Initiating a club at SSN College of Engineering

SSN! The name sure might ring some bells to the long time Mozillians.
The college that had given many awesome Mozilla Reps- Dwaraka Nath and Harvish Sekar. Indeed, I must admit, the first person that I approached to get involved with Mozilla was Dwaraka and it was a proud moment to plant water the seeds of Mozilla in their college.
Having expressed his interest in contributing to Mozilla, Vaikkunth had approached me over facebook. I invited him for our event at MIT after which he was totally enthusiastic about starting a club in SSN. I still remember Bharath from SSN, who joined us for our very first event-MozMania. It was so good to know that he was guiding Vaikkunth.
Earlier that day, I was introduced to Farina, their club lead. It was the second club in 2 weeks and this one also lead by a girl! Oh how proud I was! GO WOMOZ!
We reached early around 10 am at SSN and started with the event soon. I started the ever awesome Spectrogram ice breaker!
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I must say, this was very different from the one at MIT. There were some really good and strong arguments over some points. It was great to see the crowd warming up so fast.
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I was informed that there were two sessions the same day of 2 hours each.
After the spectrogram, Naresh took over the session with a session on Firefox OS and how to contribute to Mozilla through code.
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After this session, I gave a talk on what exactly is Mozilla as a community and the ways in which you could contribute. There was a demo of the Firefox OS devices too.
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This marked the end of the very energetic first session. Post lunch, we had another session.
In this one, there was a new crowd of students and for them, the spectrogram was conducted by Damini, Achyuth and Shashank.
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Sure they did get the wave and it went really well. Time was running short now for the last session so we had to hurry things a bit.
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Damini started off the session since she couldn’t contain her excitement seeing more girls than boys in an event. She told them all about WoMoz-the who, why and how part of it!
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Wonderful it was to see all the hands go up when she asked-“So how many WoMoz can I expect after this event?”
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Achyuth then gave a talk on Webmaker and our very own Makerparty!
It was nice to link the Web literacy question from Spectrogram to this session. Now they began to realize the importance of Web literacy-Users to makers of the web, indeed!
Shashank took the next session on SuMo and helping people on the forums as well Localization. How easy it is to translate articles from English to your local language.
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Nikhil gave them insights on how to create apps using the Appmaker. Students really liked it since there was less of code and more of design.
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Satya talked to the students about our initiative called KidZilla, which really impressed the students and many approached us asking how they could be a part of this.
The event signed off with Makerparty, Hive and Firefox OS discussions with groups of interested students into breakout sessions.
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Cors, this wouldn’t have been possible if not for the excellent team and their efforts.
Well done Farina and team!
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Event link on reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/inauguration-of-ssn-firefox-club/
Flickr link to images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/sets/72157645968805605/
Blog post by Bharath: http://www.quora.com/Bharath-Arjun/Posts/SSN-Mozilla-Club-Inauguration
Blog post by Vedanth and Vaikkunth: http://www.ssnmoz.blogspot.in/

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Mozilla comes to MIT

When people hear the name MIT, they often tend to think of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But for the ones in Chennai, it’s always Madras Institute of Technology. Such green, much wow!
The last time I went to MIT was again for a hackathon that we organized(https://dunebuggie.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/mit-firefox-os-hackathon/). Indeed, it was a proud moment for me because I still remember, the last time we were leaving MIT, Naresh pointed at me and told the boys-“See this guy, he’ll be the Mozilla Rep from Chennai who would be coming for your next event.”
And I was!Their first event after the hackathon was this one-Initiating a Firefox Club at MIT.
Although Naresh and Viswa could not make it, I promised to myself that I’d go for this one no matter how sick I was(Yes, I was sick). At around 10 in the morning, I got a call from Anna, the organizer and Club lead of MIT.
I told her that I was right outside the college, although the evil intention of telling her that I can’t come, crept into my mind multiple times. We got the whole team inside by 10:15 am and started the event soon.
I started off with a Spectrogram– A wonderful ice breaker activity.
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It was really nice to interact with the students and get to learn and know what the think about different issues like Privacy and sharing their data on the internet to Using Open source over proprietary software.
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The Spectrogram sure did make the attendees more inquisitive about how the entire session is gonna be.
The session started soon after the spectrogram. Being part of CSMIT , they were all pretty much aware of what Mozilla is, as an organization and as a community.
I told them about the various products, projects and contribution pathways within Mozilla.
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A demo on Firefox OS was given with the tablet from the TCP. There was a mixed feedback from the students about Firefox OS.
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After my session, Achyuth took over the session by going deeper into Webmaker. He showed a Demo of Popcornmaker and X-Ray Goggles and also told about the Makerparty.
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Shashank took over by explaining about SuMo, Localization and Thimble with the help of his teaching kit for Localization.
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After Shashank was done, Nikhil then took a session on Firefox OS and Appmaker. He explained how to create a simple application using Appmaker and it’s in-built templates.
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The last session was handled by Vikneshwar on Bug fixing. He gave us more insights on the best practices to get started with fixing bugs by showing his own first bug and how he got started. Having fixed many bugs over time, it was really good to have him with us to share his knowledge with the students of MIT.
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I would not do justice if I fail to mention that the help extended by the FSA’s from Sathyabama University, is worth a shout!
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It feels really good when you have many clubs and FSA’s together for initiating a new club. A true sense of a Community.
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We talked to the Chairman of CSMIT who was really interested in the idea of Hive and told us that he would definitely talk to the management to try to organize a Hive makerparty in MIT. Surely, one of the reasons I love what I do is the Networking part.
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Wonderful job! to all the organizers- Anna and team, wishing you all the best and good luck for the club 🙂
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Event link on reps portal: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/initiating-firefox-club-in-mit/
Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122049104@N07/sets/72157645254512938/
Event blogpost by Anna: http://jodanna.org/blog/2014/07/15/mozmit-makes-its-debut/

MozCafe Chennai

The day started off in a rush. We hurriedly dressed up 6th July, a Sunday morning, to make it to the venue on time just because I promised chocolates for the ones who reach early. Myself, Sujith and Jerald went to Achyuth’s house to pick him up. Yes, the kid needs to be picked up.
We went to his house since it was really close to our meeting venue- Cafe Coffee Day.
Fortunately, his mom gave us chocolates, by word was kept that there would be chocolates for the ones who reach early. We then came to know that Damini and Naresh reached, so we moved to pick them. Naresh was totally surprised to see Sujith along with us because THAT was a surprise!
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We then moved to CCD to see Franklin, Subhash & Bharat were already there. Soon Daniel, Shashank and Jayanth also joined us and we started the session.
We started with a round table introduction of each of the members present. Without wasting much time, we discussed over the plans to get the Chennai community more active. We planned for the Hive Makerparty and the discussions were already underway. The planning had already begun.
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Sujith shared his experience on Community Building and the new FSA’s were totally excited to hear more about it.
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Naresh told us about Firefox OS and app development. He told us his plans for Mozilla Chennai as a community which is growing day by day. And then the boys started playing and posing.
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I showed them the Super awesome Firefox OS tablet that I had received from the TCP and also told them to watch out for the next phase of the giveaway and encouraged them to contribute more and perhaps apply for the tablet.
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Damini told us more about conducting more events focusing on WoMoz(Women in Mozilla) and her plans on Women centric events.
Achyuth and Shashank, the super awesome webmakers from the community, told the FSA’s more about Makerparty and the general idea behind it and also encouraged them to do more stuff and earn the super cool badges.
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I added on somethings about One and Done and testing so that the FSA’s got an idea about what it is and how it’s done.
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Indeed a resourceful meet over coffee, chocolates and more.
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Thanks a lot people-Super Sunday with a super selfie
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Group pic posing


Reps portal link: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/mozcafe-chennai-4/
Flickr link to images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122049104@N07/sets/72157645611604854/
Franklin’s blog: http://geekzune.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/mozcafe-chennai/