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Mozilla project submissions for Facebook's Open Academy 2014
Firefox OS is an open source mobile operating system build entirely using Web technologies. Having launched into market on smartphones built by leading handset manufacturers in 2013, Firefox OS is seeing rapid expansion into further markets. By making the Web a first class citizen on mobile, Firefox OS seeks to tear down closed ecosystem barriers and promote an open mobile Web.
As an open source project, Firefox OS is built by a community of employees, partners and contributors. Mozilla enthusiastically encourages students from the Open Academy to contribute to Firefox OS through one the proposed projects below. The students would work with a Product Manager, a User Experience Designer, as well as a team of engineers to help define the solution and ultimately deliver on their goals.
Mentors
Dietrich Ayala, Firefox developer, Firefox OS Program Manager
Kevin Hu, Firefox OS Program Manager
Stephanie Wilkes, UX Program Manager
Dale Harvey, Gaia developer, PouchDB maintainer
Michael Henretty, Gaia developer
Peter Dolanjski, Firefox OS Product Manager
Adam Rogers, Firefox OS Product Manager
Students
Team size: 7-10
Grade level: Any.
Time zones: Any. The Mozillians involved span CST, Pacific and CET.
Skills/experience: Experience with the Web stack (HTML, JavaScript, CSS) is not required, but will accelerate your team's progress.
Project Idea:
Device 2 Device App Sharing
Consuming mobile data is costly in many countries and applications, particularly games, can be large in size. Apps are often downloaded based on word of mouth recommendations, yet there is no way to directly transfer an app from one device to another. This is generally because content providers want users to come to their storefronts to trigger the download. What if a user could share an app directly with another user without consuming any data from their mobile plan? Device 2 Device App Sharing is about allowing users to do just that – embracing community and social sharing - no connection required.
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