Bulgaria Web Summit 2011

Categories Community Management, Mozilla, Mozilla in Bulgaria, Open Technologies

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.


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Our new community website is ready

Categories Community Management, Mozilla, Mozilla in Bulgaria

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

Categories Mozilla, Mozilla in Bulgaria

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

Categories Community Management, Drumbeat, Mozilla, Mozilla in Bulgaria

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.