pirate Parties from 22 countries gathered in Brussels to create the Pirate Parties International (PPI). The aim of the PPI is to strengthen the bonds between the national parties and coordinate the international cooperation of the pirate movement.

Pirate Parties International exists to help establish, to support and promote, and to maintain communication and co-operation between pirate parties around the world. Pirate Parties International is not a political or authoritative entity.

The two Co-Chairmen of the PPI board will be Gregory Engels from Germany and Jerry Weyer from Luxembourg. Nicolas Sahlqvist from Sweden was elected Treasurer and Joachim Mönch from Germany is the new Chief Administrative Officer of the PPI. The board is completed with Bogomil Shopov from Bulgaria, Jakub Michalek from the Czech Republic and Aleksander Blagojevic from Serbia.

PPI Board (I am the ugly guy with Mozilla t-shirt :))
Picture from here

Why am I happy? There is a strong idea for Open Web and openness I am taking part of, called Mozilla and there is a political movement that stands for the same things. One of my first tasks will be to introduce the Mozilla Drumbeat idea to the PPI Board and to find a way to participate.

I think both ideas – OpenWeb and Pirate Principles are the future of Web.

Arrr !

Founding members of the PPI were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

A PDF version of the statutes of the Pirate Parties International can be found here.

Behold! The Drumbeat event in Bulgaria.

The first ever Drumbeat event in Bulgaria will be held during the prestigious P2P Conference in April.

I will try to talk about “What is Web” in front of students, artists, politicians, IT professionals, teachers and business owners.

The main idea is to clarify what Web means to all groups present. Is it the space where you publish some files for your clients or is something more. Is it all about sharing or it is some place to meet new friends?

After the speech we will make a large group workshop for creating idea how to make the web better. The group with the best idea will receive a prize – a journey, immediate after the workshop.

P2P Conference
I am organizing this event since 2004. This years speakers will be Michael Widenius, Patrick Finch, Robert Nyman, Jeremmie Zimmermann, me and other good guys and girls.

I will share more details and ideas soon.

Happy Baba Marta: Discover Bulgaria and Romania

Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and worn from March 1 until around the end of March (or the first time an individual sees a stork, swallow or budding tree). The name of the holiday is Baba Marta. “Baba” (баба) is the Bulgarian word for “grandmother” and Mart (март) is the Bulgarian word for the month of March.

Baba Marta is a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the upcoming spring. The month of March, according to Bulgarian folklore, marks the beginning of springtime. Therefore, the first day of March is a traditional holiday associated with sending off winter and welcoming spring.


Romanians also have a similar but not identical holiday on March 1 , called “Mărţişor”. If and how these two holidays are related is still a matter of debate between ethnologists.

Celebrating 5 years of Firefox in Bulgaria

Finally I have time to write here some more about all the events that took place during Firefox’s 5^th anniversary.

Thanks to Mozilla Europe we had a very delicious cake with a unique design. Here it is:
Firefox 5 - Sofia

Besides the cake, as you can see we had cookies, many kinds of sweets, balloons, whistles and of course some merchandise:

Firefox 5 - Sofia

Firefox 5 - Sofia

After the cake-part we had 2 special sessions with talks and demonstrations and a game: “Who creates the Bulgarian web?”.
Here you can see some more pictures:

Firefox 5 - Sofia

Firefox 5 - Sofia

Firefox 5 - Sofia

Firefox 5 - Sofia

You can see more moments in this video, created by the OpenFest crew:

OpenFest 2009 from Yovko Lambrev on Vimeo.

There were celebrations in other Bulgarian towns too. In Ruse, even a television station was so curios what were those people doing there: