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MozManiaChennai

18 December 2013, a date in the diary which would be marked forever.

The Sathyabama Firefox Club officially conducted their very first event.
The previous event was an introduction to Mozilla, their mission and products for the FSA’s of Sathyabama University, which was taken by me.

FSA’s of Sathyabama University-Mozmania Chennai

The FSA’s who helped in conducting the event were:

  • Satya
  • Shashank
  • Achyuth
  • Damini
  • Nikhil
  • Balaji
  • Chintu

The event on 18 December, known as MozMania Chennai was conducted at Sathyabama University.

The Mozilla Reps reached the venue at around 8:45 am. The Mozilla reps who attended the session were Sunny, Naresh and ViswaPrasath.

The inaugural address, was given by Dr. M Lakshmi, Head of Student Development Cell.

Inaugural session

The first session was taken by ViswaPrasath. He gave a brief introduction about the Mozilla organization.

Session by Viswa on Mozilla’s mission

After video the event started with Introduction to Webmaker. The main aim of the this introduction is that students can got to know how to create the webpage simple with webmaker. Another aim is that they could speed up their development instead of using their old text editor.

The students were enthusiastic to create sample pages and play around with webmaker.

There was also an introduction to Popcornmaker, which helped students to create videos and remix them.

The second session was taken by Naresh. He gave an introduction to Firefox OS. The session was very interactive and interesting with loads of questions. He talked about about Geko, Appmaker and many more.

Naresh also had many Firefox goodies to giveaway for the correct answers to the questions he asked.

Naresh displaying the Firefox goodies that were given away to students who answered his questions

The last session was taken by Sunny. It was about Firefox Addon Development. This was the longest and most interactive session since students were really interested into developing Addons. He also covered on reporting Bugs on Bugzilla, using IRC to chat with other Mozillians, basic linux commands and spreading awareness and benefits of Open Source.

The Etherpad link to Sunny’s session : https://etherpad.mozilla.org/z7cyGzSq3T

Sunny talking about IRC

After the session, the speakers were felicitated with a token of appreciation from Sathyabama University by Mr. E Nagarajan, Faculty in charge, of Computer Science Club.

Naresh felicitated with the token of appreciation by Mr. E Nagarajan

Sunny felicitated by Mr.E Nagarajan

Viswaprasath felicitated by Mr. E Nagarajan

MOZCAFE

In the afternoon there was a meet up with the Firefox Students Ambassador Chennai. Where students from various Colleges like SSN, KCG, MSEC,VEC, Sathyabama University attended.  There was a discussion about what are the various areas where students can get involved both in technical aspects and non technical aspects.

Naresh telling the FSA’s on how to contribute to Mozilla

Some of the questions that popped up during the discussion:

What is RMA. How to become RMA?

About Comm Reps

About WoMOZ.

About Mozilla WebFWD and spread awareness about it in the Entrepreneurship Development Cell in our university

How to report Bugs.

How to contribute for Firefox OS Core

Who are the global level leads for various Mozilla projects

How to ask a question on IRC (IRC Etiquette)

Etherpad share:
https://etherpad.mozilla.org/fsa-satyabama

LINKS:
Facebook Event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/203039246549273/

Event hashtag: #mozmaniachennai

Wiki link: https://wiki.mozilla.org/MozMania

Event on reps page: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozmania-satyabama-univ/

Wiki page of Sathyabama Firefox Club: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Sathyabama_Firefox_Club

Facebook page of Sathyabama Firefox Club:
https://www.facebook.com/SathyabamaFirefoxClub

MozMeetUp

On the 30th of November, 2013, we, the Firefox Student Ambassadors of Sathyabma University, had the very first meet-up.

Apart from me, 6 other Firefox student ambassadors of Sathyabama University had attended the meeting. The other FSA’s who attended the event were

  • Achyuth K P
  • Balaji S
  • Nikhil Patel
  • Chintu Phillips Koshy
  • Sathya
  • Shashank Gaikaiwari

I gave an introduction about Free and Open Source Softwares. An introduction about what Mozilla is. This was illustrated simply with a video from the Mozilla website which can be found here.

Since most of the FSA’s were already familiar with, or should I say, experts in computers, they needed very less explanation.

The FSA’s of Sathyabama University are more into web development, and Computer security.

Sensing their interest, I quickly moved on to explain more about the products of Mozilla that might interest them.

I gave them a gist about what Thunderbird is, and few of its applications.

I quickly moved on to Webmaker since time was really ticking away. Since most of us were web developers,
Mozilla Thimble was really something that caught everyone’s attention.

We were so accustomed to using Coffee Cup for web development that when we found it to be a pretty light weight alternative which was fast, efficient and easy to use.

Later that day, I gave them an introduction about the PopcornMaker. Since we we’re not much into video editing and remixing, popcorn maker seemed like an easy way to make or Remix videos.

I’d also mentioned about the X-ray goggles. This seemed more fun than editing HTML templates during web designing.

We had lot of fun remixing the websites and playing around in all possible ways.

I knew that when the technical stuffs were done, I had to finish off by giving an introduction to Mozilla WebFWD. Two of the FSA’s present, wanted to begin their own startup companies. I told them about the Aim of Mozilla WebFWD and the possibilities of being accepted into the program and be trained by them.

We later started on with out Student App of the Month contest. We prepared a lot of Tutorials on the MDN .

We also planned for the arrangements and requirements for the upcoming MozMania Chennai, which is being organized by Sathyabama University on 18th of December.

I would like to thank a few people whom I feel indebted to for supporting me to start contributing to such a wonderful community.

Firstly, Gauthamraj: He, inspite of his busy schedule, found time to reply to my initial queries on how, when and where to start contributing towards Mozilla.

I then came across two people, friends and brothers now! Sujith and Naresh. Over time now, I’ve become pretty close to these two individuals, thanks to Mozilla.
It’s great to learn from one’s experiences they say. It’s even greater to chat with these people and get to know more about the community and on how I can play a role.

They sure have stood by me and have responded to all my queries in the busiest of times.
Sorry guys for troubling you during exams. I shall continue to do the same 😀