BroMoz Makerparty

After the super awesome WoMoz Makerparty conducted at Sathyabama University, only for girls, the boys went came and asked us to conduct an event for them. “Why should Girls have all the fun!?” was their question.
We agreed to conduct the event even though it was on such a short notice. This gave rise to the BroMoz maker party-Brothers in Mozilla 😀
I must admit I was reminded of Barney when we decided to name it BroMoz.

Since college was coming to an end, even though we were busy with record submissions and practicals, I gathered my team and we were up and prepared for the event.

On 27th March, Thursday, the volunteers from IInd year-Franklin, Navdeep and Subash arranged for the registrations which were limited to 60 at the max.

They got the names of the students and the session started at 1:00pm in the Digital Library.

I asked the students whether anyone had attended any of our previous Mozilla Events before. We got a few hands up.
After that, I asked these students to explain to their friends about their understanding of what Mozilla is, as an organization. I was really proud to see them explaining so well about Non profit and sharing knowledge and volunteer community. I was proud that I was successful in spreading the word during my events.
I told them about the Mozilla Community and general functioning of Open Source.

I also told them about Persona and it’s uses, so that they could use it to save and publish their makes.

The next session was taken by Achyuth and Shashank who explained them about Webmaker tools.

When we interacted with them, we found out that they were more interested in doing things rather than listening about the tools, so we told them in advance that since the time is very less(the session was from 1pm to 3:40pm), we had to go quick in order to cover all the three tools. But fear not! For we had our super awesome webmakers to the rescue!

  • Achyuth
  • Shashank
  • Nikhil
  • Franklin
  • Navdeep
  • Subash



We also had the WoMoz team lead, Damini, and WoMoz volunteer- Monika, to help out so that they could assist the boys if they had trouble using the webmaker tools.

We started with X-Ray goggles, since it’s one of the tools that is very less time consuming and extremely easy to understand.

Students had a good time playing around and creating a lot of fun stuff using X Ray Goggles.

We then moved on to Thimble. We gave them the general theme as Meme making since Internet meme’s and trolls were widely popular in here.
Results were some hilarious and creative makes!
We saw multiple makes in thimble from some students who were really interested.

Last session was about Popcorn. Everyone had a great time using Popcorn maker.
Though initially some had a tough time understanding the concept of different Layers in popcorn, I explained them in detail about the need of Layers.

Achyuth, Shashank and Nikhil walked around and helped everyone with their doubts and troubles with saving their makes.

In the end, we had our WoMoz team judging the makes and 3 were chosen among the best, though they had a tough time judging the 100+ makes by these students in the limited time.

Finally three winners were chosen.



We gave away Mozilla swags to the winners.
And no, we never forget to have our share of fun.
Here is #thedaminipose by us:

Links to awesome makes from the event[WARING-A lot]:https://etherpad.mozilla.org/bromozwebmakerparty

Event flickr link: here
and here

WoMoz Maker party.

On the 13 of March, Damini Oberoi, WoMoz from Sathyabama Firefox Club, conducted the very first Makerparty that was exclusively for girls.
Even though we planned to keep the event for around 60 people, we were amazed at the number of enthusiastic girls who wanted to attend, and hence, made the maximum to 90.

The event was restricted to the students belonging to CSE and IT department.

At around 9 am,the students settled down in the Digital Library of Sathyabama University.
I started off with an introduction about Sathyabama Firefox Club, FOSS, Mozilla and Web Literacy.

Damini then took over the session with WoMoz.

She told them about the various influential women all over the world and about Women in technology.

She started off by asking the students a question-How many of you think that there is a need of a separate platform for women to talk, share their views and learn more?
There were many students who raised their hands.

She then asked them why they felt for the need of a separate platform. This gave rise to the current situation and the existing male dominated system.
She asked them whether this was because girls aren’t interested in technology or they have lesser knowledge when compared to their male counterparts? The girls strongly disagreed to this!

She then told them about Women in Mozilla.

Later on, she mentioned about Webmaker. She explained to them various tools and how to work with them.

I told the students about Persona. From why it is used, to getting started with persona.
Everyone signed up for persona.

We then told them in a detailed manner on how to work with Popcornmaker, one of the tools they liked the most.
Everyone were told to create a video and save it.

This video was then judged later on based on their idea, number of events used and length of the video and idea conveyed.

We walked around helping the 90 students to get started with Popcorn. Many had doubts on what was the use of different layers. We explained to them the concept of layers in detail.

We had many wonderful makes from the students.

We had given a general topic as Women Empowerment.

From Mother Theresa to Malala, there were a variety of pictures in the popcorn makes and content.



Me and Shashank started judging the makes. Later, Damini joined.

Here are the makes from the event: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/womozmakerparty

We gave 3 Webmaker tees to the first, second and third, and many swags to the winners.

Introduction by Damini Oberoi (WoMoz)

Event photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/sets/72157642305135244

Hive Vizag

Hive Vizag Day 1:

I started from Chennai on 5th evening at 5pm. The bus departed 15 minutes late from Chennai. I was told that the bus would reach Vizag at around 8 am on 6th. The journey was pretty good but tiring. On reaching Vizag, I called Rajath, one of the point of contact that Vikas had arranged. He told me the name of the hotel as Royal Fort.
I got an auto from the bus stop and reached Royal fort. On reaching, I saw a guy sitting on the sofa near the reception wearing a Mozilla tee.
As I told my name to the reception, they told me my room number and also that the guy sitting there was my room mate.
I got introduced to him. He was Santosh Viswanatham, an FSA from Hyderabad. It later struck me that he had organized the App Days at Sreenidhi College recently.
I asked him if he was waiting for someone. He told me that Vineel had asked him to wait in the reception. He accompanied me to our room. We were discussing about how we contribute to Mozilla and I learnt that he was an App Developer for Firefox OS. I told him that I’m more into Community outreach, SuMo and that I’m a Webmaker Mentor and also initated KidZilla.
We realized that Gauthamraj and Ankit were in the same hotel, but since we did not have their contact numbers or know their room number, we couldn’t meet them. Later, Santosh got in touch with Gautham who told him that they were in a room on the same floor as ours. He went in to meet them while I took a shower. Later, I joined them. Gautham greeted me with a really awesome news that my video was chosen as the “Video of the month”! I was overjoyed to hear this!
We had some chit chat and later we got a call from the reception saying that Vikas and Vineel were in the reception waiting for us to join them for breakfast. We met them too and had breakfast. At around 10:40 am, we started off to Gitam University in the cab.
We were also joined by Pratheesh[Robo Inventions] and Surendranath Reddy[Redd Robotics]. It was really great meeting these two. Quadcopters and 3D printers are always a crowd puller where ever they go.

The view on the road was great with the Ghats on the left and the sea to the right. Vizag sure did get our liking for that!
The university was quite big. We were taken to the workspace of the GUSAC team. The place looked great and there were students working everywhere in keeping the pre-Hive spirits.

I was amazed at the way Vikas and his team were arranging and organizing things there. The amount of effort they had taken for Hive was really showing. Vineel, Ankit and Gautham started on planning how things should begin.

It was a “Train the trainers” session.
We were later taken to the auditorium where the event was to happen. We had all the volunteers and mentors of each station to assemble there. Vikas introduced Vineel, Gautham, Ankit, Santosh and myself.
We were given the ID’s that read “Super Mentors”. It was a really proud moment for us!

Ankit started with an ice breaking session. It was a spectrogram. He asked questions like “Is privacy important at all times. Does it really matter if some things were looked over”, “Is Open Source the best option at all times in every situation”. Interesting were the replies from the students and the session went really good. The last question he came up with was ” Do you think this Hive Vizag is gonna be the best Hive event ever!?” We had an amazing and enthusiastic reply for the same!
After this, we had a short lunch break after which the sessions resumed.

Later, Ankit started his presentation about the concept of Hive. It also had a video on the Mission of Mozilla.
The slides contained pictures from various Hive events across the world and it really motivated everyone.

After that, he told the students to get into their groups, sit with volunteers and discuss about what they were going to do in each station. Any random member from the team was to come and explain and answer three questions:

  • What is your station about?
  • What do you plan to do?
  • One thing you would like to take away

We had volunteers from all stations come up to the stage and answer these three questions.

After all this, we showed them something really special. It was video from Mark Surman wishing us all the very best with Hive Vizag. He also expressed his sadness in not being able to attend the event in person.
It was a really important and big video for all of us.

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The volunteers and mentors were then given their ID cards and the Hive t shirts were distributed.
After this, the students began sticking the posters. I was amazed when Vikas told me that they had worked about over a month to complete 100+ posters. I took time in reading and snapping all the posters I could find. It was great! The time, effort and creativity portrayed in each one of them.

After this was done, we had a few trial makes with the 3D printer. It was really facinating to actually see it in action. It was the first time that I had seen a 3D printer for real. The little boy in me came out! In no time, I was hooked to it and began playing with the 3D models that Surendranath Reddy had made.

It was a long day. We all went back to the hotel and had dinner.

Everyone equally excited about the big day next day!

Hive Day #2

Me and Santosh woke up at around 6:30 am the next day. We were really excited about Hive. We got ready at around 7:30 am and Vineel and the rest of the team joined us for breakfast. Over to the other table we noticed a team of people and they had “KiDiHOU” printed on their t shirt. We knew that they were also coming for Hive Vizag.
Post breakfast, we got introduced to each other and we learnt that they are a Children’s learing museum based in Hyderabad. Got a lot to know about what KiDiHOU aims at.

We reached Gitam to see the Hive everywhere! The venue was filled with a lot of people with Orange colour Hive T shirts.Everyone working hard to set up the station and make the arrangements from decoration to setting it up.

While playing with the Android controlled Car, I met Galaxy.
Someone whom I really wanted to meet after hearing his name 😀
TOTALLY WORTH IT! #crazy

In total, there were 22 stations. Each one had their mentors and the volunteers.
Here are the links to the events:http://makerparty.hivevizag.org/
Below is a walkthrough video to the stalls.

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Though all the stations were amazing, something that I was really interested was the Stop Motion Animation as well as the sound editing.
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I really like the Python and Arduino station too. It was really informative and opened new doors to the endless possibilities.
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The Silk Screen Bandana and Hack the T shirt were really creative.
I was awestruck at the wonderful things they created at the Origami station. The amount of patience required to make something is great.

I looked into the Webmaker stations. There were some fascinating questions and doubts from the mentors. One asked me as to why Popcorn maker was dynamic and I told them about the flickr photostream that gets updated when we insert into the existing photostream. I also got to learn new techniques from them too. One of the webmakers asked me during the discussions as to what is the major difference between w3schools and thimble if both are HTML editors. I told them about the Open source concepts as well as the instant output which is shown in thimble. Also the major advantage of being able to share the makes in thimble. The satisfaction of having spread atleast some amount of knowledge was great.

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Om, from the Python programming station, approached me saying that there were some students from a nearby college wanting to start a Firefox Club in their college. I was really happy to meet them. I told them all about Mozilla, FSA’s and Firefox Clubs. I also gave them my mail id and told them to contact me whenever they need.

It was soon time for the Quadcopter flight. We saw Pratheesh in action with the amazing Quadcopter. Seeing a quadcopter in real was something extraordinary!

When we came back , we had a Redd Robotics showdown with 3d makes.

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A little while later, we saw the Mascot Fox come up into the venue! Everyone were really excited to see the mascot! All had a lot of fun with the fox and showered it with love.

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We even had a Foxy dance!


Hive Vizag was truly one of a kind experience!
Truly, Explore+Create+Share

More photos on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/sets/72157642151878314/

KidZilla 1.2 at St Joseph’s High School,Khammam

On 22nd February 2014, we the Mozillians from Sathyabama Firefox Club, went to St.Joseph’s High School in Khammam as a part of our KidZilla initiative. We were all really excited after the grand success of our previous event.
Though really tired after the event at SRM, we managed to get our spirits high and from Chennai to Khammam.
Our train was at around 7 in the evening on 21st.
The team:

  • Damini- Our very active WoMoz from the region
  • Shashank- Webmaker enthusiast
  • Achyuth- Webmaker enthusiast
  • Satya- Firefox OS geek
  • Nikhil- Firefox OS geek
  • Jerald- Teachtheweb enthusiast and the “shooter”

We reached Khammam at around 3:30 am in the morning, rushed along to the Hotel to get some quality sleep.

On 22nd Morning, at around 9 am, we reached the school.

The team walking towards the school.

We received a warm welcome from the senior staffs in the school.

Since we had a really tight schedule, we had to start off with the event almost immediately. We were surprised to see that the students were already made to assemble in the auditorium and were waiting for the session.

Ms.Roselin requested the students to pray before the event, as is customary in the school.

After the prayer, she started off by introducing Nikhil, an alumni of the school.

She then welcomed each one of us on to the stage and told about the session to the students. I started off the session by asking thanking Ms.Roselin.

I was really amazed seeing the number of kids in front of me who were really attentive and interested to hear more. I was to find out that there were about 300+ students in the auditorium at that moment.
We planned to conduct it in two phases;
One common session for all the 300 students about the basics of computing and then a classroom session for 7th and 8th grade separately so that we could give more attention and teach them in a better way.

I asked them some basic questions about Computers so that we could decide on how to approach the students and what could be taught to them. The crowd consisted of students from 7th and 8th grade.
We had already gone through their Computer Textbook to see their present syllabus.

Some of the main questions that I focused on were:

  • What is a Computer?

Uses of a computer-Components of a Computer-Hardware & Software-Input devices-Output devices

  • What is an Operating System?

Types of Operating System-Open Source where you could modify the software and it’s functionality.

The students were really enthusiastic in answering the questions.

When they saw us giving swags and goodies to the active ones, they were more and more interested in interacting with us and answering our questions.

We had a lot of girls among the attendees and that made our WoMoz-Damini, very happy.

Initially, only the boys were answering the questions and were interacting, but soon, after a bit of motivation, even the girls came up to interact and give some wonderful answers and get goodies.

The session was really interactive with the students asking us a lot of questions.
They asked me about the Firefox logo on my Tshirt and stuffs.

The second session was taken by Achyuth.

Some of the topics that he covered were:

  • What is Internet?

Uses-Educational purposes-How it works

  • What is a Network?

Different types of network-LAN-MAN-WAN

How different websites work.
He asked the students various questions including how data is fetched from the internet when we search something on Google.

The last common session was taken by Damini.
The topics she covered were:

  • How to access the internet?

What are web browsers-what are webpages-different types of web browsers- Firefox

  • Why use firefox and we are from Mozilla

Due to lack of time, we had to end the common session and proceed with the separate session in the classrooms.

In the classroom sessions, we initially started off with 7th grade and then moved on to 8th.
We had 3 classrooms allotted in each 7th and 8th,and the team split into groups of 2 and went to each class.

In the classroom session, we asked the students about HTML.
We came to know that they did not know anything about HTML apart from the definition. We moved on to teach them HTML from the basics-right from the tags, to changing background colour of a webpage.


Once the got the concepts of HTML and webpages, we told them about Webmaking and the different tools of webmaker like Popcorn, Thimble and X Ray Goggles.


The kids were amazed seeing the wonderful things X Ray Goggles could do.

We also had a small session on Paper prototyping.

After the classroom session, we all departed for lunch. It was session for students from 7th and 8th grade. So they left the school after our session. They told us that they really enjoyed the session.
The kids asked us for our autographs and also our Facebook id’s.
It was a bit emotional when they asked us “Can you come again?”.

Post lunch, we had a 45 minutes session for the students of 9th grade. The students had exam in the morning and came in the afternoon to attend our session.

Since it was a fairly shot session, we covered the basics of HTML and told them more about Mozilla and Firefox.

We also told them about Firefox OS on mobile phones.

Session for teachers:
Our visit to the school had a very strong purpose this time. It was to initiate a Webmaker School Club.
Having had several discussions with Emma Irwin, an awesome Mozillian who initiated Webmaker School Club concept, we found ways to collaborate KidZilla and Webmaker School Club in a way that KidZilla would be a one day session on basics of webmaking and it’s importance. If the school likes the concept, they could initiate a Webmaker School Club in their school. This would be supported by local Mozillians or computer enthusiasts who are interested in helping with this initiative.

For starting something like this, we found it necessary to educate the teachers about the importance of such an initiative.
Here is a Popcorn make about the entire session for the teachers:
https://dunebuggie.makes.org/popcorn/1sko
Alternate link on youtube:

Here is a feedback by the teachers about our initative:

Here is the agenda for the teachers session:

We would like to thank St.Joseph’s High School for inviting us to conduct an event and also for being interested in starting a Webmaker School Club.

The team would also like to thank Nikhil for arranging everything from the logistics to the transportation and accommodation.

It would be incomplete if a team does not thank Shashank, Shashank’s mom for arranging such varieties of wonderful and delicious food and allowing the team to stay at home. 😛

I would like to thank all the Mozillians who contacted me or the team to volunteer for KidZilla or to start an initiative as such in their school.
We’re currently working on a structure that could facilitate the expansion of KidZilla and Webmaker School Clubs.
Please watch out for more updates.
If you’re impatient like me, don’t hesitate to contact me at: shreyaskutty@computer.org

Event link on reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/kidzilla-1-2-at-st-josephs-high-school-khammam/
Flickr link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/sets/72157641462885663/

PS: I miss Flash 😥